For Parents

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Just when you thought you and your baby had gotten the hang of breastfeeding, it starts hurt. When this happens, something is wrong. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, but it does include its fair share of challenges, even after nursing is established. And new moms are often so busy taking care of baby that they neglect themselves. If you experience pain when nursing, consider the following fixes to common breastfeeding challenges.

Labor & Delivery: The Second Time Around

My first pregnancy, I was prepared weeks in advance for labor and delivery. My bags were packed and I'd read all the books. Five years later, and thirty-nine weeks pregnant with my second son, my doctor told me after an ultrasound appointment that I needed to be induced the following day.

Breastfeeding 101 and Resources

Breastfeeding is the most convenient way to provide your baby with a meal—lunch is always ready, it’s cheap, and there are no bottles to sterilize or formula to mix. But aside from convenience, breastfeeding is healthy and beneficial for baby and mom in a number of ways.

What you need to know about baby's first year

Baby’s first year is both magical and mysterious. The magic happens with each smile and coo, and with every milestone reached.

The mystery happens with each fever and sniffle, and with every miserable night of inconsolable wailing and fussiness.

Figuring out what’s wrong with your little one is difficult, and deciding how best to treat it is sometimes even more confusing. We’ve put together a little cheat sheet of remedies and ideas for the most common causes of discomfort during a baby’s first year.

What's behind holistic parenting

“Green,” “organic” and “holistic” are buzz words these days, both in the media and on store shelves. But for an increasing number of parents, those words help define their approach to parenting.

The 7 Fundamental Ideals of Holistic Parenting

The Holistic Moms Network believes there are 7 fundamental ideals for holistic parenting: 

1. Making informed and educated parenting decisions around issues such as childbirth, breastfeeding, healthcare and well-being, nutrition, interpersonal communication, and education.

2. Seeking respectful and nurturing relationships with others, imparting the values of empathy, love, and compassion to our children, and embracing attachment parenting techniques (including babywearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and positive discipline).

Who is the right pediatrician for you?

 

A good pediatrician is one of a parent’s best assets. Pediatricians are trained to be experts on everything from infant and child health and development, to nutrition and behavioral issues. A pediatrician will help to guide you from the moment of your child’s birth until your child is young adult. Finding the right pediatrician for you and your child takes effort, but the payoff is well worth it. Here are some tips to help guide your search:

Teaching Children About Veteran's Day

Teach your kids the value of our veterans' service to this country by taking them to a Veterans Day event in the area. Here are a few ways to help your kids honor veterans.

The Life of a Military Family

When 2-year-old Collin Edmonds spiked a fever of 106 and had to be rushed to the hospital recently, his mother, Kate Edmonds, was overwhelmed to say the least. With her husband, Sean, deployed to Afghanistan and no relatives nearby, Kate was left to scramble for help during her son’s three-night hospital stay.

Resources for Military Families

Military deployments are hard on families for many reasons. There’s the emotion of missing a loved one mixed with the fear for their safety. There’s the logistics and stress of running a family as a single parent while a spouse is away. And there’s the challenge and emotions involved in reunions, when couples and kids get reaquainted with one another, sometimes struggling to blend their lives as cohesively as they were before the deployment.