No Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

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Tip for Helping Your Breastfed Baby Sleep

by Heather Evans, Breastfeeding USA Counselor

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As someone who works with breastfeeding mothers regularly and sees how “sleep training” negatively impacts the breastfeeding relationship, I began reading, The No Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns, with skepticism. I figured it would be like other “sleep training” books where you are instructed to “schedule” sleep times, feedings, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Ms. Pantley’s book nothing of the sort. It was actually geared toward and encourages the mother who is “in tune” with their infant and encourages feeding on demand and realistic sleep expectations for a newborn.
She discusses the fact that a newborn’s sleep is erratic and unique to each child and discourages the use of forms and logs to track sleep at this age. Instead she focuses on tuning into your baby and learning your baby’s sleep cues as well as 15 keys to helping everyone achieve better sleep.

She encourages meeting your baby’s needs quickly and lovingly which creates a trusting bond between parent and child and fosters confidence and independence. She also understands that not all parents will want to use all the keys she outlines, all babies are different, and that it is perfectly fine to take what works for your family and leave the rest. Since this is our second child I was already familiar with and following several of the keys.
We have used key #6, which is soothing sounds, for both our kids. We have apps on our phones and tablets so we can have the soothing sounds available all the time. My son prefers white noise and it was the only way we achieved semi-decent car rides. My daughter on the other hand prefers the softer pink noise for sleeping and soothing. One that is very important to me as a breastfeeding mother and breastfeeding counselor is key #9, which is understand and respect your baby’s sucking reflex.

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She talks about the innate need to suck not only for nourishment but for comfort and soothing as well as the fact it’s absolutely normal for a baby to fall asleep on the breast due to hormones released during nursing. She advises after the first few weeks of life that you sometimes removed baby from breast when very sleepy but not quite asleep in order to achieve a place where baby does not always need to be nursed to sleep.

Key #11 deals with swaddling your baby. This worked very well for my son until he was a few weeks old and we began bed-sharing. My daughter, however, was having none of it and we began bed-sharing almost from birth. Key #13 discusses providing motion for sleep. Both of my kids loved not only sleeping in mine (or someone else’s) arms, but also in a baby swing or when worn in a carrier or wrap. They have taken many a long snooze while in a carrier or wrap while I was doing household chores or shopping.
I was also really happy with the fact that she addressed “normal” infant sleep patterns and unrealistic expectations that many parents have. She talks about how not even adults “sleep through the night” and so expecting a newborn to do so is unrealistic. She talks about their need for frequent feedings due to how small their stomachs are and how easily digestible their food is, so their wake sleep patterns revolve around eating.

She also talks about looking for early sleep cues because babies require a lot of sleep as they grow and an overtired baby is much more difficult to get to sleep than one who is just entering a sleepy time. The most important aspect to me is her No Cry philosophy because let’s be honest no one wants to listen to their baby’s cries. Our natural instinct is to pick them up and sooth them, whether they are a newborn, toddler, or older child. This was an easy read, that just makes sense, and I would recommend it to all new parents.

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*Baby’s first Thanksgiving warning*

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**Baby’s First Thanksgiving Warning**

Hey mamas, it’s almost Thanksgiving and you’re probably getting excited to see your family and introduce them to your baby, maybe for the first time! Thanksgiving is a really fun holiday but I’m here to give you a warning if this is your baby’s first T-day: someone will probably try to give your breastfed baby real food. It’s probably because food is the main part of this holiday, it’s strange and it happens all the time. From a well meaning family member saying “I wish you would just let me feed him/her a bottle of formula” to people purposely sneaking your baby food when you leave the room, it happens. So be alert, let your spouse or your Mom know not to give them table food. Breastmilk is all they need before 6 months old.

You may not think this is a big deal if your baby is young and this is your first child. I sure didn’t in 2010 when my baby was four months old. What’s the harm in a little mashed potatoes? The harm is their gut not being fully developed before six months, which may lead to upset tummies.  In worse cases, baby will have an allergic reaction which may end your Thanksgiving in a trip to the ER.

Your little one has the rest of his life to taste Aunt Mary’s famous green bean casserole so say no if they are younger than six months. Let people know that you are joyful to be able to breastfeed. It’s an amazing connection, not a burden. And use the experience as a quiet time for you when family gets to be a little too much. You may have to educate some family members on why breastfeeding is so great for babies. Keep on smiling mommy, we support you!

What do you say to family members who try to feed your baby food before they are ready?

Are You Thankful for Breastfeeding?

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Are You Thankful for Breastfeeding?

November is a month when we focus on what we are thankful for. Have you added breastfeeding to that list? A woman’s body being able to provide nourishment and comfort to their baby is a miraculous part of nature.  Often we think of breastfeeding as a chore but instead try to list the things it has given to you. Even if you breastfed for a short time or supplement with another form of food, every drop of liquid gold that you produce helps your baby and you in these areas:

  • bonding
  • antibodies
  • develops babies immunity
  • prevents diseases
  • brain development
  • establishes good gut microbiota
  • easy bed time routine
  • quiet time

Has breastfeeding been a struggle for you? Then you have even more to be thankful for. Be grateful for the obstacles because they make you even more committed in your choice to provide the very best for your baby. You have probably done more research than most moms. You are growing your creativity when you forget a pump part at home and have to figure out what to do. And if you start asking moms, none would say they had a beautiful breastfeeding journey with no problems at all. If you want to produce more milk, click on our products page to see what we offer.

Please comment- what’s on your list of reasons to be thankful for breastfeeding?

I bet your baby would agree that breastfeeding is the best thing in his/ her life!

*Source- Science Daily

Breastfeeding & Yoga

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Stretching, breathing, centering- are all things that are good for anyone. This is especially true if you are a breastfeeding mom. Your neck and shoulders need the release after being in a breastfeeding position for so many hours a day. Yoga also increases your blood flow and some theorize it can actually help your milk supply (studies are being done).

The great news is that you can do some simple stretches at home with your baby.  Here is a great link on stretches that are perfect for new moms. You can also find mommy and me yoga classes here in the Valley. One that I have been to recently was at HA Yoga in Tempe. What makes HA Yoga different is the owner Nikki Brewer is also very much connected to the birth and breastfeeding world. She easily tailors her classes based on what kind of stretching your body needs. And she also offers private classes for labor, birth and breastfeeding.

We are collaborating with HA Yoga to bring you a special yoga event in November just for moms. Check the event page tab to register today.

Do you use yoga stretches to work out your achy shoulders and de-stress?

Where are your favorite places in the Valley for yoga?

One day soon you may be able to do poses like this: yoga3

Happy Babywearing Week!

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Babywearing saved my sanity. My babies wanted to be held, wanted to be close to me at all times. Which is normal and good- they are smart babies 😉 But, I had things to get done, places I wanted to go, laundry, oh goodness the laundry. Wrapping up my babies to my chest allowed me to go on walks, make dinners and live life with them right alongside me.

The best part was though when I figured out breastfeeding in these things!

If you have questions about babywearing and breastfeeding. Check out the group- Babywearing International of Phoenix. They are trained professional moms who hold local meetings where you can bring your carrier or wrap and get help using it properly. You can also become a member to use their lending library of carriers to try before you buy! They’re having an event on Saturday at 10am in Phoenix for International Babywearing Week- we hope to see you there. IBW Main Event 2016.

What wraps, slings or carriers are your favorite? Post a picture on the thread on our wall and let us know why you love them!