BellyMoms Maternity Blog

Healthy Recipes for Breastfeeding Moms

Posted by Taz Ami on

If you have had enough of the lactation cookies and want to try something nourishing that will increase your milk production, then look no further than our latest recipes for nursing mothers.  Your body requires a lot of energy to produce milk, so it is imperative that you have the proper nutrition to enable your body to make enough milk. Coming from an Indian subcontinent family background, I have had the best mix of east and west when it came to my breastfeeding diet. Some tips for making healthy foods for yourself: Use milk boosting ingredients in your soups, such...

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The 10 things you may not know about breastfeeding...

Posted by Taz Ami on

  Breastfeeding baby sounds like a simple task but in reality it can be a struggle for new moms and babies.  About a month ago my sister-in-law had her first baby.  This baby was a miracle as she had been struggling to get pregnant.  She was so looking forward to holding her newborn close and nursing him.  All the breastfeeding classes she had taken made it sound so easy and wonderful.  She just assumed it would be the same natural and quick bonding with her newborn.  Much to her dismay she found out as many new moms do, that sometimes it can...

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How to Stay Cool While Breastfeeding in Summer

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    As we get into the summer and the temperature rises, I am reminded of my days of nursing my little one.  Since she was born at the very beginning of summer, I really had to figure out quickly how to make sure my baby was getting enough milk without getting hot and frustrated!  There were many sessions of cranky baby and a hot and sticky mommy.   I figured it out eventually and realized that the summer heat does not have to sabotage your strong nursing relationship with baby.  Here are some tips to stay cool while breastfeeding this...

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Breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of maternal type 2 diabetes.

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  Like many women, I too was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my pregnancies. This was not unfamiliar to me as it ran in my family, but to many it can come as a total and shocking surprise. About 5-9% of pregnant women nationwide develop high blood sugar levels even though they didn’t have diabetes before pregnancy. This condition, drastically raises a woman’s risk for type 2 diabetes later in life. If left untreated, blood sugar levels can soar and cause a host of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. A recent National Institute of Health (NIH)...

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Staying healthy during pregnancy this Autumn

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            As flu season approaches in November, it’s not a bad idea to get the flu shot a bit early. Typically, many clinics and pharmacies will offer the flu shot as early as October. If you are pregnant, doctors recommend getting the flu shot. It is also recommended for children under the age of 5. There are many types of flu strains, and it is a highly contagious illness, so it’s always a good idea to protect yourself against it. To avoid influenza, always practice good hygiene habits such as regular hand washing, keeping your...

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