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My Brest Friend Giveaway

As many of you know Noah and I have had a difficult time breastfeeding. We are still working on getting him to be a full time breastfed baby and things are progressing very well. One of my most loved breastfeeding aid is my My Brest Friend pillow. It helps so much!

With the My Brest Friend nursing pillow I don’t have to worry about hold him right or his position once I get him in place. While working on latch issues with a screaming baby it’s most certainly the last thing on my mind. I really love how it straps around your body so you can adjust it to fit perfectly. It doesn’t slide around like a regular pillow.

My Brest Friend also offers other breastfeeding essentials like the adjustable nursing stool and breastfeeding vitamins. I take the breastfeeding vitamins everyday and the fenugreek to help boost my milk supply when it feels a little low.

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Win – One lucky reader will win a My Brest Friend hipster pillow

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I received no product in exchange for this post I just really love My Brest Friend and they are sponsoring this giveaway. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Tommee Tippee Review + Giveaway

Before I became a mom I didn’t understand the importance of a good breast pump. I initially registered for a hand pump when I was pregnant with Jude expecting that I would never use it because I would just breastfeed all the time. Little did I realized that breastfeeding all the time meant ALL THE TIME. Girls night out or Date Nights would be near impossible.


Now I know many moms prefer to breastfeed all the time but every once in awhile you deserve a little break. And when you prepare to take that break it doesn’t need to be stressful worrying about if you will be able to pump enough milk. The Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump is a great pump for moms who only need to pump occasionally but still want a quality pump. 



The Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump has a nice silicone cup which makes pumping comfortable yet still effective. There are also 4 different suction levels to adjust to find what works best for you. I personally like and need a stronger suction and the Tommee Tippee level 3 works great for me. It also gives you the option of plugging it in directly to the wall or using a battery. I did however, find that it does rapidly drain the batteries so I would recommend using rechargeable batteries if you are using the battery option.  The pump package comes with a Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle which is somewhat small but i like the design which makes it easy to hold and easy for baby to feed.



Overall, I would recommend the Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump to any mom looking for an occasional use pump that offers comfort and ease of use. It’s not the kind of pump you would use every day, multiple times a day but is very effective at providing easily expressed breast milk. 


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Milkies Milk Saver Review + Giveaway

When I first saw the Milkies Milk-Saver I wondered why I hadn’t thought of such an ingenious product. When I first started nursing Jude my body had a really hard time regulating my milk flow. For several days the milk just flowed from my body completely unprovoked. At the time I just stuffed cloth diapers in my shirt and stayed at home until my body figured out I didn’t need gallons of milk for this babe. I wish I’d had the Milkies Milk saver so I could have saved all that precious milk. 

Many women lactate from both sides while only nursing on one side. And while usually they let the nursing pad absorb the extra milk the Milkies Milk Saver lets you collect that extra milk that would otherwise go wasted. Whoever said, “don’t cry over spilt milk” never pumped breast milk.
The Milk Saver was designed by registered nurses. It collects leaking breast milk when you nurse allowing you to store and save extra milk easily. The Milk-Saver has been rigorously tested to ensure zero chemical leaching and contains no BPA or phthalates.

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Milk Diapers Review + Giveaway

Breastfeeding Noah has been a big challenge mostly in part to his tongue-tie issue. We are working very hard with him and are slowly seeing results as he learns to nurse. In the mean time I’m working on increasing my milk supply and teaching little Noah how to nurse. It’s not always easy but it is very rewarding.
I really like Milk Diapers products because they offer a variety of absorption for nursing pads. After Jude was born I had a big oversupply issue but this time my body seems to have regulated itself a little better so I don’t need a super absorbent pad.  

I was able to review several of the different nursing pads offered by Milk Diapers. I particularly like the Moisture Guard because they give you extra protection to make sure you don’t have any leaks. I probably use the 4 layer pads most often because I’m just at home and can easily switch out the pads and they are very breathable. All of the Milk Diaper pads are very comfortable and sized to fit almost anyone.



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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.

Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges – Noah’s Story

Before Noah was born I was preparing my plan of attack on the first few days/weeks of breastfeeding. I knew it would be rigorous but was ready with a positive attitude and plan to start strong with a bit if experience and knowledge under my belt. In no way did I think it would be easy but I thought I would feel more empowered having successfully overcome the early challenges of breastfeeding Jude.
 
A Little History
I have large breasts. (36G) And while many women have no problem at all breastfeeding with large breasts I also have flat nipples. Not completely flat but they aren’t as pointy as other women. (I’m assuming since I haven’t seen a lot of other boobs) So with Jude we had to overcome that obstacle by trying a variety of positions, helping shaped the nipple so it would fit in his mouth and a LOT of patience and practice.
 
I knew I had the same challenge ahead of me and I thought I had a bag full of tricks that were guaranteed to work. Boy was I in for a surprise.
 
Noah’s Challenge
Noah was born with a moderate case of tight frenulum (tongue-tie) which when added to my already large breast/flat nipple issue put him at a great disadvantage for breastfeeding.
 
We tried and tried for 2 days to get him to simply latch on but he just wasn’t capable of doing it. We tried tongue massage to help pull his tongue out and every other trick I found. I think I was able to get him to latch (hold my breast in his mouth) twice. (Talk about discouraging.)
 
The more time elapsed the more I could tell our big baby was in dire need of nourishment. He became lethargic and showing signs of dehydration. On our post-partum visit with the midwife she confirmed he would need to have his frenulum clipped. (a fairly simple and minimal pain procedure) She was able to clip his tongue and we saw immediate results. Where he previously couldn’t push his tongue past his gums he was almost immediately pushing it outside of his mouth. (Hooray!) But the troubles don’t end there.
 
He need nourishment very badly and with no sign of my milk coming in (because there had been no stimulation to let them know milk was needed) we decided to give him some formula. (I’m not anti-formula at all but I just never thought we would have need for it.) After giving him some formula a few times he became once again a lively newborn (if that’s possible). 
 
We have been working very hard to help him establish a relationship with my breasts. I have been pumping like crazy to help my milk come in so he will learn that is where the good stuff is. Just today my milk came in and he’s started show great signs of improvement. While he isn’t completely nursing at the breast he has latched and sucked several times which is a vast improvement. 
 
Positive Support
We are so lucky to have such a supportive group of family and friends that have aided us in this unexpected adventure. And it’s been a huge growing experience for Joe and I as we’ve had to make some tough decisions and push through to do what we feel is best for Noah.
 
We still haven’t achieved total breastfeeding success but I know we will get there in time. In the meantime, we are taking a little extra effort and time to work it out. I honestly believe most women can breastfeed if they are given enough support from family and friends. I think we may have abandoned the idea of breastfeeding very quickly had we not had so many wonderful people offer their time, advice and resources to help Noah.

Let the Weird Pregnancy Dreams Begin

One of the more interesting side effects of pregnancy is crazy, vivid dreams. Sometimes these dreams can be scary or stressful but most often my pregnancy dreams are just plain weird.

Even when I’m not pregnant I have weird dreams. Pregnancy just adds another dose of crazy. It’s like a wild drug trip. (I can only imagine since I’ve never actually done drugs.)

Recently I’ve been having dreams about breastfeeding. Like last night I dreamed that I just forgot to breastfeed the baby for a few days and instead fed it solid foods.  Everyone was fine and I just decided it would probably be a good idea to breastfeed my child.
Or another dream I had where I was a well-oiled milk factory. Everything was so easy. The milk just flowed right out. Breastfeeding was a breeze and pumping was even easier. It was so simple and such an awesome dream. 

What kind of crazy pregnancy dreams have you had?

2B Mom: Baby Bond Nursing Cover Review + Giveaway

One of the benefits of breastfeeding your baby is the bonding that takes place. Your baby can look up and see your face and knows that you are the one providing them with the awesome meal in which they are partaking. Most breastfeeding covers involve covering the baby’s head in addition to your breast. This can be difficult if you are new to breastfeeding and need to watch for a good latch. It also doesn’t seem to be ideal for the baby, who wants to eat lunch under a blanket?


I really love the Baby Bond nursing cover. It allows you to nurse discreetly without covering baby’s head. I received the Couture cover which allows you to nurse from the top of your shirt, or the bottom. I really like the versatility of the Couture Baby Bond it works like a sash and like a belly band. The Baby Bond also comes in Original, which is a simple sash that allows you to nurse from the top of your shirt and has an attached burp cloth. The Flex cover is similar to the Original except the burp cloth is detachable. All Baby Bonds are simple to store in your diaper bag, they roll up and have a self containing pouch. 



Buy: The Baby Bond is available for $35 online and at select retailers.


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The Boy Can Eat

 
(After eating a purple sweet potato for dinner.)

Jude was a pretty big baby at birth but he didn’t maintain that “big baby” status very long. According to the charts at our doctor’s office at 6 months Jude was only in the 20th percentile for his weight. (But according to the WHO standards he’s in approximately the 60th percentile.) You see, the standard charts at your pediatrician’s office don’t differentiate between formula and breastfed babies. Typically, breastfed babies grow in spurts whereas formula fed babies just constantly grow. Which is why so many formula babies are bigger. However, they all start to even out after they begin toddling around.

Well, then the doctor started raising concerns about Jude’s weight and I got concerned that maybe he wasn’t getting enough to eat. (Even though he wasn’t exceptionally fussy and ate well when he was hungry) So we started giving him some solids. It started out small but quickly developed into a feeding frenzy. However, even with the addition of solids his stats weren’t changing. So I decided to ignore the doctor and just go with my gut. Which was telling me everything was fine.

Now at 14 months old he’s still pretty slender but eats like a horse. I attribute this to the fact that he’s an active, growing boy. Not to mention his father is built the same way!

To prove that he can EAT I’ve recorded a sample of his daily menu. (All you moms of boys let me know if this is about average for a 14 mo old.)

Breakfast
1/4 cup of Cheerios
1 Whole Banana
1 Waffle

Nurse

Lunch
1/4 cup chicken
1/2 cup cut up grapes
1/4 cup avocado
1/4 cup pears
1 graham cracker

Nurse

Snack
1/4 cup Earth’s Best Organic Banana Smiley Snacks

Dinner
1 Whole Baked Sweet Potato
1/4 cup chicken
1/2 cup strawberries
1 small yogurt for dessert

Nurse

In addition to all of this he usually ends up eating a few bites of whatever Joe and I are eating.  I am no longer concerned about his weight but I am concern about our grocery budget!!!!