How to Make Your Own Affordable Quality Breast Milk Jewelry

How to Make Your Own Affordable Quality Breast Milk Jewelry

When I first heard about breast milk jewelry, I scoffed at the idea. Why would anyone care about preserving their breastmilk in a weird piece of jewelry? Fast forward a few months to when I started making plans to wean my baby, and I found 

How to Know When You Are Truly Ready to Stop Breastfeeding?

How to Know When You Are Truly Ready to Stop Breastfeeding?

Many moms have a love-hate relationship with breastfeeding. There’s nothing quite like nourishing your child from your own body, and it marks a finite period in a woman’s life as a mother. It is also a test of endurance. Many breastfeeding moms (this includes both 

Does it Take a Village to Raise a Child? Parenting Today

Does it Take a Village to Raise a Child? Parenting Today

All parents need some type of support network when raising young children. What this support network looks like though, can vary. Different parents need varying levels and sources of support depending on the following; their personalities their mental health and physical health their financial statuses 

How I Use Sunflower Lecithin to Clear Plugged Milk Ducts

How I Use Sunflower Lecithin to Clear Plugged Milk Ducts

If you are a breastfeeding mama who has had recurrent plugged ducts, you know the struggle. What starts as a fairly small tender spot on your breast can quickly become a painful hard lump. If a clog does not clear up on its own or 

Can You Take Emergen-C While Breastfeeding? Dosage Safety

Can You Take Emergen-C While Breastfeeding? Dosage Safety

During cold and flu season, busy breastfeeding moms may be asking, can you take Emergen C while breastfeeding? Anything that can potentially give a tired mom a leg up sounds like a pretty good idea, right? A review of the available information and scientific literature 

Breastfeeding at 1-Year-Old: How Often Should I Be Nursing?

Breastfeeding at 1-Year-Old: How Often Should I Be Nursing?

Topics: Breastfeeding a 1-Year-Old: How Often? Factors Influencing Breastfeeding Frequency My 1-Year-Old’s Breastfeeding Schedule Young Toddlers’ Nutritional Needs How Much Does a 1-Year-Old Drink in a Single Breastfeeding Session? How Long is a Full-Feed Nursing Session?  Responding to a Child’s Breastfeeding Cues How Do I 

Best Family Beach Packing List: Baby, Toddler, Kid Edition!

Best Family Beach Packing List: Baby, Toddler, Kid Edition!

✓ Family Beach Trip Packing Checklist As we are headed into the sunshine season, let’s get ready for some sandy fun-filled days at the beach! Taking a family vacation or even just a day trip to the beach can be hard work and requires some 

Overstimulated Mom Symptoms and 20 Soothing Ways to Cope

Overstimulated Mom Symptoms and 20 Soothing Ways to Cope

An overstimulated mom is tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. Her nervous system has been bombarded with sensory information in the form of shrieking rambunctious children, crying babies, and the countless demands of motherhood.  She may experience strong feelings of anger and irritability, and feel like she 

Stay at Home Mom Burnout Signs and 10 Ways to Recover

Stay at Home Mom Burnout Signs and 10 Ways to Recover

Stay at Home Mom Burnout Signs 10 Ways to Recover from Burnout If you are dealing with stay-at-home mom burnout, you are not alone. Raising children full time is hard work and can get the best of anyone.  While all mamas have the occasional hard 

How an Assertive Parenting Style Helps Mom Keep her Calm

How an Assertive Parenting Style Helps Mom Keep her Calm

As a mom of a rambunctious baby and a high energy preschooler, I can get pretty overstimulated and overwhelmed. Sometimes my nerves are completely fried by the end of the day. This is when I start to feel angry, resentful and burnt out. The constant 

My 12 Favorite Snacks for Nursing Moms

My 12 Favorite Snacks for Nursing Moms

Breastfeeding is a big job and as such, snacks for nursing moms are essential! Not only is making breastmilk physically demanding, but it can be mentally and emotionally demanding as well. Many mamas are feeding their babies around the clock and may additionally be dealing 

How Much Coffee Can I Drink While Nursing?

How Much Coffee Can I Drink While Nursing?

Ever since becoming a mom, coffee has become a very important part of my life. VERY. The cumulative effects of sleep deprivation are just too real, and sometimes a cup of coffee feels like the only thing that is possibly going to get me through 

Milk Blebs and Shooting Pain

Milk Blebs and Shooting Pain

What is a Milk Bleb? What Does a Milk Bleb Feel Like? Treating Milk Blebs and Blisters at Home Breastfeeding is one of the most arduous tasks of motherhood. It is time intensive and sometimes quite uncomfortable and painful. And unfortunately for some, dealing with 

Preventing 3 Year Old Behavior Problems After New Baby

Preventing 3 Year Old Behavior Problems After New Baby

For the first month or so after bringing home our new baby, I was surprised that my 3 year old had no apparent shifts in behavior. He seemed curious about and delighted by the new baby. Fast forward a month and this is when the 

The Best Baby Wrap for Summer – Nominating the WeeSprout Tencel Modal Wrap

The Best Baby Wrap for Summer – Nominating the WeeSprout Tencel Modal Wrap

A great baby wrap promotes bonding, provides comfort and offers convenience. And with a hot and fun filled summer ahead, finding the best baby wrap to use while out on adventures or at home getting things done is a must. Features of a Great Summer 

My Unplanned VBAC Birth Story: When Baby Arrives in a Hurry

My Unplanned VBAC Birth Story: When Baby Arrives in a Hurry

My first birth was an emergency c-section and my second was an unplanned VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). The best-laid plans, right? Birth plans gone awry are the quintessential example of one of life’s favorite maxims; control is an illusion. I spent hours during my 

How I Treated My Postpartum Anal Fissure After Childbirth

How I Treated My Postpartum Anal Fissure After Childbirth

Let me tell you about my postpartum anal fissure and how I got through it. A fissure is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a small tear in the lining of the anus. A postpartum fissure is among the most painful issues a woman may experience after 

Nipple Pain When Breastfeeding And How To Manage It

Nipple Pain When Breastfeeding And How To Manage It

After going through Painful Breastfeeding as a New Mom with my first baby, I am happy to report that I have successfully managed nipple pain when breastfeeding with my second. I still experienced sore and painful nipples this second time around, but it never got anywhere near 

When Should Family Visit Your Newborn Baby? Tips and Rules

When Should Family Visit Your Newborn Baby? Tips and Rules

Topics Considerations – When Should Family Visit Newborn Baby?     1. Know Thyself     2. Protecting Immature Newborn Immune System     3. Establishing Breastfeeding     4. Processing Postpartum Emotions Establishing Boundaries with Newborn Visitors     1. Give Yourself Permission to Have Boundaries     2. Practice Clear 

C-Section Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and Baby

C-Section Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and Baby

 As far as my hospital bag was concerned, I was wildly unprepared after the birth of my first child. I had not yet prepared a bag when my water broke at 37 weeks, and I had not anticipated staying in the hospital for 5 days