Celebrating Dads! #LittleVictories

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I love how social media is celebrating dads!  According to Bravado Designs, they recently conducted a survey in which 87% of new moms ranked new dads as the #1 person they rely on for emotional support for breastfeeding. I know this is definitely true for me! I could not have successfully nursed our son for 15 months without my husband’s love and support. It was definitely an uphill battle in the beginning with latching issues, mastitis, and tremendous pain but I got through it! With baby #2 on the way, I know my husband will be there to support and help me again through my breastfeeding journey. 

 

Check out this awesome You Tube video by Chris Pegula, Diaper Dude:

Celebrating the #LittleVictories Moms Achieve Each Day!

 

Happy Father’s Day to all your fabulous dads out there! 

 

My #LittleVictories

As a SAHM, it is the little things that make my #LitteVictories like having enough time to take a shower while my son is napping, having extra energy to do the laundry AND fold it…if I’m lucky put it away too.  But it is so worth it to watch our now 18 month old grow, learn, and discover new things. He is now learning to eat with a fork and spoon on his own, say more words, help mommy clean, going on a slide on his own – it is truly the #LittleVictories in our life that make it so special.

 

With baby #2 on the way in a few short months, I am reminded of my breastfeeding journey with our son. It was a struggle with latching issues and mastitis but it was thanks to my supportive husband that I was able to get through it and it is one of the greatest accomplishments and proudest mommy moments. It was also thanks to social media that I was able to connect with other moms, lactation consultants and Bravado Designs to get the help and encouragement I needed. A few months after having our son, I learned about Bravado Designs on Facebook…and seriously, THANK GOODNESS! I literally live in my Essential Nursing Tanks. I ended up getting one for every day of the week because then I had something to wear even if I didn’t do laundry. They are so comfortable and never stretch out but still show off your beautiful body. I’ve tried a few other nursing tanks and the clasps are not good or they lose their shape…but not Bravado Designs. When I had my son almost two years ago, they only had white, brown, black and a few special colors. I’m loving their newest color, Mykonos Blue! And if you are in search of a  nursing bra look no further. The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is amazing!!! So soft and comfortable – it is definitely the best purchase you can make for yourself post-baby!

 

Be sure to share your #LittleVictories on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag @BravadoDesigns then be sure to head to: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/littlevictories/embrace-all-day-comfort and enter to win! Here’s to our #LitteVictories! 

Comfort & Harmony Mombo Nursing Pillow Review

Comfort & Harmony Mombo Nursing Pillow Review

 

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I really liked this pillow; first as a nursing pillow and second as a pillow that I can let my son lie down in and hold a bottle. Even at 9 months old he loves to lie down and drink a bottle at night. The Mombo is perfect for that. It helps hold his arms up so that he can drink his bottle and he actually really likes the vibration.

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The only downside is that the vibration sensor is placed right in the middle of the pillow, so when my son moves his head he often times turns it off and on. I like that the cover can be removed and the pillow itself is very thick and provides a lot of comfort to my son while nursing. I liked this pillow more than other brands that are comparable because I could actually use it while nursing in a rocking chair. This pillow is more curved around the waist so it actually fits while I sit in a chair with arms.

 

I received this Comfort & Harmony Mombo nursing pillow product free but these are my own opinions and views.

Jellystone Nursing and Teething Jewelry

My latest obsession…nursing necklaces!  I discovered them online and now I can’t get enough…or should I say baby can’t get enough of them.  

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A few months ago, we started having some breastfeeding challenges. Baby was becoming increasingly distracted while nursing – he would turn away a minute or so after latching, he would start swatting at my face, pulling my top, scratching my neck, trying to play with the nursing cover.  I took to Twitter and thanks to Katy @Stylin_Momma I got some great tips from other moms. She leads a weekly #bfcafe chat on Thursdays and it is great for connecting with other moms and getting breastfeeding support. Don’t get me wrong, my hubby is an amazing support but it is nice to chat with other mommies especially about breastfeeding because let’s be honest…there’s just some things that men don’t fully understand.    

So back to the issue at hand, distracted baby…A few of the mom’s suggested I try nursing in a quiet room. I tried that but he started swat at my face, try to grab my hair or play with the nursing cover.  Katy and a couple of the other moms suggested I try a nursing necklace – they all highly recommended Jellystone Designs. At first, I thought that I could just use my regular jewelry and let him play with that as he nursed.  I’m shaking my head as I typed that last sentence…it didn’t work. He wasn’t that interested and when he did try to reach for it…I was worried that it would hurt his tiny little fingers and I felt like I was being strangled

I have two Jellystone Designs necklaces and can’t get enough of them! I usually nurse in the cradle position and baby loves reaching up with one hand and feeling the pendant while he’s nursing.  I think it is something about the bright colors of the pendant that he was instantly attracted to and it looks great with my outfits. No one can even tell it is for nursing!  I love that these necklaces are 100% BPA free, non-toxic, look like regular jewelry, comes in great colors…and most importantly baby loves them! The yellow one is the jChews cell phone. He loves it because it looks like Daddy’s and he can chomp away on it!