Once a month I will be sharing some of the Births I have photographed through Manda’s Memories Photography. I have been photographing births for nearly 4 years and each birth is so unique. Documenting a babies birth day is so special; capturing the moment they take their first breath and finally feel fresh air on their skin. These memories slip away so fast but having them documented is a true gift.
This birth I have chosen to showcase this month took place at home. They kept the gender a surprise and the anticipation was high! Mom wanted to have the baby in the water but never quite made it back to the tub.
Getting together with other nursing moms and making lactation cookies? Yes Please!
Three of us got together one Sunday afternoon to have a Lactation Cookie Party. It was a great idea. We all had little nurslings (5 months or less) who were in attendance as well. This was a great way to talk about breastfeeding and mommy hood – all while building up our supply. Recipes we used can be found at the bottom of this post.
Mix 4 tablespoons of water and flaxseed meal in a bowl – set aside.
In a stand mixer, combine coconut oil, applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix well. It will not be creamy like chocolate chips cookies made with butter.
This is usually when I remember to preheat the oven – Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix in eggs, vanilla, and your flaxseed meal mixture. Mix well.
Add your flour, oats, and fun ingredients (chocolate chips, apple pie spice, etc). The dough will be sticky. It takes me 15 minutes to get to this point.
I used a pampered chef cookie scoop – the 1” size I think and placed 12 scoops on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. You could make the cookies smaller.
Bake for 9 minutes. They will be slightly soft when you take them out. Remove to the counter or a baking rack to cool. I don’t let them sit on the cookie sheet because I want to put the next batch in and minimize my hands on time with these.
July’s Employee Pick of the Month comes from Raquel. She recently relocated to North Carolina after spending most of her life in Brooklyn. Her daughter, Anaïs, just turned two this past April. These two are kind and generous, and can usually be found in the front of the store or off practicing/teaching yoga.
Raquel’s pick of the month is the Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow. Many mainstream nursing pillows are made from synthetic fibers, but the Blessed Nest Nursing Pillow is filled with organic bulkwheat hulls. When Raquel was deciding on cloth diapers and other products she would use for Anaïs, having natural and organic materials was an integral part of what she chose. Raquel loves this pillow and recommends it for many reasons:
it’s maleable-the pillow shapes and adjusts to fit your body and your baby’s.
it’s multi-purpose– the pillow can be used to help mom get comfortable, it can be used to support various nursing positions for baby, as a laptop pillow, etc.
it’s made by moms for moms-locally made with certified organic materials and designed specifically for moms
it’s organic and shipped in biodegradable materials-good for mom, baby and the earth
it can be used after nursing…
Raquel said this several times. This pillow is useful for more than just nursing.
When nursing it is really hard to maintain good posture, in fact it tends to cause us to round our spines, which can lead to a sore, tight back. Raquel recommends using the pillow to help alleviate that pain.
Lay on your back with the nursing pillow evenly placed between your shoulder blades. Then grab a rolled up towel or if you have it yoga block, and place that at the base of your neck. Lay there and take some deep breaths. Just relax for a bit. You’ll feel your chest and back open up as you relax into this pose. This is a great trick to use to help offset the effects nursing can have on your back and posture.
If you are looking for a great yoga class, check out Raquel’s class at the store on Thursday nights.
The Employee Pick of the month is a series that spotlights an employee at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and a favorite item in the store.
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