How To Handle Breastfeeding Criticism

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Breastfeeding has become such a controversial topic, has it not? It’s truly amazing how something to necessary and natural has become the brunt of so many silly jokes and arguments. Today’s post is about those pesky comments and opinions we’ve all gotten (or will soon get) from family, friends, and even bold people we pass in the mall (I’m not even kidding!). Whether you’re breastfeeding uncovered in broad daylight, or huddled with your 2-year-old in a nursing room – people have AAAAAALLLLLL kinds of opinions and no qualms about sharing them!

Here are some simple ways to respond when facing criticisms for breastfeeding your child.

Educate Them: So many other moms – maybe even your own – think that breastfeeding for so long, or at all, is a selfish way to keep your kiddo all to yourself and dependent on you. Response? Why, yes, yes I am being selfish, but here are some ACTUAL reasons why:

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Get The Specifics: Find out what exactly about your breastfeeding is the issue. Is it the fact that you are in public? Perhaps it’s because you are breast feeding your 18 month-old. Whatever the issue is, get to the bottom so you can quickly and easily address the problem and move on. No matter who you’re dealing with, the largest issue is that they want their opinion heard. By pinpointing their specific opinion, you will not only adequately respond to it, but likely resolve it all together by simply acknowledging it.

Quote The Experts: Many friends and family members won’t value your simple choices. Combat that with expert advice! Tell them that your doctor and/or pediatrician agrees with and encourages your infant feeding choices. You can also remind them that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends  “breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.” The World Health Organization also recommends that babies be breastfed for at least two years. Whatever the problem, the authorities have answers. Quote them! It’s hard to refute official evidence. 😉 

Make A Joke Of It: If none of the above tend to work, or if you really just don’t want to get into it, crack a joke about it! It’s crucial to be able to laugh at ourselves once in awhile – make this situation your “once in awhile” if necessary. Something like “yeah, we’ll wean her once she starts college”, will hush the critics right up.

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Brush It Off: Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with ONE.MORE.BREASTFEEDING.COMMENT. In this case, change the subject, mamas! You have the right to ignore, brush off, and minimize anything you want. As individuals, we often forget our own right to comfort in conversations.

Be A Punk: We all know those people – even strangers – that just won’t care about the expert’s recommendations, or your own personal opinions and choices. There’s really only so many annoyingly critical and invasive questions a mama can take about breastfeeding. Here are a few choice phrases for them.

Oh wow, you’re still breastfeeding?

“Why, no. I weaned when I was 2, but I mean, if you still are don’t feel  embarrassed!”
“Oh! I hadn’t even noticed!”
“Sure am! Thanks for asking – it’s so great when [strangers, family, friends, etc] show a concerned interest in my baby’s awesome form of nutrition!”
“Yep, this little guy sure is! I know so many other mamas start using formula after insensitive people treat them rudely, but not me!”

So, when are you going to stop breastfeeding?

You:

“Hmmm, I’m not sure – ask him” (pointing to baby)
“What do you suggest, based on your clinical research?”
“Never” (Seriously this is my fave hahahahaha. People never really know what to say lol)
“Ya know, I’m just not sure. Parenting tends to be one of those “learn as you go” things.”

When all else fails, mamas, rely on the strength and support of those in your inner circle of trust. Hold your supporters close, and don’t get sucked into the lie that outsiders can determine when breastfeeding is or isn’t a valid choice for your kiddos. Whether you choose to breastfeed for 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years – it’s YOUR choice. Stay informed, and do what’s best for you and your little.

Have any successful comebacks for breastfeeding criticism? Leave it below for us to use and enjoy!! 🙂

-Milk Mama Heather

 

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What To Pack In The Hospital Bag – The Only Checklist You’ll Need!

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A cute little newbie – on earth just a few days in this pic. 🙂

You’ve all seen that “I Love Lucy” episode, right? Where Ricky, Ethel, and Fred are practicing their get-Lucy-to-the-hospital plan, complete with a call to the doctor, hailing a cab, and bringing the pre-packed hospital bag. Even if you’ve seen it…here it is again – because it’s AMAZING! 😉

I love it! Well, in the frenzy of trying to get to hospital when it’s “time”, here are a few of the MUST-HAVES I’ve either brought with me, or WISHED I’d brought with me. Whether you’re a first-time mom or on the way to Labor and Delivery with your fourth bundle of joy, this list just might be the life-saver you need this time around! This is not an exhaustive list, but recounts those necessities that I wish I could remember all at once.

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Comfy socks – even in summer those toes get cold, and need to be cozy. I can’t stand cold feet, and was very sad when I had no socks.

Water bottle – preferably one with a straw. You need to stay hydrated during this time; you’ll be losing a lot of various body fluids so you’ll need to make up for it. Also, it’s handy for squirreling away all that hospital-grade crushed ice. 😉 (p.s. you can also get that perfectly crushed iced at Sonic, I found out! I totally made my hubby get it for me when we got home.)

Nursing Tank – you won’t be particularly excited about a bra right about now, and these tanks give just the right amount of support and comfort while breastfeeding that newborn what seems like every ten minutes. Plus, your cup size will change quite a bit, and these hold the girls in no matter what.

Yoga/Stretchy pants – COMFORT, PEOPLE! Seriously do NOT bring your skinny jeans, jeans in general, or a flowy dress to look good in your post-baby pictures. You will not care once the time arrives. Black will be your new favorite color, as it minimizes the wet spots you will undoubtedly be enjoying – seriously they’ll come from everywhere lol.

Zip up/Button up sweatshirt – Hospital temperatures vary greatly, so keep some light layers handy that are easy to open for breastfeeding.

Cell phone/Book/Laptop etc – you WILL have down time while you wait for labor to turn into delivery. Distractions and time-wasters are needed! Oh, and don’t forget the chargers. 😉

Nursing Cover – you’ll be feeding your new bundle of joy very often, and it’s not always comfortable to flaunt the girls right away while attempting it! (This one is incredibly lightweight, and lets you see the baby while helping her find her new food source)

Extra Underwear – Don’t go home in the same ones lol. Fresh underwear is a godsend after labor and delivery. Chances are, while you’re there, you’ll bleed through a pair, so bring an extra.





Toiletries – Hairbrush, hair ties, bobby pins – anything that keeps your hair in check when you have absolutely no time or attention to give to it.

Camera – Even if you bring your phones, the camera is just so much easier to pick up and shoot pictures! Phones have lock screens, freeze up, and tend to fill up on storage space pretty quickly.

Pads – The hospital will provide you with a few, but it’s always nice to have a couple just in case! Check out these cloth pads – cloth is the new paper!

Nursing Cozy – Made for just this occasion, nursing cozies can be warmed or cooled to soothe sore breasts during or before feeding your munchkin. These are especially helpful if you end up in the hospital for several days. Those girls get sore quick with the milk increase!

 

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Going home outfit – a onsie will do just fine. Bring layers for your new cutie, and make sure to include both newborn AND 3 month sizes. You just never know! Save the adorable “new baby” cute clothes for a photo session later when you aren’t waddling around in pain.

Blanket/Layers – it doesn’t need to be fluffy or bulky. The general rule is to keep those littles in one more layer than you; so, if you’ve got shorts and a t-shirt, just tuck a light swaddle blanket over his onsie.

Carseat – No, really…people forget! In all the excitement, make sure the carseat is properly installed in the car before you hit the road. I tend to install it a month or so in advance, just in case my little suddenly shows up early!

I hope this list is helpful for you new mamas! Tell me in the comments what your must-have  birthing items are. 🙂

 

 

 

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Mr Rogers and Breastfeeding

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Today is Fred Roger’s Birthday! In honor of our dear neighbor, this Milk Mama is excited to post a clip from a Mister Roger’s Neighborhood episode that dealt with breastfeeding. The show was discussing food, and, of course, where else can you start but the beginning – what do babies eat? It’s a pretty cute intro into the topic, take a look! 🙂

While hunting around, I also found this clip from Sesame Street. It sure is awesome to see these shows providing information on normal infant feeding. 🙂 Even though not every baby is fed this way, it’s encouraging that this natural method was so simply incorporated into kids’ lives. To see that on a children’s show nowadays would cause such an uproar. 😉

Have you seen other kids shows that shared these sentiments? Post them below for us!

Thanks for reading! Till next time 🙂

-Milk Mama Heather

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Seriously…What’s So Hard About Covering Up?

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There is a ton of debate on breastfeeding in public, from men and women alike. The main problem? People just don’t want to see it! I can’t count the number of times I’ve read or heard someone saying “Why is it so difficult to cover up?” I’ve heard it from guys, from women who haven’t yet had children, and even from moms who breastfed every one of their children.



Seriously…what’s so hard about covering up?

  1. It’s a pain: I mean, really, do I need any other reason than that?
  2. It’s likely that I’ve forgotten my cover. Seriously. Do you have any idea how many things we have to remember to take with us on an outing? Diapers, wipes, blankets, multiple pairs of clothing, a stroller, a change of shirt for ME because the baby is likely to spit up or poop all over me…and the list goes on. Add to that “new mom brain” (it’s a THING, people!), and it’s likely that 50% of your uncovered breastfeeders simply forgot it. I finally kept one cover in the car and one at home. Leaving it in the Diaper Bag
    just meant leaving it at someones house, or pulling in out at home when I couldn’t find the “home” one. 😉
  3. Some babies don’t like it! I know you’ve all heard the “would YOU like to eat with a blanket over your head?” question, and reality dictates that tons of babies just really can’t handle a blanket over their face while drinking. Little ones are tough to please, and having them thrash about while eating just causes a scene that nobody really wants to see. I can’t tell you the number of times we were at Bible Study and Little A would rip off the cover before he latched on – hello flying boob!! -_-
  4. They are awkward. Covers take a minute to place, then you have to get the baby in position underneath for her to latch and get comfy. This whole process is stressful; we are trying our darndest to be inconspicuous, but we end up making it a much bigger scene!
  5. Covering up hinders the actual success of breastfeeding that little cutie. One of the most wonderful things about feeding our kiddos is getting to lock eyes with them during the process. This isn’t just a cool warm-and-fuzzy feeling thing though; it’s actually essential for mamas to engage in the feeding process in order for the liquid gold to flow easily.That warm and fuzzy feeling is thanks to good ol’ oxytocin – the love hormone. Oxytocin is both a byproduct and assistant during breastfeeding. So, when mamas breastfeed in public, using a cover would really hinder the ability to feed our babies adequately.

So, bottom line – covering up while breastfeeding is a serious pain, it hinders the ability to sufficiently feed our kiddos, and it draws more attention than just simply feeding them.

HOWEVER…

I personally do not whip out my boob whenever the need arises to feed my kid. Honestly, I haven’t met any mothers who do! The opinion perpetuated by media (or perhaps just a byproduct of us breastfeeding bloggers tooting our horns) is that many of us love to just open up our shirts and let the whole world see us latch a baby on.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH

I literally do everything in my power to be as discreet as possible. And let me tell you, using a cover is the loudest thing I can possibly do when breastfeeding. It immediately signals to everyone that I’m about to get naked. (haha ok maybe only one boob, but still…) The best way I’ve found to nurse discreetly is to wear a light spaghetti strap tank top under whatever shirt I’m wearing. Layers are “in” now, anyway, right?! Lift the top shirt just enough to pull down the bra and bam! I am breastfeeding a baby with no one the wiser. It literally looks like I’m just cradling my baby boy. The only time it becomes an issue is if Little A is unlatching all wild and crazy lol. In that case…get over it people – even a cover wouldn’t have stopped that nip slip. 😉

No post should go without all options available, so here are some of the other styles of covers us mamas can use! Some of them are quite easy to put together and use, if your little one can deal with it. 😉 I love the ones that have an extended neckline. They were certainly easier to use when I did. 🙂

Do you use a cover? How have your experiences been? Good and bad, share them with me below, I love hearing your stories!! 🙂

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Udder Covers has an extended neckline so you can watch your cutie while feeding.
Breastfeeding Cover Infinity Scarf
Infinity Scarf transforms into a cover!

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Double Gauze Cover by…me! The MilkMomology shop is now offering gorgeous nursing covers in lightweight, breathable Organic Double Gauze.
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When Should I Stop Breastfeeding?

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The question of when a mother should stop breastfeeding her child has been debated for decades (and I’m sure much much longer!!). Every mother, at some point in her breastfeeding journey has been asked when she’ll be done with it. Additionally, I have no doubt that each of you mamas out there are asking yourselves this very question, even though you haven’t heard it from others yet.

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I think the better questions is….why should you stop breastfeeding? The question of when is actually more a question of why. Social norms have begun to dictate when moms should cease producing milk for their younglings, which is quite unfortunate! While I am not the one to whip out my boob wherever I am and feed my almost 2 year old, I am also not the one to sit idly by and let others be judged without a fight. Breastfeeding is the simple act of feeding your kid. That’s it! If we think of breastfeeding as providing our children with their nutritional value, then the question of when or why is no longer about societal norms or attachment issues – it’s about nutritional issues. When should your little one stop drinking MILK?

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Just because I can’t help myself when it comes to research, I took a look at the history of milk-drinking as a whole, and found it interesting that we adults shouldn’t even be ABLE to digest milk. I found an article, published in PLoS Computational Biology, that used a computer model to show the frequency and relationship between individuals whom can digest dairy, dairy farming, and food gathering practices in Northern Europe. It seems that the minute population of individuals that can digest dairy have a specific allele in their gene makeup that makes this possible. The ability to digest dairy is thanks to the enzyme lactase, which when present, allows lactose – the sugar portion in dairy products that causes problems – to be digested in the body. This enzyme is present at birth, but stops being produced by the body between the ages of two and five in the general population.

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Ok seriously, that comic is hilarious! So, this begs the question: why are we drinking milk? There is a long societal history of drinking milk past the age of five, whether it be cow’s milk, nut milk, or if you live in Mongolia, breastmilk! (According to this incredible article by Ruth Kamnitzer, it’s very highly valued among Mongolians of all ages) Milk is advertised as a source of great nutrition, and since that’s all we mamas want for our younglings, it only makes sense to give them milk, as well as continue drinking milk ourselves, right? It’s totally personal preference. Milk is simply another source of nutrients for your body. The general population – as much as 60% – 90% of people – cannot even digest this specific assemblage of chemical compounds, so if you can – great! If you can’t, rest assured you won’t be depriving your body of the essentials. There are many ways to receive the vitamins and minerals your body requires.

Here are the average nutrients that breastmilk gives your kiddo in the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements 

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So, clearly, breastfeeding past a year is still incredibly nutritious – and a great way to make sure your littles are receiving what they need!

While I do have opinions on when my child and I will stop our breastfeeding journey, I am not about to tell you when you should stop yours. The answer you seek has to come from you. If you fear that others won’t agree with or understand your choice, don’t worry! There are plenty of resources to back you up, should you feel it necessary to “explain yourself”. Otherwise, keep on pluggin’ away at being the best mommy you can be, and focus on caring for your child in your way. I am here to support and encourage you, along with a host of other mama’s around the world who read this and other breastfeeding blogs.

Share your breastfeeding journey with us below! How long did you breastfeed your child(ren), and what did you love most about that experience? 🙂

 

More Resources:

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan

Around the World Support Directory

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How To Increase Breastmilk Supply The Natural Way

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Breastmilk…

…why does it seem so elusive? It’s this  natural liquid that magically appears in our breasts, but for some reason, doesn’t stay or increase like our littles need it to! Barring other issues such as Lip Ties, Tongue Ties, or plugged ducts, there are fantastic natural ways to help increase your breastmilk supply. 🙂

I’ve talked about increasing your breast milk supply before, but only briefly touched on the supplements you can take/use to help with it! There are many people with many opinions on the subject, but these are the most effective ones I’ve heard of (and tried!). *Of course, as always, check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet*

 

Fenugreek

Blessed Thistle

Red Clover

Fennel

Red Raspberry

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Now, on their own, these just seem silly! But, there are some easy ways to take them. From my personal experience with Little A, (a lip tie left him starving and my supply dwindling) I took Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle three times a day, and MAN did it help! The instructions I received were just the ticket.

The Natural Baby Company

Tea

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The other herbs listed are included in an AMAZING tea my friend from Winterwoods Tea Company created. After trying every tea out there, I tried hers and was pleasantly surprised at the results. Not only does it help, but the ingredients are incredibly fresh, giving my tea a full-bodied flavor, and the chance to experience great results from a tea blend not stuffed with old leaves and preservatives. The best part is the mood you set by sitting down with a cup of tea. Find a teacup you adore, a chair that’s comfy, with a view you can stare at for awhile. Your body reacts to stress, and activities like this will only help your breastmilk supply goals. Love it!

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Hot Compresses

Another trick I learned, was to warm up those boobies!

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Especially in cases where ducts can be clogged due to inefficient nursing, heat compresses can liquefy those clogs, letting you express it easily. Breastmilk comes on a supply and demand basis, which means if you want to increase your supply, you’ve got to increase the demand! When Little A had his lip tie issues, my ducts were CONSTANTLY clogged, leading to a decreased supply. The milk couldn’t get out in order to replenish itself. Consider pumping in addition to breastfeeding – of course with the use of a heat source on those liquid gold producers. Don’t have a breast compress? Hot showers with washcloths over breasts work just as well.

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What do YOU do to increase breast milk supply? Share your awesomeness in the comments!! 🙂

♥Heather

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Why My Toddler Won’t Nap Anymore

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It’s after lunch – you have eaten, changed a diaper, and done your cuddle/sing/rock routine. Just as your little one falls asleep and you place him gently in his bed – he pops up and immediately cries. Or….if they are like Little A…SCREAMS.

UGH.

After scouring the internet for “why my 18-month-old won’t nap”, I have found a myriad of solutions that all involve strict sleep training and a strong hand of discipline. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m ALL about the discipline in this house. That little man knows if he throws down his toys in anger, he’s going to be required to pick them back up, and put them gently where they belong. (I’m seeing Toddler Anger in a future post…) HOWEVER, I really just can’t stay sane with the very sad, screaming, upset toddler wailing in his bed every. single. nap time. I mean, come on people… how strong do you think I am?! Clearly not as strong as my mom was. She rocked the sleep training, strong hand thing – and I think I’m better off because of it! But every kid is different – Little A is the different kid lol.




Little A has brought a whole new meaning to the word TODDLER. haha. Sleep, well….it just doesn’t happen most days… or nights…OR EVER. From experience and research, I’ve got a list here to help you (and, who’s kidding, ME TOO!) decipher why the heck your toddler isn’t sleeping.

Sleep Regression

SLEEP REGRESSION: Defined as ” a period of time (anywhere from 2-6 weeks) when a baby or toddler who has formerly been sleeping well suddenly starts waking at night, and/or skipping naps for no apparent reason.” Isn’t that a wonderful description describing the indescribable? (Ok ok so that wasn’t an AMAZING wordy joke…but I’m sleep deprived 😉  )

There are several points at which babies and toddlers hit this classic sleep regression. It has alot to do with their developmental milestones, which makes those happy “I can say a-year-and-a-half instead of 17 months now woo!” moments into “why, oh why, did we think having children was such a stellar idea??” Sleep Regression ya’ll. It’s a thing.

Teething

 

Yes they are still teething! Sleep regression timelines often coincide with teething. At 18 months, for example, the average kiddo is getting those canine teeth as well as a set of molars! (Little A just got FOUR canine teeth. Yay…not) So even your little just got a tooth or two…prep well, my loves, you’re in for the long haul! Try Teething Gel, Teething Tablets, or even booboo bags to help soothe their little mouths.

 

Separation Anxiety

 

You may have been able to drop the little off at nursery every week during church just fine, but that doesn’t mean separation anxiety isn’t affecting her! It simply means that they are used to the routine of church day nursery time. Our toddlers are still so little, mamas!! They are not ready to hit the big, wide, world on their own – and that can mean they are feeling a little shaky again about being separated from you. You are their world!

 

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Without you, the intimidation of a dark room all alone is too much. Give them some cuddles mama, and realize this phase will pass so much quicker than you (or I) can imagine. Those days and nights seem long – believe me I know – but you are rocking the Mom thing just by reading this! Hold them while they sleep for this tiny phase of naptime.

 

Independence

 

Yes – toddlers are gaining tons of independence right now. While this is NOT an actual reason they aren’t sleeping, it is definitely a contributing factor. They already don’t want to be alone, they may be teething, or they just want to play with one more toy before bed. Whatever the case, their new-found independence gives them the courage to yell and insist on staying awake. What could normally be calmed by some teething gel and cuddles now likely takes an hour for him to finally settle down and fall asleep.

While you don’t want to teach them this behavior is acceptable as a regular occurrence, you also don’t want to start locking him in his room until he falls asleep. (Unless that seriously keeps you sane – I literally can’t handle the crying!)  Use your mama judgement and focus on letting your burgeoning big kid know that nap time means nap time. Booboo bags, teething gel, and cuddles are all allowable, but when push comes to shove – YOU’RE GOING DOWN BABY! (insert hilarious Steve Erkel joke here)

Whats breastmilk got to do with it

So how does breastfeeding fit into this??

I’m so glad you asked! Breastmilk is a rockin’ liquid ya’ll.

 

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Oxytocin – a chemical released during breastfeeding, which not only improves mood, but bonds the mother and child.

It has so many nutrients in it – the one applicable for this post, however, is melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone found in the body. While this hormone doesn’t actually cause sleep, studies have shown that you sleep better when melatonin is in effect.

While you can give children a Melatonin supplement (I would, of course, check with your doctor before choosing this option), letting them receive this vital hormone in your breastmilk will not only give them a good start at sleepiness, but will also give the the closeness they are seeking at nap/bed time!

How do YOU get your toddlers to stay in bed! (Cause we all know getting them to actually stay asleep is just silly-talk 😉 ) Share your struggles and successes with us. 🙂

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Natural New Year Giveaway Blog Hop

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Natural New Year Giveaway Hop

Thank you for stopping by the Natural New Year giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June CleaverOur Piece of Earth, and Mama the Fox.

We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a variety of prizes to help you bring in the new year naturally. All of the prizes in this hop will be natural, organic, and/or eco-friendly. After you have entered a giveaway visit the linky at the bottom of each post to visit the other blogs for more great prizes, including three grand prizes from each of the hosts.

For this giveaway, I’m giving a set of ORGANIC Nursing Cozys and an Organic Booboo Bag, too! Head over to the Etsy site to see the full descriptions.

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Friday Frivolity!

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Welcome to Friday Frivolity!!

Hello friends! I’m guest-hosting this amazing blogger’s fun Friday link up! I absolutely adore Sarah Eliza’s wit and wisdom each week, and I hope you will, too! Take a quick read, and then click away on those link-ups! Don’t forget to link your own frivolity, so we can give it some comment love! 🙂

At long last, the weekend awaits us!!  I’m a little preoccupied with National Novel Writing Month right now, so I couldn’t help but share some NaNoWriMo memes. (If anyone else is participating, come join this facebook group for encouragement and fun!)  In case you aren’t familiar with it, the goal is to finish 50,000 words of a novel within the month of November. *gulp*
 

 

 

Ahahahaha I crack myself up.  *quickly returns to writing*

Now on to the link-up! 😀 

The Host:

 
Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things… friendship and connection, laughter, furbaby love,  books and media, wellness pursuits, minimalism, traveling, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on!  Come by each week for the Friday Frivolity blog party and start the weekend off right!
 

The Guest Co-Host: 

 
We are SO excited to welcome Heather from Milk Momology as our guest co-host this week!  Heather shows her awesome sense of humor as she blogs about life with her two boys, and also sells lovingly handmade nursing cozies, boo-boo bags, and scarf bibs at her etsy shop.  Please show Heather some love by hoppin’ over to her page and letting her know you stopped by!  😀

 Drum roll for our feature please, chosen via the number of readers’ clicks! 

Hurray for Lisa over at Syncopated Mama, with her post about “Healthy-ish Corn Dogs”!  Lisa is an awesome and funny blogger, and we’re totally inviting ourselves over for lunch next time she makes this delicious finger food!  
 

 Time for the new stuff! 

We love funny and/or encouraging posts, free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. Older posts along those lines are always welcome!


If you’re a blogger and you’re here to link up, please read the rules below. 


If you’re just here to have fun, skip the rules and start clickin’! 


Bloggy buddies, three rules only: 


1. Please be generous with your clicks and comments! Blogging is all about connection, and nothing is more fun than knowing something you wrote was meaningful to a reader. Encourage one another with your presence and interest. 🙂 


2. Link back to one of the hosts please!


3. Follow Devastate Boredom AND Milk Momology via your favorite bloggy source… Let us know that you followed and where, and we will follow you back in return! 


As a bonus, please consider tweeting about the party!  More people at the party means more reading-and-commenting love all around!


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Every post you link will be read and commented on, and rule-following posts will be pinned AND tweeted as a thank-you for the extra effort.  


Lastly, if you are interested in participating in Friday Frivolity as a co-host, whether just once or more regularly, click here to let me know!  Not only is it fun to host with buddies, it’s more exposure for your site and the posts linked up… good stuff all around.  🙂

We’re so happy you’re here! Let’s have some fun. 😀

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October Organization – Part 2

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Now that we’ve banished all those crazy giant totes from October Organization Part 1, let’s talk about the outer rooms. Those rooms where people actually see, lol. The living and dining rooms, and even those entryways and hallways are fair game for this activity. Yes – you heard right – activity

Welcome to….the One Box Clean-up Game!

As you can probably imagine, this game takes ONE BOX. (You can even use one of those giant totes that you emptied from the baby room) Living rooms tend to accumulate so much junk from every other area of the house. I mean, it’s where you do your “living” right? hehehe. (Ok, fine, that was a lower class pun – but it still earns points!)

My living room generally contains remnants of train sets, legos (ouch!), books, sippy cups, cheerios, school pages, Crayola Crayons, tupperware, Little Cozies, pots and pans (I have a toddler, remember?!) and various other crazy items that seriously don’t belong. One day I was just DONE with the living room cleanup process and shoved everything – and I do mean EVERYTHING – into one box.

*Cue Sparkly Disney-Themed Music* 😉

sparkle purple stars

 

The room was immaculate. Put the box on the table or couch and put things away from there. OR – take the box with you to each room, pulling out all of that room’s belongings. Now you aren’t stooping to the floor to grab a few things, take them to their home, and return to stoop again. It isn’t a slow process to make the living room clean – it took me all of 2 minutes!

The best part about this system isn’t that I don’t have to do all that stooping; it’s that the room is actually ALREADY clean when I start putting toys and kitchen items away! I’ve already accomplished something I set out to do by piling everything in one box. Now, I can put everything away without sighing at the mess each time I re-enter the room.

Ready to start feeling more accomplished during your end-of-the-day routine?

Grab a tote, and let’s get started… 😉

 

 

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