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3 Tips for Losing Weight While Nursing

If you are trying to lose weight while nursing, these tips can help! Read my best Tips for Losing Weight While Nursing without losing your milk supply.

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#Flashback to when I was a new mama trying to figure this whole new world of mommy hood getting my confidence back, and feeling healthy again!

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For many years before, I had tried to eat healthy… live a healthy life – but there were some “mainstream” tips that I had to un-learn.

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One thing I had to learn a lot was how to eat the right nutrition for me and my baby! read more

10 Tips for Better Sleep

Sleep is something so crucial to our health. So many of us struggle to wake up rested and sometimes it can be a simple change that is all you need to get the sleep you desire.

Have you ever noticed that when you are running short on sleep you are more prone to getting sick?

It’s true that for your immune system to be its strongest, you need to rest. Lack of sleep can also effect your adrenals and how you deal with stress.

 

Here are 10 Quick Tips to Help you get Better Sleep

 

Make the Room Darker

As someone who has struggled with sleep for many years… one thing that bothers me is when the room is too bright. I just can’t fall asleep! I have been using a face mask for the past 12 years or so to block out all the light, but you could start with darker shades in your room.

 

Don’t work in bed

This is something that I’m bad about… not with a computer, but with my phone. It probably started when I was nursing my daughter multiples times a night and I would hop on my phone while I was nursing her. I got into the habit of checking my phone before turning out the lights and may end up reading on it for an hour before I fall asleep.

This type of light stimulation can actually alter your ability to fall asleep. If at all possible go to bed when you are ready for sleep and leave your phone on your bedside table and not in your hand.

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Use essential oils

Did you know that essential oils can help you relax and fall asleep at night?

I have a blend called Chill that I use, and I also use Lavender alone. If you haven’t used them before, they are so easy! You just put 1-3 drops into a diffuser in your bedroom and it will do all the work as you breathe in the oils and fall asleep.

 

Produce more Human Growth Hormone

Sounds simple right?

Well actually after the age of 30, all of us start naturally producing less human growth hormone (or HGH) and that can interfere with your sleep. I started using this supplement and it helped me within days fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. If you are over 30, it would certainly be something to think about.

 

Use a Sound Machine

Isn’t that for babies?

Well, it is for a good reason! For us, we always have a fan on, but you can also download sleep sounds on your phone for free. If I was trying to sleep in a hotel or crowded house with lots of sounds I was having trouble blocking out, I would turn on the sound machine on my phone and it would help me go to sleep.

This model has multiple sound options (waves, nature, white noise, etc) and is the best value I’ve found for one!

 

Use Ear Plugs

Okay, so the opposite of sound?

Some people may do better with wearing ear plugs. My husband doesn’t snore very often, but when he does – I can’t sleep at all!! I started using ear plugs when he would stay up later than me reading books in bed and the sound of the pages turning would keep me up (Seriously… I am such a light sleeper!)

 

Don’t drink caffeine after lunch

You may be like me and a little sensitive to caffeine. If I drink it too late there is no hope of me going to sleep! Thankfully, there are pretty easy ways to limit caffeine after lunch.

I like drinking caffeine free drinks like Zevia (or just stick to water!)

 

Go to bed Earlier

Sounds weird right?

But if you are overly tired, you may have more difficulty falling asleep. I think I read that 10 PM is a great time to set as your bedtime so you can go to sleep and feel rested.

In reality, I usually go to bed closer to 11:30 just because I tend to get a lot of work done once the girls are asleep. As a guideline, maybe try to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier and see how you feel.

 

Get into a Routine

Are you going to bed and waking ย up at the same time every day?

If you aren’t, try to get your body on a routine that you can follow every day. When your body can predict when it should be alseep or awake, you will get better sleep and feel more rested.

 

Try Magnesium

Did you know that having trouble going to sleep could be a sign that you are low in magnesium?

I learned this when I was pregnant and had to do weekly epsom salt baths, rub magnesium oil on my legs, and supplement too. There are easy ways to up your magnesium. As part of my daily routine, I drink Greensย with added magnesium and take minerals daily.

 

Do you have trouble sleeping? Did these tips help you?

 

 

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Treating Mastitis Naturally

Treating Mastitis Naturally

Mastitis can be scary to a breastfeeding mama.ย 

The painful and inflamed breast. The chills. The fever.

I have had full blow mastitis 3 times now! I had it both after the first few days after childbirth and now today…

What causes mastitis?

Mastitis is usually caused by a clogged milk duct that isn’t draining properly. Mastitis can come when you are not resting enough or drinking enough water – Hello, Holidays!

This time it developed from a milk bleb – a clog right on the nipple. I noticed a slightly painful white dot on my nipple about 2 weeks ago, but I thought it honestly went away… Until last night.

Last night when I went to bed, I noticed my breast was tender. I tried to compress my breast to get any milk flowing, didn’t make much progress so I just went to sleep. I had trouble getting comfortable because it was tender.

I had a lot of trouble sleeping and finally got up at 3 am. I was feeling light-headed walking to the bathroom and almost passed out when I was trying to put in my contacts. I had to wake my husband so he could help me get some meds and vitamins, plus see what my temperature was.

We have a forehead scanning thermometer and it read 102.0 and 105.0… who knows.

I had a fever!

I couldn’t sit up in bed without getting light-headed. It was already serious.Sick Mom

I immediately took 2 Tylenol gel caps (which I NEVER do!), but I kept thinking… If I can’t take care of myself, who is going to take care of my babies?

I also took garlic tablets, vitamin C, and lecithin (a fat emulsifier to help break up any fat in the clog). The vitamins are immune boosters and should help fight off any infection.

Then I nursed, expressed milk, and nursed some more.

I stayed in bed until 9:30, then felt like I was at least well enough to come downstairs.

I fixed myself a large glass of echinaceaย tea, also full of antioxidants and immune boosting properties. I also took probiotics and cod liver oil.

I continued taking the vitamins and nursed more often to help keep the milk moving and clear any infection.

The Keys to Treating Mastitis:

1) Catch it early!ย 

Mastitis is an infection that can get out of control quickly. As soon as you notice a clog, be proactive about trying to get it cleared before it escalates into Mastitis.

2) Take your vitamins!ย 

Focus on vitamins to strengthen your immune system. I took garlic, echinacea, and vitamin C. These will help you fight off the infection – or prevent one from happening if you catch it early.

3) Use hot compresses.ย 

Hot compresses open up the ducts and pores on your breast and help you clear the clog and drain the breast more effectively. You can even take a hot shower and use the warm water to help while massaging the clog.

4) Nurse, Nurse, Nurse

Keep that milk flowing! Babies are the most effective at draining the breast. You can also use a pump to help get any extra milk out between feedings. Also, when you nurse, remember to change the baby’s position each time (or even during the feeding). I always found that nursing while hovering over the baby laying on a bed was the fastest way to clear a clog (looks funny though!).

5) Rest

Mastitis usually happens because you aren’t resting enough. You need to take a break and stay at home while you heal. Also drink plenty of water and recuperate.

I hope you never have to deal with mastitis. It is not fun to have to deal with. Thankfully with these tips, you should be able to clear it up quickly and be back to normal.ย 

If you don’t find relief in a few hours, you may need to call your doctor.ย  read more

Story of a Stay at Home Mom

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Story of a Stay at Home Mom

If a mom pours a cup of coffee,
Then the toddler will ask for eggs.
You make her eggs and cheese, but then she decides she would rather have oatmeal and pineapple.

You decide to not fight about it because eggs sound good to you… With your coffee – that is cold now. So you put it in the microwave.

Just as you sit down with your eggs and coffee, the baby wakes up and needs to be changed and fed.

You run upstairs, change baby, come back downstairs and sit to nurse. Feeling hungry and thirsty now because nursing does that…

You put the baby in Exersaucer, put on PBS for toddler.

Sigh. Your coffee is cold. Put it back in microwave along with eggs.

Sit down with hot coffee and eggs. Eat one bite.

Toddler wants her snack… You fix an almond butter sandwich… Licking your fingers for a taste of food.

Toddler wants to play a game. ‘Let’s play tea party.’ Where she will pour you a cup of imaginary… Coffee.