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Having Twins or Triplets….

Posted on April 21, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Even though there are no guarantees, there are several elements that need to be in place to become pregnant with twins or triplets. Here are some of the possible elements, in no particular order:
1) If you already have other children;
2) If you are over 30 years old;
3) Chances are even greater if you are over 35 years old;
4) The closer they are to you on your family tree;
5) If you used infertility assistance; and
6) They will start on your family tree somewhere and perhaps you will be the one who will get things started.
I could add here that if you have one spontaneous set of multiples, i.e. no infertility assistance, it is said that you can up your chances by 50% of having multiples again in a subsequent pregnancy. There is one family who had nine children, including four sets of twins.
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Can I mix bottles of breastmilk?

Posted on April 16, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Breastmilk can be mixed together from two different pumpings, as long as the milk is the same temperature.  So, if you have some bottled milk stored in the fridge and wish to add a new batch, wait until the new batch has been cooled in the fridge then mix the two batches together.  The new, warmer milk should not be mixed with the colder stored milk.

You will notice that breastmilk will separate into two layers.  The fatter part of the breastmilk has risen to the top the same as when we have whole cow’s milk and the cream rises to the top.  A quick shake before using mixes it all together again.

 

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CALMING BABY OR BABIES DOWN

Posted on April 3, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

If one or more baby is having what might be called a temper tantrum or seems scared, hungry or colicy, try to settle and comfort him or her before putting to the breast, in the bed or chair. A baby’s crying has a message and it is up to us to try and interpret the need. With all of the new things happening to and around new babies, there is a lot for them to integrate. Examples: breathing, noise/light increase, clothing, touching, no outwards limits to push against as there was in the womb, and so on. There is often more success in calming the baby by either skin-to-skin, rocking, shushing, gentle words in their ears (I am here, It is OK, I have you….) and when settled, then put baby to the breast to reenforce closeness and safety.
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Preserving Children

Posted on April 2, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

1 grass-grown field
1/2 dozen children (or more)
Several dogs (and puppies, if in season)
One brook
Pebbles
Sticks
Method: Into the field pour children and dogs, allowing to mix well. Poor brook over pebbles till slightly frothy. Gently add sticks. When children are nicely brown, cool in warm tub. When dry, serve with buttermilk, freshly baked bread and jam.
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Introducing Babies to Solid Foods

Posted on March 30, 2017. Filed under: Introducing Solid Foods, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Each baby will be ready to begin solids in their own time/rate. Beginning at about 5-6 months of age, readiness signs for the healthy baby to begin solids may include: more frequent nursing; hands often to the mouth; some irritability after nursing/wish to suck longer; doctor’s recommendation due to child’s readiness or inability to pack on enough weight for their age through milk alone. Some parents feel the urge to make their own baby food, basically because they know what they make has no added preservatives, salt, sugars or fillers. It is quick, easy and very satisfying puréeing and freezing your own baby food. Because babies’ guts are so new and we don’t know what was used in the growth of some foods, choose Organic fruits and vegetables.

We are fortunate to have Foodsmiths Health Food Store @foodsmithsthegoodfoodstore in our home town.  Makes choices very easy.

 

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Dried Mangos Make Great Teething Objects

Posted on March 28, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Looking for something safe for your toothless-to-date babies to chew on?  Dried mango slices, available from most grocery and bulk sales stores, are ideal to suck on, gum and will keep them busy for a bit. They are quite large, don’t break down as easily as a biscuit might (which may result in some choking) and Taste Good!  Because babies have sensitive guts and we don’t know what was used in the growth of some produce, be sure and choose Organic mangos.

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Driving While Pumping = Distracted Driving

Posted on March 27, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Apparently some breastfeeding Moms are trying to save some time and pumping on their way to work.  I checked with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Department and was told that this is distracted driving and the fine would be $400.00 if a woman was stopped and found to be pumping as well as driving.

Please reconsider this practice and keep safe while also ensuring those around you remain safe too.

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Pumping While Driving = Distracted Driving

Posted on March 27, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Apparently some breastfeeding Moms are trying to save some time and pumping on their way to work.  I checked with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Department and was told that this is distracted driving and the fine would be $400.00 if a woman was stopped and found to be pumping as well as driving.

Please reconsider this practice and keep safe while also ensuring those around you remain safe too.

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One Breast is More Productive than the Other

Posted on March 26, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

If at any point you are worried about any aspect of your nursing situation, check things out with a CERTIFIED lactation consultant.  

It is common for women to have one breast which is more productive than the other. There is nothing at all wrong with you if this is the case for you.  The differences in production came be slight to quite dramatic.  There are some strategies for handling the difference.

~one baby can be a better sucker than his sibling(s).  Put this baby on the lower producing breast at a feed so that he can remove as much of the available milk as possible from this breast.  Baby B can go on the other and no doubt take advantage of the simultaneous let down.  Baby A can be transferred to the better producing breast for the rest of the feed when his brother is finished, should he still need to nurse.

~when pumping, use a hospital-grade strength pump.  These, with a stronger motor, are usually not for sale but can often be rented/borrowed from a hospital.  Use the hospital-grade pump for pumping both breasts.

~continue to nurse the babies and/or pump at regular intervals, including through the night as if feeding a baby, keep your fluid levels up and stress levels as lows as possible.  All three of these affect production.

 

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WRONG!! – YOU CAN’T GET PREGNANT WHILE BREASTFEEDING – JUST WRONG!!

Posted on March 20, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Some folks are under the impression that a woman cannot get pregnant as long as she is breastfeeding. This is an Old Wives’ Tale. You sure can get pregnant while breastfeeding. Look to other means of birth control should you not wish to get pregnant.

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