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We’re Pregnant with Baby #2!

We’re Pregnant with Baby #2!

We are so excited to be pregnant with our next and probably final child! We are so excited about welcoming another baby to our family in January 2018. We are considering it the “final leg” of our Speedy Thiede marathon relay team. Yes, we are runner geeks. Conceiving this time was such a guessing game since I am still breastfeeding our son. It took until he was 16 months old for my cycle to return. I continued to pump at…

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8 Nutrients Moms Need if They Plan on Breastfeeding

8 Nutrients Moms Need if They Plan on Breastfeeding

Nutrition in the postpartum period while nursing has its own important considerations. Most importantly, you need to understand that you must take care of yourself if you are going to take care of others. The issues of not doing this may not show up right away, but over time you will end up worn out with wacky hormones and nutrient deficiencies. I’m saying this from personal experience. When I gave birth to Noah, I wanted to be the mom that…

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How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test and having another blessing on the way! Having children close together and the dream of tandem nursing is one I can definitely relate to. However, it is important to recognize that your body has given a great deal of its stores to growing, birthing, nursing, and caring for your baby (AKA sleep deprivation!). So, it is even more critical to take your nutrition seriously so that your next child can get the same amount…

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How to Succeed with Breastfeeding – Through Weight Gain Issues, Craniosacral Therapy, Exclusively Pumping, and Nutritious Homemade Baby Food

How to Succeed with Breastfeeding – Through Weight Gain Issues, Craniosacral Therapy, Exclusively Pumping, and Nutritious Homemade Baby Food

Before my son was born, I hadn’t researched breastfeeding that much. I was more concerned with getting through the labor and thought I would figure out breastfeeding later since it looked pretty easy. I also thought I would pump almost exclusively since that seemed time saving and help me to put him on a schedule so I could run and continue doing what I wanted to. All that went out the window pretty quickly. Right when he was born, the…

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Breastfeeding Supplies: How I Was the Exception to Most Breastfeeding Rules and Why Breastfeeding Wasn’t Cheaper than Formula for Me

Breastfeeding Supplies: How I Was the Exception to Most Breastfeeding Rules and Why Breastfeeding Wasn’t Cheaper than Formula for Me

At 4 months of age, we finally discovered the cause of my son’s weight gain issues. We finally determined through weighed feeds that he was having trouble transferring milk and that he needed to undergo craniosacral therapy to treat the bones and tissues so they could work properly. I not only dedicated countless hours researching and taking my son to appointments, but over the last nine months, I have spent a great deal of money to stay dedicated to breastfeeding…

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