Liz Barrera - Healthy Moms Blog

Liz Barrera is a devoted mother of two and an award-winning communications professional working in Toronto. A passionate journalist, she has has eaten bugs, zip-lined over a ravine and rode a dirt bike all for the sake of good storytelling. Liz loves travelling, salsa dancing and girls' nights. But her more interesting hobbies include reading laineygossip.com, fighting with tweens on online TV forums and strategizing on how her family would survive a zombie apocalypse. 

World Prematurity Day – Why It Matters

World Prematurity Day – Why It Matters

At my 30 weeks prenatal appointment, I confided in my nurse that for the last two weeks I couldn’t seem to control my bladder anymore and kept having accidents! We laughed over pregnancy woes and discussed kegel exercises. I then causally admitted that in my desperation, I Googled my symptoms and learned about women whose waters broke early in their pregnancies. I laughed nervously because that wasn’t happening to me, right?

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Her Life Was Beautiful

Her Life Was Beautiful

“My life is beautiful.”

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A Reiki Transformation

A Reiki Transformation

My healing journey with Reiki by Rubiena

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Feeling the Pressure to Breastfeed

Feeling the Pressure to Breastfeed

“Formula isn’t poison.” That’s what an occupational therapist told me as we watched my preemie baby finally finish a bottle without choking. It was the first time in his whole life that he was able to complete a feed on his own without struggling or gasping for air. 

Yet, instead of being thankful he was finally able to eat safely, I was devastated. With his early delivery, the doctors, nurses and consultants were all adamant about one thing – if I wanted my premature baby to survive, he needed my breast milk. I aligned myself to “Breast is Best” regime and followed a strict pumping schedule. I built up a strong milk supply and my freezer was jam-packed with frozen bottles of expressed breast milk. My son received breast milk through a feeding tube his first few weeks, but when he was older, all attempts to breastfeed and bottle-feed breast milk were painfully unsuccessful. 

We’d later discovered he had a medical condition where he required thickened formula. I was deeply saddened because his only form of nutrition felt inadequate and almost toxic.

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Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression #BellLetsTalk

Let’s Talk About Postpartum Depression #BellLetsTalk

Here is a photograph from my time as a new mom. It tells the only narrative I had dreamed of sharing with my son about my early days of motherhood. He came, my world was complete and it was the happiest time of my life. In truth, I was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD).

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