August 30, 2014

Thinking about a baby? Do these 10 things first.

By / conceiving, Fertility, Pregnancy, pregnancy, Probiotics, Trying to conceive / Add comment

If you’re thinking about a baby in the near (or even not-so-near) future, there’s something new you should add to your pre-pregnancy checklist: preparing your body’s microbiome. Wait! I know what you’re thinking: “microbiome” sounds boring. But I promise, it’s not! And it’s really important to think about now, before you conceive. 

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August 23, 2014

Acupuncture: safe and effective for fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding

By Jacqui Kinzig, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) / 1st trimester, Acupuncture, Breastfeeding, Infertility, Nursing, nursing, Pregnancy, pregnancy, Trying to conceive / Add comment

When many people hear the word “acupuncture,” they automatically think of treating pain. Most people know at least one person who has seen an acupuncturist for effective relief of back pain or arthritis. After all, that’s what we generally use it for, right? Not necessarily! At my practice, over 75% of the patients I see are seeking help for something other than pain control. Two of the most common issues that bring men and women in are infertility and pregnancy symptoms. Acupuncture is so effective at addressing these complaints that I’ve built an entire practice on helping couples achieve happy and healthy pregnancies. The list below details many of the most common pregnancy-related issues that acupuncture has been shown to help.

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August 08, 2014

Boost your milk supply the yummy way

By / Breastfeeding, Food, Nursing, nursing / Add comment

There has been a lot of talk in our Mama Seeds community lately about foods that increase your milk supply. Our favorite? Oatmeal cookies! They are called “lactation cookies” or “breastfeeding cookies” because they can actually help with increasing your milk supply. But really they are just delicious. Breastfeeding mamas, have a batch of these around (they keep in the freezer). When it's time to nurse, relax and enjoy a cookie! Note to everyone else: this is a GREAT thing to bring to someone when they’ve just had a baby!

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August 01, 2014

Establishing a healthy milk supply in the early weeks

By Kristina Rhode, IBCLC / advice, Breastfeeding, feeding, New baby, Nursing, nursing / Add comment

The early weeks of breastfeeding are often described as the most difficult—but they are also very important for establishing a healthy milk supply. Here are some tips that can assist in making this transitional time easier for you, and better for your baby. The top 4 things to remember for the first few weeks are skin-to-skin, good latch, breastfeed on demand, and avoid artificial nipples.

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