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The Best Nursing Layering Tank Tops for Spring

Who’s ready to swing into spring with us? The warmer temps and breezy weather call for stylish layering pieces to keep you comfortable and right on trend. Our best nursing layering tank tops are perfect for any spring occasion, from maternity wear to breastfeeding. They’re versatile, comfy, and you’ll love the way they make you look.

Of course, the best part about nursing layering tank tops is their convenience for breastfeeding or pumping. With one-handed nursing clasps, you have easy, discreet access when it’s time to feed or pump. No undressing necessary! Each of our nursing camis feature an inner sling for extra support and soft, breathable fabric that flatters your pregnancy or postpartum body.

Ways to Wear Nursing Layering Tank Tops

Layering is essential when mornings and evenings are cooler, yet the midday sun is bright and hot. For that, the best nursing layering tank tops compliment cardigans, button-down blouses, blazers, and long sleeve tees. Nursing camis work underneath these tops when the weather is cool and can be worn solo as the day warms.

But layering works in your favor in more ways than one.

Are you breaking out your favorite spring dresses? Consider a nursing layering tank top beneath dresses to help smooth your look and offer simple breastfeeding access. Wrap dress styles are particularly convenient with nursing layering tank tops.

Are you prone to falling asleep still dressed from the exhaustion of motherhood? If you’re wearing a nursing layering tank top, you can disrobe quickly when you finally peel yourself off the couch, leaving your nursing cami on as a nightshirt. You’ll be ready for the next feeding and be able to get right back to sleep again.

Are you pumping at work? A nursing tank top under your power suit makes that labor of love much easier and faster so you can get back to work.

Still awaiting the arrival of your baby? Our nursing tanks double as maternity layering tank tops too. They stretch and grow with your bump throughout pregnancy so you’re ready for breastfeeding as soon as your baby arrives.

Leading Lady’s Nursing Layering Tank Tops Collection

Check out our trending nursing layering tank tops:

Seamless Cotton Cami: Our stretchiest style, this chic nursing cami is designed with an ultra-flattering fit and delicate scalloped bottom seam. You’ll love our neutrals and new striped print.

Nursing Cami with Built-in Nursing Bra: Keep your look classic, casual and comfortable in this traditional nursing cami that is the perfect length for layering.

Nursing Top: This super sleek nursing top features lace detailing and a racer back design that is extra supportive. A must-have for spring!

Square Neck Nursing Cami: Equally complimentary for maternity and postpartum, our square-neck empire-waist cami comes in classic black, azalea pink, and two fashionable stripe prints.

Shirred Front Nursing Cami: This cute empire-waist cami is playful and fun for spring. The shirred front is especially discreet for nursing pads.

Expert Mom Tips for Spring Outings

Getting out and about with your baby now that the weather is warming can be such fun. Sure, it may be daunting at first, but your great adventures will far outweigh a few bumps in the road. All you need is a little confidence and some expert mom tips for spring outings. So gather some ideas and let’s hit the road, moms!

Expert Mom Tips for Spring Outings

Pack Your Bag the Night Before

Heading out with your baby can be stressful, especially the first few outings. Packing your diaper bag at the last minute will have you flustered and inevitably leaving something important behind. Gather what you need the night before, including: diaper supplies, nursing supplies (we’ll get to that in a minute!), a change of clothes, a few distraction toys, snacks and water for yourself, and a means of transportation for your baby, whether that’s a car seat carrier, stroller, or sling.

Be Prepared to Nurse Anywhere at Any Time

Sure, you might have fed your baby right before you left home but your little one isn’t keeping track of time. When she’s hungry, she’s hungry and she’ll let you know it! You’ll fair much better if you’re prepared for nursing when you’re out and about with your baby.

Nursing camis are ideal for simple access while breastfeeding in public. On cooler days throw on a cardigan over a nursing layering tank top. This classic cotton style is versatile for any season and is the perfect length for layering or wearing solo. Our nursing top is also ultra-flattering and features a stylish lace-accented racer back design.

For discreet and distraction-free breastfeeding our nursing cover is perfect. The lightweight, breezy fabric creates a breathable barrier for your baby and doubles as a scarf. And don’t forget your nursing pads to avoid messy leaks. These washable, reusable absorbent pads are simple to tuck away in your diaper bag.

Wear Your Baby

Baby-wearing can be heaven-sent for spring outings. You’ll have your hands free and your baby will love snuggling close to you. Plus, breastfeeding in a sling or baby carrier is a no-brainer. Throw your nursing cover over it and keep trucking along.

Be Strategic with Your Outings

Some babies do better than others with long outings. If yours is happier with brief engagements, keep your trips short. With an infant, getting out once a day is quite a feat. For babies who can tolerate longer stretches away from home, be strategic about where you go to avoid getting in-and-out of the car to many times. Walking to a park is always fun. Or hitting up a shopping center or mall where you can run multiple errands at once is a great idea, even if it is further away from home. Also consider whether your baby is happier being away from home when she’s awake or if naptime is best for your outings.

Accessorize Your Stroller

For outings that require a stroller, use your mom-genuity to ensure it suits your needs. Expert moms have come up with the most brilliant stroller hacks. Like reusing a shoe organizer to add plenty of cup holding space or clipping a utility bag to your stroller with carabiners for extra storage. Prevent your stroller from tipping by wrapping ankle weights on the legs.  Keep your baby cool with a homemade chill pad and clip-on electric fan. And for tall parents, extend the handlebars with PVC pipes. The possibilities are endless.

Accept Help

As super mom, it can be hard to accept help from others. But super moms are only stronger when they do. If you can’t pick up a bulky item because you’re wearing your baby, or you need help opening a door to push your stroller through, ask for help. And if someone wants to make silly faces at your baby from a distance when you’re deciding between a latte and an espresso, that’s OK too.

Breathe & Stay Calm – You’ve Got This

Parenting is full of expected events. If your baby has a complete meltdown or she experiences a major diaper blow out, it’s really not the end of the world, even if it feels that way in the moment. Tackle issues in stride, take deep breaths, and know that not every spring outing will be perfect. It’s your resilience and positively that make an impression on your baby. You can do it and each time you do, it will get easier and more enjoyable for both of you.

Our Best Nursing Bras for Large Breasts

Leading Lady Nursing Bra

Your breasts are changing in many miraculous ways to support breastfeeding. The transformation begins during pregnancy and continues until after weaning. Most moms-to-be and new moms experience sensitivity and growth in their breasts to accommodate the precious gift of nourishment through breastfeeding. Whether you’ve had a big bust since puberty or this is your first time with fuller cups, you’re going to want the best of the best nursing bras for large breasts during this transitional period. And you’ve come to the right place!

Leading Lady is uniquely equipped to design the best nursing bras for large breasts. That’s because we’re experts in both nursing bras and full figure bras. We understand the essentials of comfort, support, convenience, fit and style for expectant and new moms with heavier, fuller breasts. Our collection of nursing bras extends to size 46DDD and 4X to ensure you’re covered during your breastfeeding journey.

Here’s a quick list of some of the best products and technologies we’ve developed to address common issues expectant moms and new moms experience like sensitivity, heaviness, hormone-induced sweats, and daily size fluctuations based on milk supply.

Cotton Crossover Sleep and Leisure Bra

As a maternity bra, your sensitive breasts can breathe a sigh of relief in this leisure bra. And our Cotton Crossover Sleep and Leisure Bra is the one you’ll want to bring to the hospital. And possibly not take off again for weeks. It’s just that comfortable! The wide straps and band relieve pressure all over. The dual-layer crossover cups offer flexible support and pull-aside nursing access. For round-the-clock feedings, this sleep bra is ideal in the early week and months of breastfeeding. Sized for most, this bra is available in up to 4X.

Sport Wirefree Nursing Bra

This bra is a breastfeeding must-have for all new moms with large breasts. Wirefree support never felt so good and the wide padded straps help disperse weight for a lighter feel. Stretch cotton cradles your breasts in lightly molded cups. Easy one-handed nursing clasps and drop-down cups make breastfeeding simpler. Plus, the inner sling gives your breasts extra support. Our Sport Wirefree Nursing Bra, available in sizes up to 46DDD, is versatile for active days, lounging, or going out and about with your baby.

Cool Fit Wirefree Nursing Bra

Our Cool Fit Wirefree Nursing Bra pairs innovative cooling technology with our premium nursing bra features in sizes up to 44DD. This unprecedented combo is everything a new mom with large breasts could dream of. The design features lightly molded smooth cups that keep you cool as a cucumber. And it has a wirefree comfort band, lightly padded adjustable straps and easy one-handed nursing clasps. Boss moms need a power nursing bra that has all the bells and whistles in one sleek package.

Nursing T-Shirt Bra

Available up to size 40DD, our satin-striped Nursing T-shirt Bra is everything you loved about your pre-baby bras, now with nursing convenience. You’ll adore the lightly molded cups with a tone-on-tone pattern. Even with larger breasts, this bra feels delicate yet offers the support you need to keep you lifted all day.

The best nursing bras for larger breasts are ones that will keep you supported day and night, while also giving you relief and comfort. Sometimes that’s through the sensation that you’re not even wearing a bra. And sometimes it’s through incredible lift, soft stretchy fabrics, and ultra-convenient nursing features. With styles extending to sizes 40DD, 44DD, 46DDD and 4X, the best nursing bras for large breasts can support your breastfeeding experience in a whole new way.

7 Unusual but Common Things that Happen to You While Breastfeeding

7 Unusual but Common Things that Happen to You While Breastfeeding

As natural as breastfeeding is, it doesn’t always come easy and it isn’t without its quirks. After all, we’re talking about an extraordinary act between a new tiny human being and your ever-changing body. Strange things are bound to occur!

Being a new mom can often feel isolating, but in truth you are not alone, even in the weirdness that is plaguing your breastfeeding experience. And that’s why we’re sharing 7 unusual but common things that happen to you while breastfeeding.

1.Your Breasts Leak and You Don’t Even Know It

You’d think you would notice if you had a big wet spot on your shirt. But it’s highly likely that your breasts will leak at some point and you won’t even know it. Sometimes leaks occur when it’s feeding time, but your baby is not ready to eat. Other times you might be thinking of your bundle of joy or hear another baby cry and you unknowingly leak breast milk. This is when nursing pads come in super handy to keep your nursing bra and shirt dry.

2.Your Breasts Fluctuate from “Hard as a Rock” to “Squishy Sponge” Regularly

Although it’s important to monitor your breasts’ fullness to avoid engorgement, it is completely normal for your breasts to feel very full at the beginning of a feeding and limp and empty by the end. In fact, that’s a good sign. It means your baby has drained your breast completely. When this happens, don’t fret over your milk supply. Empty breasts give the signal for your body to produce more milk. Your stock will be ready by the next feeding.

During this stage of breastfeeding, be sure to wear stretchy nursing bras that will keep up with your milk fluctuations. (This 2-pack is popular, as is this wirefree piece.)

3.You Have Extreme Emotions…Like When You Were Pregnant

Perhaps you thought your emotions would be back under your control once you delivered your baby. Thanks to a new combination of hormones, breastfeeding can lead to a whole new range of emotions. From elation and ultimate love and bonding with your baby, to periods of anxiety, irritability and helplessness. Breastfeeding emotions run the gamut.

It’s also common to feel extreme thirst, hunger and have night sweats. At times breastfeeding gives new meaning to the term, “hot mess!” FYI: We designed this bra with cooling technology to help regulate temperature for those experiencing that annoying symptom.

4.Your Breasts Grow a Lot, but One is Bigger than the Other

It’s no secret your breast size increases during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is yet another way your body is extraordinary as it prepares you for motherhood.

But you might notice one breast is larger than the other. Weird, but totally normal! Your breasts probably started off a little disproportionate, but the hormone-induced growth spurt makes it even more obvious. A lightly padded nursing bra such (like this one) can hide the imbalance if you’re self conscious.

5.You Accidentally Squirt Breast Milk

When it’s time to feed, your breasts may unleash with full fury. Just preparing to breastfeed can sometimes lead to sprays of breast milk on anyone or anything. The unexpected squirt can also happen if your baby unlatches during a feeding, especially during a forceful letdown. It’s equally funny and embarrassing, just know that you’re not alone.

6.Your Entire Life Revolves Around Breastfeeding (for a while)

Little did you know that you would now live your life on a 2-3-hour timetable, day and night. Forget any sense of a normal schedule. You’re on baby time now, and as his or her only food supply you’re never off the clock. Fortunately, this stage only lasts for a few months, and then breastfeeding can be done at more decent hours. Remember, nursing tank tops help you discreetly breastfeed anywhere so you can actually leave your house once in a while!

7.You Feel a Sisterhood with Other Breastfeeding Moms, Even Strangers

Motherhood is a bonding experience and breastfeeding magnifies that connection. Whether it’s with your own mom, sister, friends or strangers, there is a pride and sisterhood that comes with breastfeeding. This community is incredibly helpful when breastfeeding gets tough and you need a tribe to lift you up. And with this badge of honor, you too can support other moms on their breastfeeding journey.

Sources: Bundoo, Mom.me, BuzzFeed and Fox News

Pregnancy Belly Support: Carry your Bump in Comfort with these Solutions

Carrying around an extra 25-35 pounds (and sometimes more) in your abdomen can be quite taxing on your body. Back and pelvic pain are most common during pregnancy as the concentration of belly weight puts pressure behind and below the area. So, while your baby bump may be housing a bundle of joy, the extra weight and pain it can cause could be altogether unenjoyable.

Pregnancy belly support in the form of a maternity belt, belly band and maternity support leggings can be exactly what you need to lift your bump and relieve your pain. In addition to making you feel better, you can comfortably remain active and perhaps less stressed during your pregnancy. They could help your posture as well. With improved physical health you’re more likely to maintain positive mental and emotional health, which is vital to you and your baby.

Leading Lady’s maternity belt and bump support band are designed to help manage the exact issues expectant moms face. Consider this: a sports bra keeps your breasts from bouncing during movement. Similarly, these pregnancy belly support solutions cradle your bump and disperse the weight to reduce pain and discomfort. Plus, you can follow your doctor’s orders and stay more active knowing your belly is secure. Here’s a quick glance at our affordable, effective technologies.

 

Pregnancy Belly Support Solutions

 

Leading Lady Maternity Belt

 

Our maternity belt is a unique dual-layer adjustable system that comfortably takes pressure off your abdomen, pelvis and back. It sits right below your bump, catching the weight with just the perfect snugness. A second adjustable layer allows you to find your ideal comfort every day. Almost instantly you’ll feel relief as the maternity belt eases pressure and supports your posture. This pregnancy belly support belt can be worn discreetly beneath your clothes or over your clothes.

 

Leading Lady Belly Band

 

A second pregnancy belly support option is Leading Lady’s belly band. With stretchy softness our patented extra wide support zone extends from the top of your bump to your hips. You’ll feel a gentle lift and love the smooth seamless look beneath your clothes. The flexible material stretches throughout your pregnancy to keep up with your growing baby bump.

 

Leading Lady Maternity Support Leggings

 

If you like our belly band, you’ll love our maternity support leggings that have a built-in baby bump support band. Now your must-have maternity leggings can be even more comfortable as they lift your bump and release pressure from your back, pelvis and hips. For moms-to-be in need of pregnancy belly support, our maternity leggings are the perfect solution for comfort and style.

 

In addition to usage during pregnancy, maternity belts, belly bands, and maternity support leggings are helpful during your postpartum stage too. You may experience stretched skin, looser joints and weakened abdominal muscles. Snug support throughout the region can help you heal faster and feel better as you do so.

5 Springtime Workouts with Your Baby

As the weather warms, taking your baby outdoors for fresh air and fitness is a terrific way to spend time together. You will get your daily exercise, enjoy stress relief, and you’ll both benefit from the stimulation of the great outdoors. If you’ve been cooped up most of the winter, springtime workouts with your baby will reenergize your mommy-and-me adventures and breathe new life into your fitness routine.

Encourage a love of nature and the value of physical fitness with these fun springtime workouts with your baby:

Walking

Springtime workouts with your baby don’t have to be complicated. Simply walking while pushing your baby in a stroller is a wonderful way to get started. Look for hills to intensify your walks when you’re ready or set a timer for power-walking intervals. If you have a baby who fusses in the stroller or you want more of a challenge, wear your baby on walks instead.

Walking with friends can make your outings more social too. If you don’t have any new mom friends in your area, look for a stroller group such as Stroller Strides.

Gear up for Walking: Nursing sports bras keep you comfortable, supported, and ready to feed your baby before, during or after your workouts. A versatile option with extra adjustability and lots of stretch is ideal from maternity to your early nursing months and beyond.

Hiking

Feeling a little more adventurous? Strap your baby in a sturdy baby carrier and find a moderate hiking trail nearby to get your blood flowing and heart pumping. Talk about all the beautiful scenery along your nature hike and be sure to point out animal sounds as well. For safety purposes, save the steep slopes and extremely rocky terrain for days when your baby is not in tow.

Gear up for Hiking: Wide padded straps on nursing sports bras help disperse the weight of heavier breasts for a more comfortable fit during exercise, especially if you’re wearing your baby.

Jogging

Perhaps you’re ready for more intense cardio. If you have suitable stroller, jogs or a jog/walk combo make excellent springtime workouts with your baby. Your baby may love the sensation of flying through the streets with mommy at the wheel.

Gear up for Jogging: Minimize bouncing and shifting in our most supportive nursing sports bra that is also incredibly comfortable for all-day wear.

Strength Training

Forget the free weights and resistance bands. Little ones and strollers are the perfect accessories for springtime workouts with your baby. Find an amusing place to park your stroller that offers your baby brain-stimulating sight-seeing, such as a neighborhood playground or park. Using your stroller’s handle for balance, do a set of squats, lunges, calf raises and pliés.

Next, take your baby out of the stroller for more interactive exercises. Spread out a blanket, ideally on grass or soft turf, and get to it. Lift your baby over your head and straight forward to hit your shoulders from multiple directions. Then cradle her in your arms like a scoop for bicep curls. Lay your baby on the blanket and hover over her adorable face for motivation during planks and push-ups. Rest her on your belly for added resistance during crunches and pelvic lifts. Finally, snuggle and engage her while doing reclining leg-lifts, side planks, “superman” raises, and reverse crunches.

Gear up for Strength Training: Our nursing bralettle is the perfect mix for strength training because it offers great mobility in a lightweight, breathable nursing sport bra.

Mommy and Me Yoga

Steal some moves from your mommy and me yoga class and bring them to the park or your very own backyard. Or better yet, find a class that meets outdoors this spring. You and your baby can discover, strength, balance, and flexibility while you connect through this mind-body exercise.

Gear up for Yoga: Athleisure style nursing sports bras are cute, comfortable and convenient for yoga and other light to moderate impact exercise.

The Importance of Nutrition During Breastfeeding

The Importance of Nutrition During BreastfeedingAs a nursing mom we know you’re focused on the very best nutrition for your baby. But get this: giving your baby nourishment through breastfeeding is directly related to your own nutrition in more ways than you might think. March is National Nutrition Month so we’re digging in to the importance of nutrition during breastfeeding to best support you and your babe.

The Importance of Nutrition During Breastfeeding

Your breast milk is the most perfect food for your baby’s body. It contains hundreds of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, proteins, antibodies, and much more. To produce that phenomenal breast milk, your own nutrition is incredibly important. In general, nursing moms need approximately 500 extra calories per day. And the best way to consume them is by adding doses of essential nutrients that can support your strength and your baby’s development.

Nutrients that Boost Your Energy

Certainly you know by now that taking care of a baby and producing breast milk require lots of energy. You may be sleep-deprived, but you can boost your energy through wholesome nutrition during breastfeeding.

Did you know…Breastfed babies tend to sleep better and therefore nursing moms get more sleep too! Sleep bras help make overnight nursing convenient, so everyone can get back to sleep.

Check out these foods that will give your body the strength you need for your #1 job as mama:

Berries: Berries are full of antioxidants that keep your body revved and ready for action. Refreshing and delicious, they contain a good balance of sugar, vitamins and minerals to pep you up when you need it most.

Green Veggies: Like your mom said, vegetables are good for just about everything in your body including your blood. Improved circulation pumps oxygenated blood throughout your body, which keeps your heart and brain working hard for you.

Citrus Fruits: Chock full of Vitamin C, these juicy fruits boost your immune system to keep you and your baby healthy and energized during breastfeeding.

Whole Grains: It may be easier to grab processed, sugary snacks but make the extra effort to eat whole grains like whole wheat breads and pasta and brown rice. Your energy levels will soar and won’t come crashing down after a short high.

Water: There’s no bigger way to zap your energy than dehydration. You need a good deal of water to produce breast milk – usually more than the recommended 8 cups per day. Moms often feel thirsty and dehydrated after feedings so drink up or incorporate fruit juices and water-based fruits and veggies in your diet.

Did you know…The best way to ensure a nutritious diet on-the-go is to pack simple, healthy snacks and water in your diaper bag. Along with a nursing cover, you’ll be prepared for motherhood when you’re out and about.

Nutrients that Boost Breast Milk Quality

Although the composition of nutrients in breast milk is relatively consistent, there are a few ways you can move the needle to supply your baby with the best of the best.

DHA: All breast milk contains fat including DHA, a long chain omega-3 fatty acid. But studies show moms who consume more DHA in their diets have a greater concentration of this brain-boosting nutrient. (Similarly, moms who consume “bad” fats like trans fats and high amounts of saturated fats can negatively impact breast milk.) DHA found in fatty fish like salmon is important for the entire nervous system and your baby’s continued brain development. You can also find DHA in fortified milk, fortified eggs, walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds.

Folic Acid: Your OB probably recommended a prenatal vitamin with folic acid during pregnancy to support your baby’s development. Your baby still needs this crucial B-vitamin and you can bolster your breast milk with it through fortified whole grain breads, pasta, rice and cereals, as well as green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Also, continue to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid throughout breastfeeding.

Galactogogues: Maintaining a healthy milk supply will ensure your baby has plenty of the nutrients she needs. The good news is, most moms can naturally produce enough breast milk for their babies as long as they consume a wholesome diet and drink plenty of water. For those who need it, galactogogues like oatmeal, lactation tea, fenugreek seed, and blessed thistle may be helpful.

Did you know… Leaking is common regardless of the state of your milk supply but you can keep yourself dry with washable nursing pads.

Nutrients that Support Your Body

Studies show that it’s the moms who suffer most when nutrition is lacking. Without proper nutrition your body will leach stored nutrients to continue to produce breast milk for your baby. That’s why maintaining excellent nutrition during breastfeeding is vital. In addition to needing more calories you need a few other essential nutrients now more than ever:

Carbohydrates: Nursing moms need about 60% more carbs than in their pre-pregnancy diet. But skip the chocolate cake and use these carbs wisely to sustain your energy and help your baby’s development. Fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods are the healthiest carbohydrates.

Protein: Almost every function of your body is dependent on protein. This includes hormone production, muscle and tissue growth, and many chemical reactions. The best way to calculate how many grams of protein you need while breastfeeding is to divide your weight in half and then add 15. Go for lean protein from poultry, fish, nuts and legumes to keep you diet clean and healthy.

Calcium: It’s normal to lose 3-5% of bone density during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, by consuming low-fat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese you can rebuild your calcium stores and return to normal levels after weaning.

Iron: Not all new moms need extra iron but if you lost a lot of blood during delivery, ask your doctor if it is necessary to supplement. Lean beef, beans, and green leafy vegetables are great sources of iron.

How to Maximize Skin-to-Skin Contact with Baby

How to Maximize Skin-to-Skin Contact with BabyYou’ve probably heard about the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin contact with your baby that greatly support your little one and has advantages for you as well. From helping both of you feel less stressed and get more sleep, to promoting breastfeeding, this close cuddle time is an essential part of the newborn stage. That’s why we’re sharing how to maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby.

Your baby is soft, snuggly and oh-so-loveable. It’s not hard to want to maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby. But did you know there are more ways to make it happen than just good old-fashioned holding?

Here are some other great ways to maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby:

Breastfeeding

The number one way of nourishing your baby doubles as our number one way to maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby. Breastfeeding can serve dual purposes and exponentially increase the benefits of both. While nursing, remove your top or place your baby inside your blouse while she is wearing only a diaper. This way your bodies can make more contact. Both skin-to-skin and breastfeeding promote improved brain development, physical growth, feelings of security, bonding and decreased postpartum depression. Also, skin-to-skin contact helps stimulate breast milk production.

Babywearing

You’re probably not going to wear your baby without a shirt on in public, but you can certainly do it at home. With just a nursing bra on yourself and a diaper on your baby, strap her into your sling or other baby carriers to do household chores. In public, you can still simulate skin-to-skin time through babywearing. Even with clothes on both of you, your baby feels your warmth, enjoys your smell and can hear your heartbeat, all of which makes her feel cozy inside. A nursing tank top is the perfect top for babywearing and maintaining skin-to-skin contact when you are out and about.

Lounging in Bed

Grab your favorite sleep and leisure bra and enjoy cuddle time with your baby in bed. You can lie down to rest, play and nurse while continuing skin-to-skin contact. Do be sure that if you doze off, your baby is safely in her own sleep space, free from blankets, pillows and other suffocation hazards.

Bonding with Dad

The benefits of skin-to-skin contact for your baby are not limited to your touch. Dads make great snuggle partners for their new loves and this special time can increase bonding. Encourage your husband to spend quality time with your little one to maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby.

Bathing

Many moms love bathing with their babies. In the early months, some babies are not too keen on bath time. But with mom submerged in water right along with her, everything feels a lot more comfortable. You can cradle your baby or lay her on your chest for a little aqua-themed skin-to-skin time.

How do you maximize skin-to-skin contact with baby?

Sources: Mama Natural and Fit Pregnancy

The Value of Pretend Breastfeeding

Have you ever seen a toddler or even older child pretend to breastfeed a doll or stuffed animal? Perhaps your own toddler or older child enjoys pretend breastfeeding because he or she sees you nursing your infant. Much like other forms of role playing and play-based learning that boosts your child’s development, the value of pretend breastfeeding is quite enormous.

We’re sharing four reasons to celebrate the value of pretend breastfeeding:

The Value of Pretend BreastfeedingImitation is What Children Do and How They Learn

From the beginning of their lives, children imitate their parents. In fact, we all bank on this form of normal development to teach our children how to speak, eat, behave, and countless other skills they’ll need in life. Imitating breastfeeding is no different than imitating dad cooking in the kitchen, mom putting on her makeup, or big brother practicing guitar. Young children absorb the lessons they observe in everyday life and practice them.

When kids pretend to breastfeed, they are demonstrating a deep understanding for how this process works: a baby is hungry and needs to be fed. Babies drink breast milk and therefore breastfeeding is in order. In the play world of a child a “baby” may be viewed as anything baby-like such as a doll or stuffed animal. Or it may be represented by a beloved object like a ball, truck or dinosaur.

Pretend Breastfeeding Emphasizes a Shared Value

Through your actions, words, loving gestures and dedication, you are constantly imparting values on your kids. If breastfeeding is a cherished value in your family, you are passing this along by sharing the experience openly. You may talk about how you used to breastfeed your older children or make breastfeeding your infant a normal part of your daily routine as a family. You might even point out breastfeeding when you see it in public and give other new moms a smile and approving nod while you’re at it. This shared value is solidified when you see your kids pretend breastfeeding, a true act of loving kindness.

Pretend Breastfeeding Encourages Health and Nutrition

Of course we can’t forget that breast milk is the most perfectly well-balanced nutrition for babies and offers a range of immediate and lifelong health benefits. As you’re always looking out for the health and wellbeing of your family starting with your decision to breastfeed, you are encouraging continued health and nutrition as your children grow. Pretend breastfeeding shares this ultimate gift of health. Plus it helps your kids understand the full circle of making the best nutritious choices from first food (breast milk) and beyond.

Pretend Breastfeeding Helps Normalize Breastfeeding

Although sometimes met with controversy, a new mom’s body is biologically meant to provide this natural act of nourishment and love. Breastfeeding in public, in particular, is still a hot button issue. Rather than a source of food for babies whenever and wherever they need it, some people relegate breasts as sexual objects that shouldn’t be exposed. Fortunately, enough people understand that breasts are meant to breastfeed. A mom has every right to nurse when her baby is hungry. This charge to normalize breastfeeding is catching on as the benefits of breast milk become more undeniable every year.

Pretend breastfeeding perpetuates the movement to normalize breastfeeding. As children grow they know breastfeeding is not just healthy and natural. It’s also normal, they will continue to promote the cause. Or better yet, it won’t even be a cause by the time they are moms and dads.

Part of normalizing breastfeeding is understanding it is normal for girls and boys to pretend to breastfeed. At a young age, the distinction between the functions of the male and female body is innocently unknown. Everyone has nipples and therefore in the eyes of a child everyone can breastfeed. It’s just that simple.

The value of pretend breastfeeding is about the wonders of childhood development and sharing values of love and health. This very precious, very normal behavior is one you can cherish for years to come.

Sources: Parents, The Leaky Boob, Parenting and Huffington Post

Research Shows Baby Talk is a Language

Research Shows ‘Baby Talk’ is a LanguageYou’ve probably found your self goo-gooing, gaa-gaaing and coo-cooing at your baby far too many times than you can count. This age-old manner of speaking to babies is known as baby talk and a new research shows baby talk is a language, a universal language of motherhood.

What is Baby Talk?

By definition, baby talk or motherese is the distinct voice and speech changes that occur when moms and other adults speak to babies. The timbre of the voice usually rises, people speak slower and draw out syllables. This more enthusiastic and animated speech pitch and pattern tends to come out naturally when conversing with an infant, especially for women.

Research Shows Baby Talk is a Language

Several previous studies have indicated the existence and value of baby talk. The latest research published in the journal Current Biology reveals several important findings about baby talk and how we communicate differently with various types of people.

Initially the study focused on a small group of 12 English-speaking moms. Researchers recorded how they spoke to their babies and how they spoke to other adults. Using a speech recognition algorithm aimed at distinguishing timbre, the machine was able to determine if moms were speaking to their babies or adults within one second.

The test was then repeated on 12 moms who spoke various languages. The results were the same: moms speak baby talk to their infants in up to 9 other languages. These languages include Spanish, French, Hebrew, German, Cantonese, Polish, Mandarin, Hungarian and Russian.

The Value of Baby Talk

By slowing down speech and making words more engaging to infants through baby talk, they are better able to grasp early language skills. Not only does baby talk help infants learn word meanings, it is also a beginning to speech development. Sounds, syllables and sentence structure are easier to grasp through baby talk.

Additionally, baby talk helps babies connect with speakers. Have you ever noticed that the store clerk who speaks baby talk to your little one gets his attention far more than the one who just speaks plainly? That illustrates the magic of baby talk.

As you use motherese to communicate with your baby, you’re deepening your bond. He feels safe with your words and you’re deepening your bond. Use baby talk as much as possible in the first year of your baby’s life. It will encourage language and emotional development. That means you can coo during diaper changes, go googly during breastfeeding, and pull out your best oohs, ahhs and facial expressions at playtime.

This research shows baby talk is a language, and this universal language of motherhood truly spans the globe. While our words may be different, the way in which we connect with our little ones is collective and it’s all for the love of babies.

Sources: Tech Times and Refinery29

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Shakespeare
Sheryl Sandberg
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Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solids
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Simple 4th of July Desserts
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Simple Ways to Make your Home Festive for the Holidays
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Sleep Disorders During Pregnancy
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soft nursing bra
soleil moon frye
solid food
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sound machine
special gifts for dad
speech development
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spicy foods
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Spring Fashion
Spring Fashion for Nursing Moms
Spring Outings
Springtime Workouts with Your Baby
St. Patrick's Day
starting solids
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Staying Connected When You’re Away
stop mom judging
Storing Breaskmilk
stretch marks
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sucking your thumb
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Sugar
sugar on Halloween
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summer vacation
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Superfoods for Babies
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swelling during pregnancy
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Switch Breasts while Breastfeeding
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symptoms of dry drowning
symptoms of pregnancy
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talking to babies
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tax deductions for kids
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Tax Savings for Families with Kids
Tdap during pregnancy
Teach babies about heart health
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teaching children about giving back
Teaching Children about Safe and Unsafe Secrets
Teaching Children Compassion
teaching kids about secrets
teaching respect
teeth during pregnancy
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Thanksgiving-Themed Sensory Activities for Babies
that 70s show
the benefits of acupuncture
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy Symptoms
the benefits of breast milk
The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby
The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom
The Benefits of Music for Babies
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
The Benefits of Sleep for Kids
The Best Nursing Bras
The Best Nursing Tank Tops
The Cost of Breastfeeding
the dangers of hair tourniquet
The Ecological Benefits of Breastfeeding
The Economic Advantages of Breastfeeding
The First Response Tracker
The Germiest Places for Your Baby
the golden rule
The History of Breastfeeding
The Importance of Nutrition During Breastfeeding
the importance of reading to your baby
the importance of sleep for kids
The Importance of Vitamin K for Newborns
the Milky Way documentary
the Milky Way movie
the Milky Way: every mother has a story
The Most Common Poisons for Babies
the positive effects of smiling at your baby
The Pregnancy Companion App
The Value of Pretend Breastfeeding
therapy in early childhood
Things to do on Christmas Eve
things to get done before having a baby
things to recycle
thrush
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thumb suckers
thumb sucking
time away from kids
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Tips for Family Photos
Tips for Flying with a Baby
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Tips for Keeping Your Family Happy for the Holidays
tips for parents of left handed children
tips for sleep training
Tips for Taking your Baby to the Beach
tips for toy safety
tips to avoid food waste
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toddler play dates
tongue-tie
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top things to do during pregnancy
tote bags for moms
toxins in cosmetics
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toxins that are bad for babies
Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month
Toy Safety
Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season
traditional nutritional supplements for kids
traits that influence personality
transitioning to solids
Traveling
traveling with baby
treat your babysitter like family
trends in family size
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Twins
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week
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Unusual Signs of Labor
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Unusual Things to Recycle
update your play space
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Valentine's Day while breastfeeding
Valentine's Day with kids
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
Valentino
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Vitamin K and blood clotting
VKDB
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water birth
Ways for Dad to Bond with Baby
Ways to Burn Calories with a Baby
Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Thanksgiving
ways to encourage Crossing the Midline
ways to find other new moms
Ways to Get Kids to Drink Water
Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
ways to make your home festive
ways to praise your child
ways to relieve congestion in babies
Ways to Say Goodbye to your Child
ways to sweeten Valentine's Day
Ways to Teach Sons to Respect Women
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what can a baby hear
What Dogs Teach about Love
what is colic
what is colostrum
what is cradle cap
What is Dream Feeding?
what is preterm labor
what is the umbilical cord
what is thrush
What Kids Perceive about Marriage from their Parents
what medications can baby take
what medicines can I take while breastfeeding
what not to buy used
what not to do during pregnancy
what not to eat during pregnancy
what things can be recycled
what to avoid during pregnancy
what to do about colic
what to do before baby arrives
what to do before potty training
What to do if you have Food Poisoning while Pregnant or Breastfeeding
What To Do If Your Baby Won’t Latch
What to do in a Car Crash when you’re Pregnant
what to do on Christmas Eve
what to do on Mother's Day
what to do to relieve pain during labor
what to do with a toddler while breastfeeding a baby
What to do with kids on New Years
what to do with old clothes
what to do with used kids clothes
what to eat during pregnancy
what to expect from play dates
what to get for Father's Day
What to Look for in a Crib
what to look for in pediatrician
what to tell your babysitter
what type of car seat do I need
what we learn about marriage from our parents
What You Should Do with Used Clothes
what your baby does in womb
When Parents Have Different Parenting Styles
When to Buy Nursing Bras
when to call the pediatrician
when to start solids
when to stop breastfeeding at night
where to buy nursing bras
where to buy Sexy Nursing Bras
where to donate breast milk
where to find a pediatrician
which foods to serve a baby
which vaccines are ok during pregnancy
white noise machine
why babies like baby talk
why babies like high-pitched voices
Why Babies Should Not Eat Honey
Why Breastfeeding Makes you Hungry and Thirsty
why can't babies eat honey
why children need praise
why do moms judge each other
Why Do Newborns have Crossed Eyes?
why is juice bad for kids
why juice is bad for kids
why kids suck thumbs
why men with babies are sexy
Why You Should Limit Juice for your Kids
WIC
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World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week 2016
World Breastfeeding Week 2017
yeast diaper rash
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you baby's gut
your baby's gut