While this is a sponsored conversation between Munchkin and Latina Bloggers Connect, I cannot stress the importance of taking a break for nursing moms and how these items really help ease the stress of leaving the baby with dad even if for an hour. Take the break, mentally and physically, you just don’t deserve it, you need it. Remember that when you read on. All words and ideas are my own.
When the baby was born, I nursed on demand around the clock. The first two months were hard as leaving the house to even do groceries was almost impossible and always took planning, hopes, and prayers. Not to mention, it was just too cold to even want to leave. Needless to say, my maternity leave was filled with a severe case of cabin fever. While I was a bit bored, I saw nothing wrong with having to stay home day in and day out for over 60 days with the exception of doctors’ appointments. The doctor, however, thought differently. At first, I was insulted. I wasn’t suffering from postpartum and I wasn’t sad so why was my child’s doctor insisting my husband give my baby a bottle and for me to leave the house. Did he think I was a threat to my kids? Did he think I was going insane? It bothered me so I asked. The doctor laughed. His was response was simple, three kids with one nursing is hard. I deserved a break. I wasn’t shocked at his response but surprised at my reaction that up until this point I hadn’t thought about actually deserving a break. It goes back to the selfless choice that is motherhood and the guilt we feel when we do something for ourselves. So it order to get my well-deserved break, I need two things, my tribe and my LATCH breastfeeding essentials.
Husbands, grandparents, friends, anyone who is able and has offered to help, take them up on the offer even if just an hour but make sure you leave them stocked and ready with enough milk for your little one. Breastfeeding is hard but getting a breastfed baby to take a bottle can also be a challenge. The LATCH bottle actually releases more milk as the baby pushes against the nipple base, just like he would when nursing so taking a bottle doesn’t feel so foreign to him. This helps said tribe better help you. Be grateful for all of that. You’ll also need your nursing pads because trust me, nothing is worse than take off only to have to return to change your shirt. Guilty. Guilty on more than one occasion.
LATCH Miracle nursing pads are 5x thinner than the leading brand and yet 5x drier. Sold because this mother can use the protection, the comfort, and the sanity. And before anyone can say “but pumping adds so much more work, all the cleaning and blah, blah, blah.” Sure, it is an added step but worth it and honest, a quick wash and I throw it all in the LATCH Sterilize bags. It holds 2 wide mouth bottles or double breast pump parts, a quick whirl in the microwave and you’ve killed 99.9% of common bacteria. Safe for baby, less hassle for you, and the ability to have some “mom-time”, priceless. As for mom-time, here are a few simple things you can do to take that much-needed break, whether you have three little ones like I do, or even if you have just one child because motherhood is hard and we all deserve a break.
Buy yourself flowers.
Literally pick yourself off and walk, whether to a flower shop, farmer’s market, or even the grocery store. The walk (or drive) is a little time you get to spend alone in your own thoughts. Then of course, at home you have a pretty little arrangement that lifts your spirit every time you look at them.
Get a pedicure.
There is one reason and one reason alone that I get these. The foot rub. How relaxing to just sit back in a big comfy chair and have someone cater to your tired, swollen mom feet without worrying about having to stop if some little person calls for you.
Read a book.
I have been meaning to make more time to read. I even went to the library with my oldest. This was almost two weeks ago and I have yet to open the book. So today, while my husband tends to the babies, I can finally read a chapter or two while enjoying a well deserved cup of tea.
What would you do if you had an hour or two to yourself?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Munchkin and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions and text are all mine.