A few days ago I shared my bitter sweet story of weaning Willow from breastfeeding after 23 months. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit sad about it, but it is also nice to have a little break until Baby Harper #4 arrives in late November. At the end of that post I mentioned I would be posting a review and giveaway as a farewell to our breastfeeding journey soon and that day is today.
When I became a mom for the first time nearly six and a half years ago I knew I was going to breastfeed. No matter how tough it might be or how many obstacles I would face I wanted to do what I felt was best for my child. Luckily breastfeeding came very naturally to me and for that I know I am truly blessed. I never once had to purchase a can of formula and after seeing the outrageous prices on them at the store was even more thankful that I was able to nurse my children. I only have used bottles with expressed milk in them a handful of times to make sure my babies could take a bottle in case of an emergency. I am proud to say that I have nursed my three children for a combined total of 48 months.
With each child I became more and more confident about nursing my children wherever and whenever they were hungry. With my first I fiddled around with nursing covers, ducked in to dressing rooms, or trekked out to the car when she was hungry in the early months. But as I became more experienced at this whole breastfeeding thing I started being more comfortable nursing in public. No longer would I hide my baby under a blanket or excuse myself from social situations to feed my baby. I also realized that the more society is exposed to mother’s nursing in public the more normal it will become. And that has become my personal mission during my years of breastfeeding and beyond. I have decided that I want to do everything in my power to raise awareness, support moms, and normalize breastfeeding.
One of the biggest things I have wanted to address is that breastfeeding is not just for newborns. That there are tons of health benefits for both mom and child when nursing through the toddler years. As Willow got older she didn’t nurse when we were out and about because she was too occupied and busy with everything going on around her. Since I wasn’t actually nursing her in public anymore I thought it would be fun to get her some cute breastfeeding advocacy shirts to wear but kept running in to the problem of not finding them in sizes for older kiddos. After some searching I found just what I was looking for at One Creative Mama.
At One Creative Mama you will find super cute, clever, and original designs that are 100% pro-breastfeeding for moms, babies, and toddlers! Yup, their child sizes go up to 24 months. Plus they are available in shirts, bodysuits, rompers, and bibs. I always go for the shirts so that we can show off our super cute cloth diapers too, hehe. I was very excited to receive three different designs for Willow each printed on a 100% cotton pre-shrunk shirt. Willow is a tiny little girl at roughly 21 pounds and will be two years old in August. In all of these photos she is shown wearing a size 24 months.
I absolutely fell in love with the “I Love Mama’s Milk” tee because it gets right to the point and well babies and toddlers sure do love their mama’s milk! I have to say I much prefer these words to anything referencing “boobies” and found myself asking my littles if they wanted “mama milk.” It is also available in sizes 6, 12, 18, and 24 months in three colors including banana, lilac, and mint green.
The next design I chose for Willow was “Born to Nurse.” This design really popped out to me for two reasons. First, I truly believe that every baby was born to nurse… it’s so cute to watch them root around for the breast when they are just mere minutes old. And that first latch? Best moment ever. I also really liked this design because my hubby is a big fan of music and has taught all of our girls to rock out at a very young age. I now have three little girls who run around like their in a mosh pit when daddy’s music is turned on while whipping their hair all around. He definitely was a fan of this shirt. It is available in sizes 6, 12, 18, and 24 months in mint green, vegas gold, light blue, lilac, and pink.
The last design I chose “Crossword Puzzle” I admit was mainly for me as I am a huge fan of word games whether they be crosswords, word searches, scrabble, bananagrams. Within this special crossword puzzle you will find many words that you and your little nursling might use to describe breastfeeding including nursing, mama’s milk, nummies, numnum. As Willow got older she started using the word “nummies” and so the design held an even more special meaning for me. It will definitely be getting tucked in her baby box once she outgrows it. This shirt is also available in 6, 12, 18, and 24 months in mint green, lilac, light blue, banana, and pink.
And those are just three of the super adorable original designs you will find at One Creative Mama. Be sure to head on over to their website to see all of the other cute designs. Plus their prices are super reasonable with the short sleeve tees only $13.99 each – can’t beat that!
And guess what. Three lucky Happenings of the Harper Household readers will get to dress their little one in an adorable One Creative Mama shirt too as we will be doing a giveaway for each of the shirts pictured above. To enter fill out the form below! Good luck.