Breast Feeding. Your Nursing Area

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Once you’ve reached the third trimester, you’ll
probably start stocking up on nursing bras, breast
pads, and loose button down shirts for the coming
months ahead. While getting ready to breast feed,
you can also create your personal area, a custom
designed breast feeding area for yourself.

Your nursing area should reflect your personality.
If you like a loud, yet friendly surrounding, you
should consider setting in a corner of the living
room or family room. Keep an extra chair or two
near you so family members or even friends can keep
you company.

If you prefer peace and quiet, a cozy study or
empty guest room would be ideal. You can close
the door, dim the lights down, then take a few
deep, calming breaths while you breast feed.

Your own chair
No matter if it’s a glider, overstuffed recliner,
or desk chair with wheels, you should make sure
your nursing chair is very comfortable. You’ll
be sitting in the chair for hours each day, so
you’ll want it to be very comfortable. You should
always look for one that offers back and shoulder
support, along with arm rests.

Support underfoot
You can use a footstool, low coffee table or a
stack of pillows to elevate your feet as you breast
feed. If you raise your legs and feet to bring
your baby to your breast, you’ll avoid possible

Pillows and more pillows
Your neck, arms, feet, and back will need as
much support as you can give, so don’t hesitate
to surround your body with pillows. If you lay
a pillow across your lap for your baby to lay on,
he’ll be very comfortable and that much closer to
your nipple. For extra comfort, you can even
purchase a specially made nursing pillow that
will encircle your waist.

Table for one
You should always keep a small table or stand
within arm’s length of your breast feeding chair.
What you use should be big enough to hold a
coaster and glass of liquid. Some women prefer
to drink through a straw, while others prefer to
drink from the glass.

You’ll also want to keep healthy snacks on hand
as well, such as fresh fruit, nuts, or crackers
and peanut butter to help you replace the
energy you use while you breast feed.

If your baby is a slow eater or has a really big
appetite, you may want to keep yourself busy
while he feeds. You can fill the shelves of a
nearby cupboard or bookcase with your favorite
books or crossword puzzles to occupy yourself
until your baby is full. You should also keep
a phone nearby as well so that you can talk to
family or friends to pass the time.

Breast feeding: The First Six Weeks

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Breast milk is the best food you can give to your
baby. Breast milk is a complete food source,
containing all the nutrients your baby need – at
least 400 of them to be exact, including hormones
and disease fighting compounds that aren’t found
in formula.

The nutritional makeup in breast milk will adjust
to your baby’s needs as he or she grows and
develops. Aside from the brain building, infection
fighting benefits of breast milk, which no formula
can match, nursing will also help to build a special
bond between you and your baby. When nursing,
your child thrives on the contact, cuddling, and
holding – which you will as well.

Since breast feedings can take up to 40 minutes or
more, you should pick a cozy spot for nursing. The
atmosphere is very important, even more so in the
early days of breast feeding when you’re still
trying to get the hang of it. If you get easily
distracted by noise, go somewhere quiet.

You should always hold your baby in a position
that won’t leave your arms or back sore. It works
the best to support the back of your baby’s head
with your hand, although which position you choose
depends on what’s more comfortable to you.

When supporting your baby, a nursing pillow can
sometimes be a big help. You should never feed
until both you and your baby are comfortable. Pay
attention to how your breasts feel when your baby
latches on, as his mouth should cover most of the
areola below the nipple, and the nipple should be
far back into your baby’s mouth.

While some women adjust to breast feeding easily,
other moms find it hard to learn. If you feel
discouraged, always know that you aren’t the only
one. Everyone feels different when starting, it
all depends on the mother and the situation.

Breast feeding will take practice. Therefore, you
should give yourself as much time as you need to
get it down to second nature. Always take it one
feeding at a time. If you are having a bad day,
tell yourself that it’ll get better. Keep in mind
that any problems are temporary, as you’ll be
nursing like a pro by your six week postpartum

The first six weeks will be both an adventure and
training. You can’t expect to know everything when
you begin, which is where training and practice will
really help you excel. The more you breast feed,
the more you’ll learn. You’ll also build a bond
with your baby – which is something you’ll always
have for the rest of your lives.

Is Cellulite a Sign of Poor Health?

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Many people look in the mirror and see cellulite, and assume that means they are overweight and out of shape. But this is not necessarily true. While cellulite can be unsightly, and healthy measures such as diet and exercise can help, cellulite is not necessarily a sign that your health is poor.

The cause of cellulite is debatable. A poor diet is said to contribute to the formation of cellulite, particularly consuming unhealthy fats such as saturated fats. Some sources claim it results from a build-up of toxins in the fat layer just under the skin. These toxins are said to sabotage the suppleness of the skin and fat layer, causing pits and bumps that hold these toxins.

Others claim cellulite has to do with poor lymphatic drainage or lack of circulation. Still other sources point to heredity as the primary cause. Hormones may also play a role. Heredity and hormones may be the causes best represented by clinical evidence.

Depending on which school of thought you adopt, you could consider cellulite a sign that something is amiss with your health, whether it’s circulatory health, poor diet, or hormone imbalances.

When Cellulite May Indicate Poor Health

Sometimes, cellulite does indicate poor health, and this is when cellulite results from excess body weight. Of course it is not healthy to weigh too much; cellulite is simply a manifestation of excess weight in some people. However, some people who are not overweight have cellulite, and some overweight people do not have it; so, once again, cellulite does not automatically mean you are too fat.

When Cellulite Is Probably Just Cosmetic

For many, cellulite is primarily a cosmetic issue. It’s important not to get discouraged and think you’re “too fat” if you have a healthy lifestyle and still have cellulite. Even some teenagers who are not overweight have cellulite, and some older people who are quite overweight have smooth skin!

Getting Healthy

Perhaps cellulite is best considered a sign that you could improve your health. After all, adopting a healthy lifestyle may be the key to reducing cellulite’s appearance. And if you adopt healthy measures such as exercise, healthy diet, and so forth and still have cellulite, then you know it’s not a sign of poor health on your body. At that point, you might try something like massage or a cellulite cream to boost your efforts at reducing cellulite.

Breast feeding: Starting Solid Foods

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Breast milk is all your baby will need until at
least 4 months of age. There does come a time,
when breast milk will no longer supply all of your
baby’s nutrition needs. Full term babies will
start to require iron from other sources by 6 – 9
months of age.

Some babies that aren’t started on solid foods by
the age of 9 – 12 months may have a great level of
difficulty accepting solid foods. It’s actually
a developmental milestone when your child starts
solid foods – as he is now growing up.

When to start
The ideal time to begin solid foods is when the
baby shows interest in starting. Some babies
will show interest in solid food when it’s on
their parents’ plates, as early as 4 months of
age. By 5 – 6 months, most babies will reach out
and try to grab the food. When the baby starts to
reach for food, it’s normally the time to go
ahead and give him some.

Sometimes, it may be a better idea to start food
earlier. When a baby seems to get hungry or once
weight gain isn’t continuing at the desired rate,
it may be good to start solid foods as early as
3 months. It may be possible however, to continue
breast feeding alone and have the baby less
hungry or growing more rapidly.

Breast fed babies will digest solid foods better
and earlier than artificially fed babies because
the breast milk will contain enzymes which help
to digest fats, proteins, and starch. Breast
fed babies will also have had a variety of
different tastes in their life, since the flavors
of many foods the mother eats will pass into her

Introducing solid foods
When the baby begins to take solid foods at the
age of 5 – 6 months, there is very little difference
what he starts will or what order it is introduced.
You should however, avoid spicy foods or highly
allergenic foods at first, although if your
baby reaches for the potato on your plate, you
should let him have it if it isn’t too hot.

Offer your baby the foods that he seems to be
interested in. Allow your baby to enjoy the food
and don’t worry too much about how much he takes
at first, as much of it may end up on the floor
or in his hair anyhow.

The easiest way to get iron for your baby at 5 –
6 months of age is by giving him meat. Cereal for
infants has iron, although it is poorly absorbed
and may cause your baby to get constipated.

Cellulite Massage – How Does It Work?

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Massage is a viable treatment approach to cellulite. There are a variety of options available, from hand-held massagers you use at home to professional spa treatments. Following is a brief explanation of how cellulite massage works, as well as some of the different sorts of anti-cellulite massage available.

How Does Cellulite Massage Work?

Delivering a massage to a cellulite-ridden area of the body is said to help smooth out the bumps and dimples. Massage is said to accomplish this in several ways.

First, massage increases circulation to the area.

Second, massage may loosen the tight tissue that connects the fat cells. The tightness of this tissue, it’s said, holds the fat cells rigid in annoying bumps rather than letting the cells relax and spread out smoothly.

Third, cellulite massage may make the overall structure of the skin and fat cells more limber and flexible.

1. Professional Treatments

A rather expensive and intensive form of treatment for cellulite involves multiple sessions with a professional. The massage is deep and vigorous, and those who have undergone it claim it can be uncomfortable but ultimately relaxing. Professional massage treatments also usually involve using heat (usually in the form of plastic “wraps” that induce sweating and increase circulation to the area) and topical creams.

2. Home Massagers

If your budget or comfort level does not allow for professional treatments, there are options for home cellulite massage. Electrical cellulite “systems” can be purchased for about $50. These kits use heat as well as vibration to deliver a cellulite massage. Many of them also include a gel for use with the system.

Vacuum massagers are another type of home device that uses electricity. Its suction is supposed to stretch and massage the cellulite-ridden area, thereby reducing its appearance. These types of massagers are largely based on the idea that cellulite results from tight tissue between the fat cells, as well as poor circulation.

There are also hand-held massagers that do not involve electricity. These are probably the least expensive of the hand-held home massagers, and are to be used on skin that’s lubricated with warm, soapy water or anti-cellulite cream or gel. Some of these massagers are hollow, and a circular bar of soap can be inserted into the massager. As you work the massager in a circle, the soap comes through holes in the bumpy front of the device, producing a lubricating lather.

3. Scrubs

Homemade or commercially prepared scrubs combine elements of massage with anti-cellulite ingredients. Some are sugar based; others use coffee grounds or coarse salt. You can make your own for not much money. Topical scrubs are applied with a circular motion on warm, wet skin.

There are cellulite massage options for just about any budget. Regardless of which one(s) you choose, sources agree that the key to positive results is regular, consistent treatment.

Breast feeding: Returning To Work

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Once you return to work, you can continue to breast
feed. If you live close to work or have an on site
daycare, you may be able to breast feed during
your breaks. If that isn’t possible, you have 2
1. Keep your milk supply by using a high
quality automatic electric breast pump to express
milk during the day. Save your milk that you
collect for your baby sitter.
2. If you don’t want to or can’t pump at
work, you can gradually replace daytime feedings
with formula while your at home but still continue
to nurse at night and in the morning. The milk
your body produces may not be enough to keep your
baby satisfied, even if you only need enough for
2 feedings.

Advantages of pumping at work
Pumping at work will help stimulate your production
of milk, so you’ll have plenty available when it
comes time to feed. You can also collect the
milk you pump, so your baby will have the health
and nutritional benefits of breast milk even
when you aren’t there. To make things better,
pumping can be an ideal way to feel a connection
to your baby during the work day.

Although it can seem like a hassle, many mothers
find that the benefits of breast pumping far
outweight the inconvenience.

To manage pumping at work, you’ll need to have
the following:
1. Breast pump, preferably a fully
automatic electric pump with a double collection
kit so you can pump both breasts simultaneously.
2. Bottles or bags for collecting and
storing the milk.
3. Access to a refrigerator or cooler
to keep the milk cold until you return home.
4. Breast pads to help protect your
clothes if you start to leak.

Make sure that you get used to pumping before
you return to work, so you’ll know what to expect
and how it feels. You’ll be much more confident
with pumping at work if you already know that
you can produce enough milk.

At work, you’ll want to have somewhere that’s
away from everyone else when you pump, such as
an empty office or empty room. This way, you’ll
be away from everyone else and you can have the
quiet tranquility you need to pump. In most
offices, this shouldn’t be a problem.

For the time frame, you’ll want to pump every
2 – 3 hours if possible. If you can’t, every
4 hours or so will have to suffice. After you
have finished pumping, store the milk in the
bags or bottles, clean yourself up, then go
back to work. When you return home, you can
feed the milk to your growing baby.

Other Foods While Breast Feeding

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Breast milk is actually the only food your baby
will need until 4 months of age, although most
babies do well on breast milk alone for 6 months
or better. There is really no advantage to
adding other foods or milks before 4 – 6 months,
except under unusual circumstances.

Breast milk is over 90% water. Even in the
hottest days of summer, a baby won’t require any
extra water. If a baby isn’t feeding well, they
still don’t require any extra water – although
they will need the breast feeding problems to
be fixed.

Vitamin D
Although breast milk doesn’t contain much vitamin
D, it does have a little. The baby will store up
vitamin D during pregnancy, and remain healthy
without any vitamin D supplementation, unless you
yourself had a problem with vitamin D deficiency
when pregnant.

Exposure to the outside will give your baby
vitamin D, even in winter and when the sky is
covered. An hour or more exposure during the
week will give your baby more than enough vitamin

Breast milk contains less iron than formulas do,
especially those that are iron enriched. Iron
will give the baby added protection against
infections, as many bacteria need iron in order
to multiply.

The iron found in breast milk is utilized well
by the baby, while not being available to
bacteria. The introduction of iron should
never be delayed beyond the age of 6 months.

Breast milk is the best that your can feed
your baby, as it provides everything he will
need for probably the first 6 months. After
the first 6 months, you can introduce solid
foods to your baby if he is taking an interest
to them.

How to Make Homemade Cellulite Cream

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Have you looked into using cellulite creams and lotions? You may have been put off by the cost, or maybe you aren’t comfortable with the ingredients used. You can actually make your own cellulite-fighting creams at home for much less money using healthy ingredients. Here are some recipes to try.

1. Essential Oil Cellulite Cream

This good-smelling lotion not only pleases your sense of smell; the essential oils used are reputed to help tighten skin and reduce cellulite’s lumpy appearance.

* 1 cup unscented body lotion
* 1 tablespoon witch hazel (available at drug stores and large retailers in the pharmacy or first aid section)
* 3 to 5 drops each of the following essential oils: juniper, rosemary, cypress and grapefruit

First, mix the essential oils with the witch hazel by shaking or swirling. Then add the lotion and stir or shake vigorously. Use this lotion after you shower and before bedtime, working it into the skin with a circular, massaging motion.

2. Coffee Scrub

Caffeine is one of the main ingredients used in a lot of commercial cellulite creams. Using coffee grounds you can apply this caffeine to the skin, and also the abrasive/exfoliant action of the grounds can help increase circulation and skin tone. Here is how to make a coffee scrub for cellulite.

* 1 cup used coffee grounds (some sources say you can use the ground coffee fresh, without making coffee with it first. Presumably, this would have more caffeine but may seem more wasteful)
* 1/4 cup sweet almond oil

Mix these two ingredients and apply to wet, warm skin in small circles, massaging well. You can “wrap” the area with plastic wrap and then a towel, leaving the coffee scrub in place for about ten minutes before rinsing. Make sure you have a strainer over your shower drain so it doesn’t get clogged with coffee grounds!

3. Fruit Cream

The presence of acids such as tartaric and citric acid in fruits may help reduce cellulite. This recipe also uses sugar, which can act like an exfoliant to increase circulation and tone up skin.

* 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup pureed fresh strawberries

Apply this cellulite cream as you would the one made from coffee grounds. It could also be used under a cellulite wrap.

Refusal To Breast Feed

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Sometimes, a baby that is breast fed may suddenly
decide to refuse breast feeding. The baby will
pull away from the breast, then toss his head from
side to side. This can happen at anytime, so there
really is no way to predict it happening.

Reasons why
Refusal to feed from the breast could occur when the
baby is in pain. Normally, this can be due to an
ear infection, sore head from vacuum delivery,
thrush in the baby’s mouth, or teething.

The use of dummies, teats or nipple shields may also
contribute to refusal. Some babies actually find
it difficult to feed from the breast and bottle as
the sucking action is very different. Some become
confused, therefore it’s always best to avoid using
any type of teats or dummies.

Sometimes, the milk just takes bitter. This can
be due to antibiotics, if you starting or in the
middle of your period, or nipple creams. If the
milk tastes bitter, your baby will normally not
want to feed.

Solving the problems
First, you should always try to identify what may
have caused the breast refusal then begin to treat
the cause. Always remain patient and gentle with
your baby. Be sure to hold your baby next to you,
skin to skin, so that he can take the breast when
he wants to, so that he begins to realize that
breast feeding is both enjoyable and comfortable.

Older babies may suddenly take shorter and fewer
breast feeds, although this can be normal with
some babies. Therefore, it’s always best not to
try and make the baby feed longer, but instead let
the baby decide how often and also how long each
individual feeding will last.

Exercises to Help Reduce Cellulite

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Cellulite is one of those unsightly conditions that many people don’t know how to address. Regular exercise does not always help; even though you may lose weight and tone some areas, the cellulite-ridden places may stubbornly refuse to smooth out. Specific exercises, though, may help reduce cellulite’s appearance, especially in combination with a healthy diet. Here are some tips and ideas.

1. Cardiovascular Exercises

Not too long ago, we called this kind of exercise “aerobics.” Certain cardiovascular exercises work the areas of the body that tend to be prone to cellulite, as well as increase overall metabolism and circulation. Some sources say that cellulite is partially the result of poor circulation; cardiovascular exercises can help this. Some cardiovascular exercises you might try – and some of the areas they target – are listed below.

* Vigorous walking – buttocks, thighs, back of the legs

* Swimming – back of the arms, upper and lower legs

* Stationary bike – legs, buttocks

* Jogging – legs, buttocks, arms

2. Target Toning

It can help to target tone areas of your body that have cellulite.

* Sit-ups and crunches can tone the belly, but take care not to strain your neck or back. There are alternatives to sit-ups (“modified” sit-ups) that may work better for those whose backs can’t take traditional sit-ups or crunches.

* Leg curls, where you lift weights using the muscles in the back of your upper leg, help tone up the hamstring area and buttocks.

* Triceps presses can help the back of the upper arms. Like a reverse push-up, triceps presses use the triceps to raise and lower your body. If you are not familiar with these exercises, here is how they are done: get into a “crab-walk” position, with your knees bent, your bottom off the ground, and your arms behind you holding you up. Then bend and straighten the arms (don’t just move your bottom up and down) to work the triceps.

* Lunges and squats can help tone the upper legs and buttocks. There are various ways to do these – just make sure you choose low-impact versions of these exercises if you have trouble with your joints.

* Step exercises are said to be good for cellulite, as they work the upper legs and buttocks.

3. Yoga, Pilates, and similar exercises

Some people swear by Yoga and similar exercises for smoothing out cellulite. This may be due to the circulation enhancement that such stretching, balancing exercises are said to promote. It could also have to do with targeted muscle toning. Regardless, these kinds of meditative exercises may be just the thing to complement your cellulite-reduction efforts.

Breast feeding Health And Diet

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The nutritional requirements for the baby will rely
soley on the breast milk, and therefore the mother will
need to maintain a healthy diet. If the baby is
large and grows fast, the fat stores gained by the
mother during pregnancy can be depleted quickly,
meaning that she may have trouble eating good enough
to maintain and develop sufficient amounts of milk.

This type of diet normally involves a high calorie,
high nutrition diet which follows on from that in
pregnancy. Even though mothers in famine conditions
can produce milk with nutritional content, a mother
that is malnourished may produce milk with lacking
levels of vitamins A, D, B6, and B12.

If they smoke, breast feeding mothers must use
extreme caution. More than 20 cigarettes a day has
been shown to reduce the milk supply and cause vomiting,
diarrhoea, rapid heart rate, and restlessness in
the infants. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is
more common in babies that are exposed to smoke.

Heavy drinking is also known to harm the imfant, as
well as yourself. If you are breast feeding, you
should avoid alcohol or consume very small amounts at
a time.

The excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother can
result in irritability, sleeplessness, and increased
feeding in the infant. Moderate use, normally 1 – 2
cups a day normally produces no effect. Therefore,
mothers that are breast feeding are advised to avoid
caffeine or restrict intake of it.

By following a healthy diet and limiting your intake
of the above, you’ll ensure that your baby gets the
right nutrients during your time of breast feeding.
This stage of life is very important – as you don’t
want anything to happen to your baby.

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Using Diet and Exercise to Reduce Cellulite

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One of the frustrating things about cellulite is that losing weight does not necessarily get rid of it. Even skinny people can have cellulite! Whether or not weight is an issue, though, cellulite’s appearance may be reduced through diet and exercise. Here are some tips.

An Anti-Cellulite Diet

Because cellulite cannot really be pinned down to a single cause, a healthy, anti-cellulite diet incorporates multiple factors. Here are some aspects of such a diet.

* Antioxidants – Cellulite may be partly due to the accumulation of toxins in the body. To address this potential cause of cellulite, sources recommend a diet rich in antioxidant foods, such as berries, tomatoes and green tea.

* EFAs – Essential fatty acids – EFAs – are important for overall health, but sources suggest that EFAs are an important component of cellulite reduction. It is said that EFAs help make the fat cells of the body stronger and more elastic, thus reducing the dimpled appearance of cellulite.

* Fiber – Diets that are high in fiber may promote intestinal health. While this may not seem like what you want in cellulite reduction, it’s actually very likely that healthy digestion can help cellulite. After all, toxins are said to play a part in the appearance of cellulite, and healthy digestion aids the body in getting rid of these toxins.

* Protein – If you want to build and tone muscle in order to reduce cellulite, eating lean protein may help. Muscle is made up of protein, and high-protein foods help your body build muscle. Replacing fatty foods with lean protein foods is a healthy step toward reducing cellulite.


Exercises that work the quadriceps (front of the thigh), hamstring area (back of the thigh), buttocks, abdominals, and triceps may help with smoothing out cellulite. These are the areas where cellulite usually occurs – legs, belly, bottom, and back of the arms. Also, overall cardiovascular (“cardio”) exercises may also help, since they burn calories and enhance circulation.

Exercises like lunges and squats help to work the thighs and buttocks. There are quite a few exercises out there specifically for the buttocks and thighs, because these tend to be problem areas for so many people. Just about all of these target-toning exercises can help reduce cellulite. Look for videos on the internet to show you how to do them.

Swimming, jogging, walking, biking, and other cardio exercises are great for overall health and fitness. Ideally, an anti-cellulite exercise routine would involve 15-30 minutes of cardio and 15-30 minutes of target toning several times a week.

Choosing the Cellulite Treatment That’s Best for You

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Are you looking to rid yourself of cellulite, or reduce its appearance? If so, you might be overwhelmed by the treatments available out there. What works? What can you afford? Does exercise help? Following is an evaluative list of some cellulite treatment options to help you choose what’s right for you.


There are exercises that are reputed to help reduce cellulite. Some kind of cardiovascular exercise is considered the best start; it boosts your metabolism and helps circulation (more about circulation’s role in cellulite later). Cardiovascular exercises like jogging, brisk walking, swimming, etc. get the muscles warmed up and ready for toning.

Following cardio, target toning may help reduce cellulite. Exercises that work the back of the arms, buttocks, inner thighs, backs of the legs and belly are best, as this is where cellulite tends to occur. Wherever you tend to have cellulite, use light weights and toning exercises on that area.

Exercises to reduce cellulite can be done in your home via DVD, video, or online tutorials. Or, you can join a class or gym. The exercise option is perhaps the most individualized approach, and a large or small budget can accommodate some form of anti-cellulite exercise.


It could be said that combining exercise (see above), with diet is the best combination for combating cellulite. Experts say that a diet high in unhealthy fats (fats that are solid at room temperature, trans fats, and so forth) can contribute to cellulite, but a diet rich in healthy fats (Omega 3s, Omega 6s, and other essential fatty acids) may actually help reduce cellulite and prevent its formation. Apparently, when you consume healthy fats, you contribute to the healthy appearance of the skin and the fat cells beneath it.

Lean protein, whole grains (for fiber and key nutrients), and lots of plant-based foods is probably your best bet for an anti-cellulite diet. Just changing your diet is probably not going to make all you cellulite magically disappear. However, it may contribute significantly to an overall regimen to reduce cellulite.


Poor circulation may contribute to cellulite formation. As noted above, exercise is a good way to boost your cardiovascular system, and target toning can enhance circulation right where the cellulite is. Massage may have a similar effect, bringing blood to the affected area and enhancing skin tone.

Because cellulite is said to be an issue of skin as well as the fat layer beneath, massage can address both of these areas. Many home cellulite massagers are available on the market – perhaps the least expensive is a hand-held device meant to be used in the shower on wet, soapy skin. There are also electrical massagers available, and even spa treatments with professional massage.

Creams and Scrubs

Whether you go with homemade creams and scrubs or commercial ones, such topical treatments are said to be most effective when combined with other approaches. Anti-cellulite scrubs can help enhance circulation, as can “wraps,” where you apply a cream to the area and wrap it in plastic wrap. Creams often contain caffeine which is said to tighten up the skin.

Breast Feeding Adopted Babies

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Not only is breast feeding an adopted baby easy,
the chances are that you will produce a large
amount of milk. It isn’t complicated to do,
although it is different than breast feeding a
baby you have been pregnant with for 9 months.

Breast feeding and milk
There are two objectives that are involved in
breast feeding an adopted baby. The first is
getting your baby to breast feed, and the other
is producing enough breast milk.

There is more to breast feeding than just milk,
which is why many mothers are happy to feed
without expecting to produce milk in the way
the baby needs. It’s the closeness and the
bond breast feeding provides that many mothers
look for.

Taking the breast
Even though many feel the early introduction of
bottles may interfere with breast feeding, the
early introduction of artificial nipples can
interfere a great deal. The sooner you can get
the baby to the breast after birth, the better
things will be.

Babies will however, require the flow from the
breast in order to stay attached and continue
to suck, especially if they are used to getting
flow from a bottle or other method of feeding.

Producing breast milk
As soon as you have an adopted baby in sight,
contact a lactation clinic and start getting
your milk supply ready. Keep in mind, you
may never produce a full milk supply for your
baby, although it may happen. You should
never feel discouraged by what you may be
pumping before the baby, as a pump is never
quite as good at extracting milk as a baby
who is well latched and sucking.

Mamma Meg
By Earthworm on 2012-01-07 21:34:57

Cellulite Detox – How a Cleanse May Help Cellulite

Get Rid of Your Cellulite and….BE SEXY!

You may have heard about doing a cleanse to help with weight loss and overall health. A cleanse is reputed to remove toxins from your body, which is why a cleanse is sometimes called a “detox” or a “detoxification cleanse.” Many cleanses involve herbs, juices, and/or supplements that can aid in the process. Advocates of cleansing claim that it promotes overall health, increases energy levels, and makes digestion more efficient. But what does that have to do with cellulite?

Cellulite itself is not necessarily a sign of poor health. It may result simply from heredity or hormonal influence. It can indicate poor health, though, if the cellulite is the result of poor diet and exercise habits, or from other environmental factors. This is where a cleanse may be applicable in cases of cellulite.

Some theorize that cellulite results from a build-up of toxins in the body. The fat cells are storage cells – they store fat – and many toxins, such as pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, tend to be fat soluble. That means they may end up being stored in the body’s fat cells, possibly making those cells unhealthy in appearance and performance. A detoxifying cleanse may have a positive effect on the fat cells themselves, releasing the toxins and flushing out excess fat.

Another way in which a cleanse may help cellulite is by increasing energy levels. When you feel more energetic, embarking on an exercise program seems a lot easier. And exercise may play a key role in getting rid of cellulite’s dimpled appearance.

A detox is also reputed to enhance digestion. If you subscribe to the toxin theory as a cause for cellulite, then it makes sense that healthy digestion would help reduce cellulite. After all, efficient digestion is important for moving poisons and waste products out of the body. During the cleanse itself, you eat and drink only certain things, giving your digestive system a rest.

Cleanses are said to reduce body fat as well, which may help get rid of cellulite if its cause is excess weight.

Proponents of cleanses claim that they enhance skin tone. This makes sense, as overall health is supposed to be increased with a cleanse. Some cleanses that are specifically for treating cellulite, though, involve specific applications to the skin, either in the form of wraps, scrubs, or creams that are reputed to “draw out” toxins through the skin. Tighter, more supple skin tone is an important factor in diminishing cellulite.