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End of our Breastfeeding Journey

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I’ve always planned to breastfeed my children until they were at least a year old.

Jude breastfed until about 16 months.
Noah pretty much gave up breastfeeding at exactly one year.

I was a little sad to see our breastfeeding relationship come to an end, especially after all we’ve been through, but I know is it all in good timing. When Noah turned one I also hit 20 weeks pregnant with baby 3. I noticed my milk supply starting to drop so I tried taking some herbs to increase my supply but Noah got too frustrated and didn’t want to nurse long enough to stimulate more milk.

So we stopped breastfeeding.

Honestly, I didn’t try too hard to increase my supply since he was turning one and most of his nutrition came from solid food.

We decided to switch him over to cow’s milk. I wasn’t sure he’d like cow’s milk since it took Jude a long time to like it but he took to it right away. (I was a relieved because the whole low milk supply thing was starting to stress me out.) So now Noah drinks a little milk before going to sleep (naps and bedtime) and the rest of the day he eats and drinks whatever we eat or drink. He seems happy with the new situation and only a few times has he tried to get in my shirt.

When I became pregnant with baby 3 I was prepared to tandem nurse if necessary but I’m actually a little glad to have a short break from breastfeeding. While I love the bond it brings between me and my kids, it’s also nice to not be on-call 24/7 for boob time.

How long did you breastfeed?
Did you wean or did your baby self-wean?

Hands Free Pumping with Simple Wishes

Although I’m not pumping exclusive anymore I still use my breast pump now and then. I love my double pump and I’m so glad I finally have one, it has made pumping so much easier. However, one of the challenges of using a double pump is that you have to use both hands to hold the pumps in place.
 
Simple Wishes has remedied that problem with their hands free pumping bra. I love this idea. It’s so simple but so useful. One of the great features of the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra is that you zip it closed as opposed to similar styles that use a hook closure. When you are a busy mom, like most moms, time is of the essence and every extra second counts.
 
Another great feature of the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra is that it can be worn all day. There are attachable straps that help it to fit comfortably under any clothing. It can be worn in a worn in bustier, halter, tank or racerback style.
 
The openings for the breast shields allow you to adjust the spacing by 2 inches which helps you achieve an optimal fit for good suction. I really like the versatility of this bra. Like most women my breast size tends to fluctuate throughout my breastfeeding and the Simple Wishes bra is designed to change as you change.
 
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Night Nursing with Milk Nursingwear + Giveaway

Noah sleeps in the bed with us at night. The main reason he sleeps with us is because it makes nighttime feedings sooooo much easier. I can just roll over and nurse him without either of us fully waking up. But to nurse easily at night I need comfortable pajamas that allow me to nurse lying down.
Milk Nursingwear has 3 great nursing night gown designs which make night nursing so much easier. I have the Goddess Nursing Lounge Dress in Teal Blue and I love it. It’s probably my favorite night gown. What I like about the Goddess is that I can nurse from the top or through the lower nursing panel. It’s also a super soft cotton fabric which is great for sleeping. It’s also a very pretty nightgown, I think new moms should feel pretty even when they are sleeping. 

In addition to great nursing night gowns milk has nursing tops, nursing dresses, nursing bras and much more.
Although I don’t think nursing wear is required for nursing it is a wonderful luxury that makes breastfeeding all that much easier.

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Breastfeeding and Pumping #Medelaparty

Recently I was given the opportunity to host a Medela Party. I was thrilled to share some wonderful Medela products with my friends because Medela basically saved my breastfeeding relationship with Noah these past few weeks.
When we were having so much trouble with breastfeeding we sought out and purchased many Medela products that were extremely helpful, especially the Medela Pump In Style Advance double breast pump. Because I was pumping every feeding for Noah this was a HUGE life saver.  I was able to get twice the amount of milk in half the time.
I recently had a group of mom friends to my house for a play date. We talked about all sorts of mommy things including breastfeeding and pumping. Several of my mom friends work part-time or have busy schedules so a good pump is a must-have for them. Everyone pretty much swears by Medela products. 

The day before the party my good friend Andrea gave birth to her baby boy. At the party everyone unanimously agreed that Andrea should be the winner of the Medela prize pack I was sent from Medela. (Included: Medela Pump In Style Advance On-the-go Tote, Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags, Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Disposable Bra Pads, Tender Care Lanolin and Tender Care Hydrogel Pads.)
Since Andrea was unable to attend the party I didn’t get a picture of her with the Pump, but I know she is super excited about it and will use it often. 
Even now that Noah has started to nurse I still use my pump several times a week to keep a nice supply of pumped milk on hand. Purchasing my Medela pump was probably the best decision I made and I highly recommend any new moms to invest in Medela products.

I received no product or compensation in exchange for this post. Medela did provide the raffle prize for the party. All opinions are my own.

Motherlove More Milk Plus Review + Giveaway

For the first 5 weeks of Noah’s life I pumped all of his milk. And any breastfeeding mom can tell you that pumping doesn’t yield as much milk as breastfeeding. So I pumped a lot and often just to keep up with his demands. But near week 5 I noticed my supply dropping. I knew I need a little help to increase my supply.


Motherlove’s more milk plus was just want I needed to help get me over that hump. Noah actually started nursing at the breast right around then too. Now I have plenty of milk for him and for the freezer!



Motherlove’s more milk plus is composed of herbs that are proven to help increase milk supply such as fenugreek seed, blessed thistle herb, nettle herb, and fennel seed. I prefer the capsules because they are easy to transport if I’m traveling or away from home. I only took a few capsules before I noticed and increase in my supply.




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The baby is threatening to strike

Noah is laying down the law and threatening to go on a nursing strike.
He gets so mad at my boobs.
 
See I produce A LOT of milk AND have a forceful letdown which causes Noah to pull off and sometimes even just stop nursing. This then results in baby with gas that is still hungry. He’s learning that the boob is the cause of his troubles but doesn’t realize it’s also the solution.
 
Luckily, he’s still a great sleeper… once I satisfy his hunger.
 
So far the trick is to get him sucking on the paci while positioned at the breast and then slip in the nip real quick. However, if he’s too far gone into freak out mode Joe has pulls out the special flying baby belly hold that always calms a tiny upset stomach.
 
I really enjoy breastfeeding my son so I hope this is a short lived phase.

Mother’s Milk Mate Review + Giveaway

As you may know we’ve had several challenges with breastfeeding Noah. I pumped 6-10 times a day for over a month to supplement his feeding until he recently began to nurse. Because I need to build a large supply of pumped milk I also needed a way to keep everything organized.

The Mother’s Milk Mate helps me keep all of my pumped milk neatly organized so I know which bottle to use next. Previous to the Mother’s Milk Mate we’d been lining up bottles in the fridge but occasionally they would get pushed around a mixed up. I wouldn’t know which bottle I’d pumped yesterday or today. And since breast milk is only good for a few days it’s very important to know how old it is. 



What I really love about the Mother’s Milk Mate is that the bottles easily fit on my Medela pump so I can pump straight into the bottles. Also, I can attach Medela nipples to feed him, so everything stays neat and streamlined. 



You can use the Mother’s Milk Mate in for refrigerator or freezer. The bottles are fairly standard size so they fit with several pumps. Also, the bottles are BPA free which is important in keeping the breast milk safe for baby.


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I received the featured product in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Our Breastfeeding Success Story

Since August is World Breastfeeding Month I wanted to share MY breastfeeding story.
 
Like most first-time moms Jude and I had our fair share of breastfeeding difficulties (mastitis, sore nipples, large breasts, etc…) but we powered through and he nursed for about 18 months. The first few weeks were hard but totally worth the pain and sleepless nights. All-in-all I think it was pretty typical of what most new moms endure. 
 
When I got pregnant with Noah I thought for sure it would be SOOOOO much easier this time around. I knew what to expect, had experience and was even more determine to be awesome at breastfeeding. Boy was I in for a surprise. 
Noah is a big baby (11lbs+ at birth) and he endured a severe case of shoulder dystocia. Right after birth we had some good skin to skin time and we tried to nurse and he could NOT latch. We tried every position and trick in the book and we got nowhere. Our midwife immediately checked his tongue and thought he might have a tight frenulum (AKA tongue-tie). She told us to massage his tongue and keep trying for a day  to see if it would loosen up. He couldn’t push is tongue past his gums much less out of his mouth. The next 24+ hours he didn’t latch at all and didn’t eat ANYTHING. When the midwife returned he’d lost a lot of weight, had become lethargic and was beinging to show signs of dehydration. I knew something wasn’t right. I mean it was hard with Jude but this seemed impossible. So, our midwife clipped his frenulum and he immediately showed signs of improvement however he still just couldn’t latch.
 
We gave him some formula to help rehydrate and nourish him and then I began to pump. 
I pumped to help bring in my milk.
I pumped to pull out my nipples.
I pumped to produce bottles of breast milk to supplement his feedings
I pumped and pumped and pumped…
 
Little did I realize that the next MONTH would be filled with pumping. 
 
My milk came in. We continued to work with Noah yet he still didn’t nurse. We talked to friends, La Leche League Leaders, Lactation Experts and the ENT. The ENT informed us that although the midwife had clipped his frenulum it was starting to grow back together. So she pulled it open and told us that for a week every time after he ate we had to press under his tongue to prevent it from growing back together. He hated it. I hated making my baby hurt. So I made Joe do it.
 
For weeks we continued to bottle feed him my expressed breast milk. I would occasionally present him with the breast, let him explore it and try to get him to latch. He showed no interest in breast feeding AT ALL. 
 
We also noticed he leans to the left. His head is permanently tilted that way. After a bit of research I’m pretty sure, yet he hasn’t been officially diagnosed, he has torticollis. Probably due to his large size and position in the uterus and the shoulder dystocia he had at birth. (We are taking him to the pediatrician soon to have him checked out and then probably on to a physical therapist who will give us some stretches and exercises which will help fix his tilt) His tilt also made it difficult and uncomfortable for him to turn his head to nurse.
 
Finally, on Thursday of last week (almost 6 weeks post partum) I had a drastic reduction in my milk supply. I just wasn’t pumping as much as I had been. It stressed me out. I thought putting Noah to the breast would help increase my oxytocin levels and therefore increase my milk production. So for a whole day every time I fed him a bottle I also offered him the breast. It didn’t force it. I just fed him 1 ounce, then presented him with the breast and worked with him to latch until he’d get too upset then back to the bottle. Then out of the blue he completely latched on and ate for a good 10 minutes. I was shocked, elated and so very proud of him. Two more times that day he latched on and had a good long nursing session.
 
The next day he ate almost every meal from the breast, with a few ounces from bottles to either get him started or help top him off at the end. The day after that he didn’t take a bottle at all. In fact, I offered him one when he was hungry and he completely refused it and preferred to eat directly from the breast. (Can’t blame him nursing is pretty awesome)

 

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Noah. It took him six weeks to learn to nurse but he did it. He overcame some pretty difficult circumstances and is now a nursing champ. I’m also proud of Joe and I, from day one we realized there was a bigger issue and immediately gave ourselves grace. We put Noah’s best interests first. We said if we had to give up on breast feeding all together we were OK with that. But we knew it was something we both really wanted so we worked really hard for Noah. It was hard, inconvenient, and not at all ideal. (pumping 6-10 times a day – even in the middle of the night is not fun) I am so glad we pushed through and kept working with him. We had such wonderful support from our friends, family and even complete strangers that sacrificed hours of their lives to help us.