Advice from a Doula

I wish I’d had someone to share with me the “real” parts of what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! This is that place for you.

- Allison

Feeding Baby with NO BOTTLE – Avoid Nipple Confusion

If you need to supplement your baby with breast milk or formula, a bottle isn’t your only option. Let’s explore some alternatives to the bottle including cup feeing, syringe feeding and using a supplemental nursing system. Bottle Feeding Alternatives Cup Feeding One of the easiest way to feed a newborn especially within the first few…

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Do Lactation Cookies ACTUALLY increase breastmilk supply?

I remember the first time I made lactation cookies and gave one to my husband to try. He loved them and asked if it was a new recipe. When I told them they were lactation cookies he screamed, “What?? Am I going to start lactating now???” Haha poor guy! Scared him half to death. But…

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Breastfeeding Gift Basket Ideas!

My FAVORITE gift to see at a baby shower is a breastfeeding gift basket! Having a few of the basics can really help a new mother feel supported and ready to start off on the right foot. Now, technically, all you need is a baby and a lactating breast to be able to breastfeeding, but…

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Bonding without Feeding – Including your partner while breastfeeding

It’s not uncommon for dads to feel left out in the bonding department when a mother is breastfeeding. All the images of “good dads” we often see involve the partner giving a bottle to give the mother a break! First, ASK YOUR PARTNER how she feels about this. Every woman is different, but most women…

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Research on Cloth Face Masks – ARE THEY EFFECTIVE??

The big questions… are cloth face masks effective? In our current Covid-19 epidemic, there are many questions about what we should be doing to protect ourselves and others. Unfortunately, there is also a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) for healthcare providers. Many groups on Facebook and in communities have turned to sewing cloth face…

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When is it safe to give your breastfed baby a pacifier?

That really is the million-dollar question, isn’t it! While finishing up a course on Research in Maternal-Child Health, I’ve spent hours and hours pouring over studies, trials, and systematic reviews on research about the relationship between pacifiers and breastfeeding. I was hoping to answer the question, “When is the best (if any) time to introduce…

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Used breast pump

Should you sell/share your lightly used Breast Pump?

Many insurances now are covering the cost of a breast pump, which is great! However, not all moms use their breast pumps much so it seems there is a surplus of lightly used breast pumps floating around. It’s hard to want to just throw away or recycle such a valuable device, especially if it was…

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Animal vs Human Birth – What the animal kingdom does RIGHT!

YouTube is full of all kinds of birth videos! For my favorite list of birth videos, visit this link here. If watching human births is not your thing or you’d like a different perspective, there is much to learn from the animal kingdom on how and where to give birth. ~~~ Trust your instinct. This…

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10 Reasons to Share Your Birth Story – You can even share it HERE!

Childbirth is an incredible accomplishment, no matter how it happens. Every birth is SO different and no two women have the same experience, which is why your birth story is important and special. Do you have to share it with the world? Absolutely not. Should you write down what the experience of childbirth was like…

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Bengkung Belly Binding – Pros and Cons + when NOT to bind!

Postpartum belly binding is becoming a popular trend as a way to promote healing and return faster to your pre-pregnancy shape. There are so many belly bands and binds on the market, it can be overwhelming choosing which is best for you.  Here we’re going to focus on one of my personal favorite options, Bengkung…

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Audible Books on Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Do you find yourself wanting to read all the pregnancy books but just can’t find the time to sit down and get it done? Or perhaps you don’t enjoy reading? Don’t worry! There are SO MANY options for the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding classics available for you on Audible by Amazon. Audible works like a monthly…

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How to order a FREE Breast Pump through your Insurance!

Breast pumps are a major expense on your list of new baby must haves, but now many insurances are required to cover a free breast pump for you! It can be daunting to even know where to start with the process, so here’s a step by step instruction guide. First, we’ll start with regular insurance…

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