Breastfeeding Essential

Hey girls,

Firstly BREASTFEEDING IS HARD. It is not easy, even for me who’s babies latched and drank with ease, no tongue ties, no lip ties, just healthy (lazy) babies, but Boy is it HARD.

So I have some tips and essentials to help you get through this not so easy time.

  • Cry if you have to, I felt like I was failing if I cried but you know what all those hormones rushing out of your body and bubs crying your allowed to cry. (I’m giving you permission to cry).
  • A good breast pump in the right size. The tip to getting a good supply is feed, pump, eat, drink (water) and feed again. But the pumping part is made so much easier if you get one that works well. My favourite is the medela swing, I have also used the avent manual pump.
  • Keep a spare shirt in your car. Breast pads for me did not work, most of the time I had a spit rag tucked into my bra and please do not feel embarrassed if you leak, we all do.
  • In Australia feeding in public is legal. So don’t feel like a criminal for doing it.
  • Sometimes we can’t make it to the parents room in the fear bubs will get so worked up that they won’t be able to latch. So if you don’t feel comfortable feeding in public, you can tie a muslin wrap in a corner then you can pop it over and it acts as a cover for your boobies and bubs.
  • Lastly there are support groups and phone lines you can call for mums so ustilise them if you need them.

The Lazy Mummy.

I also have a post for formula fed bubs so please check that out too.

Monday Feelings

Hey mummies,

I thought I’d try something new, from now on in Mondays are going to be all about what I want for the week, what happened in the past week that need to stay in that week.

So last week little miss 1 year old (poppy) decided she liked climbing on our dining table, she can only barely get into a chair but she’s figured out if I get myself up on that chair, I can get myself up onto that table and freak the living daylights out of mum and dad.

Our dining table used to be where we would put things we didn’t want her getting, like my partners jelly beans (he’s a type 1 diabetic). She got into these jelly beans and swallowed them before I even could tell her to spit them out. Now if you don’t know about glucose jellybeans they are pure sugar, PURE SUGAR! Yes as you may of guessed my afternoon was done after that, we were all happy for about 10 minutes after eating these jelly beans then all hell broke loose.

She went bananas, poppy was standing in the nude laughing to herself, she decided her nappy was a hat and that all the clothes in her draws needed to come out. This was all fun and games until the sugar fall happened, the loss of energy followed by the tantrums.

We all know how this ends as we’ve all been here….

It ended in me needing a drink.

The lazy mummy.

Bottle is not the end of the world.

Hey mummies,

Formula is not the end of the world, it also isn’t forever and it most certainly doesn’t make you a bad mum.

I had to combine feed my babies which meant Boob and formula top offs. I also expressed and gave baby milk from the bottle, my now 1.5 year old is thriving and is actually a pretty smart girl. Formula did not make her dumb nor did it ruin our bond, I was made to feel so bad about giving formula and trust me it is nothing to worry about.

Here’s some advice for any mum going through the transition of having to give formula, for any reason.

  • Australia has great rules meaning our formula isnt that crazy stuff you hear about from China, just do your research.
  • It may take a few Tin’s for you to find the one that agrees with your baby.
  • There are so many kinds of formula, cows milk, goats milk, ones that are thick for reflux ones that are for babies who are allergic, just take your time it will work out.
  • Find a good quality bottle, I use pigeon because personally I think there amazing, my baby went from Boob to bottle to boob with no confusion at all.
  • You can get your supply back if it drops, mine dropped completely when I got mastitis (which is another post) but came back with some pumping, theres also medication your doctor can give you.
  • Stay calm, a fed baby is a happy baby whether it be from a bottle a boob formula or breastmilk.

The lazy mummy

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Sorry but not Sorry

Hey mummies,

Where have I been?

I have given birth to my second baby in under 2 years! One last year in 2017 and one this year 2018.

Yes that means I have 2 under 2.

Soooo…..I have been busy and busier than I ever taught possible. Before you sit there thinking that I’m some crazy women who got knocked up twice in two years you have to realise, they were both planned.

So I guess in a way I am crazy, or have I been sent crazy from the constant need for boobs and food and bottles. The constant mum? Mum? Mum? Muuummm? The cries, the tantrums and the poos.

Well then yes I am crazy, but it is so worth it. I have two beautiful girls who have stolen my heart, my bed, my toilet and my food but ever little bit is worth it.

Yes I’m sorry I haven’t posted, but I will make it up big time. So let me know what you want to see/read.

The Lazy Mummy.

Morning, Afternoon and Night Sickness

Hey girls

I thought we’d have a talk about morning sickness, as I battled it pretty badly with my 1st. I lost 13 kilos from vomiting and it was not fun.

I tried everything and unfortunately for me nothing worked, but it did run it’s course and I was fine after that.

So here is a list of things you can try if your suffering from ALL DAY SICKNESS:

  • Ginger tablets
  • Ginger beer
  • Ginger ale
  • Ginger nut biscuits before you get out of bed actually worked to a extent for me
  • Bananas
  • Accupressure
  • Hot water
  • Anti nausea tablets (ask doctor)

Remember it’s trial and error and sometimes nothing will work. But you will get through it and it will be worth it in the end.

Sorry for the short post but hopefully this helps someone. What was your best morning sickness remedies?

The Lazy Mummy

A birth plan that didn’t go as planned

A Birth Plan does not always go as planned…

If you are or were anything like me, then you planned on a natural birth, you know like the ones you see in the movies and all over social media. I planned on an amazing birth I had pictured it in my head, and I had sat down and planned it with my midwives. My waters were going to break and I was going to go drug free and dance my way through labour. I was going to scream and push whilst holding onto the side of the bed, It was going to be me, my partner and my midwives.

Well flash forward to 35 weeks and this was no longer my plan, actually it was still my plan but bubs and my now doctors did not agree.

To get the whole story ill start from the start (don’t worry I wont make this a drag). Around 12 weeks I was accepted into the Birth Centre, which is essentially as natural as you can go but still in a hospital setting, they have aromatherapy, baths, big beds and lounges, everything a go all natural birth could ask for. I was in this model of care until 35 weeks pregnant, when I unfortunately was diagnosed with a heart condition that makes my heart beat super fast, Im talking about 250 bpm, which is much higher than it should ever go. Anyway because of this i was no longer allowed to have bubs in this type of care, instead I had to see a medical team weekly and an obstetrician.

So I was put on heart medication at the age of 23 (this was last year 2017) and I was told that it was too hard to sort out my heart in just a few weeks and that I would have to have an epidural. This didn’t bother me too much as all I wanted was a healthy baby, but boy was a scared and pissed off, I had not read anything about epidurals or any kind of pain medication, the most I had read about was gas and air and how everyone felt like they were floating on a cloud.  I had no idea about anything to do with epidurals all I knew was that they stick a needle in your back and then you don’t feel anything.

39 weeks and 5 days at about midnight, I woke up and felt like I needed to poop BIG TIME, So I tried but nothing was happening, so i went back to bed, about 2 hours later this feeling didn’t go away and I knew I must be in labour. So I got in the shower and stayed in there for about an hour, it was the best feeling every time I got these weird period like cramps I would put the water on my belly and all was amazing. Another hour or so went by and I called the midwives and they told me it was time to come in. I was 6cm when I went in and was told it was time for the epidural. When getting an epidural you need to first have a drip in your arm, they could not get a drip in my arm, 3 people tried before my amazing anesthesiologist, came in and got it in.

My waters didn’t break like they do in the movies, instead it was a midwife, after the epidural and the waters being broken and a few hours of discomfort, something happened my babies heart rate was dropping and they weren’t sure why, this happened about 3 times and they told me if it happened again that I would need to go in for an emergency C-section, I had not looked into a C-section at all as i was certain I didn’t need one, once they told me this I had a full on panic attack. Then they told me that bubs had pooped in me and it was time to push, 15 minutes and an episiotomy later my beautiful baby girl was born, there were so many people in the room my partner couldn’t see if she was a boy or a girl, but once the smoked cleared we saw our beautiful princess.

So if your here just for a read my hope for you is that you seriously look in to all the possibilities as its babies plan not yours and if your birth plan doesn’t work out don’t be disheartened as it happens to a lot more of us than you think.

 

please leave a comment below and tell me your birth stories.

 

The Lazy Mummy