Breastfeeding Injury! – In Real Life #7

Mama sustained a breastfeeding related injury, and the family’s gonna hit the road. It’s In Real Life Episode #7!

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How about you?

If you celebrate Easter, what are your favorite traditions? And how do you weave the meaning of the holiday into your celebration?

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Friday night drum circle downtown Asheville, Dobra tea house, Wedge brewery, Keturah Market, (got a great small play space in the cafe area) Homegrown, arts district, West Asheville….all the choices are actually quite overwhelming. Asheville is very diverse, and you will see that some areas are more geared towards the tourist and some more the locals. oh, French Broad chocolate lounge is a must for any conscientious chocolate lover. If you are looking for a church, you can check out the Charismatic Episcopal Church, for the best mix of the Spirit filled and liturgical worlds….
    have a great visit!

  2. Yay! I’m so excited that you are headed to Asheville!

    A couple of our fav. places to eat is Laughing Seed, amazing vegetarian/vegan food that’s my meat lover husband always raves about and the Early Girl Eatery, good classic comfort foods that use a lot of local farms and such for their food.

    And I heard someone else mention it, but totally check out EarthFare. If you consider moving there, you’ll want to scope out the local healthy grocery stores: ) We have an EarthFare by us and I really like it. It’s not as cheap as Trader Joes, but I like the peace of mind knowing that I can count on whatever I buy there to be good with no bad additives, dyes and such. I really like their hot bar AND their to go pizzas are a staple in our home: )

  3. What do you do with capers? You inspired me to buy a bottle. Now what?:)

  4. My husband and I did undergrad in Asheville too! Cannot say enough great things about Asheville Pizza (Brew and View) and French Broad Chocolate! Also lots of family friendly hikes around town. Personally I find Biltmore too $$$ if you’re going to be distracted by chasing children, but it is beautiful. Craggy Gardens is a pretty fun family hike.

    Can’t wait to see what you end up doing! Asheville has my heart and would move back tomorrow if we could. πŸ™‚

  5. I am so glad you are headed to Asheville! I have a feeling you and your family will fall in love πŸ™‚ While in Asheville, I suggest a visit to the Biltmore Estate. It is an amazing experience each and everytime I go. There are so many things to do and see here in western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway is another fantastic thing this area has to offer, as well as the Grove Park Inn. Enjoy your trip, and have safe travels!

  6. YAY! Welcome to Nashville (in advance)! While you’re here, you definitely need to check out The Wild Cow restaurant in East Nashville. Totally vegan/vegetarian and REALLY yummy! Also, there’s a Jeni’s ice cream next door so you can’t beat that!

    My fiance and I are taking a “mini-moon” to Asheville in a few weeks so you’ll have to let me/us know how you like it.

  7. When I was ten or twelve, we switched the day we got our Easter baskets to May Day, to keep Easter more focused. So we still got our fun chocolate and everything, but it wasn’t a distraction. We’d also get a new outfit for church sometimes, so much fun for little girls πŸ™‚ We did something called Resurrection Eggs, which I highly recommend! We had a premade set but you can also put it together yourself. There was a carton of plastic eggs and a book to go along with it. Every evening leading up to Easter (12 eggs) we would read a chapter and open an egg, and they have symbolic things inside them like a donkey, nail, stone, piece of leather, palm branch, etc, and the last one of course is empty πŸ™‚ Definitely a fun and interactive tradition as well as meaningful! I’d like to do something like that when our babies are older, but otherwise I don’t know what our own traditions will look like.

  8. So glad you’re coming this way and visiting Asheville! If you’re a real foodie I would suggest a food tour, you get to sample so much of the best from the chefs. We loved the Tour Asheville food tour (but don’t know if it would be kid friendly). I second the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, amazing chocolate! Biltmore would be pretty, as was mentioned, but I think you would really enjoy the downtown farmer’s market. Lot’s of local food, aged cheeses, organic veggies, artisian breads, and even wild edibles! Morel Mushrooms would probably be in season by then, if you enjoy them. πŸ˜‰ The Sunny Point CafΓ© is a great place to eat -although I recommend being there at opening time because they soon have a waiting list. Below, I put in the links for both places.
    I hope your family will enjoy your time in Asheville. Happy traveling! πŸ˜‰

  9. I had so many plugged ducts with my daughter and mastitis many times. So frustrating! Taking Sunflower lecithin was the thing that helped me the most. I rarely got them after starting that.

    I live in Nashville! Love it here πŸ™‚ Have fun on your trip.

    My 15 month old LOVED seeing Paloma laugh. She was smiling so big.

  10. The one place I wish I could share with my Pacific Northwest pals (I live in Portland, OR) is the Biltmore Estate. If you are going to Asheville you might really enjoy this crown jewel. It is family friendly and has plenty of space to roam and explore even though there are tourists. Since it is spring, the gardens will be spectacular and worth the trip alone. It does cost money but is totally worth it. I’ve lived in the south most of my life, and this is one place I tell all my friends about. Highly recommend it.

  11. We LDS have a very special Easter tradition, every April the Prophet and Apostles in our Church speak on a special meeting, we called it General Conference. We get to listen their amazing words of wisdom, feel the spirit and enjoy the singing by the Mormon Tabernacle choir. Is such a spiritual banquet πŸ™‚ the best thing is that now with all the Technology you can watch it online or from ur TV on the BYU channel, while eating yummy pancakes, eggs and turkey beacon! Lol it is truly a great time to spend with the family and remember the Savior’s sacrifice for us. Today while watching the first session I keep on thinking about you, because I know how much you enjoy learning about God… is like having an amazing cake and you just want to shear it with everyone, specially with those you love. There will be two session tomorrow one at 10am and 2pm (MDT) I hope you guys can watch it and enjoy it as much as my and my family do. πŸ™‚

  12. I ended up with 2 plugged ducts when my daughter was 6 weeks because she started sleeping 7-8 hours a night and it probably lasted a couple days..soooooooooo painful…like knives in my breast but i was doing hot compresses and taking homeopathic remedy PHYTOLACCA and it finally worked itself out.

  13. Girrrllll I so feel your pain on the plugged duct. Literally. I just got over one (accompanied by a mild case of mastitis) last weekend. We dealt with two when my now-14-month-old was about 5 & 6 weeks, and then since his first birthday we’ve dealt with three! I think we’re getting lazy with latch, which is causing blisters and blebs, which then cause the plugged ducts. I’ve had to break out my manual pump for those to allow the blisters to heal. But YES to the oils helping! Also lemon over the plug (not on the nipple though!), and Thieves topically and internally to help fight infection. Moist heat before nursing/pumping followed by cool pack afterwards also good.

    ANYWAY. So glad yours passed so quickly! πŸ™‚

    • No fun! So glad we can use natural remedies to treat πŸ™‚

  14. Sooooo excited for you about your upcoming vacation! You are going to love Asheville. While you are here check out Earth Fare (the one in the Westgate Plaza) & Greenlife on Merrimon ave (right down the street from our Trader Joe’s), both natural grocery stores. You should also check out the plethora of hiking areas around. And a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a picnic lunch will certainly sell you on our area!

    I am currently experiencing my 15th plugged duct with this baby (my pumpkin is 2 weeks younger than Paloma). I had nearly 20 with my first before I threw in the towel, one of which required surgery. I am hoping this will not ultimately be the end of nursing for us, but they really KILL your supply when they set in, and most of mine last 40 + hrs. I have tried every suggested trick mentioned and a few more as well, never with any success. I have already begun supplementing with some milk donated to me by a dear local mama friend. I will pray this is not only your first, but your last.

    We celebrate Passover the day before Resurrection Sunday, in the traditional Jewish way, then the risen Lord on that Sunday. Amazing experience to do them both together. I especially like incorporating Passover because the symbolism imbedded in the Seder is deep enough for grown ups, but directed in a way to specifically teach children. Very rich study!

  15. OK! Had to add a few more ideas for Asheville: πŸ˜€

    For eats: Homegrown restaurant

    For kids: Hickory Nut Gap Farm

    And for a beautiful afternoon: get hot drinks at Grove Park Inn’s cafe – the PInk Pig and enjoy them in the gorgeous lobby with the amazing fireplaces or sit along the windows and enjoy the outrageously wonderful views!

  16. Can you talk about the bee pollen you bought please? The brand, how you consume it and why you love it so much? Thanks!

    • I buy from Y.S. Organic Bee Farms. They sell it in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods (with the probiotics). I love it because it tastes yummy, is loaded with nutrition… enzymes, vitamins, minerals, etc. I do about 1 TB after each meal. Most people probably only do 1 tsp but I like it a lot πŸ™‚

  17. Welcome (soon) to NC!

    • I meant to add – check out Biltmore house n gardens. It’s soooo beautiful right now with all the bulbs.

  18. I can totally relate to the clogged duct problem. I had that twice so far. Luckily, massaging and nursing in different positions worked for me.
    Last night, my daughter (nearly 7 months) slept through the night for the first time ever! She slept for 10 hours straight. I didn’t. I got up a couple times to see if she was ok, and at 3:30 am I had to pump because my breasts felt ready to burst. (Usually my daughter wakes up twice in a night, so twice to zero times is a big change!) Now let’s see if this was a fluke or if she’ll start to sleep longer in general…

    • Oh Katharina! I hope and pray it is a new normal for you. Sleeping straight through the night is such a gift!

  19. I really enjoy your site! It has helped me on my quest to crunchiness. :0)
    For Easter we have done the jelly bean poem:
    Red is for the blood He gave
    Green is for the grass He made
    Yellow is for the sun so bright
    Orange is for the edge of night
    Black is for the sins we made
    White is for the grace He gave
    Purple is for the house of sorrow
    Pink is for the new tomorrow

    A bag of jellybeans
    colorful and sweet
    In this prayer is a promise
    And a small delicious treat.

    Also resurrection cookies.

    * Paloma is 4 months? On another website that I’m part of we call it the 4 month sleep regression. For whatever reason most babies do this. My twins were sleeping through the night at 2 months, then boom 4 months and up twice a night again!

    • LOVE the poem πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

      Yes, it *is* the regression… it’s been going on a long time now though. LOL! Hopefully, when she hits 5 months next week (?!) it will pass.

      • We’re dealing w/ a long drawn out time of sleep regression too. πŸ™ when she wakes, do you try to just soothe or do you feed? I can’t decide how best to handle him…I don’t want to neglect him, but soothing seems to help most of the time. Thoughts? Thanks for all you do! πŸ˜‰ it really is very helpful and encouraging!

  20. We just LOVE Easter/Resurrection Sunday because of what it means for our Christian faith. Traditions? Church activities from Good Friday through Sunday morning are most important. We do Easter baskets and egg hunts, too, but I have a question for everyone here (particularly Christians). I’m totally fine with Santa Claus…I kind of explain it as the special guy who helps us celebrate Jesus’ birthday. What about the Easter bunny? My kids are 3 and 6 (and one coming) and I kind of want to kill the Easter bunny in our house. It’s just so silly. We have to give up a lot of the meaning of Christmas to the Santa stuff, but I kind of want to raise my kids to fully focus on the real reason we celebrate Easter. The festivities are okay- a way we celebrate the resurrection. But I’m thinking we should break it to the kids now that the Easter bunny isn’t actually real. I hate lying to them about Santa as it is!

  21. You have to go to Tupelo Honey Cafe! I’ve only been to the one in Charlotte, but it started in Asheville & the food is so good!

    I love the yoga segment. My daughter likes doing yoga with me and sometimes will pull out her mat & yoga book to do all on her own.

    • Impressive! A self-motivated yoga-ing daughter… love it πŸ™‚

    • I second Tupelo Honey! SUCH a great spot! We live in Durham and we’re hoping to make it out there this summer. Two words: Fried. Okra.

  22. Griffin and his thumbs up, ADORABLE!!

    Thanks for the tips on releasing a clogged duct. Had mastitis twice, reluctantly took antibiotics (one of which I ended up breaking out into a head to toe rash). I will keep the lavender and potato in mind if anything comes up again (knock on wood I hope not!)

    Love your videos and blog. You and your husband are the so cute, compliment each other very well. He reminds me of Steve from Sex and the City. Lol

    • LOL! He gets that a lot πŸ™‚ He’s my man! I feel blessed πŸ™‚

      Sorry you had to go through the mastitis… twice! OUCH! Yes, definitely give those things a whirl IF it happens again. XOXO

  23. Asheville is right down the road from us. Rosetta’s kitchen on Lexington is a yummy vegan restaurant. Also, Buchi kombucha is made in asheville. It’s the absolute best kombucha ever. You can get it in tap at some restaurants and grocery stores in asheville. If they have any of the holiday blend left it’s my personal favorite. Tupelo Honey and the Laughing Seed are also great places to eat. Grove Park Inn has an excellent Sunday brunch with a beautiful view of the mountains. There’s a nature center in asheville and an arboretum too.

    • OK, any place that has kombucha on tap is my kind of place πŸ™‚

  24. Hey mama! I’d love it if you could do an episode sometime about natural healing for depression. I love your family!! πŸ™‚

  25. Zambra! You have *got* to eat at Zambra. It’s a tapas bar and though it doesn’t seem kid friendly, the servers and management have always been very accommodating with my brood (infant and toddler). It is so, so, so good. Is it strange that I’m a little excited that one of my favorite Vloggers is going to be mere minutes away from me? I hope I see you guys around! Have fun!

    • LOL! Maybe I *will* see you around πŸ™‚ We’re staying right near downtown as I want to get a true feel of it. Thanks for recco!

  26. We used Resurrection Eggs with our 3 year old. You open one egg a day for 12 days leading up to Easter and inside is a symbol that relates to the Easter story – donkey, coins, crown of thorns, etc. Our daughter looked forward to opening an egg every night to hear more about the Easter story. I found them online at

  27. Ashley English is an author and blogger ( based out of Asheville, NC and always has great suggestions for restaurants and local food venues in the Asheville area. Her blog always make me WANT to move to Asheville.

    • LOVE Ashley! I plan on reaching out to her as our sons are the same age. Maybe we can do a play date πŸ™‚ And I agree, she has gorgeous pictures!

  28. I wish you would have posted this last week. During the weekend I had mastitis, had it 3 times before. Even though I had fever and was in pain, I was determined not to take antibiotics this time. So I tried the hot sower, nursing and cabbage but didn’t work. I had to massage the whole time. It started Saturday and it finally the pain went away Tuesday.

    On another note, our baby girls are around the same age. Far apart for a few weeks, and interesting enough they have the same sleep patterns. Mine was also sleeping through the night and then, don’t know what happened, it changed. So now she’s been waking up a few times a night and in the morning I’m exhausted with no energy for my toddler.

    Good luck with your trip. We moved from Western NY because we could take the snow no more. Now we are near NYC, and super happy to be close to our families. #1 reason why we moved here.

    PS.- Both my husband and I are from Hispanic background, and we do not celebrate easter the same way as here. So no Easter bunny or egg hunts. Instead during holly week we have an procession with a donkey, visit different churches and talk about the meaning about easter. We might take our 2 year-old to an egg hunt and at home will have a big family gathering to celebrate.

    • Oh, poor mama! Nothing worse than nipple/breast pain when we’re breastfeeding!

      Hopefully our girls will get this sleep thing straighten out and start sleeping through the night again. I can’t complain too much as she slept in till 8:30 today πŸ™‚

  29. Posana is a great restaurant and The Early Girl has AMAAAAZING breakfast. There are several vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Thai restaurants, etc. The French Broad Co-op is a lovely grocery stop. French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There’s also a single A baseball team, the Savannah Sandgnats, which is a nice change of pace πŸ™‚ You are going to love Asheville.

    • Woo hoo! Thanks for all the great suggestions. I’m so excited to see it all πŸ™‚

  30. It is tulip time at the Biltmore…it is a fun place for the family to run around and take in the beauty of the area.

    • Oh! Good call. My parents gushed about how pretty Biltmore is πŸ™‚

  31. Asheville is AWESOME!!

  32. First off, love Griffin’s thumbs up and making Paloma laugh! So similar to my son!
    How adorable!

    Secondly, regarding Easter, I recently read a tip for Palm Sunday to use the donkey from your nativity scene as a centerpiece to commemorate Christ’s entry on a donkey!

    Also, for Easter, I think this would be great for toddlers, An Easter Scene! Just like a Nativity scene but for Easter!!! Oriental trading also has figurine sets for Palm Sunday and Good Friday! I really think the Nativity Scenes are so beautiful and useful at Christmas, so why not one for Easter?

    For our family, we try to incorporate songs, pictures, and statues into our home to emphasize different seasons, saints, holy days, etc, throughout the year!

    I bet your family could do something really neat with recipes to commemorate Easter etc!

  33. my girls love to do yoga with me! my littlest is becoming quite the little yogi and loves to “teach” us. πŸ™‚ we used to live pretty close to asheville but never did anything there so i can’t wait to see all about your trip!

  34. Enjoy your trip! Did you do anything to help Paloma’s car seat fear, or did she just figure it out on her own? Your video reminded me that it is time to get out our Resurrection Eggs I loved these as a kid and this will be my second year doing it as an adult with my kids. When my kids get a little older I will probably find out what script my parents used during the Messianic Passover we did as a family most years.

    • No, I didn’t change her carseat at all. Thankfully, she just outgrew whatever was going on for her. Whew!

  35. You should visit us! Just kidding! πŸ™‚

    We love living in Asheville, well near, as we live outside in a rural area.

    You have to check out Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Farm Burger, and Posana Cafe. There are so many restuarants but those are the ones we frequent most. We love the Montford and French Co-op Farmers Markets on Wednesday to buy our veggies/meats.

    I hope the weather is great for you all! Really it is a nice to place to live!

    • Oh, thanks so much Rebekah!!!! I’ve heard great things about Tupelo Honey and Farm Burger. Can’t wait. You’re blessed to live in such a crunchy place πŸ™‚

  36. Mama Natural,

    I have been following your blog/vlog for about 4 or 5 months now and I am finally brave enough to leave a comment…

    I am so excited that you are making your way to Ashevegas, I mean Asheville. That’s where I received my undergrad and I loved it out there: the mountains, the hippies (don’t take this the wrong way because I consider myself somewhat of a hippie), the community, and the food (and I hope to return soon). One of my favorite places to eat is the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co (known to locals as the Brew and View), but of course there are a ton of other yummy places to eat. For breakfast Rise and Shine Cafe, they have mostly, if not, all organic ingredients. Another fun place is the Twisted Crepe (downtown), they have sweet and savory ones. The thing I like best about Asheville is the abundance of natural/homegrown/fresh/organic resources they have. And, fun fact: I just found out there is a yurt community there.

    As for Easter, my husband and I decided that we are going to celebrate Passover instead because we found out some of the history with Easter and the eggs; plus the Passover is what the last supper was anyway. We like to gather with our friends and family and eat matza (think giant saltine) and a little bit of lamb and herbs. We fellowship and read the Resurrection story.

    Thank you for all of your videos, you have given me a lot of great ideas.

    • Hello Amber!!!!

      Thanks so much for commenting πŸ™‚

      Thank you too for all the great tips for Asheville. Can’t wait to visit!

      Your Resurrection day sounds lovely!

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