Friday, October 24, 2014
I've been exclusively pumping for 13 months. I have never been able to get nursing to work with my Karebear, but I want her to have the best nutrition. Pumping takes so much dedication and perseverance.  As a pumping mom, I never felt I had many options to show off all my efforts, until I came across Bottle Nursing Boutique.  
Bottle Nursing Boutique began in February 2014. Stephanie, Christine and Bethany, got to chatting one day about how there wasn't gear out there for pumping moms, and decided to start a Facebook group and run a "buy" with the first items, a "bottle-nursed with love" onesie and a "bottle-nursing...another way to share the love" shirt for moms. After that, the whole thing just took off.  The "bottle-nursed with love" onesie  is still one of the most popular items sold.
Bethany says moms deserve to celebrate and show their exclusively pumping pride, and that's why she decided to take it to the next step and opened the website, Bottle Nursing Boutique. She has a full-time job but works very hard at coming up with new ideas for Bottle Nursing Boutique merchandise and is always keeping the Facebook group up to date with items that are available to buy. Everything is custom printed once there is twelve of each design ordered.  Bethany's goal is to be able to become large enough that they can keep all items in stock at all times, and to expand to include other items for not just pumping moms but for all moms!  
Right now, there are a total of 6 different designs available.  Two are for moms and the others are for babe.  The products aren't limited to clothing but also bibs, bags, tumblers and Bethany is working on keychains and pumping awards as well.
I received the "bottle-nursed with love" onesie in lavender.  I love how Bethany adds a personal note into the package.  It feels like a gift!  The onesie is made with Rabbit Skins brand, which is super soft cotton. There are three metal snaps to secure the onesie and the printing is durable throughout the several washes it's been through. The onesie was sized at 12 months, Karebear is 13 months and it fit perfectly! I love it!  I feel so happy seeing all my hard work written right there on her shirt for everyone to see!
Isn't my little Karebear sooooo cute in her Bottle Nursing Boutique onesie?
Like the Bottle Nursing Boutique Facebook page! Also, join the Bottle-Nursing Co-op Facebook group to help pick out new products and meet friends!
Below is a collage I made of some of the Bottle Nursing Boutique models from the FB group!
Here's a chance for you to get something too!  Bottle Nursing Boutique is offering a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!  Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited.  Giveaway will run from  10/25/14-11/3/14. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed.  You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
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Monday, October 20, 2014
Bras. Can't get by without one, especially when you are lactating. I haven't met a breastfeeding mom who doesn't have at least one nursing bra in their wardrobe. Whether you are going to nurse or pump, you want a bra that will provide quick access.  There are many different bras available for nursing and pumping moms. I was absolutely fascinated when I first learned about the different bras TheDairyFairy.com offers for those who are breastfeeding.
I received the new Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra in white to review. This bra is made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. It is wire-free. The cups and wings are composed of a double layer of the soft, stretchy cotton blend, which make it more supportive. The cups have slits through the center for the pump flanges to stick out through. The band and straps are made of a strong yet silky smooth elastic. There's a beautiful decorative stretch lace embellished on the inset of the cups. The Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra has a 3 hook and eye closure in the back. With 6 inches of setting adjustments.
When I tried on the bra, it felt comfortable. I wear a 2xl usually and was slightly concerned I would not have the right fit, as the sizes only go up to XL. I was so happy that it fit so perfectly. I also thought the Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra looks quite attractive on me. I could wear this bra at all times, even when I am no longer pumping. It feels that good. While pumping, it took a little getting used to. After my second try and some tightening of my straps, I found the Rose Handsfree  Pumping Bra is very efficient. You can conveniently set your flanges within the bra and they slide through the openings very quickly. This was my first bra specifically for pumping and it was so nice to be able to not hold the pump. I often get cramped up in my wrists and hands from holding the pump and felt freed from that obligation! Yet still able to get the job done. I used it for half an hour and got my typical output.
Washing the bra is simple. Cold wash with like colors, hang to dry. The bra makes pumping a heck of a lot easier! I am imagining all I can do now that my hands aren't tied up!
My favorite thing about this bra is the stretchy cotton cups and wings. The materials are great!
Is there anything I would change? I would reverse the direction of the slits in the cups so they point inward instead of outward, as it did feel my breasts were spread further apart than what I am used to.

I give the Rose Handsfree Pumping Bra a 9 out of 10!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Have you ever felt like you don't make enough milk? This is something so many moms worry about. It's a topic discussed frequently in breastfeeding support groups. I wrote a post bringing up some of the concerns I've heard related to milk production with helpful links that provide evidence based answers here- http://latchedonmom.blogspot.com/2013/04/do-i-make-enough-milk-for-baby.html
Now, there are definitely times where a mother may experience a decrease in milk output, stress, hormones and dehydration are the most likely reasons you may experience this. Moms who have little ones who cannot or will not nurse and rely on a pump, or return to work and have to pump also can face a struggle with milk production. I have never had good luck getting enough milk from exclusively pumping. I've pumped 8 times a day, 30 minutes or more per session and still couldn't cut it. I'd get less than 30 ounces when my baby (with her slow flow, paced feedings) required to eat 5-10 more ounces daily.
 Luckily we have many choices available that can improve your milk making efforts! One of the most common galactagogue choices you'll hear about is lactation cookies. I've always wanted to try making some but never wanted to buy all the supplies and let things go to waste. I was so happy when I came across the Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies Facebook page! I'm even more happy to provide a review of this WAHM business!

Jessica is the proprietor of Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies, and has a strong desire to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. Her business is based in Charleston,  South Carolina and many locals are loyal customers, but she ships freshly baked lactation cookies to anyone who needs them in the United States. She also will sell the dough if cooking them yourself is more your thing! All cooking instructions are included.
Every month she offers a special monthly flavor. Pumpkin is the flavor of the month for October! The other available cookies are S'mores, Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Cranberry, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Each order gives you one dozen cookies. 
Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies recommends that you consume 4 cookies on days 1 & 2, on days 3 & 4 to eat 2 cookies, and one cookie a day thereon. You can freeze cookies for up to 3 months if needed so anytime you can get a helpful lactation boost.
I received the S'mores lactation cookies to try. Every single cookie that traveled from South Carolina all the way to Iowa remained intact, moist, smelled and looked delicious.

So how did they taste, you wonder? They were scrumptious! I wanted to amp up my lactation cookie experience so I ate 6 in 24 hours. Ok, I'll be honest, maybe they were just so yummy that I couldn't help myself but to eat a couple more than recommended! The last half dozen was gone on the second day... and the best part is I finally got a treat I didn't have to share! The melted marshmallow and extra chocolate chips on these S'mores lactation cookies made the perfect companion with a cup of hot cocoa!

Three days later, I noticed a big increase! I got 2 more ounces total than usual. I was telling my hubby all day how full I felt and even pumped an extra session. On the 4th and 5th day I still felt full, and still saw an increase! Today is the 6th day after eating Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies, I don't feel as full and today I haven't had any increase in milk output but I imagine had I continued eating a cookie or two per day I probably would have seen more of an increase.
I loved these cookies, I give them a 10/10! and I think you will too! LIKE the Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies Facebook page today and look at all the yumminess!
Leaky Lady Lactation Cookies is helping me host a giveaway for a dozen cookies to one of my awesome readers! All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 10/16/14-10/24/14. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I'm pleased to have this opportunity to offer my fans a chance to win this beautiful necklace engraved with "she believed she could so she did" and the international breastfeeding symbol, custom made by Just Another Pastime.
Just Another Pastime is owned and operated by Andrea Wilber and her husband in Texas. Andrea is a proud breastfeeding supporter and has been making jewelry to honor all mothers in their breastfeeding journeys.  Her jewelry is 100% food grade aluminum, meaning it's hypoallergenic and tarnish free. She doesn't only make breastfeeding inspired jewelry, but also many other amazing metal pieces like bottle openers, keychains, necklaces, bracelets, etc. with various themes that anybody you can think of would enjoy.
Take a moment to check out the Just Another Pastime Facebook page and give it a LIKE!
If you'd like to win this awesome necklace,  fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  Open to US only.  Void where prohibited.  Giveaway will run from 10/15/14-10/22/14.  The winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed.  You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. 
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Sunday, October 12, 2014
I've been pumping for 13 months come this Thursday.  I asked for a pump within 24 hours of my daughter being born because of latching issues.  It's been a very long road... but I believe pumping was the best choice for my daughter, I wanted her to be able to reap the benefits breastmilk provides.  Studies have shown that babies who consume breastmilk have lower chances of contracting many illnesses and infections. There are so many reasons to choose to breastfeed and pumping is considered breastfeeding!  I love the post "101 Reasons to Breastfeed" by ProMom HERE!
Pumping has never been something I'd tell you was enjoyable because I have to sit forward, hold onto the pump and try to relax to get a letdown. It's a pain in the back, neck and butt! I've struggled big time getting good letdowns.  I am always intrigued at pumping related products and when I came across Pumpin Pals, I couldn't wait to see if what they said was true.  Would I really be able to sit back and relax for once while pumping? The design looked so appealing, I could tell just by looking at the pictures online that the flanges were clearly different than what I had been using.  This is what the website says how the Super Shields can help:
  • eliminates constriction of milk ducts caused by traditional flanges
  • promotes better flow
  • reduces nipple irritation
  • helps users sit back in a more comfortable, natural position
  • considerably more comfortable than traditional flanges
  • can be used with hands-free systems
  • especially effective for new moms and c-section moms
  • aids in the prevention of mastitis and other breast infections caused by plugged ducts
Sounds good, right? Well you can tell that I was definitely thrilled when Jon, the creator of Pumpin Pals gave me the chance to offer a review of my experience using Pumpin Pals!
I received 3 different sizes of flanges, Extra Large, Large and Medium.  This is great so that you can find the right fit for you.  Most moms are able to use 2 out of the 3. No other company gives moms as many choices. The Super Shields by Pumpin Pals take in much more breast tissue than a traditional flange, and I first thought I should use the extra large.  But I realized after just a few moments using it that it really didn't feel quite right and decided to try the large.  It was perfect! My advice would be to try the large first then decide if you need to go up or down a size.  You do not want the tip of your nipple rubbing along the edge.  I can use all three sizes without this happening. If you're still in doubt, just read over the instructions included in your package for more information.  
I've used Medela pumps mostly but recently began using an Ameda Purely Yours as well.  Pumpin Pals is great because it works with any pump, pretty much.  It completely replaces the flanges in the Medela models and rests inside the flanges of the Ameda Purely Yours.  Just push the Super Shield in and give it a little twist to stay put.  I didn't have any troubles with it shifting in either pump.
Above is a photo of what it looks like in a Medela.
Below is what it looks like while using an Ameda Purely Yours.





I have to tell you that I felt very comfortable using Pumpin Pals! It is so nice to just lean back and relax! I had to turn up the suction quite a bit the first few times in order to "program" my brain that I was still pumping because it's so comfortable.  But after about 3 sessions of using Pumpin Pals,  I was gaining about 1/2 ounce per session in output!  This may not seem like much, but to me it really is! I've never been able to have very good letdowns when pumping.  Pumpin Pals Super Shields are much more comfortable, that you may have to have a few sessions to get used to them.  Your body should be able to come around and figure it out. 
I will say that I think it is EASIER to use Pumpin Pals with my Medela, but there was absolutely no difference in how well it worked between the two brands that I noticed. I just like having it all ready with no extra pieces to put in.  When you're an EP'er anything that is easier is better!
See how happy I am?  I love my Pumpin Pals! They deserve a 10/10 for sure!
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
I love cloth diapers! There are many benefits to using them, they're better for your baby's skin, better for the environment and definitely a great way to save money! It's a good idea to experiment with all the different types of cloth diapers because diaper materials range between manufacturers so trying out everything helps you determine what will work best for your family. 
Today, I'll be letting you know all about Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers! Angela, the mastermind of Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers, is the designer and works directly with a China based manufacturer, which helps keep the prices of the diapers affordable. 
I received a Supreme One Size Pocket diaper in the Carnivale print. This diaper is VERY affordable, it's under $15! The first thing I noticed about this diaper were the double gussets (an extra layer of pul and elastic along the legs).  I love double gussets because they keep the mess in the diaper so much better!
The ultra soft grey inner fabric is called charcoal bamboo fleece.  I've never used this before and was slightly intimidated, but I found a great blog post written by Stacey Irwin on Green Earth News HERE explaining all the benefits charcoal bamboo has. To sum up that post, charcoal bamboo is known to be super absorbent, antimicrobial and great for baby's skin.  The insert that's included is 5 layers of absorbancy- 3 inner microfiber layers and covered in the charcoal bamboo fleece as well.

Look at this diaper print, isn't it awesome!  Hip Huggers has TONS of knockout prints available.  This is in the smallest rise setting, with overlapping wings. This setting would fit approximately 9 pounds.

Here is a pic showing a couple other settings, as you can see this diaper is very versatile, it can fit up to 34 pounds!

My little Karebear is almost 13 months old and about 22 pounds.  She will be able to use this diaper until she is potty trained.  It fits snugly around her waist, legs and back.  The first time we used this diaper, she went 4 hours without needing to be changed!  I was super excited, and decided to give this diaper a try for overnight.  I added a hemp soaker, along with the charcoal bamboo/microfleece insert and in the morning, there were no leaks!  It's so relieving when you finally find a diaper that can do this task!  Washing it is the same as you would any other pocket diaper, just take out the insert and wash on your normal diaper washing cycle.  I personally do a cold soak, warm wash and cold rinse and I line dry. But this diaper can happily take a tumble dry low setting, if you prefer not to hang to dry. I've washed this diaper about 5 times now and it looks just as good as it did the day we got it!

I have not had one single issue with this diaper, I absolutely love it! I give Hip Huggers a 10/10!
Hip Huggers also has All-In-Two cloth diapers, training underwear, wet bags, snack baggies, nursing pads, mama cloth, and other things available! Check out the Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers Facebook page!
Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers is letting me host a giveaway for the NEW Exclusive print that just came out called Rock-a-Birdy!

 Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!
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 Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media.
Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bebe Blando AI2 Diaper Review





Using cloth diapers is something that I'm fond of because they are better for your baby's skin, better for the environment and better for your wallet!  In my opinion, it's beneficial to test all varieties there are out there because materials used in cloth diapers range between manufacturers.  Trying everything helps you decide what type of diaper works best for your family.  There's many businesses you can buy cloth diapers from, but I think it's also great to support WAHM products.  Today I'll be reviewing an AI2 cloth diaper from Bebe Blando!
You can check out her Facebook page and store at the links below.
The owner, Kate, sent me a large size side-snap AI2 for reviewing purposes.  Immediately, I recognized how trim this diaper was.  I really loved how colorful and unique the pattern on the fabric was as soon as I saw it. This knit fabric is made of 95% cotton and 5% lycra.  Inside the diaper, there is a beautiful, soft yellow minky dot made of 100% polyester. Minky is known to be absorbent and easy to clean. There is a hidden layer of PUL between the outer knit layer and the minky layer, making this diaper leakproof.  The soaker is included and composed of a double layer of SHOBF (super heavy organic bamboo fleece). With this diaper, it is a snap-in snake style soaker, however a petal soaker option is also available if snake style isn't your thing.   
On the package that the diaper comes in, you're instructed to dry the diaper prior to use.  I dried then washed it with my normal diaper wash, with my normal cycle (cold, warm, warm).  I hung the cover out on the line.  Unfortunately the soaker curled along the edges after the wash and became very stiff.  I dried it a few times and it shrunk slightly, but it did soften up some.  However, it remained curled in, which made it difficult to straighten it out and get placed it in the diaper correctly. 


Karebear was approximately 20 pounds when the photos were taken and this diaper fit perfectly around her legs, with a lot of room to grow into at the waist.  She is on the tightest fitting. This was the first time that I used a side snapping diaper.  It isn't much different than a front snapping diaper, really, but it does take some getting used to manuevering your hands to get it snapped, if you are used to front snaps like me.  The diaper is trim and very cute! I usually change my baby every 2-3 hours and the first time she wore this diaper, she had it soaked in two hours and forty-five minutes to be exact!  Even with the "curly" soaker, the urine held in fine.  But because of the soaker issue, I was sent another snake style soaker (fleece sides in) as a replacement and with it, Karebear went three hours and thirty minutes before the leg holes felt damp. It's refreshing to know how dedicated Kate is to customer satisfaction and to her business! 
I have found that after three or four washes that the outer knit fabric has pilled slightly, but this isn't anything that takes away from the integrity of the diaper.  It doesn't cause it to be less effective.  It's just a very minor cosmetic issue that I thought would be important to address. This is something you may expect from a variety of fabrics that are used as an outer, besides PUL.  I use this diaper at least twice a week. I love the way it looks on my baby, and happy that it will continue to grow with her until she is potty trained!
My daughter looks so cute in her diaper by Bebe Blando!  I'd give Bebe Blando a 9 out of 10!
I'm sure you'll find the entire list of products made by Bebe Blando to be quite impressive.  Take a moment to also join the Facebook group called Bebe Blando Mini Groups & BST to help vote on new fabric prints for diapers and clothing, and have the opportunity to get first dibs on them!  There are diapers, skid free booties, tanks and tees as well as underwear! It's the only place you'll find coupons too!

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