Note from Liz: It is amazing the world we live in! The author of this post, Erin Ontiveros, and I met online several years ago through the similar work we do with women and families. Although she lives in Rochester, NY I ended up having the opportunity to meet up in-person when Erin's husband's work brought them to the state of Indiana.
It is a privilege to have Erin write for the Indy FertiltyCare blog this month on the topic of breastfeeding success and needless to say, how she approached the topic surprised AND delighted me!
I am a big believer in less is more! So when Liz suggested I talk about tools for successful breastfeeding I immediately said, “ Easy, none!” I wanted to show that, in fact, you don’t need any!! Also, as a promoter and advocate for breastfeeding I don’t want “things” to be a stumbling block for anyone wanting to breastfeed. The most important thing that a mom needs to breastfeed is a willingness to do so.
However, I suppose that is not all there is to it. While breastfeeding is natural, it does not always come naturally. So here are my must haves for breastfeeding success; they may not be tools, but they will be a great resource to a new breastfeeding mom.
So now you are saying: “yes, but we do need some things like a breast pump and nursing tops? Well, now I will explain why you do not really need those.
Erin Ontiveros turned her sights onto educating and supporting mothers after realizing that society is failing to fully prepare women for birth and motherhood. She has recently extended this passion to bringing light to the postpartum period and counseling women on fertility awareness methods. Erin is a wife and mother of 3, a certified lactation counselor, a certified birth doula, and a prenatal educator who works with women locally and online via her webpage.
This week, I had the pleasure of writing a guest post all about birth plans for Matriarc. In this post, I share my top three tips for preparing a birth plan whether this is your first, second, or your sixth birth. Let me know what you think in the comments here or on the post's comments directly.
What is Matriarc? It is an app and "a digital community where moms post childbirth come to heal their minds and bodies. Almost always, all attention and focus shifts from the mom to the baby once the baby is born. Matriarc was built for moms to rehabilitate their new body, calm the mind, relieve stress, and restore energy levels."
I love working in the Village. I've curated a short list of my favorite restaurants so you don't have to do research and can instead just enjoy your time in the Village.
Above: The Salty Cowboy boasts delicious and flavorful slow-cooked meats in Tex-Mex dishes.
It is fun to hear that many of you, my clients, enjoy patronizing Zionsville-owned and operated restaurants before or after your Creighton Model or Birth Boot Camp appointments. Here is a list of my three favorite places (so far) to eat which are walking distance from my office.
1. Best place for brunch: Rosie’s Place Rosie’s menu is frequently changing for the season and you can easily find home-cooked favorites (like Eggs Benedict or an omelette), salads (with fun and different toppings), sandwiches, and even cookies and other sweets to-go. This restaurant is also good for anyone with a dairy or gluten restriction. Rosie’s also has a Noblesville location too.
2. Best place for a margarita and Tex-Mex: The Salty Cowboy While you may have to wait a little for a seat, the Salty Cowboy is worth it. This restaurant features delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and a whole page of margarita selections. Try my favorite dish, the chicken taco salad. They are open starting at 4 pm every day, but closed Sundays.
3. Best date night restaurant: Noah Grant’s Grill & Oyster House My husband Bill and I recently dined here for a date night and we will definitely be coming back! What’s not to love: raw oysters (our favorite are the West coast selections), fancy drinks, and an impressive surf & turf menu. We felt like we were in New England and loved that we could make a reservation and be seated immediately. I’d recommend trying the seafood bisque – it’s warming and flavorful.
Ready to schedule a time to meet? Go here and book your appointment to meet with me, and while you’re at it, make plans to eat at one of these delicious restaurants.
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