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Breastfeeding: How Do You Know When to Stop?

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While I was breastfeeding my daughter, I struggled with knowing when to stop. I began offering her cow’s milk instead of the breast once she turned a year old, but she would cry until I gave in and nursed her. At that moment, I realized that I was ready to stop breastfeeding, but my baby wasn’t. I continued breastfeeding for two more months. At fourteen months old, my daughter gradually self-weaned. It’s easy to assume that they’re done breastfeeding once they turn a year old, but then what? Will my bond be broken? Of course not. We are their heroes for life. If you want to keep breastfeeding your baby beyond a year, go for it. There may be people telling you to stop, but at the end of the day, your voice is the only one that matters to your baby. Just like you began your breastfeeding journey together, together you’ll decide the right time to end.

Colic/Fussiness: What Helps and What Doesn’t

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I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant, and even more excited when I found out I was having a baby girl. I imagined the perfect baby and having her dressed perfectly in pink. When she was born, she was everything I had dreamt of.

When she was about two weeks old, her temperament changed. She started crying A LOT, for hours at a time every evening. Nothing neither my husband nor I did helped. I felt like a failure as a mom because I couldn’t comfort my own daughter. The doctors informed me she had colic.

There is a lot of information out there about what for to do for colic. There are formulas that claim to help with colic and special drops you can give your baby. A friend even suggested adding cereal to the bottle to help her sleep. I was desperate for help and didn’t really know what to do for her.

My doctor recommended trying the “5 S’s”: swaddling her, turning her on her side while holding her, making a shushing sound, swinging her from side to side as I held her, and giving her a pacifier to suck. Turning her to her side and swinging gently as I held her did help a little. Thankfully, my husband was right there to give me a break when I couldn’t take it anymore.

After a few months, the constant crying stopped. Colic wasn’t something I had envisioned for my baby girl, but we made it through that time, and I learned I wasn’t a failure as a mom.

Slow Life Down

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Moms are so busy and it’s easy to prop the bottle. Slow life down. When you prop a bottle for your baby while doing other things, you miss out on deepening your bond. So take a time out and enjoy your baby.

MOMents of Pride: Your Child’s First Smile

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Being a mom to new baby has brought many amazing moments, but there is one that stands out from the rest. It seemed like for so long all he did was eat, sleep cry, repeat! But when he smiled at me for the first time, every sleepless night and exhausting day just melted away! That little smile said he loves me, and all my time spent with him was so worth it.

Cereal 101

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There is a myth that cereal in the bottle will help babies sleep. It simply isn’t true. Cereal shouldn’t be added to your baby’s bottle because her digestive track isn’t ready for it in the early months. She will be ready for cereal when she is almost sitting up by herself (around 6 months) and her cereal should always be delivered in a spoon.

No Hurry, Mom!

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Be the healthy-minded mom you want to be and wait until your baby is about 6 months to introduce cereal to her. Giving your baby cereal too early can cause her problems later; problems like obesity or food allergies. Time will go by and you will be proud that you waited.

Boo Moo Milk

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For the 1st year, your baby should be drinking breastmilk or formula. Offering other kinds of milk, such as whole milk, soy milk, or reduced fat milk, too early could cause severe dehydration. Thanks, Mom!