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Q&A with SPB: What do you feed your baby after breastfeeding?



Q: What do you feed your baby after breastfeeding?

A: Anything healthy!!! 

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Q&A with SPB: What do we feed after breastfeeding?
Some ideas to make the transition from breastfeeding to eating solids - it's usually something that happens over weeks or months.










Bear in mind that the transition from breastfeeding to solids is a gradual one.

Q&A with SPB: How do I know my Sweet Pea is ready for solids?


Q: How do I know if my Sweet Pea is ready for solids?

A: There are four things to look for!!

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Q&A with SPB: How do I know my baby is ready for solids?
Four things to look for when you think your Sweet Pea is ready to learn to eat solid food



First of all, you want to be sure that your baby is interested.

Getting Labor Started

Among the common text questions I get, is "What can I/my friend do to get labor started?"

The answer I want to give: Wait.

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My_theory is that here is nothing you can do that is going to start labor if the baby isn't ready.

Inside Look: FlexiStash




I am pleased to introduce you to FlexiStash, every babywrapping mamas dream!! If you love wraps, or if you love the idea of wrapping your baby, read on!!  Have you ever wished for all the wraps? These ladies can literally make your wrap stash dreams come true!!

From their website:
"Babywearers know how expensive and time consuming it is to change up the look and feel of a wrap stash. People have reported [spending] thousands of dollars over the course of their babywearing years by churning their stash to meet their changing needs and desires.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn


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Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.

All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.

The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.

Q&A with SPB: What do I bring to the hospital?




What do I need to bring with me to the hospital?
 
This is one of the topics we cover briefly in our classes.  The short answer is: Anything you would regret leaving behind…
 
As one dad in our last class said, “I was picturing a small duffle bag, now it seems like we are going to be packing suitcases!!”
 
Whatever size your bag ends up being really depends on what it’s going to take for the mother to feel safe and secure in her birth space. One of the many benefits of homebirth is that “all the comforts of home” are built in!

Just Hold the Baby

I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Nils Bergman speak last summer. He is the director of NINO Birth, which stands for "Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes."

He is doing research and connecting the dots between other researchers' work that confirms a mother's instinctual need to keep her baby with her. Based on his observations of birthing mammals, Dr. Bradley came to the same conclusion: the best things for baby is to be skin-to-skin on the mother's chest, and the best food for infants is breastmilk.

Inside Look: East Valley Infant Massage


I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair.  She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.

What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers.  Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old.

Q&A with SPB: Top 5 Holiday Tips

I am sharing a video version of last week'sholiday safety blog poston today's VLOG.  One thing I didn't mention in this take was that we encourage you to get on the floor to childproof.  Check out and see what is within your child's grasp from their perspective, and then get it out of their way!!

Here is an idea one of our students shared when she was childproofing their Christmas tree with their under1 Sweet Pea: http://goo.gl/W2BJU0

Finally, here is the video version of our holiday safety post:

Q&A with SPB: Crying It Out

It is so tempting to an exhausted parent...putting their Sweet Pea in a crib and closing the door to let them cry it out so that they can all get some sleep.  We encourage our students to nurture instead of ignore their infant's cry in class, and in today's VLOG we share why we suggest our students find other options:

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