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 …

What Kind Of Mama Has A Doula?

You’re not alone. Doula’s seem to be rising in popularity. Before, they were thought of as something only hippie moms-to-be hired for home births or unmedicated childbirth. Now-a-days more and more mainstream Mamas are choosing to add a doula to their birth experience.  I’ve been there. As a Registered Nurse who has seen more than my fair share of labours …

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 …

Don’t lose sleep over daylight savings

The time has come.. again. Daylight savings time. I remember being younger and loving the idea of an extra hour of sleep. My fond thoughts of daylight savings came to an abrupt halt when I became a mom. My babies (like all babies) do not care that the clock has “fallen back” and will wake at their regular time.  It …

Take the stress out of starting solids!

Watching your babe grow and experience their “firsts” is exciting as a parent. First smile, first roll over, first sleep through the night. But when should they first start solids? There are so many opinions on this (as well as every other parenting topic), and parents are often confused on the best time and strategy. The Canadian Paediatric society recommends six …

Better Sleep for your Baby

  Motherhood is a beautiful thing. Most women dream about the tender moments parenting brings. And the reality is, your baby will melt your heart a million times over. But motherhood can be challenging. I am The Mama Coach™, a Registered Nurse, lactation consultant, infant sleep coach and mom of two little men. I feel like I worried about everything in …

Mothers not Martyrs

I had an “ah-ha” motherhood moment the other day. It came to me as I was driving down the highway with tears rolling down my cheeks. I had been looking forward to these few days to myself for a month, and was doing a silent countdown in my head every time I had a challenging parenting moment, which occur at …

Delish Dairy Free / Egg Free Banana Muffins

Yesterday was a rainy Sunday and my youngest guy wanted to bake with me. He was disappointed when he couldn’t “smash” the eggs, but this recipe doesn’t need them! These muffins are moist, and full of flavor. I have been making them since my oldest son was small and we found out he was allergic to eggs and dairy. Most …

Baby up with the birds?

Whose baby gets up with the birds? Tis’ the season. The sun is rising earlier, the birds are singing and many babes think 5 AM is a grand time to wake up. UGH… TOO EARLY! An early wakeup can set the tone of the day and make for an exhausted, crabby baby, and a worn out mama. First off, this is …