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Weaning Gently and Intuitively

Weaning Gently and Intuitively

Breastfeeding is an incredible journey. It not only nourishes your baby, but it bonds you in a way that is difficult to imagine before they are born. It’s challenging, sometimes painful, rewarding, peaceful, and beautiful. All good things do come to an end, though, and eventually it will be time to wean. When the end of your breastfeeding relationship is near, gathering some support, resources, and even a plan can help to make the transition toward weaning gently and intuitively for both of you.

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Breastfeeding in Special Circumstances

Breastfeeding in Special Circumstances

Breastfeeding is an incredible way to bond with your child and nourish them with exactly the components they need. And at the same time, that nourishment can eventually become part of our every day lives without a second thought. All of us have kinks to work out as we get to that point -- learning our baby’s cues, checking latches, counting poopy diapers. And then, there are special instances where the learning curve stretches even further. Today, we’re going to cover a few of these special cases: breastfeeding pre-term babies, breastfeeding twins, and tandem breastfeeding with an older baby.

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Breastfeeding When Baby has a Lip Tie or Tongue Tie

Breastfeeding When Baby has a Lip Tie or Tongue Tie

The severity of complications from a lip- or tongue-tied latch can range from clear and frustrating to hardly noticeable. In generations past, wise women, midwives, and mothers knew to check the lips and tongues of babies at birth when they first learned to breastfeed. We lost some of that wisdom in the middle of the past century, so the most recent generation of care providers have fallen out of the habit of checking and correcting ties when helping a mama breastfeed. If you are struggling with your baby’s latch, your milk supply, or their weight gain, a lip tie or tongue tie could be at the root of the problem.

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Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples

Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples

Each and every body is so completely unique in such beautiful ways. No two people are exactly alike. Yet, many of us share some similarities. When we come across a trait that isn’t part of the publicized sense of “normal,” sometimes we are left feeling completely alone. Too many mamas with inverted nipples are worried that they are alone with this problem or that it means they are somehow broken and unable to breastfeed. In truth, inverted nipples or flat nipples are relatively common. Even better – you should be able to learn to breastfeed just fine.

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Summertime Sunburn Remedy

Summertime Sunburn Remedy

When the inevitable happens and a summer day ends with sunkissed cheeks – or, worse, uncomfortable sunburns, have a remedy on hand! Gels, salves, and sprays can all be soothing. You want a good sunburn remedy to sooth the pain, reduce inflammation, and moisten skin that will eventually dry out and peel.

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How Menstruation and Breastfeeding Affect Each Other

How Menstruation and Breastfeeding Affect Each Other

The intricacies of the human body are almost magical, with no one system or function working entirely on its own. Within a mother’s body, the processes that lead to menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are all interconnected. Just a handful of hormones can dictate each of these functions, with different organs and actions responding in their own way. A fascinating and, sometimes, bewildering example of this is the relationship between menstruation and breastfeeding.

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Herb Spotlight: Calendula Benefits

Herb Spotlight: Calendula Benefits

I combined calendula with other herbs in our postpartum herb bath to help aid in rapid perineal recovery and soothe hemorrhoids after giving birth. Calendula is also in our Nipple Salve, Diaper Salve and Healing Salve because it helps repair sore nipples, inflamed skin caused by diaper rash and it works as first aid skin care.  Calendula is why our Cesarean Recovery Spray leaves your incision feeling fresh and clean as your body heals.

Let me tell you a little more about this delightful plant and why you might want to grow some yourself...

 

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Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Today, I'm happy to have a guest post featured at The Birth Hour, all about writing a homebirth birth plan. I love the process of anticipation that comes before birth. The way a mama prepares, expects, and dreams of birth is absolutely beautiful, and I am honored to be witness to it. The birth plan is often a central part of this process, no matter where you plan to give birth. Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of women through the process of writing a homebirth birth plan, and I’ve narrowed it down to some simple steps for you.

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Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

You’re queasy. You’ve vomited more than you have in years. Your organs have shifted. You’re hungry but also can’t eat much at once. Everything in your digestive system is in flux (yes, sometimes re-flux!) while you’re pregnant. Next to sleep issues, digestive issues in pregnancy may be some of the most universal unpleasant effects. Let’s take a look at some of the most common digestive issues in pregnancy and ways that you can prevent or limit them.

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