Why is This SO Hard?!? Early Breastfeeding Challenges and How To Overcome Them

Why is This SO Hard?!? Early Breastfeeding Challenges and How To Overcome Them

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and we’re celebrating any parent that has tried to breastfeed (you get to define “try” anyway you like). Whether you provided one drop of breastmilk or several years worth or anything in between, you deserve to be celebrated. Because breastfeeding is HARD. If you’re in the early stages of establishing that relationship, then this blog is for you.

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Putting the “Grand” in Grandparent

Putting the “Grand” in Grandparent

You’ve probably heard about grandparents coming to visit when the new baby is born. This can be a dream when grandparents can help new parents get rest and food. You may have also heard about some grandparents who put the baby to sleep on their stomach or add rice cereal to a bottle of formula or breastmilk. Or, telling the parents what they are doing is wrong, even if its what their pediatrician told them to do. This can be more of a nightmare for new parents who start to distrust the new grandparents in caring for the new baby. Fortunately, there are ways grandparents-to-be can prepare for this new role by learning about boundaries and up to date newborn care. Check out our recommendations in this blog.

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You're Not a Perfect Mom And Here's Why

You're Not a Perfect Mom And Here's Why

How many times a day have you looked at your new baby, looked around your home, and crucified yourself because you are not a perfect mom? How many times a day do you beat yourself up because this new parenthood thing is SO different from how you imagined it would be? We see you. And we’ve got something we need to say to you.

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Bottle-Feeding Baby: The How, When, and Why

Bottle-Feeding Baby: The How, When, and Why

At Doulas of Raleigh, we support ALL of our clients’ feeding choices - breast, bottle, formula, a little bit of everything. Today we’re tackling questions about bottle-feeding. Introducing a bottle might sound simple, but there’s probably more to it than you know. Take a look.

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If I Could Just....Fill in the Blanks with Overnight Doulas

If I Could Just....Fill in the Blanks with Overnight Doulas

What could you do with a full night of restful, deep sleep? Would you be more patient with your older kids and your partner? Would you have the energy to do more of what you wanted to do? Would you be able to ____ (fill in the blank)? It’s time to fill in those blanks and actually get more sleep. We make it happen with our overnight postpartum doulas.

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What You Don’t Know About Weaning: Sadness, Rage, and Hormones

What You Don’t Know About Weaning: Sadness, Rage, and Hormones

Did ending your breastfeeding relationship with your baby come with some big, unexpected changes? Did you find yourself uncontrollably sad or mad or anxious? Did you think it couldn’t possibly be postpartum depression since your baby was older? Well, think again.

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