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Hey there sleepyhead!  Feeling drained (literally) and lacking in sleep?  Welcome to parenthood! Of course this is when the chorus chimes in with "but they are totally worth it!".  Yeah, ok yes, we get that but you know whats nice..not being so tired that you begin to question all the great mysteries of life and you sanity along with them.  Sleep is necessary, its important, and especially for a breastfeeding Momma and her partner for that matter.  In this edition of our weekly newsletter we are talking about sleep and how you can get more, without sacrificing your breastfeeding relationship. Have a great week Leakies!
-TLB Team
Hey Leakies!

Tired? You're not alone. Not at all. In fact, studies shown that 4 months isn't enough to recover from the fatigue that comes from having a new baby.

Lots and lots of parents are tired.

It is possible that it's that your balance is off and it is something that nutrition and exercise could help with, or maybe it is even more serious and you need to see your health care provider for more information, or possibly it is depression and you need to speak to someone about your emotional and mental health, or maybe you're like me- a night owl parent trying to function in an early bird world, it could just be that you did fine with night wakings for over a year but now your body is saying it is time to night wean (we answered your questions about night weaning here), or maybe it is that you're a parent and that can be exhausting in and of itself.

Whatever it is, craving sleep is a common theme amongst parents. 

Hope we all find some!

Rest well... eventually,

Jessica Martin-Weber
Founder, TheLeakyBoob.com

Have a question about sleep? Comment here to ask sleep expert Rebecca Michi your burning eyes sleep related question and you may get your answer in her next column.


 

This Week On TLB 

A Letter to Mommies and Daddies About Sleep


Dear Mommies and Daddies,

Some time ago I saw a promotion for a breastmilk substitute that will help your baby sleep through the night.  Sounds like magic, right?  According to the formula maker’s website  (I kind of hate to link to it) this product is “Designed to gently thicken in baby’s tummy and digests slowly for a natural way to help keep baby feeling satisfied.”  Doesn’t that sound so perfect?  If their dinner gently thickens in their tummy as they are sleeping, they won’t feel hungry and won’t wake up to eat and you, mom and dad, might actually get to sleep through the night!  Hallelujah!  Parents everywhere rejoice, you don’t have to be sleep deprived!

Wait a second; gently thickens in their tummy?  What does that even mean?  READ MORE

Changing Our Sleep Patterns- The Plan and The First Night

 
Yesterday I shared that we are ready to get 18 month old Smunchie to sleep through the night after what has been years of challenging sleep issues.  This time we’re using Dr. Gordan’s method of changing sleep patterns in the family bed.

Smunchie must have heard us plotting.  Last night wasn’t at all what I expected.  Just another episode of “Parenting- you really don’t know squat!”

Smunchie woke one time last night.  READ MORE

Ask the Sleep Expert: Rebecca Michi- 4 month olds, 3 year olds, and Partners- Sleep in Arms Reach


We asked sleep consultant Rebecca Michi to come help us all get some more sleep and we asked the Leakiaes to share there current sleep struggles. Here are a few of the responses followed by Rebecca’s support.  READ MORE

 

Parenting and Feeding Around the Web



Sleep Changing Patterns in the Family Bed

Increasing Breastmilk Supply with Pumping for Milk Donation
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.

Thats A Lot of Makeup!

 

This time a year ago I was wearing this makeup almost daily for a show I was in. That was a lot of makeup.

I learned a lot about make up during that time though I'm still not great at it, I do enjoy wearing makeup now.

I've also learned that there are a lot of opinions about makeup, how to wear it, who should wear it, and what's appropriate. I wear make up for me. For fun. To express myself and draw attention to my favorite features.  READ MORE

Beyond Moi

life. family. love.

This Week On Beyond Moi

Night-Owl Parenting in an Early-Bird World

 

I’m not a morning person. Apparently I was as a child, torturing my parents with cheerfully persistent greetings before the break of dawn. By the time I was 4 my parents started putting snacks out I could easily access on my own in the morning with the hope that they would get another 30 minutes undisturbed.

Somewhere between 4 and 14 I turned into a night owl. Back then I was hiding under my covers with a flashlight reading my way through my weekly stack of library books. At sleepovers I was always the last one to sleep, assuming I slept at all while it was still dark out, I preferred to wait for the sun to begin to rise.  READ MORE

 

Jealous of How These Kids Can Sleep?

Not too long ago we shared a funny picture of Smunchie sleeping inside a cabinet with The Leaky Boob Facebook page.  The Leakies joined us in sharing pictures of funny places and ways their kids have fallen asleep.  There were so many great ones, we couldn’t fit them all in one post on TLB so we decided to share a few of them here.  We’re kind of jealous of how these kids can sleep!  Have any fun ones to add?

 READ MORE

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