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F2F Recap 6.11.14

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Free2Feed aims to educate, teach, mentor, support and encourage women of all ages and in all stages. Our main focus is the Breastfeeding Mom. This week was a great example of how Moms sharpen other Moms in our group…..

A healthy, beautiful smile is important to everyone and as our babies start getting teeth, we start thinking about oral health and the products we use to keep our mouths healthy.

Our F2F Mom Member Karina as well as other F2F Mom Members shared products they use to keep their mouths and their children’s teeth clean and healthy. We also talked a little about the unnatural ingredients in many toothpastes and how we can replace that old tube of toothpaste with many more natural ingredients, we have options.

Aditi uses DoTerra’s OnGuard Toothpaste–costs around $8. This is made with OnGuard oil, and has a great cinnamon flavor and has several oils in it that are natural tooth whiteners. Some even report being able to fight off infections quicker, just from brushing with this tooth toothpaste.

Sarah shared that she likes to use Earth Paste. This costs around $8 and can be purchased at Harmons and Real Foods Market. It’s made from Redmond Clay and sea salt. It doesn’t contain any glycerin, so it doesn’t foam and may take some getting used to if you like a sudsy toothpaste. Glycerin can inhibit the body’s ability to remineralize teeth and that is why more people are choosing toothpaste without it.

Activated Charcoal–this can be purchased in capsules at most health food stores or in bulk online. Katrina recommends brushing once weekly with activated charcoal, as it cleans away toxins and believe it or not, is a natural tooth whitener! Try it!

Laura shared with us how charcoal can pull toxins out of the body and is very beneficial when a person gets food poisoning or other illnesses. Activated charcoal would be a great thing to have on hand for emergencies and also traveling.

Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth and Gum Powder–this an herbal blend that you brush your teeth in place of regular toothpaste. Dip our wet toothbrush in the herbal powder and brush away. A jar runs around $10, but lasts a long time. You can divide the herbal toothpaste into separate smaller containers so that each family member has their own little jar. This can be purchased at Dixie Nutrition, Real Foods, Dr. Mom, or Vitacost.

Oil pulling–this is a great habit to get into on a daily basis. Simply take a spoonful of coconut oil (enough to fill your mouth with comfortably), olive oil can also be used, but coconut is preferred. Once it begins to melt, start swishing. Continue to swish with the oil for 20 min. (if done for less than 20 min. it’s okay, something is better than not at all). When you’re done just make sure you spit it out into the trash and not the sink. Teach your children how to oil pull too by making it a daily habit. Katrina has taught her 4 year old daughter how to oil pull! There are many benefits to oil pulling, not only for oral health, but overall health. Karina uses both the powder and oil pulling techniques, if you have any questions let her know, she is very knowledgable!

We also touched on fermented cod liver and butter oil. These healthy fats can help teeth and cavities to heal and many, especially those to follow a Traditional diet or Weston Price diet tout the benefits of these oils. Real Food Market sells them in a combination capsule for around $45–a pricey supplement, but much less than a bill from the dentist.

For those of you who are motivated, you can even make your own toothpaste and mouth rinse like Karen does. You may have to play around with the recipes, until you get the consistency that suits you best. http://wellnessmama.com/8780/squeezable-homemade-toothpaste/

Natural Mouth Wash:
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons xylitol (sweetens and kills bacteria)
2 teaspoons sea salt
If desired add a few drops of essential oils (remember peppermint can decrease some moms milk production, so if you are sensitive to peppermint try cinnamon oil, lemon, orange)

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F2F Recap 6.4.14

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Dr. Gibson spoke to us about a childs immune system. What an amazing opportunity to be filled with so much information by such a gifted doctor in such a little amount of time. Thank you Dr. Gibson. His practice is located at 494 E Tabernacle
Saint George. He is currently accepting new patients and works as a family doctor and Pediatrician, children under 5 can be see at no charge as long as one of the parents is a paying patient. I recently took my 3 year old daughter to him for constipation like symptoms and after examining her, he adjusted her sacrum and that evening she successfully had a bowel movement! She was so excited, she cried out of joy and said “the doctor fixed me!”.

I have emailed all of our Mom Members his audio recording (that was professionally done) of the lecture he gave at F2F this past Wednesday.

We look forward to next week, June 11th, we will have several F2F Mom Members share their natural dental hygiene regime with us.

 

F2F Recap 5.21.14

0Free2Feed’s main mission is to help, encourage and support the new, young and struggling Mom during their breastfeeding journey. This week two of our Mom Members were able to visit with a Mom that need just that. Besides several home visits, we were able to bring her family a homecooked meal so that she could rest with her 5 day old son. Mom and Baby are doing well, she hopes to gain stength and join us at F2F this coming week.

At our group meeting last week we all shared our favorite bras: sports bras, sleep bras, everyday, and even date night bras. We talked about staying away from under wire bras since they can cause plugged ducts and lead to mastitis and can also inhibit lymph flow in our breasts. Many of our members have found their nursing bras as Motherhood, Target, and can also be custom ordered from our F2F supporter Dayna Robinson.
                                
We also had a great discussion on natural household cleaners, lead by our F2F member Sarah Clark. Sarah encouraged us all to try Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap. It can be used in so many ways: cleaning floors, counters,  bathrooms, also as a body wash, shampoo,  and even toothpaste! It can be found at most health food stores, Natural Grocers, Harmons, and Amazon. Remember, it is a concentrate so a little goes a long way and bottle will last a long time.

Aditi also shared DoTerra’s OnGuard all purpose cleaner, that smells fantastic and can be safely used around our little ones. 

Laura likes to use Bon Ami powder cleanser (found at Walmart and Natural Grocers) to clean her bathrooms and cut through soap scum.

Karen shared that she uses a vinegar/Dawn solution to clean her bathrooms (counters, toilet, tub/shower). Here is her recipe:
1/2 cup Blue Dawn (has to be or it doesn’t object quite work as well)
1 cup vinegar

Just eyeball it–it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then if it’s too bubbly you can add more vinegar. Put it in a big spray bottle, so you don’t have to keep remaking the solution.

As the summer heat kicks in don’t forget to hydrate. Drink plenty of water, and offer the breast in between meals for hydration. Introducing water and avoiding juice is an excellent way to get your baby to be a water drinker (6 months and up).

We look forward to seeing you all next week on Wednesday May 28th from 11:30-1:300 at Premier Dance Center.

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Shelley & Opal’s update

Shelley & Opal. Their story.

It was March 2013 and I was 8 months pregnant. I remember many highlights during my pregnancies, one of them was Prenatal Yoga, where I met Shelley. After I got F2F up and running, one of our first new Moms was Shelley with her precious little Opal. She came to us as a referral from Linda Hill and the WIC Breastfeeding Support group that meets monthly. Shelley had a unique situation and require more support than the Health Dept. had to offer. So she joined F2F.

You see, several years prior to getting pregnant she had had a breast reduction. During that surgery they removed a majority of her mammary glads creating complications with lactation process. Breastfeeding was something that she felt was very important for her and Opal, and she would not give up until it worked!

For Opal, BF has always been so much more than just milk and food. It has been a bonding experience with her Mama. With the help of a Lactaid (a small bag that contains either formula or breastmilk and then connect to a tiny little straw like mechanism) Shelley was able to breastfeed Opal way beyond her 6 month goal.

She came religiously to F2F never missing a week. Recently her family left St. George and relocated back to California where she is originally from. Mama and baby are doing well. Opal thriving in her new environment and loving the freedom of walking. Shelley found a Moms group that meets and supports her where we left off.

Congratulations Shelley on your Breastfeeding Journey! Thanks for letting us be a part of it, you have been such a inspiration to us!

F2F Recap 5.14.14

_MG_0353What a sight to see young ones observe and participate in a Breastfeeding Support Group! The toddlers that attend out F2F gatherings are just precious and we welcome them all!

We had a lovely turn out today for our First Aid Basics 101. We discussed burns, fevers, cuts, bleeding, choking and CPR basics. Ironically we had an undercover Paramedic attend, she was so very helpful! Thank you Laura for bringing Kristen, what an awesome addition to our group!

F2F is proud to welcome Bree Fowles with her precious 4 week old Jared and Michelle Earl with Elsie who is 11 weeks old. We look forward to seeing all of these young babies along their breastfeeding journey as they grown & meet milestones.

 

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F2F Recap 5.7.14

Thank you so much to Keesha Darrington, what a fabulous guest speaker! We learned about how she works with energy to heal emotional problems that stem from how we view ourselves. She uses muscle testing, chakras and tapping to mention just a few techniques. Please feel free to contact her directly (if you are interested in setting up a personal 1 on 1 session for 30 or 60 minutes, or join a group session.

_MG_0363We would like to welcome Brandi Honey and her little baby girl Klari.

We discussed our summer schedule today, we will have a few more guest speakers and then July & August will be weekly gatherings with NO guest speakers until September. There will be a few weeks in June where we will meet in a different location due to Premier Dance Center occupying their space for Dance Workshops. We will keep you posted when these days will be.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!