It is totally possible to breastfeed, at least to some extent, even though you have not had a baby. Most women are able to produce some milk but oftentimes not enough to solely breastfeed, so it is normal to have to supplement at the same time. If you have nursed a baby before it increases your chance of producing enough milk, but if you need to supplement it is still worth it to build up your milk supply and breastfeed. If you think about breastfeeding from a relational point of view as opposed to only for sustenance then you are more likely to feel that you have succeeded and it may make it more worth the work involved. Breastfeeding, beyond being the best nutritionally, for the baby is key for comfort and bonding of the baby and for you it will cause you to release oxytocin which will increase your patience and attachment to the baby.
Why are you so adamantly against formula, you ask? Well, to quote Dr. Joel Robbins, “Formulas are dead, inorganic, and mucus-producing. As a result, they will precipitate sinus problems, ear infections, allergies, and lung disorders.” Let me share with you some better options if breastmilk is not avialable.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift to both the mom and the newborn, but for many women it is far from easy. Before the birth is the time to prepare for breastfeeding and prevent any issues that might ensue.
One of the worst parts of postpartum can be healing from tears (or episiotomies). If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you never have to experience that pain. This is when you want to enjoy your new baby but you cannot move or sit because your bottom is in excruciating pain.
You have just grown a human and birthed it and now you are producing milk to feed it and recovering from the birth. You may have had a long labor, a tear or hemorrhage that your body needs support in recovering from. You want to provide your body with what it needs to prevent an infection, to balance your hormones, and to have energy. Here are my recommendations from years of seeing women recover well in the postpartum.
What is a baby bubble? Why do I need one? And where can I buy one? :) Actually, you can’t buy one---- you have to make it or carve it out for yourself. A Baby Bubble is choosing rest and heal and bond with your new baby away from the demands of life. It is the term I use to describe the first weeks or more of life with your new baby
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal for the baby in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
Your exhausted from the intensity of birth, the intensity of hormones, the intensity of meeting your new baby, the intensity! You’re exhausted and the last thing you want to think about is making food, but one of the most important things you can do to thrive in this beautiful season called postpartum is to eat nutritious food. How do you navigate the exhaustion and the need to nourish yourself?
Having what I call an “intentional flow of eating” will enable you to eat well in the postpartum. You know you need to eat. For ideas on what to eat see my blog 8 Guidelines for Eating Nutritiously in the Postpartum. But how do you make sure you actually eat in the business and exhaustion of the postpartum. Here is an outline of a flow to make sure you are eating real food and enough.
You may or may not be surprised by this but eating nutritiously postpartum is very similar to how you should eat any other time, though you may need to focus on eating more often and hydrating more. Here are some easy guidelines for you to follow and some resources to help you meal plan.
Many times we focus all our energy on pregnancy and birth and forget that this is all in preparation for the postpartum season. There are many ways we can prepare for the best postpartum season, even in the last month of pregnancy. Here I talk about 4 physical ways to prepare for the postpartum.
Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) is a bacteria found in the stomach infecting about 50% of the population. Its consequences are far reaching, including hyperemesis Gravadirum in pregnancy. It is easiest to treated when women are not pregnant or breastfeeding, but if they do have it during pregnancy it may have significant consequences for their newborn babies, including colic.