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A Breastfeeding Journey

September 2, 2015

As many mothers know, breastfeeding is natural but it doesn’t always come so naturally. My mom and two older sisters didn’t breastfeed so I prepared myself by reading a few books and taking a class. I wasn’t however, prepared for the bumps in the road that would soon lie ahead. After Judah’s long and challenging birth, we did skin-to-skin and roomed-in. He nuzzled up to my breast but didn’t latch on. Exhausted from his treacherous journey into the world, we…

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Bringing Sexy Back… After Baby

February 3, 2015

Let’s face it. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed by the demands of being a new mother… so feeling sexy isn’t the first thing on my mind.  It’s easy to get stuck in sweats and breastmilk-stained shirts, but taking some self-care has helped boost my confidence and reignite my inner spark. Start the day off right Take a small amount of time for a morning routine. Even if it means putting baby in a bouncy seat in the bathroom, start off the day with…

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Crystals and Gemstones for Childbirth, Postpartum & Beyond

December 29, 2013

I have been drawn to crystals and gemstones since I was a child.  They are one of Mother Earth’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring objects of desire.  Beyond their beauty, each stone possesses a profound mystical and healing benefit that can manifest energies to create abundance, healing and harmony in your life. When selecting crystals and gemstones, choose one that offers a vibrational match to your frequency.  This is best accomplished by holding the crystal in your hand (if you’re buying it…

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Visiting Families with Newborn Babies

November 3, 2013

In times past, extended families lived closer together and communities were tighter-knit providing villages of built-in postpartum support. Women who had just given birth would stay indoors for 40 days to rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while family members and women in the community would support her.  The below suggestions are meant to help and support new mamas and families who have just experienced a very physical and emotional life-changing event. Schedule visits in advance instead of dropping by unannounced…

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Postpartum Bath Herbs for Healing & Comfort

October 18, 2013

Herbal baths are sure promoters of postpartum healing and comfort. There are many herbs that can be used to soothe tender perineal tissue, heal tears and episiotomies, reduce inflammation, and even shrink hemorrhoids after a vaginal birth. They are also relaxing and antiseptic. If you don’t feel like fully immersing or don’t have a tub at home, try a sitz bath instead. A sitz bath is a basin that fits perfectly into your toilet seat and let’s you get a…

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Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

August 30, 2013

After overcoming many breastfeeding challenges with my older son, I became a Lactation Educator and Counselor to help support other mothers and babies on their breastfeeding journeys.  In addition to my formal training, I learned a lot from experience, so when my younger son and I hit some bumps in the road, we were able to move past them quickly. Here are some tips for getting breastfeeding off to a good start! Prepare ahead of time by taking a good prenatal breastfeeding class and reading…

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Words of Wisdom for New Mothers

July 21, 2012

A heartfelt hank you to all my wonderful mama friends for contributing to this post by sharing your personal experiences and sage advice for new mothers! Listen, and look into the eyes of your child. He or she will tell you what they need. Consider joining a new mothers group and/or breastfeeding support group like La Leche League. It is a place to find understanding, sisterhood, knowledge and support. Together you can problem-solve and share the wisdom that you collectively have…

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10 Tips for Healthy & Lasting Postpartum Weight Loss

July 5, 2012

Even though I eat a pretty clean diet, I gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies. People often ask how I dropped the weight so I thought I would share my 10 tips for sustainable and healthy weight loss with you. Patience. I took a few months to bond with my baby, allow my body time to recover from childbirth, establish a healthy milk supply and adjust to my new role as a mother. Once I was ready,…

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