Quickly Increase & Maintain Your Milk Supply

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How I increased & Maintained My Milk Supply

There are those times while breastfeeding that our supply tends to take a dip. There are a multitude of reasons for this. In my case any time that Little One was teething or when my monthly visitor returned my supply definitely decreased. Find out how I not only quickly increased my supply but maintained it as well.

Drink, drink, drink!

The first question I always ask myself is, “Have I had enough water today?” I really struggle with this one. As a busy mom I am constantly forgetting to take care of myself when making sure I’m taking care of my family. Not only is staying hydrated essential for maintaining your milk supply but its just as important for your overall health. To keep myself in check and on track I use a free water tracker app. Having a cute and versatile water bottle can be a fun incentive, too!

Food is fuel

Your body cannot maintain a healthy milk supply if you’re not eating enough calories. Did you know that breastfeeding alone can burn between 300-500 calories?? How awesome is that?! What’s not awesome is the jittery, light-headed feeling that can come with not making sure your body gets enough calories. I like to start my day with a bowl of Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking organic oats. They’re delicious, quick, and healthy!

It’s important to have easy snacks on hand as well. As a busy momma I don’t always have the time to prepare a full blown meal for myself (and clean it up) so I like to keep Annie’s organic snacks on hand. They’re extremely convenient and taste great! I can just grab them out of my pantry and throw them in the diaper bag to eat on the run. A few of my other favs are Cliff’s Kids Organic Energy Bars, Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars, Frigo string cheese, baby carrots, and sliced apples. Plus, my kids will eat them, too. Win-win for all!

Get Some Extra zzzs

Okay, okay. I fully understand that as a new mommy this is way easier said than done. We both know that a new baby is not going to sleep through the night, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Sleep is one of those precious things that we took for granted during those college years and is now gladly sacrificed for the benefit of raising healthy babies.

Take if from the girl who was lucky enough to have managed an average of 45 minutes of sleep in an entire night with twins so making sure she  snoozed with new baby any chance she got! Mommas, let me tell you this right now. I can not stress to you enough that dinner, dishes, laundry, or whatever else is keeping you from catching a little shut eye is not, I repeat, NOT more important than your MUCH NEEDED REST. Taking a nap with baby or falling asleep on the couch is not the end of the world. Don’t let anyone else tell or make you feel otherwise. I know we all want to be that Super Mom and that time will come. But for right now take some time for yourself. Enlist the help of daddio, willing family members, and friends.

prenatals

Do you still have those prenatal vitamins stashed in your medicine cabinet? If you do, whip those puppies back out and keep on poppin’ them each day. I’d forget to take mine and definitely noticed a decrease in my supply.  I started leaving them on my nightstand and would take the recommended dose  before bed as I plugged my phone in for the night. This also helped with any queasiness you may experience. A full tummy and a good night’s rest are a great combo for combating nausea felt from taking prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach. I really enjoy Garden of Life Prenatal Gummies because they taste great, are easy to take, and have ingredients that you can actually pronounce.

Bonus!

This is my favorite part! I thoroughly enjoy the Organic Milkmaid Tea by Earth Mama Angel Baby. You can enjoy it hot or iced making it a year-round treat. While breastfeeding it’s advised to limit the caffeine intake. I thought I’d go through coffee withdrawals but when I added a bit of coffee creamer and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg WOWZA! Talk about rockin’ my taste bud world! I’ll definitely miss this tea when Little One is no longer nursing. I also love their Monthly Comfort Tea for when my monthly visitor decides to show up. You can read more about that here.

My 5-Finger Rule

Just to recap, here are my five go-to necessities to increase my milk supply when it decides to take a dip and maintain that liquid gold:

  1. Drink plenty of water – stay well hydrated!
  2. Make sure you’re eating, Momma
  3. Rest up when you can
  4. Keep taking your prenatal vitamins
  5. Sip Milkmaid tea as an extra treat

I’d love to hear about your breastfeeding experiences and what worked for you to maintain you milk supply! Comment below or shoot me an email.

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Guilt-Free Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte


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Dear coffee…

You are the answer to morning’s first light.

You hold the promise that today is going to be a good day.

With aromas of chocolate and currant, rich earthy notes and the bright song of citrus, you lift our spirits and open our senses to the world around us. 

You motivate our dreams – and power us through them – 

Tested by the elements, you teach us the joy of complexity, the worthiness of rough terrain. 

You are stillness and abundance – the moment alone on a busy street, the joy in meeting a new friend for the first time, and the feeling of home, no matter where. 

Dear coffee, we love you!

-Starbucks

It’s here! My personal favorite time of year is finally here again – FALL! The cooler temps, the crisp air, falling leaves, boots, scarves, beanies, the decor, the smells, apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and Halloween! The best thing of all to accompany any fall day and activity is to have a delicious hot drink in hand. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere! I enjoy the always favorite pumpkin spice latte. Last year, to my dismay, I found out that  those yummy drinks I love so much don’t love me back.

A 16 oz pumpkin spice latte contains 50 grams of sugar. That’s not all. It also has carageenan, an extremely reliable inflammatory  agent and carcinogen. Some may even have caramel coloring. Traditional pumpkin spice treats can also do a number on your liver and digestive tract. EEKS!

Here is a quick and healthy alternative that’s quite tasty!

Organic pumpkin spice latte


Grab your grocery list and jot down the must-have ingredients. You may even already have these on hand in your pantry.

1 cup organic cold coconut milk (make sure it’s the SO Delicious brand to avoid carageenan), almond, or regular milk

directions

  1. Brew the organic coffee. We purchase the whole beans and the Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew Coffeemaker makes grinding and brewing fresh, piping hot coffee a breeze! It’s one easy step without the mess. A huge thank you to my sister-in-law for gifting this to us! She has the most generous heart. Combine the coconut milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a small pan over medium heat until the milk is hot. Whisk vigorously to get the milk foamy for about 30 seconds. Pout the coffee or espresso into a large mug and add the coconut milk mixture. Sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

I’d love to hear how this recipe turned out for you and if you have  other healthier beverage options!  Please comment below.

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Quick, Easy, & Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice

My favorite season is here! Fall is upon us and with that comes cooler mornings and hot breakfasts.

I like to eat oatmeal just about every morning and like to switch the toppings up.I’m obsessed with everything pumpkin spice! Here is a quick, easy, and healthy pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe that I really enjoy. The best part is that my toddler loved it, too! Update: My twins came home from school and could still smell the wonderful smells and requested it for an after school snack!

here’s what you’ll need

Ingredients:

let’s get started

  1. Bring the oats and milk to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg and stir together until mixture is blended well. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into bowls (not plastic), top with maple syrup and preferred nuts, serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes one very full serving for an adult or two servings for kiddos. Toddler and kiddo approved!

I love to hear about your favorite pumpkin recipes that you and your family enjoy. Comment and share below!

 

 

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How I Started A Blog and How You Can, Too!

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How I Began My Blog

When I became pregnant with my youngest child my husband and I started looking into work from home jobs. I began scouring the internet for various possibilities  that could help supplement my previous income. The options were over saturated or seemed too good to be true.

Then, one day while nursing the baby, I was perusing Pinterest and a pin came across my feed about How To Start A Mom Blog  When You Don’t Have Time. With twins in school full-time, extra curricular activities, and a high-needs newborn I was definitely one busy momma.

Curious, I clicked on How To Start A Mom Blog

I was immediately directed to a cute site with a brief description on how I, too, could start my very own blog!

Suzi Whitford at Start A Mom Blog created The Blog By Number course and it is the easiest and most informative blogging course available. Suzi is the absolute sweetest momma you’ll ever meet! She has two little girls and a baby boy on the way yet she is continually striving to help her students become successful.

What Is A Blog, You May ask?

  • A blog can be a creative outlet
  • Something that allows you to make extra income
  • An opportunity to work from home
  • Gives you the flexibility to work when you want
  • Gives you a purpose
  • An option for financial hope
  • A place to meet others
  • An area for you to combine multiple interests

Those are just a few of the perks but when it comes down to it a blog allows it’s owner the freedom to do whatever they want and get creative with it!

who can start a blog?

Here’s the best part. Get ready for it… ANYONE! The Blog By Number course isn’t just for women and moms. Anyone who would like to give blogging a try can be a successful blogger after taking Suzi’s Blog By Number Course. You can write about ANYTHING. The possibilities are endless.

Isn’t blogging OVER SATURATED?

Absolutely not! A bonus to blogging is that you, as the author, can give your unique voice to your very own audience. Suzi helps you find your niche and gives you the confidence to keep going for those moments you may doubt yourself.

what if i’m not tech savvy?

It’s okay if you don’t understand coding, know how to generate links, or edit photos . Suzi’s got you covered! Blog By Number includes video tutorials, work sheets, stock images, and an ebook to assist you with every part of the blogging process. I chose the personal review option to make it that much easier.

what if i already have a blog?

Maybe you’ve already started a blog or have had a blog for awhile now. You may have even considered trying to make money with your blog. Suzi offers readers the option to have your current blog personally reviewed as well as additional resources for all bloggers.

Ready to start your very own blog?

If you’re anything like I was, I was overwhelmed with all of the information out there on how to start a blog and didn’t know where to begin until I came across Suzi’s course. I can’t sing her praises enough. She really knows her stuff and has done all of the hard work for you. It couldn’t be simpler! You can take the Blog By Number course at your own pace; if I can complete Suzi’s course as a new mom with a very needy baby and twins ANYONE can do this!

There’s no longer the need to spend countless hours upon hours researching every little detail to blogging when it’s all right here at your fingertips. The best part about working with Suzi through Blog By Number is that she take a hands-on approach and genuinely cares about you, the process, and the success of your blog.   She’s just that AWESOME! Suzi can help your blog take off and it’s changing lives. Can I get a, “Woohoo!” to that?!

Join Suzi and me and start your very own blog TODAY right here. I’d love to hear about your experience with blogging!

UPDATE: Suzi now offers her amazing 5-course bundle at one awesome price! You can get the Ultimate Bundle here. This is such a great value! Thank you Suzi!

 

 

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Disclosure

Hey there!

I’m Nikki, a newbie mom blogger. I am enjoying blogging as a creative outlet but I also love that it can be a source of income to help my family as a stay-at-home-mom.

Disclosure:

So as per FTC Regulations I would like to let you know that I do have affiliate links throughout this blog. The links provide me with a small percentage of commission but do not cost you anything extra.

I (Nikki Stemmen) am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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Additionally, whenever I ask for your email address or information from you I will guard it as I do my kiddos’ lives. I won’t spam you and I won’t sell your information. That’s just not cool.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at nikki.stemmen@gmail.com.

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