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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 […]

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 […]

Breastfeeding in the hospital

I had quite a lot of breastfeeding pain related to tongue/lip tie which I talked in this post.

However, the issues started in the hospital. Part of it was our own fault… we had put so much time and effort into learning and preparing for the birth, but practically no time at all learning or […]

Cloth Diapers: “Aren’t you afraid of sticking her with the pins?”

“Sticking the baby with the pins” was a real concern of my mom’s when I told her we were going to use cloth diapers! She told me about how she used to babysit and it was always a fear of hers with the families that used cloth diapers. There is really no need to use […]