Posts tagged breastfeeding
Postpartum Doulas and The Fourth Trimester

The fourth trimester is the time when a baby is changing and developing rapidly—as if they were still in the womb—for the first twelve weeks or so, while their parents also change and develop rapidly to learn their baby and learn themselves in their new roles as parents of this baby. As beautiful as this concept may be, it can still leave many people wondering what postpartum doulas actually do, and what it has to do with the fourth trimester. Here is a sampling of our role over the first 12 weeks of life with a newborn.

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Back to Work and Breastfeeding

We currently live in a culture that pretty much worships the “freezer stash”. While these photos of hundreds of ounces of milk look very impressive, it is often the case that much of these mega milk stashes get either donated or thrown away. Unless you are going to be away from your baby for months at a time, this is just not necessary for a majority of working mothers (queue deep breath).

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A Quick Guide to Postpartum Nutrition

Life after a baby is challenging, and if you thought you were asking a lot of your body in growing a baby, you are actually asking much more of it in the early postpartum days. While you are tending to that sweet child, your body is hard at work shedding all that was made to grow and house new life. It’s healing from the space that was left from that babe’s absence, all while still making and providing all the nutrition they need in the way of breastmilk. This, as you can imagine, is a very demanding scenario: one that begs for support.

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The Best Breakfast Cookies for Your Postpartum Time

I don’t think I’ve ever been more hungry in my life than the three months after I gave birth to my daughter. Going from barely being able to eat half a plate at nine months pregnant, to confidently ordering (and eating) two entrees just two months later, it seemed as though my hunger was about as constant as my newborn’s. Though I had made some freezer meals, we burned through them easily in the first two weeks post-baby. I was desperate for quick and hearty nutrition, specifically stuff that I could handle with one hand, because the other was inevitably managing a suckling or sleeping babe.

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It's not an end. It's a beginning.

The first moment after birth--the first postpartum moment in that family's existence--means everything has changed. Everything is made new. The parents are beginning to know and be formed by their new little one. The baby is beginning to know and be formed by his or her parents. Then, of course, this expands into every person and creature this baby will encounter along the way, from siblings to relatives to friends, teachers, pets, gardens, and on and on and on.

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