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“Breast is best.”

“Normalize breastfeeding.”

Months before I had my first daughter I saw those phrases repeatedly online. But before I had kids, breastfeeding was anything but normal to me. I was a formula fed baby, and growing up I helped feed my little sisters. Bottle feeding was all I knew. During my first pregnancy I had so much anxiety surrounding weather or not breastfeeding would work for me and what that would mean for my baby.

Photo by Paige Wilks

I wound up deciding I would at least try. Though I didn’t have my family to look to for examples of breastfeeding, I did have their support. I also had support of friends who’d recently had babies, and I reached out to the local La Leche League community. With their help, some determination, and a dash of good luck, I got the hang of it. And I nursed and pumped while working full time and breastfed my first two children for 17 months.

I wanted to be a part of supporting other mothers who want to breastfeed. Especially in the Black community where I think many new moms like myself don’t always have generations of breastfeeders to look to as examples.

My own little sister had a rough time breastfeeding her daughter at first, and she thought of giving up. I told her I’d support her either way, and called and encouraged her through a rough patch and they made it through. She wound up nursing my niece for almost a year.

Black breastfeeding month

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Strong people can stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others. If we support each other as moms, we can do incredible things.

Today, mom to mom, I’m going to share a little something that’s helped make my breastfeeding journey a bit brighter.

Breastfeeding tips and how to create a lactation station breastfeeding basket

There is never a time I’ve sat on my butt so much in my life more than when I’m nursing. And it never failed, as soon as I sat down and got baby latched on, I remember something I forgot I needed: A glass of water, a snack, that book I was reading, or my phone. I’ve put together a handy nursing essentials basket. Or as I like to call it a lactation station.

When I’m nursing I’m always starving, so I make sure to keep it stocked with lots of snacks. Some of my favorite are the Munchkin lactation cookies. They sent me a box of the chocolate salted caramel and I ate them up so fast I bought two more boxes. Another of the chocolate salted caramel and a box of the oatmeal chocolate chip (that turned out to be equally delicious). I also bought some extra mixed berry Munchkin lactation bars. I love them with breakfast.

Breastfeeding tips and how to create a lactation station breastfeeding basket

Here is how I keep my lactation station packed:
Water
Breast pads
Burp cloth
Nipple cream
Dried fruit
Trail mix
Munchkin lactation cookies
Munchkin lactation bars
Manual pump
Vitamin D drops
External phone charger
Receiving blanket
A book or ebook

And if I’m in another room I can ask someone to bring me something from the basket, or the whole basket itself.

How I turned from a breastfeeding skeptic to an evangelist.

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. And It can feel limiting when you’re trapped on the couch with a baby that wants to eat and eat and eat. But I’ve found when I’m tired and sore a little thing like a handy basket of yummy snacks can make a big difference in the moment. Did you have a breastfeeding support system?

Breastfeeding tips and how to create a lactation station breastfeeding basket

 

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Just leave a comment letting me know with a link to your favorite Munchkin product and you’ll be entered to win a $250 gift card to Munchkin! Giveaway ends September 21st at 11:59pm. Good Luck! 

Something people don’t tell you when you become a mother is that no matter what you do, someone is going to disagree with you.

When I was pregnant and debating breastfeeding, advocates told me there was nothing to debate. It’s the only way. Then when I successfully breastfeed two of my children, others accused me of being “braggy” about it. Sometimes it feels like you really can’t win.

I’ll never forget the anxiety I felt before having Lil’ J. I was so worried how breastfeeding would go. All I had known about it was from what I had read on blogs and talked about with friends on social media. I had no idea what I was doing.

My mom didn’t breastfeed–She tried, but was worried she’d smother me with her large breasts. So I was formula-fed. Since I was working full-time outside of the home and away from my baby more than 40 hours a week, I assumed I’d need formula at some point. I had no idea how I’d pump that much, and I reached out on social media for advice.

The sisterhood of motherhoodI was so surprised by the stark contrast between mothers who breastfed and mothers who didn’t. When I sent out a tweet explaining my thoughts on the matter, that I was formula fed, and I turned out ok, one response I got from a woman shocked me. “Well, you were one of the lucky ones,” she said.

Just before having my daughter I had received a free can of formula in the mail. I think it came because I signed up for an email list at Motherhood Maternity. I was glad to have one on hand just in case. Some moms said it’s a good idea to have on hand, just in case, and others told me the temptation of it being in my house would be too much, and cause me to fail at breastfeeding.

After my daughter was born, things seemed to get easier. My specific breastfeeding questions were answered by helpful mother’s who had been there. I was greeted with support all around, and days I felt like giving up, people helped me to hold on to hope.

Seventeen months later that can of formula was still unopened. I managed to exclusively breastfeed my daughter until she was old enough to also eat solids, then continued to nurse her until she was nearly one and a half. I vowed to show other moms and moms-to-be the same consideration I had, or wish I had when I was expecting, and not judge a mom for her choice to nurse, or not to nurse. To babywear, co-sleep, work, stay at home, or whatever other category we choose to divide ourselves by. When it comes down to it we all love our babies, we all want them to be happy and healthy, and we’re all trying our best. We’re all moms (and dads), and we’re all in this together.

Breastfeeding is beautiful and great, but it's also great when it ends. 3 reasons I can't wait to be done nursing.

A quick online search of “moms judge other moms” yields more than 136 million results, with topics ranging from working moms vs. stay at home moms, discipline, feeding and more.

Similac recently released a video that somehow wraps up everything I feel into a funny scene at a playground. “The Sisterhood of Motherhood is a mindset that we’re asking parents to adopt—to focus on supporting parents, not judging,” Similac stated.

Regardless of how you decide to feed your baby, I think we can agree we’re all trying to do the best we can.

What do you think? Can we all just get along?

 

*This post was written as a part of a the #SisterhoodUnited campaign by Similac. All opinions are my own.

I feel like I’ve blogged a lot over the years about how my breastfeeding journey came to be. At first I only hoped to breastfeed to save the money I’d spend on formula for cute dresses for my daughter. My goal for a few months turned into a six-month goal, and eventually, I knew I could do it for the long haul.

The second time around (with my son) I was more confident. The most challenging part initially was pumping enough while he was in daycare, and now it’s thinking of how he will wean considering he still nurses on demand.

My mom didn’t nurse us, but I gave it a shot, and my younger sister followed suit with her daughter. Minority women are statistically less likely to breastfeed, but I’m excited to watch that change as more families are educated on the benefits, and more support becomes available.

My breastfeeding journey is coming to a close. I mentioned reasons I’m looking forward to it being over, but at the same time I know I’ll look back and miss the sweet experience. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful photographer capture some of that emotion in a shoot for World Breastfeeding week.

Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week.I can’t say thank-you enough to Paige Wilks for giving me something to cherish.

Also, a thank-you to my readers in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week Dr. Brown’s is giving two of my readers a Gia Pillowpillow cover and an assortment of breastfeeding accessories.

Just leave a comment to enter the giveaway. Leave another comment if you share this giveaway with your friends for an additional entry.

I’ll draw and announce the winners next Friday the 15th. Good luck!

I’m very proud of myself for having breastfed my daughter for 17 months, and my son at this point has been nursing for 15.

Part of me is sad to be nearing the end of this motherhood experience, but a greater part of me is feelin’ all “see ya!”

Breastfeeding is beautiful and great, but it's also great when it ends. 3 reasons I can't wait to be done nursing. Photo by Rebecca Loren Photography.

The benefits are great. My children get nourishment and comfort, I burn calories (allegedly) and a get a lower risk of breast cancer. Win-win. But let’s just be honest, there are some downsides that come with breastfeeding too.

Here are three reasons I’m excited the end is near:

1. I think it’ll help me shed some weight. I know for most women the extra calories they burn while breastfeeding helps them drop the weight. For me it seems to have the opposite effect. I go UP in pants sizes not during pregnancy, but after giving birth. Once I finally gave in and bought larger sizes after my daughter, it was about the time we stopped nursing and 6 months later all of the extra fat in my hips, and butt were gone.

I’ve been working out almost daily for several months and doing better at resisting sweets, (still loving on the fries though) and I haven’t lost a pound. I have a feeling my baby’s addiction to the tap is partly to blame.

2. Biting. My son has the most beautiful smile, and adorable teeth, but I am not happy when he decides to show them off while latched on. My nipples can’t take it much longer.Adorable biracial baby boy with some sharp teeth.

3. Leakage. Lately I’ve been getting pitches from different panty-liner and adult diaper companies, and I’m wondering what about my blog screams incontinence. I don’t have bladder leaking problem at this point in my life, however, the leaking due to breastfeeding still happens to catch me at the most inopportune times.

It’s not so bad now that my son is nursing less. But on some days, when I take on an extra long shift at work and forget my boob pads. Things get ugly.

News anchoringLike one day, it was a Sunday morning when I was still full-time at my station. I was finishing up my morning anchoring shift. Since it’s a 24-hour news station, I’ll record a bunch of stories at one time then they’ll play throughout the day. Well, between stories it got quiet. All of the people who normally talk in my ear stopped talking, and my director came over to have a chat with me. This was unusual.

I could sense something was up but didn’t know what. She came over and whispered what was probably more embarrassing for her than it was for me.

“Umm. I think you have a lactation spot on your shirt.”

“A what? OH!”

I looked down and confirmed.

“Oops, I leaked!”

I had a feeling it would happen at some point, but I’m usually really good about remembering nursing pads. Unfortunately one got away from me, shifted, and resulted in this.

I think if this had been my first child I may have been horrified. But since it was with my second, I understand milk stains just come with the territory.

News anchoring (Notice the careful placement of my right arm.)

Unfortunately I had to spend the rest of my shift with my dress shifted a little and my right arm awkwardly positioned over my chest, but I guess it could have been worse.

I can laugh about it now and imagine my experience could make a good greeting card to a nursing mom in need of a good chuckle.

Breastfeeding is beautiful and great, but it's also great when it ends. 3 reasons I can't wait to be done nursing. via

“In middle school we inconspicuously stuffed our bras with tissue. Who knew we’d be doing it again as adults for an entirely different reason?”

What do you think Hallmark? Am I hired?

Didn’t think so.

Here are a few other shoebox cards to make you smile:

Hilarious Shoebox greetings by Hallmark.

If I ever meet Beyonce I’ll give her this appropriate card:Cute Shoebox greetings by Hallmark.Hilarious Shoebox greetings by Hallmark.

Being an adult changes things doesn’t it? Like your thoughts about boobs. I’m ready to have mine back.

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I’m partnering with Hallmark to share some of my life’s special moments and occasions. Some of the products featured in this post we selected, courtesy of Hallmark. All opinions are my own. You can find out more silly Shoebox greetings for the ones you love (or like a lot) by visiting Hallmark.com.

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