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My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

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Always try to use the bathroom before you settle down to nurse. One of the most uncomfortable feelings during nursing is the desperate need to pee! Baby is not going to starve if they wait another 5 to 10 minutes. Not to mention you lessen your chances of a UTI when you actually use the bathroom when you feel the need.  Photography courtesy of OceanBluePhotography.com

Find the most comfortable position for you and the baby to breastfeed. This is easily accomplished with a boppy or other pillows to rest your arms or support your back. There are also a number of breastfeeding positions to help ease the situation. My top pick would be side-lying position.

Set yourself up with what I call a nursing or breastfeeding station. This would include what you need right before, during and right after you breastfeed. This would include snacks, water, cell phone/land-line phone, t.v. Remote, books/magazines, cozy blanket when it’s cold, boppy (or similar product), burp cloths, and nursing cover.

Nursing covers are for the ladies, like myself, who seem to be hesitant at people gawking at you as you feed your baby. Some women can handle the stares and comments, good and bad alike. I would rather not. I sometimes do still get comments but most people notice less when I use the cover.

Have your burp clothes with you. A stack within the nursing station is great. Between spit-up, throw up and diaper explosions, they are down right handy! They are also good for when you have a let down to capture the milk coming from your other side.

One other important tip is that you want to have a variety of comfortable nursing bras and/or camisoles. Trust me when I write that you will really need the support.

Herbal Lactation Teas are great for increasing your supply. Always make sure you are getting enough water and calories before using the tea if you feel lacking in your supply. In the very early days, tea may not be necessary.

One basic rule when I started breastfeeding was to have a snack every time I breastfed the baby. Have some wholesome, nutritious snacks on hand. High quality protein bars, dried fruit, raw nuts, trail mixes can all store well.  Use a storage container of some kind for those snacks to have within reach while you breastfeed the baby. You can use baskets, boxes, Tupperware, reuse shoe boxes, etc. This is especially useful if you have more than one breastfeeding station (i.e. your bedroom, nursery, living room, etc.)  

Water. You’re body is made up of about 70% of water. It is the necessity of milk production (as well as adequate calories). First thing to check when your supply seems low is how much water you are actually drinking. Always have water available. Keep a bottle easily accessible in every room. Bedroom, nursery, living room—even the bathroom. I’m serious! This may seem silly or weird, but I am just saying you should be drinking water this often!  

What about you?  If you have any tips that I missed, feel free to share them below!

The Day I Doubted My Blog

The Day I Doubted My Blog

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The Day I Doubted My Blog

A few days ago I found this great blog post by Heather Reese on her blog It’s a Lovely Life called 5 Ways We Can All Stop Those Unhelpful Mom Debates Right Now. I loved it! I can relate in being judged and have felt I may have been judgmental in my own ways during the last 5 years of being a mom. I would like to let others know my opinion, not force my own upon anyone!

I started thinking about how my blog might come across. The title alone is enough to make me nervous now regarding this.  I would hate for anyone to think I am judging just by seeing it. The way God intended is referencing the way I believe He intended humanity to live. Meaning as natural as possible in day-to-day life. That He created women’s bodies to have children. That He created everything we need to live and survive already in natural forms to find here on our planet. And so many other aspects. And that is just the start…my About page plainly states it, but I will state it again: This is an informational blog to be used as a resource for others who are interested or have questions about natural living—basically, it is our experiences and “results” from our choice to live as naturally as possible.

To be clear, we understand that not everyone will agree and that these lifestyle choices are not always a viable option. There is a time and place for intervention, hospitals, doctors, western medicine and all that territory. I believe God gave us all those too. They are not to be disclaimed. They are just not our first choice. If we can find a natural way to do it (i.e. homeopathic, herbal, holistic, etc.) we will try that route first.

Here is a list of many things we have had the privilege to have done or be a part of regarding natural living.

Pregnancies, Birth and Children: prenatal care with a midwife through a birthing center for all pregnancies; midwife assisted home births, all water births; prenatal and pediatric chiropractic; breastfeeding; baby-wearing; cloth diapering (only our youngest); amber teething necklaces.

Health, Supplements and Medical: essential oils; herbal teas; herbal tinctures; natural antibiotics (colloidal silver, coconut oil, honey, etc.); natural healing and immunity support and function from food (lemons, herbs, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cranberries; oat, fennugreek, nuts and so on for lactation); homeopathic first aids; homemade tooth powder; homemade yogurt (pro-biotic digestion).

Other aspects that I have blogged about are resources that I also want to share my experiences with and include: Travel; sleep and co-sleep; getting involved in local activities (libraries and fall festivals); and I will hopefully soon post some blogs about our new adventures in Homeschooling….stay tuned!

My Resources and Networking page also has about six different links to people, places or products that I have had the privilege of interacting with. Check them out, too.

What about you? Had any experiences with judgmental people? Or any experience with natural living? I would love to hear any thoughts!

5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies

5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies

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Happy National Coffee Day!!!

Every year on September 29th we celebrate the delicious beverage called coffee. In honor of this day some favorite chains (and probably some small time shops and bakeries, too) are offering free coffee and discounts. Here’s a couple sites to find out where!

http://www.delish.com/food-news/a43963/national-coffee-day-2015/

http://blog.timesunion.com/savings/national-coffee-day-2015-deals-dunkin-donuts-stewarts-whole-foods-mcdonalds-and-more/15682/

Also I thought I would share with you some things I found out about coffee (specifically caffeine) and breastfeeding.

 

So you finally get the baby to sleep and quietly sneak out of the room. You grab your most cherished mug and indulge in your favorite creamer. You sigh as you watch the delicious dark liquid pour in. You savor and relax and enjoy. And then, in about four to six hours, you have a baby that is feisty and then tired but staying up all night long. What happened? Caffeine happened.

Caffeine and babies. Not the best combination. It is no fun having to deal with a newborn or infant that has had “caffeinated milk”. Usually their little bodies have a more intense reaction which usually means that they stay awake for way longer than they want to be–and they tell you so! Here are a few things I learned about caffeine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

1.Your baby has everything you have. This is true when pregnant and when breastfeeding. You had a power-food packed salad of spinach, grilled chicken and oil and vinegar dressing, so did your baby. Fast-food cheeseburger and fries, so did baby. Ginger tea for your sniffly nose, so did baby. So…caffeinated coffee? That’s right, so did baby.

2.Not all babies react the same to caffeine or the amounts consumed by breastmilk. My third baby has been taking in caffeine through breastfeeding by about the time she takes her nap almost every day for roughly a year now and she is almost 2. She hasn’t really had any problems. Her older brother on the other hand was very sensitive and I had to drink my coffee very early in the morning many hours before nursing him for his nap or he was not able to sleep.

3.The general principle for breastfeeding younger babies is to have caffeine right when breastfeeding. The idea is that the caffeine will be out of your system before the next breastfeeding session. This generally seems to work if you are breastfeeding a newborn (0-6 months old) about every 4 hours. I heard this advice at a Le Leche League meeting.

4.Caffeine is found in many places. I learned that chocolate, green tea (as well as some other teas) and even decaffeinated coffee all have caffeine in them. Be aware to check and find out if you are unsure about certain food or beverages before consuming them. Even Extra Strength Excedrin, Midol and No-Doz have caffeine!

5.Different foods and beverages have different amounts of caffeine. For instance white tea has more than green tea. It takes about 2 shots of espresso ( 2oz.s) or 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips to equal the amount of caffeine in an 8 oz. cup of regular coffee.  (found this info at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372)

So I hope this has been helpful! Don’t forget to check out my post Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych! for a delicious alternative to Starbucks. Do you have any tips about caffeine and babies? Leave them below! I would love to hear from you!