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Breastfeeding Accessories Review

Breastfeeding

Warning:  If you are easily offended or have issues with seeing babies eating, then this is not a post for you.

breastfeeding

Awe breastfeeding.  That journey for Nora and me lasted about 2 and a half years, and it was was a whirlwind of emotions and feelings. One minute I am feeling like I want to rip my breasts off and call the whole quits, but then I would turn around and be so proud of the way I was able to feed my child.  Breastfeeding was hard and at the same time easy, it was also frustrating but rewarding.  I would not give back that time with Nora for anything.

Since Nora and I had that 2 1/2 years, I because quite an expert of things that did work and things that didn’t or wouldn’t work. Here are a few of my favorite breastfeeding must haves.

A VERY comfortable nursing bra!

Nursing bra

I love this Nourish By BeliBea breastfeeding bra.  Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s also like a three in one bra, it would be great for maternity, pumping moms, and breastfeeding moms.

The ever changing breast size that comes along with pregnancy and breastfeeding can be hard.  You find a bra that you think would be great for all day comfort, only to realize latter in the day that it’s too tight.  I know that right before Nora was about to eat, my bra would feel like it was trying to squeeze me to death. With the BeliBea, you don’t have to worry about that.  The fabric the bra is made out of is almost like that material tights are made out of.  Stretchy but supportive. It’s also soooo soft, and that helps with those tender nipples.

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For pumping moms the BeliBea turns almost any pump into hands free.  Here I have the shield for the Medela Freestyle (which I love by the way), and it fits perfectly into the hole provided for the shield.  So any pumping session can now be very convenient and comfortable.

When it’s time to nurse your baby, all you have to do is undo all the clasps, and you are ready to go.  I personally hated this part when I was breastfeeding.  The cups of my bra would always get in Nora’s face, and I felt like she was very uncomfortable.  With the BeliBea bra, you don’t have to worry about that.  The cups fold down nicely, and if that still doesn’t work for you, the padding in the cup can be removed.

I know some moms like to breastfeed and pump at the same time.  BeliBea makes that easy.  You can have the pumping panel up on one side and down on the other where baby is.

Here are a few more things you can expect from the Nourish By BeliBea nursing bra:

  • The BeliBea bra line combines the best of traditional maternity bras with both an improved fit and design for better comfort, with the Nourish by BeliBea style also providing the ability to hold pump shields in place for hands-free convenience.

  • Nourish by BeliBea includes dual panels in each cup that allow mothers to keep the garment in place while breastfeeding, pumping and during what often seems like the few moments in between. The inside panel fits to and holds a breast shield in place for hands-free convenience while pumping, or both panels can be lowered to easily breastfeed. 

  • The hands-free convenience of Nourish by BeliBea not only makes the individual tasks of breastfeeding and pumping more manageable, but it also allows mothers to do both at the same time – saving even more of your limited and precious time.

  • The BeliBea bra line has a v-neck scoop and center ruching to maintain a feminine shape – no sports bra “uni-boob” here! Nourish by BeliBea also comes with removable pads between the cup panels that offer extra support, comfort and shape. 

  • Nursing mothers demand a new maternity bra that is comfortable but affordable, flexible and durable, simple yet clever – this is the bra line for nursing mothers everywhere. 

  • BeliBea bras incorporate specific design features to ensure every mother’s all-day comfort, including a seamless stretch fit, plush-lined adjustable straps and a ribbed band to provide flexible support. 

  • BeliBea also offers gift cards of any amount. From baby showers to push presents, a BeliBea gift certificate is the perfect gift for any nursing mom or mommy-to-be.

The BeliBea Nourish Bra really is one of the best that I have seen.  They can be found on BeliBea’s website listed at the bottom of this post.

Comfortable Nursing Pads

When it comes to giving advice to others about breastfeeding, I tend to get asked the same question a lot; “what kind of brand pads do I recommend”. To tell you the truth, I don’t have a specific brand that I absolutely love, but I do have a type.  I hate the disposable nursing pads, and here is why.  With the disposable ones, you have something sort of like a maxi pad on your breast.  That in itself is not comfortable at all, not to mention it’s not eco friendly.

The reuseable nursing pads are awesome and I love them.  The reusable ones can come in almost any kind of fabric that you find comfortable.  I know that I have seen them in organic cotton, microfiber, bamboo,minky, and a few others I think.

nursing pads

I recently got some of the My Newborn nursing pads to review.  And they are great!  They come in white and pink.  The side that goes against your breast is made from organic bamboo.  Now, if you have never used fabric made from bamboo or hemp, you don’t know what you are missing.  These are some of the softest and most absorbent natural fibers you can get. So you can be comfortable while your milk supply is regulating, and know that these will take a lot of leak through. The best part is when they do get milk or something on them, just throw them in the wash, but be sure not to use fabric softener on them.

Now these are just a few of the items I would recommend.  I know I didn’t get into creams, bottles, and pumps really, but if you are planning of breastfeeding, these two products are almost a must have.

If you are interested in the Nourish by BeliBea bra, you can find them on their website http://www.beliebea.com, you can also connect with BeliBea on the follow social medias

The My Newborn nursing pads can be found on Amazon.  They come in pink or white and in packs of 8.

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Babywearing A Little About Now and Then

Recently, I have been hearing a lot of people say that babywearing, or carrying your baby in a device strapped to your body, is a new fad.  In fact, babywearing has been around since ancient history. Native Americans (North, Central, and South), Africans, and pretty much all cultures across the world have had some sort of babyway wearing in their history.

 

The type of babywearing that we have now days is new.  There are so many types of carriers and choices of fabric.  You can buy carriers that are super cheap not ergonomic and do not hold the baby in the most comfortable position and you can go all the way up to carriers that are are hundreds of dollars and made with hand woven fabric that is more like the first kind of babywearing. In this post, I will show three different kinds of carriers that are available to parents now days.

IMG_1215Stretchy Wrap

These wraps are normally made from a t-shirt like jersey knit and are very stretchy. The wraps like the Baby More Co.’s -like I am wearing in the photo above- are best for newborns and infants. The carrier says that it can be used up to 32lbs.  However, I have found that with these types of carriers, that at about 15lbs you will want to start looking for a new carrier because this one will not last much longer.  The stretchy wraps are awesome for inward facing front carries, but should not be used for back carries or forward facing carries.

IMG_6134The Baby More Co. wrap was really nice.  I am a plus size woman, and I was able to tie the carrier on my back with with a little fabric to spare.  I wish it was a little wider, but it worked for the doll I was wearing and my 7lb dog (don’t judge, the dog loves it haha).  The Baby More Co. wraps are found on Amazon, and come in three colors; Grey (Like I have), Black, and Pink.  These wraps are super soft, and are machine washable.

Please excuse the blurriness of the photo.  My 4 year old took the picture.
Please excuse the blurriness of the photo. My 4 year old took the picture.  Also, sorry for the crazy hair.  This summer has been very humid.

Ring Sling

Ring slings are among one of my favorite carriers.  A ring sling is a long piece of fabric with two rings sewn to the end.  The fabric is threaded through the rings in a way that creates a pocket for the child to sit or lay in.  They are super easy to use, very versatile and can come in a variety of fabrics, prints, and other options.  I’ve actually used a ring sling to help keep Goose near me in public places.

There are so many carries you can do with a ring sling.  I am doing a tummy to tummy with the doll above, but there are so many more.  You can do cradle hold, clutch hold, kangaroo carry, snuggle hold, hip carry, and so many more.  Just check out this YouTube search for more carries. 

The ring sling I am using above is the Mamaway Ring Sling.  Once again, it’s found on Amazon, and they have so many options it’s unreal.  Mamaway

First of all, I LOVE that this Mamaway ring sling folds up into it’s own little pouch.  That way it fits neatly into diaper bags or purses.  I also really like that part of the rails are a little padded, so they are a little more comfortable on your baby’s legs without causing a huge bulk in the sling.

The Mamaway is made from fabric that feels a lot like a bed sheet, however, some other brands of ring slings can come in woven, linen, mesh, or even silk.

ZirakiSoft Structured Carrier (SSC) or Buckle Carrier

Soft structured carriers are also among my favorite carriers.  If you think a ring sling is easy to use, the SSC is so much easier.  This is a backpack type carrier that does not have an ridged parts other than a the buckles.  

IMG_6365I got the Ziraki carrier to review.  I was so excited because the description on Amazon says that it fits up to 55″ waist.  I was really disappointed with I tried it on though.  The carrier does not fit me at all.  I had someone else try on the carrier who wears about a size 16 womens clothing, she was able to get it buckled, but it was not comfortable.  I’m not sure if the company sent me the wrong one, or what happened. The carrier is beautiful, looks to be very well made, and has wonderful pockets, and an awesome hood.

I hope that I have explained some of the modern day carriers a little more.  I really liked the Baby More Co and the Mamaway carriers.  I cannot say if I liked the SSC since I was not able to use it.  Disclaimer

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Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag

 

One thing you learn soon after you have a baby is, for as little of a person they are, they really require a lot of crap when you leave the house.  I was honestly very surprised how much stuff we had to take with us when we took Goose anywhere, and she was a breastfed baby!  I couldn’t imagine having to cart around formula, bottles, and water for formula fed babies.

I absolutely hated our diaper bag too.  It was so hard to find anything in.  The bag was deep, but really narrow. When Goose was about 3 months old, I ditched that one, and carried the backpack I used in high school.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

Recently, I got to try the Cranberry Baby diaper bag.  I really do wish I had known about these diaper bags when Goose was born.  I love this bag.

First of all, I love that the bag comes with 4 pieces.  You have the main big bag, two smaller bags that could be used for a wet/dry bag or bottles.  You also have the changing pad. When Goose was a baby, I didn’t use a changing pad, just a blanket, only because I hated trying to pull the changing pad out and then trying to put it back in.  This one is a lot nicer than the one I had, and I think I would use this one.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag  Review

Another thing I like on the Cranberry Baby diaper bag is the fact you have 8 pockets and two zipper pockets to hold all of the baby stuff.  The main compartment has a zipper too which is really nice, but I’ve not used it since I’ve been using this bag.

Cranberry Baby Diaper Bag Review

When you have a baby, it really matters how much stuff you can take with you.  In the Cranberry Baby diaper bag, I was able to put the following: 3 onsies NB pjs, 3 pairs of NB pans, 4 NB shirts, 9 hemp/microfiber diaper inserts, 4 prefolds, 4 cloth diapers, and ring sling. Plus the bags and changing pad that came with the diaper bag.  I was very impressed.  I probably could have fit more too if I had organized it a little better.

Overall, I have loved carrying this bag.  I have loved the super cute leopard print and leather accents.  I’ve actually been using it as a computer case to carry my 13″ laptop. It has worked great, and I have places inside the bag for the power cord and all the accessories.

If you would like to purchase your very own Cranberry Baby diaper bag, you can find them on Amazon.  The current price is $34 (PRIME!!!), which I think is less than what we paid for the crapy one that we had when Goose was born, and I like the Cranberry Baby one a ton better.

 

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2 Mom and Baby Pure Vitamin D-3 Review

Vitamin d-3 review

 

I went to the doctor recently for just a regular check up, and while I was there, my blood pressure was taken, and it was extremely high. I’ve had a lot of stress in my life recently, and apparently it’s effecting my life more than I thought.

My doctor told me that along with some medication, I should start taking more vitamin D-3.  I had no clue that a vitamin D-3 deficiency would lead to hypertension and heart trouble. So I started researching- like I do pretty much everything-, and a vitamin D-3 deficiency can lead to A LOT more problems than I ever knew.

f49c081b44b9b1563d313ea6caddd2cfaf8122b7Since I found out about my high blood pressure, I started using Mom & Baby Pure Vitamin D-3.  It’s a liquid supplement that can be taken alone or in a drink.  One bottle will work for children and adults and contains over 2000 servings.

 

 

3be15541977d3ab9fba10c619410a60a0f382e73I, personally, really like that the only other ingredient in 2 Mom and Baby Pure D is MCT oil.  There is no flavors, dyes, or preservatives.  Also, 2 Mom and Baby Pure D does not contain any sugar, salt, starch, gluten, yeast, wheat, soy, milk, egg, shellfish, or nuts.  That alleviates a lot of worries for a lot of parents.

For infants and children Mom & Baby Pure D recommends that they get just one drop of the supplement once a day,  For those over 4, they recommend 2-3 drops.  However, you should always talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, I know my doctor said that I needed to take a little more, but your’s may say a little less.

If you would like to learn more about Mom & Baby Pure D, you can check them out on Amazon.  One 2oz bottle is currently $20 (PRIME!!!), but will last you quite a long time.

You can also enter to win your very own bottle of Mom & Baby Pure D.  You may use the form below and enter anytime between now and 4/26/15 at 11:59pm.

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