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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...]

Hotmilk Lingerie Makes Mamas Feel Sexy!

I've been nursing my little man for just a few days shy of 16 months. I had expected us to get at least this far since I made it to 19 with his sister, but what I hadn't expected was how different of a journey it would be. I often find myself enjoying my breastfeeding relationship with my son more than I did with my daughter. And I think a big part of that is because my son has similar limits when it comes to personal space. He's very sweet and snuggly, but he's also quite into doing his own thing. So although he loves his mama milk, he also loves drinking from his sippy while exploring the world. And frankly, I'm perfectly fine with that … [Read more...]

Extending My Breastfeeding Modesty with Undercover Mama

It is not easy to be a big breasted woman on a budget. I tell you that. Essentials for breastfeeding make it even more difficult. Nursing tanks can be really expensive and not all of them work for big breasts. I'm lucky to have held onto the tanks form my first child. They are the old style Target tanks that have been remodeled since to be less awesome. I have 6 of those and live in them. Since my baby is now a toddler he's nursing less. This means I can go much longer between nursing sessions. And what that means is I can wear normal clothes! Or at least close to normal. If I tried really hard I could probably get away with an all day outing … [Read more...]

Fairhaven Health – Nursing Time Tea {Review}

Whether you're a new nursing mom looking to add more beneficial beverages to your daily nutritional intake or struggling with supply, Nursing Time Tea by Fairvhaven Health is a delicious addition to your diet. Fairhaven Health keeps families in mind when creating their products. Nursing Time Tea goes along with that mindset of encouraging a healthy and nutritious diet. I first felt the support from Fairhaven Health at the beginning of my breastfeeding relationship when I was trying to incorporate regular pumping sessions into my routine. With the aid of their fabulous Nursing Blend supplement, I was able to boost my supply and keep my son … [Read more...]

A New Take on Breastfeeding Fashion {Linzy Dawn Designs Review}

Back in February I wrote a post at Breastfeeding Place about how I enjoyed using an infinity scarf for keeping modest while nursing in public. Now I'm not one to say you have to cover up, or even that covering up is admitting breastfeeding is shameful. I believe that what is most important is that baby is being fed and mama is comfortable. Most mothers I know can't be bothered with a cover, but for some this means mom might choose to cover up in order to avoid those glares from the public. I generally dress to feed every single day so I don't have to worry about it when the time comes to nurse in public. And that's why I love infinity … [Read more...]

Celebrating Milestones as Anders Turns One {Dr. Brown’s Review}

Last weekend my son turned one. It was a magical time full of casual friend encounters and a simple home-baked cake. My fiance and I spent a majority of the day reminiscing about the baby we made and welcoming this active, emerging toddler into another year of wondrous life. While recapping our favorite memories, we realized how interesting the first year of life is. There are times of ups and downs, and there are times where you have no idea what you are doing. Whether it's your first time or your fifth time, parenthood is always full of surprises. Like those days where I thought I'd never get to leave Anders because I couldn't find the … [Read more...]

Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop {Supporting Breastfeeding Mamas}

Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to the [2nd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! This Hop was such a success last year that we brought it back for round 2 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! Each blogger in this Event has a handmade giveaway worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around and celebrate Handmade from the Heart! And you definitely do not want to miss the fantastic handmade goodness of the Grand Prize... a $150 Etsy Gift Card! Breastfeeding is something that is close to my heart, so for my giveaway I've created a little package of goodies to accommodate the … [Read more...]

Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies

That title is a mouthful, right? I love this recipe because it encompasses lots of things I love and some lifestyle choices I've made through motherhood. Here's a no bake version of lactation boosting cookies that I've changed into a safe alternative for mamas who go dairy-free like me. :) Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups sugar (you could be fancy like me and use vanilla bean sugar) 1 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 cup dairy-free butter 1 cup rice milk 5 cups rolled oats 6 Tbsp. brewer's yeast 1 cup flaxseed (meal or ground) 1 cup crushed walnuts (optional) 1 cup peanut butter 2 tsp. vanilla Directions: Set … [Read more...]

Mama’s Going to School, too!

Going to school is rough for me. Because I love my children and choose to stay at home whenever possible, I have been slowly educating myself with online courses. I've come to a point in my journey towards a Bachelor's in Education where I need to complete field work. I have been hustling the local schools and getting in my observation hours. This means I have to take Hutch to work, get Gaia to school, drop of Anders with milk and hope I don't leak during class. It's all very hectic, I assure you. I briefly mentioned my personal issues with breastfeeding, one of the most annoying feature being leaky breasts. I've been lucky enough to get my … [Read more...]

The Disadvantages of Breastfeeding

The woman behind Breastfeeding Place and the author of Intoxicated on Life wrote a post recently that got a lot of flack. Trisha's article on The Humble Homemaker, 4 Disadvantages of Breastfeeding, stirred up quite a lot of chatter. Luckily the comments the original post are fairly tame and pleasant to read through. Though Trisha has her own medically sound reasons one might not want to face the challenges that come with breastfeeding, it got me thinking about the things I dislike the most. Let's face it: breastfeeding isn't always rainbows and unicorn farts. So I've decided to compile my least favorite things about breastfeeding. And I … [Read more...]