Bump Naturally – Childbirth Education & Doula

Natural Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Bossier City, LA / Shreveport, LA


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Celebrating #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

Well my son has been officially weaned for a month and I was without a nursling this #WorldBreastfeedingWeek so I decided to celebrate in a special way. I offered free Nursing Mini Sessions (via Nessa Nicole Photography) so local mamas here in Bossier City/Shreveport could capture some precious memories with their little ones. I was so grateful that during our Christmas card photoshoot last year, our photographer (Stephanie Lynne Photography) captured a sweet nursing break during the session. I am forever grateful to have that moment captured.

The response was so overwhelming that I decided to add another day of mini sessions (for a small fee of $20). Here are some of my favorites from the sessions with mamas and their nurslings ranging in age from 2 weeks to almost 2 years.

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Our 25 Month Breastfeeding Journey

So the day finally came… about 2 weeks ago (July 12th to be exact), Bradley self weaned after 25 months of nursing! I’m proud to have provided the best nourishment for so long and happy that it came to a peaceful and gradual end for both of us.

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Nursing my son at 18 months. Photo by Stephanie Lynn Photography

The plan was only to breastfeed for a year but once we reached that milestone, it was clear that he was nowhere ready to be done with his mama milk. I decided to let him take the lead and continue nursing on demand until he decided it was time to be done. I did have a fear in the back of my mind… envisioning nursing my high school senior because he never decided to wean lol.

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Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

Prior to my pregnancy, I had never been to a chiropractor. I’d never had any chronic headaches or back pain before so I never saw the need. I learned in my natural childbirth class that chiropractic care during pregnancy could potentially lead to a shorter and easier labor… so of course I was going to try it out!

During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis in preparation for childbirth. This is great but it can also cause your body to become out of alignment. Regular chiropractic care (by a Webster Certified Chiropractor) during pregnancy can not only ensure efficient communication between your body and baby but can also reduce pain, improve digestion, help you to sleep better and so much more. Continue reading


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A Toddler Nursling

I never imagined nursing my son past a year, but here we are at a year and a half with no end in sight. A part of me is ready to move on from this stage but the other is just cherishing these precious moments of bonding with my toddler.

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Nursing my son at 18 months. [Photo by Stephanie Lynne Photography]

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Yummy in your Toddler’s Tummy

Let’s face it, most toddlers are picky eaters and it can be a stressful job trying to make sure they are consuming all the “right” nutrients. I don’t claim to be an expert or have the magic potion to make your toddler eat a bowl of kale but here are some tips that seem to be working for my little guy (17 months)!

1. Prep their palate early.

Did you know that exclusively breastfed babies tend to be less picky as eaters later in life? The flavor of your breastmilk changes depending on what you eat which exposes your baby to a variety of flavors from day one. Also, waiting until 6 months to introduce any solids has been shown to reduce food aversions. (Read more here)

2. Don’t push the issue. 

Forcing your toddler to eat can backfire. Don’t let them develop a negative association with eating or sitting in their highchair. As soon as they start throwing food or pushing food away, it’s time to take a break. Perhaps they aren’t hungry or they’re just not in the sitting and eating kind of mood. Continue reading


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Keep Calm and Co-Sleep

“Is it true American mothers put their babies in cages at night?” 

This is a quote from one of my favorite parenting books, The Baby Book by Dr. Sears, in which a Fijian woman had asked this question to an American researcher doing a study on the family sleeping habits of Fijians for the World Health Organization. It is custom for Fijian woman to have their babies in their beds until they are weaned so many of the native women were surprised to even be asked where their babies slept. (Parents Under Construction)

It’s a scientific fact that babies were meant to sleep with their mamas & breastfeed, and in most countries around the world, they do. Unfortunately, in the U.S., co-sleeping seems to be misunderstood and frowned upon… but maybe that’s because our culture has deviated so far from what nature intended that it actually could be dangerous (i.e. bottle fed babies have no incentive to stay close to mom’s breast and therefore may be more likely to venture off the bed or into an compromising position). Continue reading


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A Year of Nursing

If you do any sort of research, you’ll easily discover why breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to feed your baby. Why, then do so many people have trouble and give up? In all honesty, mothers are pretty much set up to fail in our society. At my first OB appointment, I was given a packet with pregnancy information and a sample of formula. This alone, sends the message to expecting women that formula is the new normal or even that they may NEED it. There is also this misconception that our bodies have these fragile systems that are likely to fail, while in reality 95-99% of women will produce enough milk for their babies (see article here). In a perfect world, this welcome packet from OBs and midwives would include breastfeeding info, support groups and even some supply boosting supplements! Continue reading