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 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 Stomach

A women’s breastmilk has been feeding babies for many years. After the formula industry took off, mothers turned to bottle feeding because it seemed to save time and energy. However, after some time and research numerous health problems began to rise, such as child obesity, infections, food allergies, and issues with immune systems. Poor immune systems is one of the biggest problems we face today because babies are not getting the proper essentials they need during infancy to grow up strong and healthy.

 

Today we are going to discuss the benefits breastmilk has on a baby’ stomach:

 

If you are unaware, your gut is almost 70% of your immune system, which means your gut plays a significant role in your health and well-being. When a baby is born, and before they reach the age of six months, they have immature digestive systems, and their gastrointestinal tract does not produce the enzymes they need to protect their stomach. They are completely dependent on their nutrition they receive during this short period of their lives. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months after birth because breastmilk contains the specific nutrition and enzymes a baby needs to proper gut development.

While breastmilk contains specific enzymes your baby needs for gut development and immune protection, such as sIgA, amylase, and lipase, it also contains proteins and other good bacteria which help protect your baby from the dangers in the environment. These elements are crucial for your baby’s gut health because their stomach is then able to gather good bacteria to line their guts before bad bacteria can get in and potentially cause harm.

One of the best antibodies in breastmilk is sIgA, which is a passive form of antibody protection that lines the GI tract. SIgA also plays a key role in protecting susceptible areas such as the oral cavity and lungs, and it even helps us as we get older from forms of illness and stress. SIgA is a primary gut immune defense, and when disturbed our bodies become more prone to reactions associated with IgE, an inflammatory reaction, and IgG, which can result in sickness, food allergies, and other sensitivities.

Breastfeeding also helps with digestion. A baby who breastfeeds is able to digest their food a lot faster than a baby who is fed formula because breastmilk is easier on the stomach. Furthermore, breastfeed babies have also been known to have a more acidic stomach. This is why formula fed babies become constipated more often, and why their stools tend to be denser.

 

Developing a strong gut health is important for everyone, but especially babies because they are more prone to illnesses earlier in their lives. When babies are breastfeed they are able to obtain all the necessary enzymes and good bacteria they need to help ward off disease and potential harm, unlike formula that doesn’t have sIgA which is detrimental during the first few months.

 

Breastfeeding Adopted Baby

Breastfeeding is a beautiful way a mother can provide beneficial nutrients to her baby. A special bond is created through the precious moments of skin on skin contact. By supplying your baby with food from your body, some mother’s believe it’s the greatest experience they can have in their lives. But what about mothers who have chosen to adopt? Many women might not be aware, but breastfeeding your adopted baby can be done. Even if you’ve never given birth or breastfeed before, your body is still capable of producing breast milk. Today we are going to discuss how breastfeeding your adopted baby is beneficial to their health and the bonding experience, along with ways to prepare your body before they come home.

Breastfeeding Adopted BabyPreparing yourself for breastfeeding your new baby can be difficult. Although it’s not an easy task, and it takes a lot of time and real dedication, it can be done and the benefits you will gain are well worth it. Creating that mother/baby bond is the most important thing you need to focus on because most infants who are adopted are known to experience and feel loss and abandonment after delivery. Babies can recognize their mothers right after they are born once they are placed on their mother’s chest. They can identify them through smell and touch. If they are not placed directly in their adoptive mother’s arms they could develop a fear of separation and begin performing a distress call/cry. By supplying your baby with your natural milk you are not only giving them the best nutrients possible, but you are also enhancing the bond and creating an even stronger relationship with your child that they need to feel loved and secure.

Getting your body ready to breastfeed isn’t a tricky process, but it can take a while before you are able to produce enough breast milk to fully feed your baby. Adoption can be an unpredictable course. Some women have no time at all to prepare while others might be given several weeks or even months. If you don’t have time you will still be able to produce milk for your baby, and don’t get turned off if it’s a very small amount at first. What’s amazing about a woman’s body is we can produce breast milk once a baby begins breastfeeding. The suckling sensation triggers our bodies to think we have just given birth! Women who have more time before their child is brought home can have the chance to teach their body how to produce enough milk. You can practice by gently massaging your breasts a few times a day. It’s also recommended and encouraged to try breast pumping to stimulate your breasts even more. The more your breasts are stimulated, and the more milk you pump, the more breast milk your body will produce.

Many women who have trouble producing, or want to make more milk, can be prescribed hormones from their doctors to influence their bodies even more. This can work for several women. Other options include formula or you can try a donor’s breast milk. Whatever you chose just remember it’s all about the bonding experience you share with your little one. And always talk to your doctor or lactation consultant about what’s right for your body and baby if you have any questions or concerns when it comes to breastfeeding.

Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding Moms

Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding MomsWhen it comes time for you to decide if you want to breastfeed your baby you might be wondering about the effects it will have on your breasts. While breastfeeding has the best nutritional benefits for you and your child, it can also leave you with dry, cracked or even bleeding nipples if not cared for properly. Nipple cream is an essential when it comes to breastfeeding. A good nipple cream is able to soothe and heal, while locking in moisture and keeping your breasts rejuvenated and pain-free.

Over the Counter Methods

Many breastfeeding moms turn towards hypoallergenic and all natural products. It’s best to look for nipple creams that don’t necessarily need to be wiped off before breastfeeding because that way your baby won’t be harmed if a little gets in their mouth. Lanolin nipple creams are one of the bests. Lanolin is a fatty substance in sheep’s wool. It contains about 25% water and is used immensely to make moisturizers, soaps and various other creams. You should always make sure the lanolin cream you are using is 100% pure. Lansinoh Lanolin nipple cream is a good one to try out. Other suggested nipple creams are Mother Love, Earth Mama, Nipple Nurture Balm, and My Best Friend Cream. All are made from all natural products.

Alternative/Homemade Remedies

Some mothers use an alternative method and have made their own homemade nipple creams with things they have in their homes. Coconut oil is a great substitute compared to conventional nipple creams. What’s great about coconut oil is that it’s not only awesome for your health but it promotes skin rejuvenation, moisturizes, and fights off infections like thrush. Olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are other products that work well with dry or damaged skin. As long as these products are all natural they are safe for your baby. Also, using your own breastmilk is said to work in relieving dryness.

Things to Avoid When Considering Nipple Creams

You should never use creams, lotions or ointments if you are not experiencing dry or cracked nipples. This could lead to serious issues if you breasts are being excessively moisturized, including mastitis or thrush. Numbing creams or Vitamin E should never be used because it’s harmful towards your baby if ingested. Also, scented products are always a no no because it can alter the taste of your breastmilk causing breastfeeding to be difficult at times if your baby has grown used to the flavor.

The Best Option for YOU

Always ask your lactation consultant or doctor before choosing what to put on your breasts for sore nipples when breastfeeding. Some products may say “all natural” but it’s safer to ask a licensed professional who knows you and your body before you use something that could harm you or your baby.

Mother’s Day: What Gifts SpokesMom Danah Bordner Gives to her Daughters

Danah's daughter Taylor is excited to be a big sisterLoving Moments by Leading Lady SpokesMom Danah Bordner loves being a part of the LPGA tour and makes every effort to travel with her family to tournaments if possible. For Mother’s Day, Bordner shares which parts of Motherhood make the biggest impressions on her daughter Taylor, and what steps Bordner can take to ensure that both of her daughters are raised with the best values. We hope you get a chance to relax this Mother’s Day Danah, you’ve definitely earned it!

Being a mom is hard work, and being a working mom is even harder. It is truly a juggling act balancing my tour commitment with parenting, but I have to remind myself that nothing is ever more important than the love and wisdom I can give my child.

We are excited to be expecting another daughter in August. I know Taylor is going to be a great big sister. But, before I give birth, it’s important now to teach Taylor respect and kindness because pretty soon she will have to share the stage with her baby sister. I’m sure our patience will be tested, but it’s how you deal with those particular situations as parents that truly teach your child how to deal with growing up. After all, they learn by watching you!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’m thankful for my mother who taught me many valuable lessons in life that I can now share with my daughters.

Happy Mother’s Day to Danah and all of our Loving Moments moms!