Babies and toddlers will stick absolutely everything in their mouth. Dirty socks. Toys. The dogs tail. It really doesn’t matter when they are teething. If they can see it, reach it and grab it, it is going in the mouth.
This can become a problem for you jewelry-wearing, baby-holding mommas. Luckily there is an alternative! Silicone teething necklaces can be fashionable and functional for both baby and mom. Here are some of the benefits of mama-worn silicone teething necklaces:
- No damage to personal jewelry. No baby teeth marks and no your ripping favorite delicate silver chain (yep, personal experience).
- Strengthens babies gums. Food-grade silicone is BPA, PVC, non-toxic and shatter-resistant. It is safe for those baby gums to gnaw on as they develop. And as their little gums gnaw it helps to minimize the pain, making for a less cranky baby and a happier mom.
- Baby focus while breastfeeding (or bottle feeding). Sometimes babies can get restless or unfocused while feeding. Colorful beads can help them focus and they can see, touch and pull on these necklaces.
- Silicone beads are both cold and heat resistant. Because they water proof and are not effected by heat, they are also safe from bacteria and mold formation. Bonus: They are easily cleaned and dishwasher safe!
Silicone teething necklaces are great, but just like anything you should always supervise your baby or toddler with these necklaces.
If you take a look at store bought almond milk you’ll notice that almonds are not the only ingredient. There are several items on the list of ingredients including soy. Soy lecithin is an ingredient found in almost all the processed foods we eat today. This is a cheap preservative and it seems like it is in everything. After much research, I made the decision to avoid soy whenever possible. “Harmful or Harmless? Soy Lecithin” is a great article to read to make up your own mind about soy.
Some almond milk also contains an ingredient called carageen, even if you splurge and buy organic. The Food Babe has an extensive explanation on this ingredient that has been dubbed a carcinogen allowed into organic foods.
Making your own almond milk is simple, quick and leaves no waste! And as a plus, you get to use the leftovers as almond flour. Follow this simple recipe to make your own almond milk/flour:
- Pink Salt
- Cup for catching
- Nut Milk Bag (Check out Rawesome Creations)
- Measure 1 cup of unsalted almonds and pour in blender
- Measure three cups of water and pour in blender (always 3x the water as almonds)
- Add a pinch of salt and one tsp of vanilla.
- Blend for several minutes until almonds are blended well.
- Line a large measuring cup with the nut milk bag and pour liquid from blender.
- Squeeze the remaining liquid into the cup and store in the refrigerator.
- Layout the remaining crumbs on a cookie sheet and let them dry for 8-12 hours
Since homemade almond milk does not contain any preservatives, it only has a shelf like of five days. So drink up and enjoy!
The short answer: yes. The pump and dump is more for mom’s peace of mind and pumping and dumping that sweet liquid gold does not speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. Does that mean that you favorite vino is a no-no while breastfeeding?
Don’t throw in the sober towel quite yet; reasonable intake of alcohol is A-okay. But the term “reasonable” is not relative to each individual. While you may have been the beer-pong champ in college, reasonable intake with a breastfeeding baby takes on a whole new meaning. Because alcohol can affect both the baby and/or your supply when consumed in large amounts, it should be restricted to 1 – 2 drinks.
In “Myths About Breastfeeding” Dr. Hale states, “Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.”
And let’s face it, some days we really need those two glasses of “mommy’s juice”.
For more answers on alcohol while breastfeeding, check out these guidelines by the International La Leche League.