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The first few months of nursing can be pretty tricky at times.   It takes a bit of time to establish a milk supply that is in sync with your baby.  Often this transition includes one teeny, tiny problem.  Leaky Boobies!

I remember with my second child I seemed to over produce.  My shirts constantly had that tell-tale sign I was a nursing mom!  I would have loved to have had good nursing pads then!

While I am still nursing Kinsley once a day, I don’t have issues with leaks.  My oldest daughter, Samantha, is nursing her first baby and goes through disposable nursing pads like crazy.  Oh how I remember disposable nursing pads!  They drove me crazy.  They were paper like and uncomfortable, always showed through my shirt like giant bulleyes and if they contained the leak, they inevitability left my breasts feeling cold.  Don’t get me started on peeling them off after the milk had dried.  What a nightmare!

Lucky for Samantha, there are Bamboobies Nursing Pads.  And let me tell you, these are not your grandma’s nursing pads.

Bamboobies Nursing Pads

First thing we noticed, is the softness.  It’s unbelievable!  No more scratchy paper pad!   The regular Bamboobies have a milk-proof outer layer and an ultra-soft organic cotton and bamboo velour inside layer.  If you have ever felt bamboo, you know what I mean. It is incredibly soft.

The Bamboobies Nursing Pads are heart shaped.  At first, I thought this was just a cute shape symbolizing a sort of love+breastfeeding connection. I soon realized that the heart shape was used so the nursing pad will form around your breast without the wrinkles you see with other nursing pads!  I had her try them on and I could not tell she was wearing nursing pads at all.  Pure genius!

Super soft, built to fit…but how do they hold up when put to the ultimate test of leaks?  Samantha is happy to report she has not had a single leak yet!

Bamboobies also has nursing pads made for overnight protection. They are extra thick and absorbent!

Samantha loves her new nursing pads and with the holidays coming up, Bamboobies nursing pads would make a great gift for any new or expecting mom!

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When Samantha was pregnant with Liam, she spent hours at Toys R Us registering for her baby shower.  One of the favorite brands she listed was Tommee Tippee.  It was the bottles that did her in and I can see why.  They are ridiculously cute. 

Tommee Tippee has all you need to feed your baby.  Everything from breastpumps and bottles, to sippy cups and tableware.  The cute factor alone is enough to stock up but fortunately, Tommee Tippee is more than skin deep.  The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature product line is made to resemble natural breastfeeding in all products from the bottles, to the breastpumps. 


Tommee Tippee sent Samantha a Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump to review.  Now, Sam has used many breastpumps in the couple of months since Liam’s birth and hasn’t had much success.  The manual ones take too long during her work break and the electric ones she tried, broke after a couple weeks.  We didn’t want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to find one that worked.  Tommee Tippee’s is very affordable AND is built to last. 

About the Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump:

  • Whether moving from breast to bottle, combining the two or choosing to bottle feed, our revolutionary bottle and nipple is your baby’s very best option.
  • Intuitively designed for easier and more comfortable expressing.
  • Researched and developed by Moms and breastfeeding experts.
  • Unique expressables system lets you express, protect, prepare and feed in one easy system, no transferring, no waste.
  • The soft silicone cup with innovative massaging ripples mimics a baby’s natural feeding action, giving mom maximum comfort.
  • Four suction levels allow for efficient expression, controlled by mom to suit her needs and comfort. Ideal for moms that regularly express.
  • Easy to clean and assemble
  • Soft silicone cup flexes and stretches to fit comfortably
  • Perfect for in or out of the home
  • Electric or battery operated
  • BPA free

Samantha’s thoughts:

Samantha loved that it felt as comfortable pumping as her own nursing.  I know when I pumped for Kinsley, I hated how painful it was.  Sam also commented that the design of the Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump is wonderful.  Her last pump broke because milk was able to get into the device making it unusable.  This pump is designed so it is not possible and the parts are easy to take apart and clean. 

Another perk?  You can actually sit the pump down after you are done and not spill the milk.  The entire breastpump is designed so you do everything right there without moving.  You can pump into a bottle or a pod.  When you are done, you can place the safe-seal cover over the pod and set in the storage tray.  The tray can then be placed in the refridgerator or freezer in the storage tray.  Later, you can pop a pod into the bottle and feed your baby! 

The battery and electric options were a big plus for her as well and she really loves how compact the control device was so she can easily fit the entire unit in her bag.

You can learn more about the Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump on the Tommee Tippee website and you can purchase it at Toys R Us and Babies R Us for $149.00.  Her previous pumps were in the fifty dollar range and can not even come close to the quality in this pump.  I am so happy we didn’t have to spend four hundred dollars for a good, quality pump.  You can also purchase additional pods and stands. 

I want to sincerely thank Tommee Tippee for letting us brag about this affordable electric breast pump.  Samantha was so frustrated and about to give up because she wasn’t able to find a breastpump that could hold up to it’s claim.  Tommee Tippee can.

And just in case you didn’t think Tommee Tippee could get any cooler, check their new web application!

The Day Baby Was Born

Tommee Tippee has the most amazing brand new web application called The Day Baby Was Born. It’s a free digital storybook of your pregnancy and the birth day of your child. The app captures your pregnancy moments by gathering information about the day your child was born, Facebook posts and other precious memories and compiling them into a storybook that you can share with family and friends.  You can choose the information what you want gathered into your pregnacy journal and personalize it with storytelling,  photos, even a letter to baby.  For more information and to get started, visit Tommee Tippee’s website!

I love this!  I wish I could have done this with my six kids.  Each pregnancy was so different and so special in it’s own way.  You can start as soon as you learn you are expecting! 

Remember those ridiculously cute bottles that Samantha loved so much?  Well now you can love them too.  Tommee Tippee has generously offered one lucky Kate n’ Kaboodle reader a three pack of the 5oz bottles! 

About the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature 5 oz bottles:

Inspired by nature and developed in conjunction with midwives, breastfeeding moms and babies, Closer to Nature bottles are intuitively designed for easier, more natural feeding. The bottle features a uniquely soft, superwide nipple that naturally flexes and stretches like the breast, and the natural shape lets baby latch on effortlessly, easing transitions between breast and bottle and allowing mom to successfully combine breast and bottle feeding. The bottle shape is simply intuitive, allowing for a more comfortable hold and breastfeeding-like closeness, while the ultra-sensitive anti-colic valve lets babies feed at their own pace, with less air, vacuum buildup and nipple collapse, which can help reduce gas and colic while feeding. Nipples are progressively staged in slow, medium, fast and vari-flow rates to meet growing babies’ needs. BPA- and phthalate-free.

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I remember when Kinsley was ten months old.  We were at the Seattle Aquarium and she started that cry that lets you know it’s lunch time.  We were almost finished but she wasn’t waiting.  It was time to nurse.

In public. 

Now I really don’t care what any one says regarding nursing in public.  And I don’t care what people say if they see my boobies while I am nursing my baby.  I do care if they see my fat.  And of course, on this particular day, we were going to nurse on a circular sitting platform so there was no turning the fat rolls toward the wall.  When I lifted up my shirt, people at the aquarium got to see some blubber but it’s wasn’t from a whale.

Had I known then about Undercover Mama’s Nursing Shirts, I would have saved myself from a few minutes of awkwardness. 

These nursing shirts are not like the nursing shirts that have a built in secret compartment cleverly disguised as a ruffle, that when opened, pops out a breastaurant.  No, these nursing shirts are practical and fashionable.  Undercover Mama’s nursing shirts resemble a cami style shirt, except instead of having straps, the shirt attaches to your bra allowing you to turn any shirt into a nursing shirt.

Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt

There are two ways you can fasten the Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt to your nursing bra.  You can use the hook method and attach it to your strap or a loop method where you unfasten the bra, loop it over and fasten back up.  Check out this short video to see it in action!

Pretty cool, huh?

My favorite is the loop method.


After the Undercover Mama is attached and you are ready to nurse, lift up your normal shirt, exposing your nursing shirt, unhook your bra and call the kiddies in to lunch!  You’re completely covered without covering your baby. 

The Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt will last you for your entire nursing journey.  (unless your child is like Kinsley who will be nursing until college in which case you might need a couple).  It is made exceptionally well and the fabric quality is superb!  It is even long enough to pull off the layering look! 

Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt

 *please note this is not me. I would not be complaining of belly rolls if my body looks as my oldest daughter’s does SIX weeks after birth still sporting 14 pounds of pregnancy weight.  I didn’t look like that before having her! 

I love this shirt.  I honestly think it is the best solution I have found so far for maxiumum cover without covering the baby.  It is easy to use, great quality and down right genius!  Thank You Undercover Mama for creating what all nursing mothers have been waiting for and Thank You for letting me brag about it!

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I love products invented by Mom’s. This one is no different!  Mom-Inventor, Natascia, was tired of nursing covers that took up too much room in the diaper bag, cost an arm and a leg and just ended up being another thing to wash.  The Cover-Me Strap was born!  The Cover Me Strap is not just a nursing cover, but a bib clip, sun shade, lovey leash and blanket stay ALL IN ONE!

Cover Me Strap

The Cover Me Strap is essentially an adjustable strap with a specialized clip on each end.  The strap adjusts to different lengths to fit whatever purpose you need.

What can you do with the Cover Me Strap?  (from the Cover Me website)

Nursing Cover (bib style):

  • Attach both ends of the Cover-Me to the longest side of a blanket approximately 12 inches apart.
  • Slip the Cover-Me over your head and drape the blanket over your baby.
  • Adjust strap to desired length for comfortable nursing, knowing you’re perfectly Covered!

Nursing Cover (diagonal style):

  • Attach one end of the Cover-Me to the corner of a blanket and the other end to the side of the blanket. (with the Cover-Me fully extended)
  • Slip the Cover-Me over your head and one arm and drape the blanket over your baby. (the Cover-Me is diagonal across your back)
  • Adjust strap to desired length for comfortable nursing, knowing you’re perfectly Covered!

Bib Clip:

  • Attach both ends of the Cover-Me to the longest side of a napkin or burp cloth.
  • Slip the Cover-Me over your baby’s head and drape the napkin over the baby’s chest to create adequate Cover!

Sun Blocker:

  • Attach both ends of the Cover-Me to the longest side of a blanket approximately 12 inches apart.
  • Slip the Cover-Me over your head and drape the blanket over your baby in a front carrier.
  • Adjust the length of the Cover-Me to create optimum Cover!

Blanket Keeper:

  • With baby in a stroller, drape stroller blanket over baby’s lap.
  • Extend the Cover-Me to the longest position and attach to the corners of the blanket from behind the stroller.
  • Go on a walk knowing your baby is Covered!

Lovey Leash:

  • Attach one end of the Cover-Me to a stroller strap.
  • Attach the other end to baby’s lovey and keep it safe from the ground.

I love the Cover Me Strap!  Nothing bugs me more than having to stop the stroller, pick up a blanket or toy, walk 20 feet and do it again.  Thanks to the Cover Me Strap, those days are over!

It is made exceptionally well, small enough to fit in the side pocket of the diaper bag for instant access and has so many possibilities for use!  And the price?  Perfect for any budget!  Two thumbs up!

Even Liam was excited….sorta….

Thank you Natascia, for letting me brag about your Cover Me Strap!

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Do you remember the scene from the movie Grown Ups, where the boy comes and asks his mother to nurse?  It goes something like this…

boy: Mommy, I want some milk.
mom: Come here. I’ll give you a little something.
man: Your son is so cute. How old is he?
mom: 48 months.
man: That’s 4.
mom: Yeah.

Is a four year old to old to nurse?  I think so.  Well atleast I think I think so.  I am still nursing Kinsley.  She turned two in June.  If you break it down into months, we are going on 27 months.  48 months isn’t looking too far off at this point.

Is she too old to nurse.  Probably.

When I started breastfeeding her, I made a goal to make it to one year.  HUGE for me since I never made it past the first three months with my other children.  The year came and went but I didn’t feel uncomfortable with it because she was still a baby in my eyes.  I was opting in to the Baby Lead Weaning philosophy.

At eighteen months, people starting giving me opinions.  Because obviously I had no idea I was still nursing, right?  It was around this time that I decided to try a cold turkey weaning.  The pressure had gotten to me. At this point, we are only nursing during nap and bedtimes.  I didn’t really want to give up those snuggles when we curled up in bed, but I also wanted to be able to not be the one to put her to bed every night…ya know, on those rare occasions I am not home in time.

Whoever said cold turkey is the way to go is kinda nuts.  Oh yeah, my pediatrician…yeah he is nuts. It was the worst day and a half of my life.  A heroin addict is probably less traumatized in rehab.  It was like she was physically ill from not nursing.  So much so, I caved because I thought she was sick and it wouldn’t be a great time to stop.  She wasn’t sick, she wanted her boobuh.

Fast forward to age two.  If I am not home, she doesn’t nurse.  Others can put her down to bed.   There is no withdrawals.  No freak outs.  If I am home, we nurse to sleep.

So much for baby lead weaning.  She is never going to wean. It’s her crack.  I thought she might one day get bored and move on.  But she loves my titties like a fat kid loves cake.  Or how I love cake. Either. Or.

There isn’t the cuddling like in the past.  She has two speeds, on and off.  Once she settles down, she drops right to sleep.

Why am I still nursing?

Because I am scared to take away her favorite thing in life.

I do not want to nurse at 48 months.

But I don’t know how to *not* nurse.

***UPDATE***

I was thinking about this post today so I thought I would come back and update.  Kinsley is 4.5 years old now and no longer nurses.  She continued on until two months shy of her 3rd birthday, so  2 years, 10 months….34 months.  Thirty. Four. Months.  I think I more than made up for the lack of nursing the other five. 

How did we wean?  Well, it’s a bit weird.  We read her books.  Instead of nursing right away, she would read to her.  Sometimes it would take one book, sometimes ten but she always dropped off during a book.  She forgot all about my boobs.  Now, she goes right to sleep when I say bedtime. It made me kind of sad to see the end of an era but we took from it so many special moments.  She doesn’t even remember nursing at all now.  :(

But I will tell you, the bond we have is so incredible. I am not sure if it is because we nursed for so long or because she is my last and I am aware that these moments are going to fleeting soon but we are crazy close. 

As much as I miss nursing and my little baby, I am happy to see her growing up. 

Bonus:  She has never been sick a day in her life.  A couple of symptomless mystery fevers that lasted a couple days, even a stuffy nose once but other than that, healthiest kid ever.  Not one single ear infection, cold, flu, cough…nothing.  When the whole house was hit the H1N1, she was running around playing while we were all laying there dying.  There was no reason she shouldn’t have caught that flu but she went about her day without even so much as a sniffle. 

GO BOOBIES!

 

 



By the time you come to the end of your pregnancy, you are pretty over it.  Your back and feet ache, you can’t sleep well and you would give your last brownie to wear your regular jeans again. Then before you know it, our new little sweet bundle of  joy is here!  And you are on your way to the mall to buy all new cute little jeans, because let’s face, your body is never going to be the same after nine months of growing a human.  You are frustrated at the lack of post pregnancy jeans and then the baby starts getting fussy and you realize, you are about to open a Breastuarant at the mall.  Lucky for you, you have your BabyBond nursing wrap.

Mall + Hungry Baby = Baby Bond Nursing

What is BabyBond?

From the BabyBond website:

BabyBond™ nursing accessories cover mom, not her baby. Mom is able to maintain her modesty. Baby remains uncovered benefiting from the infinite opportunity to make eye contact, interact, and communicate. After all, dining is social.

I have six kids, so I know the whole nursing in public routine pretty well.  Traditional nursing covers, while they do serve their purpose, have their flaws.  It’s hard to see the baby, it’s hot and you aren’t fooling anyone sitting on the bench covered in a tent.

BabyBond covers are more of a wrap or sash.  They come in three flavors to accommodate your style of nursing, such as nursing from the top of a button down nursing top or nursing from below by lifting up your top.

Which one is right for you?

BabyBond Original is worn like a sash, functioning like a nursing top. Nurse from the top of your shirt. Separate the layers of fabric to achieve latch on. Double panel keeps breast covered above & below. Belly & back remain covered with your own shirt. Built-in 9 x 12″ double layer terry velour burp cloth. Stores in matching pouch.

 

BabyBond Flex is worn like a sash, functioning like a nursing top. Nurse from the top of your shirt. Separate the layers of fabric to achieve latch on. Double panel keeps breast covered above & below. Belly & back remain covered with your own shirt. Removable 9 x 12″ double layer terry velour burp cloth. Able to attach any cloth or wear without cloth attached. Stores in matching pouch.

 

BabyBond Couture is adjustable creating a custom fit as your body changes after baby arrives. A hybrid between nursing top and belly band, it can be worn to nurse from the top or the bottom of your shirt so it works with your entire wardrobe. When worn like a sash, it functions like a nursing top. When worn like a belt, it functions like a belly band. Rolls up into self-storing pouch.

BabyBond sent me a Couture to try out and talk about here.  I have to say, I am in love. I am so happy that someone finally came up with a product that works with my nursing style and enables me to still interact with my child and not feel we are somehow separated during nursing.  I have very few nursing tops so I nurse from the bottom mostly.  It is so easy to use and the instructions are even sewn in if you forget.  Just wrap it around, loop it through itself and pull it to fit.

BabyBond Couture

What I liked best about the Couture: I can nurse both from top or bottom of my shirt and it’s one sized.  I am a plus size mama in a size zero world. When I nurse from the bottom, passersby suddenly break out in song to the Sound of Music when they see the rolling hills…of fat. No one wants to see that. I don’t want to see that. Couture covers that, even before you separate the two layers.

Front

Side

See?  It’s awesome! It even comes in five colors and rolls up into a handy little pouch so it fits nicely in your diaper bag.

I tried to get pictures nursing Kinsley, but nursing a toddler is a little different than nursing a baby.  She found it way to interesting to sit still and nurse when I wore it.  She even tried to use it herself to nurse her baby.  She gave me the stink eye when I tried to take her picture.  It’s probably the morning hair.  No one wants morning hair pictures taken of them.

Kinsley's Famous Stink Eye

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