UpSpring Prenatal Vitamins (great for no nausea)

When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding there is one thing we ALL need and that is a good, reliable brand of prenatal vitamins. There are so many out there on the market right now that it's hard to know which one is the best one, the tastiest one or the one to leave you feeling the least amount of nausea (that's what I need). Or better yet, the one with the most natural ingredients to keep baby safe. 

If you're in the market for some prenatal vitamins, I'd love to introduce UpSpring to you! This gummy vitamin is great for those who may suffer from morning sickness or who typically get sick from their vitamins (ME). I am here to tell you that these should NOT make you sick as they never made me feel sick. They are easy to chew and soft! The flavor I was sent was mango-peach which does happen to be two fruits that I am not typically a fan of, but overall the vitamin wasn't too bad taste wise. I love that it wasn't full of sugary crystals like my former prenatal vitamins. 

What I love is that this brand carries numerous mother and baby products - especially in the breastfeeding area! In fact, I have used their milk strips before to detect any alcohol levels after a glass or two of wine. Their products are amazing and all natural - which is always a plus to me. 

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Some yummy facts on UpSpring Vitamins:

UpSpring, a mom-founded and mom-run company, has a mission to empower parents with confidence and to give them the freedom to enjoy motherhood even more. By finding innovative solutions to the everyday health and wellness challenges and frustrations facing mothers of a baby or young child, UpSpring provides “more fun, less worry.” Since 2005, UpSpring has made all-natural products based on true science that solve real problems.

UpSpring Prenatal+ is a complete multivitamin that also includes omega-3 DHA and choline (in the form of Alpha GPC), which are clinically shown to support fetal brain development.  Alpha GPC is a highly bioavailable form of choline and the only form that crosses the blood-brain barrier to nourish your baby’s growing brain.  It also helps to enhance DHA absorption.  This formula also contains the natural form of vitamin B9, folate, instead of synthetic folic acid. Enjoy three delicious mango-peach gummies every day plus one easy-to-swallow softgel. You get 100% of the daily value of 11 essential nutrients, plus brain-building omega-3 and Alpha GPC. Best of all, our gummy is easy on the stomach, so no tummy upsets!

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These vitamins are all natural, NON GMO and gluten free --  you won't find anything artificial in them; this is something that I love and respect about this company. If you are interested in learning more about these vitamins or purchasing some for yourself, make sure to check out this link and surf their site for more awesome mother and baby products! 

Thanks to UpSpring for sending these my way as they came right when my other vitamins ran out. Use a brand you can trust, use UpSpring! 

This review was made possible by iConnect and UpSpring.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Natural Ways to Treat Engorgement

Purchase our Lil' Buds breast comfort pack  here . Made in the USA and comes in a variety of prints and colors. 

Purchase our Lil' Buds breast comfort pack here. Made in the USA and comes in a variety of prints and colors. 

Breastfeeding in the early weeks has to be one of the hardest and sometimes most painful things you'll go through (right along with childbirth). Don't get me wrong, it's one of the most amazing things ever and yes, some mamas really don't battle much pain, but majority of us do. However it is SO worth it. 

I try to tell each mama that I work with or speak to about breastfeeding that once you make it through those first six weeks, things start to get SO much easier. Suddenly all of the aches and pains just start to fade away and you slowly begin to feel like a pro at this nursing or pumping thing. Those first six weeks are trying for all mamas, but it's so worth it to stick it out. 

One of the most common things for a newly breastfeeding mama to battle is engorgement. What exactly is engorgement? Well, imagine that your breast just suddenly turned into a rock. Yes, a rock. It may be a hard, lumpy rock or a hard, hot to the touch rock. 

Some common signs of engorgement:

  • Hard and uncomfortable breast
  • Hot to the touch breast
  • Red spots on the breast
  • Lump(s) within a hard breast
  • A breast that is so full baby has trouble latching (makes it hard for the nipple to protrude out)
  • A low to mild fever
  • Shooting pains within the breast

What exactly is engorgement?

Engorgement is basically when there's just too much milk in the breast and it is not emptying fast enough. When too much milk gets trapped in there, milk ducts can become clogged and therefore your breast somewhat "backs up" (like a clogged toilet) and becomes engorged. While having too much milk sounds like a blessing (and yes in some ways it is) it does often come with issues that have to be handled correctly. 

How do you treat engorgement?

  1. Relieve the breast. This is tricky because if you empty the breast too much, then you will just make more milk and add to the problem. The best thing is to nurse as usual and maybe just add one pump session a day to empty. 
  2. Use heat. Use a hot compress on the breast before a feeding as the heat helps aid the milk through the ducts. Your milk may move more freely and easily if heat was applied. Try our breast comfort packs for this!
  3. Use cold. Use cold AFTER you have pumped or nursed to helped maintain any pain. Think of it as icing your breasts just as you would a sore muscle. Our breast comfort packs can be used cold as well! 
  4. Massage the breast. Massage the breast during feedings or pumping sessions to help relieve any lumps or clogged ducts. If you feel a specific lump somewhere, use a circular motion while feeding to try and break down the lump and get the milk moving. 
  5. Express a little before you nurse. This is some of the best advice. Hand express or pump out about an oz or so BEFORE you feed to soften the breast and make the latch easier for baby. This is an easy way to build up a stash of frozen milk and also to help make nursing more comfortable during engorgement. 
  6. Soak. I always find a hot tub soak with hot towels on your breasts or our breast comfort packs on your breasts, will help aid in pains. 
  7. Restrict tight clothing. Clothing that is too tight and restrictive may create more discomfort and issues. Choose looser clothes. 
  8. Nurse away. Don't let any issues keep you from nursing. In fact nursing is exactly what you need to do to cure the issue. 

If you are struggling through the hard, long days of breastfeeding in those first few weeks I am right there with you in all of the pains, exhaustion and more. I've been in your shoes a few times and I know just what it feels like and how badly you may feel like giving up. But coming from someone who always stuck it out another day and then eventually another week and so on, I can tell you breastfeeding is the most amazing thing! You may even end up like I was and breastfeeding a toddler while making pancakes and multitasking like a pro. It just comes that easy eventually!

Don't hesitate to email us for services on online breastfeeding counseling. 

What was breastfeeding like for you in those early weeks? 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

I Don't Need a Lactation Consultant

My lactation consultant will be someone I remember for the rest of my life.
— Jess Bedsole
Lactation Consultant

You may not know this about me, but I was the cockiest pregnant person on the planet. When I was pregnant with my first baby I *knew* *everything*. 

Once the labor didn’t go as planned I figured that was probably the only hiccup so I ignored every suggestion for a lactation consultant. Inwardly I would think, “You think I’m some kind of moron? Obviously I’m going to be amazing at this breastfeeding thing” (told you, cocky). 

Then my baby was ten days old. And I was crying all the time because my nipples were gone. He had chewed them off. His toothless gums literally chewed.them.off. They were just flat, bloody sores. Nothing left. Milk dribbled uncontrollably from them at all times. 

I broke down and went to the “stupid” lactation consultant. And by stupid, I mean she was so incredible that she should wear a cape because she’s a super hero. Or maybe she could be knighted. Or sworn into sainthood. Whichever achievement she is granted would never be enough because she is better than all of them. She saved my nursing relationship and she saved my sanity. 

I went into motherhood with one main thing on my mind. There was no other way to feed my baby than from my breasts. No bottles. No formula. Just breasts.

Thankfully, I had a pediatrician who also should wear a cape because regardless of my baby’s statistics, she told me one thing: Just keep nursing. You can do it. Just. Keep. Nursing. 

Because of the overwhelming strength I found from my son’s pediatrician, my lactation consultant and a breastfeeding support group, I successfully nursed my first son for twelve months and one week. He weaned on his own and it was absolutely painless for both of us. 

When my second baby was born, I was excited for my first son to have a brother. I was excited to experience what being a mom of two boys would be like. But honestly, I was excited to go back to my breastfeeding group. I couldn’t wait to see my lactation consultant again. I couldn’t wait to be there and support other moms who were going through all the things I went through my first time around. 

I did see a lactation consultant in the hospital a few times when my second baby was born. Even though I had done this once before, a new baby was a whole new experience. Day two I had already developed a blister and I knew my LC would know how to fix it. One session later and it had healed. SUPER HERO!!!

The lactation consultants still joke with me about my “nipples getting chewed off” and when a new mom cried in group and begged for help, I shared my story with a giggle and reassured her that mom that it gets better. So much better! 

I’m so thankful I eventually listened and got nursing help. My lactation consultant will be someone I remember for the rest of my life. Jill, you truly do deserve a cape.