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Welcome to the Milk Minute podcast everyone. Hey friends. We’re not wearing headphones. We had to tell you we couldn’t do it. No, I told you not to tell on us, Heather. Oh my God. Not doing it. It hurts my head. So we’re just hoping for the best.

I can’t hear myself or Maureen. I can see our little like squiggles on the screen though, that tell us like if I’m too close, loud, too much or whatever. So I think we’re fine. You’ll get what you get and you won’t throw a fit. That’s, that’s what’s happen. Usually what happens cuz, we don’t get direct feedback anyway.

What have you guys been doing? Yeah, well . So it’s lambing season. Oh, lambing season. Yeah. And actually not all of my sheep are having lambs. I had some weird disease related miscarriages with the sheep. Oh no. So some of them, like are not having babies now, which is actually okay. Like, I mean, that was not fun to deal with, but like I don’t have very large capacity right now, , so I’m like, less lambs is fine with me, and everyone’s fine.

Nobody, no, like adult sheep died. So I’m fine with it. So we just had our first lamb and she’s white and she has little brown spots like a cow. Oh. And so my son named her Moo. Oh, that’s so cute. And she’s very, very sweet. And so last year with Lira, I just like would plop her down in piles of lambs and she kind of like didn’t know what was happening.

You know, this year she knows and I shut her in a stall with the lamb the other day while I was cleaning up in the barn and she was like so interactive with it. Aw, that’s so sweet. Like following it around. Picking it up cuz they’re like eight pounds or whatever, . Aw. Giving it hugs and kisses. She has this little so sweet, disgusting rubber lamb toy that she keeps out in the barn.

You know, like a little bath toy. Yeah. Yeah. Disgusting. And she like was like, you know, going like, do, do, do. And having it like walk on the lamb’s back, lamb on lamb. It was very, very cute. Baby Moo. So you just have the one? Just right now I have another who’s definitely having babies and then one more that I, I’m like maybe, I don’t know.

We’ll see. It’s so funny that you can’t tell cuz they’re so fluffy. Yeah. I mean, I could like have the vet ultrasound, but it’s just like not that important to me and I’m prepared for them at any time. So if she don’t, if she doesn’t have a lamb by like May, then it’s definitely not happening. Yeah, yeah.

But this one I can tell, I can tell at a certain point where I’m like, girl. You chunky. You chunky. And then their little boobies pop out and their vaginas get all poofy. Oh yeah. Everyone’s like, yes, I know. I’m like, everyone, nobody told me that would happen with my first baby. And when I woke up one day and my vagina was swelled up like a softball, I texted my midwife and I was like, what’s happening with this?

And she was like, oh, that’s awesome. She was like, your tissues are getting ready to have a baby. Just put some ice on it. And I was like, for how long? Maybe a month. Yeah. My God, I have like three weeks left. Well, that’s part of, so usually that happens to the sheep, like within a week of them having a baby.

Mm-hmm. And so , I do a tail check. When they’re all pregnant and I give them a bunch of corn, so they’re like not paying attention. Then I go lift all their tails and I look at their vaginas and I’m like, Ooh, this one’s poofy. Maybe today or tomorrow. I’m like, Ooh, look at their poof. Oh my gosh. And then I poke them in the butt, not in the butt hole.

Like it or like, like it’d be the equivalent of me like poking your butt cheek and seeing how much it jiggles. Okay. Because their ligaments get really. As ours do right before they birth. And it’s like I give ’em a poke and then if they’re like, jiggle, jiggle, jiggle, I’m like, oh yeah, we’re having a baby.

Well, the new addition to our house is these two very long blowup tumbling mats. Oh God. And, you know, my kids are like 11 out 10. Mm-hmm. on the activity scale. They are just so energetic. So I’m always looking for some physical activity they can do indoors over the winter. Sure. And they have them set up like a runway, like you know, one in front of the other, one throughout the whole basement.

But you have to walk on them to get to my son’s room. Oh God. Now does he live in the basement? Oh he does. He moved to the basement. How is that? It’s. Yeah, it’s wonderful. I bet he feels like such a big kid. He does. And he trashes the basement now. Great. But not the entire upstairs. Just shut the door, shut the house.

So that’s awesome. But it’s so funny because whenever I’m yelling at him about something or trying to discipline him in some way, it is impossible to walk away from that situation with any dignity because it’s like scorch, squished, and it just bounces me up and down. . So yeah, that’s unfortunate, but also really funny because sometimes when you’re yelling at your kid, you need to be squished around a little bit.

Yeah. And be made to feel like a total idiot so you can get off your high horse. Yeah. I mean, sometimes you just need to reminded like it’s, it’s not that deep. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s okay. Yeah and maybe you should bounce around on a gymnastics mat for a minute. Yeah. So we’re gonna talk about stuff in your house today.

We’re gonna talk about that bin of breastfeeding stuff that you’ve had in the corner of your house. So you aren’t sure what to do with, I know you’re like telling the audience that, but it feels like a personal attack. Yeah. Okay. How about the cabinet that you open in the kitchen that spills out with random nipple straws and bottles?

Shut up. Uhhuh ? Or how about are you hoarding poo stain burp cloths? Not that. Okay. Cuz I did this one and then the, of course the three used breast pumps that were dropped on your porch. I don’t wanna talk about that one. Yeah. People do that to me and Heather especially. Yeah. They’re like, yes. And sometimes I’m like, someone can use this.

Or like, the worst is that people don’t ask and they’re like, oh, I left some stuff for you, you know? And I’m like, okay. And then I’m like, holy crap, that’s a trash bag of stuff. Yeah. And sometimes I’m like, hell yeah. That’s great. Thank you. Or I’m such like a trash panda that I think that I’m gonna organize it later and then I not don’t.

And now I have five of your bins in my office. Mm-hmm, which is fine. And I will sort through it at some point someday, not today. But the point is we see you and we wanna help you with that. And I think if you do what we tell you to today, it will take you about an hour and your life will be better after I’m down, I should do it.

Maybe I’ll video myself doing this when I get, maybe you should. But a quick reminder that we both do private consults, links are always in our show notes. We are so happy to help you virtually or in person if you’re local. So please don’t hesitate to reach out. Yes, and we would like to thank a couple of patrons today.

We’re gonna thank Charlie from Chicago, Illinois. And Elizabeth from New York, they are both our new Lactivists and we are so happy to have you. Thank you so much for joining our Patreon and supporting the cause. All right, well, let’s take a little break and we’ll be right back.

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All right, before we get into our Marie Kondo moment, who by the way, just admitted she has given up after three kids, I find that perfect. Yeah. Thank you, Marie. Anyway I’m gonna read a question from a patron of ours, Dana, and let’s see what she says. I actually have a follow up question regarding another question I asked recently.

I had asked if I should move up to size two bottle nipples since my daughter sometimes collapses the size one, slow flow nipples when she’s bottle feeding. The response was that I could use the size two. I have 10 bottles that I rotate in and out of daycare, so I have enough to fill when I’m pumping. I have some in the wash, you know, send three to daycare, and each one has a matching size nipple.

I realize I only have two size two nipples from whatever came in the pack that I got, right? Should I buy size two nipples so each bottle has one now? Seems like a yes cuz it could cause frustration or confusion if she only got nipple the different sizes sometimes. But I don’t have enough for the three bottles she gets a daycare.

Even if I only had three of them, I would constantly need to make sure they’re washed, et cetera. Yes. So my answer to this was, Do we need to pump into bottles or can we just pump into a series chiller? Mm-hmm, and then come home and fill up the three bottles that you have. Just pour it in there and just buy one extra size, two nipple and get rid of all of the size ones.

You don’t need ’em. You’re not using them. Your baby collapses them. It’s not serving you. It doesn’t bring you joy. Yeah, you can. I would definitely, if you have the funds for it, just replace all the nipples with new ones anyway. Get size two. What I have also had people do who were just like in a real financial pinch or they were like, these are brand new and I don’t wanna replace them.

You can put new holes in the nipples. Oh, you take a hot needle and poke a hole. Yeah. So the, the Como Tomo bottles are like that. Yeah. So the slow flow has one hole. The medium flow has two holes, and the fast flow has three holes. So you could just add a hole. Mm-hmm. . . Yeah. And I’ve actually used before you can buy nipples with zero holes that you just can poke yourself, or you could, a couple years ago when I first started lactation counseling. I’ve never heard of that.

And I would just keep those around and be like, what do we need? ? Oh, that’s so funny. Yeah. And it’s fine, you know, they’re. Like the silicone, you can just poke an, poke a hole. I use a hot needle though, so it kind of like expands the hole a little bit. Mm-hmm. I had a patient that used a barbecue skewer and I was like, that might be too big.

Too big. That’s a size seven. I just used like a hefty sewing needle. Yeah. That’s not gonna like break as I’m trying to poke a hole. Use a thimble. Don’t hurt yourself. Oh yeah. Or a thumbtack works fine too. But yeah, that’s a way to like expand, use out of what you already have if you need to. And usually just one more hole expands the flow.

You’re so smart, Maureen. Thanks. All right, you ready? We we’re breaking this down into steps because Ready? It can be overwhelming. I need it. I would love someone to do this all for me. Okay, so that is sort of part of step one. Okay. So. Step one is in two parts. Part one is to phone a friend. Ooh, this activity is much better with someone else to make it less painful and remind you that it really is okay to throw some of this stuff out.

Hmm, Like you need someone to be your sounding board who is not emotionally attached to the cute pink in my house. That you’re saving in your silverware drawer for no reason. Like you don’t need that jamming up your silverware drawer. Okay? Okay. So you gotta say, so you gotta call a friend. Part two is to make a giant pile in your living room of all the shit you have and I mean everything.

So, Stuff you currently use, which you maybe need to stop using stuff you no longer use, gather it all in one place, grab a giant cup of tea and observe the clutter. I absolutely need moral support for that step. Yes, because the next thing you do is you take a deep breath. You understand that this giant pile of shit has been contributing to your mental anxiety, and then you’re gonna grab three empty boxes and move to step two.

Okay. I’m with you. Pile of stuff, cup of tea, moral support, empty boxes. Deep breath.

Okay, you ready? No, but let’s do it anyway. Okay. I’m like feeling anxious just thinking about the pile of stuff at home. There’s so much stuff. Feel free to pause the podcast if you need to stop. You know what? Do the things and then come back. Why don’t you put us on your Alexa? Okay. Or Google or whatever you have.

Every time we end a step, you pause it, go do it, and then play us again. And I’m gonna tell you good. . Yeah. Good job. You did a great job. Good job completing that. There’s just another step. Let’s do the next step together. Okay. Step two. So we need to determine what items are actually age appropriate for your child.

So not the child you’re gonna have in a month. Mm-hmm, the child you actually have right now today. So if you have a young baby, I would start with locating the stuff that’s a little old for the baby first. That means all the sippy cups, water bottles, forks and spoons, bowls, giant bibs, mesh fruit, teether, thingies and you know everything that people got you at your baby shower, uhhuh, that you’re like, when am I gonna use this?

And you’re like waiting half a year and you’re like, oh my God. Yeah. So take that, all of that and put it in a box and label open when baby is six months. Nice. Okay? So that’s what’s gonna be for later. So that’s the easiest. Now, if your baby is over a year of age, you’re gonna locate all the items that are too young for your baby.

And this might be the very small bibs, the newborn pacifiers, the nipple shields and bottles. If your baby is over a year of age, it’s time to get rid of the bottle, my friend. Yes, absolutely. You can get rid of a bottle if your baby’s very attached. It’s time to start thinking about your strategies for that.

Mm-hmm. And that’s usually recommended so that we can encourage proper, like pallet and mouth shape and function. You know, that’s, that’s pretty much it. So it’s, it’s like a developmental thing. Yeah. Yep. It’s true. And you can even have your one year old help you put the bottle in the box. Yes. Yes. You can be like, Hey, this is for other little babies, or whatever makes sense to them.

Yeah. Okay. So pause us and then do your thing and then come back. Okay. You guys did a really good job with step two. Okay. What’s step three? Step three is we are gonna get the bottle feeding supplies under control, because this is the main clutter, not it really is. I mean, how many nipples does the kid need?

All of ’em, apparently. So if your child is less than a year and is still bottle feeding, you’re gonna keep only the type of bottle they currently use and like, not the one you want them to. Like the one that do. I want them to like, like why though? Why do we all do this? Like, I have left that Como Tomo bottle on the shelf.

Mm-hmm for literally a year and a half. My daughter did not give one flying Fuck about that bottle, because you like the color. I think, and I think actually I liked the texture of Yeah, it like, I liked to hold it. Yeah, but she’s not gonna drink out of it. No. Clogging up your chi. Get rid of it.

So you’re gonna put all the other bottles, the ones they don’t like, like Maureen, the Como Tomo. And you’re gonna put those in another one of your boxes. Okay. Okay. So next you’re gonna. All the nipples you have for all the bottles. Mm-hmm, you’re gonna make a pile of nipples and then you’re gonna take a picture of it so you can remember how many nipples you used to have in your house.

Woo. And then you’re gonna look at the underside of the nipple to determine what size they are. Your baby should probably be on a slow flow size one or maybe a size two, regardless of their age. Yeah, and I know a lot of you guys are hanging onto those multi packs that had like eight different sizes in it that somebody bought you for your baby shower that you’re never going to use.

You don’t need a size four? No. Who needs a size for it? You don’t. And the only time you go up in nipple sizes is when your baby’s collapsing the nipple and you have to remove it from their mouth and let it reinflate. Mm-hmm. before continuing the feeding, just like in our original question today. So take all the nipples that don’t go with the one bottle you’re using.

Put them in a gallon Ziploc bag and throw them in the bottle box. Okay. Okay. Okay. Now you’re gonna label this bag assorted nipples. I have a label maker and I love to use it when I’m struggling with things like this cuz it like gives me little shots of dopamine. I’m like, yes. Label. Bam. Label, bam. Assorted nipples in the bag, in the box.

Okay. Next we’re gonna locate all the nipples that are too slow or too fast for the bottle you do have. Hmm. So that’s probably a preemie or a zero or a three and a four. Mm. And you’re gonna put them in another gallon Ziploc bag and throw it in the bottle box. And you’re gonna label this one with the brand of bottle you are using.

Mm-hmm. Okay, so word. So if you do need to go up or down in a size for the one bottle your baby likes, you know where to get it. This is, this is really thinking Heather. Okay. I put effort into this today. Mm-hmm. . Okay. So pause us. And then do your thing and then come back. We’re gonna take a quick break to thank a sponsor, and then we’re gonna do our last two steps.


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Did you guys finish step three? You. Good job. I’m proud of you. Make another cup of tea. Okay? Or maybe depending on the time, grab some wine. Coffee or coffee, beverage of choice. Drink your kombucha. It’s good for your boobies. Okay, step four. Now it’s time to do a pumping inventory. This is the other one that’s intimidating.

I am. I am already feeling like my chest turned. Tighten up as soon as you said that. Okay. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. Find all the flange sizes and flange inserts that you have that were never appropriate for you and put them in a bag labeled assorted flange sizes. . Okay. Okay. Okay. Next, you’re gonna find all the old tubing membranes, duck bills, reverse backflow protectors.

Basically all the silicone pieces that you saved when you replaced your pump parts last and throw them away. You don’t need them. Just let them go. Okay. You replaced them for a reason. , no one needs them. Nobody wants them. Okay. Even though I’ve weaned from a pump like six months ago, what if I need them?

You’re not gonna need ’em. Not unless you wanna shove ’em in your ears to keep your brain together from spilling out of your head. I don’t know. You’re not gonna ’em that right now. Yeah. Okay. So now you’re gonna find the used pumps that everyone gave you and choose the one that you might use in an emergency and throw the rest of them in the garbage.

Oh yeah. This is hard because the truth is that you may not be doing someone a favor by giving them a used pump. True. If they really need a good pump to boost their supply, the used pump might not have the suction it used to. These pumps are built to be disposable, and yes, it hurts my heart to see it.

Mm-hmm, but these pump companies have tried to have recycling programs and usually you have to pay for the shipping and then who knows where it ends up. Right? As medical devices, they really can’t reuse them and sell them like new again. What about like new-ish or very gently used pumps that we just didn’t vibe with?

Yes. So here are some pumps that I would keep if they were lightly used or resell. Or resell if they were lightly used. Okay. Okay. I would absolutely resell a Spectra S one or S two or the gold. If you went big and you got the gold, you can tell how many hours are on that. Yeah. So take some good quality pictures, clean it, show in the pictures how many hours are on it and get some money out of it.

Yeah, sure. Absolutely. Same with the motif. I, I think you could probably gift that to somebody. Mm-hmm. I don’t know if you’d be able to sell it per se. Maybe 20 bucks. Yeah. It’s not a super expensive one, but like a, a lot of the time in the resale groups you might be making like 20 or 40 bucks for a pump like that, but if you need that money, go for it.

Mm-hmm. Yeah, the Zomi Z too might be another good option. The things like the willow and the LV and the mom cozies usually sell really easily on resell groups. So if you haven’t used it very much, please don’t resell something you’ve used for like 200,000 hours cuz it’s just really not kind. You know, unless someone is totally, totally understands what they’re getting from you.

But yeah. Lightly used. Go for it. Yep. Yep. So but most of us have the pump that someone gave us from their baby that was from six years ago. Every why that they used why does every, many years and it’s like, it’s cuz they can’t throw it out. Yeah. Because they’re emotionally attached to it. Get so throw out your friend’s pump that they couldn’t throw up.

Yes. And the flanges that go with it, because they don’t go with the one you’re using most likely . It’s for real. You don’t need it. I , this is a hard one. I don’t know why. I hated pumping and I still don’t wanna throw them out. And I also have a bunch that like I bought like, just to try for the podcast that I basically used like twice and I need to resell, but I just like haven’t gotten around to it cause it’s so much work to like, make sure it’s super clean.

Mm-hmm. And repackaged and pictures are taken and mm-hmm. Can I have the Zomi back? Oh yeah. Yeah, you can, you can definitely have it. Okay, now take a break and go do that. You’re gonna do great. It’s gonna feel really good when you.

Welcome back. Did you finish? Did you do it? Five. Congratulations. Last step. Here we go. Your final step to freedom. Okay, now we’re gonna handle the miscellaneous because there’s so much miscellaneous crap. It’s unbelievable how much crap there is with feeding a baby. If your baby is a thumb sucker. Throw away all the binkies.

Mm-hmm. Give it up. They’re never gonna use them. Please also throw away, oh, can I just note? For whatever reason, there’s one binky I felt attached to, even though my kid didn’t like my, my children don’t like them, so I put it on a little clip and clipped it to the baby doll. . Aw. See, that’s nice. . I don’t know why I couldn’t throw it away, but I was like, fine, this is just part of play now.

And I did that also with my favorite newborn onesie for Lyra. I put it on the baby doll. Okay. That’s brilliant. Mm-hmm. Yeah. But again, nobody wants your hand-me-down binkies no. For the love of God. They really don’t. They don’t care how much you spent on the binky. It’s the principle of the thing. If your kid potentially sucked on it for a month, they, they’re gonna buy a new one for their baby.

Mm-hmm. Everybody is going to buy a new one, so please throw them away. They don’t want them. Please also throw away all the burp cloths that have turned around. Buy yourself a new pack of cloth diaper burp cloths that are thick in the middle, like the really good ones. You deserve it. You don’t need to keep the poo brown burp cloths as dust rags or for washing the car.

Right. You’re not gonna wash the car. Because the thing is too, like if you’re thinking about doing that, you probably already have a big box of rags. Mm-hmm. Like I do. Mm. And if those are nicer than the rags you already have, then throw away the worst rags and keep them. But don’t add them on top. Yeah. Or just throw them all away and then go to the automatic car wash because that’s what they’re for.

You know what I we just have a lot of spills in my house. So I need a lot of rags, but it is excessive and I do need to get rid of some. Mm-hmm, like I have a milk crate and it when they’re all actually clean at once, which like doesn’t really happen, but every once in a while it does. And then I’m like, wow, there are two milk crates full of rags.

Is it too much? Yes. Okay. So then you’re gonna locate the nursing covers you never used, as well as the car seat covers and the extra diaper bags and white bags and put them in the third box to donate. Hmm. So get on Amazon, buy yourself some fresh burp cloths. Mm-hmm. And donate all of the cloth items that you do not use.

If you were gonna use them, you would have by now. That’s probably true. Okay, and if you’ve never used your bottle warmer. Not even once. Donate box. Yeah. Okay. If you’re exclusively breastfeeding and have 200 microwave steam bags for sterilizing pumping equipment, donate box. Yep. If your drying rack hasn’t been washed since the day you bought it, wash it.

Mm-hmm. If it’s time to invest in a new bottle washing sponges, brush, throw the old ones away. I love throwing away old sponges and brushes. My husband does not. Like we have opposite things we feel comfortable throwing away. So when he’s not home, I throw them all away. Yep. Don’t, that’s what you gotta do.

Got you. Do you have any other miscellaneous that you think you can think of? I don’t know about that, but I did wanna mention as far as where to donate, something that came to mind. If you have any local or state level breastfeeding associations, sometimes they take things like steam sterilization bags for events, you know, when they’re trying to like stock the little, like breastfeeding booths.

They’re making local women’s shelters or homeless shelters might take certain items. You know, if there is a lactation clinic, please call and ask before you drop off used pumps to us. Sometimes we definitely like them and sometimes not. It can be a little bit hard to donate the pumps because they’re considered medical equipment.

So you definitely wanna call and ask before you try to donate. Something like that. But otherwise, like the bags and you know, if you have like a bunch of wipes you ever use that are all in closed containers, like all that kind of stuff, you can easily donate. Mm-hmm. And you can definitely look up, like in, in our area we have our D V I C, the rape and domestic violence center, local women’s shelters, things like that.

Mm-hmm. They would absolutely love to have those items. Okay. So go do that, and when you come back, we’re gonna give you a little bonus actually. Hmm. Okay. You ready for my bonus tip? I’m ready. But first, I just wanna say congratulations on completing the five steps, everybody. You did it. We’re so proud of you.

Crushed it. All right. Bonus parenting tip is how to manage the clothing that your child keeps growing out of but keeps circulating in the wash. Okay? Mm-hmm. This drove me. That shit crazy. My husband is the reason. My husband is the reason. Your husband is the reason too. Because if something doesn’t fit, or like if I put it on my kid and I squeezed it on them for the last time, and I was like, it’s done after this.

Like, I know in my head to wash it and then put it away. My husband does not. Mm-hmm. Or he just doesn’t complete the steps to get getting rid of it or put on the floor. Takes it off the kid and puts it on the floor, usually. Then I usually think it’s dirty and then I wash it. My husband usually throws it in the laundry basket after it doesn’t fit.

Yep. Same. And then it just happens again. Okay, so here’s how we’re gonna solve this problem for you. You’re gonna get a large bag or a box, and I personally like those plastic zipper bags that comforters come in. Mm-hmm. , because they’re clear those are coveted in our house. Yes. And so you’re gonna put that next to the area where you dress your kid.

And you know as well as I do that the sizes listed on the clothes are not that accurate. Yeah. Especially under like 24 months. Yeah. Yeah. So when you think your three month old should be in three month old onesies and then you can’t get it over their pumpkin head , you immediately put it in the box. Yes.

Clean. No if ans or butts, you just take it, fold it and put it clean in the box or bag. I’ll skip the folding. Just throw it in, throw it in. What ends up happening is you have a box or a bag of clean clothing that’s all size appropriate, regardless of what the tag says. So when the box is full, you label it with what size your kid actually was.

Mm-hmm. For example, like zero to three months or three to six months when you put them in the box. Yeah. If you wanna be really considerate of yourself when you have another child or your sister or your friends, you can write your kids’ age, but also like how big they actually were. Mm-hmm, like you can write newborn like nine to 10 pounds.

Winter. Winter, yeah. Right. That would be like the most considerate thing that you could do for your future self or friends. A hundred percent. And same with shoes. Mm-hmm and like socks and things like that. Oh, I screwed myself with shoes where like I left taking away Griffin’s old shoes for way too long and then shoved all of them in a box.

Now I’ve lost it. Dunno where it is. Also, it’s like 12 sizes of shoes. Oh. That’s too much. It is. I’m probably now gonna buy all new shoes for my other child, even if I find that box . Yeah. And so that’s the point. Like this method makes it so much nicer when you donate your clothes to a friend who had a baby in a similar season of a year.

Why like that is the most complicated . Yeah. So you can hand them one bag at a time. Yes. With the sizes that will actually fit their baby instead of a garbage bag of random size with random tags that then they have to go through for hours and do the hold up test to see if it’s gonna fit their kid.

Sometimes what I do, because I have wiggly kids, is I find the shirt that like fits them the best. And I use that as like the hold up test. Oh. Before putting something new into their drawer. My God. You’re smart. I never thought of that. You’re like, hold still, Theo. Oh yeah. Right. Hold still. Theo. Sit down.

Theo, sit down. Theo. Sit down. Squash. Squash, squash. But yeah, I, I do this, I have a basket on top of each dresser and usually that’s the end of my like really good organization. I do theoretically then have a box that that stuff goes into in the closet, but my organizational system often falls apart there.

Yeah. That’s okay. We do our best, thankfully. Since we have done our best. Absolute best to prevent future children. I now get to get rid of things. Ooh. Yeah. So now when Lyra grows out of things, I go on the really, really free market Facebook page for my area. And I’m like, who would like a bag of assorted non-gendered, gendered clothes for children?

This sizes nice. And it’s very nice, and then I give it to somebody who really needs it. Yeah. And I’m like, good luck. Thank you. Thank you. Good. Okay. I hope that was helpful. I hope you can get decluttered today. Yes. Start today. Don’t start tomorrow. Today is your day. And if you’re really lucky, Heather might come over my house and we’ll take a video of me doing it.

Hmm. That would be fun. That would be so nice. Cause I actually have three boxes of pumping stuff. Oh my God. Yeah. Actually we do need to go through that. We do. Alright, so let’s take a minute to thank one of our sponsors before we get to our favorite segment. The Award in the Alcove! Woo.

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And you don’t need to find fresh, warm, clean water to make formula. I discreetly breastfed my eight month old all over Spain, including all the churches we went. That’s great. That is awesome, Lauren. Good job. What a award are we gonna give her? I put a couple options. I’m gonna let you. Lauren, I would like to give you the Conducive Connoisseur.

Sorry. I don’t know why I said it’s so weird. . Congratulations. Yes, you are. Well, I guess your baby is a conducive connoisseur. Yeah, we just love, love to see those cultured babies travel in the world. Sipping on the milk. Yep. Everywhere. , it’s great. I hope you have some pictures. It’s a really special thing to be able to show your kids when they get older.

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You two have this easiness that makes me feel I’m your friend who you’re making some recommendations to you and you’re also funny. Thank you. I’m from Peru and recently moved back home and I wish I could share this podcast with mom friends, but they only speak Spanish. Oh no. We’ll have to get a translator.

I’m shocked to hear that lactation consultants here are not a thing and that sometimes normalcy is to have sore and wounded nipples. It shouldn’t. Thank you for your great public health work. Aw, thanks so much for that review. And honestly, we are your friends, so it’s not like we’re your friends. We just are.

Yeah, we are. And I’d love to come to Peru. Absolutely. Yeah. You can tell people we’re your friends. I have no problem with that. And I’m sorry that I don’t speak Spanish and I am sorry that I took eight years of French. Same, same. Z. And it has not served me that well. Oh goodness. Well, yeah. Maybe one day we will get someone to translate some of our like most important episodes.

That’d be really cool. That would be very cool. If anybody out there is like, I would do that. Send us an email and we will talk about it, because that would be so amazing. We’ll get a grant for it. Yeah. Even if it’s just like translating the transcript. Oh, this is so many ideas. Okay, well thanks for listening to another episode of the Milk Minute Podcast.

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