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Pumping: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work Out

There are times when breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you and your new baby. Quite often, this is accompanied by a lot of guilt – especially for new moms. No need to worry, it’s not your fault. Besides, there are other options available to help feed your baby with your natural breast milk. Most new moms have been told that breastfeeding ALWAYS works, and that it is an automatic process after childbirth, but sometimes it does not always go as planned and that’s fine! Exclusive pumping is the next best option for new moms, if breastfeeding does not work out well. It applies to situations where your baby has to use extra effort to get breast milk, and it can be very relieving for both mommy and baby. The hormones prolactin and oxytocin are responsible for the production of breast milk, but milk production is highly dependent on how…

Top Picks for Breastfeeding Safe Protein Powders

Protein packed smoothies are a great way for moms to fill us with good calories, a good way to lose baby weight and help boost milk supply.  Protein powder is safe for breastfeeding and can serve several purposes at once for both baby and mom. Protein shakes are such a great way to take in a lot of nutrients, which if you are breastfeeding, you need! Protein is so important for lactation and getting enough of it can be difficult for busy moms.  Let’s talk about why protein powders are super helpful to breastfeeding moms. Are protein powders safe for breastfeeding mothers? Yes, here’s why: Protein powders offer high concentrates of essential vitamins and minerals that are normally difficult to consume Protein powders are filling and versatile for use in various shakes and recipes Protein powders are derived from organic and clean ingredients, not chemicals. Protein powders can be sweetened…

How to Sleep Better: Parents’ Guide to Healthy Sleep

In a survey done by Sleep Junkie, nearly 70 percent of the respondents were getting their recommended 7+ hours of sleep per night just prior to becoming parents. Fast forward to these same people having a baby — and only 10 percent of them were hitting that number of hours. In the first year of parenting, the majority of moms and dads were falling short of sleep by approximately three hours every night. And it’s not just parents of newborns who lose sleep. Everything from kids getting sick to dealing with teenage rebellion can mean sleepless nights for worried moms and dads.  Unavoidably, being a parent entails some sleepless nights. But is losing sleep really one of the sacrifices that parents have to make constantly?  Parenting is challenging enough as it is, and being sleep-deprived can only make it more difficult. To be happy and healthy, kids need happy and…

Breastfeeding Twins: Tips to Increase Your Milk Supply

If you’re a breastfeeding mom of twins, you know that it can be a little more challenging than breastfeeding a single baby. Not only do you have to worry about producing enough milk for both babies, but you also have to make sure that they are getting the right amount of nutrition. Let’s discuss some tips to help increase your milk supply and make breastfeeding twins a little bit easier! How to know if your breast milk supply is low When breastfeeding twins, it is important to make sure that your breast milk supply is adequate. One way to tell if your milk supply is low is by checking the frequency and amount of wet diapers your babies have. If they are not having at least six wet diapers per day (or more), then it is likely that your breast milk supply is not enough. Another sign that your milk…

How To Deal With Postpartum Hair Loss

You’re so excited about your new baby, and currently enjoying adapting to life with your bundle of joy, and boom! You notice that a handful of your hair seems to come off anytime you shower, or run a comb through your beautiful locks. Not only that, you’ve even noticed it is the same shocking reality for the hair in other parts of your body. This is the beauty challenge every new mom around the world faces, so, don’t worry mama, you’re not alone in this. For the most part, experts say that postpartum hair loss is absolutely normal and temporary, even though it seems like you are creeping very close to baldness with each passing day. Hair loss after childbirth is called Postpartum hair loss, and it is just hair loss related to childbirth. It is caused by a quick hormonal shift, caused by a sharp drop in…

5 Blenders for Making Breast Milk Boosting Smoothies

Breastfeeding is not always as easy as it seems. Some mothers find themselves with a low breast milk supply, which can make breastfeeding difficult. Talks of having to supplement with formula when you really want to breastfeed exclusively can be frustrating. But you’re here because you’re not giving up just yet! There are smoothies that can help boost your milk supply, thankfully! Smoothies are very easy to whip up, made with natural ingredients, and delicious too! Though smoothies are not the sole solution to your problem, it can definitely help! In this blog, we recommend blenders that we found to be the best for this purpose. Whether you’re looking for a high-end blender or one that is more budget-friendly, we have you covered. Benefits of smoothies for breastfeeding mothers Smoothies are an easy way to get important vitamins and minerals into your diet. When you’re breastfeeding, you need more…

Tips for Getting Great Sleep While Pregnant

When you are pregnant, it is such a joy to feel the little life growing inside of you, picking out baby names, and thinking about nursery decor.  One of the parts of pregnancy that isn’t so joyful is the difficulty in finding just the right sleeping position as your tummy gets bigger week by week.  Between the changes in your body and hormones and the excitement of preparing for the arrival of your little one, sometimes getting good solid sleep while pregnant can be a challenge!  Thankfully, there are many tips and tricks to help you catch those elusive z’s during this important stage of life. Sleep Hygiene One of the easiest ways to ensure you are getting enough GOOD sleep is to develop good sleep hygiene habits and a relaxing bedtime routine.  Sleep hygiene refers to things such as how late in the day you have caffeine…

How To Get Your Home Ready For Baby

I know what’s going through your mind right now. The beautiful home you’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into now looks like a field of landmines and you’re about to throw everything in the trash! Stop… time out… HOLD UP! Baby proofing your home IS necessary, but before you wrap everything in bubble wrap, let’s start with some simpler things. Registry List A baby registry is your first step in preparing for the new addition to your family. “Are you registered anywhere?” is one of the first questions you’ll be asked once you get to showing that baby bump, so this will answer that very quickly! Most major retailers have a recommended list of things to get for your baby and that’s a great place to start. Consider purchasing an armoire to store things in until you’re ready to start putting everything together and in place. Many new…

Introducing Baby to Your Pets

It is almost time for your new baby to arrive!  You have the nursery set up, the closet and dresser full of tiny clothes, and the changing table is stocked with diapers and wipes.  You also have an adorable and curious pet!  When you are already a pet parent, having a baby will not only be a big change for you as a couple, but will also be a big change for your pet.  Introducing your baby to your pets is a big deal! Here are a few tips and tricks to preparing your pet for the exciting day you bring your newborn home. Animals have a much more keen sense of smell than humans.  Let your pet sniff your baby bump and teach them to be gentle and calm while saying your baby’s name or the word “baby”.  Just as you train a dog to sit, lay down,…

Why It’s Important to Be Kind to Yourself as a Parent

As parents, we often get so completely wrapped up in our children that we forget to be kind to ourselves. And sure, that’s completely understandable – but it leaves us feeling tired, overspent, and often inadequate.  Let’s explore why it’s so important to be kind to yourself as a parent and how to practice that kindness every day.  Improve Your Mental and Physical Health  Being kind to ourselves has been shown to improve both our physical and our mental health. At times of heightened stress, self-love is crucial. It’s what empowers us to cope better with the situation at hand.  On the other hand, when we think self-deprecating thoughts, we become the one thing standing between ourselves and contentment. Feel More Energized  Being overly critical of your actions, thoughts, or emotions drains your energy. As a parent, you will already have less energy available as usual. If you…