Squarespace Blog / "giveaway"
I am always all about the hippie hippie methods of finding a solution to a problem... In almost any situation my first efforts are a natural option... sleepless nights are no different. Zaq and I have always been fans of Melatonin in the case of restlessness. And lets face it... as busy parents of 4 there are many MANY restless nights... I love that it is a natural alternative to sleeping pills but has the same result. Melatonin “is a hormone made by the pineal gland , a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.” So instead of relying on something like zzzQuil or Ambien – its a fantastic option to trigger your body that it is bedtime. Recently we had the option to try Natrol Melatonin. Im totally in love. They are just 1mg tablets so you can easily adjust the dose based on your needs... and what sets them apart from other brands is that they are strawberry flavored and easily dissolve on your tongue. This is a great choice for people that don't like or have a hard time swallowing pills.
*Treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
*Helping to control sleep patterns for people who work night shifts.
*Preventing or reducing problems with sleeping and confusion after surgery.
*Reducing chronic cluster headaches.”
Now as a lot of my readers are pregnant and nursing moms... I definitely wanted to mention that you should not take it without talking first to your doctor, ob or midwife as with most things there in conflicting evidence about how it could effect baby.
A standard dose is 1-3mg... When I first started I would take 1mg about half an hour before I wanted to sleep. I usually only need 1-2 mg. My husband tends to need 2-3 mg... I think it just varies from person to person and you can adjust as needed which is another that that makes the low dosage of the Natrol Melatonin so perfect. Best part? Only $5.49 right now on Amazon WITH Prime. Awesome! They also have 3mg, 5mg, 10mg, based on your needs and a convenient liquid dropper option. Finally, its made in the USA so you can "rest easy" supporting a locally made product. See what I did there? So punny... ;) Sleep tight friends!
Wanted to take a few minutes to give a shout out to a new blog I had the pleasure of being introduced to... The writers name is Kimra Bettasso and she is an entrepreneur & crafter extraordinaire. Its a super clean blog without a ton of clutter overwhelming it (like I totally tend to be - hello, ADHD)... and is full of SO MUCH great content. If you take a bit of time to read through some main posts you will see everything from thoughtful posts, crafty projects for kids, blog interviews and much more. Through reading her blog I found a great new craft to do with my kids this weekend using old tires in our garden for planters... and I also got some fantastic tips for being an even more successful blogger and using it as a way to make money. Anything to bring in a little extra cash now a days is always great! So if ya some free time, stop by and give her blog some love... and subscribe to new posts if you like what you see!
While it is a known fact that every pregnancy and birth can be dramatically different from one another, it is less discussed that the same can be true with breastfeeding. In 2006 I gave birth to my son, Izzaq and we went on to have a beautiful breastfeeding relationship. In 2007 my son Zavery was born. A nurse gave him a bottle because of Jaundice without my knowledge, and due to nipple confusion I was never able to get him to successfully latch again. “Breast and bottle feeding require different oral-motor skills, and rubber nipples provide a type of "super stimulus" that babies may imprint upon instead of the softer breast. As a result, some babies develop suck confusion and apply inappropriate suckling techniques to the breast when they switch between breast and bottle” (LLLI.org). By the time I was able to purchase a pump that would actually work, my milk was pretty much gone. Being uneducated at the time, I gave up. Terrified of this happening again I was overly prepared when my daughter arrived in 2013. Fully stocked with a great pump, bottles, nursing teas, lactation supplements, etc. However, she nursed great from the first latch and we went over a year with no issues. Fast forward to the present and we just had our 4th child, Larz. This boy has made very sure that I have to work incredibly hard to keep our breastfeeding relationship alive. When he was 4 weeks old I had a birth that went about 12 hours. In that time he had pumped breastmilk. I was so nervous the whole time, both worried that he wouldn't take the bottle yet equally concerned that he wouldn't want me after. Guess what? My fears came true. That whole next week was fight after fight with each nursing session. Looking back I believe it was a combination of a growth spurt timed perfectly with the fast flow of breastmilk that he didn't have to work very hard to get. During a growth spurt, baby wants to eat often so you may feel empty. At this time you don't need to do anything but follow cues as “baby will automatically get more milk by nursing more frequently, and your milk supply will increase due to the increased nursing” (KellyMom.com). Had he not gotten the bottles at that time, we probably would have continued on as normal, with my supply increasing to meet his needs. After that day it was a speeding downhill battle of a nursing strike, then low milk supply because of the strike, and lots of crying from both of us. To make a very long story short there was pumping every 2 hours, lots of milk boosting supplements, cup feeding, syringe feeding, weight loss and then finally weight gain, a special bottle nipple, a nipple shield, and FINALLY progress after over a month of him not latching well at the breast. Breastfeeding works on a Supply and Demand type system. “Your milk supply is determined by the stimulation that your baby provides while nursing. In other words, the more you breastfeed, the more milk your body produces. So, if you seem to be producing less milk than usual, try to feed your baby more often. You also can pump after nursing to help stimulate more milk production” (KidsHealth.org). During his nursing strike, I should have been pumping every couple hours. However, it was about a week of hoping he would come back to the breast before we noticed the weight loss. The first two months of breastfeeding is crucial to establishing your milk supply. Because of that rough week now 4 months later I just started a prescription called Domperidone to help increase the amount of milk I have for him. This should help to keep him satisfied and start putting on a bit more weight as it has been very slow going since birth.
First time nursing after birth.
The intent behind this long and detailed story of mine isn't to overwhelm you as a new or even experienced breastfeeder, but to inform you. Breastfeeding can be simple and flawless and it can be difficult and full of obstacles. The most important part is doing what is best for you and your baby. The people you surround yourself with can make or break this beautiful relationship with your baby, so be sure to have a solid support system on your side. “In a study of more than 5,000 new mothers, Julie Gazmararian PH.D found that although education about breastfeeding is important during pregnancy, postpartum support is more critical to success—but far less common” (FitPregnancy.com). I have been very fortunate to have very understanding family and connections to great groups of women like The Leaky Boob Community. If you find yourself struggling seek out that group and you will be welcomed with open arms to a world of women that have been exactly where you are now. Sometimes all we need as moms is to be heard and understood to know we're not alone. That alone can be enough to stay motivated to keep fighting and fill that tiny belly with mama's milk.