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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.

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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!

Cloth Diapering Tips & Tricks from the Milagros Experts

Posted December 27th, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

cloth diapering 101 at Milagros in Portland OregonCloth Diapering 101 Class at Milagros check our calendar for dates and times

Is switching to cloth diapers on your resolution list? How about living more earth friendly? Saving Money?

Well… any of those resolutions can be met by making the move to natural cloth diapering! Learn all about how easy cloth is at our introduction to cloth diapering. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering and get hands-on advice.

We have tons of cloth diapering products at our Portland store including Imse Vimse, Kissaluvs, Bummis,  and Thristies!

Infant CPR Class on Tuesday

Posted December 8th, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

We are  hosting  CPR class at Milagros !

More deets:

check our calendar for dates and times

Where: Milagros Family Room, 5429 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Join us at Milagros for this special CPR class that is designed for new parents. This class provides hands-on instruction on what to do if your infant or child is choking, rescue breathing, and basic CPR. You are welcome to bring your baby with you to this class.

Class fee is $25  per person plus ticket fees. Registration is required.

Please note: No CPR certification is provided as part of this class. No refunds.

Babywearing 101 with the Babywearing Experts

Posted December 7th, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

537068_10151732093451529_677592400_nNeed some help figuring out how to wear your baby?

Wondering what baby sling, wrap, or other carrier is the best fit for you?

Need some assistance with the baby carrier you already have?

Meet the Milagros babywearing experts at Babywearing 101 

Check our our calendar for dates and times

Free & informative!

Check out our full selection of baby slings & carriers in our Portland boutique. Including Tulas!

Happy Labor Day to You!

Posted September 1st, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

Milagros is closed on Labor Day to celebrate our staff and workers all around the globe. See you on Tuesday!

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Family Estate Planning Workshop on Thursday at Milagros

Posted August 24th, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

We have a lot of great events and classes at Milagros every week. Here is an upcoming class about an important topic:

Estate Planning for Families, check our calender or call for dates and times that are coming up !

At this FREE workshop you will discover what will happen to your kids and your assets if something happens to YOU. Local attorney Candice Aiston will  show you exactly how to get your estate plan in place so that you can have peace of mind, knowing that you have done everything in your power to protect your family. Workshop topics include:

  • How to make sure your kids are always with the right people;
  • How to ensure you always provide for your family, even if you’re not here;
  • How to safeguard your assets from creditors, divorces, and lawsuits;
  • How to legally avoid estate taxes;
  • How to avoid long delays, high costs, and ensure privacy for your family.

Call (503) 235-5150 to for more information and to register for this event.

Cloth Diaper Expert Advice on Saturday at Milagros

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

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Cloth Diapering 101 Class at Milagros, Saturdays check our calendar for dates and times 

Thinking about cloth diapers? Have questions? Have tips to share? Come to for an introduction to cloth diapering. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering, get hands-on advice on diapering choices, etc. It is also a chance to meet other parents who are using cloth diapers or thinking about it. FREE, no RSVP required!

Our Cloth Diapering 101 class is on the first and third Saturday of every month at 10:30 check our calendar to confirm dates

We have tons of cloth diapering choice and products at our Portland store including Kissaluvs, Bummis,  Happy Heinys, Thristies, and many more! We also offer a variety of diapering products on-line.

Safe, Effective Sunscreen at Milagros

Posted July 23rd, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

thinksport sunscreen Milagros Portland OregonSummer is in full swing. As I learned the hard way a couple weeks ago, it is time to make applying sunscreen a daily routine even on cloudy days.

There are a lot or sunscreen options out there for the little ones.  Finding a safe, non-toxic option isn’t as easy as it should be.

The  safe, non-toxic, effective sunscreen that we believe in? ThinkBaby Sunscreen.

ThinkBaby Sunscreen is 50 + SPF and top rated by the Environmental Working Group for providing broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB-sunburn) protection. It was also top rated by Safe Mama. AND it’s made with pride in the USA.

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

Let Milagros Show You The Babywearing Way

Posted July 18th, 2013 in Milagros News | Comments Off

Need some help figuring out how to wear your baby?

Wondering what baby sling, wrap, or other carrier is the best fit for you?

Need some assistance with the baby carrier you already have?

Meet the Milagros babywearing experts at Babywearing 101 on the first and third Saturday of the month at noon.  Check our calendar to confirm dates and times. 

Free & informative!

Check out our full selection of baby slings & carriers in our Portland boutique and special selections in our online shop.