I'm often asked for resources about vitamin D for breastfeeding babies. Since I’m a postpartum doula, I don’t give medical advice, but I do pass along resources and encourage my clients to discuss them with their pediatrician.
A few years ago a study came out about maternal versus infant supplement of vitamin D which concludes, “Maternal vitamin D supplementation with 6400 IU/day safely supplies breast milk with adequate vitamin D to satisfy her nursing infant’s requirement and offers an alternate strategy to direct infant supplementation.” That was great news for my clients, since giving a newborn supplemental drops can be messy and easy to forget.
While we know that vitamin D is important for growing babies, did you know that it is also important during pregnancy? If you are currently pregnant, especially if you live in a northern state like Michigan, it is important to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D3 in your prenatal supplements. As a postpartum doula, I serve the Metro Detroit area, so it’s important to me that my fellow Michiganders and my future clients are aware that for most of the year, we can’t get enough vitamin D into our bloodstream through sun exposure alone. We are too far north.
There are numerous reasons why adequate vitamin D is important during pregnancy. From improving pregnancy mood to increasing a pregnant mother’s chances of fighting off the flu, vitamin D levels matter. Now, researchers have found a new reason to make sure that our vitamin D levels are high enough during pregnancy.
A new study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition reports that vitamin D-deficiency in expectant moms has a negative effect on the motor skill development and social development of their children that is noticeable by pre-school.
Researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Surrey found that when pregnant women had vitamin D levels lower than 50 nmol per liter of blood during pregnancy, their children were more likely to end up in the bottom 25th percentile in preschool developmental tests for gross and fine motor development. The researchers looked at data from more than 7,000 child-mother pairs and accounted for other variables. The study was done after earlier research in animal studies showed that neurocognitive delays were more common among vitamin D deficient animals’ offspring.
"The importance of vitamin D sufficiency should not be underestimated. It is well-known to be good for our musculoskeletal systems, but our research shows that if levels are low in expectant mothers, it can affect the development of their children in their early years of life,” Dr. Andrea Darling, lead author of the report wrote.
Many years ago, women were more inclined to consume cod liver oil, salmon, and sardines. If you are pregnant and haven’t thought about your vitamin D levels, I urge you to consider discussing testing and supplementing with your medical professional. If you know someone who is expecting, please pass this post along to them right away!
As new and expecting parents it can be challenging to stay up to date with the latest research. One of the benefits of working with a trained, and/or certified postpartum doula is that we do ongoing continuing education and pass that knowledge on to our clients. Since we are non-medical we don’t prescribe or diagnose but instead share information and resources so each client can make decisions that work best for their family.
If you are interested in learning more about working with my team in Metro Detroit, Michigan just fill out the contact form and I will send your more information. We are currently taking clients who are due in 2018.
What clients are saying about working with The After Baby Lady! Lisa S. from Birmingham, Michigan, shares, "Jill was my postpartum doula after the birth of my first son. Not really knowing what to expect or what kind of help I'd need, Jill was extremely flexible with her schedule. Also, as new mom, in the beginning I didn't always know what help I needed or how Jill could help me. Jill is so great in those situations because of her proactive attitude and many years of experience as a mom, she knows what you need even when you don't!"
Happy New Year!
One of my recent clients gave me a wonderful Christmas gift, a testimonial! I don't know if there is anything better than hearing from someone you've worked with and having them say beautiful things about the time you spent together. Even her husband shared his thoughts! He said that hiring a postpartum doula and a wedding planner is similar. We both try to decrease your stress, and increase your enjoyment! Great analogy!
I love to share what my clients say about working with me. Since not everyone is familiar with working with a postpartum doula, I think it is best to hear from clients who have worked with me about their experience.
Mary in Royal Oak shares,
"A good friend of mine recommended Jill to my husband and I. At first I was skeptical because I thought that maybe having a postpartum doula meant that I, "couldn't handle" being a new mom.
Thank you so much Mary for sharing your experience with me! I love that your husband compares hiring a wedding planner, with hiring a postpartum doula! I am so glad to know that he went from thinking that hiring me was an "extra expense" to sharing what I do with others. Give him a big high five from me.
You perfectly explained so many of my goals as a postpartum doula.
I wonder what else postpartum doulas and wedding planners have in common? If you think of something, share it in the comments!
If you would like to read about products my clients loved in 2015 read Top 5 Favorite Products for Parents with New Babies!
Mary shared a beautiful photo of her and her baby taken by Courtney Sprague Photography.
Baby Gear New Parents I've Worked with Love!
I see so many new products every year in my work with new families as a postpartum doula. Some of these are favorites of mine as well, others were new to me but I can see why my client's love them.
Soft, and re-usable Bamboobies breast pads where a favorite for many of my clients.
There are lots of wonderful swaddle blankets on the market today but these are a consistent favorite! The designs are fun and gender neutral. The bamboo fabric is delicate and soft. I've also seen these used as a nursing cover or cute scarf!
There are SO MANY great bottles out there, and not every bottle works well for every baby. This specialty feeding system is for "infants with the following conditions – cleft lip/palate, oro-neuromotor dysfunctions, congenital heart disease, common or rare syndromic sequences and/or craniofacial anomalies," according to the Dr. Brown's website. I've had the pleasure of working with babies with some of these conditions and this bottle is very helpful and easy to use!
I'm a huge fan of The Moby Wrap company and products! I often wear my client's babies in a wrap while mom/dad is sleeping, showering, or taking a break. Once my clients see how much I am able to do with their baby snug in the Moby Wrap they want me to teach them how to use it too! Using a wrap is especially helpful for mothers of multiple babies. Babywearing with any product is wonderful for parents and babies! I highly suggest you try it out!
Modern Natural Baby is a local store in Metro Detroit, Michigan, that offers great cloth diapering options and classes. They created the display window pictured above. It's pretty amazing to see the difference cloth diapers can make on the environment. I used disposables myself since I didn't know anything about cloth diapers as a young mom. Now that I've watched several clients use a system of washing, and seen all the cute cloth diapers available I can see why people choose this option.
Thank you for reading this Top 5 list of products my client's loved this year. I'd love to hear about the products you loved as a new parent! Comment below!
Learn more about how I support new parents as a postpartum doula in this recent blog post Clinton Township Parents Recommend Postpartum Doula Services.
Clinton Township family
One of my favorite parts of being a postpartum doula is that my job changes with every family I support. This wonderful family in Clinton Township was grateful for the information I could share, and my availability both in person and via text or email. Having access to evidence based information and knowing which professional to turn through my postpartum doula services was important to them. Not everyone knows that this is a valuable part of hiring a postpartum doula! Offering access to the latest research and the best professionals in the area is so helpful to new parents.
I want to thank Irina for taking the time to share her thoughts about working with me. She shares,
Jill Reiter was a fantastic postpartum doula for us and we highly, highly recommend her services! We had our first child last September and she was there for us during this very exciting, challenging, stressful, and wonderful time of our life.
As always, it is my pleasure to support parents as they navigate the early days and weeks of parenting.
To read more from parents around Metro Detroit, Michigan about working with me as their postpartum doula, CLICK HERE.
Do you want to hire The After Baby Lady to support you in the early days of parenting? Let's connect!
Niki Collis Photography took this gorgeous photo and the family gave me permission to share it. To work with Niki Collis check out her website!
Royal Oak, Michigan, Mom Shares about the Early Days of Parenting
Each client I work with is very special to me. New mothers choose me to be a part of their support system and I am so grateful to be a part of their early days of parenting!
Lesley hired me as her postpartum doula while she was still pregnant. That makes the interview so much easier! When you interview me during pregnancy, I am available to offer suggestions about common questions parents have about what to do to get ready for their baby.
Royal Oak, Michigan is such a great place to work, and I am so glad I got to spend more time there while working with Lesley and her family.
I love to work with families all over Metro Detroit, from Birmingham, Michigan, to Detroit, Michigan, and over to Chesterfield, Michigan. I live in Shelby Twp, Michigan, and so traveling to Rochester Hills, Michigan, was an easy hop, skip, and jump away.
From the first interview with this wonderful family I felt we would be a great fit working together. They agreed and hired me, as their postpartum doula, to support them after the birth of their second baby.
Kristen in Rochester Hills, Michigan is an amazing mother, and I am so appreciative of the time she took to share her thoughts about hiring me as her postpartum doula,
Thank you so much Kristen! I love that you mentioned that I was focused on caring for you.
Moms are my top priority as a postpartum doula. I believe, and have seen in practice many times, the value in caring for a mother. As a mother myself, I know that when I have my needs met, it is much easier to care for my family. I love that in my work as a postpartum doula, I get to offer that support to other women.
To read more about what other families think about working with Jill Reiter, The After Baby Lady, click here.
To learn about the benefits of hiring a certified postpartum doula, read this.
I love when parents spend time preparing for their baby arrive while pregnant. Heather and her husband contacted me early on in her pregnancy and we did our first interview via Skype! I love making the process of meeting me and discussing my services as easy as possible on potential clients and I was happy to offer them the Skype interview. Eventually we met in person and brainstormed some ideas where their baby might sleep, ideas for clothes and supplies to have on hand for their new baby and more. One of the benefits of hiring me during pregnancy is all the time we have to plan and prepare!
Heather took some time to write me a lovely testimonial. Thank you so much Heather!
"When we had our first baby Jill was our postpartum doula.
We met up with her prior to our baby being born, and quickly discovered she was an encyclopedia of useful information relating to babies and postpartum care, for the baby as well as the mom.
She helped us learn how to take care of a baby, from feeding to changing to soothing techniques.
She eased our anxieties when we had questions, and helped us build confidence in our ability to take care of our new baby.
We can't imagine what it would be like to go through this learning process without a postpartum doula like Jill."
I love this sweet photo of their sweet baby. I'm so grateful they allowed me to share her smile with all of you!
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Hi, my name is Jill, and I am the After Baby Lady. Thank you so much for being here with me. Sometimes people ask me, why do you call yourself The After Baby Lady? I want to share how I came up with the name of my business.
First, I knew from talking to different people in the community — my family, my friends — that not that many people are familiar with the word “postpartum” and what it actually means. Actually, it’s one of my goals as a doula to help others understand the word "postpartum." The word "postpartum" simply means - after you have a baby. It doesn’t always have to do with depression, which is something that some people think.
I am a certified postpartum doula. That means I work with new moms and their families after they have a baby. I asked friends and family (on my Facebook page) if they could help me come up with a name for my business, to help me to describe what it is that I do. And my friend Kendra came up with The After Baby Lady, and I just loved it. So, I became the After Baby Lady, and the rest is history.
I’m curious if you knew what a postpartum doula was before reading this, and where you learned about it. If you would post in the comments, I would love to hear what you learned about that term. I hope you have a great day, and if you want to see more of my video blog, you can find posts at www.theafterbabylady.com or on YouTube. Thank you so much for your time, and have a wonderful day!
Wow! I'm still buzzing from speaking at Babies R Us last night. We had a great turnout and many parents stayed after to chat! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chatting with new parents.
Why? Because I have learned so much being a mother of four, and a postpartum doula. I want to share what I know with parents so they don't have to have the same frustrations that I have gone through. I love helping expecting parents, and new parents feel more confident.
So thank you to the expecting parents that came out in the snow last night. What a great time!
Jill Reiter CPD, Author
A mother, wife and Postpartum Doula's blog.
The After Baby Lady
Shelby Township MIPhone: 586-604-1446