The Medical Community Is Failing Breastfeeding Moms - How To Find The Support You Need

by 08/03/14   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding

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Before my son was born I figured breastfeeding would be a snap. Honestly, how hard could it be? One, attach baby. Two, baby nurses. The end. Ha. When my son was a newborn he was a lazy eater. He’d get latched on, then just lay there, I guess waiting for breast milk to magically pour into his mouth. Considering I managed to get him latched on, you’d think the nurses or hospital staff could have helped me get him to actually nurse. But no. When the hospital staff saw my son wouldn’t eat, they jumped right to, “You’ll have to give him formula.” I begged for a lactation consultant, but the hospital had just one on duty, and, “She was busy.” When I refused formula they actually threatened me, “You’re not leaving the hospital until we know you’re giving him formula.” In the end I was lucky because when my midwife stopped by to check on me, she had a simple plan, “Place your pinky finger ever so slightly in the outer part of his inner ear.” This trick stimulated my son’s sucking reflex and we were golden. The hospital, by the way, still sent me packing with a huge bag of formula cans, which I discarded.

Unfortunately, a recent CNN article shows that not only was my experience typical, but actually far better than what many new moms experience when it comes to breastfeeding. The CNN piece paints a depressing picture, with numerous examples of how the medical community has been failing new mamas for years when it comes to helping them achieve breastfeeding success. More and more hospitals are banning formula, yet mothers are still left mostly to their own devices when it comes to learning how to breastfeed and how to deal with breastfeeding problems. That’s unacceptable. Keep reading to learn more and to be directed to some helpful resources.

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10 Easy, Natural Ways to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

by 08/02/14   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding, green baby, parenting

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Why Your Family Should Quit Using Paper Towels Immediately

by 08/01/14   filed under: green family

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Paper towels create a major drain on the environment. Hopefully this isn’t news to you, but paper towels do actually come from trees. Now of course, the paper industry calls trees a “renewable resource,” which serves to remind consumers that they shouldn’t worry. Anyone can plant more trees right? Sure they can. In fact, all of the major paper industry manufacturers plant tons of trees each year. That said, let’s be honest and admit that planting new trees is hardly the same as preserving years-old forests. Plus, no matter if the paper industry plants trees or not, the issue is more complicated than you might think.

Conserveatree points out that, “Counting trees individually misses much of their value. “Saving forests” should be the resource focus. Trees are not a “crop” in the normal sense of the word. They are not planted on agricultural farmland. Before a tree farm is planted, forests have to fall. While some trees are grown on plantations for the paper industry, particularly in the southern United States, these replanted trees do not make a true forest. They are usually managed intensively, with heavy use of petrochemical inputs such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.” On top of this, replanted trees, unlike real forests are not self-sustaining and tree pulp used for paper products can only be considered a true “renewable” resource when the wood has been certified as sustainably-harvested. Paper towels create other problems too, beyond ruining forests, such as:

  • The US Fish & Wildlife Service notes that industrial paper plantations is the leading cause of freshwater wetland loss.
  • Almost all paper towels are manufactured with chlorine, a known toxin which also releases extremely carcinogenic dioxins into the environment. In fact, in 1985, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled dioxin “the most potent carcinogen ever tested in laboratory animals.”
  • According to various reports, the paper industry is highly responsible for the release of persistent toxic pollutants into the environment, including the above mentioned chlorine but also mercury, lead and phosphorus.
  • The paper industry is the biggest industrial water user of all time, using up around 11% of all freshwater in industrial nations.
  • Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste plus a full third of municipal landfill waste, and in turn, municipal landfills account for one third of human-related methane emissions.
  • Most commercial inks used for paper towel designs are made with petroleum, a non-renewable resource.

All in all, the Environmental Paper Network notes that, “Global paper consumption is currently running at more than 350 million tons per year and fast approaching an unsustainable one million tons per day.” Every time you buy paper towels you’re contributing to a massive eco-problem.

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Petit Collage's New Craft Kits, Puzzles and Placemats Boost Creativity and Fun

by 08/01/14   filed under: craft, eco toddler, green family, green kids, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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LEGO Fusion Couples LEGO Construction with Virtual App Games for Kids

by 08/01/14   filed under: eco play, gadget, green kids, green toys, kid gadgets

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Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Important Reminders About Keeping Kids Out of Hot Cars

by 07/31/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, health & body

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It’s the height of summer, which means it’s also time for a super important safety reminder. Never, ever, leave your child alone in your vehicle, not even for a minute. Even with a window cracked open and your car parked in the shade in 60-70 degree weather, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees! A national survey done by the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) shows that a full 45% of parents think it is “very unlikely” a child in their neighborhood could “die from the heat” after being left in a car, yet this happens, on average, around 38 times a year. In 2011 more than 20 children died from heat exposure (medically termed “hyperthermia”) after being left in the car, while data from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences shows that a full 32 children died in 2012 from heatstroke. Some parents assume that as long as they hurry, their child will be fine in a hot car, but as Lorrie Walker, Child Passenger Safety Training Manager of Safe Kids Worldwide, says, cars heat up alarmingly fast, noting, “The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse. Because children’s bodies heat up by as much as five times faster than adults, this makes them much more susceptible to heatstroke.” Safe Kids notes that it can take as little as 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures for a child locked inside. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that even cooler temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise well above 110° Fahrenheit inside your car very quickly. More kids die in hot cars in June, July and August than in other months. With all this in mind, NHTSA and SafeKids are currently trying to raise awareness about kids and car safety. Keep reading to see some extremely important tips.

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Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: How Getting Our Kids Moving Can Help Them Learn Better

by 07/31/14   filed under: education, health & body, kids health

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For the many parents who are concerned that kids are spending increasingly ridiculous amounts of time in front of a screen (including during school hours), there is a silver lining on the horizon: the emerging field of embodied cognition and how it can be applied in educational technology. Embodied cognition poses the idea that our bodies play an influential part on the mind and are integral to the learning process. Educational technology (i.e. the technology used to aid learning) has become a larger part of the classroom than ever, and now there are numerous studies to support the idea that these types of programs should be interactive and kinesthetic rather than passive. Moving our bodies helps us better understand and relate to concepts including those that are more abstract or theoretical in nature. Embodied cognition makes sense to most parents since we spend many hours storytelling through playing pretend and helping kids with hands-on activities such as understanding how to buckle their seat belt or tie their shoes; we have seen how using their bodies to learn songs and words (even baby signs) generally helps kids to remember. Schools (for a variety of logistical as well as philosophical reasons) have often perpetuated the standard “look and listen,” lecture-based model for decades, and embodied cognition represents a welcome departure from this pedagogy.

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DIY Project: Capture Sunshine in a Jar!

by 07/31/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green family, green kids, how-to, kid friendly

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Research Shows that Spanking May Lead to Less Gray Matter in Kids' Brains

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