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Please help me welcome Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, who has written this guest blog post for us today! She is a child birth and parenting expert, and the owner of Happy Mama Wellness. Lynn helps expecting families prepare to welcome their little ones, and care for them after they arrive.
Thank you Lynn for your wisdom, and for this incredibly informative guest post for our audience.
As a first-time expectant Mama, you want to be prepared for anything and everything. The problem is, most of what lies ahead will be out of your control. Rest assured, no matter HOW your baby enters the world (vaginal, traditional cesarean or gentle cesarean) you can still have an empowered birth experience!
The large majority of Mamas are going to enter their birth experience laboring towards a vaginal birth. Nationally, just over 30% of those Mamas will end up having a cesarean birth.
How much time have you spent thinking about your birth? If you're like most first time moms, I bet it's a lot!
You want to know exactly what to expect, and that makes complete sense- you've never done this before. You've taken the birth class, you're preparing for labor and practicing your pain management techniques.
All of this is good, really important stuff, BUT- you're missing one really important piece.
Exhausted?! Us too! Parenting can be exhausting, especially when you're waking up with your baby at night more time than you'd like to count.
In our Successful Breastfeeding community, we hear about sleep exhaustion ALL. THE. TIME. When I shared that I was going to tackle the topic of how to get a baby to sleep through the night, our group jumped on board and immediately asked questions. Did you miss it? No worries, you can join us on Facebook today!
When I stumbled across Elizabeth Bine Sleep Consultant, I KNEW I had to record a podcast with her and sneak away with a load of her golden nuggets of wisdom. I have to say, I'm super thrilled with all the nuggets I found and get to share with you!
If you've ever taken my online breastfeeding class, then you've probably seen this statistic:
The #1 reason a woman gives up breastfeeding is because she thinks she isn't making enough milk.
Why is that??? Well..... one of the top reasons a mom thinks she's not making enough milk is because she doesn't understand what her baby is trying to communicate. The great news is newborns are actually excellent communicators, if you know how to interpret their language that is. In this blog we're going to talk about the 3 most important cues your baby uses to communicate, that could just save your breastfeeding relationship.
I bet you've heard that sleeping with your baby is dangerous and that you shouldn't do it. We've all seen the "Back to Sleep" campaign, which says the only safe place for your baby to sleep is flat on their back, in a crib.
For many, this is actually true. HOWEVER, it can be safe to sleep next to your baby if you follow all of the rules. This is your guide to figuring out if you can safely sleep with your baby and how to do so. You might find it's best for your family and helps you get more sleep.
Working and pumping makes you feel over the top burned out! Am I right?
Dragging baby to day care.
Coming home to make dinner.
Bed time routine.
When do you get time for you??? If you're not practicing regular self care, you will crash and burn.
In this podcast episode we are talking all about realistic, unselfish ways to add self care into your every day. We are going to help you recharge, regroup, and fill your cup so you can keep going like the badass you are!
“Do I need to pump and dump?”
I hear this question countless times a week from concerned moms who get conflicting (or sometimes just plain wrong) information about what’s safe for a breastfeeding baby. But this week, I heard something I’d never heard before! A massage therapist told a breastfeeding mom she’d need to pump and dump after getting a massage to clear out toxins.
I guess I have a lot more myth busting in the lactation world to do.... so... now's time for this blog post to help you figure out what to do in some of these common reasons parentss (and doctors, and dentists, and pharmacists, and apparently massage therapists) think they need to throw out their milk. Milk is precious and we want to keep you from wasting it!
Are you breastfeeding and have been told to give up dairy? This advice may have come from your doctor, a good friend, or another breastfeeding momma. I hear this advice given regularly as a solution to solve certain symptoms in babies- especially in mom groups!
As a lactation expert, this is one of the most frustrating pieces of advice people give to my clients. Gassy baby? Give up dairy! Baby spits up? Give up dairy! Fussy baby? Give up dairy!
Giving up dairy seems to be the "cure all" to everything these days- when it's actually usually NOT the answer.
As a lactation expert I am sometimes baffled by the breastfeeding myths out there! In my online community I hear about the advice and suggestions given to breastfeeding moms, and *boom* my mind is blown. Sometimes the myths are just laughable, other times the myths seem helpful, but could actually be really damaging to breastfeeding.
With all of the information online, it can be hard to differentiate between myth and reality. Hopefully this list of the Top Ten Breastfeeding Myths will help you I have compiled this list to bring truth to some of the myths I hear most commonly from the moms in my community.
Have you ever heard that breastfeeding shouldn't hurt?
Well, it shouldn't! It should be comfortable, but it isn't always at first for everyone. Almost every breastfeeding mom reports nipple pain in the beginning of breastfeeding. That being said, just because it is common DOES NOT mean it is normal!!! Breastfeeding is not meant to hurt. Pain is a sign that something isn't right, and almost always, that something is baby's positioning is off.
Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE
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