When Breastfeeding Still Hurts


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When Breastfeeding Still Hurts: Dealing with a tongue tie

It’s not uncommon for the early days of breastfeeding to be accompanied by pain. When baby latches in that first week, it can be downright toe curling. It takes some time for both mom and baby to learn how to breastfeed and that learning process usually involves some nipple pain here and there. Typically, breastfeeding starts to get easier and become pain-free by the time baby is around six weeks old. But what if that doesn’t happen? What if the pain remains? Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt beyond those early weeks, and if it does, there’s one thing you most definitely want to have ruled out. It could be a tongue tie, and I’m going to tell you why that matters.  Read More

Four Reasons My Preschooler is Still Rear Facing

Four Reasons My Preschooler is Still Rear Facing

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You may have noticed by now that car seat safety is something I am passionate about. I LOVE talking about car seats. Whether we are talking about infant bucket seats, convertible car seats, child seats, or booster seats, I really enjoy weighing the pros and cons, and talking about ease of installation and safety features. It’s just one of my things. When it came to moving The Heir out of his infant bucket and into his convertible car seat, you can bet I researched our options to death. After a ton of reading and chatting with a few child passenger seat technicians (CPSTs), I knew that extended rear facing was something I absolutely wanted for The Heir. What exactly is extended rear facing? Extended rear facing refers to keeping your child in a rear facing convertible seat beyond the legislated minimums. How far beyond those minimums constitutes extended rear facing? Well, it depends on who you ask. It can refer to keeping your child rear facing until they turn two years old, until they reach the limits of their convertible seat, or even somewhere in between. Why would a parent choose to keep their child rear facing beyond the legislated minimum? There are so many reasons, but I’m going to tell you why The Heir at 3 years and 4 months old is still rear facing and how I do it.  Read More

Breastmilk Donation: My Experience

Breastmilk Donation: My Experience

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Did you know that breastmilk can be donated? Yeah, it’s true! There are these awesome places called milk banks where you can donate breastmilk that you’ve pumped and it is pasteurized and shipped off to NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) across the country. Pretty cool, right? How exactly does a breastfeeding mom find out about breastmilk donation, and how do you sign up to be a donor? I’m going to share my experience as a breastmilk donor and explain how I learned about the program, how I do it, and why I do it. Maybe this is all new to you or maybe you’ve already considered donating your breastmilk. I’ve learned a lot through this whole process and I want to share my wisdom with you! Read More

How To Choose A Cloth Diaper Detergent

How to Choose a Cloth Diaper Detergent

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There are a lot of detergent options out there. A LOT. It can be downright overwhelming choosing one for your clothing let alone choosing one for your cloth diapers. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, finding a detergent that is safe to use on your cloth diapers could be as easy as grabbing whatever’s in your laundry room already. Really. Just ten years ago people washed cloth diapers the way they’d wash any of the dirtiest laundry produced in the house. Then suddenly the rules changed. “Cloth diaper safe” became the name of the game and everyone was scrambling to pick a detergent without any fragrance, brighteners, enzymes, or dyes. While those dedicated “cloth diaper safe” detergents can work, it takes a very specific set of circumstances for them to be truly effective on cloth diapers. You need the right washing machine, the right water softness, the right amount of detergent, and sometimes even the right kind of pee (weird, I know). Remember that with cloth diapers you are washing away biological waste. That’s urine and feces, folks. It’s absolutely the most heavily soiled laundry you will ever need to wash, so why don’t you treat it as such? The good news is that the tides are turning in the cloth diaper industry. More and more diaper companies are recommending that their customers wash with the detergent that works best for their family. Here are some things to avoid and some things to consider to help you choose the right detergent for your diapers.  Read More

How to Safely Bleach Cloth Diapers

How To Safely Bleach Cloth Diapers

Yes, I said bleach. Yes, I used it in the same sentence as cloth diapers. It’s okay. Calm your fears. Bleach is not only safe to use on your diapers when it is used properly, but it can be an integral tool in your cloth diaper arsenal. The key to bleaching cloth diapers is to use the right kind of bleach, dilute it properly, and set a timer for the right length of time. The other important thing about bleaching diapers is to only use it when you actually need to use it. I don’t recommend using bleach with every wash cycle or even monthly, but when bleach is needed it works wonders. How do you know you actually need to bleach your cloth diapers? Let me walk you through it.  Read More