There’s a lot of pressure on pregnant women to decide to breastfeed their newborn. The idea that ‘breast is best’ is pervasive in our society, but it stigmatizes women who either aren’t able or aren’t willing. Women need to be empowered to make a decision that is based on evidence and facts but ultimately is one with which they are happy. There are so many incredible advantages to breastfeeding, but there are some disadvantages too.
It’s natural – your body was created to be the absolutely ideal way for you to pass nutrition to your child. Breastmilk is the absolute best form of nutrition a child can get.
It’s good for you – women who breastfeed their newborn tend to find they recover from childbirth fast than women who don’t.
Night feeds are easier – going downstairs to make a bottle with formula in the middle of the night can be a bit of a nightmare. With breastfeeding, you can get into your comfy nursing den and just let your little one latch on while you catch up on Netflix.
It’s economical – breast milk is basically free, formula isn’t. While you’ll find you’ll probably eat more, breastfeeding can still save you a lot of money.
It’s easy for the baby to digest – breast milk is perfect for the baby’s digestion. While some formula comes close, it’s never quite the same.
It relaxes you – breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone that also helps you bond with your newborn.
You will have less freedom – when bottle feeding, anyone can take the responsibility, not just the mom. With exclusive breastfeeding, it’s only mom that can wake up in the night for feeds, and you can’t get too far from your baby between feeds either.
You have to make healthy lifestyle choices – you’ve spent nine months pregnant, unable to drink caffeine or alcohol, and once the baby is born some women like their freedom back. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are all passed on in breastmilk and can be harmful to your baby. Some foods can also get passed on through breast milk, which the child may not enjoy.
Your partner can’t join in – breastfeeding denies the second parent the opportunity to bond with the baby to the same extent as the feeding mother. Some partners can feel quite left out as a result.
It can be difficult to get going – some babies just won’t latch on, whatever you do to try to coax them. It can be very disheartening for a new mother who can’t feed, who may feel like a failure.
It can be difficult in public – if you’re particularly modest, it can be tricky to feed in public places. Nursing covers can really help with this, so it’s something to consider while you’re pregnant and baby prepping.
*Remember, it’s entirely a personal decision as to whether you choose to breastfeed or not. It’s not appropriate for other people to weigh in and act judgmentally about the decision you have made.
As moms, we are the top person who can make a difference to our child’s health. After all, the things we do can affect their health on a long-term basis. Therefore, we need to ensure we are pushing our child in the right direction so that they lead a healthy life. And this starts from when they are at home. To ensure your child stays healthy at home, here are some things you should be adding to your shopping cart!
An array of fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are so important to keep your child healthy. They contain so many vital vitamins and minerals which keep the body working efficiently. Also, having plenty of fruit and vegetables every day is the best way to protect your body against diseases. Therefore, if you want to ensure your child stays in good health, you should be adding plenty of these to your shopping cart. You could also grow your own fruit and vegetables which are a perfect way to encourage your kids to eat more. After all, it’s more exciting if they have helped to grow them!
A good range of dental supplies
So many children are growing up with bad teeth. And it’s often down to the lack of brushing when they are at home. Therefore, make sure you have good toothbrushes and toothpaste for your child to use when they are at home. If you need help choosing the best brands, you can ask your local dentist about toothpaste ingredients you should be looking out for! You can look online to find a good dentist in your area who can tend to your kid’s teeth every six months to ensure they stay in excellent condition. And remember to get your child a mouthwash and floss that they can use every day. Also, spend time with your child showing them how to take care of their teeth.
A pack of multivitamins
If your child isn’t getting enough vitamins, it can jeopardize their health. Therefore, you could consider getting your kid some multivitamins which can help boost their health. They are great for brain development and to boost their immune system. And if you have a picky eater, it’s an easy way to ensure they are getting their necessary vitamins! Just make sure you read up about them before buying them for your child.
A bottle of flavored water
Kids tend to rush to the fridge to have a glass of soda after school. But as you know, it’s not the healthiest choice of drink. You should be encouraging your child to drink as much water as possible in their daily life. If your kid hates regular water, you ought to consider buying a bottle of flavored water. It will be more appealing to children, so they are more likely to opt for a glass of the drink. And it means they are drinking more water which is key to keeping them healthy.
And remember to get your child plenty of outdoor toys. After all, so many kids are not getting enough exercise in their daily life. Therefore, limit their use of devices and encourage them outside to ensure they stay healthy.
This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com
It’s fast approaching that time of year when doctors like to invite you in for a flu jab. Not everyone is keen to resort to pharmaceutical solutions or remedies. But there are some people that feel they are an essential part of staying healthy. Chronic illnesses can certainly be aggravated by the common cold or flu. This could become very dangerous and lead to serious illness or even death in those that are vulnerable. So is it worth the risk in turning down the invite?
There are now about as many natural remedies for the symptoms of cold and flu as there are big brand ones from the pharmacy counters. This might suggest that there are far more people turning to natural and organic ingredients. We don’t want chemicals or drugs in our system that will lead to side effects. Sometimes those side effects can be worse than the cold symptoms! However, some natural remedies may also lead to reactions, so it’s important to research your choices to be sure they’re right for you.
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There are plenty of foods that can be used to help prevent colds. Anything with vitamin C is ideal for boosting your immune system. You might choose seasonal citrus fruits like oranges and clementines. And honey and lemon have been used to sooth sore throats for decades. You can choose the organic versions to help you feel even healthier.
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What if you have a chronic illness that colds can worsen? Many people with allergies or Asthma dread getting a cold or a cough because it makes their condition so much harder to manage. But even those with asthma can turn to natural remedies to ease their symptoms. There are several to choose from, but you can find plenty of Respitrol reviews online to see if it’s right for you. Menthol vapors and hot lemon drinks can help clear your sinus without affecting your asthma or other conditions.
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If your young child has a cold, it is impossible to find medicines over the counter that are suitable. Even the pharmaceutical companies know those drugs have too many side effects. They’re too harmful for little ones. Instead, they recommend rubbing in menthol vapors and using cold flannels. That can help to keep their temperature down. You can’t get much more natural than that. And if it’s OK for small kids, then it is OK for everyone. Of course, if you have to get up, go to work, and take care of the household, the common cold becomes much more of a problem.
So what are the solutions? Elderberry is a time-honored remedy for tackling viruses. As colds and flu are viruses, this certainly sounds a better solution than antibiotics. Echinacea, garlic, and ginger are all recommended by homeopaths to tackle the symptoms of colds. It is thought that garlic and hot chillis can clear your sinuses. Ginger is thought to have soothing properties. And echinacea tincture added to warmed water can cut the time it takes for your body to get rid of the virus. Have a healthy winter.
This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com
How to use dandelions in recipes and the health benefits
I find that sometimes when I buy dandelion at the store someone will ask me how I cook with it and what kind of recipe I am using it in. It’s something that easy to add nearly into any recipe and they have a huge health benefits. Dandelions are more than just pesky weeds that are a nuisance in your backyard and they have way more to offer than just wishes. Dandelion and dandelion roots and leaves can be used as food and herbal medicine. This herb offers a number of health benefits and has been used by many doctors and patients around the world. Dandelion infused in tea is also known to offer many beneficial effects. Dandelion tea can help reduce appetite and curb cravings, thus speeding up your weight loss program. Dandelion, which literally translates to ‘lion’s tooth’, is a rich source of Vitamin A and C.
Nutritional Facts of Dandelions
Dandelions are rich in anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C, that helps clear the body of harmful toxins
Dandelions are rich in vitamins, such as Vitamin A, K, C and E
Dandelion leaves are low in calories and are a great alternative to salad leaves
Dandelion leaves are high in dietary fiber
Dandelions leaves and flowering plants are rich in potassium, sodium, calcium, iron and boron
Dandelion roots aid in the purification of blood
Also used by naturopaths as a liver cleanser
Health Benefits of Dandelions
Better Bone Health
Believe it or not, dandelions are more than just floral ornaments for your centerpiece. Dandelions are known to be rich in calcium including anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Luteolin that play a huge role in protecting the bones from age related damage.
Increased Weight Loss
Luckily for you, dandelions are diuretic in nature, which means they promote urination, helping you lose ‘water weight.’ The herbs are also low in calories and can also be used as a healthier alternative to artificially manufactured sweeteners because of their sweet taste, all without packing pounds.
Promotes Better Digestion
Dandelions act as mild laxatives and aid in balancing the good and natural bacteria in the intestines. Dandelions may increase secretion of bile, aiding in the process of digestion, especially in digesting fats as bile emulsifies fat into tiny molecules so they can be absorbed easily.
Apart from its medicinal uses, dandelions can also be used for treating skin diseases that be caused by microbial infection. Dandelion sap is highly alkaline, making it an effective germicide or insecticide. However, one should take caution before applying dandelion sap on their skin. Avoid the areas around the eyes and talk to your doctor about it. Allergy to the sap can be quite severe.
Many harmful diseases are caused as a result of inflammation. Dandelions contain essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that aid in reducing inflammation throughout the body. Dandelions are used all around the world to help relieve pain and swelling.
Curbs Liver Disorders
Dandelions are rich in anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C and Luteolin, which help the liver function perfectly. These compounds prevent liver disorders and help prevent hemorrhaging. Dandelions have been known to improve liver functioning by removing toxins. In addition, dandelions help boost hydration and electrolyte balance. Dandelions also aid in increasing the production of bile and maintaining the proper flow of bile. This makes dandelions an excellent cure for jaundice, a liver disease which is caused due to increased production of bile.
Promotes Healthy Immune System
Over the years, dandelions have been found to boost immune function. Dandelion tea contains powerful chemical compounds that clear toxins from the body, enhancing the immune system’s ability to destroy infectious diseases.
How to Use Dandelions
To get the health benefits of dandelions you can add them to your meals. Understand that dandelion flowers, leaves and roots are all edible but they have a slightly bitter taste. The young leaves are comparatively less bitter and are ideal for using in raw salads. In addition, cooking dandelions may help eliminate the bitter taste.
How you can use dandelions in recipes:
When buying them at the grocery store I highly recommend you look for organic leaves.
Salads: The young and tender dandelion leaves and flowers are an excellent choice for salads. The leaves are a unique alternative to spinach and provide a number of health benefits.
Tea: Dandelion roots are commonly used for medicinal purposes but can also be used for making dandelion tea and coffee. This is a healthy alternative to caffeine.
Cooking: In addition to using young dandelion flowers for making salads, dandelion flowers can also be used making fritters and other dishes.
Sauteing them in a pan with a little love oil and garlic along with another green like swiss chard or spinach is actually really good.
Soup Just adding little of the leaves chopped up can be added to any soup along with any other vegetable.
Warning: While use of dandelion as a medicine or for cooking is generally safe, some people may suffer from allergic reactions. People who are allergic to ragweed are mostly allergic to dandelions as well. You should contact your doctor before using herbs for medicinal and weight loss purposes. Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid using medical herbs during pregnancy without consulting their doctor.
Ensuring your child has a healthy diet is imperative for helping them grow up big and strong. Eating the right things ensures that they get all the nutrients that their body needs to help fight illnesses and poor health. But making sure your kids get all these vitamins and minerals isn’t always easy. Especially if your child is a fussy eater.
So what do you need to make sure they eat on a regular basis? Making sense of the nutritionist’s science can be tricky. So to make things easier for you, here’s our guide to the best ingredients for your child’s diet.
Ingredients for Child’s Diet
You’ll have almost certainly heard that carbohydrates make us fat. However, this isn’t justified by science. Of course, if you eat processed carbs, you won’t be doing your body any good. So it is best to stick to whole grain carbohydrates like brown rice. But don’t restrict carbs in your child’s diet. Your child will need plenty of carbohydrates for energy. After all, they’ll be doing a lot of running around and playing! So make sure your diet is rich in whole grain pasta and bread. Potatoes and other starchy vegetables are also fantastic sources of carbohydrates. Remember that very young children might find that these whole grain carbs don’t agree with them. And they could have trouble digesting them. But from thirteen months, they should be fine to eat them. However, don’t worry if your child still has trouble eating them. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Plus, they are bursting with fiber. However, they shouldn’t be given to children younger than five years old as they can pose a choking hazard.
Proteins are the important building blocks needed by our bodies to grow and heal. As well as using the to grow, our bodies use proteins for a variety of different functions. These range from brain growth and development to improving bone health. So, as you can see, it is essential that your child has enough protein in their diet to support their growing body. One of the best sources for proteins is meat. But try not to only give your child red meats such as beef. Red meat should only be consumed in small amounts. It’s much healthier to stick to lean white meats such as chicken and turkey. Fish is another fantastic source of protein. Fatty fishes have the added bonus of being high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for brain and eye health. Don’t live near a coast? No problem, there are plenty of great mail-order fish services including Citarella. If you are a vegetarian and want to bring your child up with a vegetarian diet, there are many non-meat sources of protein. Beans, dairy products, and eggs are some of the best sources.
Don’t try and completely eliminate fats from your child’s diet. They have had a lot of bad press recently, most of which they don’t deserve. In reality, fats are key in everyone’s diet. There is only one thing to watch out for. And that is saturated fats. These fats should be cut out of your diet as they can increase your cholesterol and blood pressure. Other types of fats are healthy and can even help lower cholesterol. But remember, it is never a good idea to eat too much of anything. So make sure your child doesn’t eat too many fatty foods.
But where do you find all the healthy fats? They are rich in foods such as avocados, fish, and whole-milk dairy products. Fats from these sources are important for children’s bodies as they help them store nutrients as well as use them properly.
Vitamins And Minerals
There are certain vitamins and minerals that your child’s body will need in order to strengthen its immune system. This will help it protect itself from illness and disease. A number of these important vitamins and minerals also help the body to carry out important functions correctly. So which of these important nutrients are necessary for your child’s health? Iron is one of the most important as helps the blood to transport oxygen around the body. If you have plenty of red meat and leafy green vegetables in your diet, then your child should be getting his or her recommended daily allowance. However, not getting enough diet could lead to them developing an iron deficiency. If this happens, you might have to buy an iron supplement for your child to take on a daily basis.
Vitamin C has a reputation for fending off the common cold and flu. However, it helps our bodies in so many different ways. This key vitamin is especially important for children as it helps cells to develop and hold themselves together. It also makes it faster for the body to heal wounds and is also necessary to help strengthen the walls of the blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. Citrus fruits are extremely high in the vitamin, as are melons and broccoli.
These two aren’t just the only vitamins and minerals that your child will need, though. You should also make sure they are getting plenty of Vitamin A, fiber, and Vitamin D.
Children need a small amount of salt in their diet. This is because it helps to control our body’s’ fluid balance and helps our muscles and nerves to work properly. However, their bodies can’t handle as much as adults need. So it is important to regulate how much they are getting in their diet. As salt is added to many foods, such as bread, biscuits, and tinned foods, it is important not to add too much yourself. When you buy and pre-packed food and ingredients, double check the ingredients list. So you know exactly how much salt your children are consuming.
Hopefully, this blog post will have given you plenty of ideas of the kinds of ingredients your child should be eating. You’ll also benefit from following this healthy diet!
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Tossing and turning every night is no fun. Not only is not being able to sleep super frustrating but knowing just how tired you’ll be the next day can really stress you out. So there is no wonder that so many of us are continually looking for ways to improve our sleep. And, like in many other aspects of our lives, natural and organic solutions are always best. Here are our best natural solutions for a good night’s sleep.
Essential oils have many different uses. One of their most common properties is making it easier to drop off at night. One of the best oils for this is lavender. Simply pour a couple of drops of lavender oil onto a tissue and place it under your pillow. The scent will relax your body and mind, and you will be asleep in no time. You could also try lighting a lavender scented candle in your living room for a couple of hours before you head up to bed. Check out the best essential oils from Bioaire Lifestyle Singapore.
Calcium And Magnesium
Calcium and magnesium are two of the best minerals to aid sleep. Taking a daily supplement of each should make it easier for your body and brain to switch off at night. If you take them together, they will be even more effective. Both minerals help to decrease our levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can keep us awake. There are also many other health benefits of taking these supplements. For example, magnesium is important for a healthy heart.
Most of you will know that hops is the main ingredient in beer. But did you also know that it can help improve your sleep patterns? There has long been plenty of anecdotal evidence that hops can help to promote a good night’s sleep. But recent scientific studies have started to back up these claims. The flowers have a mild sedative in them which is great for those suffering from sleep and anxiety problems.
Yoga And Meditation
Gentle stretches before bed can help you unwind before bed. Make sure you do gentle Yoga, though. Some of the more energizing forms, such as Ashtanga may, in fact, wake you up. Stick to a gentle form of Yoga instead. If you follow this up with ten minutes of meditation, you will find it even easier to fall asleep. Those who haven’t tried meditation before should start with mindfulness thought and breathing techniques.
Green tea contains L-theanine. This is an amino acid which helps our body calm down and also encourages a deeper sleep throughout the night. You can buy special brands of green tea that have been fortified with extra L-theanine to help those who suffer from insomnia.
One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to unwind thoroughly before you go to bed. Combine this with one of the above tips, and you will find that you sleep a lot better than you used to!