When I had my first baby, I was shocked at how hard nursing was. I struggled with getting my daughter to latch on and stay on. I struggled with producing enough milk and I struggled with it so much that I wanted to quit right when I started. I was also horrified to go out in public and nurse. Trying to figure out how to hold her and nurse was hard on it's own, but then to try to move all my clothing around and cover all at the same time was a nightmare. I felt like I couldn't go out anywhere and I spent a lot of my time nursing in the back of our car hoping no one could see.
Nursing my second was a ton easier. I learned a lot about nursing and was able to overcome some fears that I had. I also asked other moms what they found successful and I read up on nursing in books and on the internet. After much study and then implementing what I learned with my little man, I feel like I have had so much more success with him than I did with my first. The difference has been drastic.
If there were two tips to choose to pass onto other moms-to-be about nursing it would be these:
1- Nurse your baby right when they are born.
2- Find a good nursing cover (if you choose to cover).
I hadn't heard about nursing right after the baby is born until AFTER I had my first baby. When I heard that you should put them to your chest and help them latch right when they come out of the womb, I cried. Literally, I cried. I felt like I had totally missed the window of opportunity to make it a successful nursing experience for my daughter. That could have helped and I felt like all the tears and hard times we had would have been gone if I had known this. I was devastated. But I knew all I could do was make it happen with the babies to come. So I did with my son. He latched on right away and hasn't had any problems! I know every baby is different so it may not be that way for every other child I have from here on out, but it was a success with him and I have become a believer!
Now, as far as covering goes... honestly... I wish I could just get it done and not worry about covering. But I am not that brave. I have to cover. I have had multiple nursing covers and have honestly hated everyone of them... until I found this one that wraps completely around me. With a cover like this, I don't have to do much and it has been a game changer for me! I get completely underneath it and move around freely without feeling claustrophobic or worried that it may fall or open unexpectedly. It is light-weight so it isn't a pain to carry around. It breathes easy so I am not sweating each time I nurse during hot summer days (like the ones we have been having lately). My favorite part is that I can use it as a blanket for my boy, a cover for his car seat, a cover while I nurse, or even throw it over my head and wear it around my neck as an infinity scarf.
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If I had to choose two tips to share to help with nursing, these would be my two. Nursing can be SO hard and so painful, and if there is any way that can make it easier, then I am all about trying it out. I feel completely comfortable nursing in public now and I am looking forward to nursing with my future babies to come. I know starting out on the right foot and getting them to nurse the moment they are born can help too. Nursing is such a beautiful experience and really strengthens that bond between mother and baby. I have loved it so much more this second time around and have literally cherished every moment.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Both of my kids have been awesome sleepers. They weren't at first though and my little man was harder to sleep train than my daughter was. Before I had my first, I was clueless. I wanted someone to hand me a manual and say, "Here. This is what to do and when to do it." I never found that manual... but I did find BabyWise.
Here are five things I have learned from BabyWise:
1 - The 'Eat, Wake, Sleep' cycle is golden! Feed them right when they wake up so they don't become reliant on their feeding to put themselves to sleep.
2 - Consistency is key. Nothing will happen if you are not consistent. No progress will be made.
3 - 'Begin as you mean to go', meaning start from the very beginning and begin how you want things to turn out in the end.
4 - Having a schedule can make life with a baby easier and even predictable (yes... I said predictable)! PLUS, schedules come easily for them... if you implement a schedule, they will naturally follow it.
5 - Putting your baby down in their bed awake and walking away to help them put themselves to sleep can actually change your world... and theirs.
I am not saying it was easy. I have had my fair share of frustrating nights and have experienced that 'crippling fatigue'. But there is one thing that has made it a ton easier. The key is BabyWise ...and your commitment to it. It isn't easy, but it is oh so worth it!
If you want to talk to me more about BabyWise please contact me. I would love to discuss the book if you have read it OR if you are interested in reading it. I have made a document full of personal notes that I would be willing to share for free. I have even included a detailed breakdown of the BabyWise schedule and when each merge takes place. I hope to hear from you!
Recently, I have been pushing myself harder in my daily workout routine. I have been wanting to build more muscle, strength and endurance. I have been lifting harder and running longer. I have never pushed myself as hard as I have been lately, and due to this, I have never felt the need to keep up my yoga practice more than I do now.
After my workouts, I feel tight, tired and sore. Getting on my mat and spending time doing yoga has brought me relief. This routine is one of many that I have been working on. It stretches my sore muscles, calms my mind, strengthens untouched muscles, and pushes me all at the same time.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Here are some more of my favorite prenatal yoga poses that I loved while I was pregnant. It is so hard to find relief when you have aches and pains in pregnancy, but yoga can do amazing things! Try these few poses out and then contact me with requests, questions, or comments.
When you're pregnant it's hard to do any 'forward fold'. This wide leg stance is awesome for getting that in when you've got a belly in the way. You can take your feet as close as you want or as wide as you want. You can also use props to help support your upper body as you work your way down (chair, couch, blocks, partner, etc).
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I participated in my first yoga challenge on Instagram. It was for all yogi's and their mini's! It was such a blast that I wanted to document each day and the whole story in one place on my blog. So here you go! Enjoy!
I love combining dolphin pose with this core workout. At the gym I use a ball, but using your baby in the baby carrier is even better!! (For full video> https://www.instagram.com/p/BVpT-b4BQQe/?taken-by=mommy.yoga)
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