These two words define and drive everything that Motherlove does, from their organic farm in Colorado, to their herbal care products, the educational classes taught by founder Kathryn Higgins, to the Nurturing Life Foundation, Motherlove’s non-profit which supports mothers and children all over the country. So it’s no surprise that Motherlove has had such a beautiful, long-standing relationship with The Leaky Boob, extending their support of mothers and children to our Leakies and their breastfeeding journey with their babies. The Motherlove website sums it up well:
What is Nurturing Life?
It is fostering an environment where development, growth, and health are encouraged, and doing so in each facet of our life, including each stage. True beauty can emerge in your life and others’ as you nurture life in yourself, your friendships, romantic relationship, through pregnancy, birth, in your relationship with your children, and more, and yes, even your garden.
“At Motherlove, we use Nurturing Life as our mission statement because nurturing moms and babies together is essential for both to thrive. During pregnancy, moms are reminded minute-by-minute of this relationship and we typically focus on our health and wellbeing because it’s tied to our child’s life.” (Nurturing Life – Self Care for Mothers, by Motherlove Herbal Company)
This Motherlove series of giveaways started out by focusing on maintaining your wellbeing during pregnancy in week 1. We then moved on to the challenges of postpartum and the importance of acknowledging and talking about “unmentionable” things like hemorrhoids and postpartum depression as the best path to recovery and healing.
The focus for this week is the painful subject of, well, pain. Because, let’s face it, a mom’s relationship with Little Miss Cute or Little Mister Bundle of Joy often includes times of discomfort and pain, such as mastitis, thrush, and diaper rash, not to mention teeth (pain for mom and baby) among many others. Most people tend to share the happy moments they have with their children on social media, and it can seem like they never have any difficulties in life. In general I think it’s a very helpful thing to focus on the positive things in your life, but if that’s all anyone ever does it can be very alienating to those of us who are going through a tough time.
There are too many pain-laden challenges that come with a new baby to name them all in one post, so here are a few of the big ones with a link so that you hopefully feel less alone, conversations get rolling, and you can see that there are many resources at your fingertips, though some ailments do require professional help. Now that baby is born, you are nurturing life for two people, but you don’t have to go it alone.
Mastitis – read about Jessica’s journey with the red-eyed breastfeeding monster.
Thrush – This Motherlove-sponsored post is your guide to determining if you have it.
Motherlove is giving away a Diaper Rash and Thrush salve to help ease the pain of 3 lucky Leakies.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered. The giveaway is open from August 7, 2014 through August 14, 2014. A big thanks to Motherlove for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.