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The Nursing Sports Bra of 2018

It’s no secret that getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions since, well, (probably) the beginning of New Year’s resolutions! As a new mom, being dedicated to a fitness routine takes a little more effort and care than ever before. And a nursing sports bra is definitely a must-have for this resolution.

Exercise While Breastfeeding

The Nursing Sports Bra of 2018Once your doctor gives you the “all clear” exercise is excellent for your body on many levels. First, you may really crave movement after keeping things pretty calm at home with your newborn baby for the first weeks or months after birth. Getting up and about even for light exercise can feel so good because our bodies are meant to move.

Exercise can also help you shed a few pounds of baby weight if that’s your goal, or help you tone some muscles that didn’t get used as much during pregnancy, such as your abdominal muscles. Or perhaps you are working towards a fitness goal of running a 5K, half marathon or other worthy challenge.

Now more than ever the benefit of extra energy and a mood boost may be the best reason to exercise. If you’re like most moms you’re pretty exhausted. Working exercise into your day will get your blood flowing and heart pumping, which revs your metabolism to energize your entire body. Plus hormones and neurotransmitters are triggered, offering a dose of “feel good” energy too.

While breastfeeding it is essential to have nursing bras that meet the needs of your lifestyle. If you’re ready for more activity, that will include a nursing sports bra. And have we got the nursing sports bra for you!

Meet The Nursing Sports Bra of 2018

Our Stylish Cotton Seamless Nursing Athleisure Bra is the bra of 2018. It’s got everything a new mom needs and wants in a nursing sports bra. The stretchy cotton fabric breathes with you as you get your body moving in light to moderate exercise and stretches as your breasts change size during your breastfeeding journey.

The Nursing Sports Bra of 2018

Of course what makes a nursing sports bra so convenient is that you can breastfeed your little love without having to change or fumble for access. That means you can hit the gym, go for a power walk or take a mommy and me yoga class and be ready to breastfeed whenever and wherever you need. Easy one-handed nursing clasps and dropdown cups make the entire process a cinch.

And we can’t forget about style because this nursing sports bra has a lot of it. The contoured fit and extended band are super chic and the thin adjustable straps work under any workout top. You will adore the two color options: black with pink piping and black and white stripes. The athleisure look is completely on trend so even when you’re not going to exercise you can wear this stylish nursing bra for a hip athleisure look.

Start your New Year’s resolutions off on the right foot and with the right nursing sports bra. We know you’ll rock your resolutions this year as you enter the adventures of motherhood!

A Healthy Mom: Prioritizing Your Health this Year

A Healthy Mom: Prioritizing Your Health this YearIt’s a New Year and time to get your priorities straight. If you think your kids’ health is exponentially more important than your own, you may want to rethink your philosophy on a healthy household. The truth is a healthy mom sets the stage for healthier families because it all starts with you, mama.

When you were pregnant and growing your beautiful baby inside your womb you probably treated your body as the sacred vessel it was. You saw your OB on a regular basis, followed medical advice more or less, and did your best not to put your baby at risk.

Once your baby was born, all your focus shifted to your baby’s needs for healthy growth and development, starting with breastfeeding. You followed the protocol for well check-ups and probably had your baby vaccinated on the recommended schedule.

But what about your nutritional needs? Your well checkups? Opportunities to protect your mental, emotional and physical health and well-being?

All too often the arrival of a baby (and then a few more) leads to the deterioration of a mother’s health. While it may appear this shift is towards the instinctual nurturing of being a good mother, it is in some ways to the detriment of your baby and entire family.

A healthy mom is the foundation of a healthy family, but moms are put at a disadvantage from the get go. Pregnancy often depletes the body of essential nutrients including calcium, folic acid, iron and zinc, to name a few. And the leaching continues during breastfeeding as well. This is one reason why a wholesome diet and prenatal vitamins are so important during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Now, ask any mom and she’ll gladly give up her nutrient base for her baby, that’s not the question. It’s what happens after childbirth that becomes the issue. Mothers tend to put their needs aside in order to care for their babies and the nutrients and energy they need to rebuild are forgotten. This puts a mother at greater risk for illness because her immune system is weak. So when germs enter the home (as is common with babies in day care or preschoolers), mom is more likely to get sick.

To top it off, sleep deprivation that is so common in early motherhood further weakens the immune system and can contribute to postpartum depression and other mental and emotional issues. That’s not to mention that lack of energy and feeling exhausted all of the time makes caring for a new baby very very difficult.

When a mother ignores symptoms because she is focused on her children, not only is she continuing to feel poorly and not be the best mom she can be, but she’s also at risk of the problem becoming more serious. Plus, she’s setting a bad example for her children.

In all of the tasks of mothering, work, household chores and other life responsibilities, moms are not prioritizing their health by visiting doctors for regular check-ups. They are also not exercising, eating nutritiously, finding ways to relax and spending time doing things they enjoy as much as they should. And when this happens, sadly, it’s not only moms who suffer; It’s children too, the very people that moms are trying to protect by ignoring their own health needs.

A healthy mom realizes that the cycle of health and well-being for her family starts with her. That’s why prioritizing your health is so important this year. When you have a health concern, address it. If you need a mental break, take it. When you need more sleep, sleep. Eat when you’re hungry. Work out your stress with exercise.

It sounds simple, but we know finding the time for all of this is hard. However, if we said it’s in the best interest of your children, you’d do it. So next time you can’t find the time for your own needs, think about how it directly affects your children. Then we know you’ll see the value.

Cheers to being a healthy mom this year!

Sources: Parents and Huffington Post

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The Truth About Baby Fever

If the sight, smell or sound of a sweet baby nearby makes you crave one of your own, you might have what’s commonly known as baby fever. While it may seem like a silly itch, researchers connect several factors that increase baby fever in both men and women.

The Latest Research on Baby Fever

The primary study on this topic was done by husband and wife team Sandra and Gary Brase out of the Kansas State University and was published in the journal Emotion, a publication from the American Psychological Association. Based on questionnaires completed first by college students and later by a larger, broader set of subjects researchers concluded that baby fever does indeed exist as an emotional condition.

The Truth About Baby FeverThe most crucial factor in baby fever is a person’s positive or negative experiences with babies. Those who have been around sweet, pleasant, happy babies and had an enjoyable experience were more likely to catch baby fever than those who had negative experiences with baby temperaments and the tediousness and responsibility of caring for a baby.

Other factors also came into play such as a person’s financial security, career aspirations, and the thought of losing freedom once a baby arrives. Surprisingly, even women who believe in traditional gender roles did not have stronger baby fever than more progressive women.

Baby Fever in Men vs. Women

Although higher in women, baby fever exists in men too. Usually women ranked having a baby on the top of their list of priorities in life while men put sex above having a baby. (Since the two are related, there is certainly a connection.)

Women’s baby fever peaks younger and tends to decrease with age, especially after the reality of having one child. This may relate to a woman’s need to have children when she is physically capable of doing so. The regulatory mechanism known as a woman’s reproductive biological clock may kick in to enhance baby fever. Men’s baby fever increases with age even after having a baby.

Biology vs. Economics

The researchers set out to examine the emotional pull of having a baby. Plus they wanted to determine how that may differ from the biological and economic factors involved. As they point out, biology tells us that we are born to increase our gene pool. Procreating is our main job. On the other hand, economically speaking, having a baby is not a sound idea at all. The return on the investment is not beneficial.

Of course people have been having babies since the dawn of humanity. Somewhere in-between exists the emotional factor and the desire to nurture and love another small being, especially one you’ve created.

Sources: Time, LiveScience and Parenting

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What To Do If Your Baby Won’t Latch

What To Do If Your Baby Won’t LatchNewbies and veteran moms alike know that latch is one of the most essential components of successful breastfeeding. Without a great latch, your baby won’t suckle enough breast milk for proper development, not to mention an improper latch may be painful for you and cause engorgement, which is painful itself. If your baby won’t latch, you’re likely to get very frustrated and worried, which doesn’t help matters at all.

Rest assured, many many many moms have gone through this very same issue. We’re here to help with what to do if your baby won’t latch.

Breastfeeding Position

The conditions for proper latch are supported by other factors including your breastfeeding position, both how you position your body and your baby’s body. Make sure you try out different positions to see what is most comfortable for both of you. Breastfeeding position also includes where you place your hands to support your baby and your breasts. You might want to play “Goldilocks” and try different seats or rooms that are most conducive to breastfeeding.

Skin-to-Skin

Some babies take several days and some take several weeks to figure out how to breastfeed. Keeping your baby close not only helps regulate her body to adjust to life-after-womb, but it also helps stimulate your milk production. Both of these benefits of skin-to-skin are great steps in developing your breastfeeding relationship. Skin-to-skin also offers the opportunity for breastfeeding whenever your baby is ready.

Exude Calmness

Although only a few days, weeks or months old, your baby is keenly perceptive of your changing attitude. When you get frustrated that your baby won’t latch, it only makes the situation worse and your baby may begin to get upset as well. Keep your cool, maintain a positive attitude, and know that you will work through the issue.

Express A Little Milk

Breastfeeding is instinctual but sometimes babies need a little coaxing to get them started. Before trying to latch, express a little colostrum or milk so your baby can smell and taste it as she tries to latch. Perhaps that morsel will motivate her to work for more.

Stimulate Your Baby

Especially with newborns, it’s often a stronger desire to sleep than eat which causes babies not to latch. Stimulate your baby with a cool wash cloth, bright lights, and a noisy environment to keep her awake. It can also be helpful to undress your baby to her diaper during feedings, which promotes skin-to-skin contact as well.

Monitor Your Baby

Over-hungry and over-tired babies are less likely to latch. Study her cues to determine the first signs of hunger and try feeding your baby then. Signs of hunger include rooting, smacking lips or sucking on fingers. If you’re not sure about hunger cues quite yet, err on feeding your baby frequently to ensure she has plenty of opportunity for nourishment and practice. Remember, the best way to know if your baby is eating properly is if she has an adequate number of wet and dirty diapers and she is gaining weight so monitor these factors as well.

Pump If Necessary

Whether or not your baby feeds from the breast or from a spoon, syringe or bottle, breast milk is the best first food choice for her body. If your baby won’t latch after several days of trying and your milk has come in, take up pumping every two to three hours. This will ensure your milk supply remains strong when your baby is ready to latch.

Have Your Baby Checked

Sometimes latch issues are caused by a lip tie, tongue tie, cleft pallet or other oral, sensory or neurological problems. Some of these can be easily addressed with quick procedures.

Have Your Breasts Checked

Flat or inverted nipples can make latching a challenge. Should either or both of your nipples be deemed flat or inverted, you may be able to pinch them to protrude outwards during feedings, or you may want to pump for a few minutes prior to feeding to get your nipples to stand erect. Using a nipple shied may help as well, even if only for a short time.

Visit a Lactation Consultant

Self-diagnosing why your baby won’t latch can be tough, especially for first time moms. Visit a lactation consultant as quickly as possible if you are having trouble. Lactation consultants can point out ways to improve positioning, milk supply and baby care practices that support breastfeeding, and they can also diagnose lip and tongue ties and nipple problems.

Sources: Bundoo, Breastfeeding Basics and Family Education

4 Nursing Bras to Start Off your New Year

Happy New Year, mamas! Whether you’re expecting your new bundle of joy in 2018 or you’re already enjoying motherhood, having the right nursing bras can start off your New Year on the right note.

Your nursing bras support your breastfeeding journey in every way imaginable. It’s no secret that nursing bras literally support your breasts, which is more important than ever as they may become larger and heavier during breastfeeding. Your nursing bras also support your upmost comfort to help you feel good as you transition into motherhood. And of course nursing bras offer easy breastfeeding access either from one-handed nursing clasps, slide-over cups or front-closure styles.

At Leading Lady we believe nursing bras support your lifestyle too. As you look ahead and envision yourself in the New Year, what will you be doing? Each of the occasions you imagine for yourself needs a nursing bra to support you throughout the year.

4 Nursing Bras to Start Off your New YearWe bet you’ll be lounging and cuddling with your baby quite a bit. That’s why our collection of sleep and leisure bras are absolutely dreamy for new moms. With front closures so you never have to lie on uncomfortable clasps, these styles stretch to your new mom heart’s content. Soft breathable fabrics have just the combination of support and give so your breasts are gently cradled during leisure activities and sleep. And comfort is the name of the game when you’re spending your days nursing and caring for your new baby.

In the New Year you’ll be getting out and about with your baby. At first you’ll be bundled in winter clothes and eventually you’ll welcome the 4 Nursing Bras to Start Off your New Yearwarmer weather of spring and summer. Outings with your little one may mean you’ll be breastfeeding on-the-go. With a nursing t shirt bra or a nursing tank top, you’ll be ready anywhere at any time your baby needs to eat.

Our line of nursing t shirt bras are made to meet every need of a new mom. We know you need support and lift when you’re out-and-about and you’ll want comfort to keep you going. Our nursing t shirt bras feature soft fabrics, naturally rounded cups, and adjustable bands and straps to ensure you’re getting the fit, comfort and support you deserve. Plus many of our styles feature slimming side and back zones 4 Nursing Bras to Start Off your New Yearso you’ll feel great about the way you look too.

Leading Lady nursing tank tops are the perfect layering piece all year long. Under winter sweaters, spring dresses, solo in summer and beneath fall blazers, you will be chic and ready to nurse in any season wearing a nursing tank top. We know this is the go-to wardrobe essential for new moms so we offer a variety of styles and colors to flatter your figure. And don’t forget: nursing tank tops make fantastic sleepwear as well!

4 Nursing Bras to Start Off your New YearLast but certainly not least we hope you see yourself doing fabulous and fun things this year that call for special occasion nursing bras. You know the type; they make you feel on top of the world because they scream, “I am beautiful!” With lace details and sweet and sexy style features, we bet you’ll find every day is a special occasion enough to wear these gorgeous nursing bras.

Go ahead, mamas! Start your new year off right with these four types of nursing bras. We wish you all things wonderful in 2018!

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What is a Nursing Vacation?

What is a Nursing Vacation?As a new mom you may feel you need a vacation, but a nursing vacation is not that kind of trip. A nursing vacation is a 36-48 hour period where you and your baby snuggle in for some serious skin-to-skin and breastfeeding time around the clock. There are tremendous benefits to taking a nursing vacation and we’re sharing them today.

Sync Up

Nursing vacations are an excellent practice to start when your baby is a newborn. Her tiny little body is not yet ready to handle the great big world she’s recently entered and she needs your support in more ways than you can imagine.

Skin-to-skin contact and being wrapped in your warmth makes your baby feel at home and at ease, like she was in the womb. She can hear and feel the faint sounds of your heartbeat and she’s encompassed by your familiar sent. Of course the unique odor of your breast milk also entices her to want to eat.

While these may seem like emotional comforts, they are also helping your baby’s body regulate by stabilizing her temperature and heartbeat. Plus, breast milk nourishes her body in every way so she can grow and develop.

Learn Your Baby

Your baby is constantly giving you cues about what she needs but deciphering her code may be rather difficult at first. After spending significant time with your baby, you will learn to read her like a book. A nursing vacation can kick-start this soulful connection and help you quickly pick up on your baby’s signals for hunger, tiredness, pain and need for affection.

Increase Your Milk Supply

When new moms feel their milk supply is low, experts recommend a nursing vacation to boost breast milk production. The consistent skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding on demand should stimulate greater production. Whenever you feel your milk supply is low, try ramping up the together time and breastfeeding more often. Stimulation plus frequent feedings are the best way to increase milk supply.

Rest and Relax

It’s utterly exhausting being a new mom. During a nursing vacation you can solicit help so your other responsibilities are not an issue. You and your little one can lay in bed for much needed rest and relaxation. This is especially helpful after a stressful birth or after a major event, say, the holidays. When you’re not singing and caressing your baby or breastfeeding, you can both sleep, rest and rejuvenate together.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Particularly in winter, it’s awesome to plan a nursing vacation to keep yourself and your baby safe, warm and away from nasty germs. Your baby’s immune system is immature and weak but skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding boosts her immunity. While you’re giving her antibodies and staying away from potentially harmful microbes, you are also reaping some terrific health benefits too.

We hope you enjoy each nursing vacation on your journey through motherhood!

Sources: Breastfeeding Problems, Bundoo and KellyMom

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Last Minute Tips for Keeping your Family Happy for the Holidays

Last Minute Tips for Keeping your Family Happy for the HolidaysAll the plans and preparations for your holiday season are about to unfold. The excitement is building and everyone is looking forward to gathering for family, friendship, love and joy. Don’t let a few hiccups get in your way of a bright and festive holiday. We’re sharing tips for keeping your family happy for the holidays so you all have your best yet:

Simplicity is Bliss

Especially with little ones around, the old anagram KISS – keep it simple silly – is the way to go. Elaborate décor and slaving for days over just one meal is lost on kids most of the time. Instead, simplify your holiday plans to ensure you are able to spend your time where it counts…with your family. This may entail delegating, crossing off entire sections of your to-do list or menu, or just taking a few short-cuts.

Good Enough is the New Perfect

Along the same lines as simplicity is dropping the perfect act. No one is buying it anyways. Perfect doesn’t exist so don’t make unrealistic expectations for yourself and others. Kids will be kids, adults will be adults. If you lower the bar, you’ll likely be able to relax and enjoy your holiday festivities much more.

Be Mindful of Meaning

Whether your holiday is simply about being together and cherishing love, or if you celebrating religiously and remembering greatness from the past, participate in the holidays in ways that bring you true meaning. After all, that’s what this season is all about. Keeping your eye on this goal can also help you stress less and love more.

Fun is Only Fun if it’s Fun

If going to the Nutcracker makes you want to take a nap or if caroling is your own personal torture, don’t do it! Checking off boxes of what is supposed to be fun during the holidays is not necessarily going to ensure your family has fun. Do what your family finds fun even if that’s having a picnic on the ground under a sheets-and-blankets fort using only flashlights to see. Quality fun beats the checklist every time.

Root Yourself in Tradition

Family holiday traditions are a special way for everyone to celebrate. Not only will you have memories of past holiday traditions, they are something your entire family can look forward to year-after-year. Family holiday traditions can be super easy like creating handprint ornaments or making holiday wishes on stars.

Dig Deep

When schedules are off and you’re running from place-to-place to get it all done, everyone’s patience can wear thin. The last thing you want to do is take your stress out on your family, especially your little ones. Dig deep to find extra patience and compassion during the holiday season. And if someone breaks the rules a little, perhaps you can let it slide in the name of keeping your family happy for the holidays.

A Guide to Breastfeeding on a Plane

A Guide to Breastfeeding on a PlaneTraveling by plane over the holidays often gets new moms in a tizzy. What if your baby cries the entire time? What if she refuses to nurse? What if you forget something? Sure, any of these things could happen but if you prepare and keep a positive attitude, chances are things will go better than expected. The good news is that breastfeeding on a plane is probably easier than you think and may actually help resolve some of your fears. Let’s take a look…

Know Your Rights

Most airlines have a welcoming breastfeeding policy whether you do it openly or discreetly. So start off by knowing that breastfeeding on a plane is your right. When your baby needs to eat, you should breastfeed and not think twice about it. Should you have any problems, ask to speak to the head flight attendant.

Dress for Success

Dress comfortably and for easy breastfeeding access so you can get to the task with minimal effort. A nursing bra with easy one-handed clasps and a button down blouse is a great choice. Or try a nursing tank top that you can layer under just about anything.

If you are concerned about looky-loos, a nursing cover is a simple solution. Our stylish nursing cover doubles as a fashion scarf so you can wear it around your neck until you’re ready to breastfeed.

Take-off and Landing

One of the biggest concerns for new moms is the changing air pressure in the cabin, especially during take off and landing. We know to yawn, pinch and blow out through our noses or chew gum to relieve the pressure. You can help your baby do the same by breastfeeding during take-off and landing. The sucking and swallowing motion will help protect her delicate ears. Plus, both of these times are the loudest portion of the flight so a little extra comfort and closeness will help your baby feel at ease.

On-Board Supplies

Luckily you can pack light for breastfeeding on a plane. If you’re used to having a pillow for your baby during breastfeeding, use a neck pillow you may be bringing anyways or ask for an airline pillow. Be sure to have a burp cloth handy, as well as nursing pads, if necessary. Of course you’ll want a few engaging toys to distract your baby in flight, diapers and wipes, and possibly a change of clothes for emergencies.

Selecting Your Seat

It’s tempting to select a window seat to be inconspicuous while breastfeeding on a plane. Unless your baby is very small, an aisle seat will give you more space. Think about your baby’s legs and your arms that may need to dangle into the aisle. If you’re traveling with a companion, having him or her in the middle seat is great so your baby can spill in that direction when feeding on the opposite breast. Babies under two do not need their own seats or airline tickets but if you want the extra space you can certainly purchase one.

Other In-Flight Breastfeeding Tips

Once the fasten seat belt sign is off, ask the flight crew if you may breastfeed in the gallery if you feel your baby needs a change of scenery or wants to be rocked or bounced. Respect their rules, however.

Consider wearing your baby for sleep times. A cradle sling will keep your baby close, warm and sheltered from light. Be sure your baby can breathe comfortably in this position.

Try to select the shortest and most direct flight to your destination. It may cost more but your sanity and your baby’s happiness is priceless, right?

Wear your best smile. It’s not easy traveling with an infant but do your best to stay positive. If someone hassles you about breastfeeding on a plane, gives you dirty looks or asks you personal questions, try not to cause a scene. Rather, smile and nod and feel great about the wonderful gift you’re giving your baby.

Sources: PhD in Parenting and Walking on Travels

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The Shocking Ways Breastfeeding Helps you Cope with Holiday Stress

The Shocking Ways Breastfeeding Helps you Cope with Holiday StressAs joyful and wondrous as it is, there’s no doubt that the holiday season also introduces new stress. Holiday gatherings, finding just the right gifts for each person, extra cooking and finding meaningful ways to celebrate are only a few of the stressors during this “magical” time of year. When you’re a new mom, the pressure may be even greater. But we’re here to illuminate the shocking ways breastfeeding helps you cope with holiday stress for a more peaceful, enjoyable season.

Your to-do list is growing but you’re trying to keep your eye on the biggest priority, the new bundle of joy in your life. Taking care of this precious little being is hard work and will take up most of your time. This is perhaps leaving you stressed and anxious about the holiday season ahead. Luckily one amazing way to relax and reduce stress is an activity you do with your baby many times a day: breastfeeding.

Oxytocin and Prolactin: Breastfeeding and Stress Relief Hormones

Breastfeeding is chock full of benefits for new moms. Among them is stress relief. Beyond the fact that human touch is a basic need every person craves – yes, both you and your baby – breast milk is produced from two incredible hormones that help you relax, oxytocin and prolactin.

During pregnancy the brain increases oxytocin receptors so when the hormone kicks in during labor and breastfeeding your body is highly responsive to it. Oxytocin helps create let-downs that push breast milk to the nipple during feedings. It also aids in making breastfeeding and motherhood feel more natural by reorganizing nerves. It’s the body’s way of connecting you to your baby, especially through each other’s odor.

Oxytocin is known to produce feelings of tranquility for both babies and mothers. It can be stimulated whenever you touch your baby but increases by frequent skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.

Prolactin is another hormone involved in breast milk production. It’s also a hormone that makes you drowsy, which is why you may feel sleepy during or after breastfeeding. Prolactin contributes to maternal instincts and care-giving behaviors. Interestingly, in non-parents prolactin may cause stress but in parents it helps you become more protective and nurturing.

Breastfeeding and Coping with Holiday Stress

Based on the phenomenal and unique ways oxytocin and prolactin support new moms, you can see that the more you breastfeed and cuddle your baby, the more feelings of calmness and well-being you can achieve. Plus, the ways your brain began reorganizing during pregnancy continue to develop so you’ll have keen maternal instincts to be a better and more confident mom.

Studies show breastfeeding moms experience less postpartum depression and anxiety, thanks to oxytocin and prolactin. While the holidays may add to your plate, your initial stress levels will be lower. With the added benefit that breastfeeding helps you cope with holiday stress, you may actually be better off than previous years.

Of course we can’t forget the joy that celebrating holidays with your new baby brings. Experiencing many firsts and sharing traditions may itself help elevate your mood and reduce stress.

It’s important for new moms to remember a few things during the holiday season. Perfection is unattainable so aim for happiness instead. Low key is a great way to celebrate your first holiday season with a new baby. Also, take care of yourself by eating a nutritious diet, sleeping as much as possible and getting a little exercise when you can.

A final thought: If your holiday festivities start getting stressful, take a breastfeeding time out. Excuse yourself from the chaos and slip into a more peaceful state in a quiet, comfortable breastfeeding spot where you and your baby can relax, replenish and rediscover the cheer of the holiday season.

Sources: Breastfeeding Problems and Baby Reference

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Breast Milk Donation: Holiday Giving

Breast Milk Donation: Holiday GivingCharitable giving peaks during the holiday season as many of us strive to do our part to help others. New moms have a unique opportunity to donate something life-saving to babies: their breast milk. Although it may seem like a strange way to give back during the holidays, breast milk donation is exactly what many babies across the nation need for survival and wellbeing, and exactly what you have to offer at this golden time in your life.

Breast milk donation is on the rise as the health benefits and lifelong value of this precious commodity become more and more well-known. Breast milk can save a baby’s life, nurse her to better health and offer her a better future. And when you look at it that way, we can’t think of a better opportunity for holiday giving than breast milk donation.

Three Ways to Support Breast Milk Donation

1)  Donate Breast Milk: Breast milk donation is a gift of a lifetime and if you are nursing you are uniquely qualified to give it. Breast milk banks operate all over the country and you can fairly simply donate your own breast milk to one or more. Before you start collecting milk, contact a few breast milk banks to find out the procedure for breast milk donation. Most require health questionnaires, a blood test and reassurances that you are pumping, handling and storing your breast milk in the most sanitary ways.

It’s most important, however, to ensure you are not putting your own baby at risk to donate breast milk. Donation is best served if you are over-producing breast milk that your baby does not need or if you have stopped giving your own baby breast milk altogether.

2) Donate Financially: Donate money to a breast milk bank to help cover operating costs. If you are deciding where to donate charitable funds this holiday season, consider a breast milk bank that supports the health of babies, many of whom are in critical need of the antibodies and nutrients breast milk has to offer. This is as worthy of a charity as any you may select. Consider holding a fundraiser within your breastfeeding support group, La Leche League or playgroup to donate to breast milk banks.

3) Spread the Word: Breast milk donation may be foreign to some moms but you can spread the word about its benefits to many other babies in your community and beyond. Within your circle of mom friends and in your social media breastfeeding support network, advocate for breast milk donation to moms who may have a plethora of milk to share. Much like the breastfeeding awareness cause, disseminating information about breast milk donation is essential to garner greater participation.

Breast milk is one of the most powerful gifts you can give this holiday season. Not everyone has the circumstances to donate in this way. Take advantage of this unique time in your life when you can help other babies survive and thrive with the gift of breast milk.

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Things to do on Christmas Eve
things to get done before having a baby
things to recycle
thrush
thrush in adults
thrush in babies
thrush symptoms
thrush treatment
thumb suckers
thumb sucking
time away from kids
tips for breastfeeding
tips for cleaning out toys
tips for colic relief
tips for diapering a baby
Tips for Family Photos
Tips for Flying with a Baby
tips for handling tantrums
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
toddler
toddler and newborn
toddler play dates
tongue-tie
tongue-tied
top things to do during pregnancy
tote bags for moms
toxins in cosmetics
toxins in makeup
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
trivia
turkey
Twins
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type 1 diabetes
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week
UltimateWBW
umbilical cord
umbilical cord care
unique baby boy names
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unique baby names
united states
Unusual Signs of Labor
unusual things that happen while breastfeeding
Unusual Things to Recycle
update your play space
used baby items
used car seats
used clothes
used cribs
uterus transplant
Vacations
Vaccines
vaccines during pregnancy
vaginal birth
Valentine's activities for kids
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Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day crafts
Valentine's Day crafts for kids
Valentine's Day dates for new moms
Valentine's Day gifts
Valentine's Day nursing bras
Valentine's Day while breastfeeding
Valentine's Day with kids
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
Valentino
varicose veins
varicose veins treatment
visiting the doctor
Vitamin K
Vitamin K and blood clotting
VKDB
volunteer
volunteering
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
WBW2015
weaning
weaning breastfeeding
weaning from breastfeeding
weather
WebMD
weird things about breastfeeding
well-balanced diet
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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yoga
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you baby's gut
your baby's gut