Sore Nipples????

cocount oilHey there! If you have decided to make the choice to breast feed or pump, you will probably deal with sore nipples at some point. Now, not all moms get as sore as others. My mother had such cracked nipples that she would bleed through the feedings. Another mother I spoke to recently only had slightly pink nipples in the first week of breastfeeding. I had raw cracked nipples, but thankfully only bled once due to a poor latch. The solution is COCONUT OIL!!!! It was a while before I found this cure. Use it sooner then I did so you wont have to go through the journey I took to find it. Here’s my story.

Even before I had our little boy I knew I wanted to breastfeed. When I had him, he had to be rushed to the NICU for respiratory problems and later on was treated for an infection. Because he was so sick I could not hold him. This meant I had to pump! The hospital set me up with everything I needed. I dry pumped for 2 days before I had anything to give to him. By day 3 my nipples were very sore. I mean the kind of sore you don’t even want water touching them when you shower sore. I figured it was the pump. So I started to put lanolin on after every pumping session. (Little did I know then this was just the beginning and the pump was really being gentle with my nipples). By day 8 of being in the NICU, our little boy was stable enough that we could hold him. This meant I could finally breastfeed him!!!! :)

The first feeding was very rough. He did not want to latch on. The staff gave me a nipple shield, and after 15 minutes of trying to get him to latch he finally did. The next feedings were just as frustrating, but by day 10 he was a pro with the nipple shield. But boy oh boy did my nipples really turn red. I spoke with the lactation consultant at the hospital twice, she checked his latch and said everything looked great. She also said it is typical for first time moms to be very sore for the first 2 weeks. She said to continue using lanolin.

We got to bring our little guy home on late of day 10. I was still very sore, but kept on using the lanolin. By day 14 I went to see a lactation consultant closer to home. She checked his latch and said that everything still looked good, and that I could start to wean him off of the nipple shield. She said to start the feeding with it, then after a couple minutes take it off and finish the feeding. She also said to soothe my nipples put coconut oil on. I didn’t want to buy any so I kept on using the lanolin.

After a week of weeing him off of the shield I had cracks in my nipples. At one month, I developed a severely plugged duct and shortly after Mastitis. Along with this I got a milk blister on each nipple. I was treated for mastitis and did the usual treatment for a plugged duct, i.e.Warm compress, sleep, lots of fluids. Two weeks later I had a second round of mastitis. This time the lactation consultant told me to start taking a teaspoon of lecithin a day, and vitamin E to help with the pain.  I still had red cracked sore nipples. She still recommended the coconut oil. I finally gave in and got some.

Oh boy did that make a difference! Within a week the redness when down, and now they are only slightly pink. The cracks disappeared! I did my homework and realized that coconut oil is naturally antibacterial (which if I used earlier might have prevented mastitis). What I liked most about it, is that it was very easy to put on. It melts at body temperature, so you don’t have to hurt yourself putting it on. The next best thing is that it is natural, so its safe for the baby to eat after you put it on. WARNING: If you are going about the house without a bra, wear a grungy t-shirt. The oil stains clothes.

I hope this prevents another poor soul from going through what I went through. Remember: It is normal to have slightly sore nipples in the first 10-14 days. Using coconut oil will soothe them, believe me!

Disclosure: I am not of a medical profession. This post is only through my own experience. Seek medical attention if you are not comfortable with your situation.

Biscuit Pizza Rolls

Easy dinner for the working wife or mom.

Recipe: 3 cans of refrigerated biscuits

pack of Pepperoni

Chunk cheese cut up into smaller chunks

1 egg

Parmesan

Italian Seasoning

Spaghetti Sauce

flat biscuit Take the refrigerated biscuit rolls, and flatten them. biscuitThen put your pepperoni, chunk of cheese, and another pepperoni slice on top. Close up the biscuit by pinching it together with your fingers.

imagesPlace them down in a 9 by 13 pan.

Beat one egg and brush over the tops of your little pizzas. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and Parmesan. Bake at 425 for 18-20 min. You can dip them in spaghetti sauce when they are done.

HINT: Spice it up with other topping inside, like olives, spinach, or mushrooms. Yum!

Banana Peppers (Like Vlassic or Subway)

We got a ton of free banana peppers from my husband’s uncles’ garden. Now, we don’t like eating them any other way, but pickled and in our sandwiches.  We are particular about our banana peppers. We like them to taste like the vlassic ones or like the kind you can get at subway. So I searched high and low for a recipe that would make the perfect banana peppers. I found one that seemed to fit the bill, and tweaked it a little and they are perfect! My husband said they were even better then his Mom’s recipe. (He almost never pays me that compliment) So that means they are good! :)vlassic

Here’s the recipe: (this made 4 pint jars for me)

1.) Slice your banana peppers into rings like this: rings

2.) Put them into your sanitized jars. (To sanitize the jars, boil them for 5 minutes)banana pepper in jar

3.) Mix your brine:

5 c. white vinegar

1 c. water

4 tsp. of Pickling Salt

2 T. Sugar

2 garlic cloves

Put all of this into a pot and bring to a boil. Once it has boiled for 2 minutes remove the garlic cloves.

4.) Pour the brine over your pepper rings, leaving 1/2 inch headspace

5.) Add 1/4 tsp. of crisper granules to each jar (You can find this in the canning section, it will keep the peppers from getting soggy) crisper granules

6.) Put your sanitized lids and rims on (Sanitize them the same way you did the jars) When you put the rims on, make sure you don’t put it on to tight, just turn it ’til it’s secure, but not completely tight.

7.) Lower into your hot water bath and make sure the water completely covers the jars. Put the lid on the pot and boil for 10 minutes.

hot water bath

8.) Take out and allow to cool. You should hear the lids pop as they seal. Whatever ones don’t seal place in the fridge for safe storage. Allow 1 week before eating!

Enjoy your homemade banana peppers!

Make it Sparkle, Ladies!

So, I just got a Swiffer for my kitchen and bathroom floor. I used the wet towel they gave me and it left my floor clean, but it kinda felt sticky. Now, I had to find something to clean my entire floor. I don’t have any floor cleaner yet, so I figured I would make my own. After searching on Google, I found something that was simple, and sounded like it would work. It does! My floor sparkles and is no longer sticky.

Here’s the recipe for 1 Gallon of Floor Cleaner:

1 c. of  White Vinegar

1/2 c. of Lemon Juice

1 T of Dish Soap

1 Gallon of Water

Airtight Container to Store it in

Your Supplies (I made half the recipe and put it into and old juice container)

1) Fill your container more than halfway with the amount of water you are suppose to have in it.My water

2) Then add your Vinegar, Lemon Juice, and Dish Soap

3) Add the rest of the water. Put the cap on, and shake.

4) Make a label for your container, and make it cute! :)

All finished( I already used some, so that it why mine isn’t full. Yours should be full when you are done making it!  Happy Scrubbing!

No Slide Hanger

Do you ever get sick of opening your closet door and finding shirts, tanks, and dresses sliding off their hanger? Well this little trick is a cure all! All you need to do is take your plastic hanger and zig-zag hot glue on the top! I did this a month ago and have tested it! I have not had one shirt fall off my hangers !!!!!! It is great!  Do this to all your hangers and save yourself the hassle of always fixing the clothes in your closet!

P.S. You can also do it along the bottom, that way you can hang pants on them and they wont slide off.

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Creamy Potatoes….yummmmmy!

irish potatoes

I made this when I had guests over last week and it was a major hit! This one is definitely a keeper! :)

8 Large Russet Potatoes

1 T. of Butter

1/2 c. of small onion, minced

salt and pepper

1/2 c. of Butter, melted

1/2 c. of Half and Half

1/2 c. of Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 tsp. Paprika

2 T. Parsley

1. Boil Potatoes for 10 min. Let them cool so you can handle them. Then peal off the skins.

2. Place the pealed potatoes in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

4. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with 1 T. of butter. Then grate 2 potatoes into the pan, sprinkle with about 1/4 of the onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper and repeat until you are out of potatoes.

5. Drizzle the melted butter, whipping cream, and half and half over the top. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.

6. Bake for 30 min. (Until center is warm and the top is light brown and sort of crunchy)

Car Trash Can

Car Trash Can

Now this is simple and helpful! You probably don’t even need to buy anything!

The supplies:

Cereal Container (maybe use one you already have or find it cheap at a garage sale!)

A plastic grocery bag

It’s easy to take the trash out when it gets full, just replace it with another grocery bag.  You could make one for each row in your car, that way the kids in the back have a place to put that McDonalds wrapper. If you want to keep the smell out, just shut the top! :)

I know my car will stay a lot cleaner now! :)

Organized Memories

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You know how you have those cards you saved from your Birthday, first Valentines, Wedding, baby, etc.? Well, here is a great way to store those cards, so you can easily flip through them, and even organize them. The supplies: … Continue reading

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