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The Newborn Feeding Experience

Posted March 22nd, 2014 in child safety, food, health, Milagros News, Parenting, Products | Comments Off

41wOJL8rohLPeople 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!

OrganicKidz Stainless Steel Bottles: Baby Bottle Brilliance

Posted March 17th, 2014 in child safety, food, health, Milagros News, Products | Comments Off

NN-7oz-moby-lidWe 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.

NN-9oz-birdyMediumMost 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!

BPA-Free Babies in Oregon

Posted June 17th, 2011 in health, public policy | Tags: | Comments Off

We keep our shelves BPA free at Milagros and we do what we can to keep our house free of it as well.

Although scientific research continues to show that BPA is harmful to humans and BPA has been banned in baby bottles by Canada, the European Union, and nine other states, the attempt to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups in Oregon that passed in the Oregon Senate (SB695) but has stalled in the House.

The bill has been bottled up via procedure in the House and Rep. Ben Cannon has been working overtime to get the House to have a floor vote on the BPA ban.  Seems pretty simple, don’t like it? Vote it down. Like it? Vote for it.

Right now the bill remains stuck in committee. What can you do right now to get it to a vote?

“Make it loud and clear to everyone you know that we won’t shrug our shoulders and let our attention to BPA fade away. Ask your State Representative if they have done everything they can. And stay tuned here for the latest strategy as it emerges.”

Text4Baby Now in Portland

Posted May 15th, 2010 in health | Tags: | Comments Off

Received this press release from Multnomah County about an interesting health information initiative for new and expectant parents:

Multnomah County announced today that they have become an outreach partner with text4baby–a free mobile information service providing timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby’s first year. As an outreach partner, Multnomah County will share information about the service with clients in programs such as the Early Childhood Services and Women Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program.

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

The program is meant to pass along critical health information via a commonly utilized technology.  The infant mortality rate in the U.S. is one of the highest in the industrialized world. Locally, approximately 6.4 percent of babies are born with a low birth weight, a risk factor for infant mortality.

How does one market a Snotsucker?

Posted March 15th, 2010 in health, Milagros News, Products | Tags: , , | 3 Comments

The Nosefrida is more than just a cool name (well I think it’s cool, at least). It is a nasal aspirator that removes mucus from your child’s nose but unlike a bulb it doesn’t require you to place anything all up in your child’s nose. And unlike a bulb, you have full control over the amount of suction applied. The result is more effective mucus removal and more tolerable experience for your baby or toddler.

But how does one market a device that is for sucking snot? The folks at DadLabs have a few ideas:

The Nosefrida is BPA & Phthalate Free. Get the Nosefrida in our Portland boutique or on-line.

Organic Body Wash for Your Little Miracle

Posted March 11th, 2010 in health, Products | Comments Off

angel-baby-shampoo-washWe carry a wide variety of Oregon-made Earth Mama Angel Baby products, including Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash!

This lovely wash is perfect for sensitive baby skin. USDA Certified Made With Organic Ingredients this wash is 100 percent pure, with zero toxins and no harsh detergents. Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is a real castile soap with a gentle, naturally pleasing scent, that is clinically tested and hospital recommended.

Safe enough for your sensitive baby and safe enough to use as a body wash and hand soap for the whole family.

Infant CPR Class on Feb. 9 is Full, March is Open

Posted February 4th, 2010 in Classes, health | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

800px-flag_of_the_red_crosssvg.pngWe have partnered with the Red Cross to offer a special Infant CPR class at Milagros on the second Tuesday of every month. This is a class we recommend for any expectant or new parent.

The class provides hands-on instruction on what to do if your infant or child is choking, rescue breathing, basic CPR and First Aid. You are welcome to bring your baby with you to this class.

We have just learned that the February 9, 2010 class is full but there are still openings for the March class.

Class fee is $25 and registration is required. To register contact Shelley or Carolina at the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross at 503.280.1440 and let them know they are registering for the “New Parents” class at Milagros.

Support for Prenatal and Postpartum Depression

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in health | 1 Comment

Having distressing or even frightening emotions during a time that has been envisioned as full of joy and fulfillment can feel very isolating and confusing. Too often symptoms of depression or anxiety are ignored or hidden by mothers out of a sense of guilt or inadequacy – shouldn’t I be happy?

If you are feeling this way, you are far from alone. The truth is that as many as half of all women experience some depression and/or anxiety before or after pregnancy; in many cases this distress can last for months. Experiencing depression or anxiety during a pregnancy or postpartum can happen to first time moms and experienced moms who have had no depression during prior births.

Motherhood is not an easy experience. A mother experiencing depression or anxiety can’t just “pull herself together” any more than she could if she had the flu, diabetes, or any other physical illness. Seeking help you need doesn’t make you any less successful as a mom.

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area and are experiencing any symptoms of prenatal or postpartum depression or anxiety, we encourate you to contact Baby Blues Connection. BBC is a local non-profit that provides peer support and information to ensure that moms like you get the help needed to feel better. This support is available over the phone and in local mom-to-mom support groups.

To get connected, call Baby Blues Connection on their 24-hour message line (503-797-2843/360-735-5571) or visit their website any time.

Naturopathic First Aid Kits at Milagros

Posted November 19th, 2009 in health, Products | Tags: , | 1 Comment

naturokitslargeWhy hasn’t this been created before? It seems so basic but try as I might I had no luck finding a basic alternative care first aid kit – until now!

Two Portland-based naturopathic doctors have put their energy into creating Naturokits! The Naturokit is a naturopathic first aid kit built for a variety of situations — bumps, bruises, burns, bites, cuts, etc. The remedies in the kit are perfect for children over one year of age as well as adults (for children under one year of age, please consult with a healthcare practitioner).

The types of situations for busting out your Naturokit?

  • It’s 7:45 on a January morning and you are frantically racing out the door for an 8:00 meeting. You slip on the icy first step, land on your keister, and spill your cup of scalding organic fair-trade coffee all over your bare hand‚Ķ
  • Both your 4 year old son and your 11 year old cat are experiencing sweaty palms after the fireworks start on the 4th of July‚Ķ
  • You’re installing your storm windows during the season’s first freeze-over and you slam your finger in the pane‚Ķ
  • You hiked up the west slope of Steep Peak with your boots rubbing all the way, you got way too much sun, the mosquitoes had you for lunch and now your muscles are screaming‚Ķ
  • Your little leaguer slides into home plate and embeds a good deal of it into her knee‚Ķ

And so on…

This is the kit to have on hand for emergencies – the one to throw into your beach bag, backpack, glove box, or that to send off with your children as they depart on adventures.

Get it in our Portland boutique or in our on-line shop.

Join Padeen Quinn, ND of Naturokits for this free workshop on naturopathic first aid for families at Milagros on Saturday, 12/12, 10am.

Learn About Making a Toxins Free Home at Milagros!

Posted October 30th, 2009 in Classes, health | Comments Off

Come to a workshop and Milagros on 11/6 or 11/13 at 11am and learn about how to easily create a “Toxins-free Home”. Plus you will get some great free samples and coupons to help you get started!

These free presentations are part of the Million Baby Crawl campaign. The purpose of the Million Baby Crawl campaign is to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act so that items such as household cleaners, disposable diapers and other baby products will need to list their ingredients. This type of labeling will give parents the info they need to choose less toxic alternatives. Info that they are not easily getting now!

These workshops are free, open to all, and don’t require a rsvp needed.