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Life After Labor

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Breastfeeding
June 14, 2017 8:30 am | by

Like your birth plan, breastfeeding doesn’t always go as planned… and that’s okay! You simply need to do what’s best for you and your baby. Here’s my breastfeeding story, and my journey to finding peace despite the fact that things didn’t go as planned. Forgiving yourself when breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned  This one really hits home for me. I didn’t breastfeed my first two babies long because I didn’t know enough about it. When I told my pediatrician that my daughter would nurse for 45 minutes at a time, he was worried. When she didn’t immediately gain her birth

 
When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Birth Plan
June 14, 2017 8:00 am | by

What if you planned something for months only for it to fall through? Or you spent weeks researching and reading about something only to fail? Both are bound to make you upset and maybe even question yourself a little. Now imagine that those two things that didn’t go as planned were you birth and breastfeeding journeys. How do you go about forgiving yourself as a mom when two of the most important aspects of your baby’s life don’t go as planned? Forgiving yourself when your birth doesn’t go as planned The one thing that I love about birth stories is that

 
Best Bath Products For Your New Baby
May 29, 2017 8:00 am | by

You’ve had the baby and brought him (or her) home in the super cute going home outfit, now starts the year of ‘the firsts’. First smile, first coo, first time sleeping through the night, first big diaper blowout and first bath. You want to make sure that everything with baby’s first bath is as easy and enjoyable as possible. The best way to do is to make sure you have everything baby needs for their first bath and it is accessible when you need it. We’ve put together a list of the best bath time products that will make baby

 
Aden + Anais Silky Soft Bamboo Swaddle Review
May 26, 2017 8:00 am | by

Anyone who’s had a newborn knows for such tiny people they sure do need a lot of belongings. When expecting moms ask me for tips on starting their registry I have some simple advice to keep in mind. When you create your baby registry for the first time, start out by adding items that your child 100% needs during the first month of life. It’ll be less overwhelming if you have a starting point. Besides the obvious infant car seat and stroller, crib or bassinet; think bottles, burp cloths, diapers, towels and swaddle blankets. I find you can never have

 
MilkDaze Nursing Jewelry: A Fashionable Solution for the Nursing Mom
May 17, 2017 8:00 am | by

Dear nursing mom with spit up down your back, unkempt hair, and no earrings for fear of having your piercings stretched out beyond repair: I have been there. I know exactly what it feels like to feel like to be a hot mess leaving my house. I too have felt frustrated and self-conscious while my baby pulls up on my shirt and down on my necklace while I’m trying to nurse her in public. Most of the time, I look like some castaway who can’t manage to stay put together while feeding her kid. It’s hard enough to find a

 
Understanding Postpartum Mood Disorders
May 3, 2017 7:10 am | by
Understanding mood disorders - and how to get help when needed.

The number one complication from childbirth is not pelvic floor damage, hip pain, or cesarean scarring. The number one complication from childbirth is postpartum mood disorders. Postpartum Mood Disorder or PMD is the umbrella term used to describe postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. PMD’s are different from the baby blues most experience. During pregnancy your hormones are at an all time high. These hormones help the baby develop, the placenta to do it’s job, and the body change to accommodate pregnancy. After delivery of the baby and placenta, those hormones leave the body, and it can be quite a drastic

 
7 Trendy and Fashionable Diaper Bags
April 28, 2017 8:06 am | by
Trendy diaper bags for fashion forward moms

Who says you need to sacrifice style just because you need something for all that baby gear? You may be filling it with bottles, diapers, and wipes – but there is no reason to forego your ‘fashion’ factor! Whether you are a fashionista, a working mommy, or even a stylish dad, you can carry fashionable diaper bags that may even be trendier than your handbag! Especially when you have these awesome and eco-friendly choices. timi & leslie Charlie 7-Piece Diaper Bag – The Charlie is functional and fashionable. It is made from vegan faux leather (of course it’s PVC free),

 
Mothering the Mother in the Fourth Trimester
April 24, 2017 8:33 am | by
Mothing the mother - how to handle the fourth trimester when your loved one has given birth.

Any mother will tell you that having a new baby can be quite the adjustment. In fact, those first few months are full of so many physical and emotional changes that they are often referred to as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy. During this time, a new mother often needs some mothering herself! What’s so hard about the fourth trimester? Physical challenges: After nine months of growing and nourishing a baby, going back to a non-pregnant body is no small task. A changing body shape, weight loss needs, breast engorgement, leaking breasts, postpartum bleeding, and sleep deprivation are just a

 
Taking Photos of Your Newborn – Tips from a Professional Photographer
April 17, 2017 8:00 am | by

During my second pregnancy last year, I did a great deal of dreamy planning. It is easier now than ever to access thousands of ideas to prettily celebrate our pregnancies and births and newborn babies.  I pored over the baby shower boards on Pinterest, the pastel images of perfect cakes and table tutus and gender reveals.  I clicked through black and white galleries of unassisted water births and watched them on YouTube and read All The Things about cord clamping, skin to skin, attachment parenting and midwifery. But I spent more time looking through newborn photos than all the rest

 
Why Moms Need Mom Groups
April 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

Having a baby is such a beautiful time. There are so many wonderful things that come along when you bring home a new baby– first bath, first time they sleep through the night, first major diaper blowout. One of the most important things to have after your baby is born is support. Whether it be emotional, physical or financial, postpartum mamas need a little extra attention. Sometimes it’s easy and just stopping in with a dinner or cup of coffee and some comforting words is enough. Other times a mama needs a little more to help her in the fourth trimester – the period