Christmas is upon us and we've rounded up a few of our favorite DIY Advent Calendars:
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1- FENNEL is an herb that is thought to increase milk supply. It contains phytoestrogens and is thought to help letdown. Plus it aids in digestion. So sauté it, stew it, or toss it raw into a salad and eat up!
2- ASPARAGUS is a super food for all new mothers. It is high in fibre and Vitamin A and K. It is high in phytoestrogens which are believed to promote healthy breast tissue and lactation. Plus it has tryptophan, an essential amino acid that may stimulate milk supply through the production of prolactin.
3- GREEN PAPAYA yes, unripe papaya is a traditional galactagogue in Asia. It contains enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C and E. Even if it doesn't increase your milk supply, it is definitely a powerhouse of health for your recovering body.
4- GINGER is a power food and a galactagogue. It helps letdown and flow, facilitating milk removal. (we are talking the spice, not as an herbal supplement) Ginger teas and ginger ales made with natural ginger are a delicious way to enjoy this super food.
5-GARLIC- is a great food to increase breast milk .but this may be because babies like the flavor. So the use of garlic may be because babies nursed more often because they liked the flavor, thus the increased stimulation increased milk supply. Plus it is a powerful antioxidant and easy to add to many recipes!
NOTE: Garlic can change the taste and smell of your milk. For infants that suffer from colic, garlic is one of the foods you may want to eliminate from your diet.
Be sure to consult a health professional if you have any questions.
Need more super foods to increase your milk supply? Click here to read our first 5 Superfoods Blog post and get some amazing recipes.
Finding the perfect double stroller can be tough, but between the many mamas at Undercover Mama, we've tested too many options to count and found our top favorites for every type of double stroller:
1- Best Side By Side Stroller
Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller
Why we love it: It has reclining seats, adjustable handlebars (great for taller people), nice durable wheels, and a great one handed Compact fold for a double stroller.
2-Best Tandem Stroller
Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller
Why we love it: It is the width of a single stroller and has many of the features of the higher priced brands at a much friendlier price point. We love its seating versatility and the tires, however the one downside to this stroller is the weight. You have been warned...
3- Best Sit and Stand Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller
Why we love it: This is the lightest, most maneuverable sit and stand stroller on the market.
4- Best Convertible Stroller
Why we love it: It is maneuverable, turns easily, and folds WITHOUT having to remove the 2nd seat. There are a variety of different positions as well as the ability to take two infant seats at the same time. Plus the tires are great and don't need to be pumped!
4 Cups Cream
2 Cups Sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon unflavored Knox gelatin
2 Cups Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Mix your gelatin with your sugar. Then pour your cream in a saucepan on medium heat. Add your sugar/gelatin mixture to your cream until everything is thoroughly dissolved. Continue stirring your cream over medium heat until it is hot to touch, but not boiling. Then cool your mixture. I put mine in the freezer for 20 minutes or so to speed things up. Once it’s warm or room temp, whisk in the sour cream and vanilla.
Pour the mixture into your desired mold, leaving 1/2″ at the top for your topping, and then chill the cream at least 4 hours or overnight. Your cream should thicken to a consistency so if you were to hold it upside down, nothing would drip out.
I chill overnight and then top with berry of choice, whatever is available!
I'm sharing one of my favorite rooms in our home: Kids Bathroom! When I look at the colorful tiles, it's impossible not to smile.
The seperate room for the bath/shower is going to be so handy when the kids get older. And we are loving the hanging cups from puj!
This tile was quite the project, but I love how it turned out!
These cubbies are across from the bath/shower and will one day have bins with PJs. Still a work in progress!
Thanks for stopping by!
Elena aka Undercover Mama
There are so many different breast feeding positions and variations one could loose count. One of our favorite positions is the Biological Nurturing Position demonstrated by our friend, Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC of Lactation Link.
The BIOLOGICAL NURTURING position was developed by Suzanne Colson. It's a very natural and comfortable position for both mom and baby. It is also a great option for women with overactive letdown, as it slows the flow of milk. It is a reclined back position that can be done on a couch, recliner, or bed.
-Use cushions or pillows to ensure comfort and support in a semi-reclined position
-Lay infant/child parallel to your body, tummy-to-tummy
-Infant's legs straddle Mom's leg on the feeding side
-Infant's hands frame the breast, one on each side
-Infant chin buried in the breast
-Ensure a deep latch
Did this position work for you?
Our founder Elisa just had a sweet baby girl! One of our favorite companies, NüRoo, sent her the NüRoo Pocket to use. The pocket is a babywearing shirt that offers full coverage and mobility for moms practicing Skin-to-Skin Contact with their newborns and that doubles as a hands free newborn carrier.
From Elisa: Wearing Naomi in the pocket was really special bonding time. I loved putting her in when she was straight from the bath and she loved warming up skin to skin. Looking down at her I felt like I was getting a special glimpse into how she looked, all curled up and cozy, before she was born. The NüRoo was easy to use and get her comfortable in, and I didn't have problems with her slipping. It help her up high and kissable.
We loved the NüRoo Pocket!
Who can resist a swaddled baby?
We sure can't and we've rounded up our top 3 favorite swaddling blankets below:
We absolutely love every blanket we have ever tried from Weegoamigo! These swaddle blankets are 100% natural cotton muslin. They are lightweight, breathable, come in some darling prints and are large enough to perfectly swaddle your baby.
Aden and Anais are well known to most mamas for top quality swaddle blankets. We love muslin, but these blankets take it one step further with silky bamboo fiber muslin. They are incredibly soft, antibacterial and absorbent and are one of our top 3 swaddle blankets.
While these blankets are not available for purchase yet (except for one a few select deal sites so keep your eyes out) we love these comfy swaddle blankets, their darling packaging and designs, and their price point. Keep your eyes out for the official launch of these blankets!
Transitioning a breastfed baby to a bottle can be tough. Here are a few of our favorite bottles that can help:
We love this bottle because it enables baby to engage in the same natural sucking actions learned at the breast allowing for a smooth transition from breast to bottle and back again. The nipple is 100% silicone, soft, flexible and designed for optimal compression plus it is BPA free and helps reduce gas.
Designed to mimic breastfeeding, the Comotomo Bottle is 100 percent BPA-free, medical grade silicon, the bottle is actually squeezable, much like a natural breast. It has a wide and easy to latch on nipple, slow flow rate, let-down effect, and air vents. Plus it is easy to clean!
The nipple of this bottle has a particularly wide base designed to mimic mother breast in shape and mechanics. The nipple promotes proper deep latching that is crucial for a breastfed baby. Plus, it has a super sensitive easi-vent valve that eliminates excessive air flow, so babies ingest less air.