I’m of the age where my friends are having (and hopefully breastfeeding) babies, so I think of what I needed or wanted in those awkward first weeks. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without support, so want to make it easier for them. (more…)
Some manners of eating garner more raised eyebrows than most. When I ventured into the land of veganism four years ago, I learned exactly how far up their foreheads peoples’ eyebrows could go. My then five-year-old had just been diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy. The story is a long one, so let’s just say that my family and I ended up vegan at the end of it.
In October of 2013, our miracle baby was born and our breastfeeding journey began.
I had grown a healthy little girl as a vegan and I knew I wanted to continue to do so while breastfeeding. Fortunately, being a vegan and nursing a healthy baby are completely compatible! But just like any manner of eating, you need to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need for optimum health. Technically I could drink a diet pop, eat some spaghetti, potato chips and Oreos and still adhere to a vegan diet. Not exactly the epitome health, right? Veganism isn’t synonymous with health, so effort still must be made to eat right. (more…)
We all know breast milk is the nectar of Mother Nature when it comes to our baby’s insides. Besides nutrition, it provides hydration, antibodies, immunities, and happy/sleepy hormones. Did you also know that it does so much more?
Like Gus Portokalos was convinced Windex was the cure all for ailments in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, so too am I a champion of breast milk and all it can do. I’m a solid “semi” on the crunchy scale and prefer to avoid exposing unnecessary chemicals to my baby when possible. Not to mention, I have no time to be constantly making trips to the drug store. So when I went to research alternatives to things like diaper cream, antibiotic eye drops, and prescription rash ointment I quickly noticed a common theme – put some breast milk on it. (more…)
Pumping anywhere else but home can be a challenge, particularly when traveling. Over the winter holidays we were staying with family, but a few weeks later we flew to attend my cousin’s wedding and stayed at a hotel. That was a bit more complicated.
It depends on the hotel and their amenities, of course, so call ahead of your stay. Ask for a manager who may know a workaround and has more power to bend some rules for you if needed. (more…)
So, I’ve somehow accomplished what I had promised myself that I would never do again – I’ve fully depleted by freezer stash of breastmilk. I’ve completely mismanaged it and now it’s, well, it’s gone! But, I refuse to panic. No, seriously. Not panicking.
First, let me explain why I absolutely need the freezer stash. I work five days a week and at nine months the little muffin goes through a solid 15 ounces per day along with several pureed food servings. And since she’s my second one, and the oldest is still technically a toddler, there are those rare weekends when my husband and I need (yes, need) to have them babysat while we go out for dinner, hang out with friends, engage in a dose of adult conversation. (more…)