The ongoing put your breast away debate.

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I am always taken back when I hear someone say they have a problem with a mom breastfeeding in public but they have no problem with the hundreds of thousands of “tit pics” that flood our magazines, timelines, and tvs.  Boobs were designed to feed your child.  Yes, are balls of fun for all who come in contact with them but let’s not shame moms for using them for there intended use.  Girls gone wild sold how many millions of copies?

I keep on waiting for someone to say something crazy to me while I’m nursing my daughter.  They will have met the wrong one!  I pop out on demand!

Here is Alyssa Milano and Wendy Williams having “the” discussion about breastfeeding.  Go Alyssa!

Boobies for the win!! Happy National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

A cups!

A cups!

I have been working on this for the past 7 years and finally completed it! When I first had my son 7 years ago I had a very difficult time nursing him.  Most of my immediate friends didn’t have children and those who did, didn’t breastfeed.  I was clueless and my baby was hungry.  I ended up  pumping and giving him formula until I had enough milk to give him.  Eventually he was getting more formula than breast milk.  I was pretty devastated but my kid had to eat, C’est la vie.  About a month later I ran  into a member of the LLL at a playdate, she made me whip out my boob and helped me get it together. From that day on we weren’t exclusively breastfeeding but we were doing a hell of a lot more than we were before!

B cups!

B cups!

Fast forward to my daughter 6 years later.  I thought I knew a little bit more but that is what we get for thinking right?  I had a terrible time nursing.  I tried for two weeks and it was just painful and sad.  I joined a Facebook support group and got ALL the help I needed to find a lactation consultant.  I called one and she was nothing short of a milk angel.  She worked with me until we were able to get a proper latch.  From that day on it just got better.  I am now 8 months in of exclusively breastfeeding!(except that one week when she had to have formula because she was starving)

C cups!

C cups!

Now, that I got a complete handle on breastfeeding, I figured it was time. It’s also national breastfeeding awareness month so obviously that was a sign that it was time to do it!   I wanted to do a line of shirts to make the nursing mom feel proud of nursing but not in a militant way that makes moms who don’t nurse feel bad. At the end of the day all moms have one common goal and it’s to feed their kids.  I called the LLL and told them my story and I got the go ahead!  They truly are such an amazing company, therefore, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the LLL during National breastfeeding month.

D cups!

D cups!

Each shirt corresponds with your breast/bra size.  What better way to get the conversation started than with the size of your boobs and what you use them for!  Imagine if there really was coconut flavored milk coming out?  Awwwwwwwwwwwesome!!!

E cups!

E cups!

Click on the link to purchase any of the shirts!  All options come in a V-neck and a tank top.

Lactation Station coming your way!

Zutano lactation suite

Zutano lactation suite

These wonderful little pods make me very happy!  I am a nursing mom and will nurse wherever I have to without worry.  I have a wonderful aden + anais swaddle  (this can be purchased at http://www.shophappymango.com)  that I use to cover up and I’m golden!  I have had a few mishaps.  I have had my daughter expose her milk source when she decided to pull of her swaddle at a restaurant.  I have had her kicking while I’m trying to cover up.  I have had my son running amuck while I’m trying to nurse.  It would have been great to have a pod to contain my boobs and my kids with out anyone looking at me.

me nursing in a restaurant under my aden + anais swaddle

me nursing in a restaurant under my aden + anais swaddle

Enter Zutano

“Founded by two designers prompted to action by their personal experiences as working, nursing moms, Mamava designed freestanding pods called “lactation suites” to provide mothers with safe, private places to pump and nurse. The first pod, complete with seating, a fold-down table, a power supply for breast pumps, and plenty of space for bags and strollers, was installed at Burlington International Airport in August 2013.

Now you can find lactation suites (in 15 states) at airports, malls, and college campuses across the country. Three more pods are also set to open at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports in New York and New Jersey this May, just in time for Mother’s Day. To find a station near you, download the free Mamava Lactation Station Locator on iTunes.”

thank you mommas for making your vision come to life!

Supplements and tears.

Formula

Formula

After a difficult 13 days of nursing I could no longer deal with my child screaming after nursing non stop.  After process of elimination I figured she was still hungry.  At 4am we went to CVS and purchased some formula. That totally did the trick.  She drank the formula and went right to sleep.  There is nothing like watching your child down a bottle to put nipple pain in perspective.  I convinced myself that no matter how bad it hurt I would overcome and go back to nursing.  I cried watching her gulp that formula.  It was so painful to watch.

The next day I tried nursing again.  I would only give her formula after she nursed and if she still cried.  I also decided to go to see the lactation consultant at the hospital.  I didn’t feel like our visit was to fruitful as she just gave me more nipple shields and some sort of weird looking supplemental thing with a tube on it.  I knew I needed help with the latch and I wasn’t getting it.  It was also a holiday so I knew I wouldn’t get help for at least 3 more days.  I just had to do the best I could to keep my baby fed and keep my milk supply coming.  I ordered a breast pump in hopes that it would help with milk production.

the formula goes in the bottle and the tube goes in your babies mouth along with your breast.

the formula goes in the bottle and the tube goes in your babies mouth along with your breast.

I kept going and each day I felt the nipple pain get less and less.  I don’t know if I mentally blocked it out or if she was less hungry so she wasn’t demolishing my nipple.  I felt like we were getting better each day.  Still no where near good enough to get off of the formula but good enough to only have to supplement at night.  I felt guilty because I actually slept better and was in a better mood now that she wasn’t hungry.  I felt myself teetering on giving up.  I reached back to my track and field/volleyball/cheerleading days and remember that I AM A CHAMPION!  Que Queen music, I will not give up. I think.

The journey continues.  I’m hopeful!

The Breastfeeding Diet Debacule

My favorite Dole Orange, Peach, Mango Juice!

My favorite Dole Orange, Peach, Mango Juice!

As I started anew on my nursing journey with my little girl there were so many things I just didn’t know.  Initially we had a bad latch situation which was still going on during this time.  My little girl would cry, and cry, after she ate and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  I did as any normal person would do and I hit google at 3am during a feeding and looked up foods that I shouldn’t eat while nursing.  I was convinced her misery was due to my diet.

dos and don'ts of eating while feeding.

dos and don’ts of eating while feeding courtesy of healthfulmama

One thing that came up consistent on the websites was citrus.  I felt HORRIBLE! I love the dole mixed fruit juices and I had just downed 2 of them.  My grocery store had them buy one get one free so I bought 4.  As I looked further down on the list I see brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.  All of which are my vegetables of choice and I had just had all 3 in past two days.  Accepting the fact that I was ruining my daughter’s life and I had to stop eating the foods I love did not make for an easy back to sleep transition.  I stayed up thinking of how for the next year I can’t eat brussel sprouts.  How will I live??????????  I love them so!  They make me happy!  Roasted cauliflower?  Man, that is the bees knees!  Does citrus mean no lemonade?  What will the poor people at Chick-fil-a think when they don’t see me?  You cannot go to Chick-fil-a and not get lemonade!  This is just to much!?!

At some point in time my mind shut down from all the questions and I went to sleep.  When I woke up to feed my princess again I just looked at her and smiled and thought for her I will give up everything! Except the occasional lemonade, after all we have to keep the cows who run Chick-fil-a in business:)

The breastfeeding journey

Nipple shield

Nipple shield

When you have a child and you decide to breastfeed, you think it would be easy right?  After all it’s the most natural way to feed your baby.  You think the baby comes out, toss him or her a boob and it’s all good!  Not so much, at all, under any circumstance!

Older nipple shield

Older nipple shield

When my daughter was born she latched right on.  I thought to myself that this would be smooth sailing!  By her third feeding she was attached for 2.5 hours.  During that time I called the nurse 3 times because I didn’t think that was normal.  The nurse told me that it was great and she was just hungry.  By the time she finished her 2.5 hour session which only ended when the nurses switched shifts and the new nurse made took the baby off, my nipples felt like logs on a campfire. My daughter had an improper latch causing compression bruises.

Clay nipple shield

Clay nipple shield

From that point on whenever I tried to nurse her I would cringe in pain.  The pediatrician told me not to leave her on for more than 8 mins per side.  My midwife said 12 mins per side and the lactation consultant said 20.  I went with the pediatritian because I couldn’t take the pain.

 

Nipple shield in action

Nipple shield in action

The lactation consultant gave me a nipple shield and said it would help.  It didn’t but I decided to do some research on nipple shields.  Turns out they have been around for years!!  Who knew?  I totally thought that problems breastfeeding was a new modern woman problem.  Turns out not so much!

To be continued….