No-Bake Lactation Bites

When it’s warm out, and you’ve got post-partum hormones going bonkers, the last thing you’d probably want to do is bake or cook in a hot kitchen. Am I right? Living in beautiful Southern California, we’re blessed with warm weather just about 360 days out of the year. Just because the weather won’t play nice, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your need to munch on delicious lactation treats to help that milk supply! Behold, the No-Bake Lactation Bites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (aka flaxmeal)
  • 3 tbs brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or other delicious morsels of choice
  • 1 tsp  vanilla

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate for about an hour. Use an ice cream scoop to make balls and store in an air-tight container. Keep refrigerated for freshness!

Enjoy!

 

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My Favorite Soup

Have you ever had a soup that was so delicious, you find yourself eating bowl after bowl in the same sitting before realizing you’re beyond full? Yeah, that’s me eating Pioneer Woman’s Corn Chowder with Chilies. Hands down the best soup I’ve ever made. It’s perfect year round and great to eat days in a row (if you make enough). Just as Ree says, this soup is to die for. It’s just your every day corn chowder, with a twist. Green and Adobo Chilies give this soup the perfect kick, and bacon adds that delicious savory taste. All this talk, I think I may need to make a pot this weekend…

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Oh (Solly) Baby!

I was browsing Instagram late one restless night—little man was doing somersaults in my belly and hubby was snoozing away—and I came across this little brand called Solly Baby. There were dozens of photos of these beautiful carriers, and my minimalistic, preppy, J.Crew-loving side was in love. I began following the brand and “loved” almost every photo they posted for weeks. I had my Ergo in the nursery, but there was so much appeal to the thought of wrapping. And what if Alexander hates being worn the Ergo? I needed to have options! Almost daily, I found myself perusing their website trying to decide if I should just do it, and make my Solly Purchase. With a little encouragement from my Husband, I went down the rabbit hole. This beautiful natural & grey stripe wrap was coming to mama!

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Milk Makin’ Smoothies!

In my 14 months of breastfeeding, it seems my biggest struggle has been maintaining a supply while I am at work. Alexander was getting plenty of Mama’s Milk when I was with him, but my pumping output sucked (hah!). Besides Fenugreek, More Milk Plus and Goats Rue, I was eating oatmeal and drinking Milk Aid tea daily. I’m a person who craves variety, so you could understand if I was getting a little over the same thing different day milk making routine.

Behold: the Lactation Smoothie! Everyone love’s smoothies, right? Seriously… please say you love smoothies, too.

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Carry Them Close: Ring Slings

There’s something about the look of a ring sling that spoke to me. In my never-ending quest to try all the baby carriers, this was one I was most excited about. The beautiful woven fabrics used to make these carriers are like a piece of art. It seemed like they were a breeze to use. Right. 

The first time I tried to use my sling, I was completely lost. How the heck are we supposed to wear these things? I watched video tutorial after video tutorial, but I couldn’t get comfortable with holding my then-8 week old squish in the sling. I was afraid that it was either too tight on his legs, or he was going to wiggle and fall out of the bottom. I turned to my fellow babywearing mamas in my BWI Facebook group to ask for some pointers. One mama suggested I check out a free babywearing session at our local baby boutique, and attend a play date (love those!).

Photo by: Salt + Light Photography

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Carry Them Close: Strechy Wraps

I remember being 1000 weeks pregnant, scrolling through Instagram in the middle of the night, when I first came across stretchy wraps. My first thought (besides “I have to pee again”) was “wow that looks comfy!” In doing my research, I learned that stretchy wraps make excellent carriers for newborn babies as most SSC’s are not recommended until about 15lbs (unless you use a newborn insert). This sounded like something I needed, so I did a little middle of the night shopping to add to my growing stash of baby items.

The first time I wrapped my little guy, I was worried it was going to be too tight or he would get too warm. Not at all. Alexander nuzzled right in, happy and snuggly, and within minutes fell asleep. My emotions were raw and I wanted to cry my over-tired eyes out. I couldn’t help but smother his forehead with kisses and take in his newborn smell. This was amazing; I understood why stretchy wraps are so perfect for newborns and new moms.

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Milk Makin’ Cookies!

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. It’s completely natural and it can be easy and convenient way to feed your child. It’s something our bodies are made to do, and is an amazing way to bond with our baby. Unfortunately not all women are capable of breastfeeding, and that’s OK. As individuals, we have to figure out what works best for ourselves. The important thing to remember is that “fed is best” and you’re doing a great job!

When it comes to pumping, I’ve always found that breast pumps are not as efficient as a baby is at removing milk from your breast. Unfortunately this can put a damper on overall milk supply. Breastmilk output is very much reliant on supply and demand. Baby demands more milk, body supplies more milk. Baby demands less milk, body supplies less milk. The less you pump, the less you produce. Coinciding with this, one of the biggest challenges mamas face with prolonged breastfeeding is low supply. If you struggle with this, don’t give up! There are still things you can do to help.

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Carry Them Close: Soft Structured Carriers

Behold the world of babywearing. Before you become a Babywearing mama, you need to pick the right carrier for you. Easier said than done. There are dozens upon dozens of brands. Ergo, Beco, LILLEBaby, Tula, Kindercarry, Lenny Lamb, Tekhni, Girasol, Natibaby, Sakura Bloom, SollyBaby, Moby, Boba, K’Tan, Babyhawk, Infantino… the list goes on and on.

As someone who probably tried on one hundred pairs of boots before finding my sole mate (yeah, I like puns), I knew this was going to be a challenge. How on earth was I going to pick the best carrier for my tiny little love? I loved the idea of a wrap, but also liked the low-barrier to entry that was in a soft structured carrier (SSC). Ring slings are so pretty and look very chic, and Mei Tai’s sounded like it could be a good mix of everything. Obviously, I needed all the baby carriers. But first, I decided to start with the classic SSC.

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Carry Them Close: Safety First

While most things can be intuitive, even for first time mothers, it’s still helpful to have a list what to do, and not to do, while babywearing. First and foremost, trust your gut. If you ever have the slightest bit of doubt or uncertainty with the safety of your carrier, readjust your baby or seek out help from a Babywearing support group or playdate. Just remember: we all have to start somewhere.

Something that may be helpful (or not if you have “mom-brain”): TICKS. This acronym was thought up by the School of Babywearing, and really helps cover the bases.

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Salmon Bowl with Avocado

Every now and then Anthony and I try to eat healthy. O.K. maybe more him than me. My mom shared this delicious and easy recipe and I figured I’d give it a go. It only involves a couple main ingredients, and takes little effort to prepare. You can prepare most of this ahead of time, if you’re looking for something to pull out of the fridge after a long day at work. All of these ingredients are available at Trader Joes or Sprouts, or in any regular Grocery Store.

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