Exclusively Breastfed? When Do I Introduce the Bottle?

I get so many messages from moms asking, “how do I introduce the bottle to my baby after exclusively breastfeeding for ‘X’ amount of time?” It may not be an easy task but, it doesn’t have to be an all-out war either! Although the benefits of exclusively breastfeeding are numerous, there comes a time, suchContinue reading “Exclusively Breastfed? When Do I Introduce the Bottle?”

Hospital Bag 101

With my oldest daughter, Lyric, I had packed my hospital bag THREE TIMES (which overflowed to being two bags) before my mom decided to help. If she would’ve never seen what I had packed I may have ended up taking ALL of the babies things with me to the hospital; that’s how much I wasContinue reading “Hospital Bag 101”

Who Is Madina the Doula?

Is there a doula in the house?! Hey everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mecca Madina; these days I either go by Mama Mec or Madina the Doula. Sometimes, I have these tiny people who follow me around calling me mommy; that’s by far my favorite name and thoseContinue reading “Who Is Madina the Doula?”

Circumcision: Yay or Nay?

Are you wondering if you should get your newborn circumcised or not? Read on for evidence-based information that can help you with your decision. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin (aka prepuce), the tissue covering the head (glans) of the penis. This procedure has ancient origins but is still practiced for religious orContinue reading “Circumcision: Yay or Nay?”

3 Fun Activities to Encourage Motor Development

In the early days, your baby will develop motor skills that are important in learning things like crawling, reaching and so many more milestones. Motor skills are defined by two categories: Fine Motor- controls the ability to use your hands to eat, write/draw, pick up small items, etc. Gross Motor- works with the larger musclesContinue reading “3 Fun Activities to Encourage Motor Development”