What NOT to wear when you know you’ll nurse baby in public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Chocolate dipped almond milk pops. Almonds are considered some of the best nuts to rev up milk production.
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.
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.
A breast pump, at its most basic function, is a way for women to provide nourishing breast milk to their babies when they are not able to nurse. However, the benefits of do not stop at just being able to feed baby when separated. Here are 4 benefits of breast pumps:
- Increase milk supply. Many mothers struggle with milk supply–breast milk is called liquid gold for a reason! By adding pumping sessions in addition to a regular nursing schedule can help increase your milk supply. Working mom and VP of Sales at Ashland Health, Caitlin McNeily, nursed and pumped for all three kids. She is currently nursing/pumping her youngest and shares:
“I am currently trying to bulk up my milk supply for my 8 month old. I work full time and my baby is getting bigger and hungrier, but I’ve been pumping the same 6 ounces since he was 3 months old. Having a low supply is new to me as I could have fed all the neighborhood babies while pumping for my older two children. We are 4 months away from whole milk for the little guy, and I want to avoid the formula purchase. I am using my breast pump to increase my supply and to keep the fridge stocked for my nanny by increasing my pumping frequency (every 2 hours) and time (adding 5 mins/session). I’m determined to use this tool to keep the milk flowing!”
- Prevent/Treat Mastitis. Using your breastpump to help manage engorgement may also help avoid mastitis. Mastitis is an infection that typically occurs in the first six weeks of nursing and is accompanied by pain, swelling/tenderness in the breast, fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. It is often caused by an abundant supply of breastmilk that is not properly drained through regular nursing. Pumping may help avoid this issue.
- Gain some flexibility in your schedule while continuing to breastfeed. As new moms, we put immense pressure on ourselves to oogle at our little creation 24/7. This feeling can be especially intense if you are dealing with a limited maternity leave and want to squeeze in every moment of smelling and snuggling your baby. After the baby is born though, it can be difficult to lose freedom and flexibility to run errands, see friends and exercise while being at home caring for a newborn baby. This is where your trusty breast pump comes into play! Replace a feed with expressed breast milk from pumping so you can have a little more flexibility to be away from your baby without worrying about the next feed.
- Continue breastfeeding when you return to work and find camaraderie amongst other breastfeeding mothers. This may sound silly, but carrying around your pump bag does lead to more conversations than you may think. You may find a woman in your building who has found a secret place to pump at work when she sees you wandering around with your pump. You may sit down on the train after a tearful morning goodbye with your little one and find a supportive fellow pumping warrior who provides an ear, a smile, or a shoulder to cry on. On that note, if you see a mom with her pump bag, you have an opportunity to provide support, and you never know how much she may need it that day.
As expecting moms, we pour over our choices of gear–strollers, bassinets, cribs, bottles, etc. Be equally diligent about choosing a breast pump and see it as a tool not only for success in breastfeeding but also for taking care of yourself. You are the most integral part of the new party at your home, and you deserve the best as a new mom. You brought a life into this world, and you are amazing!
This article is by Caitlin McNeily, a working mom of 3 and VP of sales at Ashland Health. Ashland Health is a free nation-wide service providing insurance-covered breast pumps.
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Finding nursing bras that make breastfeeding easy and don’t compromise on comfort can feel impossible to find, but Au Lait has you covered! We sat down with Au Lait founder Emily Hsu and discussed the inspiration behind her line of unique nursing wear. The Au Lait line provides privacy, comfort and support through design and materials that are safe for you and your baby – which is why we’re so excited to have them as our newest addition to The Covet Shop!
1) What inspired you to start Au Lait?
I had a really hard time trying to sustain my breastfeeding efforts while traveling for work. I was not comfortable with exposing myself especially while I was on business flights and conferences. Au Lait’s styles are made for the nursing mothers on the go, while providing 360 degrees of privacy.
2) How are your clothes different from other nursingwear brands?
Au Lait combines timeless style with a focus on fabric and feeding technology so that breastfeeding moms are not restricted to nursing tops that are overly casual.
3) Tell us more about the nursing bra. How did you design it? Why is it special?
I suffered from repeated bouts of mastitis while I was breastfeeding Avery. The doctor told me to not wear a nursing bra to help prevent future occurrences but as any nursing mom knows, not wearing a bra is not really an option unless I just stayed home all day and even then, I wouldn’t want to be in a wet shirt all day!
So while designing a new nursing bra, I had two goals in mind. I need a bra that grew and shrank with me throughout the day (and especially nights) and also, a bottom band that provided support but did not “pinch” my milk ducts as my doctor told me was one of the possible causes of mastitis.
Our Seamless Lounge Nursing Bra utilizes an ultra fine spandex spun just for our bottom band so that it sits against your rib cage but does not restrict or roll. The bra has a crossover design on both the front and back so it truly expands and shrinks with your every change.
I added special pockets to hold removable cups because I personally can use the shaping help and also, I was so sick of dropping and picking up my reusable nursing pad everywhere. So you can tuck your reusable nursing pads into the special pockets to keep them in place as you go about your day with your little one.
4) You don’t have a white bra. What is the reasoning behind your color selections?
The process of making a garment white involves both bleaching and the application of optical whiteners. Synthetic fabrics that are widely popular these days due to their more technical nature (good stretch, and wicking) requires 2 processes in order to achieve a true white. The kind of white that I know your brand new baby reminds you of: pure, untainted, cloud-like cleanliness.
Due to the fact that reductive bleaching and optical whiteners both use fluorescents to achieve the clean white that we so love, I had to make the call and err on the side of caution as I slept in my nursing bras.
In fact, except for when I was showering, I lived in my nursing bras 24/7 for as long as I nursed Avery. I am sure that 99% of the chemical traces are washed off eventually and I know even our laundry detergents have traces of fluorescents in it to make “our whites white and our brights brighter!”
However, I had to think about the tired, desperate, first-time mom with aching boobs, who just wants to pull on the bra right out of the package. I have to think about her and what is best for her and her baby.
5) What’s your favorite Nine Naturals product?
I have been using the Natural Pregnancy Belly Oil religiously since its launch! It is so luxurious and easy to spread around my belly. I use it twice a day and I haven’t gotten the belly itches yet and I’m due this week!
Born into a family dedicated to designing and creating the highest end performance textile products, Emily H. has spent over a decade in crafting fit, design, and production for the performance sports industry and working with the world’s most innovative brands in textiles and garment construction technology.
While breastfeeding her daughter Avery, Emily was constantly frustrated and shocked at the lack of clothing options for breastfeeding women. Although comfort is very important, it should not be a hindrance to pursuing style and functionality. Utilizing her knowledge in fabrics and garment construction, Emily decided to solve the two biggest issues with nursing and breastfeeding tops: privacy for the nursing mother and designs that avoid the drab look that nursing tops feature today.
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