Breast Feeding Isn't just about Mommy and Baby

This week we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. You may not hear this often but breastfeeding is kind of a BIG DEAL, supported by organizations like UNICEF and The World Health Organization with statements like, “It’s clear that breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development it is also the foundation of country’s development”.  We mothers have the power to change the world one breastfed child at a time!  

There are many benefits to breastfeeding. First of all, it’s related to improved health outcomes for you and your baby. Breastfeeding protects your baby from all kinds of diseases. It is also related to decreased risks of you getting ovarian and breast cancers. Secondly, breastfed children are said to have higher intelligence levels.  Thirdly, it’s cost effective! Think of all the money you’ll save on gym expenses due to the weight loss benefits experienced during the first few months of breastfeeding. I’m going to stop there, though the list goes on and on about how breastfeeding is essential to you, your baby and the world! 

Moms, I know you all remember the day you were preparing to come home with your precious newborn from the hospital. The nurses were giving all sorts of advice while you were making certain to stock up on hospital diapers and such. The nurse or the lactation consultant made one last round to your room to make sure you were all set with the perfect way to breastfeed once you got home. As you got ready to leave, you were overcome with every emotion under the sun – fear, excitement, anxiety. Later that night, your home and your sweet baby is crying hysterically because he's hungry and you just don’t know what to do.  Maybe you’re struggling because your nipples are so sore that the thought of nursing made you want to cry or the baby just won’t latch on, or just maybe you aren’t producing enough milk. 

Maybe there were mommies like me, that truly loved breastfeeding and was pretty good with it, but the demand was so much that it was overwhelming. Or the support I needed to keep the grandmas a healthy distance wasn’t there. Or even the misinformation I received from the hospital about breastfeeding and formula. The hardest thing for me might have been not being bold or confident in my choice to want to exclusively breast-feed my son. 

In situations like these, you may have felt alone, scared, and possibly even like a bad mother! 

 There are going to be obstacles that you’ll encounter while breastfeeding your little one but all you have to remember is to be confident in your decision to breastfeed. Don’t forget that breastfeeding is bigger than you and me. We’re doing this for the betterment of the entire world! So when all things breastfeeding are going wrong, remember that you are providing your child with his/hers start at a prosperous and healthy life.  

If you’re experiencing rough times, stay strong and check out some of these resources with tips and more information on breastfeeding: 

 

La Leche League

Unicef

World Health Organization

 

 Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

 

Four Ways To Hack The Overwhelming Feeling of Motherhood....and everything else

  As women we wear so many hats, which often leaves us feeling overwhelmed. From having children, aging parents to take care of, in school part time, or running a business on the side- these are just a handful of things we have on our plate.  We’re expected to be superwoman and not just any super woman either, a pretty damn sexy one too! Half the time we run around and don’t get half the things done on our to-do list. We end up doing a lot of “things” but not really making any progress.  So here are a few tips to get your life in order just a bit more peacefully.
 
1.     What’s important to you? – Get a notebook and write the three most important things to you right now.  Then get specific about it, and then create some goals around it. One important item to me is my family. And more specifically to create a healthier and happier home for us. How can I make this goal a realization through our everyday lives? Well that brings us to number two.
 
2.     Creating a Routine! Whatever your goals are create ways to implement it into your life every day. Now continuing with our example of a happier and healthier home, I’ve made sure that my family has a healthy breakfast most mornings and that we enjoy it together. For us, dinner doesn’t always happen together but we’re fortunate enough to be able to start our day together.  Speaking of routine, kids thrive on it! When kids know what to expect, you can count on them to deliver. My son knows that after school, he has homework, dinner, reading time, bath time, prayers and bed by 8pm.  Does he try to fight this? Of course he does but like clockwork, he’s ready to sleep by his bedtime and we are able to maintain the peace.   This also maximizes your time so you don’t waste time!
 
3.     Say NO! Ladies you can’t do everything.  Routines won’t work if you tell your friends that it’s ok to have girls night twice a week but one of your goals is to spend more time with your husband! Or you take a conference call at 6pm, but you are supposed to be reading with your kids. To make matters worse, you believe that you can multitask! It’s actually very counter-productive. If it’s a priority then it simply comes first. Yes things will come up from time to time but you have to decide if something is becoming a hindrance.   When we begin to say yes to everything, that’s when we fall into the “overwhelming trap”.  We’re torn between satisfying ourselves and everyone else’s goals.
 
4.     Do you!  There is no way you can implement anything we just spoke about without taking care of you first. Without figuring out what’s best for you and how you want to do it.  Carve some time out everyday to just breathe. One routine that I’ve recently started and seems to be working is to wake up before anyone else. I give myself an hour before everyone wake up to spend time with God, plan out my day and honestly to just have some and peace and quiet!
 
I know I’m not the only one that always feels like she’s running around like a chicken with her head cut off all the time.  Being overwhelmed leads to stress, which leads to a multitude of symptoms and no amount of green smoothies will make it all better. So ladies try to implement these steps into your life and lets start living for us and not everyone else. Please tell me what are some things you do to keep from getting your plate too full.  

 

 

Five Things You Need to Know When traveling With Your Child

Last week my son and I had an awesome time visiting family in Georgia. This was the very first time traveling alone with my son. I did everything any normal person would do to prepare for our trip. Packed essentials, got the little travel size bottles and filled them with the items we couldn’t dare to live without for a whole weekend, and packed enough underwear to last my son a lifetime lol.  I even packed packaged healthy snacks for our flight.  But can I tell you that attempting to keep things routine while traveling is quite unlikely. Here's what I learned;

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