Frugal Foodie Mama: Breastfeeding Mama Essentials Giveaway- Ends 6/25/12

Monday, June 18, 2012

Breastfeeding Mama Essentials Giveaway- Ends 6/25/12

As those of you who have been following along with my motherhood journey through this blog (or Twitter or Facebook) know, breastfeeding is an issue and a task that is close to my heart- literally and figuratively. ;)  I breastfed my son for 9 1/2 months over 13 years ago, and I have been breastfeeding my daughter since she was born in February. My goal is to breastfeed her until at least 12 months. Once we meet that goal, then we will go from there. I have been fortunate enough to have received more than enough of the essentials I needed for breastfeeding my daughter, and I want to pass on some of that good fortune to one lucky mama to help her accomplish her goal of breastfeeding.


Included in this prize package is a My Brest Friend nursing pillow, a Baby Blind breastfeeding cover, and a 60 count box of Hygeia Nursing Pads.  All the essentials to get you started!  Please note, this giveaway has not been sponsored by any of the companies named above.  I am not getting paid for this. I am just wanting to pass along the good fortune. :)

The My Brest Friend pillow came highly recommended by many experienced breastfeeding mamas.  I had high hopes that we would love it- I did.  Baby girl did not.  But I know many mamas who swear by this pillow.  We tried it a couple of times, but baby girl preferred our other nursing pillow (still does!).  What I like about this pillow is the lower back support for mama and the very neat pocket attached to the front for stashing a snack for you, or a burp cloth, or a cell phone.  For more information on the My Brest Friend nursing pillow, click here.


A nursing cover can be an essential for the new mama unsure of nursing in public, and can be a great way to ease into it.  Trust me, with enough practice you and baby will get good at doing it quickly and discreetly, and confidently.  The Baby Blind breastfeeding cover has flexible boning at the top so you can stay covered while being able to peek down at baby.


And every new breastfeeding mama needs nursing pads.  Some mamas find that they may even need them before baby officially arrives. ;)  Included in this prize package is a 60 count box of Hygeia nursing pads.  For more information on Hygeia products, click here.

So, how can you win this Breastfeeding Mama Essentials prize package?  Using the Rafflecopter form below, start with leaving a comment on this post.  If you are an experienced breastfeeding mama, comment below with your best piece of advice for a new nursing mama.  If you are brand new to breastfeeding, comment below on what your biggest worry or concern about nursing is.  The blog comment is mandatory, will earn you 2 entries, and will open up the Rafflecopter to additional ways you can gain entries.
This giveaway ends on June 25, 2012 at 12:01am, and is open to US residents only.  There will only be 1 winner of this prize package.  Please see the Terms & Conditions below for more details.


What is my best piece of advice for new breastfeeding mamas?  
Be gentle with yourself and baby.  Have patience.  It may take a few days, maybe even a few weeks, but you and baby can get this.  And never hesitate to ask for help if you need it- from a nurse, a lactation consultant, an experienced friend, an online community, anywhere you can get good advice and support.  And even if you have a rough start, just persevere.  Baby girl & I had a bumpy start.  Click here for our breastfeeding story- Our Bumpy Breastfeeding Start


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29 comments :

  1. My advice is not to beat yourself up or stress yourself out too much about it. When I was learning, and stressed about it is when I had the hardest time doing it.

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  2. I had alot of issues breastfeeding my daughter. At first my issue was getting her to latch on. That took some practice. We only made it to the 5 1/2 month mark before my milk dried up. I was told afterwards that I might have been pumping too much. I am due with my 2nd daughter Aug. 22nd so I hope it goes much smoother this time.

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  3. The first few weeks are the hardest! After the third to forth week, you will be glad you stuck with it. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  4. I am nursing my 13 month old. My advice is to battle through the first six weeks. Those are the hardest weeks ever. There were many times I was up at the crack of dawn crying because I couldn't figure out how to do the side lying nursing position, the CONSTANT nursing through the growth spurts and for comfort, etc. If you can get through the first six weeks, you can do it!

    Also, hot showers and Lanolin are your best friends!! It feels so good on your breasts when they are a little sore for whatever reason!

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  5. Oh and I will be nursing him throughout this pregnancy and tandem nursing after the new baby is born. :) I'm due in Feb.

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  6. Try to relax and enjoy your baby. Nurse on demand. Drink water. Eat when you're hungry.

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  7. I was really not good at breastfeeding! But it was a learning curve and I stuck with it. All the products listed above are very much needed while feeding.

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  8. I'm nearly 4 weeks in, so still pretty new but also doing great.

    My biggest issue was taking some for myself. Little Bean is on the small side, so she nurses even more often than "typical" newborns and I felt guilty even thinking about leaving her. Finally, a friend convinced me to take just 2 hours for myself and leave her with hubby. I felt human again and recharged. Don't forget yourself in all the new babyness.

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  9. My advice is the NOT GIVE UP! It's hard and gets harder as they get older and more independent. But it's so essential for that special bonding time and the health of your baby and yourself. It's so worth it!

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  10. My biggest challenge right now is getting my 2 week old to latch on and eat. He was in the nicu for a week and it has been difficult. Luckily i can pump and we are trying to just do breast but it is very depressing when we do not succeed

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  11. I.breastfed my son and am due in October and will be breastfeeding again. For new mommas, trust your body to do what it was created to do. Sometimes its difficult, but you can do it and its such a beautiful experience. My son just turned 2 and I miss those special moments with him so much.

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  12. I nursed my first son (now two and a half) for 17 months and I'm 4 monnths into nursing number two :)

    My best advice is to trust your body,relax and ignore other people's advice to give up when it gets tough. I had an awful circus of a time for the first three months and I would cry and cry because it was so awful, but I persevered.

    I got help from the birthing centre at all hours of the night, and it was so worth it. I had so many comments from people encouraging me to give up and that made it so much worse. I found very little support.

    I'm so proud I never gave up and after the initial three months we got on great. This time it's going swimmingly and I cherish every moment. we actually bond during breastfeeding which I never thought would happen. He holds my finger, and smiles at me with his cheeky grin whilst he dribbles milk everywhere and it is adorable. We snuggle into bed together at night and unlike with my first son, I wake up refreshed and ready. Trust your instincts :)

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  13. My biggest tip is that it WILL hurt that first week of breastfeeding and if you stick it out it gets so much easier after that first month!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  14. The first few days are the hardest. Stick with it and it will get easier. Don't let the the nurses bully you into bottles either. Babies are supposed to lose weight the first few days! Oh and the extra cuddle time is so worth it!!!

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  15. My biggest tip is to make sure that you are in a comfortable position for those first few weeks until you and baby get the hang of it. Also don't slouch! Your back will wear out fast and it makes it harder for baby to latch on correctly.

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  16. I'm worried about it not working. Everyone keeps giving me advice about well, if it doesn't work, don't worry about it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Etc. Some people only try for about 20 minutes. I'm taking a class, read Ina May's book, and plan to seek help if I have trouble. Not just give up!

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  17. I'm worried that it won't work!

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  18. I breastfed my first but only for a couple of months, and with supplementing. With my next, I only did it while in the hospital. With the next, I really really really want to stick with it. I'm not sure what it is with me, but I seem to give up too easily with it. I am praying for patience with it this time around.
    -Jessica Abney
    jessiejane007@aol.com

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  19. Relax...and try, try again. That's the best advice that I know to give. Molly Bussler

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  20. I didn't breastfeed my first because of medication, but hopefully we will for the second that we're trying for now. I'm worried about having trouble with it.

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  21. As a new Breastfeeding mama my biggest concern in the beginning was not having enough supply... Which was fine. I guess I had to stress about something. My goal is also to Breastfeed for 1yr.

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  22. I breastfed my first for just a short while- but my biggest piece of advice is to stick with it! Just keep trying!

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  23. I am a new mom. My baby is just 9 weeks old and I'd have to say my biggest concern is having to give up breast feeding before either one of us is ready. I have struggled from the beginning with latch problems, supply issues, mastitis in both breasts, clogged ducts and blisters. We just got into the swing of things around 6 to 7 weeks and at 8 weeks I had to go back to work. It feels like here we go again. I've been nursing in the evenings but it seems like I can't keep up! I was getting 7 to 9 ounces when I pumped now I get 4 or 5. This has been such a battle, I feel proud that I've stuck with it through all that but terrified that we're going to work our way to formula soon. :(

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  24. My biggest tip: It doesn't always start perfectly. Be patient and you will learn as you go. So will baby. When you are both comfortable, you will be glad you didn't give up. Ultimate bonding!

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  25. I haven't breastfet yet, but I hope to with baby #3!

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  26. I'm nervous about the whole process, I'm very new at this and don't know what I will experience but I am so excited for my babies arrival & I know I will learn to breastfeed well with time.

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  27. It will get easier after the first week or so. Don't forget to buy lanolin!
    -Heather S

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  28. Im looking forward to breastfeeding but have a lot of the same concerns. Its normal to be a little anxious and i'm hoping nature will take it's course and it will work out!

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  29. I breast fed with my first for a short time and then I got sick, but I'm hoping I can breast feed baby #2 longer. I'm nervous about breastfeeding while student teaching as I'm not sure how often I will be able to pump during the day. Praying all goes well for everyone!

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