Moms Need to Know: Need Brands

Disclosure: I was sent a tube of Stretchy (by Need Brands) and an opportunity to share Milky with Life With Levi readers via this review and giveaway. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own. I have a horrible, awful confession to make. On 4th of July, I totally lied to my female cousins. I told them “I don’t have belly stretch marks”, thinking I really didn’t. What  a lie! My belly and hips have them, the problem is that my skin is so pasty white and {Read More}

How Should I Breastfeed? (Guest Post)

Since I finished exclusively pumping for Levi almost a year ago, I haven’t talked about breastfeeding nearly as much on here as I used to. After having 3 breastfeeding mamas over yesterday and seeing them nurse their little ones like rockstars, I thought it would be fun to feature a couple guest posts about breastfeeding here on the ol’ blog. How Should I Breastfeed? Written by Carly Morson Although breastfeeding fell out of fashion over the last few decades, mostly {Read More}

Military Moms Should Not Breastfeed In Public While In Uniform

Surprised to hear that coming from the gal that hosted the Breastfeeding Blog Hop for a year and opening supports nursing in public? You shouldn’t be. Photo Credit: Brynja Sigurdardottir You may have already seen the articles online about the military moms who are “proud” to breastfeed in uniform. Here’s the deal, folks. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public. Just don’t do it in uniform. One commenter said it best: The military is not a civilian job. We {Read More}

25% Of Moms Never Breastfeed and Other Breastfeeding Stats

If you haven’t checked out the Breastfeeding Blog Hop over at The Slacker Mom, you should. Each week features a different breastfeeding topic, and there are plenty of mamas willing to share advice.   On the subject of breastfeeding, I came across this neat infographic full of breastfeeding stats. I will totally admit, I was a bit excited to see that 49% of moms disagree that formula is as good as breast milk. There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with formula in {Read More}

Celebrating One Year Of The Breastfeeding Blog Hop

We did it folks! Today marks the 52nd week of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. One full year. Wow. This past year has marked some amazing milestones. Levi and I celebrated one year of exclusively pumping. I figured out that it’s difficult to pump while rolling around on Heelys, but not too difficult to do it while mowing the lawn. My eyes have been opened on the whole nursing in public front. I admit, I used to be pro-cover. Now I’m {Read More}

Passing The Breastfeeding Blog Hop Torch

It’s hard to believe that the Breastfeeding Blog Hop has been going strong for nearly a full year. In fact, next week is our 52nd week. How cool is that? Levi is now 16 months old. It’s been about 4 months since I stopped pumping for him. He was ready, I wasn’t, but it happened anyway and even though I’m not happy about it, I’m used to it now. I will ALWAYS be here to support other breastfeeding moms, but {Read More}

Breastfeeding Rules? What Breastfeeding Rules?

I’m more of a rule breaker than a rule follower. Especially when it comes to breastfeeding. If you’re a regular reader, you already know that, so for this week’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop post, I thought I’d share a cartoon about how silly I think any breastfeeding “rules” are. I hope every mom realizes that parenting is not set in stone. Don’t worry about “the rules” – do what works best for you and your baby. I’ll support you. I know {Read More}

I Admire You

Over the past year and a half, I’ve written a lot about breastfeeding. I’ve shared my exclusive pumping journey, my bitterness about finally weaning, lots of crazy pumping videos, and, of course, hosted the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop.  I recorded this message to share how I feel for this week’s “Words Of Encouragement” topic, and I mean every word.

Handling Breastfeeding Criticism

Even though I exclusively pumped for Levi, I still had to handle breastfeeding criticism. “Oh, you’re still breastfeeding?” “You know formula won’t kill him.” “Don’t you want your body back?” “You think you’re going to pump where?” “Women just breastfeed in public because they like to show off.” (You can read my post about that one here) And my personal favorite: “Pumping isn’t really breastfeeding.” That last comment still stings. I wasn’t able to nurse my son the traditional way, {Read More}

Helping Your Boobs Survive The Holidays (And Your Baby, Too)

Holidays can bring a lot of stress to a breastfeeding relationship. Here are my 5 tips to help your boobs survive this season. #1: Take All The Time You Need Everyone is rushing to get somewhere this time of year – to the store before it closes, to church, to a family dinner. Remember that it’s best to feed your baby on THEIR schedule, not everyone else’s. Take the time to sit and nurse, even if it means being late {Read More}