Babies

The Top Five Misconceptions About Breastfeeding

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN working in postpartum and special care nursery, and as a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and outpatient settings, I’ve encountered several recurring misconceptions about breastfeeding. These misconceptions get handed down and passed around from well-intentioned girlfriends, aunties, and neighbors.These people have your best interests at heart, but their own lack of knowledge and experience can give you a defeatist attitude toward breastfeeding before you even start. Most of these myths and misconceptions focus on how difficult and insufficient breastfeeding is.

Five Tips for Breast Milk Storage

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

You’ve gone to all the time and difficulty to collect the world’s most perfect nutrition for your infant. You want to make the best of what you’ve collected using it all and minimizing waste as much as possible.

What to Expect After a C-Section

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN who worked postpartum, I often heard the same refrain from mothers who had C-sections, “I didn’t expect it to hurt this much.” This was true for those mothers who had unexpected C-sections as well as planned and repeat sections. The sense that I got from these mothers is that because C-sections are such common procedures (nearly 1/3 of deliveries are sections) they should be like getting a cavity filled or mole removed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Healthcare workers are guilty of minimizing the procedure. C-sections may be common place for an OB nurse, but not for the new mama.

How to Become a Breast Milk Donor

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Have you ever been in the position where you’ve had to throw out breast milk because you knew that your infant or toddler would never be able to finish it before it expires? Are you an overproducer with more breast milk in your freezer than your little one will ever consume? Would you like to do something wonderful and selfless? Would you like to help the sickest, most frail creatures on the planet? If so, you might be a good candidate to donate your breast milk.

New childcare facility opens in Bluffton

A former preschool teacher and nanny have recently opened a new childcare facility in Bluffton, and they are taking applications for new families. T'Lene Sanders and her daughter, Sarah Sanders, opened Little Sprouts Christian Childcare Center located in Sheridan Commons near Jim 'N Nicks Barbecue.

Ready to poo poo potty training? Read this first.

From the moment you held your little bundle of joy, you knew this day would come.  You knew it wouldn’t be easy. You knew it would be gross.  Potty. Training. Perhaps the one part of parenting everyone would rather skip. But guess what?

Ways to entertain children at every stage

What do you do when toys or DVDs don't entertain your baby, toddler or preschooler? You asked. We answered.

Let’s face it. We’re not all super parents. You know, the ones who can make a smiley face mask with a page from an old magazine and a piece of hair? Well, maybe they're not exactly like that, but there always seems to be that special parent who can entertain a child for hours without breaking a sweat (or their partner’s neck at the end of the day). I am not one of those parents. After playing with my son, Cole, for half an hour, I start to wonder, "What now?" 

The insider's guide to essential baby registry items

As much fun as it is to point that registry gun at your favorite store, how do you know you're selecting the items you'll really need and use? For first-time moms or for those who have been out of the game for awhile, it’s important to seek guidance from other moms to discover which tools of the trade are the most important. As I’ve learned from trial and error, there is no right or wrong when it comes to baby items but some just work better than others. And there are those must-needed items that no mom should be without.

How to start Thanksgiving traditions

My grandson Max woke up this morning and the first words out of his mouth were, “Are we going to Grandpa and Nana’s house today?” It’s those moments that reinforce why Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday: It’s the one time of the year that my husband and I get to have all of our children and grandchildren together.

No biting!

In the world of childcare, there are many challenges we face as children progress happily through their different phases in development. The most challenging of these is the biting phase! Biting is something that cannot be tolerated and causes harm to others – which is why parents and caregivers need to draw the line. It’s a common problem for our little ones due to teething and a general expression of frustration, anger or excitement when they are not yet able to communicate. But it’s a problem that we do not tolerate at Kids College and should not be tolerated in any childcare environment – in a center, in your home or otherwise.