Breastfeeding 101: Tandem Nursing

Breastfeeding 101: Tips and Tools to help you Succeed! #breastfeed #nursing
Written by my contributing writer, Rachel

When we learned we were pregnant with our second child, my daughter had just turned 1 year old and was still nursing strong. She showed absolutely no signs of letting up on nursing. At my La Leche League (LLL) meetings, I had heard about tandem nursing and that women could breastfeed two children (and sometimes more!) at the same time, but I didn’t know if that would work for me.

I could not imagine nursing a toddler and needy newborn at the same time. I would NEVER get anything done.  Nursing TWO children would be a lot of work, time-consuming, and a bit of a juggling act. However, I was not ready to end my nursing relationship with my daughter.

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I decided to talk with other tandem nursing moms through my Facebook LLL group, and I read several LLL articles on the subject. I also bought Adventures In Tandem Nursing by Hilary Flower – such a great resource!

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Just like deciding whether or not to nurse is YOUR decision and no one else’s, so is deciding to tandem nurse.

Here are the reasons I decided to tandem nurse:

1. I Wasn’t Ready to Stop
My daughter and I were not ready to end our nursing relationship. She has been an on demand nursling since birth. Even now at 26 months, she would nurse all day long, if I let her! I try to limit her to one morning, one noon, and one night nursing session with a few times in between if she is in need of some calming mommy time. It is amazing how nursing can change her attitude – a lifesaver for those terrible two tantrum moments!

2. Continued Health Benefits
I wanted to give my daughter the health benefits of extended nursing to two years. In mainstream media, the idea of nursing past the 1 year mark seems absurd. However, the World Health Organization recommends nursing to 2, if desirable for both you and your nursling. Your toddler is still receiving wonderful health and emotional benefits by doing so – and so are you!

3. Sibling Bonding
This has been one of the most amazing benefits of tandem nursing for me. Getting to witness the bond develop between my daughter and newborn son is beautiful. They gaze lovingly and inquisitively at each other while nursing, she helps him out by squeezing my breast and expressing more milk for him, and she strokes his hair while they both nurse. These are precious moments that I will hold dear for a long time.

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Though it can be time-consuming and demanding, I find that tandem nursing has been worth the effort and has been a good decision for myself and my little ones.

I’d love to hear your nursing stories! Maybe you are currently pregnant and considering tandem nursing now, or have tandem nursed before. What effect has tandem nursing had on you?

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10 Goals for the Week – And I’m going to start blogging again (for real this time)

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Some days I think, “What is wrong with me? Why can’t I write a simple blog post and stop taking such long breaks in between posts?

Seriously.

What is WRONG with me?”

Well the truth is, because of everything that’s happened to my family over the last eight months, I’m not the same girl I used to be. I’m not the same wife and mother that I once was, either.

I’m different. And I can’t go back to being the “old Sandra” ever again. A part of me is a little sad about that because the “old Sandra” was so much less afraid of what life might throw her way. She was definitely more carefree.

These days, if my world starts feeling crazy or David starts throwing up (like he did this morning), my heart sinks, anxiety starts to creep up on me, and my mind starts racing with thoughts of hospitalization and stressful situations.

Then I pray. And I feel better and trust that the Lord is in control of everything.

I end up not having to call the doctor, and if my problems are related to my children, I steal a few minutes away from most of them so that I can regroup and come back a better mom.

All that to say…

I want to blog. And I’m going to make a concerted effort to write at least four times this week. The reason it’s been so difficult for me lately is that because of what happened to David, my eyes were opened, and I realized that I wasn’t being the wife and mother that I believe the Lord wanted me to be. Before David’s diagnosis, I knew in what order my priorities should’ve been, but in reality, they were all out of order.

I was working way too much online, and I needed a wake up call. While I never would’ve chosen the exact call I received, in the end, it’s made me a far better wife and mother than I’ve been in a long time. For that, I’m thankful. (I’m also very grateful that David continues to do well since his transplant. I’m going to write an update about his progress later this week as well.)

But my point is…

Doing things differently and focusing happily on my family these days takes an incredible amount of time. It’s time that is so worth it, and it’s time well spent. But it means that I have to be much more strategic about how I carve out time to write here on my blog.

I’ve decided that nights will work for now.

I tried early mornings, but after a few successes, I found that the earlier I got out of bed – the earlier my KIDS started to get out of bed. Somehow they just know when Mommy is awake!

So, while I wish I was waking up at 5:00am every day, it’s not going to happen unless I want “friends” up with me.

Most definitely, nights will work for now. ;)

I had no intention of making this goals post so long…

But I wanted to update you on what’s been going on with me and why I’ve been so sporadic in my writing and how I’m going to change that.

Now, finally, here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Play outside with the kids at least 3x and get some much needed vitamin D from the sunshine – I don’t leave the house much right now, so I want to make an effort to get outside with the kids (and get some vitamin D in the process :) ) instead of simply watching them play from inside.

2. Plan a Family Night

Personal Goals:

3. Juice 1x this week

4. Walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes 4x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer — I got sidetracked last week and ended up reading The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good by Dr. John McDougall. I loved this book, and we’re starting a new way of eating this week. I feel totally prepared to live a healthier lifestyle after reading Dr. McDougall’s book, but I’m looking forward to getting back to Balanced on my Kindle app this week.

Home Management Goals:

6. Mop the floors

7. Unpack one box sitting in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Get caught up on work

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

Giveaway: Enter to Win a Personalized Mickey Mouse Photo! (5 Winners)

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Do you have a little Disney fan – or maybe a big Disney fan  ;-) – in your life that would flip over a personalized photo from Mickey Mouse?

We are choosing 5 winners for our Personalized Mickey Mouse Photo Giveaway! And if you win, you get to choose to whom Mickey signs the photo! (A special thanks to Destinations in Florida for offering this fun Disney giveaway for my readers!)

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How to Enter the Giveaway

Simply enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. I’ve included options for extra entries, too!

This giveaway will run from now through April 7, 2014 at 12:00am. The giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above. The winners will be randomly chosen. I will promptly send the winners an email notifying them that they’ve won, and the winners must respond within 48hrs. of the giveaway’s end, otherwise I will have to draw a new winner(s).

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P.S. My son, David, recently had the opportunity to have a wish granted through Make-A-Wish, because he was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Well, he wished to go to Disney World! We’re planning his trip for when his immune system has had more time to recover, his port is removed, and he’s off his meds. But we’re very excited and can’t wait! Though we’ve been to Disney World in the past, Make-A-Wish trips to Disney are totally different and extra special.

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Last week seemed like a walk in the park compared to how this week has started off.

Thankfully, the recent chaos is just part of everyday life the last few days. My two youngest boys are the main reason I feel like pulling my hair out I’m a little stressed out, but that’s okay. I’ll live.

This is motherhood, after all. It’s not supposed to be easy. ;)

Alright, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Take the kids to our new local library to get library cards

2. Plan a slow cooker recipe with Breanna — We planned to make slow cooker italian sausage mini subs, and the recipe turned out wonderfully!

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes 5x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum the stairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Set time aside to pray for my business

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Memorize the first of the Ten Commandments with the kids

2. Plan a Family Night

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x — Water is so much easier to drink this way.

4. Walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes 4x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer — I can relate to Tricia is so many ways, and I’m enjoying this book.

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum upstairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Spend 4 hours on business education

9. Client work

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a goals post, but I’m excited to get started again with a little online accountability. :)

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Take the kids to our new local library to get library cards

2. Plan a slow cooker recipe with Breanna

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes 5x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum the stairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Set time aside to pray for my business

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

5 Reasons to Love Relished Foods

This is a sponsored collaboration with Relished – a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service
that delivers to roughly half the U.S.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

I know I haven’t been around much lately. ;)

We actually went through a crazy move that seemed to go on forever. I was a stressed out mess during part of it, but thankfully, we’re finally settled now and mostly unpacked in our new home.

Life is back to normal, and I couldn’t be happier. After everything we’ve been through the past eight months, I crave normal living like never before.

I just want to cook, clean, homeschool my kids, and do laundry. Doing these things makes me incredibly happy right now. Does that sound crazy?

I don’t know…

What I do know is that in the midst of getting back to normal, I stumbled upon a service that I can’t stop talking about. It’s called Relished, and I’m completely impressed with this food and recipe delivery service. It’s just awesome!

Why?

Well, allow me to explain. :)

Top 5 Reasons to Love Relished Foods:

Pan Seared Salmon with fantastic corn salsa served over Black Lentils - This was a fabulous meal, and even my picky eaters liked it!

Reason #1: The only ingredients I needed to have on hand to put together mouthwatering meals were salt, pepper, oil, and water. All of the other ingredients were delivered right to my doorstep, and they were fresh coming out of the box.

They also stayed fresh for days in my refrigerator. I prepared three Relished meals in all with ingredients that came from one shipment.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #2: Relished sends entire meals that are easy to prepare, and they come with step-by-step instructions, so there’s no guessing what to start cooking first or which ingredients go together.

The best part is that your finished meal looks just like the meal on the recipe card. (Below are the Sous Vide Short Ribs)

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!Reason #3: Relished has a scrumptious, diverse menu that changes on a weekly basis. I’m thinking the Kung Pao Chicken would be amazing to prepare for a date night with my husband in the near future. ;)

I love the colorful, fresh salads Relished offers on a regular basis, too.

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Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #4: I absolutely loved that while following the directions, I was learning how to cook foods I’ve never made in the past. I’ve never made quinoa or black lentils, but I know how to now.

I also roasted baby carrots in a way I never have in the past. Oh, they were so good!

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #5: Meals are full of flavor and just good! I’m not even kidding when I say that the meals I made with Relished foods taste far better than food served in most table service restaurants.

My husband is still talking about how much he loved the short ribs.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

If I had to sum up my experience with Relished, I would have to say, it’s a convenient, doable, delicious way to make an awesome dinner for your family while spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying everyday (normal) life.

I can’t wait to place my next order. :)

UPDATE: You can use the code TheSensibleMom to save 60% off your first Relished order! This offer is good through March 31, 2014.

Relished is a Chicago based fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that ships to roughly half the United States. Be sure to stop by their website to see if they ship to your area, and follow them socially here on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.