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I'm Joanne Ilaqua.

a.k.a MamaSoup

I’ve spent about 20 years serving women as a nurse, doula and Lamaze educator. I also have 4 kids so I know first-hand how lonely and isolating it can be to be a mama. That’s why I created Mamasoup.

Most days you can find me working away in my home office (without a bra on), bopping out to Hip Hop (which I’m WAY to old to listen to, btw- but I just can’t quit it!) and searching my teenagers’ rooms for all the plates and bowls.

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Mamasoup is A Blog for Moms at ALL Stages

As a nurse, doula and Lamaze educator I like to think I know a few things about moms. But as a woman who has been doing this mom-gig for almost 28 years, I've gained some on-the-job experience and wisdom that nobody could ever learn from books.

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8 Steps to Latching Your Baby at the Breast: a Free Downloadable Guide

Breastfeeding in the first days is a unique experience and doesn't necessarily decide how your entire nursing journey is going to go.

Download a free guide to latching your newborn at the breast!

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About Breastfeeding in the First Few Days

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to rent out your boobs to a very cute but very, very demanding little tenant, I certainly don’t judge you. Like most things in life, you don’t know what you like until you try it so here’s some tips to making your first tries at breastfeeding better.

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8 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Your Baby Arrives

As a childbirth educator, I want to serve you up some of the realest information that you haven't even considered because let's face it- if this is your first baby, how would you know what you really need to know?

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Coffee and Breastfeeding

Doesn't it seem like a bad joke? At a time when moms need a jolt of caffeine the most, they have to be careful about just how much they consume in a day!

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8 Ways That Weed Can Affect Your Nursing Baby

With the legalization of marijuana happening in Canada on October 17th, it’s more important than ever to have the best information possible about how smoking weed can affect your nursing baby.

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Is Your Baby Biting at the Breast? 4 Ways to "Nip" it in the Bud!

Many moms go through a baby biting at the breast. While it is normal,  it’s really important to teach baby that it it hurts. Just remember that this is NOT a sign that your baby wants to end your breastfeeding journey.

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The ONE Thing Nobody is Telling Smoking Moms Who Want to Breastfeed

If you're a mom who's a smoker, you should not stop breastfeeding your baby. There are ways to lower your baby's risks to nicotine. Instead of feeling guilty about not being a perfect mom you can protect your baby while having a breastfeeding relationship.

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