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.
Since starting my mom-targeted business, I have had several people ask my if my cookies are made from breastmilk! While I have no doubt that someone, somewhere has tried this, my cookies are not those. One Bad Motherbaker’s Lactation Cookies are made to encourage lactation in nursing mothers. They will not defy the laws of nature and cause men or children or non-nursing mothers to start lactating; trust me when I say my husband has tested this theory time and time again. These cookies are great, however, for a vitamin boost in anyone’s diet.
These cookies have three magic ingredients that encourage milk production in nursing women.
- Brewer’s Yeast – To be quite honest, this ingredient has a very off-putting taste and smell, and the cookie is the tasty cloak it hides under. This yeast, while also used to make beer, is rich in folic acid, B12 and B2, and protein. Selenium and chromium, which are an essential part of a nursing momma’s diet, are also contained within this magic dust. The vitamins and minerals in Brewer’s yeast are also thought to aide in fighting off both fatigue and the baby blues. Nursing or not, Brewer’s yeast is a great source of protein and B vitamins!
- Whole Oats – Are known to aide in warding off inflammation, nourish the cardiovascular system, stabilize blood sugar and provide a good source of fiber.
- Flaxseed – This ingredient is a rush of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (a.k.a. the good fats) which are good for heart and digestive health.
Making these ingredients part of your diet is essential, nursing or not. I am no longer nursing, but I still make these cookies for my kids so that these vitamins, minerals and good fats can still be a part of their diet.
If you are nursing, and do not need the aid of a galactagogue, it is still important to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals into your diet. These cookies, combined with your prenatals and drinking plenty of H2O can help you maintain your milk supply and the nutrients that are being passed along to your baby.
The ingredients above can also be blended into a smoothie if you are looking for a less sugary, healthier option. You can find some great mixing recipes on my blog!
I run my business on helping and empowering breastfeeding women. Being able to nourish your baby the way nature intended is a beautiful thing; something I didn’t fully understand until I was able to do this myself. Before I had kids, I was kind of indifferent to the whole public breastfeeding issue, but now I have walked in those shoes. I’ve been out in public with a hungry, screaming baby. Yes, it calms a hungry baby, but it’s also an incredibly amazing bonding experience between mother and child I feel I was privileged to do.
In my experience, I was never made to feel ashamed of what I was doing. My friends never minded if I popped out a boob to feed my daughter while talking to them over soup and salad at Panera. I had never even encountered a stranger who made me feel uncomfortable; in fact, many were supportive. I guess that’s why this video made my blood boil! I didn’t even know people like this really existed. Many times I have seen articles defending breastfeeding in public, something I never EVER felt like I really needed to do. For one, it’s the law, and two it’s nature! This video truly shows there are people out there who are disgusted by breastfeeding.
Beets are disgusting! There I said it. I dissed one of the healthiest foods in the world. It is unfortunate that I don’t like beets because they are a great source of belatains. Instead of just name dropping a nutrient, let me tell you what it is good for.
Belatains are known for their anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, and in some studies were even found to reduce the size of tumors. Long story short, they are VERY good for you. Luckily I have found a way to enjoy beets and it is in a way that preserves the nutrients the best! Juice!
Nine months ago I invested in something I didn’t think I would ever buy; scratch that… I had never thought of buying. Then a juice bar opened near me, I tried it once, and I was hooked. The problem was it was expensive as hell to buy a fresh juice everyday. Don’t get me wrong, it can still be pricey to juice veggies at home, but way less so than buying it from the local juice shop.
So here is beet favorite juice recipe:
- 1 large beet
- 2 peeled and cut oranges
- 2 sliced pears
- 3 carrots
- half a coconut (or coconut H2O)
This is enough for about three people. Or, save it in the fridge for up to three days!
This smoothie is pretty straight forward, minimal clean up and a hit with the kids. Unfortunately, there are zero vegetables in this one. Though my usual purpose of smoothies is to sneak something green into my kids’ diets, this one is still packed with vitamin C and is especially good for an immune kick!
- 2 peeled and sliced oranges
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of coconut H2O
- 2 tsp of honey
*For nursing mothers, add 1-2 tbsp of flax/brewer’s yeast mix, any more than that will have it tasting too yeasty!
P.S. You don’t have to be a nursing mother to use this nutrient-packed miracle powder. In fact, I use it in my kids smoothies to add that extra vitamin boost!
I made my first dolla’ dolla bill ya’ll!
When people make their first dollar in a business, they usually frame it and stick that bad boy up on the wall with pride! It shows the hard work and planning that went into making their business a real thing. Since I am not brick and mortar, I have decided to take a picture of my first money made! And since it’s a $20.00 it will not be sitting in frame getting dusty, it will be going back into my Motherbaking business.
Full disclosure, I was never supposed to get paid. I am still at the focus group level and don’t expect to be up and running for another three or four weeks. Still, I am proud and also grateful for giving people, like my teacher friend Erica (I call all my old co-workers teacher-friends, because they are they only friends who can relate to that kind of work stress), who gave me a lovely card and paid me for my lactation samples.
I have no idea where this business will take me. I don’t want to be rich, but I do want to make a difference, and so that is my expectation of myself. I am excited for some of the items, not just baked goods, I am preparing for all you mom’s out there. In addition, each month ten percent of my proceeds will go to a charity of my choice in Lakeland. Month zero will be NLC Family Preservation Center of Lakeland.
And so, my motherbaking adventure begins!
I always said if I could get my kids to eat (like actually chew and swallow) brussel sprouts, I could do anything. Well folks, it’s time for world domination because I just made a brussels recipe my kids loved. Well, loved may be a little strong, perhaps I even bribed them with dessert, but that never worked before so I consider this a success.
This vegetable is kind of an acquired taste, what with the bitter after-taste that comes with it. And it’s hard to acquire a taste when we don’t have them that often. I try to feed my family all organic, with the exception of eating out once or twice a week. I live by the 80/20 rule; if you have found a way to live 100 percent organic with out being bored let me know your secret! With that said, trying to find organic brussels, even in our Whole Foods, is like searching for hidden treasure, so my kids don’t get to eat it too often. That’s unfortunate because these green bundles of joy are loaded with fiber, cholesterol-lowering benefits, DNA stabilizers and are known to have the highest glucosinolate (cancer-fighter) content of the green veggie group!
When we do finally get to eat them, I have to find a way to mask the unappealing taste; the one I, as an adult, can choke down, while my kids can just look at it and be disgusted. So here is my secret; see if it works for you!
- One bag of fresh brussel sprouts
- Two (or however many you want) pieces of bacon (I like Applegate Organics)
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- Lemon (if you want it)
- First I microwave the bacon in a microwavable safe plate to catch the grease. I know this sounds healthy already right?
- Cut off all the ends of the brussels and then cut them in half.
- Sautee in a pan with olive oil and garlic
- Tear off piece of bacon and add to brussels
- Sprinkle on the bacon grease from the microwavable plate (or dump it on depending how healthy you want it!)
- Add salt, pepper and lemon to taste
Pretty simple, yet so tasty! And Paleo friendly… if your into all that.
So after becoming a mother, and then becoming a mother trying to nurse with a low milk supply, I turned to anything that would help. And then I found cookies! Cookies should be the answer to every problem right? Since then I have been on a mission to find a way to hide the healthy benefits of Brewer’s Yeast, Flax and Whole Oats (the healthy trifecta). On their own they can be quite unappetizing, but hide those within a the right mix of ingredients and you get a beneficial snack.
These ingredients are used in many lactation recipes, but they can really be eaten at any time. My husband devoured them. After eating about five of them he asked “So does this mean I am going to lactate?”
No, these will not defy the laws of nature and cause men, children or non-nursing women to start developing a milk supply. They contain healthy vitamins and minerals not found in large quantities in everyday foods.
Brewer’s yeast, while filled with incredible nutrients like selenium, potassium, magnesium and folate, can taste pretty nasty on its own. Baking it into the cookies is a great way to hide that taste under sweetness, while also filling your body with these vitamins and minerals.
Flaxseed gives your body the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (good fat, yes! there is such a thing!). Whole oats have been praised for decades on their benefits, from a healthy cardiovascular system, stabilizing blood sugars, and providing a good source of fiber.
Though these ingredients do encourage milk supply in nursing women by supplying the nutrients they need, they can also be a great addition to anyone’s diet.
Check out One Bad Motherbaker’s new production below! These are on a trial run in my focus group right now and should be available in my shop soon.