Entries in mothering (9)


Who’s Your Daddy? Bonding with Baby Is Not Just for Mama Anymore!

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This week, the topic comes from a reader (Yay! Send me your questions ladies!).

What are some good ways to include daddy in bonding if I am solely breastfeeding?

bond·ing  n. a. The formation of a close human relationship

Bonding is a process, and it doesn’t necessarily have to happen within a certain time frame after birth. For many parents, bonding is a result of everyday care giving.

For nursing mothers, we already have a leg up. When a baby suckles, the mother's neurons respond by putting out the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love drug. Men just can’t compete with that, leaving many fathers feeling distanced and irrelevant.

But fathers are very important to their babies, and they can and should play an important role in nurturing their breastfed babies. Since the early weeks of parenthood are filled with learning what a new baby likes and dislikes, both parents can learn together. Here are some ideas.

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The Amber Necklace

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Have you ever seen a yummy little baby with an amber necklace on?

Well, it turns out those teeny pieces of jewelry are more than just good-looking; they’re actually used to help relieve little ones from teething pain!

Amber is as old as time itself, dating back millions of years. And yet, it is still believed in today and used for its healing power for treating joint pain, arthritic ailments, and even teething pain for children.

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Sitz Baths: Herbal Tea for Your Lady Parts!



A few years ago, I had not heard of a sitz bath until my midwife gave me some yummy herbs, told me to brew them up, and sit in them. I had received many stitches following the birth of my babe, and I was open to any suggestions! So I did, and it was like heaven. So let me share with you, dear readers, in case you do not have an herb-bearing angel of your own!

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The Meal Tree: The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Making food for new parents is one of the greatest gifts one can give. No outfit, no matter how adorable, will matter as much a ready-made meal that parents do not have to think about!

A Meal Tree is a network of friends and family members who volunteer to bring one dinner dish after the baby is born. The longer the list of friends and family members, the longer the new family will have meals. This gives families time to relax, bond and adjust to life with their new baby.

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The Pacifier: To Suck or Not to Suck?

Paci, papper, binky, nuk-nuk, dummy.  Whatever you or your baby calls it, these little pieces of rubber can be a source of intense debate among parents. And there is usually a very distinct line drawn in the sand between the two camps. Before babe, while pregnant, and with a newborn, I was of the camp that was inexplicably, abhorrently against it.  Then it began to dawn on me that my little bird had no way to soothe himself aside from me, and my ever-present boobs. So I tried a pacifier quite late in the game. HA! The distance across the room that he immediately spat it was astounding.  No luck either, with thumb sucking, a teddy, a blankie, or anything else that could stand in for Mama when Birdie was/is upset. That’s my story. So where’s my camp now? We’ll see when I get pregnant again what side of the line I stand on, or if I just go and erase it altogether! I mean, it’s just sand. Right?


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Sleep with Your Baby! A (Passionate) Argument for Co-Sleeping 

Co-sleeping, or the family bed, by definition is exactly what it sounds like it might be: sleeping together as a family in one bed -- mom, dad and children. 

There is nothing like sleeping with a baby. The yummy smell, the teeny smooshiness, the ease of rolling over to nurse or feed in the night, the bond it creates for the family, and the sweet face first thing in the morning. Over half the world's population sleeps with their baby. So why, in this country, do more people not do it??


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Natural Remedies for Your Baby's Thrush 

Good Monday!

Our question this week is regarding baby thrush. What causes it? And what natural remedies will get rid of it?

Thrush is a yeast infection in your baby’s mouth, an overgrowth of Candida albicans, which is a type of yeast that is normally present in smaller amounts in our bodies. For babies, thrush is usually passed to them through their mother’s nipples during breastfeeding, which is why the end result is ‘thrush’ in their mouths. The insides or your baby’s cheeks and throat may look redder than normal, and their tongue will be coated white and you may see pockets of white yeast in baby’s cheeks or the corners of her mouth.


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Breastfeeding Essentials: Food for Thought

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week here is a link to some helpful videos compiled by Healthy Chilld, Healthy World.


by Janelle Sorensen, Chief Communications Officer, Healthy Child Healthy World

I did nothing to prepare for breastfeeding my first child. Zero. I figured, it’s such a natural act, there can’t be that much to it. Boy was I wrong.

I would have failed entirely in the very first few hours had it not been for an extremely supportive nurse (something many moms don’t have). And I only lasted four months because I became very ill and was on medication that made it unsafe for my daughter to breastfeed. I dried up. I was devastated.

Later, I learned that I should have pumped and dumped the milk to keep producing. I also learned that if I would have simply let my daughter start to suckle regularly, there would have been a good chance that my milk would have come back in. Sad.

I know many moms out there have their own breastfeeding stories and obstacles that perhaps they did or did not overcome. Let’s share them this week - in honor of World Breastfeeding WeekThe more we talk about our experiences, the more we can empower new moms and future moms.

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