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Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Week 50 – All I Want for Christmas….

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This post is part of the weekly breastfeeding blog hop, hosted by us, and co-hosted by Life as Wife, Mummy, and NurseThis week’s topic is, “Gifts to Give a Breastfeeding Mother”

It’s hard to believe that this is our last week for the 2012 Breastfeeding Blog Hop! We are taking the last two weeks of December off due to the holidays, so that Jeniffer, Sarah and I, and all of you, can enjoy time with our families. It has been an immense pleasure hosting the Hop for the past few months, and we are excited to see what 2013 looks like for this community!

Today we are talking about gifts to give a breastfeeding mom. Some of the first things that come to mind when I think about this aren’t things you can buy in a store, or wrap up and put under a tree, but  I think they are the most important gifts.

  • Support
  • Encouragement
  • Respect of her choices

You can’t put a price tag on those three things, but I promise you, if there is a breastfeeding mom in your life, she will be forever grateful if you give them to her. Breastfeeding is hard work. Sometimes we doubt ourselves. We are often going against the grain, and outside the norm of our social circles. A kind smile or word can give us what we need to keep going.

Now, none of the above means that there aren’t some gifts that a breastfeeding mom would love to find under the tree! There are several things that I know I would have loved to receive at any point over my last several years as a breastfeeding mom. I would still love them, for those who know me and are reading this, by the way…. Hint, hint!

A gift card for a good nursing bra

I’m just going to be honest…. Those things are expensive! I’ve told a few family members in complete seriousness that I would adore a gift card so I could by myself a few of them without feeling guilty, but I don’t think anyone has taken me seriously. I. Am. Serious! There are several great brands out there. The ones I have personally yearned for the most are Bravado (supposed to be particularly good for those who are a bit…. blessed) and Cake Lingerie (absolutely gorgeous!).

Nice nursing clothes

You could either choose something particularly nice or give a gift card for this as well. I have never spent the money on “nursing” clothes, but I have thought a few times that it would be great to have a killer dress or two that I could breastfeed in discreetly. As it is, I just spend the entire time I’m breastfeeding avoiding dresses.

A great breastfeeding pump

Now, this one only applies if you know it’s something the momma is interested in and would use. I’ve yet to really have a need for a pump, since I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I prefer to be with my babies most of the time when they are still young. But some moms enjoy having a bit more flexibility, or they need to return to work, and a truly good breastfeeding pump can be a lifesaver. I highly recommend Hygeia. They are a great company, and are truly committed to supporting breastfeeding.

Fun breastfeeding advocacy gear

If the momma in your life is a “lactivist”, she may get a big kick out of a shirt for her or baby, or a bumper sticker, decal, messenger bag, etc with a pro-breastfeeding message. There is some seriously cute stuff out there on Etsy, Cafe Press, and other shops, and it may be the sort of thing she would have a hard time spending money on herself (if she’s like me!).

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, what is on your “wish list”? How would you feel if you received the gifts I mentioned?

Be sure to check out what other moms have to say in the linky below! We would love if you would link up your old or current posts on this topic. Please be sure to mention the BF Blog Hop and link to this post or our page. We would love it if you shared the BF Blog Hop with your readers by including the linky code in your post, too. If you’ll leave us your twitter handle in the comments, we’ll be sure to tag you when we tweet your post! If you are new to the Hop, be sure to check out the Breastfeeding Blog Hop page for more information about how it all works.




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Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Week 46 – Survival Mode

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This post is part of the weekly breastfeeding blog hop, hosted by us, and co-hosted by Life as Wife, Mummy, and Nurse. This week’s topic is, “Breastfeeding and Holiday Challenges.”

Last year at this time, I had a 9 month old. A crazy, curious, attention-hogging 9 month old. Abby was just learning to pull up, and she loved making people laugh. I was aware that she could easily wean during the holidays, especially since she would be getting so much attention. I decided to watch for it and deal with it as I saw fit.

Thanksgiving came around, and I found that even with a house full of people, I could easily make the excuse of needing to change her diaper and get a feeding in while we were alone. Because Abby was eating some table foods, this plan worked throughout the holiday season. She didn’t wean, and we were able to reconnect and chill after a few hours of others making a big fuss over her. Those “stolen” moments with her were some of the most precious breastfeeding memories that I have with Abby. I found out that I was pregnant with Lily just a few days later, and breastfeeding quickly became more of a chore than a joy as I dealt with the roller coaster emotions that come with pregnancy.

This holiday season, I will have a 3-4 month old who isn’t eating any foods just yet. I’m hoping that this just means more “stolen” moments with my sweet girl as I definitely don’t intend on letting her wean! Of course, with her food sensitivities, this also means that I will be bringing along my own meals and hopefully not eating anything on accident that will upset her tummy. It may also mean that I use my breastfeeding cover a bit more than I did last year, depending on if Lily lets me use it without much fuss. ;)

What does your holiday survival guide look like while breastfeeding? Any tips you would recommend to new moms?

 

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2012: Living Intentionally

Jeniffer and I both really enjoyed our week “off” from blogging. It was nice to have extra time with my family and to give my brain some time to rest!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with your families! Here’s a few photo highlights from mine:

Isaiah (3) and Makaylah (8) enjoying the aftermath of snickerdoodle baking - an annual tradition here.

 

They were begging to open"just one" present on Christmas Eve.

 

Makaylah and Sophia painting a present for my mother-in-law.

 

Isaiah has a newfound love of Legos, so he had a blast building legos with his daddy at my aunt and uncle's. So many of my (almost all adult) cousins love building legos that there was even a lego building contest, and the legos just stayed out as a center piece afterward!

 

My sweet kids Christmas morning in their annual Christmas pj's. Makaylah (8), Nehemiah (11 months), Isaiah (3), and Sophia (6)

 

 

I’ve done New Year’s resolutions in the past, but not every year, and with limited success on achieving my resolutions. I’m pretty sure my resolution last year was, “Have this baby soon!” Ha! I vacillated about whether to make any resolutions this year. But after reading this post by Ann Voskamp, I felt newly encouraged to make some goals as we head into a new year.

1. Our family has committed to reading through the Bible in one year. We’ll be going chronologically, something I’ve never done before, and I’m excited to see how God will use His Word in the life of our family.

2. We’ve played games off and on with our children over the years, but last night was our first real “game night.” I made dairy-free no bake cookies, Daddy brought peanut butter M&M’s, and we taught the kids how to play Go Fish with a real deck of cards. It was a blast, and we want to make it a weekly occurrence – no phones, no T.V., just our family, food, silliness, laughter, and memories.

I did pick up my phone during the game long enough to snap a picture!

 

3. Financially, we’ve been working on paying off debt for awhile, but we want to be more aggressive about it this year. As part of that and an overall desire to be better stewards of our finances, we are limiting eating out to a rare treat. Because its a stress reliever for both of us, it had become a once, twice, or even three times a week event. To keep us from falling into that, I’m working hard to do a better job at meal planning, something I’ll share more about in an upcoming post.

I have other goals that I won’t take time to go into here, but there’s one word that those goals and all the ones I’ve shared have in common. Intentional. I want to be intentional about the way we spend our time and our money, and about the way we parent and disciple our children. It wasn’t perfect, but my intentional focus at savoring the season this Christmas was a wonderful experience, and I want it to spread to this whole year. Living intentionally.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any goals in 2012 for yourself or your family? Is there a word that encapsulates your focus for this year?

 

 

 

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