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A community of women and wellness – Brick Canvas

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It can be hard to find a spot in the community that feels like home!  A place we can go to be women, to be individuals, and to replenish and regenerate all that we give day-in and day-out as mothers.  Somewhere we can meet other women who are in the same stage of life and are also striving to be mindful about how they live and how they love.  As Moms or Mom-to-be, it’s so hard to make time for ourselves, but it’s so necessary for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  Taking time out to fill our own cup actually allows us to be more present and give more love to our families.  It doesn’t have to be a big deal or take all day.  Here are a few ideas: take a 20-min walk around your neighborhood, take a warm bath, take a yoga class, schedule a massage, or meet a girlfriend for lunch.  How about a pedicure for those months when you’re belly is growing and it’s tough to even see your own toes? These things can recharge us so we are ready for all the ups-and-downs that pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood brings.  About six months ago, I found a wellness center local to me that offers so many of these services.  Brick Canvas (in Lehi, UT) has a full-service salon and spa, a Bikram Yoga studio, a cafe, and an events center.  Today I’d love to share more with you about what I’ve discovered in this local wellness community, especially the salon and spa because that’s every Mom’s favorite anyway!  Read through to find some exclusive promotions for Lactation Link readers.

Massage

I’ve had several massages due to my involvement in college sports, my two pregnancies, and during my recovery from my cancer treatment.  Sage Leaf salon and spa did not disappoint!  The 90-min massage I received from massage therapist Janelle was the most relaxing and therapeutic one I’ve had.  I was honestly so surprised with how wonderful it was!  It begins with putting on a robe in their luxury locker room/changing area, then relaxing in the rejuvenation room (basically heaven – chocolate covered snacks, fruit-infused water, dimmed lights and a comfy couch!) until my massage therapist came to get me.  I chose a few extras – like my favorite essential oil scent and hot stones to be used during my massage.  I highly recommend Sage Leaf for a true “spa” experience.  Along with regular exercise, massage is an excellent therapy to have on an ongoing basis during pregnancy – to help aid those aches and pains.  Make sure to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any complications.  Keep in mind that Sage Leaf has massage therapists who are trained in maternity massage – making the experience both safe and relaxing for your growing bump.  Massage is also a fantastic way to help your body rejuvenate and heal after birth! Not to mention that hour away from baby to help you relax and re-charge.

Pedicure  

In labor and delivery the nurses joke about how pretty all the laboring women’s toes seem to be!  Often times when women are waiting around for baby to come, they love to pass the time with a pedicure.  I know I did when I was pregnant.  You don’t have to think too hard to come up with a great “excuse” to get a pedicure!  I met a friend to get a pedicure a few weeks ago and it was definitely a unique experience at Sage Leaf.  There are only two pedicure chairs in a private space – so you can actually talk with a friend!  No one to talk over or anyone hurrying you along.  My favorite thing about the pedicure was the cooling balm they used instead of hot wax – it was tingly and felt great on my tired feet!  I also loved how we were served chilled grapes and chocolate during our pedicure – felt like royalty for an hour!  

The Loft, Fraiche Cafe, and Bikram Yoga studio

Bikram is actually how I found out about Brick Canvas!  I was invited by a friend to try it out and immediately knew it wasn’t like any exercise I had done before.  I won’t say I was an instant pro, but I started going once a week and have found it to be so cleansing for the body and mind. It’s a great thing to add to your exercise routine that helps to stretch and lengthen your muscles.  They have classes early morning and later evening – perfect for when baby’s sleeping.  See their full class schedule here.  Last time I went I was pretty hungry after class so I grabbed something to go at Fraiche Cafe.  I grabbed a smoothie and a hummus trio – perfect wholesome snack after a workout!  They make their hummus on the spot and the trio comes with lemon garlic, sundried tomato, and mint pea variations!  Yum.  Their menu is full of fresh menu items, refined-sugar free, gluten-free, and everything can be prepared dairy-free as well.  Lastly, when I saw Brick Canvas had an events center (The Loft), I knew it was perfect for our classes!  Spacious, great natural light, and doesn’t have a classroom feel!  Perfect for our attendees to feel comfortable and have a good time!  You can check out our last event we had in the Traverse Room here. I asked Brick Canvas if they could share a promotion with my readers and they did!  Mention these offers when booking (801.407.8620) – and hurry!  They’re only valid through November 4th, 2017.  

I hope you enjoyed this tour around Brick Canvas and all it has to offer!  

Thanks for stopping by,

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

 

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Which nursing pad is right for me?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Recommended Products

Hi mamas! I’m Lacey Parr, a lactation educator and mom of 3. I’m here on the blog today to talk about how to find the perfect nursing pad for you!

One of the most useful tools for breastfeeding is a good nursing pad! Especially in the first few weeks or months, many moms will leak breastmilk. So it’s nice to have something there that will catch the leaks before they come through your clothes and some nursing pads even help prevents leaks! In this post, we have partnered our favorites to help you save when you need to stock up and we will go over the pros and cons of each so you can find one that works best for you. We love sharing products with you that we have used and loved ourselves!

Which nursing pad is right for me?Disposable nursing pads

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{Bamboobies disposable nursing pads: use code LLINK20 for 20% off}

In the first few days and weeks, most moms will leak quite a bit and will need to change pads out often to prevent things like thrush. This is when a disposable nursing pad comes in handy. You will be amazed at how much liquid these babies can hold! Remember to change your pads out each feeding or anytime you notice any wetness on your skin. Bamboobies have great disposable nursing pads because you can forget the guilt over more trash because these are made from eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo. The inner layers are also antibacterial and antimicrobial. Use code LLINK20 on their site for 20% off your entire order at Bamboobies. If you want to deal with less packaging and waste after the first few weeks, a reusable nursing pad might be right for you.

Reusable silicone pads

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If you’ve ever been a nursing mom in a public place without a pad, you understand that direct pressure can sometimes prevent a let down. Lily padz are reusable silicone nursing pads that apply gentle pressure on your breast to prevent leaks from starting. They also cling to your skin, without being sticky, so there is no losing them in the folds of your clothes. Some moms find that their leaks accumulate in the pad and they have to carefully remove them to prevent a big spill. And after some time and regular use, the surface that adheres to the skin will wear and will become less tacky. Just be sure to properly use and care for them so they will last as long as possible. But they are super nice because they cling to your skin and you can wear them without a bra. (Yay for braless days!) One study even showed that mothers using Lilypadz had fewer cases of mastitis and thrush. Score! Use code LLINK to save 15% on your Lilypadz order.

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{Lilypadz nursing pads: use code LLINK for 15% off}

 

Reusable cloth pads

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{Bamboobies cloth pads: use code LLINK20 for 20% off}

The most common type of nursing pads that moms use are reusable cloth. Bamboobies cloth nursing pads are also made out of bamboo and are super light and soft while still being absorbent. Their overnight pads are helpful for overnight and the times of big leaks like the first few weeks. But their regular pads are perfect for day-to-day use. Just remember to change them out as soon as they feel wet on your skin. I keep an extra set in my nursing basket and diaper bag. You can use code LLINK20 for 20% off your Bamboobies order.

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{Bamboobies cloth pads: use code LLINK20 for 20% off}

For more tips on breast and nipple care products, check out our favorite products post and our post on how to care for engorgement.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lacey Parr, BS, CLEC

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Tuesday Tools with Pregnancy + Newborn Magazine

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Media

I’m excited to be featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine’s January issue!  I’m debunking a few breastfeeding myths in the article.  Here is a preview of the questions I’m answering:

“Breastfeeding hurts. You’ll just have to get through it.”

“You’ll figure it out as you go.  There’s no need for a prenatal breastfeeding class.”

“Just ask a nurse or lactation specialist at the hospital.”

“At least you tried — just give the baby a bottle.”

“Your mom and sister didn’t produce enough milk, so you probably won’t either.”

Catch my answers and the full article here!  Also, my video breastfeeding classes answer all of these topics in detail!  Available to click and learn and they never expire.  Come say hi on instagram today and make sure you have my ‘Top Ten Tips for Breastfeeding Success’ to start with.

Thanks for coming by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Friday Favs – B. Baby Boutique Nursing Pillow

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Today for my #fridayfavs I wanted to share one of my favorite nursing pillows from B. Baby Boutique.  Here is the pillow being used in a few common breastfeeding positions:
Mom breastfeeding baby with nursing pillow

Cradle position

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Football position

Here are 4 reasons why my clients and I love this nursing pillow from B. Baby Boutique:

Comfortable.  This nursing pillow is more of a L-shape than a U-shape.  Many women don’t like the half inner-tube U-shape that most nursing pillows take the shape of.  They sometimes complain that they are too tight on their postpartum tummy.  For a single baby, you really only need support on one side, so an L-shape is perfect to provide support, while alleviating pressure on the other side.

Portable.  One unique thing about this pillow is that it deflates!  It can fold into a small pouch and easily be packed for travel in the car or airplane.  It can be burdensome to lug a huge pillow in the car or airplane with a breastfeeding baby.

Clean.  This pillow has a removable, washable cover.  Our brand new little ones need to be kept away from germs!

Affordable.  With a price of only $15, some Mamas buy 2 (one for the house and one for travel!).  They also offer FREE SHIPPING.

As always, I offer in-person classes in Highland, UT once a month and all my classes are available in a video format anytime for your convenience.  I also offer e-consults for specific questions, home and hospital visits.

I hope this was helpful, thanks for coming by today!

I’ve created this great e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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xo ~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

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