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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.

#breastfeeding

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.

 

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December 14, 2018

The Ultimate Baby Registry List

baby registry

I have partnered with BuyBuyBaby for this post, but all opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliate links which helps us keep this blog going!

Thanks for your support

 

Where and what do you register for?

We all get this question about 2000 times at the end of our pregnancies. Everyone always asks and whether your a first-time mom or an experienced mama we google it all. Google always has the answers right? All thousand of them, many extra and many with little to nothing.

I won’t go into everything that should register for because items like cribs, dressers and changing tables are pretty much self-explanatory but I will share a few items that I believe every mom should have and where exactly to find them.

Nowadays all the stores are doing baby registries, but my only tip for all of us moms is to find a store that suits you. In my case, this meant a store that helped me through the process of becoming a mom of two and basically made my life easier.

I went to BuyBuyBaby and I was very pleased with my experience and the fact that all of my questions and concerned were answered right there and then. On top of that, I was able to edit my registry online and have my husband add a few items he thought were good as well.

 

 

I know it may seem like a lot, but my hope with this registry is to make your life as a mom easier.

Gear

A travel system: I mentioned this in a previous post but our love for Chicco runs deep. They have affordable pricing, great rated products and they keep our kids very very safe! I trust this brand full heartedly.

Cover: No matter where you live you’ll need a cover. You can get one as big as this one or the one listed if you live somewhere hotter.

Diaper Bag: Diaper Bags are a must. We all love them and have our favorite but for my registry, I usually tend to pick one for daddy. Daddy is always carrying my bag or the car seat (sometimes both) so I love to get something he can feel comfortable carrying around.

Baby Carrier: I wore Bella so much and I can guarantee the same will happen with baby sissy. It’s the best way to get things done around the house. Believe me.

Halo: This is a first-time item for us, we never had it and I remember hurting so bad everytime I had to put Bella down after a feeding. This eliminates the standing up part and bending down. Perfect for C-section mamas.

Rock-and-play: After having a home daycare for years, this is the one product I can’t live without.

Sleep

Mattress: The list of a mattress is pretty extensive everywhere you go. The reason we picked this one for baby sissy is that its a breathable mattress. A must in my books.

Mattress Pad Cover: You cannot forget this. accidents will happen and its very important to have your mattress dry!

Sound machine: Bella still sleeps with her white noise sounds machine, we secretly love it too.

Swaddle Blankets/ Swaddlers:  I love a thin blanket, think again about something breathable

Feeding 

Bottles: In this section, you’ll see two different types of bottles. Find one that assimilates your breast, and do not open them all and wash them! Some babies are very picky and you’ll end up with tons of bottles you may never use. We will be trying Como Tomo for the first time. We used the Playtex drop-ins with Bella so we will see with sissy.

Bottle Warmer: This one is a thermos on the go and it’s amazing!

Burp Cloths: It may be an easily forgotten item but you’ll need close to 6 of these.

Pump: Madela Style Pump. We have this pump and love it!

Storage Bags: A must if you are storing milk when you go back to work.

Cleaning Bags: I don’t remember just how many times we used our cleaning bags. So easy and everything can be cleaned at once. These are also good to sanitize pacis and bottle nipples.

Haakaa Suction cup: First time on this one too. This catches your milk from the other breast while you breastfeed in the other.

Diapering

I mentioned this on IG stories before but Pampers is our go-to brand for diapers and wipes!

Changing pad liners: Again accidents happen and a small newborn has so many.

Oxi Clean: Enough Said!

Must Haves

Do not touch cushion: People love new babies but babies don’t love their germs. I love this and used it so much with Bella.

Carter’s Long-Sleeved onesies: My absolute favorites. Good for anything and everything

Halo Liner: I honestly believe you should have a waterproof liner for everything.

Nose Frida: I cannot express how much you’ll use this. Forget about all the electric ones. This is probably one of the best-made products out there.

Mittens: Any would be great, but those forget these. Most babies are born with long sharp nails. Your chest and their face will thank me.

Thermometer: We had another one when Bella was born and ended up falling in love with how easy and fast this one is, and the refills.

Levana: Just like the breathable mattress, this is for peace of mind. We had this one with Bella and it saved me a lot of sleep. It also scared us a few times but I preferred to get a false alarm than nothing.

Cameras: We will be upgrading our system but are not exactly sure which one to pick. Great thing that Buy Buy Baby has the biggest selection I’ve seen.

Dock-a-tot: Ask for this item. You need to believe me. It’s worth it 1000%. We didnt have this when Bella was born but got it when she was a bit older and it helped a lot. I will be sharing another post about this. It’s that good! I’ve recommended to many that skipped it and then later bought it themselves.

Dreft Pen: I bought this for the first time a while ago and it’s a lifesaver.

Bathing

Wash Cloths: Find your favorite. Something soft and durable. The ladies at Buy Buy Baby recommend these so much.

Tub Support: The girls will most likely be taking a bath together once I’m able to bend down a bit more so this will be perfect.

Blooming Flower: This may not be for everyone, my husband hates it, but I loved it. As a C-section mama, it was heaven sent!

Robe/ Towels: I’m a fan of robes honestly! I love them. Check some of their towels here.

Soothing

This section is pretty small, because I think you, as the mama, will be your baby’s biggest soother, but a paci always helps.

Just like bottles, don’t open them all. Open one of each and try them little by little.

About the Store

This is a very long post as is but I wanted to take the time to actually write about the store. As I’ve mentioned above, many people skip the stores now and just do any big brand store or online. I understand, but I will tell you that my experience with Buy Buy Baby was amazing. I honestly never thought I would love it as much! The attention, the help and more than anything the number of choices you have is over the top.

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I’m a very visual person and being able to see it online and drive to the store  and see it, was just a plus, and last but not least if you are anything like me, more often than not I’m running to the store the morning of a shower and they have everything in stock, with easy returns and free shipping.

Hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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June 23, 2018

Pregnancy Gift Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadePrenatalDHA #CollectiveBias

 The moment I found out I was expecting Bella my whole world changed. Aside from being horribly sick, I was the happiest women in the entire world. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, of course without throwing up a lung. It was also one of my hardest moments. I wanted to know everything and googled almost 183,840 times a day. I wanted to make sure I was taking care of myself and my baby. If you have googled anything you know it’s probably not the best idea ever. The results will take you on 200 directions and at least in one of them, you’ll end up dead.  All of this to say pregnancy is the first step on a very unknown road no matter if this is your first rodeo or you have done it a few times. They do say every pregnancy and child is different right?! To help with the unknown I have decided to make a pregnancy gift basket full of goodies I loved during my pregnancy with Bella and all which will be in use with any future pregnancies, plus half of my friends are pregnant. Let’s start!
Water Bottle: We should all be taking at least 8 glasses of 8oz of water daily but honestly, I know most people don’t even do 4 glasses.I have figured out that if I find a cup I like enough is more likely that I drink from it. Many times I carry just your old regular water bottle and keep reusing it over and over again!

 Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels: These are one of the things I researched like crazy. I ended up going with and never looked back. I started taking my vitamins 6 months before we started trying and all throughout my pregnancy. I love that it comes in a gel pack and I get no extra (unwanted) flavors, on top of that it’s one dosage and done! It’s very easy to swallow, and again it’s just one softgel! #winning Definitely my choice of vitamins next time around. They also provide

 essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3.†

Blanqi Girls Support Tank: I’m 5’0 and I usually have a big belly by 6 months, which looks more like a 9 months belly and my back knows it. I bought two tanks with Bella and they saved my back. If you have never heard of these girls, believe you need one!

Saltine Crackers: Honestly this will probably be the only thing you’ll hold down and adding a sleeve in your bag is just what your body needs.

Preggers Tshirt: Once you have decided that it time to tell the world I love a good tee that can be worn later one with a dress underneath.

Coconut oil with Gentle Baby: The first time around I used a stretch mark cream and it helped a lot but it wasn’t enough so next time I want to try something new. I made this cream for my tummy and I can’t wait to use it!  I mix it with coconut oil and Gentle baby oil by Young Living.

A Notebook: I love to write and writing letters to my baby was one of my favorite things. It’s something that I give to every new mom as pregnancy may seem long but each moment brings such peace! Most of these items I used with Bella and once we get pregnant again we will be adding all of these into our life!

The best thing you can get Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels  at your local Sam’s Club! No need to order them and wait for them to be delivered.

What would you include? Is there something that helped you through your pregnancy?

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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June 11, 2018

Trend Spin Linkup- Summer Style

#romper, Skirt, Summer fashion, trend linkup

Hey Y’all!

Summer is here and so are the hot temperatures especially in the South. Texas gets hotter and hotter and summers tend to last a bit longer than usual.

So I’m finding it hard to find pieces other than shorts and a tee. So thankful for maxi dresses and rompers.

#summerfashion, #romper, #trend, maxiskirt

Romper: Ross (Sleeve less Option, Similar , Love the color on this one, with an eyelet top)

Sandals: No longer available (Similar and on sale!!, I need to go back for these)

We took a short trip to the beach last month and I went on a quick trip to my go to stores to find a few dresses or rompers and I found this beauty!!

I love it and I’m secretly looking for more styles and patterns!

I love that it’s super versatile! It’s the perfect outfit for any mom. I can bend down to pick up my toddler in the middle of a tantrum without any problem and still look fashionable enough for a day out on the town.

And guys I promised  I’m looking for an at home tanning lotion or spray or something to make me look a bit summer ready! #pastywhite #neverinstyle

I’m excited to join Laura and Erin in their weekly Trend Spin Linkup and I hope you can join us too.

SUMMER STYLE

Walking in Memphis | The Fashion Canvas | With Love Claudia

The featured bloggers are According to Q and Chic on the Cheap because we loved their
Accessories from last week’s linkup!

Add your link below and make sure to follow the theme for your chance to be featured on our blogs.

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May 21, 2018

One Dress 4 Ways

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Hey Gals!

Spring and Summer are the seasons for dresses and I cannot get enough of them! The only problem we sometimes face when we purchase dresses is the lack of outfit options for the future.

Today I want to take the challenge and make easy for all of us! You can do this with any swing dress but what I love about this dress is the peplum aspect, but let’s get started!

#summerdress #1dress4ways

1. As Is

This dress is very lightweight and if you know me in real life you have probably seen me wearing it multiple times! I wear it with these flats. When the temps drop (I doubt it will happen in the next 8 months in Texas) you can pair it with boots!

#summerdress #1dress4ways

2. Kimono It

Another thing that comes with spring are Kimonos!

One of my favorite accessories. (I have a post on my favorites coming up) In reality, kimonos are a match with almost everything in your closet! This is my favorite way as it gives the dress a whole entire look!

3. Tied up

The new way to do every shirt! It always reminds me when I was in junior high and we use to tie our t-shirts! #90skid. Except now there are tons of tutorials out there for different knot looks and many of the shirts bring the knot already! #easypeasy

#summerdress #1dress4ways

4. Peplum Top

My second favorite. I love it this way and it’s super simple! Tuck most of the dress in your shorts and start pulling little by little until you get the desired length all around.

Hope you can see your dresses in a new light and get the most use out of them! And don’t worry we will be going to the beach this weekend so I can get some sun on them legs!