Bottle Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

If there’s one thing that surprised me as a newbie nurse in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), it was how awful I was at bottle feeding babies! Seriously though… I can’t tell you how many times I had to call on my more experienced colleagues to feed a child for me. Bottle feeding is an art, and thankfully I …

Newborn Jaundice – What You Need To Know

Well first, let’s talk about bilirubin. Bilirubin is an orange-yellow coloured substance that is created while our bodies go through the normal process of breaking down red blood cells. Bilirubin passes through the liver and leaves the body through stool (poop!).  Jaundice is the accumulation of this bilirubin in the newborn, which causes their skin and whites of their eyes …

6 Tips on Getting Through Baby’s Second Night

When baby’s second night comes the best way he can find comfort is his closest thing to ‘home’ for him, and that is mom. So here are some tips on how to get through your baby’s second night. There’s a good chance that everything your baby is doing to get through the second night is totally normal. You’re most likely …

If I Could Keep You Little

When my daughter, Vaida, turned one, she received a book, “If I Could Keep You Little”, by Marianne Richmond. Every time we read it, I’m reminded that my babies are growing, and there is a lifetime of treasured stages to come. Those precious moments of today will become something different tomorrow. I try not to let it weigh me down, …

Welcome to Motherhood

How to help a Mama in the postpartum period. Bringing home your newborn.

You did it! After ten long months of waiting, your little one has finally arrived. I remember feeling so in love but also so overwhelmed… Welcome to motherhood.

Reflux- how you tormented my babies!

I felt very alone- all my friends had babies that were so easy. Dream Babies!! They fed them and laid them down in their crib. Not me- every time I did they would start swallowing, then cry, vomit and wake up.  I spent 30 minutes after EVERY feed holding them upright before putting them back into their crib. They were …

How To Increase Your Milk Supply Fast

I had issues with milk supply with both my girls. I know how frustrating and stressful it can be when you are nursing around the clock and your baby is still hungry. I researched relentlessly and tried everything I could to boost my supply. If you are struggling to increase your supply, or you just want a boost so you …

How one researcher’s “accidental research project” is creating more support for moms

I met with an incredible woman yesterday and I was often left speechless when hearing her explain the remarkable research that is being done at Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. I just sat, frantically writing everything she said down like she was my new hero. Dr. Catherine Lebel “accidentally” came across correlations from a previous research study involving pregnant moms …