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Stylish, comfortable, chic – The Butterfly Wrap™ will take you from pregnancy and beyond. This gorgeous and functional wrap literally transforms itself magically from a flattering shawl to a discreet nursing cover and can even be worn as a flowing skirt! Made from silky-soft organic cotton and soy, this conforms to the body in all the right places but forgives in others – perfect for the transitioning body of the new mom!

The Butterfly Wrap™ truly does it all – this makes a gorgeous gift for the expecting mama that will really come in handy, especially in the first few months postpartum.

When worn as a skirt, the gathered part of The Butterfly Wrap™ can be worn in the front, over one knee or in the back – it looks classy whichever way you choose! As a nursing cover, the stretchy fabric covers both mom and baby with ease. For a classic look throughout pregnancy and into motherhood, the wrap can go from a trip to the grocery store to a cocktail party with panache!

Bamboobies™, the makers of the The Butterfly Wrap™, are currently offering Tiny Green Mom readers 20% off their purchase! Please use the code TGM20 for the discount. To learn more about The Butterfly Wrap™, or to order, please visit the website.

*Company provided images and information for this review.*

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Stacey H. Rubin, M.N., APRN, IBCLC, author of The ABC’s of Breastfeeding, offers her suggestions as to how a partner can support a new mom’s breastfeeding relationship. Here are her top tips:

1. Become aware of the benefits that breast milk provides to your baby. Breastfed babies are healthier then formula fed babies.

2. Encourage togetherness: Breastfeeding works best when a mom and her newborn are close to each other. After giving birth help mom to get comfortable so that she can hold baby skin-to-skin. After a difficult birth or a c-section stay with mom in the hospital so that her newborn can room-in [as opposed to spending long periods away from mom in the nursery].

3. Learn to recognize your baby’s signals: Read your baby’s hunger signals! Newborns communicate their hunger by turning their head to one side, opening their eyes, opening their mouth. Help a new mom to initiate a feeding when your baby shows these early signals. Crying is a late sign of hunger and it is difficult to nurse a crying newborn.

4. Be Patient: Remember breastfeeding takes perseverance in the beginning! Some frustration is normal along the way! Help mom through these difficult moments.

Stacey H. Rubin, M.N., APRN, IBCLC is author of The ABCs of Breastfeeding: Everything a Mom Needs to Know for a Happy Nursing Experience (AMACOM 2008). She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. After graduating magna cum laude from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, she was commissioned as an Army Nurse Corp officer and served overseas during the First Gulf War. Following four years of active duty military service, she earned a Master of Nursing degree and moved to Connecticut where she works with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, runs her own private practice, and lives with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.abcsofbreastfeeding.com.

*Image of the book cover and tips were provided by AMACON Books for this article.*

Healing demands specific nutrients like these for cellular rebuilding, balanced body chemistry and optimum organ function. Overall, this recipe is a great balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and fiber. In addition, it has a low glycemic index, thus it is very helpful for minimizing food cravings. This super simple recipe from Dr. Tom Potisk, AKA the “Down-to-Earth” doctor, is a wonderful snack option postpartum (or really anytime!). Dr. Potisk is known as the “Down-to-Earth” doctor because of his holistic lifestyle and practical, good-natured teaching ability. He is also the author of a new book: Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages.

The Healing Trail Mix For Women

By Dr. Tom Potisk

Ingredients

1 cup raisins

1 cup unsalted walnuts

1 cup unsalted roasted soy nuts

1 cup carob chips

1 /4 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container, and mix gently. Keep on hand as a healthy snack option!

*Image and recipe provided by Dr. Tom Potisk. To learn more about Dr. Potisk, please visit www.thedowntoearthdoctor.com .*

Ask any new mom about which items she wished that she had purchased prior to baby being born, and nursing pads will definitely be high up on the list! When your milk comes in for the first time, it is best to be prepared in advance by having nursing pads on hand to catch the inevitable leaking that can happen!

A smart, economical option for the nursing mom, NUK Reusable Nursing Pads feature an 100% natural and sustainable cotton inner liner, so they feel soft against the skin when in place. Extremely absorbent, the pads can be worn with any nursing or regular bra to keep leaks to a minimum! After being used, the pads can be thrown into the gentle cycle with your delicates to be washed. This is a fabulous eco-friendly alternative to disposable nursing pads as once washed, the nursing pads can be used countless times.

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to purchase, please visit www.nuk-usa.com.

*Company generously provided samples, images and information for this review.*

From mom Elizabeth Fournier comes this lovely soup that will help replenish and nourish the new mommy in the weeks after giving birth. Light and refreshing – it is especially wonderful in the heat of summer!

Avocado Carrot Soup

By Elizabeth Fournier

Ingredients

3 cups fresh carrot juice

1 large avocado

handful of alfalfa sprouts cut into thirds

small sprig of parsley or cilantro leaves

Preparation

Using a juicer, add enough carrots to make 3 cups, and make carrot juice.

Next, cut avocado in half. Place the carrot juice and avocado in a blender, and blend until smooth. Put sprouts and parsley on top of the soup. Serve chilled.

Animal Face Pacifiers from NUK® are just too, too cute! These orthodontic pacifiers are not only soothing to baby, but they have been created specifically to conform to baby’s mouth just like the breast during feeding! For moms who are breastfeeding, this means that they can successfully feed their baby and still give their child a pacifier when needed without worry that he or she won’t take to the breast anymore.

In addition, NUK® pacifiers encourage proper oral development and teeth alignment, a concern that many new parents have when deciding to give a pacifier to their child. Baby’s tender skin is not irritated by the NUK® pacifier, as well, because special grooves in the pacifier allow for air circulation.

Mom“‘ loves that NUK® pacifiers are BPA-Free and are available in a wide selection of styles and designs. From newborn to toddler – there is a pacifier designed to meet each child’s specific needs (or personality!).

For more information on NUK® pacifiers and other products, please visit www.nuk-usa.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

It can be a challenging time in many ways to have your baby placed in the NICU. It isn’t the new beginning that a new mother had hoped for when she pictures her precious cherub entering the world! Dr. Alan Greene, a practicing pediatrician and the author of Feeding Baby Green offers some helpful suggestions to families whose young infant has been placed in the NICU. There are things that the new mother and her supporting family members can do to that can make a difference – as outlined below. For more information, please visit Dr. Greene’s website.

Helpful Tips for the New Mother Whose Infant Is in the NICU

By Dr. Alan Greene

1) Breast milk is a powerful gift for babies in general, and all the more so for babies who start life in the NICU. If possible, it’s well worth the effort (for your baby’s health and for your own).

2) Many babies in the NICU can’t feed by mouth yet. Others can take oral feeds, but aren’t strong enough to nurse. Others could nurse but need extra fortification mixed with their feeds. In all of these situations, start pumping and saving breast milk as soon as practical.

3) Ask to see a lactation consultant, even if you’re not ready to start pumping or nursing. This could easily fall through the cracks in a NICU, so don’t wait, ask. They’ll be glad you did. (So will you and your baby!)

4) Be sure the containers you use to store and feed breast milk are free of BPA and phthalates — like all of the products made by BornFree. This goes for the pump and tubing too. BPA and phthalates act like hormones. No one benefits from being exposed, but this is especially true for vulnerable babies.

5) Hold your baby when you can, as appropriate. Skin-to-skin contact, also known as “kangaroo care” is even better. Sometimes the only contact may be a brush of your finger, but even that can be powerful.

6) Get the rest, food, support, and help you need for yourself. You deserve it. And it will help your baby too. Airplane instructions remind us, in the event of an emergency, to put on our own masks first, and then help our children. This wisdom applies to the NICU. First taking care of yourself helps your baby (and your milk supply) in many ways.

These NICU days may seem very long right now, but they will end and soon become a memory. Hopefully these tips will help you make the most of these unrepeatable moments.

Dr. Greene is a practicing pediatrician, the author of Feeding Baby Green, and the founder DrGreene.com. He is a Founding Partner of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and on the Board of Directors of The Organic Center, and on the Advisory Board for Healthy Child, Healthy World. Intel named Dr. Greene the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet.

Dr. Greene is also affiliated with BORNFREE, BPA-Free feeding products for babies. BornFree’s bottles combine naturally with breastfeeding as the natural shape of the silicone nipples allows baby to alternate easily between breast and bottle. For more information, visit www.newbornfree.com.

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an ancient grain that has grown in South American for over 5000 years. The Incas actually considered it sacred and called it the “mother grain.” Although it is considered a grain, it is actually a “seed” that comes in a variety of colors, the most popular being white and red.

Quinoa contains many nutrients, including high amounts of fiber, iron, phosphorous, and protein. It actually contains 5 grams of protein per ¼ cup (dry) serving. It tastes great both cooked and sprouted.

Like all grains, it is important to RINSE them prior to use. Rinsing the Quinoa releases a soapy coating called “saponin.” In South America, the saponin collected after rinsing is used for washing clothes and as a healing aid.

Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

1 cup dry quinoa (either cook or sprout)
1 large ripe tomato (chopped)

1 small red onion (chopped)

½ red pepper (chopped)
Cilantro to taste (chopped)

1 TBSP olive oil

½ tsp sea salt

Preparation

  1. Mix sprouted or cooked quinoa, olive oil and salt in a stainless or glass bowl
  2. Fold in chopped vegetables
  3. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  4. Enjoy!

*This recipe and photo were provided by Health and Nutrition Counselor Gina Van Luven. You can learn more about Gina and her healthy recipes by going to www.YOUniqueNutrition.com.*

Soothing relief for sore, cracked and dry nipples is in sight with miniOrganics Nipple Balm! Made with 100% organic ingredients, so it is safe for mom and baby, this award-winning balm is enriched with organic shea butter, jojoba, avocado and infused calendula oils. A little goes a long way when seeking relief from irritation, and the jar is sized just right for tucking into a diaper bag or purse. Moms’ will love the fact that all of the ingredients are certified organic, which means the balm does not need to be washed off before baby starts to breastfeed again.

This lovely, soothing nipple balm by miniOrganics was created in Australia, along with an entire line of infant products, organic goodies for the new mother, and a gorgeous gift selection. The philosophy is simple – miniOrganics only formulates pure, natural and certified organic products! Every single product is free from genetically modified ingredients, pesticide residues, petrochemicals, sulphates and parabens. You can learn more here.

To order, please visit their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Melissa Rojas is Certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Lactation Counselor working at a pediatric primary care office in Takoma Park, Maryland. She offers practical tips and suggestions as the new mother prepares to breastfeed her newborn infant. A BIG thanks to Melissa for providing such detailed tips for this article!

10 Steps to Simple Breastfeeding

By Melissa Rojas, CMA, CLC

1. Nurse often.

  • Feed my baby ON DEMAND.
  • Feed my baby every time she/he:

+ puts hands in mouth

+ turns head to the side and opens mouth

+ makes lots of eye movements while sleeping

  • Keep my baby close to me.

2. Get help.

  • Get help from a professional, (someone who has breastfed exclusively).
  • Make sure my doctors can inform me about breast milk and breastfeeding.

3. Enjoy my baby.

  • Spend time with my baby. SKIN to SKIN.
  • Politely ask friends and family to help with errands and housework.
  • Rest whenever possible.
  • Keep my baby close.
  • If I need a break, pump then take a break.

4. I have confidence in MYSELF and my milk.

  • My early milk IS enough.
  • I do not need to give my baby any artificial milk.
  • Keep my baby close.
  • Rest whenever possible.
  • I CAN do this! I CAN give my baby the best!

5. Tell the nurses at the hospital.

  • “I am going to breastfeed.”
  • “I want to keep my baby SKIN to SKIN until my baby latches on.”

6. Talk to breastfeeding moms.

  • Talk to moms who only breastfeed.
  • Ask questions.
  • Go to next La Leche Leaque Meeting: ______________ Call (301) 589-8675 for more information.
  • Check if my hospital/birth center has breastfeeding clinics.

7. Make friends with my breasts.

  • My breasts are a part of my body and were made to feed babies.
  • I should not be ashamed to feed my baby in public.
  • Wear comfortable bras and clothes.

8. Buy a good pump.

  • What pump is best for me?
  • How many hours will I be working?
  • How often will I use it?
  • Start pumping and storing 2-3 weeks before I go back to work. (Never pump while pregnant.)

9. Tell everyone I am going to breastfeed.

  • Tell my family and friends.
  • Tell my babysitter and my job.
  • Tell my OB and my baby’s pediatrician.
  • Let them know, “I am going to feed my baby.”

10. Make a plan.

  • Why do I want to breastfeed?
  • What is exclusive breastfeeding?
  • How long should I breastfeed? How long do I want to breastfeed?

In addition, Melissa Rojas also recommends the following as a basic starter kit for breastfeeding:

Baby wearing gear (sling, etc.)

Comfortable and ergonomic nursing bra

Breast pads

Dual electric daily-use breast pump (if you are returning to work for > 30hrs/week)

Nursing tanks (to be able to wear your regular clothes over and not expose your tummy)

A good support network (friends and family that are aware and support your commitment to breastfeeding, this means you must tell them before the baby is born)

A breastfeeding knowledgeable OB/pediatrician