Imagine what your life would have been like if you had kept your eyelids shut for your entire lifetime. Your eyes would have worked perfectly and yet your sense of vision would have gone to waste. Similarly, not using your 3rd eye is keeping you in the dark in relation to…
don’t waste your time on a birth plan. I can almost guarantee you it won’t happen the way you write down. Sure, write down the things you do or don’t want, given you’re in a situation where you can’t decide for yourself, like whether or not you want your son to be circumcised, whether or not you…
Totally agree. A step-by-step birth plan will just make you depressed when you don’t get it. Make sure you have the basic things though!
I haven’t posted in awhile (lack of Internet) but here is my little Olive! She’s 7.5 months old now! She crawls, cruises, pulls herself up to stand, sits unassisted & can clap!
She’s so smart & is just absolute perfection. Her personality is growing & she’s such a sassy independent little girl!!! Some days she just wants momma though! We’re still breast feeding, & recently introduced solids on the occasion. She loves gnawing on fruits & veggies!! I can’t believe how much she’s grown, & I look forward to watching her blossom into the kind, eccentric human being I know she’s meant to be!
by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
· The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a normal fetus is sterile
· the type of delivery has an effect on the development of the intestinal microbiota
- vaginally born infants are colonized with their mother’s bacteria
- cesarean born infants’ initial exposure is more likely to environmental microbes from the air, other infants, and the nursing staff which serves as vectors for transfer
· babies at highest risk of colonization by undesirable microbes or when transfer from maternal sources cannot occur are cesarean-delivered babies, preterm infants, full term infants requiring intensive care, or infants separated from their mother
· breastfed and formula-fed infants have different gut flora
- breastfed babies have a lower gut pH (acidic environment) of approximately 5.1-5.4 throughout the first six weeks that is dominated by bifidobacteria with reduced pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes such as E coli, bacteroides, clostridia, and streptococci
- babies fed formula have a high gut pH of approximately 5.9-7.3 with a variety of putrefactive bacterial species
- in infants fed breast milk and formula supplements the mean pH is approximately 5.7-6.0 during the first four weeks, falling to 5.45 by the sixth week
- when formula supplements are given to breastfed babies during the first seven days of life, the production of a strongly acidic environment is delayed and its full potential may never be reached
- breastfed infants who receive supplements develop gut flora and behavior like formula-fed infants
· The neonatal GI tract undergoes rapid growth and maturational change following birth
- Infants have a functionally immature and immunonaive gut at birth
- Tight junctions of the GI mucosa take many weeks to mature and close the gut to whole proteins and pathogens
- Open junctions and immaturity play a role in the acquisition of NEC, diarrheal disease, and allergy
- sIgA from colostrum and breast milk coats the gut, passively providing immunity during the time of reduced neonatal gut immune function
- mothers’ sIgA is antigen specific. The antibodies are targeted against pathogens in the baby’s immediate surroundings
- the mother synthesizes antibodies when she ingests, inhales, or otherwise comes in contact with a disease-causing microbe
- these antibodies ignore useful bacteria normally found in the gut and ward off disease without causing inflammation
- As breast-milk has anti-infective properties, babies hardly have incidence of ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Babies never suffer from constipation, because breast-milk is more easily digested than formula.
- The babies stool is mild-smelling.
I was just telling a lady I met in the park the other day about how kids start school later in Finland and seem to perform better. I think they begin at 7 instead of 4-5.
THIS, all of this!
Im dreading Tsuki starting school at 4, its SOOOOO young! I was 5 when I started and its always seemed to young to me.
I love this so much. I wish I lived in Finland, honestly. I’d feel way more comfortable about sending Olive to a public school then.
I just want to sleep
Can you please watch the baby?
Wait, Stop. I’ll do it