Best New Dad Class in Miami

Best New Dad Class in Miami

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Where do you find the best new dads in Miami and Broward? At the brewery, of course!
Mainstay Doulas & Co. now offers a brand new dad class for all dads and partners-to- be. But it comes with a twist! Well, actually it comes with a FREE BEER. The new dad class, Beards, Beers, & Babies, is not your typical daddy boot camp class. It’s held at one of Miami’s favorite new and family friendly microbreweries, Lincoln’s Beard Brewery.
Don’t expect your typical dad class when you come upstairs at the brewery! This class is not taught by nurses, it’s not even taught by the Doulas of Mainstay Doulas & Co. It’s taught by dads who have been there. They have supported their partners through pregnancy, held their hand through childbirth, and earned the title “Super Dad” after bringing baby home. They are ready to teach you everything they learned along they way. They know what is helpful and what is definitely not helpful and don’t want you to make the same mistakes they did.
Dad and partner’s to be will learn how to:
 Keep everyone calm at the first signs of labor.
Navigate their partner through those early labor sensations before and once they get to the hospital.
 Everything they need to know about making their partner as comfortable as possible, before and after an epidural.
How to be the best wingman during pushing or in the OR.
Look like Superdad in the eyes of their partner in the hospital and after bringing baby home.
And how to get back in the game when she’s ready *wink, wink*
Join us the 4th Monday of every month at Lincoln’s Beard Brewery for a casual and fun class with the dads as you learn what to do after baby brews.

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Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

The 5 Stages of Weaning

The 5 Stages of Weaning

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There’s often times an internal struggle when it comes to breastfeeding and weaning, whether its parent-led or baby-led. I found myself thinking “I want my body back” “I want my body back” “I want my body back” but at the same time, neither of us were ready for this to end.  Until, one of us was. To my surprise, the internal struggle didn’t end there.

Denial– It’s been a day since she’s nursed. It’s been two days. Three days. Four. This can’t be it. She depended on me a week ago. I was her source of comfort, calm, and cuddles. She will ask again. And I’ll oblige… I think.  Do I want this to really be over? That seems drastic, way too fast. It can’t be over.

Anger– I encouraged this. I was selfish. I wanted my body back. I wanted to feel that my breasts were my own again. I stopped offering. I denied her sometimes. I just needed sleep. What if I hadn’t been so selfish? What if I just put up with it? She probably feels like I abandoned her. It’s my fault. Ugh.

Bargaining– Was our last nursing session everything I expected? Was this the big culminating event to an emotional roller coaster? Our breastfeeding experience wasn’t perfect. I was always perusing Facebook. I was ready for her to just fall asleep so I could have my own time.  I didn’t know it was the last time. How could I have known? Can I just do this over again? Just one last time? I would have cherished every last second, if I had only known.

Depression – Ugly crying. More ugly crying. Back to denial.

Acceptance– I did it. I achieved my goals. This is bittersweet. Bitter because I needed to grieve these special times that will be no more, as they always have to end at some point. Sweet because I have the best memories that resulted in a strong bond between my daughter and I. I could look forward to finding new ways to bond and our relationship will become even stronger that way.  It surrounded me with a circle of friends that I am thankful to have in my life. That should be celebrated. Together we did it and weaning was certainly the new beginning to an end. 

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Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

Guide to Interviewing a Pediatrician (with printable!)

Guide to Interviewing a Pediatrician (with printable!)

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Who will you entrust to care for the health and treat the sniffles in your child?

While all pediatricians entered into this field because they truly do care for your children, they’re not all created equal when it comes to everything from wait times to their stance of various health and parenting issues. You have to find someone that you not only can trust but don’t butt heads with as well.

While you’re waiting on your little bundle of joy to arrive, you can begin your search for a pediatrician in your area, give them a call, and make an appointment to meet with them for an interview.

We’ve created a handy guide to help you ask and get answers to the right questions that will ensure you’re finding a pediatrician that suits your needs, whether that be a pediatrician that supports breastfeeding or one that is easily accessible when your children develops a fever on a Friday night.

What should you ask at an interview with a pediatrician?

Get To Know The Pediatrician

You want to know what makes them a qualified and great pediatrician. Are they board certified? Are they a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics and do they follo those guidelines and recommendations? It might be important to you that your pediatrician specialize in a specific aspect of your child’s health. If you child has a disability or illness, are they going to be sensitive and familiar with the specialized care that child will need?

Get to Know the Office

You can learn what their policies and procedures are if your child is sick during office and you give them a call. Who will you speak to? How can you reach your pediatrician directly? How quickly can they get a sick child into the office? Then, when you get to the office, are there separate waiting rooms for well and sick children? How long will you have to wait for your appointment time? These questions will help you understand if the office is convenient for your needs. Having an office that you feel can readily meet your needs comes in handy when you have a child who has been up all night coughing.

Match Your Beliefs

Every mother is passionate about the decisions she makes for her family. After all, its her family, she knows best. Having a pediatrician on board with those beliefs as well helps build trust between a mother and her child’s pediatrician. Some of the topics, like infant feeding, vaccines, and sleeping arrangements, you may want to take a mental note about how you personally feel about them and your plans and then ask them what their stance is

Your trusting this doctor to care for the future of your family, choose a good one.

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SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

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Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

The Fuss Over Feeding

The Fuss Over Feeding

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We’re a little tired of all the fuss over feeding choices.

After working with all different families, here’s what we know:

Breastfeeding is a great way to get to know your baby and meet their needs.

Formula feeding is a fabulous way to bond with your baby, especially when you’re holding them so close.

Pumping for your baby is an amazing commitment that you should be proud of.

And using donor milk means you have an amazing village supporting feeding your baby.

We also know that sometimes feeding method is not a choice.

Tube feeding your baby can be an emotionally tough journey that ultimately saves your baby’s life and helps them thrive.

Recognizing the need to supplement, even when that wasn’t in the plan, ensures your baby is happy, healthy and fed, and that is what matters.

When we regard any one of these feeding methods as best, it places all feeding methods on a hierarchy. It leaves mothers and fathers open for judgment by a society that places too much emphasis on feeding choice and with little support, regardless of feeding method.

It means support for breastfeeding looks more like preaching “breast is best” rather than non-jugmental support and clinical guidance that is able to attune to an individual’s needs.

It means bottle feeding support is virtually non-existent.

It means mothers who want to breastfeed but feel they can’t anymore and lacked a support system often feel guilt for switching to formula because of the stigma society has placed on it and breastfeeding is not what they expected.

It means tube feeding families are often out of the picture all together.

It means we need to do better, not the food source. We need to do better to recognize the individual needs of every family that may affect how they choose to feed their baby. We need to accept that their needs are likely different than our own. We need to know that they are doing the right thing for their family, and it is ok if it’s not our right thing.

We love the viral display of the Tree of Life pictures, not just for the effort to normalize breastfeeding, but for seeing families proudly show themselves feeding their babies through breast, bottle, a breast pump, and a tube. We saw babies being fed and loved. Regardless of where the roots originated from, a beautiful tree blossomed.

There is no better. There is no best. There is feeding your baby.

When the hierarchy of feeding choices is broken down, the strong emotions surrounding infant feeding experienced by the mother are eliminated and everyone can simply enjoy this form of bonding and nourishing their baby, whatever that looks like for you.

We are proud to display the many feeding methods of families in Miami and Broward:

 

 

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

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SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

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Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

All About Plugged Ducts and Mastitis

All About Plugged Ducts and Mastitis

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Breastfeeding is like learning to ride a bicycle. The first time you get on it’s a little shaky and a little awkward then you fall. You get back up and start to pedal again, your balance has improved some, it’s a little bit easier, so you go a little faster and fall again. Eventually, after numerous mishaps, it comes easy and natural but it wasn’t without its challenges. When it comes to breastfeeding, one of those challenges is plugged ducts and mastitis.

A plugged duct or clogged duct is when your breastmilk sits in your breast long enough to thicken and get stuck in your milk ducts. It feels like a small hard lump like a marble stuck in your breast. And it can HURT.

Mastitis is when that part of the breast tissue becomes infected. Your breast gets angry, really angry. Not only does your breast now hurt even more, it’s hot and has red streaks, but you feel like you have the flu. You may even have mistaken mastitis for the flu at first. Your skin hurts, your joints ache, and you have a high fever and you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. Just speaking from experience.

Getting rid of both plugged ducts and mastitis is simple: get the milk out.

Here are some tips and tricks to treating clogged ducts and mastitis and getting out even the most stubborn milk.

MASSAGE

Massage is something you should be doing a few minutes before breastfeeding and during breastfeeding. You want to massage the area of the plugged duct or infection from the chest wall towards the nipple. Here is a great demonstration

MOIST HEAT

Take a wet wash cloth and put it into a plastic baggie, like a Ziploc, and heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Give it a minute to cool and you might need to wrap it once in a paper towel. The heat will help the milk flow. This heat pack can be used together with massage both before and during breastfeeding.

SHAKE EM UP

Think about when you take oil and water and you shake them up together. They don’t mix and the oil breaks up into much smaller droplets throughout the water. When you give your breasts a shake before feeding it helps break up all the fat droplets that are clogging that duct making it easier to remove the milk.

SOMETHING THAT VIBRATES…

I’m betting you have something in your bathroom or your night table drawer that vibrates. Vibration is a great way to break up that milk fat and make your milk flow. You can even take which whichever vibrating item you choose and use it as a massager and massage your breast from the chest wall to the nipple. The higher the setting the better.

DANGLE NURSING

You may have thought your days of feeling awkward and fumbling while figuring out which nursing positions work best for you and your newborn but this position may top that feeling. It is oh so effective though! You want to get on all fours with your newborn under you and your breasts dangling above them and low enough they can latch. This position works really well with gravity to let that milk flow down and out. If your balance is good, you can continue to massage down as you feed but if it’s not so good or your feeling week, its best to just stick to massaging beforehand.

COMBING

Hopping in the shower and feeling the hot water run down your breasts can feel pretty good. While you’re in there, take a fine tooth comb, soap it up, and begin lightly combing your breast from the chest wall to the nipple. Again, this helps the milk flow out.

 

If you think you have mastitis, anitbiotics may be necessary so it’s important to give your OB or primary care provider a call right away to let them know what is going on and decide what is the best course of action.

You should expect to see an improvement within 12-24 hours.

The most important part of treating clogged ducts and mastitis is figuring out WHY the milk wasn’t being removed. Oftentimes the cause can be restrictive clothing, like an underwire bra, pressure from your fingers while breastfeeding, or sleeping. It’s a sign of inadequate milk removal. Mastitis can also occur from stress, lowered immunity, or from a crack in the nipple letting bacteria into the breast tissue. It’s important to talk with a lactation professional to help figure out why milk isn’t being removed effectively from the breast.

Word of caution: don’t be alarmed if your pumping or feeding and you notice that your milk is very stringy.  It can be painful coming out. That is culprit of this breastfeeding challenge.

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

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Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

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Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

My Toddler Won’t Let Me Breastfeed

My Toddler Won’t Let Me Breastfeed

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When you brought home your first baby, you were able to breastfeed while scrolling through facebook and Instagram, checking up on emails, diving into a good book, or binge watch a new series on Netflix. After surviving through some of early the challenges of breastfeeding, this time was one for bonding and relaxation.

But now that little baby is a toddler

And you’ve just brought home baby #2

Between the slight jealousy, the need for extra attention from your toddler, and their wanting to constantly touch and hug and kiss the baby, breastfeeding your newborn with a toddler in the house seems like more of a challenging feat than getting a good latch.

The good news is that getting your toddler to believe breastfeeding your newborn is really all about them doesn’t require sore nipples or leaking breasts. We have some tried and true ways to help your toddler feel like they’re the center of your attention every time you it down to breastfeed.

A Busy Basket

Put together a basket with a few toys like puzzles, crayons and coloring book, or any other non-noise making toy (for your sanity) that your toddler ONLY gets when you breastfeed your other baby.

A Gift from Baby

Amongst you slippers, robe, and fashionable postpartum underwear you have packed in your hospital bag, sneak in a baby doll and when your toddler comes to see their new sibling for the first time, give them the baby doll as a gift from baby. Your toddler will be so excited to be just like mommy and feed their baby when you feed yours.

A Tasty Treat

Take a trip to the store and have your toddler pick out a new cup with their latest favorite character or color and a favorite snack. The snack doesn’t have to be junk food. It can be apples and peanut butter, a cheese stick, or chips and hummus. They will get to have their favorite snack and drink from their favorite cup, just like baby.

Special Phone/TV Time

If you’re down with screen time, this is an easy way to limit screen time with your toddler. Save screen time for one feeding during the day, maybe that first morning feed or an afternoon feed when stir craziness can settle in. It’s a win win. Your toddler gets watch surprise eggs and you will only have to hear Daddy Finger once per day.

Bonus Tip!

Interaction with your toddler can be easier to accomplish during a feeding in the laid back breastfeeding position. Your baby is supported by your body and your hands are free to interact with your toddler or have your own screen time, as your toddler is busy putting together a puzzle of the state capitals, to scroll through social media or catch up on email, just like with baby number one.

Your toddler will go from trying to get your attention any way they can to asking “Is it time to feed the baby yet?”

Welcome to our blog! This blog is written to be your cozy reading spot for stories, experiences, tips, and tricks for all things from pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period to parenting that every parent can relate to.

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SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

Mainstay Doulas & Co. offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation, gentle sleep training, childbirth education, newborn care classes, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and lactation support in all of Miami-Dade and Broward.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA'S PREMIER DOULA AGENCY

You're in the Right Place.

Mainstay Doulas & Co.

Serving Miami-Dade and Broward County

786-571-MDCO

hello@mainstaydoulas.com

Specialties

Postpartum Support | Newborn Nanny l Prenatal Support | Twins | Triplets | Overnight Postpartum Care | Daytime Baby Help | Birth Doula | Postpartum Doula |Baby Nurse l First Time Mom | “Natural” Vaginal Unmedicated Birth | Cesarean Birth | Hospital Birth | Home Birth | Epidural Birth | Induction | Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Babywearing | Scheduled Parenting | Attachment Parenting | Placenta Encapsulation | Sleep Training | Adoption | Infertility | Surrogacy | Childbirth Education l Breastfeeding Class l Daddy Class l Newborn Care Class

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