Benefits of Baby Yoga

Stretching and movement is extremely important for both men and women. Just like adults, babies need movement as well to build strength and development. One way to do this is through yoga and building strength within their bodies to promote muscle development along with other beneficial simulations.

The practice of yoga is practiced all around the world and has been known to be extremely beneficial because it builds a healthy body and wellbeing. While this has helped many adults, studios have been popping up that cater towards baby yoga. Today we are sharing five reasons why baby yoga is beneficial:


  1. Promotes Digestion: When a baby practices yoga with their mothers they are able to do specific movements that aid towards their digestion. Yoga promotes regular bowl movements and lessens the chance of your baby becoming constipated. Regular knee movements and stretches will release tension in your baby’s stomach which will give them relief from gas and any other troubles.
  2. Stimulates Muscle and Nerve Development: Through yoga babies can become more aware of their bodies, specifically their arms and legs because they will be strengthening their muscles. Yoga also promotes upper body and neck strength. This can be done when you lay your baby on their tummies and they are more prone to trying to lift their head to see what is going on. These movements will further flexibility and balance as well. In addition, yoga stimulates a baby’s senses once they become more aware of their bodies and their movements.
  3. Reduces Stress: Because yoga is a calming exercise it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. This is true for babies as well. When stress and anxiety are reduced in your baby they often times will have a more restful behavior, which can lead to better and longer sleep.
  4. Creates a Stronger Bond between Parents and their Babies: Parents can become more in tune with their baby’s needs when they practice yoga or daily movements with their child. Yoga promotes confidence in parents and gives them more self-assurance when handling their baby. Yoga also encourages play and interaction between baby and parent. When a parent is more confident they are able to recognize their child’s needs and wants.
  5. Promotes Socialization for both Mothers and Babies: Baby yoga isn’t just relaxing it can also be fun and promote socialization for moms and babies. When moms participate in classes they can meet other moms, and babies can become accustomed to seeing other children and people.


Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Speech Development

From a previous post, we have learned how truly amazing and beneficial breastfeeding can be to a baby’s overall health and development. Certain areas such as a baby’s brain, stomach, and mouth can be correctly developed to take on each specific role they uphold in the body because of the advances breastfeeding provides. Today we are sharing another: breastfeeding and a baby’s speech development.


With further research on the past blog, “Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Oral Health and Development,” we have found this already beneficial incident goes even further and promotes proper language development! When a baby breastfeeds they are strengthening their mouths, specifically their tongue, lips, and jaw, and while they are improving their facial muscles for eating, they are also developing their mouths for correct pronunciation and speech.

As a baby breastfeeds their tongue works hard to pull milk from their mother’s nipple. By means of growing, their appetite will grow as well, and they will pull for more milk, strengthening their tongue and securing it at the back of their mouth. The tongue is significant when it comes to pronouncing specific words and sounds, just like the lips are. When the tongue is able to support itself and move self-sufficiently away from the lips and jaw it can help the child later in life with speech. Furthermore, while breastfeeding promotes oral muscle development, it also strengthens the roof of the mouth, which is a soft cartilage during infancy, but later turns to bone as they grow. As we learned before, a proper arch development of the roof is necessary for correct oral growth, and as a result it’s also essential for speech development.

When compared to bottle feeding, breastmilk needs to be worked for, and this is why breastfeeding builds a strong jaw. Most of the time bottles are far too easy for a baby, and they do not have to squeeze or suck hard enough to eat. The effort needed is then lost, and therefore so is the advancement. In addition, the nipple of the bottle may be too big and the milk may flow too quickly. This causes the baby to push their tongues forward to stop the milk instead of suckling. This can possibly cause problems later, and this could be the reason for some speech difficulties some children face.


Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Oral Health and Development

Did you know breastfeeding can build a strong jaw, teeth, and prevent cavities? Breastfeeding can do a lot for a baby’s oral health and development. Compared to bottle fed babies, those who are breastfed exclusively for 6 months are less likely to develop malocclusion, an overbite, and they are less likely to take a pacifier, which can cause future dental issues. Today we are sharing a few ways breastfeeding is good for your baby’s oral health and development!


The precious moment’s spent breastfeeding  go hand in hand with the wonderful benefits breastmilk gives our babies. What many moms don’t know is breastfeeding provides ample attributes to their baby’s development, such as oral health. When a baby breastfeeds they are using various muscles in their face, such as their tongue and lips to squeeze and eat. When their muscles contract they are building a stronger jaw and tongue which will help later on when they are ready to eat solid foods.

Furthermore, while your baby breastfeeds they are also shaping their mouths for proper dental development. In compassion to bottle fed babies, breastfeeding promotes lip squeezing which creates a well-developed jaw whereas bottle feeders are more prone to sucking with their tongue. The roof of your mouth is connected to your upper jaw, and when your baby sucks too forcefully on a bottle it can potentially cause improper teeth alignment in the future because the tops of their mouths are not developing into a fitting arch for appropriate development. This is also associated with thumb sucking and pacifiers.

While breastfed babies are not prone to cavities, they do have a lesser chance than formula feed babies of developing them later in life. One of the biggest problems with bottle feeding your baby is they have the chance of not swallowing all of the liquid. The formula than pools in their mouth which can cause bacteria build up, cavities, tooth decay, and dry mouth. When a baby breastfeeds they are preventing pooling because they pull their mother’s nipple deep in their mouths and squeeze the milk to the back of their throats. This prevents bacteria build up and the risk of dental decay. The baby is also producing more saliva when they breastfeed which inhibits dry mouth.

Breastmilk also has the ability to fight off bacteria and other dental issues because it has high pH levels. IgA and IgG are just two good enzymes in human milk that fights off bad bacteria and promotes proper teeth development. Breastmilk also has the key nutrients, calcium and phosphorus, which helps teeth grow strong and healthy.


It may be true that breastfeeding your baby will help them build a strong oral health and development, but it’s also true that a healthy diet will help this process. A mother’s diet is just as important as what she feeds her baby because whatever she consumes, her baby consumes as well through her breastmilk. Ask your doctor or lactation consultant what they think about breastfeeding and oral health and development, and what you can do to help your baby grow up strong and healthy!



Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Brain Development

It’s a proven fact breastfeeding produces better brain development than formula or a combination of both. While breastmilk provides key elements for a baby’s health, it extends far beyond the basic nutrition. Breastmilk provides vital components that produce a balanced brain, which is needed during the first few years of your baby’s development.

Today we are going to discuss how breastfeeding helps develop your baby’s brain:


During the first years of your baby’s life, their brain develops quite rapidly. Their brains are mostly shaped around their experiences and observations. The close connection a baby shares with their mother while breastfeeding is one of these experiences that build a sense of emotion. Because breastmilk is digested faster, a baby is more likely to interact with their mother, and the skin-to-skin contact creates a special responsive bonding experience. Breastfeeding provides lifelong benefits in adolescents and adults as well. Babies who are exclusively breastfeed for 3 to 6 months often times have a better grasp on their emotions later in life due to these experiences.

Beyond physical and emotional connections, breastfeeding contains key nutrients for better brain development, such as DHA, Cholesterol, and Lactose. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a fundamental nutrient for growth and maintenance of brain tissue. Babies who are breastfeed have been known to show higher levels of DHA. As strange as it sounds to some, Cholesterol is another crucial element needed for brain development. Fats are needed for ideal brain development because they provide the right substances for producing myelin, the fatty shield that protects nerve fibers so they can safely carry information to different parts of the brain. Sugars are also significant nutrients needed for your baby’s brain development. The sugar, Lactose, is present in breastmilk, and after it enters the body it breaks into simple sugars: glucose and galactose. Galactose is needed for brain tissue development.

Breastmilk has also been linked to cases where children have higher IQ’s than others who are formula feed. Babies who are exclusively breastfeed for 3 months have been known to develop better cognitive aftermaths because larger parts of their brains are developed, such as parts related to language, emotional function, and cognition.


While providing lifelong benefits, breastmilk will offer the best vitamins and minerals for an overall healthy brain. Talk to your pediatrician and lactation consultant to learn more about all the benefits breastmilk can offer you and your baby, and checkout this Friday’s post where we will discuss how breastmilk develops strong tummies!



Caring for a Premature Baby

Caring for a Premature BabyIt’s an extremely joyous thing to have another life growing inside you. It’s even more exciting knowing you’re about to be a mother, but when your baby arrives earlier than expected, those feelings of joy and excitement can be washed away completely, and be replaced with fear and anxiety. For a baby to be considered premature they have to be born before thirty-seven complete weeks of pregnancy. Their bodies are not fully developed and this is why many have difficulties with breathing, feeding, keeping their body temperature regulated, or jaundice, which is quite common for premature babies.

Today we are going to discuss a few issues that are most common for premature babies and how you can keep the love and excitement flourishing through this difficult time:

After you’ve given birth to your new little one, they will more than likely have to be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit for few weeks, or even months in order for your doctors and nurses to monitor their breathing, heart rate, and organ development. While it will be hard to see your tiny bundle of joy hooked up to a ventilator, it’s important to understand your doctor and their team is doing everything they can to provide the best care for your baby. To calm your anxiety, don’t be afraid to ask questions and do a little research. It’s okay to be a concerned parent! Knowing what exactly is going on with your baby will keep you connected to them and ease the tension you may have with the whole situation.

When your baby is ready to come home, and your doctor believes their health is strong enough to be taken out of neonatal care, you may be feeling another rush of anxiety and might think how are you going to give them the proper care they need outside of the hospital? Preemies need a lot of attention to maintain a stable temperature, especially during night time and bath time. Monitored sleep is a big issue for premature babies because cot death can occur. Cot death is an unexplained occurrence when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly. This can occur for a preemie because their body temperature can change in a range of seconds. Because you can’t possible watch your baby every minute of the day, you must be aware of their body temp and know the precautions of cot death. Talk to your doctor about a bed time routine and how to check your baby’s body temperature. If they are feeling slightly cold layering is an option. However, you want to be careful not to layer them too much because then they could over heat. Other ways to prevent cot death are to always lie your baby on their back to sleep, don’t fall asleep with your baby while you’re sitting or lying on the sofa, don’t let them sleep with a pillow, and make sure their head isn’t covered with bedding.

Bath time is another way your baby could be losing heat. How often you wash your baby depends on how premature he or she is. At first you should only be using water and never use soap without being told otherwise. Depending on their skin they may be sensitive and you don’t want to cause any infections. When their skin becomes wet they can become cold quickly. Once you’re done with their bath try cuddling them to your skin. This will create more heat and help regulate their body temperature. It’s a good idea to ask your doctor if you can watch the nurses wash your baby while they are still in the hospital. Watching professionals is good practice for at home.

Just like any baby, sleeping and feeding are huge factors for a preemies’ health. You might not think they will eat as much as a normal baby, but they actually need to eat more. They need to be feed more often so they can grow up strong and healthy. If you can, start breastfeeding right away once you leave the hospital. You can store milk and be ready for when your baby comes home. Talk to your doctor about a breastfeeding schedule and how often you need to feed. Breastmilk is one of the best things you can give to your baby because it is packed with key vitamins and minerals needed for your preemie to fully develop their organs. Sleeping is also something you should ask your doctor about because your preemie is going to have a harder time falling asleep than most babies. Ask your doctor about a proper sleep schedule where you can monitor your baby.

One of the best things you can do with your preemie is to spend time with them. The first couple months are going to be quiet ones because you’re not going to want to disturb your baby with lots of company or take them places because they are more prone to infections due to their underdeveloped bodies. While they are in the hospital try to visit as much as you can. Watch the nurses and doctors as they care for them, ask to be a part of bath time, and hold them as much as possible. Creating a mother and baby bond is very important, and getting yourself prepared before you bring them home will help immensely with your anxiety and stress.



Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid Foods

Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid FoodsYou’ve decided it’s time to start weaning your baby to solid foods. Congratulations baby! You’re becoming the age where it’s still appropriate to eat with your fingers and make a mess, but you’re saying bye bye to the mush! Depending on your child, you can start introducing solids as young as 4 to 6 months. Although every baby is different, and their tastes and intake vary, it’s okay to start off with incorporating small bits of soft foods into their daily meals. However, we can understand that substituting breastmilk for applesauce can be a little intimidating. If you’re a parent, and you’re a little scared to stick a bunch of cheerios in front of your baby and let them have a go with them, we know how you feel. Going from liquids to solids is a big deal; but it’s also very exciting. If you think starting off slow is a good idea than that is just fine. You’re the parent, and you make the decisions!

Let’s start with breakfast; after all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is a great opportunity to spend some time on your baby’s first meal and make it a little special. You can be creative and jam-pack it with key vitamins and minerals. There are tons of awesome breakfast ideas for your baby, but today we are going to talk about five of them:

Avocado and Egg Yolks

Avocados are a great source of vitamin a and potassium, and egg yolks have a lot of good cholesterol and iron in them. They are both also very high in monounsaturated fat, which is really good for a baby’s brain development. For breakfast slightly puree the two and serve it to your baby as a healthy meal. Both already have a creamy texture so don’t worry about adding liquid when you puree. After your baby becomes used to the food and the texture, try slicing them into chunks instead of pureeing!

Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with Fruit

If you are aware that your baby is not allergic to milk products, try yogurt and cottage cheese for breakfast or even for a great snack! Both of these foods will give your baby numerous vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin d, and protein! Cut up, or puree, soft fruits like berries or peaches into your baby’s yogurt or cottage cheese for an even healthier breakfast.

Sweet Potatoes and Mashed Tofu

The nutritional value of sweet potatoes and tofu is amazing! Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin a and e, and they are rich in calcium and folate. Tofu is a great source of protein and calcium. However, some parents might think tofu isn’t for their babies because of its strange sponge-like texture and their fear of their child having an allergic reaction to soy, but it’s actually really recommended to try because of its richness in proteins and iron! Just like avocados, sweet potatoes and tofu are easy to puree and slice so your baby will have no problem with this yummy breakfast!

Cheerios Soaked in Applesauce

Cheerios have long been known as baby’s “first finger food.” They are 100% whole grain oats, dissolve easily in the mouths, low in sugar, and have many vitamins and minerals. Applesauce is high in fiber and great for your baby’s digestive system. They have also been proven to help keep a healthy weight and cardiovascular health. Soaking cheerios is applesauce is great for beginners because it will soften the already soft cereal and give it a little more flavor!

Hummus w/ Pita Bread

If your baby already loves other fruits and vegetables, and they don’t mind expanding their palate, try out hummus with small bits of soft pita bread. Hummus is made from chickpeas and ground sesame seeds, which makes it high in protein and amino acids. It’s also rich in iron, folate, potassium, and vitamin e. Pita bread is great to pair with hummus even if you’re not a baby, but try to find the soft bread and tear it into small chucks that are easy to swallow.


To make sure your baby doesn’t have any allergic reactions to certain foods, consult your pediatrician first before you try anything new. Once you know your limits with your child’s food you are free to try a number of awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that will be easy to wean them off liquids and onto solids!



How to Control Pregnancy Cravings

How to Control Pregnancy CravingsWe’ve all seen the commercials of the man driving his pregnant wife during the middle of the night so she can indulge in a double bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s, or the smell of Gain’s laundry detergent. Maybe your pregnancy cravings were nothing like that, but they still happen to every woman experiencing the unstoppable hormones.

During pregnancy your body will experience hormonal shifts. You might begin to notice your emotions are all over the place due to the hormones affecting your levels of neurotransmitters, or how your senses have intensified. Your sense of smell is one of these things and that can be a cause of many of your food cravings. Because of your precipitous change of emotions and your all of a sudden love for chocolate covered bacon, you might not notice that many of your cravings are actually you “emotionally” eating. In fact, many pregnancy cravings are in fact just that. How do you control them? Today we are going to discuss a few ways to control your pregnancy cravings, and why it’s important for your health, and your baby’s.

Pregnancy cravings can be hard to shake. You might be really craving something sweet like a chocolate chip cookie, or maybe it’s something greasy and fried. No matter what it is your best bet is to try to take your mind off of it. It will be hard, but try calling a friend, your partner, or maybe going for a walk or cleaning. Doing simple things like this can help take your mind off eating unhealthy. Sometimes the cravings won’t go away, and it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but just remember to never over-consume.

Over-consuming unhealthy foods can be a life altering to you and your baby’s future. Studies show that if you over eat during your pregnancy and indulge in sweet and fatty foods your baby is very likely to follow those unhealthy eating habits through their lives. Even if you try and teach them how to eat properly, and to choose healthier options, they might always have a craving for junk food.

If you find yourself emotionally eating, instead of eating when you’re hungry, take a closer look at your diet. Your body could be trying to tell you that you’re missing certain nutrients. When you find yourself craving certain foods such as, potato chips, your body might actually really needing food high in choline, which is something needed for a healthy digestion. Or if you’re craving sugary foods your body could be in fact telling you it needs sulfur or calcium, and you should be eating things like fruits or cheese instead. Keep in touch with valuable nutrients your body needs to thrive. If you do this then you will come to recognize your “pregnancy” cravings dwindling down.

One of the best ways to do this is by remembering your portion sizes and never setting yourself up to fail. If you keep to the same diet you had before your pregnancy, or you if you want to begin a new healthier lifestyle, add two to three healthy snacks a day to your regime. Even though you’re eating for two now, you still need to remember to stay healthy and strong in order for your baby to grow up healthy and strong. Try drinking more milk throughout your day, or eat foods rich in calcium for your snacks. You don’t need to excessively keep track of your calories, but do keep in mind how much you eat during the day. Try not to stock up the pantry with junk food. If you are aware you have chocolate covered donuts in your kitchen then you’re likely to eat them. That’s hard for anyone to resist. If you don’t have junk food in the house, it’s more probable you’ll stick to your diet.

Making your own versions of your favorite snacks, but in a healthier way, is such a great way to have fun with your food and be healthy. There are tons of different ways to make nachos or your grandma’s homemade brownies, that you will have no problem staying away bad food. Even though it might not taste exactly the same, or have grandma’s special ingredient, try it out. You never know, you might actually come to like it!

If you’re craving non-foods such as, rocks, laundry detergent, or something else, immediately contact your doctor. This could be a form of an illness called pica, and you will want to be treated right away. Try to remember every pregnancy is different from woman to woman, and even from child to child. You’re cravings might be really hard to pass up with your first child, but then with your second you barely notice. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while as long as you remember to never over-consume! Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, even though it’s a whirl-wind of emotions. When that baby finally comes you’ll know keeping yourself healthy was well worth the pain because of that sweet bundle of joy!



World Breastfeeding Week 2015: Let’s Make it Work!

How are you spending your week of August 1st through the 7th? Join us in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, an annual week-long event that engages women from all around the world with breastfeeding news, support, and community building. This year marks the 24th year for the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the founding group and champions of moms and babies across the globe. This year’s initiative is “Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make it Work!” in remembrance of the 1993 theme: “Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative.”World Breastfeeding Week 2015: Let's Make it Work!


In 1992, The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action founded World Breastfeeding Week to bring awareness to deadly infant diseases, fight world hunger, and overall promote breastfeeding worldwide. The World Health Organization and UNICEF joined as partners with the WABA and together they formed the WBW celebration as way to remind mothers, doctors, and family members that breastfeeding an infant yields the best, most cost-effective nutritional diet available. Mothers receive countless health benefits from breastfeeding as well. In 2007, the CDC reported that only 11.3 percent of new mothers exclusively breastfed their child for the first 6 months. In an effort to raise awareness and extend breastfeeding beyond a week or two, the WABA and partners tirelessly champion breastfeeding support so mothers and babies can benefit from the guidance they need for successful nursing.

This year as we follow the 1993 theme, “Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative,” which sadly is still a struggle many women face today, we spread the word and encourage employers and the general public to stop criticizing women for nursing in public but instead embrace the healthy and natural process of breastfeeding. If you would like to help spread the word you can find countless La Leche chapters across the nation hosting Latch On events, and WIC offices are always opening their doors to new mothers facing breastfeeding troubles. Look at your local chapters and see how you can volunteer or participate. Leading Lady/ Loving Moments by Leading Lady is donating nursing bras to WIC offices around the country so nursing moms get the support they need for successful, comfortable breastfeeding. Join the conversation on our Facebook page and share your stories with moms just like you!



Finding Time to be a Fit Mom

What to do about Stretch Marks

Every mom knows squeezing in the time for a workout can be, needless to say, almost impossible. If you’re the type to get up at 5 a.m., or sooner, than I solute you not be like the most of us who love every second of extra sleep we can get. It’s hard balancing cleaning the house, work, packing school lunches, making dinner, and at least getting in thirty minutes of cardio into your day. Many of us have good intentions and pump ourselves up all morning and into our day at work and then when we get home we realize there is no food in the fridge or one of the kids is bored and continues to nag you until bedtime. Do you see where I’m getting at? Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and when you think you’re going to be good and workout once you get home it just doesn’t seem to happen. However, when we keep pushing your workouts aside your health is also being pushed aside as well.

Yes, you’ve heard all about how incorporating fitness into your daily routine is great for your health. You’ll be happier, you’ll feel better, you’ll have more energy, etc. But what about time? Isn’t that the biggest issue? Well we’re here to help! Today we are not only going to talk about the importance of living a fit and healthy life, but also the efficient way to incorporate workouts into your routine.

To be fit, but more importantly, healthy, you have to want it. Plain and simple. There are thousands and thousands of articles out there that have wonderful workout and diet plans that can fit perfectly into your daily life, but you will never be able to fully stick with it unless you are determined for life. Note that I didn’t say for the week, or for the month, or for the year, but for LIFE. Being healthy is a life decision that you cannot just change after you’re workout plan is finished. You have to want it for life, for your health, for your family, and for yourself. You can do it.

Being a fit mom takes time and energy. It starts off with eating healthier and taking care of your body and mind so in return you have more energy and feel more positive. You’ll need to control your cravings and stay away from eating large amounts of sweets and fried food throughout the week. These changes will not be easy at first. You will give up every now and then, binge eat, and feel sorry for yourself, but that’s okay because you’re human. The real bravery and courage comes from not backing down and admitting to your mistakes and encouraging yourself not to give up again. You can do it. Every mom can be the fit mom she wants to be.

Once you’ve decided this is what you really want you’ll need to set goals. Start doing small at-home workouts in the morning when you wake up and once you get home from work. These could be anywhere from 5-20 minutes long.



Morning Workout                                                                 Afternoon Workout

10 Push Ups                                                                            1 Min Plank

10 Calf Raises                                                                         15 Pushups

20 Jumping Jacks                                                                    30 Mountain Climbers

20 Squats                                                                                1 Min Plank

1 Min Plank

If you set goals for yourself and really push yourself to meet them, you’ll have no problem with finding time during your day to workout. You’ll realize you’re able to do more, lift more weight, run longer, etc. If time is still an issue, try getting your whole family involved in the new healthy lifestyle. One idea is to trade time with your husband or partner so one can watch the kids while the other does their workout. Another is to try and get up a little earlier and do a workout video, go for a run, or a bike ride. It’s easier to do this with a partner so encourage your significant other to do it with you.

A few major issues women have when they begin working out are not feeling confident in themselves or feeling guilty for taking away time from their family to workout. If you’re not feeling confident in your skin this is exactly the reason why you should start living a healthier life style. You’ll be a stronger and happier you once you love the skin your in. At first working out will be intimidating, especially if you going to the gym or taking classes. This feeling will pass but it will take some time. Don’t give up just because you see another women who might have a better body than yours or who can lift more weights than you because just remember that’s not how she has always looked or how much she could lift. Everyone starts off somewhere. A great way to feel better about yourself is to join a women’s group fitness class. Women who empower one another to make themselves feel great is an amazing experience. You’ll gain new friends and you’ll all be working towards a similar goal while you motivate each other on the way!

If you’re feeling guilty about wanting to workout, don’t. Taking the time to do something for yourself is not selfish at all. Everyone needs a hobby and their own personal space sometimes. Taking an hour or more out of your day to help improve your health is definitely not something you should feel guilty about. Your family should be there to encourage you and support your journey to be a healthier you. Once you get there you’ll find you’ll be able to spend even more time with them once you have more energy and a better attitude!

Finding time to workout has many elements you’ll need to overcome. You need to want it and be determined to meet goals and know this isn’t a temporary decision, but a life changing one. It’s okay to make mistakes and cheat every once in a while, and try not to be self-conscious or intimidated at the gym. Everyone has to start somewhere. You can do it if you set your mind to it. Every mom is capable and deserving of reaching her goal weight and happiness.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is becoming the new must-have for moms and babies! Due to its unique richness of fatty acids it’s proven to be one of the best superfoods. Just like breast milk, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a healthy saturated fat, and with that comes many positive health benefits including better brain function, weight loss, and protection against harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. People who eat a lot of coconut during their lives are considered to be some of the healthiest people on the planet!

Coconut oil has even better benefits for breastfeeding moms and their babies. Feeding your child coconut oil can help their bodies grow up healthy and strong. It can help get rid of lice, ease the pain and itching of bug bites, it’s great for controlling wild hair, particularly curly hair, and it’s perfect to put in the tub for calming bath time. Here are five different ways moms and their babies can benefit from using coconut oil on a daily basis:

For Moms

  1. Breastfeeding Moms: Coconut oil is the best solution for mom’s cracked or sore nipples from breastfeeding. It can be used as a lubricant during breast pumping, and as an anti-itch cream while your belly grows during pregnancy. You can also increase your milk supply by ingesting coconut oil a few times a day.
  2. Beauty: Coconut oil will be your new best friend! Not only can it get rid of your unwanted acne, it’s the perfect moisturizer for your hair and body, a great makeup remover, and it can also help with the appearance of wrinkles! Plus, you can use it as a substitute for regular shaving cream and make your legs feel extra soft and sexy.
  3. Skin: Coconut oil has deep moisturizing abilities so it’s great for eczema and psoriasis along with reducing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
  4. Cooking: Not only can cooking with coconut oil give you amazing nutrients, but it also brings a delicious Mediterranean style. And because coconut oil is a natural energizer you will feel fuller longer and will always be ready to take on the day!
  5. Immune System: Consuming coconut oil helps your body numerously. It’s great for people with digestive problems, and it helps control bad bacteria to help women who struggle from yeast infections. Coconut oil also relieves heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, and it has anti-viral properties so it’s great for healing scrapes, bruises, and burns without contracting infections.

For Babies

  1. Pain Reliever: Teething can be a very painful process for your baby. Wipe some coconut oil on their gums to relieve the pain.
  2. Skin: Coconut oil is really great for cradle cap and strengthening your baby’s soft spot. It also will warm and turn into a liquid when rubbing it together with your hands so it’s perfect for infant massages, sunscreen, and works well with baby acne.
  3. Immune System: Coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-itch, and anti-inflammatory properties and can help with baby allergies, reducing fever, soothing chicken pox, constipation, and getting rid of Thrush.
  4. Diaper Changing: Coconut oil is great for soothing diaper rash and getting rid of stubborn meconium your baby might have during the first few days.
  5. Cooking: Feeding your baby coconut oil will broaden their tasting experience by trying new flavors. It’s also rich in lauric acid just like breast milk so it’s super healthy!

You will love the health benefits coconut oil will give you and your baby! If you’re concerned about allergies or your baby ingesting coconut oil, or other products, make sure to always speak with your doctor or lactation consultant before trying new foods. Also, before you go out and buy coconut oil make sure you are educated on what kind to purchase. Extra virgin coconut oil is all natural and contains no preservatives or harmful ingredients; therefore it’s the best one to buy!