Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies- Breastmilk Teething Pops

Welcome to the December 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they use natural remedies in their homes.
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It has been an exhausting week. And when I say exhausting I don't mean the regular old mom tiredness...this is like a hair raising, drunken feeling, I probably shouldn't be driving right now sort of exhaustion. Why am I so tired you ask? Well, my little guy is teething, fiercely. He has been up multiple times throughout the night for about a week now. Nothing seems to calm the little man down. He is extremely fussy and just overall crabby.  This baby is usually a very good boy, he pretty much goes with the flow, but his two little top front teeth are giving him such a hard time. Besides being feverish and crabby, a few days ago he started having the dreaded "D" word. Diarrhea. Ok, there. I said it. According to my pediatrician, this is normal because babies swallow so much mucus and saliva when they are teething that it all comes out in their bowel movements.  This little nugget has been exclusively cloth diapered for basically his entire life, we started him at around 3 weeks. And this is the first time I have actually had a problem with the poop. When you have a newborn, cloth diapering is actually easy, very easy. If your baby is breastfeeding exclusively, all you do is literally throw the poopy diaper in the washing machine and you're done (breastmilk is water soluble). My little guy has been nursing and on solid food since about 4 months. Now normally, I wouldn't suggest starting solids at that age, especially because of the decrease in nursing, but he would literally and aggressively steal food from anywhere he could find, including sticking his hands inside mommy's hot oatmeal, and scrounging the floor for Cheerios. Ever since I started feeding him solid foods he has been calmer-but let me tell you, this boy can eat! Which is great to watch because my older child eats absolutely nothing. For years I thought I was a terrible mom and that he might starve to death or get scurvy, like a baby pirate...I digress. Back to teething. Last night, as I was preparing dinner, my little one was extremely fussy.  All he wanted to do was nurse, so I had a grand idea for a natural remedy.  I quickly took out the day's pumped breastmilk from our refrigerator, placed it in my snazzy popsicle molds, and off to the freezer it went. 
Less than 4 hours later, voila!  breastmilk pops!  He gnawed on those things like they were going out of style!  What a happy, happy baby!  And mommy was happy too!  He has been devouring these, and I know that he is getting all of the nutrients he needs and having some much needed cold relief on his little swollen gums.   Please remember to handle all breastmilk pops according to standard safety guidelines.  If your milk is freshly pumped, you may pour it in the molds, and freeze up to 3-4 months.  Previously frozen breastmilk cannot be thawed and frozen again.  Partially eaten breastmilk pops should not be frozen again.  My little guy is still teething fiercely.  I used all of the tools in my mommy arsenal...the chewbeads, the amber necklace, the teething balm, the CJ's BUTTer spritz for his bum, and breastmilk pops...hopefully he will sleep tonight. Hopefully, I can have a rest as well...I know I sure need one!


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8 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! I wish I would have thought of this when mine were babies!

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  2. I wish I had thought of this with my DD! Well...I've got another chance when lil' man starts, lol! thank you!

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  3. Great idea! I wish I had done this when my son was teething!

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  4. Great idea - of course I am too late to help mine! I plan on sharing this with my daughter's that are all having new little ones!

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  5. I love my scurvy pirate!! Can't wait to steal them from you now that I'm feeling a little better. AND, apparently I need a popsicle maker...

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  6. What a unique idea! I'm going to have to suggest this to my friends who are pregnant!

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  7. What a great idea! My new niece is 7 weeks old. I will tell her about this so she will know when the time comes. :)

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