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Sweet relief for the….um…”girls”

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DISCLAIMER: This post is about breastfeeding and I will use the word “nipple” more than once. You have official been warned.

 

If you have been following my blog then you know that sweet little Bitty is doing a number on “the girls” during feeding time. For any nursing mom, the first few weeks can be a bit harsh on the nipple. After many feedings that resulted in discomfort….let’s be honest, not all nursing session are pain free or comfortable…. I did some research and mixed together a nipple cream that is soothing and safe for babies.

If you are experiencing cracked, sore or bleeding nipples, here is the cream for you. Super easy and inexpensive. My high school english teacher always told me to give credit where credit is due…I found the recipe on the Elliott Homestead blog. 

NIPPLE CREAM

4 TBSP of pure cocoa butter

2 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP sweet almond oil

1 TBSP coconut oil

Melt down the oil and mix together. I personally use a small mason jar. Place oils in jar and set down in a boiling pan of water until all oils are melted down. Remove from heat, let cool a bit and stir in 3 drops of lavender. Place lid on jar and let solidify. Make sure you use 100% pure oils. I prefer Young Living. You can browse my website to look at the company and products.

After every nursing session and before pumping, apply nipple cream. I have noticed a huge difference in the comfort level.

I did it….I used the word nipple 5 times. That’s a Normal Girl record!

Happy nursing!

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Something just didn’t seem right…

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Marathon eating sessions, lots of gas, and momma super sore during and after nursing…even after 4 weeks.  Something was not right. Time to start searching on google. After a bit of digging, it seemed Bitty’s symptoms all pointed to a lip tie. As you can see in the picture, her upper frenulum was connected too close to the edge of her gum line and too tight. A frenulum is the flap of tissue that connects parts of the body to keep it from moving too far.

The  tightness of her frenulum make it difficult for her lips to flange out while nursing. This causes pain for me and will ultimately result in a decrease in my milk supply because she is not getting all she can effeciently….hence marathon feedings.

In the long run, an untreated lip tie can result in misalignment of teeth and speech issues.

So….this information led me and the hubs to the decision to have laser frenectomy done on Bitty. Talking with others and doing our own research we discovered that the procedure is minimally invasive. The dentist uses a laser to snip the frenulum after a local numbing agent is given. The procedure takes minutes. I will be able to nurse her immediately after the procedure to calm her and me for that matter.

I am nervous but I know that this will be beneficial for her health and well being. Appt is in 4 weeks….I will keep you posted!

Have you had any experiences with lip or tongue ties in your little one?? Please share!

Connected at the….

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Yep…you guessed it…boob. That is how sweet little Bitty Buns and I spend our days. Seeing as she is only 4 weeks old…I wouldn’t expect it any other way. There are things with this little one I have done and will do that I wish I had done with my others. I cherish my time with my kids and watching them grow up at an incredible speed is amazing!

The hubs and I are pretty darn sure that we are done having babies….which is a HUGE bittersweet feeling. I do not want to have another surgery but it makes me a bit sad to think of  not having “first” moments after Bitty.

Because of our decision, I am taking in every minute of every day. I am doing things much different than I did with the first two. I want to kick myself in the tail for not starting my crunchy routine earlier.

I LOVE breastfeeding. I love that I can take her out on errands and not have to worry about taking any bottles, formulas, etc with me. I have the two things I need with me all the time. I am REALLY REALLY hoping to nurse until 1 years old or longer. When I get discouraged or feeling the Boob Burnout,  Breastfeeding Place  is a great blog to read and get re-energized and motivated.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my pocket cloth diapers. I decided to go with Sun Baby Diapers (click name for link). They are reasonable and the prints are adorable.  I save money, save my little ones hinny and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.

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I also use cloth wipes and a wipe solution as opposed to disposable wipes. These have worked out awesomely! I bought the Bumkins Flannel Wipes from Amazon and the wipe solution is SUPER easy.

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WIPE SOLUTION:

1 cup distilled water

1 TBSP Dr. Bronners Unscented Mild Castille Soap

1 TBSP Sweet Almond Oil

3 Drops Tea Tree Oil

2 Drops Lavender

 

Mix together and pour over wipes. I roll mine up in an empty wipes container…a tupperware will work as well.

I use and adore Young Living Essential oils for all my oily needs.

 

As I continue my crunchy mom journey…I will keep you posted.

 

What do you do that constitutes as “crunchy”?

Don’t get discouraged

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So the newest Hill member turns 4 months today. Where did the time go???? She is doing so awesome meeting her milestones. She loves to smile and laugh at her silly big brother. Daddy can draw an instant smile just by looking at her. And mommy….well when mommy is around sister goes straight for the girls…my girls if you know what I mean. So much so that I can not physically keep up with her demand….therefore we have introduced formula for those times when mommy is running on empty.

At first it was difficult realizing that I can not provide supplement for my little one every time she wanted it. Hence my new mantra…don’t get discouraged. I have done my very best at providing for her for the first 4 months of her life and I am ok with that. Now, there is no stress on me to fulfill her needs and she is VERY content with formula. (and now daddy gets to partake in late night feedings!) I will continue to feed as long as I can, but I now can enjoy it knowing that she will get nourishment one way or another.

So is life!