I am a big believer in bottlefeeding.
You’re probably thinking: You’re a nurse and you don’t believe women should breastfeed?
Let me start out by saying I nursed all of my babies, and when I was a maternity nurse I encouraged new Moms to nurse their infants.
Having said that I truly believe that not everyone should be nursing.
Sometimes it can be a really difficult experience, from cases I’ve seen first hand.
I know Moms who refuse to give their babies a pacifier.
They’ve heard all the horror stories of breaking a big kid’s pacifier habit, and they don’t want their baby having anything to do with it.
Here’s the problem:
They’re risking ending up with a thumb sucker, which is a habit that’s 10 ten times harder to break.
You can’t exactly take away their thumb!
Newborns are born with the sucking reflex which is one of several reflexes a baby is born with. The sucking reflex is esssential for life as it is a baby’s way of accessing the nutrition it needs to survive.
When I was growing up and my mother would notice some apples sitting in the fridge too long, she would throw them in the oven and bake them.
We loved them!
They were crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.
Presenting my favorite Butternut Squash soup recipe 🙂
It is a delicious hearty soup, and paired with a crusty roll it is a meal unto itself!
I’ve tried different recipes and this is my favorite one. It’s got a hint of sweetness and is packed with flavor.
I just made it for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit with the adults AND the babies!
Do you trust your pediatrician implicitly?
Trusting your pediatrician is important, but trusting yourself is even more important.
You know your kid better than anyone else.
Here’s a case in point:
When my son was 2 he suffered from really bad eczema.
A pediatrician at the practice I use examined him and prescribed hydrocortisone 2% cream as needed.
When you’re really sick with a bad head cold and a sore throat, and you’re bedded down under your thick quilt, what do you really crave?
Chicken soup of course! It is a tradition handed down by our mothers and grandmothers and for good reason:
Chicken soup has healing properties and now it’s scientifically proven!
Chicken soup has anti inflammatory properties which will reduce the mucous production in your nose, helping clear up your nasal congestion.
It’ll also soothe your throat and provide important hydration which your body needs to help flush out the infection.
This is the chicken soup recipe I use and it is actually the only soup my kids will eat!
You know when your baby is all congested and can’t breathe and is waking up every hour of the night?!?
SO that happened to me recently and I went to go buy some saline spray to help clear her nose and help her breathe and sleep better.
Anyway I saw this product in the drug store that I had remembered hearing about that worked like a charm.
I actually held off buying it right away because of the price.
I bought a normal saline baby spray and used the bulb syringe I had from her birth and tried that out that evening.
Well after another sleepless night, I caved in and bought it, and here I am writing this post about this AMAZING product!
The following are actual comments I have received from nice normal people who think they can say whatever they want just cuz you’re pregnant:
“You’re still here?”
“Are you having twins!?”
“Wow, You’re blossoming!”
Would you say those things to someone who’s overweight?