BBL 041: Your Baby’s Experiences in Pregnancy

Babys Experience of Pregnancy

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Parents often follow along with fetal development during pregnancy, but what does your baby actually experience inside the womb? What’s it like in there? How can you make it the best environment possible? All that and more in this episode:

In this episode I cover:

  • Why look beyond “fetal development”
  • How baby experiences time in the womb
  • Did you know? Babies are graceful, not jerky, in the womb
  • How to create the perfect womb environment for baby
  • And how Daddy is especially good at this :)
  • Why stress isn’t always bad for baby (and when it is)
  • Handling stress if it’s getting bad
  • Building relaxation and connection into every day

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BBL 040: Handling Picky Eaters & Feeding Trouble

Picky Eaters and Feeding Problems

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Starting solids can be really exciting, but also a little stressful. What do you do if your baby (or toddler) seems picky? How can you tell if things are going smoothly? What do you do if you think your baby isn’t eating well? All those issues and more are covered in this weeks episode!

In this episode I cover:

  • Tips and guidelines for picky eaters
  • When to be okay with a picky eater (and when to be firm)
  • Avoiding pickiness – and avoiding “forcing” food
  • Our story of a developmental feeding problem
  • How to tell if your baby has feeding problems
  • Why a kitchen timer may be the best purchase you make
  • Mommy tips to get your baby eating
  • How to help your baby gain weight

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BBL 039: Nursing in Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

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Many moms want to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse their toddler and newborn. I cover what to expect and tips for success in today’s podcast episode!

In this episode I cover:

  • How to know when it’s safe (or not) to nurse during pregnancy
  • Steps to take care of yourself while pregnancy nursing
  • Will nipple tenderness go away when the new baby is born?
  • When will milk supply drop – and how do toddlers react?
  • Handling negative feelings towards breastfeeding your toddler
  • Why “give and take” and boundaries are healthy for your tot
  • Benefits of tandem nursing
  • Who nurses first? Toddler or newborn?
  • How to handle nursing two

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Breastfeed Your Baby in Public

This is a request for you to breastfeed your baby in public. Not on those hectic newborn days when you feel like you’re fumbling around and both you and baby may be teary-eyed. But that passes (I promise) and you’ll be more confident.

Then, nurse in public. Don’t use a nursing cover (but feel free to use a nursing tank, button up shirt, or whatever – just don’t cover your baby). Nurse in a t-shirt pulled up. Nurse by lowering your neckline. Nurse in your bathing suit (whatever style you’ve picked). And if you happen to be in public in your PJ’s, nurse in those, too.

Nurse your in-arms baby. Nurse your mobile baby. Nurse the baby who keeps fighting you to pull your shirt up. Nurse your toddler. Maybe you should consider tandem nursing, nursing a preschooler… but even if you don’t do that, nurse those long, lanky toddlers.

Babies are Meant to Breastfeed

Babies are meant to breastfed. Regardless of how many babies need bottles, for whatever reason (and there are reasons), babies are designed for breasts, and breasts are designed for babies.

I’m all for your lover enjoying your breasts in private, but that does not change that breasts are fundamentally created to nourish babies, and that feeding a baby has never been a “private” matter. [Read more...]