Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

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  • Donor Milk

Formula

Alternative Milks

Gestational Diabetes

Medicines

Medicines

Homeopathy

  • ACONITE. For fear and shock. If a little nervous at beginning of labour take one or two 30s. If in an intense state of fear e.g. very fast labour with very strong contractions close together or before a C-section take a 200c. Give one to three 30s to a baby who seems shocked after a traumatic birth.
  • ARNICA. If no other remedy is indicated during labour take 30s (one to four depending on the length of labour) to help muscles of the womb. No matter how the birth goes take a 200 immediately after delivery of placenta and again a few hours later. It can prevent haemorrhage and brings down swelling and bruising after birth. Also to be taken a few times after a C-Section. Goes through milk and will help with any physical trauma to the baby.
  • BELLADONNA. For a blocked duct with redness and heat of breast. Where Mum feels hot, feverish. One to three 30s. Also for fever in children when onset is sudden, temperature is high, radiating heat with dialated pupils. For dry cough, earache, sore throat, painful teething if these have come on suddenly and are accompanied by heat and redness. One to three 30s
  • CAULOPHYLUM. Known as a uterine tonic this can be used to start labour when overdue and in a dysfunctional labour. Indications are: poor muscle tone of uterus, contractions are weak or feel strong but the cervix is not dialating. Mum feels weak and may be trembling. 200c
  • KALI CARB. For backache labour when baby is posterior. Pains felt in the back but baby not descending. Mum is focused, working hard, doesn’t want to be comforted or touched except may want hard pressure on back. 200c.
  • PHYTOLACCA. For sore lumpy breasts with cracked nipples. Mum feels fluish, not as intense as Belladonna. Gradual onset and takes longer to clear. Take a 200c and allow 24 hours.
  • PULSATILLA. Common pregnancy/birth remedy. Breech baby, late onset, dysfunctional labour, baby blues all with typical emotional state. Woman is weepy, lacks confidence, wants comfort, support, is thirstless and wants fresh air.

STAPHYSAGRIA. Helps healing of deep wounds especially to the abdomen and female reproductive system. Give after Arnica when there’s been a section or episiotomy. May also be indicated even if there is no wound when the woman feels angry or indignant because of intervention, insensitive treatment by doctors or midwives or she feels control was taken away. 200c.

Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness “cures”
Some may work for you and some may not. If one doesn’t work just keep trying!

Eat:

  • Eat ASAP when wake up
  • Small snacks but often
  • Protein in morning (cheese, apples, peanut butter, eggs, beef jerky)
  • White food diet (pasta, crackers, bread, toast, cheese, mashed potatoes, French fries)
  • Salty crackers
  • Ice
  • Ginger (capsules, cookies, tea, candy)
  • Preggy pops
  • Watermelon
  • Salad
  • Fruit
  • Pretzels
  • Banana popsicles
  • Sour candy

Don’t eat:

  • Sugar
  • Greasy
  • Spicy

Drink:

  • Sip drinks slowly
  • Carbonated drinks (Ginger ale, 7 Up)
  • Carbonated drinks that have gone “flat”
  • Tea (Ginger , herbal, decaf, mint)
  • Warmed milk with ground coriander
  • Water
  • Apple juice
  • Milk
  • Citrus juices 2 (lemon, orange)

Wear:

  • Sea Band
  • Breathable and not tight clothes
  • Naked

Do:

  • Take prenatal at night
  • Acupuncture
  • Lay down on right side and straddle a pillow between legs
  • Deep breaths
  • Comfortable temp in room
  • Inhale peppermint oil
  • Fresh air
  • Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Laying on bathroom floor
  • Look at ultrasound picture
  • Think of baby and day dream

Medication:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin D
  • Zofran
  • Nexium
  • Milk of Malasia

Myths

Myths

Dry Birth

Parenting

Parenting

Peaceful Parenting

“There are 3 things that unquestionably stand firm at the root of peaceful parenting: genital autonomy for future children born; human milk for human babies whenever possible; and gentle, responsive daytime and nighttime parenting. [This includes not leaving babies or children alone to cry by themselves, or resorting to physical abuse or neglect even when the sun goes down.]“

One mothers regret on using pacifiers

“Just a random experience I wanted to share. When my son was about 3 months old we started to use a dummy to help him settle at night, gradually over time we used this more and more until I realized that he had become reliant on it to go to sleep. At 8mths I gradually stopped using it and now instead of giving his dummy I rock him to sleep, singing. When he starts getting sleepy I lay him down and off he goes. Why I’m sharing this is because as he drops off he always has his head on my shoulder, eyes sleepily looking at me, with a beautiful little smile on his face, it is the most magical moment. And I kick myself for wasting almost 5 months of not having these moments and using a dummy.”

Premature Labor

Premature Labor

Signs and symptoms:

  • Contractions in your uterus every 10 minutes or more often
  • Tightening or low, dull backache that may be constant or come and go, but changing positions and other comfort measures don’t ease it
  • Menstrual-like cramps or lower abdominal cramping that may feel like gas pains, with or without diarrhea
  • Increased pressure in your pelvis or vagina
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Leaking of fluid from the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Less movement or kicking by your baby

Things to try:

  • Water
  • Coconut water
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Mexican Wild Yams
  • Progesteron
  • Red Raspberry leaf tea
  • Bath with epsom salts
  • Magnesium supplement
  • Rest. No physical activity
  • Polar bear position
  • Lavender/ serenity 3 drops each. Massage on legs from ankles towards heart.
  • Epsom salt baths. As much salts as you can handle and bathe for 20 mins.
  • Beer/wine
  • Progesterone cream.
  • Capsules of:
    • Black haw
    • Catnip
    • Mexican wild yam
    • Siberian ginseng

Contact care provider if you are more than 3 weeks from your EDD and notice:

  • Fluid leaking from the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Sudden increase of vaginal discharge

Reading Materials

Reading Materials

Recalls Warning

Recalls – Warnings

Toxic ingredients in baby shampoo

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

The Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Story!

The Raspberry Leaf Tea Story
Tea made from raspberry leaves is the best-known herbal aid in pregnancy. Rather than go into all the traditional lore about this herb, we present the following lengthy account, because it is both contemporaneous and highly specific.

“My mother was born and raised in Scotland, coming to america at the age of 26. Whenever a member of her family became ill or had a health problem, her mother had consulted an herbalist or herb doctor. As a result of this, I was treated with herbs as a child.

“Mother had always told me that red raspberry leaf tea would prevent miscarriage and was excellent for pregnancy and childbirth. When I became pregnant, I immediately sent for some raspberry leaf tea and began taking one cup of it each day, made from one teaspoon of dried leaves added to one cup of boiling water and steeped for 15 minutes. I had a very normal pregnancy. Then I went into labor, I truly expected to have an easy labor and delivery because I had faithfully taken the tea. While it is true that I did not have a complicated or extremely difficult time, it was not by any means easy. The tea had not lived up to my expectations.

“It was not until sometimes after the birth of my daughter that I read a book my mother had brought with her from Scotland entitled Dragged to Light by W.H. Box of Plymouth, England. In it I found the secret of just how to take the tea so it would truly work wonders during labor and delivery. Box said, ‘On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.’

“There were a number of testimonials in the book written by women who had used this herb. Several took the strong solution over a period of time before going into labor. They were instructed in that case to take a wineglassful three times a day. They had ‘only two stiff pains and it was all over’ or ‘no after pains and very slight before.’ They never made it out of the house. Box’s instructions were, ‘But those who take the tea considerably before the time should not leave the house when the time is approaching as many mothers are delivered almost suddenly when at their work, to the great vexation of doctors and nurses.’
“When I became pregnant again I was determined to try it that way. I still took a cup a day as I had before. but this time when I went into labor I made a strong solution of it as I had read in the book. I put it in a container and took it to the hospital with me. I wasn’t sure how quickly it would work and I didn’t want to have the baby in the car. I didn’t think they’d allow me to drink it in the hospital so I drank half of it in the parking lot. I was afraid to drink all of it as it was so strong and I didn’t personally know anyone who had taken it this strong before. I had been having strong contractions but by the time I registered and was taken up to the labor room the contractions were so mild I hardly felt them. Upon examination they said I was ready to deliver and would not even give me an enema. In the delivery room I was quite comfortable and hardly felt anything. One hour after entering the hospital my son was born.
“In the recovery room there were several other young women who had just given birth also. They were moaning and groaning. I couldn’t imagine what they were making a fuss about as I felt like I could have gotten up and gone home. I had always read and heard about women getting after-pains with a second child. I never had even one. This was also the testimony of a number of women who were treated with the tea by Box.

“Later I thought I would have had an easy time anyway since it was my second child. I was anxious for someone else to try it. A friend of mine was expectation a baby in a few weeks and she had been taking a cup of the tea daily and was also going to take the strong solution when she went into labor. She had had two previous pregnancies and both times nearly miscarried and had to take drugs and be in bed a good deal of the time. Both deliveries were extremely difficult. When she became pregnant this time she began spotting and it looked like she would have to go through the same kind of trouble she had before. Having used an herb I had given her for another problem, with success, she asked if there was an herb for this problem and I recommended raspberry leaf tea.

“She started taking it and the spotting stopped immediately and she had a normal pregnancy, much to the amazement of her family who remembered her difficulties in the past. When she went into labor she took the tea as I had and told me she had only 25 minutes of hard labor before her baby was born.
“I have told a number of women about this amazing herb through the years, but no one else seemed interested enough to try it. However, 1978 my daughter became pregnant and she was very much interested in having an easy delivery. She took the tea each day and had a normal pregnancy. She, too, took the strong solution of the tea with her to the hospital and also being a little wary drank only half of it. When the doctor examined her, it was late in the evening. He said the baby wouldn’t be born until six o’clock in the the morning so he went him. She was having hard contractions at this time and I was very disappointed and felt the tea hadn’t worked. An hour and a half later we received a call from our son-in-law saying we had a little grandson. The tea started working and the doctor had no sooner reached his home when he had to turn around and come right back to the hospital. My daughter said the next time she is going to drink all of the tea.”

Ultrasounds

Ultrasound – Doppler – Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Listening to baby’s heartbeat with a fetoscope!

Ultrasound/Doppler/Electronic Fetal Heart Monitors

FDA

“Ultrasound imaging has been used for over 20 years and has an excellent safety record. It is non-ionizing radiation, so it does not have the same risks as x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation.

Even though there are no known risks of ultrasound imaging, it can produce effects on the body. When ultrasound enters the body, it heats the tissues slightly. In some cases, it can also produce small pockets of gas in body fluids or tissues (cavitation). The long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are not known.

Because of the particular concern for fetal exposures, national and international organizations have advocated prudent use of ultrasound imaging. Furthermore, the use of diagnostic ultrasound for non-medical purposes such as fetal keepsake videos has been discouraged.”

Vaccinations

Ultrasound – Doppler – Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Listening to baby’s heartbeat with a fetoscope!

Ultrasound/Doppler/Electronic Fetal Heart Monitors

FDA

“Ultrasound imaging has been used for over 20 years and has an excellent safety record. It is non-ionizing radiation, so it does not have the same risks as x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation.

Even though there are no known risks of ultrasound imaging, it can produce effects on the body. When ultrasound enters the body, it heats the tissues slightly. In some cases, it can also produce small pockets of gas in body fluids or tissues (cavitation). The long-term effects of tissue heating and cavitation are not known.

Because of the particular concern for fetal exposures, national and international organizations have advocated prudent use of ultrasound imaging. Furthermore, the use of diagnostic ultrasound for non-medical purposes such as fetal keepsake videos has been discouraged.”