Really? Really?

This week’s Life With Levi breastfeeding blog hop is about Dumb Breastfeeding Comments.

I usually don’t like to give you guys the cloudy side of life from our side of tahn, but today’s blog hop is indeed dedicated to the dumb things that people say about breastfeeding. And I’ve heard a few funny things…but I can only laugh and not let them get me down. If you are a victim of telling me these things, no fear. I took no offense–I hope I was able to react kindly and let you know that I am proud to be a nursin’ mama, doing the best for ‘Lil Man that I can.

Here are a few gems in my treasure box…

+ Are you really still nursing him? Shouldn’t he be done with that by now? (At three months)

+ I don’t know how you can keep that up. I would’ve gave up long ago.

+ Aren’t his teeth sharp?

+ Isn’t carrying that pump around annoying?

+ How many times a week do you need to use the Mother’s Room? (REALLY? A WEEK???)

+ Doesn’t it get old?

+ He’s going to have mommy issues.

+ You really can do that in public?

+ Are you just doing that to save money? They do make coupons for formula you know.

+ Don’t you miss your freedom/independence?

+ What do you mean you have to carry milk home in a cooler to your baby? (Someone at an airport)

+ When do you cut him off? Isn’t 6 months good enough?

+ Doesn’t it get old?

+ (And my personal favorite…which I actually find VERY hilarious…) Wait, so you switch sides…so does that mean one is flavored differently, like one is chocolate milk or something?

But then, these funny comments make me realize how little education there is out there on breastfeeding, benefits, and practices. My hope is I can help bring exposure and positive light to those around me…if they are willing to hear. But don’t stop asking the questions–it’s better to know the truth, right?

Call it a Throwback–A Victory for Lil Miss A and Mama

This week’s Life With Levi breastfeeding blog hop is about Breastfeeding Celebrations.

Usually, I talk about the great things happening for Lil Man and I, so there is always something to celebrate with us. Today, I’d like to share a little bit a personal celebration I had when I tried to nurse Lil Miss A (before we realized that she had a milk issue and I had a soy issue).

Lil Miss A was decently interested in trying to nurse; however, the nurses at the hospital gave her a bottle and a pacifier relatively quickly. Being a single mom, I felt sort of helpless, so I didn’t demand that neither happened (like we did with Lil Man). My parents and friends were supportive of us trying, but the nurses weren’t too helpful and there was no access to an LC while I was in the hospital.

They did recommend this crazy shield that I had to apply before we tried to nurse. This little clear piece of rubber was a huge pain in the butt. If she was hungry, I had to whip it out, apply, then try to get her to latch. For the first two weeks, she didn’t really want to eat without it; however, I have to admit I did many a happy dance when she latched without it (by the end of our nursing time).

Sometimes, it’s the little things, like celebrating freedom from a shield or that I am able to say I did feed Lil Miss A for about four weeks. We worked through issues, and those are also quite worthy of celebration and recognition.

Nursing Mamas? What celebrations, big or small, did you have while breastfeeding your babes? Drop on by the blog hop and share!

Style with Function: Is it Possible?

I laugh when I think about me as someone who worries about style. Back in my single days, I didn’t really care if I went out in pajama pants and a completely mismatched shirt. The folks over at “What Not to Wear” would probably have a hay-day in my closet. But when it comes to nursing clothing, I feel like there is a need to have clothes that are stylish yet functional.

Trust me. I have seen some of the nursing clothes out there. Clearly, these clothes were not designed for the Coco Chanel every little girl has within. They are stuffy or boring. Or stuffy and boring. And if you chose to not go with the stuffy/boring lifestyle, you usually are given something to pick from that has stripes (yeah, cause every single nursing mom with enlarged breasts needs stripes). Or low cut–helllllooooo cleavage! Sorry boys, but these ladies belong to Mr. E!

Maybe my experience with nursing clothing is so boring because I am a plus-sized mama. Maybe they just don’t make clothes that have some flair and function to them.

What is my go-to, then? Well, I can tell you one thing. I absolutely MUST have a good nursing bra for starters.

The quest for a good, supportive non-wire nursing bra has failed me; however, I have made do with a decent style from Target, Gilligan & O’Malley. They also sell great nursing tanks; however, wearing them to the office just doesn’t feel right (for me, I need to wear nursing necessities to work due to pumping–I’ve had many a Lane Bryant “dip” bra get stuck in the pump flanges). So pretty much, I wear the heck out of my choices during the weekdays and immediately change when I get home from work.

And what goes on top? If you want the honest truth, I gave up on my search for a decent “stylish” nursing shirt and just wear something comfortable. One day I was nursing while wearing my Steeler jersey and my grandmother pointed out, “You know, they make shirts with buttons for a reason”. Well, sorry Grandma, but they don’t make cute Steeler button down shirts for a lady of my size and age. Basically, I won’t compromise the little bits of “style” that I do have for nursing function. I make it work.

But I am dying to hear if there IS an option out there for me. I mean, I do have a few months left in nursing. So is there something you recommend? What about with summer coming–tanks will work like a breeze, but what am I going to do about swimming? So many questions, but so worth making that little man of mine full and happy, right?

I chose to write this post as part of Life With Levi’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop. This week’s topic is Nursing Clothing. One other “nursing clothing” must I have is my PumpEase because it makes pumping so easy. You can check out my thoughts about the Pump Ease here on my blog. Enjoy!

Eating for Two: My Year Long Struggle

About a year ago now, we found out we were pregnant with baby number two and about 4 weeks later (or 7 weeks in), my body began its cycle of “I HATE YOU BEING PREGNANT”. I had food aversions to every.single.thing.I.loved. There was no more chicken. No more ice cream. No more fries. Pretty much, I was destined to eat crackers and popsicles like I did with my first baby.

After about 5 months, I had lost 20 pounds, the amount I had lost by my 39 week appointment with Miss A. Like my first pregnancy, my OB was not concerned with my weight loss because the baby was healthy and my measurements kept up with my due date. They said it was ok because I was overweight in the first place, so not to worry. Then, out of nowhere, my appetite came back but the nausea did not go away. I had to rely on Zofran to get through my days without being sick. This let me gain back the 20 pounds and birth a 9 pound 1 ounce healthy baby boy.

Even though I struggled with nursing my daughter, I wanted to try again with Lil Man. Thank goodness I did, because this little one is a comfort nurser (more to come on that in the future!). He was wanting to eat all the time, so what did I want to do? Eat ALL.THE.TIME. It was like my body was making up for what it couldn’t do during the nine months I was pregnant.

I did some research and joined online weight trackers because not only did I want to try to lose baby weight, I wanted to lose post-single life weight, post-college weight, post-high school weight…etc. Well, all of the trackers told me I could eat more calories per day because I was feeding him. But because I somewhere deep inside DO love my body (even if society doesn’t), I wanted to make sure what I was putting in it was good for me and good for him.

This wellness kick was really jump started about 2 months ago when I joined a Wellness Challenge at work. For me, the biggest thing is getting active, but also making healthier decisions. To be honest, I have not lost any weight since joining (I go up and down each week), but I do have a few crutches–I still don’t feel like I am eating enough to eat for him and me both, I am suffering from a bad case of vertigo and exercising hasn’t been friendly, and work has been extremely busy. Excuses aside, I try to eat healthy for Lil Man and I while I do indulge on a few delights every once in awhile.

My go-to treats have been:

Salads–I try to eat two a day if I can–with the Wishbone spray dressings (10 sprays=10 calories and PLENTY of dressing for my salads)
Cottage Cheese–1%, even though I CRAZY crave 4%!
Water–lots and lots and lots of it.
Granola
Yogurt
Mangos
Carrots
Apples

Lil Man and I are benefiting from my choices, and I have to constantly remind myself of that with every single bite that goes into my mouth. It is hard, but not impossible. What are your favorite “good for you” foods? How do you keep a balance?

I chose to write this post as part of Life With Levi’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop. This week’s topic is Healthy Eating. Enjoy!