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The Ultimate Lactation List for Massive Milk Supply

I am at the tail end now nursing my third baby, and I started making a list of everything that is necessary to really achieve a great milk supply. It’s super easy to stress about having enough milk, but if you focus on the right foods and helpful tools, you can really achieve a generous supply that will allow you to have a storage supply and a nice, chubby baby. Here are my 5 insanely great tips on all things lactation and breast milk supply! First, you need to focus on the best foods to eat. I have an insanely popular post, The 5 Best Foods To Pump Up Your Milk Supply and Lose The Baby Weight. Read that post to get yourself acquainted with the right foods to eat to nourish your body and your baby. In that post, I have some recipes linked for each food as well.…

New Mama Postpartum Gift Basket Guide

My sister just became a mom of three. She has three girls, and I have three boys, so I couldn’t help but make her the girliest, prettiest gift basket ever. Obviously I’m craving anything other than blue, dirt and trucks. I put together a super simple gift basket for her, and it has some super important items that every new mama would love and need when first getting home with a new baby. Here’s what I bundled up in a basket for her, to help her transition at home. This post contains affiliate links.  New Mama Gift Basket Guide: A beautiful gift for baby: Nothing is better than a gorgeous outfit, hat or keepsake item for the new baby. I got an angel outfit because I’m secretly wanting to photograph the little bundle all dressed up. You can grab one like it from Amazon here, or check out Marshalls where…

5 Foods You Didn’t Know Increase Breast Milk Supply

I’ve been nursing my third baby a year now. It’s such a blessing to have nursed three babies now with a healthy supply. Having a healthy supply is so important, and there are some foods I found that increase breast milk supply, which I had no idea. I knew these 5 foods will increase your supply and help you lose baby weight, but with further research, I found out there are more lactogenic foods out there we can count on to increase supply! this post contains affiliate links. Here’s the list of 5 Foods You Didn’t Know Increase Breast Milk Supply Green Papaya: This is first on the list because did you even know there is such thing as a green papaya? Well, it’s really just an unripe papaya. Apparently green papayas are popular in Asia as a breastfeeding food. I’m not sure how it tastes green because I haven’t…

How To Transition Your Nursing Baby to Solid Foods

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Gerber® Pure®. All opinions are mine alone. #GerberPureWater #CollectiveBias This may seem like a simple topic, but with my first baby, I had no idea when to give him anything solid to eat. I mean, he was already so chubby. But, as he hit about 9 months or so, he was wanting to eat everything we were eating. My natural instincts told me that if he wanted some, give it to him. But, as a first-time mom, I was concerned my instincts were not instincts, but just guesses. If you are ever unsure on your mom instincts, trust your pediatrician for any advice! Fast-forward to baby number three, and now I am confident on transitioning babies from nursing to solid foods. I’m in the transition as we speak with my 10-month-old. He literally screams if he doesn’t get to eat…

The Butt Cream My Mom Advised to Eliminate Diaper Rash

Baby bottoms are the cutest. Red baby bottoms are not cute, and ultimately I cringe at the sight of any baby rash signs because I can’t stand the thought of my little angel red and hurting. I’ve tried all the diaper rash creams in my years of being a mom of little ones. My third baby is still in diapers (please send any potty training tips for one-year-olds my way!), and I’ve spent the last 4 years of my life with a child in diapers, so I’ve also slathered on lots of cream. With my first baby, I thought I had the right cream ready to go for my new baby. As the first onset of diaper rash set in, as it usually does at some point, I slathered on my cream and waited. The redness got worse. What?! Of course I called my mom. She asked if I had…

Creating the Perfect Changing Station

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreHuggiesMoreSavings #CollectiveBias Crafting the perfect changing station is actually super important. With a new baby, you do a lot of diaper changing. Like a lot. My baby is almost 1 year now, and I am still changing his diaper a lot. With two older toddlers and a baby, it is essential to have everything you need right next to you. My sister is due in a few weeks with her third baby, so I popped over to help her craft her perfect changing station to ensure she’s ready to take on life as a mom of three. Creating the Perfect Changing Station First, your diaper choice is very, very important. We both use Huggies®. I recently signed up for a Sam’s Club Membership because they have a super special happening! The Savings Membership level…

Tips To Help Daddy Bond With A Breastfeeding Baby

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyBonding #CollectiveBias Breastfeeding a baby is such a special bond. Feeding a baby in general creates an important bond of trust and love, that I feel so blessed to have experienced now with three little ones. I am still breastfeeding my 10-month old baby, and I think it’s important not to leave Daddy out on all this special bonding time. For first-time parents, it can be difficult to allow daddy an opportunity to bond with the baby. I never had my husband do the middle-of-the-night feedings because he had to work. I just reasoned that only one of us should be in a zombie-like state, and we don’t need him functioning half awake while working, so these ideas are all great ways to have daddy bond with the baby, without having him wake…

The Honest Way To Lose The Belly Pooch After Baby

There’s a lot of misleading information out there on losing your belly pooch after baby. You can find hundreds of articles on the best crunches and ab routines, but that isn’t necessarily going to get rid of the extra pooch hanging around. I’ve had three babies now, and my stomach will never be the same, nor will it ever be super flat. That’s totally okay because there is stretched skin and muscles that we just have to accept. There’s also the reality that the pooch is just still fat cells we haven’t lost yet. Here’s the honest way to really lose that pooch and gain your abs back. This post contains affiliate links.  First, focus on your cardio to burn calories. Most of the pooch is going to be stored fat left over from pregnancy. This is where walking can be one of your best exercises, not crunches. Crunches and…

5 Reasons Losing The Baby Weight Is So Darn Hard

I recently wrote about how I lost the baby weight by the 6 weeks postpartum. I am more than concerned that post makes the process sound easy. It’s not easy. Losing the baby weight is hard. Losing weight in general is hard. Keeping a fitness routine as a mom is hard. A gym is expensive and working out at home with kids is not fun. Staying motivated to lose the baby weight isn’t the hardest challenge we will face as mothers. Managing our homes, keeping our children alive, dealing with the wining, protecting our homes from sheer destruction and attempting to be a decent adult who wears clothes is actually really hard too. As moms we are thrown into a whole new world of hurdles to jump over and it never ends. Let’s jump into why specifically losing the baby weight is so hard. Here’s 5 reasons: You’ve Got…

4 Awesome Tricks to Ease Aches and Pains Post Delivery

Thank you Biofreeze® for sponsoring this post. Biofreeze® is also available for purchase in retail. Click here to find a store near you. Finding your feet again after having a baby can be overwhelming. Our bodies are going through so much repair and recovery from giving birth, that there seems to be an increased soreness that happens while we are trying to get back into shape. Dealing with sore muscles, on top of aching shoulders from various nursing positions or headaches from lack of sleep is a lot. I’ve got some great tips to help ease the aches and pains that come post delivery while you are trying to get back into shape. Let’s get into the details for some pain relief. First, some Biofreeze® Professional. This is really some topical magic. What it does is override the pain signals with cooling signals. Basically, the cool sensation distracts your mind from the…