Beeswax

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Western_honey_beeWhat is the deal with beeswax? We all know it comes from bees but is it really healthy and helpful on our skin?

 

 

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Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela has always been a hero of mine. I have looked

up to him and seen the beauty he has placed in this world through respect, love, and peace for all of humanity. I can not thank him enough for allowing me and everyone else to be blessed with his presence on this earth. When

Nelson Mandela was in prison for 25 years he read a poem, Invictus, that I have grown to love and use it as a motto for my life.

Invictus

by William Ernest Henley

I got this tattoo after I was inspired by Nelson Mandela. My inspiration came from this beautiful poem and Mandela’s will to find peace and love while he was in prison. You will always have a place in my heart Mandela.

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

What You Need to Know About a Rewarding Experience, Breastfeeding

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The Realities and Struggle of a Rewarding Experience, Breastfeeding

And What You Need to Know

OUR STORYEmerson Coming Home

During my pregnancy, I knew everything about the postpartum and during the birth. I knew how I wanted the birth to go. I knew which drugs I might be interested in taking. I knew I wanted the Stem Cells from the umbilical cord. I knew what types of drugs my son would need like, Vitamin K and Erythromycin and the side effects they had. I also, knew I was going to breastfeed. I would not be using formula, no

matter what.

I felt that as a mother if was not able to breastfeed I would have failed. I was so strong about that and really wanted to have that connection with my child. What I was not prepared for was the challenges and realities breastfeeding would have on both of us.

Incredibly, when a baby is born it will route around a woman’s chest until they are able to latch. It is quite beautiful and remarkable. But now matter what anybody tells you, breastfeeding is not a naturally born talent. In my experience, it is a natural and rewarding experience when the activity has been mastered but until then it can be tedious and frustrating.

After taking a Lamaze class, talking to my Doula about breastfeeding and watching a couple of YouTube videos I thought I would have the breastfeeding down pat. Well was I every wrong.

Emerson was born at 5:20 a.m. on February 25, 2013 and the hard work had only just begun.  The midwife passed my new baby to me. He was crying but you are in such bliss you aren’t annoyed or frustrated with the cries they just seem beautiful to you. He comes up to myNewborn Baby Breastfeeding chest to have skin-to-skin contact with

me and I try to latch him with my doula’s help. He won’t go on. We try for a while and he just keeps crying. The midwife helps. She gets frustrated and grabs his head to push him into my breast. He won’t latch. After giving him a break he goes on for a couple of seconds and gets a bit. We then just let him sleep and do all the other things that need to be done with a newborn.

I have not looked into breastfeeding much so I do not understand what a good latch or a good drink looks like. I think he is doing great and getting plenty of milk when we go home. That day the midwife comes over and he is starting to lose

Skin-to-skin contact is key. In my experience, babies should be taken out, breastfeed then put back into incubator.

Skin-to-skin contact is key. In my experience, babies should be taken out, breastfeed then put back into incubator.

weight and looking a little yellow (he could potentially have Jaundice). She notes that he is losing weight but is still in a good range. She comes two days after that and he is even more Jaundiced and has lost more weight. She shows and helps me with breastfeeding. I am starting to understand more about the breastfeeding but my partner, Emerson, does not seem to be getting the hang of it.

He starts to become lethargic and we have to bring him to the hospital since he has Jaundice. I am freaking out and start pumping breast milk so he will drink from a bottle since it is easier. He sleeps on the way to the hospital and I feed him when we get there. We are admitted into the hospital and I stay over night with him. Allowing him to bottle-feed breast milk for the night, which the nurses suggested. It was the right decision at the time since fluids helps reduce Jaundice but the next morning he would not latch.

I was so panicked. I called my Doula. She was concerned and told me to contact, Dr. Jack Newman’s Clinic, the International Breastfeeding Center (NBIC). They brought me in within two days and I stayed with them for about two months. After a tongue tie slip and many ridiculously long appointments. He would never drink there and they would stay as long as it took because they were so patient and amazing.

The tongue-tie was horrendous. They gave me a little blurb about what would/could happen before they did it. “We are going to cut it. It won’t hurt him as much as you think. After we do it we will immediately latch him since that is the best form of pain medication for him. However, 1 in 1000 babies have a problem with the tongue tie slip and could be fussy for 24 hours.” So I wanted to sleep on it but the next morning we came in and did it. Every two hours for the next couple of day I needed to push on the tongue to make sure the cut didn’t seal closed again.

Well my baby was the 1 in 1000 and he barely ate for thirty-six hours. The midwives weighed him in that time period and he has obviously lost weight AGAIN. They were concerned even though Dr. Newman was not after I called him freaking out. But let’s just say I didn’t try that tactic again. We continued with the appointments, herbs, and lots of patients. The herbs increased my milk production significantly. I thank those herbs, fenugreek and blessed thistle, because I don’t believe I would have been able to continue breastfeeding if it wasn’t for that over production of milk for Emerson. He would not have been able to get enough milk if I wasn’t producing extra milk.

I would sometimes breastfeed for three hours and then finally get a break for 15 minutes and he would ask to go on again. It was difficult. We started co-sleeping to give me more sleep at night and I had a diary of how much he drank, pooped and peed. The NBIC did not like that since they said there is no way to tell how much he is actually drinking based on the times and you should not be timing anything. I did it anyways until I felt comfortable with the efficiency of our breastfeeding.

Our second last appointment at NBIC, he is now 6 weeks old they ask me if I have tried Cranial Sacral Therapy. I answer yes, but not a newborn specialized therapist. They give me his number and I contact him immediately. We get back from this gruesome appointment since Emerson does not like sitting still on a bed for an hour if he is not sleeping. . . AND IT WORKS!!!! I see Mark several more times until we are both confident that Emerson is good. We kept seeing Mark and it just kept getting better.  And the rest is history.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Resources and Support Groups

International Breastfeeding Centre

Dr. Jack Newman

The Farm

Sacred Pregnancy

La Leche League Canada

La Leche Leaugue International

Books and DVDs

Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr. Jack Newman, MD

The Latch Book and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success

L-eat Latch and Transfer Tool

GamePlan for Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the First 24 Hours of Life and Beyond

Videos of a Good Latch from Dr. Jack Newman

INCREASING LACTATION

Herbs

–       Fenugreek: 3 capsules 3 times a day (take with Blessed Thistle for best results)

–       Blessed Thistle: 3 capsules 3 times a day, or 20 drops of the tincture 3 times a day (take with Fenugreek for best results)

–       Alfalfa

–       Spirulina

–       Goat’s Rue

–       Raspberry Leaf

–       Fennel

–       Brewer’s Yeast

–       Stinging Nettle

–       Shatavari

Foods

–       Oatmeal

–       Garlic in moderation

–       Ginger in moderation

Coconut Oil and the effects it has on you and your baby

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Just in the past several years, Coconut oil has been popping up everywhere. You hear everyone talking about it’s antimicrobial, anti-ageing, anti-fungal, reducing cholesterol qualities, and the list goes on.Nutiva Coconut Oil

Well you can quit the skepticism, the rumours are true with its bland flavour, pleasant odour, antimicrobial, high melting point, easy to digest and absorb. Studies have shown Virgin Coconut oil to be a good quality oil. This Super food is known for its antimicrobial, stable, high boiling point, and low phenolic content. Having also shown links to helping those with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases.

It can be used for everyday uses like in Dr. Pina’s Piña Coladas with Dr. Oz’s recipe or Dr. Mercola talking about benefits like;

“Promoting heart health. Promoting weight loss when and if you need it. Supporting your immune system health. Supporting a healthy metabolism. Providing you with an immediate energy source. Helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking. Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland”- Dr. Mercola

For Moms and Babies, Coconut oil is supremely useful. Here are a few reasons why it should be in your pantry. . .

-Makeup remover

-Cleanser for cracked or soar nipples

-Facial cleanser

-Body Scrub- equal parts coconut oil with organic cane sugar

-Facial scrub- instead of sugar use baking soda

-Shaving lotion

-Face and body moisturizer

-Eye cream

-Cuticle Cream

Deodorant

-Bath Soak- make sure your bath is warmer than 76 degress Fahrenheit, otherwise it won’t melt.

-Soap- base in homemade soaps, such as in NourishingJoy.com

-Lip Balm

-Toothpaste- mix with baking soda mixing in essential oils see DeliciousObsessions.com

Insect repellent– Mix coconut oil with essential oils may keep biting insects away from skin. Choices include: peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, tea tree oil, citronella, geranoil, catnip oil, clear vanilla extract.

-Hydrating hair- leave coconut oil on for an hour or longer before going into the shower

-Teeth whitening- oil pulling– teaspoon of oil and swish around mouth until oil is white (15 mins approx.)

-Ear infections- place a couple drops in ear canal

Yeast infections– athletes foot, ring worm- mix a small amount with oregano oil or tea tree oil and apply on affected area

-Cold sores- mix small amount with oregano oil

-Thrush

-Skin rashes and irritations

-Bug bites and stings

Hemorrhoids

Perineal massage– expectant mothers can use this daily about a month before your due date to reduce tearing

-Head lice

-Vaginal dryness

-Frying foods

-Craddle cap

BUT DOES IT NEED TO BE VIRGIN? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Virgin coconut oil is made through something called a wet process, the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat under mild temperatures, resulting in its production. This retains more biologically active components than regular coconut oil since it goes through a different process called the dried process, where old/dried coconuts are used to extract the oils. (Sankro et al, 2010).

For over 1000 years in many cultures, coconut oil has played an important role in medicine (Marina et al, 2009). North-eastern brazil, coconut husks were used to treat diarrhea and arthritis (Perfene et al, 2013). Other countries using it for several health problems, including intestinal worm infections, skin diseases or lesions, gastrointestinal diseases (Marina et al, 2009).

References

Marina, A. Che Man. Y.B, Nazimah, S. A. H. Amin, I. (2009). Chemical Properties of Virgin Coconut Oil. Springer AOCS. 86:301-309. 10.1007/s11746-009-1351-1

Songkro, S. Sirikatitham, A. Sungkarak, S. Buaking, K. Wungsintaweekul, J. Maneenuan, D. Oungbho, K. (2010). Characterization of Aromatherapy Massage Oils Prepared from Virgin Coconut Oil and Some Essential Oils. Springer AOCS. 87: 93-107. 10.1007/s11746-009-1465-5.

Parfene, G. Horincar, V. Tyagi, V. H. Malik, A. Bahrim, G. (2013). Production of medium chain saturated fatty acids with enhanced antimicrobial activity from crude coconut fat by solid state cultivation of Yarrowia lipolytica. Food Chemistry. 136: 1345-1349.

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