I was already careful and cautious about what I put IN my body, but with little one on the way and breastfeeding soon, I became more curious what I put ON my body. Today was my first time experiment making my own chapstick 💋💄. Surprisingly it was very quick and simple process.
I used 5 ingredients: 2 tablespoons cocoa butter, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons beeswax, 1 teaspoon vanilla and sweet orange essential oils.
Chop or grate the beeswax and butters if in solid block form.
Measure out equal parts tightly packed, grated beeswax and butters into a mason jar or small glass pyrex measuring cup. Add of coconut oil as well.
Prepare a double boiler system by adding about 1-2” of water to a small pot. Submerge bottom of mason jar or measuring cup in water. Heat water on medium-low to melt contents, stirring occasionally. Monitor to ensure that the water does not boil over the rim into blend.
Once melted together, immediately remove from heat and add vanilla extract to mix. Take care to handle jar with proper protection, as it will be hot. Stir vigorously to combine.
Pour the hot mixture into lip balm containers. Use tubes or tubs to your preference. To speed up cooling process, place containers in the refrigerator to set. Use as you would any other lip balm and enjoy!
UPDATE :: The initial "wow" feeling of his latch after releasing the ties was encouraging but didn't last. After a while, I started feeling the effects of a bad latch again and my raynauds spasms went crazy. BUT, slowly he is adjusting and somehow learning (even at 4 months old) how to nurse properly, even though I'm not doing much to train him. For the most part, each time gets a little better. I'm so thankful to have figured this out FINALLY so that I can breastfeed without pain and say goodbye to the pump for a while. If you suspect your baby might be tongue or lip-tied, RUN to have them assessed by a breastfeeding-friendly professional. It has made all the difference in the world. ♡ // #breastfeeding#normalizebreastfeeding#tonguetie#liptie#frenotomy
I had no knowledge of breastfeeding before I had my first boy - literally, no clue about any aspect of it! It was a sort of learning on the job type thing. One thing I discovered along the way was about the benefits of breastfeeding while both the baby is sick & when the mother is sick too -- I remember making a frantic phone call to my midwife in the middle of the night when I had a sickness virus asking if I was still allowed to feed my baby because no one had ever talked about it to me! Well it turns out, of course you can!! One of the most amazing aspects of human milk is how it adapts -- when us mamas & babies are exposed to viruses & bacteria, our milk magically (okay, yes it not magic, but just go with me) creates antibodies specific to those antigens! Antibodies are passed through the milk into the baby & they battle (mini milk army to the rescue!) & destroy any bacteria in the baby's gastrointestinal tract, helping a) stop the baby getting sick in the first place & b) keeping us the babies fluid intake etc & helping them to fight the illness if they get it -- amazing!! My Littlest Bird has spent all day BFeeding (ALL DAY!) & so I'm reminding myself of this constantly at the mo!
My baby likes sweet potato more than I do. I got these mini whisks on Amazon. They were like 2 for 6 bucks and I use them all the time with pasta sauces and lots of yummy things in between purées.
I've included my tried and true recipe below that I managed to mess up yesterday when I didn't poke the potato with a fork before backing so there was a little last minute microwave action that had to happen. I've also done this now with white sweet potato and while a little less sweet it was squally baby approved.
-🍠 1 sweet potato scrubbed
-🍼 1tbsp of breastmilk
1) preheat oven to 400 degrees (I opted to bake where I had some time to kill while nursing and didn't want to worry about pureeing the leftover water into the 🍠 after cooking on the stovetop)
2) Scrub one sweet potato and poke holes with a fork all around
3) Bake for 30 minutes (check out the skin to see if it's wrinkled, that's a helpful indicator it's done)
4) Cut in half and scoop out
5) I made 3 servings with this, 2 servings were fork mashed and put in the refrigerator and the one seen here was lunch served with some breastmilk about an hour after our midday nurse sesh *I puréed the lunch serving and then threw it in the freezer to cool down before adding the milk and serving.
It's a pep rally at PA Live! Chef Laurie is on at 4pm today making buffalo cauliflower bites and BBQ roasted chickpeas! Tune in for some healthy snacks and live music from the Coughlin High School band and cheerleaders!
WOW | That is all I can think when I see this picture of myself. It surprises me. The power and love I see in myself. Not that I never feel this strength and love in me, but just as often I feel exhausted and challenged by taking care of two small children, working life and social life. But this is me in my element. Doing what I love. Breastfeeding my 3 year old daughter while listening to my beautiful (postpartum) doula colleagues sharing their wisdom. We were talking about the placenta, lotus birth, encapsulation and postnatal rest (40 days) with a group of amazing women and men at Kiind festival last weekend. Thank you dear photographer Nina Olivari for capturing this moment. I cherish this image and will look at it when I have a hard time. Thank you doula sister for sharing your workshop space and love for birth and postpartum with me ❤️#kiind#kiindfestival#postpartum#postnatalsupport#doulalife#breastfeeding#breastfeedingtoddler#3yearsbreastfeeding#doulanien#doulajustina#doulacharankamal#ontstaanvanuitaandacht
Baby girl was only 6 lbs & 13oz when she was born despite daddy being a giant! She was wearing preemie clothes in this pic because newborn outfits were so baggy. Now she's almost as tall as most two year olds at less than 14 months old 🐥🌱 Swipe left 😱That milk must pack a punch! 👊🏾🍼#Breastfed#EBF#BreastfedBaby#RandomFacts
To kind of follow up with yesterday's post...this is 3 1/2 weeks into #SPELLFitness 2.0. I shed some fat and built some muscle, but after 11 months of #breastfeeding and poor sleep, my body has hit a wall. My energy during training is low, my strength is crap, my mental clarity is a foggy haze. It's time to #ReverseDiet . So these will serve as my starting pictures, I plan to slowly increase my caloric intake over the next several months, all without gaining significant weight. This does not mean I am going to just start stuffing my face with all the foods, it means I am taking a scientific approach to repairing my metabolism and giving my body a chance to recover from months of pregnancy and postpartum demands. Stay tuned, this fall is going to be a great growth season!!! 💪🏻💪🏻 (If you're interested in reverse dieting OR fat loss dieting OR just eating a more balanced diet to support your everyday life, SPELL Fitness will have 4 openings for October. They are slated to fill in fast, so be sure to claim yours today! Message me for details!!)
I'm following the #weightwatchers programme and have lost just shy of 3 stone since having my baby in Sept 2016. The photo on the left was when I was 8 months pregnant - but my face wasn't pregnant was it! 😂
I love the plan because it's healthy, it doesn't feel like a diet, I don't have to restrict anything, I love cooking healthy recipes and it generally makes me happy. That's not to say it's easy, but I know it's right for me.
I don't think women should feel any pressure to lose weight after having a baby. For me, it's about feeling healthy, feeling fit (I love exercise), feeling good in my own skin, and fitting into my clothes.
#breastfeeding also worked really well for me in terms of weight loss - I had a hungry baby so was eating loads and still losing weight. My body will never be what it was before I had the baby, but my god I'm proud of it and what it has grown 😍 I also got married in May but had bought my dress before getting pregnant, so fitting back into that was a massive incentive!
I really want to be a good role model for my daughter and feel good about myself at the moment. (Nb open disclosure the photo on the right is a nice, flattering photo - I've still got a few lbs to go til goal!) #mums#mumsofinsta#instamums#workingmum#workingmumma#workingmummy
Este bichito ayer se durmió por primera vez sin mí por la noche. A veces se duerme a la primera (como hoy), otras estamos una hora o dos... Desde que he vuelto a trabajar (fuera de casa), su papi había conseguido dormirla un par de veces sin carros ni nada, en la cama durante el día.
Ayer noche le di el pecho y después quiso cachondeo, así que normalmente su papi viene y le cuenta un cuento hasta que tiene ganas de dormir (y así yo descanso un poco). Pero ayer decidió apagar las luces y se quedó dormida, así tal cual. Había dormido muy poco durante el día, cierto. Pero nunca había pasado. Y me sentí rara, triste, algo aliviada a la vez pero más triste. Sé que esto no será todos los días (por ejemplo hoy no ha sido así), simplemente tuve aquella sensación de "me necesita menos"... desde la vuelta al trabajo, es así y es bueno. Ya sabéis ese sentimiento contradictorio de "ay ojalá se durmiera sola" y a la vez "¿pero ya no me va a necesitar para dormir?". ¡Buenas noches¡