Oversupply with breastfeeding, the struggle is real my friends! I feel the breastfeeding conversation usually centers around how to boost supply or fearing that you’re not making enough, but some of us make more than enough and while it’s great, it’s also incredibly painful! I knew that I’d have an oversupply issue with Baby H, I had the same issue with M when he was a baby. I mean, what newborn needs 8oz of breastmilk every 2 hours? And that was when I didn’t even empty my breasts while pumping. I know it’s pretty normal to have a large supply when milk comes in, but usually mama will adjust to her baby within the first couple weeks. I was bonding with a pump and not nursing when it came to M so 3 weeks in, I was still pumping 8-10oz every 2 hours.
It’s weird, a month ago I was counting down the days until we could introduce a bottle. Then something happened…
I started to enjoy breastfeeding.
I thought I would enjoy it from day 1. And on day 1 and day 2, I did enjoy it. Then day 3 happened. Sores. Bleeding. Ouch. I knew it wasn’t supposed to hurt, so I called a lactation consultant and got help. But, the pain continued until about 5 weeks, then something changed.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES
Recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins on the streets now! But what about the bigger items that we no longer need? Take for instance, breastpumps. What do we do with breastpumps once we are done with our breastfeeding experience?
RAINBOW BABY H HAS MADE HER ARRIVAL!!
That’s right folks! My precious rainbow baby that we’ve been hoping and praying for finally made her glorious arrival. It didn’t go as planned, but she’s healthy, she’s here, she’s perfect, and that’s all that matters.
I took to some fellow natural bloggers to get their posts on cloth diapering. Everything from cloth diapers 101 to DIY rash creams and everything in between. I’ve personally loved using cloth diapers. One might say I became a bit obsessed with trying different brands when M was still in diapers. I even bought a bunch of limited edition Chelsea Perry bumGenius prints and retiring colors that never got used because M became potty independent shortly after buying them. They have sat in wait for baby #2. So, yay! I finally get to use my lovely prints!
Yes, I’m a gentle parent and believe in gentle parenting techniques. We don’t use corporal punishment (spanking), we use calm voices, we state the positive rather than telling our son what not to do, we believe in cuddles and expressing feelings, and we don’t do time-out for tantrums, we babywear. I believe in breastfeeding (if it’s what works for you), room sharing/co-sleeping (if it works for you), responding to my child’s cries.
Contributed By: Brittany Thomas of The Pistachio Project
I’m currently waiting on baby number five. Yes, five! Through the past five pregnancies, I’ve learned a lot about preparing for labor. One of those things is red raspberry leaf tea. You wouldn’t think a tea could make that much of a difference when it comes to having baby but it does! It really does!
Red raspberry leaf tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of a raspberry plant. This is not the same as red raspberry tea… that stuff is raspberry flavored and while it tastes yummy; it won’t do anything for labor! Red raspberry LEAF tea tastes closer to a black tea and is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, and much more. It’s been used for many different issues but it’s most known for its use by pregnant women.
Contributed by: Mary Kay
To my Baby Burrito,
I had to take you to the doctor’s office today. You had a pretty bad diaper rash. Quite the mundane ailment, I must admit. But nothing about our visit felt mundane today…
You had on my *new* favorite shirt of yours. It is bright orange with a tiny dinosaur in the bottom corner and “ROAR!” written really big right in the center of your chest. I think it is my favorite shirt because it reminds me of you. My baby burrito. Such a sweet, little man with such a big, gigantic, energetic spirit – just like that tiny, little dinosaur on your shirt. Your pants were a little bit too long for your short little legs so every once in awhile, you would slide on your right pant leg. (And yes, my heart would skip a tiny beat every time it happened.) You are kind-of in between sizes at the moment so finding the right pant length is difficult. Your blonde hair was ‘styled’ so perfectly in your messy, half-curled, baby-mullet. I fought every urge to follow right behind you, lick my hand, and try to tame the wild hair-beast.
All bloggers have their favorite items to keep their blog running smoothly. These items will vary from blogger to blogger. I’m not sure I would say that my blogging must haves keep my blog running smoothly, but they do make blogging a bit easier.
Here are my Top 10 Bloggy Must Haves:
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES
When it comes to babies, there are hundreds of baby products to choose from. Walk down any baby aisle and you are bombarded with dozens of options. Options are great but they can get confusing. Things can get even more frustrating when you are trying to use only natural products on your baby.