July 8, 2011

Still (kinda) babywearing and (not really) breastfeeding

still babywearingMonday was a very long day of celebrating the 4th, and although Ivy insists on walking everywhere now (even in the grocery store- no cart!) she was flipping excited to see I had tucked the mei tai in my tote after the fireworks show late in the evening. We are pretty much over ever using a stroller anymore. Babywearing wins!

I wore her as we lugged our chairs and children the long walk to the car, and when it was time to put her in the car seat, she begged me to "keep me on". Oh how I've missed wearing her. I should do it much more, it's just that the opportunity presents itself so little now. I'm thankful for all the time I did physically carry her close to my heart.

Bravado Designs asked me to be a guest writer at their site today. I'm offering my best tips on the beautiful art of breastfeeding your babe or toddler while babywearing. Special thanks to Leigh of Marvelous Kiddo, Erin of School Teacher by Day, Superhero by Night, Hyacynth of Undercover Mother, and Natasha of Natural Urban Mama for allowing me to feature their breastfeeding while babywearing photos!

And while Ivy LaRue is absolutely done - finito! - no longer really breastfeeding, there have been some moments... I've spoken about them here: I Still Occasionally Breastfeed My Toddler.

One of my newest advertisers, Nursing Bra Express would like to offer a Majamas Easy Bra to a commenter here. Long gone are my nursing bras and tanks, but oh how awesome a good one was when I needed it. Leave a comment here if you'd like to be entered to win. (Open to US winners only at this time.)

Extra entries (come back here & leave an additional comment for each)
I'll randomly choose one comment here 7/14.

P.S. if you don't need a nursing bra but know someone that might, enter for them! We'll send it to wherever you'd like. 

    100 comments:

    1. This is going to sound dramatic (or hormonal) but I am honestly sitting here in tears. I've talked to you about this enough that you know, and you get it b/c you're there with Ivy, but these dwindling ends to things with babies-turned-kids that are probably the last are really fricking hard.

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    2. Aww... I wish I had the opportunity to still occasionally breastfeeding my toddler. My daughter weaned herself at a year and I was like... "Seriously? Um... we were gonna keep going..." Luckily baby 3 will be here in October, and I'm praying she'll nurse until I'M ready for her to quit, LOL!

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    3. I really really need a new nursing bra. Don't think I've bought one in 5 years! I wish I could figure out nursing while wearing a baby, would make getting stuff done around here with my twins a lot easier lol, but I've jut never been able to get it down.

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    4. I'm using nursing bras from my first baby (who is almost 7!) So winning a new one would be a real treat and perfect timing with a one week old at home.

      I'm glad that you were able to wear Ivy again! How sweet that she feels as strongly about it as you do!

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    5. I liked the company on Facebook!

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    6. I liked this post on Facebook, too.

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    7. Left a comment on Strollerderby. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    8. I agree that a good nursing bra/tank is a must when breastfeeding! Entering to win for my SIL Nikki who is due in September. Looking for many ways to love on her after some tragic losses in her family the past few years.
      (chrisseyeAThotmail.com)

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    9. You are such an inspiration for this new mama, knowing that I've got a long time to go on this babywearing, breastfeeding journey, and that it will be worth it! Thank you!

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    10. Love your blog and all of the info and stories you share; thank you!

      I would love a new nursing bra; my go-to could use a break!

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    11. With Baby 3 on the way I could SO use a good nursing bra. I've got a few and some that have given up, but I've never had one that I really, really love. And it would be so great to have one that fit me right and was easy to use.

      Being a large chested woman to begin with has made finding nursing bras a huge challenge! Seriously, a lactation consultant/nursing bra specialist told me that I was a 'hard case.' Great words to hear 8 weeks into nursing your first baby, huh? She was great and was just being honest, but why can't someone make affordable, usable nursing bras for the big girls?

      Done ranting. Thanks for the giveaway!
      Heather

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    12. And I liked your post!

      Heather

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    13. New babe coming soon nursing bras always a good thing.

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    14. Nursing bras perplex me, and intimidate me, so of course I'd love to win one that I don't have to make a decision about!

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    15. That Ivy is just lovely!

      I'm starting round two in a few weeks, so a new bra would be a treat!

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    16. What a sweet post I'm just learning the art of breastfeeding in a mei tai with my three-month-old. I actually did it in the middle if Walmart the other day! I don't have any decent nursing bras, mostly sports bras that I pull up or down, so I'd love to win this!
      mcmann.andrea@gmail.com

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    17. I likec Nursing Bra Express on FB. :)

      mcmann.andrea@gmail.com

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    18. Wow, right now I am so blown away that I will, in fact, need new nursing bras soon!

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    19. I commented on the strollerderby post!

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    20. Soon to be breastfeeding baby #5 so I really hope i win this Majamas Easy Bra

      Onenuttymama@yahoo.com

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    21. Liked Nursing Bra Express on Facebook

      Kimberly Bryant

      Onenuttymama@yahoo.com

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    22. Liked this post for facebook.

      onenuttymama@yahoo.com

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    23. I commented on your Strollerderby post.

      mcmann.andrea@gmail.com

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    24. Just read and commented your post on Strollerderby. I wish my son would have come back to nursing a few more times. It was like when he was done that was it. It was a complete refusal.

      Kimberly B.
      Onenuttymama@yahoo.com

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    25. Oh, this would be awesome to win. I'm in the throws of nursing with my four month old and know there will be at least another babe after him.

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    26. I liked this post on FB. :)

      mcmann.andrea@gmail.com

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    27. Entering for my sister. :)

      smt018 AT gmail DOT com

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    28. I "liked" this on facebook!

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    29. My best friend is pregnant with her first and it's been a learning experience for the both of us. As she gets bigger, I'm having to start loaning her my bras! I'd love to give her something to use once the baby is finally here!

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    30. I could totally use a nursing bra...mine are all leftover from my firstborn, and after three solid years of breastfeeding they could use a break!

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    31. You know, I can't believe this is my last baby. I was thinking this morning about how after Ivy was born you commented about this maybe being the end. I think you were where I am now...knowing it is the last but not wanting to fully commit to it. *sigh* it is so hard...yet at the same time kind of exciting ;)
      Anyhoo...I love you.

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    32. I liked this post on Facebook

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    33. As I put on my 6 year old nursing bra this morning, I thought, after 3 kids, I really should get a new nursing bra! :) So, I liked Nursing Bra Express on facebook too! :)

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    34. How sweet that Ivy wanted to be close to you. I haven't done much babywearing while pregnant. I'm too uncomfortable...but I miss it.

      Bri

      P.S. Thanks for the opportunity to win a nursing bra. :)

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    35. I'd love to win the nursing bra! I have no children of my own yet but hope to soon. I love your blog!

      Jackieaskvig @ gmail . com

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    36. I commented on your Strollerderby post- what a wonderful post it was, too!

      Jackieaskvig @ gmail . com

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    37. I "liked" this post on Facebook!

      jackieaskvig @ gmail . com

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    38. I'm a new fan of Nursing Bra Express on Facebook!

      jackieaskvig @ gmail . com

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    39. I am nursing mom of a toddler!! And we are trying for another baby. My bras are getting ragged...And We LOVE babywearing. Don't do as it as much as we use to either!

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    40. #4 will be arriving in November. I've NEVER had a "good" nursing bra...they've only come from Walmart or Target! I'd love something new and nice for this time around!!! :)

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    41. I now "Like" Nursing Bra Express on Facebook!

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    42. I commented on your Strollerderby post. I had actually read it earlier today without realizing it was you and Ivy! :)

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    43. I'd love to win the bra. :) I'm nursing my 14 month old and you're definitely an inspiration to me Steph!

      monalua2002 at msn dot com

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    44. I'd love to win. I'm due any day with my second boy...like seriously...I'm 3 days overdue. Thanks for the op!!

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    45. After 10 months of the same 2 nursing bras, I could use another one in the rotation! :)

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    46. Oh a new nursing bra would be heavenly! I just got mine out of storage and they look like they've been run over by a semi (but no extra money for new ones...sigh). Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    47. I already like Nursing Bra Express on FB! :)

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    48. I posted a link to this on FB.

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    49. Oh my gosh it's like you read my mind. I literally just found out baby #3 is on the way today and started panicking because I no longer have any nursing bras and also gave away all my baby carriers, slings etc. That got me to thinking about blogging when I was pregnant with Stella which reminded me of you because you were pregnant with Ivy at the same time and well that got me to start reading some of my old favorite blogs again. So here I am a rambling, in shock nut reading your blog and in need of a bra!

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    50. I like Nursing Bra Express on FB!

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    51. Nursing bra! Yes! I need one!

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    52. I liked Nursing Bra Express on FB.

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    53. I would love to have a new nursing bra...I'm due in September with my second :)

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    54. I liked nursing bra express on fb.

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    55. I like this article for fb!

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    56. I like Nursing Bra Express on facebook!

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    57. I nursed and wore my son for as long as I could and I am thankful for how strong and deep it has made our relationship. I am so thankful that I again have the opportunity to breastfeed and wear my daughter! What a joyful thing it is!

      And I desperately do need a new nursing bra, losing 60 pounds will do that! :)

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    58. My Lily is 2 1/2 (how does that happen) and she refuses to be worn anymore. Major sad-face. I would love to wear her occasionally, but she sees the Ergo and screams NO!

      All of that drama, yet she still nurses all the time. :) Silly kid.

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    59. I read the article you posted for Bravado Designs- very helpful! I'm planning to both breastfeed and baby-wear when my first baby comes in November, so your advice was right up my alley!

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    60. I have yet to find a nice nursing bra that fits well. I would love to try this one!

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    61. Liked the post on facebook!

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    62. Liked nursing bra express on facebook!

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    63. Love to win a new nursing bra! Baby #3 is due in 12 weeks, and my old bras from #1 are starting to fall apart!

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    64. true story: i gave birth to hal in a majamas easy bra. :)

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    65. I am so excited to wear my baby (he is due to arrive in about 6-7 weeks) and we will also be breastfeeding!

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    66. Extra entry~ I liked your post on facebook

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    67. Extra Entry~ I liked the company on facebook

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    68. Extra Entry~ I commented on your Strollerderby post!

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    69. Hi Stephanie, funny when you mentioned pictures of mama breastfeeding while wearing their babies, it occurred to me that I just posted one of me doing this very thing on my little bog. The picture makes me smile. xoxo

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    70. I would love to win this for my friend who brestfeeds her little girl.

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    71. Extra entry I liked Nursing express on facebook

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    72. I agree, a good nursing bra makes all the difference...and I don't have a good nursing bra. Thanks for the chance :)

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    73. Such a precious time. I'm sending my youngest off to kindergarten this fall. Wear that baby as often as you can! :-)

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    74. I never did fine nursing bras or tanks that worked great for me with the first baby - would love to find something better for the next little one. I think it would make a big difference!

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    75. I loved nursing my first, and would love Love LOVE a new nursing bra for my 2nd!

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    76. I could certainly use one of those!

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    77. what a great post! it's hard when they start growing up.

      partridgejjatgmail.com

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    78. I also commented on your heartfelt post on StrollerDerby.

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    79. I am all about breastfeeding and babywearing lately. What with a one month old and all. Breastfeeding and babywearing are my life. :)

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    80. anything to help in discreet, comfortable nursing would be greeeeat.

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    81. Clicked the "like" button on the bottom of the post! ;)

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    82. So many giveaways lately! I don't breastfeed currently (or ever).. But come December I will breastfeed our first baby! Thanks for the chance to win :)
      Jen
      JenLu1703 at msn.com

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    83. I need to learn the art of breastfeeding while wearing my child :)

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    84. TOTALLY need some new nursing bras!! Preggo with baby #3!!! Surprise!! haha! : )

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    85. These comfy, stretchy bras are perfect for postpartum...and I'm a big fan of the Majamas brand! It's bound to be a keeper.

      Count me in. :)

      stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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    86. I'm a nursing mama and as my son is about to turn 1, let's just say it's time for some new bras.

      bekahleger at gmail dot com

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    87. Pregnant with my 3rd child. My old bras are long gone! Would love to try one of yours... it's hard to find a good maternity bra.

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    88. Thanks for the giveaway!

      mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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    89. I desperately need a new nursing bra!

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    90. I liked nursing Bra express on Facebook!

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