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Breast-feeding Moms: Yummy Mocha Coconut Coffee Recipe

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5 Parenting Myths for New Moms to Totally Ignore!

Family walks!

As the mom of a 22 year old, I wanted to just say “Heeeyyy!”  to all you new moms out there and throw you some love and encouragement!

You don’t need to be perfect! You just need to be good-enough and you and your family will be ok.

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Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric Acid

Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric  Acid

ClipArt/coconutsWhat’s so great about coconut oil anyway? And what do coconut oil and breast-milk have in common?

How can coconut oil benefit the nursing mom and baby?

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3 B’s of Baby Feeding: Breast, Bottle, Both

Strengthen our mothers!
Strengthen our mothers!

What’s the best method of infant feeding?

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New Jersey: Women’s Reproductive Health Events

April was a great month for Women’s Reproductive Health events in Strengthen Our Mothers-41287-finalNew Jersey. I was fortunate enough to attend and also was invited to present at La Leche League of the Garden State’s Annual Conference in Jamestown, New Jersey. I also went to an event hosted by St. Clare’s Hospital and the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. Both events were at the intersection of women’s physical and mental health.

I had so much fun meeting and seeing some virtual colleagues/friends, such as Ruth Callahan of Doula Care in NYC and Colleen White, Events Coordinator at LLL and Ivy Shih Leung and Irina Polanco-Ventura at St. Clares., and of course meeting new ones! Apparently, St., Clare’s has a kick-ass postpartum depression group. I was so glad to get pointers on getting my group in Wayne, NJ to be as kick-ass as that one!

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A Thank You Note from Me to La Leche League

Celebrating 50 Years in New Jersey: La Leche League of the Garden State Area Network Conference

April 20 – 22

Mary Ann Kerwin, JD, Judith Gilbert LLL Leader & me

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Share Your Story – Ann Kirchner’s Birth Trauma and Postpartum Depression Story

 

Share Your Story – New series from BirthTouch!

Ann Kirchner, CD(DONA) has graciously agreed to share her personal story of her birth, birth trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and her struggle to just get recognition and diagnosis and treatment for severe postpartum depression.

 

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World Mental Health Day Blog Party: Coming Out of the Closet About Depression and Postpartum Depression

Hey there! Honored to be part of PsychCentral’s World Mental Health Day Blog Party!  Today, as an LPC, I could write another professional blog about treatment options or family dynamics; like outline a specific self-care relaxation, expressive or cognitive re-framing exercise.