Category: Natural Parenting

Got Milk? – 15 Ways to Increase Milk Supply

I am not the type of person that breastfeeding comes easily to. In fact, with my first two children I did not get to solely breastfeed like I planned to. My first was failure to thrive so we supplemented and then I got pregnant right away and there went what little supply I had. My second child I did a bit better but he was still about 40% formula fed. Breastfeeding is something that I’ve always planned on doing. I know that “breast is best” as they say and I wanted to give my kids that. Not to mention...

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Why Every Woman Should Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf tea (Rubus idaeus) is an herbal tea made from you guessed it, the leaves of the raspberry plant. Do not confuse this with the raspberry flavored tea that you see in stores all the time; it is NOT the same. What is so special about this tea? Why drink red raspberry leaf tea? Red Raspberry Leaf has been used for centuries for many aliments but it is most known for its use by women. It’s particularly beneficial for pregnancy and labor which is why pregnant women should drink red raspberry leaf tea; however, it is also...

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New Guidelines for VBAC’s

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has finally changed it’s stance on VBAC’s. They now state that even women who have had two cesareans and even women with twins are good candidates for VBAC’s! ACOG also suggests that hospitals should never refuse a women a VBAC even if the hospital is not VBAC friendly. This is just one step closer to allowing women easier access to have VBAC’s in America! Hopefully, more women will try for a VBAC now instead of being forced into another...

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The Pregnant Woman’s Rights

Women have no idea that they are the ones in control when it comes to being pregnant and having children. We have been conditioned to believe that the doctor is the one in charge and that we have no choice but to follow their recommendations. I have gotten quite upset over the lack of knowledge, we women have. Even I have fallen to the belief that if my doctor says that this must happen by such a time or that I need to do such and such, that I have no other choice but to go along with their plan. Sadly, I was under-informed. All pregnant women have rights. Many of these rights, I feel we actually know. We have simply forgotten that we have them. The doctors and hospitals are the ones working for us, not the other way around. To give you a little pregnancy history on me here is a bit of my story. With my oldest son, I was led to believe that I had to be induced at 41 ½ weeks. The doctor never said anything about the fact that I had the right to refuse this induction or even that I could have made her let me go longer. Therefore, I followed orders and went in to get induced. Oddly enough, I didn’t even get to the induction part. As the nurse was...

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A Natural Form of Birth Control

 My husband and I have gone through quite a few different methods of birth control since getting married. Our first method was the “no birth control whatsoever” method, many times referred to as Quiverfull. While I still feel like that is a great idea, it did not work for me. I had my two boys within a year of each other and my hormones were not happy! So we decided that even though we liked the idea of having however many kids we were supposed to have, I needed a break. So I went on a birth control pill....

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Cloth Wipe Solution

We’ve been using cloth wipes for a little over a week now. I must say I love it! It’s very easy and so much better for my child. When we started using the cloth wipes I originally used just water in a spray bottle to wet the wipes. Using water did not seem to work for my son so I decided to actually make a solution. Here’s what I now use: Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution 2 Tbs. Dr. Bronners Tea Tree liquid soap2 Tbs. Apricot Kernel Oil1 cup warm water Directions: Mix the soap and the oil together and then add warm water. Stir well and pour into a spray bottle. To use just spray your wipes before use and that’s...

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Buying Used: Consignment Stores

I have never been a fan of buying used items. I have no idea why; maybe I’ve stepped into too many filthy thrift stores. Either way, I have avoided buying used. In the attempt to rid my house to plastic toys, I took my bags of plastic to a consignment store. I figure I might as well have the possibility of getting some money from these toys. Plus donating them is much better then just throwing them away. Thus I stepped foot in my first consignment store. I have been missing out! First off, the donating of toys was so easy! I just dropped them off with one of the workers and she told me that I could call anytime and check to see if any of my items sold. At this store at least, they put your item on sale and if it sells, you receive 40% cash or 50% store credit. After visiting that store, I might just take the credit! The store was great! Maybe it is because it was only kid and baby stuff but it was quite nice. Tons of clothes, a few cribs, toys galore, and so on. They even sale new items. I found quite a few new carriers, shoes, and toys. This lovely store actually carries the largest selection of Melissa & Doug toys that I have ever seen! They definitely...

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