Good Latch/ Poor Latch

Breastfeeding can be very painful if done incorrectly. Below is an example of a Good Latch and a Poor Latch. Initially it’s natural for it to be painful. If you continue to have issues please contact a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or a Lactation Consultant. Either one can educate you on how to successfully breastfeed and teach you new positions that may work for you and your baby. Please check out www.babygooroo.com

breastfeeding positions

breastfeeding positions

 

 

Dads!!! Let’s Talk! What are you MOST concerned about?

Antonio and Super Jack :)

Antonio and Super Jack 🙂

Thinking of new things to blog about… 💭 Dads give me some feedback on what your jitters were/are on becoming a new parent? Or parenting after baby #1.  Moms what are your thoughts on what dads were concerned about? Leave your thoughts below!

Here are some things I have gathered thus far:

  1. Money
  2. Insurance
  3. Postpartum
  4. Relationship after baby
  5. Sex

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Tools for Comfort💆🌿

•Tools for Comfort• A trained professional labor companion is a wonderful tool. Doulas know how birth works and will comfort and assist the laboring woman through any challenges. Although, a doula may cost more than the other tools, her wisdom and experience are worth it.

 #RELAXATION #ComfortMeasures #Doula #educate #laborCoach #heathyparents #healthybabies #newborns #births http://thechildbirthprofession.com/list-top-birth-tools-comfort/ {FOLLOW} @bumpbabybliss #blogger #mommyblogger

~Sweet Baby Beanies~

Please check out my dear friend’s beautiful work. @sweetbabybeanie and order you and your families beanies today! SweetBabyBeanie are custom handmade beanies for your baby of any size! Whether your baby is a newborn, toddler, adult male or female they can customize a beanie just for them! They specialize in mommy and me, daddy and me, and family beanies. Since the beanies are made to order, you choose the colors like! Want to add a Pom Pom on top? They do that too! Follow her on Instagram for discounts and find them on Esty; http://www.sweetbabybeanie.bigcartel.com  Discounts are always available and a portion of the proceeds go to a local Children’s Hospital.

Sweetest little gifts from #SweetBabyBeanies for my new clients!

Sweetest little gifts from #SweetBabyBeanies for my new clients!

 

Please read below on what inspired her business:

December! My favorite month of the year. It’s my birthday month and its Christmas. What could be better than that? My sweet girl was now 11 months and I was crazy about cutting out snowflakes and creating a winter fairy tale land for her first birthday in January.

This was the month that Sweetbabybeanie was born.
I woke up on December 3, 2015 and I thought, I’m 28. Then I thought about all the things I wanted to do before I was 28. I questioned if I had lost myself in motherhood. Who was I now? Were those goals I had really that important now that I was a mom? I didn’t get a masters degree to be at home all day!
For a few minutes I felt like I was drowning, I couldn’t breathe.
On the morning of my 28th birthday I had a panic attack.

I remember being angry. Angry at everyone who sat back and watched me disappear into motherhood. Why didn’t anyone try and save me, I was still the same person or was I? Had I embraced motherhood as a new identity and let go of self?

I had.

After gathering my thoughts I got dressed and bundled up my daughter and went to Michaels craft store. I bought yarn and decided I would make a beanie for my baby. I had a choice to make. Sink in motherhood or swim. On my 28th birthday I decided that this new hobby would be for me. It would be my projects separate from my daughter and husband. My new hooks and yarn was my beacon of hope, my compass on the road to rediscovering who I was.

Read More—> SweetBabyBeanie

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Back To Work…and Pumping

Over the years workplaces (even daycares and churches) have taken the actions to set up a breastfeeding or mother-friendly workplaces. Fortunately,  I have my own office, so nursing my son at work or even pumping at work wasn’t an issue. But I know several moms that have an issue of not having space to pump or not given the time to pump at work. Thanks to World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) for promoting mommies to work and breastfeed. I thought what a perfect time to share my story about not necessarily breastfeeding at work but being a working mom, pumping and nursing. Breastfeeding doesn’t have to stop when you return back to work. However, it does require A LOT of work and consistency! Especially, if you are a new mom, you already have no idea what you’re doing no matter how many books you’ve read or classes you took. New moms are adjusting to a new baby, a new lifestyle, new changes in their significant other, new changes within themselves, working, maintaining a home, etc. That’s just to name a few. So I figured I would give some tips on how I managed all of this; particularly pertaining to pumping at work.

My Pumping Schedule:

  1. Nurse baby before daycare
  2. First Session- Pump around 8:30/9 a.m.
  3. Second Session- Pump around 12/12:30 p.m.
  4. Third Session- Pump around 3/3:30 p.m. OR nurse as soon as you pick up baby from daycare.

**Please keep in mind this schedule will change due to your baby’s age and diet. You won’t always get the same amount of milk each time if your baby is a little older and nursing less. Oh! Please don’t forget to create a little sign that lets others now you are pumping. You don’t want to be interrupted.**

What Helps With Getting MORE Milk?

  • Water
  • Fenugreek Vitamins
    Take 3 tablets/per meal =9-12 tablets a day Take until your milk increases then stop your intake until you need it again.
  • Eat more calories
  • Fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • RELAX
  • Picture of baby- Yup! A picture of your baby will help your milk flow, especially if you are in a relaxed setting. Nursing or even pumping while tensed causes slow milk flow and low production.

 Pump & Store Successfully:

I used Medela products and loved it. I didn’t use their storage bags because it was too expensive and I didn’t get much for my price. Although, I used medela bottles for pumping “KickBack” never drunk out of them (he hated the nipples). It didn’t mimic mine at all.

This is my exact Medela pumping kit. Very pricey but it includes a separate bag to store your milk in with a little ice cooler. With this your milk stays cool for up to 12 hours. I often put my bottle or bags in this cooler and placed the whole cooler in the refrigerator at work.

Purchasing the Medela Easy Expression Bustier Bra is a MUST. You can either buy one or cut two tiny holes in a tight sports bra. Regardless you must have it. It allows you to get work done and multi-task!

You can either put your milk in the bottle or these bags. Be sure to LABEL them. Tip: lay flat when storing them in the freezer.

Quick way to clean your pumping material at work

  • Burp Cloth
  • Breastfeeding wipes
  • Nursing Pads

Below is more information and resources provided by WABA

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Surviving Teething

Surviving Teething can be very STRESSFUL…

You never want to see your baby in pain. So I’ve created a little survival kit that seems to work for me. Remember every baby is different, but this kit has a few options that should solve the problem.

Teething Care Kit

  1. Teething Tablets was one of the first things I tried using when “KickBack” was only a few months old. It’s an all natural tablet that dissolves in the mouth. I like this product because it is inexpensive, he could take as many as needed, and he was able to sleep because he wasn’t in pain. These tablets can be found on the medicine aisle or the baby section in Walmart or Target.  I personally wanted to stay away from orajel when he was an infant.  It just seemed a bit much for a new baby. My suggestion is to only use the teething tablets for 0-9 month babies. As he started to approach a year old, we had to upgrade to something a little more effective.
  2. Sophie TeethingSophie the Giraffe Teether. At first I couldn’t believe my mom had paid $25 dollars (I think) for the tall one and about $15 for the small. I was thinking this thing should work a miracle. I must say at first it didn’t. “KickBack” could of cared less about this thing. But as months went on, I had to revisit some gadgets to see if they would help. (So don’t give up on certain items just yet) He started to really enjoy Miss Sophie and still uses her at 15 months. Plus I figured, if he could chew on the bottom of his shoe (which was made of rubber that wasn’t all natural); then, he for sure could chew on Sophie. :/ The cool thing about this is it has different textures all over the giraffe to help soothe your baby’s gums and it’s made with all natural rubber and food paint. The more expensive one makes a sound when squeezed and helps your baby understand the link between cause and effect. Note to self, you may have to help your baby get the hang of how to use this at first. Sophie has many functions that the baby will want to enjoy.

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