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So I recently woke up with that feeling and I knew from past experience what was happening. I was feeling the beginning signs and symptoms of mastitis- aka breast inflammation.

If caught early enough, it can be safely treated at home without the use of antibiotics, and since I had it 5 times while breastfeeding my first born I have experience doing this.

I never had to take an antibiotic for mastitis in the past, but since it’s been over 2.5 years I had to search my own website for what I to self treat this condition.

This time I followed all of my suggestions, got out my booby tubes:
Booby Tubes

and added one new thing.

The best breastfeeding book I’ve read recommends taking echinacea, so I found an herbal supplement by Wish Garden called Happy Ducts which contains it and lots of other healing herbs. 

Thankfully I had a bottle on hand, because the symptoms come on so quickly and time is “of the essence.”  It’s worth ordering a bottle to have just in case you need it.

After serious rest, nursing and all of my natural remedies I nipped that mastitis in the bud!


One would think since I have been breastfeeding for almost 3 years straight that I wouldn’t feel the need to read up on it looking for more tips and tricks, however that’s not the way I operate. I research everything to death.

Last week I read two breastfeeding books cover-to-cover (as my newborn napped on my chest) and I have to recommend one of them.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)

This book validates every thought I have about nursing, and truly supports my natural instincts as a mother. This is in sharp contrast to many books on the market that muddle our minds with rules, schedules to follow, “the right way” to do things, etc. which only make most of us feel inadequate in our mothering skills.

If I had to choose one book about breastfeeding to recommend to a new mom, or a mom who has years of experience breastfeeding, this book is it.

Adventures in Breastfeeding (a Toddler)

I’m still breastfeeding my two year old, and even though I am very confident about my decision and know all of the many benefits of it, I am still a bit uneasy when he asks to nurse in public. So most of the time I ask him to wait until we get home, or in the get in the car, or somewhere less public.

I’m not sure why I’m self conscious of this though, because every time (and I mean every time) I nurse him in public someone comes up to me to tell me what a great thing I’m doing.

Last week on the airplane, even though my son had his own seat and no longer needs to nurse during take-off and landing for his little ears, he nursed about 3 times during a 1.5 hour flight. This was his 30th flight, and I’m sure it’s just his way of feeling comfortable on the plane. But each time he asked, I repositioned myself so no one else would see, and tried to muffle his voice when he asked for the “other one.”

There was a woman sitting across the aisle from us, and I was convinced she was thinking- “I can’t believe she’s nursing that walking, talking toddler!” In fact, since he’s completely potty-trained, we walked to the lavatories on the airplane 3 times during the flight because he was so enamored with the silver toilets and different sights and sounds. (“What’s that mommy, blue tinkle?”) So I was sure this women was thinking- wow, he’s even potty-trained, but still nursing!”

When our flight was over, the woman sitting across from us said, “I just want to say that I love to see a mom nursing her toddler. I nursed my daughter until she was 2 and a half, and she nursed my two grandbabies until they were 2. I think it’s so good for them- they are always so healthy! Congratulations! It’s very obvious you love your son.” Then, the woman sitting in front of her turned around and chimed in with similar sentiments. I thanked them for saying something, and confessed that I was self-conscious so I really appreciated their kind words.

I realized (again) in that moment how important it is to spend more time focusing on being the type of woman and mother I want to be, and less energy on what others may or may not be thinking.

736 Days and Counting…

For those of you who over the course of the last 17 months have written to ask me how long I planned to breastfeed my son- I made it to two years!

And quite honestly, I don’t see an end in sight anytime soon.

Now my biggest hurdle is knowing what to say when friends, family, and perfect strangers ask me that question they’ve asked since he was 6 months old. I suppose since only 27% of moms are still breastfeeding past 6 months of age, it is definitely not the norm to see a mom of a toddler whip out a nursing cover during lunch at a restaurant.

But since the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least the first two years of life, I had always planned to make it this far.
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