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How to make lactation cookies (and why they work!)

I used this recipe on occasion during both of my breastfeeding journeys. Depending on the reason for a lactation increase, they work. Don’t worry though- you can also just eat them because they’re delicious. (In moderation! Metabolic dysfunction messes with lactation too!) [caption id="attachment_3967" align="aligncenter" width="800"] oatmeal cookies that are also full of health benefits[/caption] The main functions this recipe has are in the oats, brewers yeast, and flax seed. Oats are a mild galactagogue- they can increase breastmilk. The reason oats increase milk supply is threefold. Milky oats are a time honored nervous system tonic, so they help with stress which can interfere with let down. (milky oats and steel cut oats aren’t the same! But some parts of this nervine component is still true.) Oats...

Feeding Babies: It’s not as complicated as you’re trying to make it.

Written by Alicia Hart, ND Story time, y’all. With my first kid, I totally did that handmade steamed single veggie puree, each new vegetable accompanied by a 3 day wait to look for reactions to the food. We fussed and he fussed and it was a terrible time of grinding up baby oats and adding spirulina to things that had no business having spirulina on them. Fast forward 3 years later: Girl twin started eating by stealing bacon off my plate while I was distracted by her brothers. Boy twin refused to eat for months after she started eating. I came back from taking recycling out one night to find my older kid feeding girl twin raw cookie dough (Holy Salmonella, batman!) and before a year we...

You’re siiiiiick: Cold and flu prevention for everyone

by: Stacie Wolfe, ND You wake up and know the score immediately. Your body is tired and crabby. Your head feels so packed full of mucus that you can barely breathe, which is rad considering that between struggles to suck oxygen in through your one semi-functional nostril you are coughing yourself in half. One eye is inexplicably watering and you can't do anything but whine for someone, anyone, to come feel sorry for you. Oh my dear reader, you have the cold or flu. Bummer. Both the common cold and influenza are transmitted from person to person via respiratory droplets. Which means that every time that person on the bus sneezes onto the pole instead of into a contained space, you run the risk of getting...

Help! My Kid Won’t Eat 10 Do’s & Don’ts to Solve Mealtime Struggles

Guest blog by: Katharine Jeffcoat - pediatric nutritionist As our families march on towards the holidays, mealtime can become challenging for us all. For those of us with small children currently eating a limited diet, family meals can be especially stressful. I was talking to a local mama and pediatric nutritionist, Katharine Jeffcoat, recently about this conundrum and wouldn’t you know but she has already written a whole post of Do’s & Don’t’s for getting picky eaters on board. While some families still need expert help like Katharine’s to on board, her guide to helping selective eaters to broaden their palate is very useful. Read on for her take! At some point most parents will experience some type of picky eating behavior with their children (and if you don’t,...

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