Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding part of being a mother. It can also be very stressful. Being prepared and getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Educating yourself on the basics of breastfeeding can help you be more successful. Preparing for breastfeeding can begin while you are still pregnant. Attend a breastfeeding class. Many hospitals offer breastfeeding classes. Develop relationships with friends who are breastfeeding or who have breastfed their children. Locate your local LLL (La Leche League ) for mother to mother breastfeeding support (3). Read breastfeeding books (see references at the end of this blog). If you
Life After Labor
That perfect little bottom wrapped up in a super cute cloth diaper is such a sweet sight. Sometimes, that sweet little bottom gets a rash. Thankfully, we can make a natural bottom powder that is healing, safe, and smells delightful! It’s a good alternative to oils and creams you shouldn’t use on cloth diapers, and perfect for making yourself at home. This Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder has just 3 ingredients: bentonite clay arrowroot powder lavender bud powder (or Rose powder, if you would prefer) I like to buy my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store. I have
How does postpartum nutrition differ from nutrition for a postpartum breastfeeding mother? Postpartum, the time following childbirth, can range from 6-12 weeks. It is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”. This is a time of healing for mom and bonding with baby and getting breastfeeding established. Due to the changes that pregnancy and childbirth cause to a woman’s body, her nutritional needs change during the postpartum period. It is a time for her body to recuperate. The nutritional focus during this time is focused on foods that promote healing and establishment of breast milk. Foods that promote healing and
Having a new baby can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. One of the things you can do to simplify your time postpartum is to prepare freezer meals so they are ready and waiting when you bring home the baby. Here are some of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes to make ahead and help you plan your postpartum meals. Or put some together to give to a friend who is expecting her own baby. Pizza Casserole Recipe by Beauty Through Imperfection – Fast, easy and delicious recipe that can be easily be a family favorite. Chelo Kebabs and
We all know the children’s tale of Peter Rabbit whose mother gives him a cup of Chamomile tea after having a hectic day. Mama Rabbit is very wise. This calm herbal tea blend is a DIY mix especially for moms to help us relax after a long day of pouring into our children’s lives. Making tea in itself is telling our bodies to slow down for a moment and make something for yourself. Take care of yourself with herbs great for your nervous system by creating a Homemade Calm Mama Tea blend (or course, dads can enjoy this as well!).
Bringing home a new baby from the hospital can feel overwhelming. I feel like I was better prepared than most first-time moms as the oldest of 8 children. I wasn’t new to babies but I was new to this baby. I remember when the midwives left thinking to myself, “They left me with this entire human being. Shouldn’t there be a test for this?” Settling into the new routine of parenthood can be a tough transition, I’ve been through it five times, so here are some of my favorite tips for that first week. 1. Protect Your Time With the