When I told my Mommy & Me class my husband and I started a nightly tantra practice to help us reconnect and get through a rough postpartum period, a muffled chuckle and many uncomfortable side eye glances abounded. I’m pretty sure their first thought was – tantra/tantric sex – which is often people’s first thought when they hear tantra. But tantra, a Sanskrit word literally meaning “to loom, weave, wrap,” isn’t about sex, but rather slowing down and tuning into the self, similar to meditation. I first learned about tantra from my acupuncturist, Physician of Eastern Medicine and founder of Apothecai, Rose…

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Low-supply is one of the most, if not the most, frustrating thing that can happen for a breastfeeding mom. At least it is for me, and I’ve dealt with various challenges on this breastfeeding roller coaster: oversupply, engorgement, leakage, plugged ducts, blebs, and those early days of cracked, bruised nipples (shudders). Yes, all of this sounds challenging, but none of it compares to the frustration and heartache that comes with low-supply. You want to nourish your baby, your baby is hungry and fussy, and yet your body just isn’t producing enough milk for whatever reason to satisfy your baby’s needs. It’s heart-wrenching.…

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(Above – our three month old baby, Chloe! *Tear…it’s going so fast.) As a first-time parent, getting ready for all of your new baby’s needs is overwhelming. There’s so much to think about, so much to buy, so much to prepare for. I thought I had everything down (which I explain in my post “Your Ultimate Newborn & Registry Guide 2018”) but funny enough, the one area I ended up not being prepared for and having to figure out as I went along was organic baby skin care. Before we had our baby, I didn’t realize how important and frequent bath time…

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It’s been six nights of sleep training and our nine week old babygirl, Chloe, now sleeps from 7pm to 7am – waking only once at 4am to feed, after which she promptly goes back to sleep. These past few nights have been a dream! And not just because she’s sleeping through the night, Chloe has done a complete one-eighty. Since starting sleep training, she’s become an amazing nighttime sleeper, a great napper during the day and even tolerates situations she once screamed and cried at only days prior (ie. her baby swing, Ergobaby carrier). But most importantly, she’s become a happy, alert,…

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There I am above at nine months pregnant waiting anxiously for our baby girl to arrive, and below is me just four weeks later holding her in my arms!  My month of postpartum confinement ended yesterday (Woohoo! Hello, outside world and spicy food!), and I’m so excited to share my experience here on the blog! Check out my previous post, “I Plan On Following The Chinese Practice of Confinement Postpartum,” if you haven’t already, to get up to speed on zuò yuè zi and the full explanation of this practice. Below I recap my month of confinement: foods I ate, Chinese herbs I…

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