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When Should You Begin Pumping? From An IBCLC

  Photo Credit: Amanda Meg Photography Congrats on your newest bundle of love! Whether you are expecting or your little one has already arrived, I am so happy that you found your way here. I am excited to talk about the topic of “when to start pumping, which is a common question that I get asked in my private practice, MilkSprouts, or when working in the hospital setting.     Maybe you’re anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival and trying to be as prepared as possible for when baby makes their debut. Or, perhaps delivery didn’t go as expected, and your little one is getting some extra love and attention in the SCN or NICU. You might even be snuggling your little one right now, as...

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What to Read During Pregnancy: A Doula's Top Picks

With so many options available, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes birth books. Quiet time can be a hot commodity for us parents too, so before we spend our precious moments alone reading a birth book, it helps to know it's worth devoting time to. With that in mind, I'm sharing a few of my top picks as a Birth Doula for books to read during your pregnancy journey in preparation for your birth. These are books I've read myself and recommend to the families I support as a Doula. In addition to being able to learn or review some of the important milestones and decisions you might encounter during your pregnancy and birthing time,...

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Wall Decor for Baby's Nursery: A Fun, Easy DIY

I love making DIY projects. There have been many days where I have felt like being creative, but just had no energy to create something myself. That’s when I go to Pinterest and search for something that would look good in my house AND would be easy enough to do in less than 30 minutes! I can’t be the only one who does this, right? Here is the cutest and easiest wall decor for your new little one's nursery! This can also double as a picture prop for your monthly growth pictures. Here’s what you’ll need! An embroidery hoop – I used a 12” hoop, but you can use any size. Fabric of your choice – I went to the clearance section...

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Going From One to Two Kids: My Best Tips, Tricks, + Hacks

  I was a young mom with my daughter, and it sometimes seemed like it was us against the world. She was by my side throughout my entire college experience and even walked across the stage with me at graduation. For nine whole years, we were a family of three. Back then, I thought that I could never possibly want more children, nor did I have any desire to add to our little family dynamic. We were perfect just as we were.  When I was in graduate school, I suddenly decided that I wanted more kids. We welcomed Colin in October of 2013, two months before my daughter's 9th birthday. We then welcomed Graham in February 2016, about 28 months after...

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All About TOG Ratings + Our Patented, Moisture Wicking Fabric

Photo by Jaebird Photography We often get asked many questions about our patented, moisture wicking fabric and its unique properties, as well as what your amazing little ones should wear underneath their Ollie. Did you know that fabrics have TOG ratings that serve as guides to let you know how insulated a particular fabric is? This will help you when deciding how to dress your little one, as well as give you a better understanding of our fabric. Please note this information is intended to be used as a guideline, but it is important to always remember each little one is unique and so are their needs. We always recommend conferring with your pediatrician to determine the ideal room temperature for your little one,...

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