Baby Butts: A Review of Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush

I don’t know about you but I give a shit what goes on my child’s ass. When I became a mom I knew absolutely nothing about toxic chemicals, irritants or preservatives. I knew these words, but I had no idea they were something to think about when considering what to slap on my baby’s butt when it got a bit red.

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You see, I questioned nothing. Whatever the internet or my doctor told me to do, I happily did. We got gift bundles of all the mainstream diaper creams and baby lotions and we felt like we had hit the lotto! Then we started to learn more about natural living and clean products. It made sense and we quickly took to reading labels and thinking more about what we put into and on our bodies. And even more so the bodies of our babies.

As quickly as we began to adopt a Question Everything attitude as parents with everything from breastfeeding to sleeping to eating our oldest son, Jack, started to have skin problems. He was born in the moist summer and his skin was always lovely and sticky. Isn’t it funny how the sticky hot summer is so gross except when you have a newborn on your chest? It’s the only time I can admit to loving sticking to another human being while sucking down ice water.

Turns out Jack is a sensitive boy; from his emotions to his senses to his skin. The doctors say it could be eczema, but it’s not so bad that we would consider prescriptions. November hit and his bum was red, hot to the touch and clearly uncomfortable. We slathered him in just about everything. Often what we put on his skin was advertised to calm inflammation, but caused him to screech out in pain. What the hell? It still boggles my mind that there are products for sale for the purpose of treating irritated skin that have irritants inside of them.

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I can speak to this first hand. Jack is now 3 and a half years old. He is now capable of telling me exactly what is going on with him. I have become desperate at times, purchasing pretty much everything on the shelves and rubbing in on Jack’s red butt hoping to relieve his pain and only making it worse. I rush him to the sink, soak a wash cloth in warm water and gently wash off what I just put on.

I am now a solely Motherlove mom. Jack is now entering his 4th winter. Just this week the mercury sunk to 24 degrees Fahrenheit. We live in Chicago so the winters are long, but the summers are hot and moist so I get a good long vacation from the worry that comes with Jack’s skin. The memories of last winter are rushing back to me. I have my Motherlove products on the shelf lined up like little army men to march into Butt Battle.

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Jack says the Diaper Rash and Thrush helps to ease the pain of his red patches. He can clearly tell me now that the red patches of his butt hurt and he asks me to help him. Any mother knows how it feels to hear their child ask for help. We would bend over backwards. We would give up anything to help our children. November is here and I refuse to continue to grab random irritants from the shelves and rub them on my son.

I will listen to him when he tells me what helps his skin. It’s always Diaper Rash and Thrush. Only an idiot would argue with a 3-year-old! Jack has even said, “Mommy! Put some of this on my butt!” You bet your sweet ass I obliged! And his response now is for me to play trucks with him and not screeching to get the cream off.

I’m guessing that means it feels better.

I trust Motherlove products because their ingredients are natural and certified organic. They go to great lengths to verify the origin of their ingredients and to test for bacteria, coliforms and heavy metals. It feels good to be able to stop reading the labels of strange products. I just order whatever I need from Motherlove and use it.

You can read about their practices, products and blog at their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Abby Theuring, MSW

Baby Butts: A Review of Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush

I don’t know about you but I give a shit what goes on my child’s ass. When I became a mom I knew absolutely nothing about toxic chemicals, irritants or preservatives. I knew these words, but I had no idea they were something to think about when considering what to slap on my baby’s butt when it got a bit red.

Photo0335

You see, I questioned nothing. Whatever the internet or my doctor told me to do, I happily did. We got gift bundles of all the mainstream diaper creams and baby lotions and we felt like we had hit the lotto! Then we started to learn more about natural living and clean products. It made sense and we quickly took to reading labels and thinking more about what we put into and on our bodies. And even more so the bodies of our babies.

As quickly as we began to adopt a Question Everything attitude as parents with everything from breastfeeding to sleeping to eating our oldest son, Jack, started to have skin problems. He was born in the moist summer and his skin was always lovely and sticky. Isn’t it funny how the sticky hot summer is so gross except when you have a newborn on your chest? It’s the only time I can admit to loving sticking to another human being while sucking down ice water.

Turns out Jack is a sensitive boy; from his emotions to his senses to his skin. The doctors say it could be eczema, but it’s not so bad that we would consider prescriptions. November hit and his bum was red, hot to the touch and clearly uncomfortable. We slathered him in just about everything. Often what we put on his skin was advertised to calm inflammation, but caused him to screech out in pain. What the hell? It still boggles my mind that there are products for sale for the purpose of treating irritated skin that have irritants inside of them.

10712975_789354087798772_2165105975204852096_n

I can speak to this first hand. Jack is now 3 and a half years old. He is now capable of telling me exactly what is going on with him. I have become desperate at times, purchasing pretty much everything on the shelves and rubbing in on Jack’s red butt hoping to relieve his pain and only making it worse. I rush him to the sink, soak a wash cloth in warm water and gently wash off what I just put on.

I am now a solely Motherlove mom. Jack is now entering his 4th winter. Just this week the mercury sunk to 24 degrees Fahrenheit. We live in Chicago so the winters are long, but the summers are hot and moist so I get a good long vacation from the worry that comes with Jack’s skin. The memories of last winter are rushing back to me. I have my Motherlove products on the shelf lined up like little army men to march into Butt Battle.10622892_779068222160692_8360837019027829214_n

 

Jack says the Diaper Rash and Thrush helps to ease the pain of his red patches. He can clearly tell me now that the red patches of his butt hurt and he asks me to help him. Any mother knows how it feels to hear their child ask for help. We would bend over backwards. We would give up anything to help our children. November is here and I refuse to continue to grab random irritants from the shelves and rub them on my son.

I will listen to him when he tells me what helps his skin. It’s always Diaper Rash and Thrush. Only an idiot would argue with a 3-year-old! Jack has even said, “Mommy! Put some of this on my butt!” You bet your sweet ass I obliged! And his response now is for me to play trucks with him and not screeching to get the cream off.

I’m guessing that means it feels better.

I trust Motherlove products because their ingredients are natural and certified organic. They go to great lengths to verify the origin of their ingredients and to test for bacteria, coliforms and heavy metals. It feels good to be able to stop reading the labels of strange products. I just order whatever I need from Motherlove and use it.

You can read about their practices, products and blog at their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Abby Theuring, MSW

A Family’s Transition to 4: A Collection

I discovered that more than half of my blog has been written sine becoming pregnant with my second child. It existed for a year and half before that. I always thought I had a lot to say, but I guess I have much more now! People often ask for specific posts regarding the transition of my family from 1 child to 2. It’s hard for even me to find certain things so I decided to put all of those highly emotional posts that documented the pregnancy, birth and transition into one post for everyone’s convenience.

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/the-badass-breastfeeder-got-knocked-up/

 

http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/badass-breastfeeder/badass-breastfeeding-pregnant

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/gender-disappointment/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/im-planning-a-homebirth/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/i-am-going-to-eat-my-placenta/

 

http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/badass-breastfeeder/nursing-aversion-episode

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/11-affirmations-of-birth/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/blood-and-all-its-lessons/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/im-going-to-miss-you/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/x-man-my-homebirth-story/

 

http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/badass-breastfeeder/tandem-nursing-adjustments

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/a-stranger-sitting-in-your-safe-space/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/a-personal-account-of-placenta-consumption-2/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/i-will-not-wean-my-3-year-old/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/in-the-napping-house-where-everyone-but-me-is-sleeping/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/i-forgot-to-help-my-newborn-breastfeeding-the-second-time/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/breastfeeding-evolves/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/suckin-me-dry/

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/the-worst-in-me/

 

http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/badass-breastfeeder/time-travel

 

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/teary-selfie/

 

Teary Selfie

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Today I’m taking a teary selfie. After 3 hours of breastfeeding, crying, yelling and stress Jack finally fell asleep. You see, he has to share me now and it’s got us all turned upside down. Jack nurses to sleep. All the time. We’ve tried to change this since nursing aversion set in, but Jack is not taking to it very well. Today we tried nursing to sleep for his nap, but I just couldn’t deal with it anymore when he wasn’t asleep after 30 minutes. I had to stop. Jack freaked out, crying and yelling. This woke up Exley. Now I had to tend to both of them. It was a mess. Jack got more and more tired, more and more upset and we all lost our shit. He was begging to nurse, but today I’m just feeling the aversion so bad. All of the work we have done toward weaning/boundaries seems useless with Jack, my sensitive little boy. He cried so much for me. Finally I got Exley to sleep again and put Jack in the carrier. He liked this and quickly fell sleep. I doubt he was far from passing out anyway. I checked Facebook as I walked around and read the comments under “I Am Going to Miss You” that I shared earlier. I decided to read it again. And now I’m crying. All over again. The mess of this afternoon fresh in my mind. Hugging this boy who needs me so much. This boy whose life is changing so rapidly. He must be so confused. Everything is so different now. Just as I knew it would be. The adjustment to a family of 4 is still here for us. We’re struggling. Some days are good, some bad. Today terrible. My tears are dripping onto Jack’s cheeks. Mixing with his own. We’re holding on tight to each other. It all seems so hard, so chaotic. I worry so much that I’m not enough for him.

 

Abby Theuring, MSW

Ask an Expert: Breastfeeding and Type 1 Diabetes

Fan Question: I am a type 1 diabetic and EBF my 2-mo-old DD. Before and during pregnancy I had tight control of my blood sugar but now one minute my sugar is high and the next it’s low. Is high sugar bad for the baby? Should I not be breastfeeding at all? I want to do what’s best.

NANCY MOHRBACHER, IBCLC: As you know, type 1 diabetics don’t produce the hormone insulin, so they need daily insulin replacement to prevent their blood sugar from becoming dangerously high. Your blood sugar level doesn’t affect the amount of sugar in your milk. In fact, breastfeeding is the best thing you can do, because EBF reduces your baby’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes. As far as you’re concerned, breastfeeding increases insulin sensitivity, which is a plus. Most moms need less insulin while they’re breastfeeding. It may help to keep your blood sugar stable if you have a protein-and-carb snack each time you feed your DD, as blood sugar often dips about an hour later. When it’s time to wean, doing it as gradually as possible may help make maintaining blood-sugar control easier.
unnamedNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA is a board-certified lactation consultant in the Chicago area who has been helping breastfeeding families since 1982. Her books for professionals are used worldwide. Her books for parents include Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, which she co-authored with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, and her tiny problem-solving guide, Breastfeeding Solutions In 2013, Nancy released her Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app (available for Android and iPhones) to give mothers a quick, go-everywhere source of breastfeeding help. Nancy speaks at events around the world.