#Sponsored: Beautiful New Colorful Glass Bottles from @EvenfloFeeding

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evenflo. I received a gift pack in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

evenflo products

I am a huge fan of Evenflo products. You already know how much I love their breast pump as well as their newest exersaucer.

So, when I found out about the release of several new products, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and test them out. Evenflo sent me the fantastic Milk & Cookies gift pack pictured above. The items included the following:

  • New Tinted Glass Bottles
  • A Tilty TripleFlo Cup
  • Milk Storage Bags
  • Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City

This was such a great gift pack. The cookies were amazing. They satisfied my sweet tooth, and tasted fantastic! And everything was packaged so beautifully.

Now, let me take a moment and tell you what I love about each of the Evenflo products I received.

Evenflo Milk Storage Bags

Made from highly durable military-grade material, these bags are made with 30% less material for a quicker freeze and thaw. I noticed a huge difference when it came time to thaw the milk for feeding. And with the uniquely shaped top, pouring into bottles is so much easier. These are definitely on my list for items all breastfeeding moms must have.

Tilty TripleFlo Cup

This cup is tilted to help make the transition from bottle to cup easier. I also love that the rubber stopper inside has several different flow speeds, making the transition that much easier. While Sawyer doesn’t quite understand the concept of the cup, I think this will be a great item to have on hand once he’s ready for the transition.

evenflo sippy cup

Evenflo Tinted & Vented Glass Bottles

These bottles are beautiful. Available in two different colors, teal and lavender, the bottles also have a gorgeous styling to them. Evenflo took a classic bottle and made it even classier. The bottles each come with a Proflow™ Integrated Venting Nipple. These special silicone nipples direct air bubbles into the bottle instead of into baby’s tummy. What makes these nipples even better is their one-piece design. There are no extra parts to clean or worry about losing.

While I love how beautiful these bottles are, there are a few things I would consider changing to improve them even more.

For starters, the bottles are *perfect* for breastfeeding babies. I had absolutely no issues at all getting the milk from the storage bag into the bottle. It’s almost like the storage bags were made just for these bottles. But, if I used formula at all, things got a little trickier. The opening of the bottle is very small, and it was difficult to get formula from the scoop or the travel container into the bottle without making a mess. I do wish the bottles had an opening that was just a little bigger for that reason.

The nipples collapse fairly quickly and fairly often, so I am constantly pulling the bottle out of Sawyers mouth to let the nipple fill back up with air. Sawyer doesn’t like when you take the bottle out of his mouth, so he gets frustrated. I’ve tried different stages of nipples, so I’m not sure what could be causing them to collapse like that each time. This is the only bottle we’ve used that has this problem, so I’m thinking it is unique to the special nipple. It doesn’t stop Sawyer from eating, though, and this is one of the few nipples/bottles he will take, so it’s not all bad.

The last thing is that one of the bottles broke really easily. Actually, it about scared me to death. I sterilized the bottle before the first use, but when I took it out of the water and put it on the counter to dry completely, it burst into a dozen pieces. Absolutely none of the other bottles did this, so I can’t figure out what happened. Because they are glass, you’ll just have to take extra precautions when taking them out of the heat.

evenflo tinted glass bottles

The bottles are available exclusively at Babies”R”Us and retail for $11.99 for a 3 pack of either the 4 or 8 ounce size. It’s a great value for great bottles. We use our bottles almost every day. Even though there are a few things I might change, I still really love these bottles and every other product Evenflo sent us.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and learn more about these fantastic products by visiting the Evenflo Feeding website.

What’s Wrong with Staying Covered while Breastfeeding?

Before I begin this post, let me state that I am a breastfeeding mom. I have breastfed 6 of my 7 children, and several of them made it past the one year mark. (One didn’t even wean until he was 19 months old.)

That being said, I support breastfeeding moms.

Except when it comes to whipping your breast out in public and not putting a blanket or cover over yourself.

I do not have a problem with breastfeeding. I have a problem with how “today’s woman” is so determined that it’s ok to flash an entire restaurant because she is feeding her baby.

Now, I realize I may be in the minority when it comes to this issue. After all, Luvs has a commercial out showing a second time mom that has no problem being uncovered. And don’t even get me started about the post over on The Leaky Boob about Fear and Breastfeeding. It has nothing to do with fear. Ok, well maybe it does, but not the kind of fear she is insinuating in her article. I fear the Lord, and I do not want to do anything that will cause Him shame. I fully believe that even how I present myself while breastfeeding in public can either bring Him glory or cause Him shame.

I understand the remark, “Everyone wants to see your boobs – unless you are feeding a baby,” and in today’s culture, that does seem to be true. BUT, there are many of us who DON’T want to see your breasts – whether you are in a bikini on the beach, wearing a “black tie” dress for your walk down the red carpet, or even if you are feeding your baby.

I do not wear bikinis. In fact, I cannot even remember the last time I put on a bathing suit and didn’t at least have a pair of long shorts or capris over it.

I do not wear low cut tops. If I do, I wear a camisole or tank top underneath it.

And when I breastfeed – even if I am at home with just the youngest 3 kids, I still throw a blanket over myself.


Photo Credit: Bebe au Lait. Click the picture to be taken to the website.

Photo Credit: Bebe au Lait. Click the picture to be taken to the website.

Because I believe in modesty, and I believe that as a woman striving to be like Christ, it is my duty to keep “private” parts covered and for my husband’s eyes only.

Like it or not, breasts are sexual as well as functional. Yes, God gave them to us so that we can feed our children. I can give you verse after verse in the Bible that references breastfeeding. But I can also give you many verses that refer to the breasts as pleasure for sex.

What about the man that struggles with a pornography addiction? And there you sit, right next to him, fully exposing your chest. You are causing that man’s mind to wander. Yes, he is responsible for his own thoughts, but as a woman, YOU are responsible for what you cause others to think. (Titus 2:5 – “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”)

The entire topic of exposing yourself while breastfeeding makes me think of Proverbs 11:22 – “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”

My husband and I have discussed this topic many times over the years. I know firsthand that he appreciates the lengths I go to in order to stay covered up. I know he doesn’t want my breasts exposed for the world to see. He has always been my biggest breastfeeding supporter, and I truly believe it’s because I choose to do it in a modest and tactful way.

Now, I can hear you through the computer: “But, my baby doesn’t like being covered up.” … “But my baby will get too hot.” … “But I cannot bond with my baby if I cannot look at her.” … “But, but, but….”

To all those buts, I say, “Baloney.”

Please scroll back up and read the second sentence of this post. I have breastfed 6 children. Through summer and winter, with blankets, cover-ups, or whatever I could find to throw over me at any given time.

Yes, we did go through stages where baby didn’t like to be covered. But, my baby isn’t the boss. From an early age, they will come to understand that sometimes they will just have to deal with what they are given. If they continue to pull the cover off, they are taken off the breast and are allowed to nurse again after a few minutes. Not one of my babies has ever starved or suffocated from being covered up while nursing. I promise.

Nursing covers are fantastic when baby wants to try to pull a blanket off. Because the cover goes around your neck, baby can’t pull it off. And most nursing covers now offer a curved neckline that allows you to see baby (and vice versa) while shielding your chest from the world.

So, please, ladies. The next time you are out and need to feed your baby, take a moment to cover yourself – or even just pull your shirt down and keep yourself covered. I’m asking this on behalf of my husband, and many many other men out there that are trying to keep their minds and hearts focused on Christ and don’t want to see what you have to offer.

I’d love to see some women who are willing to take a stand with me and cover up while nursing. What do you say? Let’s show the world that there are still discreet, respectable, God-honoring women who want to please the Lord out there.

Edited to add: Thanks to the comments on this post, I realize that you can be discreet without using a cover. My problem is not covered vs. uncovered, my problem is with those that refuse to show any form of discretion and feel the need to be vocal about their opinion. This post is simply my way of voicing MY opinion about the topic. This blog is based on my thoughts, opinions, and convictions, and should be respected as such. 

Also edited to add: I am no longer going to take the time to reply to comments on this thread. Those comments that do not use foul language or outright attack my character as a person or a mother will be still be approved whether you agree with me or not. I have stated my opinion in this post and do not have time to reiterate the same opinions over and over. If you see this as you having “won” or having the last word, so be it. I know where I stand: Firmly planted on the Bible, and that’s where I plan to stay.

Photo Credit: The photo used in this article is from BebeAuLait.com – a place that sells some of the most beautiful nursing covers you will find online. I personally own and use several of their covers. This is not an affiliate link, and I am not making any money off of this post, I’m just thankful that companies like Bebe au Lait exist and believe their website should be shared.

Regarding Comments: I am sure there will be many who disagree with this post, and that is your prerogative. However, nasty, spiteful, or unnecessary comments will not be approved. Period. You are welcome to disagree, just do it respectfully.

Holiday Guide: Leading Lady {Ends 12/14}

Leading Lady
is an intimate apparel company that is dedicated to offering women comfortable, functional, stylish, easy-to-wear bras, camis, and sleepwear – all at affordable prices. Family owned and operated, Leading Lady has been in business for more than 70 years expertly tailoring full figure and nursing bras for top brands and retailers all across North America. Now, you can search and purchase straight from the source by visiting LeadingLady.com. There you’ll find their entire line of full figure and nursing bras including sexy stretch lace wire-free and underwire bras, seamless yet supportive sport and yoga bras, cozy sleep and leisure bras.

leading ladyLeading Lady is proud to celebrate “Leading Ladies” everywhere through its products, programs, and philanthropic activities. Leading Lady is dedicated to arming new moms with the support they need – physically, emotionally, and intellectually – to nurture their babies through breastfeeding. Leading Lady is committed to supporting a variety of organizations and issues relevant to women all across the country.

Recently I received the Shirred-Front (Striped) Nursing Tank for a review. While I am no longer a nursing mother { 🙁 } I was for quite a few years. In fact, I’ve spent more of the past 8 years nursing than not nursing. I am always looking for quality clothing and items that will make nursing moms feel beautiful and encourage them to keep nursing for as long as possible.

I have to tell you, I *love* this shirt, and even though I’m not nursing Gage any more, I still wear it all the time. It is, by far, one of the most comfortable nursing tanks I have ever owned. It’s think, soft, offers full coverage, but would be **so** easy to nurse in. I also love the extra little piece that comes up a little higher on my chest. I’m one who believes that just because “the girls” are there, doesn’t mean they need to be seen. I like when clothes – especially tanks and camis – let me keep my modesty.

If you have a new mom, or a full-figured lady in your life this Holiday season, I would highly recommend you check out Leading Lady. These items would make the perfect gift for her.

To learn more about Leading Lady, check out their website. You can also follow them on Twitter and find them on Facebook.

The wonderful folks at Leading Lady have offered up a giveaway to one of my readers! Winner will receive a bra or cami of their choice. To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below.

Disclaimer: I received a nursing tank from Leading Lady to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. Sponsor will fulfill the prize as stated above to one winner.

My Emotional Breakdown

This morning, I took Gage in for his 4 month well visit. I haven’t been looking forward to it for weeks now. I knew he was going to get shots, but I also knew that I was going to have to admit defeat on breastfeeding.

A few weeks ago, I posted that I was looking for Low Iron Infant Formula. Since that post, much has happened.

Gage will nurse for 30 – 45 minutes at each feeding. As soon as he’s “done,” he starts screaming. I’m not talking about just crying, either. These are ear-piercing-gimme-more-food type screams. Every time he nurses, I follow up with a bottle. He drinks 6 – 8 ounces every.single.time. If I go all day without nursing him, I can only pump 1 – 2 ounces total. I’m just not producing anything at all this time around.

It’s apparent to me that I am just not producing enough breastmilk to give him what he needs. And that breaks my heart. Breastfeeding is so important to me.

The nurse weighed Gage, and he tagged in at 14 pounds, 3 ounces. He’s 25.5 inches long, so that puts him on the chunkier side of the growth chart. (Even though he’s in the 50th percentile for weight and 78th percentile for length. Not sure how that works.) Anyway, apparently all the formula he’s been getting is working.

(By the way, he’s doing just fine on regular formula now. It just took a few days for his system to get used to it. All is well, and no low iron infant formula is needed!)

I told the doctor exactly what I mentioned above about him not getting enough. She knows how important breastfeeding is to me, so she was very kind. She said this may just be God’s way of telling me I need to take a break. She reminded me that I can still nurse him at night and in the morning if I want, and any breastmilk he gets is a “bonus.” Everything she said I already knew, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less to hear that I’m failing at breastfeeding this time around.

I discussed all the ways to increase my milk production with her – and everything that I’ve tried. Absolutely nothing has worked, so maybe it’s time for me to admit defeat and just give him bottles during the day. I’m still going to continue nursing him at night and first thing in the morning. That way, I’ve got hours and hours in between to build up my supply of milk. It just tears me apart that I can’t just nurse him any time I want to and actually do him any good.

Have you had experiences with low milk supply? Did it effect you emotionally? Any advice or tips you can give me?

It’s funny. I’ve nursed 5 of my 6 kids, but this flabbergasts me… I just don’t get why I’m not producing anything this time around.

Udder Covers Discount Code

Carson Udder CoverI am a huge fan of Udder Covers. In fact, I own several of their nursing covers already. I used them with Parker when he was nursing, and I will use them again with Gage once he’s born.

There are several features of Udder Covers that I love:

  • They have a special neckline that allows you to see baby while you’re nursing, but doesn’t let anyone see under the cover.
  • They are machine washable. (Awesome feature when baby decides to spit up all over your cover!)
  • They come in really nice patterns that are sure to please any taste.
  • They make even someone like me feel more comfortable nursing in public.

I am a very private person. When Zander was a baby, and he needed to nurse, I would head out to the van and nurse him there. It wasn’t until I purchased an Udder Cover after Parker was born that I felt comfortable enough to nurse him in public. The Udder Cover offered complete privacy, and it was so nice not to have to run to the car to nurse him every time.

Now, I’m excited to tell you about a special offer that Udder Covers is running right now. You can try one of their covers at no cost! All you have to pay is shipping.

Here’s how to get your special offer:

1.  Go to UdderCovers.com .
2.  Click on “Shop Now” and select any nursing cover you like.
3.  Once you have made your selection, you’ll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code “ VALENTINE ” and they’ll deduct 100% of the cost of the cover – all you pay are the shipping fees! (Shipping fees are $9.95!)

You can also apply the discount code toward one of their fabulous gift sets. It will bring the price down to just $5, so you get the entire gift set for less than $15 – including shipping!

So, don’t forget: the promo code is “ VALENTINE “. You can even use it more than once – just open a new browser window each time you do.

Udder Covers make the perfect gift for any mom or mom-to-be, so be sure to stock up!

Breastfeeding 101

Let’s take some time today to talk about breastfeeding. We’ve all heard that it’s the best for baby. It’s all natural, and there’s no worry about a recall happening.

But many new moms aren’t sure about breastfeeding, and have lots and lots of questions. That’s ok! I’ve been there, and it’s ok for you to ask for help.

I have breastfed 4 of my 5 babies, 2 of them exclusively past the 1 year mark, and will breastfeed this new baby as well. I have lots to say on the topic, and I hope that I can help you. If at any time you have any questions about breastfeeding, need encouragement, or just want someone to talk to that’s “been there, done that”, don’t ever hesitate to contact me. Use the contact link at the top and put “breastfeeding” as the subject. I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Now, let’s get on to some tips and some questions you may have about breastfeeding.

Who can I talk to about breastfeeding? First of all, hospitals should have a lactation consultant available. Most likely, one will come visit you after you give birth. She is the perfect person to field your questions. Don’t be afraid to ask her questions, either. I’m sure she’s heard them all. She is there to help you in any way that she can, so take advantage of her while she’s in the room. If your hospital doesn’t provide a lactation consultant, or you are unable to speak with her, the La Leche League has plenty of resources and ways for you to find a leader in your local area.

Is it going to hurt? I won’t lie, it does hurt at first. Until your milk comes in, you may feel some sharp pains through your breasts. These will not last forever. I promise. Soon, breastfeeding becomes second nature and you’ll forget all about those pains. For the first few weeks, I suggest you stock up on the cool gel pads you can purchase in the breastfeeding section of most stores. They will definitely help soothe the pain.

My boobs are too small (or too big) to breastfeed. Not true. A woman’s body is designed to produce milk for her baby, and it really doesn’t matter what size your breasts are. With baby #2, I had a 34A cup, and I barely fit into that. He nursed exclusively for 14 months. With my last baby, I was at a 38DD, and he nursed exclusively for 18+ months.

Will I produce enough milk? Probably. Most moms don’t have an issue with milk production. Personally, I’ve always produced an abundance of milk. Sometimes, though, moms don’t produce enough milk. Does it make her a bad mom? NOT AT ALL. Our bodies all work differently, and you should never get down on yourself because you are unable to produce the milk necessary. Talk to your doctor about supplementing some feedings with formula. Still nurse when you can, because nursing can actually help produce more milk, but don’t be afraid to supplement when necessary.

What if baby won’t latch on properly? When you speak to your lactation consultant, she will show you different holds to place the baby in. Some babies do fine cradled to your chest, while other babies need the football hold.  If you produce too much milk, it may be best for you to lie on your back and have baby latch on while on top of you. Try different positions and see which one works best for you.

What if I can’t breastfeed? There are times when mom just can’t breastfeed. She may be on a medication that would be passed to the baby through her milk. There are many reasons why moms can’t breastfeed, and it’s ok. Really. We don’t live in a perfect world, and things happen. Doesn’t make you any less of a mom. Talk to your pediatrician and find the formula that’s right for your baby. I actually had to stop breastfeeding my 3rd child because he was so allergic to my milk that it almost killed him. We had to find a very special formula that he could drink. It was scary, yes, but once we figured out that my milk was the problem, I had to stop breastfeeding. It happens.

What if I just don’t want to breastfeed? Then that is absolutely your choice. I decided not to breastfeed my first child. I was very young, didn’t understand the benefits, and had no desire to “share my boobs” with my baby. Foolish? Maybe. But, it was my choice. To this day, my daughter is healthy and happy, and spending the first year on formula didn’t harm her in any way. Breastfeeding may make you uncomfortable, and it may not be right for you. Talk to your pediatrician about finding the right formula for your baby instead.

I also want to say something about breastfeeding. It is NOT the miracle weight loss option that so many make it out to be, and I am so tired of hearing that. You may lose weight while breastfeeding, you may not. No one can tell you for sure. While breastfeeding does help you burn between 300 – 500 calories per day, it can also make you hungry all the time. Your body may not be able to handle burning those extra calories, so it may need you to take in more food to help produce the milk. Only time will tell if you will lose weight while breastfeeding or not. And don’t get discouraged if you don’t lose the weight while breastfeeding. Just remember that it will all be worth it in the end, and someday you can focus on the weight loss. It doesn’t have to be right this minute.

Also, breastfeeding is NOT birth control. My son, Zander, was breastfed exclusively, (no bottles at all!), and when he was 4 months old, I found out I was pregnant again. I hadn’t started my period back or anything. Talk about a shock. But, it happens. Talk to your doctor about birth control options while breastfeeding… unless, of course, you want another baby right away. 🙂

What has your experience been like with breastfeeding? Are you considering breastfeeding for the first time? Do you have concerns? Are you a breastfeeding expert who has done this for years and have some tips you want to share?

If you have any questions or advice for breastfeeding moms, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or send them to me via the contact form. Let’s encourage the breastfeeding moms out there!