Archive for October, 2013

Identifying Post-Partum Depression

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

“I fell into a black hole that ate me.”

That’s how a dear friend began her blog post on Post-Partum Depression. At the time, she was pregnant with her third baby, and I was pregnant with my first. Her vivid description of her earlier struggles with PPD was a wake-up call: I needed to educate myself and my husband about the warning signs before this baby arrived.

A few days after reading my friend’s blog post, I reached out to another friend who had suffered a major depressive episode after the birth of her daughter.  She responded:

Even though I had experienced depression before, PPD was so different – the anxiety, the hypervigilance about the baby–that I didn’t even recognize it. I thought the misery was just new motherhood . . .

Giving birth brings with it hormone shifts and sleep disruptions; it’s typical for new parents to feel exhausted and overwhelmed.  But when does typical new-baby adjustment cross the line into PPD?

According to the United State’s Office of Women’s Health, 13 percent of new mothers experience depression marked by one or more the following symptoms lasting more than two weeks:

  • Feeling restless or moody
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Having no energy or motivation
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Having trouble focusing or making decisions
  • Having memory problems
  • Feeling worthless and guilty
  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Having headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don’t go away

So-called “baby blues” may last for a few days as the body adjusts to hormone and lifestyle changes. But if symptoms persist, it’s time to reach out to a medical professional.

As for me, well before I gave birth, I asked my OB/GYN to make a note on my chart to ask me probing questions about my mental and emotional health at my six-week appointment.  I gave my husband the list of warning signs.  I knew from experience with family and friends the person experiencing depression is sometimes the last one to recognize it.  I wanted to give myself the gift of professional help, should I need it.

As it turns out, I did not experience PPD. But now that I’m pregnant again, I’m reviewing the signs and symptoms.  We owe it to ourselves and to our families to be healthy. If you feel you are at risk for PPD or may have it, please talk to your doctor, midwife, or close friends and family to get help.

Deborah Farmer Kris is a teacher, writer, and mother.  She nurtures an healthy interest in ethics, psychology, and gardening — and is always on the lookout for recipes to cope with her excess vegetable harvest. 

Learning to Love Co-sleeping

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Before my daughter was born, I spent months planning her nursery. She was my first baby and it seemed like the thing to do. We had the crib, bedding, changing table, the whole nine yards. She was going to sleep there I needed to make it perfect.

However, Lucy came early and we had a bumpy start. The weeks spent in the NICU kept us hallways and five minutes of hand washing apart. When we finally came home, the thought of putting her in a separate room to sleep just felt wrong.  I felt like part of me was missing after all that time spent separated in the NICU. I needed to have her close. We began co-sleeping so I could roll over and nurse her without opening my eyes. We would snuggle in the morning and I never worried about her in the middle of the night. The truth is we were all sleeping and feeling great about our situation.

It wasn’t long before we started hearing the choruses of people telling us we were spoiling her or creating bad sleep habits by co-sleeping. I kept telling myself we would transition her into her own bed soon. Days, weeks, and eventually months went buy. At one point we actually started telling people she was sleeping in her own bed just to stop hearing from the critics.

When Lucy was six months old we all started losing sleep. She wanted to stretch and started to have trouble staying asleep when my husband and I would come to bed. After some thought, we decided to go back to the Pack-n-play.

When my son was born, I immediately knew where he was sleeping, and it was a good thing, because Jack needed to be near me even more than my little preemie Lucy. At this point I didn’t care what anyone thought because it was the best choice for my family and me.

Interestingly, the American Association of Pediatrics recently released new recommendations for parents regarding sleep, stating that infants should room share with mom and dad to at least 12 months to help reduce SIDS risk. Although they don’t recommend bed sharing, you can read more about safe bed sharing guidelines here to make an informed decision for your family.

Both kids still come and sleep with me occasionally, and I still love our slumber parties. I wish I had been so confidant in my choices the first time. It would have made all of our lives easier if I had just stood up for myself.

Allison Klaine is the mother of two. Born and raised in the great state of Illinois. She hope to help other parents by figuring out solutions to the problems she had that at the time she was too sleep deprived to solve on her own.  


MMB’s 30K Facebook Fan Celebration

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

These mamas’ really know how to make a happy customer. I would really like to think of myself as their # 1 fan. I know I am not alone, how could I be with the great customer service, sales, advice, and information that come from such a great company. About 3 years ago I stumbled upon MMB’s website ordered 2 diapers and received my first freebie, I was hooked.

Since my first order they have gained a happy loyal customer, with a small addiction to diapers. I have always received top notch customer service and great advice. What I like most is their page isn’t only a place to talk about awesome sales, but also make great friends. Some of my dear friends have been made through the interaction on the page.  It’s honestly no surprise that we are celebrating 30K fans with them. Just like every other milestone they reached and we shared with them this one too will be great!

~ Jolene Palmer


Tons of FREEBIES and Giveaways!!

Please head over to our 30,000 Facebook Fans Specials’ page on our website for a complete listing of all the FREEBIE coupons and order giveaways that we have for you today and tomorrow!! We hope that enjoy it! We truly do appreciate all of you!

Win a $500 Gift Card!!

That’s not it. This next announcement is the best yet!  You have a chance to WIN a $500 gift card. Yes, you really see $500!!!! This will be a fun and creative contest. Decorate the MMB Flower and take a picture of it in some place interesting – Flat Stanley Style. The winner will be chosen based on the most creative flower and location.

Download the MMB Flower HERE.


1) Decorate your MMB Flower.

2) Take a creative picture of the Flower somewhere. *Location does not have to be exotic to win, just your own style, something unique.*

3) Share your photo on Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #MMBFLOWER and tag us momsmilkboutique by November 5th at midnight.

4) Share your photo on our Facebook page by November 5th at midnight.

5) Vote for your favorite on our Facebook page AND on Instagram by commenting underneath! We WILL take votes into consideration when choosing the winner.

5) Entries must be received by midnight on November 5th, 2013. MMB will choose the final winner and will Tweet the winner at our Twitter Party on November 19th!

 A Thank You From Abbie & Bonnie:

We want to thank all of your from the bottom of our hearts. MMB is like another child to us both and we have watched it grow and blossom for the past six years. We are continually blessed by our wonderful customers! It is our passion to help each parent fulfill their ideal parenting journey by offering advice and the best and safest products for you and your babies.  We test everything. If we don’t love it, we don’t carry it.

We also LOVE to thank all of you!! Everytime we offer something whether it be a freebie or a special customer appreciation coupon, we truly are thanking you. For without all of you, we wouldn’t be here.

When you shop with us, you are supporting a small, mama owned business. When you hang out with us on our Facebook page, you are interacting directly with Bonnie or me (Abbie). We you email us, Bonnie or I will respond. When you come into the store or call us you also get to interact with three other wonderful women on our staff ~ Allison, Rayne and Dominie. We are MMB.

And we thank you…because YOU are MMB too!

EVERY order placed on 10.29 and on 10.30 will be entered to win one of TWO Ju-Ju-Be UNIKIKI Be Right Backs!! How cool is that?!! This is an adorable bag that is great for you, your daughter, your niece…well ANYONE that LOVES Unicorns!!

TokiDoki UniKiki

MMB Stacks Twitter Party

After we enjoy this fun celebration, there is more !

The annual Black Friday MMB Stacks Twitter Party which will be better than the last! As always there will be lots of prizes, Ju-Ju-Be UniKiki, Tula, Cake Lingerie, Rockin’ Green, Blueberry Diapers, Moraki, Lulu’s GlamourWash, Boba, and Planet Wise and more! So make sure to mark your calendar and join the fun November 19th at 9 pm EST.

Any WAHM’s interested in participating in the giveaway please email Participants will need to visit your Facebook page and “like” it to earn entries. Lots of new fans will be checking out your business page. Great way to get new customers that may never have heard of you otherwise.


Why Amber Teething Necklaces Work and How to Choose The Right One

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Teething can bring both children and parents to tears. The pain, inflammation, fever and myriad of other symptoms that make mothers everywhere scratch their heads and wonder, “Is it teething, or is it something else?” Most commonly caregivers use corn-syrup containing acetaminophen and benzocaine-filled numbing gels which may both be dangerous, especially for children under the age of two. The good news is that there’s a better, all-natural option.

How They Work

Raw amber teething necklaces have become increasingly popular for helping babies and toddlers deal with teething pain. Amber has been used throughout history in Europe as a natural remedy because of its healing properties. The healing agent is the succinic acid, which is absorbed through the skin when it’s warmed to body temperature–this happens naturally just by wearing the necklace. The succinic acid that is absorbed has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve pain, inflammation and reduce the drooling that accompanies teething. Raw, Baltic amber has some of the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature. Since it does have to be absorbed through the skin, putting it on every once in a while for short periods of time isn’t going to be as effective as if it’s worn for long periods of time.

How to Choose

Color and craftsmanship are important to think about when choosing a necklace. Even though it’s unusual for a well-made necklace to break, make sure each piece of amber is individually knotted; this will prevent pieces of amber from being scattered everywhere if it does break. Clasps with a pop clasp are a new option and are now the safest option available. These clasps have been tested to safety and will pop off under pressure to avoid strangulation. The necklace should be snug enough around the neck so they can’t reach the mouth – the best measurement is the two finger test ~ if you can get two fingers (one on top of the other) under the necklace then it is the right size. Some people think that the lighter the color of the stone, the more succinic acid it contains, but this has not been proven and if so it would only be minute.  What does hold true is that raw amber tends to be more beneficial than polished amber, as some of the succinic acid gets polished off of the bead.

Pediatricians typically recommend removing the necklace at night or during naps, but many parents feel comfortable leaving it on, or double wrapping it around the ankle during sleep, with a sock over it to help keep it in place directly on the skin. Amber is porous, so do not allow it to soak in water and remove it before apply lotions or oils. Use only lukewarm water and a soft cloth to clean it and avoid chlorinated or soapy water.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at

10 Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Friday, October 25th, 2013

When you think of Halloween, the first thing that probably pops into your head is candy. Many of us don’t bat an eye at giving out cheap Halloween candy until we have children and realize that we don’t want our kids eating the stuff that we usually give out. With so many food allergies in children these days, knowing what to give out has become even trickier.

Halloween treats can be healthy and fun at the same time, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are ten ideas to beat the old trick or treats without becoming the house on the block that everyone avoids.

  1. Halloween-themed toys from a dollar store, Oriental Trading, Walmart or even the Target dollar section, like plastic eyeballs, creepy crawlies, erasers and crayons.
  2. Make your own fun-shaped crayons by melting old crayons in the microwave and pouring them into ice cube molds. Try finding some Halloween-inspired shapes.
  3. Stickers and temporary tattoos are always a big hit.
  4. Party stores always have a great selection of things for birthday party goody bags and they make great Halloween treats as well–bubbles, bouncy balls, glow sticks are all fun.
  5. Organic juice, such as Honest juice, or even mini bottles of water are easy to buy in bulk and children that have been walking around the neighborhood for a while will be thankful for the hydration.
  6. Fall is the season for apples, which means they’re relatively inexpensive during this time of the year, especially if you can buy them local.
  7. Add some stickers on Cuties to make them look like mini jack-o-lanterns.
  8. Mini boxes of raisins or fruit leathers be bought in bulk, making them an inexpensive, kid friendly snack.
  9. Unreal candy–which is even sold at CVS–is a great line of candy with no artificial colors, and is as natural as you can get while still being candy. They’re made to look like traditional candy, such as M&M’s.
  10. Whole Foods also carries snack size alternatives for Halloween, such as Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter Cups, and individual squares of dark chocolate.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at