Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Baby-led Feeding

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Baby-led feedingPerhaps your baby shows signs of being ready for table food. Maybe he or she hit that magic age where solids are to be introduced. Perhaps you find yourself strolling down the baby aisle at the store and considering all those pouches of puree that seem to be all the craze these days.

Baby-led feeding is generally referred to as baby-led weaning because the introduction of table food is the beginning of a longer process of transitioning baby to table foods full-time. Of course this process takes many months (or even years). Weaning, then, is not a loss so much as a transition in the relationship that occurs overtime.

Numerous resources already exist if you’re looking for more information about the process, if you and your child are ready to begin baby-led weaning, and ideas for recipes and general tips to make the messy transition as simple as possible.

KellyMom is a well-known resource on breastfeeding but they don’t leave you cold when it comes time to shift. KellyMom.com offers numerous articles written by those knowledgeable in the field about weaning. Specific situations for mothers who primarily pump are also included. The website continues beyond recognizing if your child is ready to also include information about timing the weaning process, ensuring you do not move too quickly or cut out other needs your child might not have as often with decreased breastfeeding (like cuddle time or other one-on-one attention).

If you are working through your own feelings on the subject know you aren’t alone! Le Leche offers insight into a variety of feelings and thoughts that moms might need to process as the consider or are in the midst of baby-led feeding. They also offer specialty articles such as weaning twins or anxiety associated with this transition.

When it comes to the food Wholesome Baby Food at Momtastic offers a number of recipes and weekly menu ideas to help get you started or out of the “bananas and avocado again” slump. The site also includes age-specific information for weaning. Of course if you prefer holding a book to read up on the subject, several primers exist on the subject.

Simple Bites is a mommy-driven website that incorporates baby-led weaning to the table with their general interest in including the whole family around unprocessed meals. Mama Natural also speaks with similar interest and authority found mostly in personal experience and research. Both sites offer numerous ideas and recipes to help introduce anyone to the concept of BLW.

Lynette is a mom of three children from 8 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Nursing Resources

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Nursing ResourcesI’ll admit, when I first came home with my son, I was terribly unprepared for the challenges of new motherhood. I had read all of the books, websites, and articles, and had blindly assumed that I would need next to none of the “if you have problems” information provided.  Granted, you can do a lot of parenting preparation beforehand; however, most of it is learn-as-you-go.  I had read book after book on everything baby and I had decided that I definitely wanted to breastfeed. I thought that this would happen very naturally and with little assistance. That was pretty much exactly the opposite of what happened.

Whether you deliver at a hospital, women’s birthing center, or you have a home birth, chances are you will be provided some resources on nursing your new baby. If you are in a hospital setting, and desire to know more about nursing, most hospitals employ lactation consultants to offer individualized advice to get you started. Since I had never breastfed before, I had no real idea what I was doing other than what I had read. I was very thankful when the nurse offered to send the lactation consultant to assist me. She showed me proper positioning, how to hold my breast so that he could eat, and how to tell when he was getting anything. This was valuable information, but once I got home I was on my own.

By my second day home, I was in a lot of pain. I was taking the painkillers not for my stitches but for my nipples! In an effort to give my girls some much needed rest in order to heal, I started pumping and introduced the bottle. By the time we reached a month I was pumping exclusively because breast feeding was still painful.  At the time, I was I was deep in the learning curve of new parenthood and just wanted to sleep and get the occasional shower and I didn’t know that this was really a sign that something was still not right. After 6 weeks and constant pumping, I threw in the towel and bought formula. We found out not too much later that he had a lip tie that might have been diagnosed had I had a little more knowledge.  Looking back, I wish I had created an arsenal of resources at the ready in case nursing was difficult.

When my second son came, I was prepared but I was also shocked at the difference. I remember telling my husband, “So this is what nursing is supposed to feel like!” when my littlest easily latched on. This time I did have an arsenal ready because it was really important to me to stick it out and find help if I and when it got difficult. The following are some of the great resources I had at the ready for nursing help.

La Leche LeagueProvides comprehensive listings of lactation consultants based on area, pro-breastfeeding events, helps and tips.

Kellymom.com  - Scientifically based pro-breastfeeding help, thorough Q&A section, abundance of helpful tips

Breastmilkcounts.com -This website helps to develop a thorough breast feeding plan prior to birth

The Leaky Boob  -Here you will find a collection of breast feeding articles and blogs from both parents and professionals. They also have private Facebook groups you can join to ask questions and get support.

Regardless what kind of support you chose; know that there many local and national resources available to help you if you are having difficulty with breast feeding. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask your pediatrician if you feel that something doesn’t feel right with the process.

Tessa Wesnitzer is a part-time stay at home mom of two preschool age boys. She is a personal trainer and health and wellness coach who resides in Sahuarita, Arizona.

Best Breastfeeding Books for Moms

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Best Breastfeeding Books for MomsIf you are like me, you constantly want to stay on top of the latest information in mommyland. I breastfed my daughter, Johanna, for 13 months. However, with the upcoming arrival of my son, I have been researching books on nursing like crazy. With my daughter, we had a rough start with nursing, and I want this time to go smoother from the start. Here are a few of the best books on breastfeeding out there, in my opinion.

3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

This book has several authors and is written with the support of La Leche League International, so you know it is going to have valuable information and be a good read. It is a bestseller and contains stories, advice, photos, and lots of information for moms and moms-to-be.

Interesting Features:

  • Information about nursing post C-section or after a rough delivery with complications
  • Guidance for moms on breast health issues and other topics from daycare to medications that are safe
  • Internet references for moms who want more information and support from La Leche League

2. The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers

This book is written by Jack Newman. Dr. Newman has established breastfeeding clinics all over the country, and in this book, he has provided a guide for moms to overcome any fears or worries they have while traveling through their nursing journey. This book focuses on the possibilities of succeeding in breastfeeding more than the difficulties women have with nursing.

Interesting Features:

  • Information on weaning toddlers
  • Breastfeeding help for moms who adopt or have premature babies
  • How to handle a nursing strike or if baby simply refuses the breast
  • Tons of resources for mom

1. The Better Way to Breastfeed: The Latest, Most Effective Ways to Feed and Nurture Your Baby with Comfort and Ease

I recently checked out this book by Robin Elise Weiss at my local library and I was not disappointed. It features information on any topic you can think of within the subject of  nursing. I was overwhelmed with all of the information that I could use with my upcoming arrival of my son.

Interesting Features:

  • Tips and tricks for how to nurse a needy newborn and handle older children
  • Ideas for what to wear while you are breastfeeding to make you feel comfortable in public
  • References and checklists to help you know when you need to ask for help
  • Ways to incorporate breastfeeding into your everyday lifestyle

While there are many, many books on breastfeeding out there, I think these are three of the best. Breastfeeding is an amazing way to nourish your baby and take care of yourself. As moms, we should never quit wanting to learn more and grow as mothers. Get to reading, moms!

Karyn Meyerhoff  is a mom of one and one on the way. She hopes that the first month of breastfeeding her son will be a breeze after reading up on some information she forgot about.