Upspring Baby Products Review

As a MommyCon Parent Squad member, I received the opportunity to try some of the Upspring Baby products made for breastfeeding moms. Jackson is 15 months old and still nurses pretty regularly throughout the day and sometimes during the night. Throughout our breastfeeding journey, we’ve (luckily) had very little bumps along the way. At one point, I had doubts about my milk supply. At another point, I learned (rather quickly) that my breasts don’t respond well to pumping. Recently, I started to doubt my milk supply again- so these products arrived just in time!

 

Vitamins

Upspring sent me prenatal vitamins that you continue to take while breastfeeding. With these gummy vitamins, there’s also a softgel filled with Omega 3, DHA/EPA, and choline. These vitamins are non GMO, gluten free and have no artificial ingredients. I’m really terrible at remembering to take my vitamins, but these are seriously SO good- that I look forward to eating them. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve tasted some horrible gummy vitamins before!) I was prepared to hate them but the Mango-Peach flavor is just right.

 

Powder Drink Mixes

I also received samples of their Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Powder Drink Mixes. I received the Orange, Berry and Chocolate flavors. Here’s how they affected my milk supply:

On day one, I just received my package and couldn’t wait to try one. I also received a shaker bottle to mix it up quickly and easily. I went for the Berry flavor- because I just don’t think you can go wrong with berry drinks. I honestly really liked it. It smells a little weird- you definitely can smell the fenugreek! But it’s sweetness of the drink masks the flavor of the herbs. Pretty good! I couldn’t see much of a difference yet, but I was sure it took more than one drink to pep up my supply. That first night, I could tell a difference in my milk supply. It really felt like I had more milk. Jackson wasn’t fussing at me as much as usual and wasn’t unlatching like crazy, like he had been.

Throughout the past few weeks, I added the drink mixes into my water. (Or milk- the chocolate mix uses milk instead of water.) I have really noticed the affect on my milk supply. It’s been awhile since I would leak from the opposite side he was nursing on- but it has started happening even in the middle of the day. My opinion? They work! The Berry flavor is totally my favorite of the three choices. (Which, is also the only flavor conveniently sold at my local Target!)

 

Coconut Oil

Also in this Upspring goodie box, was coconut oil. Not just any kind of coconut oil but 100% Pure Virgin Coconut oil. It’s USDA certified organic and is lanolin, petroleum, paraben, gluten, and GMO free! We replaced lotion after bath on Jackson with this stuff- and it’s amazing! He smells good and his skin is so much softer! It’s also helped his eczema! I’ve also used it a few times on my lips since they’ve been extremely dry- darn Ohio weather! There are so many uses for coconut oil and I’m finding new uses for it every day.

 


Upspring also included Breastmilk Alcohol testing strips and Nipple Balm. While I haven’t been able to use them, I still thought I’d give you some information on them as they are great additions to any mama’s breastfeeding supplies!

 

Nipple Balm

Nursing can be so tough on our nipples. I don’t know how I would have continued breastfeeding without nipple balm. I have not had the opportunity to use this specific nipple balm, but I would definitely keep it around if I need it in the future! 😉

This nipple balm is made with beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, calendula flower extract, and rosemary seed extract. All these ingredients are natural and 100% organic. No need to wipe off before nursing baby again!

You can also use the nipple balm as a lip balm, dry skin moisturizer, ointment for cuts and scraps, and so much more!

 

Breastmilk Alcohol Test Strips

While studies have shown that some alcohol consumption while breastfeeding is okay, some mothers don’t want to chance the slightest amount of alcohol in their breastmilk. Upspring created these handy test strips that take just a few drops of breastmilk. You can either drip a few drops onto the strip or dip the strip into a small container of breastmilk. Within 2 minutes, you’ll have a result of whether or not there is alcohol detected in your breastmilk. I have found these at my local Target store- and they’re available online.

 

 

All in all, I highly recommend all of these products from Upspring! A huge thank you to MommyCon and Upspring for sending me the package to review! My milk supply, my toddler, and I thank you!!! <3

 

 

 

*Please note: I did receive these goodies in order to conduct the review. No other compensation was made. My opinions are 100% my own.

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MommyCon Q&A

 

How much money should I bring with me?

This greatly varies from person to person. Some people will walk in and not spend a penny. Others, could spend $500+. Make yourself a budget- do you cloth diaper? Will you want to buy a baby carrier? Will you want to buy a new diaper bag? Put a little wiggle room in your budget for new items that maybe you’ve never seen before. A lot of vendors also have MommyCon exclusive items so keep that in mind. You may find something you love that you can ONLY get at MommyCon!

 

How many diapers should I bring?

MommyCon has teamed up with Babyganics to have diapers and wipes available in the changing areas. Diapers are available in various sizes. Many parents bring a handful of their own diapers and then use the Babyganics diapers throughout the day as well. Last year, I mostly used the Babyganics diapers with a Flip cover on top, just in case since we cloth diaper 95% of the time. However, keep in mind that this is supposed to be a secondary option- not all you should use for diapering your baby during the event!

 

Are tickets sold at the door?

No. Most of the time, the event sells out. Don’t plan on being able to purchase a ticket the day of the event. Plan ahead and get your ticket weeks in advance so you don’t miss out! (Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general admission ticket. Combine it with the social share option at checkout for a total of $7 off your ticket purchase!)

 

What should I bring?

Bring your bump, your baby, your toddler, or your child. Don’t forget the things they’ll need throughout the day- but try to keep it light! It gets crowded, especially in the exhibitor hall. And you’ll have enough to carry between the goodie bag and the items you also purchase. Plan ahead and maybe bring a reusable tote to carry your purchases in as well! I also recommend bringing along a phone charger or one of those portable chargers. I use my phone so much during an event between taking pictures, looking up companies’ social media sites, and checking in the MommyCon hashtags to see what everyone else is doing!

I’m done with the baby phase- is MommyCon for me?

Check your event’s schedule to really decide. While there are products there for toddlers and older children, MommyCon focuses more on newborn to age 5. The sessions and exhibitors vary from event to event. Some sessions that are scheduled for MommyCon Chicago that I think any mother would enjoy include everything from Vagina Village, Angel Laketa Moore’s “Fall in Love with You,” “Redefining Motherhood” with Amy Appleton and Ilana Grostern, and the “Loss Mama Sanctuary” with Ambyr Amen-Ra- if that applies to you.

Does my child need a ticket?

Children under 16 years of age do not need a ticket when attending with an adult! Bring along your newborn, infant, toddler, school age kid, teenager or leave them at home and enjoy mom’s day out!

 

What time should I show up?

Come about 15-30 minutes before the event’s start time. There will be a line for registration! Be prepared with a print-out of your ticket or will it pulled up on your smartphone! This will help the line move a little faster. Be aware that the exhibitor hall will not open until the event’s start time so you may have a few minutes of waiting.

Can I bring items to donate?

YES! Cotton Babies’ cloth diaper bank, Share the Love, will have a box for cloth diaper donations and The Carrying On Project will have a place for baby carrier donations! Share the Love provides cloth diapers to families who could not otherwise afford them, and the Carrying On Project provides baby carriers to military families. They both accept new and used items.

 

How do we sign up for sessions?

All the awesome sessions you see in the schedule is included in your general admission ticket! No need to sign up unless it’s a special event that requires RSVP. Just show up to the room at the time of the session and find a seat!

 

 

Have any additional questions? Check out the other posts on the MommyCon 101 page or ask them in the comments below! Enjoy MommyCon!!!!! 🙂

 

 

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MommyCon- Is it worth it?!

Mama- it’s worth it.

I have already gone over the MommyCon Basics & FAQS, MommyCon on a Budget, 10 Tips for MommyCon, and the latest post- MommyCon VIP. But in case you still need some convincing on just how awesome MommyCon is….

 

My goodie bag from Columbus 2015

The Goodie Bag

In case I didn’t write enough about it, did you know that every attendee will leave the MommyCon event with a super awesome goodie bag filled with stuff?! The sponsors have been pretty generous in the past. While this shouldn’t be your #1 reason to attend MommyCon- I can tell you that in my experience, the goodie bag is worth more than your general admission ticket price. It’s filled with samples, coupons, and full sized products.

 

The Sessions

The sessions and seminars you’ll attend at MommyCon will probably leave you with some awesome new knowledge. And in my experience as a parent- knowledge really is power. Whether you’re taking away facts from Cloth Diapering 101 or from Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstraul Products- that’s up to you! I highly recommend attending as many sessions that you can squeeze in!

 

Jackson wearing Cotton Babies’ Exclusive MommyCon Flip Diaper for 2016

Exclusive Products

Did you know that many vendors go to MommyCon with “MommyCon Exclusives?” Cloth diaper companies like Cotton Babies and Smart Bottoms have had exclusive diapers. Pink Lemonade Shop had an exclusive pad print. Eylas had an exclusive water bottle last year. Tekhni typically has an exclusive wrap for each MommyCon event. Basically- lots of things you’ll find ONLY at MommyCon! 😉

The Giveaways

Now, I know I didn’t talk much about this. Did you know that at the end of event day- MommyCon does a HUGE giveaway?! I mean like $10,000 worth of products huge. It’s really easy to enter- go to MommyCon! When you check-in at the beginning of the day, you’ll be given a badge with a number. That number is your “ticket number” so to speak. If you hear/see your number called- YOU WON! You’ll get additional entries for any VIP tickets you purchase. My first year, a few moms couldn’t stay for the giveaway. They handed me their badges since they wouldn’t get to use them. I won a set of RePlay, even though it was with my own badge number. But I was super excited!!!! You can not win a giveaway if you are not present. So if you can stay the whole day- I suggest you hang around. (There have been car seats and strollers given away! 😉 So yeah- be there.)

The Experience

I have only given you some tools to make your MommyCon experience great. Now- it’s completely up to you to make it great. Take pictures. Meet new mom friends. Meet some of the small businesses that are exhibiting there. Buy yourself something. Buy something for your kiddos. Learn some new information. Take the day to be “free” if you go without kids. Take the day to bond with your significant other, if they go with you. The experience will vary from person to person since no two people will visit the exact same sessions, meet the same people, or buy the same things. The “ideal” MommyCon experience is unique to everyone and really- your overall experience is up to you!

 

Still need to buy your general admission ticket? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off, combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout for a total of $7 off!

 

 


 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts in my MommyCon Series! And be on the lookout for a GIVEAWAY of MommyCon tickets! EEEEK!

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MommyCon VIP Sessions- A Community Post

I have not personally attended any of the MommyCon VIP sessions- although I have heard many great things about them! VIP Sessions take place the day before the event, so on a Friday, and they are small seminars with some amazing people. Because I can’t personally tell you about my experience and why they’re so great- I asked some of my blogger friends to help with this post! 🙂

Want to purchase a VIP upgrade? VIP sessions are typically announced 30 days before your city’s event.

** Still need to buy your MommyCon ticket? Remember to use the code FLUFFBUM17 for a $5 discount! Please not that this code is not valid on VIP ticket upgrades. **

 

Cotton Babies VIP Session

I attended the Jen’s VIP session at MommyCon OC 2015. It was a small circle of about 15-20 women with babies having freeplay in the middle of the circle. We had light snacks and drinks and it felt very inviting. Jen had everyone introduce themselves and share what we wanted to get out of the session. We were able to ask questions and it never felt rushed it was very natural like a group of friends. Xza was in and out of the session visiting too. We each got a tote from catbird baby, and inside was a bum genius diaper, wet bag, wipe spray, maxaloon style pants, and several samples of other cloth diaper safe products. The products we received were well over he $40 session price, the inspirational message from Jen was worth more as well. I’m still friends with some of the moms I met there 2 years later.

– Hannah

 

Mommy-con Atlanta 2016 was my second mommy-con experience and my first time going all the way and doing a VIP session as well as breakfast with Jen before my VIP session. My sister in law and best friend took the plunge with me as my twins and her son are 10 days apart and we share many parenting values. She had also been by my side during our first mommy-con in 2015!
Bright and early on Friday morning I picked her and my nephew up and we drove to the hotel that the breakfast was scheduled at. When we arrived Jen and Jimmy were already seated and there was coffee ( a twin moms lifeline 😂) ready to drink! We were joined by a few other moms including both Dona from black women do cloth diaper and Deja from sunshine fabric and designs. We had an excellent conversation about race and equality in the diaper industry over an amazing breakfast. We talked until it was time to head over to the convention center for the first VIP session of the day With Jen!
When we got to the convention center I had a good idea of the layout as I had been there before so we knew where to park and walked right in. The mommycon shoppe and the tekhni booth were both open allowing us first pick at all the merchandise as well as the tekhni exclusive which was amazing! We got there about 30 minutes before our VIP session was set to begin so we mingled with eachother as our kids played with the amazing variety of toys set out for them. I will admit I was attempting to wrap one twin when the other ran through my legs and toward the door but was thankfully quickly caught by another mom and returned to me.
I’m not going to lie I attended Jen’s session purely because I wanted to see her not because I have any interest in running my own business. The session was however amazingly interesting and informative! My twins were pretty interested in the toys which was nice so I even got to listen to her talk without one of them yelling in my ear. We also got some amazing swag in our bag (which was it’s self super cute) including a cloth diaper and wet bag, doodle pants, mother love diaper and thrush cream, a tekhni head wrap, and other fun goodies from mom owned businesses! I’m so glad I chose to do a mommy con VIP session it added so much to my weekend!!!!

– Colleen Walker Sondergaard

 

The first VIP session I attended was hosted by Jennifer Labit the creator of Cotton Babies who shared insight into her life journey. She spoke openly about how she transitioned from a mother struggling to balance the home budget, highlighting how her struggle was the catalist into becoming an entrepreneur and founder of a successful business. Her honesty was refreshing and encouraging. We all struggle and fall; hearing how the most difficult times of her life.

– Patricia @ Dr Mommy Rx

 

Pool Party

At the Baby Safe Pool Party with Mat York from that That Dad Mat we were treated to a full table of Babyganics goodies and a bag absolutely stuffed with poolside treats including a Beachfront Baby ring sling. Mat helped everyone get comfortable with the slings. Unfortunately we were inside because of Hurricane Hermine. It was a good thing the session was hosted by Mat because it was the most fun pool-less pool party ever!

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

 

Feed the Baby

The Feed the Baby VIP with The Leaky Boob’s Jessica Martin-Weber was something I’ll never forget. We had a rap session about how not every experience is a “rainbow farting unicorn one”. The swag bag for this session had some seriously cool gadgets. Gootensils, and EZPZ mat, Bitsizers, a donut rattle from Pebblechild, a gift voucher for Undercover Mama, a Re-play set, a reusable squeeze pouch… and more! A lot of these have become regular daily use items for us, that I can’t imagine our life without.

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

Babywearing

Laura Brown from Ergo and Angelique Geehan of Beco gave us some helpful insights at Babywearing VIP. I got an Ergobaby organic SSC (which is still my favorite carrier to date!) in my swag bag. After a run down on the carriers with how to-s and safety features we played two rounds of a game like heads up. All of the cards had terms used during the session. What an exciting way to use the knowledge we gained from our fun instructors!

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

 

The second VIP session I attended Friday afternoon was called Babywearing. This session is very popular because each attendee is randomly given either an Ergo or Beco baby carrier. Hosted by two industry professionals, including Laura Brown of Ergo, this session focused on proper ways to wear Ergo and Beco soft structured carriers. Additionally, they were more then happy to take the time to help parents trouble shoot any struggles they are having with their own person baby carriers (of all forms). 

– Patricia @ Dr Mommy Rx

 

 

Want to see more posts about MommyCon? Here are some other posts a part of my MommyCon Series:

 

~ MommyCon Basics and FAQS ~

~ MommyCon on a Budget ~

~ 10 Tips for MommyCon ~

 

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10 Tips to Make Your MommyCon Experience Amazing!

 

Another post for the MommyCon Series! Can you tell I’m a little excited? I’ve been to two MommyCon events so while I wouldn’t consider myself an expert MommyCon attendee- I’ve been around the block twice so I’ve learned a few things. Here are 10 tips to make your MommyCon experience amazing, fun and the best that it can be!

 

10 Tips as a MommyCon Attendee

Plan your day ahead of time. MommyCon is very fast paced and a lot goes on throughout the day. There are multiple rooms with different sessions going on plus the vendor area. Writing out your schedule ahead of time on paper or your phone is a great idea. You don’t want to miss the seminars you wanted to attend because of mom brain! (I highly recommend attending Cloth 101 with Jennifer Labit and Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstrual Products seminar!)

 

Grab your tickets early. While MommyCon is a huge event, there are restrictions to how many people can attend due to the location. MommyCon  events tend to sell out, so waiting until the day before isn’t the best idea. MommyCon offers Presale tickets at a super discounted rate, some promotions throughout the year for discounted tickets, and Bloggers/Street Team/Parent Squad members have discount codes. (You can find mine here.) If plans change and you can no longer attend the event, MommyCon does not refund your ticket BUT they do allow selling of your tickets on your location’s Facebook group.

 

Join the Facebook Group. Speaking of the Facebook group- did you know that MommyCon has Facebook groups for the different locations? This is a great place to be to find out important information. This is also where they’ll share volunteer opportunities and sneak peaks to the event behind the scenes. Like I mentioned above, this is also the perfect place to find a buyer for tickets you may no longer need or where you may be able to find tickets yourself if the event has sold out! (You may even be able to grab a VIP ticket this way!)

 

Get your goodie bag later. The goodie bags will not run out. (Usually there’s actually some extras at the end of the day.) But they will get heavy. And bulky. And you can’t just check them in somewhere for later. If you don’t want to carry them around all day, wait a little bit to get them. Just before lunch is the perfect time because chances are- you’re going to your car or hotel room anyways. And if not- its the perfect time to dip out and head to your car or hotel room since you won’t miss any sessions.

 

Bring snacks or get lunch close. Lunch break is an hour long. This may seem like a lot of time- but once you take your goodie bag to your car and scope out the nearby places, lunch will be over in a flash. Just like planning your day ahead of time is important, figuring out your lunch plan is important too! It’s a long day so you’ll be starving. (Trust me on that.) Have a plan for lunch and a backup plan in case the first place is too busy or closed. My first year, the places we wanted to eat were closed. (Silly large cities.) And my second year, lunchtime is when I discovered I locked my keys in my car. Ended up eating lunch at the hotel’s Starbucks while waiting for AAA. You better believe I’ll know what I’m doing beforehand this year! 😉 Also scope out the nearest coffee shop. If you’re lucky enough to have a coffee shop in the connecting hotel- take advantage of that. You may be wired with caffeine, but it’ll keep ya going all day long!

 

Take pictures! Take lots of pictures! The day flies by so fast and you’ll want to remember the cool toy your kiddo loved at the event, meeting somebody you follow on social media, and just your overall experience. I highly suggest you bring your phone charger too just in case. If you have service or wifi at the event’s location, put your pictures on social media and tag MommyCon and/or use the hashtag for the event! All the mamas at home are waiting to see/hear about your day! 😉

 

Wear comfortable shoes. It really is a long day. And while you think you’ll be sitting a majority of the time while attending sessions, it’s still a lot of walking. Don’t wear heels unless you’re a pro at them. And don’t wear brand new shoes unless you want blisters. Be comfortable.

 

Pack light & babywear. Chances are, you’re going to be shopping for a few things during the event. The vendor’s hall is usually pretty packed with your favorite vendors and full of ones you’ve never heard of before (and will also love!). If you’re going by yourself, pack a small bag with just the necessities. And if you’re going with a little one, pack only the things you will need and leave the “maybe needs” in the car. Try to not bring a stroller if you’re bringing a little one too. While MommyCon doesn’t have a “no stroller” policy, they may ask for you to park it along the outskirts of the room or ask you to fold it up if it’s too crowded. There are so many little ones crawling and walking around that you really need to be careful. While going stroller-less isn’t an option for all parents, if it’s an option for you to just babywear- please do that.

 

 

Bring a friend! My sister in law and I have made it our thing. We love going to MommyCon together and making it a “Mom’s Weekend Away.” There are so many other parents to mingle with at the event sp there’s always the option of making new friends! But if you know someone expecting, trying to conceive, or another mama with little ones, why not ask them to come along??? You may be able to convert someone into cloth diapering, show them the awesomeness of babywearing, or give them a day kid-free!

 

Snatch a VIP spot! I’ve never attended a VIP session so I really can’t speak much on this topic. You can totally have an amazing time at MommyCon with a general admission ticket and no extras. But if you have the funds and the availability to attend a VIP session (or two!) then go for it! VIP sessions have extra goodie bags and they’ll also snatch you another entry into the giveaway! (Look for a “MommyCon VIP Sessions 101” post later this week!)

 

Need more MommyCon Info? Check out the other posts in my MommyCon Series! This series of posts is leading up to a MommyCon ticket giveaway!!!!! 😉

 

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Making MommyCon a Weekend Trip on a Budget


The closest MommyCon to me is 6 hours away in Chicago so I start my MommyCon budget a few months ahead of time. There was no way that I was going to miss the best natural parenting event in the country just because of a little travel. In fact, my sister-in-law and I decided to start making it our “Mom’s Weekend” away! We leave the big kids at home with their dads and just take the babies. (Well, I guess they’re toddlers now….) We did this last year when the boys were just 4 months and 6 months old. Every penny counts when you’re going to MommyCon because there are SO many amazing vendors. If you can pinch your pennies on the cost of getting there, staying, and attending- then you can spend more money while you’re there… Cloth diapers, baby carriers, toys, products for mom, products for baby… So many goodies!!!!

Here are my 6 tips to making your MommyCon “Mom’s Weekend” away successful on a budget!

 

Start by using the code FLUFFBUM17. When you purchase your general admission ticket, use my discount code! When you go to checkout, there’s also a “social sharing” option. Use that option to your advantage by posting it on your Facebook or Twitter. My discount code CAN be combined with this option to save you a total of $7. Want to attend a VIP session? Be sure to join the Facebook group that MommyCon has set up for your city. There- people will sell their tickets if something comes up and they can no longer attend. You may be able to score some VIP tickets a tad bit cheaper!

 

Carpool. If you’re traveling and can bring a friend- drive together! You’ll have company to keep you from getting bored, and maybe you’ll make up for the lack of adult interaction you get during the week! 😉 Carpooling is also a great idea if you’re going into a big city, like Chicago. Parking is expensive! So not only will you be splitting the cost for gas- but parking too!

 

Split the hotel room. Again, if you can travel with a friend- split the hotel room! We get one room with two beds and it’s perfect for us! This helps cut our travel expenses down big time! MommyCon will have a block of rooms at a hotel with a discount. If you can swing the cost, great. If not, you can always find a cheaper hotel within a mile or so and stay there. Check out some of the travel websites that give hotel room discounts. Also- it’s never a bad idea to get AAA before a trip and most hotels have discounts for AAA members!

 

Bring Wine. And don’t forget the corkscrew and cups! Last year, after such a long day full of driving and sitting in the car- wine was a necessity once the babies were asleep. I remembered to bring some disposable cups- but totally forgot the corkscrew! And just FYI- don’t listen to those “how to open wine without a corkscrew” posts on Google. We tried those…. didn’t work. Luckily, there was a bar in our hotel so I just ran down and asked the bartender to open it for me! Obviously this isn’t a “money saving” option. But it’ll help with your sanity from a day in the car! 😉

 

Plan out your MommyCon day ahead of time. Trust me on this one. This will be my third MommyCon so I’m no pro but I’ve been around the block. 😉 The day of MommyCon can be so hectic. There’s so many people, so many vendors, and just so much going on. You need to have a game plan. Figure out the sessions you want to attend beforehand, visit vendors in-between sessions, and just have a general idea before you go. If not, you may lose track of time and miss a session you REALLY wanted to see or you could scramble and miss out time shopping; and for some, that could make or break your MommyCon experience.

 

Take pictures!!! Even if you don’t like getting in front of the camera, looking back on MommyCon weekend is just so much fun. Take some selfies, ask a friend to take a picture with you and a speaker, just take some pictures! If you’re taking a kiddo, take some pics of them playing with the super fun toys! (You may just need to buy one later so grabbing a picture of it isn’t a bad idea!) Take pictures of the awesoe stuff you purchased from the vendors, of your awesome goodie bag, of that glass of wine after the event. Seriously- just snap some pics. And don’t forget to post them on social media with the hashtags: #MommyCon, #MommyCon17, and the hashtag of your city: #MommyConCHI, #WEARConference, #MommyConNYC, #MommyCon Memphis, #MommyConATX, #MommyConVanCity, #MommyConOC, #MommyConORL, or #MommyConATL. Again, not a money saving tip- but you’ll thank me later. 😉

 

Have fun at MommyCon!!!!! Just a reminder, here’s where MommyCon is traveling in 2017!

Chicago, IL – March 3-5

New York City, NY – March 25

Memphis, TN – April 29

Austin, TX – June 3

Vancouver, Canada – July 22

Orange County, CA – August 12

Orlando, FL – September 2

Atlanta, GA – October 28

Don’t know what MommyCon is or if it’s right for you? Visit the blog post below!

 

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MommyCon Basics & FAQs

Are you asking yourself, “What’s MommyCon?” Are you wondering what comes with a general admission ticket? Questions about VIP, Military tickets, or Scholarship tickets? Need a discount to purchase your ticket? Well- you’re in a REALLY good place! I’m a 2017 Parent Squad member for MommyCon and on their Blogger Collective for my 4th year! 🙂 So you could say…. I love MommyCon and I’ve got some good advice!

 

What’s MommyCon?

MommyCon is the largest and best natural parenting event in the country! At MommyCon, you’ll find seminar  sessions with amazing speakers, workshops, and tons of shopping! If you’re starting the adventure of parenthood, have a little one at home already, or you’re in the baby industry- MommyCon is the place for you!

 

Where is MommyCon traveling in 2017?

Chicago, IL – March 3-5

New York City, NY – March 25

Memphis, TN – April 29

Austin, TX – June 3

Vancouver, Canada – July 22

Orange County, CA – August 12

Orlando, FL – September 2

Atlanta, GA – October 28

 

What comes with a general admission ticket?

A general admission ticket is $45.00. With this ticket, you’ll get into all the seminars, workshops (some require registration before the event), and the vendor area. Your general admission ticket also gets you automatically entered into the giveaway at the end of event day. Tickets are nonrefundable, but you can transfer the ticket into someone else’s name if you’re unable to attend. Ano

*Want a discount code for your general admission ticket? Keep reading!*

 

What’s the VIP upgrade? How do I get one?

VIP upgrades are additional tickets that can be purchased. VIP sessions are held the Friday before the event and are very limited. These options vary from event to event, so they also aren’t revealed or up for sale until about 30 days before the event. You MUST have a general admission ticket before being able to purchase a VIP upgrade. These also vary in price. VIP tickets are a “fast fingers” type stocking. So you should probably set an alarm on your phone once you get the email with the stocking information. 😉

 

What about Military tickets or scholarship tickets?

Scholarship Program: MommyCon wants everyone to be able to attend! If you’re unable to attend due to the cost of general admission, there are several giveaways to enter plus they have a scholarship program. Applications are selected randomly to receive the tickets. These tickets are non-transferable.

Military Tickets: Complimentary Military Tickets are for Active Duty Military members, Active Duty Military dependents, and Veterans (Rank E5 and below) who would like to attend MommyCon but can not financially afford a ticket. Military Discount Tickets are for Active Duty Military members, Active Duty Military dependents, and Veterans who have the financial means to attend an event, but would like to use the military discount program. For more information on how to obtain half price tickets utilizing the Military Discount, email tickets@mommycon.com.

 

Do kids need a ticket? Is the event stroller friendly?

Children 16 years and under are free with their parents. All adults must have a paid admission. Strollers are allowed, however there are many people and lots of toddlers/babies on the floor. If you must bring a stroller, be sure to really watch in front of you so no babies are run over! If it gets too crowded, you may be asked to fold the stroller up or park it on the outskirts of the room.

 

I’m on a budget- are there coupons/discounts/promo codes for tickets?

YES! Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general admission tickets! This code is not valid on presale or VIP upgrades. Need a little more of a discount? You can combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout! With these two discounts together- you’ll save $7 on your MommyCon General Admission ticket!!!

*Need more “MommyCon on a budget” ideas? Stay tuned for a new post this week in my new MommyCon Series!

 

If you didn’t find the answer you’re looking for- check out MommyCon’s website for more information and/or ask me in the comments below!

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MommyCon Review, Promo Code, and GIVEAWAY 

*Edit- Looking for the 2017 coupon code? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off!*
For the third year in a row- I have the pleasure of being in MommyCon’s media team as a blogger. And last year, I experienced MommyCon in real life- instead of just thru the windows of the Internet! 😉 I was 34 weeks pregnant so I was hormonal but I loved having a da away from my kids and husband! I had a day for me, doing what I love! Here’s what I think about the MommyCon events…

MommyCon is freaking awesome! Where else are you going to find a bunch of parents with a mindset like you?! Cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, essential oils… The list could go on and on. Everybody is accepted. There’s no shaming or words being thrown around the mother openly breastfeeding her child. It’s like everyone is on the same team. MommyCon brings that community together and it’s literally one of the coolest things I’ve experienced.

So other than meeting people- what else is MommyCon about? Well… There are some really neat speakers. I had the pleasure of listening to Jessica from the Leaky Boob last year. And maybe it was the pregnancy hormones- but she seriously made me cry. Her words were so powerful that I just couldn’t hold them back.

   

Another person I got to see speak was Jennifer Labit, the founder and CEO of Cotton Babies. She spoke about cloth diapering- mostly how and why to start. She was a very good speaker and I was excited to meet her!

   

I had a total “fan-girl” moment when I met Jamie, the BabyGearGuy. I love following his posts on Facebook and Instagram. He’s just a really down to earth, funny guy. And he knows his stuff! He spoke on car seat safety and answered questions. My sister in law convinced me to go up to him for a picture, which I would have anyways… But I was nervous. 😂 Again, probably my pregnancy hormones.

 

 

Along with bloggers and speakers, you also get to shop. And I like shopping! There were many venders there and they were all right up my alley. Smart bottoms, Pink Lemonade Shop, Applecheeks, Tekhni- and that’s just the beginning! I was really excited to meet Sue, the owner of Pink Lemonade Shop. She also is in Ohio but is still about two hours away from me. I’m happy MommyCon allowed us to actually meet!

 

Now, the swag bag. I wouldn’t recommend going to MommyCon if you’re only going for the goodie bag. There’s so much information and other amazingness to get from this experience than just the goodie bag. But, it is an awesome perk. MommyCon has some awesome sponsors! Because I’m in the media team, some of my items are a little different  than the general admission bags, but here’s what I received:

  

And then here is what I purchased. I could have (and wanted) to purchase some additional things, but I was overwhelmed and couldn’t make a decision on what I wanted. So although I didn’t get everything I had my eye on, I’m still really happy with what I did purchase! And I LOVE my MommyCon shirt! As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten some awesome compliments on it! 😉

   

MommyCon 2015 was really neat and I’m happy that I got to experience it! But now, they’re gearing up for MommyCon 2016! Here is the schedule for this year:

  • MommyCon Atlanta- February 6th
  • MommyCon Chicago- March 5th
  • MommyCon Seattle- April 2nd
  • WEAR: Babywearing Conference (Chicago)- May 27th-May 29th
  • MommyCon Austin- June 25th
  • MommyCon DC: July 23rd
  • MommyCon OC: August 20th
  • MommyCon Orlando: September 3rd
  • MommyCon San Jose: October 29th
  • MILK: Infant Feeding Conference (Orange County)- November 11th- November 12th

 

Can’t wait to buy your ticket??? I have a coupon code for you! Use the code FLUFFBUM16 at checkout to receive $6 off your general admission ticket- not valid on VIP upgrades. This code is good for ALL MommyCon events, including WEAR and MILK!!! 🙂

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Now- enter to WIN a pair of MommyCon general admission tickets! Pick the city you would attend. Please be aware that this covers the ticket ONLY and does not include travel or hotel stay.

 

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MommyCon 2017 

It’s crazy to think that there’s only a few months left in 2016 and that we’re already looking forward to events in 2017!! MommyCon has announced their 2017 cities and I’m so excited! (You’ll be seeing me in Chicago.) MommyCon 2017 is gearing up to be pretty amazing!

Don’t know what MommyCon is? MommyCon is a parenting event that brings together the community of parents that believe in parenting their children more naturally. This means breastfeeding, babywearing, maybe cloth diapering, etc. Of course you don’t need to do all of those things to be welcomed- MommyCon welcomes all parents and caregivers with open arms! At MommyCon, you’ll get to shop with some amazing vendors, listen to inspirational speakers, and maybe meet a new MomFriend! 🙂 You can read some other posts I have written about MommyCon here!

If you’re ready to buy your tickets, use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general ticket admission


Here is the CONFIRMED schedule for 2017 events!

  • Chicago: March 3-5
  • NYC: March 25
  • Memphis: April 29
  • Austin: June 3
  • Vancouver, CA: July 22
  • OC: August 12
  • Orlando: September 2
  • Atlanta: October 28

My favorite MommyCon areas? The Babywearing Lounge. The Cloth Diaper Resource Center. Vagina Village. Of course, the vendors with all the awesome stuff to buy! And there are so many inspirational speakers loaded with so much knowledge (and laughs!) to share.

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My Feeding Journeys + MiLK Conference Giveaway

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This week, #MomLifeMonday and #WinItWednesday are colliding! A huge thank you to MommyCon’s MiLK Conference for sponsoring this post and providing the tickets to giveaway!

*Before I became a mother, I had how my babies would be fed all planned. They would be breastfed for at least 6 months, until they started on solid foods. I would make their pureed baby foods and they wouldn’t eat “junk.” Little did I realize, babies don’t follow the plan.

 

Aubrey


Aubrey was our first baby, born when I was still a kid myself. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding much before becoming a mother. However, I figured it was something natural so it should work out just fine. I purchased nipple cream, a breast pump, breast pads, and a boppy pillow. I thought I was set and ready to go.

After Aubrey was born, we had a difficult start. She didn’t seem to be interested in nursing and her blood sugar was a little low. There was a point in time that she didn’t nurse for over 8 hours. After nursing again, they let us go home as long as we followed up with her doctor in a few days.

Breastfeeding was extremely painful for me. My nipples were raw. They were cracked and bleeding. I was putting Vitamin E on them plus the nipple cream. I distinctly remember, and it almost sends chills down my back now, crying when she would start crying in hunger. My poor baby wanted to eat but I didn’t want to feed her. I would cry and ask my husband, “what kind of mother doesn’t want to feed her baby?!” It was hard for us. And I decided to somehow, stick it out.

I started pumping in preparation to return to work. I had a cheap breast pump that I picked out at Target just because it went along with the bottles we picked. It did nothing for me. It would suck and suck but nothing would come out. I could nurse her just fine at this point with very little pain but I just couldn’t produce enough milk to store and to keep her satisfied. We fell into a rabbit hole and decided that we would start supplementing with formula.

The start of our formula journey was when she was 6 weeks old. I had that “plan” of just breastmilk until 6 months old so I felt a little guilty. At this point, she was half breastfed and half formula fed. Within two weeks, I was too overwhelmed as a mother at 18 years old. I needed life to be just a tad bit easier. And then she became 100% formula fed.

Looking back now- I feel like I had a strong lack of knowledge and support. I *could* have successfully nursed her until she was at least 6 months old. I *could* have nursed her until a year. I *could* have nursed her until she naturally weaned herself. Facebook Groups weren’t so much a thing when she was born and I was the first of my friends to have a baby. I had no idea what I was jumping into and thought that the most natural thing in the world would just come….. naturally. The super sore nipples could have been caused by a number of things. And I really wish I would have known to find a lactation consultant to help me ASAP. Aubrey was my first little guinea pig, if you will, on this whole being a mother thing.

 

Baileigh


Before Baileigh was born, I started doing more research on breastfeeding and how I could be more successful with the next baby. She was born 18 months after Aubrey so things were still fresh in my mind. I knew to start lathering my nipples up with cream even in the hospital. I knew that I wanted to get a freezer stash started and that I was going to have a much better pump as my sidekick. I had made all these “plans” again. Afterall, I had been there and done that. It just had to be easier the second time around, right???

Wrong. Baileigh and I had a pretty good nursing relationship from the start. She had an okay latch and it most definitely wasn’t as painful as it was with Aubrey. I had the same goal of exclusively breast milk for the first 6 months. I didn’t have to return to work as I had become a stay-at-home mom but I still wanted her to take a bottle. Three days after having her, I started pumping with a Medela manual pump. My goodness- I loved that pump. Baileigh took to the bottle so whenever we left the house, she would have a bottle of breastmilk so I wouldn’t have to nurse in public.

Here’s where I think I went wrong. I was so worried about my supply dropping like I felt like it did with Aubrey…. That I started taking a supplement to boost my milk supply. Fenugreek. I smelled like a pancake house and not in a good way. I had such a strong letdown that I started to almost choke her when she would nurse. I just had way too much milk! This little baby was only 4 weeks old and I could easily pump 10 ounces in a session. WOW, right?!

Baileigh then started having some belly issues. Well, more like spitting up issues. She had always spit-up just a little bit. But this was like, projectile vomiting. I specifically remember a middle of the night feed and I thought her head was going to spin around like a horror movie. The amount that she vomited all over the bed was WAY more than I thought she could even have in her little body.

Baileigh also had some problems gaining weight. She was so tiny and petite. At the recommendation of our pediatricians, we started adding some cereal to her breatsmilk bottles. It helped to hold the milk into her belly, but just not enough for me to feel like she was nutritionally getting the milk she needed. Those pesky formula companies…. I had formula cans in my cabinet from the free samples they sent me. They won. I couldn’t see my baby not gaining weight anymore. And I couldn’t deal with all the spit-up anymore. I also was dealing with postpartum depression and I’m sure that wasn’t helping anything.

We quit breastmilk almost cold turkey at 6 weeks. At this point, I felt like a complete failure. How could so many mothers nurse their babies for so long yet I couldn’t seem to last more than 6 weeks?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not “bashing” formula moms at all- but this wasn’t what I had planned for my babies. This wasn’t the healthiest option I saw for them and it just wasn’t what I had wanted.

 

Jackson


Jackson James- my little game changer. Before Jackson was even conceived, I found my support groups. Knowledge, power, support, confidence, and perseverance was what was going to get me to my goal for at least one of my babies. And with him, I even edited my goal to wanting to nurse him for one year.

When Jackson was born, we clicked right away. He was a boobie monster and loved mama’s milk. I decided to wait to really pump because being a stay-at-home mom, it wasn’t necessary for a bottle. There would be a minimal amount of times that I left him and it wasn’t going to be a for awhile anyways. It was just me and him- and that was A-OK for me.

Remember how I had hoped everything would just come naturally? I was waiting for a problem to occur: cracked nipples, bad latch, drop in supply. I was just waiting. Luckily, it didn’t happen in the beginning like it had with the girls. We were smooth sailing through our journey.

Months went by and he had only had breastmilk. My first *successfully* breastfed baby. I had support from family and friends. I nursed in public. I pumped when needed, and that was it. Everything was wonderful!

And then it wasn’t. Two things happened: Jackson’s weight gain seemed to have plateaued. And I needed to pump to leave him… And my boobs decided they weren’t going to cooperate anymore. I was worried that my supply had finally dropped. I was worried that Jackson wasn’t actually getting what he needed from me anymore. I tried lactation cookies, I tried increasing my water intake, I tried fenugreek again. Nothing seemed to be working. I even tried an electric pump and that got out less than my manual! I was so frustrated.

I had family pressuring me to try formula, so I did. After all, formula companies sent me formula while I was pregnant. Wouldn’t you know that a baby at 8/9 months old wouldn’t drink formula after only having breastmilk as their milk source? Yeah- I figured that too. Lucky for me, I have some amazing friends that knew my goal and knew my struggle. I now have an amazing supply of frozen donor milk in my deep freezer for when we need it. My supply has come back enough that I don’t wonder if I’m making enough.

We are just under a month away from his first birthday. I will have nursed my baby, with a little help from donor milk and a splash of formula, for one full year. I made my goal of 6 months of just breastmilk. I know there are many women that nurse for years and years and multiple babies. And compared to them- my story seems dull and silly. But it’s a part of my motherhood journey. And accomplishing this year makes me feel, well, kind of badass. My body has successfully nourished another human being though 9 months of pregnancy and almost 12 months earthside. <3

 

 

 

MiLK Conference

The second annual MiLK Conference will be held in Costa Mesa, CA November 11-12. It will be MommyCon’s final event in 2016. MiLK is an infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professional. It’s set-up to provide not only nutritional information, but support and an educational platform for the health of children. Want to go? There’s one of two ways from here- you can purchase your tickets using my promo code FLUFFBUM16 for $5 your ticket price OR you can enter to win the rafflecoptor below and win a pair of 2-day tickets! 🙂

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Twelve Truths to Motherhood

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    1. Coffee is no longer a want, but a necessity. How are you going to seize the day with kids on less than 6 hours of sleep?!

 

2. Say good-bye to privacy for 18-25 years. My five year old still follows me to the bathroom. And the three year old interupts my showers to tell me she has to poop. Oh and the infant just *knows* when I sit down for the first time that day, even if it’s after he’s gone to bed.

 

   3. Remember how Mama Bear’s porridge was too cold? Yeah… My dinner is usually cold too. I’m nice and put everyone else’s food on their plates first. Sit down with mine, salt and pepper it, salt and pepper the children’s, get up to get them something to drink, get up to get them an extra napkin, help cut up their food, feed the baby, take a bite. And it’s cold. Always. Never fails.

 

  4. Speaking of dinner…. Dinner is a struggle. Not only will you eat it cold, but getting it on the table can cause turmoil. I’ve even tried meal planning, but we always end up eating dinner super late because stuff pops up either before I start cooking or while I’m cooking. I really don’t understand why making dinner is expected of me every night. Seriously- I kept these little people alive all day and they want to eat again?! Ugh.

 

5. Laundry piled up. It could be clean, it could be dirty. Everyone has laundry issues. Heck, it could be folded but never see a hanger or dresser drawer. Laundry is a constant struggle. Why do people want to wear clothes in this house?!

 

    6. Shopping won’t ever be the same. I used to love buying pretty shoes, handbags, and $50 jeans. Now, I barely purchase things for myself unless they’re on sale. But hey, I have no issues buying that $30 outfit for the kids and they’ll grow out of it next month.

 

  7. Your hobbies are going to change. More than likely, if you’re visiting my blog…. You may have a collection of cloth diapers. Did you think before motherhood that you would have a collection of poop catchers?! I know I didn’t! Or baby carriers? Nope. Hobbies change during motherhood.

 

8. You want a mini van. Okay, maybe you don’t want a mini van… Maybe it’s an SUV that you want. But chances are, you want a bigger vehicle instead of a cool sports car. Because kids seriously take up SO much room. It’s not even the car seat, but all the crap they leave in your car. It builds up, man. Too. Much. Stuff.

 

9. For a couple of years, your body is no longer your own. Or your husband’s. Let’s be honest here. Pregnancy kind of sucks when you’re nauseous, aching, and moody. But then a baby comes out. And then if you’re a breastfeeding mama, your boobs are theirs. For however long you breastfeed. And then, you’re pregnant again. And the cycle just goes on and on.

 

10. Want a snack? Don’t want to share it? I can’t count how many times I’ve hidden in the bathroom with the door locked (because remember, the five year old still follows me there) to eat half an apple pie, a chocolate bar, a cookie, a brownie, or even one of their fruit snacks. And I’m highly against eating in the bathroom. But hey- if you want that snack badly enough… You’ll eat it in the bathroom.

 

11. After the kids go to bed, you may sit on the couch after a long day and find yourself watching Doc McStuffins- because you have to make sure that toy feels better! The episode may be over before you even realize that you’re watching it while the kids are in bed.

 

12. Wine. Wine may be your best friend after a long day. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have wine in my fridge at all times. Do I drink it every night? Nope. But after a particularly trying day…. I just want wine and an adult show. Scandal? Jane the Virgin? Grey’s Anatomy? Ohhh yeah. And crap, the baby woke up again. Maybe I’ll get to finish my glass of wine and sit down with my show in an hour. Or tomorrow.

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Getting Ready for MommyCon & Using Their New App! 

  
Less than a week away until I’ll be at MommyCon Chicago and I’m so excited! I’m officially in “getting ready” mode and have started thinking about what I’m packing for the trip…. And what I want to buy at the event! 😉 
I can’t tell you how often I find myself on the MommyCon app, scrolling through the schedule and looking at the vender list. I’m trying to get a good “game plan” together for the big day so I don’t miss the things I really want to miss! Wait- you didn’t know there was an app?! Yes! It’s new to the MommyCon scene this year! Here are some screenshots so you can see it for yourself: 

 

The front page shows you the list of cities they’re attending in 2016. Pick which city you’ll be visiting- in my case, Chicago.

  

Here are all the things app has to offer- see the schedule, the exhibitor list, the speakers, etc.

  

Take a look at the speakers!

 

Catch a peak at the vendors and exhibitors to plan your day.

  

 

Take a look at the schedule for the day. You can click on the topic and read about it to decide if that is a session you would like to attend.

  
    

You can even share your experience on the app! Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or text a friend!

Take note that the app will not be up to date for all cities right now. Each city will have complete information the week of the event! 🙂 I’m so excited to continue using the app this week in preparation for the Chicago event and I’m sure it will be an invaluable tool come Saturday! You can find the app easily by searching “MommyCon” in your App Store. It’s made for both android and iOS.  
***Don’t forget to get your tickets for MommyCon 2016, WEAR, or MiLK! Use the code FLUFFBUM16 for $6 off your general admission ticket to any MommyCon event in 2016. Offer not valid on VIP upgrades.***

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The Great Debate: Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding

  
In the land of Mommy Wars, breastfeeding versus bottle feeding seems to be a great debate. Every mom has a “side” and finds the need to stand up for that side. Which is…. In my opinion- kind of ridiculous. 
You see, I’ve been on both sides so I can totally feel this way. I’ve been the breastfeeding mom and I’ve been the pumping mom and I’ve also been the formula feeding mom. Heck- I’ve done all three with just one kid! And do you know what the most important and consistent thing about these were? My babies were fed. They were loved, had milk in their bellies and were healthy. And that’s what mattered. 

 

Aubrey drinking a formula bottle.

 
There are pros and cons to every choice you’ll make for your baby and there will always be someone judging whichever choice you make. In the end- it’s your baby. It’s your decision. And it is whatever is best for your family. I’ve been the mom that had PPD and struggled with bonding. I’ve been the mom with supply issues. I’ve been the mom with oversupply. I’ve been the regret mom. I’ve been the mom with bleeding nipples. 

While I want to encourage others to breastfeed as long as possible, I also want to encourage mothers to make the decision for themselves and for their babies. If you’re so frustrated with breastfeeding that you feel like you can’t function as the mother you want/need to be for your baby… Then don’t breastfeed. We live in a world today where you have options. Although- I will mention that I am loving all the breastfeeding snuggles I get with Baby Jack and the minimal mess that comes with it. 😉 

 

Baileigh being breastfed.

  

Aubrey helping feed Baileigh a bottle of pumped breastmilk.

  

Baileigh drinking her bottle of formula.

 
Motherhood is hard enough as it is without people debating on how you should raise or feed your child. Remind yourself what’s important- your baby is fed, your baby is loved and your baby is healthy. <3 

 

Baby Jackson being breastfed.

  

Husband feeding Jackson a bottle of pumped breastmilk.

 

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MommyCon 2016 Promo Code

 

It’s time to start planning out your trip to MommyCon this year! Need a MommyCon 2016 promo code to get a discount? Use the coupon code FLUFFBUM16 for $6 off your general admission ticket!

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Breastfeeding Must-Haves for Baby Jackson

I’m not going to lie- I’m kind of nervous to breastfeed again. With the girls, I had some obstacles along the way that made me give up after a couple of weeks. But this time- I’m determined to get this thing right. My goal is to breastfeed him for at least a year. I’m planning on exclusively giving him breast milk, but with pumping and going back and forth between breast and bottle. Here are some of my breastfeeding must-haves that you better believe I’ll have on hand well before he makes his arrival!

MY BREASTFEEDING MUSTHAVES

Earth Mama Angel Baby Products

This one is a no-brainer. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s products are all natural and organic. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free. You can feel good about using their products and knowing that you aren’t putting toxins onto or into your body.

  • Milkmaid Tea: Sometimes mamas need a little boost in their supply. I have heard amazing things about their Milkmaid Tea and in my opinion, it wouldn’t hurt having this around to drink if I feel my supply is running low or if I think he needs a little more.
  • Booby Tubes: These are an all-natural, gel-free breast pads that are used to help some of the discomfort that can accompany breastfeeding. They can be easily heated in the microwave or oven and help encourage milk flow, prevent clogged ducts, and promote let down.
  • Natural Nipple Butter: Ahhhhh. Nipple Butter SAVED my poor boobies with the girls. I didn’t use EMAB because I had no clue it existed but this time, I’ve already started a stock pile. Their Natural Nipple Butter is lanolin free, GMO free, and certified organic. It’s smooth instead of sticky and seriously wonderful. We actually use it as lip moisturizer around here right now! 😉

Medela Pump

A breast pump is a very important must have for me! I am the kind of mama that needs a break every once and awhile (don’t we all?!) so it’s important to me that I can feel confident in my husband feeding him. I want to have the option of giving him milk in a bottle, whether it’s because I need to run errands and leave him home, need an extra few hours of sleep at night and let husband have evening duty, or just letting the girls experience feeding their baby brother. I don’t see the need for an electric pump since I won’t be pumping multiple times a day, so I’ll be using a Medela manual pump.

 

Boppy Pillow

I already have two- one for upstairs and one for downstairs. I loved the Boppy pillow with the girls- it just made breastfeeding SO much easier in bed or on the couch. I was able to support the baby better and not have to hunch over. It was especially useful in the middle of the night. I never really figured out the whole “sleeping while breastfeeding” thing so I would sit up and use the Boppy for all night feedings. I’d just throw some pillows behind me, a pillow on my lap plus the Boppy- and we’re all set!

 

Bamboobies Nursing Pads

Bamboobies are known for their re-usable breast pads. While I think I’ll have a few on hand- I prefer disposables since I’ll have plenty of laundry to do in the beginning with cloth diapers, new baby clothes that get spit up on, and the usual family’s laundry. I remember leaking pretty badly with both girls so having pads are a must! The Bamboobies disposable nursing pads are made with bamboo- making them more eco-friendly and softer than your conventional disposable nursing pads.  They also are made with a unique backing making them more breathable for sensitive skin. And who doesn’t have sensitive skin in that area the first few weeks? I believe these mixed with the EMAB Natural Nipple Butter will be a lifesaver!

 

Kiinde Twist System

This is something completely new to me. I’m super intrigued by this system and REALLY want to try it out. Basically, there’s an adapter to fit most major pump brands. You pump into their storage bags and then can store them in the freezer. Thaw them out, put the bags into their feeding bottles, attach the nipple and BAM. You feed your baby. There’s no dumping the milk into a bottle or another container so little room for spillage and wasting that precious liquid gold. Another plus- all you need to wash is the nipple. Uhmmmm, less dishes?! Heck yes. This is every mother’s dream. The bottle nipple is actually also designed to encourage natural latching so baby won’t deal with nipple confusion and won’t become lazy on the breast. This seems like the perfect system and I’m so excited to try it out!

 

There you have it! My list of must-haves! Hopefully these products will help our breastfeeding journey and will be lifesavers like I think they will be! Tell me in the comments below- what are your must haves? 🙂

 

 

 

Please note- I was in no way compensated for this post by these brands.

 

 

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