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WE ARE BACK....We have published our Holistic Newborn and Newborn Nanny courses and now we have taken our success one step further.
We are almost ready to put our latest endeavor online and in print for you!
Gentle Venture's Holistic Guide. This is a booklet that will walk you through many of the common maladies. It is not a newborn care instructional booklet it is strictly a holistic guide

I have just decided to add pregnancy and birth so I am pushing back publication by a week or so.  I had so many requests for this to be added mostly by doulas.  And honestly, the study is so interesting  

Reserve your copy now!  You will be able to order a hard copy or read it online.Here is a list of the subject that are covered:  Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Newborn Issues

A New Beginning


Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Gas Producing Foods To Avoid For Nursing Moms

This list applies only to moms whose babies are showing signs of digestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea issues

We suggest that you go on a bland diet for 10 days and see if that helps your newborn. After the 10 days add one of your favorite foods back into your diet. Wait and watch for the next 24 hours. If the baby has no reaction to the added food, you are o.k to continue to eat that food. After 3 days add another food from this list and give it the 24 hour test with your newborn. Continue on. If you eat a food and find your baby is reacting within the 24 hour period that will be a food that you will completely eliminate from your diet.

The following list is a good sampling of gas producing foods. The first thing you may want to eliminate is dairy,. Gluten is another food that causes intestinal upsets in a baby, so consider also avoiding gluten in your bland diet. 


  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato Juice
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Green Peppers
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Turnip Kale and lettuce (salad is one of the big offenders) Spinach seems to be fine.


  • Apple (especially peels)
  • Bananas (can cause constipation)
  • Citrus fruits :strawberries or berries especially
  • Coconut


  • Dairy of any kind is a huge offender (lactose intolerance can provoke reflux in some babies)
  • Coffee (even decaffeinated)
  • Tea - Kombuca
  • Carbonated
  • Caffeinated


  • Beans Oats (rolled oats are OK)
    Tofu (in large quantities) Chili powder
    Fatty or Fried Foods (fats take longer to digest) Glutton
    Black pepper
    Creamy food such as gravy, etc. (basically anything with a high fat content)
The Effect Of Cannabis On Pregnant Women And Their Newborns (Study)

by Vlad  

It’s almost too taboo to discuss: pregnant women smoking marijuana. It’s a dirty little secret for women, particularly during the harrowing first trimester, who turn to cannabis for relief from nausea and stress.

Pregnant women in Jamaica use marijuana regularly to relieve nausea, as well as to relieve stress and depression, often in the form of a tea or tonic.

In the late 1960s, grad student Melanie Dreher was chosen by her professors to perform an ethnographic study on marijuana use in Jamaica to observe and document its usage and its consequences among pregnant women.

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Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Post-meal pats on the back may be instinct for parents, but it’s not necessarily helpful to babies

Laura Sanders

September 15, 2016

As satisfying as it is to coax burps out of babies, the practice isn’t backed by science.

I found burping my babies to be highly satisfying. A little jiggle, a little pat, and suddenly, a big, funny jolt of air comes flying out of a tiny, floppy baby. There’s lots of burping methods — the over-the-shoulder jiggle, the propped-up-on-the-lap pat, even the face-down-on-the-knees position — and they all lead to this amusing outcome.

I will not weigh in on burping methodology here. Instead, I am going to back up a step further. At the risk of losing all credibility with grandmas, I am prepared to argue that you might not need to burp your baby at all. Despite the immense joy and amusement burping brings, there’s scant scientific evidence that burping after meals actually does anything helpful for babies.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010


After many inquiries into whether or not Baby’s Only Organic’s Toddlers formula was safe for a newborn, I sent an official query to Baby’s Only. Here is the response.

Many thanks for your recent inquiry and also your interest in our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas. Regarding the use of our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas during infancy, similar to other commercially available infant formulas, our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas provide the correct balance of proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals needed to support normal growth and development of full term, healthy infants. No extra dilution is needed. Nothing needs to be added to make the formula more “complete” when prepared according to label instructions. It is because of our strong position on breastfeeding that we prefer to maintain a “toddler” status, thereby not encouraging mothers to use our product when breast milk is available. Thus, we state that “Baby’s Only Organic® is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional.”

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