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Giving and Receiving Donor Breast Milk

While breastfeeding is encouraged as the optimal way to feed your newborn baby (or babies), it can feel like an overwhelming task. For families experiencing an earlier-than-anticipated birth, unexpected NICU stay, or temporary or long-term reduced milk supply, donor breast milk can fill a critical gap. The Twin Cities metro area, as well as greater Minnesota, is fortunate to have a number of donor breast milk options available to families. If you have an ample milk supply, these are opportunities for you to donate your extra milk, as well! Read on for a full list of options to give and receive.

Six Tips for Babywearing in Warm Weather

Ready or not, summer is here! But just because our Minnesota summer is bringing the heat (and humidity) it doesn’t mean you have to forego being outdoors with your little one. It does, however, mean that you might have to adapt some of your babywearing strategies to keep your baby (and yourself) cool. Read on for a few tips for safe and comfortable babywearing in warm weather:

Introducing a New Sibling

Introducing your older child(ren) to a new baby can be one of the most joyous moments, but it can also cause some anxiety for some. Here are some tips for how to help your older child(ren) meet their new brother/sister in a way that feels joyful and loving, rather than confusing or overwhelming. These are most relevant for when you are having your new baby at an out of home location. Take what you like and what works best for your family!

A Postpartum Doula’s Baby Registry

Creating a baby registry for a first-time parent can be a stressful endeavor. With new products constantly being added to the market and a wealth of information available, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at where to begin. One of the benefits I have as a postpartum doula awaiting my first baby has been the ability to try out and see many baby products.

Finding Mom Friends

As a new parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by emotions, responsibilities, and expectations. We’ve all been there—the moment when you realize that you are drowning, and the only thing you want to do is eat a bunch of ice cream, collapse into bed, and not be needed for the next eight hours. While rest is always a good idea and a priority for a new parent (or even an experienced one!), we tend to push away something that we all actually, truly need: friends.

When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work

When I was pregnant with my oldest child, I had many friends who were in the midst of raising their second or third child. I admired these friends in many ways, and was hopeful that I would look just like them: snuggling my newborn skin-to-skin, feeding him or her with my own body as I had for the past nine months, and breastfeeding with (what appeared to be) ease. That was not the way it worked out.

5 Tips for Surviving Your Baby’s First Cold

Every parent tries to protect their new baby from getting sick. We ask friends and family to wash their hands before touching our baby, and we stay away from sick people whenever possible. There’s even a whole market of infant wellness products created to make parents feel like they’re doing the best they can to keep baby healthy if they buy these special nose wipes, this fancy thermometer, or those homeopathic remedies. But the simple truth is that babies can catch colds just like the rest of us, especially if exposed to siblings, cousins, or daycare buddies.

Our Top 5 Apps for the Postpartum Time

As postpartum doulas, we love to make things easier for new parents. Sometimes what helps is a tool, sometimes a resource, sometimes a trick learned from lots of experience, but it’s almost always a combination of all the things we gather along the way. Most of us live our day-to-day in close proximity to a phone, and the postpartum time is no different. We’ve found that having some good apps at hand can be very helpful for new parents. From our own wealth of experience and education in parenting, and from all the awesome feedback of the clients we serve, here are our top five favorite apps for the postpartum time. Enjoy! And feel free to comment below if you’ve got more to add to the mix.

Planting Seeds

We trust, as the little seeds do, that we will bloom where we are planted.  Those early days postpartum are a time of great transition.  Give yourself grace, as you learn about your baby and your baby learns about you.

Your Top 5 Formula Questions, Answered

As postpartum doulas, we often get asked questions about infant formula and formula-feeding.  While we advocate and promote breastfeeding, and thoroughly believe in the magic of breastmilk, we also recognize that there are many women who choose not to breastfeed or are unable to breastfeed or pump milk, and so use formula to feed their babies.  Sometimes, this is not a choice, due to physical factors in the mother or the baby.  And other times, it is a choice, perhaps made in order to protect a mother’s mental health.  Yes, breastmilk is magical, but a healthy, happy mom is pretty magical, too.  And sometimes, this means formula.  Regardless of why a family is using formula to feed their baby, there are lots of great questions out there.  Here are the five formula-related questions we get asked the most often.

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