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Mama Natural Book Review + Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but my “natural” living tendencies really got amped up when I found out I was pregnant. It wasn’t just about me anymore! I was responsible for this amazing life growing inside me.

21 weeks pregnant in winter 2014

Healthy eating was already a priority, but even more so now. […]

How To Find A Breastfeeding Friendly Doctor

Many moms fall short of meeting their breastfeeding goals. More than 85% of moms wanted to breastfeed for at least three months, and only 32.4% actually met that mark according to a 2012 publication in the journal Pediatrics. Study author, Cria Perrine, said, “What this says to me is that our low breastfeeding rates are […]

‘Tis the Season… To Pump and Dump?

I’m about a third of the way through my course to become a breastfeeding counselor, and not only have I found it fascinating, but I find that the science backs up what probably at one time (when everyone breastfed) was common sense. My current example is drinking and nursing. I have heard the phrase “pump […]

Baby’s Eats

After determining that our baby was ready, and that we were going to do baby led weaning, what were we going to feed her? We had family friends look horrified when we said we weren’t going to feed her cereal for her first food!

Our doctor said some good first foods to consider were avocado […]

Baby Led Weaning (BLW)

We decided to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, that babies be exclusively breastfed until at least 6 months of age. While some parents are excited to start solid foods right at 6 months, we were waiting for her to show other signs that she was ready. […]

How to Buy the Perfect Baby Carrier

I knew I wanted a baby carrier when I was pregnant, but didn’t know much about babywearing. Since having my baby, it’s safe to say I’ve become a babywearing enthusiast! I read somewhere once (perhaps a Dr Sears book?) that before your baby is born, she is used to being carried 24/7. After being born, […]

My Small Part in Breaking a World Record

Last Friday, I attended the Adirondack Big Latch On, as part of the Global Big Latch On. Basically, I got together with a group of breastfeeding women, to all latch on our children at the same time. All breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute (or longer), and are counted by witnesses. […]

What I Drank During Labor

A friend’s comment actually inspired this post! He was pondering the hospital’s policy of only allowing a woman to consume ice chips during labor… Well, pondering may be the nice way of saying it. He actually stated, “stupidest thing ever!” Can’t say I disagree. 😉

The hospital I delivered in also only allowed for ice […]

Meeting My Breastfeeding Goal – One Year!

As I drove home from the Breastfeeding USA meeting I attended today, I realized it had been a year since I first met with the lactation consultant running the meeting. It made me pause, and reflect on my breastfeeding journey thus far.

I knew while I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed. After […]

First Birthday Watermelon Cake

Last weekend we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday! Which also happened to be the 4th of July, so we had a great party that Caterina’s grandparent’s hosted at their lake house.

I had so many compliments on the cake we made for her, from people at the party. I had my natural mama friends asking […]