What To Do When Your Breasts Are Engorged

What To Do When Your Breasts Are Engorged

Here are some tricks of the trade to help you deal with breast engorgement once your milk comes in. You may find this fullness and tightness to be uncomfortable during the early days.  Basically your breastmilk is coming in faster than you can empty them. You can think of this time as an adjustment period and once you and your baby get into a comfortable supply and demand, the discomfort will pass.....

Breastfeeding Mom's Survival Guide for the First Two Weeks

Breastfeeding Mom's Survival Guide for the First Two Weeks

You need to remember that you and your baby are "LEARNING" the art of breastfeeding.  You don't learn how to ride a bike overnight.  And most first time moms compare their breastfeeding experience to all those images of moms sitting peacefully nursing their baby.  

Believe me... their baby cried and pulled away from their breast too!  It wasn't all roses in the beginning.

 

How to Know If Your Baby is Getting Enough To Eat

How to Know If Your Baby is Getting Enough To Eat

One of the first questions I get is (especially with breastfeeding mothers).... how do I know if my baby's getting enough to eat?  Newborns don't actually drink that much in the first week but they need to be fed every 2 - 3 hours. Check out...

Breastfeeding with Normal, Flat or Inverted Nipples

Breastfeeding with Normal, Flat or Inverted Nipples

There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best start you can give your little one.  What I love about it, is that it's beneficial to both mom and baby.   As a certified birth doula I get the honor of helping newborn babies latch onto their mothers for the first time right after they're born.  There is nothing sweeter and amazing than a newborn baby breastfeeding for the first time.  Some babies latch on...

What Every New Mom Should Know About Colic

What Every New Mom Should Know About Colic

There are many reasons babies cry.  But today we'll talk about colic.  Colic comes from the Greek word Kolikos which means, suffering from the colon.  Basically colic is pain in the gut.   It's important to keep in mind that your baby is...

Here's Why Colostrum Is So Important For Your Newborn

Here's Why Colostrum Is So Important For Your Newborn

Colostrum = Liquid Gold.  Colostrum is the “first milk” that a breastfeeding mother produces in the weeks before delivery and in the early days of breastfeeding.  This special milk is low in fat,..

1/3 Of All Pregnant Women Are Deficient In This Nutrient, Are You?

1/3 Of All Pregnant Women Are Deficient In This Nutrient, Are You?

Are you deficient?

According to World Health Organization (WHO) and The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) iodine deficiency is on the rise, especially in women of childbearing age. (1)  In fact 1/3 of all pregnant women are...

The Benefits of Breastfeeding, for Mom and Baby- Do You know them?

The Benefits of Breastfeeding, for Mom and Baby- Do You know them?

During the first couple days after your baby is born, your breasts will be producing colostrum which is incredibly importanfor your newborn.  

When a baby is born the lining of their stomach and intestines are permeable,  that means it has microscopic holes where foreign particles can get through.  Colostrum acts like a sealant for those holes and creates a protective barrier from...

9 Reasons Why You & Your Child Need Water

9 Reasons Why You & Your Child Need Water

Water is essential for nearly every function in your body and here are 9 reasons why you need to drink more water:

  1. Water helps you digest your food and transport nutrients throughout your body.

  2. Water helps get all the "junk" or toxins out of your body.  When you pee we get rid of uric acid, urea, and lactic acid.  When you poop, you get rid of all kinds of "stuff", I know, TMI!

  3. Water carries oxygen to cells throughout your body.