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Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies
October 7, 2010, 5:50 pm
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Crafts, embellishing, painting

Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies

I decided to make some breastfeeding related onesies to donate to my local La Leche League group.

First I printed my design and text I desired onto transparency “paper”. Then I used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the printed design to create my stencil.

Once the stencils are ready, a piece of cardboard placed inside of a plastic bag is put inside of the onesie to keep the paint from bleeding onto the backside of the onesie. The cardboard is needed to keep the stencil surface flat, and the plastic bag is needed to keep the paint from gluing the shirt to the cardboard. It is best to tape the stencil down to avoid it slipping around and losing it’s place. If you are doing multiple pieces of clothing it is important to wipe the backside of the stencil between uses. Otherwise you will transfer paint from the previous shirt onto the next one.

The design I chose was “I *heart* liquid gold” because breastmilk IS liquid gold. (Ask any mom who pumps at work just how much each hard-earned drop is worth and she’ll say more than it’s weight in gold!)

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Using fabric paint and a sponge carefully sponge the paint onto the stencil and shirt. *it’s always a good thing to get your technique mastered on an old piece of fabric.*

Don’t put too much paint on your sponge or it will bleed beyond the stencil a lot. Ideally you sponge over the design a second time only a few minutes after your first coat. It seemed like this strategy eliminated a lot of the bleeding and the sticking that happens when the stencil stays in place too long.

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Now you have a great new onesie for your baby to advertise it’s favorite thing!

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A Yummy Little Drink for My Milk
April 25, 2010, 3:30 am
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Family

A Yummy Little Drink for My Milk

A friend of mine recently told me about a yummy little drink she uses to boost her breastmilk. I tried it today and find it quite delicious. When my husband tried it he said it would be really yummy with a little vodka or something added. 😉 It’s a very simple concoction. You just pineapple juice, coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut water), and a cup.

The pineapple juice is pretty easy to find since it’s usually located with the rest of the juices, but the coconut milk can be more tricky to locate. Often it’s in a specialty section around the Asian ingredients.

Mix 1 small can of pineapple juice with about 1/2 cup of coconut water and drink.

When I first opened my can of coconut water I wished that I had taken the can and given it a good shaking before I opened the top because it needed some mixing. I don’t know if shaking the can 1st would have helped any, but maybe. Anyway, I whisked it up, and it went from a fairly solid blob surrounded by water to a creamy easy to handle texture.

I drank mine at room temperature, but I suspect chilled would have made it better. I didn’t notice a milk supply explosion or anything, but I do think that it helped me maintain my supply at a time when I was sort of dehydrated and not making much milk.




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