Continuing in our "Meet Our Brand Enthusiasts" series, get ready to meet Lynn! She's one of our local BE's, just across the river from our headquarters, and an amazing mama!

What city do you live in? 

I live in Jeffersonville, IN (5 minutes from Louisville, KY - since no one has usually heard of Jeffersonville! ;))

What is your kid(s) name and how old? 
Lucy, she is 3.5 months old
 
Why did you want to be a Brand Enthusiast for us? 
Breastfeeding and skin to skin/babywearing are two things I've become really passionate about since becoming a mom, so getting the chance to get to know brands that support these things and introduce them to other new/nursing mommas was a great opportunity!
 
What is your parenting style? 
So far, I've just been doing what feels right to me as a momma. Upon doing a quick Google search, it looks like that equals "attachment" parenting. Breastfeeding, baby-wearing, no sleep training or crying it out. :) 
 
Who is your favorite parenting/breastfeeding/pregnancy icon? Why? 
Oh gosh. I really don't keep up with pop culture too much anymore, but if I had to choose I'd probably say Jessica Alba. I'm not even sure if she counts as an "icon?" But even though she hasn't been pregnant in a few years, she was kind of my maternity style muse. I always thought she looked so chic and put together even pregnant! And I love that she's a family-centered entrepreneur whose focus is educating people about all of the hidden toxins in baby and household products.
 
What is your best parenting tip? 
Well, I am only 16 weeks into this parenting thing, but so far I think my biggest tip would be to just trust yourself. From giving birth to breastfeeding to making decisions for your baby... I am learning this as I go, but I do wish I could tell new mommies to just know that you know what's best for your baby, and that may not be the same thing that's best for everyone else's babies, and that's okay. Don't be afraid to go against the grain a little bit if you feel that something isn't right for you and your family. And as far as birth and breastfeeding - I was terrified to give birth, but I kept telling myself that my body was made to do this. Once I relaxed and trusted my body, I was able to have an amazing natural labor & delivery experience. Same thing with breastfeeding. The first few weeks are rough. I didn't feel like I was feeding my baby enough and kept getting conflicting advice; from "everything is fine," to suggestions that I supplement with formula. I wish I could go back to those first couple weeks and tell myself to just trust my body and not stress so much - it will make exactly what my baby needs and it's rare that a mother actually doesn't produce enough milk for her baby. Just trust yourself.
 
What is the one breastfeeding item you can't live without? 
Do lactation cookies count?! ha! I guess right now I'd have to say our Covered Goods nursing cover. I'm getting better at breastfeeding in public without it, but it's an awesome cover when you need one and I also love using it as a carseat cover! In the beginning, Earth Angel Nipple Butter saved my life!
 
What is your favorite children's song, poem, author, or artist? 
My favorite poem is Babies Don't Keep by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, especially the last paragraph - it's kind of been my life motto since having a baby. The first couple weeks after Lucy was born it really bothered me that the house wasn't as clean as it was before, or that I was weeks behind on laundry, or I hadn't gotten a chance to get to the grocery or make dinner, but then this poem puts it in perspective. I have all my life to clean my house and cook; my baby is only a baby for a VERY short while. There is no shame in just sitting down and rocking your baby and enjoying the snuggles while your other responsibilities take a back seat because this time is so fleeting. 

 

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
 
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
 
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo
 
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.
 
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
 
What is your hobby? 
I love photography, especially since having a baby! Also blogging. And traveling, if that counts! :)
 
What is your favorite item from milkandbaby.comvija-design.us? 
Out of the current items available, I'm loving the Swing Nursing & Maternity tank from Milk & Baby, and the Skin to Skin Cami from Vija Design! 

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