Breastmilk for Toddlers

Breastmilk continues to have value into the toddler years. If Elizabeth had been able to nurse, she would still be receiving mama’s milk as her primary nutrition. Because of having to exclusively pump and the challenges I experienced with maintaining milk supply, we are now out of mamas milk. I’m mostly okay with that– knowing… Continue reading Breastmilk for Toddlers

Breast Pump Wean

I’ve been MIA! Life has been BUSY! That’s how it goes with seven kiddos and a medically needy little one.  I had initially hoped to continue to pump until Elizabeth’s adjusted first birthday (Sept. 9) which would have been 15 months actual.  My milk supply dropped to only 10oz a day and it was still… Continue reading Breast Pump Wean

Breastmilk, Meat “Formula”, & Tube Feeding

Miss Elizabeth has been receiving all human milk since her premature birth at 26 weeks.  In the NICU, she received a human milk based fortifier and some donor milk to supplement as my supply was building (I had major difficulty establishing a milk supply this time).  For a short while, she also had 4ml of… Continue reading Breastmilk, Meat “Formula”, & Tube Feeding

Real Food via G-Tube

If you’ve read through this site, you are probably aware that I do not plan to feed Elizabeth formulas.  Just because she has a feeding tube, doesn’t mean she should exist on a diet of corn syrup and vitamins.  Our plan is to transition from breastmilk to a real food, blended diet over the next… Continue reading Real Food via G-Tube

My Whole 30 Journey So Far…

This round hasn’t been too difficult.  Likely that’s because I’ve done whole 30’s several times in the past and I don’t eat a lot of junk food as a norm anyway… although, since little m=Miss Elizabeth Joy was born, I’ve had a little too much sugar. I digress… I keep things pretty simple- rotating veggies… Continue reading My Whole 30 Journey So Far…

Whole 30 and Making Milk

I’ve started another Whole 30.  With my last baby, I saw an increase in milk supply when I did the Whole 30.  I consumed plenty of carbs from produce (mainly sweet potato and squash) along with healthy fats. I have not been successful so far with this baby- every time I attempt to get on… Continue reading Whole 30 and Making Milk

Nipple Lubes

Here’s the thing. Whether you exclusively pump, exclusively nurse, or a combination, those nipples are going to need some love.  Here’s the lowdown on keeping your nipples happy and healthy. Meet coconut oil- your new BFF. Seriously. Best thing ever.  I applied before every pumping session (on nipples and lubed the flanges for easy gliding). … Continue reading Nipple Lubes