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  • Breastfeeding Norms Around The World

    Find out how moms are breastfeeding in France, Mongolia, Japan and 6 other countries.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. It is also one of the healthiest things moms can do for their babies, as breast milk provides all the nutrients they need to grow and develop. While not every mothers can or chooses to breastfeed, the World Health Organization recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed until they are 6 months old. Thereafter, continued breastfeeding with nutritious, complementary foods remains the healthier choice until they turn two. But culture heavily influences people’s views on breastfeeding; and how you do it, when you do it and for how long can vary greatly from country to country.   

    To offer some perspective, we are taking you on a little breastfeeding world tour. Here’s how breastfeeding rates compare in 9 countries around the globe and how these nations’ cultural norms affect breastfeeding trends.

    1. The United States, where breastfeeding is recommended for one year and beyond, has seen a steady increase in its breastfeeding rates in recent years. That’s partly due to some powerful grassroots campaigns that normalize nursing with the participation of celebrities and staged breastfeeding sit-ins. The latest CDC report card of 2015 found that 81 percent of American mothers breastfeed at birth. The biggest challenge that the country face now is to get mothers to nurse longer. Fifty-one percent of mothers make it past six month and only 30 percent keep it up until the recommended one-year mark.

    2. Mongolia is possibly the most breastfeeding-friendly country...

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  • Build Your Breastfeeding Wardrobe

    3 strategies to help you be your fashionable best when nursing on the go.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Now that baby is earth side, you’re probably eager to get back to your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. But if you are breastfeeding, you’ll probably have to wait just a little bit longer — especially if you plan on nursing on the go. Whether you want to be discreet or don’t mind putting your breast out there when baby needs to eat in public, wearing the right clothes can be a tremendous help in embracing this beautiful, natural aspect of motherhood comfortably and without sacrificing your style. So now is the time to get strategic about what you wear when strolling with baby. Here are 3 tips to make on getting a breastfeeding-friendly wardrobe to help your baby-nourishing breasts navigate between the comfort of your own home and the outside world as seamlessly as possible.

    1. WEAR NURSING BRANDS.

    Beautiful clothing brands, like Loyal HanaMitera and Kinwolfe, have developed their lines specifically with the breastfeeding woman in mind. With strategically placed zippers and layered fabrics, these brands are getting you ready to nurse wherever you go and be stylish, comfortable, and functional all at the same time. A few other brands that we love include Teat & Cosset, Fillyboo Maternity, Boob Design, and SeraphineGeBe for Asos launched this month!

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  • 5 Things You Should Never Wear When Breastfeeding

    What NOT to wear when you know you’ll nurse baby in public.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Breastfeeding requires you to make a few adjustments in your life, and that includes changing your personal style for easy, discreet boob access. Yes, getting dressed when you know you’ll need to nurse baby is complicated. Baby can get hungry (or should we say hangry) at any point during your daily escapades, and the functionality of your clothes really matters. So knowing what to wear is important; and knowing what not to wear, even more so. Here are 5 pieces of clothes that you should keep in your closet when you know you’ll need to breastfeed.

    1. DON’T wear dresses that pull over your head. If you don’t dress in a wrap, button down shirt, or a style that’s specifically designed for nursing like this one from Teat & Cosset, there is simply no way to get to your breast without taking off your entire dress.

    2. DON’T wear a jumpsuit unless specifically designed for breastfeeding, like this one from Loyal Hana. Overalls work well with a nursing top layered underneath. We love this one from eco maternity brand Boob Design.

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  • What's the Best Breast Pump?

    Breast pumps fall in the category of those baby gear items that are totally mysterious until you use them. Then you fall completely in love and wonder how you ever thought you could live without them! If it’s your first time shopping for a breast pump, the variety of options can be overwhelming. Even if you’ve used a breast pump before, there are always new, state-of-the-art models making the pumping experience more manageable.

    When you’re looking at breast pumps, you need to evaluate them on several points. Cost, portability, size, frequency of use, and noisiness are all factors to consider when shopping, and will be varyingly important based on your own unique set of pumping circumstances.

    No matter what you’re looking for, there are a handful of forerunners in the breast pump market that deserve your attention.

    Medela Symphony is a heavy duty, no-messing-around workhorse of an electric pump. With its double-pump system and 2-phase expression pumping, it makes pumping go faster and more simply than many other electric pumps you’ll find.

    Medela’s Pump in Style Advanced is a darling of working mothers because of its portability, storage space, and design for multiple uses per day.

    Lansinoh Smartpump steps up your pumping game with technology. The pump connects, via bluetooth, to the Lansinoh app so you can track milk quantities, pumping sessions, and more.

    Ameda Purely Yours Ultra is lightweight, very user-friendly, and high-powered enough to get you efficiently through your pumping sessions.

    Spectra S2 PLUS is a powerhouse and has a variety of settings for you to choose from, making it simple to customize your pumping experience based on your needs of the moment.

    Avent Comfort Double makes pumping as comfortable as possible thanks to its design: there’s no need to lean forward or bend over the device to make the pump work effectively, like with some other pumps.

    Medela Harmony Manual Pump is the best manual pump we’ve found. Many women keep a spare manual in case of emergencies and if you’re out for a date night or afternoon with friends, and electric pumping isn’t realistic. The Harmony pump is small enough to fit in a large purse, easy to manage and maneuver while pumping, and simple to keep clean.

    When shopping for breast pumps, it’s important to understand your purchasing options. Talk to your OB and your hospital, since some hospitals have programs that give breast pumps to new mothers. Health insurance also may cover the purchase of your breast pump. If it gets too confusing, there are many organizations that help new mothers navigate the resources available to them. Yummy Mummy (based in New York City), La Leche League (international), KellyMom (online) and The United States Lactation Consultant Association are all great places to contact to be sure you get the best pumping care available to you.

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  • 5 Lactation-Friendly Popsicles For Summer

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Boost your milk supply with these drool-worthy popsicles!

    I’ve been dying to take a swing at making homemade popsicles this summer, which naturally prompted me on Pinterest for delicious and photo-worthy ideas — cause if you can’t share your hard work, what’s the point, right? It didn’t take long to find some incredible recipes that are not only tasty and refreshing, but also breastfeeding friendly. That’s right, each recipe that caught my eye has at least one ingredient that is known to increase lactation. Here are 5 of my favorites. Enjoy!

    1. Carrot, orange, ginger & turmeric pops. Carrot, orange and ginger are all known to bump up milk production.

    Carrot, orange, ginger & turmeric popsicle

    2. Homemade fudge pops. Both almonds and hazelnut are rich in calcium, which helps maintain strong bone and teeth health.

    Homemade fudge popsicle

    3. Berry lemonade pops. Adding berries to your pops is a good way to get the 2 to 3 servings of fruits that you, breastfeeding mamas, need.

    Berry lemonade popsicle

    4.  Chocolate dipped almond milk pops. Almonds are considered some of the best nuts to rev up milk production.

    Chocolate dipped almond milk popsicle

    5. Sweet tea & peach pops. Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, which are essential to nursing moms. If you little one is sensitive to caffeine, you can swap out the sweet tea for a decaf green tea.  

    Sweet tea & peach popsicle

    This article is by Hailey Andresen courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • Summer Nursing Style

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    7 breastfeeding-friendly pieces to take you through the summer months.

    No matter how down-pat you’ve got your summer style, the introduction of breastfeeding will probably throw you for a loop. Those cool maxis, sweet shifts, and even your fave worn t-shirts just don’t give you the nursing access you need on the regular. And while you can definitely improvise, you might want to invest in some nursing-friendly fashion to get you through the summer months. Here are 7 essentials that will have you (and your breasts) covered for every occasion. Bonus: you can wear them all during pregnancy too!

    Home from the Hospital: Storq Nursing Caftan
    The maternity experts at Storq have expanded into the 4th trimester and given you something effortlessly chic and totally nursing-friendly to throw in when the hordes of family and friends come through for their first baby visit. $148. Buy it here.

    Brunch: Loyal Hana Anya Print Shift Dress
    The only way to nurse in a non-nursing friendly shift dress is to lift the whole dang thing over your head. Loyal Hana’s version has hidden zippers on both sides for discreet nursing access. $105. Buy it here.

    Everyday Basic: boob Design Simone Top
    You can feel good about wearing the bejesus out of this boob design tank top since it’s made from organic cotton, using responsible production. Take our advice and order an extra. $59. Buy it here.

    Date Night: Au Lait X-Back Maxi Dress
    This lightweight jersey dress with a cool cross-over back detail will make you feel like the most fashionable gal in the room, even if you have to take a break from your fab dinner party to pump. $188.Buy it here.

    Back to Work: Mitera Ellen Dress
    You’ll feel confident and chic heading back to work in this classic, pleated power dress. The buttery soft Japanese crepe is machine washable (and retains the pleats!), and it comes with a sash for those days you want to mix it up. $335. Buy it here.

    Fast Fashion: ASOS Nursing Embroidered Dress in Chambray
    If you didn’t discover ASOS Maternity during your pregnancy, there’s still time now that you’re nursing. Tons of maternity styles — like this cute chambray number — convert for easy breastfeeding access, and they’re cheap enough to keep you on trend all summer long. $56.61. Buy it here.

    Fave T-Shirt: Nom Maternity Ruched Nursing Tee
    This Nom Maternity tee has all the same features as your old standby — comfy, flattering and goes with everything — but it also has discreet nursing access under those buttons. $68. Buy it here.

    This article is by Jessica Pallay courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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