Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Expectant parents may be unprepared for their first moments with their new baby, or they don't give it much thought in advance. Educators and healthcare providers play an important role in informing parents about what to expect at birth and supporting them at this pivotal moment.

Education is often needed to address lack of knowledge, misinformation and misconceptions about newborn care topics, and skin-to-skin contact is no exception. Use your listening skills as an educator to identify your client's current understanding of skin-to-skin contact. Then, help them understand the benefits and the do's and don'ts of this practice. Education helps calm fears and encourages this beneficial practice in new families. 

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Fitness with a Newborn

Fitness with a Newborn

After nine months of declining fitness and a lot of physical changes, many women want to take charge of their bodies again but don't know how. It can be hard to focus on anything, let alone fitness, after giving birth. Babies are constantly demanding something from you and as days turn into weeks, which turn into months, it can be easy to find yourself no further down the fitness road if you don't make an effort.
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Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

One of the most pressing questions new moms have about breastfeeding is whether their baby is getting enough milk. After all, unlike bottle feeding, you can’t measure how much milk is making its way into your baby’s tummy. Not knowing can be stressful, especially when you are just starting out to breastfeed.

Thankfully, there are a few key signs that can help you know your baby is getting enough milk. Here are the top three:

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New Ideas for Educators: Intro to Breastfeeding Class

New Ideas for Educators: Intro to Breastfeeding Class

In our series for educators, we explore new ideas to help you branch out. Read on to be inspired about new topics and effective strategies to help you get creative this year.

Intro to Breastfeeding Class

Most breastfeeding classes are two to three hours and cover the basics, such as latching, newborn hunger cues, and pumping. With breastfeeding, there are more topics than could possibly be covered in such a short amount of time. To help...

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10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

As you prepare to welcome your new baby, these are some tips that can help you get breastfeeding off to a great start and keep you on track. 

1. Be Committed

Consider why you want to breastfeed (write your reasons down if that helps) and commit to sticking with it. If challenges come up, use these reasons as motivation to get help and work through them.

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When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

Breastfeeding is natural, yes, but what happens if it doesn’t come naturally to you or your baby? You aren’t alone and there are solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems. Remember: Every mother and her baby have a unique breastfeeding relationship. Your journey doesn’t have to look or be like anyone else’s in order to be successful, rewarding, and healthy for both you and your baby. 
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Quote - Sunshine

Quote - Sunshine

Anyone who has had the opportunity to simply sit back and snuggle with a tiny new person knows that these are the moments when it feels like everything is right with the world.
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Six ways to prepare for baby (not just birth)

Six ways to prepare for baby (not just birth)

You’ve spent months learning and preparing for labor and the birth of your child, and then the moment comes: the birth is over and in your arms you have a tiny human who is beautiful, perfect… and entirely dependent on you. Preparing for your little one’s arrival goes well beyond
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What is a "Baby-Friendly®" Hospital?

What is a "Baby-Friendly®" Hospital?

Baby-Friendly®” is a phrase expectant parents may encounter when touring and choosing between prospective birth locations. The World Health Organization and UNICEF created the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or BFHI, more than twenty years ago
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Welcoming Baby #2

Welcoming Baby #2

To the mom welcoming her second baby,

The warm weight of a newborn against your chest feels both familiar and somehow brand new as you settle into your role as a mom of two. The excitement and overwhelming love is just as

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Letter to new parents

Letter to new parents

Dear new parents,

Having a new baby is one of the biggest events in your life. There will be days when you feel like your heart will burst with the love you have for this new little person. There will be other days when you might question why you thought it was a good idea to become a parent in the first place. You will get bombarded with contradictory parenting advice and become overwhelmed. This is all normal. When you are in the throes of caring for a new baby, please remember these few things: 

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Asking for help when baby arrives

Asking for help when baby arrives

When a friend or family member has a new baby, everyone is excited to express their congratulations, see the new baby, and give gifts. Often, friends and family want to help the new family in some way, but offers to feed and hold baby may not be the most helpful, especially for a breastfeeding mother/baby. Rather than politely declining help, parents can suggest these alternatives to their friends and family:
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