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Enter to #WIN a Glamourmom Nursing Bra Long Top! Ends 8/23

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One winner is going to receive this brand new release from Glamourmom! A Nursing Bra Long Top w/Adjustable Chest Strap! Retail value is $59.00 and comes in sizes Small through XX-Large. In celebration of Global Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month Mommy By Nurture gave a FULL REVIEW HERE of the top along with wearing it to an advocacy photo shoot and The Big Latch On! You must see what she had to say about it!
A must have for any nursing Momma!

Enter to #WIN a 6 day supply of Milky! Ends 7/31

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One winner will win a 6 day supply of this strawberry flavored herbal tea supplement for lactation enhancement. With Organic ingredients and great taste it is sure to be a staple in your life while helping promote healthy breastfeeding and production for your little one. Created with your health in mind, it is organic and vegan! Need Brands is a company from Tia and Tamera (Mowry) who many know growing up watching "Sister, Sister".

Enter to #WIN an Undercover Mama Nursing Tank! Ends 7/30 #KeepingCool

I received complimentary products from Undercover Mama to provide this review and giveaway. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. The temperatures are hot, but we're keeping things cool with some great Summer-themed giveaways! Check out all the bloggers and their fabulously cool giveaways in the linky below and don't forget to enter to win a pair of Long Sleeve Performance Crews from Montauk Tackle Company in the Grand Prize!

I am excited to be offering one lucky Nanny to Mommy reader a nursing tank (color of their choice) from Undercover Mama, RV $25!

NursingBraExpress.com Review

I received complimentary products from NursingBraExpress.com to provide this review and giveaway. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.


I'm a nursing mama right now. 4 Months breastfeeding milestone! :D
So if Christmas was in July, what I would REALLY want is a great nursing bra at a great price. And NursingBraExpress.com has all the go to things a breastfeeding mom needs.

I received a Molded Cotton Nursing Bra by QT Intimates for review.
This is NBE's best selling nursing bra. It's comfortable, supportive, and very soft. I wear this nursing bra almost every day! It is perfect for any occasion and keeps me cool with the breathable cotton/spandex material. It has quick-release one-hand nursing clasps on each cup which is VERY important so you can have access to the girls when you are in a hurry. I wear a larger size and so it has wider straps to help support the girls as well. You can wear this bra through both maternity and nursing. There's no underwire which is a plus for me, because I HATE underwire. It's also not padded, which is also great for me.

NursingBraExpress.com was amazing to work with and made sure I got exactly what I needed. Shipping was quick as well. They have so many other cute things to choose from as well, including super cute nipple hats for the littles and reusable nursing pads.

Make sure to follow NursingBraExpress.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for more product info and fun giveaways!
Although I received free products to provide this review, all opinions are my own. I also only recommend products that I feel would be a good fit for my readers. If you would like to see your baby product reviewed or featured on Nanny to Mommy, please contact Diana.n.chastain@gmail.com.

Double Blessings $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway, Ends 7/17

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Why I Like Nursing Canopies {Booby Trapper Review & Giveaway, Ends 6/3}

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

I was never a fan of nursing canopies (or covers) with my daughter. We never really used one because we were at home so much, so she never got use to it. So I was always very uncomfortable about nursing in public. I still prefer a good nursing shirt and that's it, but what if you aren't wearing a proper nursing shirt?


I am all for if you are comfortable not covering yourself. You shouldn't have to! You are just feeding your baby. I wish I had that confidence. I feel the need to make others around me feel comfortable and when they are people who you are with, that need is probably greater. It shouldn't be this way, but this is my issue. Hopefully one day I'll get over it.

My PostPartum Work Out {MaternitySale.au Nursing Tops Review}

These days I have been trying to get back on the weight loss track again. I had lost 30 lbs. before I got pregnant with Peanut and I'm not quite back at pre-pregnancy weight yet. Working out with a 3-year-old and an infant hasn't been the easiest, but once SweetPea starts school in August, I can join our local LA Fitness (with help from our insurance provider) and I can go on days she has school because their childcare service watches babies 5 months and up!

I recently received some nursing tops from MaternitySale.au to test out.

Making Breastfeeding Fashionable {Milk Nursingwear Review + #SpecialMom Giveaway Hop}

I received products from Milk Nursingwear complimentary for the purposes of review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I don't know about you, but fashion isn't high on my priorities when breastfeeding. I just look for clothing that makes the girls easily accessible, but sometimes you want to look nice. A few weeks ago we had my son's Sip & See. Family and friends came over to my sister-in-law's house to "Sip" some drinks and "See" the baby now that we knew he was a boy. Being only 5 weeks post-partum at that time, I knew I would need something accessible AND fashionable.

Hotmilk Nursing Bra Review + Discount!

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial complimentary from #Hotmilk. All opinions are 100% my own.


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I am nursing my son and I'm not having any issues like I did with SweetPea. In fact, I am having the opposite problems! He latched on and had a SUPER strong latch. I also have an abundance of milk, which means all of my old nursing bras will not fit! Plus, I have never owned a cute nursing bra. So, when the opportunity to review a nursing bra through Hotmilk came my way, I definitely jumped all over it. These bras are absolutely gorgeous! Nothing like my plain jane bras I had with my daughter.

La Leche League Nursing Bra Giveaway, Ends 5/9

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Julie at Tales From A Southern Mom recently reviewed the La Leche League Intimates Nursing bra from Nursing Bra Express. Nursing Bra Express is a great place not only to find great products for mom and baby, but they also offer great nursing resources. If you are nursing or know someone who is this is a great place to start.
You can read the full review here: Nursing Bra Express
I love nursing my littles and having a good nursing bra is SO important! I grew 3 times my normal size and am still getting use to how large I have grown. What are some nursing you might have had? We had latching and supply issues when I was nursing SweetPea, so I'll take the need for a larger bra this time around!
Enter below and Good Luck!
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Nursing In Public can be easy with MILK Nursingwear

I received products from milk nursingwear for the purposes of review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When I was nursing Sweet Pea, I never liked nursing in public. I felt ashamed because from the beginning I let others make me feel that way. I was doing nothing wrong, I was just feeding my baby when she was hungry, and being a terrible pumper, there really was no other option.

When I received the opportunity to work with MILK Nursingwear and review one of their very stylish nursing tops, I was extremely excited. Although I will be going through my insurance to get a better breast pump, I am not counting on pumping working for me. My mom and my sister both had hospital grade pumps and neither were able to pump very much.

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I love all of milk nursingwear's adorable nursing tops and honestly had trouble picking one out! I finally decided and received the contemporary knot top and I absolutely LOVE it. The first thing you'll notice about MILK Nursingwear is how soft the material is. I love how stylish and easy to maneuver the top I received is! My younger sister-in-law said she loved my shirt and then was surprised when I showed her it was a nursing shirt.

I can't wait to wear this shirt with my newest edition due in March. It's comfortable, breathable, and I feel that I will be able to nurse discreetly without a cover. This is a huge deal since Sweet Pea was never a big fan of them and honestly, neither was I.

Did you ever have issues with nursing in public? What do you think about milk nursingwear? Do you like their style and convenience?

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Evenflo Bebek Collection {Review}

I received a Evenflo Bebek Collection bottle, nipple, & pacifier through Mom Spark Media">Mom Spark Media to provide this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Evenflo Bebek Collection Review

When you have your brand new baby and you establish a breastfeeding relationship with them, the thought of returning back to work is truly heart-breaking. How are you going to leave your sweet little bundle. Besides finding child care that you find comfortable with, one of the first thing's you need to consider is finding the right bottle for your little one.

Eveflo Bebek Collection Bottle Review

Bebek bottles are expertly designed for easy assembly and leak-free feeding. The ergonomic shape makes the bottle comfortable to hold for both you and your baby. The simple one-piece nipple with integrated vent means no extra parts to clean or lose. Bebek bottles are all BPA-free and top rack dishwasher-safe. Bottles are available in either 2 oz, 5 oz, or 8 ounce sizes. Although I thought the flow was a little fast for a breastfed baby, I did like the shape and how easy the bottle was to hold.

Another thing to consider when you are breastfeeding, is the use of a pacifier. I chose to use a pacifier once my daughter and I had established a great breastfeeding bond because I didn't want to be a human paci. Each child is different and will prefer different types of pacifiers.

Evenflo Bebek Collection Pacifier Review

I did like that Evenflo Bebek Pacifiers because they were soft and shaped closer to mom, in my opinion. I can't wait for my next little one to try them out. I decided not to test these out on Sweet Pea, since it has been a few months since she has had a pacifier and I didn't want her to back track. The Evenflo Bebek pacifiers come in packs of two with an orange and then either a blue, pink, or green plus a neat little storage case that's perfect for your diaper bag.

The Evenflo Bebek Collection features a complete line of bottles, nipples and pacifiers that are all created to feel more like Mom, allowing parent and baby to enjoy the bonding time that feeding provides. The superior, one-piece vented nipple rapidly vents air bubbles into the bottle and not baby’s tummy, resulting in less gas, fussiness and colic. The soft, wide-base nipple also provides an easier latch for baby and for transition from breast to bottle.

I received a Evenflo Bebek Collection bottle, nipple, & pacifier through Mom Spark Media to provide this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Lip Tie - What is it?

I received an email today from a mother who thanked me because she came across my blog and had to google lip tie, but realized this may have been the reason she had issues during her breastfeeding journey. Then I realized that although I may have mentioned lip tie, I never discussed what it is.

I was looking at your blog and read about your daughter having a lip tie. I wanted to say thank you, because I never heard of that condition so I googled it. That's when I realised my daughter has the same issue. I managed to bf her until she was 18months but it was sooooo hard and I was still feeling guilty about it. So thank you! If I have another baby in the future at least I will know! :)

Breastfeeding a Baby with Lip Tie

SweetPea self-weaned at 14 months. I had trouble with her latch in the beginning and constant issues with supply. My daughter was always on the lower side of the dreaded percentiles. And I blamed myself constantly. The horrible mommy guilts had sunk in.

When SweetPea was around 18 months old, I came across a blog (and for the life of me I can not remember it now) that talked about lip tie and included pictures. I now know what my daughter had that made our breastfeeding relationship more difficult, that I believe contributed to my PPD, but now I know for my next baby and ways to boost my supply, so I won't get as frustrated with myself.

SweetPea went undiagnosed but I could have saved myself a ton of heartache and stress. If you are having issues with your baby's latch or your supply, I would talk to a doctor about upper labial tie (which is the scientific name of lip tie). Now there isn't much they know about the issue. But I think just knowing your child has a lip tie, can help with the stress levels, which can ultimately help with the breastfeeding bond in general.

What is an upper labial tie?

Inside your mouth, there is a small fold of tissue which runs between your upper lip and gum (you can feel it with your tongue). This is called the maxillary labial frenulum (or frenum). Most people have no significant frenulum attachment, but sometimes this frenulum attaches further down the gum, or runs between the front teeth and attaches behind them, causing restricted movement of the upper lip. It's similar to tongue tie, but involving the upper lip and gum instead. An upper labial tie can occur on its own or in conjunction with a tongue tie. It's also possible to have a lower labial tie (involving the bottom lip and gum).

Breastfeeding an Infant with Lip Tie

This picture is the best I could get of my daughter, but there are better ones online.

Depending on the severity of the lip tie, they may want to clip the frenulum. Like with any child surgery, make sure you have done your research on all the risks involved, also research doctors, as well as the procedure that will be done. We worked through our lip tie. With the help of breastfeeding cookies, fenugreek, and frequent feedings. There are lip ties that are severe than hers. Just consult your lactation consultant or pediatrician.

When should you consult a physician?

You are the mama and ultimately know what is best. So if you feel you need to talk to a doctor about it and even seek a second opinion, then you do what you feel is best. Trust those mommy instincts. Other times to talk to your doctor or lactation consultant are if your latch is painful. In the beginning, the initial latch on might be painful. As the baby nurses though, it should not continue to be painful. Try repositioning your baby. After years of working in child care, my main issue was how I was holding SweetPea to nurse. Baby and mommy should be tummy to tummy.
You should also talk to your doctor if you feel your child isn't urinating enough. Breastfed babies can sometimes go 5 to 7 days with out pooping, some poop every hour, but they should, according to KellyMom, have one wet diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). But once mom’s milk comes in, expect 5-6+ wet diapers every 24 hours. To feel what a sufficiently wet diaper is like, pour 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of water into a clean diaper. A piece of tissue in a disposable diaper will help you determine if the diaper is wet.

I hope you find this helpful. My favorite resource for breastfeeding advice is KellyMom. Feel free to share your breastfeeding experience or questions in the comments below! :)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I would just like to take a moment to share something personal.

I was in a car accident in June as most of you probably already know. With the accident leaving me car-less, it also left me with a decent sized bruise by my right armpit on my breast. A knot was left and I don't know if it was there before or not. Looking for the symptoms of breast cancer it made me worry and worry and worry. Odds are in my favor since I breastfed and have no previous history of breast cancer in my family.

I have an appointment set up for a mammogram. I am a little nervous because I have been looking up the symptoms and I have more than one. But since I also just recently ended my breastfeeding journey in March and I read that it can take as long for everything to be back to normal. My doctors also don't seem too concerned. I do not want anyone to worry.

But although I don't know the outcome yet, I am so glad the accident happened. But with this I wish I had kept up with my self breast exams.

I will keep you all posted if you are interested on my outcome. But I have high hopes. And please, for my family and personal friends who read this, don't worry. I am just trying to inform and I'm sure everything will be okay and that it is indeed a knot from the accident. 
Please ladies check yourself. Please keep up to date with your mammograms and your GYN visits so they can check you as well. I have linked some great resources on this blog entry. Please take a minute to check them out and please share with friends.

Please stay safe and remember, men can get breast cancer too.
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Breastfeeding is a RIGHT!

Breastfeeding is a RIGHT

In Forest Park, GA, they passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity. In this a women is not allowed to breastfeed a child over two years of age in public.

First of all, this is completely ridiculous. Breastfeeding is a natural thing that can NOT be taken away by a law. No other mammals feed their babies another animals milk. Second of all, extended breastfeeders (as they are called) usually do not breastfeed in public. They only do in the morning or at night. And how are they going to monitor this law? Is a police officer going to go up to a women and say, "Um ma'am can I see that child's birth certificate?"

I personally will MOST likely not breastfeed past two at the most. But the government can NOT tell me whether I can or not. Boobs are meant to be bottles for babies. They were made to make milk. All mammals do it. I know I say that all the time. But it is normal to breastfeed. There is nothing wrong with it and should not be shameful!

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Supply Boosting, Milk Making Cookie Recipe

These cookies are so YUMMY! I got them from Dr.Momma.org - Peaceful Parenting.

Major Milk Makin' Cookies
Recipe by Kathleen Major
Detailed recipe with photos found here

1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 3/4 c. oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. flax
3 T brewer's yeast (I bought the wrong kind but you need this to help with supply)
1/3 c. water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips (I used white chocolate)
1 c. chopped nuts of your choice (I used Macadamia)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, flax and water until creamy.
Mix in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.

Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones.
Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
Bake 12 minutes.

Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Dual Auto-Cycling Breast Pump Review

I feel that in order to do this review, I must give you a little back story first.
My daughter had undiagnosed lip tie. I did not know such a thing existed but now realized this is why she had so much trouble latching in the beginning.

Anyways, we worked through and I decided to start pumping (so her daddy could feed her) when she was about 6 weeks old. My sister-in-law gave me this breast pump. So at least there was no out of pocket for this. But I believe it could be the problem with why my sister-in-law's milk was never able to come in (her daughter was born 6 weeks premature).

About The Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Dual Auto-Cycling Breast Pump

- Supposed increased number of cycles per minute with a gradual vacuum curve for gentler, more effective pumping - compared to previous pump
- Tighter range adjustment to increase production on lower settings
- Dual motors in the dual pump for maximum production on both breasts
- Adjusted AC/DC adapter to deliver consistent power
- Does not contain bishenol-A (BPA)

What I Liked

- The bag that the pump comes in is nice and compact. There is one “cooler” compartment to keep the milk cold and freezer packs to go with it and another compartment for other parts.
- The pump was comfortable to use.
- The price - This pump retails for around $40 which is awesome as far as breast pumps go.
- BPA Free
- You can use the pump on batteries or electrical power, which makes it very portable.

What I Didn’t Like

- The pump was very loud. Until I did some research, I thought all pumps were this loud. If I had to pump at work,I could never do it discreetly. Anytime I tried to pump it would wake Sweet Pea up and she would cry if she was awake. PLUS I couldn’t hear the TV above the sound of the pump and who wants to do NOTHING while pumping.

- You can adjust the suction, but you can’t adjust the speed. Doing some research, I found that with high-end double electric pumps, moms can adjust the speed on a dial. With manual pumps, you can adjust the speed manually. But with this pump, there was no opportunity to adjust the speed at all. And I feel this is the reason I could never create a let down. It only worked if I had just stopped nursing.

- The motor for the pump is attached to the bottles/horns and is very heavy. This creates a few problems:
There are little placements for you to place the bottles in and if you do that, the bottles won’t tip over when placed on the counter. However, if you forget to put them in the placements, your pump is going to topple over and possibly spill the milk out all over the place. And I don't know about you but I have cried over spilled {breast} milk.

- The weight of the pump makes hands free pumping impossible. To me, the real value of a double electric pump is the ability to pump hands-free while doing something else (eating lunch, working at my computer) and that is not possible with this one since you need to hold the horns while pumping or perch yourself at exactly the right position (chair and table at exact right height) to have the horns sit in the little feet while you pump and then not move an inch. Again, who wants to do nothing while pumping. Also, the fact that you need to hold the horns while pumping makes it impossible to do breast compressions while pumping unless you are only pumping one side at a time. And I had to do breast compressions.

- There are a lot of small pieces that have to be put together. This is often the case, but with most pumps they stay together once you put them together. With this one, the valve keeps falling out unless you have the whole contraption put together. For me, that meant the valve hit the floor 4 times in the process of putting the pump together. Not ideal if you are trying to keep things sterile.


I do not recommend this pump. Although the price is right (especially for me since I was given it), I think that moms that are only pumping occaisionally would be better off with a quality manual pump. Moms that are working and pumping should get a quality double electric pump that can be used for hands-free pumping.

What else I recommend?
Trying to go through your insurance company to get a quality pump. Because this one is not it.

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