1:26 Born to Be Breastfed Podcast host Marie Biancuzzo introduces Rachelle and her company Maternal Instincts as well as the types of services it offers  2:14 Rachelle explains the newborn care specialist, night nanny and postpartum doula (hint: ALL are certified in their field)  3:16 Postpartum doulas are full family care (think groceries, cooking, pets, laundry and more)  [...]

It has been the common go to advice since the 1970's that a bottle of formula or even a bottle of formula AND rice cereal before bed will encourage longer night time sleep stretches. I can’t say this loud enough.....NO it won’t! Let’s just look at breast-milk first. Breast milk is a live form of [...]

While many new moms have the best intentions to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, a new survey found that nearly one-third (29 percent) of new mothers who breastfeed stop prematurely due to work-related issues. These issues include having no designated place to pump (57 percent) and no place to store pumped milk (27 percent). [...]

There are lots of decisions to make when there’s a baby on the way. One of the most controversial is the ever raging breast or bottle debate. There are many people who have strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and many of them will try like a televangelist to get you on their side. [...]

Congratulations, you have a new baby! Having a new baby is hard enough but when you choose to breastfeed you sometimes feel that you made this experience even harder. Breastfeeding is not as difficult as it looks or as you may have heard from others. It is actually pretty easy and a very fulfilling way [...]

Most mothers bottle feed their baby and there is no doubt that breastfeeding your baby can sometimes be difficult to get started, but if a mother persists, she finds that it is a lot less bother than bottle feeding. Breastfeeding is actually less stressful and less work than bottle-feeding. Mothers who give up breastfeeding, state [...]

Oh, those dreaded words: “Sleep Training” For the sleepless mom, it sounds like a pipe dream. For other moms, it seems silly and frivolous to want to “train” your baby to sleep. There is so much judgment around those two words “sleep training." No-Cry Sleep Method Well then, I guess you can judge me! HA! [...]

I nursed and nursed and nursed, until those babies of mine were chunky, solid and amazingly healthy! It wasn’t easy by any means, and my first experience with it was HARD, but we did it and I was proud. My second experience was even better, I ADORED the milk making I did. I loved seeing [...]

We are excited to announce the growth of Maternal Instincts to provide Birth Doulas as well as our Postpartum Doulas and Night Nannies. As with our postpartum team, our birth team offers unbiased, non-judgmental support to all families. That's right, families of EVERY kind! We are happy to support you in your hospital birth, your [...]