Sarah on Breastfeeding

Sarah C, is one of our regulars at the store, well loved by all of the team here.  She has kindly shared her experiences starting out with breastfeeding and how the Nappy Shoppe breastfeeding cafe helped her.  See below for more about her.

 Sarah writes:

There are a lot of breastfeeding-related things out, these days. Should you, shouldn’t you? Benefits, health reasons, ability. Should you nurse in public? Should you cover up? Endless women spending countless hours worrying about OTHER PEOPLE’S feelings and beliefs about breastfeeding, when the truth is, it’s hard enough as it is without trying to consider how someone else feels about your boobs.

The thing is, when I was pregnant, I just KNEW I wanted to breastfeed. And, as it goes when one is pregnant, literally EVERYONE ELSE was an expert on the matter. Tips on how to nurse, how long to nurse, when to wean, how to wean, what to eat to help promote lactation, how I would have to be sober for yet ANOTHER year. (Trust me, I knew that one.) But then, I was discouraged by more than a few. “Your boobs are gonna look like pancakes.” “You won’t lose weight until after you’re done lactating.” Like… mind your own tits.

What not one single person told me was, BREASTFEEDING IS HARD. Like, actually physically having a tiny human with superhero suction powers latch on to a super sensitive part of my body that is tender and, up until recently, was kind of just a sex thing. Nobody told me that my nipples would crack, and bleed, and that I would dread the baby’s hunger cues because I knew the pain that was en route. I didn’t think it was normal to cry at every feeding (which, with a newborn, is every two hours. Yeah.) Some nights I would sit on the couch and feed her so my crying wouldn’t wake up my husband. Some nights, the crying woke him up anyway.

Something else I didn’t know was there is help available. My midwife sent me to the Nappy Shoppe to their breastfeeding support group, the Breastfeeding Café. There, I found a group of women who, like me, were new to nursing and were dealing with a lot of the same issues I was.

IT WAS ALL NORMAL.

Yep. Aaaallll normal. I mean, obviously not normal in the sense of being the desired objective, but my struggles were par for the course in new motherhood. The lactation consultants (Cheyenne and Lydia) helped me reposition, rearrange and renew my faith in my ability to breastfeed. Two weeks after my first attendance, I had my first painless night. And the next night, ALSO painless. Sweet Mercy! I can do this!

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I was by no means done with that support group. I stayed until my baby was twice the size of the new nurslings. I stayed until I had every faith and every confidence in our nursing relationship. I stayed, and was welcome. I found a circle of friends, confidants, and cohorts that I still turn to today for all things baby and nursing and motherhood related. We have been going for nine months strong and see no signs of stopping. I can truly say, to any mother beginning her breastfeeding journey, or feeling lost in an existing one, GO GET HELP. You can do this. No matter where you choose to feed your baby, or who tells you you can or can’t, you can do it. It DOES get better.

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Sarah C writes about herself “My name is Sarah Carlock, mama of one Lily Rose, who constantly reminds me of my rookie status as a parent. She teaches me new things every day, which is find by me. I’m a knowledge junkie and a natural parenting enthusiast. I’m a babywearer, a breastfeeder, and aspiring doula. I am also a music lover, coffee fiend, beer drinker and a foodie.  My husband is either really lucky and a saint or has funny taste in women, but together, sometimes we make magic. “

Breastmilk Pops for Teething

Teething is a common reason many folk come into the Nappy Shoppe.  They come for teething tablets, amber, silicone jewelry and teething tablets.  Recently on one of our mums boards, several of the girls shared about how they made breastmilk pops to sooth sore gums.  Jess A, kindly wrote for me, her how to make breastmilk pops.

Jess writes “One of Abi’s favorite things to help her with the discomfort of teething has been breastmilk pops!

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Initially, I had trouble getting the breastmilk from the bottle to the ice cube tray so I improvised and used the flange from my pump as a funnel!

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The fun part for me is using cute ice cube trays so the breastmilk pops make fun shapes. However, any ice cube tray will do the trick.  

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Give it about an hour or two for the breastmilk to freeze and then put it in a mesh container and BAM! You have a happy baby.  I hope y’all have as much fun with it as we do!

About Jess A.

jessruthJess writes “I’m Jess. Wife to Marshall and mommy to 7 month old Abigail. I am a first time mom.  A stay-at-home mom (I hadn’t planned on that) trying to figure out this whole parenting gig. It’s hard!  Even though it is hard, there are sweet moments where this little bitty human steals my heart and takes my breath away and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”

 

 

When you or baby are sick …

PSA – It appears that the back-to-school illnesses are already upon us. We at The Nappy Shoppe strive to make our store a safe environment for babies of all ages, especially newborns and pregnant moms.

Staff has a strict sick policy – if we suspect ourselves or our children to be ill, we do not come in to work or make alternate care arrangements for the kiddos for a full 24 hours past last symptom. We do this to prevent staff kids from passing illness back and forth, but more importantly to keep them from passing their illness on to customers. We ask that you, as customers and friends, afford us the same courtesy. If staff kids get sick and start sharing their germs with each other, then our small staff becomes even smaller and we have difficulty covering all the hours that the store is open.

Staff understands the risks of illness associated with having their kiddos around other kids, but we need your help to keep everyone healthy. If you suspect that you or your child may be ill, even if you do not think it is contagious, please consider postponing your trip to the Nappy Shoppe.

If you need something immediately, like detergent or Punkin Butt Teething Oil, then please wear your little one and refrain from touching the toys or other merchandise. We can also take your order and payment over the phone and bring it out to your car. We can answer many cloth diaper and breastfeeding questions over the phone, as well.

Sometimes illness strikes unexpectedly, and we understand that some things are out of our control. However, if you or your child become ill at the store, we ask that you clean up after yourself and go home for the day. Our staff does not have the necessary gear (masks, etc) to clean up bodily fluids without risking getting sick ourselves. We ask this courtesy from you to help keep everyone’s kids healthy throughout cold and flu season, but also so that new moms can feel comfortable bringing their newborns in to get lactation help from the Cafe.

If we all follow these guidelines, we can avoid unnecessary exposure to germs for all our kiddos.

Thank you.  The Nappy Shoppe Team.

6th Birthday Giveaway!

Nappy Shoppe is turning 6 this August.  We love to celebrate our birthday and this time we are doing it bigger than ever. We have some great giveaways.

1) Baby Hawk Oh Snap (No print substitutions)

2) Sakura Bloom Pure Ring Sling (Choose from in stock colors)

3) Chimparoo Regular 4.5m Woven Wrap (Choose from in stock colors)

4) Bum Genius Freetime Cloth Diaper -Chaplin Print (No print substitutions)

5) Econobum Newborn Kit (No substitutions)

6) Itzy Ritzy Nursing Scarf (Choose from in stock prints)

7) TokiDoki Be Light JuJuBe Bag (Choose from in stock Tokidoki prints)

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How it works

Every time you make a purchase during August 2014 you will get a ticket to put towards the prize of your choice. VIP (Blue Reward Card) Customers get TWO tickets. Applies only to one purchase on the day. Does not apply to second or subsequent purchases.

Prizes will be drawn Tuesday September 2nd.

Winners will be notified by phone and will be required to pick up their prize in store within 2 weeks or the prize will be redrawn.

Please note there will only be one prize won per family.  If a customer is drawn for a second time, we will redraw so that everyone has a good chance at winning a prize.

If you are an online customer, you do not miss out!  When you are checking out, be sure to put in the comments box what you prize you want your ticket to go towards!

Disposable Diaper Buy Back – 1 month

So now we have shown where we are at when baby is 1 month old.  In our window at Nappy Shoppe we have a stash of newborn cloth diapers, and the disposable diapers in size 1 needed for a newborn for the first month of life.  Depending on brand, you could be at this point running neck and neck for the cost factor.  However as far as resource usage is concerned, disposables are the clear loser her for the amount of resources used.  The bulk is visually obvious.  Even though I was already convinced that cloth diapers are the way to go, this window display has been a visual eye opener for me.  Just seeing it grow.  That one or two packets of disposables that sat under my older sons change table just did not really show his usage like this window display is.  And this window is nothing like what is in my office right now.  The pile fell on me the other morning when I opened the office door!

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I just want to give a huge THANK YOU, to all our customers who have participated in the program.  I know we have given store credit back, but many of the brands of diapers donated, are not the cheaper ones, so I know many of you are getting back less than you spent.  And many of you are doing it, knowing its going to help a good cause, Hopes Door Womens Shelter.  So THANK YOU!  And a special thank you to the customer who lives out of state but sent in disposables because she had some left over from when she transitioned to cloth and wanted to know they would end up in a good program!

 

Grandma Els Cream Review

So nearly 5 years ago, I wanted to start stocking Grandma Els Diaper Cream.  And because we want to be able to say a product works before we stock it, I bought a tube to try out on my then infant son.  However, my son was cloth diapered, and unlike his older brother who was in disposables, he did not get rashes.  So I had this tube  next to his change table for weeks, and no rash ….

So what was a girl to do?  I wanted to know if this stuff would work.  So it was winter.  My heels were cracked.  I thought, if it works on my cracked heels, its going to work on rash.  So I started applying the cream to my heels each night, and put a sock over the top of it.  And it  worked!!  So I stocked the cream.

grandmaelsEventually Braden did get a rash.  It came with teething.  He was a late teether.  So it wasn’t until he was around 7-8 months old.  He got what I call acidic poop.  And this comes about because when they teeth, babies drool, and they swallow the drool as well as drool it!  And that drool is acidic, and hence the acid poop.  And that poop causes a burn like rash on babies poor little bottoms.

So I grabbed that tube of Grandma Els back out of my night stand, and returned it to the change table area.  And started using it.  It works great as a barrier when you have the worst kind of rash.  And for milder rashes you do not need a lot of it.  But this stuff works.  I have customers who are the same, it is what they come in for when their babies teeth, or react poorly to a new food, or have to go on antibiotics.

If you are applying Grandma Els thinly to baby’s bottom, it is safe to use with cloth diapers.  However, the tendency when baby’s bottom is really sore is to slather on a diaper cream.  So when you feel the need to do that, we do suggest you use a flushable liner to protect your cloth diapers.

 

Disposables Buy Back – 2 weeks

We are a couple of weeks into our disposable diaper buyback program.  My office is filling up with disposables.  Something I never thought I would see owning a cloth diaper store.  But we hope to make a point over the coming weeks with our window display, and if you are on the fence about using cloth diapers, hopefully this will make you swing in this direction.  And in the end, the disposables will go to Hope’s Door women’s shelter.

So your newborn baby is 2 weeks old, and you have changed them around 168 times.  It seems that all they do is poop, sleep, cry, and feed.  What seemed like a large wheelie bin that took your trash to the street, seems to have shrunk, because the space the disposables is taking up in that trash can is quite significant.  If it is the middle of summer, you may be noticing it stinks worse than normal … pee will do that when sitting in a plastic container in the hot sun wrapped in plastic bags …

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So lets look at a few statistics.

  • Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste.  In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
  • Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
  • No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
  • The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
  • Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

Source – http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

There are many reasons to use cloth diapers over disposable, and to me this one is the biggest.  Don’t let your little one start out with a giant carbon footprint!

Diaper Buyback – 1 week

So baby is a week old.  Many parents when they come in, they want to cloth diaper, but they say they do not want to do the first few weeks, because they think it will be cheaper to do disposables.  Depending on brand, it could be a bit cheaper,  but it is still hard on planet earth.

A week in and baby has gone through 84 disposables!  A pregnant parent with baby number one may look at us incredulous, saying surely, not that many?!?  Yes that many.  Newborns go poop and pee A LOT! It will seem like you just put a fresh diaper on baby when you hear that all telling blurting sound.  They have no respect for how long a clean diaper is on them before they have to go.  And you certainly do not want their delicate skin sitting too long in a soiled diaper.

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So when you think about a newborn stash of cloth diapers, it is worth it, cost and environmentally.

Don’t forget about our disposable diaper buy back!

Disposable Buy Back – Day 2

So here we are a couple of days into our disposable diaper buy back program for Earth Month.  And there is a lot of disposables in my office.  But for now we have two days worth in our store window.

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Our newborn stash of cloth diapers is on the left, and our 2 days of disposables in size 1 are on the right.  There is 24 changes right now.  And space wise, our little newborn stash of cloth diapers is taking up a bit more space … but that will change by the next blog post.  I don’t know about you, but I find the diapers on the left far cuter than the ones on the right!

We discussed cost in our last post.  Today lets look at the space it takes up.  If you use a traditional change table for your baby, with the storage underneath, you could store all your cloth diapers under it.  For disposables you would fit a couple of weeks.  And then you would transfer that bulk to your trash can.  Believe me, over the course of the week this takes up a lot of space in your trash can.  Our trash gets collected once a week.  We also get a recycling can in our neighbourhood.  Ideally when we put out our trash, our recycling is filled more so than our regular trash.  Back when my 11 year old was in disposables, it was not the case.  At least half the can was taken up with his disposable diapers.  It reeked as well!  My husband was making that trip outside to the can every couple of nights.

Said husband was not totally on board with cloth when we started with our now 6 year old.  But a couple of months in, he admitted to me he far preferred the trek to the washer every couple of days, to out to the trash can.   He said it was less effort!  And people keep wondering if cloth is more work.  I personally think no.  My washer is the one doing the work, not me :)