How is Your Milk Supply?

Below find a formula to arrive at the amount of milk baby needs by his weight. This is pretty great!! It will help you know how much milk baby should be drinking each feeding.

How to calculate the amount of breast milk per bottle

Every new mom I have met, well almost every new mom, is concerned about the amount of breast milk she is producing. It comes with the territory. You are thinking these thoughts too, come on, admit it. When you breastfeed it is not possible to measure all that comes out. When baby is breastfeeding he simply devours it and you don’t know how much he drank.

How can this issue be resolved? When you pump you don’t produce the same way/amount as when baby suckles. So how on earth do you figure out how much he eats? Should you be worried about it? What are the indicators your baby has as much as he needs?

First, is he putting on weight? If his weight is climbing he is consuming enough to grow! Very Good. That is the goal. Sometimes there are those who pressure you to work on putting more weight on your child. We will talk about that in a minute.

Second, he has a reasonable happy disposition. He is calm, in general he is in a good mood. Again, great work. You are doing allot right if this is the case!!! Pat yourself on the back!!!

Third, he is pooping and peeing frequently. Don’t freak out on how often. As long as he is having wet diapers and poopy diapers consistently he is doing fine.

As mommy, no one knows your baby better than you. You would know if there were a problem with feeding. If 1, 2, &3 are all fine you have a baby who is doing well.

There are differing ideas about exactly what doing well means. If you are working with your doctor on a problem with your baby ask many questions. Be sure you understand the issues. Ask about what will resolve them and be certain .you understand the goals. How long does your doctor think it will take until they are resolved? Write down your questions through out the week. In the stress of the doctor’s office it is very easy to forget them.

Talk with your friends and others you know who have newborns. Do your own research on how quickly babies should gain weight. Sometimes parents are pressured to encourage weight gain for their babies. Unless there are other underlying issues a good goal is: Birth weight at 2 weeks of age, doubling birth weight at 6 months, and tripling birth weight at a year. Breastfeeding on demand will get you there easily. If you are encouraged to follow another pattern ask lots of questions. Run it by those who’s opinions you respect and have found to be true. Ask your mom how she did it with you. You turned out well, right?

One of my goals as a postpartum doula is to bring logic and peace to the parenting process. I encourage moms and dads to talk with those they know rather than researching on the Internet. The contrasting voices on the Internet will make you crazy. How do you find the best process for you and your baby? There will be time later on to compare and decide. Right now you are in survival mode. The voices of trusted friends and family will help you reach you goals.

Please let me know If I may help in your process.


Something New Mom’s Don’t Discuss in Public

A very common aliment of new mommies is the discomfort and embarrassment of hemorrhoids. Due to all the changes in a women’s body postpartum often these painful irritations erupt. Unless someone you know closely has dealt with these, chances are the topic won’t come up. So, lets take a minute and talk about this now.

How do you avoid hemorrhoids? The simplest way is with lots of ruff-age is your diet and great hydration. I will often tell new mom’s, “If you plan to breastfeed drink more water than you ever thought humanly possible!!!” It sounds funny, but I am making a very serious point. Hydration before delivery during pregnancy is important. It is vital to begin labor both well rested and hydrated. When breastfeeding hydration is even more important.

Your body has just created and expelled another human! This is something to be very proud of. It is not easy! It takes nine months, discomfort, sleep complications, cravings, expanding, and on and on. Everything changes in the process. Mentally preparing for these changes is imperative. Talking about all this ahead of time with women who have been through it is helpful! It directs you to things you would never have thought of and helps you navigate the pitfalls.

Taking in-person birth classes is a great way to prepare yourself. In a group setting thoughts will come up that you never considered. So great for you! Others have ideas for dealing with problems that open doors for you and your birth coach.

In addition, you come to realize what a big deal having a baby is!!! It is truly life changing. Which again is great!!!

Below find several articles on the treatment of hemorrhoids. Hopefully you will be able to avoid these all together through diet and hydration. If not, these homeopathic suggestions will get you started in helping you heal.


Home Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Posted by Digestive Health Services

January 27, 2015

We’ve covered coconut oil’s many uses in other articles, but we’ve had several questions about how coconut oil can help with hemorrhoids. It’s a touchy, painful, itchy subject, but we are ready to tackle it. We’ll try not to get too graphic while still getting the job done.

Treating hemorrhoids often includes helping to control inflammation, discomfort and itching. This is where coconut oil comes in. With anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, coconut oil has a lot of health benefits when applied topically or ingested orally to help treat hemorrhoids. 

This article will help you understand how to use coconut oil for hemorrhoids and cover the following points:

  • What are hemorrhoids? 
  • The benefits of using coconut oil 
  • How to use coconut oil for hemorrhoids

Many people find hemorrhoids somewhat embarrassing and prefer to treat them from the comfort of their own home. Luckily, a majority of the time, hemorrhoids are easily treated using the following home remedies:

  1. Hemorrhoid creams – Creams are a great way to reduce the pain, swelling and itching caused by hemorrhoids. You can get cream either from a physician or over-the-counter at most drug stores.
  2. Sitz Bath – A sitz bath is when a person sits in water up to the hips, which relieves the discomfort and pain caused by hemorrhoids.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar – For a natural treatment, try soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and applying it to the hemorrhoid area.
  4. Coconut Oil – Applying coconut oil to the hemorrhoids directly, rinsing and repeating not only helps relieve symptoms, but it can also cause the hemorrhoids to disappear in a few short days.
  5. Cold Therapy – Cold therapy involves using a cold, clinically approved applicator that is stored in the freezer and applied to the swollen area.

How Much Time do You Spend Interacting With Your Toddler?

When you think about it, how much of your time at home actually involves you and your little one? You, as Mommy or Daddy are the greatest influence in your child’s life, or are you? When this topic is researched often the actual time a parent spends with their child is shockingly short. A few minutes a day! How can this be?

Life is busy. Life with babies is busier. There is so much custodial work: changing diapers, cleaning up messes, preparing food, time working, and on and on. Take stock of your time. If baby is spending time at daycare your time with him is even less. Socialization is important, but these years of infancy and toddlerhood are your time to build your little human into a person of character and integrity. It is a major time commitment and hugely important to your child’s future life and yours.

Evaluate your schedule. How can you make the best of the time you have with your children? Putting the time in now to organize your lives will have a huge affect on future years. As children mature they incorporate the things they are taught into their habits. They watch you every moment and take on the way you spend time, deal with crisis, treat people, and relax. Are you modeling for them the way you want them to become? Are you living the life you saw your parents live? What do you want to change?

The articles below focus on the amazingly short amount of time we have to impact our children for good. They encourage you to think about this issue and make wise choices. Life with little ones is overwhelming. Don’t beat yourself up, but do consider how to make the best use of the moments you share with your kiddos. You won’t regret it!!!


New Parents Spend Less Time Looking After Kids Than They Think

According to a new study, couples who have recently become parents believe they spend more hours in childcare than they actually do. And couples who intend to divide up childcare equally before their kid is born rarely achieve that balance once the baby arrives.

The Average Amount Of Time Parents Spend With Their Kids A Day Is So Low

Updated: 01/04/2022 by Financial Samuari

Are you a parent who feels guilty for not spending enough time with your kids every day? Perhaps you are chasing money and prestige more than you should. Good news! The average amount of time parents spend with their kids a day is shockingly low!

The average amount of time parents spend with their kids by country and mothers and fathers

Shocking, right?! 

The average amount of time university-educated moms spend with their children is 120 minutes a day in America. The average amount of time university-educated dads spend with their children is just 85 minutes a day.

An age-by-age guide to playing with your kid

If playing with your kid doesn’t come naturally to you, you’re not alone.

There’s a lot on a parent’s to-do list, and playing with your kid doesn’t always make it to the top. But play is important for your kid’s development, and getting down on their level to goof off for a few minutes can actually shave some of the stress off your day. It’s a win-win. We turned to parents and experts to discover the best ways to have fun with your kid, at every age.

How to play with your baby