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Baby Talk: Introducing a Bottle While Breastfeeding {Featuring Boon NURSH on Amazon}

Lifestyle, Maternity

HEADS UP: I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #NURSHOnAmazon campaign, sponsored by Boon on Amazon. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

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I’m about six months into this first-time Mom business, and I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of things. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to exclusively breastfeed Christian up until recently when we started introducing solids – but we’ve definitely had our share of ups and downs along the way. One of our early challenges was getting Christian to take a bottle. I quickly realized that this is a common issue breastfeeding moms face, so I decided to share a few tips that helped us out tremendously.

#1 Start Early and (Somewhat) Often
This was probably the best piece of advice I followed. I knew I wanted to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months, but I also wanted the freedom to offer breastmilk from a bottle in case I was away or out and about with Christian in a place that would make nursing difficult (like a dirty crowded NYC subway, for instance). Introducing a bottle early – within the first two weeks that we brought our little guy home – gave us a much smoother transition than if we’d waited longer. Since then, I try to feed Christian from a bottle a few times per week so that he remains used to switching back and forth.

#2 Find Your Perfect Match
We had to go through several different bottles (I think five brands in total) before finally settling on ones that worked for us. If you find that your baby refuses to drink from a bottle, this might be the easiest fix. There’s a dizzying array of bottle choices available, but we had a few requirements that helped us narrow down the playing field. I wanted something easy-to-clean, made of safe materials, and with a nipple design that wouldn’t disrupt my little one’s latch when it was time to breastfeed. Our top choice hands-down was the Boon NURSH Silicone Pouch Bottle. It met all of my requirements and has a nice soft design that mimics the natural feel of a breast. I notice that Christian definitely gets a lot gassier when he drinks from a bottle, so I really like the fact that Boon NURSH is designed with a silicone pouch that collapses as he drinks which helps to squeeze out any excess air that can lead to gas. You can find them on Amazon, and I think they’re a must-have item to add to your registry.

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#3 Let Dad Give it a Shot
Truth be told, it was Eric who was finally able to get Christian to successfully take a bottle after my many lackluster attempts. Let’s face it – babies usually prefer to get their “fix” straight from the source. In the beginning, anytime I held Christian near my bosom he automatically wanted to nurse. We quickly found that when I left the room (or better yet, the apartment) little man was much less distracted and far more willing to take a bottle. As an added bonus, he and Dad got in some much-appreciated bonding time. It also eliminated a lot of pressure from being solely responsible for those late-night feedings. Fun-fact: Eric was also the one who got Christian to finally take a pacifier as well!

#4 Heat Things Up
Bottle feedings go a whole heck of a lot smoother when the milk is warm – around the same temperature as when it comes straight from mom. We went old-school in the beginning and just warmed our bottles on the stove. To be honest, the thought of fumbling around with a gadget with a hungry, fussy baby in tow scared me off from getting a bottle warmer at first. However, once I was introduced The First Years 4-in-1 Remote Control Bottle Warmer, I became a total convert. Warming up bottles of frozen milk is much faster than our previous stove top method (and a lot more precise). And now that Christian is eating solids, we can also use it warm up baby food. But the best feature has to be the fact that you can place a bottle in overnight (using the included ice packs that keep liquids chilled for up to 8 hours) and warm a bottle up before you even get out of bed using the remote. You can find the First Years Bottle Warmer on Amazon.

#5 Slow & Steady Wins the Race
As much as I wanted my baby to nurse from a bottle, I was also worried that he might start to prefer one over breastfeeding. Through my research, I learned that babies can develop a preference for the faster, more even flow of a bottle. To cut down on that risk, I always used a slow-flow nipple with my little one. That seems to have done the trick, and we’ve never had any issues switching between boob and bottle. Once Christian got the hang of drinking from a bottle, we began to incorporate pace-feeding which a method of bottle feeding that mimics breastfeeding. If you’re interested in pace-feeding, I highly recommend this article as well as this one.

So there you have it mamas (and papas!) – my quick tips and tricks for getting your breastfed baby to take a bottle. I by no means have it all figured out, so if you have any additional tips, feel free to share ’em in the comments!

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
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Getting Glam for the Holidays with JCPenney

My Style

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection{LIZ CLAIBORNE Wedge Heels and Faux Fur Coat, R&K ORIGINALS Fit & Flare Dress – all products c/o JCPenney}

You guys know I never need an excuse to get dressed up. But I especially love to amp up the glam factor this time of year. Silky satin gowns, luscious faux fur, and glittery gold accents… Bring it all on – the more, the merrier!

For this festive holiday look, I’ve partnered up with JCPenney and InStyle. Over the years, I’ve always had a strong association with JCPenney and the holidays, so  I was especially stoked to work with them. Growing up, my grandmother had a JCPenney’s credit card. And every year without fail, she’d give me a store gift card. My mom would always take me out on the day after Christmas to help me shop for the perfect outfit.

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

When I saw this cute little faux fur jacket on JCPenney’s website, I knew I had to have it. There’s nothing worse than ruining your glamorous evening attire with a bulky, oversized down jacket. Not only does this jacket look good, it’s also super cozy and warm. And the deep merlot color is so rich and goes with just about everything. I also love how it can be dressed up with a cute cocktail dress (like the one I’m wearing here) or dressed down with jeans and a pair of chic heels for a quick cocktail run with the girls after work.

Speaking of heels…

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

These wedges are absolutely amazing. My days of running around the city in 4-inch stilettos are few and far between as of late, but I still love the height and elongated look that heels provide. So what’s a girl to do? I think I’ve found the answer in these majorly comfy wedge heels. The next time I need a pair of cute dancing shoes, these will definitely be the ones I reach for.

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

And because my shopping mantra is and always has been: Life is short, buy the damn dress – I’ve rounded up a few of my favs from JCPenney below for your shopping pleasure. JCPenney always has great prices, so you can pick up two (or three!) fancy frocks without breaking the bank.

CLICK EACH IMAGE TO SHOP!

Full Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with InSTYLE and JC Penney. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

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Caped Crusader {Shein Houndstooth Cape}

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‘Tis the season for stepping out in style! Truth be told, I never really need an excuse to dress up. But I still find myself getting a little more festive with my outfit choices this time of year. Fire engine red accessories added the perfect burst of color to this houndstooth cape dress – which is the perfect transitional piece from a day at the office to a holiday cocktail party afterward.

Speaking of this cape dress… ISN’T SHE LOVELY?!

Seriously, as soon as I saw it online, I knew I had to have it. It’s such a unique piece and very versatile. I love that I can also layer it with a sleek black turtleneck underneath when the temps dip below freezing. I felt so ladylike while wearing it, and it gives off a definite vintage vibe while still being quite modern.

ABOUT THE FIT:
This dress runs true-to-size (and comes in plus size!). I went up a size, but I actually wish that I hadn’t because the waist is a bit too big for me. I had an event in mind for this dress, so I decided to just keep and cinch the belt a little tighter around the waist. I love it so much that I may even shell out a few bucks to have it taken in.

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