Teaching Mothers Self Love

Our country is failing postpartum mothers.  During pregnancy, support is abundant.  There are prenatal visits, ultrasounds, baby showers, and courses abound to teach women how to prepare for delivery.  There are support teams of doctors, nurses, doulas, and friends.  We are armed to the teeth to deliver babies.  Then, after the climax of delivery, the help and support slowly drifts … Read More

5 Ways Having Babies Can Blow Up Your Sex Life

You have a baby, it takes over your life, and there is less time for YOU individually and for YOU as a couple.  End of story.  Right?  Well, yes and no.  Having a baby is a beautiful, empowering, stressful, exhausting, life altering thing.  Your life as you know it will literally never be the same after you bring a baby … Read More

Why Should I Be Holding My Breast Like a Sandwich?

What is Sandwich Hold and Why is it important?  During the early days postpartum, infants often require more support to breastfeed successfully.  Even good feeders need to be encouraged to achieve and maintain a deep latch for optimal feeding.  Newborns are all reflexes and instincts during their first weeks breastfeeding.  They are responding to olfactory, visual, and sensory cues that … Read More

PURPLE Crying SUCKS

The new push to educate parents via the PURPLE Crying campaign is one that makes me cringe inside. I read the mission statement and catchy acronym and … I get it. I get that they are trying to educate parents about “normal infant crying” so there is a realistic expectations when going home. Babies do cry a lot. Most cry … Read More

Informed Birth: Grieving My Birth Experience

My first baby was born via cesarean section.  I am a labor and delivery nurse.  I know deep in my bones that our childbirth stories are not ours to author.  I have been witness to so many births and I know the expectation that fills women when they enter a labor and delivery suite.  Their dreams are bubbling over the … Read More

When Birth Does Not Go As Planned

They call childbirth LABOR for a reason. It is hard; so much harder than any women can simply fathom. For hours, days even,  you are taken hostage by your body on a ride that undulates in and out of agony culminating in a fiery climax. Unleashed is the primal woman roaring in victory and surrender as her genesis  into motherhood … Read More

5 Tips for Increasing Your Supply

So, you have low supply? My first question to you… Why do you think you have low supply? Low supply is a common fear amongst breastfeeding women. The number of women with adequate milk production who believe they are not making enough milk is so common, it literally has a name: Perceived Low Supply Low pumping output is commonly mentioned … Read More

How Do I Know Baby is Getting Enough?

How do you know if you are making enough milk? Seems like a simple question but it does not have the straight forward kind of answer most mothers a looking for. Women’s fear of low supply is so common it literally has a name Perceived Low Supply This means women have let their fear of inadequate milk production become a … Read More

10 Reason’s You Have Low Supply

Low supply is one of the biggest concerns of breastfeeding mothers.  Its the stuff their nightmares are made of. Very few women have a physiologic inability to make milk.  Hormonal imbalances or insufficient glandular development can be responsible for some women’s true low supply.  Breast surgery or trauma can be another factor potentially hindering a breast’s ability to make milk.  For … Read More

Colic Is Not Normal

No truer words have ever been said.  Living with a colicky infant is a life altering experience.  It rains havoc on the entire family system.  It is hard to imagine how one little baby can cause so much dysfunction… until you have lived it.   How does one know if their baby has colic?  The rule of threes is generally … Read More