DIY Breastfeeding Reminder Craft
“Oops, wrong boob.”
I can’t tell you how many times this phrase has crossed my mind. It’s usually when my toddler is whining—wanting a snack—the baby is screaming wanting to nurse—or it’s 3 AM—or it’s when we’re out and about at a restaurant. You know, any inconvenient time.
My milk drops, and I realize from the intensity, that I forgot which side on which I nursed last. It’s not such a big deal any longer. Baby is older, and my let-downs are down-right cuddly compared to the first 6 weeks (my milk has literally sprayed over a coffee table before).
Those first several months were filled with engorged balloons on my chest that, if I nursed on the wrong side-felt like they would burst before baby wanted to eat again. Oversupply is one of the more fortunate-if annoying-difficulties to have while breastfeeding. It can slowly be corrected, and for many of us, mean that you can alternate feeding baby only on one side at a time.
This actually offers some nice benefits-primarily that baby gets all of the foremilk AND hindmilk during a nursing session. Poor firstborn had horrible tummy aches, gas, and crazy, lime-green poops when we finally transitioned from bottled breastmilk to on-tap breastmilk. After some frantic internet-research and a call to the pediatrician, I learned that my baby was drinking too much foremilk, getting full, and not receiving enough hindmilk.
If you’ve ever pumped and seen your milk separate, it’s the same concept. The sugar-water foremilk rushes to the nipple during let-down and the first few minutes of nursing. The fat-heavy hindmilk “sticks” to the ducts and takes a little extra time and effort to extract.
In this way, it’s better and easier (at least in my experience) to let baby nurse on one side at a time. It helps control your supply, assures that baby gets everything she needs, and gives you peace of mind about switching sides in a single feed.
This fun, little DIY project is to help you remember in the wee hours which side you nursed last. It hooks under your bra cup clip, and is soft enough to sleep on. I’ve seen some artists and crafters create rings with beads and bracelets-which are arguably more fashionable for daytime-wear. However, this is intended for sleeping, and days when you don’t leave the house.
>*Bonus* It will make a cute Christmas ornament or baby-book keepsake when you no longer need it.
***Please note: This is NOT intended to be a toy. It is strictly meant to be a tool for reminding you where to nurse.
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Breastfeeding Buddy Reminder:
- Cut 2 matching hearts from a felt color of your choice.
- Glue a small string of yarn on the heart that will be the “back” of your buddy.
- Embroider a face on the “front” heart. I used a simple back-stitch. If you are new to sewing I advise using a washable or disappearing ink marker to mark the embroidery pattern to follow with your thread.
- Use a blanket stitch to sew the pieces together. Blanket stitch is my favorite hand-stitch ever, ever! It looks so professional and adorable on any felt project-ornaments, stuffies for the kids, and pincushions! Plus the repetition is so relaxing, like saying a calming mantra over and over.
- Before you sew the pieces closed, pull a small piece of cotton off of a normal cotton ball and stuff it inside to make your Buddy plump. Sew closed.
- You’re finished!
These cute little projects make me so happy! When your baby or kids are so demanding of your time, body, and energy, it’s so satisfying to be able to sit down and use your hands to make something start to finish.