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Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era

Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era

Breastfeeding my oldest son, TJ proved to be quite a challenge in the very beginning due to an undiagnosed tongue tie and a lack of professional support. Looking back, I find it a little surprising that I held on for so long, in so much pain, without giving up. I know that my husband’s unwavering [...]

Surrogacy Series: How I Decided to Become a Surrogate

Surrogacy Series: How I Decided to Become a Surrogate

I’m five months pregnant with a beautiful little girl. But she’s not my husband’s baby— and she’s not mine either; I’m a surrogate! Becoming a surrogate has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Why did I choose to become a surrogate? Honestly, I don’t have a good answer. One day, I [...]

Newborn Jaundice, Again

Newborn Jaundice, Again

When my oldest son, TJ was born in 2009, my husband and I had no idea he had a handful of risk factors for developing newborn jaundice. He was born a few weeks early, he was half Asian, and there was a family history, I had it as a newborn. So when we headed home [...]

10 Ways to Encourage Sibling Bonding in the First Year

10 Ways to Encourage Sibling Bonding in the First Year

Preparing for the arrival of your second child is very emotional for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is your concern for how to help your first born adjust to, and hopefully embrace, this addition to the family. My son was four years old when I was pregnant with my daughter. For four years [...]

10 Ways to Relieve Breast Engorgement

10 Ways to Relieve Breast Engorgement

Many mamas suffer from engorgement early on when they’re breastfeeding. The good thing is that your supply usually evens out after a few days… but those few days can seriously make you question whether breastfeeding is even worth it. When I had my first baby via c-section, my milk came in on day five. Beside [...]

Ask the Mamas: Bonding with Baby

Ask the Mamas: Bonding with Baby

Each week we will ask our mamas a question from our readers that pertains to babies, kids, or parenting. Make sure to check back each Tuesday to see their responses! Do you have a question you’d like to ask the mamas? If so, send us an email with your question to askthemamas@mamasaywhat.com. Ask the Mamas: Bonding with Baby [...]

My Breast Friend Review

My Breast Friend Review

If I had to choose only one must-have product to recommend to new mamas, the My Breast Friend would be it. The MBF made the whole process of breastfeeding my newborn so much easier. I was a first-time mama who had clogged ducts literally from the time Elizabeth was born till about eight weeks. To [...]

Having a Baby and a Dog

Having a Baby and a Dog

Our lab, Mackie was 13 months old when our daughter, Elizabeth, was born. Since my husband was deployed for most of my pregnancy, Mackie became very protective of me. He slept at the foot of the bed, was always next to me, and became very accustomed to daily trips to the dog park, as well [...]

Baby K’tan Review and Giveaway!

Baby K’tan Review and Giveaway!

I was given the chance to try out a Baby K’tan Baby Carrier and I jumped at the opportunity. I was blessed with a great sleeper, but my daughter was starting to get a flat spot on the back of her head from sleeping all night. What better way to keep her off her head [...]

Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy

Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy

I have always told my husband that I wanted four children. A few weeks after giving birth to our second son, I have to wonder… what on earth was I thinking? FOUR?! I can barely keep my head above water with two. Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy I was 100% completely unprepared [...]

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