<![CDATA[ - Doula Lab]]>Sun, 10 Jan 2016 02:52:13 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Kids Consignment Season is Arriving!]]>Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:31:26 GMThttp://www.enoriverpostpartumdoula.com/doula-lab/kids-consignment-season-is-arriving
So September is the season for kids consignment sales in the Triangle area.  One of the largest is the Kids Everywear consignment sale taking place in the Morrisville Outlet Mall. This sale is huge! They have taken up several of the store areas in the mall to create "shops" for all the items they sell. They have a toy, baby equipment and book area, maternity clothes, womens, mens and childrens areas. Children areas sorted by gender and age, adult clothing sorted by sizes (generally).  I think last year I even saw a home decor area too. Its pretty incredible. Here is a tip that I noticed from the pros that shop there. Bring a laundry basket with a bungee cord or rope tied around it so you can drag it as you shop! Another major pro tip was using a rolling laundry cart with a laundry basked tied to the bottom. They hung the clothing on the bar and put other items in the basket while they rolled around. You can also store large items after purchase in the toy area (usually that's where are the large items are sold anyway) with your name and drive around back to pick them up later. Make sure you bring a big cold thermos of water and some snacks with you. Its quite a marathon even if you only want to "look" it's an event.
What you they have you ask? Well, just about everything! I picked up a breast pump there for about $50.00, I saw tons of bassinets, co-sleepers, babywearing slings, bouncers, strollers and swaddles. Baby books and toys for all ages. Its quite incredible. I now love to go to get interesting toys for my son and I always spend time in the book area since we consume lots of books in this family!
If you are a new expecting mom or expecting through adoption they have a special shopping day for you. Register as that and you can shop early. If you are mom a second time around they have lots of ways you can volunteer to gain an early shopping day entrance too. 
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<![CDATA[Safe Formula Preparation]]>Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:06:40 GMThttp://www.enoriverpostpartumdoula.com/doula-lab/safe-formula-preparationAs I work with my clients, I find that some make the choice to feed their babies formula. A popular choice among the families I work with is formula in the powdered state. Powdered formula is more economical and lasts longer than the pre-made, sterilized formula in the can. A common misconception (which is not helped by formula companies) is that powdered infant formula is a sterile product which it is not.  What that means is even though infant formula is manufactured according to safe food handling guidelines, things can still happen in the factory or in the home which could contaminate the product inside.  If the formula is not prepared properly, then the contaminates will be present and could cause illness in an infant. The World Health Organization issued guidelines for safe formula preparation which involves heating the water and powdered formula for a few minutes then cooling before giving to baby. This is a practice that I teach and also model in the homes of my families. If this is news to you, then don't feel bad. The back of your container of formula does not state this so how else would you know? To help you know more, I am including a link demonstrating the preparation of the powdered formula as well as the link to the WHO Guidelines for safe preparation.

<![CDATA[When Breastfeeding Doesn't Go As Planned.]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:33:48 GMThttp://www.enoriverpostpartumdoula.com/doula-lab/when-breastfeeding-doesnt-go-as-planned
A fear that many pregnant women I have spoken to and worked with have is that breastfeeding will not go as they planned.   I ask my clients how they plan to feed their new baby and most respond "Well, I plan to breastfeed... I hope to breastfeed if all goes well."  My typical response is a question about how they are preparing to breastfeed, and what support measures they will have in place specifically for breastfeeding once baby arrives. 
If you think about it, such a seemingly simple and natural act has about a thousand moving parts.  If one of those parts is off, then breastfeeding can be challenging for the mother and baby.  Here are some ways you can prepare ahead of time for breastfeeding your baby:
  • Read a quality book on breastfeeding and have it on hand.  
  • Bookmark quality websites with articles by topic and with videos.. 
  • Line up a lactation consultant ahead of time and meet with her.  A lactation consultant is as important as your baby's pediatrician, and you need to feel comfortable with her. Interview the lactation consultant as you would your own doctor or your baby's pediatrician.  Schedule a preliminary meeting with her while you are pregnant.  Most IBCLC's can help you assess any physical issues you may encounter breastfeeding ahead of time and help you come up with a plan to navigate this after the baby's birth.
  • Have support at home on hand.  Plan on having support in all forms, family, friends and a postpartum doula are key in helping you heal, rest (really rest), stay hydrated and fed so you can focus on you and your baby.

Sometimes women are surprised that after a week or two of difficulty they have a physical abnormality that will not allow their bodies to make enough milk.  For others, traumatic birth or infertility treatments contributed to breastfeeding difficulties.   Some women learn that their baby has a lip or tongue tie or a high palate or a small mouth, all of which can make for a difficult start.  If this or any other issue occurs that makes your breastfeeding efforts not go as planned, take it easy on yourself.  Talk to your support network and tell them how you feel about this. Sometimes your closest supporters may not know how deeply your disappointment goes and how frustrating and exhausting it can be to find the solution.  It's also hard to let go of your initial intentions to feed your baby exclusively from your body. Pull your support close to you and talk out each scenario.  What is working for you now? What are some reasonable goals for the next day, week or few weeks? What can you continue to try in hopes that things will be better? What decisions can you make that will help you nourish and enjoy your baby now? Preparing yourself for breastfeeding and asking these questions with those who support you can help you start working toward reasonable goals that will have you enjoying your infant and your time postpartum. 

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC
Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding: Revised Editionby Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
The Womanly Art of BreastfeedingJul 13, 2010by Diane Wiessinger and Diana West