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An Unexpected Keepsake

Little Man has always been a curious little one, but by the time he hit 6 months or so, he was so easily distracted that nursing was becoming difficult. I knew he wanted to nurse, and needed to nurse, but one casual comment, ring of the phone, or glimpse of a toy would cause him to unlatch and forget all about the task at hand. When he did focus on filling his belly, he’d inevitably end up fixating on my nose and/or hair, pulling and tugging until I had to pry his little fingers off, disturbing the nursing session once again.

I had heard somewhere about nursing jewelry. Not teething jewelry, and not the kind that has beads or numbers to help you keep track of which side to nurse on next, but plain, bold jewelry that baby could twiddle while nursing, keeping his focus on food and off noses.

I did a bunch of searching and asking around online, and it took a while until I found just the right thing, but I finally did – at Organic Mama’s Etsy Shop. She carried exactly what I was looking for! But, since we are still working on building a diaper stash and money is tight, I put it on the back burner and figured I would order one when I had a little extra cash.

Enter Green Baby Bargains!

When I saw Organic Mama’s nursing necklaces at 50% off, I jumped, and I’m SO glad I did.

I opted for the pretty green aventurine on an organic cotton cord…

I expected this necklace to occupy my baby’s wandering fingers and capture his attention, but I had no idea how deeply I would fall in love with it!

First, it’s cute. I’m a minimalist when it comes to jewelry (I have no engagement ring and my wedding band is plain tungsten carbide, if that tells you anything) and I like things that are more handmade than hoity-toity. You won’t find me in a “mall” jewelry store  (ever) so this was perfect for me to wear every day! It’s a lovely earth tone, so it matches with most of my wardrobe.

Second, it works. It’s SO simple, but so effective! My son watched me take it out of the mailing envelope and put it on, and it’s been HIS necklace since then. He often twiddles it even when he’s not nursing, his little forehead against my cheek as he passes the smooth stone between his fingers. (Yes, it’s made of stone, so no biting!) When he is nursing, he seeks it out immediately and it holds his attention like a charm. ;)

Its being cute and effective would have been more than enough to sell me, but I never expected the added bonus of this necklace turning into a priceless keepsake, a representation the very close bond my baby and I share. Yes, I’ve only had it a week, but I’ve gone to work several times in that week, and being away at the office is something I’m struggling with lately. Being able to look down at this necklace–the one he touches while we nurse, the one he holds in his hand while he fills his belly and looks up into my eyes–is priceless during a long day in an office when my baby feels so far away. When I touch it, I feel just a little bit closer to home.

My son and I have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship, but I know someday that relationship will turn into something else, something mothers and grown sons share.  Nursing, the best decision I’ve ever made and the most fulfilling experience of my life, will be over, and I hate to think how I’ll feel when I have to give it up. But I know that even when my boy is a 30-year-old man and our days of cuddling to nurse are long over, I’ll be able to look back at that precious stone in my jewelry box and envision my sweet little boy’s hand, only slightly bigger than the stone itself, clutching it as he fell asleep in my arms each night.

It will serve as a lovely reminder that no matter where he is, my boy will never be far from my heart, and that the effects of my choosing to nurse him will last a lifetime. Sure, it’s just a stone on a string, but this necklace could very well end up being one of the most treasured keepsakes I’ll ever own, and for that, I thank Organic Mama from the bottom of my heart. 

I encourage everyone to check out Organic Mama’s Etsy Shop to see the many beautiful and unique products offered, including a wide selection of nursing jewelry.

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