Nearly five years ago, on August 6, 2011, the month of August was officially declared National Breastfeeding Month by the USBC (United States Breastfeeding Committee). In fact, the first full week of August is recognized across the World as World Breastfeeding Week. To celebrate these wonderful movements that further breastfeeding awareness, I would like to share some wonderful products with you that help make breastfeeding a breeze!
First up, Milkies Milk-Saver! One of the big fears for breastfeeding mamas is spilling/losing such precious milk, no matter the amount! It’s super frustrating (especially during the early days where leaking is more common) when baby nurses on one side and you can feel your other side leaking into the breast pad you just changed, or worse, through your shirt! Yikes! Milkies Milk-Saver is a lifesaver for these situations!
Their patented design allows you to save every drop! This awesome product holds up to two full ounces of breastmilk at a time, so it should be more than adequate to catch everything during a letdown. Milkies Milk-Saver is made in the USA and is free of BPA and phthalates. Each Milkies Milk-Saver comes with a carrying case so it can go wherever you go! The case will also double as a stand to hold the Milkies Milk-Saver upright until you can transfer the breastmilk into a milk storage bag or bottle. To purchase the Milkie Milk-Saver or any of their other fabulous products, visit their website here!
Next up, Milkflow™ Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Chocolate Powder Drink Mix! For those looking to increase their breastmilk supply, this drink mix is the answer! No, this isn’t another tea, this is an actual drink mix and it tastes great too! If chocolate isn’t your flavor of choice, you can also get this amazing supplement in a berry flavor or a citrus flavor as well! Their website has a free sample pack if you would like to try all three before committing to an entire box, all you have to pay is $2.99 for shipping and handling.
The Milkflow™ Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Drink Mix is a great option for women who have trouble swallowing pills. Check out the UpSpring website for these products and many others!
Next up, this awesome Allover Nursing Cover by Lassig! This nursing cover is amazing! So soft, light, and airy too! Each end of the rectangular fabric has a row of buttons/buttonholes that correspond perfectly depending on how you choose to style your nursing cover. It can be worn as a bolero, scarf, cape, or stole! Even if nursing covers aren’t your thing, this nursing cover is perfect for helping to minimize distractions when you nurse an older babe, and can also provide a nice retreat for when your little one wants a nap. The breathable and air permeable fabric is perfect for any weather!
I just had to try out all of the different ways to wear this! My favorite styles were the cape and the scarf.
The wrinkle-resistant fabric comes in nine different colors! Check them out here if you’re interested!
Last but not least, my personal favorite from the bunch, the Chic Cowl Nursing Top from Udderly Hot Mama® Nursing and Pumping Wear!
The first thing I did after opening the package was marvel at how ridiculously soft this top was! It’s absolutely perfect, and my son loves snuggling with me even more than usual when I am wearing it. The cowl neck and draping fabric make this shirt easy to pair with jeans or dress slacks. The neckline pulls down, making it easy to breastfeed or pump while wearing it. It’s the perfect top for mamas who pump at work! Using a double breast pump? No problem! This top has been designed for work with that too!
As you can see in the above photo, there is a hidden panel behind the cowl that will help keep you covered while nursing. The panel is attached with small buttons and can be removed when you no longer need it, turning this awesome nursing top into a regular staple in your wardrobe for years to come!
Check out the other colors and purchase here! To see other products from Udderly Hot Mama® Nursing and Pumping Wear, check out their website here!
To get more involved with the National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, check out their websites and look for local events to support. One of my favorite events each year is The Global Big Latch On event. Check our their website here to find a location nearest you!
Product was received from Brilliant Baby Products to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own!
Submitted by Amanda G.
As a parent, one of your hardest jobs is going to be keeping your kids away from drugs and alcohol. This is the tightest tightrope you will ever walk; yes, even more fraught than talking to your kids about sexual activity. Why? Because the peer pressure surrounding drug use is often far more heavy than the pressure to engage in sexual activity.
At first blush that feels extreme, right? Surely the pressure is heavier than joining in on drinking or drug use? But as anybody who has ever been a teenager knows, lying about one’s sexual maturity and experience is relatively easy. It’s far more difficult to hide abstention when everybody is watching like a hawk to make sure a teen is “joining the party.”
It’s also important to note that “drug use” doesn’t just involve illicit substances like marijuana, ecstasy, or harder substances. Prescription drug abuse has soared over the last few years. This is particularly problematic if you have a teenage daughter because, according to the experts at www.sandysplace.com, women are prescribed drugs at a higher rate than are men.
So what can you do? How can you make absolutely sure that your teens don’t give in to the peer pressure they are sure to face?
- Accept Your Limitations
The very first thing you must do, if you hope to keep your kids away from drinking and drugs, is to accept that you will never be absolutely sure of anything… unless you stay glued to your child’s side 100% of their lives, you won’t always know exactly what is going on. And trust us, the more you hover and suspect, the more you are likely to push them into experimentation, not away from it.
- Set Clear and Firm Boundaries
It is essential that your kids know exactly what will happen to them if you find out that they have done something wrong. Having non-negotiable punishments helps kids understand what they are risking by lying, drinking, etc. Nebulous punishments are more likely to invite experimentation. But if, for example, your teens know beyond a doubt that they will lose phone and internet privileges (beyond supervised homework time) for an extended period of time if they come home smelling like alcohol (or worse), they are more likely to make smart decisions. And make no mistake: your teens need boundaries and structure just as much as they get older as they did when they were little.
- Be Open
Many of today’s parents grew up in an era where we were taught that things were either bad or good. Our own parents were told that being authoritative was more important than bonding and that parents should not try to be their kid’s friends. Most importantly, our parents were pressured to be examples of perfection.
To some extent, this is true. As a parent, you are in charge so you can’t always be your teen’s bestie. Even so, being open about emotions, pressures, life choices, etc. is the best way to keep your kids from hiding their experimentation from you. If you build a relationship in which your kids are encouraged to ask you questions because they know they will get honest answers, they will be more likely to simply ask you what drinking is like or what happens if they try a drug or if their friends are doing things that are making them uncomfortable.
- Busy Bees
Nobody is saying that every minute of your child’s day needs to be scheduled in advance. This is often counterproductive and will encourage your kids to rebel. Still, helping your kids find extra curriculars to keep them busy and engaged with something goes a long way toward keeping them on the straight and narrow. It also looks fantastic on college applications.
One of the best things you can do is have your teens volunteer in places where they will be confronted with people who have had to face the consequences of addiction. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, hospitals, etc. These environments will help teach them compassion as well as give them the opportunity to talk to those who can contradict the “no big deal” pressure they’ll get among their peers.
It is going to be difficult to set up a home with firm boundaries and open communication but trust us: that effort will be worth it in the long run.
Submitted by Amanda G.
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