Nursing, Burping & Pumping OH MY! Diary of a Breastfeeding Mommy 6 Month Update

In this post I’ve included professional pics of me nursing Elyssa. Breastfeeding is one of the most important, precious things I’ve ever been blessed to be able to do. Shout out to all my nursing mothers, thank you for doing whats best for your babies despite any challenges you may have faced. It’s so worth it!

My daughter Elyssa is turning 6 months old on October 1 and I’m so excited. She’s healthy, strong, active, happy, peaceful and smart. I’ve been blessed to be able to successfully and joyfully breastfeed for six months and counting. I always wanted to breastfeed but I never knew how fulfilling it would be for me or my baby. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to produce exactly what my baby needs, whenever she needs it. I don’t have to go to the store to pick up milk, I don’t have to prepare bottles or budget my money to purchase what she needs, I just snuggle up comfy cozy with my little lady and allow her to nurse until she’s satisfied. I truly give God the glory because I know I couldn’t do anything without Him and all of my successes in life are because of Him.

When I was pregnant, I continued to confess that my breast would produce milk for as long as I needed them too and they would be able to meet our little girls needs and work properly without any issues. God gets all the glory for hearing and answering my prayer as everyday goes by. I’m so grateful that I haven’t had any major issues with my nipples hurting or cracking and I’ve always had more than enough milk to keep up with her appetite. I’m not bragging on myself, I’m bragging on God. He hears my prayers and He’s always faithful!

One amazing perk of breastfeeding is the weight loss. I lost my baby weight within one month of birth and have went down 3o more pounds since then. I can wear clothes now that I haven’t been able to wear in years. It’s amazing and I’m loving it.

Due to me being a working mommy, I nurse Elyssa twice in the early morning and a few times in the evening (between when I get home from work and when she goes to bed.) One of the highlights of Elyssa and I’s day is our first nursing session when I get home from work. She stares into my eyes and I rub her hair, hold her hand and tell her how much I missed and love her. Because Elyssa enjoys nursing so much, she often struggles with her bottles. She doesn’t drink her encouraged amount of milk during day, she drinks enough to keep her going until I get home. She is peaceful and content during the day as if to say, no thank you, I don’t want too much of the bottle, just give me a little; I know my mommy’s returning soon with the good stuff. She continues to gain weight, she’s a big girl actually, therefore the doctor isn’t concerned.

Due to Elyssa not drinking as many ounces as she should during the day, I have accumulated a very large supply of milk. Our freezer is being taken over by breast milk so I plan to transfer two large bags of milk to the deep freezer so the milk will last longer. Do you want to guess how many ounces I have frozen???? 649 oz, that’s just over 5 gallons!! God blessed me with an overflow of milk supply and I pray that Elyssa gets to drink every drop without any going to waste. I don’t want to waste my  “liquid gold,” people would pay good money for this stuff 🙂 We continue to try different bottles and positions to help Elyssa feel comfortable taking the bottle and we’re confident that she will adjust to the bottle transition soon. She started cereal this month and graduates to baby food in October.

Call To Action

If you’re a nursing mommy, I encourage you to educate those around you about breastfeeding. Share your POSITIVE experiences with others. Be honest about your challenges but also share how you overcame them. Explain the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Don’t push your views on others or make formula feeding mommies feel bad, just confidently explain why breast is best for your baby and be open to questions. People need to know that breastfeeding is normal, natural and beneficial to mommy and baby! HAPPY NURSING!!

National Love On Your Husband and Make Him Smile Day

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I want to make today National Love On Your Husband and Make Him Smile Day! All of our lives are so busy between taking care of our spouses, children, job duties, serving at our churches etc and sometimes it’s easy to forget to STOP and take time for the little things. Today I challenge us all to take a moment, slow down and love on our husbands. Ladies you know what your husband likes, you know what brings a smile to his face and makes him feel appreciated. I’ve learned that when I keep my husband happy he works even harder to make me happy and in turn we both continue working hard to meet each other’s needs. I must confess that today started off on the wrong foot. I was running late for work and being snappy. I calmed down, apologized and asked my husband if we can start over. I will work hard to make this day and everyday peaceful and enjoyable for us both. With God’s grace there’s nothing we can’t do ladies!!

Here are a few suggestions for ways you can love on your husband today:

*Call or text your husband and let him know that your thinking of him, hope he’s having a good day and can’t wait to see him later on.

*Give your husband a big kiss and hug before you leave the house or when you return. Look him straight in the face and tell him that you love, appreciate and need him. Make sure you say it like you mean it and show your desire for him in your eyes.

*If your husband likes cards, go purchase him a cute appreciation card with his favorite snack and let him know that you were thinking of him.

*Ask your husband if there is anything you can do for him today to help his day go smoother.

*Get a babysitter and surprise your husband with date night (this will only work if he enjoys going out and isn’t too tired) If he’s a home body, when the house is settled and the children are in bed, go freshen up, put on something sexy, walk into the bedroom and well you know what to do from there 🙂

*Maybe things have been so hectic that you and your husband haven’t sat down and just laughed and talked. Make it a point today to talk to your husband like you used to before bills, children and anything else that’s stressful. Look into his eyes, let him know your happy to be in the moment with him and just have a good time being there together.

The point of this post is to remind us to slow down and continue to make our marriages a priority. Marriage is a lot of work and in order to have a healthy, happy, holy and HOT marriage, we must continue to put in the time and effort. Wives lets continue to learn to communicate with our husbands with respect, understanding and compassion. When we find ourselves not being kind and patient lets be quick to apologize and get back in love with them. Let’s continue to make passionate love to them on a regular with excitement and a willing heart. Let’s continue to serve them however they need us to knowing that everything we do is to bring God glory.

Enjoy National Love On Your Husband Day and Make Him Smile Day! Feel free to post what you did or plan to do for your hubby today so other wives can be inspired! May God bless all of our marriages!!