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Postpartum Mindset // How to Process Your Birth & Overcome the Baby Blues


Postpartum Mindset // How to Process Your Birth & Overcome the Baby Blues

The Parenting Junkie explains the postpartum mindset. This video will give advice about postpartum mindset for new mom and postpartum mindset for first time mom. The parenting junkie will also discuss how to process your birth and process your birth story. This includes how to process your traumatic birth. This video also gives tips to overcome the baby blues. If you have more than the baby blues and know you have postpartum depression it is best to seek professional help. With the right help you can overcome postpartum depression and get help with baby blues. Birth is a big experience and a lot of people can have a post-traumatic birth that they need to process. In this video you’ll get tips for how to process your birth and how to overcome the baby blues. Being at home with a newborn can leave you feeling depressed after having a baby and if you had a birth trauma you can even have PTSD after childbirth. With some mindset shifts and help you can not only get through this baby blues time but also feel better.

If you feel you have PPD please get help [1:37]
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My Experience [5:11]
Find someone to talk to [7:35]
Don’t hide the fact that you’re having trouble [8:15]
This too shall pass [13:19]
Get Curious [16:50]
Connect with Others [17:47]

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Do Something for YOU! Reclaim Peace, Presence, & Play!


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Present Play – Your global village, where intentional parents thrive.

The Parenting Junkie says Do something for YOU! In this video you’ll learn about Present Play! The place to help you reclaim peace, presence, and play for you and your family. You deserve to do something for yourself. You deserve to be a part of a global village on this parenting journey. You deserve to reclaim peace in your home. You deserve to reclaim presence with your children. And you deserve to reclaim play for your family.

As a Present Play member you will be continually inspired and supported to take action in being the parent you want to be and creating a childhood both you and your children enjoy.

What it is: Present Play is an online membership for intentional parents who want to reclaim peace, presence and play for their family. It includes a video library of courses to help you design your spaces, manage your time and treat yourself and your family well. We’ll do the heavy lifting for you and read the parenting books, distilling and summarizing them for you into actionable inspiration.

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Best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts

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Still haven’t gotten mom a Mother’s Day gift, huh? Yeah, turns out that “busy being the perfect child” isn’t an excuse for not getting your mom a present.

Here’s your “oh shit” warning that the big day is May 12. The cutesy personalized gifts from Etsy that take four weeks to ship are out of the question. You’re going to need something that can ship out fast. 

SEE ALSO: Best gifts for mom that are less than $50

Every gift that we’ve listed below has free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime or Walmart — or it’s a subscription and doesn’t have to be shipped at all. Making a big purchase for mom (like a tablet or expensive robot vacuum) would typically require some research on your part, but you don’t exactly have time for that. We made sure to pick the best-of-the-best brands that mom is guaranteed to recognize and love. Read more…

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Medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding

An estimated 83% of new mothers in the United States breast-feed at some time during the postpartum period. Globally, more than half of women take one or more medications in the months after delivery — and the figure may be much higher in the United States.  Using the more conservative estimate of 50%, up to 1.5 million lactating women who gave birth in the United States in 2017 and their infants were exposed to medications and their potential effects. But since few clinical studies have explored the effects of drugs on lactation or on lactating women and their children,  health care providers often lack the evidence they need to counsel women on medication safety and breast-feeding.

Over the past several decades, various organizations have recognized the paucity of data in this area and tried to address it. In 1983, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Drugs identified and reviewed the secretion of pharmacologic agents in breast milk and the potential effects on infants, and the AAP issued subsequent consensus reports on this topic in 1989, 1994, and 2001.

In 2006, the National Library of Medicine launched the online database LactMed (lactmed.nlm.nih.gov), which has been critical in providing both clinicians and patients with information on the effects of various drugs on lactation and on the levels of these substances in breast milk and infant blood. LactMed relies on a consensus panel to review the scientific literature about individual medications; the panel then makes educated decisions regarding which medications may be safe during lactation, which medications require lactating women to discard their breast milk, and which medications may be suitable alternatives to those currently used.

Regrettably, the information available to guide these decisions is limited at best: 54% of the 1408 products in the LactMed database as of November 2018 had accompanying recommendations that were based on no lactation-specific data, and only 2% had recommendations that were based on strong data. Similarly, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looked at 575 prescription drug and biologic products with labelling approved between 2015 and 2017, it found that only 15% of products included data on human lactation.  Lactation-related post marketing studies had been performed for only 11 products, and these studies enrolled a combined total of 27 lactating women.

The importance of including pregnant and lactating women in clinical research has been recognized since at least 1985, when it was addressed in a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force on Women’s Health Issues. It wasn’t until two decades later, however, that the FDA published guidance for industry on conducting studies in lactating women, and another 10 years elapsed before the agency sponsored national meetings on the safety of drugs used during lactation.

Finally, in 2017, the 21st Century Cures Act established the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women to evaluate the safety of medications and biologic products used during pregnancy and lactation and provide recommendations to the secretary of HHS.

The group’s report, published in September 2018, highlights the lack of data on the safe use of medications for pregnant and lactating women. In a review of original research-based articles published between 2006 and 2017 — including basic science and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies; randomized, controlled trials; cohort studies; and case series and reports — the report identified roughly 7000 articles related to pregnancy and only 340 addressing lactation.

In keeping with these findings, federal funding allocated to research on breast-feeding, lactation, and breast milk has been extremely limited. In 2017, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for research on these topics totalled $92 million, or 0.3% of the agency’s budget. In comparison, the NIH spent almost $6 billion on cancer research and $1.1 billion on diabetes research.

Medications used during lactation are considered “on label” when they are used for an indication for which the FDA has approved their use in nonlactating women. Women with hypertension, for example, commonly take antihypertensive medications during pregnancy and post partum. Unfortunately, although studies of the effects of such medications in lactating women are feasible,  the lack of existing data hinders both dosing and counseling.

Changes in women’s physiology and in milk composition during the postpartum period add to the complexity of optimizing dosing and evaluating safety. In addition to studies on maternal pharmacology and transfer of substances to infants, there is a need for research that captures the effect of changing maternal physiology as well as differences in the levels of various medications in foremilk (initial milk) and hindmilk.

Another challenge facing lactating women and their physicians is that some lactation-specific conditions, such as inadequate milk supply, lack FDA-approved therapies. As a result, women use medications approved for other conditions or dietary supplements to address lactation-related issues. For example, metoclopramide, a medication used in gastroesophageal reflux disease, is commonly used off label in the United States for increasing milk supply.

Its efficacy for this indication is unclear, however, and it carries a risk of serious side effects, including depression and heart palpitations. The herbal supplement fenugreek has also been cited as improving milk supply, but dietary supplements don’t require FDA review or approval. The effect of such products on long-term maternal and child health is therefore unknown.

Despite these challenges, there are opportunities that could substantially improve our understanding of the effects of medications on lactation. Since many women take both prescription and non-prescription medications while breast-feeding, opportunistic studies are a viable option for evaluating dosing, efficacy, and safety. Inclusion of lactating women in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials would also provide information regarding dosing and efficacy.

Studies focused on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics can be performed on fairly small cohorts of patients and still provide data regarding drug dosing and safety.  These studies could be followed by larger-scale, phase 3 and 4 clinical trials for indicated therapies.

The benefits of breast-feeding for both mothers and infants have been well documented and include reduced infant morbidity and mortality and lower rates of childhood infections, leukaemia, obesity, and diabetes; potentially improved cognitive development among children; and reduced rates of maternal premenopausal breast cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

We are fortunate that in the United States, barriers to breast-feeding have been reduced as a result of federal efforts to facilitate lactation in the workplace.  Finally, as of 2018, all 50 states have laws that specifically allow women to breast-feed in any public or private location. In addition, professional societies such as the AAP recommend exclusive breast-feeding for the first 6 months after birth.

Given the national push to encourage breast-feeding, women who are lactating will probably represent a growing percentage of the population. Despite this trend, we are no closer to answering the question, “Is it safe?” for many medications used during lactation. In the absence of clinical and pharmacologic studies that include pregnant and lactating women, health care providers will continue to counsel their pregnant and lactating patients without adequate information on the safety, efficacy, and appropriate dosing of therapeutic products. Given the ultimate impact of breast-feeding on more than 80% of the U.S. population, efforts to fill the void with definitive conclusions about safety are critical for public health.

MEDICATIONS YOU’RE TAKING ARE SAFE IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT. BUT DURING PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING EXPERTS SAY THE CONVERSATION SHOULD BE AN EVEN BIGGER PRIORITY. IN TONIGHT’S HEALTHBEAT, KELOLAND’S SOPHIE ONE STEP TO MAKE SURE HER BABY ARRIVED HEALTHY WAS CHECKING WITH HER DOCTOR TO SEE IF HER MEDICATIONS WERE SAFE. “WITH ANY MEDICATION THERE’S CONCERNS EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT PREGNANT, AND SO TO BE ABLE TO ASK MY DOCTOR ABOUT THOSE IS VERY HELPFUL,” BAKER SAID. NOW THAT BAKER’S BREASTFEEDING HER DAUGHTER THE CONCERN ABOUT MEDICATIONS DOESN’T GO AWAY. “IF YOU GET A THING TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICATIONS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING IS THE RISK VERSUS THE BENEFIT. “WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE MEDICATION? AND DO THE BENEFITS OUTWEIGH THE RISK TO YOU AND BABY,” DR.

ABREA ROARK SAID. WOMEN WHO TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND BECOME PREGNANT SHOULDN’T IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE TAKING THEM. INSTEAD DR. ABREA ROARK SAYS THEY SHOULD SPEAK WITH THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT WHAT THE SAFEST HEALTH PLAN IS FIRST. “I THINK COMMONLY WE’LL HAVE A LOT OF PATIENTS ON AN ANTI-DEPRESSANT OR SOMETHING ON THE SSRI SPECTRUM. A LOT OF THOSE MEDICATIONS, WOMEN WOULD DO BETTER IF THEY WEANED THEM,” ROARK SAID. IF YOU’RE BREASTFEEDING, SHE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR DOCTOR KNOWS, TO BE SURE YOU’RE GETTING A MEDICATION THAT IS SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY. “I DO THINK OVERALL A LOT OF OUR MEDICATIONS ARE PRETTY SAFE IN BREASTFEEDING.

LIKE THE EXCRETION WOULD HAVE TO BE REALLY HIGH TO HAVE BABIES BE AFFECTED, EVEN WITH MOMS ON ANTIBIOTICS OR YOU KNOW, STEROIDS,” ROARK SAID. ROARK SAYS WHETHER IT’S OVER THE COUNTER OR PRESCRIPTION, TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR CAN HELP PROVIDE THE SAFEST PREGNANCY PLAN FOR YOU. WITH HEALTHBEAT.

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I don’t want my bullying mother on our holiday. Am I being unfair? | Dear Mariella

Your marriage has been hijacked enough, says Mariella Frostrup. Stop taking on your mother’s problems

The dilemma I’m 50 soon. I’m happily married, I have friends and my work is fulfilling – but I’m desperate. My mother has Avoidant Personality Disorder. She’s getting therapy, which she says won’t work. She never remarried or had a relationship since I was a baby, and she has no friends. Over the past few years, my husband and I have taken her on holiday. Now she keeps hinting that my husband “needs a holiday” – I know exactly what she means. I don’t know how to tell her that we need time to ourselves. She looks for chinks in my armour and is delighted when I’m wrong. I’m exhausted by her bullying, catastrophising and ridiculous silent treatment. I can stand up to her, but she denies her bad behaviour. She hit me once – she knew she’d gone too far and could see I was angry. She uses her illnesses, jealousy and loneliness as a lever against us. I’m forever treading on eggshells. I want a holiday, with my husband, alone, but it feels like I’m asking for too much. I feel like a crap daughter.

Mariella replies You’re certainly not. Though if you stopped accepting your mother’s load as though it were your own you might be an even better one. Supporting her struggle to lead a normal life is the decent thing to do, enabling her not to have to confront her peccadilloes is altogether different. There is a natural evolution in the relationship between parent and child that culminates in the end of dependence, but hopefully not of love and mutual care. It’s a clear line that needs to be respected on both sides of the generational divide and my sense here is that her situation has engulfed you in a tangled jungle of compassion, responsibility and guilt.

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10 Parenting Practices to Stop (don’t worry, I’ve done them too)


DON’T SOLVE CHILD BEHAVIOR WITH THESE 10 PARENTING PRACTICES
The Parenting Junkie says DON’T solve child behavior with these 10 parenting practices. These are all common, mainstream parenting practices to stop and why not time out and the reason why not spank. Rooted in the teachings of Alfie Kohn and his book called Punished by Rewards, you’ll get new insight on why mindful parenting is the gateway to connection. The problem with mainstream parenting is that it doesn’t start with the question of how to raise an empathic child. Instead of behavior modification, teaching empathy to kids has long lasting impact. Teaching mindfulness to children informs you why not label kids and the problem with reward systems for kids. So if you wonder what’s wrong with behavior charts, don’t compare your child and get some tips from Dr Laura Markham while you’re at it.

My Thoughts on these Mainstream Parenting Practices:
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2. Threatening [3:34]
3. Time Outs [4:38]
4. Punishments vs Consequences [6:00]
5. Bribes [8:12]
6. Shaming [9:55]
7. Reward Systems & Sticker Charts [12:02]
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9. Yelling [16:15]
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High Life review – Robert Pattinson heads for infinity and beyond | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week

An astronaut on an odyssey to a distant black hole faces the challenges of parenting – and existential panic – in Claire Denis’ superbly eerie, mysterious space drama

Claire Denis’s deep space trauma High Life is an Old Testament parable catapulted forward into the 23rd century, a primal scene in a pressurised cabin of sci-fi pessimism, suppressed horror and denied panic. As if in a recurring dream, Denis brings us repeatedly to the image of a cream-panelled spaceship corridor that curves sharply around to the right; the area is at first pristine and then, as the years go by, shabby and derelict, stained with what may be body fluids. And what is around that corner?

This is a bizarre new creationist myth for those of us who ever wondered in childhood, and then forgot to wonder, about the taboo-breaking involved in propagating a race from just two people in the Garden of Eden, or two species representatives in the ark. It is also a tale of imperial expansion and sexual beings under pressure, just as in earlier Denis movies such as Beau Travail (1999) or White Material (2009); this is written by Denis with Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox and Nick Laird, shot with luminous mystery by cinematographer Yorick Le Saux, with an eerie musical score by Stuart Staples of the band Tindersticks.

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5 Decluttering Mistakes to Avoid (STOP SABOTAGING YOUR EFFORTS!)


5 Decluttering Mistakes to Avoid // Stop Sabotaging Your Efforts!

The Parenting Junkie shares with us common decluttering mistakes we all make. After watching this you’ll know which decluttering mistakes to avoid. Specifically this video will address 5 decluttering mistakes. After learning these 5 decluttering mistakes to avoid you’ll be on your way to a more minimalist and clean space. Before you declutter you should definitely watch this so you know which decluttering mistakes to avoid. These tips also include decluttering with kids and whether or not you should involve them in the decluttering toys process. This will help you overcome decluttering obstacles and the various decluttering challenges you have faced thus far in your decluttering efforts. Keep trying to declutter but getting stuck – consider this your decluttering troubleshooting guide. These decluttering tips can also be applied to decluttering for kids. By learning how not to declutter you’ll be able to better focus your decluttering efforts. As many items can be sentimental with kids these decluttering for moms tips will help you learn what not to do so you can keep the clutter out. After this video you’ll be on your way knowing how to declutter and be able to put your decluttering ideas into practice.

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GET YOUR KIDS OUTSIDE! (5 Excuses Holding You Back)


GET YOUR KIDS OUTSIDE (5 Excuses Holding You Back)

The Parenting Junkie shares 5 reasons you might not be getting outside and what you can do about it. We all know you need to get your kids outside. Even mainstream media is sending the message to get kids outside. You probably have reasons kids aren’t outside, including reasons your kids aren’t outside. In order to get kids in nature we need to make it a priority. To help get your kids in nature it helps to have the right gear. When you get kids to play outside you know you are serving their well-being. When you get kids to play in nature they benefit from the sense and natural color palette nature provides. By not getting outside our kids are suffering. By kids not playing outside they are losing out on time to move their bodies freely. By kids not getting in nature they are missing out on all the exploration that comes from the natural world. By kids not playing in nature they are losing out on a wonderful sensory experience. There are probably multiple reasons you are not going outside and reasons kids won’t go outside but luckily today this video will show you what you can do about it.

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Here are 5 Reasons You Might Not be Getting Outdoors Enough with Your Kids and What You Can Do About it:
#1 – They don’t want to go outside [0:40]
#2 – It’s too hot! [1:47]
#3 – It’s too cold! [2:33]
#4 – We don’t have time [3:21]
#5 – It’s boring! [3:59]

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Breast v bottle? Motherhood is messy enough without picking sides | Hadley Freeman

It’s one of life’s ironies that this debate will rage most loudly when a woman is at her most vulnerable

My experience with breastfeeding was as relaxed as it was completely atypical. I had a C-section, which meant I stayed in hospital a few nights to recover, which meant in turn I got to know one of the night nurses. Every night, she took the time to teach me the basics of breastfeeding, reassuring me that I was doing just marvellously.

When I got home, a friend who, like me, had twins, told me that if I wanted to retain my sanity I should get some help a couple of nights a week (our topic for today is feeding, but synchronising the sleep patterns of newborn twins will one day be my magnum opus). I was lucky enough to be able to afford this, which meant that someone regularly came to my home and, again, helped me breastfeed. When I told her I wanted to do mixed feeding – breast milk and formula – because my body needed a break, she unhesitatingly showed me how to make formula. As a result, I experienced none of the anguished emotions I’d seen so many friends go through about feeding. This is because I was blessed with luck (meeting the nurse) and privilege (being able to afford help), neither of which should be the determining factors about how a woman feeds her baby.

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