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My name is Katie Madden, and I have been helping women breastfeed for over 10 years. But it hasn’t been just about feeding babies breastmilk. Breastfeeding is an experience for both mother and child, and the act of choosing and learning to breastfeed facilitates deep and important growth both individually and as a nursing pair.

If a woman doesn’t have the opportunity to experience giving of her body to nourish her baby, she is missing out on of one of the first major milestones in becoming a mother. Whether she is able to exclusively breastfeed or she hybrid feeds, whether she pumps and bottlefeeds or weans from breastfeeding entirely, she has let herself live that experience. THAT is what Balanced Breastfeeding means. From the first day our milk begins to flow to the last drop that falls from our breasts, we grow as mothers.

I am excited to share my journey with you as I reach out and change the nature of the breastfeeding support that is provided to families. Breastfeeding isn’t just two boobs and a baby. It is about nourishing a baby and growing a mother in mind, body, boobies and heart.
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The Hardest Two Weeks

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

You deserve to hear the truth about the first two weeks of motherhood.

I’m writing this as if I am talking to a pregnant woman, but that pregnant woman’s partner should read this, too.

The first two weeks of motherhood are the hardest two weeks you can possibly have during the happiest two weeks of your life.

It isn’t the worst two…


The Non-Latching Baby

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 10:45am 0 Comments

How to Fix Nipple Confusion: Step One

The most obvious indication that a baby is nipple confused is that he won’t latch on to the breast. There are other reasons aside from nipple confusion for a non-latching baby, but regardless of baby’s reason for not latching, the advice below will help. Next week, I will share some of my best tricks for helping non-latching babies get on the boob. Until then, here are some tips for protecting your breastfeeding relationship while you…


The Confusion about Nipple Confusion

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 10:39am 0 Comments

It is a common recommendation from breastfeeding experts to forego artificial nipples (pacifiers or bottles) for the first few weeks or even months of breastfeeding to avoid the dreaded and ever-elusive nipple confusion. Instead, it is recommended that any sucking be done directly at breast and if that is not possible, a finger is an adequate substitute.

Let me start by saying that nipple confusion is real. Not all babies get confused when offered a variety of things to suck…


The Doctor’s Always Right? How to Make the Best Medical Decisions for Yourself and Your Baby

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 2:49pm 0 Comments

This blog wraps up the top ten reasons why you might not be enjoying breastfeeding. Read reasons 1-9, too!


Ah, yes, those people I call my colleagues who are supposed to know it all.  Those healthcare providers who interact with you at your most vulnerable, hormonal, emotional, and fragile stage: new…


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