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New Mom and Baby Essentials

New Mom and Baby Essentials
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx

As a new mama to two little boys, I was thrilled when Babbleboxx wanted to send me their New Mom and Baby box. It’s filled with so many amazing goodies that can make pregnancy and motherhood a little easier. So whether you have one on the way or are a new mama, I’m sharing some of my favorite products below.

For mama

Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Morning sickness is no fun. I was lucky with my first pregnancy and didn’t have any at all. My second pregnancy however, that boy did a number on me.  Before I realized I was pregnant, I actually thought I had the flu. I relied on alot of crackers and ginger to help ease my tummy.

Ginger has been used for over a thousand years as a natural remedy for nausea and stomach issues. These Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace are convenient to keep stashed by your nightstand or in your purse for when the queasies hit.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Vichy

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Motherhood can cause many skin changes from dryness, to breakouts, to uneven skin tone and even wrinkles (thank you to stress and all those sleepless nights). Vichy’s LiftActiv Peptide-C anti-aging moisturizer helps correct the visible signs of collagen loss on your skin.  This moisturizer is packed with tons of peptides for your skin to strengthen it’s structure, as well as Vitamin C to help brighten and firm your skin. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and look brighter and more energized!

Click here to get 10% off and free shipping when you use code “BABBLE19” through 9/30/19.

The best undergarments

I didn’t truly appreciate comfortable undergarments until I became a mother (#momlife). Playtex’s Nursing Bras and Maternity Panties are soft and breathable and offer full coverage making them great for postpartum.

For Baby

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle and Natural Bottle

When I was pregnant with my first and it was time to make my registry, I was so confused with all the various types of bottles and pacifiers there were to choose from. Ultimately, I relied on good old fashioned trial and error to find which ones my baby preferred. Phillips Avent was one of the brands we loved.

I love Phillips Avent Natural Bottle because it’s great for moms who are breast and bottle feeding. The breast-shaped nipple makes it a smoother transition for baby to go back and forth between the two or transition from breast to bottle. It also features an air valve to help reduce feeding issues such as colic. If you’re looking for a versatile bottle I highly recommend you try this one from Phillips Avent.

I also am a big fan of the Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle. It combines a soothie with a soft plush toy which makes it easy for your little one to grab and hold onto. What I love best about it is that the snuggle can be easily detached for cleaning the soothie.

First Aid Kit

The Medipro Baby First Aid pod is great for the mama who is always on the go. I keep this compact kit handy in my car so that I’m always prepared. This kit contains a variety of bandages of various sizes, a cold pack, tweezers, antiseptic, and more for your basic first aid needs.

Click here to get yours.

And when you use code BABBLE2019 you can get 25% off through 12/31/19.

Bedtime Story

Guess How Much I Love You has been a beloved story for over 25 years selling over 43 million copies worldwide. This book was given to me at my baby shower and it is one of my favorites. This 25th Anniversary hardcover edition makes a great gift for the new mama as it highlights the special bond between parent and child.

Click here to purchase your copy

Use code CANDLEWICK at checkout for 25% off your book order (U.S. purchases only).

 

What are some of your must haves?

 

New Mama and Baby Essentials

5 In breastfeeding/ Motherhood/ postpartum/ Recipes

What to eat to increase your milk supply

what to eat to increase your milk supply
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If you are breastfeeding or pumping, you might be searching for ways to increase your milk supply. I have always struggled with supply issues and it’s something that every nursing mama has experienced at one time or another in their journey. One thing that I learned is that diet plays a huge role in milk production.

I’m sharing what to eat to increase your milk supply plus my favorite recipe for lactation boosting overnight oats.

Galactagogues

If you have been doing research on ways to increase your milk supply, you may have seen the word “Galactagogue”. What is a galactagogue? A galactagogue or latogenic food is any food that can help increase lactation. You may have heard your friends say that eating a lactation cookie or drinking a beer has helped increase in their milk supply. This is because there are certain foods that contain milk boosting ingredients.

Here is a list of some of the more popular galactagogues:

what to eat to increase your milk supply

 

 

What to eat to increase your supply

Eating a balanced diet is important not only for enhancing your supply, but also for making sure that your baby is getting all those vital nutrients as well. In the beginning of my breastfeeding journey, I was eating healthy, but I found that I was not eating enough to maintain a supply. Once I started adding in more nutrient dense foods and incorporating a galactagogue at each meal, I noticed a boost in my supply.

(It’s important to note that this does not replace the importance of frequent feedings or pumping. Remember when breastfeeding, demand = supply!)

1.) Breakfast

Overnight Oats – I’ve seen those mason jar recipes floating around pinterest but never ventured to make them until I was breastfeeding. Not only is this recipe filled with milk-making goodness, but it’s also super easy to make the night before and keeps me feeling satisfied.

Here’s my easy recipe:

Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

-1 cup of rolled oats

– 3/4 cup of almond milk (I like my oats a little thicker, but if you like yours to be a little thinner, add more)

– 1 banana

– 1 tbsp peanut butter

– 1 tbsp of ground flax seed

– honey

Directions:

1.) In a mason jar add your oats, almond milk, banana and peanut butter. Mix well.

2.) Store in fridge until the next morning.

3.) Top with ground flax seed and drizzled honey to taste.

what to eat to increase your milk supply

 

2.) Snack

Yogurt with a handful of almonds

3.) Lunch

Spinach salad with grilled chicken

Fruit

4.) Snack

Veggies and hummus

5.) Dinner

Some kind of protein over brown rice

Asparagus or broccoli

6.) Dessert/Something sweet

Berries with chocolate hummus

Chocolate milk made with almond milk

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Since your milk is composed of 80% water, it’s also important to stay really hydrated!

I find that I drink more water if it’s always on hand and I have a straw. I love my Yeti and these stainless steel straws.

I’ve also seen success with Mother’s Milk tea which contains many lactogenic herbs. Shoot for at least 3 cups a day.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for my tips on how to get the most out of your pumping sessions!

And if you liked this post, please share with your all of your friends who are breastfeeding.

 

what to eat to increase your milk supply

 

 

6 In mental illness/ postpartum/ postpartum anxiety/ postpartum depression/ Support

I was suffering from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and didn’t realize it

 

 

postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety

I still feel the need to defend my postpartum anxiety.  After a three day long induction process, an emergent c-section and breastfeeding issues, the first few weeks were no walk in the park. I wasn’t sleeping (but what new mom does?), there were lots of tears and constant worrying.  I dreaded when the days would turn into night because I would spend the entire night watching my son obsessively, fearing he would stop breathing in his sleep. I had no interest in holding him and I would cry every time I had to breastfeed him because I absolutely hated it but I chalked it all up to the baby blues and being new at this motherhood thing.

It was at my two week check up that I realized I was suffering from postpartum anxiety and depression.  My sister came over to watch the baby so that I could go to my appointment and I remember feeling so relieved for the break from the constant breastfeeding and pumping. I broke down in tears in the car to my husband. This was supposed to be such a joyous, happy time. After going through infertility I was over the moon when I found out I was pregnant yet here I was thinking “What have I done? I hate being a mother. I don’t have this immediate love for my baby like everyone else does, I’m not cut out for this. What is wrong with me?”  I made the difficult decision to stop breastfeeding and once I went back to work I started feeling like my old self again.

10 months postpartum and the demons crept in again, this time worse than ever. I felt like things were spiraling, I had lost control of everything and I literally wanted to escape my body. I walked around in a fog and felt so selfish for what I was feeling. “What do I have to be so depressed about? I have a beautiful, healthy family I should feel grateful.”  I felt shameful for the way I was acting but I had no control over it. I wished I could feel happiness when my son smiled at me. I remember the day I was driving to get my hair done and I felt like I was having a heart attack. My heart was beating out of my ribcage, my arms and hands were all tingling, my lips were numb and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.  I pulled into the urgent care that was in the same parking lot as my hairdresser, convinced I was having a cardiac event. I am a nurse after all.  I can recognize the difference between postpartum anxiety, panic attacks and a heart attack when I see it.

Well I was wrong. The thing is postpartum depression and anxiety looks different on everyone.  Depression doesn’t always look like an unkept, person who hasn’t slept or eaten in weeks.  Anxiety doesn’t always look like fear or panic attacks.  Successful, put together people can suffer in silence as we’ve recently seen in the tragic cases of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate.

I’ve learned there is nothing wrong with reaching out and asking for help from family or friends, going to talk to a counselor, or taking something to help ease your anxiety or depression.  You are not illogical in what you are feeling and you are not “burdening others with your problems.”  I wish it didn’t feel so embarrassing and shameful and I hope that one day it won’t. So until then I will keep sharing my story and I hope that I can encourage you to reach out to someone you trust and ask for help.

(For more information on ways to cope with postpartum depression and anxiety check out this article I wrote for Consumer Health Digest.)

postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety

10 In Motherhood/ postpartum/ Support

Learning to love my postpartum body

 

We were on our first vacation as a new family of three.  I was getting ready for the beach and putting on my new one-piece bathing suit when my husband said to me “You look so beautiful.”
“Seriously can you just stop?” I replied as I gave him a look of disgust.
“I wish you were more confident in yourself and could see how incredible you are” my husband said to me.  Looking back, I have always struggled with poor body image.  I’ve never been comfortable being in a bathing suit or wearing shorts. Even when I was fit and toned when I was younger and in high school, I had pictures of thin celebrities plastered everywhere as a “motivator” to myself of how I should be.

Now motherhood has made my skin sag in certain places, I have a permanent scar on my bikini line from my c-section, my stretch marks on my breasts are like a road map, and I still have lumps in my behind from all those fertility injections.  I remember being freshly postpartum and feeling how jiggly my belly was, grabbing my skin that hung over my incision and thinking “I hope breastfeeding sucks me back in”.

But I am learning to love this new body and starting to change my perspective.

Instead I look at all the amazing things this body has done.  For 9 months it was a vessel, growing and nurturing a beautiful life.

Instead I see my postpartum body as a beautiful reminder of my strength, all that I went through to get pregnant and bring my precious son into the world.

When I look at my saggy tummy I remember how incredible it was watching my belly swell as life grew and how it felt to feel life moving inside.

My breasts deflated and nipples calloused are reminders of the sleepless nights nourishing my baby and the sacrifices I made.

I see selflessness of a mother and how I continue to put the needs of my son first. Instead of sessions at the gym I’m home doing endless loads of laundry, preparing meals or snuggling my sweet boy.

But I think the most important thing about learning to love my postpartum body is I can teach my son to respect women’s bodies and that this is what normal looks like – not those photoshopped images of women in magazines.  I can be an example of a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and for that I am grateful.

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