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Holidays can be a hard time for anyone, but 2020 may be the worst of all.

It's Thanksgiving Eve.

According to NYS Governor, Andrew Cuomo, in his November 23, 2020 press conference, the best way to show your extended family you love them, is to stay home. NYS has a mandated limit of 10 person get-togethers. We are supposed to eat outdoors, wear masks, and shorten the visits.

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breastfeeding, breastfeeding barriers, diet, exhaustion, holiday, illness, lactation, lactation consultant, mastitis -

What do Push-up Bras, Holiday Festivities, Exhaustion, Babysitters, and too many desserts all have in common?    ...Mastitis!

This is our annual Holiday Mastitis Prevention post. As we continue into the holiday season, remember these breastfeeding basics:

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cold, Donna Bruschi, empathy, exhaustion, guilt, healing, holiday, home, illness, keeping calm, kindness, mothering, nighttime parenting, nursing, nurturing, pandemic, sick, winter -

The warmth of the last several weeks has me feeling hopeful that the relentless cold and darkness of the coming months will not happen after all!  The longer nights, shorter days, chill, and dampness depress me, and I find it hard to be happy, and even more, difficult to accomplish my daily tasks.

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cold, groundhog's day, guilt, illness, Jasmine Wood, love, mama, mothering, Rita, sick, sleep, toddler, winter -

Perhaps the warm thaw of the last several days has you feeling like I do? I feel like there is an itch deep down that just needs to be scratched, the eternal itch for spring. The itch for new life, for many shades of green, the itch to spy a newly emerged crocus and to feel the caress of warm spring sunshine on your cheek!

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compassion, empathy, friends, gifts, gratitude, illness, Jasmine Wood, love, Rita -

As parents we share this experience in grocery stores, walking down the street or standing in line at the bank: random strangers offering smiles and blessings towards our little ones! I have had several opportunities to experience this on a grand scale when taking my daughter to a nursing home to visit both of my grandmothers. As little Rita made her way through the homes the whole atmosphere seemed to change.

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