Category: Natural Parenting

Fenugreek – For Increasing Milk Supply

I don’t make milk like a normal mama. I’m a too low – bare minimum type mama. My two boys were formula fed or part formula fed. This time however, I’m able to solely breastfeed. In the beginning, I had too low of a supply. Baby #3 wasn’t gaining properly. I therefore, started on every method to increase supply known to women. Most of the methods, worked a bit for me. (Note: All supply increasing methods work differently for every woman. Some respond to one and not another.) These methods got me from not enough to just barely enough....

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Make Your Own Nursing Cover

When I had my first baby, nursing covers did not exist or if they did I didn’t know about them. Fast forward to baby number 3, nursing covers are everywhere! Now for three kids, I’ve done the whole hide them under a blanket deal, which works alright but the blanket is always just a tad small and my kids love to flail about causing issues. I wanted/needed a nursing cover. However, I did not want to pay the some $30 that most nursing covers cost. I decided to go looking for a tutorial on making one myself. Voila! Tutorials everywhere! For just about $5.00 I made my nursing cover. That’s right, only 1/6 the cost of a store bought one! It was also a piece of cake to make. Seriously, it’s essentially a few rectangles that you sew. Real simple! Now I did skip the boning on mine (boning is the stiff piece that causes that little peek a boo area on nursing covers) I just didn’t want to bother, plus I feel like I would be too exposed (whether that’s a realistic fear, I don’t know). A nursing cover might not be all that crunchy of a thing, but it is for breastfeeding. Plus I was frugal and saved myself money. Frugal is crunchy, I think. If you are interested in making your own nursing cover or one...

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Choosing Safer Toys

With Christmas being almost here, I thought I’d do a post about safe toys. Toys unfortunately can contain a whole host of chemicals and children are more susceptible to toxins. Which is why last year I began to rid our house of the yucky toys and start buying the good ones. I also let all the grandparents and family members know what we were doing. Yes, that caused a bit of craziness that Christmas especially when they don’t see chemicals like I do. However, in my opinion I felt it better to give everyone the heads up so that...

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Toxins in Foam Puzzle Mats

Thinking about getting your child a foam mat for Christmas? You might want to think again. Apparently both Belgium and France have completely removed ALL of their foam puzzle mats due to the carcinogen, Formamide being in them. I’ve been leery of foam puzzle mats for a while now. They just smell awful and usually if there’s a strong smell then there’s bound to be a toxin in it. Not to mention many foam puzzle mats (at least in the U.S) now have Microban in them which is a cousin to Triclosan. Now, I know I’m not a crazy crunchy nut (okay, maybe I still am but not about this). If other countries are banning and removing puzzle mats then odds are I am not crazy for not wanting them in my house. You can read more about it here at...

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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 should every woman 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,...

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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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