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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...]

Handmade from the Heart {Giveaway}

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve and welcome to the [3rd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! This Hop has been such a success in the past that we brought it back for round 3 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! For the giveaway here at Atta Mama, the winner will receive a hand made nursing cover, coordinating pouch, and matching nursing necklace from my shop, Tiny Boss Designs! Prints and colors will be discussed with the winner via email. The winner will be chosen once the giveaway is over at 11:59 pm EST on February 27th and have 24 hours to respond. Due to rising … [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...]

Adding Decorative Flare with Fulcrum Gallery {Review}

Last month I had some hiccups in arranging the layout of my living room. We have quite an eclectic way of decorating that is mostly centered around friends' art or found pieces. However, I am a huge breastfeeding advocate and I adore older breastfeeding portraits. My favorite is a rare gem by Jan Sanders van Hemessen circa 1544 called "Maria med Barnet." I first fell in love back in 2011 (about a year from my breastfeeding in art post), but it surprisingly isn't very popular and until Google popularized it's "search by image" feature I couldn't really find anything about it at all. (Yet another way technology is helpful, right?) Sadly I … [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...]

#MilkMakinMamas Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway!

Breastfeeding can be tough. One of my favorite brands to get me through those early months was Earth Mama Angel Baby. I couldn't have survived without the Nipple Butter. And I'm sure little Anders's bum is grateful for the Angel Baby Bottom Balm! I'm honored to be teaming up with mama pure to bring you this Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle giveaway. Hosted by: mama pure Co-Hosted by: The Fully Caffeinated Mama Sponsored by: Earth Mama Angel Baby   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 … [Read more...]

Win an An All-In-One Nursing & Pumping Bra from The Dairy Fairy!

Welcome to the Arden All-In-One Nursing & Pumping Bra Giveaway! This is part of the Milk Makin' Mamas event over at Mama Pure. Hosted by: mama pure Co-Hosted by: Latched On Mom Sponsored by: The Dairy Fairy 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. Today's giveaway is for an amazing Arden Bra from The Dairy Fairy. The Arden is an All-In-One Nursing & Pumping bra that allows you to easily pump and nurse at the same time as both sides are independent. Be sure to read mama pure's full … [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...]