Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Tiny Teether

The Tiny Teether

Our son is teething. He seems to have been teething from the womb! So there’s the red knuckles, the drippy drool, the constant need to chew on anything he can get his little digits on and the pain that accompanies all of this.

So what has helped has been the baltic amber teething necklace and hurricaine gel. There are differing opinions on both products and their effectiveness. The necklace has succinic acid that is absorbed by the skin and travels through the bloodstream to the pain and helps to ease it along with the drooling. The gel is a form of benzocaine gel that is obvious in its use and is very powerful but effective. It is used on our children with the greatest caution because of it’s strength.

So–these have worked well for both of our children and two teeth have popped through on the bottom of Kaelan’s gums already. Along with all our teething toys and chewing Mommy and Daddy’s fingers, we’re good. 🙂

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

I had no idea that there were foods to avoid while breastfeeding. I have been breastfeeding for almost two years now and nobody ever told me this…of course it is common sense to a certain degree. I mean–I absolutely made sure to learned to avoid the “avoid foods” during pregnancy that is recommended! Ah well, live and learn.

The book “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding” by Joan Younger Meek is a great resource that I relied on and continue to for this season of life, but there is not as much about the foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Some of the allergen foods is mentioned in a few places and they are not elaborated on greatly.

So, you ask, what are the foods to avoid? Here’s the list: Coffee, Chocolate (both for caffeine), Alcohol (c’mon, you don’t want to give your baby a buzz), Broccoli (and other “gassy foods” like beans, couliflower, etc.), Spicy Foods (like jalapenos and so on; incidentally not all babies have a problem so just exclude if fussiness seems to occur), Garlic (also a taste issue for baby possibly), Fish (same as during pregnancy, mercury happens), Citrus (apparently can irritate their new little gastrointestinal system), Peppermint and Parsley (used to halt milk supply so use sparingly), Peanuts/Tree Nuts (high-allergen food passes to baby), Corn (high allergen), Shellfish (high allergen), Egg (possibly egg white allergen), Soy (food allergen), Wheat (especially if mom or dad is allergic), and of course Milk and Dairy (for, you guessed it, food allergen).

Happy Breastfeeding 🙂

Crazy Days!

Crazy Days!

Wow! It has been several days since my last post–more than a month, even! What can I say. We’ve been having crazy days. And sleep deprived nights. Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, and did I mention the sleep deprivasion? Well, we are back on track now!

Kaelan’s first tooth seems to be breaking through,we are so excited! He just turned 6 months old the end of January! Miranda is pretending to potty train I think. Not much more than pretty much sitting on the toilet for a few seconds, “wiping” with toilet paper and getting down. But, hey, it’s a start. 🙂