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Bonding Naturally with Your Baby

Bonding Naturally with Your Baby

Bonding with your newborn baby can happen immediately after birthing through a method called Kangaroo Care. This promotes psychological and physical well-being for both your newborn and for you as the mother. Kangaroo Care includes skin-to-skin contact and exclusively breastfeeding. Kangaroo Care is excellent for both parents, however. Studies show lowered testosterone levels when fathers experience skin-to-skin with their babies. All babies and all parents benefit from Kangaroo Care, regardless…

Suggested Readings

Suggested Readings

Books for Expecting Mothers Books for Expecting Fathers Books for Children and Expecting Siblings Books for Pet Assimilation

Feeding

15 Breast Milk Nutrition Secrets

15 Breast Milk Nutrition Secrets

Breast milk contains ingredients that kill cancerous cells.Your body identifies bacteria and viruses found in your baby’s body and environment. You then produce antibodies specifically tailored for those infections and deliver them to your baby through your breast milk. The more breast milk she drinks, the more antibodies she receives.Breast milk appears to switch on a gene in your baby’s body, which produces a hormone called Leptin. This hormone tells…

Bottles for Breastfed Babies

Bottles for Breastfed Babies

No Flow Bottle Nipples “No flow” also known as “breast flow bottles” allow babies to completely control the flow of milk, unlike a “flow” nipple that drips when the bottle is held upside-down. The concept behind the “no flow” nipple is very innovative and conducive for mimicking breastfeeding while preventing nipple preferencing. Second to breastfeeding, “no flow” nipples increase development of baby’s speech, oral muscles, and facial muscles and prevent…

Breast Milk vs. Formula

Breast Milk vs. Formula

NUTRIENT BREAST MILK FORMULA COMMENT FATS Rich in brain-building omega 3’s, namely DHA and ARA. Automatically adjusts to infant’s needs; levels decline as baby gets older Rich in cholesterol Nearly completely absorbed. Contains fat-digesting enzyme, lipase. No valid DHA. Doesn’t change with baby’s needs. No Cholesterol. Not completely absorbed. No lipase. Fat is the most important nutrient in breast milk; In Formula: absence of cholesterol and DHA, vital nutrients for…

Formula Supplementing Tips

Formula Supplementing Tips

Feeding your baby by formula supplementing may have you puzzled as there are so many options and types of formulas on the market. A Newborn Care Specialist will present to you the research discovered by professional pediatricians comparing the 6 categories of formula (Cow’s Milk-Based, Soy-Based, Hypoallergenic, Lactose-Free, Organic, and Formulas for Babies with Special Needs). After making an educated decision and finally choosing a formula, your Newborn Care Specialist…

Best Breastfeeding Position

Best Breastfeeding Position

Natural breastfeeding using the laid back breastfeeding method also known as the Turtle Method position can stimulate your baby’s pressure points to nurse and heal your breasts while getting a deeper latch! It is also a safer way for your baby to breastfeed if you fall asleep while feeding your baby. With the Turtle Method, newborn babies can stabilize themselves naturally. This means your baby can already instinctively control certain…

Breastfeeding Tips

Breastfeeding Tips

Breast care and breastfeeding go hand-in-hand. A Newborn Care Specialist can help expected and new mothers with breastfeeding by discussing and demonstrating: nutritional support for increasing milk supply milk storage nipple care and breast wellness bottles for breastfed babies nipple sizes how often to feed how much to feed physical signs of your infant getting enough nutrition guidelines for weight gain signs of underfeeding and over feeding safe breastfeeding tips…

Choosing A Formula Supplement

Choosing A Formula Supplement

Choosing how to supplement your baby’s diet with formula can be puzzling. Currently there are 6 major categories of formula on our market shelves today. They include: Cow’s Milk Based Formulas Soy Based Formulas Hypoallergenic Formulas Lactose Free Formulas Organic Formulas Formulas for Babies with Special Needs It is important to make an educated decision on the type of formula supplement you will feed to your baby. Hiring a Doula…

Newborn Tips

Newborn Essentials

Newborn Essentials

There are so many newborn products on the market and it can be overwhelming for new parents to narrow down the list when everything is so cute. Here’s a basic list of newborn essentials so you can maximize your budget and filter through baby products that are most necessary for your newborn baby. Plan ahead so you can put any of these newborn essentials on your baby list registry and…

Travel Tips & Flying With a Baby

Travel Tips & Flying With a Baby

How Do I Fly With My Baby? Do you need travel tips? I’m often asked by new parents how to prepare for flying when they are about to travel by plane for the first time with their baby. A common question is… “How do I avoid my baby from crying on a plane?” Babies tend to feel the most pain from the pressure of takeoff and landing. This is because…

Probiotics for Baby’s Best Health

Probiotics for Baby’s Best Health

Evidenced-Based Info and Essential Advice for New Parents or Soon-To-Be Parents Spit ups, reflux, “colic”, and new mothers feeling that “something is wrong with me” – these are issues which are occurring much too frequently.  Avoiding too much coffee and brussels sprouts and cauliflower can only help so much.  It’s important to be informed and understand the evolution of the human body and what is needed for baby, so you…

Tummy Time Instructions

Tummy Time Instructions

Tummy time enables your newborn baby to receive several essential developmental benefits as your newborn engages their entire body to lay the foundation of all of their sensorimotor skills for their entire life. How exactly do you do tummy time? Follow the timeline below and read the tummy time tips. It’s never too late to start tummy time exercises, and to give your baby all the tools they need to reap…

Newborn Development From Tummy Time

Newborn Development From Tummy Time

In your tummy, your baby was curled up in a little ball shape. Tummy time exercises allow your baby to open up and gently elongate the front of their body for optimal newborn development. Tummy time itself does not hurt. However, it is a brand new, stimulating experience for babies to process as they engage their entire body to lay the foundation of all of their sensorimotor skills for their entire…

Sleep

Humidity and Temperature for Sleeping Babies and Children

Humidity and Temperature for Sleeping Babies and Children

Air conditioning can dry the humidity in the room, and babies and children can wake with a dry mouth and feel thirsty and their cries can equate to more nighttime feeding occurrences. Fixing humidity doesn’t mean they’ll have one less night feed – if they are hungry, then they absolutely need to be fed! For children who are mouth breathers and sleep with their mouth open, a dry room can…

Baby Night Lights for Better Sleep

Baby Night Lights for Better Sleep

Baby Night Lights A quick Google search for “baby night lights” brings you to many magical and cute animal baby night lights and heart-shaped baby night lights but 99% of these baby night lights you see are proven to actually inhibit sleep. If you’re using a nightlight in your baby’s/toddler’s/child’s room, or plan to, you need to know which type of lights to avoid so you can create the best…

Sleeping with a Pacifier

Sleeping with a Pacifier

Pacifiers can be both a godsend AND a nightmare. I have cared for and supported hundreds of families and babies, from singletons to preemies with special needs and multiples. A lot has changed according to the AAP and guidelines from orthodontists and lactation consultants since I became a Certified Advanced Newborn Care Specialist, Doula, and Certified Lactation Educator Counselor. Over my course I went from not recommending pacifiers to understanding…

What is Sleep Training?

What is Sleep Training?

Sleep training encourages your baby to be on a schedule which will maximize cognitive development. It all starts with a daytime sleep training schedule which greatly impacts their nighttime sleep training outcomes. Neurons grow and brain development increases at an accelerated pace at night. Therefore the quality and duration of a baby’s nighttime sleep have a greater impact on overall growth and development than their daytime sleep. However, nighttime sleep…

soothing

The Calming Reflex And Colic

The Calming Reflex And Colic

A hypothesis for colic is presented by Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp with a term defined as “The Missing Fourth Trimester”. This refers to the timeframe of a newborn baby’s first three months, and Dr. Karp’s discovery of the neonatal response, also known as the calming reflex or “off switch” for crying in infants younger than 3 months, which is activated by his solution called “The 5 S’s” technique. According to…

The Secret 4th Trimester

The Secret 4th Trimester

The baby’s fourth trimester starts from the moment they’re born and lasts until three months old. The term is used to describe a period of great change and development in newborns, as they adjust to the new world outside the womb. Dr. Harvey Karp, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine and nationally renowned expert on children’s health and the environment, believes that newborns experience “fourth trimester”…

Overstimulating A Newborn

Overstimulating A Newborn

Overstimulating a newborn is very easy to do and it’s important to learn the cues to avoid crossing this delicate line. When your baby is overtired or overstimulated, a pacifier can’t always do the trick! A Doula or Newborn Care Specialist can teach you about the secrets of the fourth trimester and how to nurture your newborn back into feeling a familiar safe, secure environment which mimics your womb. Signs…

postpartum Recovery

Ayurvedic Super Food Lactation Snack

Ayurvedic Super Food Lactation Snack

Sweet Potato + Hemp Hearts + Sesame Seeds + Pumpkin Seeds + Cardamom + Ginger + Ghee = YUM!!! Sweet potatoes, a #superFood spud super magically loaded with: 🍠 Beta carotene, iron, and minerals to increase and improve a #newMum’s #breastmilk! 🍠 Magnesium, #protein, and potassium, lowering blood pressure which is usually higher in postpartum due to retained fluids! This radical root decreases water retention and balances electrolytes! 🍠 This…

DIY Herbal Padsicles + Perineum Sitz Spray

DIY Herbal Padsicles + Perineum Sitz Spray

Soothe and heal your perineum fast after giving birth with this easy, natural DIY herbal perineum spray and padsicles recipe.  These pads will relieve inflammation, swelling, and soreness after birthing during your first couple weeks postpartum.  The remaining spray will provide much relief after you void/use the restroom.  It’s a 2-in-1! Ingredients for healing your precious perineum: Feminine pads (chemical-free sanitary pads which are chlorine-free and scent-free are healthier for…

Postpartum Essentials

Postpartum Essentials

In the midst of a newborn baby, often the new mother can forget to take care of herself. It’s not really “forgetting”, although Mommy Brain is literally a real thing, it’s more about the new mother prioritizing this tiny human being’s needs and being so exhausted that she just couldn’t get to serving herself. Hiring an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula can be extremely helpful as the new mother is taught how…

childbirth

Engage Birth eCourse

Engage Birth eCourse

Learn from home all about how to prepare for birth from an experienced Certified Birth Doula.  This online and self-paced virtual course encourages you to truly ENGAGE your heart + mind for your ideal birth experience! What’s the incentive?  Your growth!  The more engaged you are = faster you’ll complete = cheaper the course!…

Prenatal Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth

Prenatal Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth

Did you know the curve of the spine actually changes shape to make space for a growing fetus? Your organs are actually pushed up and out when you’re pregnant. This is why belly binding is used during postpartum to prevent and treat diastis recti. Low back pain is super common in pregnancy, and most…

Labor Pain Management

Labor Pain Management

Labor pain is one of the primary fears expecting mothers have about the physical aspect of childbirth.  Educating yourself on evidence-based and proven pain management techniques can help you make better decisions during labor and give you tools to manage your body AND your mind while birthing your baby. Proven ways to cope with…

Home Birth 101 (FREE eCourse)

Home Birth 101 (FREE eCourse)

The Real Scoop On Home Birth & All The FactsLearn about midwives, the research on safety of home birth vs. hospital births and how to interpret home birth statistics, plus real accounts from families who chose to birth at home! In light of this public health concern, learn all the evidence-based information on home birth – you have options!…