Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Milk of Magnesia as an Oil Mattifier

There are TONS of videos on YouTube about using Milk of Magnesia as an oil mattifier (in lieu of things like Murad's Oil Mattifier and Skindinavia).  So, here's another one.

I don't know about you, but I'll carry laxatives wherever I go from now on.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

This One's About Breasts!

Lulz, jk.  This one is about breastfeeding.

It's been a long while since I've written a blog post.  Two weeks, me thinks.  I took a short break to finish up my Grad School applications and work on some other projects I've had lingering around the house (like my YOUTUBE CHANNEL, pls subscribe!).

But now, I'm back in full force to talk about b00bz and the wonderful things that they do. 

I'm a huge advocate of breastfeeding.  Not only is breastmilk, like, a wonderful, magical formula containing immunities and all sorts of vitamins and crap, it creates a fantastic bond between you and your baby. 

Forewarning: If you're one of those people who are easily freaked out by breastfeeding women, do me a favor.  Don't comment, don't turn your face in disgust.  Simply click that little "x" above this page and get the heck out.  Nobody's forcing you to read this.  Any and all negative comments regarding breastfeeding mamas will be deleted.

Also, I don't claim to be some sort of breastfeeding expert.  I just happen to have well over a year breastfeeding experience under my belt.

Anywhoo, here are my top three breastfeeding tips, and my top three breastfeeding products.  I know you can hardly contain yourself.
A little boob humor never hurt anybody.
1) Don't deny baby your boobies, and pump when baby don't want none
Nursing frequently will help you maintain your breastmilk supply, because you're telling your body that your baby needs more milk, and your body will respond by increasing your supply.  That said, some people nurse on-demand, and some people nurse on a schedule. I did both; I nursed on a schedule (every 3 hours at first), but if I felt like my supply was dwindling (even if just a bit), I would nurse more frequently to increase it. Also, if I was engorged, and baby didn't want to nurse, I would pump. You don't want to stay engorged for too long, because it tells your body that you're producing too much milk, and your body will react by decreasing supply. So, pump, pump, pump it up!

2) Breastfeeding takes mental stamina.
Disclaimer: This, of course, does not apply to those who literally are unable to breastfeed (due to baby's alergies, mama's health conditions, etc.)

Don't pay attention to what our society (here, in the states) feels about breastfeeding, how long you should breastfeed, etc.  If you want to breastfeed up to a year, do it.  Stay committed and dedicated.  I worked full-time, starting from when baby was about three months old, but was able to keep baby on a breastmilk only/no formula diet until he turned one by pumping on a strict schedule (as often as baby would nurse if I were home with him). 

Remember your rights; if you work full time, you can demand that your employer lets you pump AND provides a space for you to pump, with a locked door, as often as you need it.  (That applies to California; check your state laws for clarification.)

3) Get a good latch.
When I first started breastfeeding, I would cry in agony over the pain I had to endure from baby's latch.  Though some of the pain was expected, since I was a first-time breastfeeder, a lot of it was also due to baby's improper latch.  It's crucial to teach your baby how to latch correctly; it helps ease baby's frustration, your frustration, and helps baby get milk more efficiently (which, in turn, also avoids your breastmilk supply from dwindling.)  Here's a website that shows how to get a proper latch.

 1) Medela Pump-in-Style Breast Pump
I know it's pricey, but trust me.  If you're going to work full time, your breast pump will become your breast friend.  (Heh, see what I did there?).  This particular breast pump is the one I used.  It's a double breast pump, comes with both a wall charger/adapter, and a battery powered adapter in case you're traveling.  You just pop this sucker onto your boobies for about 20 minutes and you're done.  It's easy peasy.  I highly advise getting a breast pump that will be easy to use, because you want to stay encouraged to pump, so you can meet your goal.

2) Lasinoh Soothies Gel Pads

Like I said, any first-time breastfeeding mama will have to endure some pain.  I found that these really soothed me, and applied them whenever I got a bit sore around the nipular area.  I loved them.

3) Nursing covers!
I nurse in public.  And while I don't really care if you think that's gross or not, I'm just not ballsy enough to whip it out for the world to see, so I cover up.  I'm lucky enough to have a sew-happy mama who made one of these for me, but you can find them pretty cheap at any baby supply store (and they come in cuuuuute patterns!)

Final thoughts:  Stay ready, focused, and pump it up.