Breastfeeding Awareness Month + Lansinoh SmartPump, Bessie’s Best Lactation Cookies, & Mason Bottle GIVEAWAY!

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With a second baby on the way, nursing is going to be making a comeback in my day-to-day life! This time around, I am working full-time and pumping will be a big part of my routine. I always get excited when National Breastfeeding Awareness Month rolls around because I know how many moms truly struggle with this aspect of motherhood and it is HARD. And mamas who don’t nurse, I still love you, too, and, support you on your journey of motherhood! You’re all amazing.

From my pictures and stories, it may seem like breastfeeding came so easily to me and my daughter. It sure started out easily in the hospital – perfect latch, ate like a monster, plenty of wet diapers. I was convinced something had to be wrong… it can’t be THIS easy can it? The answer? NOPE. It cannot be that easy. When we got home from the hospital, it was like my daughter totally forgot what the heck she was doing. Her latch hurt, she cried, I cried. It was a mess. I was exhausted and convinced I was doing something so wrong. Some days, I lost my determination to keep going and bottles looked SO appealing. My husband was and is my rock. His encouragement is literally one of the biggest blessings in my life. He saw me struggle and he knew I was struggling. I’m sure he thought it would be easier to just give bottles instead. But, he also knew how badly I wanted to breastfeed and he encouraged me to keep fighting for that. So I did. We did. My daughter did. And we succeeded. We finally got back into a groove and a routine. We had some hiccups along the way, but, we did it. We nursed until she was 2 years old and I am so proud! I think if I hadn’t gone back to work, she probably would have still nursed at least a couple times during the day and night for a bit longer. I have such a special place in my heart for my nursing mamas, whether you’ve nursed for 2 minutes or 2 years.

So, with National Breastfeeding Week wrapping up and it being Breastfeeding Awareness Month , I am so excited to show you some of my favorite products for nursing mamas and there’s an AMAZING giveaway thrown in here too ;) Woo hoo!

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Packing the Hospital Bag!

 

Hospital Bag

Packing the hospital bag.

I’d say this task was even more daunting than packing the diaper bag after the kiddo had arrived earth-side, and now, we’re going to be doing it all over again! I had no idea what my experience was going to be like, what things I’d need the most, what would comfort me the most, and add in “end of pregnancy” hormones… yikes.

Once we got to the hospital, I didn’t even use a ¼ of the things I had packed. When people tell you to only pack the essentials, they’re right. But, what ARE the essentials?! Obviously, the essentials are different for every person, but, I’d like to think that us mamas can agree on some things :)

So, if you are seriously stressing about what to toss in your hospital bag before that buddle of joy (or bundles of joy!) arrive, read on!

Plus,  I’ll be adding a list of top suggestions that all of you wonderful mamas submitted to me!

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Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set + Traditional Medicinals Mother’s Milk Tea GIVEAWAY!

Mamas- are you on a breastfeeding journey or about to start one!?

Whether you are a new mom or a well-seasoned mom, this Breastfeeding Starter Kit from Lansinoh  along with some Mother’s Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals will be a huge help!

Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set ($30 Value)
Lansinoh Breastfeeding Starter Set ($30 Value)

This awesome set includes:

– 24 Disposable Nursing Pads 
– 1 LatchAssist™ Nipple Everter
– 2 Thera°Pearl® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Packs
– 1 HPA® Lanolin Tube (.25oz)

Breastfeeding can be TOUGH. Thankfully, companies like Lansinoh understand and make some awesome products to make nursing a little easier :)

The disposable nursing pads are my FAVORITE. They have been the most comfortable pads I have used- soft but durable enough to last the day without falling apart or leaking. These nursing pads are also discreet under your clothing which is a huge plus! The last thing I want (besides a milk stained shirt) are huge, bulky nursing pads showing through my shirt!

I have a couple friends who had some stubborn nipples when it came to nursing. This can create a very difficult situation, especially for new nursing moms- talk about discouraging and an affected milk supply. Lansinoh’s Nipple Everter will help your sweet little one get the latch you want them to get! Crisis averted and everyone is happy- especially that boob-lovin’ baby ;)

New moms- your boobs get sore and tender, right? I get it, and it is not pleasant! Pop the Breast Therapy Packs in the fridge or freezer for some serious relief from engorgement and pain. Warm them up to aid in milk letdown, clogged ducts, and mastitis relief. You can even use these packs while pumping to help your milk production! A win all around!

LANOLIN. This stuff was a lifesaver for me during the first few months of nursing my girl. A sometimes poor latch, frequent nursing, and pumping can leave your nipples tender and sore. Lanolin provides great relief while helping to heal cracks and other ouchies! Plus, it’s safe for baby to ingest- in small amounts so don’t let your little sugar pie use your lanolin tube as a teething toy, k? :)

Traditional Medicinals Mother's Milk Tea

I think every mom worries about milk production and whether she’s getting enough (side note- the amount you pump has no indication in how much milk baby is getting while nursing!). I love Mother’s Milk Tea by Traditional Medicinals. It gives my supply a little boost when I’m doubting myself the most! It has a slight black licorice taste to it (which I personally love!) and gets the job done!

So, are you convinced that you need and want this set yet!? If so, enter below for a chance to win and be on the way to a happy breastfeeding journey, thanks to Lansinoh and Traditional Medicinals!

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Thoughts Some People Have Towards Breastfeeding

So since becoming a new mom, I never thought I would face such impractical and ignorant ideas when it comes to nursing. It’s 2014 and you’d think by now, breastfeeding would have a whole new view, but, nope. Not even close.

Disclaimer- I’d also like to say that before you read this, understand it’s not meant to be snarky because some people truly don’t understand how annoying and hurtful some of these comments can be to a nursing mom. Bottom line is that I never force breastfeeding down people’s throats which is why it drives me insane to have others try to force their OPINION on breastfeeding down my throat. I do what works for me, my child, and family. I am always discreet and never make others feel uncomfortable. If there are children around, I cover as best I can because I know many people just don’t want to explain it to their kids (even though breastfeeding is perfectly NORMAL). I also have several friends who cannot breastfeed and they want nothing more than to continue breastfeeding. To me, when people make ignorant comments, I find that it is more hurtful because it is such a special thing for each mama. So as you read this, whether you agree or not, think about the things I’ve mentioned the next time you choose to bash (knowingly or unknowingly) a nursing mama!

My pet peeves when it comes to people bashing breastfeeding in general and breastfeeding in public…..these seem to be the most common thoughts of people who don’t support it and my thoughts towards these ideas…

Thought: I breastfeed in public so the entire world can see my boobs
Reality: Uh no…a complete stranger is the LAST person I want to see any part of my boob. I also wouldn’t want most people I KNOW to see my boobs.

Thought: Why can’t you just use a cover or something?
Reality: My child is a complete nightmare when I use a cover (pulling it off, yanking at it, exposing me way more than without using it, 10x more distracted, becoming even grouchier because she’s roasting under a cover). Sorry, I won’t compromise my child’s comfort because you can’t look the other way. If your kid cooperates with a cover, yay for you!

Thought: Ew. Nursing in public is so gross. I don’t want to see that!
Reality: If you’re so offended and “grossed out”, why the hell are you watching!? I’m FEEDING my child, do ya mind?! If you’re so bothered by it, cover yourself or look away.

Thought: I am a TOTAL supporter of breastfeeding but….
Reality: You are NOT a total supporter of breastfeeding if you have any “buts” in your sentence. You’re what the breastfeeding world calls a “butter”. If you are a TOTAL supporter, you support every mother in the way that works best for her and her family- not what makes YOU comfortable.

Thought: Can’t you just pump and bring a bottle????
Reality: Seriously? Being a mom is already hectic enough. Why would I want to lug a bottle around, make sure the milk is being kept cold enough, then when baby is ready to eat (which isn’t like “oh hey mama, I’m gonna be hungry in precisely 13.23 minutes….”, It’s more like: “dammit woman, give me a boob now! I am famished and cannot wait 2 more seconds before screaming my head off because I will obviously die if I have to wait 1 minute longer”) trying to find a place to warm up said milk, etc. Why do this when I can give her a boob with as much milk as she needs at the perfect temperature!? Also, not all women can pump adequate amounts of milk or pump at all.

Thought: Go into the bathroom, it’s way more private!
Reality: No thanks…that’s gross. If I want privacy, I’ll find it, but it sure as hell won’t be in a public bathroom. Thanks for trying to seem like you’re being compassionate about it when you’re really trying to shove me into the bathroom because YOU feel uncomfortable. I don’t eat my food in a bathroom, you don’t eat your food in a bathroom, and my child does not eat her food in the bathroom- boob or otherwise.

Thought: Ugh, that is indecent exposure! If a man can’t whip it out and urinate in public without being arrested, why should you be able to breastfeed?
Reality: Are you ^%$^@! kidding me? Urinating and feeding a child are on completely different levels. Don’t sound like such an uneducated idiot. Can you nourish a child with urine? No. End of story.

Thought: That is a private but still totally natural thing- just do it in the privacy of your home like other “natural, private things”!
Reality: Again, are you ^$@##! joking? Completely different situations, again. I’m feeding a baby, not trying to make you watch me make another. kthanks.

Thought: Feed your baby before leaving the house, do your errands super quick, then go home to feed them again! Plan ahead! It’s simple!!
Reality: Holy shit, did you seriously just solve every mom’s “having to run errands but still needing to nurse her child” dilemma?! Hot damn, you deserve an award for your brilliant idea!! Oh wait…nope you’re still an idiot. No young child eats on a schedule and nowadays, we are encouraged to “feed on demand” aka “how every grown person eats- when they’re hungry”! Sorry, but, my child has no schedule to eat. Sometimes she eats and then wants to eat again in an hour, sometimes it will be 3 hours between feedings. If I have a whole 2+ hours worth of errands, I’m gonna feed my child if she’s hungry whether I’m home or getting groceries! Believe it or not, I still want to aimlessly wander around Target for longer than necessary even though I now have a nursing child versus when I was a childless being! I’m not going to stay cooped up in my house because nursing my babe is obviously distracting you from enjoying the mindless money-sucking vortex delight known more commonly as Target.

Thought: I don’t want my kids seeing that!!! (or the other thoughts of “I don’t want my teenage sons seeing that!” or “I don’t want my husband seeing that”)
Reality: I’m sorry you feel uncomfortable telling your children, especially your sons who will most likely become fathers one day, what breasts are truly there for. I hope your sons become educated enough to support their future partners if they decide to breastfeed their future children. I also hope your daughters learn that their breasts are not only there for sexual purposes and that their primary use and reason for existing is to nourish their children. And I will pray for you when you have to have the sex talk with your kids because if you can’t handle a little breastfeeding explanation, I’d hate to see how you deal with “The Talk” and all the questions that will result. Yikes!

Whew. Ok. I feel better now.  But in all seriousness, be part of the movement that wants to‪‎ support nursing mamas and normalize breastfeeding– not the part that tears us down and makes us feel bad for choosing the best we can for our babes! Support mamas and what works for THEM- end of of story.

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