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Our Future
Mike December 26, 2013 at 09:17 am
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN December 26, 2013 at 10:17 am
"Momma I love you" is a great message, whether spoken by actions, said out loud, or put toRead More music. Thanks for sharing :)
Mike December 26, 2013 at 10:20 am
Happy Swaddled Newborn
Donna Fleming December 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm
First thing they taught me at the hospital when my first child was born. Motherhood 101, A goodRead More lesson for all moms. Wrap them tight. Keep them safe they grow up all too fast.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN December 8, 2013 at 06:53 pm
Thanks for sharing the memory and your wisdom :)
Teddy Bear, Diaper, T-shirt, and Blanket!
Jim Clifford November 20, 2013 at 08:30 am
The Redwood City Women's Club on Clinton once operated what it called a "well babyRead More clinic" that cared for hundreds of babies. A forgotten part of local history. I didn't know about it until The Journal of Local History mentioned the clinic in an article on the club. I think it ended in the '50s.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN November 20, 2013 at 07:02 pm
Jim, thanks for sharing an interesting bit of RWC history. The Women's Club has given over 100 yearsRead More of service to others and is still active today.
Kangaroo Care ... Holding your baby skin to skin
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 23, 2013 at 11:31 am
You're welcome Drew. Amazing is one of my favorite words to use too when referring to newborns, andRead More I appreciate you sharing your experience and your support :)
Seth-Deborah of Hypnotherapy for Health June 24, 2013 at 07:36 am
Just saw your blog. I an a retired Nurse Anesthetist and a practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist. IRead More teach HypnosisBirthing.
Hu Xiaoqi October 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm
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Hugs are Good for Babies Too!
Alek J Hidell October 2, 2013 at 07:43 am
Don't know how the hug started but the kiss developed thru the practice of feeding toddlers Mom'sRead More freshly chewed cud for easy digestion. That "kissing" now is part of human behavior the world over now, signifying care and concern.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN October 2, 2013 at 09:29 am
Thanks for sharing!
Nora Fuller December 29, 2013 at 08:38 pm
Love to hug ! Thanks for sharing !
Power Napping
Guillermo Daniel Elenes September 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Great article, I have a 13 month old and I have learned first hand the benefit of taking in a catRead More nap when possible. but increasingly here in Concord people of all ages can't sleep at all because of the active bedbug infestation, do you have any input on what can happen when babies or parents dont get enough sleep?
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN September 30, 2013 at 02:50 pm
I know first hand that sleep deprivation increases the possibility of traffic accidents. MyRead More experience was only a close call, but nevertheless the situation was caused by my lack of sleep when my son was a newborn. Not being a sleep deprivation expert I can only turn to the internet for articles to answer your question. But sleep deprivation, whether from having a newborn or from any other cause, will have the same effects on your body and brain function. Here is one article from the Discovery Fit & Health resource to list some of the possible side effects of sleep deprivation: http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/sleep/basics/5-effects-of-sleep-deprivation.htm Hope this helps.
Yawning Newborn
Autumn Johnson September 11, 2013 at 06:26 am
This exact same thing happened to my with my first baby (although she was also having troubleRead More latching and the nurses did not help) and we ended up at Children's Hospital for several days under the bilie lights. Thank you for the always fantastic blog and for spreading the word about your experience with this issue.
Sheryl Zeyen September 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm
This is such important information! What's explained in this short space lays a wonderful foundationRead More for happy, healthy breastfeeding. Thank you for writing this article, it will make a difference!
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN September 12, 2013 at 09:44 am
Thank you Autumn and Sheryl for sharing your own experiences and your positive encouragement thatRead More sends support to all new moms.
Rock Your Baby ... Every Chance You Get
Garnet Barton August 27, 2013 at 09:13 am
I rocked both of my sons and grandchildren. I find that when I am in some real pain I realize IRead More rock back and forth without a rocking chair. Until now, I never had a home without a rocking chair!!!
The Beast ! August 28, 2013 at 04:48 pm
I rock N roll
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers August 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Could you write a post about keeping baby cool during these hot days if you don't have ac?Read More Especially at night.. Thanks!
Choosing a Hat Can Be Fun!
Vito Spago August 9, 2013 at 10:02 am
I remember when I drove my firstborn home from the hospital. I also remember when he drove off atRead More age 15 1/2!!!
Alysia Stark August 9, 2013 at 10:48 am
LOL - What "Scooter" said! Better - consider having your baby at home - because, afterRead More all, childbirth is not a disease.
Vito Spago August 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
No offense, but after my second kid, my wife's 4th at age 38, she was really screwed up. So gladRead More after that kid was born. As far as I was concerned, that kid, while not a 'disease' may as well have been. Having your kid at home without medical help is stupid and you are risking lives.
Babies Are Smart
Steve Newman August 9, 2013 at 11:16 am
Jenna- your boyfriend bottle feeds the cats during the day-Do you pay him for that, or does he haveRead More a real job? What a manly man he must be-here Kitty Kitty, time to bottle feed you.
Lisbeth Allen August 9, 2013 at 11:33 am
Steve, I hope you don't go to any public places where you might see a woman breast feeding her baby.Read More You are slightly perverted and I fear for the woman and her baby's safety. Please restrain yourself. You seem to have a complex about being a real man, and might expose yourself to her to get her to latch on. You know, breastfeeding joke, ha ha.
The Beast ! August 28, 2013 at 04:50 pm
We breat feed until our boy was 14 years old. Super healthy kid
Powerful Connection
Fred Ceja August 12, 2013 at 12:44 am
I just want to tell people to research what is in the baby formula they give their babies and whereRead More it comes from. The nutrition factor as far as proteins, fats and carbs should be similar to what breast milk should have. The fda standards for formula are pretty nonexistent and let the companies add almost whatever they want. Here is an article about melamine in formula http://www.naturalnews.com/024947.html
Tina McMillan August 12, 2013 at 09:58 am
The contaminated formula came from China. I believe this outbreak was in 2008. Melamine wasRead More intentionally added to make it look like the formula contained more protein. The same chemical contaminated pet food from China too. =============== ========================================== When we purchase food products from outside the U.S. we are at the mercy of their oversight. ========================================== http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/types/babyfood/======= ========================================== http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/china/food-safety/index.html
Muriel Strand October 1, 2013 at 01:24 pm
on p.331 of his latest book, michael pollan shares the following information about breastfeeding:Read More “And then of course there is the diet, perhaps the most important factor in first establishing and then maintaining the microbial community in our gut. The process begins with nursing, which shapes the gut flora in some unexpected ways. A mother’s nipple harbors a community of lactobacilli, and it was recently discovered that the milk itself contains bacteria that may play a role in colonizing the baby’s gut. But the most important contribution of mother’s milk to the infant microbiota may be in encouraging the “right” kinds of bacteria to dominate it from the start. For years nutritionists were mystified by [332] the presence in mother’s milk of certain complex carbohydrates, called oligosaccharides, which the infant lacked the necessary enzymes to digest. Evolutionary theory argues that every component of mother’s milk should have some value to the developing baby, or else natural selection would be likely to discard it as a poor use of the mother’s precious resources. So why would she produce nutrients her baby can’t metabolize? It turns out the oligosaccharides are there to feed not the baby but certain of its intestinal microbes: Their presence in the diet ensures that certain optimal species of bacteria, and specifically Bifidobacterium infantis, proliferate and get established before less savory characters gain a toehold. As nature’s most perfect food—having been shaped entirely by natural selection—mother’s milk has much to teach us, and not least about these two crucial facts: that bacteria is good food, and that feeding the bacteria is as important as feeding the baby. Put in a more scientific way, the diet should include both “probiotics”—beneficial bacteria—and “prebiotics”—something good for those bacteria to eat. But for most of the last century, those of us living in the developed world have heeded neither of these principles.” this also leads me to wonder about the effects of storage and reheating on breast milk when mothers are pumping.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Artisan's Palate July 25, 2013 at 01:35 pm
I own Artisan's Palate in Temecula and we sell a Lactation Cookie. Any thoughts? Many OBJYN's haveRead More endorsed the product along with many parent magazines.
Brenda July 26, 2013 at 06:18 pm
LamorindaMan I believe meant his comment to be be "nice". As in, for many reasons aRead More mother cannot breast feed and "its ok". As said here medications, baby cannot tolerate mothers milk, problems with latching and on and on and nerves and pressure play a huge part. Sometimes we drill it into new mothers heads so much to breast feed we stress them out and they cant do it and get so darn frustrated. Once you take half hour, to maybe even an hour to getting baby to latch and have to break out a bottle you feel like CRAP! Mother feels horrible, shouldnt be a mom, cries hysterically, baby cries hysterically, and Dad is trying to warm up that first bottle, while crying too and saying "its ok huney, really it is"!! I breast fed all 3 of my daughters for as long as I could, or they would. Once a baby gets that easier flowing bottle its tough to get them to reattach to the breast.
Becky August 5, 2013 at 09:14 am
I breast-fed for over two years because I enjoyed it, I was blessed to be able to stay home with myRead More baby, and I thought it was healthy. I always felt lucky I didn't have to wash baby bottles, didn't have to prepare a bottle in the middle of the night, or take them with me while out with baby. But I could never get the hang of pumping milk, so it would have been really difficult to go back to work and keep breastfeeding exclusively. I also often wonder about good or bad effects of my hormones on my baby - something that's rarely discussed. And I suspect that there are drugs that are approved for breastfeeding moms that really shouldn't be. Like birth control pills.
Talking to Your Baby
A Delargo July 12, 2013 at 08:05 am
I'm drafting a new article, what do you think ? "Longer days created by Baseball". ItRead More seems to me that the days are longer during baseball season. There has to be a connection !!! I just completed another article titled "Emergency rooms cause illness" - another winner !!
Marcia Kalapus July 12, 2013 at 07:34 pm
Well, I have to address the above comments. #1 Jeni the so called classes you mention that parentsRead More enroll their children in "babies, preschoolers, and enrichment classes" I had not heard of until in the early 2000 when my daughter who was a late "30 something " with her first child enrolled my granddaughter in the classes, because my daughters social circle was doing it. Very green new mothers. I also disagree that "intelligence " is inherited. One only gains such after many years of learning, going to school, and acquiring "knowledge". Is intelligence measured by which schools you attend, the best universities ? I think not. Some people never attend higher learning after high school, but they have educated themselves by being involved, reading copious amounts of books of all kinds. One of the things I learned as a young mother in the early fifties was from several of my teachers from hi school, was to start reading to my son as soon as I could. When he was only two months old I,being an avid reader, read everything aloud to him even newspapers, magazines, novels, the classics. Yes the young man listened to many Shakespeare plays, Then when he was about 6 months I read and showed him the kids books. It was the constant sound of my voice, the intonation, the way I make it sound like conversation that taught him to listen and then he learned to talk at 1 year, and looked at the books and read them the rest of his life.Comparing " upper income children of well educated parents" to lower income parents with less education is wrong. I was raised by a single mother , she never helped me with anything education wise, and we were very very poor. A church mouse on occasion had more food than we did. I am also a RN. with ,BSN with a Masters. My children learned to be good students because I spent time with them reading and talking adult talk to them at all times. Baby talk is a waste of time. If you want your children to be good students then spend time with them and READ to them.
Mary McLinden July 14, 2013 at 10:45 am
PLEASE don't talk baby talk, especially in public. It makes you look stupid and the baby has no ideaRead More you are teaching him/her to speak incorrectly. Talk (communicate - sign or spoken, doesn't matter) to your baby; read to your baby. To me, that just comes under the heading of "duh," but there are young parents out there who apparently don't know, so we need to keep reiterating the same helpful parenting hints. Think of it this way. LOTS of people talk to their pets ALL THE TIME and there is no doubt that it does not affect the animal's intelligence or increase their ability to speak back, but people continue to do it because it makes themselves feel better. So talk to your baby even though he/she can't respond. Yet. After all, it may be the only time in your lives you have an opportunity to get a word in edgewise. ;)
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN April 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm
You're most welcome Nurse Barb! Happy to help.
Patti Baca April 15, 2013 at 03:23 pm
Where can I get this book?
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN April 15, 2013 at 03:48 pm
Hi Patti, Thanks for asking. Newborn Baby Manual—Things You Should Know is available forRead More download on your iPad directly from the iBookstore. Or you can download it through iTunes, https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/newborn-baby-manual/id564909559?mt=11, and sync it to your iPad. Congratulations on your new baby! ps. The Kindle version will be out soon, for Mother's Day :)
Thanks Dad!
Jack Torrance June 19, 2013 at 10:52 am
You don't get it Sharon. This was a short article to honor dad's. It had nothing to do withRead More newborn sleep. You took it upon yourself to CHANGE the subject of the article. If you want to "assist people in general with info to keep their newborn safe", then start your own blog. You need to get over yourself.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 19, 2013 at 07:23 pm
Thanks Jack ... and you're welcome! I'm happy you enjoyed the tribute :)
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 20, 2013 at 04:08 pm
You're welcome Jack. Thanks for your appreciation :)
Your Happy Newborn
Kristi G July 8, 2013 at 09:28 am
Please do continue to provide these helpful blog posts. There are moms out there who are benefitingRead More from the advice. It's a good reminder that anyone should wash their hands before holding a tiny newborn, as it's already been shown (among the general population) that one of the very best ways to reduce spread of infection is by hand-washing. Someone else has astutely pointed out that anecdotal evidence (e.g., I never wore a seat belt and am still alive) is not applicable when providing simple guidelines for care. Parents have the right to make their own decisions for their family, but being informed about when to be cautious when appropriate is a good thing.
Fred Ceja July 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm
Can you please write a blog on the benefits of breastfeeding vs. baby formula? Also how kids areRead More twice more likely to develop diabetes and up to eight times more likely to develop lymphatic cancer when given formula. Thanks.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN July 10, 2013 at 10:43 am
Sure Freda ... I have a post that talks about the benefits of breastfeeding, but I also have a postRead More that talks about the benefits of bottle feeding. I will post them consecutively in a few days. New and expecting parents may find this information useful to help them choose for their newborn or baby.
Carol July 3, 2013 at 08:23 pm
Shared on https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheNaturalBirthingCommunity/
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN July 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Thank you "rubberband," Tiffany, and Carol for sharing your stories, personal experiences,Read More and your support.
Brenda July 26, 2013 at 06:09 pm
Just noticed my comment I had put up for this article was deleted/removed? It was about myRead More daughters own recent birth on June 9th? I wanted to post to your most current article on bottle feeding, as my daughter went from breast to bottle now, but wanted to make sure I was not on some delete list or something? LOL
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN April 12, 2013 at 02:14 am
They'll always be our "babies" TGD. Thanks for the visual :)
TGD April 12, 2013 at 11:05 am
"They'll always be our "babies" It's tough to let go. I did the single dad thing theRead More whole time and now I couldn't be prouder of my son. I never hit him and always took the time to be a parent with a supportive hand. He is drug and tobacco free and a contributing member of society. He calls me just about every day and we are very close.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN April 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm
Your parenting is exactly what the world needs to be a better place. When all parents pay attentionRead More to their babies, at every age, talk to them, love them, provide soothing human touch, and respect them as they want to be respected, it will shape the future of humanity. Baby care, and how we choose to provide it, influences the person our babies will become. Your son is living proof! Great job Dad!
Holding Your Newborn
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 29, 2013 at 10:49 am
Skin to skin is great Francine. You'll find even more benefits of Kangaroo Care (skin-to-skinRead More holding) detailed in my post "Newborn Care Made Easier." Thanks!
arely posz June 30, 2013 at 02:19 am
Valuable tips on the smallest details that are very critical for mommy and baby. And speaking ofRead More skin to skin, what mommy puts on herself and baby's skin is super important to pay attention to. We are becoming more aware that baby and skin products are full of chemical toxins harmful to the bloodstream because it enters through the skin. Please lets pay attention to this growing concern as it is compromising the health of our babies, children and adults. Ingredients are changing with products like Ava Anderson Non Toxic. I found her as I searched to find safe daily products for my family and boy do we have peace of mind now. Please inquire or join my FREE event Sunday at 2pm.
Tiffany Iannessa July 3, 2013 at 06:16 pm
great article :)
Babies Sleep Most Anywhere
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 26, 2013 at 07:35 am
Thank you Shauna for the work you do as a medical assistant in OB/GYN. You are helping give babiesRead More the best start in life too with your caring support of both babies and moms. Thanks for sharing.
Doris Fravert, RN, BSN June 26, 2013 at 07:42 am
I want to clarify that I DO NOT support the work of M. Podd.
Andrea Paxton July 10, 2013 at 06:39 am
Thanks for posting this Doris. It's important parents are aware of the various factors which canRead More affect baby sleep. Aspects such as a baby's brain development and the alternating cycles in their sleeping pattern can definitely affect how they sleep at various stages during the first year. I think the transition newborns make from long periods of non-REM sleep to alternating between REM and non-REM, is a huge factor in why they may struggle to sleep through. Andrea => <a href="http://allbabythings.net">http://allbabythings.net</a>
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