How I Weaned My Daughter From Breastfeeding At 2 Years Old

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my daughter until she was 2 years old. Not only is it recommended by the WHO, but also my religion recommends for mothers to breastfeed their children until then. The reasoning? The child receives about 60% of their immune system support from the mother by the age of 1, and receives 100% of their immune system from the mother by the age of 2 (Read more from the sources at the bottom of this article). Everything that the mother touches and her immune system develops a “vaccine” for in her body, automatically gets transmitted to the child and boosts the childs immune system for these viruses and bacteria as well. With that being said, when I continued breastfeeding my daughter past the age of one, I received a lot of criticism from family and friends. Many were shocked as to why I was still nursing my “talking and walking” child, but I stuck to my guns and said that I’m not stopping nursing her, just because It makes any of you uncomfortable. I know what the best thing for my child is, and It may not have been the same one for them, and that’s okay. Each mother makes her own decision on how she takes care of her child, and what’s best for them.

The biggest issue was that once your child “knows” what nursing is, that it will be extremely difficult to stop. And I get that. That was my first time nursing my child, because she’s my first. I wasn’t terrified at the thought of how I was going to stop, I was more terrified at the thought of actually stopping. It was such a bonding experience between my daughter and I, that I really didn’t want to lose with especially me being the more disciplinary parent. I felt like that was our only bonding moment where there weren’t any rules or disciplining, just love, support and bonding beyond parenting.

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My biggest fear was my daughter thinking that I am all of a sudden rejecting her. I really didn’t want her to feel like I all of us a sudden didn’t want her to nurse. At that time we had gone down to 1 nursing session per day, that was at night. I decided to make the process of weaning gradual, nothing cold cut and dramatic. Within two months before she turned 2, I asked my husband to help support the weaning process by tucking her in her bed. I started out by doing one day me (and nursing) and one day him (and not nursing). It was difficult, and she would ask to nurse after she woke up to make up for not nursing at night. And some days I nursed her then, and some days I didn’t. There are no specific “rules” or “guidelines” on how to stop. You just have to listen to your child’s needs. If you feel like they really want to nurse one day, nurse them. If you can extend it out and remind them that now they’re older, and they don’t need to nurse anymore, that would be better. I also prepared Organic Kefir Milk for her every single morning before she woke up to give to her right away. This made it SO much easier in having her stop nursing, and she truly enjoyed the milk so most of time she accepted with no resistance and we moved on with our day.

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Then one month before she turned two, we lengthened out the process by doing 2 days in between with no nursing. After she turned 2, we decided to push it longer, about 5 days in between, until we slowly stopped. On her own, she stopped asking to be nursed, and I always explained to her if she ever did that she’s grown up now, and that she didn’t need Momma’s milk anymore. Organic Kefir Milk always substituted for a dropped session since she turned one. I never gave her Organic Whole Milk because Kefir Milk provides so many more beneficial gut bacteria and benefits than whole milk does. Not only that, but it also contains a lot more protein than regular milk. But I will save more information on that for another post. If you are trying to wean your little one, here are my recommendations:

  1. It’s a gradual process, not cold turkey. Remember, you have bonded with your child since birth while nursing, and you shouldn’t just cut it out one day. They love your bonding sessions more than anything, and need it to thrive and grow. Let it be gradual for both of you.
  2. It’s not perfect. There is no specific rule or guideline on how to do that. Feel out your childs needs, but at the same time let there be some form of cut off point. Don’t nurse your 2 year old 5 times a day, because they just ask for it. If I nursed my daughter every single time she asked for it, at 2 years old she would’ve been nursing all day!
  3. Substitute a dropped session with a healthy alternative such as Organic Kefir Milk, which is my recommendation. It will draw their attention away from nursing, and will keep them happy and healthy.
  4. Be proud of yourself and your child. It’s not easy, and it sure is bittersweet when it happens. Find some support from moms around you who have weaned or are in the process of weaning. It wasn’t just something comforting for your child, Moms receive enormous benefits from breastfeeding their children as well.

These are my recommendations for weaning at my daughters specific age, of 2 years old. But this process may be done as well for any child over 1 years old, since at that point they don’t benefit from formula as much as they did prior to that. Paediatricians are now recommending that a formula fed child to be transitioned to whole milk after turning 1, and if have been nursing and need to stop then, you can also transition to Organic Kefir Milk instead.

More Sources On Extended Breastfeeding:

http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/

http://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/tips/benefits-of-extended-breastfeeding/

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BT

 

 

How To Make Sour Cream With Two Ingredients Found In Your Home In Under 1 Minute!

So yesterday I had made my lentil soup like you all saw on my Facebook page, “Confessions of an Organic Mama”, and realized that I didn’t have any sour cream in my fridge. To me, It’s one of the best toppings to add to the soup, just a “dollop” after you pour it in your bowl. Afterwards you garnish it with cilantro and green onions, It’s just absolutely impeccable! Anyways, frantically, I started googling “how to make sour cream at home”. The ingredients needed were heavy cream, milk and vinegar. I didn’t have heavy cream. Crap! I then realized that my greek yogurt has the same consistency as sour cream, but missing that tangy oomph it needed. So I mixed those two together, and can I tell you that not only did it taste EXACTLY like sour cream, but my husband couldn’t tell the difference. While he was eating the soup today I said to him, how do you like the sour cream? Does it taste like sour cream? And he then replied, what are you talking about, it IS sour cream! HA! Not only is this such an easier alternative, but it’s much healthier too. Organic Greek Yogurt is a staple in my house, and no one can live without white vinegar. Not only is this a much healthier alternative, but it’s time saving and budget friendly. I’ve also never found any organic sour cream, so this is going to be the only alternative to sour cream I’ll ever use again. Try it on your loved ones and let me know if they can tell the difference!😉

Ingredients: 

Organic Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

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I use Wallaby, but please feel free to use any organic greek yogurt, but don’t forget that it should be whole milk.

Organic Distilled White Vinegar

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Always remember to buy your vinegar in GLASS containers especially since vinegar is extremely acidic and will most definitely break down the components in the plastic and leak it into the vinegar.

Mix 2 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt with 1 teaspoon of White Vinegar. You may make a higher consistency with the same equivalence of both the yogurt and vinegar. Mix well, and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Feeling Ill? Join My 30-Day Probiotic & Raw Vitamin D Challenge

We have all heard recently people talking about healthy gut probiotics. Well maybe you all haven’t, but I just have been talking so much about it that I feel like everyone else has! Haha. Probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that we naturally have in our bodies and they are essential in promoting a healthy digestive tract and healthy immune system. Over time, stress, the overuse of antibacterial soaps, taking antibiotics and junk food are all some of the culprits that kill those little microorganisms that we need to be healthy. If you feel like you are overworked, undernourished and have been using antibacterial soaps or taking antibiotics, then this post is for you. Don’t fret about losing these miracle workers just yet, there are natural ways we can get them back.

While I eat well and take care of my body, the damage has been done to my healthy gut bacteria long ago. I decided that because of my low energy, anxiety and eczema, I would like to do a 30-day challenge to take probiotics as well as raw vitamin D and see what changes happen to me. Here are the different health issues that can be treated with healthy probiotics:

  1. Immunity. For the old and young, without these healthy gut microorganisms, we lose our ability to have a good immune system. They are essential in not only maintaining but growing a healthy immune system to keep us from getting sick often. The worst thing we can do to our bodies is not know how to properly take care of ourselves, run to the doctor every time we get sick and take antibiotics for it. The antibiotics not only kill our healthy gut bacteria, but they don’t allow your body to fight back naturally. there are many ways to stop this detrimental cycle to our health, and that’s beginning with a healthy immune system.  And if you have to take or have taken an antibiotic, there are always ways to get those probiotics back. According to Dr, Whitaker, who has for more than 30 years helped treat tens of thousands of people—many with serious, chronic illnesses—who have been failed by conventional medicine, states that in one study, 475 healthy men and women who did not get flu shots received either a vitamin/mineral combined with a probiotic supplement or a placebo daily for five and a half months during the winter and spring. All participants reported any cold, flu or respiratory symptoms. The group taking the vitamin/mineral/probiotic combination experienced 25 percent fewer influenza symptoms, 19 percent fewer cold symptoms and 50 percent fewer days with a fever than the placebo group.
  2. Gastrointestinal Health. I can’t tell you how many of my friends and family suffer from some form of gastrointestinal health issues, including myself back in the day. I was diagnosed with IBS, but I was able to offset it by changing my junk food diet, to a “healthier” diet and all symptoms went away. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from diarrhea, constipation, crohn’s disease or any other gastrointestinal health issues, probiotics can help relieve many of those issues when taken daily.
  3. Depression & Anxiety. Research also suggests that when you don’t have the required healthy gut bacteria, Lactobacillus, that it has a huge affect on your overall mood. This can be toned down by taking healthy gut probiotics and getting your system back in order.
  4. Diabetes. Research on probiotics have shown to delay the intolerance of glucose in animals. And in 2010, a human study has shown that the gut bacteria, L. acidophilus, has helped with insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. Also, studies have shown that people with diabetes have different gut bacteria than those who do not.
  5. Skin. Issues with our skin also leads back to our overall health. When we don’t have a proper immune system to help overcome autoimmune disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, they may get out of control. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between immune system response with probiotics and in effect the improvement of skin disorders alike.
  6. Obesity. Bacteria in our stomachs regulate both our energy regulation as well as our nutrient uptake. According to Dr. Whitaker, “Studies reveal that in obese humans and animals, these bacteria extract and absorb more calories from food and store them in fat cells. Distinct differences have also been noted in the microbial communities of obese and thin people. The health benefits of probiotics are no magic bullet for weight loss, but supporting your gut bacteria appears to reduce inflammation and other markers of obesity.

While I do not have diabetes, I do have slight insulin resistance because of my polycystic. I definitely believe that these healthy gut probiotics could help improve my health in regards to my insulin insensitivity as well as my skin issue with eczema. I used to have big blotches of eczema that would be all over my hands and elbows during stressful times in my life. over the last few years with my changes in health and diet, I have seen these episodes come less and less. Now I have one small 2cm area on my finger that has eczema, and can’t wait to see what happens after taking the probiotics for 30 days.

After a lot of research, here are the probiotics that I have chosen to take on my 30-day challenge:

Garden of Life Ultimate Care Probiotics

 


I have chosen the Garden of Life Ultimate Care probiotics because first of all, I love Garden of Life vitamins in general. Everything they make is from raw ingredients, and they use organic ingredients whenever they can. All of their products are gluten free, soy free, non-gmo and come in vegetarian capsules. They also contain no binders, fillers, carriers artificial colours or preservatives. This specific probiotic is the ultimate care one, which means its the highest amount of probiotics you can get in order to replenish all the gut bacteria that you have lost. It is in the cleanest, purest form, with the most probiotics out there, over 100 billion! Now just FYI, some probiotics don’t live in heat, so your capsules must be put in the refrigerator in order to live. When I ordered mine off of amazon, it was shipped with a cold pack in order to maintain the probiotics that require a cool atmosphere to live.

Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D

 

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I chose Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D because Vitamin D is essential in keeping up our energy, which I feel that I lack. Most people are vitamin d deficient, and that may also cause an array of different health issues. I chose to use raw vitamin d, because most vitamin d supplements are made from synthetic hormones, and you know how I feel about that! There is no need to shove anything synthetic into our bodies when we have raw options available to us. This vitamin d is derived from organic plants, fruits and vegetables and makes it very beneficial and healthy for us to take.

Including the two supplements, I will also be drinking Wallaby Organic Kefir Yogurt as much as I can.  Its a yogurt drink that also contains beneficial gut bacteria, and I give it to my daughter to drink everyday. You can purchase organic kefir yogurt at most grocery stores, and they will have different flavours, but always try to stick with the plain flavour since it won’t have any added sugars.

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Here’s How to Join In:
I would like as many of you to join in on the 30-day probiotic and raw vitamin d challenge with me. Here’s how it’ll work.  I will write another blog post after the one month and let you all know what improvements I have seen in my energy, anxiety and eczema. I will only find out about my insulin issues once I get blood work done, and I will probably do that after 2 months of being on the probiotics. I would like you all then to comment below the post and share with others what you’ve experienced after those 30 days as well. Feel free to begin with me, or at any point later that works for you. I want as many people to benefit from this challenge as possible, and I’ve already heard such amazing success stories that I want go through it with you all!

 

Sources:
http://www.drwhitaker.com/little-known-health-benefits-of-probiotics/

 

The Perfectly Hearty Organic Lentil Soup Recipe

Now that we are snowed in, I am finally able to have some down time to share with you all my perfectly hearty organic lentil soup recipe. This soup is full of amazing hearty flavours and an aroma that will make your whole house feel so warm & cozy. This is the perfect soup for a night in with your family especially on a cold and snowy night. It is so heavy and filling that it could be made for lunch or dinner. Please let me know what you all think of the recipe after you make it, I love getting your feedback!

What you’ll need..

INGREDIENTS
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 18-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes
2.5 teaspoons of tomato paste
1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 green zucchini
1 yellow zucchini
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon red sweet paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
Cilantro for garnish
A dollop of Sour cream per bowl
Spring onion (scallion) for garnish

Curry Powder Mix
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS
Warm the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. One-fourth cup olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup.
Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder, turmeric, red sweet paprika and thyme. I added red sweet paprika because it was the only spicy spice I had, but you can add any type of spice you like. I also made it once with crushed red pepper and it tasted just as similar and fantastic. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds.

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Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often, in order to enhance their flavor.

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Pour in the lentils, chopped zucchini, broth and the water.

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Taste and season with more salt and pepper until the flavors really sing. Garnish with cilantro, a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with some spring onions. Serve immediately.

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Last but not least, go grab a blanket, sit on the couch and Enjoy!🙂

Dry Hands? Try This One Simple Change And See The Amazing Difference

I actually learned this by mistake, it wasn’t something I had known about before. My hands have always been dry and chapped all year round, but especially in the fall and winter times. It get to bad to the point where I would usually bleed. I also suffer from eczema, so it made it even more uncomfortable for my hands. I apply all types of creams, and set out to find the creamiest and thickest lotion to help relieve my suffering, but nothing ever worked. Even the heavy duty kind would help soften my hands temporarily, but once washed off it was back to being dry again.

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We all know that dehydration can cause dry skin, and I always did my best to drink large amounts of water. There is just one thing I never thought about other than water. The one thing that I never linked to my dry hands is my hand soap. I always use liquid hand soap, heck who uses a bar of soap anymore? Not only are they outdated, they can become messy on the bathroom counter.

When I went to Kuwait this past summer, my mother in law had only a bar of soap in our bathroom. I only used it, and after about 1 week or so I saw a dramatic difference. At first I didn’t put two and two together, I was just really happy my hands weren’t dry. And then I noticed that when I used our liquid hand soap in the guest bathroom downstairs, my dry hands would return again. My thought process became “No Way!” It cannot be our liquid hand soap!

I returned back to the US, and used our liquid hand soap again because that’s what we had already. Low and behold, my hands quickly became dry and chapped. So, I went out and bought bars of soap to put in every bathroom, and see what ends up happening again. After a few weeks of using it, my hands have never been dry again. They don’t have that ugly white dryness in between my fingers that no lotion can relieve. The bar of soap that I used is Good Soap by Alaffia and I can’t say enough wonderful things about it. Not only is it creamy and soft, but it will leave your hands feeling amazing. Alaffia values quality, empowerment and beauty and stands for sustainable practices, social sustainability and moral responsibility. The soap are all made from natural fair-trade ingredients with nothing “bad” added. You can see a list of the ingredients in each bar of soap here: Ingredients.

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A variety of scents are available: Prairie Rose, Sunshine, Mint, Coconut, Lavender, Sweet Vanilla, and Black Soap. I picked up the Prairie Rose, Lavender, and Sweet Vanilla. They. Smell. Amazing. So soft and luxurious, you couldn’t have spent a better $2.50 on anything else. They sell them at Whole Foods for $2.50 each to $7 for 3. Pick it up and try it out yourself I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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My other favourite product to use is Acure Organic Body Cream. I got it a few weeks ago as a gift and fell in love with it. It’s Uh-mazing! I got the Body Firming Lotion in Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil and it smells so good!

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Their product line is wonderful, and includes many great products that I know you all will love. This product is Vegan, Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free and has No Synthetic Fragrance. It’s important to find products that include organic ingredients because your body absorbs 60% of what is applied to it. I know that this concoction will help so many of you with your dry hands, and I can’t wait to hear from you the results you get!

 

Sources:

http://abeautifulzen.blogspot.com/2014/08/good-soap-by-alaffia.html

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Do You Think You’re Ready For Baby? Check Out My Top 11 Mommy Must Haves Before Giving Birth

I feel like it was just yesterday that I gave birth to my daughter Faye. It’s been two years since, and I miss all the sweet baby kicks, baby coos and the sweet face of a baby during milk coma. There are many things I don’t miss though, and motherhood is hardest as ever in the beginning. Many moms don’t have the proper support or information to help them cope with motherhood and how to take care of their health as well as their baby’s. Fortunately though, I gave birth to my daughter in Kuwait. A new mother in Kuwait is treated with a lot of care, and there are specific things that she must eat and do in order to take care of her health as well as to produce enough milk for the baby. Many women in the Middle East choose to stop breastfeeding very early though…but thats a different subject we can discuss on a different post.

I wanted to share with expecting mothers all of my favourite must-haves for giving birth, and what made post-delivery for me manageable and more enjoyable. These are items that you want to stock up on before giving birth to make sure you are prepared at the hospital or as soon as you get home. Here’s the list:

1) Hospital Grade Breast Pump

81gKt4ImZlL._SL1500_.jpgMany women wonder if they will ever need a breast pump. Some worry about their baby having difficulties switching between bottle and breast, so they choose not to buy a pump in the first place. I bought the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump and not only was it a great buy, but I used it from the first day I had my milk come in. My daughter never had a problem switching from bottle to breast, and it was a lifesaver for me. It also allowed me to continue breastfeeding my daughter longer than I would have without a pump. When I gave birth to my daughter, my milk came in and I was completely engorged. After over an hour of trying to get my daughter to latch, she couldn’t and it was making both of us hysterical. I was at that point (with all the raging new mommy hormones as well) feeling extremely helpless and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. My breasts were killing me from the milk, and she was super hungry. I then saw my pump and realized that if I pump some of my milk out, it may make it easier for her to latch. It was sweet success. I then saved the milk to be given to her later, and was able to start my frozen milk stash so much earlier! Since when your milk first comes in its way over what your child needs, your body waits to see how much your child requires and adjusts accordingly. If you start the pumping process that early on, your body will automatically think it needs more than your child actually needs because you’re pumping it out (and then freezing it). I highly recommend any mommy to get a breast pump that is electric as well as dual sided. New moms don’t have much time on their hands, and don’t want to spend any extra time pumping milk. The dual sided pump is fantastic because you get both sides pumped out at the same time to save you hassle and time. It’ll be so worth the money you spend on it from the first week you use it!This is my biggest tip for any Mom that would like to keep giving her baby breastmilk after going back to work (or for going out to run any errands without baby).

2) Freezer Storage Bags

I used the Medela Freezer Storage Bags that can be attached directly to the pump to easily seal and store in the freezer. Don’t forget to add the date of the milk pumped before storing.

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3)  Hands-Free Breastpump Bra

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To go along with your dual-sided pump, one of the best buys I made was the Hands-Free Breastpump Bra to go along with it. Who wants to hold their pump on both sides while pumping? That valuable time could be used to changing your little one, reading your favourite book, or catching up online with work. The pump that I bought went fantastic with this bra as well because it was a portable small pump that could attach to your pants or any article of clothing. This bra will allow you to get so much more done in the time that you’re pumping.

4) Glass Baby Bottles

In an earlier post, I talked about how dangerous plastic baby bottles can be. Not only do they contain BPA or BPS (the chemical that is replaced in all BPA Free bottles), but these chemicals can leak into your baby’s milk, and theres nothing worse than something messing up all your hard work in giving your child the best thing out there- your breastmilk. I highly recommend skipping all the second guesses and going automatically to the safest option out there- glass. I usually pumped my extra milk to give my daughter at night to make it easier for both of us. Once the milk was done, I would give her the pacifier and she would go straight to sleep. This is also a great option for dad to help out during the night, so you can get extra sleep. Here are my top three options for glass baby bottles:

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles

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Dr. Brown Glass Baby Bottles

Mason Glass Baby Bottles

5) Bottle Warmer

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There’s nothing worse than a screaming baby wanting their milk, and you’re trying to warm your milk in warm water. My Bottle Warmer was a wonderful investment and one that I was so thankful for especially during those late night feedings. I would take my pumped bottle out of the fridge and pop it into my bottle warmer and within minutes it was warm and ready for her to drink. The warmer makes sure that the milk is not too hot or too cold- but always check the milk by dropping a few drops onto your hand just incase.

I included the best selling bottle warmer on amazon, but there are many other options to choose from based on your preference.

6) Organic Nipple Balm

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Every mom that plans to nurse will need a nipple balm to help protect, sooth and moisturise your nipples after nursing. The beginning journey of nursing can be a painful one that may cause chapping, bleeding or pain. I bought Boob-Ease Organic Nipple Balm. Made will all organic ingredients, it is safe to use on your nipples (without wiping off) even with children with allergies or eczema. This product contains no lanolin, and I recommend all mommies to stay away from it. I don’t like lanolin because it must be wiped and washed off before nursing and may contain pesticides.  We don’t need to subject our children to products that aren’t safe, especially when there are organic products out there that will do an even better job. This product was so amazing and it helped ease my chapped nipples so much. Also, my daughter couldn’t latch on and nurse comfortably until I applied this balm on many times. Earth Mama Angel Baby also makes an Organic Nipple Balm that is safe to use while nursing.

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7) Organic Cotton Pads

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You will need Breast pads for the first few months of nursing because your milk will be overflowing and will most likely leak. You don’t want the embarrassment of leaking while outside or sitting at home with your friends and family. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, and absorbs about 60% of anything applied to it. Especially near your breast and nipples, you want to make sure that the pads you are using are organic  which means they are made with cotton that are Non-GMO and pesticide free. I used TL Care Organic Cotton Pads  that were great and washable. I bought 6 pairs to have enough available to go around.

8) Pacifiers

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There are parents who choose not to give their children pacifiers, and that’s completely okay. With my experience, babies, especially in the first few months use the moms nipple as a pacifier and that can become burdensome. The baby will usually feed for over 45 min or more and eventually fall asleep on the moms breast. The mom then doesn’t get much sleep, and even if she puts the baby down in her crib or bassinet they’ll wake up and cry. She’ll eventually have to put the baby back onto her breast to sooth them. You can help save yourself extra time trying to sooth the baby by using a Soothie Pacifier, the pacifier that best mimics the moms nipple to sooth the baby quickly. It is grade A silicone which means its completely safe and won’t leak any chemicals when being used. Save yourself a lot of hassle, and buy yourself a soothie pacifier.

9) Large Muslin Swaddle Blanket

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One of the best decisions I made when I had my daughter was deciding to swaddle her. Swaddling mimics the child being in the mother’s womb, and gives them comfort and security when trying to sleep. Swaddling is known not only in the US, but around the world, and many cultures swaddle their baby for several months before allowing them to sleep unswaddled. Also, the first several months of a baby being born, they don’t have a lot of control over their bodily muscles and tend to twitch or move spastically while sleeping and wake themselves up. While being swaddled, that is not a problem that you have to worry about, and the baby will be fast asleep faster and for a longer period of time. I highly recommend getting a large size of the muslin swaddle blankets so that they can be easier to completely swaddle your baby as they grow older without them being able to easily let their arms out. I found these Muslin Swaddle Blankets on amazon, but many companies have different sizes for their muslin blankets. These are also versatile to be used to cover their strollers while out and sleeping, to be used as a light blanket in warm weather or as a nursing cover out in public. Since its light, its breathable which makes it that much more versatile in its usage.

10) Mother’s Milk Tea

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There are many herbs out there that help moms produce more milk than they would otherwise. There are also herbs that help you stop producing milk when you decide to wean your baby. Organic herbs are so powerful and have been used for centuries by different cultures in treating different things. Fenugreek is a seed that helps promote milk production and is extremely helpful for moms that are trying to continue nursing. As soon as I had my daughter, my mother in law would send me concoctions of mixed herbs to help with my milk, which included fenugreek and anise. There are several pre-packaged teas that are organic and made to help moms with their milk production. Their ingredients include fenugreek, anise and coriander. The first one is Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk, which I love and used all the time. The second one is Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea. They are both organic, non-GMO, and caffeine free.

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11) Postnatal Vitamins

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Every momma needs a good post-natal vitamin to help nourish herself and her baby. Usually your OBGYN will tell you to continue to take your prenatal vitamins post baby while nursing. This NewChapter Perfect Postnatal Multivitamin contains everything in your prenatal and more. The ingredients include herbs like that in the mother’s milk tea to help stimulate more milk for the baby. It also contains many other organic fruits and veggies to help make up for what you’re not able to eat everyday.

 

I hope this helped you Mommas, and if you need any extra information please feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to help you with anything else you need.

Out With The Old & In With The New

What are your New Years resolutions? Is it to be overall healthier? Eat more organic? Use less plastic and more glass? Exercise more? Quit smoking?

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There are so many New Years resolutions that we make and are so excited about, but within the first month or two give up on them. When I first started learning the sad truth of what has been done to our fruits, vegetables and processed foods, I felt so overwhelmed by all the information and didn’t think that I could get to a place in my life where I could truly be healthy. The idea of changing my entire lifestyle to live the way I would like to, or prefer to, seemed too difficult and overwhelming for me. I’d like to share with you all, that I changed my lifestyle to completely organic over the course of 3 years. It wasn’t something I woke up and accomplished overnight, and still, I am not fully satisfied with my lifestyle yet. There are things that I still want to change and wish to accomplish, and I do recognise that it all takes time. If you rush into something and do 180 degrees, you are bound to become overwhelmed and just stop right away. I highly recommend everyone starting slowly with changing their lifestyle to whatever it is that they want to accomplish, and recognise that it will not be perfection right away. There are days that you’ll eat something you wish you hadn’t, done things you wish you didn’t and bought things you know you shouldn’t have. Heck, I still have those days. My blog and page has always been to help with slow progression, and the first step to becoming healthier is education. You have to take your time to educate yourself on food, what ingredients in your food really mean and stand for, and finally eat more raw organic fruits and vegetables.

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Don’t ever feel that if you don’t accomplish your goals right away, that you just shouldn’t do them. On the contrary, Confessions of an Organic Mama was made to be an easy way to educate yourself and get healthier and live better. The page is all too real, and not contoured to look like perfection that you must then live up to. Know that this page is to make you feel comfortable, ask questions, and slowly help you get to healthy living!

Happy New Years!

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~