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3 Strategies for Better Pumping

3 Strategies for Better Pumping

Three Simple Strategies to Pump Faster and More Efficiently  One of the first questions asked by new pumping moms is "How can I get more when I pump?"  you quickly realize there is a difference between your production during pumping sessions.  These three simple...

5 Upright Birth Positions

5 Upright Birth Positions

5 Positions for Shorter Easier and Safer Labor All women want shorter, easier labors!  Unfortunately standard birth procedures stack the deck against us. Giving birth upright is beneficial to mother and baby, but over 80% of us give birth lying on our back in the...

Interview Questions for a Potential OB or Midwife

Interview Questions for a Potential OB or Midwife

A lot of time is spent focusing on questions to ask a potential doula or lactation consultant or postpartum support person.  We need to have increased focus on questions you should be asking a potential birth provider. Most women just automatically stay in the care of...

Newborn Umbilical Stump Care

Newborn Umbilical Stump Care

When your baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut.  This leaves an umbilical stump attached to your baby's belly button.  This stump will stay attached for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. How do I care for my baby's umbilical cord stump? Never...

Protect Your Baby’s Hearing

Protect Your Baby’s Hearing

  Loud Sounds Are Even Louder for Babies July 4th is right around the corner and it's time to decide where you will watch baby's first fireworks!  You also need a plan to protect baby's hearing during the show! Infants and toddlers have smaller ear canals, which means...

Staying Hydrated in Pregnancy

Staying Hydrated in Pregnancy

Staying Hydrated in Pregnancy The humidity and temps are rising in NJ. It's easy to forget to drink enough water on cooler days leaving you depleted on the days when you need it most! Use the formula "my current weight divided by 2 = the # of ounces of water I need" ...

5 Better Questions to Ask a Doula: Scrap the List!

5 Better Questions to Ask a Doula: Scrap the List!

     Hit Google Search with "interview questions for a potential doula" and lots of lists appear.  As a doula in NJ for the last 10 years, I have answered them all. Last night my friend asked me for pointers on interviewing a doula.  She doesn’t live in NJ anymore and...

Menu Monday – Pasta Fagioli

Menu Monday – Pasta Fagioli

Ingredients 1 medium onion - diced 2 cloves garlic – crushed and diced olive oil 6 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) 1 can crushed tomato 1 tsp Italian seasoning ½ pound of ditalini pasta 2 cans cannellini bean (white kidney beans) 1-2 cups chopped fresh spinach Salt...

Menu Monday Cincinnati Chili

Menu Monday Cincinnati Chili

  Ingredients: 1 quart cold water 2 lbs ground beef 2 cups crushed tomato ( or 1-15oz can) 2 yellow onions, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa 1/4 cup chili powder 1 tsp cayenne 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp unsweetened...

Menu Monday Cranberry Nut Muffins

Menu Monday Cranberry Nut Muffins

  Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup white sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cup cranberries 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 egg 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup orange juice   Menu Monday - Cranberry Nut...

Menu-Monday Bell Pepper Birds Nest

Menu-Monday Bell Pepper Birds Nest

            Menu Monday - Bell Pepper Birds Nest A great breakfast alternative for folks who are avoiding the extra bread! Fresh, sweet bell peppers lighten up the usual "birds-nest" by using bell peppers in place of the fried bread slices.  Leafy greens on the side...

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