Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 33 weeks! Praying we make it to full-term (37-42 weeks). Time is flying by and our little one will be here soon. I’m starting to feel excited! How is baby developing? The growth estimates claim that babies this age are usually a little over 4 lbs and about 17-inches long… or roughly

Jacquelyn Van Sant. April 11, 2019

Baby #3: Week 30 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 30 weeks… Basically, two months to go! How is baby developing? According to the growth estimates, the average 30-week baby is about 15-16 inches long and about 2.5-3 pounds. Unlike with our second pregnancy, we are fairly confident that the due date and, therefore, the baby’s age is accurate this time around.

Deciding to wean early

Reading Time: 8 minutes Breastfeeding can be a contentious topic, and so can the conversation around when and how to wean a breastfed baby. It can make the decision to wean early a difficult one for some mothers. We may set plans or goals, but we need to retain a certain level of flexibility. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise that we cannot anticipate, and we need to re-evaluate our goals. It is okay to wean early.

How to cluster pump with an example schedule

Reading Time: 4 minutes As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my secret weapons — aka most effective methods — I used to increase my milk supply was to mimic a nursing baby’s cluster feeding. Milk production, after all, is a supply and demand process. When more is demanded, supply is usually increased to meet those demands.

Steps 5-7: My secret weapons for increasing milk production

Reading Time: 7 minutes First I shared our struggle with breastfeeding and low supply. In the previous post, we talked about how to properly care for your own health. Before we continue, I just want to restate the importance of making sure you are hydrated, getting enough calories, sleeping well, and managing stress. Taking care of your health is

Steps 1-4: Take Care of Your Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes The first four steps to increase your milk supply all have to do with caring for your health. Yes, Mama, I know it can be very hard to tend to your own needs when you have a new baby, possibly older children, and everything else in your hectic life. I understand! I made the mistake of not taking care of me, and it nearly cost me my milk supply. Don’t let it happen to you.

Smiling mom holding seven-month-old child.

How I Increased My Milk Supply in 8 Weeks

Reading Time: 6 minutes I am an under-producing breastfeeding Mama. In eight weeks, I was able to increase my milk supply from barely 8 oz a day to 32-35 oz a day! How? With hardwork, determination, and following these simple seven steps.

Survival Guide for Parents with a New Baby

Reading Time: 8 minutes You just had a baby or adopted a newborn. Congratulations! This is a momentous occasion and a life-changing event. You may have anticipated the bonding experiences with your baby, those quiet moments of cuddling and cooing, singing and playing. The first two months, though filled with lovely and wonderful moments, can also be quite difficult for parents. You need this survival guide for parents with a new baby!

3 ways to make special songs for your children

Reading Time: 5 minutes Tired of singing the same children’s songs over and over and over to your young children? Maybe you need to change it up a bit! You do not need to be overly musical to personalize songs for your children. Here are three ways I make special songs for our children, and you can too!