CLOSED Giveaway: Nursing Mommy 1/16-2/15

Welcome to the My Four Littles Nursing Mommy Giveaway Event!
Hosted by: My Four Littles
Welcome to the My Four Littles Nursing Mommy Giveaway!
Are you an expecting mommy? New mommy? Do you plan to breastfeed? As a nursing mommy myself, I’m thrilled to participate in giveaway with a list of prizes to make pregnancy and the early days of parenthood a little easier. Please visit our sponsors as well as the other bloggers helping promote the giveaway. Without everyone, this giveaway wouldn’t be possible. Check out the sponsors and cohosts below and fill out the Rafflecopter entry form for your chance to win one of these great prizes!

Thank you to co-hosts Everything Mommyhood, Stay A Stay At Home Mom, Natural HairLatina, Mommy’s Craft Obsession, All In A Day’s Work, Zephyr Hill Blog, An Ordinary Housewife, and Tots and Me for helping promote and a big thank you to all of our great sponsors for these awesome prizes.

List of Prizes


Peek Away Nursing Kit 

Preggie Pops Prize Pack (3 win)

Funny Face Cranberries Prize Pack

Majamas Nursing Bra

Milk Bands Nursing Bracelet

Kissed by the Moon $20 Gift Card

Udder Covers Nursing Cover

Sophie the Giraffe Teether 

Teething Bling Gift Set

Halo SwaddleChange


Please read the terms and conditions of this giveaway.
US Only. Ages eighteen and up. My Life: A Work in Progress and other bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.
Thank you for entering and good luck!

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Boobs are for sex! Not babies

I’ve been watching the Delaware mall breastfeeding controversy since it started. I actually follow all the breastfeeding stories that make it to regional or national news. I nurse my son in public often and have yet to be given a dirty look let alone a derogatory comment, but obviously some women are not as fortunate. I do use a burp cloth usually as a cover or a jacket now that it’s cold. I wonder if that helps? I haven’t used a nursing cover since my son was a couple months old. My big diaper bag was just too much to drag around, so I consolidated to a large purse with just the essentials. Personally, I think the nursing cover draws more attention to what you’re doing. It’s large and screams, “I’m breastfeeding my child!” to everyone. If you’re trying to be discreet, that may not be the best option.

But maybe you don’t want to be discreet? After all…the view of breasts in American culture (and other Western countries) is completely jacked up. The prudish cultural views about BFding in the U.S. needs to change! I would love to see a woman nursing in public daily when I go out!

You know what I really hate? The idea that a nursing mom should go into a family restroom or public restroom to nurse her child! Would you eat your lunch in a smelly public restroom? I wouldn’t! So why should my child?

There is an exception for me. There’s a Macy’s in a mall near here that has a mother’s room attached to the public restroom. You walk through the restroom to get there. But there are no disgusting TOILETS in the actual mother’s room…just couches, lamps, a sink, and a large change table. That’s fine. I’ll nurse in a room like that if it’s available. My son does get distracted if we’re in a public area and there’s a lot going on, so I’m fine with nursing in private if it’s an appropriate area. Restrooms are not appropriate!

I just don’t understand why people view nursing as “disgusting,” “sick,” or “gross.” Hello?! What do you think breasts were made for??? That’s where the real issue lies. We have this view that breasts¬†are sexual objects. That’s why they’re dressed in lace, photographed, magnified beyond life, and pinned up on advertisement posts on buildings, shopping mall walls, etc. That’s not offensive. But attach a baby to it, and all heck breaks loose!

I know, they look like eyeballs. I'm not an artist.
I know; they look like eyeballs. I’m not an artist.

 

Sorry, men, but breasts were not made for you! So get over it! Otherwise, why does milk build up in them and leak out of them after a woman gives birth, even if she doesn’t want to breastfeed? Animals nurse their young from breasts…but we’re not supposed to?? It’s natural to breastfeed.

This is where ignorant idiots say things like, “It’s natural to fart.” or “It’s natural to urinate.” Really?! You’re going to equate defecating, urinating, and flatuating¬†to feeding a baby the best food of his or her life?

Breastfeeding is undisputedly¬†best for infants. I’m not saying formula is bad…it isn’t. But breastmilk is better. It’s better for moms too! It lowers the incidence of disease and health complications in both babies and moms.

For more on the benefits of breastfeeding, please peruse these pages:

The CDC reports that 75 percent of moms start out breastfeeding in the U.S., but only 13 percent…THIRTEEN…are still exclusively breastfed at six months! We need¬†to have a culture that encourages and expects breastfeeding as the norm.¬†As long as American mothers are ridiculed and treated like social pariahs for nursing their children in public, this will never happen!

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Review: The Babywearing Workout

When I was pregnant with my son, I was hungry all the time (once the morning sickness passed, that is). I actually ate fairly healthy food, since greasy fast food made me ill…BUT I ate too many portions of the nutritious food, so in the end…I still gained too much weight. ūüôĀ

I gained about 70 pounds (yikes!), but lost 35 within five days after delivering my son, so I obviously had a lot of water weight, etc. Since then, I’ve been slowly losing the rest. Around Thanksgiving I settled between 175-180 lbs., and I’ve been able to maintain that range through the holidays, in spite of the cookies, caramel brulee lattes, and dinner parties.

My first goal is to reach 165 lbs., my pre-pregnancy weight. After that, I’d like to concentrate on fitness. When I was in my best shape, I was 152 lbs., but I had little body fat and a lot of muscle (I’m 5′ 10″ tall). That’s where I’d like to be again, but I know that will require hours of running and weight training every week. That’s not so easy when you have a child, I learned quickly.

And then I heard about the Babywearing Workout…

The Babywearing Workout logo

When Kelli, the mom behind the Babywearing Workout contacted me, I was excited and motivated to kick the rest of this baby weight in the butt! The Babywearing Workout is a 30 minute program that you along with your baby can follow in your own home. I do it in our living room!

After Kelli had her daughter, she found herself constantly bouncing around with her daughter in a mei tai, trying to get her baby to sleep. Kelli decided to turn her bouncy movements into exercises to lose weight she gained while pregnant and before. She lost 70 pounds within 10 months!

Before and After: Kelli at 6 weeks and then 11 months postpartum
Before and After: Kelli at 6 weeks and then 11 months postpartum

Kelli was inspired to share her experiences and her workout program with other new moms, so they too can reach weight loss success without diet pills, or paying for a personal trainer or gym membership!¬†You can read more about Kelli’s story by clicking HERE.

Our experiences:

After doing the Babywearing Workout for a week, I lost two pounds. Considering it’s the holidays, and what I’ve been eating, that’s definitely a success! I don’t know if I truly had more energy, or if the workout was a placebo effect, but I felt better about myself, and that made me energized. I’ve been using a Moby wrap but will be purchasing a mei tai carrier for working out in the future, since it’s a little more structured and supportive for Baby J.

I usually post personal photos with my reviews, but I’m still shy about my body and current weight. What I will do is post more photos down the road, as I lose more weight. I’ll update you all as I continue to do the workout. Especially wonderful is that I’ll soon have extra motivation and support…

The Babywearing Workout’s New Year’s Resolution- Weight Loss Challenge:

Starting January 14, Kelli and other new moms like her and me will be participating in The Babywearing Workout’s New Year’s Resolution- Weight Loss Challenge for 10 weeks! Through a private Facebook group, we’ll be able to hold one another accountable, as well as share tips and recipes. There will even be awesome prizes, including two Onya Baby Cruiser Carriers!

To learn more and purchase your own copy of the Babywearing Workout (DVD and download available), visit the Babywearing Workout Web site. Use code: RESOLUTION at checkout for a 15% off discount!!

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Because Kelli is awesome, she’s offering several Babywearing Workout downloads as prizes for the Bellies to Babies giveaway that starts tomorrow, Jan. 5! Fans of the Babywearing Workout on Facebook will receive an extra entry, so head on over to Facebook and “like” Babywearing Workout today!

Note: I received a complimentary download of the Babywearing Workout to review and was not compensated for this post. I was not asked to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed above are my own and may differ from those of others.

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