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A Thanks to THINX! {a review}

If you're new here, here's something I want you to know: pads and tampons are harmful to your body. These days finding a menstrual cup or cloth pads isn't all that hard. In fact, there's even a product that keeps you feeling fresh without the mess. The best part is, you don't even have to alter your morning routine. THINX is a brand of underwear made just for women during menstruation. People often freak out when you mention "free bleeding." But it's really more like wearing a pad than anything else. Just imagine THINX as a pair of underwear with a built in pad that isn't filled with nasty chemicals that poison your vagina. The … [Read more...]

Having the Talk

When I pulled my daughter out of public school after kindergarten, it was half to reconnect and half due to the attitudes small children have about life. I don't know if you noticed, but children today are growing up fast. We made a deal back then, and at the conclusion of our first grade year with home education we decided to try public school again. However, per our agreement, I had new expectations for my daughter when it came to communication. I did not want this new, abrasive society getting to her before I did about certain topics. One of those topics is sex. I come from a complex past when it comes to sex, but one thing I am … [Read more...]

What is Mother Roasting?

Western culture is funny when it comes to respecting the new role of motherhood. It was apparent that my community here lacked support for mothers, so I decided to take all of my training and knowledge and apply it to helping moms in their postpartum period. Though there's plenty of room for the practical side of celebrating the fourth trimester, I like my life with a bit of "woo woo" sprinkled in. Back in March I had the pleasure of attending a holistic postpartum doula training. I learned how to do many things, but our focus was based on the mother roasting traditions around the world. Mother roasting is a universal practice that … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion (Revised)

A year ago I posted a very exciting and popular article that detailed how to make expired breast milk lotion. I received several inquiries on separation issues. Since I'm such a nice person, I wanted to fix this for my mama friends. I want those of you making this recipe to enjoy it fully with as little issues as possible. I did more research and I've revised my recipe to account for some issues. Breast milk is a great resource for healing skin ailments. Paired with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey this concoction is sure to leave your skin feeling healthy and new. This lotion is great for eczema, rashes, and dry skin. In my … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion

This recipe has been revised to account for separation and spoilage issues. Please hop over to the revised version to get your expired breast milk groove on! I have been blessed to spend most of my breastfeeding days at home with my son. Although I did recently decide to go back to work, there's no need to pump much since he's in full toddler mode with the solid food and almond milk consumption. I do, however, have plenty of milk in my freezer taking up space. It's a good thing, too, because that patch of dry skin I thought was pregnancy mask is hanging around making my face look all scabby and blah. Try to ignore the fact that … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Awareness Photoshoot feat. Eshakti

Motherhood can take a lot out of you. It's not uncommon for moms to feel run down or frumpy. (Frumpy is totally a word, by the way.) Although I am not normally one to wear dresses, I do enjoy dressing up occasionally. My comfy mom shape makes my entire wardrobe tricky, but thanks to eShakti I had a lovely frock made that was custom fit to my shape and preferences. And what better way to show it off than to have a  fancy photo shoot to honor Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Breastfeeding photos of my 17-month-old toddler are very dear to my heart. We wanted to go with something different while still capturing the essence of our casual … [Read more...]

#MilkMakinMamas KoalaKin Nursing Pouch Giveaway

KoalaKin Nursing Pouch Giveaway Hosted by: mama pure Co-Hosted by: Healthy Baby Beans Sponsored by: KoalaKin The Milk Makin' Mamas Event is a month long celebration of breastfeeding & pumping product reviews, giveaways, education & inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in the event. The KoalaKin Nursing Pouch allows for hands-free breastfeeding that is comfortable for mama and baby. It was designed with mamas of busy toddler's in mind so you can walk and move while breastfeeding and is ergonomic to protect your back, neck, and arms. The design allows for easy adjustment of baby's position so that you can switch sides … [Read more...]

Beating Thrush – A Poem About Victory

When it comes to breastfeeding I feel like I've dealt with just about every possible downfall there is. And in case you ever forgot, thrush is kind of my thing. Today Mama Pure is featuring a little poem I wrote on her blog. Click the picture below to head over and check it out. Beating Thrush - A Poem About Victory   If you're interested in my journey here is some more reading material for you: My nursing story with Gaia is here on Livejournal. You can read about how to beat the yeast beast on Breastfeeding Place. Here's my fight with the candida curse. … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! {Plus a Giveaway!}

I've been waiting for this day! Not only is it the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, but it is also the official launch day for a fabulous new book, Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! by the lovely Jennifer Fountain of Growing Up Triplets. This book is the culmination of many tears of experience and an attempt to help other mothers planning to breastfeed twins, triplets or more. And because I don't do "excited" in a boring way, I'm also hosting a fanta-bulous giveaway with prizes worth over $450! You'll be the most prepared mama on the block! :) Oh, and from August 1-7, 2014 you can get the book for 70% off! Buy it in the … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Has Changed My Life

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!   Before I ever had children I would have laughed if you told me my life would be the way it is now. I was pretty much the opposite of what I am not, with a few … [Read more...]