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Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WIC“I gave birth to my daughter in September of 2014. I was induced by my doctor administering pitocin as well as breaking my water. I had an epidural done, even though I was told by countless people that epidurals can have an adverse impact on the baby’s ability to latch.

At 1:21 PM my beautiful baby girl was here! We got immediate skin to skin and I was overwhelmed with happiness when I looked into her eyes for the first time, I still am every time to this day. Our first latch did not go smoothly, however. She seemed to have a very difficult time figuring out what to do at the breast, and she was so frustrated.

I had countless visits with lactation specialists from CLCs in the hospital to the IBCLC in the WIC clinic I was going to. Everything seemed so foreign, and I felt so lied to that it was supposed to come so naturally. Everything I heard in the classes I attended seemed like a fallacy. The hour long feedings throughout the night seemed like they were never going to end, even though everyone told me it would get easier.

Finally, by week four I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel, after weeks of practice, nipple shields, using the different holds, trying different equipment, my baby girl was finally starting to latch!! I was so happy and felt on top of the world.

Then, I started feeling flu like symptoms. I had a hard time even moving, and felt very little energy. I remember having an absolute panic attack about going to the hospital and needing to leave Ellie behind with her grandmother, because I was so concerned about nipple confusion because we had finally made it to this milestone. Finally, I understood that my health was the most important, and I packed up my breast-pump and headed to the hospital. It turned out I had a severe kidney infection that I ignored because of the catheter I had to receive because my epidural made me so numb I couldn’t urinate. I got my antibiotics, and went home the same night. Ellie’s latch was fine.

Two weeks later, I started experiencing intense heartburn that would seem to be onset from foods that were higher in fat content. I figured it was no big deal, I’d pop a few tums and move on. After about a week, I remember my husband and I had gone to a local pizza place and after our meal the pain was so bad I could hardly breathe in. Again, my husband told me I should go to the hospital, but I insisted I was fine. He was already upset with me because I ignored symptoms previously and it ended up with me being put into the hospital.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WICThe very next day, I was experiencing this pain after I would take in anything, and the breaking point was after I had a cup of coffee and could not even manage to take a breath in. I decided, again, that I would go to the hospital. They took lots of blood and urine, and came back to tell me I had severe pancreatitis and would need to have my gallbladder removed. The kicker was that it was so bad, I had to fast for FOUR WHOLE DAYS.

For anyone who knows, breastfeeding doesn’t only make you hungry, it makes you HANGRY. How in the world was I supposed to get through four days of not eating anything while breastfeeding and pumping, away from my baby. That was a whole other ordeal, the hospital would not let me have my baby in the same room as me. The same hospital with a milk bank on site, that I delivered her at, would not let me keep her with me.

The first night was somewhat of a nice break, I got a solid 5 hours sleep before I woke up to pump, and I got a good amount of milk. I saw this as a win. But the thought of having to do this for nearly a week broke my heart. My husband managed to get the week off from work, and with that contingency I was able to have my daughter at the hospital in case anything went awry.

By the fourth night, my blood sugar was dropping into the forties, that was with a sucrose IV. There were feedings I was sure I didn’t have the strength to even hold my daughter up, let alone produce enough milk. I was sure we wouldn’t make it through this obstacle, but refused to offer her formula. The nurse was insisting I stop breastfeeding and resume after the surgery, and was going to order it if my glucose levels did not rise. By some miracle they did, and we did make it through.

It was easily one of the hardest things I have ever done, I wanted to make sure my daughter had the best food available and was willing to make whatever sacrifice so that she could.

We got through the surgery, and I actually started working full time two weeks later and pumping on breaks. I was fortunate to become a stay at home mom a few months later, and now that my daughter is going on to be 3 years old I work as a WIC educator.

I share my passion for breastfeeding with other moms who are struggling with breastfeeding to help empower them and help them push through any obstacles they face, and I love when I have moms who are not sure about wanting to breastfeed and leave feeling empowered and sure they want to breastfeed.

My daughter and I are going on 3 years breastfeeding, and I plan to not stop until she decides she is ready.”

Sophie from WIC

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Did you know your body starts producing your earliest form of breast milk between 16 and 22 weeks of pregnancy? You may not realize it, but your body is hard at work preparing to breastfeed while your little bundle of joy is still in the womb. Pretty amazing, right? While your body brews up that awesome breast milk, you can prepare for breastfeeding too. Today we’re sharing some terrific ways of how to prepare for breastfeeding.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Learning

How to Prepare for BreastfeedingKnowledge is power, as they say. Studying up on breastfeeding by reading a breastfeeding book or taking a breastfeeding class will familiarize you with the various parts you’ll have to put into practice when your little one arrives. From understanding the logistics of latch, positioning and milk supply, to learning about the benefits of breastfeeding and where to get help, reading books and taking breastfeeding classes are smart ways of how to prepare for breastfeeding.

There are many fantastic breastfeeding books; you may even want to read more than one to get several perspectives on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding classes are often offered at hospitals, birthing facilities, community centers or through your OBGYN’s office.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Planning

Making breastfeeding a goal and priority will help you prepare and ultimately be more successful. Discuss a goal with your partner so the two of you can work together to achieve it. You can also discuss your breastfeeding goals with your employer, family members and friends who will all be critical in encouraging you along the way.

A birth plan is another fantastic way to prepare for breastfeeding. Many moms have an entire section of their birth plan devoted to breastfeeding since it is ideal to nurse as soon as possible after giving birth. Whether you believe you are delivering vaginally or already know you’ll be having a c-section, putting notes about your desire to breastfeed in your birth plan is helpful to you and your caregivers.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Resources

No matter how much you prepare, breastfeeding doesn’t always go as expected. In the event that you run into roadblocks, have go-to resources on hand including: breastfeeding websites that cover a range of topics and make recommendations you can try, a few lactation consultants in your area, and experienced mom friends who can give you some hands-on tips.

You can also talk to your OBGYN or pediatrician for breastfeeding resources. They may be able to help you navigate through your issues or at least point you in the right direction to get breastfeeding support.

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Katie from La Leche League of Sumter SC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Katie from La Leche League of Sumter SC“When expecting my first child, I read about the benefits of breastfeeding.  I knew that is what I would do!  But I didn’t have much time to think about it.  At just 24 weeks I went into labor. At 25 weeks my daughter was born.

The NICU encouraged me to pump and provide milk for her.  Breast milk is life saving for medically fragile babies.  Considering her situation, my daughter did extremely well.  I credit much of her health to breastfeeding.  However nothing about the pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding went as planned.  I stopped earlier than intended due to struggles with pumping and supply.

I had two more chances to meet my breastfeeding goals and reached them both times.  My experience with my daughter pushed me to learn more.  With more knowledge and support, I was able to overcome the challenges that came our way.  My 2nd and 3rd were both breastfeed at least 2 years!”

Katie from La Leche League of Sumter SC

Thank YOU for Making World Breastfeeding Week 2017 a Success!

We received such a thoughtful outpouring of gratitude from our breastfeeding support organization partners during our World Breastfeeding Week 2017 event. We just HAD to share the impact that breastfeeding support – from kind and knowledgeable lactation consultants, warm and friendly fellow breastfeeding moms, or a comfortable and easy-to-use nursing bra – can have on new moms. Thank YOU to everyone who participated in our program. We salute each of your for the support and dedication you have for breastfeeding!

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: KANA WIC in Kodiak, AKOn behalf of the KANA WIC Program in Kodiak, Alaska, I would like to thank you for your generous donation.  It brought tears to my eyes to see the number of nursing bras and covers were sent to our WIC agency for our pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mothers. Your donations help make our World Breastfeeding Week Party a huge success.  The KANA WIC Program serves families in need both in the town of Kodiak and the 6 villages on the island of Kodiak.  Because of your donation, every pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mother on Kodiak Island is able to have a new nursing bra. Thanks again.

Stephanie Jenkins, MS, RD, IBCLC

WIC Coordinator, KANA WIC in Kodiak, AK

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Dear Leading Lady,

Thank you for your generous support of breastfeeding in our community, Leading Lady!!  We’ve very excited for our Live, Love, Latch! 2017 event and can’t wait to see our breastfeeding supporters responses to your wonderful nursing bras and nursing tanks.  Thank you!!!

WarmLLLy,

Arlene Adamick, Leader of LLL of Greensboro

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Thanks to Loving Moments by Leading Lady for this gift to benefit the breastfeeding moms we serve who find a nursing bra an unattainable luxury. This generous donation is going to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for the amazing moms we have the privilege of providing lactation support for at Access Community Health Centers!

Access Community Health Centers – Facebook

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Dear Leading Lady:

I wanted to write and say thank you to your company for providing these bras for our mothers. They have made our World Breastfeeding Week/Month even sweeter. In the 18 years I have worked with Aurora WIC as a Breastfeeding Coordinator I have seen many needs for bra’s and wished we could have helped in some way but did not have the budget to do so. What a joy for me and staff to be able to offer these to moms. What makes it even more special is that I will be leaving my position here just this week to work in another hospital continuing to help mom’s breastfeed and it was a wonderful thing to be able have these for moms in my last days here. So thank you!

Tonya

Tonya Temple, Nutritionist, IBCLC

Aurora WIC Program

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Thank YOU for your wonderful donation!  We are so appreciative of your generosity.

Lindsey Dermid Gray, MPH, CLC
Statewide Breastfeeding Coordinator

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

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Thank you so much for the box of breastfeeding items. I was so impressed that y’all were able to send such very nice items.  I will keep you up to date on our success.  Your generosity was so appreciated.

Thanks,World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Resource Center for Parents and Children

Shalane Pitts, RDN, LDN, CLC

Central Regional Office of Public Health in Alexandra, LA

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Leading Lady thank you for all the beautiful nursing apparel!!! Our 60 moms are so grateful!

Resource Center for Parents and Children – Facebook

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Thank you so much for your continued support of our breastfeeding program.  The breastfeeding moms love receiving your donated bras!!!

Manon TaylorWorld Breastfeeding Week 2017: Osage Nation WIC

Director, Osage Nation WIC

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Thanks again so much for the generous bra donation! Our breastfeeding moms are truly surprised by and enjoying their giveaways.

Stacie Olivarri, RD, LD

WIC Nutrition Coordinator, LA36

San Marcos WIC

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Lyon County, KS WICThank you for your generous donation; we had 93 attend our event! This was the biggest it has ever been… nearly double our average in years past.

Best Regards,

Bevin Neeley, IBCLC

WIC BFPC, Lyon County, KS WIC

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Dear Leading Lady,

Thank you for your generous donation.  We are so happy to provide your nursing bra to our WIC moms.

Sincerely,

Kelly Rambo, Nutrition Associate, CLC

Columbiana County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Crescent City WIC ServicesGood morning,

On behalf of Crescent City WIC Services we want to thank you for your donation. We along with our mothers are appreciative and excited for World Breastfeeding Week.

Thanks again,
Courtney Schultheis

Crescent City WIC Services WIC Coordinator

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Again I say thanks –moms in my community thank you for your gifts

Mary Becker

Mom & Baby Support Group in Sebastian, FL

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Wood County WICThank you so much for your donation we are enjoying being able to share your products with our breastfeeding Moms in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and WIC’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Jackie Mears
WIC Director Wood County

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I just received the donation! On behalf of my community, thank you some much, for your amazing contribution.

Fametta Darling

My Darling Doula

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Heritage Valley Health SystemsThank you so much for the generous donation you do each year for breastfeeding moms all over!!

Liz Brown IBCLC, CLC

Heritage Valley Health Systems

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Healthy Start of North Central Florida would like to thank Leading Lady and Loving Moments by Leading Lady for presenting our program with a variety of nursing bras and other nursing wardrobe items. We appreciate your generosity, and breastfeeding mothers in our counties’ communities are thriving because of contributions such as yours. Thank you for helping make last week’s World Breastfeeding Week a success!

Healthy Start of North Central Florida – Facebook  World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Blount County WIC

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Thank you. We really appreciated the nursing bras and tanks. Some of our moms REALLY needed them!

Stacey Myers

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Blount County Health Department

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Glenn County WICOnce again we thank you for such a wonderful donation of bras. The women who receive these are so thankful.  Many do not have the resources to purchase a breastfeeding bra.

Lorna Humphreys, IBCLC

Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency

WIC Peer Counselor Coordinator

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Leading Lady,

Thank you for the donation of nursing bras for our WIC office! We gave them out at the Big Latch On this year and our clients Love them.

Thanks!

Stephanie at Trumbull County WIC

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Thank you we are amazed and thrilled at your donation!!!

Adele Ashtabula

Le Leche League of Ohio

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Bell County WICThank you for continuing to support our breastfeeding mothers through the Leading Lady and Loving Moments donations. For the past two years we have offered a breastfeeding fair for our pregnant and breastfeeding participants and used the nursing bras as door prizes and education material, teaching moms the importance of a properly fit bra.

Again, thank you for your support. I hope you continue to offer this generous donation in the future.

Annamarie Garcia, RDN, LD

Breastfeeding Coordinator

Bell County Public Health District

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Vernon Parish Health Unit WICThank you so much for your donation of breast feeding bras, tanks, capris, wraps, belly band etc. Our WIC mothers were very surprised and appreciative for their gifts. Our Breast Feeding event was a success and was very rewarding to see our participants faces of appreciation.

Melissa Holt RN

Vernon Parish Health Unit

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Healthy Start of North Central Florida would like to thank Leading Lady and Loving Moments by Leading Lady for presenting our program with a variety of nursing bras and other nursing wardrobe items. We appreciate your generosity, and breastfeeding mothers in our counties’ communities are thriving because of contributions such as yours. Thank you for helping make last week’s World Breastfeeding Week a success!

Healthy Start of North Central Florida – Facebook

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Thank you so much for your generous donation.  We have been able to provide nursing and pregnancy items to our participants who genuinely cannot afford them.  We are so grateful for your help!

Hamblen County Health Department WIC

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Thank you so much for the free bras to help promote World Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  Our clients enjoyed receiving them tremendously.

CMississippi Department of Healthynthia Coleman

District Breastfeeding Coordinator

Mississippi Department of Health

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We did give out the nursing/sports bras at our annual breastfeeding celebration.  We gave out to nursing moms the whole month of August.  We also recognized Leading Lady every time a bra was given and we gave out the cards you sent to us.   We also brought a basket with some bras to our hospital (St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center) and the lactation consultants gave to nursing moms.  We also brought ‘Go for the Gold’ balloons.

Moms were very excited to receive the bras, they had fun picking the one that was just right for them.  Many moms commented on the good quality of the bras and how they would not be able to afford the bra.

We promoted on socilamedia and Facebook.  We also went to every OB office in Covingonton and distributed flyers for our breastfeeding celebration.

It was a great experience for our staff also to take part in something so rewarding and to share in the WIC partipants excitement.

Thank you for your donation, it touched all of us.

Sandy Matthews, Department Head

St. Tammany Parish Hospital – Community Wellness Center

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Burlington County WICDear Leading Lady & Loving Moments,

It is with our greatest pleasure that we want to thank you on behalf of the clients we were able to surprise with a new wonderful nursing bra, or a nursing top, or a scarf. The “First 28 days” postcards and the coupons were a nice addition, too. Your company saved our breastfeeding celebration, as our office did not have a budget to expend for the occasion.

We were able to provide a nursing item to all our exclusive and almost exclusive breastfeeding clients though the month of August 2017. Our clients were grateful for their gifts, and for the continue support they received from our program.

We gathered six pictures of mothers holding their gifts. We hope this will make you proud of the amazing work you do for all the families you help.

Have a blessed and joyful day!

Milli Schaeffer, IBCLC, Bilingual PC

WIC of Burlington County Program

Leading Lady and Loving Moments Partner with ROSE to Support Health Equity through Breastfeeding

Leading Lady Partners with ROSE to Support Breastfeeding

We love celebrating National Breastfeeding Month for many reasons:

  • We get to join the nationwide community to champion moms as they give their babies the best start in life.
  • We get to highlight the phenomenal benefits of breastfeeding that support the health of babies (for their entire lifetime) and mothers.
  • We get to support new moms with our annual nursing bra donation program to make breastfeeding a little easier and more comfortable.
  • And we get to partner with organizations who work 365 days a year to improve the state of breastfeeding among all demographics.

All of these aspects of National Breastfeeding Month are a tremendous celebration and opportunity – and we love it!

We’re proud to partner with Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) on their mission: “to address breastfeeding disparities to improve health equity among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.

ROSE seeks to enhance, encourage, support, promote, and protect breastfeeding throughout the USA, by working to reduce the breastfeeding disparities among African American women, and to strengthen the health of their babies and families through, mentoring, training, breastfeeding support groups, social support, outreach, education, legislation, health policies, and social marketing.”

Their member network approach empowers community transformers to advocate for breastfeeding among grassroots breastfeeding groups, faith-based breastfeeding outreach and cultural breastfeeding coalitions. To support their goals this year, Leading Lady and Loving Moments are donating $13,000 in nursing bras to ROSE.

Each year ROSE hosts a Breastfeeding Summit to discuss, inform and initiate change regarding a variety of vital breastfeeding themes. Leading Lady and Loving Moments is a proud sponsor of this year’s Summit in New Orleans, LA and we are pleased that some of our nursing bras will be shared with participants to take home to their communities and to local moms in NOLA.

In addition, ROSE is hitting the road with their blueprint project to take a deep dive into the state of breastfeeding in African American communities across the nation. As they meet with mothers nationwide to assess the barriers to success and work towards improved breastfeeding rates, ROSE will distribute nursing bras to moms who need a little extra support to meet their goals.

We are thrilled to be part of ROSE’s mission and help moms who need it most. Every mom deserves the best health for her baby and we know that begins with breastfeeding. With the right support, every mom can achieve success.

Calling all new moms and breastfeeding supporters: ROSE is hosting a twitter party on Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. EST. Join in their fun and informational event to celebrate breastfeeding and interact with others in the breastfeeding community using #StayWokeandBF!

Connect with ROSE on social media:

Facebook: @BreastfeedingRose

Twitter: @support_rose

Instagram: @breastfeedingrose

#StayWokeandBF

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sakala from Lyon County, KS WIC

“‘If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying.’ I have told myself this a hundred no, a MILLION times while going through my breastfeeding journey.

I never thought at the age of 19 I’d be pregnant and then give birth at the age of 20. I knew as soon as I was pregnant I was going to breastfeed but I never knew the truth to it.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sakala from Lyon County, KS WICI gave birth to my one and only son Ellis, on September 15th 2015 via emergency C-section which caused my milk to come in slow. As soon as I got a hold of my son he latched on and each time he was wanting to nurse I nursed on demand.

Ellis was losing weight in the hospital and it was because my milk hadn’t come in yet so we had to do some substitutions. When I got home I was advised to nurse on demand and then give my son 3-4 oz of formula because he wasn’t getting enough to eat from me. This broke my heart. I also never knew your nipples could hurt so bad. I cried for the first few months because it hurt so much.

I knew that I could be successful but I had to find the resources. I located 2 wonderful breastfeeding clinics in Emporia KS that met weekly with a lactation consultant. Once I went to the clinic at Flinthills Community Health Center I really started progressing. My son was getting weighed and he was gaining weight great so I stopped supplementing with formula. I had to stop going to the clinics once I started going back to work but it helped me with our journey.

My son will be 2 in September and he is still breastfeeding!!!! I am so beyond grateful for the support and help we have gotten. The picture is first latch and then a few days ago.”

Sakala from Lyon County, KS WIC’s “Treasure Chest”

8 Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

8 Tips for Breastfeeding in PublicNowadays breastfeeding in public isn’t such a big deal. And when someone makes a big deal out of it, the tables often turn and the big deal because the naysayer, not the mother who has every legal and humane right to feed her child. Still, sometimes new moms are understandably nervous about breastfeeding in public, at least at the beginning.

Today we’re sharing 8 tips for breastfeeding in public to help you feel more comfortable with feeding your baby anywhere, anytime:

1 – Wear Nursing Attire

A nursing top or nursing cami is ideal for breastfeeding in public. They offer the convenience of nursing claps or a slide-over design for simple and discreet breastfeeding. Our stylish Leading Lady nursing tank tops can be worn alone or layer beautifully under blouses, sweaters and dresses. When a nursing top isn’t an option, be prepared with an easy-to-use nursing bra that unclasps or slides over with one hand. With a button-down blouse or shirt with a wide neck, your baby can latch with no muss, no fuss!

2 – Use a Nursing Cover

Covering your baby while breastfeeding isn’t necessary but if it makes you feel more comfortable or helps your baby be less distracted, go for it. Our Leading Lady nursing cover is perfect for breastfeeding in public because it is light and breezy to keep you and your baby cool. Plus it doubles as a fashion scarf in trendy prints and colors that are fun and convenient to wear.

3 – Wear Your Baby

Wearing your baby in a carrier can make breastfeeding in public a cinch. You’ll be close already so unhooking your nursing tank top or bra for breast access is super simple and rather discreet too.

4 – Turn Around to Latch and Un-latch

If you’re worried about flashing complete strangers, you’re really only talking about the moments before and during latching. Once your baby has latched you are covered until she’s ready to come off the breast. For privacy during latching and unlatching, turn around until you are situated. It is absolutely fine to be modest. If that’s who you are, find a way to make breastfeeding in public work for you.

5 – Watch for Hunger Cues

No matter where you are, it’s best to feed your baby before she’s starving. Watch for the first sign of hunger cues, such as rooting or sucking on fingers and start feeding at that time. When you wait until your baby is fussy or crying, feeding in public may feel like a disaster.

6 – Find a Comfy Spot

If you’re already leery about breastfeeding in public, being in an uncomfortable place while you’re nursing isn’t going to help matters. Carve out a comfy spot to peacefully breastfeed, even amongst the chaos of the world around you. This may be a park bench, department store couch, bean bag chair at the library or a booth at a restaurant. Wherever you are, sit back and relax so you and your baby can enjoy being close while breastfeeding.

7 – Practice

Practice breastfeeding in front of a mirror or with your husband or close friends watching so you’ll know what you look like to others and how much of your body is exposed, if any. Having a picture of yourself doing it may make you more comfortable when the time comes. Also, try nursing during at a playgroup where you are surrounded by other breastfeeding moms who will understand and calm your fears.

8 – Prepare for On-Lookers and Comments

Some people may stare or even object to you breastfeeding in public. It’s best to ignore them and enjoy time off your feet snuggling with your baby. If someone comments you can politely, calmly and briefly explain that your baby was hungry and this is how she eats. Usually that quiets negative comments. Also know that you have the law on your side because most states protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public.

Sources: KellyMom, Mom365 and Today’s Parent

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support Breastfeeding

A lot of love and determination goes into breastfeeding and sometimes small conveniences can make a big difference. A nursing bra that ensures you are supported, comfortable and ready to breastfeed at any time might be just what you need as a new mom to persevere and meet your breastfeeding goals.

Here are the five types of nursing bras that can help you throughout your breastfeeding journey:

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support Breastfeeding

Stretchy Cotton Nursing Bra

A stretchy cotton nursing bra is just what you need during pregnancy and your early days of breastfeeding when your breasts are most sensitive and your size continues to fluctuate. This is the time for soft, breathable cotton against your tender nipples and stretchy fabrics that will expand with your breasts as they prepare for breastfeeding at the end of pregnancy and then continue to grow as your milk comes in. A stretchy cotton nursing bra will be a dream come true for the first few months with your baby.

 

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support BreastfeedingT-shirt Nursing Bra

As your milk production stabilizes and you start wearing your regular clothes again, having a smooth, fitted nursing bra will make you look and feel great while still offering the convenience of breast access breastfeeding. T-shirt nursing bras have simple one-handed clasps and cups that drop down so you can breastfeed anywhere at any time. Don’t be afraid to select underwire nursing bras for extra support if they fit properly and are most comfortable for you. An underwire or wirefree t-shirt nursing bra can give you that smooth, feminine silhouette that makes you feel amazing.

 

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support BreastfeedingSleep & Leisure Nursing Bra

For at least the first few months with your newborn you’ll be breastfeeding day and night. Sleeping in a nursing bra will make the middle-of-the night feedings so much easier and help everyone get back to sleep quicker. Plus, sleep and leisure nursing bras crossover or clasp in front so you won’t lie on uncomfortable hooks while you’re sleeping. Sleep and leisure nursing bras are also comfortable for lazy days of snuggling at home and building a bond with your baby.

 

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support BreastfeedingNursing Sports Bra

You may be eager to get back to your exercise routine after having a baby, or perhaps you just need some extra support when taking your baby for a walk. A nursing sports bra helps you stay supported and comfortable during light to moderate exercise and not miss a beat when it’s feeding time. Stretchy breathable fabrics will help keep you cool as well.

 

Special Occasion Nursing Bra

5 Types of Nursing Bras that Support Breastfeeding

Every new mama needs a few special occasion nursing bras too! These are the ones that make you feel sexy, feminine and gorgeous but still have easy access for breastfeeding. Sensual lace, cute patterns and fun accent details can all enhance your nursing bras for those days or nights when you need a little boost. When selecting special occasion nursing bras don’t sacrifice comfort and support for looks. The best nursing bras will have all of these important features.

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.

 

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Brandy from La Leche League of Sumter, SC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Brandy from La Leche League of Sumter, SC“I gave birth to my 5th child at 33 weeks. He stayed in the NICU for 10 days so I pumped every 2-3 hours, determined to make breastfeeding work this time. My LO couldn’t latch properly, none of my other children did either. I was exhausted from all the pumping so I quit breastfeeding. I was tired. I felt like I was letting my other children down.

My LO started getting formula and my milk dried up within a week of quitting. My LO did not adjust well to formula. He was constipated, super gassy, and just miserable. That’s when I started researching other options such as relactation.

The first week of pumping again and I barely got a full ounce…THE WHOLE WEEK. I was devastated. I knew it was going to be hard. I just underestimated how hard it would actually be. It took 5 weeks for me to build my supply back up. My LO is now 3 months old latches like a champ. He has almost tripled his birth weight and we are loving every moment of our breastfeeding journey.”

Brandy from La Leche League of Sumter, SC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tonya from Moms2B

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tonya from Moms2B“In spring of 2015 I discovered I was pregnant. Unsure on what to expect, I began attending Moms2B around 14 weeks gestation. I was a high-risk pregnancy, at risk for premature birth. Throughout my pregnancy, I attended Moms2B’s weekly education sessions for pregnant women. Moms2B provides education on various healthcare topics such as nutrition, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and parenting.

After giving birth to my healthy, perfect baby girl, Layla Joy, in December of 2015, I experienced an abdominal wound dehiscence associated with my cesarean delivery. This is when our breastfeeding challenges began. Layla latched perfectly from birth. However, during treatment of my wound I was unable to nurse for 48 hrs. Layla was only a week old at the time and I did not have enough expressed milk. I supplemented with formula during the nursing hold. When cleared to nurse, I struggled and Layla would not properly latch.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tonya from Moms2BThe beauty of attending Moms2B is the staff consists of doctors, nurses, dietitians, lactation counselors, and fellow Moms! All of whom played a major role in assisting me through these breastfeeding challenges. Moms2B’s certified lactation counselors (Carmen & Jena) took the time to observe Layla’s latch. They provided supportive recommendations, such as always offering breast first before bottle and improving nipple stimulation to increasing milk production. While both techniques proved beneficial, I often felt intimidated and discouraged when I saw other Moms successfully feeding at breast AND pumping freezers full of milk! Carmen calmed my fears and helped me establish a plan of action to meet my ultimate goal –exclusively breastfeeding my daughter.  With guidance and encouragement from Carmen and the entire Moms2B team, I continued to work on improving Layla’s latch and increasing my milk supply. After about a month I was able to completely wean her from formula and meet my goal of exclusively breastfeeding her–YAY!!!

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tonya from Moms2BLayla is now 19 months and we are still nursing….more “comfort nursing” these days (life of a toddler Mom—gotta love it!). Looking back at my breastfeeding challenges and fears, it feels “oh so good” to say “we did it,” and we are still going strong!

The encouragement and love I received from Moms2B during my pregnancy and throughout the postpartum period created a passion in me to help other Moms. Because of my early struggle with breastfeeding, I found a desire to coach and support other moms through this process, especially young African American women who lack strong support system. Currently, I am working on becoming Certified Lactation Counselor through The Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. In the meantime, I plan to continue to assist educating Moms on the importance of breastfeeding, providing support to the struggling Mom, and share my success story along the way!”

Tonya from Moms2B (Ohio State University Medical Center)

 

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The Importance of Vitamin K for Newborns
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the Milky Way: every mother has a story
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The Pregnancy Companion App
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Things to do on Christmas Eve
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Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month
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Why Do Newborns have Crossed Eyes?
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