Even Snooki breastfeeds *mami rave* celebrity breastfeeding moms

As a “newish” mom it’s super encouraging to know that even the most glamorous Hollywood celebrities breastfeed, and that they too suffer the same challenges us “normal” folk go through. I mean, come on…Snooki does it. Did you ever think you’d be celebrating her accomplishments? Read below for a short list of some celebrity milky mamis.

Jennifer Garner (Now she really kicks ass)

Tori Spelling (Go Donna Martin..yes this ages me…I watched her on Beverly Hills 90210)

Angelina Jolie (Yet another reason why she’s one of my favorite actesses)

Julie Bowen ( I don’t watch Modern Family, but kudos to nursing twins simultaneously!)

Mary Louise Parker (Any Weeds fans here?)

Christina Aguilera (Yayy for my fellow Ecuadorian!)

Naomi Watts (Nursing down under LOL)

Catherine Zeta-Jones (Another of my faves)

Nicole Richie (From The Simple Life to breastfeeding…thumbs up on the upgrade of life!)

Kourtney Kardashian (Attachment mamis stand up!)

Isla Fisher (I wonder what Borat (husband) has to say about that LOL!)

Salma Hayek (The #1 fave in my book, she even nursed a crying baby in Africa…talk about being dedicated to breastfeeding!)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Ok, her kids have weird names but who cares?? She’s a fellow BF’er)

Gwen Stefani (OMG she’s one of my favorite artists…now I love her even more)

Cate Blanchett (Serious actor…serious BF’er)

Snooki (If she BF’s then she’s all good in my book)

Hilary Duff (Lizzie Maguire BF’s. She’s way cooler than that Miley Cyrus girl)

P!nk (Another one of my favorite singers and she bf’s wherever she pleases..go girl!)

Gisele Bündchen (Victoria’s Secret Model #1)

Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret Model #2)

Laetitia Casta (Victoria’s Secret Model #3)

Molly Sims (Victoria’s Secret Model #4)

Kendra Wilkinson (Playboy playmates do it to…OWWWW!)

Kate Beckinsale (Vampires nurse too)

Alyssa Milano (Smart little witch)

Alanis Morissette (You oughta know she breastfeeds and is an attachment parent..another fave artist of mine)

Mayim Bialik (Blossom/Amy Farah Fowler BF’s, is an attachment parent and she’s the author of a life changing book I urge all moms to read “Beyond the Sling”. THUMBS WAY UP)

Alicia Silverstone (Clueless breastfeeds…that’s not so clueless..but she also chews her baby’s food and then feeds it to him…so IDK about that)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Another serious actress and BF’er)

Halle Berry (One of the world’s most beautiful BF’er)

Jessica Alba (She’s just about perfect)

Beyoncé (She’s completely PERFECT…love her more now)

There are many more, this is just a little list to keep you motivated about breastfeeding, or if you’re a mami to be, to consider breastfeeding more! I can say from personal experience, there are few things more beautiful and fulfilling as breastfeeding your baby. It makes me feel like a complete WOMAN and I celebrate my femininity more. WINNING!

Stay milky mamis! (Enjoy the pictures below as well)

Models do it too

Models do it too

Taking a nursing break at a photo shoot

Taking a nursing break at a photo shoot

Angelina, Miranda, Gwen :-)

Angelina, Miranda, Gwen 🙂

Breastfeeding in the pages of Vogue magazine – Need I say more?

She kicks ass…that is all!

Are you Silky, Crunchy or Scrunchy?

What kind of mom are you? (Besides a good one of course)

Check out these definitions of what being Silky, Crunchy or Scrunchy moms are:

Silky Mami: Modern mother who prefers medicated hospital birth, bottle feeding/part time breastfeeding, disposable diapers, crib sleeping, etc.  One who follows the advice of established medical authority; often tend to be working moms who rely on modern products for convenience and time management.

Example: She buys her baby food, uses Pampers and vaccinates on schedule…She’s a silky mama!

Crunchy Mami: Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc.  One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods.

Example: That crunchy mama is breastfeeding in public again!

Scrunchy Mami: A mom that is a mixture of both a silky and crunchy mom.  One who may formula feed, and vaccinate as well as hospital birth but may use cloth diapers and make their own baby food.

Example: I formula feed my baby and choose to vaccinate but I support home birth and make my own baby food so I’m a scrunchy mom!

I’ve determined that I’m a scrunchy mom that leans more towards crunchy. I definitely don’t do cloth diapering, and while I hesitate the validity of immunizations on a daily basis, I succumbed and followed the pediatrician’s advice to vaccinate meatball on schedule. What’s really funny is that Crunchy moms are defined as vegetarian or vegan and I’ve been considering moving over to a vegan lifestyle after I am done breastfeeding meatball (which could not be for another 2 years but extended breastfeeding is another post). I’m such a freaking hippie. What am I doing in this era?

Anyhoot, how do you classify yourselves?

Have a great day mamis  🙂

Product Review: Bella Materna Nursing Bra *Mami Rave*

Mamis!

This is my favorite nursing bra…I can’t live without it: The Bella Materna Nursing Bralet. (What the heck is a bralet?)

It’s a nice, NORMAL looking bra that doesn’t have wires (a big no-no for nursing moms because it can cause mastitis) and those annoying snaps that aren’t always secure (I found out the hard way….yikes!). It’s soft, comfortable and has a nice silhouette. It also doesn’t have those monster straps or hooks on it. Finally, A nursing bra you can wear with virtually any shirt. It has a nice deep V so you can wear a sexy low top too…OWWWW ;-P

Be warned..it ain’t cheap…it will run you about $50-60 bucks, but it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT….especially if you’re planning to breastfeed for the long term.

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/WxC2J0

And if you act fast, you can get one at Linda’s Bra Store (NYC or online) for $38-40 bucks…(DEAL!!!) http://bit.ly/10EArlE

Enjoy milky mamis

Bella Materna Anytime Bralet

Bella Materna Anytime Bralet

101 Reasons to breastfeed

As you all know (and if you don’t know, now you know) I spend my “me” time bathing, eating, working out or reading up on all things baby related…such as researching cool facts about breast feeding, infant development and attachment parenting. I stumbled across this page on my internet travels: http://bit.ly/141T0oi.

WOW!!!! I want to print this out and give it to all moms and moms-to-be! I’m such a breast feeding nut job LOL! I have accosted all the pregos at my job and given them the breastfeeding speech. Am I a little too enthusiastic?? Probably but it’s my mission to get more moms to breastfeed and eschew formula. So mami readers…share this information! We gotta get out there and normalize breastfeeding! Who’s with me????

This is one smart kid!

This is one smart kid!

Excuse me? you’re disgusted by my breast milk? *mami rant*

You know what grinds my gears? When WOMEN feel the need to approach me and express disgust at my milk. FOR REAL THOUGH? A co-worker of mine expressed disgust at my washing bottles clean at the kitchen sink and made a big stink about contaminating the sink with milk “germs”. MILK GERMS??? REALLY? Did you not graduate from ANY SCHOOL?

First of all, no one asked you for your opinion and second of all, you’re an owner of a pair of breasts…did you not know that the purpose of breasts is to make and deliver milk? Why is feeding my child milk that I make disgusting? It’s NATURAL! It’s the way women are made!

Instead of getting right back at her, I very calmly told her “making milk is what your breasts are designed for, not for displaying saggy ones work”  (a bit immature and a cheap shot, but it felt good so IDC!) and walked away.

SMH at the ignorance and gall of this particular woman and I hope one day I can spill a bottle of breast milk all over her….but in all seriousness, we as women need to support each other and make each other more aware of breast feeding and make the act of breastfeeding commonplace again.

How would you have handled the situation? Has anyone encountered this form of bullying? Let me know mamis…

OH HELLZ NO!!!!

Product Review: LilyPadz *Mami Rave*

My first product review!!!

LilyPadz!!!

So as breastfeeding mamis we all have problems with leakage from time to time (or all the time if your milk supply is still coming in). What’s the solution? Well, you either wear disposable pads or reusable fabric (usually cotton or bamboo) nursing pads, and while these do the job, it doesn’t change the fact that you will be walking around with soggy, damp boobies. Doesn’t that just sound like fun? Isn’t it bad enough that sometimes seeing another baby (that in now way, shape or form has anything to do with you) makes you start to lactate, even thinking about your baby can make you leak. It’s completely embarrassing to walk around with wet spots on your shirt, or worse…walking around with telltale pad bulges on your lovely top. So what can you do? Just deal with it and wear baggy sweaters all the time? NAHHHHHHHH.
Use LilyPads. It’s a thin skin like silicone “pasty” set that you stick on your nipples. It helps to prevent milk leakage or at the very least contain it. It completely molds to your body so you can go bra-less and not worry. I have worked out in mine…HARD…and not had any leakage accidents. What’s best is that you can use these even when you’re not breastfeeding as nipple concealers underneath those skimpy shirts (hey..mamis need to sexy it up). I love mine. This product made my first couple of months nursing easier to deal with. I only bought one pair (one pair has hundreds of uses) for about 30 bucks. It might seem expensive, but buying disposables or fabric ones add up to higher costs, so it’s actually cheaper in the long term (especially since you can use these AFTER breastfeeding).

Check them out..click below. Thank me later.
http://www.lilypadz.com/
LilyPadz

My milk cures stuff…seriously.

Yesterday meatball woke up with a swollen bloodshot eye full of gunk. Instead of a frantic call to her pediatrician (who is on speed dial by the way) I decided to try a remedy I read about online. I squirted meatball’s eyes with breast milk and instructed her sitter (aka my mom) to put some expressed milk on her eyes later in the day. I know right…sounds pretty crazy…and it must have looked crazy. There I was aiming my boob at meatball’s face squeezing my nipple…I couldn’t help but laugh. I felt crazy and like a complete loon, but I didn’t want to take her to the doctor right away.

Anyhoot, weirdness aside, this remedy actually worked. By the time I got home from work her eyes were clear and no longer swollen. I was amazed, so I started thinking of what other ailments could be cured by breast milk. Check out the list and descriptions below. Some are downright freaky and will remain untested by me :-/. Who knew? Breast milk is freakin’ magical.

Pink Eye: Breastmilk has the ability to treat and cure eye infections such as Pink Eye. All you need to do is to squirt the milk into the infected eyes. You should do this frequently as possible until the eye is completely healed. If you were treating your infant’s eyes for Pink Eye, the best result would be to wait until the baby is asleep. Some babies can be treated while awake, however, it may be difficult. You should squirt the milk around the crease of the closed eye and then gently lift the eyelids and allow all of the breastmilk to seep into the closed eye.

Sore Cracked Nipples: Many new mommies experience the pain and discomfort of sore cracked nipples from breastfeeding their newborn. Creams and oils can work wonders, however, the best medicine lies right inside of the breast. Breastmilk can be rubbed around the sore areas of the nipples after feeding and then left out to briefly air dry.

Mosquito and Ant Bites: Breastmilk is a sterile disinfecting concoction; so placing the substance on insect bites can actually work wonders. You should squirt a little milk on the bites and rub in thoroughly. This will help to stop the itching that may be caused by the insect bite.

Acne/Eczema/Diaper rash: Breastmilk can help to clear up these nasty skin disorders. All you need to do is to wash the infected area of the skin with clean water, and then you can apply the breastmilk all over the infected area. You should then let the milk air-dry.

Facial Cleanser: Breastmilk holds the ability to clean the skin very well. You should apply the breastmilk on the face and wipe it clean. Believe it or not, breastmilk can remove eye makeup.

Sore Throat and Mouth Sores: You should breastfeed your baby if their throat becomes sore. If you get a canker sore you can swish a little breastmilk around in your mouth for several seconds. This will help to heal the infection.

Stuffy Nose: If your infant has a stuffy nose, all you have to do is squirt a few droplets of milk into the nose and then suction or squeeze out; follow the same procedures as you would for saline.

Immunity Boost: If your older children are getting sick or they just need a little pick me up, you can give them breastmilk in order to boost their immune system.

Plugged Eye Ducts: If your infant’s eyes are plugged you can squirt breastmilk into the eye crease at the nose. You should do this four times the first day and only two the day after.

Scratches, Burns, Gouges, and Scrapes: These can all be treated with breastmilk. You just have to squirt and rub breastmilk on the infected area. Then you let the area air-dry and then bandage as normal.

Sexual Lubricant: Males can squirt the breastmilk directly onto the penis in order to use as a lubricant during sexual intercourse. Females can hand express the milk into a sterile cup in order to do this. Breastmilk can be used the same as a couple would use Vaseline, KY Jelly, or Astroglide.

Contact Lenses: For people who wear contacts, running out of solution during dyer moments can be one of the most frustrating and eye painful situations. Remember, breastmilk is a sterile substance, so you can use the milk the same as you would solution for your dry contacts or to clean them.

Eye Puffiness and Redness: You can squirt breastmilk into the eye to cure puffiness and redness.

Breast Cancer: Breastfeeding your infant is one of the best ways to prevent breast cancer from developing in you. Breastfeeding provides a means of protection for you from getting the disease.

Chicken Pox: You can use breastmilk to help ease the pain of itching by using the same as you would Calamine Lotion or any other ointment.

Leg Ulcers: You can squirt breastmilk on leg ulcers in order to clear them up.

Chapped lips/skin: All you have to do is express a small amount of breastmilk onto the fingers and wipe over the lips/skin. Do not rub the milk in; you should leave the area a little wet.

So which one of these will you be trying soon? Am I the only one that is kind of wishing for a paper cut so I can put my BM on it? (Yeah…I’m a weirdo). And really…my BM can remove my waterproof mascara? OMG…that’s kind of scary.  Anyway, Enjoy! you may not try any of these, but at least you know a little more 😉