Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Health Considerations when Bottle-Feeding

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If you decide not to breastfeed, or are unable to breastfeed, commercial iron-fortified formulas can provide adequate nutrition for your infant. Infant formulas contain adequate amounts of protein, calories, fat, vitamins, and minerals for growth. However, formula does not contain the immune factors that are in breast milk. The immune factors that are found in breast milk can help prevent infections.

Infants who take enough iron-fortified infant formula usually do not need vitamin and mineral supplements. Fluoride is sometimes needed after 6 months of age if the water supply does not have enough fluoride. Check with your baby’s physician about fluoride supplements. Types of infant formula include:

• Cow’s milk-based …

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After Delivery, Taking Care of Yourself

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Having a baby is a life-changing experience, and there’s no way to know just how exhilarating and challenging the first few months can be. From the wealth of new emotions you’ll be feeling, to the physical recovery you face after giving birth, these first few weeks will be some of the most intense you’ll ever face. To help you know what to expect, we’ve talked to some experts to help you prepare for the exciting ride ahead.

After pains
After pains are real. During the first weeks after delivery, your uterus will shrink from the size of a grapefruit to the size of a pear. This process causes cramps that may …

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Knock Down Hurdles to Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is one of the greatest health advantages you can give your infant. It’s the “gift that lasts a lifetime,” says Jane Morton, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) committee on breastfeeding.

A breastfed baby may be less prone to ear infections and diarrhea. The child may also face less risk of developing diabetes, obesity, and asthma, the AAP says.

Ideally, you should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, with a goal of continuing breast milk for at least the first year. But you may face obstacles.

“The biggest problem is early on,” says Dr. Morton. Right after the birth, mothers who plan to breastfeed may find …

 

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