BACK THAT BUTT UP 😱

Ha did that title grab ya?! 

In my excitement about little guy starting solids last week I didn’t correctly plan out his menu. So in not planning carefully and trying to use fresh ingredients in the house I caused a major back up.

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YUP! Little guy is constipated, backed up, in need of relief. Let this be a lesson to my solid food feeding parents– mix up the menu and keep in mind the foods that bind (rice cereal, carrots, bananas, apple sauce(though I heard apple juice has the opposite effect)

But this week little guy started carrots since I had fresh carrots in the house and figured they would be tasty – he enjoyed! But a few days in we had apples so I said to myself and little guy, that apples would be a nice treat I think he would enjoy…and enjoy he did. Now here we are and the end of the week and usually he has no problem popping usually he poops 2-3 times and day soft consistency but today his poop was one little pellet ball [uh-oh sure sign of constipation] and he was straining and getting upset. I decided to lay off solids for the rest of the day so we can get his system back on track and move this clog along.

Now there are products in the store

that can help relieve baby such as Mommy’s Bliss homeopathic oral solution for constipation, Pedia-lax, etc. [I encourage parents to consult their pediatrician and read the labels as some products have a recommended age]. I don’t have any of those products in home and didn’t want to run out so here are a few things I am trying…

1. COTTON SWAB IN RECTUM [I never said this{shit}was pretty or fun] lay baby on back, lift legs as if changing diaper and take a cotton swab(q-tip) rub some Vaseline to lubricate and insert into rectum and gently make small circles while moving cotton swab gently back and forth. This can get messy – your baby may pass gas which is a good thing but when you pull out the swab poo may start flowing so be ready. *can also use a thermometer or instead if inserting using your finger apply a bit of pressure around the rectum* This helps with immediate relief.

2. SUGAR WATER [can use white sugar but brown is recommended] take 1 ounce of warm water and a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar mix it up and give to baby 2-3 times a day before milk and food if you can.

3. PRUNE JUICE [diluted]- I have done about an ounce or two.

4. DARK CORN SYRUP [like the Karo found in your grocery store] take a tablespoon and add to baby’s milk or cereal.

5. RAISINS – take 5 or 6 raisins soak them in water over night, mash them up and strain and give baby the liquid.

6. ABDOMINAL MASSAGE

7. WARM BATH – should help get stuff moving hopefully not in the tub (didn’t say it wasn’t messy)

There are several more from Castor Oils[call pediatrician] to drinking water. I will say you don’t want to over load on sugars so try to selection one remedy.

Understand, this solids thing is all trial and error so we have to be patient and keep our eyes open for anything not okay like constipation, rashes, gas or fussiness. For us, I will do a better job meal planning for little guy and adding foods high in fiber to make sure I’m not backing that butt up. Foods like spinach, peas, beans, sweet potatoes and peaches.

Don’t back that butt up help your little one stay regular and at ease. As for our little guy I opted for the cotton swab remedy as well as the brown sugar water. That way when we got the bowels moving they can keep moving without blockage. Once little guy started going he was still straining and crying but eventually he pushed through and peed all over himself and me but that was my fault because I was trying to soothe and encourage but didn’t teepee the penis not realizing all the pushing and straining might cause him to pee. Into a warm tub we went, which was also doubled as a remedy.

Just know these things have a tendency to work themselves out but these home remedies can help things along and soothe our little people. We want them as happy as can be and we all know when backed up and uncomfortable that makes smiling a challenge.

Herbs that help with lactation and have other benefits 

I am fighting off a cold that’s not here yet but I feel the sniffles and the tickle in my throat coming on. A friend suggested Tumeric saying he uses it in his tea when he is fighting a cold or sore throat. As I told him I would check it out I quickly remember that not all herbs are good for breastfeeding mom’s – could cause a dip in milk supply or could affect baby (allergic reaction or tummy issues). So I decided to research the tumeric root and I came across this helpful article from Natural Society

11 Herbs to Naturally Improve Lactation in Nursing Mothers: Alternative to GMO Baby Formulas

Below you will learn of 11 herbs to naturally improve lactation in nursing mothers.

Many of the herbs below have been used for thousands of years, and their side effects (if any) are well researched while the longest study Monsanto has conducted on its GMO products is a mere several months. Furthermore, researchers in France and elsewhere throughout the civilized world have restrictions on GMO crops due to their very questionable effects on the human body. So why ever feed GMOs to your baby?

A concerned mother can lower her stress levels and reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption to help produce more milk, and the following natural herbs may help mothers to breastfeed, in place of using GMO baby formulas. Breastfeeding has been shown to improve a baby’s developmental health and intellect, as evidenced in yet another study, of hundreds, published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Read: Breastfeeding Could Save 830,000 Lives Annually

Here are 11 foods and herbs to promote lactation for mothers:

  • Fenugreek  Also known as Trigonella foenumgraecum, fenugreek has been used as a remedy for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers for more than a thousand years. It can usually produce results in as little as 25-72 hours, though some women might require a longer wait before obvious results in milk production are noticeable. It is considered safe to take up to 3500 mg/day. Pregnant women should not take fenugreek because it can cause uterine contractions.
  • Milk Thistle – Aside from being a great tonic for the liver, milk thistle has been shown to increase milk supply over a placebo in clinical studiesSilybum marianum, or milk thistle can help to reduce the toxic overload in a nursing mother as well as increase her baby’s milk.
  • Shatavari – This Ayurvedic remedy is not only great for increasing breast milk production, but also is used as a fertility treatment. A little tongue in cheek information to boot – the Sanskrit word translates to mean, “she who shall possess 100 husbands.”
  • Indonesian Torbangun – Also known as Coleus amboinicus Lour and used heavily in the Bataknese traditional cuisine, torbangun helps to increase milk production by up to 65%. It has been used throughout Indonesia for hundreds, if not thousands of years as a lactagogue – it has worked in clinical trials better than B12 supplements and even fenugreek.
  • Turmeric – Many women either can’t breastfeed or cut the time they breast feed their babies short due to swollen breasts and clogged mammary glands, which can be very painful for nursing moms. Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation in nursing mothers’ breasts so that they can continue to breastfeed for a longer duration. Turmeric has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for centuries in treating inflamed tissue throughout the body, not just the breasts. Check out some other health benefits of turmeric here.
  • Ginger – Ginger is not only an overall blood tonic for the body, but it has also been shown to be helpful in aiding milk let-down and increasing flow.
  • Goat’s Rue – Known as Galega officinalis and popularly used in France, this herb is incredibly efficient at helping to develop mammary tissue. The more breast tissue, often the more milk can be produced. Goat’s rue may also be helpful for mothers who have low milk supply as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Alfalfa – This is another lactogenic herb used to increase mammary tissue and therefore, milk supply. It can safely be taken during pregnancy and after the birth of your child.
  • Anise – Putting a few anise seeds into a cup of rum and drinking it was an age-old folk remedy for increasing milk supply, but you can probably just skip straight to the anise seeds and omit the rum for better milk production today.
  • Fennel Seed – Taken throughout Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries as well as India for centuries, this herb has been shown to greatly enhance milk production in lactating women. Some women experience a doubling of breast milk supply with fennel seed.
  • Blessed Thistle – Cnicus benedictus has been used to improve milk production, improve digestion and even elevate mood as to help with the ‘baby blues’ or post-partum depression after a mother gives birth.

Additional Sources:

USA Today