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Month: July 2016

How to Make Breastfeeding Badges for Your Pumping Bag: Celebrating 10 months of Breastfeeding

How to Make Breastfeeding Badges for Your Pumping Bag: Celebrating 10 months of Breastfeeding

Ok, so I am posting this a day early than 10 months, but I hope no one will mind. I am so proud I made it through the low weight gain, exclusively pumping for months, practice nursing, craniosacral therapy, and stuck it out every time I wanted to quit. One of the things that got me through was making “bag tags” with the La Leche League badges and adding one to my pumping bag every month. I would see them…

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Healthy Breakfast Idea for Kids: Fruit Art Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Idea for Kids: Fruit Art Recipe

I felt like making a special breakfast for Brynn this morning, and I want to make it healthy so I try and use flavor, color, and fun to make it special instead of sugar. So, I made her a fruit and yogurt sun since she loves making fruit art. I sliced apples, spread natural peanut butter, and placed a dried cherry on top for the rays. For the body of the sun, I took plain whole Greek yogurt with honey…

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Being in a Fat Burning State

Being in a Fat Burning State

Since I was trying to conceive in 2014, I started learning about eating healthy fats. As I went through pregnancy and became a new breastfeeding mom, my diet shifted more and more to higher fat, lower carbohydrate. I have enjoyed having more stable blood sugar and an easier time maintaining my typical weight, which is 130 lb on a 5’7″ frame. This gives me a thin, athletic build with just a touch of curves. Then, in trying to restore my…

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Success with a Quick, Natural Birth: My Labor Story #1

Success with a Quick, Natural Birth: My Labor Story #1

I spent most of my due date wondering when this baby would come out of me. Then, I sat down to a dinner of chicken alfredo, where Brynn said, “Maybe Noah will be born tonight?”. I said something like “Maybe, but probably not.” We started planning to head out to the Y center to swim for a few minutes. As we headed out the door around 7 pm, I said I had to pee, and as I sat down, I…

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How to Succeed with Breastfeeding – Through Weight Gain Issues, Craniosacral Therapy, Exclusively Pumping, and Nutritious Homemade Baby Food

How to Succeed with Breastfeeding – Through Weight Gain Issues, Craniosacral Therapy, Exclusively Pumping, and Nutritious Homemade Baby Food

Before my son was born, I hadn’t researched breastfeeding that much. I was more concerned with getting through the labor and thought I would figure out breastfeeding later since it looked pretty easy. I also thought I would pump almost exclusively since that seemed time saving and help me to put him on a schedule so I could run and continue doing what I wanted to. All that went out the window pretty quickly. Right when he was born, the…

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Breastfeeding Supplies: How I Was the Exception to Most Breastfeeding Rules and Why Breastfeeding Wasn’t Cheaper than Formula for Me

Breastfeeding Supplies: How I Was the Exception to Most Breastfeeding Rules and Why Breastfeeding Wasn’t Cheaper than Formula for Me

At 4 months of age, we finally discovered the cause of my son’s weight gain issues. We finally determined through weighed feeds that he was having trouble transferring milk and that he needed to undergo craniosacral therapy to treat the bones and tissues so they could work properly. I not only dedicated countless hours researching and taking my son to appointments, but over the last nine months, I have spent a great deal of money to stay dedicated to breastfeeding…

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