Proving babies truly are what they eat, researchers discuss how breast milk, iron and microbes can enrich, nourish and protect offspring.
Scientists were baffled by the reality that, though it is the most preferable fist food for our species, previously there had been almost no research into its individual qualities. This study was created to help with iron deficiencies in babies and their affect on infant memory capability.
Associate Professor Katie Hinde, of the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University set out to research the quality and composition of human breastmilk Through massive research on differing types of mammal milk the qualities of human breastmilk have been better understood. Prior to this study research from the 1980’s suggested that human mothers milk was a universal concoction with little variance world wide,
Hinde studied the milk of monkeys due to their biologic proximity to humans. In addition monkeys grow 4 x faster than humans. This allows expedited results.
Using hundreds of samples of monkey milk she discovered mother’s made different recipe of milk depending upon the sex of their baby. For Male babies: richer more energetically dense milk. The belief is this allows for sturdier and faster muscle development. For Female babies: the calcium phosphorus ratio was higher. This is important for bone building. Girls reach adulthood quicker
They also studied minerals in breastmilk.
Study results for the m like of 1.5 M dairy cows was provided. Due to strict regulation intricate records are kept on dairy cows, their babies, and the quality and composition of their milk. These findings lead Hinde to research the components in human breast milk. Patterns of nutrients in the milk were studied. Scientists measured fat, protein, carbohydrate, milk, and volume produced.
Mother’s milk varies as to the sex of the baby born!!! Its qualities are tailer made for that mother’s baby. It was previously thought that mother’s milk was a universal substance. We have learned so much! There are also many other very interesting subjects in this video. I highly recommend it if you plan to breastfeed!
The biology of bonding unravels to reveal how caregiving, social interaction and stress can physically change both parent and newborn. Here we are calling the physical and emotional connection between parent and child love.
The Biology of Bonding:
This episode studies the physical and psychological changes happening in adults as they become parents. Recently there have been many studies on both mommies and daddies investigating these changes. It is clearly understood that women prepare to be mothers during pregnancy. Their bodies go through the many changes hormonally and physically as their deliveries approach. They nest, in preparation for babies arrival. Their breasts prepare to provide colostrum and then milk. Their bodies began to produce hormones facilitating bonding and connection with their children.
Ruth Feldman, Director Center for Developmental Social Neuroscience, IDC Herzliya, Israel. Study lasting 1996 – 2000.
Research re: Oxytocin in bonding between baby and parent Study: 80 expectant mothers
Oxytocin is present in mothers through out pregnancy. The hormones released during labor prepare mom for meeting her baby. Even after difficult labors the euphoria present at birth is obvious. There is nothing like it. There is no way to describe it. It simply has to be experienced.
After birth breastfeeding releases numerous hormones promoting bonding, happiness, pleasure, and comfort. This is one of the most important advantages of breastfeeding. It connects mother and child and continues to do so every time baby suckles. Brain scans on these mothers were preformed pre delivery and after. It was discovered that each mothers’ amigdula (within the brain) expanded during the experience of becoming a parent. Within these mothers later MRI’s revealed this process did not reverse itself. Mothers remained as they were shortly after their babies were delivered.
As a result of this study questions regarding the physical and psychological affects of delivery and parenting on men arose. A second study ensued.
Study: 80 expectant fathers No notable results until after delivery of baby.
This study looked at only Oxytocin, others have measured the notable drop in testosterone in newly delivered fathers. Oxytocin levels were similar to that of mother’s once fathers participated in intimate physical and emotional care if their offspring.
Surprisingly in these studies researchers found as men become fathers they develop hormones and changes connecting them to their offspring. Those investigating discovered numerous physical changes in fathers correlating to the amount of close physical, emotional, and custodial activity they share with their babies. Father’s amigdula grew 25% in relation to mothers.
As a postpartum doula certified through the Doula Association of North America (DONA) I must go through the process of recertification every three years. This process opens me to new literature, studies, videos, and philosophies within the field of infants services. This is really a satisfying activity. But wait, perhaps I am speaking ahead of myself.
Definition: Postpartum doula, a trained infant care specialist providing education, support, encouragement and practical direction to parents of newborns.
The field of infant cares is as old as life itself. Since the the beginning women have supported young mothers and fathers. Grandmas, mothers, aunts, cousins, church members, friends, neighbors and others have some along side new mommies to share their advice and help. The process of becoming parents is so overwhelming, in many ways it is a group project. Having those who have traveled this path before them opens new parents to the world of wise child rearing.
As a professional doula I am able to share the experience of parenthood benefiting new parents, their families, and their babies. It is an incredible privilege. I love my work! The experiences gained in raising my own children (all five of them), supporting friends and relatives in their parenthood adventures, my counseling degree from the University of California, and the numerous families inviting me into their homes to serve them, have provided a myriad of ideas and skills. Pretty much any road new parents will travel has come up somewhere along the way. If not, I have a huge reservior of fellow doulas, midwives, and medical professionals on which to draw.
Anyway, as I began to say, I am studying my craft vigorously in order to hone my skills. As I do this I look for material I believe will aid new parents in their journey. One such gem is a series (2020) developed by Netflix entitled “Babies”. This twelve part series discusses many of the topics new parents know they need to understand. Because of it’s massive availability in the market place (220M subscribers worldwide) Netflix is a wonderful tool for doulas like myself. It is easy to access and this series was produced with new parents in mind.
Below find a list and description of the topics covered in the series. I will discuss each in a short blog entry to provide you a thumbnail sketch of what is covered. Know I am not able to discuss all topics covered in the thumb nail sketch. Watch the videos in full to catch all the information provided. If the subject is of interest to you find the particular video and watch. Know the information is researched and discussed at length. It may run more slowly than preferred, but the content is of great value.
Netflix 2 Part: 12 episode Series. “BABIES”. 2020 (600 minutes total, just under an hour per video)
There are twelve episodes in total of the Netflix show, with each episode focusing on a different aspect of a baby’s development, and parenting.
This new series digs deep into the science behind our little ones – here’s everything we know about ‘Babies’ on Netflix Babies is the latest binge-worthy documentary series on our favorite streaming service, Netflix. BY GRACE WALSH. PUBLISHED JUNE 24, 2020
When series one hit Netflix earlier this year, it joined the ranks of binge-worthy viewing on the streaming channel.
The Netflix Babies docu-series follows 15 different newborns from all over the world, as both parents and baby (opens in new tab) begin to navigate their way through the first year of the little one’s life.
Series one taught us about the first year of a baby’s life – everything from the biology of bonding to the role that family pets play in the strengthening of a newborn’s immune system(opens in new tab). And now as series two has landed on Netflix and is available to stream right now, we’re buckling in for another journey through the life of a newborn baby.
Part 1. Episodes:
Love: The biology of bonding unravels to reveal how caregiving, social interaction and stress can physically changeboth parent and newborns.
First Food: Proving babies truly are what they eat, researchers discuss how breast milk, iron and microbes can enrich, nourish and protect offspring.
Crawling: From how they grow to how they go, three scientists find out crawling is much more than just a transitional phase.
First Words: Experts examine the rhythm and flow of language and explore how babies break down linguistic beats before they know how to speak.
Sleep: Researchers delve into sleep, a dynamic time for babies with studies twitching, apps and naps.
First Steps: Scientists venture into the ways walking changes a baby’s world and unveil findings on neonatal reflexes, skeletal development and talking
Part II Episodes:
What Babies Know: Challenging the notion of a blank slate, three studies explore how babies are born with expectation about everyday life.
Movement: From curiosity to understanding: researchers unveil the surprising ways infants learn how to anticipate and respond to the movements of others.
Senses: Several experts make sense of how babies touch, taste and see as they embark on a sensory journey shaping the rest of their lives/
Relationships: A coy smile, a puppet shoe and a ointed finger lead to discoveries in how babies get along with others using humor, morality and shared experiences.
Nature and Nurture: Resolving the debate of nature verses nurture, three scientists show how genetics and environment work together as infants discover who they are.
Toddlers: Researchers reveal the social skill toddlers naturally possess, abilities ultimately separating humans from all other species.
Here are a couple sweet cool treat recipes for you summer days. They can be made ahead of time and frozen to enjoy later. If you have done fruit smoothie’s before you know almost anything tastes wonderful in them. If you don’t have exactly what the recipe calls for get creative. Use what ever you have in your fridge and freezer.
I freeze very ripe bananas out of their peels in a Ziploc bag. Then I use them for fruit shakes. I also purchase berries and other fruit when they are on sale and put them straight into the freezer. Then they are available for this!!! Already frozen frozen fruit items make your shake especially frosty and yummy!!!
TROPICAL SUMMER FRUIT SMOOTHIE
1 ½ cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen sweet pineapple
2 cups orange juice
1 cup vanilla yogurt (low fat and/or sugarless are fine)
Pour the orange juice into a blender. Add fruit and blend until fully puréed. Since it’s frozen, you may need to stop blending and stir up the fruit a bit.
Add yogurt and blend again until completely combined.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Summer Fruit Smoothie
Take advantage of fresh summer fruit to whip up a refreshing smoothie! Or, use frozen fruit to enjoy summer flavors any time of year.
Prep time 10 min. Serving size 1 cup
fresh blueberries. 1 cup
chopped fresh strawberries 1 cup
peaches (peeled, seeded and chopped) 2
peach flavored Greek style yogurt (non-fat) 6 oz. (sugarless and low-fat are great)
almond milk (unsweetened) 1 cup
ground flax seed 2 tbsp
ice 1/2 cup
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. There is so much flavor in the fruit no added sugar is perfect.
Very simply advice for strengthening your relationship: These simple acts of love will show your significant other you are thinking of them and care about their needs. Practice these for a month with out telling your partner. Watch your relationship grow and deepen through simple acts of kindness.
Tell him you love him ~ Verbal affirmation
Pay him a compliment ~ Look for good
Pray for him ~ Seek the very best
Do something nice for him ~ Show kindness
Hug & kiss him every single day ~ Physical connection
As the 4th of July approaches our city comes together for the oldest 4th of July Parade this side of the Mississippi River!!!! Huntington Beach began celebrating America’s Birthday with a parade in 1904, 118 years ago!!!! The parade started small, just a few local floats and bands. Today it is a full scale production! Over 500,00 attend and it is televised. There are marching bands from all over the country, horses, little clown cars, floats, Boy Scouts, Marirachi bands, veterans groups, Charros (horseback riders in full caballero regalia), and on and on. It is a wonderful celebration of our country!
We are fortunate to have friends who live on the parade route. They kindly invite us to a wonderful breakfast brunch and front row seat to the festivities. We have joined them for over 12 years!!! We met them when our eldest son was at West Point, The United States Military Academy, and their son was a Navy Seal.
Having lived in Huntington Beach for several decades, being at the parade is like ‘old home week’! We see folks we have known since high school. It is so much fun!!! If you don’t have anywhere to celebrate the 4th, and are in the southern California area, come on down to the parade! Sit on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Come join the party!!! If you can’t join us get friends and family together and enjoy the holiday with them! Invite everyone to bring their favorite goodies!! No telling what delicious treats will turn up!!!
We have so much for which to be thankful!! Focusing on this brings happiness and peace!!!
Keeping you and your family comfortable in the heat takes some preparation. If you are able to, buy summer toys such as squirt guns, pool foliates, and buckets & shovels at the end of the season. Stores are eager to unload them then and almost give them away. As a grandma I am always keeping my eyes open for such things. Clothing stores do the same thing. If you are expecting a baby next spring, of have friends and family who are you can cash in on the deals right now. As July approaches stores begin receiving their winter inventory. They will be making down the cute summer clothing soon! In California we basically can wear it all year! Ha!
Here are some basic thoughts for staying cool during summer.
Number I : Hydrate.
Figure out ways to drink water. Make cute ice cubes with frozen berries or out of juice. Make or buy popsicles to keep on hand. Encourage your family and friends to teach themselves to carry a water bottle or keep them close by. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding this is sooooo important!!! Athletic trainers will tell you that if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated!!!!!!!!!! This means: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE THIRSTY TO DRINK!!! It is really a re-education for you!
I tell my pregnant mamas close to labor to begin drinking a gallon of water per day in the weeks before they deliver. Hydration makes labor so much easier. Being hydrated helps your body process and pass the avalanche of hormones you experience during labor. In addition it prepares you to drink lots while you are breastfeeding. I recently heard of a breastfeeding mommy who was so constipated she caused a fissure in her anus. This is a tear in the skin from pushing so hard to eliminate poop. She said it felt like cut glass cutting her. OUCH!!! Drink water dear girls!!! You will be glad you did!
When I was breastfeeding I developed scabs in my nose. I did not realize this, but this was a result of dehydration!!! Please, please “Drink more water than you believe is humanly possible!” This is my mantra to noe mommies. Nearly every mommy with whom I have worked doubts her ability to provide enough milk for her baby. If you begin breastfeeding with the habit of drinking at least a gallon of water per day you will most likely avoid this crippling fear. You will feel better. It will affect every area of your physical wellbeing. PLEASE MAKE ME HAPPY AND DRINK WATER!!!!
If you do not think you can do this alone ask those around you to help Keep a chart close by and record your water intake. Set an alarm on your phone and keep count of your glasses of water. I like to fill four quart/liter bottles with ice cold water and keep them in the fridge. As I finish each one I get closer to my daily goal!! In past blog editions I have discussed other affects of dehydration. Look into them if you wish.
Plan your daily schedule so you can be in cool places during the hottest part of the day. Long walks in air-conditioned malls. Sitting in the shade at the park while your kids play. In the shade at a local pool.
Do what ever it takes to allow you and yours to avoid over heating. Avoid long car rides if at all possible. In some places going out early in the morning and when the sun goes down are you only options. That is OK, just plan for it.
Plan for items that do not require time in a hot kitchen. Prepare sandwiches, fruit, salads, etc. This makes life so much more comfortable.
Your family will take the lead from you. T-shirts, shorts, cute summer dresses, swim suits can be the wardrobe of your summer days. Hats and visors out of door to protect from the sun’s heat. When my kids had their fill of sun I put white t-shirts on them in addition to sunscreen. This avoided deep sunburns.
Have a wonderful summer!!! Enjoy what ever quiet and relaxed time you find. Keep cool and hydrated!!!
Loving these summer days has always been my favorite!! This time of year lets you relax and enjoy. If you are currently pregnant or have a new baby it is the perfect time to take it easy. Arrange your living space to serve you and your family. Access to a swimming pool is wonderful. A little kids pool is the next best thing. One of those sail awnings can easily be set up to provide shade on hot days. Protecting your backyard from too much direct sunshine will help cool your home too.
Just a few stings of twinkle or standard light bulbs can make your backyard the perfect evening destination. Get creative! If this is not your talent ask a friend or relative for their ideas. With out much expense you can create a lovely place to enjoy summer afternoons and evenings.
Every year or so I go through my favorite items for newborns. These are the things I have found most helpful after fifteen years of serving newborns and their families. I encourage you to look at them. Try them out, if you wish. There is no pressure here, just lots and lots of experience.
MIM newborn pacifiers. These are the smallest on the market. This makes them the easiest to hold on to. Nik pioneered this style of pacifier years ago. They studied the ultrasound of a baby breastfeeding. What was learned is that when suckling a baby sucks in a large part of the areola, darker skin surrounding the nipple. Thus, they developed nipples allowing for this natural style of pacifier.
There is an old wives tale called nipple confusion. I am guessing someone somewhere wanted money for a scientific study and came up with this one. Babies are intelligent beings. They learn at a faster rate than we can imagine. When they are hungry they eat. When they are sucking they suck. I have found no such thing as nipple confusion in my practice. There is a term saying “Don’t borrow trouble”. In parenting there are hundreds of issues you simply don’t need to deal with. I encourage you not to expect trouble. Expect good things and they will come. Please ask if you have questions. Ask me, your friends, your relatives, and yes, your pediatrician, if he or she has kids of their own.
The straight green pacifiers given at the hospital are there because the pacifier company has provided them to the hospital at no charge. Ask the nurses, they will let you know. Babies will pretty much take what they are given. If you choose to purchase pacifiers these are my recommendation. You will probably be given some as gifts, at the hospital, and as free samples. See which ones work best with your baby!
Caldecene Medicated Powder is one of my favorites!!! It is magic on diaper rashes. In most cases just a few hours after applying it baby is happy and the rash is gone. It is available at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and online. It is in my gift box at every baby shower. Use it sparingly, you can always add more later. It works on adults and children for chafing, skin irritation, etc, and it smells wonderful!!!
Digital Baby Scale Multi-Function Infant Toddler Scale Split Mother Baby Scale Digital Pet Scale Kg/St/Lb Unit Switchable 50G-120Kg (White)
Infant scale. Having a baby scale around is a wonderful tool when a breastfeeding mom is wondering whether or not baby is drinking enough milk. Nearly every mom doubts her ability to produce enough milk in the initial days. A baby scale allows mom to weigh baby before and after feedings to learn exactly how much milk is been ingested. You won’t need it very long so share it with a friend or borrow one. It will bring you peace in your journey, that is the most important quality in my book!!! A relaxed mommy is better all the way around!
This is one of the many scales available to you. I am not especially recommending this company, but this is the style of scale I believe will serve you best.
I love 100% cotton clothing for mommy and baby. It is absorbent, light, soft and cleans beautifully. There are many companies and styles available on line. I encourage you to find a local store carrying the brands you are considering to examine them in person. Purchase some there in order to thank them for their business and purchase more online when you need them. I have a tendency to over purchase. As you may have already seen, your baby grows so quickly you probably will not need many of a particular item. Purchase things as you need them in an effort not to waste your money. Friends and family members will usually be happy to share the clothing their babies have grown out of. Some how there always seems to be plenty of baby clothing floating around!!
This WebMD article talks about the uses and affects of honey in both homeopathic and medical situations. Historically we have been told not to use honey with newborns. The information here seems to contradict this advice. Ask your pediatrician about the use of honey with you little ones. Honey is good for so many situations I suggest you speak with your OB (Obstetrician) if you have any questions about using honey during pregnancy. Throughout these suggestions we are given reactions and positive uses for honey for adults. Children and infants are really not thoroughly discussed. Do some research on the subject before introducing honey to your little ones. Better safe than sorry. JUDY
Possibly Effective for
Burns. Applying honey preparations directly to burns seems to improve healing.
CoughTaking a small amount of honey by mouth at bedtime appears to reduce coughing spells in children aged 2 years and older. Honey appears to be at least as effective as the cough medicinedextromethorphan. But it is not clear if honey reduces cough in adults.
Foot sores in people with diabetes. Applying dressings containing honey to diabetic foot ulcers seems to reduce healing time and prevent the need for antibiotics.
Dry eye. Using specific honey eye drops or eye gel in the eyes (Optimel Manuka plus eye drops or Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel) helps to make dry eyes feel better. These products can be used along with regular dry eye treatment such as lubricant drops and warm cloths on the eyes.
Sores and ulcers of the mouth and gums caused by herpes virus (herpetic gingivostomatitis). Rinsing the mouth and then slowly swallowing honey helps these sores and ulcers heal faster in children who are taking a medication called acyclovir.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When taken by mouth: Honey is likely safe for most adults. But when honey is produced from the nectar of rhododendrons, it is likely unsafe. This type of honey contains a toxin that may cause heart problems, low blood pressure, and chest pain.
When applied to the skin or on the inside of the mouth: Honey is likely safe for most adults.
When applied into the eye: It is possibly safe to use specific eye drops containing manuka honey (Optimel Manuka Plus Eye Drops; Melcare, Biomedical Pty Ltd). These eye drops are usually applied into the eyes 2-3 times daily for up to 4 weeks.
When applied into the nose: Diluted manuka honey solution is possibly safe for most adults when sprayed into the nose for up to 2 weeks. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Honey is likely safe when taken in food amounts. But there isn’t enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use honey in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to the amounts found in foods.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with HONEY Honey might slow blood clotting. Taking honey along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Phenytoin (Dilantin) interacts with HONEY Honey might increase how much phenytoin the body absorbs. Taking honey along with phenytoin might increase the effects and side effects of phenytoin.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with HONEY Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Honey might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.