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New Mom's Survival Tool: Armchair Organizer

  It's hard to know what life will be like or what you will need postpartum if you've never had a baby before.  Before I had my first son, I had no idea how much time I would spend postpartum camped out in my recliner. Between a baby who nursed around the clock and healing stitches down there, I wasn't up and about very much. Getting out of the chair was more difficult than I had anticipated, so I wound up having everything I needed crammed onto a tiny side table beside my armchair. It wasn't the best solution. It was cluttered. It wasn't always easy to reach the thing I needed. I knocked stuff off regularly. And it didn't look good...

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A Valentine's Day Giveaway: Sweetheart Armchair Organizer

I'm spreading some love this Valentine's Day by offering you a chance to win this sweetheart armchair organizer! Anyone with a baby knows how helpful it is to have everything handy when you're sitting in your chair. Keep everything at hand with this pocket organizer that goes over the arm of your chair and keep on rocking that baby!  Contest open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen on Monday, Feb 15, 2016. Sweetheart Armchair Organizer Giveaway from Milk & Sugar   a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What I wish I had after my baby was born...

  I didn’t have the easiest postpartum experience. There were some unexpected complications. My son had a tongue tie, meaning that he wasn’t able to suck strongly enough to get the milk he needed. As a result, he was nursing constantly during the day, never seeming to be satiated. If he was awake, he probably wanted to eat. The day after we found out he wasn’t gaining enough weight, we discovered I had appendicitis and needed to go in for surgery. My husband’s two week vacation time was up. Great timing. My mom helped me take my son to the doctor to get his tongue tie corrected the week after my surgery. I spent a lot of time breastfeeding him, helping him...

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Moms, Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

 The perfect mother is completely self-sacrificial. She's supposed to put her children first in all ways and still be fulfilled and capable. Or at least that's what culture tells us. But is that actually what's best for mom and baby? Today's guest post is from Mary Huston, doula and owner of the Birthing Boutique in Denver, Colorado. If you're in the Denver area be sure to follow The Birthing Boutique on Facebook.    As a new mom, how are you feeling? There are so many emotional and physical challenges and changes every time you have a baby. I constantly see posts on Facebook from moms who seem like they are just drowning; they are exhausted, lonely and struggling. I have totally been there…...

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Failing at Natural Parenting: When plans go awry

When I first found out I was going to be a parent, I read a lot about “natural parenting” that resonated with me. I liked that they used words like “gentle” and talked a lot about bonding with your child. I studied it all while pregnant and already had a plan for what I would do when my baby was in my arms. I knew I would breastfeed, cosleep, babywear and cloth diaper. But “natural” doesn’t mean easy. It definitely was not what I expected. With breastfeeding, I expected to be nursing a lot. Everyone says newborns eat frequently. However, I wasn’t prepared for my son to be constantly attached to me. I could barely get a fifteen minute break...

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