Friday, May 20, 2016

Guest Post: The 5 P's of Successful Breastfeeding - Part 2

We are excited to share part two of Breanne Clinger's hit post, "The 5 P's of Successful Breastfeeding", and her "6th P" written especially for Help Me Grow! Breanne is a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, Prenatal Educator, and author of the blog Mommy To Be Prep.

4. Patience with your Baby and Yourself While Learning and Mastering Breastfeeding
When working with mothers on breastfeeding, I have noticed the babies sense and mimic their mother’s emotions! If the mom starts becoming frazzled or stressed that the baby is not latching
appropriately, the baby will become frazzled too. When the mother is able to stay relaxed and calm, it helps to sooth the baby, and the two can work better as a team. Remember, you are both learning together.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guest Post: The 5 P's of Successful Breastfeeding - Part 1

We are excited to have Breanne Clinger share her hit post, "The 5 P's of Successful Breastfeeding" with Help Me Grow Utah! Breanne is a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, Prenatal Educator, and author of the blog Mommy To Be Prep.

1. Plan and Decide if Breastfeeding is for You
The pros and cons of breastfeeding should be understood when deciding if breastfeeding is for you and your baby. It is a good idea to discuss these with your health care team, but it is ultimately up to the parents to decide. Whether you have breasts the size of prunes, peaches, or pumpkins, the payoffs of breastfeeding are far reaching. If you decided breastfeeding is for you, then HOORAY! Let’s get planning and headed towards success! Sign up for a breastfeeding class held by a lactation consultant in your area.Check with the hospital where you plan to deliver, as they may offer breastfeeding classes at no charge.   

Friday, May 13, 2016

Don't be Crying Out the Baby Blues!

Although mothers prepare for nine months for their baby to come, bringing home a baby can be overwhelming, exhausting, scary, and unexpected among many other things! Between feeding, burping, changing diapers, and sleepless nights, it may be hard to take time for yourself. Around 50-80% of new moms report experiencing "baby blues" which could then lead to a one in ten chance of getting postpartum depression. While these statistics may seem scary, many mothers never experience any symptoms of the baby blues or postpartum depression.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grandparent Activities

Grandparents play an important role in a child’s life. It is common for grandparents nowadays to be either the primary caregiver for grandchildren or to reside in the same household with them. Children can learn a lot from grandparents and it’s always fun for kids to play with them.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Team Member Spotlight: Kim

U Football Groom's Cake
When you meet someone, you typically have the "small talk" as you are trying to get to know them. It's always hard to know what to ask and how much of yourself to share. You have to judge how much they are willing to share, and how much they want to hear about your story. Personally, I am an open book, and willing to share practically any question you might be brave enough to ask...So feel free to comment and ask!!