Adjusting to Life with a Newborn for New Moms

Adjusting to parenthood

Adjusting to the unpredictable life of a new parent.

Sometime after the cord is clipped, you will likely come to a startling realization. This bun that you have been baking for the better part of a year is here. You are now a parent and there is no turning back.

No matter how much a woman prepares for birth, babies tend to remain rather hypothetical in nature until they make their first cry or wet their first diaper. Birth, for most, is a rather surreal experience. Despite all that time getting ready, the change really does not seem to hit until your sweet newborn slides out of your womb and into your arms.

For many mothers the first few days are a little sheltered. A flurry of attention tends to keep very new moms preoccupied from what really lies ahead. Nurses, midwives, doulas, and family surround the new mother and baby dyad, leaving them feeling supported and comfortable. [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Weight Loss and Health Benefits

Breastfeeding benefits both the mother and child.

Is breastfeeding the key to successful weight loss and postpartum health?

Not every woman wishes to nurse, and rarely there are complications that make it difficult or impossible for a mother to do so. For those who are able to breastfeed, however, it can be a positive and rewarding experience with far-reaching benefits,  many related to maternal weight loss and health.

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Baby Gear: What is Essential? What Can You do Without?

What baby gear is necessary and what can you do without?

Learning the essentials of baby gear shopping.

Thousands of new types of baby gear flood the market every year.  Parents-to-be are overwhelmed by the options that they are presented when visiting the baby aisle each year. It can be difficult to differentiate between what is necessary and what is simply for show. [Read more...]