A hurdle in your breastfeeding journey

Yeast in your breasts?! What? Candida albicans. The culprit behind the very annoying yeast infection. You may be familiar with this uncomfortable sensation in your underwear since it tends to be pretty common, but what about in your breasts? Well let me tell you, it’s just as disturbing in your poor breasts and if you’re breastfeeding, it’s easily passed on …

Traveling without your baby + 5 tips to pump effectively

I’ve never been separated from my 2 year old and my 8 month old, except for the random sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s. So leaving my babies for 6 days seemed like the craziest idea and an immense hurdle to overcome. I had to do this. I want to empower mamas everywhere in their motherhood journeys and it’s truly my …

If I Could Place a Face on Postpartum Depression

We have heard of the analogy of postpartum depression being a dark cloud. It follows you around and seemingly only rains on you. You can’t see ahead or behind, because all you know is the dark cloud that is surrounding your life. As you start to practice self-care, self-love and incorporate proven methods that combat depression (medications, exercise, healthy eating), …

Expressing breast milk before birth!

As a Labour and Delivery nurse and a Mama Coach, I have had a lot of education on breastfeeding and what makes up breast milk, throughout my career. I understand the science behind breastfeeding and the benefits of it. I provide breastfeeding education and assist parents with the skills needed to breastfeed. When I’m working on the ward and met …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

Beat the Summer Heat

Southern Ontario can get pretty darn hot in the summer time! The humidity was something I did not miss when we lived in Calgary. But since we moved back to Niagara, keeping cool is a big priority in the summer! Your baby may want to feed more frequently, but for shorter durations. This is ok since he may become uncomfortable …

Your Newborn’s Stomach Size

On day 1 of life, your baby doesn’t need much food. It’s tiny tummy can only hold about 5-7ml or 1-1.4 teaspoons at a time. As babies get older, their need for larger volumes of milk will increase, and breastmilk supply will follow. All of this to say, DON’T STRESS about the seemingly measly drops of colostrum you produce on …

Work…One Year Later!

One year later and it’s not just the kids who struggle with the transition back to work.  It’s hard on the whole family, especially the mama!  Returning to work is a big transition.  Everyone’s world is going to change whether you like it or not, whether your ready or not.  The first day back is the worst, but trust me …

Pawt of The Family

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In 2009 my husband and I had already been trying to conceive for months with no success. Each month came disappointment and discouragement that comes with infertility. I really needed a positive in my life, so we did the most logical thing I could think of. Get a dog. An 11-ish week mixed puppy found without her mother by a …

Surviving The First Two Years Of Twins

Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting over the past two years as I have been overwhelmed with the realization that I have two year old twins.  We just celebrated their 2nd birthday.  Where did the time go and how did we get here?  I am so proud of the little girls these two beautiful blessings are becoming.  …