What if you could teach your baby how to sleep, get breastfeeding help, learn techniques for yourself about how to deal with stress and anxiety, and be taught infant massage all at once?
Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again! Because of all of the wonderful education I’ve had over the years, I’m able to bring you this too-good-to-be-true package! I know first-hand what it feels like to bring home a new baby or two. It was always one of the toughest times in my life. I consider myself to be someone who usually has everything under control, but post-birth is just tough.
There are raging hormones, painful healing that’s happening either from a vaginal or c-section delivery, painful breasts as your milk comes in, then more pain if you are going to try and breastfeed, sleep deprivation, and possibly other kids you’re coming home to. Then you’ve got well-meaning family and friends who want to see your new bundle of joy, too! And all you really want is a hot shower, yummy food, and a good long sleep. But unless you’ve got some really amazing family around you, that doesn’t usually happen too often. It’s enough to make any new mom feel sad, lonely, overwhelmed, anxious, and maybe even depressed. I will give you tools to use to help you feel less of those nasty feelings and have more happy times that you can spend getting to know your new baby!
Sleep deprivation increases a mother’s chances of developing postpartum depression (PPD). In fact, more than 75% of the parents I work with have at least one parent who is suffering from either PPD or postpartum anxiety when we first start working together. I’m happy to report that many are feeling much better after their child is on a good schedule and is sleeping better (and they are, too)!
I’ve helped many parents go from feeling completely overwhelmed to feeling like they’ve “got this”! The sleep teaching method I’m going to talk to you about is a great way to gently teach your baby as you go so you don’t have to reteach them later on. There is so much growing and learning your baby needs to do in the first few months that it’s imperative that they get the sleep they need, too. In fact 65% of your baby’s growth is done while they are sleeping. And most of that growing happens during REM sleep, which is when your child has longer, restorative sleep. This method is not about cutting feeds or doing any sort of sleep training as you might be imagining it to be. No, this is all about creating a good sleep foundation and teaching good habits early on – without crying.
Because I’m a Certified Lactation Counselor, I can also help you with any breastfeeding questions or concerns you may have. It’s one thing to take a breastfeeding class before your baby is born, but it’s very different once baby is here! You might have a couple of questions now that you’ve gotten things started with nursing. Maybe it’s a latch or positioning question, you’re unsure about milk storage, you need help using your pump, you’ve got too much or too little milk supply, or maybe you just want someone to confirm that you’re doing things correctly. These things may not have warranted a visit to the doctor or outside lactation consultant, but we can go through them once I’m there with you. And if you’re breastfeeding like a pro or not breastfeeding at all, no worries! You can still get this package. We’ll just cover more under the sleep, massage, and self-care categories.
Finally, we’ll also go through how to massage your baby. This is such an awesome gift to be able to give to your child! There are many benefits of infant massage, including…
- Helps with infant and parent bonding / attachment
- Relaxation for baby
- Helps baby to feel loved and nurtured
- Helps parents learn about their baby’s needs and desires
- Promotes better sleep
- Facilitates body awareness
- Sensory stimulation
- Boosts immune system
- Improves skin condition
- Relief for gas and colic symptoms
- Helps digestion
- Improves blood circulation
- Balances respiration
- Helps with waste elimination
- Relief for teething pains
- Helps to build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
- Relaxes parents
- Pleasurable experience
- Stimulates production of Oxytocin (hormone produced during massage that be useful as a pain reliever, has a calming effect, reduce stress, and enhances the bonding process)