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05 Mar Dr. Naumes Talks Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding

 

This week, I’m finishing up our closeness series talking about a kind of intimacy with which many moms will be very familiar – the intimacy of breast feeding. There is overwhelming evidence that breast milk is the best food for your newborn. Unfortunately, not all moms can produce just the right amount of milk for their baby. Some women make more milk than they need, while others don’t make enough.

If  you are looking to increase breast milk production the following may be your first steps:

  • Get a good hospital grade pump (I like the Medela Symphony 2.0)
  • Sleep with your new baby at night
  • Stay hydrated
  • Decrease your stress
  • Hire a lactation consultant or ND-midwife experienced in lactation support
  • Speak with someone knowledgeable about appropriate milk augmenting herbs

If you find that the above simply doesn’t generate enough milk for your baby (in spite of your best efforts) consider alternatives to organic formula like milk banks and milk sharing. I’m not anti-formula in any and every situation — I just want you to know there are options!

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

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26 Feb Cultivating Female Friendships Amidst Crazy Schedules

Cultivating Female Friendships

 

At the end of last year I wrote about the health benefits that friendships and a rich social life confer. This week I want to brainstorm how to cultivate female friendships amidst our full lives. Now, I love my husband, but as evolved as he may often show himself to be, there are some needs he is simply never going to fulfill (among them, stylist, professional back-rubber, and home-organizer). Since the joys of parenthood and running a household don’t always  allow for ample girl time, I think it’s necessary to get creative and intentional to make sure it happens!

See a few of Dr. Naumes’ ideas in her post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog to get you started.

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19 Feb Cultivating Couple Time

Cultivating Couple Time

 

As you come down off your Valentine’s Day high this week, let’s talk about a few ways to consistently cultivate and strengthen your relationship with your spouse. If you happen to have a marriage like mine, nothing works better for us than turning on music – our favorite right now is some nights by fun! – and dancing for 5 minutes.  We’ve also appreciated the benefits of creating a family mission statement.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog for some other ideas you might implement to improve your health, happiness, and stress levels for years to come!

 
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12 Feb Finding the Elusive Balance

Finding Elusive Balance

Amidst our hyper-busy, multi-tasking urban lifestyle, I’m often asked about finding balance in one’s life. The art of saying “no” (which I like to reframe as the art of saying “Yes!”) starts with organizing your big picture around what’s truly important to you and your family, long-term. Here are four specific ways to do this.
  1. Make a family mission statement – A strong mission statement can drive every other decision that your family makes. If you and your partner can agree on your mutual mission, you may find that assuming this bird’s eye view of life helps you decide what is worth pursuing and what to set aside. Look at your primary relationships and take care that your actions support each other rather than push your family members away from one another. From time-to-time, my husband and I get out our family mission statement to use as a litmus test – we want to see if we are being true to vision. Then we try to let go of everything that’s not of vital importance.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

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06 Feb The Impact of Diet on Fertility

The Impact of Diet on Fertility

 

Most women start eating healthy around the 13th week of their pregnancy (after the nausea subsides), but for the most enjoyable pregnancy and the healthiest baby, I encourage my clients to start improving their nutrition at least four months before conception. This week I want to talk about the importance of food and digestion as it relates to preparing for conception and maximizing fertility.

How do you do that, you say? The best meals for a typical woman trying to get pregnant are meals that are organic whole-foods based and rich in protein, vitamins, and essential minerals. Whole foods are those that are made with simple and pure ingredients that are nutrient-dense and minimally processed. Over time, consuming healthy foods prepares your body for pregnancy, in part because it encourages ideal body composition, including a healthy amount of fat and muscle mass. (Too much or too little body fat can have negative effects on fertility.)

Additionally, the health of your digestive system contributes to the quality of your overall health because it determines how well you absorb nutrients from food. We’re used to thinking of bacteria as a bad thing, but friendly bacteria line your intestines and help to break down food to make the nutrients more available. This bacteria can also help deal with certain toxins present in foods, preventing damage to your body. To encourage friendly bacteria, consider taking a daily high-quality probiotic (because you can’t count on your yogurt to provide all of your probiotic needs). Furthermore, before getting pregnant, it’s a good idea to identify food sensitivities that may potentially trigger immune reactions during pregnancy.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

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