Breastfeeding Facts

24 05 2012

I found this on Pinterest and wanted to share.  Love it.



The Sound of Music

4 02 2012

Not only do I love the movie, but I love listening to music with my son.  Side note: speaking of the movie, we watched The Sound of Music together on Day 2 of his life…and it was magical!  I sang to him all the songs and he just stared at me.  My heart melted.

You hear how important music is to babies–heck, ALL children, but to see the effects is totally something different.  The first time they dance, clap their hands, and play an instrument is monumental.  Somehow, someway, participate in some type of musical experience with your child.  Whether it be going to a music class, putting some classical tunes on your iPod, hitting up a drum circle in the park, or singing lullabies, it’s totally worth your efforts in the long run.

Studies have shown that spatial reasoning can improve when listening to classical music and “children who took piano lessons for six months improved their ability to work puzzles and solve other spatial tasks by as much as 30 percent,” (Education Oasis, 2011).

I’ve found some amazing music videos on YouTube, too, that my son flips out over.  His favorite artist is Chris Ballew, former lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America turned children’s singer/songwriter.  His alter ego is Caspar Babypants.  You MUST–at the very least–have your little munchkin check Caspar’s version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider out:

Show Your Ta-Tas

24 01 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot about breastfeeding lately.  The reason why, you ask?  Well, I’m still nursing my 13-month old and we’re down to 2 feedings a day.  Once the next one comes along, I’ll be back to every 3 hours again.  *sigh*  Don’t get me wrong–I absolutely love nursing my child, but when they’re teeny tiny, it’s a lot of work!

I had some trouble with my milk production about 2 months after my guy was born.  *Side note:  never take the NuvaRing while breastfeeding!  Any birth control that is estrogen-heavy actually decreases milk production.  Too bad my doctor didn’t tell me that!  It’s a good thing I did my research, though, and figured that out.

Anyway, I wanted to share some tips on how to increase your milk supply, if need be.  I loved reading the book, Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, and this is also where I found the answers I needed.  Find it on Amazon, but considered yourself warned–it’s a little 70’s, holistic, and the pics are wild.  Yeah, baby!  That’s my style!

  • Slow down–seriously, don’t try to clean and do laundry if the baby is napping.  You should nap, too.
  • Increase the number of feeding sessions (or pump in-between feedings).  Try to either pump or feed every 2 hours.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced, plant-based diet.
  • Increase your caloric intake by about 500 more calories.  If you don’t like to count calories, just see how much your husband eats and then eat more than him.
  • Drink at least 3 quarts of water each day.  This is no joke.  It’s a ton of water, but you’ll see a huge difference.  Coconut water was my savior, too–and a nice treat!

Hope this helps!