Healing Ear Infections Holistically

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Last year this time, I prided myself on the fact that my 2 year old had never had a full-blown ear infection. A strong proponent of breastfeeding and having nursed her until she was almost 2, I just knew my milk had protected her from ever really getting sick. And I just knew it would protect my newborn as well. I never imagined how sick my new baby would be most of the winter and into the spring. And […]

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

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Once upon a time, milk was not such a complex or controversial subject. Cows grazed on green grass. Healthy, well-fed, and free to roam, they produced a nutrient-dense, thick, white liquid which was relished either straight from the cow (raw) or turned into cultured dairy for short-term storage or delectable hard cheeses for long-term storage. It was neither heated to death at ultra-high temperatures, nor were its fat molecules shaken until they shattered into minuscule pieces. It was not demonized as a health hazard, declared to be […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

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As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]

The GAPS Diet: Why Our Family is Doing It

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Yesterday I shared about what the GAPS diet is. If you missed it, I would suggest going back and reading that post first. If you try to eat so well, why does your family need to do the GAPS diet? No one has asked me this yet, but I can well imagine that this is the question in many of your minds,and it is an extremely legitimate question! As I’ve shard before, my journey into nutrition and natural living did not come about just because […]

Diary of Nursing a Low Milk Supply

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Struggling with a low milk supply can be tough. It’s disheartening to know that you’re not making enough milk to satisfy your baby and it takes real work to bring that milk supply back up to where it needs to be. The encouraging thing is that it can be done! Since this is exactly where I’ve been at the past two weeks, I decided to journal my efforts and the results of those efforts. After 8 days of supplementing 2 month old Johanna while being […]