The Mama Coach - Sandra Everets

The Mama Coach - Sandra Everets I'm a Registered Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Prenatal educator, Infant & Child Sleep Coach and mom of 2 committed to "Making Motherhood Easier".
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Are you struggling with short naps? As soon as you warm up that coffee or put food in your mouth your baby wakes up. Lik...
07/22/2021

Are you struggling with short naps? As soon as you warm up that coffee or put food in your mouth your baby wakes up. Like clockwork

It's getting harder and tougher to keep them awake. I see you nodding your head!Often while working on sleep your baby m...
07/06/2021

It's getting harder and tougher to keep them awake.

I see you nodding your head!

Often while working on sleep your baby may appear more tired. This can be confusing and odd for parents as their baby is getting more sleep. When our baby is sleep deprived and overtired their little bodies experience stress. Adrenaline and cortisol are released throughout the whole body and go into a flight or fight mode ... a second wind.

As your baby gets more sleep and better quality of sleep those stress hormones start to decrease. They no longer go into the flight or fight mode and this is why they seem more tired. This is a good thing, we want those stress hormones to decrease and for them to recoup their sleep debt. Give your baby a good week to adjust.

It's getting harder and tougher to keep them awake.

I see you nodding your head!

Often while working on sleep your baby may appear more tired. This can be confusing and odd for parents as their baby is getting more sleep. When our baby is sleep deprived and overtired their little bodies experience stress. Adrenaline and cortisol are released throughout the whole body and go into a flight or fight mode ... a second wind.

As your baby gets more sleep and better quality of sleep those stress hormones start to decrease. They no longer go into the flight or fight mode and this is why they seem more tired. This is a good thing, we want those stress hormones to decrease and for them to recoup their sleep debt. Give your baby a good week to adjust.

How Many Naps?This is one of the most common sleep questions I get asked from families. Do we add a nap or drop a nap? F...
06/03/2021

How Many Naps?

This is one of the most common sleep questions I get asked from families. Do we add a nap or drop a nap? First off, know that each baby and family is unique and if the number of naps your baby is taking is working well for your family then don't feel you need to change it. My motto is always "its only a problem if its a problem for you" however if you are struggling with an over tired or under tired bedtime look at how many naps they are taking in a day. Usually when sleep starts to get wonky we drop a nap but your baby might not be ready just yet.

Want information on naps and wake windows?Comment below and I’ll send you a copy of our FREE Awake Time e Book.
Need some help with naps? Send me a DM

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How Many Naps?

This is one of the most common sleep questions I get asked from families. Do we add a nap or drop a nap? First off, know that each baby and family is unique and if the number of naps your baby is taking is working well for your family then don't feel you need to change it. My motto is always "its only a problem if its a problem for you" however if you are struggling with an over tired or under tired bedtime look at how many naps they are taking in a day. Usually when sleep starts to get wonky we drop a nap but your baby might not be ready just yet.

Want information on naps and wake windows?Comment below and I’ll send you a copy of our FREE Awake Time e Book.
Need some help with naps? Send me a DM

SAVE this for later!

Colostrum is the yellow, first milk a woman produces from about her 20th week of pregnancy. It is the ideal first food f...
03/25/2021

Colostrum is the yellow, first milk a woman produces from about her 20th week of pregnancy. It is the ideal first food for your baby. It is known as “liquid gold”, full of immunoglobulins that provide the framework for your baby’s immune system. Colostrum is low in volume but very high in calories and encourages peristalsis, which helps the baby pass meconium (it’s first stool).
Ideal circumstances would be that all babies receive colostrum after birth.

Being a Registered Nurse & IBCLC Lactation Consultant, I know health care professionals strive to help women achieve this but there are situations that arise that can put your baby at risk for needing supplementation. Some examples of this are:

An infant whose mother has gestational diabetes
An infant who is born prematurely
An infant who has been stressed during the birth process
An infant whose mother has gestational hypertension

One way to avoid having to give your baby formula after birth is to consider Antenatal hand expression.

What is this?
It is expressing and storing your colostrum while still pregnant so you have extra colostrum available for your baby if he or she needs supplementation.

I recommend always checking with your health care provider prior to starting antenatal hand expression to make sure it is safe for your pregnancy.

Have you heard of Antenatal Hand Expression or tried it before?

Colostrum is the yellow, first milk a woman produces from about her 20th week of pregnancy. It is the ideal first food for your baby. It is known as “liquid gold”, full of immunoglobulins that provide the framework for your baby’s immune system. Colostrum is low in volume but very high in calories and encourages peristalsis, which helps the baby pass meconium (it’s first stool).
Ideal circumstances would be that all babies receive colostrum after birth.

Being a Registered Nurse & IBCLC Lactation Consultant, I know health care professionals strive to help women achieve this but there are situations that arise that can put your baby at risk for needing supplementation. Some examples of this are:

An infant whose mother has gestational diabetes
An infant who is born prematurely
An infant who has been stressed during the birth process
An infant whose mother has gestational hypertension

One way to avoid having to give your baby formula after birth is to consider Antenatal hand expression.

What is this?
It is expressing and storing your colostrum while still pregnant so you have extra colostrum available for your baby if he or she needs supplementation.

I recommend always checking with your health care provider prior to starting antenatal hand expression to make sure it is safe for your pregnancy.

Have you heard of Antenatal Hand Expression or tried it before?

Some mamas resume their period & menstrual cycle soon after giving birth, while others will not experience a period unti...
02/13/2021

Some mamas resume their period & menstrual cycle soon after giving birth, while others will not experience a period until their baby is weaned. Both are normal and it is completely individual as our hormones and physiological differences can play a role.



For most exclusively breastfeed mamas they will not get a period for 3-6 months and even longer. This is what we call lactational amenorrhea. When a baby is frequently nursing it inhibits the release of hormones that cause our body to begin preparing for ovulation etc.

It is common and normal to have a drop in supply a few days before your period and a few days into your period. You may notice it is more uncomfortable to breastfeeding during your period, your baby may want to feed more frequently due to the drop in supply and or your baby may feed less due to a slight change in the taste during your period. Remember this is only temporary!

So, what can you do?

There are many suggestions out there to add a daily dose of calcium and magnesium supplement (500-1,000mg) from the beginning of ovulation through until 2-3 days into your period. You can also increase iron in your diet and feed o

Some mamas resume their period & menstrual cycle soon after giving birth, while others will not experience a period until their baby is weaned. Both are normal and it is completely individual as our hormones and physiological differences can play a role.



For most exclusively breastfeed mamas they will not get a period for 3-6 months and even longer. This is what we call lactational amenorrhea. When a baby is frequently nursing it inhibits the release of hormones that cause our body to begin preparing for ovulation etc.

It is common and normal to have a drop in supply a few days before your period and a few days into your period. You may notice it is more uncomfortable to breastfeeding during your period, your baby may want to feed more frequently due to the drop in supply and or your baby may feed less due to a slight change in the taste during your period. Remember this is only temporary!

So, what can you do?

There are many suggestions out there to add a daily dose of calcium and magnesium supplement (500-1,000mg) from the beginning of ovulation through until 2-3 days into your period. You can also increase iron in your diet and feed o

Next Class: Saturday Feb 13, 2021 at 130pm. DM to book or click link to register !
02/07/2021

Next Class: Saturday Feb 13, 2021 at 130pm. DM to book or click link to register !

Next Class: Saturday Feb 13, 2021 at 130pm. DM to book or click link to register !

02/02/2021
Toilet Learning: When & How

Are you ready to start potty training? Is your little one showing signs of being ready?

Check out my newest podcast episode and sign up for my Toilet Learning Workshop this weekend.

Have you ever given your baby a supplement of breastmilk or formula in hopes of getting them to sleep longer, weight los...
02/01/2021

Have you ever given your baby a supplement of breastmilk or formula in hopes of getting them to sleep longer, weight loss, jaundice or because you thought your milk supply may have decreased and your baby wasn't getting enough? There are many reasons why we give our baby supplements and you never need to justify your reason to anyone. Support is best!

If your intention and plan is to breastfeed your baby and you decide to give them a bottle its important to continue to stimulate your breasts by either pumping or hand expressing to maintain your milk supply. I hear from so many of you that you think your milk supply has dropped because your baby is extra fussy or just doesn't seem satisfied by their normal feeds. And so you give your baby a bottle. After the bottle supplement or "top up" as we like to call it your baby is satisfied and has a good stretch of sleep or awake time without a feed. And this cycle continues but what happens is your baby is no longer having those good feeds at the breast and your breasts are not stimulated and emptied. Empty breasts signal to our body to make more milk. And if our baby is not emptying your breasts your brain is telling your body to stop making milk. When this continues they we do see a drop in your milk supply.

My top tip is to pump or hand express whenever you give your baby a bottle or top up so your milk supply doesn't drop. If you are questioning your milk supply please reach out to myself or another IBCLC Lactation Consult so that we can do a full assessment of a feeding and if needed build a plan with you to increase your supply.

Did you question your milk supply?

Have you ever given your baby a supplement of breastmilk or formula in hopes of getting them to sleep longer, weight loss, jaundice or because you thought your milk supply may have decreased and your baby wasn't getting enough? There are many reasons why we give our baby supplements and you never need to justify your reason to anyone. Support is best!

If your intention and plan is to breastfeed your baby and you decide to give them a bottle its important to continue to stimulate your breasts by either pumping or hand expressing to maintain your milk supply. I hear from so many of you that you think your milk supply has dropped because your baby is extra fussy or just doesn't seem satisfied by their normal feeds. And so you give your baby a bottle. After the bottle supplement or "top up" as we like to call it your baby is satisfied and has a good stretch of sleep or awake time without a feed. And this cycle continues but what happens is your baby is no longer having those good feeds at the breast and your breasts are not stimulated and emptied. Empty breasts signal to our body to make more milk. And if our baby is not emptying your breasts your brain is telling your body to stop making milk. When this continues they we do see a drop in your milk supply.

My top tip is to pump or hand express whenever you give your baby a bottle or top up so your milk supply doesn't drop. If you are questioning your milk supply please reach out to myself or another IBCLC Lactation Consult so that we can do a full assessment of a feeding and if needed build a plan with you to increase your supply.

Did you question your milk supply?

Weight gain in pregnancy is inevitable but it is not linear. Your growing baby isn't the only thing contributing to weig...
01/25/2021

Weight gain in pregnancy is inevitable but it is not linear. Your growing baby isn't the only thing contributing to weight gain, your placenta, increased blood volume, larger breasts, and fat stores also contribute. Some weeks you may lose a week, some you may stay the same and other weeks gain 2-14lbs.

What is important is to focus on nutrient dense foods that fill you up and listen to your instincts. Your healthcare provider will weigh you at each visit and is watching to make sure you aren't gaining too much weight or losing weight. We know that weight gain varies mama to mama and how much you gain can affect both you and your baby. We want to make sure you and your baby are healthy!

If you're worried about weight gain then take the focus off it and only weigh yourself at your prenatal visits. Our scales can be our worst enemy.

How much did you gain in your pregnancy?
Did you weigh yourself weekly or only at prenatal visits?

Weight gain in pregnancy is inevitable but it is not linear. Your growing baby isn't the only thing contributing to weight gain, your placenta, increased blood volume, larger breasts, and fat stores also contribute. Some weeks you may lose a week, some you may stay the same and other weeks gain 2-14lbs.

What is important is to focus on nutrient dense foods that fill you up and listen to your instincts. Your healthcare provider will weigh you at each visit and is watching to make sure you aren't gaining too much weight or losing weight. We know that weight gain varies mama to mama and how much you gain can affect both you and your baby. We want to make sure you and your baby are healthy!

If you're worried about weight gain then take the focus off it and only weigh yourself at your prenatal visits. Our scales can be our worst enemy.

How much did you gain in your pregnancy?
Did you weigh yourself weekly or only at prenatal visits?

Join us Wednesday Jan 27, 2021! Link below in  comments to register
01/21/2021

Join us Wednesday Jan 27, 2021! Link below in comments to register

Join us Wednesday Jan 27, 2021! Link below in comments to register

Your baby is not allergic to your breastmilk and formula is not your only option! Proteins transferred from our diet to ...
01/18/2021

Your baby is not allergic to your breastmilk and formula is not your only option! Proteins transferred from our diet to our breastmilk through our blood vessels (circulatory system) We first need to figure out what is triggering the allergic reaction in your baby and then eliminate that food while continuing to breastfeed. Newer research is showing us that ingested food proteins peak in our breastmilk at around 2hours then decrease from there with most clearing our system in 24hours. When you can start to see improvement in your baby's symptoms varies depending on sensitivity and how long and how big of an exposure. You should start to see symptoms stay the same or improve within a week but it can take several weeks for your baby to be completely symptom free.

Comment below if your baby experienced a food allergy while breastfeeding. Did you stop breastfeeding? What was your experience?

Your baby is not allergic to your breastmilk and formula is not your only option! Proteins transferred from our diet to our breastmilk through our blood vessels (circulatory system) We first need to figure out what is triggering the allergic reaction in your baby and then eliminate that food while continuing to breastfeed. Newer research is showing us that ingested food proteins peak in our breastmilk at around 2hours then decrease from there with most clearing our system in 24hours. When you can start to see improvement in your baby's symptoms varies depending on sensitivity and how long and how big of an exposure. You should start to see symptoms stay the same or improve within a week but it can take several weeks for your baby to be completely symptom free.

Comment below if your baby experienced a food allergy while breastfeeding. Did you stop breastfeeding? What was your experience?

Join my Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class this Saturday Jan 16 at 130pm. You'll learn everything you need to know to f...
01/15/2021

Join my Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class this Saturday Jan 16 at 130pm. You'll learn everything you need to know to feel comfortable, confident and prepared to Breastfeeding your newborn! This is a must for every expecting family!

Includes:
2hr online class
E book
1:1 Prenatal call to make your breastfeeding plan

Cost $50

Topics:
✔ Breastfeeding basics
✔ Milk Suppy
✔ How to latch your baby
✔ How to know your baby is getting enough
✔ Common breastfeeding challenges
✔ Pumping (how, when & why)
✔ When to seek help
& more!

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Sandra explained child and infant CPR and choking in an easy to understand and practical way. It made me more confident in my abilities to perform these life saving skills if I ever need to.