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Common Breastfeeding Fears to Overcome

By Sasha Savoy
on April 04, 2016

Common Breastfeeding Fears to Overcome

Breastfeeding can be scary to the new mom or the expecting mama with hopes of nursing their little one. There are lots of stories out there and bad experiences from others that can put a damper on your dreams. There's no need to let fears overcome you with breastfeeding because breastfeeding is VERY doable and your goal can be attained. 

Below are some fears to remove from your mind now. Go ahead, shake them out and get ready to NURSE ON. 

1. The fear of not making enough milk. This is perhaps the number one thing people are scared of or hear the most of in terms of problems that other moms experience. Less than 2% of healthy, normal women are medically unable to actually make milk. That means that the rest of us CAN. There are factors that can contribute to poor milk supply such as stress, poor nutrition, poor latch and/or (most commonly) not emptying the breasts enough. Most women who experienced poor milk supply likely experienced it because baby didn't have a successful latch to have a successful transfer of milk and/or mama didn't pump or nurse enough. Sometimes new moms just don't know and often times they do not realize that there ARE fixes to low supply, it just takes a little bit of guidance. So please, don't let this be a fear! 

2. The fear of it hurting. Breastfeeding will likely hurt at some point or another, whether it is due to sore nipples or engorged breasts from too much milk coming in. However not all people experience much pain and some experience very little. I know some mothers who experienced nipple pain the first month or so, but then others like myself, who never experienced nipple pain. A good nipple cream and some soothing gel pads are the cure for those sore nipples and can also prevent any soreness. 

3. The fear of spoiling your baby or creating a clingy baby. That's just silly, now let's move on. 

4. The fear of baby never taking a bottle. This rarely happens and usually they eventually learn to take a bottle when mama is not around. Sometimes it takes trying a few different brands and some babies take to the first one you try!

5. The fear of continuing to breastfeed when returning to work. This is definitely a justifiable concern because we all know that most women want to do their best at their place of employment without stirring any issues or needing "special treatment." There are laws that protect breastfeeding mothers that basically state that any employer has to give a mother time to pump if away from baby and/or provide them with a place to do so. Each state can be different, so make sure to research your state's law. A simple Google search for your specific state's breastfeeding law should help. Or try here. You CAN breastfeed and work. Many women do it daily and while it's tedious to pack that pump every day and so on, in the long run it is so worth it. 

6. The fear of baby not sleeping through the night. It is a misconception that babies are able to sleep through the night. Most babies can not sleep through the night until closer to one year old, and even then many still do not (whether breast or formula fed). Breast milk does digest quicker than formula, but you can never know for sure what will actually make your baby wake. Enjoy the nighttime nursing, I promise that you will one day miss it (I REALLY promise). 

7. The fear of others. It's so easy in today's society to be fearful of breastfeeding because we don't know what others will think. Most of the time, you'll be extremely surprised about just how supportive your family and partner will be. And as a mother who nurses in public (discreetly), I have never had a bad experience. While public breastfeeding is still a bit taboo, just remember that breasts ARE for breastfeeding. And no one says you have to nurse in public if you don't want to. Retreat to your car, use a cover or time your outings around baby's schedule if you feel more modest this way. However we proudly recommend public breastfeeding! 

8. The fear of it being HARD. It will be hard. It will be hard and it will suck at times (no pun intended). But the beauty of it, is that there is a WORLD of support out there that we do not even realize. From breastfeeding support groups on Facebook or within your community to wonderful text books and people like me, who are trained to help you -- there are endless ways to find answers to your problems. So yes, it will be hard at time but it will be SO worth it. Breastfeeding gets easier day by day, and after around 6-8 weeks, you've usually overcome most obstacles and any soreness. By this point, you'll be so proud of your strength and what your body has done!

Let go of those fears about breastfeeding. Read a good breastfeeding manual, take a class at the local hospital and search for support groups via Facebook (Fancy Pumpers is a large group for all to join). I promise you that you can do this! It will take some work, maybe some tears and a little bit of pain, but it will be one of the most incredible things you do, no matter how long you do it for!

#normalizebreastfeeding 

Because it is the most normal thing ever. 

Feel free to shoot us any breastfeeding questions to themushymomym@gmail.com and Sasha will answer them right away! 

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Let's Stop Talking About Breastfeeding

By Sasha Savoy
on March 24, 2016

Let's Stop Talking About Breastfeeding

I don't know about you, but I am so tired of hearing about breastfeeding. 

Women should't breastfeed in public. 

Women should cover up. 

Women should just pump. 

Breast is best. 

You're breastfeeding for too long.

You didn't breastfeed long enough.

And my newest favorite, "Breastfeeding in public can be sinful because men may lust after you." (Um, okay - insert blank stares with a wide open mouth-)

I don't get it. Why are we even talking about it at all? Seriously people, why are we discussing something so natural and real? Why do I even need to write this silly blog post to vent my frustrations? Why is it everyday that my newsfeed is full of articles of people being asked to leave businesses for feeding their children or photos reported of women feeding their baby, while I can scroll a bit further and see some girl's Facebook picture that shows more ass and boobs than I can ever dream of having? 

Because people are overly opinionated, judgmental and ass backwards sometimes. That's why. Because our society has over sexualized breasts to the point that women think it is sinful to breastfeed in public and that it's a disgrace to your husband for doing so. Because the mom wars are a never ending in the debate of breast vs formula. Because people want to shame people and troll around on Facebook. 

Haven't people learned yet that you don't mess with the army of breastfeeding mamas. I mean, any business who tells a breastfeeding mother to leave is pretty much asking for their own dooms day; because thanks to social media and the giant army of breastfeeding mamas, that business will go to the slaughter house for a bit. 

And then there's the mom wars. 

Yes we know breast is best, anyone who doesn't live under a rock has seen the commercials or the brochures; but why do we insist on pushing this slogan? I've come to realize recently that by pushing that slogan, we are truly feeding the mom wars. It's a mother's right to make the decision of how she will feed her child and while yes, I wish every mama would attempt breastfeeding for many wonderful reasons, I respect the decision not to. I am all for sharing the occasional article that shows the benefits of breastfeeding because that information changes daily as new benefits are constantly found, but pushing the breast is best campaign can slightly feed the wars in my opinion. Feeding with love is best. And if you're feeding with love, then you've made an educated decision on what is best for YOU. 

Everyone just needs to sit back and chill when it comes to breastfeeding. It's our God given, legal right to breastfeed. It's no different than feeding a bottle, changing a diaper or eating a taco. It's me nourishing my child for as long as I wish and it's not up to you to judge or pass negativity on. Just as it's any mama's right to choose formula without being judged as well. Yes I choose to be as modest as I can, but when my child is hungry she WILL get fed right then and there if needed. So back up and look the other way and go grab a taco. We can sit and chill with tacos and boobs at the mall as one (okay, so that's extreme but you catch my drift). 

STOP talking about breastfeeding, unless you are educating and advocating. It is okay to have different opinions and feelings in regard to the situation, but we can't stop mothers from doing what is legally their God given right. 

Stop judging others for breastfeeding for too long or not long enough, or not at all. Stop judging a breastfeeding mother as an attention seeker simply because she is feeding her child at the mall. Stop the hiding, the insanity and the downright cruelty. Let's lift each other up. Breastfeeding is hard work and we don't know every mama's story or situation. 

Feed with love and don't pass judgement. Tell a mama, "Good job" no matter if you agree with her decisions or look the other way and enjoy that taco. 

Act like it's the normal, natural process that it is and we can all just live peacefully with our boobs full of milk, our bottles full and our hearts kind. 

#feedingwithloveisbest

 

Breastfeeding Essentials for the Hospital

By Sasha Savoy
on January 10, 2016

Breastfeeding Essentials for the Hospital

Nursing Pads: Whether you choose disposable or reusable, make sure to have some nursing pads on hand. Chances are you may not leak in the beginning since your milk won't come in for a few days, but you never know. The last thing you want is to have milk spots while catching up with visitors. But really, milk spots aren't the worst thing in the world...soon you'll have baby crap on your hands. 

Coconut Oil or Lanolin: A very important item to pack is some nipple ointment to help with cracked and sore nipples. Now before you run out and grab some Lanolin, I'd suggest looking into some different products such as regular ole' coconut oil. Some recent research shows that Lanolin may not be the safest thing in the world whereas coconut oil is something that many of us eat.Would we adults eat Lanolin? Nah...

Nursing Bras: Chances are you won't have any clue exactly how big your breasts will be after your milk "settles." In the beginning your breasts are typically large and then around 6-8 weeks postpartum your breasts fluctuate down to a size that they will stay at. Your "breast" bet is to invest in an affordable bra for while your breasts are large and then invest in a good quality bra for when your breasts settle in size. Another idea is to look at this bra that can increase up to two sizes so you can wear it when your breasts are different sizes. It is the best bra ever!

Nursing Tanks: Nursing tanks will become your "breast" friend. If you're like me you may live in nursing tanks for literally months on end; they are so convenient for those early days and middle of the night feedings. Once you realize how easy nursing clothing can be you may find that searching online for nursing wardrobe can provide you with much more than just nursing tanks. 

Nursing Pillow: Pretty much everyone registers for a Boppy pillow these days. Whether or not you plan to nurse, they are just fun pillows to have around for newborn babies. However for a nursing mama, these pillows are a must have. We literally used our pillow up until a year, but some mamas only use it in the beginning. This pillow will help support your newborn's head and help with positioning as well as cuddle them close to you. 

Support: This is perhaps the most important thing that you need for breastfeeding success. Whether it is a Lactation Consultant, a book or a family member, you have to have support somewhere. Every breastfeeding journey is different and most all are not perfect. You will have moments of exhaustion, tears, joy, sadness and you will likely have a ton of questions. Support is what will get you through the hurdles and the bumps. It is especially crucial if you have a partner who is on board with your breastfeeding goals. Whether or not they have the same breastfeeding goal as you for your child, together the two of you need to take it day by day and they need to support you know matter what. 

Goal: Create a goal for yourself to help keep you focused on why you are doing this. Are you breastfeeding for baby's health, for yourself, for attachment reasons or because others insist that you do? Try to start with small goals in regards to your breastfeeding "timeline" and then increase them as you reach them. For example, rather than saying you want to nurse for six months, you can say that you want to make it for six weeks. Once you achieve six weeks of breastfeeding you can then increase your goal to twelve weeks. Just remember that each week counts and each week does something good for your baby!

Always realize that you're doing an amazing job and you're giving your child a wonderful, healthy start. Always be proud of the efforts you gave, no matter what the outcome is!

What are your breastfeeding essentials?

Thanks for reading, Sasha

Chocolate Chunk Lactation Cookies

By Sasha Savoy
on January 10, 2016

Chocolate Chunk Lactation Cookies

I baked some yummy, yummy lactation cookies recently. Yes they really were yummy and anyone can really eat them. These super yum cookies just happen to have healthy stuff in them that help us lactating people out. 
All you gotta do is bake some oatmeal cookies and add a little flax-seed meal and brewer's yeast and you have a recipe for milk. Or I should say you have a recipe to go with some milk? Hmmm, I guess it depends on how you look at it. 
I was afraid the cookies wouldn't be good, so when it came time to add the chocolate chips I added a TON of them. Well to be honest I added the whole bag. You see, this was my first time making cookies from scratch (yes, I know that is bad). I was afraid I would screw something up and I was afraid that you'd be able to taste the flax-seed and brewer's yeast, so I loaded them with chocolate. 
And they were good. For added milk production boost, try adding some slithered almonds as almonds are great for milk production too. 

I have made my recipe based off of two recipes that I've used...basically it's a combination with my added love for chocolate. This recipe gets you about 4(ish) dozens depending on how you big you make them.


1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 bag chocolate chips

2 Hershey bars broken into chunks
2 tablespoons brewer's yeast (you can add a little more if you want)



  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix your flax seed meal with the water and leave it sit for a few minutes in a bowl
  3. Beat your butter, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl
  4. Add eggs to this mixture and then mix well
  5. Add the flax seed mixture and the vanilla extract and beat well
  6. In a separate bowl combine the salt, baking soda, flour and brewer's yeast (you can sift but I didn't)
  7. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mix
  8. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips and chunks
  9. Scoop onto baking sheet
  10. Bake for about 11 minutes
  11. Cool and enjoy! 
There are lactation cookie recipes all over the internet so feel free to search out the one that works best for you. Lactation cookies full of the right ingredients can naturally help to boost your milk supply. 

Enjoy your cookies...and milk. 

A Breastfeeding Bone to Pick

By Sasha Savoy
on August 17, 2015

A Breastfeeding Bone to Pick

Okay Mamas, I have a bone to pick.

And it's a breastfeeding bone, so I know that is already a touchy subject, but bear with me.

You see, I want to speak up for those that are hoping and praying to breastfeed soon. Those that were once like me and you; those who are currently expecting and who have their noses buried deep in every breastfeeding book they can find.

The bone I have to pick is definitely a touchy one, so again, bear with me.

Mamas, we have to stop creating a negative image about breastfeeding based on our problems. There, I said it.

We have to stop putting our breastfeeding struggles and negative feelings about our struggles so blatantly out there. For instance, I recently read a comment on a thread where the mother said "I hated breastfeeding. It was torture..." 

Those lines stung me. Seeing someone so boldly say that breastfeeding was torture for them was a little much for me. Granted, I know breastfeeding is hard and I have no idea the struggle they went through. I sympathize with every mother who struggles because I couldn't imagine the heartache if I were not able to breastfeed my babies. But don't get me wrong - I have struggled too. I have had all the clogged ducts, the oversupply issues that create many, many problems, the inverted nipple, the baby that can't handle dairy, the overactive letdown, the baby with silent reflux...I've experienced a lot. My journey, like many, has been rough in the beginning. It has and can be exhausting, painful and hard no doubt. But I have never, ever put it out there in a negative light.

So why is this such a bone to pick?

Because I was once that expecting mama who was buried in the breastfeeding books and who literally prayed each night to be able to breastfeed my baby. I was the mama who knew NO ONE (well except one person) that successfully breastfed for longer than six weeks. I heard the cries of the mothers who struggled and wished things were differently with their baby. I heard the comments from the mothers who themselves thought breastfeeding was pretty hopeless and I almost lost hope that I myself could ever breastfeed. I became lost in all of the comments that I read and heard that I began to think breastfeeding wasn't as natural as it seemed and that breastfeeding for a long duration was nearly impossible. I started to think that a goal of a year was crazy when everyone else I knew struggled so much.

Boy was I ever wrong.

What we have to remember is that our comments whether it is about breastfeeding, infant sleep, diapering, parenting methods and so on, can sometimes frighten a new mother. What if we speak so negative about something that the newly expecting mama decides not to do it? What if we scare a mother into thinking that she shouldn't even attempt breastfeeding because we thought "it was such torture?" 

It would be awful to think that our comments, while completely unintentional, could keep a new mother from trying the most natural way of feeding her baby. We should cheer a mother on, give them advice and wish them the best; not shoot their hopes down with our sorrows.

We all have our own story to tell. Whether it is about breastfeeding or motherhood in general, we all have our struggles. They are real and they should be respected and sympathized with. We just have to remember to think about what we say, because what we say can have a big impact.

So whether you breastfed for a year, six weeks or six days, be proud of what you did accomplish. Acknowledge that it isn't easy and just say that "it wasn't for you" or "we ran into some problems and thought it was best to switch to formula," but please, let's not just put it out there that "breastfeeding is torture" or anything like that.

Because while it may have not have seemed like it at the moment, I can assure you that your baby thought it was anything but torture. You did what was best with what you had, and for that, your baby thanks you.

#normalizebreastfeeding

My Attached Baby Two Years Later

By Sasha Savoy
on July 13, 2015

"That baby will never be able to leave you."

"You're gonna have problems when she starts school."

"That's going to be hard as she gets older."

Blah, blah, blah.

Just a few of the things that I heard before my daughter was one. My first born, my baby, who was quite attached to me was apparently an example of "what I was doing wrong."

I say that because so often I'd hear these comments about her being so...

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The Breastfeeding Basics

By Sasha Savoy
on June 30, 2015

{Sasha is writing this post a breastfeeding counselor in training as well as a mama who has breastfed her firstborn for 18 months and is currently breastfeeding her second daughter} 

Let's face it, there are a million books out there to read about breastfeeding and truth be told it can all get a little overwhelming. Some books are long and intimidating and classes at hospitals aren't always...

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Mother & Baby Essentials for the First Few Weeks

By Sasha Savoy
on June 23, 2015


There are so many things that we think we need to survive parenthood. There's a kazillion and one baby products that we register for and there's only like five contraptions around your house to sit baby in. You know, bassinets, bouncers, swings, Bumbos, Rock n Plays and much more. There's so much to do in preparation for having a baby and coming home with a baby, that we always want to make sure...

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Packing Your Hospital Bag {A Checklist}

By Sasha Savoy
on February 19, 2015


There are so many articles and books that talk about the various things that should and shouldn't be packed in your hospital bag. Truthfully it's really all about what YOU think you'll need and want, as each of us mamas are different. Chances are that no matter how perfectly packed you think you are, you will either forget something or have way too much. But it's totally fine...our pregnancy...

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There is No End to the Mommy Wars

By Sasha Savoy
on February 03, 2015


There is no end to the Mommy Wars.

Yes, I just said that and sadly I really believe it.

If I've learned anything since the measles hit Disneyland, it is pretty much the fact that the Mommy Wars are here to stay and they aren't going anywhere. And quite frankly, it sucks.

It's bad enough that there are Mommy Wars among us about the differences in the way we feed our children, birth our children and so...

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