It's World Breastfeeding Week. We have a wonderful week of personal stories and evidence based tips for new moms. But most importantly, I get to share our office philosophy that we pay our working team moms to pump upon their return from maternity leave.
The return on investment in our own team members has always paid off. This is such a small part that we can do as an employer that it makes me happy and proud that we offer it to all of our team members. The window for breastfeeding and that newborn life is so transient and short-lived. We will briefly remember it through droopy eyelids, how exhausting it can be, and the stress surrounding the infancy period. My hope is that someday, our team members can look back and never have a thought about the impact that their place of employment had on their decisions to raise their child in the manner in which they wanted.
With the rapid development of the brain from birth through age 3, you may be wondering what you can do to nurture this growth. There are many ways to encourage the developing brain in the comfort of your own home. I have come up with what I think are the top 3 ways to stimulate brain development every day at home.
In the first part of this blog series, we covered what happens in utero. Let's go over what happens after the baby is born. Now that the brain has fully formed and you have this adorable baby in your arms, the growth really amps up and the cognitive development begins. There are basically four stages in cognitive development in adolescents, and two in infant to toddlers. For the relevance of this blog I will discuss the first two
Did you know at birth, the average baby’s brain is a quarter of the size of the average adult brain and it doubles in size in the first year? That’s right DOUBLES in size, so by age 1 the brain is already half the size of our adult brains. That is so much growth in such a small window of time.