Milk Minded

I Support You! April 17 2014

Over the weekend, Kerry and I had the pleasure of attending MommyCon in San Francisco to speak with all the Mamas and Mamas-To-Be about Eepples and the MilkCharm. During the event, I snuck away and attended some of the seminars. I was particularly impressed with the #ISupportYou campaign. Three unlikely writer/bloggers have teamed up to start this campaign. The first woman is Jamie Lynn Grumet who was featured on the cover of...

What's DVT got to do with it? March 18 2014

For this blog post, I am not going to focus on nursing, pumping or even parenting in general.  Rather, I am going to tell you a story that ultimately led to the development of the MilkCharm.  Back when I was a single girl, I had surgery to remove fibroids.  Because of this surgery, my OB-GYN told me I could never have a natural childbirth; rather, I would have to deliver early and...

The Back to Work Blues March 03 2014

I was excited to see that the MilkCharm was featured in Pregnancy Magazine’s Back to Work Essentials for New Moms, but it got me thinking about how hard it was for me to go back to work.  I won’t lie.  I was bummed out.   Ellie was almost six months old when I went back to work.  Being a parent of a five or six month year old is a glorious...

Infant Sleep – A Piece of Cake? February 20 2014

I have a friend with a five month old baby who wakes up five or six times a night.  She’s on the verge of losing it – can you blame her?  Probably in the top five so-called Mommy Wars is the debate over infant sleep.  Do you inflict cruel and unusual punishment by allowing your baby to cry it out or do you never ever let your child learn to self soothe by...

Traveling with Babies and Toddlers – Do or Don’t? January 30 2014

I once met a nice man who told me it is best to travel with kids when they are either younger than five months or older than five years old!  I cannot say I disagree but practically speaking this is not realistic if your family and friends live in other parts of the country.  Because of this, we’ve flown with Ellie since she was four months old.  I remember fondly our...

Can a Girl Just Grab a Bite?!?! December 05 2013

Today’s pregnant women are bombarded with all the things you cannot eat while pregnant.  Sushi?  Forget it.  Soft cheese?  No way.  Of course our counterparts in Japan and France are laughing at us but I digress.  You think once your little bundle of joy arrives you are officially out of the food restricted zone.  Not so much.  My good pal, Tracy, recently sent me an article regarding foods to avoid...

The Bark is Worse Than The Croup November 06 2013

The other night Ellie woke up with this cough that sounded like Darth Vader – if he was a seal.  I had never heard anything like it but I knew it was croup as I remembered my friend Sheri posting on Facebook about how she was up all night listening to her son bark like a seal.  It was a scary moment because she had trouble breathing but the good news she...

Moby Crazy! October 10 2013

Every once in a while I will see a mom breast feeding her baby walking around Whole Foods, Home Goods or whatever retail establishment.  Yes, I said walking.  The baby is in a sling or wrap, and the mom is walking around as if nothing is attached to her boobie.  I marvel at this.  I am of course envious too.  I never had the confidence to put Ellie in a sling/wrap and let her have...

The Joys of Solids October 03 2013

I have a few friends who are starting their babies on solids.  I remember being so excited about solids for two reasons.  First, I thought that my baby would need less breast milk because of all the yummy mashed avocado and bananas she was eating.   I was also excited to be earth mama of the year by making all of my baby’s food from scratch.  You know what they say...

The Pain! September 23 2013

I have a friend who just had her second baby.  She wrote an email updating our Mom’s group on her delivery.  She had an enviable one.  She literally gave birth within 15 minutes of arriving at the hospital!  But today’s topic is not about delivering babies. It is about her next sentence.  She talked about forgetting about the nursing pain and how sore you get!  People say that you tend...

So Tired! September 10 2013

If you are reading this blog, you may be in throes of sleep deprivation.  I am currently super sleep deprived too (i.e. bitchy and cranky).  It is not because I have an infant who I am feeding all hours of the night.  No, it is because my toddler thinks it is party time in the middle of the night.  And she thinks the party is in Mommy and Daddy’s room. ...

Got Milk? August 26 2013

So you are a pumping machine and want to figure out how to store your breast milk.  The Google Machine has lots of information on how long you can store breast milk.  Before I go there, one thing I want to mention is if your baby is born prematurely and/or is in the NICU, you will want to confer with your doctor on storage guidelines as they may differ from a full-term...
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