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Tag Archive: breastfeeding

10 Steps Towards an Earth-Friendly Family
February 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Living lightly on this earth is becoming a goal for many families today. From those living in urban areas, to those living in the in woods, being an earth-friendly family is worth the effort and pays off in not only a healthier earth, but also in your wallet. 1) Talk About It The first step is to gather your family and talk about the journey you are about to go on. Talk about why you are wanting to do this and ask for your children’s input. Get even your youngest children involved – you may be surprised at the ideas

 
Getting Started on Your Breastfeeding Journey
February 10, 2017 8:00 am | by

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

 
5 Ways to Save Money with a New Baby
January 23, 2017 8:30 am | by

When you have a new baby arrive at your home, you start looking for ways to save money and stretch every dollar as far as possible. My kids are grown now, but working as a postpartum doula I’ve learned how people save money and have a few handy tips to share with you. 1. Save Money with Cloth Diapers The first way that comes to mind is by using cloth diapers. I had a postpartum doula client in the city who was using a diaper service for cloth diapers, and we did the math and this is what we came

 
Postpartum Nutrition for Breastfeeding Mothers
January 18, 2017 8:00 am | by

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

 
Accessorizing + Breastfeeding
January 12, 2017 2:42 pm | by

A mama’s wardrobe may need some revamping once baby arrives… Especially during the breastfeeding stage. From nursing-friendly tops to minimal accessorizing, a mama’s whole mindset changes when it comes to choosing her outfit for the day. It becomes all about baby… but who says mama can’t dress stylish and baby-friendly? Enter MilkDaze Nursing & Teething Jewelry. Our MilkDaze Jewelry line was made to fill the needs of both mama and baby. Mama stays trendy and feeling good, while providing baby-friendly entertainment for your little one while teething and feeding. For mama: The three chic necklace and bangle designs come in a variety of

 
Bringing the Baby Home With Free Baby Announcement Printable
December 30, 2016 8:00 am | by

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

 
Pregnant Mama Must-Haves
December 14, 2016 8:00 am | by

Here we go again… It’s time for baby #2! This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I do and do not need.  I’m so grateful that I held on to a lot of my favorite products from my first pregnancy, but there are still a few things I’ve discovered since then that I’d like to get. So with these products in mind, here is my list of must-have items I’d recommend for pregnant mamas. My Must-Haves   1. Comfy Maternity Pants. This is a must. I’m only a few months pregnant and I’ve already busted them out this time

 
10 Best Stocking Stuffers for Breastfeeding Moms
December 2, 2016 12:27 pm | by

Let’s all just get this out in the open: the hardest working people in your lives are moms. Breastfeeding moms in particular can get overwhelmed and touched out quickly. With that little bundle of joy by their side and non-stop pumping or nursing draining what energy they have to spare, they deserve a little something that’s just for them. You already know this, because you’re here looking for something to make their day extra special. 1. Stay-Dry Nursing Pads No breastfeeding mom ever has enough of these. Trust me. And these MilkDaze nursing pads are especially handy, with a unique shape

 
Why I Love Breastfeeding My Baby
October 25, 2016 4:21 pm | by

When I became pregnant with my first baby, I thought I had everything planned out. I wanted to cloth diaper, wear my baby and breastfeed for at least the first six months. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding mothers before I had my daughter, but I figured it would be easy. After all, it was natural, right? Little did I realize… babies don’t necessarily follow your plans and unfortunately, breastfeeding my baby wasn’t going to be as easy as I expected. With my girls, I had some difficulties. I dealt with cracked nipples, low supply, and a baby with horrible reflux. Our breastfeeding relationships lasted a

 
5 Reasons to Attend MommyCon
September 27, 2016 4:25 pm | by

The last MommyCon of the year is just around the corner! Dedicated to creating a supportive, non-judgmental community of parents (and parents-to-be), MommyCon encourages and educates parents about the benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. Cotton Babies is proud to be the presenting sponsor of MommyCon. Our Founder and CEO, Jennifer Labit, attends every conference to connect with and educate parents on the basics of cloth diapering in her Cloth Diapering 101 presentation. As she walks through the essentials of cloth diapering, she’ll give helpful tips and stories to assist you along your cloth diapering journey. Whether you’re new to