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Y’all, this mom gig is hard. Its taxing: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. So anytime I see a gadget, a whoozit, or a thingamabob that will make my life easier, I need to A. buy two and B. let other people know about it so I can help a sistah out!

 

If you’ve got older kids and wish they would just fix their own breakfasts but are terrified at the thought of them pouring their own milk into a bowl–because, let’s face it, most of it will end up on the floor–grab this handy dandy device!

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It’s called “The Magic Tap” and turns any bottle–milk, juice, soda–into a tapped dispenser! Your Littles just press their bowl or cup up to it and faster than you can say, “Put that down!” they’ll have their own breakfast made!

 

Anyone else have a kiddo that likes to squeeze their own toothpaste? Wait, let me rephrase, anyone else hate seeing a sink full of Tom’s toothpaste WASTED? Join the club, girl. I think I might actually invest in this:

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The iLifeTech hands-free toothpaste dispenser not only dispenses the correct amount of toothpaste for the wee people in your life, it also comes with a sanitizer able to hold 5 toothbrushes!

 

Anyone else a babywearer? When Huff the Babe was smaller, I loved being able to pop in the Moby Wrap or in my ring sling and do stuff around the house or go shopping while also getting some snuggle-time with my boy. My biggest complaint, though, was needing my purse while at the mall or grocery store and not being able to carry it on my shoulder. Thankfully, TWELVELittle has some ca-yoot fanny packs to help a momma out!

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When I was nursing, I didn’t mind using a cover in public, but it was a bummer that I couldn’t see my little one. I liked being able to have that intimate time of eye contact with my baby and Huff the Babe liked to see me. (Please note: if you nurse without a cover in public, go you! I’m personally not comfortable with it but if that’s your choice, you do you, sistah!)  the company Skip Hop has you covered (literally–hey-oh!) with their windowed nursing scarf!

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Not only are the covers super cute and have a window to watch baby, but they go ALL. THE. WAY. AROUND. This means there’s no way baby can kick or tug and flash “the girls” for the entire mall to see!  

 

A few years ago, I did a Try It Tuesday about cleaning mold out of bath toys. That made me put a moratorium on bath squirters for my kids. Which kind of stinks, because the little monsters LOVE them! Thankfully, Marcus and Marcus has a better-designed bath toy for mold-paranoid moms like me!

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These bath squirters come in different shapes and colors but also detach so they can be cleaned! And bonus! They’re made of silicone and can be washed in the dishwasher! Can I get a hallelujah?!

 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and I let it pass without mentioning it! My bad!

When I nursed Huff the Tot, I feel like I made an okay amount of milk. I mean, I pumped enough so she could go to my aunt’s at-home daycare a few days a week and had some bags stored here and there. Now, with Huff the Babe, I feel like I should just permanently change my name to Bessie the Heifer with the all the milk I’ve been making! I don’t know if its because this kid nurses ALL. THE. TIME. or because I’ve changed my diet a tad, but I’ve got about 100+ ounces of milk in my freezer and I’ve been able to donate over 300 ounces to a friend who is fostering a newborn.

I know that I’m incredibly blessed and some mommas may have a tough time producing milk or are nervous about whether or not their supply will be enough when their Wee Ones make their appearance.

And, in honor of NBFW, I thought I would share some of my favorite tips and tricks that have helped my supply*:

 

Fenugreek

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This is what helped me the most when trying to increase my supply with HtT. You’ll constantly smell like a Waffle House (for some reason Fenugreek has a maple syrup-y odor) but there’s worse things to smell like! You can grab this at GNC or pretty much any health food store.

 

Mother’s Milk Tea

 

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I’m not the biggest fan of this tea–the taste is a little funky–but I know some mommas who SWEAR by it. Plus, its caffeine free (meaning you can drink it anytime and worry about being up all night; aside from getting up every two hours to nurse) and its carried at Walmart, Target, and Crest stores!

 

Lactation Cookies

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What?! Cookies can help lactation? Yes, ma’am they can! This, by far, was my favorite milk boosting food–they’re sooooo good! If you can’t find the MilkMakers brand, there are TONS of recipes for lactation cookies on Pinterest!

 

Almonds

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I’ve always loved almonds because they pack a punch when it comes to nutrition. Not only are they great for strengthening your immune system, preventing colon cancer, and improving your skin, but they boost your milk supply too!

 

Sweet Potatoes 

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Sweet potatoes are another one of my favorite foods in general, so when I found out they were great for nursing mamas, I did a Carlton dance of joy! You can grab small, cellophane-wrapped ones at the grocery store and pop them in the microwave for a side dish at dinner! Easy-peasy!

 

Other ways to help get those milk makers working: stay hydrated, let your little one nurse often (and also pump often), and stay away from caffeinated drinks that dehydrate you. Check out La Leche League’s website for more helpful info and find nursing mom support groups in your area!

 

What are your favorite supply-boosting tips? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Clearly, I’m not a doctor. If I was, I wouldn’t have time to write a blog; I’d be too busy vacationing with my family on our yacht. I’m just saying that these are some things that worked for meEverybody is different and every body works differently.