A Poopie Wednesday

My little guy has been constipated for 3 days today being the 4th day with a fever yesterday and this morning. He threw up a little last night before bed, no doubt from not being able to move food. He has gone 3 days before no issues but this time seemed different.
Shortly after I wrote this his first poop came. OMG it was huge.
…. Back to the story…
I was beside myself, I had tried just about everything I knew to try with no luck. Remembering back to when I was younger my mom would give me mineral oil to help me. Well, we didn’t have any of that on the house but we did have virgin coconut oil. I gave my little guy a small baby spoon of coconut oil and shortly after he pooped… It is now Thursday and his poop hasn’t stopped. Every diaper I change is loaded with poop. I went out to get the mail and as soon as you walk back into the house all I smelled was toddler poop. Uggggg. Now we battle diarrhea…

And the poop continues…

Breastfeeding Wednesday – A Question from a Dad

Today’s letter comes from Ron.  It is nice to see a dad writing in.

Dear Dawn,
My wife is breastfeeding our first born and I feel left out.  Not just from the baby’s life but from my wife’s life as well.  Is there anything I can do to be more involved or feel more involved?

Dear Ron,

Thank you for your question.  There are a few ways to feel more involved.  I would nurse everywhere in the house.  Sometimes my fiancee would be sitting next to me and we would hang out.  When my milk supply started to drop he helped by helping me relax.  He helped massage my breasts gently.  It wasn’t a sexual thing but it helped him still have contact and helped my milk let down.  I would also pump a lot of milk and he would give our son bottles from time to time.  There were times I would be nursing in bed and he would gently massage our sons head.  It was tender and sweet.  I am amazed at how much just those little things meant to me.  One of the nicest things he would do was get our son if he was crying and bring him to me.  It was something small but sometimes those little actions mean more than flowers or gifts.

As for the sexual aspect.  I always laughed and said I didn’t understand why parents have less sex.  Why should having a baby hinder sex.  WOW, was I in for a shock.  LOL  It is amazing how priorities shift and being intimate shifts to cuddle time and relaxing together.  We are both so tired at the end of the night during the week that we pass out  before our sex drives kick in.  I will give you some hope, intimate time gets much easier  once the baby sleeps through the night.

Food Friday – Homemade Spicy Mustard

Cross-posted on MoMWoW.
I was out of mustard and I decided to experiment with the ground mustard seed I had sitting in my spice rack. I remembered when I was in college my mom telling me that I could make my own mustard out of mustard seed and vinegar. It was so easy to make and delicious. It tastes like a horseradish mustard. The key is to let it sit in the fridge for 24 – 48 hours before using it.

Dawn’s Spicy Mustard

4 Tbsp – Powdered Mustard Seed
4 Tbsp – White Vinegar
1/4 tsp – Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp – Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp – Onion Powder
1/4 tsp – Paprika Powder

blend everything together and place in a sealed jar. Put the jar in the fridge and it is ready to use in 24-48 hours. I add a little water to get the consistency I want.

Breastfeeding Question Wednesday – “Help My boobs are leaking!”

This is a cross post of my Blog Entry on MoMWoW.org

I was asked this in an email and would like to respond here so more people can benefit from my answer.

“I am a first time mom and I am exclusively breastfeeding.  I pump between feedings but my boobs are leaking milk.  Do you have any suggestions how to stop it or what to do? Thanks, Leah”

Dear Leah,

Thank you for asking this question.  I had a similar thing happen a couple of weeks after I had my son.  I did a couple of things to help with the leaking but it eventually cleared up in time.  I noticed my breasts would leak every time my son cried or if I was just a little over the time of a feeding.  I took a cloth diaper insert and cut it to make pads for my nipples.  This worked great.  They were super absorbent and wicked away the milk so my nipples didn’t get chapped or overly wet.  Not to mention it was much more cost-effective than using disposable nursing pads.  When I was out in public and the little guy wasn’t hungry I would excuse myself, run to the bathroom, make toilet paper pads and cross my arms like I was giving myself a hug with the heel of my hands on my nipples.  Like plugging a leak in a pool.  This helped a little but I think it was more for my peace of minds than anything.  I was lucky that this all occurred in the winter when I was able to throw on a sweater to hide my leaks.

If your issue with leaking is due to an over-supply then most likely it will continue until you are finished breastfeeding.  I didn’t have over-supply so I can’t give you a first hand review or experience but I know some mom’s who did and they bought a neat nipple shell that collected the milk they leaked.  They were able to put the collected milk in a bottle or bag and save it for a later feeding.

I hope this helps with your milk leakage and it stops for you soon.

Dawn Leoni – a former EBF Mommy


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Non Chemical Solution to Bleaching a Porcelain Sink and more…

Cream of Tartar and White Vinegar together make an amazing whitener.

I really should have taken before and after pictures, maybe next time. I have a porcelain sink in the kitchen that had been stained from tea & coffee. Just the normal build up. I wash it out as I do dishes but it doesn’t seem to stop the stains. Since I bathe R in the sink I hate using bleach on it. I had used vinegar and baking soda but it always seemed a little slimy after I rinsed it out.

So I tried Cream of tartar and vinegar. Here is how I did it:

  1. I took my Cream of tartar and shook it into the sink, enough to coat the bottom.
  2. I then took my scrubby part of the sponge and worked it into the sink.
  3. I could see the stains coming up in the color of the cream of tartar. AMAZING
  4. I grabbed the white vinegar and poured a very small amount in the sink and worked it in with the cream of tartar.
  5. I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it out.

I was impressed most of the discoloring was gone but it wasn’t until after the sink air-dried that I noticed there were no more stains. Waiting for the air dry to judge the final appearance is worth the wait.  The same solution worked on the stove too.