New Family Tips

Oh no! My Baby Won’t Take a Bottle!

By Jodi Graves | March 4, 2022

You had all these ideas about how you would breast feed your baby for those first few weeks after you brought them home. Your pediatrician had recommended that you wait 3 or 4 weeks before you started bottle feeding, so that your breastfeeding relationship was well established. It’s all going so well! But, you had…

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Bathing Your Baby

By Jodi Graves | January 2, 2022

One of the most common issues that families want help with, and rightfully so, is bathing their baby. This can seem so intimidating, considering this tiny little life you have in your arms, how fragile they seem….and all the instructions the hospital gave you about keeping the umbilical cord stump dry. Let’s take a look…

Choosing Your Baby’s Healthcare Provider

By Jodi Graves | November 28, 2021

There are several types of medical care providers that you can bring on board to your team to assist you as you care for and raise your baby. These providers include Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners or Family Practice Doctors. But what route is best? What are the benefits to one over the other? And where can…

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5 Reasons to Delay your Babies First Bath

By Jodi Graves | February 3, 2020

The routine has always been that immediately after your beautiful little newborn arrives, the nurse whisks them away to clean them off, bathe them, and wrap them up for you to snuggle for the firs time. Things have changed a bit over the years, and with good reason! Many of us don’t realize that we…

Holidays New Baby Tips

How to Survive the Holidays with a New Baby!

By Jodi Graves | December 26, 2019

So Christmas is over….but that’s not the only holiday this time of year. You may still be celebrating Hanukkah, starting Kwanzaa or just looking ahead to the New Year celebration. Maybe there are still friends and family in your home, or there are more on the way. Here are a few tips to managing the…

Why Hire a Postpartum Doula

Why Should I Hire a Postpartum Doula?

By Jodi Graves | November 9, 2019

The benefits of a postpartum doula are innumerable. Imagine you have never mowed your lawn before….ever. You go to one of those big box stores and buy this super fancy, complicated mower with all of these moving parts and things you have to assemble…then if you manage to get this thing home in one piece,…

Mastitis 101

What the Heck is Mastitis?

By Jodi Graves | October 16, 2019
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Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection, typically in the ducts that produce milk in the breast. The inflammation can result in: Pain Swelling Warmth Redness Fever, chills & flu-like symptoms Sometimes, an itchy rash can also be present The breast is composed of several glands and ducts that lead…

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4 Maybe-Slightly-Taboo Postpartum Must Haves

By Jodi Graves | October 11, 2019
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You have just brought your beautiful bundle of joy home….but you feel less than a beautiful bundle of joy yourself. You came home in those oh-so-lovely mesh panties with a diaper sized menstrual pad in them to catch whatever it is that’s coming out of you still (that stuff is called Lochia, but we will…