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June 6, 2019

The Ultimate breastfeeding supplement List

Some of the products listed were gifted but as always all opinions are my own.

Breastfeeding is the hardest thing I have ever done. I know it comes so easy for many but the rest of us are stuck in a very ugly place.  In my case, I have never produced enough. I had the same issue with Bella and I promised myself to not stress about it with Cami. Fast forward a few months I did stress about it and I looked everywhere to remedy my issue. As I searched for products or tips I also found a whole group on moms looking for the same thing. We all asked each other what worked and as I tried a thousand and one things I’m sure they all did too.

The thing with breastfeeding is that we all want it so bad. We all want to produce and to have enough for our little people.

This took me on a wild goose chase looking for every product and food that would increase my supply.

I honestly wish this post had a happier ending but I will tell you now, it doesnt, but it does have a list of products I used, and many of them I still continue using. Many of them were gifted by the brand and others I bought just to give you all a good outlook at all the products out there.

That being said, there are so many products out there still if any of you know about them please let me know and I will add them to the list.

 

Let’s start with the basics;

Brewers Yeast: Work amazingly well. When I take it gives me a good .75-1.5 oz extra. Still adding to my shakes

Flax Seed: I add this to my shakes or yogurt. Really good as well.

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brewers yeast and flax seed

Mother’s Milk Tea: This worked really good with Bella and now with Cami not as good. Will def. give it another chance.

Mrs Patel’s Milk Water Tea: I didnt get an increase with this tea. I still have some left. Will try again in a few weeks.

Mrs Pastel Treats: No increase.

Milk Flow Drink Mix: One of my fav mixes. You can find them at your local Target and very delicious. Did get a little increase from this. The most I got was .5 oz extra combined.

Milk Machine (Euphoric Herbals): This worked great with Bella and many of the moms I know but did nothing to me.

Lush Leche (Euphoric Herbals): Nothing either, but my milk had more fat content, so that’s a plus.

Dairy Diva (Euphoric Herbals): Nothing Either.

Lechita (Legendary Milk): I didn’t finish taking this supplement. Every time I took it I would fall asleep so fast.

Liquid Gold (Legendary Milk): Nothing with this.

Lactavist (Legendary Milk): Nothing

Pump Princess (Legendary Milk): Nothing

Sunflower Lecithin (Legendary Milk): This is a must for me. Take it daily. It keeps clogged ducts away and it helps with the milk flow.

Tea-tas tea: Tried a few times and didn’t see an increase. Will try again in a few weeks.

Milkflow cookies: Delicious. Loved them and did get a very small increase from them.

Kaimade cookies: So so good! My supply also went up with these. .25-.75 oz. Great mama company as well.

Miracle Milkookies: Probably my favorite cookies. Super sweet mama too. These cookies come gluten-free too!

I also tried Liquid IV and Nuun tablets to keep my hydration up in the early days. Will try again now that summer is approaching. I prefer Nuun tablets as they are not as sweet.

The famous pink drink from Starbucks: Yes, it’s very sugary but it works and is delish.

Oatmilk: I honestly can tell on this one. Nonetheless, I do add it to my oatmeal. I want to try the chocolate oat milk next.

Coconut water: No. As much as I love coconut I have not seen an increase with this. Still, I drink it because I love it.

Something to keep in mind is that every “body” is different and every product will have different results on different people. I will give most of these products a second round as we continue our breastfeeding journey as short or long as it may be.

Other info: I did see a Lactation Consulted and we were told that Cami’s latch was not deep which didn’t help our process. We have continued trying to get a good latch and I end up pumping most of the times due to this. I gave each of the supplements 7-12 days to work and of course, added a whole lot of water. Also, don’t forget your pre-natal!

I recommend everyone to go see an LC if possible and do your research, there are many places that do it for free.

If you are in the midst of all of this, do remember your baby needs a healthy mom and that’s really all it matters. If you chose to stop breastfeeding, that is perfectly fine just as if you chose to continue. These words don’t do it justice, your baby needs you healthy.

 

on
October 31, 2018

Why we choose not to celebrate Halloween

 

Hey guys,

Today, being October 31st I wanted to share our reasoning for not celebrating Halloween. I know many will pull out the religious card and it’s true, but every year I get asked why we don’t partake in this “holiday” and today I wanted to take the time to explain as to why.

I came from Cuba almost 20 years ago and we come to find many new traditions and Halloween was one of them. In Cuba, we don’t have Halloween, Thanksgiving and we do Christmas a whole lot different. I will go into details on another post but I have teamed up with a close friend to share our view on Halloween.

As a 9 year in a new country, where candy was so good and different my first Halloween was hard. I saw my friends dressing up, talking about where they were going and kids ring the doorbell a lot, as I stayed inside. It was hard and I didn’t quite understand it so when I asked my mom why we didn’t celebrate it she answered honestly, or in her view.

She said we didn’t celebrate the devil.

I didn’t quite understand it until I was older and our church started showing us why. Is not what my mom said entirely, but it is, as a matter of fact, a day where people with very bad intentions take advantage of. I won’t go into the history of Halloween but I invite all of you on the other side of the screen to read it. Take a few minutes and look at the story of Halloween and how it started but more than anything this post is to answer the many questions.

So let’s gets started…

I have never in my 28 years of life celebrated a Halloween. We use to sit at home watch TV and turn our porch light off. People still rang the doorbell but we ignored it.

I have never gotten dressed.

I have never gone out to trick -or -treating.

My husband and I are both on the same page.

Our daughter, while a minor, will also follow this.

When Bella and baby sissy get older, Lester and I will sit down with them and explain what we were taught and why we choose for our family not to be involved. I won’t lie, at times this year it has been hard since most of the shows Bella watches have episodes of Halloween and it’s hard to teach a 3-year-old about it.

We decided to tell her we don’t like it and we don’t watch it. She is not interested in dressing up or anything related to it as she has never been involved.

I get it, this may not be for many people and to each their own. For us, this is how we do it.

Our church makes it a lot easier since today we have a Jesus Festival. We don’t bash Halloween, our kids don’t get dressed up and we don’t give candy out. It’s a day where we celebrate our life and our God.

We have games, rides, and food for all our kids.

The kids enjoy a beautiful play, bouncy houses and if it doesn’t rain we even have a petting zoo. I wish I would have had this growing up and that’s one of the many reasons I love my church. I want Bella and sissy to enjoy every day because it is a day the Lord created. And when they are older, who knows maybe we will make October 31st a family day and skip school.

Like everything in life, this is our alternative way.

This is not to say you are doing wrong or that I’m doing it wrong, but just like anything in else parenting, we each have our own style and this is ours.

This is how we have chosen to raise our children.

Thank you for reading this and feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Follow us on Instagram and watch our stories to see a little bit more of our night!

on
January 30, 2018

Raw Mama Moments!

Hey Gals!

Welcome to our new blog series, Raw Mama Moments!

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of the terrible twos and without a clue of what to do. After talking it over with a fellow mama friend, we decided to come up with this series where we throw the mama shame out the window. Lately, our world has been full of judgment and our goal is to stop it here! We all have bad days, and talking about them doesn’t make us bad moms, on the contrary, what we learn on the bad days can help other moms who are going through the same thing.

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Motherhood is the best gift and I’m in love with this stage of life, some parts are better than others just like some are easier or harder. So, here we are. Feel free to join us over on Instagram and share your thoughts on each month subject and what you are going through! And of course, check out all the other super mamas in this series!

I honestly want to share about our little tantrum diva, and her need to have a tantrum when we are taking pictures and then today happened!! Today, Bella had two tantrums which are 2 more than what I needed. She refused to listen and went on her way ignoring all my request!

This always leads me to raise my voice and every once in a while become the annoying mom that spanks! (sorry not sorry) I won’t go on into the spanking subject but it is one of the ways we discipline in our home.

We honestly try a few other routes before we put her in timeout or spank but girlfriend sometimes will not listen to warnings. One thing that’s very important to us, is that we never, never call her any names or put controlling words in our mouth! Controlling words to us are words that will tie her down. We believe the tongue has such great power so we refuse to tell her things like

“you never listen”

“you always misbehave”

“you are being bad”

We cut those out and it’s probably the only tip you’ll find in this post. :))

Now, as smart and witty as our kids are we have to remember they are just that, kids.

On a car ride a few days ago Bella was trying to tell us a story and all the sudden she sighs after trying several times to use a word to explain her feelings. I have kept that image in my head and I try my best to remember that when the tantrum hits. My daughter is a great girl, well behaved and smart as can be but she is a toddler. A toddler that has more words that most kids her age but none the less a pretty little girl who is not yet 3. Who sometimes cannot find the words to express her anger or the way she feels.

Is in no way or form an excuse to let her have as many tantrums as wants to have but it helps me keep it balanced and be a little more understanding and I hope it does for you too. I hope you can take a little of this and enjoy a few of the other mom blogs!

Michelle Olthuis

Amanda Cruz

Christie Bienemann 

 

 

 

on
January 25, 2018

Slightly Pink Obsessed plus a Sale!

This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for helping support this little blog of mine.

I have a little girl who runs my household and loves pink. Do you have one too?

Well, if you do you won’t want to miss The Children’s Place Sale going on right now! Get her some pink and make daddy proud my saving money!

Checking my New Year Resolutions off! :))

Pink Obsessed Girls

What’s your favorite item? 

on
September 14, 2017

Welcome home baby basket

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

“Thank you, MAM, for partnering with me on this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

 

This past week we welcomed a new baby cousin, Lucas.  He is the most adorable little boy I have ever seen. I love babies and seeing them those first few hours changes your life forever. Holding what you once felt from the outside it’s just one more miracle from heaven, and it is also the cause of my baby fever!

I remember those first few hours of being a mom, holding my sweet and beautiful child in my hands and never wanting to let go. You can bet I was the mom that slept with the baby in the room. I just wanted to hold her and kiss her. But, those few days were not all very tranquil and beautiful. The first few days were really hard on us so I’ve come up with a welcome home baby basket to help you or all your mama friends!

 

Without further or due here are the items I put in that basket and I’ll explain along the way why I choose those items!

Welcome Home Basket:

  1. Carter’s bodysuits: One of my first lessons as a  mom was that there was going to be lots and lots of laundry along the way. These bodysuits are amazing, safe as per usual and super soft. (Carter’s is having a sweepstakes, more info at the end of this post) Click here to join the Twitter party!
  2. MAM Pacis and bottle: [Gifted] Here is the story on this one, After being home for a few days Bella was still not sleeping and losing weight, so we were told to had to supplement with formula. We tried and tried all my bottles and all my pacis and nothing worked. After thinking a bit we decided to sanitize a set we had gotten for free at the doctor’s office and Bella drank from them up until she was 4 months old. The shape of both, the paci and bottle of the MAM somehow were closer to my breast than any other and boy was I happy mommy to be able to make daddy a bottle of expressed milk and have him feed her.
  3. Bella B Naturals, butter, and body wash: [Gifted] As much as these are items for babies, I used these on myself still whenever handling a newborn. Many people still forget that they are sensitive and most shower gels are very strong. Plus they make awesome bubbles, per Bella 😉
  4.  A cute decorative cup. I got one very similar to this one to help me hold all of Bella’s pacis. It kept them out of eye and added a special touch to her room!
  5. A handmade anything. If you read a few of my posts you’ll know I’m not a good cook but I can crochet and bake, so I usually tend to pick one of those for my handmade item. Cupcakes or cookies are always welcome for new mamas. For this box, I made a crocheted bonnet! I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for some of my crochet items and adding a few to my Etsy shop for all of us who are always in a hurry!

A few extra tips:

I added a printable that was sent to me by one of my favorite companies Cozy but Etsy usually has a pretty long list of amazing printables!

Remember the basket, the items inside are important but remember the basket will also be used a lot.

Lastly, kiss those baby angels as much as you possibly can.

 

The Carter’s Sweepstake:

1. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 10AM-6PM EST, on Twitter & Instagram)
a. To Enter: Post a photo of baby in a bodysuit using the hashtag #bodysuitsweepstakes on Instagram or Twitter from 10AM – 6PM EST for a chance to win!
b. Prizes: Five winners will be selected to receive a $100 Carter’s Gift Card each hour from 10 AM – 6PM EST! One lucky winner will be selected to win the grand prize of Carter’s bodysuits for 1 year (in the form of a $625 gift card)!
i. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/14/17 on or about 10:00 AM ET and ends on 9/14/17 at 6:00 PM ET. For a copy of Official Rules visit the www.carters.com/originalbodysuitsweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.
2. Double Points on Bodysuits! (Thursday, 9/14 all day, in store & online)
a. Rewarding Moments members will earn double points on their bodysuit purchase on bodysuit day! You can check out their offerings below! *Some exclusions apply. i. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-boy-bodysuits?navID=header ii. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-girl-bodysuits?navID=header
iii. To learn more about Rewarding Moments visit www.carters.com/rewards
3. Bodysuit Day Twitter Chat Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 1-2PM EST, on Twitter)
a. Carter’s will also host a Bodysuit Day Twitter chat from 1-2p EST! RSVP today and join in the fun using #cartersbodysuitsweepstakes for more chances to win big! http://bit.ly/BodysuitChat

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  •  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Win Every Day Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/25/17 on or about 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”), and ends on 10/2/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. For a copy of Official Rules visitwww.carters.com/wineverydaysweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.