Archive for May, 2012

Top 5 Reasons I Like Breastfeeding a Toddler

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Ah, toddlerhood. There are moments I thoroughly enjoy this age of discovery and playfulness. However more often than not I feel completely frazzled by the two second attention span, the constant need to touch, pull, climb, dump, etc. and the “hold me now! put me down! hold me now! put me down!” stage of toddlerhood. Inevitability the demand of “hold me now! put me down!” typically occurs in direct opposition of what is most convenient for mama.  For example at the library it would be much easier if my toddler would let me hold him/wear him so I could check out our books. Nope, not happening. Instead he squirms and screams in my arms until I eventually put him down and gently say “okay but you need to stay close to mama“.  HA! He runs away from me as fast as he can, pulling books off the shelf and giggling hysterically the entire chase. However when we are at home and I would gladly let him run around and pull all of our books off the shelf so I can do whatever, he of course wants to be held.

There are many aspects of toddler development that make this stage particularly challenging for parents. There are days where I actually cannot imagine surviving the intensity of toddlerhood without breastfeeding. Here are the top 5 reasons I like breastfeeding my toddler:

1. It’s the only time I get to sit down and they stop moving. Literally! Although this does backfire on me at times because on the rare occasion I do sit down (without the intention to breastfeed) he of course immediately comes running toward me signing ‘milk! milk!’. The association between “mama sitting” and “time to nurse” is incredibly strong in my little one almost to the point I have to be sneaky about sitting. I confess to periodically hiding in our pantry for a few minutes simply so I can sit down alone.

2. If they are sick and uninterested in foods/liquids….no worries! There have been several times when my little ones have been sick and I am so thankful we practice extended breastfeeding. I am certain it has helped us avoid what could have been serious episodes of dehydration because while they refused foods/liquids they were happily nourished with breastmilk.

3. Makes almost any task far more enjoyable for them. For example my son hates having his nails cut, but if I cut them while he is nursing, he hardly seems to notice. Same with having his hair combed. Actually the hair washing and combing thing got to be so difficult we recently decided it would be easier to buzz his long shaggy locks. About 3 seconds into the haircut, he decided he was done with it. Instead of letting him go around with a random patch of hair shaved off, I offered to nurse him and my hubby was able to finish cutting his hair in peace.




4. I carry a magical, powerful sleep induction tool that is readily available anytime/anywhere! This is hands down my favorite part of nursing a toddler. When we are out and about and he’s tired and cranky, no sweat! Just latch him on and he’s in dreamland shortly thereafter.

5. It relaxes me and connects us. While this kind of goes along with my first reason, it is worthy of separate mention. Beyond the fact that I get to sit down randomly throughout the day, breastfeeding actually releases hormones (Oxytocin and Prolactin) that relax the mother. Nature’s design for breastfeeding is pretty cool, huh? Also the opportunity to positively re-connect with my toddler on a regular basis throughout the day is beneficial, if not necessary to our relationship; because in all honesty mothering a toddler is an intensely exhausting venture! I am exceptionally grateful to have breastfeeding in my bag of tricks!

What do you enjoy about nursing your toddler?


Tasty Tuesday: Quinoa Casserole

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

It’s that season again when I have more zucchini than I know what to do with because it grows so effortlessly here this time of year. Thankfully it’s such a versatile vegetable that with a little creativity I can usually make use of the plentiful zucchini harvest from our garden. We enjoy it raw in a salad, with hummus, or even shredded as “noodles” with a raw marinara sauce. It’s delicious in stir-frys and veggie fajitas. It can even be baked into yummy treats such a muffins or quick breads. There truly are so many wonderful ways to enjoy zucchini. Here’s a new favorite recipe of mine for a simple quinoa zucchini casserole* …but don’t be fooled by it’s simpleness; it’s full of flavor and substance!


2 cups of vegetable broth or water

1 cup of quinoa

Olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red pepper chopped

2 medium zucchinis, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup cilantro, basil, or parsley (or any combination of the three), chopped

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

salt and pepper to taste


1. Bring broth or water to a boil. Add quinoa. Bring to a boil again, then lower heat. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Saute onion and garlic for approx 5 minutes.

4. Add pepper, zucchini, and carrots. Saute for 5 more minutes.

5. Mix vegetables, quinoa, cilantro, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper together. Transfer mixture to a glass casserole dish coated with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes.

6. Optional, serve casserole with fresh herbs sprinkled on top.


*inspired by Vitality Ventures

What’s growing in your garden right now? What yummy dishes are inspired by the goodies growing right in your own backyard?


Sunday Funday Giveaway: Motherlove more milk plus

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

For mamas with milk supply concerns, there are many great options to effectively boost your milk supply. In fact Mom’s Milk Boutique carries some awesome products for mamas needing a little extra support with their milk supply. One popular product you definitely want to check out is more milk plus by Motherlove.  It’s an herbal lactation formula especially designed to safely and quickly increase a mother’s milk supply. The list of ingredients are pure and natural including the following galactogogue organic herbs: fenugreek seed, blessed thistle, nettle, and fennel seed. More milk plus does NOT contain any milk, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish,  tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or gluten. Recommendation for use as follows:

Take 1/4 tsp (1 ml) 4 times per day. Women over 175 lbs take 1/2 tsp (2 ml) 3 times per day. May be taken with 1-2 oz. of liquid. Avoid additional liquids 15 minutes before and after each use. Not for use during pregnancy.

Would you like to win a FREE 2 oz bottle of more milk plus by Motherlove? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway today! Winner will be announced June 7, 2012!



Silent Saturday: Family Traditions

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

I grew up with the tradition of camping every Memorial Day weekend with my family. It almost always inevitably rained, yet we still went and had bucket loads of wet, muddy fun! I have many silly, happy memories from our family camping trips and now enjoy taking my own children camping.

We just woke up and brrr, what a cold morning! Trying to keep warm with a campfire, blankets, and snuggles.

Family traditions are so important for us to have! “Children benefit tremendously from the feelings of unity and connectedness that are manifested through tradition” (Family Traditions, 2006).

What traditions exist in your family? Will you be enjoying a family tradition or ritual this Memorial Day weekend? Whatever your plans are for the weekend, engaging in old traditions or perhaps starting new ones, may you have a beautiful and blessed time!


Fan Photo Friday: Newborn Babywearing

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Okay, brace yourself for some super sweet newborn babywearing photos! Here goes…

Meet 3 week old Emmalyn out cold in her Moby Wrap…what a little snugglebug!

Meet baby Elizabeth. This was her daddy’s first time wearing her and he wasn’t quite sure how to use the carrier. He has plenty of practice since then and is now a pro.

Here is another of photo Elizabeth (such a little cutie pie!) with her mommy the first time they went shopping together. Mommy learned that shopping with a toddler and a baby wasn’t as scary as she thought thanks to babywearing.

Meet Maddox (LOVE the name!). His daddy is a pilot and away frequently, so his mommy has to get creative in order to take photos of both of them together -such as capturing their reflection in the door after walking the dog.

Meet Jordan’s son. Jordan needed to wash the dishes and baby wanted to snuggle close to mama…back carry in a wrap provided the perfect solution. He looks pretty comfy and cozy to me. And check out his mama’s bright smile and adorable dimple….you almost can’t help but smile back, right?

Meet one month old Gavin sound asleep in his Moby Wrap while his family enjoyed a day at Castle Park. I can’t imagine a better way for a one month old to spend a day at a park than tummy to tummy with his mama! Another bonus is his mama was hands-free and able to easily care for older siblings.

Meet one month old Nathan. This picture is especially near and dear to his mama’s heart because it was the first time she ever wore him. Nathan had colic and mom reports that the discovery of babywearing changed her life!

Meet two week old Peyton in her home made Mei Tai made out of daddy’s uniform top…I’m pretty sure you said “awwww!” just now. What a super special carrier to wear your baby in, huh?

Meet baby Cora in her Boba 3G. This photo clearly exemplifies the proper babywearing position described as ‘where you can easily kiss the top of baby’s head”. I’m willing to bet baby Cora got a smooch from her mama shortly after this photo was snapped.

Meet 4 week old Logan in his Moby Wrap at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Such a gorgeous photo for a number of reasons. I especially love how well coordinated mama’s outfit is with their Moby Wrap. Lookin’ good mama!

Meet Bri’s daughter. Here she is at 12 days old enjoying story time at the library with her big sister.

Another awesome picture of Bri’s daughter at 2 months old being worn by her 75 year old great aunt. This picture warms my heart to no avail. Seriously love this one! Something about seeing the young and old connected heart to heart is simply delightful.

And one more of Bri’s daughter at 2 months old in the kitchen with daddy. What a lucky little baby to be worn by so many loved ones! 🙂

Lastly here’s my 6 week old Abraham on his very first hike. Cannot imagine our lives without babywearing…from household chores to recreational activities, babywearing has been my saving grace and top mothering tool throughout!

A BIG thank you to all this week’s participants.

Each of you will get 25 MILK MILES to thank you for sharing your babywearing photos with us!

Ready for next week’s Fan Photo Friday assignment? Let’s see some photos of your baby’s first food experiences. You know the photos I’m talking about…where they have spaghetti noodles stuck on their head, bodies completely covered in red sauce, and a big ol’ proud smile on their face. Send your Baby’s First Foods picture to by Thursday, May 31 and include any information you want shared such as age of baby, type of food, their reaction to the experience, etc.  Then check back on Friday, June 1 to see some seriously messy baby faces! The winner will be awarded 25 MILK MILES!