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Updated: Contest for a Medela Nightime Nursing Bra

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UPDATE: And the winner, picked by the folks from Medela, is….Elita. Here’s her comment from below: That bra does look comfy. My favorite nighttime nursing memory was once when I was breastfeeding my son in the glider and he was just asleep when my husband walked into the room and woke him up. I tried to “shush” him and rock him back down, but he sat straight up and screamed “Dadadooooo!” He had never said that before and it just struck us as really funny and we started laughing and then he started laughing too.
Would you like a chance to win this lovely blue, nighttime nursing bra made by Medela? It looks so soft, it almost makes me nostalgic for those 3 a.m. feedings!
Medela is offering 3 moms a chance to win this bra in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week. So what do you need to do? Leave a comment telling me your favorite nighttime nursing story. And if you’re still pregnant, leave a comment about either a crazy dream you’ve had while pregnant, or how you’re managing to sleep at night.
The contest runs from August 1st to the 15th. I’ll announce a winner on the 16th. (Only entries from the U.S. please).

Boob Nursing Top Contest

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And the winner is…. Blanca. Here’s her story:
Hello Everyone! I’m a mother of a 28 week preemie! Not being able to nurse him directly I used to pump and bring the milk back to the hospital! After just 2 days my tiny baby started to show interest on the breast! This moved my heart. He started actually nursing 3 days after. I have a couple of NIP stories… Here’s the first one… I was at the park with my 3 daughters and my newborn son, and it was meal time! I pull my breast out to feed him and as he was nursing a little boy came to me and started to stare at me! All of the sudden, his mother came to grap him and he seems upset!, the mother then told me it was the first day of weaning baby! He looked at me so sad! I started thinking if my son would be the same way… I’m also his pacifier! I have a hospital grade breast pump @ home but after a while it was impossible to pump and go shopping for example. Since I had to pump every 1.5-2.5 hours to keep my milk supply going while the baby was in NICU I went to Walmart and started shopping. Then I realize that I coulnt wait to pump so I decided to purchase an electic breast pump! I went to the parking lot and started pumping in the car. My husband came to the car and I could tell he was a lil embarrased so he asked me to cover up a little! Anyway I put the shirt down still pumping, we stopped at the red light (I’m still pumping, but I looked like the shirt Madonna had in that video with the pointed boobs!) A car stopped next to us and the guy gave me thumbs up! What I next realized there it was his wife doing the same thing!

Don’t you just love this logo? I think it’s hilarious. Better yet, Boob, a Swedish company, has a wide range of maternity and nursing clothes. Here’s a description of how the nursing tops function.
Now for the giveaway contest. For a chance to win this top, leave a comment answering this question: If you’re pregnant, tell me why you need this top. And if you’ve had a baby, tell me your favorite nursing in public story.
Deadline to enter the contest is August 1, the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Contest limited to U.S. entrants. I’ll pick the winner based on the following criteria: a fun, clever or poignant story.

The Winners of The August Breastfeeding Contests

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Thank you to everyone who entered the August giveaway contests. Now for the winners:
For the Medela breastfeeding products, I asked everyone to leave a comment answering the question “who was your biggest source of breastfeeding support?”
And the winner is Brandy, who wrote:
This might be very stereotypical but my husband was definitely my biggest source of support. When it was 2:00 in the morning and Aiden was cluster feeding and I just didn’t think I could do it any more he would tell me what a great job I was doing and how very important it was. And then he would rock Aiden and take care of him so that I could get some rest. There was definitely no better support than that for me.
And for the winner of the Lila Bean Nursing Cover, I asked “what’s the most outrageous place you’ve nursed in public?”
The winner is Shannon:
The most outrageous place that I can think of having nursed was during a Fire Department meeting with a room full of guys absolutely astonished that I was going to stay there and nurse my daughter. It was great!

Enter to Win Some Medela Pads and Lanolin

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Another World Breastfeeding Week contest for you…
This time I’m giving away two new Medela products: Tender Care Lanolin (for dry or cracked nipples) and Tender Care Hydro Gel Pads (for severe sore or cracked nipples).
Keep in mind, that if breastfeeding is going well, and your baby is latched on properly, breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt. It is normal to experience some discomfort at times, but if you find yourself in a lot of pain, get help, and get help fast. Call a lactation consultant. And if it’s 3 in the morning, and you don’t want to wake anyone up, check out the Kellymom website. It’s an excellent resource for looking up any problem you may have; just use the search function in the left hand column.
The contest is limited to U.S. residents. Deadline is August 31. To enter, leave a comment answering this question: Who was your biggest source of support for breastfeeding? And if you haven’t had your baby yet, do you have the name of a lactation consultant you can call if you need help with breastfeeding?

The Winner of the Medela Freestyle Pump

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AND A FURTHER UPDATE: To see a comment from Hope, the pump winner, read below. She lives in Malaysia! There are pumping moms around the world!
Hi Andi! Thank you for giving me the chance to participate and win the Medela Freestyle. I was and still am really excited upon hearing the good news. It’s great to know people at Mamaknowsbreast and Medela care about women and their needs as they venture into motherhood. As a reader from Malaysia, I believe your quest in spreading knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding is truly inspiring! I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of women all around the world. Keep up the great work! Thank you and God bless! :)
UPDATED: Thank you to everyone who left a comment for a chance to win a Medela Freestyle Pump. I loved reading what you had to say! There really is no shortage to pumping stories! And now…drum roll… the winner is Hope. Congratulations! Here’s her comment:

I’m due this coming October and I’ve been reading up on how to provide the best for my baby. My mom exclusively breastfed my brothers and sisters and I, and I’d love to do the same for my baby. The only difference is that my mom didn’t have to go to work, whereas I do. So, I’ve been reading up on breast pumps and I’ve found that Medela is the best in the market! But it’s quite pricey and I don’t know if I can afford it. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found this contest. It’s like a blessing in disguise. A lot of great information and the chance to win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s the most practical solution because it’s lightweight and compact, yet has everything I would need to include breast pumping in my daily schedule. I’ve also been reading on bpa-free bottles and to know Medela has taken this into account just gives me more confidence in the name itself. I really hope to win so that I can always provide the best for my baby. PS: During our last checkup, we found out our baby’s a boy! :)
Posted by: Hope | June 29, 2008 08:55 PM

Ok, all you pumping mamas…here it is. The latest and greatest pump from our friends at Medela. The Freestyle is Medela’s first hands-free, double-electric pump. Just attach it to your bra and get back to your emailing and phone calls. It’s really small, light-weight and best of all, the Medela bottles are BPA free.

Medela is giving away this pump. So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment answering this question: What is your best pumping story? And if you haven’t had a baby yet, why do you need this pump? (The deadline to enter is July 1, 2008).

This post is part of our monthly breastfeeding carnival. To read the other entries about pumping, go here:
* The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog has tips for introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby.
* Raising Baby Bee writes about pumping at work.
* Breastfeeding Mums has some pumping tips.
* Breastfeeding 1-2-3 writes about exclusively pumping for a baby with a cleft palate.
* Hobo Mama writes about donating milk for an adopted baby.
* Adventures of a Breastfeeding Mother shares her pumping tips.
* Mike and Toni’s writes about how a pumping experience turned into a business idea– hands free pumping supports.

Updated: The Winners of the method Baby Products

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UPDATED: Here are the winners:
“The most surprising part about becoming a parent: how much my view of the world has changed, including how I both gained additional understanding for my parents and yet also felt additional confusion. “ Posted by: Ewokmama
“The most surprising thing for me, throughout pregnancy and now while nursing my twins, is how different men and women really are. Physically, my husband can’t do as much for the boys as I do (nursing) and emotionally we respond to them in different, but both loving, ways.” Posted by: Sally
If you won, please email me your mailing address.

I’ve had allergies all spring. Either that, or a cold. Or maybe both. Who knows.
I do know I sometimes get exczema, so I’m always on the lookout for “green” personal care and cleaning products. And here’s my latest find…method. Actually, to be clear, method found me. Earlier this spring, the method folks emailed me asking me to host a party at their temporary store in New York City. After doing a bit of due diligence, I decided I liked the company’s dedication to non-toxic products. And so, I said, sign me up. (To learn more about this, go to the bottom of the method site, click on either FAQ or Company Info.)
The party wasn’t your typical “tupperware” fest. In fact, there was little talk of cleaning. Instead, a “mixologist” taught us how to make organic drinks. The Liquid Muse…aka Natalie…made the best mojito I have EVER had. Ever. And fortunately, I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding, so I didn’t have to consider anything other than my low tolerance.
Here’s the recipe for that mojito.
Method Mojito
(Recipe created by The Liquid Muse, and inspired by Method Home)

1 heaping tablespoon of peeled, seeded and diced organic cucumber
1 heaping tablespoon of diced organic lime
1 teaspoon raw brown sugar
3-5 torn mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces organic vodka (Square One has a new cucumber-infused one!)
organic sparkling lemonade
Muddle cucumber, sugar and mint leaves in tall glass. Pour in vodka. Fill with ice. Top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish with a sprig of mint or lime wheel.

Now for the exciting part…I have a giveaway of method’s new line of baby and kids’ products. You can read about them here on the method blog. The kind folks at method have put together a collection of theses items.
To win, please leave a comment answering this question: What has been the most surprising part of being pregnant or a new parent? The deadline to enter this contest is June 25th. I’ll be away until then, so you may not see your comment posted until I get back.

Winners of the Book “Margarita Mama”

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And now for the winners of the new book “Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms To Be.” Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to the contest, telling us their pregnancy cravings.
Alyssa, the author, picked the following winners. Ladies, please email me if you won:
Biggest craving: I took the train the entire time i was pregnant,it was during all of the sweaty months. people would have this oniony body odor that would make me want chicken soup and lobster bisque. Gross in retrospect yes but I would stop at nothing to get these two soups!
My biggest craving were those red, white and blue popsicles which isn’t weird in and of itself but this was January! I sent Hubby to the local gas station every night to get them!
Biggest craving: Fish & Chips from Arctic Circle. I had to have them almost every day. Even when labor started, I made my hubby stop at Arctic Circle on the way to the hospital and I ate my fish in the car.
I would love these books for my daughter-in-law who is pregnant with her first baby.
My husband and I were living in Scotland during the first 13 weeks of my pregnancy. Scottish food is very…heavy. I was so nauseous…all day…every day. The only thing I wanted was cheese. Grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese…cheese!
Biggest craving: I craved Margaritas!! My husband was so sweet and helped me out by making me some delicious “virgin” ones. They tasted pretty good!!
my craving was for honey…but i was lucky .a very elderly neighbor had his own bee hives,when he found out i was craving it ,he brought me a fresh quart every week!! i still remeber that fondly 28 years later…and by the way,what is my 28 year old’s fav thing to eat??HONEY,,,LOL
And my craziest craving was for tons and tons of strawberries. It was an expensive craving, because this was not during strawberry season and I could eat half a pound of them in one sitting.
Strangest Craving: FISH!!! I have ALWAYS hated all fish and seafood. The smell alone makes me nauseous, but for some reason when I was preggo with my first, I craved it SO BAD! I still couldn’t get past the mental part of actually allowing myself to eat it, but I would go to fast food places, order a fish sandwich and just smell it! WIERDO! ;-)
I craved lemon juice with a little bit of water and without sugar.
My biggest craving and how I satisfied it…I had craved fruit, but I think the biggest fit I had with one was I wanted Iced Coffee Frappacino-like drink. Problem was I didn’t consume caffine and I had gestational diabetes. I went to a specialty coffee shop and had them make a custom-made drink. It was sugar free, caffine free, and the best tasting coffee drink I ever had. They even put a very small dollop of whip cream with cinnamon spice. YUM!

Winners of the Book “The Rookie Mom’s Handbook”

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Thanks to everyone who sent in their “rookie mom” mistakes for the Mother’s Day Contest here. Boy have we all done some pretty funny things! And below you’ll find the ten winners of the new book “The Rookie Mom’s Handbook.” The authors themselves picked their favorite entries. Let me know if you’re on the list!
My biggest rookie mistake is a classic I am sure any mom of a little boy has made…. What am I going to do with a winkie?” I think I asked that 100 times the last 1/2 of my pregnancy. I soon found out. I made the mistake of changing my little guy slowly and took the chance of getting a diaper with ease. Before I knew what had happen, I had pee shot in my eye. (I had glasses on, no clue how he managed that one) Then rookie mom here decided to scream…in my mouth the pee went! NOW…I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH A WINKIE!! FYI- my next baby boy never got me like that and never will.
Biggest mistake – not finishing the remodel on our old house BEFORE the first baby. Now four years and two kids later, I’m stuck in remodel land and miserable with it. No time, no money.
When my son was three weeks old, I was so tired that one evening I brushed my teeth with diaper ointment (which came in a tube) instead of toothpaste and only noticed a while afterwards because my lips were white. And…I did it again a few weeks later.
biggest rookie mistake: I would say not taking folks up on their offers to help out, or not speaking up more on the train when i was 8 months pregnant and people wouldn’t get up.
My biggest rookie mistake was putting carrier into the car without the baby being buckled. We had been somewhere and I unbuckled her and never buckled it back up. When I went to get her out and saw that I felt like the worst mom in the world.
My biggest rookie mom mistake was comparing my baby to other babies too much. It is hard not to compare but it just made me worry if my baby wasn’t doing something someone else was at the same age.
Danielle S.:
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Telling everyone when I was pregnant “I’d never let my child…” I’ve had to eat ALOT of crow! LOL!
My biggest (or um, grossest) mistake as a pregnant mom was not realizing I could no longer overeat. I used to LOVE Fuddrucker’s, and one day after the morning sickness had subsided (I was sick the first half of my pregnancy) I asked my husband to take me there. After consuming my burger and wayyy too many potato wedges with cheese, we got in the car to leave and the baby was crowding my stomach. I told my husband to stay in the right lane in case we had to pull over, but did he listen? We were in the left lane about to turn when it hit me. “Jordan. PULL! OVER!” It was dark, and he couldn’t find the parking lot, so I ended up puking in the middle of the front lawn of a church. I felt terrible about it, but at least they weren’t having a service that night!
My biggest mistake was putting the baby in bed with me when I wasn’t really awake. Bonk! I didn’t make that mistake again!
(I’ve loved the Rookie Moms forever!)
My biggest mistake was not getting help sooner when breastfeeding wasn’t going well. My daughter lost too much weight because she wasn’t latching on right and I then spent the next two weeks seeing a lactation consultant frequently to get her back on track and get my supply back up. I knew it would be hard, but it was a lot of work. I ended up breastfeeding successfully for 11 months while working full time, though! :)

Contest: Leave a Comment to Win Adiri Bottles or a Hands Free Pumping Bra

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Welcome back to the big Mother’s Day Giveaway here on Mama Knows Breast. Today we have two items for your feeding needs, Adiri Bottles and a Hands-Free Pumping Bra, by Easy Expression Bustier.
First off, Adiri is giving away two sets of bottles. Adiri bottles are 100% BPA free…and we all know that’s a good thing. Plus, the unique design looks a lot more like a breast than your typical baby bottle. One reminder…if you do want to give your baby a bottle of pumped breast milk or formula, it’s best to wait at least a month before introducing a bottle. This gives you a chance to establish your milk supply and your baby to get accustomed to breastfeeding.
A set of bottles has three bottles. White is slow flow for 0-3 months; blue is medium flow for 3-6 months; and orange is fast flow for 6+ months. To win one of the sets of bottles, leave a comment here answering this question: Why do you need these bottles?
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Now for your pumping needs. Imagine pumping hands free! Email, type, talk on the phone or simply sit back and close your eyes. If you want to win a Hands-Free Pumping Bra from Easy Expression Bustier, answer this question: Why do you need this bra?
The contest deadline is Mother’s Day, May 11. For a link to the other Mother’s Day contests you can enter on my site, click here. I’ve got a Graco playcenter and some new parenting books.

Mama Knows Breast Book Contest Winners

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Thanks to everyone for sharing their breastfeeding stories for my book giveaway contest.
Here are the ten winners of my book “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Will the following ladies please send me their mailing addresses. Write to
1. Lindsie:
I don’t have a funny story because I had trouble breastfeeding my first due to inverted nipples. I would like to win a copy of your book because I really want to be able to breastfeed my second.
2. Katie:
The cable guy was working on the TV in another room and suddenly came into the room where I was nursing my daughter. while he was asking me a question I didn’t even notice that she detached and my breast was hanging out free! Guess he got a little more of an eyeful than he was bargaining on!
(I would love to have this book for my mother who is a doula. She does a lot of breastfeeding education.)
3. Amira M.
I am not a mom but my good friend, who is a lactation consultant, was breast feeding her son in a lecture hall during a class. now, he has the habit of making lots of very “satisfied” noises while he is feeding and because of where she was sitting in the hall, his suckling was loud enough for the professor to hear! he stopped and everyone was looking around to see what was making the noise, but the baby was nicely hidden under a blanket.
4. Vicky:
I guess one of the funniest times was when I was nursing my second son. My oldest who was around 2 at the time always wanted to help out like a big brother. His baby brother was hungry and I was having one of those hormonal moments….you know the one that can make you cry in an instant because you are lacking sleep. I started boo-hooing and my oldest sat beside me and lifted his shirt and told me he would feed the baby so I could “rest.” He immediately turned my tears of frustration to tears of joy.
5. Awesome Mom:
I was not able to nurse my #1 son because of his heart defect. He was too weak to nurse so I pumped 14 months for him. During his second hospital stay for a heart surgery I kept having nurses come in to check in on him because they thought my pump was my son breathing really funny.
6. Chris:
The look I got from a semi-truck driver as I pumped while driving home late from work one day!
7. Lucy:
My first baby is due in June, so I don’t really have any stories just yet, but would love to be entered to win (it is a beginners book after all :) ).

8. Liz

My craziest breastfeeding moment has to be when I was on a 6 hour car ride to visit family. We had stopped multiple times and the baby was just not happy to be in his seat. I kneeled on the seat next to him and hung over top of his seat and fed him while he was still strapped in! Oh the memories! :)
9. Becky
I wish I had a funny nursing story to tell. My first two attempts were pretty awful, so I don’t remember anything funny, just sad. The lactation consultant said in her 25 years of doing this, “I’ve never seen anything like you.” Great! : ) I’m determined to give it a try again this time with baby #3. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog giveaway. This has been so much fun!
10. Audra
I feel asleep feeding my baby in the recliner (don’t worry I didn’t drop him) and when I woke up awhile later. I found him asleap and me nursing his ear which was filling up with milk! Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to give this to mis sis-in-law who was anti breastfeeding the first time but has had a change of heart and would like to breastfeed #2.