The world seems to be consumed with family happiness right now, but those who are in the process of trying to conceive, or have been trying for quite a while, may not be feeling the joy of the season. Once you have decided to get pregnant, everyone around you is suddenly carrying a newborn or sporting the baby bump. Continue reading
Watch out social media, the elves are coming out to play. A very popular elf in particular will be making his appearance on shelves everywhere. Parents use this prop to convince their children that Santa is real, and the elf is alive. There are multiple rules to observe (like never touching the elf), and many ways to utilize the elf to make sure the children are behaving so that Santa doesn’t see their names on the naughty list. Continue reading
Breastfeeding is amazing... but why?
I'm so glad you asked...
I have compiled the following list of just ten of the amazing benefits that come along with nursing a baby. Continue reading
Baby it's cold outside! Good thing your baby is nice and warm inside that womb of his... Continue reading
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