Are you just dying to tell your family the news that you are pregnant, but you want so badly to hold out until the upcoming holiday? At My Baby's Heartbeat Bear, we completely understand your excitement! We are going to try to help you keep your secret and share the news in a big way. Continue reading
The quality of your breastmilk effects the quantity of your breastmilk. By just adding in milk-boosting foods, you may not see a difference. Make sure to also include the following to boost the quality of your milk as well:
- Enough calories – breastfeeding takes an added 300-500 calories a day, especially if you are nursing on demand. Instead of counting calories, eat when you are hungry and make healthy choices.
- Enough carbs –Not the processed, boxed kind of carbohydrates, but instead, eat a lot of baked potatoes, slathered with butter, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.
- Healthy fats – breastfeeding is not a time for a low-fat diet (actually, there’s never really a time for that because fat is not the enemy – good fats and good for you!) Nursing moms need plenty of real fats, butter (or ghee), cheese (unless avoiding dairy), fish, meat, coconut oil, etc.
- Lose the simple sugars – nobody needs white sugar, white flour, and corn syrup.
- Lose the processed foods – they are full of chemicals and non-food items that can wreak havoc on the body, not to mention drop your milk supply.
There are many food options to help you boost your milk supply. Eating these items raw or in recipes as often as possible should have you making more milk in no time! Remember to contact a lactation consultant and visit your local la leche league regularly for support and advice. Continue reading
My five kids range in age from 3 months old to 8 years. You can imagine that our bookshelves have a bit of variety to them. We also homeschool. So go ahead and re-imagine those bookshelves. That’s the problem actually, overflowing bookshelves. I recently decided to tackle the book situation in our home. My husband and I believe that children should be surrounded by books, and see us reading as often as possible. So far, we have succeeded in both aspects; however, it was time for a clean out. I elected to sort through what we owned and categorize it all: Donations, Homeschool Read-Alouds for all kids, Homeschool by age, Independent Learning to Read, Classics, Daytime Books, Nighttime Books, Baby and Toddler Books. Continue reading
Life is not ‘Norman Rockwell-esque’ with the perfect marriage, perfectly dressed son and daughter, a well-behaved dog, and a golden-skinned turkey, roasted to perfection sitting on the decorated holiday table. But this was never real life. Continue reading
The holiday season is already beautiful, but add in birth and babies, and you reach a whole new level. Continue reading
Everyone always brings gifts for the baby, even on Christmas. The teeny tiny socks, sweet head bands, books that bring back memories – these gifts are loved by the buyer and the receiver; however, the holidays are here and it’s time to think about the mother that birthed (or is about to birth) that gorgeous, giggling baby. Continue reading