Third Hand Smoke and SIDS

Students often ask me how third hand smoke affects babies and its relationship with a greater risk of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. Third hand smoke is tobacco smoke residue that remains on clothes, hair, skin, carpet, upholstery etc. after the cigarette has been extinguished.  These toxins build up over time when exposed to the [...]
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Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work

Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work can be challenging.  Mother’s with long term breastfeeding goals are very vulnerable the first few weeks at work. They need time to adjust to being away from their baby and how to manage their milk supply when time is limited and responsibilities are abundant. During this [...]
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Storing and Handling Breastmilk Part 2

When nursing, it is easy, no worries about is the milk fresh, does it need to be warmed or what to do if she doesn’t finish the bottle.  When parents begin giving a bottle of expressed breastmilk many questions arise that they had never thought about before.  Part two of this blog is about safely [...]
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Storing Breastmilk Part 1

There will come a time when you need to give your baby an occasional bottle or you have to go back to work.  When this happens and you start pumping your milk for future use there are some good strategies to follow for safely storing breastmilk which is part one of this blog. First you [...]
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Resources for Successful Doulas

As a postpartum doula, it is important to have resources available for your clients. As a doula trainer, it is important for me to provide you with some professional resources to help you along the way so you can be successful. I have a dear friend and colleague named Betsy Schwartz who has some great [...]
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Night Weaning

Night weaning is an important factor to consider if your child is over 9 months of age and they still aren’t sleeping through the night.  Waking up to eat after 9 months of age is not necessary unless they are under weight or failure to thrive.  So let’s explore why and how to night wean [...]
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Leave your Comfort Zone

Leave your comfort zone is a familiar phrase to me.  Starting a new career takes courage and becoming a postpartum doula falls into this category.  We work privately in the home with only the families.  It is up to us to nurture, educate, assess and refer appropriately.   Many new doulas are a bit fearful and [...]
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When To Give Up Naps

As a sleep consultant I am often asked when should my child give up naps?  The answer is not based on a certain age but on each individual child’s sleep needs. Some children give up naps around 3 years old but most children do not give up naps until they are 4 or 5 years [...]
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How to Have Good Naps

Good naps are essential for all babies and young children.  It ensures good growth and development during the time when children are rapidly changing physically and emotionally.  This is also the hardest challenge for children to master and parents to teach. Did you know that newborn babies can only stay awake for about 30 minutes [...]
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