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What glues us together? What facilitates and helps to form that essential human connection between us? What does it look like to thrive, to connect, to even play with our kids? Enjoy our kids? This week we're talking about what binds us together. What connects us and ways to support and connect with each other as partners, as parents, as people. We hope you use this fantastic guide to encourage you with your own journey of connection and love! 
Peace, Connection, Thriving,
-The TLB Family

Dear Leakies,

 

This summer as you get outside to explore, keeping your baby close and on you can be a big help with feeding your baby. With so many different types of carriers available, there’s almost certainly an option that will work for you. Between the different brands of carriers (and some brands having more than one style, such as Tula), online support and information (such as this online chat with Paxbaby and The Leaky Boob) and retailers (where you can find many different brands in one place!), babywearing libraries, babywearing educators, and ways to purchase used; more and more families have access to figuring out what babywearing can be for them.

 

And that’s good news. The skin to skin contact of babywearing sends signals to your body that helps you produce milk even as you’re busy keeping up with older kids and vacation plans. There are so many benefits of babywearing including neurological and physical development, see more on that here. Even better, for moms feeding directly at the breast, learning how to breastfeed in a carrier can be a total game changer, making it possible to feed on the go. We think this is so important, we have a whole workshop at the Milk Conference to teach moms and support providers more about breastfeeding in the carrier. While not everybody will be comfortable breastfeeding in the carrier, having the option to do so can help remove just one more breastfeeding obstacle. Carry all the babies, feed all the babies! (On your front, just to be clear, unless you have a sense of humor and flexible breasts like this.)
 

With our friends at Tula, we want to help. 

 

Even if breastfeeding in the carrier isn’t for you or if you’re not breastfeeding directly at the breast, babywearing can be a fun and special way to care for your little one… and your toddler! (I share all about why you might want to wear your toddler and preschooler here.) Babywearing is an excellent way for non-breastfeeding partner parents to connect as well, (older siblings too, see this article for more on sibling-wearing) fostering connections and closeness in shared experience and constant snuggles. For tips on what to consider in looking for a carrier that works for you and/or your partner, check out this link to get you started.

The conversation and education about babywearing has increased, and with good reason. There are a lot of benefits of babywearing but it is important it's done safely. This is why we are talking about it, anyone could make a mistake (including this celebrity) and babywearing safety is important. Together we can support each other in caring for our little ones.

Babywearing is fun, practical, and, let's be honest, WAY cuter than any accessory you could wear. Better than bling. So have fun and rock the fashion of an adorable, happy baby or toddler this summer.

Happy Babywearing and Baby Feeding!

P.S. Don't forget to enter our Ergobaby giveaway going on HERE! It's one you won't want to miss! 

Peace,


Jessica Martin-Weber
Founder,
TheLeakyBoob.com

This Week On TLB 

Pump Like A Pro-Look At Your Baby!  
A Post by Snugabell


"Have you ever heard a newborn cry as you walked through the grocery store alone…and suddenly felt your milk let-down? Your body doesn’t care if the cries come from your own baby or someone else’s, it’s got milk and it hears a baby in need. Lac-tivate the milk ducts! Nevermind that the baby you heard is three aisles over and now your shirt has two distinct wet spots front-and-center. (It gets better with time, but even moms who’ve been nursing for years report the occasional “HAVE MILK, WILL FEED BABY” response to baby cries overheard in public.)
Those baby cries are pretty powerful. Baby coos, too!" READ MORE

Epic MiLK:











How do you feel when you see these two images side by side? 
Between Facebook saying this image violates their standards for promoted images with adult content/nudity/cleavage (we tried to pay to reach more people with this image) and then commenters upset that a breastfeeding page would feature a bottle feeding image, we've received a lot of flack for this picture. Read

Where's the Support for Mums Who Can't Breastfeed?

From Nottingham Post:
As a new campaign in Notts to encourage breastfeeding is launched Sarah Jordan, a mum-of-three from Sutton-in-Ashfield, says there needs to be support in the other direction too.

It seems strange to me that breastfeeding is a topic which is seemingly never out of the media these days, yet is still often viewed as a 'taboo' subject and nearly always causes controversy whenever it is discussed.

Boston Cream Pie {Grain Free, Low Glycemic}

by Carrie from Our Stable Table
 

Ingredients for cake:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1  cup coconut palm sugar or erythritol, divided (I prefer to powder mine in a coffee grinder first for easier break down while baking)
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (Take a knife tip and split the bean open. Using the dull side of the blade, scrape.)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 40 drops Vanilla Stevia liquid, or 1/2 cup coconut sugar or erythritol
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions for cake:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup erythritol, and baking powder and blend.
  2. Stir together 6 eggs, stevia, vanilla bean, butter, apple cider vinegar, and add to dry ingredients with an electric mixer.
  3. Spread batter into a greased 8×8 glass baking dish.
  4. Cream the remaining 2 eggs, cream cheese, 1/2 cup erythritol, vanilla extract and 20 drops stevia in a bowl.
  5. Pour mixture on top of batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce:
Take 2.5 ounces of super-dark chocolate (80% or more), and melt with 2 Tbsp of butter or coconut oil over your make-shift double boiler.  Sweeten with stevia to taste, and add a Tbsp of heavy cream if you want a more liquid consistency.

Assembly:
Cut pieces of the cake and turn upside down so the cream cheese layer is on the bottom.  Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the top and serve slightly warm.

I never promised that this was low calorie or even healthy.  But in reasonable quantities, it will soothe your cravings and give you something really tasty.

Go Sox!
Carrie 

Boobs and Bottles Around the Web

Empowered To Connect 

Care and Carriers: Breastfeeding while Babywearing

Whether you are a first time mama learning how to nurse your baby, an adoptive parent building a breastfeeding relationship, or a caregiver offering your little one a pumped or prepared bottle, that relationship is a special one!  With babywearing, there is an opportunity to provide care, comfort, and nutrition on the go, as well as a special chance for a partner or caregiver to step in to support your nursing relationship and your baby’s growth and development!  From carriers to slings, the combination of babywearing and feeding supports your baby’s childhood and future, and empowers you as well! 

Tula Carriers are more than just helpful accessories - sure, they enable us to hold our babies safely while continuing with daily life.  Sure, they provide a natural and comfortable seated position, a safe place for little ones to sleep within hearing distance of our heartbeats.  They are more than that, though.  They are a way to intrinsically connect, providing a secure method of transporting our precious cargo from the newborn days through the toddler years, while still being a venture into handmade artisanship, with each item made lovingly by hand from beginning to end. They are easy to use, ergonomic, and comfortable - and come in many fresh designs and even a toddler size. Tula carriers, wraps and ring slings are available at 
www.tulababycarriers.com


To connect with Tula, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Blog!

Leaky to Leaky Tips: 

What Helps you connect with your baby? Leakies are here to share!


"Breastfeeding, bed sharing/ cosleeping, and babywearing." -Heather
 
"Staring into my babies eyes and smelling their yummy baby cheeks!" -Joanne
 
"Wearing my twins in our wrap given to us by a dear friend." -Angelique

"When my baby was in the NICU and I had to pump around the clock, having pictures on my phone...even video of me talking to her made my milk let down. It kept my heart going those hard and uncertain first weeks." -Sarah

"Snuggling in with my wife as we hold our son together. What a miracle!" -Mandy

#LeakyLooks: Milk-friendly Fashion For All Moms!

Let's Welcome Summer!!!

 

Hey Leakies! Summer is HERE. The temps are heating up. All of the schools have just gotten out for the summer and you can literally smell the sunscreen and freedom wafting in on the warm breezes we’ve been getting here in the Pacific Northwest!

This week we’re giving you some beautiful looks celebrating the beginning of summer in STYLE!


Remember How we told you to stay tuned for an exclusive giveaway from Applecheeks?! Well here's a hint....scroll down to the bottom of our newsletter here and you may just find something worth your while! Look CLOSELY!! ---->

We have an amazing online community we'd love for you to join! Needing positive support in your feeding journey? Have questions about weaning? Supplementing? Breast Pain? We're here to help! Click on our logo to get added or Join The Leaky Boob Community HERE.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

by Carrie Dickson

Photo courtesy of Gwyneth Colleen Photography.


Confession:

I am a cookie snob.

Lactation cookies are no different.

I found a recipe in my mom’s kitchen recipe box on a raggedy old index card. It wasn’t in her handwriting or my grandmothers’ handwriting.  I snagged the card and kept it for a few years.  But let’s face it.  I made these cookies SO OFTEN that I committed the recipe to permanent memory.

When I had my son, we were too stressed and busy to think about lactation cookies while he was in the NICU for the first week of his life.  We came home from the hospital, and I had to get serious about boosting my milk supply, especially since I was not sleeping or eating regularly, and pumping exclusively. (I know, I know.  Not a great way to start motherhood, but those days were SURVIVAL. And it got better.)

My husband, who just happens to be an amazing baker, took over making the oatmeal cookies while I was working around the clock to feed my baby.  My husband and I ate these cookies by the batch, a bright spot in a wild season, and I would wake up in the middle of the night to pump and feed my baby with a spoonful of the cookie dough in one hand and my newborn in the other.

These are ADDICTIVE.

Oh yeah.  And the cookies totally boosted my milk supply. Which, let’s face it, was a bonus.

There are three versions of this cookie. Recipe and More HERE

 

This Week On Our Stable Table  

#TinyTriumphs
Adi Hears!

Ergobaby and TLB are teaming up for an incredible giveaway!!

TEN Organic Carriers and TEN Natural Curve Nursing Pillows! 

 

Enter NOW for your chance to WIN!!

Beyond Moi

life. family. love.

This Week On Beyond Moi

Circumnavigating the Media Black Hole as Parents (Part 1)

by Jeremy Martin-Weber

"I’m going to be completely honest here: I used the word “circumnavigating” purely because I think it’s a cool word. But I do think it fits pretty well with what I’d like to discuss today, so that worked out well.

Another open confession: Jessica and I were not prepared to deal with the omnipresence of media in our kids’ lives, and by media I mean electronic media, although I will include books as media in this post at times too." Read

Join The Conversation!

 


From Facebook: Tips for Hiking With A Large Family!

Circumnavigating the Media Black Hole as Parents (Part 2)

Beyond Moi is on HomeThis Week!

Egalitarian Marriage, When Spouses Are Equal

The marriages we were exposed to growing up were very traditional, conservative, and the embodiment of gender and relational stereotypes. Husbands lead, wives submit. With a heavy religious influence, we were taught certain rules about gender, sex, and marriage as being godly and that to do anything different would be very dangerous spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Neither of our parents seemed happy in their marriages but they were convinced that they were right trying to fill their assigned gender roles and play their part. As teens we weren’t sure we were interested in marriage if that’s what it had to look like.

We went on to grow up, get married surprisingly young, and have a very different-looking relationship. One that according to our upbringing could be considered dangerous.

We are egalitarians.
Read The Article

TLB Comics: Isn't It the Leaky Truth

 

"Necklines"

by Jennie Bernstein
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