People often look at feeding a baby as a simple way of life. You either nurse your baby or give him a bottle. I think we often forget that life is full of trials and tribulations, and feeding our newborns can be discouraging, exhausting, and frustrating.
There are so many mammas out there that struggle in various ways, and should never have to feel alone or out of options. Our staff at Santé Mama and Milagros wants every mom to feel that she can control and own her newborn feeding experience. Whether baby is born with cleft lip palette, or mamma is having trouble lactating, or baby is uninterested in nursing, or needs supplementation from a bottle and/or formula, there are options and we are here to share them with you.
Santé Mama carries a variety of special needs feeders for your family’s individual needs. One of my favorites is the Lact-Aid. The Lact-Aid nursing trainer can be used for many different feeding situations and accomplishes more tasks than just feeding. The Lact-Aid assures that your little gem is receiving adequate nutrition while maintaining and establishing the beautiful bond of breastfeeding. The system allows baby to stimulate mama’s breasts, often causing mom’s milk to increase, and supplements to decrease. It trains as well as stimulates baby’s suckling reflexes for improved coordination and skill, and avoids tuckering out your little one during the feeding.
In addition to the Lact-Aid, we carry the Medela special needs feeder, soft feeder, supplemental nursing system (SNS), and starter SNS. Not every baby can breastfeed or take milk from a standard bottle. If you and your baby are struggling and need help, please call us, shower us with your questions, stop by and look at our feeders in person; let us educate you and guide you.
We also welcome questions and concerns from daddies. I’ve noticed that we often overlook dad’s importance in the newborn feeding process as well. I suppose I am guilty of it by not mentioning them in the beginning of this post (I apologize dad’s)! Not only is spousal support fantastic in every aspect, but dads are an integral part of baby’s first feedings. I know when my fiancé and I first had our little girl; he was weary about everything and was nervous about getting involved. This is completely normal and can be overcome! I encourage dads to take part in baby’s feedings in any way that you can. This is a time for you to bond with your little one as well and can help ease the frustration of often tedious feedings. We learn and grow from each other and from our experiences. Feel free to share your feeding stories with us whether they are blissful or disheartening or both!
We use plastic in our everyday lives without even thinking twice about it. Plastic is everywhere and most things we touch contain it. We are introduced to it at infancy when we take our first bottle, but how much do we really know about plastic? Because it’s so common, we don’t think twice about it being harmful.
A couple weeks ago, Sante Mama brought in OrganicKidz stainless steel bottles. I thought they were pretty neat, kind of retro looking. I wanted to buy one for my daughter, but knew I was buying for looks so I kept telling myself no, that it would be a waste of money. Finally, resisting this ridiculous temptation was becoming impossible, so I decided I’d try to discover another reason to purchase the product. I did some research, and it only took 5 words off OrganicKidz’s website to hook line and sink me. Safe, healthy, durable, versatile, and green; I was sold. Every baby product should be described this way, but they aren’t. I furthered my investigation by reading the reasons why these bottles were safe, healthy, durable, versatile and green. Not only did I get an amazing thorough description of the stainless steel bottles, I was given a mini science lesson.
I won’t bore you with all of the scientific mojo, but plastic can contain BPA, which has been linked to cancer, fertility issues, attention difficulties, and cardiac problems, it can contain PVC, which is considered a pollutant that can leak lead and phthalates. Phthalates have been linked to asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, and can interfere with hormone production. This is why stainless steel bottles make so much sense. They are free of all these chemicals. OrganicKidz stainless steel bottles don’t mask the temperature of the liquid they contain the way plastic and glass do. What you feel is what you get. Stainless steel also has a natural resistance to bacteria, which is a must in baby world. With little immune systems, the fewer bacteria our children are exposed to, the more healthy and happy they will be.
Most of us are unaware of how both glass and plastic harbor bacteria that lives through washings. Not only is stainless steel safe and healthy, but completely green. Because stainless steel is 100% recyclable and reusable, the bottles can grow with your child from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond. OrganicKidz has even taken the extra step to ensure that their bottles are versatile. In addition to different stages of nipples, they offer sippy tops; allowing the conversion from bottle to sippy cup in an instant. When baby becomes incredible hulk strong (which they all do for some reason, I think at times my 2 year old is way stronger than I am!) and utterly indestructible, these bottles will survive all sorts of beatings and tantrums. They are virtually indestructible. If I haven’t convinced you yet, I encourage taking a look at OrganicKidz website and conducting your own research. Santé Mama only carries quality products because you and your little ones are important to us. Stop by and ask questions, take a peek at our awesome selection of OrganciKidz stainless steel bottles and let us know what you think! You can also buy them online now!
The folks at PDX Kids Calendar have pulled together an list of kid-friendly eating establishments in the Portland by neighborhood. It’s a big list! But we still have a few to add to it:
Our neighbors Yakuza host a Kids Happy Hour on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Our kids love bubble tea at Townsends on Alberta.
Fave local food carts are Flavour Spot for waffles and the Grilled Cheese Grill plus the food carts at Cartopia (SE Hawthorne & SE 12th) including Whiffies!
Screen Door is always a hit with our whole family for dinner. They have a great rotating menu of selections featuring local and organic ingredients.
We love Besaws for brunch and they have kids menus for every meal.
La Bonita! Love their burritos! We eat at their location on Alberta but they just opened a new location in North Portland.
Sushi Land is a common stop for us for fast, cheap, conveyor belt sushi.
Indian Food? The kids love the pakoras and mango ice cream at Namaste on NE Sandy & 82nd but our family fave for Indian fare is the The Curry Leaf! Please note that their buffet is all vegetarian.
It seems like just about any pizza satisfies them but Hot Lips Pizza is the one our kids request by name.
The wonderful Ethiopian fare and welcoming atmosphere at Queen of Sheba can’t be beat. Plus eating with your fingers is always a blast!
photo: Gael enjoying a meal at Uneeda Burger during a recent trip to Seattle.
The folks at Red Tricycle outlined a few recommendations for family-friendly pizza in Portland. Of the ones on their list, we often hit Mississippi Pizza Pub and Hot Lips – both of which offer gluten free crust options.
Mississippi Pizza boasts the benefit of kid events as well (including spelling bees…). Hot Lips boasts the little known fact that the model for the lips on their logo are the same lips that sang this.
All that said, it is hard to think of any pizza place as being anti-family but some are certainly more welcoming than others. In that vein, let us throw Old Town Pizza on MLK in the mix.
Old Town has an awesome kid play area that is a pretend pizza kitchen. Their gluten-free pizza is pretty good as are their salads; and if you are kid free they have good happy hour deals at the bar.
BUT for the people in our family who can tolerate gluten….
The favorite pizza in town, hands down, is Escape from New York Pizza in NW Portlandwith Al Forno Ferruzza on NE Alberta coming pretty close to that pizza pinnacle.
What you your fave Portland pizza places (with or without the family)?
The Omamas at Oregonlive. com have pulled together an impressive list of kid-friendly eating establishments in the Portland area. Here are a few of our faves that we would add to their suggestions:
- Vita Cafe: Great vegetarian and vegan options, a robust kids menu, and a great deal every night; kids eat for $1 between 5 pm – 7pm!
- La Bonita: The kids love their burritos! So do we, although I really love this place, too…
- Their fave local food carts are Flavour Spot for waffles and the Grilled Cheese Grill for…well, grilled cheese…
- Halo Thai: They are big fans of their curries and salad rolls but I must admit we usually do take out rather than eat in so I don’t know what the vibe is eating in with kids. But the owner has kids and is super friendly so…
- Sushi Land: The one on NE Weidler for fast and cheap, conveyor belt sushi (there in one in the Pearl, too). If you are going the vegetarian route, you usually need to request your rolls.
- Tin Shed: The kid menu is a hit with our kids and they like the outdoor seating, I like their creative cocktails and happy hour food deals.
- Indian Food: A couple of faves here. Namaste on NE Sandy & 83nd; the kids love the pakoras and mango ice cream. We love there vegetarian selections. They also like (and we ADORE) The Curry Leaf! Their buffet is all vegetarian, the kids especially like their dosas and yogurt rice.
- Hot Lips Pizza: It seems like just about any pizza satisfies them but this is the one they request by name..(and this is the one I request by name)
- Queen of Sheba: Wonderful Ethiopian fare and eating with your fingers is always a blast!
Whew! That’s quite a list! Love you hear about your fave places to eat with the kids in the Portland area, too.
The number of farmers markets in Portland continues to expand and the season for many of these markets has grown as well. In addition to the Portland Farmer Market which is continuing into December, here are some neighborhood farmer’s markets that are still going a while longer:
Hillsdale Farmers Market
When: Sundays 10am – 2pm – thru November 26th
Where: Reike Elementary School parking lot
1405 SE Vermont – West of Wilson HS
Hollywood Farmers Market
When: Saturdays 9am – 1pm, May Through November 21
Where: Between 44th & 45th & NE Hancock
Lloyd District Farmers Market
When: Every Tuesday until 12/22/09
Where: Oregon Square Courtyard,
NE Halladay St., between 7th & 9th Avenues
Next to the MAX line.
The last Portland Farmers Market at King Elementary School for this season is THIS Sunday, 10/25! And if you want to take a road trip this weekend, the Hood River Heirloom Apple Celebration is this weekend.
Via Press Release:
Hollywood Farmers’ Market Announces a Mobile Market to Serve Cully Residents Living in a Food Desert
The Oasis Project is an effort of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market to address the problem of a “food desert” or neighborhoods where access to healthy foods is limited by price or distance. A pilot project, the mobile market aims to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income residents of the Cully neighborhood for during September through a mobile farmers’ market.
The Oasis Project will sell fresh, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables from farming vendors of the existing Hollywood Farmers’ Market. The mobile market will be open from 10:00 am to noon each Saturday in September, starting on September 5th at Hacienda Community Development Corporation’s Villa de Sue?±os apartments. The mobile farmers’ market is conveniently located on TriMet bus routes #7 and #72 at the corner of NE Cully Blvd. and Killingsworth St.
The first 75 SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) customers each week will receive matching funds of up to five dollars to supplement food stamp money. Everyone is welcome to make purchases at the Oasis Project farmers’ market. Volunteers from Hacienda CDC will help interpret for Spanish speaking and Somali residents.
The Oasis Project is hosted by Hacienda CDC and made possible through a generous Pacific Village Grant from New Seasons Market.
For more information or to get involved please contact: email@example.com
Looking for fresh produce? Well, there are local Coops, natural groceries, maybe your backyard or community garden, and the well attended Portland Farmer’s Market on the Park Blocks but there is also a growing list of smaller farmer’s markets gracing the Portland landscape. It is a a true grassroots movement!
Portland Farmers Market @ Ecotrust in the Pearl District.
When: Every Thursday, 3:30pm – 7:30pm, June through September 24.
Where: Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Parking Lot, NW 10th between NW Irving & NW Johnson
Hollywood Farmers Market
When: Saturdays 8am – 1pm, May – October
Where: Between 44th & 45th & NE Hancock
Portland Farmers Market at Eastbank
When: Thursdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm, May – September 24
Where: SE 20th & Salmon, in the parking lot of the Hinson Baptist Church
Interstate Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays, 3pm – 7pm, May – September 30
Where: 3550 N. Fremont Street, next to Overlook Park
Portland Farmers Market in the King Neighborhood
When: Sundays, 10am – 2pm May through September 27
Where: NE 7th & Wygant, between NE Alberta & Prescott
Lents Farmers Market
When: Sundays, 9am – 2pm, June – October 20
Where: SE 92nd & SE Foster Road
Lloyd District Farmers Market
When: 10am – 2pm, June – September
Where: NE Holladay Street, between NE 7th & 9th
Montavilla Farmers Market
When: Sundays, 10am – 2pm, June – Early October
Where: SE 76th & Stark
Parkrose Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 8am – 2pm, May – October
Where: NE 122nd & Shaver
Sellwood Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm, 8am – 2pm, May – October
Where: 13th & SE Bybee Sts.
I’ve found it! I’ve found the sister in business spirit to Milagros!
There is a new cafe in town, families, and it has everything I seek: a lovely atmosphere, great beverages, yummy baked goods, and a play area that pleases my toddler. But that’s not all!
It also has soft serve ice cream if you are in the mood (and frankly, sometimes I am!)and‚Ä¶drum roll please‚Ä¶is currently staffed by mamas, mamas who are welcome to bring a kiddo to work with them.
And so far it is, well, working! Posies Cafe is located in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, 8208 N Denver Avenue.
That awesome looking drink is from the Green Salmon in Yachats but you get the picture…
Jennifer has been doing some blogging for MotherSource. Here is a piece she did on a couple of our favorite places to eat:
My family and I are always keeping our eyes peeled for family friendly restaurants near our home, and we have found two that we visit regularly. For sit down meals where you are served, both are affordable, delicious (whether you are a carnivore or herbivore), and have staff who think kids are cute!
*Pause Kitchen and Bar* in North Portland is located at 5101 N Interstate Avenue, (971) 230-0705. We ve enjoyed yummy soups, salads, and sandwiches from their menu. They grind the meat themselves for burgers (grass fed beef) and also have tasty house-made veggie burgers. They are totally happy with children being present, and on a sunny day it is a delight to sit in their backyard and eat while the children play on the lawn area (also the spot for folks who are smoking, though most folks out there weren t while we were there). And most impressive to me is their kids menu. While it does offer the usual kid menu fare (cheesy noodles and the like) it also has grilled chicken served with broccolini and mashed potatoes. This was so exciting to me since my daughter can t eat dairy, peanuts, or soy (which is generally the type of oil food is fried in). We always leave happy and with full bellies.
Is it a wicked hot summer day and you are longing for a place to eat that has air conditioning? Well, when last visited, *Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant* fit the bill. If you want the meal to come super fast, order vegetarian selections. Not sure what to order? Go with the vegan sampler!
Our kids love eating here because we all eat with our hands, and the owners truly adore children. We always leave Queen of Sheba restaurant smiling and satisfied. 2413 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., (503) 287-6302, http://www.queenofsheba.biz