All Natural Mamma

Going all natural, from breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing, eating better, and just all around living more natural.

Dish Soap Recipe Using EO’s

So I made up a dish soap recipe using EO’s! I’m rather proud that I’m using my oils finally. So here it is an I hope y’all enjoy, I was going for a very mild scent.

EO Dish Soap:

4 oz Dr. Bronners baby mild
4 oz Water
4 drops Fabulous Frannie Sweet Orange EO
4 drops Fabulous Frannie Lavender EO

Mix all ingredients together and swish around in bottle (I used an empty seventh gen. Bottle since its not see through), do NOT shake it up!

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-ANM

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Essential Oils!

So I’ve had urges for a while to start living more healthy and natural, including medically! I have decided to take the plunge and venture into essential oils for a more holitistic approach to medicine. I’m starting small.. Fabulous Frannie

was recommended to me by a friend, so I ordered my sampler set back in August, though I’ve had it for a while I haven’t use any of them yet, I had to order some amber glass bottles

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so that I could mix my oils with the carrier! As of this moment I’m still waiting on them to be delivered! So stick with me here on the oils, since I’m a beginner I’m still learning quite a bit, like I think most if not all oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil before being used topically, like I said I’m still learning. 🙂
If your wondering I purchased the Plant Guru brand of fractionated coconut oil…

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The same friend also recommended The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, I’ve skimmed through it briefly and it’s absolutely amazing! It covers everything from tummy troubles to childbirth!

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So if you have thought about trying EO’s or maybe your just now starting out and your a complete beginner like myself, then stick around and we can learn this thing together!!! Well guys its 12:19 am and this mamma is tired!

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-ANM

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Hip Dysplasia and Baby Carriers

A lot of people have probably never even heard of hip dysplasia, which in short means dislocation of the hips. I just want to help others understand the danger that could result in using an infant carrier like the one on the left…

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Like I said earlier the danger is called hip dysplasia or dislocation. The carriers like the one on the left do not support a baby’s hips and thighs like the ergonomic carrier on the right, which could cause your baby’s hips to dislocate with long term use and you may not even know its happened until walking age because it doesn’t cause the child pain. I advise against using these carriers for your child, when your making the purchase splurge a little and get a more ergonomical carrier you’ll thank yourself later when your child has no issues like hip dysplasia!

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Link:
http://hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/

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Breastfeeding Essentials

The ultimate list of everything you will want and need on your breastfeeding journey! Also a great guide for making gift baskets for new moms!

1. Nipple cream- One tube will last you forever! I mainly used it in those first weeks when we were getting used to bfing. I still use it every now and then when she’s having a lousy latch day and my nips get a bit tender!
2. Breast Pads– Reusuable of course, you know the cloth washable kind! Honestly I never need them cause I don’t leak much and never have, shoot I leaked more during pregnancy lol.
3. Pump– It doesn’t matter if you plan on using it or not, you may need it say if you become engorged and your little one can’t finish off both sides, or if you happen to get a clogged duct or mastitis and your LO can’t break it loose then a pump can be real handy!
4. Nursing cover– Personally I have never used one but to each their own. I could see how it would be handy if your a little shy, my LO hates being covered she will scream and cry and refuse to eat!
5. Nursing Bra– ESSENTIAL! Or at least a bra u can easily maneuver your boob out of.
6. Nursing Shirts– any v neck type shirts or shirts with stretchy necks!
7. Fenugreek Capsules– These aren’t that essential but lovely when your suppky is feeling a bit low. I take 6 a day 2 after each meal as per my IBCLC’s recommendation and these help me maintain my wonderful supply. 🙂
8. Mothers Milk Tea– Nasty as hell but helps tremendously!
9. Lactation Cookies– recipes can be found online!
10. Soothie Pacifier- Now this deffinatly isn’t essential but if you plan on using a pacifier these are best for breastfed babies because they help keep their latch perfect compared to any other paci!
11. Avent Bottles If you do want to use a bottle every now and then these are awesome cause like the soothie the wide base nipple will help keep their latch!
11. Boppy or Breast Friend Pillow– I use just a regular ol pillow now though because since I have larger breasts my IBCLC helped me realize that I’d be more comfortable without a boppy 🙂

And there you have it, all of the wants and needs! 🙂
This list is from my personal experience as a breastfeeding mother, I am not a doctor!

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Deciding to Breastfeed?!

Are you trying to make the decision to breastfeed? I remember when I found out I was pregnant, I already knew it was what I wanted to do, but unlike me there are many women that aren’t so sure. I want to talk a little about breastfeeding in hopes that I can help you make the decision, weather you decide you want to or not. I will say i am pro-breastfeeding and believe in the benefits of it weather its for 7 days, 6 months, or 1 year.

I want to address the benefits and there are just so many! Breastfed children are less likely to contract certain diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and are sick with illnesses way less. Women who do breastfeed are better protected against getting breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers, and also may reach their pre-pregnancy weights faster; now who wouldn’t want that?

In America today more and more women are choosing not to breastfeeding, due to the way our society views breast as just a sex symbol, and not what they’re really meant for which is to nourish your child! I, like many other breastfeeding mammas’ want to normalize what’s already normal! Now with all that being said I want to get to more about helping you choose whether or not you want to breastfeed.

Believe it or not the decision is hard to make for some women, like, how do you feel about it, will it hurt, will it be awkward? Im sure every woman has had these thoughts before I know I certainly did, yes I know I said I already knew when I got pregnant that I wanted to breastfeed but that doesn’t mean I’ve always felt the same about it, for instance when I was younger say in my teens I wouldn’t have thought twice, then breastfeeding would have been totally foreighn to me and im sure I’d have thought it was extremely awkward. So I think its true views change with age.

I plan on doing a post about our breastfeeding journey soon because I feel it will be an inspiration for many. So as I said in the beginning there are a number of health benefits for baby and mom, but other than that their are also emotional benefits when it comes to breastfeeding, women who breastfeed are less likely to end up with post partum depression, I was so worried I would have that and I think breastfeeding has helped me stay away from it! Also the bond you and your baby develope when breastfeeding is unlike any other, it truley is a beautiful thing! Breastfeeding helps your baby grow to be an independent individual who is also loving and caring thanks to the everlasting effects of the emotional bond between the two of you.

Now, some women just can’t breastfeed its not even and option but even if you decide breastfeeding isn’t for you think of the health benefits of breastmilk for your baby and you can always use donor milk which is way better for your baby! 🙂 Well I hope I helped in someones decision and I hope you decided to breastfeed you wont regret it, yes it takes alot of patients and it’s hard work but it’s so worth it!

 

Links:

http://www.nrdc.org/breastmilk/benefits.asp
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22978082
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Psychological-Benefits-of-Breastfeeding.aspx

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Day 2!

Hey everyone it’s day two whew I made it! Today I’ve been working a new post I think a lot of women need to see who are fixing to become mothers for the first time or even the second or third time, or more lol no ones judging. I’ll keep the contents of it a secret for now but lets just say I’m doing it, I have friends doing it, and I’m pro doing it– an advocate if you will! Well hang around this week and you’ll find out what I’m talking about. Got to go for now, my child has learned how to squeal to get my attention lol.

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4/22/14: First day of my blog!

Hi my name is Harley Dyer, I’m 21 years young and a wife and mother to one beautiful little girl. I’m from Texas. I know it’s probably a little rough but work with me here I’m new to all of this! Recently I’ve decide that me and my family need to live a more natural life, I can’t really say one thing that made me decided this because there are many reasons, besides everyone could live a little more natural in my opinion. Anyhow, day one complete more posts to come as I figure all of this out! Please check out my post on Cloth Diapering: Pros & Cons. Thanks for reading!

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Cloth Diapering: Pros & Cons

Like many parents, when You hear the words ‘Cloth diapers’ you think flat pieces of cloth and jumbo safety pins. I’m going to tell you cloth diapers have come a long way since your parents were kids. Today cloth diapers are more modern than ever looking exactly like “sposies” (disposables). There are many different brands of diapers to choose from and different forms of diapers all in ones and pockets but that’s a whole other post in itself. Today I just want to talk about the pros and cons of deciding to cloth diaper.

Pros:

1. Money Saver!

Cloth diapers will save you so much money, you’ll spend over $1000 in a year on disposable diapers, whereas a one time purchase of $150-$200 will buy you cloth that will last for years to come!

2. No harsh chemicals!

Disposable diapers are comprised of a bunch of different chemicals that make the diaper leak proof, and hold more pee than normal and a lot of other chemicals but I’m not going to get into that.. cloth diapers are plain and simple usually either a microfiber and terry material or bamboo they also make biodegradable inserts there’s a lot of options and non involve chemicals at all! Making them 100% better for babies bum 🙂

3. Their super cute!

Cloth diapers today come in an array of colors and designs, making them totally cuter than any disposable.

4. Environmentally friendly!

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

Now to the—

Cons:

1. They smell :/

I’m not going to sugar coat it, cloth diapers start to smell after a few days if they go unwashed, and the older the baby the worse the smell and not just from poo but the pee ugh!

2. It can be messy..

Depending on your Lo’s age and method of eating ie breastfed= easy clean up just toss into wash without cleaning the poo off first, but if u formula feed or have started solids that poo has to be cleaned off before washing and that can be nasty work which is why they make diaper sprayers that attach to your toilet to make clean up a bit easier.

3. Not as convenient as sposies

Yes its true there is a bit more work involved when diapering with cloth, but believe me the pros outweigh this con any day!

Well those are just a few of the most important pros & cons of cloth diapering that I feel really impacted my choice to use cloth. I hope your like me and feel the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to your tiny baby’s bottom. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

All Natural Mamma
Harley

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Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

 

Earth Day isn’t over yet you still have time to take a pledge! Head over to http://www.earthday.org/takeaction/

 

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