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Vaginal Birth Envy - It's a Thing.

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Vaginal Birth Envy - It's a Thing.

I had all three of my babies via C-section. The first one was emergency, the next two were elective. I'm grateful to have 3 healthy babies and for so many other things.  I always really wanted to experience a vaginal birth, a natural birth or a water birth. It's something I'll never do, and that's hard. A few thoughts on this topic in case anyone else has some of these same feelings. 1- I can be sad & grateful at the same time.      2- I am kind to myself, and content with the decisions my younger self made. 3 - A part of...

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Best Podcasts to Listen to While Nursing

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Best Podcasts to Listen to While Nursing

Breastfeeding is the best, but it can be totally time consuming! And for those long hours stuck on the coach or in the rocker, you need something to pass the time other than staring at your precious little baby. When your eyes are too tired to read, a good podcast is the perfect way to fill your nursing time. Keep reading for some of my favorite podcasts! This American Life “From WBEZ Chicago, it's This American Life. I'm Ira Glass. Stay with us.” Thus begins one of my favorite podcasts every week. This podcast has a theme every week and tells 3-4 stories...

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Hydration for Breastfeeding Mamas

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Hydration for Breastfeeding Mamas

For breastfeeding mamas, hydration is essential.  You should drink frequently, preferably before you feel thirsty.  We recommend drinking 8 oz. of water every time you nurse.   Here are 3 tips to help keep you hydrated: 1-Find a favorite water bottle.  Our current fav is a Hydroflask Water Bottle.  We love it because it can keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours plus it can have a flip lid or a straw and the color choices are pretty cute too! 2-Keep a pitcher full of water in the fridge.  Start with it full and empty it each day. You can even...

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5 Quick and Easy Oat Recipes to Boost Milk Supply

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5 Quick and Easy Oat Recipes to Boost Milk Supply

Oatmeal is a pregnancy superfood and it helps with milk supply postpartum.  We rounded up some of our very favorite Oat Recipes to share:    Peaches & Cream OatmealThis sweet and crunchy combo is divine! Thanks Katie Dudley Photography! INGREDIENTS: 1 serving oatmeal (steel cut if possible)Sliced peaches (canned or fresh)Milk or CreamSyrup or honey and top with sliced Almonds  Shredded Apple Cinnamon Oats via Katie Dudley Photography INGREDIENTS:1 serving oatmeal (steel cut oats are great if you have the time)1/2 an apple shredded (we just use our cheese grater)Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamonRaspberry Coconut Oats via Katie Dudley Photography...

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Three Parenting Books You Can — But Certainly Don't Have To — Read

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Three Parenting Books You Can — But Certainly Don't Have To — Read

Listen, I don't want to join the throngs of unsolicited advice givers. I've gotten enough of that throughout pregnancy and motherhood. I just thought I'd share some parenting books that have helped me as I've navigated this crazy new world of first-time mommyhood.    Baby 411 - This saves me from the internet wormhole! My physician assistant friend recommended this to me and I'm so glad she did! No longer am I scouring the internet finding worst-case scenario possibilities for my baby's poop. Turns out most of the time she's just fine. This book provides simple, straightforward advice and answers to...

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