Judgment-Free Breastfeeding

Episode Guide

Here’s the guide to all the breastfeeding resources from The Boob Group episodes! All of our episodes are free to listen to on our website, iTunes and through our RSS feed. You can also listen to our episodes on-the-go through our FREE apps. When you become a member of The Boob Group Club, you’ll get additional perks such as bonus interviews after each show, transcripts, special giveaways and discounts!
Coming soon: You can also purchase episodes on iTunes that have been grouped together in special packages!

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star star star star Episode 99 i Breastfeeding A to Z: Weaning

So, it’s time to wean. Is this a decision you made or is it prompted by your child? What are some signs that your child is ready to wean and what’s the best way to begin the process?

star star star star Episode 98 i Exclusive Pumping: Making It Work For You

So, you’ve decided to exclusively pump for your baby. Now how do you turn this plan into reality? What are some common obstacles moms who pump typically encounter and how can you overcome them? We’ll explore how to make pumping work for you and your baby.

star star star star Episode 97 i Finding Your Breastfeeding Mama Tribe

Breastfeeding support is critical for a new mom. Extended support groups, both online and off, are sometimes referred to as “mama tribes”. Why are these groups so important and how can they help you on your breastfeeding journey?

star star star star Episode 96 i Essential Oils for Breastfeeding Moms

Finding natural remedies for common breastfeeding concerns, colds and other ailments can be a challenge. Essential oils can treat many of these issues without the harsh ingredients that you don’t want to pass along to your baby.

star star star star Episode 95 i Exclusive Breastfeeding After Early Supplementation

It is still possible to exclusively breastfeed your baby after early supplementation. How does the type of supplementation impact the situation? How can you protect your milk supply? And how can you wean your baby off the supplementation?

star star star star Episode 94 i Exclusive Pumping: The Basics

You may have planned to breastfeed your baby, but sometimes the circumstances make “pumping” expressed breast milk is the best option available to both mother and child. What are some of the main reasons moms exclusively pump and what are the possible benefits/challenges?

star star star star Episode 93 i Partner Support with Project: Breastfeeding

Partner support can be absolutely crucial to a breastfeeding mom’s view of success. Learn more about a national campaign with the mission of de-stigmatizing public breastfeeding while encouraging partner support.

star star star star Episode 92 i Vitamin D and the Breastfed Baby

We know that breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. Well, if it’s so perfect, than why are so many moms asked to supplement with Vitamin D? Why are health care providers so concerned? Is this recommendation really warranted?

star star star star Episode 91 i Breastfeeding and Dealing with Judgmental People

Breastfeeding may be challenging at times, and it doesn’t help to have judgmental people critiquing your every move. How can a breastfeeding mom cope with these unsolicited comments without her self-esteem being squashed?

star star star star Episode 90 i Peaceful Sleep for Breastfeeding Moms

Some babies need to nurse often- and that includes late at night and the wee hours of the morning. So, how can you get the restful sleep you need while providing for your baby? Our breastfeeding moms share what’s worked for them!

star star star star Episode 89 i The Dos and Don’ts of Nipple Shields

If your baby is having a hard time latching, he may need a nipple shield to help get breastfeeding off to a good start. And even though nipple shields can help, there are definite pros and cons to using them. What’s the correct way to use them? And when should you perhaps try other alternatives?

star star star star Episode 88 i New Mom Breastfeeding Manual: First Week

New to breastfeeding? We’re breaking down what to expect during the first year. In the second part of our series, we’ll focus on what to expect during the first week. When does colostrum turn into mature milk? How long will breastfeeding sessions typically be? Plus, what to expect with your baby’s weight loss.

star star star star Episode 87 i Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding-Friendly Treatments

Postpartum Depression impacts for the 15% of women each year. In a previous episode, we discussed the symptoms and triggers for PPD. Now, learn more about breastfeeding-friendly options for treating depression many new mothers experience shortly after giving birth.

star star star star Episode 86 i Breastfeeding A to Z: Sore Nipples and Biting

It’s hard to relax and enjoy breastfeeding when your baby has bitten you, and it may even cause soreness on your nipple. Here are some ideas to help reduce and eliminate biting, so you and your baby can have a more enjoyable breastfeeding experience.

star star star star Episode 85 i Baby Safety Products That Really Work!

As a new parent, you want to protect your little one whenever possible. While there are several baby safety products to choose from, not every product is needed for every family. What are some of the top baby safety products available and how can they help keep your family safe? Plus, we’re wrapping up our DECEMBER GIVEAWAYS!

star star star star Episode 84 i Great Accessories for Breastfeeding Mothers

Breastfeeding accessories can help improve your overall nursing experience by making the process more comfortable and convenient. But, how do you know products will work best for you and your baby? Hear advice from real breastfeeding moms who have created products to help other families. Plus, lots of breastfeeding items for our DECEMBER GIVEAWAYS!

star star star star Episode 83 i Maximizing Your Maternity and Postpartum Clothes

Maternity and postpartum clothes are both essential items to have as part of your “new mom” wardrobe. But, it can also be expensive. Hear are some great ways to save money and still get important pieces to help you through these transitional times! Plus, learn how you can get some great clothes for FREE during our DECEMBER GIVEAWAYS!

star star star star Episode 82 i Choosing Your Child’s Infant Car Seat

You have many choices when it comes to selecting the best car seat for your new baby. In this episode, we’re sitting down with some of the top car seat manufacturers to discuss the different options available so you can find one that best fits your family. Plus, it’s December Giveaways! Learn how you can in one of three brand new infant car seats!

star star star star Episode 81 i Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

You’ve heard “breast is best”, but what exactly are the benefits to breastfeeding your baby? We’ll give you 10 reasons to help keep you motivated and increase your chance of success! Brought to you by our sister show, Preggie Pals!

star star star star Episode 80 i Baby-Led Weaning: Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby

Before you reach for the jars of baby food, you may want to consider baby-led weaning- a process allowing babies to control their solid food consumption. Brought to you by our sister show, Parent Savers!

star star star star Episode 79 i Breastfeeding Twins: Weaning

We continue our series focused on breastfeeding twins. In this episode, we’ll explore the mother and baby’s choice to wean from breastfeeding. Do mothers of twins wean earlier than singletons? And what are some tips for weaning one baby and not the other?

star star star star Episode 78 i Breastfeeding, Bedsharing and Sleep Training

For many new moms, breastfeeding and sleep go hand-in-hand. And it can sometimes be challenging to find the best blend to ensure your baby gets the best nutrition while still allowing you some much needed shut eye. Hear what worked for our panelists!

star star star star Episode 77 i Breastfeeding, Sex, and Libido

While we don’t consider the act of breastfeeding to be sexual, there’s no doubt breastfeeding can have an impact on your sex life. Considering all the hormones racing through your body, how is your drive to have sex impacted? What factors contribute to these changes?

star star star star Episode 76 i Unexpected Outcomes: When Baby Passes

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It’s a tough topic to discuss, but what happens when the baby of a breastfeeding mother passes? How do you avoid engorgement if no longer breastfeeding or pumping? And what are your options when it comes to donating your milk?

star star star star Episode 75 i How Your Thyroid Can Affect Milk Supply

Hormone imbalances can cause complicated situations for your milk supply. How do you know if your thyroid is to blame? What medications and herbs are available to treat mothers with both high and low thyroid conditions?

star star star star Episode 74 i Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Many women mistakenly believe that they cannot conceive if they are breastfeeding a child. This is simply not true. How can you make this experience as safe (and comfortable) for everyone involved?

star star star star Episode 73 i Breastfeeding and Medication

Although many medications are safe to use when you’re breastfeeding, most drugs will get into your milk to some degree and may even affect your milk supply. We’ll break down common medications and discuss the impact on both mom and baby.

star star star star Episode 72 i Breastfeeding In The Military: What Mothers Can Expect

We’re launching a new series focused on breastfeeding in the military. In this episode, we partner with Robyn Roche-Paull of the popular blog, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, to provide an overview of what to expect when breastfeeding in the military.

star star star star Episode 71 i Breast Milk Storage and Handling

If you’re pumping, you want your breast milk to stay as fresh as possible for your baby. How long can you leave pumped milk in the fridge and freezer? What are some smart storage options for using only the amount of milk your little one actually needs? Plus, how can you tell if your milk has gone bad?

star star star star Episode 70 i Oversupply and Overactive Letdown

Many mother dream of having an oversupply, but it can be real problem and comes with its own set of breastfeeding challenges. How can a mother better control her oversupply issues? Plus, what is an overactive letdown and how can it impact oversupply?

star star star star Episode 69 i Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding

About 15% of women will experience postpartum depression each year- which is more than the amount of women who are diagnoses with breast cancer, diabetes or those who have a stroke. What are the signs of PPD and how can it impact your breastfeeding experience?

star star star star Episode 68 i Myths and Misconceptions: Breastfeeding Infants

At some point during pregnancy you probably heard a myth or two about breastfeeding. While some were helpful, others probably seemed a bit crazy. In this episode, we’re separating fact from fiction by revealing the most common myths and misconceptions when breastfeeding infants.

star star star star Episode 67 i Breastfeeding A to Z: Latching Struggles

If you are a mom that is struggling to get your baby to latch on, you may be feeling frustrated, emotional, and defeated. We have some great tips on making breastfeeding a success by learning how to ensure baby is latched on properly to prevent breastfeeding pain.

star star star star Episode 66 i Breastfeeding Twins: 6-12 Months Old

Breastfeeding twins changes drastically over time. What are some of the common breastfeeding challenges for twins between 6- 12 months? Plus, some helpful tips for handling potential distractions and nursing in public phobias.

star star star star Episode 65 i Becoming a Badass Public Breastfeeder

What exactly does it take to become a badass public breastfeeder? How can you learn to feel comfortable in any environment- and what tools are helpful to have to make this transition more smooth for you? Here our special interview with Abby of the popular website and blog, The Badass Breastfeeder.

star star star star Episode 64 i GERD, Reflux and the Breastfed Baby

If your baby has GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease) or acid reflux, they are probably spitting up an excessive amount of breast milk. What typically causes theses issues and what can you do to help relieve pain or discomfort in your breastfed baby?

star star star star Episode 63 i New Mom Breastfeeding Manual: The First 24 Hours

We’re launching a new series to help guide new breastfeeding moms through important milestones during that first year. In this episode, we’ll focus on how to get breastfeeding off to a great start within 24 hours after birth.

star star star star Episode 62 i Baby-Friendly Hospitals and Birthing Centers

Baby-friendly hospitals and birthing centers encourage breastfeeding and bonding between mother and baby. What does it take to earn this important distinction and how can you find a baby-friendly hospital or birthing center in your area? Brought to you by our sister show, Preggie Pals.

star star star star Episode 61 i Back to Work: Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

When a mom returns to work, she often has questions about how much milk her baby needs while she’s away. How many ounces are typically needed? Should you be using a “milk calculator”? Plus, how to handle caregivers who like to overfeed.

star star star star Episode 60 i Traveling with Breastfeeding Baby

Summer is here, and with it comes much-needed vacation time for parents. But if you’re a breastfeeding mom, how do you breastfeed while on-the-go? The process may seem daunting, so here’s some advice to help you keep up your supply while traveling.

star star star star Episode 59 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Twelfth Month

It’s the last episode in our series where we follow three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their babies for the first year of life. What challenges are they facing, and how are they overcoming them to have the best breastfeeding experience possible?

star star star star Episode 58 i Breastfeeding After Breast Implant Surgery

Before you have breast enhancement surgery, what questions should you ask your doctor about your ability to breastfeed? How is milk supply typically effected? Are your chances of engorgement increased?

star star star star Episode 57 i Breastfeeding Support Through Social Media

More and more women are seeking breastfeeding support online. The new book, The Virtual Breastfeeding Culture, explores how women are seeking breastfeeding support through social media and how it has helped them achieve their breastfeeding goals.

star star star star Episode 56 i Breastfeeding the Jaundiced Baby

Jaundice is normal in most all newborns, and is slightly more common in breastfed babies. How is jaundice handled in the breastfed baby and how does the treatment impact the breastfeeding relationship long term?

star star star star Episode 55 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Eleventh Month

We continue our series following three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their babies for the first year of life. What challenges are they facing during their tenth month? And how are they overcoming those obstacles to have the best breastfeeding experience possible?

star star star star Episode 54 i Breastfeeding Support: The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act provides comprehensive benefits for pregnant and post-partum women including breastfeeding equipment and counseling from trained lactation consultants. How can you get the help you need to support your breastfeeding goals?

star star star star Episode 53 i Breastfeeding Twins: Scheduling and Positioning

Breastfeeding twins can be overwhelming, but with a little planning and some great props, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Hear what moms of twins have to say about scheduling and positioning their babies for feedings.

star star star star Episode 52 i Breastfeeding and Introducing Solids

Introducing solids to your breastfed baby does not mean that nursing is over! We show you how to how to introduce baby’s first foods while continuing to breastfeed successfully.

star star star star Episode 51 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Tenth Month

We continue our series following three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their babies for the first year of life. What challenges are they facing during their tenth month? And how are they overcoming those obstacles to have the best breastfeeding experience possible?

star star star star Episode 50 i Back to Work: Pumping Strategies

One of the hardest things a new mom can face is going back to work after having a baby. Learn more about pumping strategies that will help increase your milk supply and help simplify your schedule.

star star star star Episode 49 i Breastfeeding Twins: Late Preterm

Breastfeeding more than one child can be challenging, especially when they’re late preterm twins. Why are these babies more inconsistent in their nursing patterns? What’s the most efficient way to feed them?

star star star star Episode 48 i Breastfeeding Toddlers: Night Nursing and Weaning

You had so many questions about breastfeeding toddlers that we had to release another episode! Learn more about nursing strategies at night and during naptime as well as ways to gently wean your toddler.

star star star star Episode 47 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Ninth Month

We continue our series following three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their babies for the first year of life. What challenges are they facing during their ninth month? And how are they overcoming those obstacles to have the best breastfeeding experience possible?

star star star star Episode 46 i Inducing Lactation Without Giving Birth

With considerable dedication and preparation, breastfeeding without pregnancy may be possible. What does this process of inducing lactation look like and is it right for you and your family?

star star star star Episode 45 i Ways to Combat Nursing in Public Harassment

Many women face harassment and ridicule while nursing their children in public. What does this harassment typically look like? What exactly are the laws that protect a woman’s right to nurse in public? And what should you do if this happens to you?

star star star star Episode 44 i Breastfeeding the Dairy Intolerant Baby

If your baby is super gassy or colicky, he may be dairy intolerant. What other symptoms can you expect to see if you’re breastfeeding a dairy intolerant baby? Plus, tips for removing dairy from the mom’s diet!

star star star star Episode 43 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Eighth Month

We continue our series following three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their babies for the first year of life. What challenges are they facing during their eighth month? And how are they overcoming those obstacles to have the best breastfeeding experience possible?

star star star star Episode 42 i Back to Work: Your Pumping Rights

Returning from maternity leave can be stressful enough, but dealing with an unsupportive employer can make the situation even worse. What are your pumping rights and how can you ensure these rights are properly enforced and upheld?

star star star star Episode 41 i Breastfeeding Toddlers: Frequency, Biting and Staying Motivated

Breastfeeding toddlers can be drastically different than breastfeeding a newborn. What does nursing a toddler really look like? And how much breast milk does a toddler really need?

star star star star Episode 40 i Birth Interventions: The Impact on Breastfeeding

With cesarean, induction and epidural rates at an all-time high, what effects might birth interventions have on your ability to meet your breastfeeding goals and what are your options if these interventions are absolutely needed?

star star star star Episode 39 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Seventh Month

We continue our 12 month series which follows three new moms on their breastfeeding journeys. At seven months, how our moms coping with teething, scratching and pinching at the breast? Plus, one mother’s attempt at reverse cycling.

star star star star Episode 38 i Oral Anatomy and the Effect on Breastfeeding

A baby’s latch may look perfect from the outside, but what’s happening on the inside of the mouth may be what’s causing the problem. Learn how a baby’s oral anatomy can impact your overall breastfeeding experience.

star star star star Episode 37 i Low Milk Supply: Donor Milk, Milk Banks and Formula

Breastfeeding mothers are sometimes faced with the dilemma of not being able to produce enough milk for their babies. If you have low milk supply, what are your options? What are the pros and cons for each option? And how do you make the best choice for you and your little one?

star star star star Episode 36 i Biological Nurturing and Laid Back Breastfeeding

Let’s face it. If our ancestors had as many breastfeeding challenges as we seem to have today- our species simply wouldn’t have survived. Are we missing something biologically, here? What are our babies trying to tell us?

star star star star Episode 35 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Sixth Month

We continue to follow three new moms on their breastfeeding journeys. At six months, how often are our moms breastfeeding? Have they done anything special to maintain or increase milk supply? Plus, the moms prepare for the introduction of solid foods.

star star star star Episode 34 i The Scoop on Tandem Nursing

Does breastfeeding two children at the same seem intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. We’ll introduce you to some moms who do it on daily basis. Why did they choose to tandem nurse? What are some of the benefits and the challenges? And what tips do they have for other moms?

star star star star Episode 33 i Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Concerns

Engorgement, plugged ducts, sore nipples… oh my! While painful at the time, most of these ailments can be resolved quickly. We’ll explore these quick fixes and how they can help both you and baby!

star star star star Episode 32 i How to NOT Need a Lactation Consultant

How do you get breastfeeding off to a great start so you don’t need the help of a lactation consultant? Learn what our panelists did to prepare. Do breastfeeding classes and support groups really work? How does your birth team impact your success?

star star star star Episode 31 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Fifth Month

Our series continues as we explore what our breastfeeding moms are doing now that their babies are five months old. What does breastfeeding a five month old really look like? What about eating routines, milk supply and nursing in public?

star star star star Episode 30 i Breastfeeding Your Baby in the NICU

The separation between mother and baby while in the NICU can be difficult. How can a mom maximize her breastfeeding success under these circumstances?

star star star star Episode 29 i Lose Weight While Maintaining Your Milk Supply

Most of us have a few extra pounds to lose after having a baby. But, a drastic diet could decrease your milk supply. How can you get your body back and still accomplish your personal breastfeeding goals? How can you lose weight while maintaining your milk supply?

star star star star Episode 28 i Breastfeeding After Previous Low Milk Supply

You experienced low milk supply before, can you expect the same problems to occur in the future? What are some of the causes of low milk supply and what are some ways to increase it?

star star star star Episode 27 i Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

You needed to have breast reduction surgery, and now breastfeeding your baby has a whole new set of challenges. How does having breast reduction surgery impact breastfeeding? And what are the best ways to overcome those challenges?

star star star star Episode 26 i When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Go As Planned

You’ve done everything you can to ensure a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby, but you’re still plagued by challenges. When plans A,B and C don’t work… what are plans D, E and F?

star star star star Episode 25 i Avoiding “Booby Traps” After a Hospital Birth

It’s important to get breastfeeding off to a great start- from the moment your baby is born. Depending on where you deliver, this may be easier said than done. What are the most common “booby traps” you could face and how can you overcome them?

star star star star Episode 24 i Sexuality and Breastfeeding

Millions of women around the world breastfeed and do not give it a second thought. Only recently has the sexualization of breastfeeding become an issue. What lead to this change and what hope do we have of changing the average person’s perception?

star star star star Episode 23 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Fourth Month

Join us as we continue to following three breastfeeding moms as they nurse their newborns through the first year of life. What changes have our moms seen now that their babies are four months old?

star star star star Episode 22 i Nutrition Tips for the Breastfeeding Mom

We know nutrition plays an important role in breastfeeding, but how? What are the top ingredients to look for when deciding what to eat? How can you eat healthy without jeopardizing your milk supply?

star star star star Episode 21 i Maximize Your Breast Pumping Sessions

What type of breast pump is best for you? How important is a pumping routine? And what is the most effective way to maximize your breast pumping sessions?

star star star star Episode 20 i Breast Hypoplasia and Breastfeeding

Moms with mammary or breast hypoplasia struggle with breastfeeding their babies because they can’t produce enough milk. How do you know if you have hypoplasia and where can you get the support you need to get through this emotional time?

star star star star Episode 19 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Third Month

Our series continues as we follow three breastfeeding moms who reflect on their highs and lows of nursing their newborns for their third month.

star star star star Episode 18 i Breastfeeding Support: Local and Online

Support can make or break a mother’s breastfeeding experience. With so many options, how do you choose the type of support that’s most beneficial for you?

star star star star Episode 17 i Breastfeeding Criticism: When It’s None of Their Business!

It seems everyone has an opinion on breastfeeding. How do you handle all the criticism and persevere with your personal goals, regardless of what the world thinks?

star star star star Episode 16 i Tight Frenula and Breastfeeding

A tight frenula, or tongue-tie, can greatly hinder breastfeeding. What are the symptoms? What are your options for overcoming it? And how quickly will you see improvement?

star star star star Episode 15 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The Second Month

Our series continues as we follow three breastfeeding moms who reflect on their highs and lows of nursing their newborns for their second month.

star star star star Episode 14 i Babywearing and Breastfeeding

Wraps, carriers and slings can be a breastfeeding mom’s best friend. But how do you know which ones to buy? Are all carriers created equal?

star star star star Episode 13 i Using Craniosacral Therapy to Improve Breastfeeding

Craniosacral Therapy offers a promising approach to solving difficult breastfeeding problems. Learn how it can help bring mothers and babies closer together through a gentle, therapeutic massage.

star star star star Episode 12 i Breastfeeding Tips for the Working Mom

Returning to work after giving birth can be challenging if you’re a breastfeeding mom. We’ll poll our panelists to see how they made their transition run as smoothly as possible.

star star star star Episode 11 i Breastfeeding Expectations: The First Month

This series documents the struggles and success of three new moms as they breastfeed their babes for the first 12 months.

star star star star Episode 10 i A Great Start to Breastfeeding (Featuring Ina May Gaskin)

Breastfeeding is often overlooked by pregnant moms as they anticipate the arrival of their new babies. How can mothers can prepare themselves for an enjoyable breastfeeding experience?

star star star star Episode 9 i Help! My Baby Won’t Take a Bottle!

Expressed breast milk can be quite convenient considering our busy schedules. How can you help your baby go back and forth between breast and bottle?

star star star star Episode 8 i Managing a Toddler While Breastfeeding a Newborn

As the mother of a newborn and a toddler, you are the queen of multitasking! How do you achieve your breastfeeding goals and still care for your firstborn?

star star star star Episode 7 i An Introduction to Breastfeeding Multiples

The mechanics of breastfeeding multiples may seem overwhelming, but there are definitely some tricks to the trade. We’ll share some tips for surviving the first couple weeks.

star star star star Episode 6 i Vitamin Supplements for the Breastfed Baby

Breast milk alone may not provide all the vitamins a growing baby needs. What other essentials are needed and when should your baby get them?

star star star star Episode 5 i Partial Breastfeeding: When Supplementation is Needed

Not all women are able to breastfeed exclusively. How do you know if supplementation is needed? How do you cope with the shock and disappointment?

star star star star Episode 4 i The Importance of Partner Support in Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding moms may feel additional stress and responsibility as the pain provider of nutrition for their babies. How can partners help relieve some of the burden?

star star star star Episode 3 i Breastfeeding Benefits Past One Year

The World Health Organization recommends mothers breastfeed their babies for at least one year. But, there are additional benefits for mothers continue to nurse a bit longer.

star star star star Episode 2 i Holistic Remedies That Support Lactation

Acupuncture and chiropractic are two ways in which a breastfeeding mom can support her own health and encourage her milk supply. What’s involved in each of these procedures?

star star star star Episode 1 i Tips to Comfortably Breastfeed in Public

With so much controversy over breastfeeding in public, how can a new mom feel comfortable feeding her baby when she’s not behind closed doors? What are some effective ways to deal with the criticism?