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Extended Breastfeeding with Prenatal and Postnatal Vitamins

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. When I started out my breastfeeding journey with my daughter, I thought we’d stop when she was a year old. I wanted my milk to be the most nutritious it could be […]

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Lactation Cookies

Our lactation cookies are not only easy to make they’re also the best lactation cookies recipe we’ve ever tried. Filled with healthy ingredients like brewers yeast, oatmeal, quinoa, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds, some of the best foods for breastfeeding! I breastfed my daughter for 4 years and lactation cookies were a great treat for me […]

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Natural Remedies for Mastitis

Natural Remedies for Mastitis and how to avoid taking antibiotics.  We’re sharing simple and natural steps to take before you consider antibiotics for mastitis.

Natural Remedies for Mastitis

Ohhh the pain AND the color!  I’ll never forget seeing my entire breast swollen, hard as a rock, hot to the touch, painful and dark pink.  I freaked out!  WHAT IS THIS?!

I’ve had mastitis once during our 2 1/2 year journey of breastfeeding.  I’ve also had some close calls with mastitis (plugged ducts are also painful!) and thankfully due to my quick response I have usually been okay.  Being allergic to most antibiotics I try to limit the use of the ones I can take – that being said the ones I can take are not medicines or antibiotics compatible with breastfeeding.  Everyone should try Natural Remedies for Mastitis since it can’t harm you or baby.  It’s the best way to heal your body naturally.  This is also good for plugged ducts that can lead to mastitis.

Natural Remedies for Mastitis

Breastfeeding Essentials Gift Basket for Nursing Moms

I’m excited to share our Breastfeeding Essentials Gift Basket for Nursing Moms !

Our breastfeeding journey wasn’t easy in the beginning and we had some breastfeeding struggles here and there.  One thing I was always told was to NEVER use a nipple shield, but in reality the Medela Contact Nipple Shield is the reason we were able to nurse in the beginning.  I used the Nipple Shield to breastfeed for the first 7-8 months (the first month we didn’t use it and it was hard to nurse!).  I paid so much to figure it all out between LLCs and even having her lip tie cut.  In the end when she was ready her latch was perfect.  She just suddenly stopped using the nipple shield one day and it was incredible.  I can’t believe we’re about to celebrate 2 1/2 years of nursing!  You can see her nursing with the nipple shield in the picture below.  I had 3 nipple shields at all times.  Just in case I needed one while we were out, if one broke or between cleanings to use another.  Having one is like having one bottle, crazy!

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We had a lot of issues with food allergies and baby throwing up while breastfeeding too.  Thankfully once I removed soy from my diet she didn’t suffer any FPIES Food Allergy Reactions.  I’m glad that I stuck it out despite all the breastfeeding issues we did have and now we’re still breastfeeding 2 and a half years long!

Breastfeeding: The Beginning

Day 1. Right after giving birth to my daughter they quickly cleaned her up and let me nurse her for the first time.  Her eyes closed and would open every so often to look up at me.  This is the baby that I held inside for 9 months, and she needs me as much as […]

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