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Life on Facebook Isn't What it Appears

Dear Facebook Moms,

I am so glad I’m not you. Don’t get me wrong—I think very highly of all of you, but I am so relieved that the bulk of my parenting was completed before the onset of social media. I don’t think that I could have survived the constant daily scrutiny and cutting comments. Don’t even get me started on the body parts shaming going on—mom body, mom hair, mom jeans. What’s next? Mom elbows? Like we’re all supposed to be so shamed and humiliated by what time, the lack thereof, and childbirth has done to us? “I’d love to meet for drinks after the kids are in bed, but I’m so ashamed of my mom elbows I’d really rather not leave the house.” I’m sure there is a part of us that knows that these criticisms are designed to sell products, Beach body anyone? However, there is another part of us that buys into the shaming. After all, the media has been training us to feel awful about ourselves our whole lives.

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.

Displaying and Storing Children’s Artwork

Frames

You can frame a collage of your children’s artwork

You can select one piece and frame it with matting

You can use empty frames with corkboard, clips or clothespins to change out the artwork. Depending on your style you can use all the same frames or mix and match. You could also paint the frames to make your décor.

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.

Nature Pals

This is the craft that I enjoyed the most. I really liked being creative making accessories for the little people and seeing them come to life. My 3 year old loves playing with them.

Supplies

  • Sticks and Twigs
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Flat stones
  • Markers
  • Small objects from nature-bark, pinecones, pine needles, pieces of bark, acorns and leaves

Instructions

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.

Lowcountry Child crafts

Is your precious little one not being, ahem, precious? Need a moment to clear your thoughts, decompress or grab a quick bite to eat? Lowcountry Child is here to save your day or at least buy you enough time to save your sanity! Click here for some time-saving, downloadable coloring pages and thought-provoking games brought to you exclusively from Lowcountry Child.

5 Tips for Creating a Good (Healthy) Eater

Parents are riddled with tips on how to feed their kids. At the base of these suggestions is the specter of the obesity epidemic. It can be easy to believe that a diet of anything other than organically grown, trans-fat-free, gluten-extracted vegetables served with lactose-stripped, vitamin-enhanced-soy-whey will lead to 30-year-old offspring that bankrupt the healthcare system, while being too fat to leave our basements. So, when my 2 year-old screamed “McDonalds!” upon spying the golden arches during a recent car trip, I was understandably panicked.