Physiologic Baby Care

Below you will find an introduction to all the information that is shared in Nurturing Traditions' ‘Physiologic Baby Care,’ group classes or private consultations. Private consultations last approximately 1 hour and group classes last 1.5 hours. Fees are listed at the bottom of the page.

Physiology gives to us an incredibly beautiful blueprint of how to care for our babies. Understanding this ‘physiological blueprint,’ gives us access to all the information we need of how to care for our baby’s: feeding patterns, elimination, need to be in arms, sleep cycles and need to cry in a supported way (in the loving arms of a caregiver). This is not a ‘philosophy’ of parenting—This is understanding and using the wisdom within our basic biology, to lay a solid foundation for our children to thrive.

“If the adult is centered and relaxed in connection with the baby, in rhythm with the baby—diaper changing, feeding—that baby will be in the conversation, in the act of doing it together rather than somebody doing it to them.” -Raymond Castellino, Co-Founder and Co-Director of

-Breastfeeding— The composition of our milk shows us that we are meant to be continual feeders. And—most interesting for our discussion here—is that fat content of human milk increases when babies feed more frequently! Mammals are named for their milk-secreting mammary glands, and mammal babies everywhere begin life on a diet of milk. In the world of mammalian infant care there are two major feeding strategies: the spaced feeders and the continual feeders. Spaced feeders "cache" their young in nests and leave them there—unattended—for hours at time. Mom uses her time away to forage. The kids must wait for long intervals between feedings. Spaced feeders have evolved high-fat, high-protein milk. A good example of a spaced feeder is the rabbit, which produces milk that is 18.3% fat and 13.9% protein. By contrast, continual feeders stay with their babies at all times. Whether they follow their moms around on foot (like cows) or get carried (like monkeys), kids stay in close contact with Mom. They get fed more frequently than spaced feeders do, and they tend to initiate feedings. Their milk is less caloric and more dilute. Cow milk is typically 3.7% fat and 3.4% protein. Human milk is typically 3.8% fat and 1% protein 1%, and human infants suck slowly when they feed.

-Elimination communication— Although ‘elimination communication’ is thought of by many as a ‘new’ idea, it is actually the oldest form of caring for the elimination needs of our babies. Our babies express their needs, and we respond to their needs. Through both observing our baby’s natural rhythms of elimination and ‘cueing’ any elimination that does occur, we strengthen our connection and communication with our babies. Elimination communication is most easily used starting from the time of birth through 5 months of age. It can also be used and begun with babies between the ages 5-12 months, however, may need to be modified based on your baby’s level of mobility, eating of solid foods and distractability (developmentally active)

-Being in arms/Babywearing— Human biological evolution is a slow process and has not caught up with the modern, social evolution that ebbs away from our babies being in our arms (or on our fronts or backs in a carrier). Babies thrive with constant human contact. Being able to hear our heartbeats and look up into our faces is not only comforting and familiar to babies, but it also lets them know they are safe. The way that babies and young children learn (until around the age of 7), is through imitation. When babies are ‘in arms’ they learn to imitate the values meaningful to their family— these values are taught simply by the caregiver being engaged in their work with baby in arms!

When our babies are being carried, their legs should be open and their knees above their hips. Understanding these biomechanics allows us to support the healthy development of our baby’s spine and hips, choosing the most optimal carriers and positioning for both.

-Sleep cycles— Newborn through 1 year old babies thrive on13-16 hours of sleep per day. Unfortunately many babies receive far less than this, becoming chronically sleep-deprived, which manifests in a variety of ways. When we become attuned with our baby’s (and our own!) natural, 90-minute cycles, helping our babies to sleep at the end of an ‘alert’ cycle, can unfold with grace and ease

-Supported crying/expression— Crying is communication. When we are sure that our baby’s physical needs are met (they are fed, dry and warm), crying is part of a normal cycle of stress reduction. Tears are composed of stress hormones that are literally ‘washed’ out of our bodies as we cry. Children who are allowed to cry –with the loving support of an adult—complete this natural cycle and come back into a joy-filled state of being. Supported crying also lays the foundation for our children’s emotional intelligence, resilience and self-acceptance.

Fees and description of services:
-Phone consultations—address any of the above topics desired, offering information and answering specific questions. Phone consultations are: $80 per hour

-In-home consultations—address any of the above topics desired, offering information and answering specific questions. The benefit of an in-home consultation is that hand-on support can be offered where desired (for example, with baby-wearing). In-home consultations are $80 per hour.

-Group classes—go over any/all of the above mentioned topics, create space for group questions and answers, as well as offer hands-on demonstrations. Group classes last 90 minutes and are $90.

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