breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby – what you should know

    Adoptive breastfeeding is becoming increasingly common as the society moves towards embracing this new idea.  Not only is it possible to breastfeed an adopted infant but more andmore mothers are interested in the possibility of fostering new-borns. It can be a rewarding experience for both the mother and her adopted child. Adoption can be a long process, and makes each placement irrevocable once the birthmother has signed the consent documents. The actual placement will only take place once the adoptive parents have received a written consent and are medically/financially approved by the adoption agency.     Adoptive Breastfeeding – The Process While it does require some pre-planning, the adoptive breastfeeding process is not much different from nursing a biological child...
  • What Foods You Should Consume for Longer Breast Milk Supply

    This is a guest post by Kathy Hardess. She's a stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, who's passionate about beauty, health, and environment, with a diploma in nutrition. Whether you are a first-time mother or this is your fourth child, each breastfeeding journey is different. There are many factors one can control when nursing, and others we cannot control. One thing all mothers have control over, however, is their diet during that time. There are many foods and drinks that have been proven to increase and support a longer breast milk supply.   Vitamins The number one diet recommendation is vital to all humans, especially one that is helping another grow. This is vitamins and nutrients. Eating a diet that is...
  • Breastfeeding Affirmations

     Breastfeeding Affirmations Cards and Coloring Book   Following my first post on Birth Affirmations and colouring, I want to talk about Breastfeeding this time. It was not an easy journey for me to start and sustain breastfeeding. With the self help techniques of using affirmations and art, I am proud to announce that I am a nursing mother for almost 10 months.   There are definitely a lot of other resources that new moms could use: professional help of lactation consultants, online forums, La Leche groups and etc.- I have used it all. However, I found that the most helpful one was my self belief in the ability to breastfeed my baby. By using positive statements, I was tuning my brain into a...
  • Breastfeeding: 6 Tips for Getting the Best Possible Start

    This is a guest post by Cindy Leclerc and Jana Stockham, Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. They specialize in all things newborn and can be found at cindyandjana.com and simplybreastfeeding.ca.   Breastfeeding: 6 Tips for Getting the Best Possible Start   Breastfeeding can be a bit challenging at first for both you and your baby. Here are 6 tips to make the learning curve easier. It’s never too early to prepare. If you are still pregnant, there are things you can do now to make breastfeeding easier. Begin learning some of the basics of breastfeeding by reading a book or taking a class. Surround yourself with people who believe in breastfeeding. If you don’t have supportive friends or family...
  • How Breastfeeding Can Help You Improve Your Mental Health

    This article is a guest post written by Andrea Bell. You can learn more about her at the end of the post.    Breastfeeding is the best gift a mother could give to herself and her baby. To me, breastfeeding is not a choice it’s a huge responsibility. The benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented and there is no denying breastfeeding is important for the health of both the child and the mother.  You will be surprised to know that the benefits of nursing include the promotion of optimal health throughout the mother’s and the child’s lifespan. Many of you might not know that human milk has numerous disease-fighting and health-promoting elements that provide both nutrition and protection. We all know how...
  • Tips for Getting the Best Postnatal Sleep

    This is a guest post by Sarah from Sleepy Deep. She writes about everything sleep related and is a firm believer in the value of consistent high quality sleep. Tips for Getting the Best Postnatal Sleep   The little one has finally arrived and while you are beyond excited about the newest addition to your family, getting sleep is still on the forefront of your mind. Because let’s face it, with a new baby, good sleep will be hard to come by. That’s why we’ve prepared these tips for getting the best postnatal sleep.   Sleep When the Baby Sleeps   There’s  a reason why this is a common saying among new mothers. An assistant sleep specialist Margaret Park, quoted for...
  • Feeding Fitz, Part 2: The Milk Supply Scare

    I was going to write about introducing solids next in the Feeding Fitz series, but something happened last week that scared the hell out of me, traumatized me, really. At bookclub on Wednesday night, I got a little carried away with the wine (we were having a great discussion on masculinity and our most recent book club selections, Martin John by Anakana Schofield and Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis). At any rate, because of my lower carb diet, the wine hit me harder than usual and the next day, I woke up with a killer headache and a baby who, as he nursed became increasingly irritated. I couldn't figure out why Fitz was so cranky, so frustrated and moody, until I noticed that I wasn't feeling my milk letdown...
  • It's Ok to Cry over an Empty Deep Chest Freezer…

    This is a guest post written by Rachel Barry. You can read more about her at the end of this article.  It’s ok to cry over an empty deep chest freezer… I shed a tear today for myself, my daughter, and my empty chest freezer. Our chest freezer held one of the most important things... breast milk. I had a difficult time breastfeeding. My daughter didn't have a tongue or lip tie, but something was keeping her from latching and staying on. I saw lactation consultant's and had experienced breastfeeding mom's come see if they could help. I wore a canteen contraption, that held breast milk, around my neck that had tubes that ran from the canteen to my nipples so that my daughter would...
  • Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply    There’s no doubt that breastfeeding requires a lot from your body.  After all, your body burns hundreds of calories a day as it produces energy to keep up with the demands of a hungry infant or toddler. For this reason, eating foods that will help increase and maintain your milk supply is key. If you decide to nurse your baby, keep in mind that the more you nurse, the more milk your body produces. In addition to this, certain foods...
  • It's time to dress up, it's Holiday season!

      Hurray! The frenzy of Custom Orthotics and the holiday season is finally here! You'll soon be planning parties and  thinking about the best gifts that are sure to please your special someone. Sure it seems like the same holiday season as years before...except one thing: Now you'rebreastfeeding mom! :)   You think about how to dress your little man or your sweet little princess, but what about you? Do not forget yourself, you deserve something that will make you feel at the top of your game ! Time to sparkle and to dress up! We have a few wonderful holiday pieces that are sure to make you look as fabulous as you feel! Enjoy!       ...

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