Milestones: Birth to 6-Months-Old | Baby Milestones Series

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Milestones: Birth to 6-Months-Old

Parenting has been one of the wildest adventures you’ve been on so far! Late nights, early mornings, it’s all starting to run together. What day of the week is it again? But you wouldn’t trade it for anything! Now your baby’s growing and you’re wondering what milestones you should be watching for. We’ve compiled a list from trusted sources for you!

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0-3 Month Milestones and  Normal Infant Behaviors

In the beginning, your baby will do a lot of pooping, peeing, eating, more eating, sleeping, some crying, and more eating! That’s pretty normal behavior for a newborn. A little stretch here and a few aha moments there, but for the most part, mom and baby are still functioning as one unit! Here are milestones you should expect to see by the end of the third month of your baby’s life.

  • will focus on black-and-white or high-contrast patterns
  • focuses about 8 to 12 inches away
  • begins cooing and smiling
  • moves arms and legs to show excitement
  • recognizes some sounds (hearing is fully matured  by this time)
  • turns head towards a sound or voice
  • the scent of his/her mother’s breastmilk is recognizable
  • prefers to look at human faces
  • while lying on tummy can move head side to side
  • open and closes fists
  • will make eye contact
  • brings hands to mouth
  • reaches for things
  • beginning baby babble
  • follows the movement of things back and forth with their eyes
  • can lift and hold head up when lying on his/her tummy
  • can push up briefly while lying on tummy
  • will swipe at an object dangling in front of them while on their tummy
  • settles down or smiles in response to sounds or voices
  • calms with rocking, holding, touching, and soft sounds
  • uses different cry for different things like (hunger, pain, tired)
  • may turn toward familiar sounds and voices
  • opens and closes hands
  • uses a hand to swat (likely doesn’t have control yet)

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4-6 Month Milestones and  Normal Infant Behaviors

My oh my how your baby has grown! They’ve reached almost all of the newborn milestones, or the majority of them and are on to bigger much cooler things now! Developing new skills and mastering milestones takes a lot of work for an infant. At bigger milestones like rolling, sitting up, crawling, and walking you may seem some regression in sleep. This is normal and once your grasshopper has mastered the art they will likely find their new groove! Here are some milestones your baby should reach around the end of their sixth month of life!

  • rolls from tummy to back and back to tummy
  • is using both hands to check out or touch toys
  • rocks back and forth on knees
  • maybe begin crawling, backward crawling, and army crawling
  • uses hand and eye coordination to grab a toys
  • grasps and shakes hand toys like rattles
  • puts toys or objects into their mouths using both hands
  • can pass things from one hand to the other hand
  • likes to play with people and may cry if you stop
  • accepts entire weight with his/her legs while standing with support
  • will reach for a toy while on their tummy
  • begins to use consonant sounds like “ma ma ma and da da da”
  • begins to copy sounds
  • will take turns making sounds with you
  • makes noise with their mouth for attention (like baby babble)
  • lies on back and reaches for their feet
  • begins taking a real interest in getting to things outside of their reach
  • can transfer a toy from one hand to the other while on his/her back
  • Generally happy when not hungry or tired
  • begins showing interest in food as you eat
  • recognizes faces and things from a distance
  • begins to recognize familiar from unfamiliar faces
  • holds head up steady and unsupported

If you begin solids:

  • will open mouth or focus as they see a spoon approach their mouth
  • can begin to move the food from front to back of the mouth

When to Bring Things to Your Pediatrician’s Attention

Your baby is growing and learning things quickly. If you miss some of these milestones or arent’really sure they’ve done all of these things that’s okay! More than likely your baby will hit most of these milestones. But, if at any time you think something may be abnormal, even if you can’t explain it, but have a feeling you should absolutely contact your pediatrician. If your pediatrician is unable to answer your questions fully and address your concerns respectfully in a satisfactory way please seek a second or even third opinion.

You are your child’s advocate.

There is no right or wrong way to birth or parent your babies and there’s no one more invested in them than you! Sometimes things are easily overlooked in a 20-minute pediatrician visit. It’s ALWAYS better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your children.

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Happy Birth and Parenting!

~Elizabeth Luke

 

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Afterpains After Birth

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Afterpains After Birth

When we daydream about meeting our baby for the first time most pregnant people aren’t thinking about the afterpains they’ll experience after they give birth. Partly because it’s rarely talked about. However, if you’ve taken the Epic Postpartum class or our full childbirth education course you’ll have a good understanding of many terms, including after pains. Hopefully having this information in your back pocket will help you be less fearful of it when it happens.

You’ll have contractions of the uterus, often called afterpains, immediately after you give birth to the baby and your placenta!

For those who experience contractions in labor, it may be helpful to know that these contractions are not nearly as painful as the labor contractions. They also don’t last as long or come as often as labor contractions.

For those who are scheduled for a cesarean birth, you won’t have to deal with contractions in labor or immediately post-op because of the power of medicine.  However, in addition to the pain from the cesarean incision, you will have to deal with those afterpains too as the anesthesia wears off.

The afterpains are a necessary part of the process of involution, the process of shrinking your uterus back to pre-pregnancy size and firmness.

Without the contractions of the uterus, you would bleed, a lot. So much so that you would hemorrhage if doctors didn’t intervene. Your uterus pre-pregnancy is about the size of a grapefruit and in pregnancy it stretches to accommodate the baby, amniotic fluid, and the placenta.  After birth, it beginnings to rapidly shrink, but it takes up to a full six weeks for it to return to pre-pregnancy size. In the meantime, you’ll experience bleeding, afterpains, and can still appear to be pregnant.

What triggers the afterpains?

Medication given to you by your providers such as Pitocin, breastfeeding, and pumping are all ways to signal these postpartum contractions. They will periodically just happen, some very mild, others very intense. Your nurses will also come in and push on your abdomen to feel for your uterus and signal contractions. Not fun, not one little bit! Most nurses get right to it and make it as quick and as painless as possible, but they do have a necessary job to do, and that is to see to it that you are safe!

What can be done to lessen the afterpains?

Use your breathing and relaxation techniques if you find yourself wincing in pain. If you’ve not received pain medication it’s ok to ask for something if you feel you need it.

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Remember those fundal height measurements in pregnancy? This is the reverse of that. The contractions or afterpains do tend to be much more noticeable with second, third, and fourth deliveries versus the first delivery.

Afterpains are just plain insane! But, like we teach in The Confident Birth and Parenting Class and the Epic Postpartum Class, these pains and labor pains are: P=purposeful A= anticipated I=intermitent and N=normal!

To learn more about our classes or to book a private consult contact our team today!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

Elizabeth
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Parenting is Like Spaghetti

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Parenting is Like Spaghetti

Parenting is like spaghetti! “How so”, you ask? Between diaper changes, feedings, story time, baths, playtime, and meltdowns your entire day has gotten away from you. Where has the time gone? It’s now 5:30 and you’re wondering what you’re going to make for dinner. Sure you knew you needed to get to the store. You even started making the list, but the execution, well that’s another story entirely. Quick, what’s your go to?

I bet spaghetti made your top 3 list!

What I’ve found is that almost every kitchen I’ve been in has the essential ingredients needed to throw together a pot of spaghetti!

Like most pantries, I bet your pantry has some type of pasta and tomato sauce in it! Linguine, fettuccini, angel hair, or bow tie pasta, come on whatcha got in there? No pasta? How about a spaghetti squash or some zucchini lying around?

Reaching into your freezer right now I bet you can pull out some ground beef or pork or smoked or kielbasa sausage! No? No worries, meatless spaghetti is totally a thing! What veggies and herbs do you have available? Mushrooms, onions, garlic, basil, oregano. eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, kale, or leeks?

Am I right when I say I bet you have all the essential ingredients you need in your house right now to make some form of spaghetti? Noodles and sauce? Maybe some meat, veggies, or both?

Could you use more or better ingredients? Sure!

But can you get by on what you have and make it amazing? YES!

Likewise, I’ve found that almost every parent has exactly what they need inside of them to be amazing parents!

Like most parents, I bet you have love in your heart! I imagine that you have some patience, some days more than others. Am I right? No patience today? That’s ok, like meatless meals mental health and self-care days are totally a thing! Do you have some guidance to offer, things to teach, and a strong desire to raise compassionate, happy, and successful, by their own definition, humans? Yes! Then indeed I think we can agree that parenting is like spaghetti!

Just like nearly every home has the essentials to make a pot of spaghetti, I bet you have all the essentials to be the best parent you can be right now, today!

Moral of the story, parenting is messy!

Well, yes, but not quite the moral we’re going for!

Spaghetti pairs great with wine and is better the second day!

Truth! I won’t argue that either!

The real moral is that we can learn new ways, embrace our flaws. pick up ingredients and techniques, and Google along the way, but if you think parenting is like spaghetti we can make the best of it!

If you’re expecting a baby in the Jacksonville, Florida area and you are looking for great birth and parenting classes get in touch with us! We teach informative,  engaging, science and research-based classes for all parenting styles!

Happy Birth & Spaghetti Making…

I Mean Happy Birth & Parenting!

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Helpful Tips for Feeding a Baby Through a Hurricane

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Helpful Tips for Feeding a Baby Through a Hurricane

We have some helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane! Hurricane season 2018 is already in full effect. Preparing for the unknown with a  is children unsettling, challenging, and completely exhausting, especially if you have more than one life to think about. At The Jacksonville Baby Company, we understand. We made two videos for you in addition to this blog. Read or watch, up to you!

Things to Consider:

  • When winds reach above 40 mph they will close our bridges. If you need to cross a bridge to pick up your kids, evacuate or get supplies, keep this in mind and plan to do it early enough you’re not stuck on the wrong side of the bridge.
  • Emergency vehicles and certain access points may not be available.
  • Know your evacuation zone: Duval County Emergency Preparedness, Nassau County Emergency, Clay County Emergency Preparedness, St Johns County Emergency Preparedness
  • Alternate routes should be part of your evacuation plan.
  • Gas up early, don’t wait, worse case scenario you overpay and have full tanks!
  • Buy a generator now, before hurricane season if possible and keep it in excellent working condition.
  • Fill up as many containers as possible with water including kiddie pools, tubs, and jugs to use for flushing toilets, cleaning hands, washing up.
  • Fill and freeze water in jugs or containers to fill the dead space in your freezer. it will help you keep everything longer. Bonus: when it thaws you can use it for drinking water, sanitation, and to cook with.
  • Keep your freezer closed unless completely necessary.
  • Foods that thaw out can be cooked on a grill or camp stove if you stock up on charcoal and propane, or even on your stove if you have gas!
  • If asked to evacuate PLEASE leave! Don’t wait.

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If you’re pregnant:

  • Contact your provider and ask about their protocol during a hurricane.  Ask specifically what they would like you to do to prepare should you need medical attention or go into labor during the hurricane.
  • Consider booking a hotel room inland, as close as safely possible nearest the hospital you’plan to deliver at or as close to any hospital with a labor and delivery unit.

For the Breastfeeding Parent:

  • Keep Nursing!  If you’re in the process of weaning I would nix that until the storm passes. It is safest to breastfeed than to try and safely prepare formula and or food for your baby. It also provides the comfort they need and is less stressful overall during the hurricane.
  • Get a car adapter for your electric breast pump.
  • Invest in a handpump if you don’t have one!
  • If you have frozen breastmilk in the freezer keep the door shut! I wouldn’t open it until 48-72 hours.
  • Breastmilk can double as a coffee creamer for your own coffee and milk for your children, no I joke not! It’s rare to access to fresh milk, feel the cereal bowls up and let them enjoy!
  • You can refreeze breastmilk as long as there are some ice crystals present.
  • If you’re traveling to get out of the path of a hurricane take your frozen breastmilk with you! Follow these helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane while traveling!
    • Place it in an insulated cooler with ice packs when traveling on short trips, anything less than 12 hours. Don’t have any ice packs? That’s ok you can totally make your own! Filling some of your milk storage bags with water and freezing them is an easy way to make short work of it. The alternative to that is any small container safe for freezing such as water bottles but remember to remove a little off the top so you don’t have spillage as it freezes. For longer trips, anything over 12 hours dry ice is recommended but can be avoided if you’re replacing the ice often.

 

Formula Feeding During a Natural Disaster

“Natural Disaster”, now there’s a term I use regularly when people insist “it’s completely safe since it’s natural”! Anywho, in this event ready to feed formula is best. If you can, stock up! Since no mixing is required there is less risk for contamination, therefore it’s considered safest. If you can’t and you must use a powdered formula here are some helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane as safe as possible:

  • If you have the option to use bottled water that should be your first choice.
  • Any water source that you aren’t sure is 100% safe for consumption should be boiled for a full minute and allowed to cool naturally. This method will kill most disease-causing organisms, but it will not remove chemicals. Allowing the water to cool naturally is important to the purification process. If the water is cloudy or has particles in it you must filter the water before boiling it.
  • If you can store bottles and nipples in single Ziploc bags.
  • Avoid using water that has been treated with iodine or chlorine tablets to purify water unless you do not have bottled water and can’t boil your water.
  • Bottles and hands must be cleaned properly to lower the chances of illness. The first choice for your hands is clean soap and water. If you don’t have access to clean water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you’re in a mandatory evacuation zone, PLEASE evacuate! We hope you agree that these are helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane! From all of us here at The Jacksonville Baby Company we want you and your babies to be safe and happy!

Warmly,

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3 Things To Do Before Giving Birth

3 Things to Do Before Giving Birth

Of all the ways you can prepare for birth, there are 3 things to do before giving birth that we think take priority. At The Jax Baby Company, we’ve worked with hundreds of expectant parents and new families. As a professional who works day in and day out with new families, I want to share some insight with you!

3 Things to Do Before Giving Birth:

Take a Comprehensive Childbirth Class

More times than not when working with individuals who have previously given birth, they say that before birth they felt prepared. However, after birth, they say they wish they would’ve prepared in other ways. It’s a reoccurring theme. Parents tell us they took a childbirth class, BUT wish they knew to take a class that prepared them for the unexpected twists (that inevitably) birth threw their way. 

“In the hypno-class I took, they said I could dial down the intensity using hypnosis, but that method didn’t work for me and after that, I didn’t know what to do.”

“I gave them my detailed birth plan, but I didn’t really get anything I wanted.”

“We didn’t really understand the process of birth or what happens after birth. I knew less than I thought I did about dilation, contractions, and pushing, but the instructor didn’t want to “scare us”. She withheld valuable information.”

They didn’t know what they didn’t know to askAnd they took a childbirth class!

Comprehensive research-based classes will teach you the process of birth, the variations of birth, assisted and unassisted tools for comfort, pharmacological options, and alternative options for pain reduction. A great class won’t focus on one way of birth being superior to another. For example “natural birth” outcomes over medicated birth outcomes.  A great class will teach you communication and decision-making skills specific to childbirth and parenting.

The Confident Birth and Parenting Class teaches all of that.

It also helps you discover what “satisfying” means to you, and that not all birth partners want to be a birth coach! We break down the science behind birth in a fun and informative way that will stick! We offer something unique for all birthing people and their partners if they have one! Anyone and everyone has the ability to come away feeling confident and empowered!

Line Up Help for After Birth

Preparing now to have help for a minimum of six to twelve weeks after your baby is born is equally, if not more important than preparing for the birth itself! While we recommend your birth plan (if you have one) be short and sweet we recommend the opposite for your postpartum plan.

To put it into perspective for you we recommend a birth “plan” be no longer than one front page. The emergency plan on the back no longer than 1/2 of a page. But each family we work with gets a 20-page outline to use to for their postpartum planning!

A detailed postpartum plan will cover all aspects of your postpartum period. From meals and chores to hands-on accurate assistance and much, much more. If there is ever a time in your life where you should be surrounded with all the support it’s now!

Employ help! Immediately following the birth of your baby and for two or three days after you have hands-on help from amazing maternity nurses.  Someone there to help you get around, initiate feedings, and change diapers. A black belt at swaddling who bringing you meals, checks on you to see how you feel, gives you your meds, and reminds you it’s been x number of hours since x, y, and z.

Imagine the peace if mind you’d feel bringing one of these angels home with you?!

THAT’S WHAT WE DO!

Our team here at The Jax Baby Co. also helps you feel human again by taking great care of your baby while you shower and get much-needed sleep. We assist with feedings, both breast, and bottle. In short, we’re like an expert parent guide or a wingman for the new parents. We offer practical help and guidance as you adjust to parenting and find what works for you!

Learn As Much As You Can About Carseat Safety & Follow the Guidelines

There are only a few things in life that are unforgiving. Car accidents often end tragically when children are involved. We love babies and families! We can’t not share on this topic! Every parent I’ve spoken with has appreciated my knowledge on this matter! While we truly believe there is no right or wrong way to birth or parent your children here at The Jacksonville Baby Company, the research shows there IS a right and wrong way to install and use carseats.

Some of the most common mistakes we see are incorrect harness position, straps too loose, chest clip incorrectly positioned, seat not installed into the car correctly, aftermarket products being used on/with the seat, and of course turning a child to forward-facing too soon. Many of these things seem harmless enough, but they can be fatal mistakes. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a statement with new guidelines urging parents to keep their kids rear-facing for as long as possible. We want your babies to be as safe as possible whilst traveling so you can enjoy and love on them for all the days of your lives! Here is a great resource for all things car seat safety-related, including where you can find a car seat technician in your area!

May this list of 3 things to do before giving birth be as helpful to you as our classes are to expectant parents!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

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5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

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5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

Over the years The Jacksonville Baby Company has compiled many lists for all sorts of things related to pregnancy, baby, and parenting. Today we share with you a list of 5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby.

Studies have shown that there are higher breastfeeding success rates among mothers who have support while they’re breastfeeding their babies. So, not only is it helpful to have support, it’s critical to have it!

While breastfeeding may be the “biological” normal way to feed a baby it’s doesn’t always come naturally.

In fact, in most cases, breastfeeding is a learned art. Breastfeeding takes time, dedication, and lots of support to overcome struggles during the first 2-6 weeks of breastfeeding. Lack of sleep, sore nipples, supply, and weight checks are just a few common struggles many are faced with during this time period.

These challenges can sometimes feel like too much to handle.

That’s okay! We say it all the time at The Jacksonville Baby company, there is no right or wrong way to birth or parenting only different ways.  We mean that! However, the weight of breastfeeding a baby falls not only on the shoulders of the new mother, but also onto her partner, her closest family and friends, postpartum support professionals, her providers, her co-workers, neighbors, and strangers in the streets.

By assisting, encouraging, and loving new moms on their breastfeeding journey we are contributing to something so much bigger than just feeding babies! We are contributing to the well-being of society as a whole. We hope you find these 5 ways to support the breastfeeding mom and baby helpful!

5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

1. Learn all you can about breastfeeding!

If you’ve never been around women who are breastfeeding or seen a baby feed from the breast it’s time. Seeing others breastfeed is how most cultures learn to do it. Get your hands on books such as Breastfeeding Made Simple and The Breastfeeding Answer Book. Talk with others about breastfeeding, it may feel uncomfortable at first. That’s normal and ok! Do it!

Get to know your local breastfeeding professionals.

At The Jacksonville Baby Company we’re perinatal support professionals who are knowledgeable about all feeding methods, can help teach you more about breast and bottle feeding, and can provide hands-on assistance. In the event that you need something outside of our expertise, we can connect you with a local International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) whose the expert on all things breastfeeding!

2. Show your appreciation!

Breastfeeding is hard work! Remind her she is doing an amazing job! Moms judge themselves harshly enough already! We constantly wonder if we’re doing things right or the best way we can for our kids. Like all moms, breastfeeding moms need encouragement! “You’re so selfless, thank you for doing this for our baby” and “You amaze me” are encouraging things you can say to show your appreciation!

3. Bring her food, drinks, and supplies!

Anticipate her needs ahead of time. Bringing her clean pumps parts already put together and ready to go. Bring in a clean burp cloth, nursing pads, a charger for her phone or tablet, and anything else she may need. It never fails as soon as a breastfeeding mom sits down there will always be one thing she forgot to grab. This frees her up to relax and lets her focus on the task at hand. Likewise, it’s okay to ask her what she needs if you’re not sure.

Breastfeeding moms need extra calories and are thirsty all the time! One-handed, easy to eat foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, granolas, Gogurts, nuts, peanut or almond butter, and hummus are great! Bringing her these things when you are with her will not only remind her to take care of herself but will also reinforce #2; your appreciation for her! These things can be prepared ahead of time for easy access to them when needed.

4. Keep her company and give her space!

Not at the same time obviously! Breastfeeding can be relaxing and sweet, but sometimes breastfeeding is lonely. Obviously, you can’t be with her all the time, but when you can do it! Offer to rub her feet and shoulders, break bread with her, and entertain her by playing her a song on your guitar! Watch an episode of her favorite Netflix series together. Read to her. The point is, hang with her so she isn’t isolated all the time! Utilize Facetime when needed.

On the flip side give her space.

Moms get touched out quickly, especially moms with multiple kids. Busy the older children. Play with them, read to them, take them outside to play. Breastfeeding alone is a full-time job give a mama a break as often as you can!

5. Be ready to take over!

During the early breastfeeding period, the first six to eight weeks, there’s a slim window of opportunity for self-care. Be ready to take over. That may mean you are taking the baby and handing her pump parts, or taking the pump parts and bringing her the baby.

Free her up and give her permission, verbally or just in action (not that she needs permission, but it can help her feel better about it) so she can shower, pee, sleep, call a friend, etc. You can burp, change, and swaddle the baby. Allow her to step away without asking her fifty questions. She will appreciate it so much, you’ll gain more confidence in your abilities, and as a bonus, you’ll bond with the baby!

These 5 ways to support the breastfeeding mom and baby are just some helpful ideas.

There are so many other ways to show your support! Being there for her, encouraging her, protecting her space, and taking other things off her plate will all be much appreciated!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

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Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding, and Parenting

We have FREE downloadable badges for breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, parenting, and more for all of you amazing parents out there! Everything from VBAC badges to Carseast badges, from perinatal mood disorders to snarky parenting choice badges we made these awesome badges just for you! be sure to download the ones you want and use them anywhere! Over 130 to choose from!

Breastfeeding is all the things!

For some people it’s easy! Some people say breastfeeding was hard. I’ve heard everything from I love breastfeeding to I really don’t “like” it.  For most, it’s difficult, but not impossible. Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and supplementing are all ways in which babies are fed. World Breastfeeding Week is a week dedicated to feeding babies and that’s a beautiful thing! As we roll through the week we aim to normalize breastfeeding, desexualize it, and acknowledge that it is in fact best for many babies!

You know those awesome breastfeeding badges to commemorate a parents journey with breastfeeding?! Well, we’re taking it up a notch!

At The Jacksonville Baby Company, we realize that raising strong, capable, loving adults is absolutely one of the hardest, most impactful jobs a person can ever have. The responsibility of raising good humans is in our hands, all of our hands’! Having great support along our journey of parenting is not only appreciated, it’s needed, and is a key component to better mental and emotional health! Our team of Postpartum & Infant Care Specialists help parents sort through all those hard choices and feelings to find a solution that works best for them! Be it breast/chest feedings, bottles, formula, or donor milk we are here for you! We’re knowledgeable! And, we come day or night!

Without further ado, here are our Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding, and More!

To use these badges from a cell phone hold down on the picture and it should allow you to “download it” or “save photo”.   Please let us know down there in the comment section if there are some badges you’d like to see added!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Happy Birth and Parenting,

Elizabeth Luke

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Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

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Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

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Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding

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Stupid Things People Say About Breastfeeding

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Stupid Things People Say About Breastfeeding

If you’ve been around women who are feeding babies you’ve probably heard some of the stupid things people say about breastfeeding. Maybe you’ve even believed some of the stupid things people say about breastfeeding or have given someone the side-eye silently calling bullshit to their well-meaning inaccurate advice.

Some of the stupid things people say about breastfeeding has probably been past down from generation to generation along with those old wives tales about pregnancy. I’m sure these myths won’t soon die, but at least the cool kids who read our blog will appreciate our efforts to slay the beast!

Stay tuned for our beautiful V-I-D-E-O tribute to breastfeeding!

“There’s no nutritional value to breast milk after two months.” Mind blown, where do they come up with this stuff?!

Myth #1 You can’t eat spicy things like Mexican foods.

Of course, you can’t eat Mexican foods. After all, what would Mexicans eat while breastfeeding? Contrary to what some people believe there are no foods you should avoid simply because you’re breastfeeding. Majority of the time it’s recommended that breastfeeding moms continue to enjoy eating whatever foods she likes unless the baby has an obvious and serious reaction to the food. So, nevermind what people say about spicy food. Carry on with eating your jalapeno pretzels and enjoy your taco Tuesdays! Myth busted!

“You can’t let her use you as a pacifier.” Um…Yes! Yes I can!

Myth #2 You can never give your breastfed baby a bottle or else…

Or else what? The myth goes like this. If you give your breastfed baby a bottle they’ll get confused and prefer a bottle nipple over your nipple.  So basically you’ll be tied down for-e-ver! Yes because all kids head off to kindergarten equipped with a backpack and a breast in their mouths. Most babies can absolutely do both bottle and breast and switch back and forth without any issues. Myth busted!

“Isn’t she a little too old to still be nursing?” Let’s see, she is nursing, therefore, it is entirely possible that she is not “a little too old” to be nursing!

Myth #3 You shouldn’t breastfeed your baby if you’re sick.

Oh em wow! Not true! This one might just take the cake for stupid things people say about breastfeeding. When you become sick there’s a good chance that you were contagious before you began showing symptoms, if you’re contagious. That means your baby was already exposed. With very few exceptions, you should not only continue to breastfeed, but increase the frequency and or duration if desired by you and your baby. Doing so can actually help protect your baby.  In fact, breastmilk is your baby’s best defense against infection and can actually help to shorten the illness if your baby gets it. Here’s a little more information about  Breastfeeding and Medications and Breastfeeding and Illness). Myth busted!

“If you just nurse for comfort he will be whiny and dependent on you forever!”

Myth #4 Your sex life will be non-existent.

Trying telling this whopper to all the moms out there who tandem nurse or nurse their babies back to back! “You can’t feed your baby with those and then roll over and expect your husband to want to have sex with you. I mean that’s just…gross” “Logistically how would that even work?” I’ve heard it all and all I have to say WTAF, this is baffling to me?! Do you mean to tell me that your sex life is based solely on breasts? I can’t even. I get it, boobs are one facet of your sex life. Well, guess what just like vaginas bleed, breasts make milk. I’ll leave it at that. Myth busted!

Another myth I won’t get into is that you can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. It’s entirely possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding! Yes, even when you do not have a period each month!

“Does your husband approve?” Um….what year is this again?

Myth #5 If your breasts don’t feel full your baby isn’t getting enough milk.

In the early weeks as a woman’s supply is regulating it is common for her breasts to feel full, heavy, “rock-hard” as some describe it, and sore at times. Beyond those first few weeks though, once the milk supply is well established it’s normal for a woman’s breasts to feel mostly soft. Unless there’s a long stretch of several hours without breastfeeding or pumping.  Pumping is also not always (or even in most cases) a good indicator or milk production. If you’re feeding your baby regularly, your baby is having enough diapers and is gaining weight you’re likely making enough milk for your baby. If you’re unsure I urge you to contact an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), they are the very best professionals to teach you and advise you about breastfeeding. Myth busted!

“I avoid making eye contact with others while nursing her. I focus only on my baby because I am nervous I’ll get looks of judgment.”

The stupid things people say about breastfeeding isn’t usually said to cause harm.

Many people genuinely don’t know a lot of facts about breastfeeding since our culture hasn’t been submerged in it and we aren’t taught in school either. We’ve come a long way though! Bad breastfeeding advice is like an unintentional game of telephone. One person hears something about breastfeeding and they tell a friend because it’s important information to have and so on and so forth down the line. The only problem is that part of the information passed down is wrong, perhaps a vital piece of the puzzle.

“You really should cover up while “doing that”!” How about you eat every meal under a blanket in Florida and see how stupid it feels and hot it gets!”

Don’t let the stupid things people say about breastfeeding get you down and don’t be the one saying stupid things about breastfeeding! Breastfeeding is a human right, an individual choice made by the parents. There are laws to help protect the rights of breastfeeding! The fight for breastfeeding rights continues every day in this country! For facts about breastfeeding the best place to go is a reputable IBCLC. You can also check KellyMom.com

A very special thank you to all the incredible moms who shared their words, their wisdom, and to those who shared their self-submitted photos. A big shout out to Alicia Rae Lyons Photography for collaborating with me on this project! You can contact Alicia Rae Lyons directly for information on memorable photo sessions! aliciaraelyons@gmail.com

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~Elizabeth

 

Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

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Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

Surviving nights with a newborn can be difficult, but not impossible. It’s the wee hours of the morning. You’ve just about drifted off to sleep when your baby again. Every muscle in your body is exhausted, you feel weak and you think to yourself, how are other people surviving nights with a newborn? Will we ever get through this?

If you’ve ever had a newborn you know what I’m talking about. If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll soon find out. Lack of sleep can and often does get the best of people. Fear not! We have some tips for surving nights with a newborn!

It’s important if you’re breastfeeding to know that nighttime feedings are essential!

Your body naturally produces more of the hormone prolactin at night. During the first two weeks, your body is trying to figure out what it needs to do to meet your baby’s needs. How will it do this? By responding to what you’re doing. In the first six weeks breastfeeding or pumping at least (I can’t stress this enough) 10-12 times, getting one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep, and as many naps as possible in every 24-hour period is crucial to you and your baby’s well-being. If you’re bottle-feeding the logistics is a bit different, but it’s still challenging!

Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

1. Nap, Nap, and Nap

Make sure you’re getting as many naps in as possible. Doing so will help with the longer nights. Three to five-hour long naps and one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep in a 24-hour period will be one key to surviving nights with a newborn. Most parents can sustain themselves on that.

2.  Create a Nest

Think, everything you need in one place! Make your nest cozy, conducive to sleep, and user-friendly. If you can do this successfully you’re already ahead of the game!

Things to Consider When Fashioning Your Nest:

  • Make your baby’s sleep space as close to yours as possible.
  • Create a portable changing station to keep next to your bed. That way you can change your baby’s diapers while in bed or in the bassinet or crib right next to the bed. A small cleaning caddy works great for this purpose.
  • Are you pumping? If so have enough supplies in your nest to last you all night. No walking back and forth to the kitchen.  Put a small cooler in the room close to your bed with ice packs to keep your pumped milk in. You don’t have to wash pump parts or use a new set every time through the night. Put your pump parts in a gallon ziplock and place them in the cooler in between pump sessions. Genius right?!
  • Are you formula feeding? Simplify! Create as many bottles are you need for night duty and have them at the ready. Depending on what type of formula you are using this will look a little different. Keep a bottle warmer on a table close by, but at a safe distance from the baby of course!

3. Keep the Lights Low and the Room Slightly Cooler

Seems like a no-brainer right?! Not really, it easy to get into the habit of flipping the lights on to get “it” done real quick, but it really does interrupt the sleep cycle significantly. A low night light with a small flashlight is often a better choice! You want to keep your room slightly cooler than you would in the daytime. Dress your baby slightly warmer than you’ll dress yourself or in a single layer if you’re using a swaddle.

4. Learn to Nurse in the Side-Lying Position

I am a true believer that every mom on the planet who is breastfeeding a baby for any period of time should learn how to feed her baby in the side-lying position. For survival, for comfort, for bonding, and for healing! Most breastfed babies want to nurse more through the night. There are a number of reasons for this, one being the additional prolactin the body produces at night.

Learn this skill, practice this skill, and utilize it for maximum rest! If you’re not comfortable nursing in the side-lying position for fear of co-sleeping you can set a short timer, ask your partner, family member, or postpartum and infant specialist to sit quietly and keep a close eye on your baby as you drift in and out of sleep.

5. Ditch the Clock

It’s so easy to focus on how long the hours are when you’re staring the clock in the face. Like the watched pot that never boils time stands still while your awake. If you have a clock in the bedroom turn it around or cover it.

Instead focus on learning your baby through each feed, soothing techniques, low lights, and maximizing your rest even if you’re not getting solid periods of sleeping.

6. Hire a Postpartum & Infant Support Specialist

The Jacksonville Baby Company provides support for parents at one of the most critical times in a new families life, after the birth of their baby. If there were ever a time in someone’s life that they could use all the help it’s the postpartum time period, also known as the fourth trimester. Laundry, dishes, and chores can wait, but babies don’t keep! Let us help you with all the things so you can focus on what doesn’t keep; your baby!

There you have it! These are some of our tips for surviving nights with a newborn. I hope you found these helpful!

Happy Birth and Parenting!

~Elizabeth

Guess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company

have fun and learn more about The Jacksonville Baby Company team | Doulas in JaxGuess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company

Are you ready to have some fun and guess who is who at The Jacksonville Baby Company? We’re knowledgeable about pregnancy, birth, baby, and parenting things, but we’re also fun, a little quirky, and passionate about other things in this wonderful crazy life!

Can you guess who did what, who likes what, and who has lived where?

Interesting facts, proud achievements, and laugh out loud moments are ahead! Each member of our team brings something unique and beneficial to the table! We work closely with so many families, we get to know their likes and dislikes and interesting things about each of them. Now it’s your chance to have a little fun and learn more about all of us! Our team is dedicated to making your transition into parenthood easier and hopefully more enjoyable too!

See if you can match the fun or interesting fact with the correct person! At the end of the blog, the answers are revealed in an ode to Harry Potter!!



Guess Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company | Doulas in Jax, FL

Grab a sheet of paper, jot down your answers to these 30 questions. See if you can guess who is who: Elizabeth, Heather, Madeleine, or Adrienne! Have fun and learn more about our team!

1. She has two sisters that look so much like her that they often get mistaken as triplets! Her father once told Al Roker we were, while on national television on the Today show!

2. Born in upstate New York, and lived there until she was 11.

3. They (2) consider themselves Potterheads (HUGE Harry Potter fans)

4. When she was about 10 years old she competed in a biscuit eating contest and won!

5. “Full House” was one of her favorite shows as a kid. Now, her family structure is very similar and it’s awesome!

6. She can touch her nose with her tongue, but not her tongue to her elbow.

WHAT?! It’s true and pretty darn funny to watch folks!

7. She loves to travel. So far she’s visited 7 countries and 16 states!

8. She loves the sky! Sunrises, sunsets, moon and stars, the shape of the clouds and watching storms roll in, all of it! She has considered becoming a meteorologist!

9. Other career options that she has considered or would be in another life: interior designer, architect, city planner, philosopher, professor, and doctor!

10. She loves to figure skate.

11. For the last 11 years, she’s had a frequent reoccurring dream that involves variations of living in the home she lived in before the home she currently lives in.

12. These three held long-term positions as nannies.  Helping to raise a total of roughly 40 children ranging from newborn to about 13 years old.

13. Has earned and maintained her CNA license since she was 16 yrs old.

14. She loves education and learning in general. She has her Masters in Education.

15. Her bucket list items include the nude beach, wedding crash, complete a section hike of the Appalachian Trail (working on that), convert a school bus into a tiny house and travel for one year!

16. When shuffling through her playlist you’ll get various genres. Everything from Tupac, Beach Boys, Sublime, to Shania Twain and she’ll jam to each one without missing a beat!

17. She competed in a dog look-a-like contest when she was 8 with her grandparents’ dog, Morgan, and she won!

Why didn’t someone document this moment with a polaroid picture ?!

18. Some of her favorite women include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling.

19. They (2) love the dentist and getting their teeth cleaned!

20. One of her worst fears is that her children won’t get along with each other as they grow older.

21. She loves to float! Free float or therapeutic floating some may call it. She has fallen asleep this way!

22. Her favorite show is Friends and she regularly quotes it in her everyday life!

23. One of her goals is to trek through the Himalayas!

24. France is her favorite place to visit so far!

25. She has wanted to become a children’s book author since she was in eighth grade. This would combine her passion for both children and writing!

26. Her Zodiac sign is cancer and she loves the water!

27. These two are suckers for a great cup of coffee, a comfy chair, and a great book!

28. She loves the show Supernatural.

29. She’s played volleyball since the age of 9 years old! She stands 5′ 1″ and still loves to play any chance she gets!

30. She’s a beekeeper!

And now for the BIG reveal…

have fun and learn more about The Jacksonville Baby Company team | Doulas in Jax

Repeat after me, “Homenum Revelio!”

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Elizabeth 4, 6, 11, 12, 15, 19, 21, 26 ,30
Guess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company | Birthing Classes in Jax

Madeleine 2, 3, 10, 12, 13, 17, 24, 28
Guess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company | Newborn Care Jax, FL

Heather 3, 5, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 23, 27
Guess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company | Night Nanny Jax

Adrienne 1, 7, 8, 12, 16, 22, 25, 27, 29
Professional Bios Adrienne Jax FL | Guess Who Is Who at The Jacksonville Baby Company

So, we want to know, did you guess who is who at The Jacksonville Baby Company? What did you think was most interesting or odd about each of us? Leave a comment for us! Want to meet our team in person? Contact us!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~The Jacksonville Baby Company