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Munchkin LATCH Bottle for Breastfeeding Mothers

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I've teamed up with my friends at Munchkin to share this story with you.

I'm 18 weeks into my third pregnancy and still nursing this sweet one and a half year old of mine. Looking back, I realized that in the past five years, I have only had a six month break from breastfeeding (which is kind of hard to believe) and with another baby on the way, it looks like I'm going to have a couple more years (and maybe more after that with another one if we are so lucky)! I have always told everyone that my babies don't take bottles, but the truth is that they don't take bottles because I don't like to introduce them. I honestly don't like to miss any of that special bonding time that happens when you're nursing your infant, don't enjoy pumping (cleaning all of those parts ugh!), and have had a hard time finding a bottle that I love for my babies.

However, this third time around, this sweet babe of mine is going to need to take a bottle. With two others to look after, one of whom won't even be two years old when this new babe of ours is born, I'm going to need the ability for others to feed him or her while I take care of the other two. Holden is already talking about feeding the new baby and I know Gray will want some part in that as well. So I'm feeling ok this time around about letting others do some of the feedings (just a few though ha!) so that they get to experience a similar sort of bonding as I do.

Munchkin, one of my favorite brands, just released a new line, Munchkin LATCH, that is specifically made for breastfeeding mamas and babes. Honestly, knowing that something is made with nursing moms in mind makes me feel more at ease about introducing it to my little ones. The Munchkin LATCH bottle has an accordion-style nipple that stretches like the breast, helping your baby latch easily and correctly. The other nice benefit of Munchkin LATCH is the anti-colic valve on the bottom of the bottle, which helps to remove air from the milk inside it. And the line includes an easy sterilization kit for pump parts, breast pads, bottle and pump brushes.

So if you're a breastfeeding mother who wants to introduce a bottle to your baby and wants to find something that is as close to mimicking breastfeeding as possible, check out the new Munchkin LATCH.

***This post is sponsored by Munchkin. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

BOY ON A BUDGET: FALL FASHION

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little man wearing:  h&m fur hat ($9.99), healthtex button-up from walmart ($5.98), healthtex colored jeans from walmart (from the girls department) ($8), target converse ($19.99)

almost every time there is water running in the kitchen sink, whether i'm rinsing the dishes, getting a glass of water, or washing my hands, i feel a little body mold itself against my legs, tiny hands yanking at the hem of my shirt, and a high-pitched squeak repeating "up, up, up!"  i'll look down to see holden with his arms outstretched towards me, looking longingly at the sink, knowing that he wants to sit in the sink letting the warm water run through his hands for the next hour or so.  it is usually when we are planning to head out for the day or i'm just about to start dinner that his desire to play in the sink arises and often my first instinct is to say no, we don't have time baby.  but with holden, if i ever say no to anything i always like to give him a good reason of why he can't do something.  the voice inside my head always asks "why not?"

no, holden, mama doesn't feel like watching you play in the sink for an hour never feels like a good enough reason for me.  so i always pick him up, clothes and all, and sit him in the tub of water.  he will hold his hands under the faucet, feeling the water pelt the palms of his hands surrounded by tupperware and spatulas and he is content for at least an hour.  the one single activity that can tame my little wild man for that span of time.

we don't get out until he is ready to get out, but there wasn't a true reason that we couldn't spend that hour doing exactly what he wanted to do.

like take an extra half hour to collect sticks on our way into the grocery store

or reading a handful of books in the car before buckling him in and heading to our destination,

or spend the morning playing peek-a-boo instead of getting ready for the day.

i don't ever want to be too tired,

too uninspired,

or too busy

to take a few extra minutes out of my day and do exactly what holden wants to do.

because all too soon, we grow older, we have more responsibilities and lose some of our ability to spend each and every day doing exactly what we want.