Busting Myths: Breastfeeding is Natural, so why do I need help

"Breastfeeding is natural so I don't need to learn anything about it, it should be easy.  There will be a lot of experts around me postpartum so they can help me if I do need anything: my pediatrician, my OBGYN, the nurses at the hospital, and my (family member / friend)."  This seems to be what the majority of first time parents think about breastfeeding.  Unfortunately, as many parents who have already had children will attest to, there are many flaws with this thinking that people often don't realize.

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The Golden Hour of Breastfeeding

One of the first things that comes up once a baby is born is how and when to get them to start breastfeeding.  The first hour of the baby's life has been nicknamed The Golden Hour and is an absolutely beautiful process that a newborn naturally goes through in order to initiate breastfeeding.  This blog post will discuss the Golden Hour and some of its benefits.

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Labor Induction: On Your Own

Once you reach your due date you should know that many medical providers will not allow you to go into labor beyond 42 weeks. In fact, many will ask to schedule a labor induction around 41 weeks.  This is because the medical risks for mother and baby increase after your due date.  In this blog post I wish to explain the different options that are available over the counter or at your home.

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Involving Your Senses in Childbirth

What are other options if you don’t want to get an epidural?  One of the potential options is to use natural (non-medicated) forms of pain medication, for example getting all of your senses involved.  Many of the suggestions involving your senses have to do with dulling or focusing your senses on certain things.  Sometimes removing one sense makes the other senses heightened so you might have to incorporate several of these rather than relying solely on one.

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Giving Formula May Improve Breastfeeding Rates??

Yesterday the Huffington Post published an article entitled “The Case for Rethinking Breastfeeding Goals: Six Months of exclusive nursing is out of reach for many moms.  Is it time for a change?”  This headline alone suggests one thing: there is a case for rethinking the goal of exclusive nursing for the first six months.  Interestingly enough, nothing in the article itself actually suggests this..  

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You’re like a Midwife … You help with Natural Birth, Right?

This is the statement I most often hear when introducing myself.  My response is: Well … not really, no.  So what exactly is a birth doula?  I recently conducted an interview with Dreaming of Baby in which I answered this question.  In this blog post I wish to go over some more aspects of being a doula than those that I mentioned in the interview.

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Myths of TV shows and Movie Births

It is a rare occurrence to see a birth in person here in the United States and when we do see a birth it is most often in a TV show or a movie.  Unsurprisingly, Hollywood’s interpretation of birth is not accurate to real life.  So this leaves the question what is different between a typical Hollywood birth and a typical “real life” birth?  What are the signs of labor in a Hollywood birth? 

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Support while in the NICU

This is a continuation of the previous blog post summarizing two podcast episodes that stood out to me over the past month leading up to World Prematurity Day (November 17th): Navigating the NICU with Sue Hall (The Birthful Podcast, episode 85 and 72 Days in the NICU with Ingrid (Motherbirth, episode 33.  In this post I discuss what you can do as a parent of a baby in the NICU and what others can do to support you.

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