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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

We hope you had as much fun as we did

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!

It's Party Time

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by…

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!

Father's Day Gift Idea's for the 7th-Inning Stretch

  By Shannon Smith Buy him…

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

Feet Stomping, Hand Clapping Goodness

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!
26 May 2015 18:24

  By Shannon Smith Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks—show that important Dad in your life that you’re his #1 fan with one of these ‘outta the park’ picks for Father’s Day!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!
26 May 2015 17:47

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by Ligia Ann Photography Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of t [ ... ]

Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer
26 May 2015 17:00

By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn in [ ... ]

ThePoodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy
26 May 2015 16:30

By: Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha DeLeon Photography | SamanthaDeleonPhotography.wordpress.com The Poodlums break down musical equipment as children approach them shyly. “I just wanted to say you guys did rea [ ... ]

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

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Breast Is Best—for Moms, too!

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4 Reasons Breast feeding Rules!

By Amy Crelly

We all know nursing is best for babies, but breastfeeding provides a lot of perks for moms, too. Research shows that just by breastfeeding, women can cut their risk of developing cancer (breast, uterine and ovarian) as well as osteoporosis. Beyond the big health benefits, we also love these everyday advantages:

 

1. Convenience
Maybe you like mixing formula and heating bottles at 3 a.m., on way too little sleep, while a baby shrieks for you to do it faster. But if that’s not your thing, breastfeeding rules. “It’s warm, it’s ready, and it’s convenient!” says Jackie Belau, "Maternity Maven” and founder of BetterBirthSacramento.com. Belau says she has heard many a new mom rave about the advantages of being able to roll to their crying baby's crib and roll right back into bed for some precious, precious rest during feedings. Really, what could be easier?

2. Weight Loss
Moms who breastfeed exclusively burn an average of about 500 calories a day—that’s about an hour’s worth of slogging away on the Stairmaster or 30 laps in the pool! Plus, hormones released while nursing help the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster. Breastfeeding also reduces levels of stress hormones like cortisol (which is notorious for packing on pounds). Bye-bye, baby bulge!


You’re Invited! (B.Y.O.Q.) 

Nursing may be the most natural thing in the world, but it's not always easy. Discover Breastfeeding Secrets (including practical tips, resources and support) with a local La Leche League Leader at this year’s Babies & Bumps event—Sunday, March 27th. It's just one of the free workshop talks new parents can enjoy that day. So mark your calendar and bring your own questions. We’ll see you there!


3. Big Savings
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for baby’s first six months and continuing for at least the first year. Over that time, bottle-feeding costs can add up quickly while mommies’ milk is free. “Even if a mom had to visit a lactation consultant and buy a pump, the savings are just HUGE!” says Meg Mark, La Leche League Leader for the Roseville/Citrus Heights group. Most estimates put the dollar amount somewhere around $400; some say $1,000 or even $2,000, particularly after factoring in health care costs. Belau explains: “Moms pass along antibodies to their babies when breastfeeding,” boosting their immunity to all kinds of illnesses and infections. A Kaiser Permanente study done back in 1994-95 found that babies who were breastfed for a minimum of 6 months had fewer health care claims than formula-fed infants, to the tune of $1,435 in average savings. Fewer doctors’ visits, less colic, less crying, and way less worry? Priceless!

4. That Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Research reveals what a lot of moms already know: Breastfeeding offers a significant mental/emotional health boost. “The hormone release that happens at that moment when moms sit down to breastfeed their babies gives moms a feeling of calm, relaxation and wellbeing,” says Mark. She adds with a laugh, that it’s also a great reason for busy, tired moms to take a break—“no guilt!” She adds, “Even if your house is a mess, or you feel like a mess, when you’re holding and breastfeeding your baby, you know you’re giving him everything he needs.”