4 Instinctual and Emotional Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

Cool post on breastfeeding benefits! Good to know why it's so emotional and natural for both mom and baby.

I have breastfed all of my children, including twins. It's something I truly love. Today, my guest poster Zyana is sharing some of the emotional benefits of breastfeeding your baby, because I know it isn't always easy.  Embracing motherhood involves accepting all the natural changes that occur to your body and forming secure attachments in your baby's infancy, ensuring an emotionally stable personality to be mirrored in an individual. Breastfeeding is a powerful symbol of motherhood and a highly emotional time for mothers, as they can feel that their hormones are all over the place. Emotions and cognition form a deep ...

Read More »

How Walmart Baby Registry Compares to Other Top Baby Registries

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

best baby registries stores free baby gifts

Whether a first time mom or a second time mom, I think it is always a wise decision to take the time to set up a baby registry. Baby registries help not only others know what you want and need, but help you outfit your baby in everything they need for less, because the best baby registry stores offer free baby registry gifts (like coupons, free products and samples) as well as discounts to buy any items remaining on your list shortly before and after your expected due date. This can mean great savings on even everyday baby essentials and large items still on your baby list. I have had four babies now, and didn't take the time to ...

Read More »

4 Simple Ways to Better Balance Your Life While Pregnant

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

How to better manage life while pregnant with three other kids, working, and taking care of a home.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A pregnancy lasts for nine months and, unfortunately, life doesn't just stop during that time but soundly marches on as you march slower and slower. Managing a pregnancy while continuing to manage life is not always easy. Many pregnant women battle morning sickness while trying to work or go to school. Some of us have multiple other children to tend to as well. We can't just put parenting, laundry, cooking, cleaning, or shopping on ...

Read More »

What Second Time Moms Actually Need on their Baby Registry List

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

When you're expecting a baby that isn't your first, there are still things you will need on your baby gift registry. And these 10+ items really are all items a second time mom needs for a new baby.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart for IZEA. All opinions on what second time moms need on their baby registry are 100% mine. I am now pregnant with baby #4. And while it is not traditional for women past their first pregnancy to have a baby shower, it doesn't mean that these second time moms don't need a few things for their latest additions. Even with baby #4 there will be several things we'll need. So, I put together a baby registry list for ideas of what to both put on a registry, so others will know what to gift to a second time mom, and what you'll need for baby number two. Create a Baby ...

Read More »

Breastfeeding Past One Year – Are you Up for the Challenge?

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

Breastfeeding Past One Year is a challenge. Come learn about one mom's story of extended nursing.

August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week (and August is National Breastfeeding Month) so today I am thrilled to have my very own sister and best friend, Brittany Roberts, guest post about extended nursing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) only recommends breastfeeding "until at least 12 months of age, and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby." While the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages "continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." My sister is a breastfeeding advocate but also knows all about the fun challenges ...

Read More »

The Great Big List of Free Stuff for Moms – Pregnant, New, or Nursing

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

Check out this huge list of awesome freebies for new moms, pregnant women, and babies! I am pinning and sharing for sure!

I am a sucker for free stuff, especially free stuff for moms that I want or need. And baby gear, coupons, parenting advice, breastfeeding supplies, toys for my kids and other stuff for new moms is what I need! So, I've put together a great list of discounts, deals, and freebies for new moms, pregnant women, and babies. Not every item on this list is 100% free; some simply require you to sign up for a newsletter while others require you to buy the product the coupon is intended for, pay shipping and handling fees, or do actually cost a few dollars, but are a great deal. I've tried to include all that information for you so there ...

Read More »

What Lactation Consultants Should be Teaching at Breastfeeding Classes

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

I love breastfeeding, but it's not always easy. Here are 7 things I wish lactation consultants and breastfeeding classes would teach. | whatsupfagans.com

I am very appreciative of all the comments and shares that my previous post 11 Common Breastfeeding Myths and Lies received. Many were grateful that I was sharing the "truth." Because, the truth of the matter is many moms have heard those well-meaning lies from doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, and even friends and family. Breastfeeding is promoted as the best and so natural, that when it hurts way more than a woman knew it was going to, and brings never-discussed complications and realities, moms get discouraged, feel guilty, and very often completely overwhelmed by the prospect of breastfeeding.  Because, what they have ...

Read More »

Breastfeeding hurts!: Uncovering 11 Breastfeeding Myths and Lies

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

Here are eleven common lies of breastfeeding and the truth from everyday nursing moms. This is the reality of breastfeeding. whatsufpagans.com

I breastfeed my children. I breastfed my twins for 13 months. Currently I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old son and plan to continue nursing him for several months still to come. And I love it! I think breastfeeding is better than formula (though I am not anti-formula at all. I supplemented my twins with formula), and love the close bond it allows with my children. I also love not having to deal with bottles! I hate bottles (said the women who supplemented twins without a dishwasher)! However, I didn't always love breastfeeding. Breastfeeding hurts! And it's awkward at times. I struggled through the first several ...

Read More »

Friday Favorites

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

rp_Randomness-of-July-208.JPG

1. I played the organ again at church, for the last time, and all this week I have been missing going to the church and practicing.  I didn't play super awesome again, but it went well all things considered.  And, since I was sitting up front, sans kids, I stayed and bore my testimony to the congregation, the first time in a long time.2. The girls were playing with their baby dolls this week, and Lisa's baby started to cry.  To which Lisa said her baby must be hungry, and then lifted up her shirt and fed her baby!!  And then she sat down for a while, feeding her baby, and then switched sides.  I about died laughing.  I love it!3. ...

Read More »

11 Months – Simple Pleasures

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

rp_Simple-Pleasures-025.JPG

Our girls are now 11 months old! They will be ONE in ONE month! That is seriously crazy. What a ride it has been. So, we'd thought we'd delight you with another fun and cute post about our girls (let's face it: they're the reason you ever check our blog anyways).At 11 months are girls are certainly growing. Lisa even thinks she's old enough to drive a bus!Though Josh and I doubt her ability to concentrate on the road ahead of her!And she's been practicing buzzing her lips, getting ready to play a brass instrument some day (just like her Mommy!). We think we might have to get her a trumpet by the time she's three.And Alison ...

Read More »

The Count Down Begins

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

rp_35-Weeks-014.JPG

Today, St. Patrick's Day, I have reached the blessed 35 weeks mark. This means if I were to go into labor, I won't be stopped by my doctors. So, what that really means is that it could happen any time now!!The poll on when the babies will come is now closed. Two people think I will deliver this week (March 17-23), nine next week (March 24-30), sixteen of you think I will deliver in the 37th week (March 31-April 6) and seven of you think I will deliver in the 38th week (April 7-13). Interesting.I've been having weekly doctor's appointments and weekly non-stress tests. Both of them have been going well. No real contractions so ...

Read More »