As the holidays fill our homes and our lives, many new breastfeeding moms everywhere are probably asking – can I drink and breastfeed my baby? Alcohol and breastfeeding have often been seen as oil and water – the two just do not mix. Women for years have been told to “pump and dump” any breastmilk … Continue reading Can I drink alcohol and breastfeed?
In the US, 41.1% of women of childbearing age (over the age of 20) are obese. Women who are overweight or obese want the best for themselves and their children as much as any woman; and a good many women of childbearing age are considering bariatric surgery to help. Statistics report that of the amount … Continue reading Bariatric surgery and birth outcomes
The first breastfeeding of a newborn is often a magical, yet confusing experience for a new mom. If you are considering breastfeeding your baby, I love that you have stumbled across this blog post. As a doula and breastfeeding counselor, I want to share some of these little understood facts about newborns and their first … Continue reading 7 things to know about your newborn’s first breastfeeding
Okay, I'm going to address the elephant in the room: Hi, I'm Lindsey, I am a doula and breastfeeding counselor and I have not given birth. I am not a mother. I am childless. *Awaits the anticipated collective gasp* It's true. I bring this up because after I completed my doula training three years ago … Continue reading Top 3 benefits of a childless doula
Here we are in the dead of winter, and I want to talk about the importance of Vitamin D during your pregnancy. Vitamin D is an essential chemical that in adults facilitates the absorption of bone and muscle strengthening ingredients like phosphorous and calcium. It's also necessary for helping your baby grow healthy teeth and … Continue reading Importance of Vitamin D and Your Pregnancy
One of the saddest misconceptions of doula support today is that it's a service only available for the well-to-do. This frustrates birthworkers like me, because we are so passionate about our work and that everyone deserves to have our services. #Doulasareforeveryone! So here are some tips to try when looking for a doula to accompany … Continue reading How you can afford a birth doula
Essential oils are a fantastic addition to any labor or birth support kit for a doula. From helping a birthing person to relax and release, or to give a tired birthing person the kick they need to keep up the work, they can do amazing things. My friend and Doterra essential oil salesperson Ruth Ann, a … Continue reading Essential oils and doula support
Do you feel frustrated about how difficult it is to find other people that you have something in common with? That “get” you, or you can truly connect with? Your "tribe", so to speak? It’s actually not as hard as you might think. And as I rediscovered this past week, it’s as easy as following … Continue reading Find your tribe by following your heart