Sunday, July 31, 2011

Not-So Silent Sunday

Here's a little Fleetwood Mac cover from my dear cousin, Kelsey Bulkin.




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And another from her musical project MADE IN HEIGHTS.



Amazing right?

Love you Kels!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Guest Blog Interview: Letters to Ames

It's always refreshing to find and connect with other hip nursing moms. It makes me oh-so happy to think that we all share a special little bond with one another. This being said, I am on a mission to find and bring to you, other fabulous, breastfeedin' and bloggin'-mamas.



That being said, have you met Rachael, the mama behind Letters to Ames? Me oh my, she is SUPERWOMAN. Does 3 babes under 2 years sound super or what? She is funny, endearing, honest and has major breastfeeding skills (the girl tandem nurses twins!)

A bit from her:
Hi! My name is Rachael...registered nurse, musician's wife, and momma to five. 
I'm into natural living & attachment parenting, frugality, and sushi. 
Read about my big blended family over at www.letterstoames.com!

Read about the fam here.

Darth Momma 
"all seven of us were hanging out in the boys' room the other afternoon when Darth Momma made an appearance. i try to nurse the sisters around the rest of the family whenever i can. don't wanna miss out on a good time..."
Love her! So now let's get on to the interview...



What were the top 2 reasons you decided to breastfeed?

I didn't really choose to, at least not before I started. I like to think that "breast is normal" instead of "breast is best." I knew that if I made it seem like the only option, it would give me more resolve to make it work. With my son, I simply wanted to do it for as long as possible, and I didn't want going back to work or low supply or anything else to be a reason to quit. With the twins, it's a matter of sheer willpower. Every time someone asks, "You're not able to breastfeed them both, are you?!" it gives me just enough oomph to get through another week. So far, so good!



What's your breastfeeding "must-have" item? 
Nipple shields! The first time, I felt guilty - like I was cheating or something. Can you believe the pressure mothers put on themselves? With the twins, I didn't hesitate. I didn't need them for long either time, but they provided much relief during those first few weeks. I also used a supportive pillow, like a Boppy or My Brest Friend, a lot in the beginning!


Have you found yourself sacrificing style in order to be able to dress "milk-friendly"? 
I try not to, but it's so much easier to wear nursing bras and t-shirts all the time! I've found a few bras with more support/padding, and I make sure to wear non-nursing attire on date nights. Really, it's all about layers. Oh, and I try to make sure I feel good about what I'm wearing, regardless of where I'm going. Here, I'm wearing a sleeping nursing bra and an oversized tank top. I actually like the way the bra shows under it, so I wore it that way on purpose!



Have you had any wardrobe malfunctions? If so, I'm sure there's a story, do tell!
When my son was a few days old, I hobbled to the table to have dinner with my husband and two stepsons. I nursed my son but covered up on that side. After a few minutes, my husband nodded down at my chest. There was a huge wet spot forming on the other breast, and milk was dribbling straight through my bra and shirt. My stepsons were 7 & 9 at the time. We all managed to laugh through the awkwardness - this would be the new norm for awhile! I don't have a picture of that... but there is a lot of car-breastfeeding these days, with the twins. With so many kids and so many passers-by, we try our best to be discreet.


You can read more about Rachael and the rest of her super rad gang on Letters to Ames (play catch up by reading these posts.) You can also keep in touch when you LIKE on Facebook and/or FOLLOW on Twitter. :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Breastfeeding: Swimwear Edition Part Two

Well here it is Babes, the Part 2 of my Swimwear Edition.  In Part 1, I highlighted a few different styles of swimsuits and how to breastfeed in them (you can read about that here.)

In Part 2, I have a few more swim styles including monokinis, extra-coverage suits, swim skirts and a ton of beachwear including tunics, cover-ups and pareos.


{CUT-OUT MONOKINIS}

From the back these suits look like regular bikinis, but from the front, the cut-outs are in the perfect place to cover up the "baby pooch." 

Tavic Monokini, $84.99
Ruffle Monokini, $51
Tavik One-Piece, $49.99
Tavik the Duff One-Piece, $79.99
Plunge Monokini, $73
Betsy Johnson Swim Bottom, $42
Beach Sarong, $15

Bali Sarong, $29.99


Phew! I am glad I finally got these swim editions posted! It might have been over-kill with the number of items I added, but I wanted to give you as many options as possible. And honestly, I had to hold back from adding more! 

I hope you beautiful mamas enjoy your time watching the little ones explore the water :)

XOXO,




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