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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I'm glad you've come over to my blog and hopefully are enjoying my posts!  I thought right now would be a great time to finally give my readers a post introducing myself.
My name is Lucy, I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and have lived in Iowa all my life.  I love it here, the land is beautiful and the people are very friendly.  And let me fill you in right now that I'm a huge Hawkeyes fan!! I love my family, I also love to garden, get messy in the kitchen, do arts and crafts, be outdoors and blog, of course.
I have been blogging for a few years now, I make digital art and do tutorials using the program Gimp, sharing mostly everything on my design blog http://annaica.blogspot.com, so feel free to look over there if you'd like... Although I have settled down on designing since my baby was born in September 2014, I do plan on updating/adding things there soon!  I decided to create a separate blog to talk about all my parenthood adventures.  I am a breastfeeding advocate. I cloth diaper, and practice any crunchy way that I can.  It feels good to be natural.
I love being a mom.  It's the best job in the world.  I became a mother in 2003, a sweet baby boy.  He's my sunshine. He's going to be 12 soon but he's still my baby.  He loves outdoor stuff like fishing, camping, swimming, biking.  He also is addicted to Pokemon and Zelda right now.  I have a post on my design blog HERE about what it was like breastfeeding him when he was little.  I worked full-time and it was difficult to figure out the whole pumping thing for me as a new, young mother.  But he is a very healthy boy and I think my milk really helped him become the strong boy he is!  He became a brother in 2010, we welcomed a baby girl into our lives.  I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed her for about 3 years.  She was a booby monster.  She never would take to a bottle, she didn't like food really, she just wanted milkies.  I look back now and treasure all that time spent snuggling and developing an amazing bond with her.  I had a serious case of postpartum depression and wrote about that HERE on my design blog. She is the smartest 4 year old I know.  She loves drawing and doing any type of craft.  She's into playing dress-up right now and playing with her huge dollhouse and barbies.  She is my little ladybug.  And she became a big sister just last year.  We had another girl and she has shown me what a tough cookie can be.  She has her own ways set already at just 9 months, definitely a big personality.  I have struggled breastfeeding her and wrote a post about what all we've been thru HERE.  I'm excited because we are getting an evaluation of her sucking reflexes and oral sensations done tomorrow.  I hope it helps us figure some things out about why she refuses to latch.  I'm an exclusive pumping momma! I am on break for now on having more children, but I wouldn't mind more, but just give me a year or so and ask me again, I might change my mind LOL!
I'm very open and honest and I hope to share my experiences with my readers.  It's my goal to bring you interesting things to think and learn about.  I'm going to start posting my own recipes and share tips on projects that I do.  I hope you have fun here and if you ever have questions, feel free to email me at latchedonmom@gmail.com!

 
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I'm very close to 500 Likes on my Facebook page, and wanted to celebrate with my fans!  My friend, Crystal made me a beautiful beaded bracelet to coordinate my blog and since I loved it so much, I decided to get 2 and giveaway one to a lucky winner.
  
In order to qualify to win, you must do the following:
and COMMENT on THIS POST that you like both pages!
Giveaway will close on July 8th, 2014 at noon CST. I will count up the entries and use random.org to select one person to win the bracelet!
Good Luck!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Open to US & Canada.
Monday, June 23, 2014



When I first saw a Milkies Milk-Savers advertisement in a magazine at my OBGYN office, I thought that it looked like a brilliant idea.  I mean, who really wants to waste any of that precious liquid gold?  So, I was beyond thrilled when I was offered to test this product out and tell everyone about my experience using it!
Milkies Milk-Saver is specifically designed to save every drop of breastmilk by simply resting in your bra and collecting milk from the side that you're not nursing or pumping from. This allows you to store the milk collected and use it for another feeding, whereas with a disposable nursing pad you'd just be throwing away or washing all that milk away with a cloth nursing pad.  I didn't even notice that it was in my bra, I found it to be comfortable.  The box says it can hold 2 or more ounces of milk at a time, so it's great for big leakers, especially.  I only really leak first thing in the morning, so I wore it on my first pumping session.  I LOVED that I was able to save almost a whole ounce of milk! 

Milkies Milk-Saver is composed of durable materials, free of BPA or phyhalates, and has been thouroughly tested to ensure it's completely safe, emitting zero chemical leaching.  It's reusable, as well as dishwasher safe.  When you no longer have use for it, you can pass it along to a friend or even recycle it at the curb!  I'm happy to say it's also made in the USA by Fairhaven Health.  They have several other great breastfeeding products that you can check out at www.mymilkies.com or www.fairhavenhealth.com.
What I love most about this product is how it is so simple to use!  You no longer need to waste your breastmilk with Milkies Milk-Savers!
Is there anything I'd want to change about it?  Yes, there is just one thing.  When I leaned over to get another bottle to pump into, all the milk that was collected poured into my bra.  I about cried... I have to remind myself that I can only be in a sitting position.  So I'd change it to have less likelihood to spill over. 
I have already been recommending this product to all my friends!  I find it to be a product every lactating woman could use. 
Do you want a Milkies Milk-Saver?  You have a chance to win one by filling out the Rafflecopter form below!  Open to US & Canada.  Giveaway will end on July 1st, 2014 at noon CST.  Winner will be announced here on this post.  Please check back to see if you've won!

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Latched On Mom was given a free product to test for review purposes, but did not recieve 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.  Latched On Mom is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media.   





Friday, June 20, 2014
I breastfed exclusively for 6 months with my oldest. Since I started working full-time and didn't get pumping mastered, by 8 months he was using formula only. I've regretted not knowing better but knew I could do better with my second. We had a variety of challenges to get through, including delayed feeding (3 hours after birth), PPD, tongue tie, thrush, biting and breastfeeding while pregnant. Even though we dealt with all that, we made it 3 years. I thought I was a breastfeeding pro. But then our third baby came along and proved me wrong.
Her first latch was perfect. She stayed on forever. It was so sweet. But her second feeding and third and so on she absolutely refused to latch. I tried every position and eventually I knew I'd need to pump to get her something in her tummy. So day two I started pumping every day after every attempt to latch. In the beginning, we fed her by syringe. By the time she was a week old, we bought bottles to try out. But she wouldn't latch onto bottles either. She would choke and gasp and cry then would not let it near her mouth again... Around 2 weeks,  we got a bottle with a different shaped nipple by MAM and she allowed us to feed with that. Finally!
I had taken her in to the family doctor twice, and she wasn't gaining yet. So doc said we'd do weights every week and keep trying to figure it out. She had to get weighed 4 times her first month. Took her in to see the hospital lactation consultant at a month old. She said, "just feed the baby" meaning to exclusively pump or whatever I wanted to do to get her to start gaining. We were also referred to see ENT to check her mouth out for ties & sucking issues. Well she had a class 2 tongue tie and a class 4 lip tie, one of the worst ones the ENT doc said she's corrected. It was a pretty quick procedure,  but a surgery nonetheless.  It took a couple weeks to heal, but when it did, my daughter was able to latch better and didn't choke as often on the bottle nipples. She still wouldn't nurse though.
So here's all the things I've tried to get her to nurse:
Using syringes instead of bottles
Pumping first then offering breast
Offering breast before, in the middle and after bottle feedings
Skin to skin as much as possible
Every breastfeeding position known to mankind
A nipple shield (which I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to keep it on)
A homemade SNS -syringe of milk squirted into tubing and stuck into her mouth while trying to latch
Dancing around singing to make it fun
Code sounds to train her to latch

She is 9 months old now and still won't nurse.  She licks and nibbles. I think she shows interest still so I am not giving up yet. Hopefully she can figure it out! I plan on getting her evaluated for suck therapy and possibly a swallow study. I will continue pumping as long as I can for her also. Every little bit of breastmilk she gets is beneficial.  I love that she gets momma milk & I have also had two milk donors give her their milk so we don't have to rely on formula. Thanks to HM4HB IOWA (https://www.facebook.com/HM4HBIA) and the Cedar Rapids Leaky Mamas Facebook group. We're blessed to have that option available.

Did you have challenges nursing?  What got you through it?


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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After I had my second child is about the time I first looked up anything about using cloth diapers, I knew that cloth is a better choice for our environment and safer for baby's skin.  At that time, we were still living in a 2 bedroom apartment with a shared washer and dryer for 7 tenants.  We didn't have a diaper service in our area at that time, either (Although now there is! Read my review of Soggy Bottom Diaper Service HERE).  I honestly still didn't have a clue about cloth diapering, I couldn't find a way to make it work right then.  But I really wanted to use them instead of disposables.  So I found some cloth training underwear and plastic pants at a garage sale and decided that at least would be worth a try.  My daughter was 18 months and potty trained in less than a week when I started using the garage sale finds. I did have some success with cloth, afterall!

When I became pregnant with baby #3, I went on a mission to understand everything about cloth diapering!  I joined a local Facebook cloth diapering group and asked a hundred questions.  A few of the members really went out of their way helping me learn all I needed to know to get started.  Armed with this new knowledge, I decided that using prefolds and covers would be the most budget-friendly for our family. We bought about 40 prefolds and 2 covers, newborn size.  I love the simplicity of using prefolds, how they stack so neatly and are easy to organize. Plus they're cheap enough that you can cloth diaper without completely emptying your bank account.  Although I must mention that it can be difficult being frugal because there are some absolutely adorable covers in fabulous prints and colors out there...  

I am amazingly lucky to have a couple friends that generously destashed which gave me the opportunity to try a few "one-size" AI2's (All In 2's) including TrendLab, Fuzzibunz and bumGenius.  To be honest, I really prefer the bumGenius brand so far out of everything I've tried, and I set forth on finding the best deals online for them. I found The Green Nursery to offer packages at reasonable prices, with a great rewards system that gives you points per purchase that add up and used like cash when you redeem on future purchases.  And referring others can give me more points also!  Please click the link above to sign up and check out TGN products! 
5 days after I ordered, the diapers came.  They look so pretty all stacked up, and absolutely adorable on my baby girl!




Soggy Bottom Diaper Service Review

If you're looking into using cloth diapers, a diaper service is an option you may have!  Using a diaper service is even more eco-concious, compared to those who wash at home.  Industrial washers and dryers use less water, detergent and electricity.  Using a diaper service saves time because they do all the dirty diaper laundry.  They come right to your door to deliver clean diapers and pick up the dirties on a weekly basis. Most parents would agree that is what makes a diaper service so awesome!

We're more than lucky to have Soggy Bottom Diaper Service available to those in Muscatine, Iowa City, Quad Cities and surrounding areas. The service gives you everything you need to cloth diaper, and all quality materials. When you set-up service, they bring you a diaper pail with a lid that keeps in all the odors, with two heavy-duty reusable wet bags (one full of clean prefolds, one for the diaper pail) that zip closed.



Their weekly rates are definitely affordable, with numerous options for quantity of prefolds, depending on your need. All the options are found at http://www.soggybottomdiapers.com under the PRICING tab on the webpage. For example, 60 prefolds is only $17 a week.  The prefolds they have are highly absorbant cotton, real workhorses & great for baby's skin. Also, you get 6 waterproof wrap-style covers to rent out, which allows you to trade in to the next size as baby grows.  Other products such as diaper fasteners, swim diapers, extra covers, wetbags, etc. are available to purchase and they will be conveniently brought along with the next expected delivery.


 
Soggy Bottom Diapers has superb service!  The owners, Wendy and Trent, are very friendly and helpful.  During set-up, I was instructed on a new type of way to fold the prefolds and it's been the most effective fold I've used yet.  I didn't have any luck with prefolds until I tried Soggy Bottom Diaper Service, actually.  My baby had no leaks, whatsoever.  I'd say she looks real cute with that little Soggy Bottom butt!



I think using a cloth diaper service is especially valuable to new parents.  It helps you get used to using cloth, without making a full commitment.  My advice is to give it a try and find out if it's something you enjoy.  I can proudly say that cloth diapering has been very rewarding for our family thus far. My husband says he enjoys taking out less garbage, I enjoy saving money and being able to help our environment. 

If you live in the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Muscatine or surrounding areas, please stop over and LIKE Soggy Bottom Diapers Facebook page, or visit their website at www.soggybottomdiapers.com!

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.
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