So I'd like you all to welcome Betsy, the marvelous mama behind O Bella...
Hi Milk-Friendly readers! I’m Betsy - I’m a musician, believer, creative spirit, nature lover, gardener, mama of two little girls and a wife to an amazing husband. I blog over at O Bella and run a creative indie business - O Bella Organics.
I had a hospital birth with my first daughter and a homebirth with my second daughter. I support natural, attachment parenting, organic eating, herbal medicine, wholesome, slow-minded, purposeful living. I’m so glad to share some thoughts on breastfeeding with you!
What were the top 2 reasons you decided to breastfeed?
I decided ahead of time that breastfeeding was the only option for me. I had so much breastfeeding support I feel incredible lucky. My mom breastfed the 4 of us and my sisters had their first babies when I was 16 so breastfeeding is totally normal for me. The biggest reason I would choose it is because of the nutritional value, it’s what our bodies were designed to need. I eat organic, whole foods as much as I can, and I want to offer the same nutritional intake I get to my babies. I continue on to breastfeed long after they start solids because of the additional nutrition content and immune support contained in breast milk. The second is the bond formed between mama and baby. There is nothing like it! It relaxes, comforts, soothes, Not to mention that it reduces the risk of breast cancer and other cancers, promotes mamas emotional health, helps you lose postpartum weight, and costs less. No question that it’s the best!
What's your breastfeeding "must-have" item?
Okay, I’m going to cheat and name the things I really needed for breastfeeding. Brewer’s Yeast and Mother’s Milk Tea. I took these when I had my first daughter, Bella, and it helped me establish a healthy milk supply. It also helped ease the stress of wondering, “am I making enough?” because I faithfully took them and totally saw a difference. Next is a nursing cover. During the time that I’m breastfeeding, I never go anywhere without it. It’s totally a must. And last is coconut oil. It blew all of my nipple creams out of the water. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, soothes and prevents cracking, and is totally safe and natural for the little one.
Have you found yourself sacrificing style in order to be able to dress "milk-friendly"?
Not at all! I find being a mama you have to make some modifications in general, so I always try to wear something that I know I can chase after a toddler in and nurse a little one in without fail. There are so many cute tank tops, maxi dresses, layering options that are in style, it’s so easy to find something that is cute and works. Besides, this season in my life will be so brief in comparison, so I don’t mind passing on something that won’t work right now. I even started a feature on my blog called Freestyle Fashion that catalogues my love for free-flowing fashion.
Have you had any wardrobe malfunctions? If so, I'm sure there's a story, do tell!
Nothing big! I make sure to bring an extra shirt to change into in case any accidents happen, which there is always something.