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 …

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 …

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.

How to Donate Expressed Breastmilk

Donating expressed breastmilk is becoming a more common practice in Canada. The benefits of breastmilk are so valuable that physicians give this to premature and sick babies and they often have less complications associated with being born early. To say I had an oversupply of milk when I had my babies was an understatement. I remember having a 3 week …

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Giving New Moms the “New Mom” Experience

Our visions of having a new baby are often about going for stroller walks in the sunshine while baby naps, rocking baby to sleep in our arms in the most beautiful chair money can buy, watching for those first smiles, first laughs, first gassy grins. As a nurse who has worked in pediatrics, intensive care and neonatal intensive care for …

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 …