Bedtime

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My girls really love our bedtime routine, and it starts with a little Children's Tranquility from Birthsong Botanicals. I give them each a full dropper about half an hour before we lie down, and they get so excited to take it every night! Birthsong products are super clean, organic and wildcrafted and I have been using them for years for basically EVERYTHING from milk supply help to immune boosting to diaper rash, so I figured it was time to try this little bottle of relaxation. 

Bare_mama gets you 10% off your purchase on the Birthsong website right now! Sweet dreams, friends.

Breastfeeding Myth #1: Most Moms Just Don't Make Enough Milk

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"I plan to try nursing when my baby is born, but I know there's a good chance I won't have enough milk. What is the best formula to have on hand?"

I hear something like this this ALL THE TIME. There is a super common belief out there that many or most mamas just can't breastfeed. More often than not, the pregnant mothers I work with begin our consultation with a phrase like, "If I make enough milk," or "If I am able to nurse."

Our culture is failing us here! We are entering motherhood expecting to not be enough for our babies. Mothers have sustained the lives of their children since the beginning of time. Most mamas actually produce enough milk to feed twins! Legitimate low milk supply in the beginning is very rare. 

Now, there are plenty of common reasons for a healthy milk supply to suffer, many of which fall under the umbrella of poor breastfeeding management. Scheduling or timing feeds instead of nursing on demand, swaddle and pacifier use, and shallow latch can all contribute to a dip in supply. But the truth is, almost all mamas CAN breastfeed!

But, even though nursing is the most natural thing in the world, that does not mean it just happens naturally for every mama/baby duo. In the midst of so much misinformation out there, adequate support during pregnancy and postpartum is incredibly helpful. My first daughter and I suffered from majorly low supply due to ties causing a shallow latch. To make milk, milk needs to be removed efficiently (and often--newborns nurse ALL THE TIME and that is NORMAL!), and she was unable to remove enough to sustain a healthy supply. But, thanks to the support of other nursing mamas and a knowledgeable dentist who revises ties, the issue was completely fixable and we went on to have a happy nursing relationship, and I have also successfully exclusively breastfed her younger sister. 

Early on in navigating my issues with nursing my first, a lactation consultant told me I must just have low supply and to ask my doctor for a heavy dose prescription. If I had stopped there, I know she would have continued not getting enough milk because of her latch, and I would not have had the confidence or knowledge to attempt breastfeeding her baby sister years later. 


For more reading on low milk supply, I recommend:

Increasing Low Milk Supply
&
Perceived Insufficient Milk

A Thank You to My Midwife

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In our birth culture, we often forget about the mother, but we totally forget about the midwife. Most families don't even consider birthing at home. And even for those of us who choose differently, the focus tends to be the baby, and then maybe the mother, and sometimes even the father if he is involved in the process at all. But what about the woman who sleeps with her phone on loud and races across town at all hours of the night to sit with us as long as it takes to catch our babies and then clean up our homes like the universe didn't just magically burst open in the middle of our living rooms? Watching you work this week made me feel like I didn't thank you appropriately last summer, Anna, because my mind was on my new baby. You somehow make the comfort of our own homes even more comfortable when we are at our most vulnerable. You are obviously living your calling.