Rachel’s Remedy: A Review!

Parenting, amirite?  It’s got some tough stuff.  Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help make tough things a little bit easier, or in the very least, more comfortable.

When I first started breastfeeding Autumn right after she was born, it was P A I N F U L.  She had a bad latch (which I now know was due to a lip tie), and she wanted to nurse ALL. THE. TIME.  So it hurt. A LOT.

When Aiden was first born, he took to breastfeeding right away.  He ate like a champion.  And, it was basically painless!  I think because Autumn weaned so close to when he was born, my body was still used to it, so I didn’t have the initial pain that I had with Autumn.  It was lovely!  It’s been great breastfeeding him.

Fast forward to now.  He’s growing teeth! Yay! He’s sleeping through the night! Also, yay!  But….. he’s biting me. And, he’s not eating all night so I’m very often waking up engorged.  Boo.  Not to mention the fact that he’s got some lovely little nails that he likes to dig into me when he eats.

Enter Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs.  OH-MY-GOODNESS! Can I please gush? I need to gush a little bit.  Last night, Aiden decided that he wanted to bite me instead of sleep.  Super great, right?  I left his room a little upset, and in pain.  I plopped these packs in the microwave& heated them, slipped them on into my bra, and it was like instant relief.  It felt as though he had never bitten me at all!

And want to know the best part?  As if the sheer relief wasn’t enough?  These are reusable and washable!  I love it.  I can totally see myself just having them chill out in my freezer so I can quickly grab them when I need them.  Also, they’re the perfect size for bumps on little heads as they grow, so just because you’re done breastfeeding doesn’t mean they’re not still useful 😉

Overall, this was a lovely product to try, and I REALLY wish I had them back when Autumn was a newborn because these would have been SO much better than what I was doing at the time.

I receive free products from Guidance Guide for review purposes but my opinions are all my own.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Supported In Breastfeeding: Book Review + Free PDF

It’s 3am, and I’m sitting in my son’s nursery.  It’s quiet, with only the small amount of light coming from a little owl lamp on his bookshelf.  My husband is asleep, my daughter is asleep.  It feels like it’s just us two.  I’m tired (exhausted), but I love this.  I love cuddling my little one and helping him fall back to sleep again.  I love holding him in his sleep, and I love knowing that I can give him everything he needs in this moment.  This is what breastfeeding looks like to us, right now.

But, breastfeeding didn’t always look like that for me.  It can be hard.  It can be painful.  It can be stressful.  Sometimes I accidentally flash an entire room of people without trying.  Sometimes, I don’t care because I need my baby to eat.  Sometimes it feels as though I am all alone in this.

And that is why Supported In Breastfeeding is such an important book for breastfeeding moms.  If you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding your baby, you should read this book.  Because none of us are really alone in this.  We’re all going through very similar things with breastfeeding.  Whether your baby takes to it immediately, or you struggle with it.. we’re all in this together.  Supported In Breastfeeding has 20+ stories from real life moms who have been right where you are, and that was so encouraging to read.

As I read through this book, I could relate to so many of the different stories.  I found myself nodding along with all the struggles and triumphs that these breastfeeding mamas described.  I felt so connected to the women in the book, even though I’ve never met any of them.  Their stories are so similar to my story.  I would recommend this book to any woman who wants to breastfeed their baby <3

Supported In Breastfeeding book review

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xoxo,
Alysa

 

I was able to read this book in advance of release in exchange for this review, the opinions stated here are my honest ones.

 

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World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story, Part 2

my breastfeeding story part 2

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Last year, I shared my breastfeeding story with Autumn, and a lot has changed since then.  So, in honour of it being World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I’d share part two of the story.

After the initial difficulty of breastfeeding Autumn, we went on to nurse for almost 18 months. I always said that I wanted to keep nursing until Autumn decided it was time to stop. She stopped pretty slowly, but it was very clear she was done! I am very happy that we went as long as we did.

Leading up to when Aiden was born, I got kind of nervous that things would go the same way they did with Autumn. It was a huge relief when he took to breastfeeding right away! He latched on at the birth centre a little while after he was born, and knew exactly what to do. 

Nursing Aiden has been so great! There hasn’t been any pain or anything and I’m so glad we haven’t had any issues with it. This is the breastfeeding experience that I had been hoping for! He’s growing like a little weed and I just love the time spent and the cuddles I get when I’m feeding him. 

I’m also loving how I feel so much more confident this time! When I was breastfeeding Autumn, I would get nervous about feeding her in front of other people but now it’s like its not a big deal. I just do it! I really love that I’m more confident. 

Looking forward to seeing how long he’ll want to nurse for!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Xoxo, Alysa

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Canadian Human Rights Museum Visit

Last week, we finally got to go visit the new Canadian Human Rights Museum that had opened here almost a year ago.  It was so much fun to be able to go see the new National Museum that had opened right here in Winnipeg!  It was interesting to see what the building looked like from the inside, too, because we had basically watched it being built.  We drive by there so often, that we saw a lot of the steps that went into the buildings construction.  Here are some of the pictures I took at the museum:

Canadian Human Rights Museum

dress: Modcloth // shoes: Toms // purse: Aldo

 

Canadian Human Rights Museum

They had a really interesting interactive exhibit there where images of bubbles appear under you when you go in! It was fun to join in on the dancing already happening there.

 

Canadian Human Rights Museum

Some of the walkways in the museum.

Canadian Human Rights Museum

Breastfeeding at the Canadian Human Rights Museum was particularily important to me because nursing freely is definitely a human right, and women have the right to feed their babies wherever they are and wherever they need to be fed.  This was taken in the Garden of Contemplation.  No one batted at eye at what I was doing there, which was really nice.

Overall, I found it to be interesting, but kind of sparse.  For such a giant building, I thought that there would be more in it.  The walkways were cool and everything, but it felt like there was a lot missing.  It also felt like there was a lot of emphasis on certain things, but way less on others.  It would be really difficult to decide which human rights events were “important” enough to warrant a bigger exhibit about it, yet some were given that.  I don’t know.  I enjoyed going, and I’m glad we went, but I felt a little bit let down by it.  It took forever to be built, and a lot went into getting it here, and it didn’t seem like there was actually very much to it.

If you’ve been to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, what did you think of it?

xoxo,
Alysa

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World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story

my breastfeeding story

It’s World Breastfeeding Week this week!  There has been a lot in the media lately about breastfeeding (or, has there always been a lot in the media about breastfeeding all the time, and I’m only noticing it now because it actually applies to my life?) Anyway, I had been thinking about writing about my breastfeeding story for a while now, and figured that this week was a great time for me to do it!

I want to tell you that breastfeeding came easy for me.  When I was pregnant, I read the book “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” and I specifically remember getting to the section on troubleshooting and skipping it because the rest of the book made it seem like it was going to be this super natural thing that would come to both of us pretty quickly.  Babies know what to do, they’re meant to.  But it wasn’t easy.  Breastfeeding was really hard for us, especially at first.  When Autumn was first born, she was a very tired baby.  She was also pretty lazy.  She would immediately fall asleep as soon as I started feeding her.  And when it wasn’t that she was always falling asleep on the job, it was that we had a poor latch.  There were lots of times where breastfeeding really sucked, pun intended.

The falling asleep often meant that when she woke up, she was just hungry again.  There was a lot of cluster feeding in the first few days (which I’m told is actually very normal).  But, because we had a poor latch, it also meant that it REALLY HURT.  She didn’t have any teeth when she was born, but when we were having problems with latching, it felt like she had razor sharp teeth.  I can’t tell you how painful it was.  Luckily, there was an easy solution there with nipple cream, the kind with lanolin in it, which was a lifesaver (or nipple-saver, as it were).  Also, we had a few days of breastfeeding strikes.  Those are SO frustrating.  I was literally leaking milk, but Autumn wouldn’t take any.  Luckily, it only lasted a day each time it happened… but I couldn’t believe how she refused it, and then cried more because she was so hungry.  Babies, man. They’re super weird.

Then, came the weight issues.  This is still really hard for me to talk about.  When Autumn was born, she was in the 50th percentile for weight.  At just over one month old, our doctor didn’t think that she had gained enough weight.  Then, the next day, Autumn had actually gone down a little bit in weight, which is not anything you ever want to see, so we got referred to a pediatrician.  This was the worst thing that we could have done.  Despite the fact that every single time after that, Autumn was ALWAYS bigger and ALWAYS gaining weight, it was never enough for this doctor.  This doctor talked to us like we were stupid, and like we were starving our daughter on purpose.  She just kept saying that Autumn needed more to eat, but then told me that I should only breastfeed her every three hours, and give her formula in between.  I didn’t agree with that at all.  I had no problem with breastfeeding my daughter as often as she wanted to be fed.  It was frustrating to not have that support from someone who was supposed to know what they were talking about.

And every time we saw this doctor, Autumn had gained weight.  The numbers were always going in the right direction, little by little.  At my two month follow up with my own doctor, she said that Autumn is probably just a small baby.  And that’s exactly true!  We ended up being referred to a different pediatrician.  The new ped told us that Autumn’s weight was good for her height.  I saw her one other time, and Autumn had gained enough that we could go back to our family doctor from then on out.  Our family doctor agreed that Autumn is a small baby, but that she looks perfect.  She was exclusively breastfed from when she was 3 months old until when she was 6 months old, when we started solids.  We are still going strong. Every time we get to another month, that is another major milestone for us.  Additionally, we went from going to see a doctor every single week, to not seeing a doctor for two months, and now, we are not required to go see our doctor until Autumn is one, unless something comes up.  It’s huge for us that we don’t have to go to doctors that often anymore!

There were so many times in there where I almost wanted to quit.  I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore because it was so hard.  Autumn will be 9 months old on Friday, and I can’t believe that we made it this far.  I am very grateful that we did make it this far!  Breastfeeding is something that I love doing.  I love that I am able to care for my daughter in this way, and it is so important to me.

There’s a lot that this experience has taught me.  I think one of the biggest ones is, if your doctor isn’t supporting you in your breastfeeding goals, you can find a new doctor! You don’t need to continue to see a doctor who treats you poorly.  That best decision we made was no longer seeing the pediatrician who made us feel bad about the way we were parenting our daughter.  It was so hard at first, and it was  hard for a decent amount of time, but it did get better.  When I look at my daughter, though, I know it was all worth it.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Stay cute while breastfeeding

As many nursing mama’s will attest, it’s really difficult to figure out what to wear while nursing.  You can’t wear certain things because you don’t have … ahem… easy access.  The last thing you want is to keep a crying baby waiting while you try to undress yourself, or to end up half-undressed and hiding in the bathroom to nurse.  Either scenario isn’t cute, and I’m finding that a lot of the clothes available to nursing mothers isn’t cute either.  So what is a mama to do?

Here are three ideas to help a new mama stay cute while breastfeeding:

1. V-Neck

V-neck

 

V-Neck is probably one of the easiest breastfeeding styles you can go with.  If you’re not afraid of being a little busty, that is.  Chances are, you’re going to have some great cleavage going on, and v-neck might be a little more than you bargained for.  If you’re uncomfortable with that, a stretchy tank top under it will work well, too!

2. One Up, One Down

One up one down

 

This is my favourite way to dress right now, and it’s perfect for anyone who is a little more modest.  I wear a stretchy tank top, which is pulled down, and a flowy top, which is pulled up.  Then you’re showing the minimum amount of skin that is necessary for breastfeeding, and layering is super cute!  I love leggings, too, which is perfect for my postpartum body.

3. Strapless

Strapless

 

Strapless is one the easiest breastfeeding styles out there.  I have a number of cute strapless dresses that are now open for me to wear, that I couldn’t wear while pregnant, and I’m so glad that they work for breastfeeding!  And if you feel like you’re showing more skin than you’d like, throw on a little cardigan!  Super cute and helps with breastfeeding.

What do you wear while breastfeeding your babe?

xoxo,
Alysa

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