Earlier this week, I had the absolute pleasure of touring the New York Milk Bank and meeting with Roseanne, the operations manager. This is a very special place where women can donate their extra breastmilk to babies in the NICU in order to help them “survive and thrive”. It is a non-profit organization operated by five awesome ladies and several volunteers. Continue reading
As a Lactation Counselor, people tend to get nervous speaking about formula with me. Yes, I am a Lactation Counselor. Yes, I am very pro-breast. Yes, I focus a lot of my education on breastfeeding. BUT, that doesn’t mean I am anti-formula. I support a family with whatever decision they feel is best for THEIR family. If they want to breastfeed (in any way)-GREAT. If they want to supplement- GREAT. If they want to exclusively formula feed- GREAT.
At this point in the pregnancy most mothers are getting quite uncomfortable. They have gained a good portion of weight (whether baby or personal weight) and they have trouble finding a comfortable position to relax and sleep in. Furthermore, mom is getting excited to meet junior who she has worked so hard to develop over the last nine months. I have a question for you: why are births in this country considered a traumatic event while in third world countries many mothers will give birth and in the same day return to their daily tasks? I believe I have an answer for you. In our western culture we have taken away the power of the mother. We have given her body credit to develop a fetus over the past nine months but we have this unwritten outlook that the body that developed the baby, a true miracle, does not have the know how or ability to deliver that miracle. There are a few reasons I believe why the birth in the western world has become a traumatic event and I would like to discuss in this blog about how chiropractic can assist in the delivery day.
Aromatherapy has an array of benefits in all aspects of life. Labor and birth may be the hardest yet most incredible moment of a woman’s life. Aromatherapy provides several benefits on this journey. In the upcoming weeks, we will talk about how to apply essential oils while in labor, which ones to use, and the do’s and don’ts! Continue reading
As a Postpartum Doula, I get asked quite frequently by second time parents how to introduce their new baby to an older sibling (who is still pretty young). To this point, big brother or sister has been the only child. They got mommy’s attention whenever they wanted it. They were the star of the show! Now this new little person enters the home and big brother or sister may not quite know how to handle it. Here are a few tips to help with the adjustment.
There are several different ways you can use essential oils while pregnant. Here is a list of ways! Stay tuned for next week for solutions to common pregnancy problems using aromatherapy. Continue reading
When women are trying to stay more natural during pregnancy, it can be difficult to find solutions for pregnancy problems. Here are a problems aromatherapy can help with. Continue reading
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. It’s a way to provide all kinds of benefits to your baby and yourself. What new moms realize is that it can be hard! These are 11 tips to help you on your breastfeeding journey.
This has got to be one of my favorite and easiest meals I make so far. It’s as healthy as you can get and packed with flavor! Best yet, it will be lunch for a few days.
While essential oils can be very beneficial for a ton of different things, we must respect the oil and its strength. This is a list of potential adverse reactions to look for while using (every single time). Continue reading