Giveaway: Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast Pump & Hands-Free Bra, 1/20-2/7

Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast Pump

From Christy at Uplifting Families:

The moment that I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son, I immediately knew that I wanted to breastfeed him. I never worked with my older two children and had no idea what type of breast pump to use. After careful searching, I figured out that I would need a double electric breast pump, so that I could pump milk from both breasts at the same time. When I was working I took two 15 minute breaks and used part of my lunch hour to pump. This worked well for me, and it was a schedule that was doable with my employer.

Lansinoh and Klout gave me to the opportunity to receive a Signature Pro Double Electric breast pump. The Signature Pro series is designed to mimic your babies natural feeding pattern. It has three custom settings to allow you to adjust the breast pump, so that it is comfortable for you. I love that the pump comes with its very own carrying bag; it helps you disguise your breast pump. You can easily fit all of your accessories and pump into the carrying bag. When I was pumping for my youngest son, I always kept a few breast pads and extra accessories in my bag in case I needed them.

The prize package also includes a Lansinoh hands free bra. It is a size S-XL. This is one thing that I wish that I had when I was pumping. You can pump while reading a book, or you can continue working if you are lucky enough to have a private office. The four-way layering support system helps secure the pump flanges to maintain a tight seal while the 10″ adjustable VELCRO® brand closure panel provides the right fit over time as you lose your baby weight.

I have teamed up with Lansinoh, Klout, and several other bloggers to giveaway a Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast pump, Hands-Free Bra, and a few other breastfeeding goodies. One lucky winner will be chosen at random on 2/7/14. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email. This giveaway is open to the continental US only and must be over 18 years old to win. Good luck and don’t forget to enter the giveaway using the entry form below.



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Review: Pink Blush Maternity clothes (and nursing too!)

When I was pregnant with Baby J, I bought a fairly extensive maternity wardrobe. Well, maybe it wasn’t. What’s extensive? But many of my friends seem to get by with yoga pants, a pair of jeans or two, and some tops. I, however, had to buy clothes appropriate for work (I was teaching full time), church (played in the church orchestra every Sunday), and the rest of the time. It was difficult to find things that were flattering and appropriate. Okay, some of what I bought wasn’t flattering. *sigh* I recently heard about Pink Blush Maternity (formerly Sweet Pea Maternity). It’s a company I wish I’d known about when pregnant. We do plan on having at least two more children, so next time, I know where to look!

Pink Blush contacted me about reviewing one of their tops or dresses. They offer trendy, cute, and affordable maternity clothing. Although I’m not currently pregnant, many of their clothes function as nursing wear, so I chose the Aqua Scrunchy Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress to review. The dress appears to currently be sold out on their website. 🙁

Sorry about the overexposed photos! We didn’t have a good photo-taking opportunity.

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My Experiences:

The dress is lovely with plenty of room to expand in the waist. I don’t think it looks like a “maternity dress” at all. I was planning on nursing my son in this dress, but go figure…he weaned a few days before the dress arrived! If you can tell in the photo above, the bra cups can actually be scrunched down. They will go all the way down if you want, completely exposing your breast, which is exactly what you need for nursing.

For reference, I’m 5’10,” 159 lbs., and wearing a size large. I think I could wear a medium though, because the bust wasn’t at all tight on the size large. I was a little concerned that “the girls” would fall out when I leaned over, but it wasn’t too risque. I wasn’t flashing a nip, anyway. My chest isn’t well-endowed anymore, and when I pulled on the cups, there was plenty of room for bigger “girls.”

The dress is lightweight and feels like nice quality…not cheap. I’ve washed the dress on cold, and hung it to dry without any issues. I wore it to the park and playground when it was at least 90 degrees outside, and I think it’s also the perfect dress for the beach. The only downside is if you uhm “glow” a lot like me, it could potentially show “glow” stains. I didn’t have any issues when I was walking briskly around the lake even though my body temperature was up from exercising. When I sat in my car, however, it took a while for my body to cool down. In the meantime, the back of my dress that was pressed against the car seat…well, there were “glow” marks on my lower back. 🙁 No sweat marks on the front though (away from the seat and towards the A/C vents), so that’s a plus!

As I mentioned above, I’m really excited about this company and look forward to wearing trendy maternity clothes during my next pregnancy! Seriously, where were these cute clothes when I was lumbering around town?

If my dress shows a little too much skin for your taste, Pink Blush has plenty of modest dresses and other maternity clothes. They have an awesome sale section, I’ve noticed. And standard shipping is $5 with free shipping on orders over $50. They also ship to Canada and other locations.

Note: I received a complimentary dress by Pink Blush Maternity to review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are mine and may differ from yours.

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Weaning from Breastfeeding- My Story (Part One)

Baby J is finally sleeping through the night consistently! This has happened in correlation with weaning. Up until a couple months ago, I went back and forth on whether or not I was going to start weaning him from nursing at a year or keep going until he was 18 months or two. At one point, it looked like I would be released from my Army Reserve obligation before my contract was up, since we’ll be moving to Spain. Then we found out we won’t be moving for a few extra months- after my contract has been fulfilled. This means I still have to attend Army Reserve drills, including two weeks of annual training away from my family.

I know from experience that I can’t pump enough breastmilk to freeze for two weeks. There’s no guarantee Baby J would even accept it, because of my excess lipase levels, even if I scald the milk before freezing. I’ve tried this before, and he rejected it. If you’re unfamiliar with lipase, it’s an enzyme that breaks down the fat in breastmilk. If, like me, you have too much of it, the fat breaks down more quickly. The fat is what makes breastmilk taste yummy to babies, so the lipase will quickly make breastmilk taste soapy. The older the milk is, the soapier it will taste. Scalding milk immediately after expression and before storing will help inactivate the lipase. There’s a negative. Scalding breastmilk will destroy some of the nutrients, so it should not be a baby’s primary source of nutrition.

Starting at around 8 or 9 months of age, I tried getting Baby J used to goat’s milk. It’s easier to digest than cow’s milk, and some studies have indicated goat’s milk is more nutritious, as well. I tried up until he was a year, but he just was not a fan. He’d eat goat’s milk yogurt sweetened with fruit or organic coconut palm sugar, but that was about it. Once he turned a year, I started giving him cow’s milk. He drank a little bit here and there, but wasn’t too interested.

At his one year well-baby appointment (he was 12 months and 9 days), the doctor told me Baby J had dropped to the 20th percentile in weight (he was 70th at one point, then 50th). She expressed surprise that he’d barely started drinking cow’s milk, which surprised me in turn. It never ceases to amaze me that the American Academy of Pediatrics will recommend one thing, and my son’s doctor of the moment will recommend another. If you’re thinking right now that I should get a new pediatrician, it’s not that easy. My son’s assigned to a team of doctors at a military family clinic. He’s seen a different doctor every appointment since he was born. I should note that part of the reason for his weight loss, may be that he’s an early walker. He’s more active than the average 1-year old, so that will make a difference in weight.

Anyway, I told the doctor that Baby J had barely started drinking cow’s milk, and she recommended that he drink 24 oz. of whole milk a day in addition to nursing. Keep in mind, I was still nursing him, 6+ times a day. The very next day, I started weaning him. It actually hasn’t been too bad. We got out of the house everyday, so keeping busy would distract him from nursing. I offered him whole cow’s milk, and he started to average about 8 oz. a day. It’s still not 24 oz. of course, but I’ve also been giving him cottage cheese, pepper jack cheese (boy loves spicy), and yogurt.

I’ve also been feeding him more solids, all around. Again, the doctor was surprised that I was nursing more than solid feeding, but all the literature I’ve read from reputable sources like the AAP have said that breastmilk should be the main source of nutrition until a year, with everything else just supplemental. So as far as breastfeeding since starting the weaning process, Baby J has been nursing when he gets up in the morning, once mid day, and right before bed. I was only engorged the first day, so my supply adjusted quickly. I’m not too concerned about only nursing three times a day. I have time to wean him all the way, so there’s no need to hurry, right? You know, when I was breastfeeding every two hours around the clock for months on end, sometimes I hated nursing. But now that I’m doing it less, it has become more of a bonding moment when I get to snuggle my baby close. Weaning has made nursing not just bearable but enjoyable.

How old was your little one when you weaned? Was it a long process or did your baby wean his/herself?


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