I'm so happy to be able to share this question and answer with Julie Qualle, DC! She is an amazing chiropractor who specializes in prenatal, postpartum and pediatric care. Not only have I had clients rave about her, I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Julie myself. She is such a caring, nurturing person and truly gifted healer. Read on to hear directly from Julie.Read More
What's the deal with lactation cookies?
Lactation cookies are cookies that contain galactagogues, substances believed to increase milk supply. While I do not want to put forth or reinforce the idea that you need extra stuff or a special diet in order to successfully breastfeed (most women don't), or that lactation cookies should be your first go-to if you have concerns about milk supply (they shouldn't), I do believe in trying something for yourself to see if it works for you, as long as it won't harm you (and especially if the thing in question is this delicious).Read More
It's true that getting off to a good start with breastfeeding can be more difficult than what many may expect. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding along with complimentary foods until 1 year or longer (the World Health Organization recommends at up to 2 years and beyond), just 44% are exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months. This is due to many factors, but preparing yourself ahead of time and having good support can go a long way in helping you to reach your breastfeeding goals. Consider taking a breastfeeding class, visiting a local La Leche League meeting, and taking the time to research breastfeeding basics before your baby arrives. Here are my 5 Top Tips for getting off to a good start:Read More