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100% Guarantee secret to increase your milk supply One of the most common questions I get when I'm doing my lactation classes or private consults is, How do I increase my milk supply?  It's almost like it's been a lost secret NOT passed down generation to generation since the beginning of time. So many women struggle with their milk supply, or so they think, its even become a reason to choose not to breastfeed, because you never know how much milk you have.  Unfortunately, we don't have the answer to how much milk you actually have because, we can't see it and pumping can't tell you either. Yes, that's right...pumping can't tell you exactly either.  To all those women dragging themselves down the path of defeat and failure because they only pump 1 oz. of milk, the pump is NEVER a clear indication of the milk in your breasts.  Oh, that dreaded pump; it's a blessing and a curse (psst....we'll talk about the blessing later) The pump was designed to mimic the baby sucking; some boobs fall for it, and some boobs not so much. There are many home remedies and old wives tales that tell you if you want to increase your milk supply, drink the tea or take the supplement that supports it.  Herbs like, fenugreek, blessed thistle, and alfalfa have all been talked about when it comes to increasing your milk supply. Unfortunately, no science has been able to prove that it actually does, so if it works for you, it may be the placebo effect. (NOTE:  Fenugreek can interfere with blood sugar levels so check with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.  Oh, and it makes you smell like maple syrup!) Now back to that pump contraption...the pump, although probably not your favorite thing in the world, it may actually become your most prized possession, especially if you're thinking about increasing your milk supply. Now here's SECRET #1!

3 things every woman wants to know It's funny how most men think women can be difficult creatures.   Sure, we're emotional, sensitive, pondering human beings, but we're not that complicated.  Women have so many roles to play in life.  We take on new roles and challenges every day, but no matter what is going on in our lives, there are 3 BIG and important things every woman wants to know.  These are not in any particular order of importance and honestly depending on the day and what's going on around us, the importance of each of these can change making one more valuable than the other. Women want to know that they're supported. Not in that superficial and basic way like, "sure honey, whatever you want" way, but rather in the way that makes women think that their thoughts, ideas and opinions are valuable.  Further, that their stance on things, situations...

7 Questions you should never ask a Woman that has just had a baby It's a challenging time for women shortly after giving birth.  Not only are hormones still amok, but having to deal with the trauma of birth, especially all of the body changes is not fun.  Adjusting to life with a newborn is not always seamless, even for a seasoned parent; pair that, with the lack of sleep, and it can become very overwhelming. Many people want to offer their support and help during this time, and most of those thoughtful gestures are appreciated, but there are some things that you should never ask a woman that has just given birth. Here are 7 questions you should never ask a Woman that has just had a baby: How long did it take?  Not only has she just gone through one of, if not the most, PAINFUL. EXPERIENCE. EVER, but reminding her of...

This month's special area of focus is Maternal and Child Health in Rotary.  Rotary is an organization dedicated to helping people around the world and within their own local communities. "1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world."   The Rotary Club of East Nassau in The Bahamas invited me to be their guest speaker to address the importance of supporting Maternal & Child Health in our community.  Although, a very broad topic, I decided to have an open discussion with them about Breastfeeding.  Many people have misconceptions about the importance and long term benefits about breastfeeding, all of which directly impact both maternal and child health. For some reason, the impact and importance of breastfeeding has been a topic not addressed openly and frequently enough.  In fact, talking about breastfeeding makes some people feel uncomfortable.  In truth, most people...

Recipe: Raspberry Coconut Frozen Pops It's a bit early for raspberry season which typically starts in summer until early fall, but for almost all of us we're able to get fresh raspberries most of the year, albeit always sweetest in season.  For this recipe, I prefer to use the frozen bags of raspberries because it's just easier that way for me.  I always buy the bags of frozen fruit and toss them in smoothies for breakfast, so it's something I always have on hand. I find it challenging sometimes to give my kids sweet treats and not feel guilty about all of the processed ingredients and tons of sugar, so many times I will make my own healthier versions of things that they already love.  This frozen pop idea is one of those things that especially in the summer, I make for the kids.  Homemade granola is also better than store-bought.  The...

Easter Holiday Weekend has got to be one of my favorite holidays.  Not only because in the Bahamas we get four days off but because the Easter prep work is so much fun with the kids.  Decorating Easter eggs, having Easter egg hunts, baking cupcakes, decorating cupcakes, eating fish and way too many hot cross buns- yeah, that's what I call a good time! This year I decided to get a new idea on Easter egg decorating, so I turned to Martha [Stewart], Living Magazine for some speckled egg inspiration. Here's how it went:   We boiled our eggs hard, let them cool (which takes forever, so put them in ice cold water to speed it up), we added our egg coloring dye tablets, you can also use a few drops of food coloring.  I also added a few drops of white vinegar to the water to make the colors brighter.  We...