One surprising thing about breastfeeding for me was the fact that your baby will try to claw your eyes out and scratch your face while you feed them, like a little wild tiger cub. I tried holding her hand, offering a lovey, and turning my face away to protect myself because I couldn’t get my daughter to stop squeezing and playing with my nose, my lips, my eyes and ripping out chunks of my hair (which was naturally falling out in clumps due to the hormonal changes after giving birth). It was a mess!
Finally after consulting “my moms” (the wonderful ladies in my Facebook group) and other moms of older babies that I met, I learned that a “Teething Necklace” or a “Nursing Necklace” could be the solution. Whew, good thing I found an answer because I actually pondered upon the idea of wearing a motorcycle helmet. Haha!
I searched Pinterest for DIY necklaces but didn’t really find what I was looking for. Silicone beads are not in my budget, pre made necklaces weren’t either… wooden beads didn’t quite meet my need…. This is what I came up with.
Easy DIY Nursing Necklace Using Bouncy Balls
(I did not measure anything!)
1. Fold fabric a few inches wide inside out (pretty side facing in) and stitch a seem along the edge lengthwise.
2. Turn it right side out by pushing the fabric through with a pencil or chopstick. Shake, shake, shake until it’s all the way turned right side out. You’ll have a long fabric tube.
3. Drop bouncy balls into the tube, spacing them out by tying knots on each side of the ball.
4. Put one end of the fabric tube inside of the other and stitch (or use fabric glue) the ends together. DONE!
I have been so lucky to have such awesome support from lactation consultants, nurses, and childbirth class teachers since before I even became a mother. When I searched for ideas for a Lactation Consultant Gift I couldn’t find anything!
Some friends suggested a cow figurine, milk chocolate, a milk jug vase with flowers but none of those ideas hit the spot. This is what we came up with (along with some wild sunflowers) for the amazing facilitator of our breastfeeding support group.
I found this funny but educational book called Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu. I decided not to inscribe the cover just incase she already had the book, that way she could regift it or pass it along to a family who would enjoy it.
handprint cow card and “Breasts”
I wanted to give her something with a cow or milk on it to represent milk. For the Thank You card I traced Baby Babe’s hand and turned it into a cow. I just lightly sketched it out in pencil and then colored it in with crayons. Inside the card I glued a photo of Baby Babe and a personal message.