Let’s Get Cheesy

In the process of creating a birth plan, many new parents are surprised at how many choices and options are available to them. One of those options is delaying baby’s first bath. You may not have even thought about this before now and you may be wondering why anyone would ever want to delay cleaning

Using Love Languages to Support Your Partner

This one is for you, dads and partners! If your wife or partner just gave birth and you’re not sure how you can be most helpful or if you’re going back to work, leaving your partner at home with the baby, here are a few ways you can be a supportive spouse or partner. Of

How to Rest When You Don’t Have Time

When you become a parent, it sometimes feels like you’ll never be fully rested again, that you’ll keep struggling along, barely kept upright by an endless supply of coffee, until your kids are all out of the house. But it’s important to your mental and physical health to get some rest. That doesn’t mean it’s

Choosing a Breast Pump

The First Pumps The first breast pumps were patented in the mid-19th century and designed to treat inverted nipples or to help babies who were incapable of nursing. But breast pumps have only been widely available to regular consumers for about twenty years; Medela released its first electric pump for in-home use in 1991. Before

Postpartum Bleeding 101

High on the list of things about childbirth nobody warns you about is lochia, a pleasant-sounding name for the less-than-pleasant experience of bleeding after childbirth. Lochia is not unlike a regular period, but it can be heavier than a period, can contain large clots and can last four to six weeks. Here’s what to expect

Tips For Fun in the Sun

It is summer in North Carolina….. ok, not quite but it sure feels like it! Fayetteville’s weather has been record-breaking this week, and it isn’t even June. The sun is hot hot hot which means it is time to brush up on sun-safety.  When it comes to sunscreen and keeping your baby and older children

After Baby Body

For nine months, you nurtured a child with your body, providing her the nutrients she needs and a safe place to do the important business of growing fingernails, kidneys, neurons and so forth. In the meantime, that growing baby might only permit you to eat salted watermelon, or insist on chocolate glazed donuts and mac

Baby Poop: What is Common and What is Normal?

But although it is common for babies (especially breastfed) to go a week or even two between stools at this age, you don’t need to dismiss it as “normal” for your child. Sometimes a few simple changes can get your baby stooling daily, which we have to assume is more comfortable!

Benefits of Probiotics for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Have you heard of probiotics? According to WebMD, probiotics are “live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.” Our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad and we know that antibiotics kill or inhibit growth of both good and bad bacteria. It’s only been since the mid