Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Of all the choices and stresses of bringing baby into this world, breastfeeding can be overwhelming to many new mothers. The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous but sometimes the support and knowledge that parents need isn’t available.  Having realistic expectations can help families better manage the various challenges they might encounter along the journey. Ideally, breastfeeding should be initiated as soon as possible after birth, preferably within the first hour. This early initiation promotes skin-to-skin contact, which helps stimulate the baby’s natural reflexes and facilitates breastfeeding. Newborns are alert and ready to nurse during this period, often called the golden hour. Understanding the cues and signals that indicate a baby’s readiness to breastfeed is important. Common cues include rooting (turning […]

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Lactation Boosting Blueberry Muffins

Bake a delicious dairy free, gluten free and nut free treat that helps boost lactation and is safe for babies with sensitivities! The traditional combination of galactagogues such as oats, flax and brewers yeast make these perfect for nursing mothers but they are great to share with your whole family too! Want to lean more about galactagogues? Check out this resource from La Leche League Blueberry Lactation Muffins 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour ½ cup tapioca flour ½ cup ground flax 3 tablespoons brewers yeast ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ⅓ cup raw honey ⅓ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 1 ¼ cup blueberries plus more for topping 1 tablespoons oat flour Instructions Preheat oven to 350·F. Line muffin tins with […]

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DIY Popsicles

Popsicles are a cool and healthy treat for kids and adults during the summer and are super quick and easy to make. Prep after breakfast for a late afternoon snack or freeze overnight. Stainless steel and silicone molds are available to make creating pops super simple but you can use what you have around the house too! Muffin tins, recycled yogurt containers, ice cube trays and even loaf pans work. Just partially freeze your popsicle mix then add a popsicle stick to the mixture. Loaf pans can be sliced into individual servings after removing. Here are 2 recipes you can try. Share with the family or make them an adult-only treat with an alcohol addition! Watermelon Lime Popsicles 3 cups […]

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Reconnect with Nature: The Benefits to Getting Outdoors

Many of us feel a deep connection to nature and can sense the calming effect that spending time outdoors has on ourselves and our family. Intuitively it makes sense, we evolved over thousands of years living among nature and have only recently have separated our daily lives from the outdoors. Its fascinating to learn the science behind why we feel that way and to hear about all the benefits that nature has on our minds and bodies that we might not immediately recognize. The amazing thing is that these benefits are so accessible, you might already be doing some of these things every day. Beyond our own awareness of the mindfulness and calm that being outdoors can bring, science has […]

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Self Care DIY Ideas

Self-care is about giving yourself a gift and making time to do the things that fill your soul so you can care for others. This month ask for help and make it happen! Perhaps you crave a long walk or run outdoors, time to create with a favorite hobby or quiet to read a book. Sometimes we have gotten ourselves to a point where we are so depleted we aren’t even sure what we want and lack the energy to make a decision when we get the time to do so. If you’re finding yourself uninspired, start here with a delicious tea designed to relieve stress Unwind Tea Blend (makes 1 cup) 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers 1/2 tsp dried […]

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Achieving Flow State

It’s May, when we intentionally celebrate moms in every form. Mothering and motherhood is so much about caring for others, understanding others’ needs and wants, learning and doing for our kids, laughing and crying, investing time and energy, and giving of our physical and mental being. We wanted to talk about something that isn’t always part of the mothering conversation, but it can make it all even more rewarding and fulfilling: achieving flow state. This is, of course, beneficial to everyone, but can be particularly important for moms. Flow state, also known as being “in the zone,” is a state of mind in which you are fully immersed in a task or activity, experiencing complete focus and deep enjoyment of […]

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