Thursday, March 31, 2011

Milkin' Cookies Review and GIVEAWAY!

WINNER IS McKenzie!!!! CONGRATS!


Okay I have to admit, I am not one who is concerned about my milk supply. Since Kit Kat is 16 months old, my milk supply is pretty much established. However, I do remember the days where I was scared I would "dry up" or when Pooker or Kit Kat did not nurse as long as I "thought" they should. All of the normal fears of losin' my supply wiggled their evil way into my head. Which new mummie (or not even a new mummie) does not get those thoughts? Sure there are prescription medications you can take, if your supply does drop, but those can have side effects. There are also herbal medicines, I have heard one of which can make you smell like MAPLE SYRUP (yummy waffles anyone?!) But there are also natural ways to boost your supply. Sure drinking a BOAT full of water helps. I joke and tell mummies to drink more water than you think you can handle....and then drink 3 more glasses! But sometimes.... a little extra somethin' somethin' helps.


I have come across recipes to make "Lactation Cookies", but have found these ingredients very hard to come by. So I about lost all hope in tryin' any. BUT ALAS! I found an amazin' company called Milkin' Cookies!
There are a ton of reasons why I love Milkin' Cookies!
1. Milkin' Cookies is a company created by two full time workin', PUMPIN', physicians! (OMG right! I know!)
2. Their cookies were created by them with health and breastmilk supply in mind!
3. The cookies are all natural, no scary words and even Elementary students can pronounce them!
4. Each cookie is individually wrapped, so throw one in your diaper bag, book bag, lap top bag, car, night stand, pocket...... they go anywhere!
5.THEY ARE JUST SOOOOO CRAZY GOOD!


I love snacks. I love chocolate. You can ask my husband and even my two year old. Pooker knows that mommy loves (please don't laugh or take this wrong) "chocolate balls." (Her words not mine. All chocolate is a chocolate ball.... and yes she loves chocolate balls too! Kit Kat does too...... but she has no words for it yet other than "nummie.") We are a "chocolate ball" lovin' family! HEHE So when you combine chocolate, cookies, and all natural ingredients to help boost Mummies Nummies........ Hello! You had me at Milkin' Cookies!

So here is the low down on the cookies Milkin' Cookies sent me. They were SO wonderfully generous and sent me 14 cookies to review! NICE HUH?!
  
















First let me say that first impressions are important, and Milkin' Cookies does not fall short! The box is nicely packaged and what a surprise it holds inside! In the picture above you can see what my box contained. My box contained two kinds of cookies, (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Almond) a thank you card, (HAND WRITTEN!!!) nutritional information for each cookie, a breastmilk storage information magnet, a Milkin' Cookies bumper sticker and a FAQ card about their company.  PHEW oh and plus 14 individually wrapped cookies! See what I mean by surprise?!

Okay so now that the first impressions are good..... I was dyin' to try one! I first tried the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. OHHHHHH MY GOODNESS. Talk about yummy in a cookie! Wow! It was soft, chewy, chocolaty, big, dense, and so yummy! I am a cookie lover.... but I have to seriously admit that this is the best cookie I have ever had, and I make a ton of cookies! I called my husband right away to tell him my cookies came in and how good they were.... had to tell someone because I was goin' to explode! I told him that he had to try one. His response "Will I make milk?" I asked him if he wanted to make milk and he said "no." hehehe Of course he was kiddin'...... but it was funny.Sure enough, when he got home from work, he tried the Cranberry Almond Oatmeal. In his words "Daddy tested.... daddy approved!!!!!"

So you are probably wonderin' if they work or are they just a really good reason to have a cookie. Well after a few days, and eatin' the recommended two cookies a day and I DID noticed that my breasts seemed fuller. The BIG sign was that Kit Kat nursed for 20 minutes (one one side) on day three! She seemed to be happy!  Now I do not pump so I can not tell you how much more milk I am producin'.... but people have commented that after a few days of eating Milkin' Cookies, they have pumped up to 2 ounces more per feedin'! Now that is A LOT! So I say YES! You may have your Milkin' Cookie and eat them too! Over all I am VERY pleased with Milkin' Cookies and would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone!

What did you say? You want to try some? Well you are at the perfect place! You can either buy your Milkin' Cookies here OR you can enter to win a $25 certificate! This certificate is enough for a 2 week supply of these mouth waterin', Mummies Nummies boostin', delicious tastin' cookies!


WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and living in the United States can enter.


HOW DO I ENTER?

Click the link below and fill out the Giveaway Form. All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Monday, April 11, 2011. The first three are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count. The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Each person gets one entry.... this way everyone has the same odds at winning! Winner will be announced Monday, April 11 by 7 pm (EST).


**1. You must be an email subscriber to Mummies Nummies. (This is located on the right hand side of our blog. Simply type in your email and then confirm when the confirmation email comes to you. You MUST confirm in order for it to count)
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**3. You must answer the question in PINK. Leave your answer to the PINK question in the comment section of this post, be sure to leave your name and also mention that you filled out the contest form. The PINK question is........ Do you like chocolate balls? (Keep it clean Mummies.... you know what I mean.)

 
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HOW DO I KNOW IF I WON? 

The winner will be notified by email, listed in the comment section and on our facebook page. The winner has two days to contact us with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. The winner will be selected using RANDOM.ORG

HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE WINNER?

We will enter the number of completed forms into the number generator at  RANDOM.ORG and the first number it picks is the winner!

DO WE CHECK THESE ENTRIES?

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GOOD LUCK MUMMIES!


A big thank you goes out to Milkin' Cookies for sending these cookies to me (free of charge) and for offering our readers a $25 gift certificate free of charge!



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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Zookies Cloth Diaper

Are you a cloth diaper Mummie? I have to say I was reluctant to start cloth diapering... but thought it was worth a shot. An old friend of mine over at Cooper Ave was kind enough to show me a whole new way of thinking. So when Kit Kat was about 6 months old.... we started our adventure into Cloth Diapering. I have to say it really is not bad! It is easy to do.. plus there are so many options. (Which can be confusing at first... but if you like to shop for cute things...... there is no lack of cute patterns for the fluffy butt in your family!) Oh and did I mention the whole money saving aspect? (That is as long as you do not buy every cloth diaper you see!)

I was so lucky to win a Zookies Cloth Diaper Cover from Obsessions of the Trophy Wife. I was able to pick the size, pattern, and closure I wanted! I have to say it was like shopping in the candy store at the mall (but ummmm a bit less expensive!) Zookies has so many different patterns that it really was hard to pick one! What I love about her patterns is that they are so colorful!  I was able to narrow it down to  the "Cupcakes" pattern. I wanted something that SCREAMED girlie! Can you get any more girlie than pink cupcakes?!
She has two different kinds of closures, the snap and the velcro options. The cloth diapers I have are snaps... so I decided to go with velcro to try it out. When it came to sizes.... Kit Kat is a petite little thing. So I had a bit of a problem there.... Her sizing goes like this:
Sizing:
Small: 15" rise (10-15lbs.)
Medium: 17" rise (15-25lbs.)
Large: 19" rise (25+lbs)

I decided to go with the medium as Kit Kat is MAYBE 20 lbs.
I was soooooooooo excited when it came in the mail! Even more excited when I took it out of the bag! It was just as cute in person as it was in the picture! It looked and felt super well made and the fabric seemed to be high quality. I could not wait.... I washed it right away! 

I have to say that it seems a bit big on Kit Kat.... but the other diapers I have are all One Size diapers. So this diaper was a bit of a change. With that being said, I have not had ONE leak! The diaper fits perfect in the leg area and she has room to grow in it. I love the fact I can use the inserts I already have. The Velcro closure is crazy easy to use, and not once has anything gotten stuck to it (not even in the washer.) I will even go out on a limb and say I like the Velcro closure over the snap! You see.. there is no counting required with the Velcro. When you have a little person wanting to run around..... counting snaps can be hard! 

Here are some pictures of Kit Kat in her new Zookies diaper! Now.... she is one hard lady to keep down, so pardon the not looking in the camera and smiling issue. It seems she is not going to be my Super Model the way her big Sissy is! (Not because she is not GORGEOUS, because she is....she just will not stay still long enough to pose!) But I think the pictures came out well.
If you are a cloth diaper mummie or even if you are just starting out.... Zookies is a great place to buy! Her prices are average if not a bit lower than most and are very user friendly!

Thanks again to Obsessions of the Trophy Wife and Zookies! So excited I won this diaper!!!!!!! 


Monday, March 28, 2011

Are you a holder?

So, yesterday while I was nursing Kit Kat  a song popped in my head. I am sure that this screams "YOU ARE A MOMMY!" and it did kinda make me giggle. Now, there is a reason why this song wiggled its toddler way into my head. This song is not normally part of our song rotation....... Do you remember "Do your ears hang low?" If not, here is one verse:
Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

Okay.... weird song to think of while nursing right? Not when you hear why!

So like I said I was nursing Kit Kat.... I realized that I hold my nummie maker while she is nursing. Let me explain that one, because that sounds wierd! I will more or less hold it up for her while she is nursing. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am not large breasted. I am pretty average if not a bit smaller than average. (I am okay with that...... bras are amazing! Plus still bfing helps a lot! hehe) Anyways.... like I was saying. I hold up one side. Picture pointer finger and middle finger underneath with my thumb up top. I dont know why I started that and I did not do it with Pooker. Looking back, I had to help Pooker latch on for the first 6 months, so my free hand was always around her chin helping her out. 

It seemed to help Kit Kat keep a better latch, she used to be a noisy sucker. You would hear slurping all the time. Which means poor latch. So I found holding up my nummie maker helped her keep a much better latch. But now, with her being 16 months old I think it is just habbit. So as I looked down yesterday and saw what I was holding, I began to hum, "Do your ears hang low?" and I imagined throwing "them o'er your shoulder like a Continental Soldier!!" OMG! See why it was so funny now? I mean really? "O'er your shoulder?" 

We need to re write that song....
Do your nummie makers hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your nummie makers hang low?
Oh I must be lossing it!!


So what wierd things do you do while nursing?

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Foto" Friday

"Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."




this week I took Pooker's 3 year old birthday pictures! 2 weeks to go until my first Nummie Lover turns 3!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Breastfeeding moms are stupid, So says a new study

Okay, so I want to be the first one to say it. I AM NOT STUPID. Okay..... thank you.
So a new "study" was done as to how others looked at women who breastfeed. I think I about dropped to the floor when I read what the study found. So it seems we mummies are significantly less competent in general.

Okay, so let me break it down for you. The three part experiment study was done by three Montana State University psychologists. In the first study, participants rated a woman who had breastfed as incompetent.(NICE!) In the second study, the results were the same and determined that the bias was specific to conditions that sexualized the breast. (EVEN BETTER!) In study three results showed the breastfeeding woman was rated significantly less competent in general, in math and work specifically, and was less likely to be hired compared to all other conditions, except for the sexualized breast condition. (OH GOOD LORD!)

Now the participants in the these studies were a mix of male and female (thanks ladies for supporting your fellow peers!) and it just shows how disturbing society looks at breastfeeding and women who breastfeed. As the study concluded to find, society may seem to understand that breastfeeding has many positive results, but also comes with one big negative......it seems it damns us socially!

So it is a wonder why The United States' has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates, why the percentage of American women who breastfeed are “stagnant and low,” according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gee let me think and ponder that one!

Oh wow! So how does it feel to be labeled as stupid from your peers? I feel pretty positive about this study.... don't you?! (BARF!!)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What is your pet peeve?

When it comes to babies and children, what is your biggest pet peeve? Do you have weird pet peeves? Well I have had the same one for as long as I can remember. Only my pet peeve is not only aimed at babies or children. It is something every person gets regardless of age! What is it, you ask? My BIGGEST pet peeve is BOOGERS!!!!! I HATE boogers! I hate how they never seem to go away, no matter how many times you blow your nose. I hate how in children they will just ooze out of their nose like a babbling stream. I hate the sound your nose makes when you blow those nasty things out. I hate the feel of a used tissue! It all just grosses me out! It is the only bodily liquid/substance I really can not stand!

When I worked in daycare (yes I worked with children all of my life) I taught (and yes I typed TAUGHT) one year olds and then two year olds. When my children got sick (shocker that day care kids get sick... I know.) I was KNOWN to use one whole box of tissues a day. You see I would use 5 tissues per child...... per wipe! Sometimes I would even wear a rubber glove... if I was able to put one on in time. Yes I hate boogers!

I thought maybe that when it was my own baby who had boogers that I would not react as badly. But NOPE! Not the case. Okay, so I don't use 5 tissues per wipe.... I use a burp bib and then throw it in the washing machine. Yes we have taught our daughters how to blow their nose.... Pooker picked it up pretty fast, Kit Kat knows how to blow, but it is such a petite blow that all it manages to do is look cute. So I have to break out the big ol' green nose sucker outer. She sees that thing and right away calls "DADDY!" like he is going to save her. I have to hold her down with both of my legs on top of her arms and legs, while the sides of my feet keep her head in place. If someone were to peak in my windows (which they better not... that is just wrong) they would think I was torturing the poor thing. I loath the whole process of extracting those nasty boogers. The sound of the nose sucker sucking in the vile substance and then the sound of them being pushed onto the burb bib. Then I have to listen to her saying "all done!!!" each time I go in for more! (Such a sad thing to hear.) A process I have to repeat at least 5 times per nostril, sometimes up to 20 times a day to prevent an ear infection! Now I am happy to say that my girls are pretty healthy most of the time and Pooker does not get boogers too often. But Kit Kat... man when the girl gets boogers........ EWWWWWWW She gets boogers!

Then add breastfeeding a baby with boogers! OMG! First you have to do the nose sucking thing, then as she is crying (which makes more BOOGERS) you quickly get in position to nurse. Then as she is on...... the boogers she made from all the crying begin to touch the Nummie Makers! OMG, so now you are covered in boogers! Oh man, it is a never ending cycle.

Oh and not to mention when the baby gets sick...... you can get sick. So as you are sucking out the babies nose, wiping the babies nose, trying to dispose of baby boogers, removing boogers from your nummie makers ......... you have to do all of the above for your boogers! (well maybe not all of above, but you get the picture.) Yes, Mummies..... I hate boogers. All boogers! Baby boogers, adult boogers, toddler boogers.... BOOGERS!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

I am SICK! Now what!?

So bottom line.... I do not get sick very often! More frequently my husband will get colds, illnesses and what not while I just sit back and watch him suffer. So when Pooker began to show signs of a cold earlier this week.... I thought to myself "I wonder how long it will take for Daddy to get it?" WELL SHOCKER!!!! Kit Kat and I got it, while my husband sits back and watches us all suffer!!!  **GRRRRRR** Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, killer headache. Yes, I thought my head was going to explode. Normally while I am breastfeeding, I try to stay away from medications, with the exception of my Prenatal Vitamin that I take daily. But I have been just so miserable! I found myself looking through our medicine cabinet (well medicine/cup cabinet) wondering WHAT CAN I TAKE?!?! So I got on the internet and began searching. I was pretty positive that Tylenol was safe (which it is) so I took two. **GRRRRRR** no change! I told my husband I was done with medicine! Day two.... almost no sleep and a bomb about to go off in my head changed my no medicine mind. I have been scared about taking Advil (as fears of it drying up my supply swims in my head.) However, Dr Sears says it is safe so I decided to give it a try.
I am happy to say that my head is no longer a ticking time bomb ready to explode. Perhaps more like a tire with too much air.... but I will take any improvement! I wanted to share with you a couple of medicine charts courtesy of Dr Sears.

***Remember you are 100% clear to breastfeed your Nummie Lover when you are sick. There is no need to worry about passing the illness to your Nummie Lover as you ARE passing along antibodies in your breastmilk..... so your Nummie Lover can get some ohhhh so healthy immunities! Awesome stuff right?!!***


****I have also taken decongestants and have been fine. I have taken half of the recommended dose with some Advil to help kick the "ickiness." Now I have waited til I could no longer take the illness that I had before taking medicine. But taking a couple of Decongestants during the day is not going to kill your supply. As long as you have an established supply.... chances are you are good to go.  (Even Dr. Sears has Decongestants on his "okay" list!)****

Common medications that are safe to use while breastfeeding
The safety of the following medications is established for short-term use only. If you are required to take one of these for more than one or two weeks, consult a physician.


acetaminophen asthma medications (cromolyn, inhalant bronchodilators) Kaopectate
acyclovir barium laxatives
anesthetics local (e.g., dental work) chloroquine (antimalarial) muscle relaxants
antacids cortisone pinworm medications
antibiotics (tetracycline* and sulfa**) decongestants propranolol
anticoagulants digitalis propylthiouracil
anticonvulsants diuretics silicone from implants
antihistamines ibuprofen thyroid medications
aspartame insulin vaccines
vitamins
* Avoid taking tetracycline for longer than ten days
** Avoid in newborn period

Drugs that require careful monitoring by a physician when taken while breastfeeding
Whether these drugs and medications are safe to take while breastfeeding depends on many factors: the dosage, age of infant, duration of therapy, and timing of dosage and breastfeeding. Consult a physician knowledgeable about drugs during breastfeeding if you need to take any of the following medications long-term.
alcohol general anesthetics* morphine
antidepressants indomethacin oral contraceptives
aspirin isoniazid Paxil
codeine lithium** phenobarbitol
Demerol metoclopramide Prozac
ergots metronidazole (Flagyl)*** Valium
Zoloft
* It is safe to breastfeed six to twelve hours after most general anesthetics. ** Some authorities consider lithium absolutely contraindicated while breastfeeding; others believe lithium can be used cautiously, as long as blood lithium concentration in the baby is monitored. *** Authorities recommend giving the mother a single two-gram dose and having her discontinue breastfeeding for only twelve to twenty-four hours.



Drugs that should not be used while breastfeeding
amphetamines heroin Mysoline
antimetabolite drugs (anti-cancer drugs) Lindane nicotine
cocaine marijuana Parlodel
cyclosporine methotrexate PCP
radioactive drugs for diagnostic tests*
* May need to stop breastfeeding temporarily. Consult a nuclear medicine specialist.


So there you go Mummies.... if you find yourself sick enough that you HAVE to take medicine....... I hope this chart help!

~Mummie

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feeding your Nummie Lover solids

One of the big questions I have come across is when and what to feed Nummie Lovers solid foods. It has been suggested to wait until your baby is 6 months old before you introduce solids. The reasoning in behind delaying the introduction to solids is because of the risk of allergies, digestive system development and more.

For us, we waited until 7 months with Pooker, due to her poor weight gain her GI Specialist suggested to wait. But with Kit Kat we started solids with her at 6.5 months. Both girls were fed with baby food I made at home. I was surprised how easy it was to make baby food. (I don't really know why I was so surprised by it.... all it is is real food like we eat.) I suppose it is the whole shopping isle dedicated to baby food that makes one think that you are better off buying already prepared baby food. Now there is nothing wrong with store bought baby food. We did buy some to keep for emergencies. But I found it cheaper to make our own, freeze it in ice cube trays, or give it to them freshly made.

There a few ways to go about this. You can try offering fruit first or veggies first. Some say that it is best to offer veggies first as fruit is much sweeter and children are more likely to enjoy fruits over veggies. Now with Pooker I gave her fruit first and the girl thinks most veggies are gross and will refuse to eat them! Kit kat was given veggies first and the girl can not get enough of them! She will always go for the veggies first and then eat everything else after.

It is best to offer one new food per week, this will help if your nummie lover has a food allergy. This way it will be easier to fiqure out which food is causing the allergy.

Not all babies like watery food. Both of my girls liked thicker vs thinner. If you find the food is too thin, you can add some baby cereal to it to thicken it up. Also if you find the food it too thick, you can add breastmilk or water to thin it out. It is super easy to adjust.

Steaming all food is the best way to cook it. But you do not need a steamer. Just a pot with some water and a lid is all you need! I found a wonderful website that helps mummies with homemade baby food. Wholesome Baby Food is a great resource with recipes, tips and ideas.

Always offer solid food AFTER a nursing session or breastmilk bottle. This is important. If you offer solid food right before a nursing session, your nummie lover might be too full to nurse...... and your milk supply can diminish. Although your Nummie Lover might be ready for solid foods, he/she is still getting all the nutrients he/she needs from your milk.

I hope this helps!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Breastfeeding after a breast reduction

So a friend of mine, she will remain anonymous (HI FRIEND!!!!) told me the other day that she is preggers (I already knew hehe) and that she was looking forward to breastfeeding. (HURRAY!!!!) However, she is a little bit nervous due to having a breast reduction years ago. She told me that she has been reading up on breastfeeding and breast reductions, only to find some successful stories and some unsuccessful stories. So I told her that I would look into it and blog about it! So here I am....blogging!

Now there are reasons to why breastfeeding after a breast reduction simply is not possible. If the surgery left behind too much scar tissue, that would certainly get in the way. But as most Mummies who make Nummies know........ support in any breastfeeding situation, can make or break the relationship. Low milk supply is another reason.... but luckily there are supplements you can take to help build up your supply. Many very safe and healthy! (One might even make you smell like maple syrup!)

First I want to share with you a successful story, straight from the La Letche League International website.
This mummie did have some obstacles, but she kept positive thoughts and was determined not to give up!

I also came across this amazing website, BFAR,  Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgeries. This is a wonderful source for information and support from Mummies who have all been there!

Here is another great article I found with more information, courtesy of  breastfeed.com. 

All of the articles I have shared have one thing in common. They all say that it is possible to breastfeed after a reduction. Many doctors (surgical, OB's, and pediatricians alike) might tell you it is not possible. But there again, it is not uncommon for medical professionals to pass along  misinformation regarding breastfeeding. This not only applies to women who have had breast surgeries.

The main thing I can suggest is to give it a try..... a real try. Don't give up after two weeks......No mummie has breastfeeding down after only 2 weeks. Get help from Lactation Consultants, the Le Leche League is a wonderful source. Look for support from women who have been where you are (or are going to be... HI FRIEND!!! **wink wink**)

And don't forget........you rock! You are a Mummie who makes Nummies for your baby! You can do ANYTHING!!!!!!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New distraction tool!

Or should I say ANTI DISTRACTION TOOL!
I have posted before about having a distracted Nummie Lover...... and yes Kit Kat still finds other things more interesting at times. If you find yourself with a Nummie Lover, who gets distracted easy, you may think he/she is ready to stop nursing. This is not true.... The Stir did an article last month about this topic.

I have recently found a new breastfeeding freindly tool to help with the "other stuff" that gets Kit Kat's attention.

I have an Android cellphone and have had this app called Toddler Lock installed for some time. I would let Pooker use it when I needed her to be quiet.... but have found this "game" useful for Kit Kat as well. While nursing, she likes to hold  my cell phone in between one hand and my chest while "drawing" on my phone. Toddler Lock is a sort of educational doodle activity with music, shapes and lines. All controlled by the child's fingers. What I love about Toddler Lock is it also keeps little fingers out of  the main phone controls. When you are ready to leave Toddler Lock, all you have to do it tap each 4 corners of the screen, clockwise, and it will give you the option to exit.

**Disclaimer**
I do not let my children play with my cell phone a lot. I know there have been some studies done regarding cell phones and the health to young children. But for a few minutes while nursing, at doctor visit waiting rooms, and to calm a 2 year old tantrum.... it can be a life saver!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mama Pack Giveaway for our UK readers!

 CONGRATS TO EMMA!!! SHE IS OUR WINNER!!!! THANKS EVERYONE!

I am so excited to announce that we are now going to show our UK Mummies some LOVIN!!! So all of our UK Mummies... this one is for you and ONLY you! I am pleased to announce our very first UK giveaway sponsored by Mama Pack.  I have to admit that I am a bit jealous as I have NEVER seen anything like this in the States..... not that I am too shocked by that! Mama Packs are a wonderful new twist on the Welcome Baby Packet you get from the hospital. Read more information below, from Mama Pack's website!

The Mama Pack is here to change the face of the natal pack!
In the UK almost every mother looks forward to her ‘pack’ from the midwife and hospital…. the excitement of opening the pack up and rooting through all the freebies inside is tangible in the ante-natal clinics!
But there are a growing number of expectant mothers who feel let down by the contents as they look through the plastic printed bag.
Disposable nappies, disposable chemical filled wipes, disposable breast pads IF you get any at all….. handful’s of leaflets seemingly encouraging you to have a hospital birth, formula feed and buy the most expensive buggy and feed your precious baby from hermetically sealed jars of food prepared by machines in factories!
The Mama Pack is here to change all that!
Each pack will contain various SAMPLE items not only promoting but also letting you feel and test sample products that are earth friendly, ethical, holistic,natural and geared towards encouraging parents to a more attached and relaxed method of parenting.
Amongst our contributions we have:
Independent Midwives,
Cloth Nappies,
Cloth Nappy Advisor’s,
Sling Makers,
Cloth Sanitary Towels,
Breastfeeding Advice,
Nursing Necklaces,
Breastfeeding Dolls,
Natural & Organic Toiletries,
Bath Bombs & Soaps,
Knitwear,
Menstrual Cups,
Ethical Magazines,
Organic Food,
Art & Crafts
And SO much more!!
Our list of contributors is growing by the day.

Yzzy, from Mama Pack, has so wonderfully decided to give one of these wonderful packs to one of our UK readers!!!! (WOOT WOOT!!!!) So do you want to know how to win one?! Well it is very simple! Just follow these rules!!!!!

WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and living in the UK can enter.


HOW DO I ENTER?

Click the link below and fill out the Giveaway Form. All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Monday, March 14, 2011. The first three are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count. The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Each person gets one entry.... this way everyone has the same odds at winning! Winner will be announced Friday, March 14 by 7 pm (EST).


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HOW DO I KNOW IF I WON? 

The winner will be notified by email, listed in the comment section and on our facebook page. The winner has two days to contact us with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. The winner will be selected using RANDOM.ORG

HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE WINNER?

We will enter the number of completed forms into the number generator at  RANDOM.ORG and the first number it picks is the winner! 

DO WE CHECK THESE ENTRIES?

Yes, we do. Once the winner is selected, we will check to verify valid entry. If it isn’t, we’ll start the process over. So don't cheat!


and the PINK question is........ Were you disappointed in your welcome pack when you gave birth?

GOOD LUCK MUMMIES!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wean me Gently

I came across this poem while looking for weaning articles. It is sooooo touching and meaningful. What I love is it has a surprise ending! You may think you know who it is coming from.... but keep reading. I do not know who the poem was written by, it is not my own...... but if you know please share it. I would love to give credit where credit is due!
**CORRECTION the author is Cathy Cardall**




I know I look so big to you,

Maybe I seem too big for the needs I have.

But no matter how big we get,

We still have needs that are important to us.

I know that our relationship is growing and changing,

But I still need you. I need your warmth and closeness,

Especially at the end of the day

When we snuggle up in bed.

Please don't get too busy for us to nurse.

I know you think I can be patient,

Or find something to take the place of a nursing;

A book, a glass of something,

But nothing can take your place when I need you.

Sometimes just cuddling with you,

Having you near me is enough.

I guess I am growing and becoming independent,

But please be there.

This bond we have is so strong and so important to me,

Please don't break it abruptly.

Wean me gently,

Because I am your mother,

And my heart is tender. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Down one more....

I know that I can not breastfeed forever, I know that Kitkat can not be a teenager and still be breastfeeding. But why is it that I have such mixed feelings about weaning her down?! Now when I say weaning down... I do not mean weaning off...... As you might remember I am a scheduled nurser. I nurse my babies on a schedule..... same times every day. More or less Mommy Lead feeding. However, my girls do and did tell me when it is time to eat... which I still find pretty funny. Cranky baby?? Look at the clock.... oh well yeah it is time to eat! hehe

So 2 months ago I took away one feeding, which brought Kitkat from 6 feedings to 5. She did really well.... and so did I (hehe.) I then decided that at 15 months I would take away another feeding... well then at her 15 month well visit she had a cold and an ear infection.... so I decided to hold off on that plan. It is now 2 weeks later and she is healthy again. So 2 nights ago I stopped her 5th feeding. I am not crying over it...... but I still feel as though my heart is aching.... although that could be all the extra breastmilk that I am producing and not releasing!

Now to be honest, I did not plan this whole weaning thing out well enough. I should have staggered which feedings I was going to take away. But instead, so far, I have taken away her last 2 feedings of the day. Which means she last nurses at 4 pm and wont nurse again until 7 am the next  morning! OMG I swore I had someone else's breasts when  I woke up day one.. someone with way bigger breasts and cement filled implants! (No I do not have implants but you get the image!)

So far though.... she is doing well. Since it was a "sleep feeding" (she would nurse while already asleep) I do not think she even notices the last feeding has been taken away. Luckily her night sleeping has not been interrupted and she is still sleeping all night. However.. funny story.... On the first night she was asleep and it was just about the time I normally pick her up and nurse her. She opened her eyes WIDE and looked at me. I got nervous, thinking she was wanting to eat.... but she went back to sleep within seconds. Hehe
My husband looked at me and said "What was that all about?" All I could do was shrug! Hehe.
She must have, subconsiouly, known something was missing and knew it was time to nurse.

So now she is down to 4 feedings a day...... maybe by next week I wont have cement milk bags when I wake up! But knowing me.......... prob not!

Maybe by next week my body will adjust to this change and I wont feel sore all day long! I swear it is all she can do to keep up during the day to the amount of milk I have. Like right now... it is 3:30 pm and I have 30 minutes until she nurses again. But I already FEEL my milk wanting to be FREED!