Adding another baby to your family can be one a wonderful gift for your first child; they get a new friend to play with when they are young and, hopefully, a lifelong companion who will be there as they grow. However, having a second child, while caring for your first toddler, requires careful planning.
One of the fun-yet-occasionally-frustrating aspects of being a new parent is shopping for baby gear. Every trip to the store unveils new, previously unknown things to buy, as companies have created thousands of things that you absolutely “need” to properly keep your baby comfortable and nourished and stimulated. How can such a tiny little person need such a long list of stuff?
You have a beautiful new baby and the holiday season is a time to share your joy with family and friends. The holidays are a special time of year but they can also be a source of stress – the pressures as a breastfeeding mom during the holidays will be different depending on how many kids you have and their ages, and your overall travel plans and family visits.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be stressful, especially if you’re a new mom travelling with a young baby for the first time. When other travellers are tired and under pressure and trying to get home for the holidays, patience can sometimes run short. Families with young children might feel a little less tolerated when dealing with the often unpredictable ups and downs of caring for babies.
One of the classic challenges of parenthood is getting your picky little eater to just “try a taste” of broccoli, when they know that ice-cream is waiting in the freezer. Every parent wants their child to establish good eating habits when they are young, but, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Fortunately, giving your child a healthy start may be easier than you imagine, because a lot of it starts with what you eat and your diet. Health Canada reminds us that a woman’s nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, definitely influences the health of her developing baby.
When a baby is born prematurely, every second counts. And, especially when feeding babies in the NICU, every drop of breastmilk counts. It is often impossible for a premature baby to breastfeed directly, so pumping breastmilk is the best solution. Not only does pumping breastmilk give the baby a healthy start and an injection of great micronutrients that boost immunity, strength and healing, but it also gives mom a chance to do the one thing that only she can do to support the baby, and makes her feel like she is empowered to do something to help the child have a better chance to survive, grow and thrive.
Twins are trending in Canada! Whether nature is working its magic or fertility treatments are doing their job, multiple births are becoming more common. Wow! Just imagine how great it would be to be born with your best friend. According to the Canadian government, about 12,000 multiple birth babies are born in Canada each year. In addition, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada reports that twin births increased 35% between 1974 and 1990.
Welcoming two, or more, babies into the world is a joyful and exhilarating experience for a family and, while it’s true that multiples present unique challenges, most of these are totally manageable. This is especially true when it comes to breastfeeding. For this post, we will try to keep our focus to twins, since this is the most common of the multiple births.
In the early stages of breastfeeding, problems with latch-on are not unusual. In fact, issues can arise at any time in the breastfeeding experience. For most mothers, breastfeeding takes a bit of practice! There is a mutual learning curve for moms and babies as they get used to each other and find the right angles and positions for comfortable, efficient breastfeeding.
One of the biggest challenges that new mothers face is going back to work after having a baby. This can be a highly emotional experience, with new moms wondering how to balance their demanding careers, while spending adequate time with their families. In other words, new moms often want to “do it all.”
The good news is that, with a bit of planning and preparation, you can smoothly manage the process of returning to work. Here are a few of the most common concerns that working breastfeeding moms have, and, more importantly, some tips for how to deal with them.