Posted 10-18-2013 at 12:38 PM by angelaw
This is the first time I have ventured into the unknown world of nursing a two year old. My oldest son self-weaned right before his second birthday, so I never had the opportunity to nurse beyond the two year mark. I must say it has been a lot different than nursing a one year old. I understand that every child is different, but I was expecting a big decrease in the number of times (and the length of those nursing sessions) my little one nurses compared to what he had been before. “B” nurses probably 3-4 times during the day, once before bedtime, and then again upon waking up. This is a lot more than I had imagined as my older son was down to bedtime and nap time nursing only at 15 months. While I’m sure it has a lot to do with my low milk supply due to being 5 months pregnant, “B” hasn’t slowed down on eating solids either. So, he’s eating everything in sight and still wants to nurse.
We have pretty much stopped nursing in public at this point. Not that I’m embarrassed of breastfeeding, but just that he has gotten so big and I used to be able to carry him around while I was getting things done and nurse him. I look (and feel) quite awkward walking through the grocery store, nursing my toddler, and trying to push my cart and shop for groceries! So, unless we are sitting down having a leisurely meal out (which we usually aren’t), I don’t even try to nurse him in public.
He is much more verbal and demanding. He lets me know when he wants to nurse and when he doesn’t. A lot of times it is really inconvenient – again this has a lot to do with his size. I can’t multitask while nursing very well with a 35lb toddler. I use these times to try to teach him patience. However, that doesn’t
Posted 10-4-2013 at 02:25 PM by yoliyoda
It’s like it was almost yesterday, seeing the doctor hold my little baby up for me to see him. “It’s a healthy baby boy.”
Amazing. Such small fingers and toes. He was swimming in every outfit and diaper I put on him. Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes. I thought he’d never grow.
Here we are, not even three months later and he has grown out of his tiny gDiapers, and his Lil Joeys have about an ounce more to go before they become history. I couldn’t believe it when I recently tried to fasten his newborn diapers and the two ends of the velcro just wouldn’t meet.
It’s funny. It feels like I spent hours and hours hand selecting the cutest, most efficient diapers to make up my son’s newborn stash. Ok, I did spent hours and hours picking them out. I think, deducting the time he was in disposables, he probably only used the stash for all of 9 weeks. Seems like such a short time. Soon he won’t even able to have his One Size Flips snapped to the smallest setting. And while I can’t wait for him to start wearing all of his One Size covers and All-In-Ones that I’ve been hand picking here and there, I think I’m going to cry when he completely outgrows all of his Lil Joeys and newborn covers.
What is mama cloth?
- Mama cloth are reusable cloth menstrual pads.
- They come in several sizes and can be custom made.
- Ranging from panty liners to postpartum flow.
There is a large variety of different fabrics available for mama cloth. Most are PUL or fleece backed, I have both in my stash. Tops can be cotton, flannel, OBV and more. My personal favorites are minky or OBV, they are very comfortable and both work very well. Mama cloth is widely available online. You can buy individual pieces or sets of mama cloth. You can find mama cloth makers on etsy, facebook, hyena cart and diaperswappers. Washing was easy. I wash my mama cloth with my diapers most of the time. I keep the cloth in a small wetbag after use until wash.
I have been a mama cloth user for several years now. The biggest thing that made me switch was the money saving end of it. At first I was hesitant to make the switch. I liked tampons because they were discrete and easy to use. After reading several threads on diaperswappers about mama cloth, I started to get curious. It did not take long for me to see that mama cloth was a much better fit for me.
- Reusable, saving you time and money
- Free of harmful chemicals that are in disposable pads and tampons.
- Very comfortable
Posted 09-30-2013 at 02:12 PM by yoliyoda
Beyond focusing on the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, some mothers are attempting to down mother’s milk tea or a malted drink to increase milk supply. This combination can leave a woman attempting to drink about 64 ounces, or half a gallon, give or take.
No wonder I’ve felt like a water balloon! Before becoming pregnant I had a hard time drinking this much fluid. To be honest I have yet to get all of it down since I started breastfeeding. The new pressures of motherhood haven’t made it easier. I didn’t remember to shower regularly for the first 6 weeks, much less to have a glass of water.
Realizing how important it is to keep hydrated, I did a little research by looking into how others with a vested interest, like patients with certain medical conditions, drink their needed fluids daily. Figuring this out would help beyond breastfeeding, but benefit my own personal health for years to come. Here are some of the information I found to help me towards meeting this goal.
The International Kidney Stone Institute suggests having a glass during transitional times in the day–basically in harmony with routine activities like getting up, for example. Breastfeeding moms could add drinking a glass to their routine of feeding or pumping.
Another great suggestion was to dilute fruit juice to a 50:50 solution. I especially liked this suggestion because I frankly get bored drinking plain water, but love a glass of grape juice! Adding water to a glass of 100% juice would have little effect on the taste.
Posted 09-17-2013 at 12:25 PM by angelaw
I can’t remember when it was that I decided to cloth diaper. I do know that I pretty much knew from the beginning that I was not going to be able to do it full-time. Maybe I was setting myself up for failure, or maybe I was just being realistic.
With my first son, I was given so many disposable diapers at my baby shower, cloth diapering never crossed my mind. I don’t think I even had to purchase a diaper until he was nearly potty trained.
As I got older and wiser, I began to do research into a lot of things that I wanted to do differently with my second child. One of these things was cloth diapering. I thought they were better for baby, economical and environmentally friendly, but mostly, I was just thinking about how they were super cute they all were! I enjoyed shopping for covers (which was the style I decided was best for our family).
When my son was born, I had already built up a stash of covers and inserts. However, they were all one-size and would not fit him for a while. That was fine, because I had already planned for this and had about three boxes of newborn and size 1 disposable diapers. I guess I didn’t see the point in buying a newborn stash of cloth diapers when I had purchased the disposables so cheap. Plus, the thoughts of meconium in a cloth diaper made me cringe.
Posted 09-16-2013 at 03:45 PM by angelaw
A few days before heading back to work after my maternity leave, I decided I should start pumping to build up a stash for my son to eat while I was away from him. I pumped for about 10-15 minutes and got about 2-3 ounces. It wasn’t bad, but I wanted a little more before putting in a freezer bag. So, I put what I had expressed in a storage bottle in the fridge. After pumping a second time later that day, I went to place the new bottle in the fridge. I was shocked at what I saw. My milk had divided into two parts. A thicker, creamy ivory colored substance at the top, and a thinner clearer substance at the bottom. It looked nothing like cow’s milk. This was my first baby and I was still young and naïve. I didn’t have a clue about homogenization and didn’t know that if left alone, milk straight from the cow would do the same thing.
Later that month, after returning to work I had another surprise. I had missed my regular pumping break time, and had to wait about an hour and a half longer than usual to get away to pump. When I finally was able to get away, the bottle of milk looked so strange. The milk had a bluish tint to it, and I considered dumping it down the drain for fear that something was wrong. What I didn’t realize what that because I had waited longer to pump, my breasts had become slightly engorged. Since I pumped for the same amount of time as always, I wasn’t able to obtain much more than foremilk this time. On the same note, when I pumped more often than normal, I would notice thicker, creamier milk because it was then mostly hind milk.
A few years later, I was a surrogate and delivered two beautiful babies. I began pumping milk for
Posted 09-16-2013 at 10:30 AM by angelaw
After the birth of my first child, my husband patiently waited the recommended six weeks before even bringing up sex in conversation. I was glad. I had my hands full with a newborn and as a new mom my whole world revolved around my baby, I just wasn’t even thinking about sex. However, after I reached six weeks postpartum, I didn’t magically become interested in sex again.
This wasn’t like me. During my pregnancy, it seemed like I couldn’t get enough. Hubby had trouble keeping up with me. I had never felt sexier than I did while pregnant, why the sudden change just because I had given birth? I talked to my doctor at my check-up only to learn that my lack of sex drive could be blamed mostly on breastfeeding.
During pregnancy, estrogen levels are extremely high. This is why I felt so feminine and sensual. After the birth of the placenta, estrogen levels plummet and prolactin surges so that your milk can ‘come in.’ This change in hormones as well as the major body changes going on after the birth tends to leave the nursing mom feeling not quite so sexy.
Another tricky situation that comes with low estrogen levels is the vaginal dryness. Just because the psychological desire returns, doesn’t mean the hormone levels required for lubrication do as well. This can present a painful problem that can easily be remedied with some lubricant. If you suddenly find yourself
Posted 09-12-2013 at 01:30 PM by angelaw
I’ve always been a strong believer in the idea that the nursing relationship between mother and baby is strengthened or weakened by the support she receives or the lack thereof. And that even if she is receiving wonderful support through local support groups, women in her family, and health care providers, all of that can be derailed by the lack of support at home from her significant other.
I have heard so many moms talk about how their spouse, boyfriend, etc. did not want them to breastfeed because her breasts were ‘theirs’. I have witnessed my own sister not able to breastfeed in public because her husband was worried someone else would see her breasts. This was a major derailment for her as she was out in public quite often. I was more than thrilled when she finally spoke with her husband about it and how it was an inconvenience to her. He was able to see that what he was asking was a bit ridiculous and she has since been able to nurse their babies whenever and wherever they needed to be fed.
I would love to think that all of these situations ended up the same way, but I know better. Often the mom chooses to
Posted 09-11-2013 at 10:26 AM by yoliyoda
September is National Get A Library Card Month
Getting a library card is one of the first things most homeschool students do. However, just in case you haven’t, September is National Get a Library Card Month. It’s the perfect time to run down to get a card. The local library is a free resource full of more than books. At most libraries students can sign up for classes in foreign language, technology and art just to name a few.
Make It A Lesson
Teach kids how to find information and dig through government programs by having them look up what steps they’ll need to take in order to get a card of their own. Let them fill out any necessary forms themselves, just double check it before they submit them. Also ask your student to make a list of 5 thing they’d like to do, or event they’d like to try in the month of October. Once again this will require they scout out information on their own.
If your student already has a library card, but you’ve found that they’ve fallen into a rut, September is still the month for them. Dubbed “Read A New Book” Month, this is the prime time to challenge your student to try something new. The library, of course, is the perfect place to find a new book.
Posted 09-11-2013 at 09:24 AM by angelaw
While during the first few days nursing your new little one you may have been content just adoring and caressing him (or her) while they ate. After a while, things may get a little, well… boring. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having an excuse to sit down and do nothing (other than feed my precious little bundle of joy) for a moment here and there. I also find myself occasionally nursing while doing other things around the house or out and about. However, the majority of the time, feedings take place sitting on the couch or in a chair. And I don’t want to be sitting there with nothing to do, especially if my little one is “sleep-eating”. I have found a few things to do to occupy my time while my baby is having a meal (or a snack).
Watching the TV is an easy one. While I don’t have the ability to TIVO shows with my cable package, I do have on-demand where I can start and stop my favorites shows (and sometimes free movies) whenever I’m sitting down to nurse. I have also subscribed to Netflix and raided the local library’s collection of movies as well. (Complete series seasons on DVD were great during the first weeks when ‘cluster feeding’ was in full force.)
I also find myself at the computer desk with the boppy in my lap and two free hands to type and catch up with my friends on Facebook. This took a little practice at first, but after a few tries, I was a master at hands-free nursing at the computer.