Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!
- Take It Off: Why You Should Drop Your Newborn’s Hat. Snuggling a newly-born baby skin-to-skin with mama (with NO HAT in the way to block that intoxicating newborn smell!) is the best way to keep baby warm, and also helps ensure a safe third stage of labor (i.e., delivery of the placenta). If your newborn is handed to you swaddled with a cap, simply remove everything but baby’s diaper, cuddle baby to your bare chest, and put a blanket over the two of you — research has confirmed it’s what Mother Nature intended. (Modern Alternative Pregnancy)
- Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for the Physiologic Approach. Finally reading this book, and oh, how I LOVE it! Meticulously researched and referenced, perfect for anyone (birth professional or not) who craves birth data!
- Ten True Things About the First Year of Parenthood. Really liked this. Especially #8: “The most important thing to get for your baby is not a Rock n’ Play, nor a good set of swaddling blankets, nor a high-end stroller. The most important thing to get for your baby is a village. Your village will keep you afloat.” (Huffington Post)
- Night Nursing: A Podcast Interview with Nancy Mohrbacher. In the U.S., mothers experience immense cultural pressure to get their babies to sleep through the night as early as possible. Many mamas do not realize that efforts to reduce night feedings/wakings may interfere with milk production and achievement of long-term breastfeeding goals. Fantastic interview on night nursing with renowned IBCLC Nancy Mohrbacher! (Motherlove)
- Plus-Size Babywearing. A helpful overview of different baby carriers great for plus-size babywearers! (Plus Size Birth)