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Feb. 16th, 2009

Pismo Beach

"Welcome, Carnival of Breastfeeding readers!"

Welcome!  This months' theme is about saving money, something we can all benefit from!                   
~ZenMommy on nursing and saving money~

I’m all about saving money these days. I would NOT call myself a “tightwad,” but I am proud to admit that I am indeed, “thrifty.”

My penchant for saving money compliments my breastfeeding lifestyle just beautifully, if I do say so myself.

Obviously, as a nursing mommy, I am spared the expense of purchasing formula.
(My STARS, what do they put in that stuff? GOLD?) It’s SO expensive!

I was once given a box of formula and had no need for it. I placed an ad on Craig’s List to just give it away, and within ten minutes, had an inbox full of interested inquiries.

I am beyond thankful that I do not have to fork out my hard-earned cash for formula, of course, but did you realize that there are other ways a lactating baby-mama can pinch pennies?

Allow me to explain!

First, I need to set the stage…

My name is Layla and I am a shop-o-holic.

(Hi, Layla!)

I like to buy things. One of my favorite things to buy is clothing.

Clothes, clothes—pretty, designer clothes.

So what if I get this trendy little number home and wear it only once? I paid for it with AmEx!

THAT was my mentality years ago before I got a handle on my affliction.

Now, although in remission, I am still tempted by pretty things, but ALAS! I cannot just go and haphazardly purchase something sparkly and pretty just because I MIGHT wear it someday! As a breastfeeder, I only buy things that are conducive to…well, breastfeeding! I don’t know when I will stop nursing, and therefore cannot plan for what I may wear, later on down the road.

And, even though nursing wear has come a long way, it’s not what most women are buying on a regular basis, thereby making our selections limited—at least in regard to what we readily see when we walk into a store.
(If we want nursing wear that we haven’t sought out online, we are usually directed to a tiny section in the department store, wedged somewhere between “Maternity” and “Granny Nightgowns.”)

My shopping trips are much shorter than they used to be.

And in this rough economic time, that’s okay!

Another way members of the Mammary Mafia can save Moolah is a pretty obvious suggestion, but an important one, just the same.

I used to LOVE my appletinis. Vodka and Apple Pucker. It was like biting into a very magical apple.
(Unless you bit into too many, then it was like liquid death, but that is a whole other blog.)

I have not had an appletini in…wow—let’s just say a VERY long time. And you know what? I do NOT miss them! I will admit to having a glass of wine or two, here and there as a nursing mom—I know some frown upon that, and some say that in moderation it’s okay. At this point in my life, now though, I choose not to imbibe at all. Neither does my husband.

The money we save on NOT buying alcohol is amazing! We look back and marvel at the amount of cash that went toward buying this stuff earlier in our relationship.

Also, I love the fact that my little girl is so healthy as a breastfed baby! She is eighteen months old and has never had an ear infection, or ever needed antibiotics. She is the epitome of healthy, both physically and emotionally. As a bonus, so am I!

I adore nursing! It is so soothing and relaxing to me! I get to unwind with my sweet little angel in my arms—I don’t know any “therapy” more effective than that!

I also watch my diet because what’s going into me, is ultimately going into her, so when I feel a real jones for some junk food, I think twice now.
(Although I do NOT regret for one minute the chicken nuggets I had the other day.)

Nursing has been so healthy for me, be it physically or even financially.

I am extremely grateful for this experience—and so is my baby.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world, even if you tempted me with a hangover free vodka-fueled shopping spree courtesy of American Express, Mac Cosmetics, Tiffany & Company, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus, and on and on and on…

…and on and on!

Be sure to read these other fabulous Carnival of Breastfeeding entries!!!

Christina - MamasWorldWide.com - converting a regular bra to a nursing bra.

Tanya - Motherwear Blog - inexpensive home remedies for breastfeeding problems.

Lauren - HoboMama - general money saving tips.  

Stephanie - Milkact - living more frugally.

Elita - Blacktating - "Do it Yourself."  

Angela - Breastfeeding123 - Homemade "Pedialyte."

Sinead - BreastfeedingMums - Alternative $$$-saving uses for breastmilk.

Jan. 20th, 2009

nursing mommy

"Welcome, Carnival of Breastfeeding readers!"

Zen Mommy’s 2009 Breastfeeding Resolutions!

As someone who has been successfully nursing since July of 2007, I do NOT have plans to stop at this stage of the game! My baby girl, Chevelle Noir, and I got off to a bit of a rocky start with this whole nursing thing, but now that we’re old pros I am more resolved than ever to continue nursing, as well as helping other mommies with the often times difficult task of learning to successfully breastfeed.

How LaylaBeth, I mean, Zen Mommy, do you plan to do that? You may be asking!

Glad you asked! Allow me to explain:

First, I need everyone to relax and take a nice, deep, cleansing breath. Are you familiar with the ancient healing art of Reiki?

According to Reiki.org, Reiki is “…a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by laying on hands and can be easily learned by anyone.”

My husband, (Zen Daddy) and I became certified in Reiki I in early December, and will be receiving Reiki II training in January. (“Zen Baby,” Chevelle Noir, was present during our training and even received her Reiki I “attunement” at the same time we did! How many other toddlers are certified Reiki healers? She was actually nursing during the blessing. It was truly a special moment.)

As a HypnoBirthing® Certified Educator, I was very curious about learning how to use Reiki during pregnancy. Since Baby Chevelle was nursing happily throughout our class, we started discussing Reiki for nursing moms! I thought back to the tough time I had figuring out the art that is breastfeeding, and decided right then and there that I would commit to learning how to utilize this amazing healing technique during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

I have other goals, of course, one of which is to start my training in lactation educating/counseling. I will also continue to blog and write about maternal health related topics (among other things) and be an advocate for…you guessed it, my FAVORITE topic of all, breastfeeding!

As I write this, my goal to advocate for nursing is going strong, as I am part of the “Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! (Official petition to Facebook)” group. It seems the popular social networking site likes to delete photos of nursing mommies, then threaten the offenders with having their profiles removed.


Thank Goodness I am not running out of good Zen-Mommy-breastfeeding-blog ideas! And thank heavens Zen Daddy likes to take LOTS of nursing photographs! We’ll not run out of nursing advocacy material anytime soon!

So there you have it! Just a sampling of the goals I have for myself in the upcoming New Year. It gives me such inspiration to think that I might, in some small way, help someone learn a little something about breastfeeding that they didn’t know before, or help a new, unsure mother, choose to breastfeed her baby instead of going the “formula route.” If I can do that much, then my 2009 is already a success!


Other Carnival Blog Entries: *Please Read--this is a WEALTH of information!* :-)

Misty/SecretsOfOrual: http://secretsoforual.blogspot.com/2009/01/motherwears-breastfeeding-carnival.html

Tanya/Motherwear™ Blog: http://breastfeeding.blog.motherwear.com/2009/01/januarys-carnival-of-breastfeeding-breastfeeding-goals.html

Lauren/HoboMama: http://hobomama.blogspot.com/2009/01/breastfeeding-resolutions.html

Casey/BeautifulLetDown: http://www.beautifulletdown.net/my-breastfeeding-goals-january-breastfeeding-carnival/

Stephanie/MilkAct: http://milkact.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/breastfeeding-goals/

Angela/Breastfeeding123: http://www.breastfeeding123.com/the-goal-of-exclusive-breastfeeding-for-the-first-six-months/

Elita/Blacktating: http://blacktating.blogspot.com/2009/01/januarys-carnival-of-breastfeeding.html

Andi/MamaKnowsBreast: http://mamaknowsbreast.com/2009/01/breastfeeding.php

Sinead/Breastfeeding mums: http://breastfeedingmums.typepad.com/breastfeedingmums_blog/2009/01/january-carnival-of-breastfeeding-breastfeeding-goals.html#more


Please visit my NEW website!!! It's still in need of a little bit of work, but it's finally up and running:


Dec. 25th, 2008


Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

What a nice day! My family had a sweet little holiday--I am truly blessed.

Naturally, I have a series of goals and resolutions for the New Year--one of which is to maintain this journal much more regularly. I was once a PAID blogger, for Gosh sakes! This should be a cakewalk for me!


In the words of The Terminator, I'll be back!

You can count on it!

Until then...(you guessed it)...Hasta La Vista, Baby! :-)

Nov. 19th, 2008


Writer's Block: Under the Tree

What gifts, big or small, are you hoping to find under the tree this year?

A no-stress, just plain HAPPY Christmas, and if you MUST spend cash on me, put it toward the costs associated with my becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant!

Feb. 28th, 2008


Writer's Block: *blushes*

What is the most common compliment you receive? <---asks LiveJournal!

How PATIENT I am...! <---says Zen-Mommy, as she wolfs down the third chocolate bar of the day!!!

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