Meal Planning for the Baby Fog

Some call it nesting, I think for me it’s preparing for the worse case scenario. Worse case scenario being my husband and I are zombies after we come down from the first initial high of becoming parents to an amazing, new, little boy. I can foresee that the lack of sleep and heighten sensitivity to every twitch, moan and breath of our little guy, will put us in a state where we’ll function off basic needs only. Of course I’m hoping for the best case scenario, where our son will be a breeze, allowing us to sleep in little increments but at evenly spaced intervals, not have any difficulties with latching and will take a bottle on occasion after about a month. A first time mom can dream right? But since I’ve seen the chaos (happy and filled with love chaos) that little ones can bring with them into the world, I’ll plan for the zombie like state.

Aside from getting his room all set up, his clothes and blankets washed, newborn diapers ready (even though I plan to switch to cloth after a few weeks) and all the main baby necessities accounted for, car seat, monitor, co-sleeper, I need to prepare myself to be an absent minded and tired mom. One of the biggest things to take off my plate is the meals. Don’t get me wrong, my husband will do some cooking but he’s more of a BBQ meat kind of guy. No side dishes or such, just meat. So for semi-decent, well-rounded meals I need to prepare and freeze meals ahead of time.
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Skin-to-Skin after a Cesarean Birth

When I gave birth to my son 5+ years ago, it wasn’t what any first time mom would like to experience. I was having problems with maintaining my blood pressure and when my little boys’ heart rate dropped too low, I was rushed into an emergency c-section. It was an extremely frightening process that didn’t even enter my mind as a possibility. The months that followed were hard. We struggled at finding a proper latch and feeding became such a difficult task, I dreaded it.

It never occurred to me that our difficulties at latching could have been because of the birth experience.

Being an International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) member, over the years I’ve been exposed to research on the benefits of skin-to-skin right after birth and how it contributes to successful breastfeeding outcomes. I had it set in my mind that if my husband and I got pregnant again I would push for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and request immediate skin-to-skin contact with my baby.

In early 2012 we received good news, we were expecting! I started doing my best to set everything up for a different birthing experience. I searched out a CDC accredited Baby Friendly Hospital in my area, researched VBAC’s and educated myself on the benefits of skin-to-skin. It wasn’t until closer to my due date that I was informed I couldn’t have a VBAC. No hospital would even consider me as a potential VBAC candidate because of a small heart issue that we had discovered during a previous miscarriage. After fighting and pleading, I had to acknowledge that I had no other option but another C-section.
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Tips You Should Know Before Pumping

I’m not an experienced pumper or nursing mother. I’m not even an experienced mom but I will soon enter the mom ‘gaining experience’ realm with my first little guy this summer. (My goals as of now are to nurse and pump but I haven’t quite figured out how long I’ll go past the WHO recommended one year).

What I am though, is someone with connections to tons of moms with experience nursing and pumping. I interact with great consultants that can offer advice and recommendations and I have access to research in breastfeeding and pumping. Working for Rumina has offered me the next closest thing I can get to actually breastfeeding and pumping and that’s interactions with moms and health care professionals.

In being a part of a lot of conversation on Baby Center, Facebook, various blogs and podcasts I know nursing and pumping can be a challenge. Some moms breeze through it while others have a hard time. Personally watching my sister struggle with her oldest was difficult to witness, I could only imagine her anxiety and stress.

This post will not even begin to cover all the aspects of pumping and nursing, look for lots of posts to come about all types of pumping and nursing information. What this post will do is give you recommendations from moms that have pumped (look for a nursing post soon). I asked moms on Rumina’s Facebook Page what they wish they would have known before starting to pump. Here’s what they said in a nutshell. (To see actual Facebook post click here).
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Pumping and Breastfeeding Apps for Android Smart Phones – Part Two

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I’ve heard of the baby fog. I know a lot of moms suffer from it and I don’t anticipate me being any different. I’ll have a lot of family around to help and that will be great but there’s only so much family can help with, especially when it comes to feeding. I’m hoping to breastfeed my little one and start pumping early, both for dad and family to help with feeding but to also to build a stash. Building a stash is the main reason I want to find a good nursing/pumping app. One that helps track pumping sessions but also one that keeps my milk stash organized (I like organization and easily get anxious without it). So I’m going to try to set myself up for success (I image the Rocky theme song whenever I get like this). Try to get ahead of the chaos and get things organized. Being a first time mom there’s a high possibility I could crash and burn but hey, I’m going to give it my best shot.

In looking at apps I ran across a lot of them but these are the top nursing and breastfeeding apps for Android products.  It looks like Baby Connect (available for both Android, Apple and Kindle Fire), Feed Baby Pro, and Baby ESP are leading the way for Android nursing apps. If I’ve missed any that you love please feel free to share!

For Apple users look at the post Pumping and Breastfeeding Apps for iPhone and Apple Products.
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Pumping and Breastfeeding Apps for iPhone and Apple Products – Part One

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I’ve heard of the baby fog. I know a lot of moms suffer from it and I don’t anticipate me being any different. I’ll have a lot of family around to help and that will be great but there’s only so much family can help with, especially when it comes to feeding. I’m hoping to breastfeed my little one and start pumping early, both for dad and family to help with feeding but to also to build a stash. Building a stash is the main reason I want to find a good nursing/pumping app. One that helps track pumping sessions but also one that keeps my milk stash organized (I like organization and easily get anxious without it). So I’m going to try to set myself up for success (I image the Rocky theme song whenever I get like this). Try to get ahead of the chaos and get things organized. Being a first time mom there’s a high possibility I could crash and burn but hey, I’m going to give it my best shot.

In looking at apps I ran across a lot of them but these are the top nursing and breastfeeding apps for Apple products. It looks like Baby Tracker: Nursing, Total Baby App, and Baby Connect (available for both Android, Apple and Kindle Fire) are leading the way for nursing app’s but I’ll probably get the Milkmaid app. If I’ve missed any that you love please feel free to share!

For Android click here for a link to Pumping and Breastfeeding Apps for Android – Part Two.
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