• Safe Sleep

    Safe Sleep

    Safe sleep is a top concern for new parents! Following the below can help reduce the risk of SIDS and Suffocation. All recommendations come from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) I know it was a top concern for me, but if you follow the AAP recommendations it should help ease your mind. **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if you deiced to buy something you will not be charged extra** **Please read  the disclaimer** The ABCs of safe sleep A. Alone. This means no pillows, bumpers, stuff animals, or blankets. Use a sleep sack instead of a blanket. I personally recommend Halo sleep sacks.…

  • Postpartum

    Do I have postpartum depression?

    Are you suffering from postpartum depression? If you are searching and looking this up you know something just doesn’t feel right. Postpartum depression doesn’t care who you are. It affects 1 in 7 women. It is common and you are not ALONE. Believe me, I stand with you. You can read my struggle here. Before we dive into this, I’d like to point out there are many types of postpartum mood disorders. Below I will explain Baby blues versus Postpartum depression. Hopefully it can shed some light into what you are feeling. Remember what you are feeling is real. You are not alone and no you are not going crazy,…

  • Postpartum

    My Struggle with Postpartum Depression

    Postpartum depression doesn’t care who you are. **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if you deiced to buy something you will not be charged extra** **Please read  the disclaimer** You just had a new baby, everything should be perfect, right? You look down at your beautiful baby and think, “Why do I feel like this? I shouldn’t feel like this?” You are not alone and I stand beside you. I tried to push through it, it worked for a while until it eventually swallowed me whole. “Women who have a history of anxiety and depression are 20 times more likely to get postpartum depression.” I…

  • Allergy Tips & Tricks

    How to use an EpiPen

    Allergies are no joke. My little one has a peanut, egg, and dairy allergy. Knowing how to use an EpiPen is necessary. I have taught many family members and friends how to use an EpiPen. Teaching them myself has eased some of my anxieties, especially if they are watching my LO. It is vital to know how to use an EpiPen properly. Below I will explain how to use one with a diagram and a short video at the end. After reading this you will confidently know to to use one! **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if you deiced to buy something you will…

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding FAQs

    Breastfeeding isn’t easy, not everyone can hook baby right on with no difficulties. Everyone’s breastfeeding journey is different. Some people have supply issues and some babies just won’t latch. Seeing a lactation specialist can help with these issues. Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, don’t beat yourself up. If your baby got ANY breast milk that is great, but it isn’t going to make or break your baby. Anyway – let’s get down to some basics, and I mean the basics. Below you can find common questions asked by moms. Like I mentioned before, everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different. **This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog, if…

  • Breastfeeding

    The Secret to a Good Latch

      Wondering how to latch your baby? Not sure if you are latching your baby correctly? Well look no further, this post will give you the information you need to begin. Breastfeeding does not come as naturally as many would assume. Below we will go over how to latch baby properly and with time you will become comfortable at it! Just remember  everyone’s breastfeeding experience is different, no two experiences are the same. I am here to support you as you begin your breastfeeding journey. **This post contains affiliate links to help me run my blog, they do not cost you more if you where to purchase something through my…

  • Breastfeeding

    4 Common Breastfeeding Positions

    Breastfeeding positions used by every mom! Breastfeeding can be difficult or awkward at first. You’ll need to experiment with different positions until you are comfortable.  Below we will go over the four most common breastfeeding positions used by every mom. Quick tip 1! Rotate positions, get comfortable with all of them. Think about it, if every time you are using the cross cradle hold on side of your nipple is being used over and over again (same with the ducts!). If you rotate with a different positions each time you are less likely to have engorgement (more rotate, different ducts being drained) and nipple irritation Quick tip 2! If you…

  • Cloth Diapering 101

    How to Wash Cloth Diapers

    Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! Oh boy, this dreaded topic! People are always asking me how I wash my cloth diapers? With so many different answers out there it must be overwhelming. In this post I will break down how I wash my cloth diapers. Update: I have been using this same method for over a year with no problems! Let me start off with saying you really don’t need the specialized cloth diaper detergents. You must be thinking I am nuts. No really, you don’t need it (if you are using it with…

  • Preparing for Baby

    How long does labor last?

    This is a common question I get when my patients walk onto the unit. My usually response, not getting into details, is “It really depends on your body. Everyone is different. No labor is the same. Labor generally lasts from 12-30+ hours.” The 30+ hours usually scares people, but hey, where would I be if I lied to you? I say 30+ because hey, sometimes it happens. I will sum up each labor stage and explain what goes on in each stage. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! First Stage The first stage is the…

  • Preparing for Baby

    Dilation Visual!

    Ever wonder how much you need to dilate before delivery? A nifty  dilation guide showing how much you need to dilate through common objects. You can get the gist of how much your cervix needs to dilate before delivery. It is hard work, but totally worth it at the end! Believe me. Of course this is just a comparison and not exact dilation. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! Questions? Comments? Feel free to comment below or email mamaelyfant@gmail.com