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Can You Get a Mammogram While Breastfeeding?

Can You Get a Mammogram While Breastfeeding?

Yes, you can absolutely get a mammogram while breastfeeding. In fact, if you are due for a mammogram or one is recommended, you should definitely get one.

Many mothers are concerned that the radiation from this breast health screening will deem their breast milk unsafe, affect their milk supply or be extremely uncomfortable. The truth is that this type of diagnostic test is not dangerous for you or your baby. Mammograms only produce a brief burst of x-rays that pass through your breasts but are not harmful. The same is true for other X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and PET, CT, CAT and many other scans.

A mammogram while breastfeeding may be harder to read, however. That’s because lactating breasts have denser breast tissue which can make deciphering the x-ray a bit more difficult. You should let your doctor, the mammogram technician and the radiologist know you are breastfeeding so yours is reviewed by a radiologist trained in reading mammograms for breastfeeding women.

You will likely get the best results and experience less pain from the mammogram if you breastfeed or pump immediately before the test. This will help ensure your breast tissue has less milk and your breasts will feel softer, which will be more comfortable as the plates compress your breasts during the x-ray.

Developing breast cancer during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is rare, however you should be aware of the warning signs. They include:

  • Lumps that do not resolve themselves within a few weeks, especially after treatments. Your breasts go through many changes during breastfeeding and one of them is that they may seem a bit bumpier thanks to the various channels that are helping you produce milk. Finding a lump does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Most lumps are actually not cancer at all, especially during breastfeeding. Rather, it may be a clogged duct, cyst or benign tumor.
  • Most of the time redness is not a symptom of breast cancer but it is of a specific and very serious type called inflammatory breast cancer. More often than not, redness during breastfeeding is a result of a clogged duct or breast infection called mastitis.
  • Blood in your milk is concerning for any mom. Usually this is caused by poor latch that leads to nipple trauma. Very seldom it could be a sign of breast cancer in the milk ducts. After visiting a lactation consultant to check your latch, you should seek imaging if the blood continues.
  • You know your body best and if you feel there is something abnormal about your breasts, despite all the changes occurring due to breastfeeding, seek advice from your physician.

Sources: Best for Babes, The Bump and La Leche League

What Clothes Does Your Baby Really Need?

What Clothes Does Your Baby Really Need?It is ever-so-tempting to buy gobs of new clothes for your unborn baby. They’re just so cute with their tiny arm holes and matching hats and what not. But before you buy up the baby clothes department, ask yourself what clothes does your baby really need?

The answer is: not much! Newborns may only stay in the smallest size clothing for a few weeks. From there your baby will probably size out of clothes every two to four months so stocking drawers full of clothes in each size range is just not practical. If you do the laundry once or twice a week, you don’t need a new outfit for every day of the year.

When you’re standing in the baby clothes section of any store and wondering what clothes does your baby really need, consider this basic checklist and a few tips from veteran moms:

Type of Clothing Quantity Our Advice
Infant Gowns 2 to 4 Gowns are often easier for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. They will also fit longer than traditional pajamas with legs.
Bodysuits 6 to 8 Bodysuits are versatile for daytime or nighttime wear, plus they are great for layering.
T-shirts 4 to 6 T-shirts with wide necks or side wrap closures are easiest to use. Select neutral colors that will match the rest of your baby’s wardrobe.
Pajamas 4 to 6 One piece pajamas are cozy and can be worn out-and-about as well.
Long Pants 2 to 4 Pants are generally better for younger babies than shorts. Some moms think the ones with built-in socks are great since socks tend to fall off often, but others find babies outgrow the footed pants more quickly.
Sleep Sacks 1 to 2 Sleep sacks work wonders for some babies and are especially nice in the winter. Remember, no blankets in the crib!
Hats 3 to 4 There’s a reason the hospital gives you baby caps. Your baby cannot regulate her body temperature so keeping her head covered helps her stay warm.
Socks or Booties 4 to 6 There’s no need for shoes quite yet but you can protect your baby’s feet with cozy socks or booties.
Dressy Outfit 0 to 1 You may not need anything dressy for your baby at all. If you find your infant has a dressy occasion or two, one outfit should suffice.
Jacket 0 to 1 Depending on the season or climate where you live, you may want to have one lightweight jacket for your baby.


A few additional tips when considering what clothes does your baby really need:

  • Much like your nursing bras that touch your sensitive breasts and may caress your baby too, soft, breathable fabrics are ideal for your baby’s clothes. Scratchy materials, itchy tags or restrictive limb holes are a recipe for a fussy baby.
  • It’s a good idea to pre-wash your baby’s clothes before she wears them. Towards the end of your pregnancy wash only a few items to have on hand right away. Since you don’t know the size of your baby and which items will work best for you, don’t wash everything right away.
  • There is no need for special baby detergent to wash your baby’s clothes unless you discover she has extremely sensitive skin. Usually a dye-free detergent is fine and will allow you to wash your baby’s clothes with the rest of the families.
  • Be prepared to do laundry more often with a baby. You may be changing her clothes two, three, four or more times per day depending on spit-ups, drool and diaper blow-outs.
  • Save your baby clothes receipts so you can return any items you find you don’t need or that your baby outgrows before she has a chance to wear them.
  • Beware of hardware that could be dangerous to your baby. Loose buttons or strings fall into that category, and metal zippers and fasteners may cause allergic reactions on some babies.

Sources: The Bump and Fit Pregnancy



Breastfeeding Success Story: Catherine from Grayson County La Leche League

Breastfeeding Success Story: Catherine from Grayson County La Leche League“Along with excitement and thankfulness, with the birth of my son (our second child) also came terrible Postpartum Depression.  There were so many days when I did not think I could continue breastfeeding.  It was too hard and it did not come naturally to me.  Even though I had breastfed my daughter for a few months, it still seemed foreign to me.  We were also in the process of remodeling our home and living in a camper (and we still do!)  Some days, the challenges just felt too great.

At the time, I felt alone.  I know now that many women struggle with postpartum depression and I have been able to share my story with other women who are going through that.

Breastfeeding my son has been the most incredible journey.  It has created a bond between us – a symbiosis.  It is the most natural thing to me now and I often reflect on how grateful I am to the people who supported me along the way and encouraged me to keep trying in the beginning.  My friends (especially Melissa who organized the Live, Love, Latch), my family, and my wonderful husband.

I also reached out to other support groups on social media for support.  I remember being so hard on myself because I thought “I should be able to do this easily.”  It wasn’t until I started listening to other’s stories that I realized it was not as ‘easy’ I thought it was ‘supposed’ to be. People who breastfeed successfully need and require support.

Now, I can share with others and encourage them through the hard times.  Breastfeeding is a normal thing in our household.  My daughter often nurses her stuffed animals when we are going to sleep at night.  She is not shy to talk about me nursing her brother to others.  It is quite sweet.  My son is 14 months old and still nurses.  He loves it and I love it.”

Catherine from Grayson County, Virginia La Leche League

Own Your Parenting

Own Your ParentingBeing a parent is the most rewarding and challenging job, all at the same time. Almost every decision you make, or don’t make, when it comes to the care of your child is considered parenting. There’s a lot of talk about different parenting styles but the bottom line is parenting is full of personal choices. When you own your parenting, you’ll be better able to stick with your strategies and be the best parent to your children.

Own Your Parenting: Parenting Styles

First off, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to identify your parenting style or give it a cutesy (sometimes offensive) name. You parent like you and your friend parents like her. It’s just that simple. Yes, some mothers hover, some are more laid back. Some care more about discipline and less about nutrition. Some are hyper-focused on extra-curricular activities and not as concerned about academics.

Because the way in which you parent is a personal choice, there are a lot of blurred lines as well. If you’re strict about bedtime it doesn’t mean you can never allow your children to have a late night. If you get caught up in your own parenting style title, you can lose sight of a pillar of parenting – being flexible to the needs of your family.

Own Your Parenting: Personal Choices in Parenting

It’s hard not to consider your own childhood experiences and how you were parented when you are making personal choices in parenting. Many parents pick and choose from the way they were raised and apply the best of their parents’ choices to their own parenting. Just be sure you’re making parenting decisions for the right reasons, not only because you were raised that way or you’re revolting against the way you were brought up.

Own Your Parenting: Parenting to Your Children

When you head into parenthood you’ll probably have some great ideas of how you want to be a parent. These are wonderful guidelines, however you have to get to know your own children before making any final decisions about parenting them. Different children require different parenting styles and techniques, even in the same family. It can get tricky to tailor your parenting to your children, but it’s essential for their growth and the happiness of your family.

Own Your Parenting: Be Confident in Your Parenting

Not everyone is going to agree with your parenting and you’re going to have to accept that by being confident in your choices. Where your child goes to school, what he eats, your discipline techniques, his daily schedule and every other aspect of parenting are subject to scrutiny from just about anyone including grandparents, friends and strangers.

Stay true to yourself and don’t always feel the need to explain why you make the choices that you do. Sometimes mother knows best. No one is in your shoes and is managing exactly what you are so stick to your guns and do what you think is best for your children and your family.

Own Your Parenting: Constantly Improve

Even the most confident parents aren’t immune to changing course if they see fit. There is no one right or wrong way to be a parent and therefore sometimes you adjust your own strategies in the name of improvement. You may observe another parent’s way of encouraging her children to share and adopt the tactic yourself. Or you may find that your once-loved nighttime routine is no longer working and you need to find a new system. All of that is a normal part of evolving as a parent.

Parenting is a journey, not a destination. Own your parenting and enjoy the adventure!

Sources: Washington Post, Hand-in-Hand Parenting and The Pragmatic Parent


Leading Lady’s Dreamy Comfort Maternity to Nursing Bra – What Dreams are Made Of

Leading Lady’s Dreamy Comfort Maternity to Nursing Bra – What Dreams are Made OfWhen it comes to a nursing bra, what are your dreams made of? Does it sound something like this:

Smooth cups…uh-huh!

Support from top to bottom…yeah!

Easy access to breastfeed…of course!

A sleek look…yup!

Enveloped in comfort…definitely!

If this is your dream nursing bra, let us introduce you to Leading Lady’s new Dreamy Comfort Maternity to Nursing Bra. This comfort tshirt nursing bra is available in wirefree and underwire to support your body in the best way possible.

New moms often complain of “extra padding” after having a baby. But what if your nursing bra helped smooth out the lumps and bumps you are desperately trying to hide? That’s one of the best parts of our Dreamy Comfort Maternity to Nursing Bra.

The contoured microfiber cups shape your breasts for a feminine silhouette and hug your body to smooth from front to back. There are even side support wings that comfortably cradle and lift your breasts. When your bra supports your shape, you’ll love the way you look in your clothes. You may even call it a dream come true!

Of course, what good is a nursing bra if it doesn’t help you breastfeed. Truth be told, breastfeeding couldn’t get much simpler than our easy-to-use nursing claps and drop down cups. The fabric is so silky soft it practically melts for easy access to your breasts. You’ll never get caught again fumbling with your bra when your baby is hungry.

Keep dreaming big, ladies. But when it comes to your dreamiest nursing bra ever, we’ve already got you covered.

Leading Lady Partners with Humanitarian Groups to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Our message during World Breastfeeding Week bears repeating now more than ever: “It takes a village.” For the communities affected by recent hurricanes and the people who suffered loss, the village joins together to support those in need. As an extension of our World Breastfeeding Week nursing bra donation program, Leading Lady partners with humanitarian groups to donate 500 full figure bras and nursing bras to women displaced by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.  With Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association and The Blackish Mom at the helm, bras and maternity clothes are being distributed on-the-ground to women at the greatest disadvantages.

We want to thank our customers for making this Hurricane Relief Donation possible. Without your loyalty we would not have the resources to help women in their time of need. We believe bras do more than support your breasts. They lift your spirit, motivate your body, comfort your soul. That’s what women struggling to restore their lives need right now and we’re so proud we can offer support in every sense of the word.

Below find more information about our Hurricane Relief Donation and thanks again for being a valued customer!


Leading Lady Partners with Humanitarian Groups to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts with a Donation of Bras and Clothing to Women in Isolated Shelters


Leading Lady partners with Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association and owner of to distribute bras and maternity clothes to Hurricane Harvey victims on-the-ground in the Houston area.

Cleveland, OH —September 26, 2017 – As hurricane relief efforts continue throughout the U.S., Leading Lady partners with humanitarian groups to donate 500 bras and maternity garments to women in isolated shelters. Distribution is being handled on-the-ground through a team led by Houston-based blogger Victoria Graham of in affiliation with Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. Leading Lady’s philanthropic donation includes items from its full figure bra, maternity clothes and nursing bra collections.

“Our hearts go out to all recent victims of hurricanes that have devastated parts of our country,” said Mark Corrado, third generation owner of Leading Lady. “Our Hurricane Relief Donation is aimed at helping women displaced by Hurricane Harvey; we hope that this donation will bring comfort to them.”

Hundreds of thousands of people permanently or temporarily lost their homes and belongings in recent hurricanes. Without basic clothing needs such as bras, women struggle to piece their lives back together. Graham and a team of other well-respected Houstonians are helping women at the greatest disadvantages in isolated shelters heal through donations and support.

“When I saw the first images of families in shelters, I immediately thought of breastfeeding moms,” said Graham. “I could not imagine the stress they were experiencing but I knew I wanted to help. With the generous response I received in less than a week of putting a plan together we have been able to help moms across the city of Houston as far as Kountze and Wharton, TX.”

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, an organization dedicated to improving infant health and mortality rates, is aiding in relief efforts through a 24-hour breastfeeding support hotline for victims or Hurricane Harvey. Nursing mothers facing devastating circumstances can speak directly to volunteer lactation consultants for support so they can continue to nurture their babies through breastfeeding, even in the worst of times.

“We are humbled to be a part of a collaborative effort to provide support to the families affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. “With great thanks to our volunteer IBCLCs and CLCs, we are able to help families in need continue to breastfeed during disasters.”

Leading Lady’s Hurricane Relief Donation is an extension of an annual philanthropic donation program of more than $350,000 in nursing products to support moms, babies, families and communities in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week. The company’s core value is to help women realize their true potential through comfortable, supportive, attractive and inspiring apparel. By donating to women in need, Leading Lady makes these goals accessible to women of every walk of life, in any situation she may face. Every woman deserves support and Leading Lady is devoted to supporting women.

About Leading Lady:

Leading Lady is a premier nursing and full figure intimate apparel company dedicated to improving women’s lives with innovative products, resources and programs. Family owned and operated; Leading Lady has been supporting breastfeeding moms and babies for over 78 years. The brand promises superior quality and fit, a comprehensive selection of products and an excellent customer experience. The full collection is available for direct purchase at and in select retailers nationwide.

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A Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Breastfeeding Diet

A Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Breastfeeding DietAfter 40 or so weeks of a healthy pregnancy as a vegan or vegetarian, you’re probably eager to maintain this lifestyle habit while breastfeeding. And all research shows that you can as long as you continue to be watchful of the essential nutrients you and your baby need. After all, what you eat affects your breast milk and a healthy vegan or vegetarian breastfeeding diet is essential to your baby’s growth and development.

Fortunately, you won’t need to change much from pregnancy when it comes to a healthy vegan or vegetarian breastfeeding diet. Many of the same fantastic nutrients that were supporting your baby in the womb will also support her as they transfer into your breast milk. These include protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, Vitamin B12, folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. Take a look here at our blog earlier this week for vegan and vegetarian options to get plenty of these nutrients.

However, there are few warning signs of nutrient deficiencies and additional nutrients to add to your vegan or vegetarian breastfeeding diet. Check them out:

Warning Signs of a Nutrient Deficiency

It’s true that vegans and vegetarians have a greater risk of nutrient deficiencies since their diets are more limited and cut out meat and potentially all animal sources of nutrients. That’s not to say that vegans and vegetarians can’t be extremely healthy and provide quality breast milk. With extra care and planning, new moms can offer their babies all the nutrition necessary.

A few words of caution:

Vegans and vegetarians may eat a large quantity of plant-based of food but much of it may be low in calories. Breastfeeding moms actually need up to 500 more calories a day than non-lactating women so being low on calories due to your diet is only exacerbated when breastfeeding. The body will then start to burn protein for energy, which deprives your baby of this important nutrient.

Although rare, Vitamin B12 deficiency is the most common among vegan breastfed babies. That’s because Vitamin B12 is only found naturally through animal sources. Additionally, the deficiency may begin in early infancy, between 2 and 6 months, but symptoms – such as anemia, hypotonia, developmental delays, vomiting, and lethargy – may not appear until after 6 months.

Although folic acid and iron are often consumed from animal products, there are more plant-based food options for them and therefore deficiencies in these nutrients are less common.

Vitamin D deficiencies are also rare but they can occur, especially in the wintertime among families who live in areas with little direct sunlight. While some Vitamin D comes from food, the major source is ultraviolet rays. Pediatricians often suggest babies take a Vitamin D supplement to avoid deficiency, which could impact calcium and phosphorus absorption.

Other Nutrients Required in a Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Breastfeeding Diet

Many new moms don’t realize the importance of zinc in a healthy vegan or vegetarian breastfeeding diet. And unfortunately there are not many plant-based foods that contain zinc. Zinc is necessary for every bodily function because it’s found in every organ, tissue and body fluid. It’s important for growth, immune health and appetite, among other things.

You need more zinc while breastfeeding because your baby is absorbing much of your intake through breast milk. Here’s a bonus: zinc reduces risk of postpartum depression and may prevent cracked nipples.

Good sources of zinc for vegans and vegetarians are pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, sesame seeds, sesame oil and whole grains.

Another nutritional category that can trip up new moms is carbohydrates. It’s tempting to go low carb after pregnancy to try to drop those extra pounds. But carb-cutting during breastfeeding, especially the early stages, can affect the quality of your breast milk and restrict your calories which depletes your energy. Trust us, you’ll need all the energy you can get while nursing and caring for an infant!

Rather than cutting carbs, make wise choices about the carbohydrates you eat. Go with whole grains and complex carbs whenever possible and avoid sugary snacks and desserts. Your body will enjoy these wholesome nutrients and so will your baby.

Sources: La Leche League, Inhabitots, Breastfeeding Basics and Kelly Mom

A Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Pregnancy Diet

Good news for green mamas: If you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, there’s no need to change this lifestyle habit during pregnancy. While you may need to consume a bit more of certain nutrients, all that you need to sustain your developing baby can be found in a healthy vegan or vegetarian pregnancy diet.

Becoming Vegan or Vegetarian

Although a healthy pregnancy is possible as a vegan or vegetarian, becoming vegan or vegetarian during pregnancy is not advised. This dramatic shift in diet can leave your body in flux as it works to adjust to a different set of daily nutrients. Plus there’s a learning curve to becoming vegan and vegetarian that is better left for well before or well after pregnancy. Not having an established set of foods that offers the nutrients you need during pregnancy can leave you with gaps that are not healthy for you or your baby.

Precautions for Vegans or Vegetarians during Pregnancy

For those who are already living the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, there are a few precautions you should know. Your health and your baby’s health should be your top priority. Be mentally prepared should your doctor tell you that you need to make dietary adjustments to continue a healthy pregnancy. The goal is for both you and your baby to have the best possible outcome.

Also, if you’ve never been pregnant before (and even if you have), you may not know how your body will react. Women face aversions and cravings all the time during pregnancy. If you can’t keep your vegan or vegetarian pregnancy diet down, you may need to consider a change in eating habits for awhile.

A Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Pregnancy DietA Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Pregnancy Diet

A healthy vegan or vegetarian pregnancy diet requires a bit more attention to detail and planning than traditional diets without meat and dairy limitations because restrictions pose greater risks for deficiencies. Here are the important nutrients you need to hit up and where you can easily find them while maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet during pregnancy:

Protein: Vegans and vegetarians are used to meatless sources of protein so this isn’t much of a shift during pregnancy. Moms-to-be need around 75 grams of protein a day, which can be found in nuts, beans, tofu, diary (for non-vegans), hemp, quinoa and lentils.

Iron: Iron intake is a big adjustment for non-meat eaters because you need twice as much during pregnancy to sustain your baby’s development and your own wellbeing. Iron helps boost red blood cells on their mission to oxygenate your baby and keep your blood healthy too. Remember, you have up to 50% more blood flowing through your body during pregnancy. Beans, nuts and cruciferous vegetables are good vegan and vegetarian sources of iron. You can also try iron-fortified breads and cereals or an iron supplement if your hemoglobin levels are low.

Calcium: Your baby needs calcium to grow bones, muscles, her heart and nervous system and she’ll get it any way she can, including by robbing you of your own calcium storage. That’s why you need about 1,000 mg per day of calcium during pregnancy. Vegetarians can go for dairy but there are plenty of vegan options for calcium including broccoli, kale, spinach, tofu, soy milk and calcium-fortified juices.

Vitamin D: Along with calcium, Vitamin D helps your baby develop a healthy skeletal system including bones and teeth. Vitamin D is found in many fortified breads, cereals and juices, or can be obtained from exposing your skin to the sun for a few minutes every day.

Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid: These two B vitamins help your baby form red blood cells and develop neurological functions. Folic acid can be found in many vegan and vegetarian favorites such as nuts, beans, avocado and dark green veggies. B12, on the other hand, is only found in meat. This is one nutrient you may want to consider supplementing once you discuss with your physician.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These cognition boosters will aid in your baby’s brain and nervous system development. For those who eat fish, salmon, sardines and other fatty fish are good sources of omega-3s. Otherwise, avocado, flaxseed, walnuts and chia seeds are vegan options for this essential nutrient.

Prenatal Vitamins: Like all pregnant women, vegan and vegetarian moms-to-be should take a prenatal vitamin to help ensure you’re getting plenty of the essential nutrients required during pregnancy.

The upside to a vegan or vegetarian pregnancy diet is that women tend to maintain a healthier pregnancy weight. Eating green often offers healthier choices if you don’t overdo it on sweets or high-fat dairy products.

Wondering what lies ahead for you as a vegan or vegetarian once your baby arrives? Later this week we’ll discuss a healthy vegan or vegetarian breastfeeding diet. Stay tuned!

Sources: What to Expect, New York Times and Fit Pregnancy

Live Luxuriously in Leading Lady’s Luxe Body Lace Nursing Bra

Live Luxuriously in Leading Lady’s Luxe Body Lace Nursing BraThere are a lot of unglamorous things about being a mom but your nursing bra can make you feel like you’re living a life of luxury. And we’re not just talking about any old nursing bra. We’re talking about Leading Lady’s new Luxe Body Lace Nursing Bra. It’s everything you need and everything you desire in a nursing bra, rolled into a beautiful – and we me BEAUTIFUL – package!

Leading Lady has been designing nursing bras for 78 years so we know that moms want to look and feel amazing without compromising the fit, support and comfort that motherhood demands.

Your bras before having a baby may have been sensual and lacy and we believe you should have that same fabulous look and feel in your nursing bras. That’s why we modeled our Luxe Body Lace Nursing Bra’s fashion appeal on the hottest styles. And we have to admit, every detail is impeccable.

Soft lace delicately wraps most of the full coverage cups and meets in the middle at a sweetheart bow. The micro-scalloped neckline frames your bustline for a feminine touch. Plus the thin straps hide neatly beneath most tops, even tank tops, so you can wear your favorite clothes once again.

When it comes to nursing features, our Luxe Lace Nursing Bra makes breastfeeding a cinch. The one hand nursing clasps and drop down cups slip down for simple breastfeeding access. The breathable fabric moves with your body and stretches to meet your needs, even as your breast size fluctuates from day-to-day or hour-to-hour.

Available in a wirefree nursing bra or an underwire nursing bra, and in nude and black, our Luxe Body Lace Nursing Bra is the newest, sweetest, coziest, sexiest bra you’ll wear during pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.

The Germiest Places for Your Baby

The germiest places for your baby are lurking everywhere!

Yes, germs are indeed everywhere and they are impossible to avoid completely. But that’s not entirely bad. Experts believe exposure to some microorganisms, even those that may lead to sickness, help build the immune system and may reduce the likelihood of allergies. The fine line between how much exposure and what type of exposure is complicated, however.

Let’s start by looking at the germiest places for your baby:

The Playground

The Germiest Places for Your BabyIndoor and outdoor playgrounds are teaming with nasty germs waiting to prey on your little one. Kids are notorious for not being the most hygienic and each of them is contributing to the pool of grossness that exists in these play spaces. If your baby is crawling on the playground rather than walking, the microbes are exponential. And get this: sandboxes can be the worst because animals leave behind feces that can cause parasites. Yuck!

Of course, going to playgrounds is good for your baby and older kids for physical activity, social interaction, fresh air and the variety of stimuli that exists in these environments. So don’t dismiss them altogether, just know the risks.

Your Home

The big kids are back in school and probably bringing home a lot of germs. Plus, you and your pets are tracking in a host of things from your shoes, clothes and fur. Carpets and hand towels can retain a lot of microbes that are reintroduced if they are not cleaned regularly. Toys that ping-pong from the floor to your baby’s mouth are extremely dirty too, the worst of which are stuffed animals that not-so-innocently hold in tons of germs. Also, your baby’s changing station is likely to collect a huge amount of diaper germs.

Car Seats

As your baby picks up microbes from wherever you’ve been, she’s depositing them in her car seat. And that’s not to mention the food particles, drool and potential fecal matter lingering from a blowout.

Doctor’s Office

It’s ironic that the place you go to for health and healing may cause your baby to get sick. Since pediatricians see a lot of sick kids every day, their offices house microbes and viruses that could give your baby a cold or flu.

Other Public Places

Public restrooms are obviously full of toilet-related germs that can be extremely dangerous for your baby. Supermarkets and the carts where your baby and thousands of other babies are sitting are a favorite place for microbes to hide. Public transportation, museums, malls, restaurants and sporting events where many people are sharing and spreading germs are also among the germiest places for your baby.

So now that you know the truth behind the germiest places for your baby, what’s a health-conscious mama to do?

You’re already breastfeeding, the very best thing to keep your baby healthy and build her immune system. How else are you to protect your little love from the germiest places for your baby? Here are some tips:

  • Wash your baby’s hands often, especially before eating if she’s started solids. Always wash after coming home from a public space.
  • Wash your hands before touching your baby, before breastfeeding, before pumping or preparing bottles, before and after diaper changes and any time you’ve come in contact with a potentially germy situation.
  • Request that everyone removes their shoes in your house.
  • Change your baby’s clothes before naps if you’ve been out of the house to avoid germs from clinging to her crib.
  • Clean your floors, carpets, hand towels and toys regularly.
  • Wipe down your baby’s changing station, car seat and other surfaces she frequents with baby-safe disinfecting wipes or spray.
  • Stay away from others in the doctor’s office as much as possible. If you’re there for a well visit, stay out of the sick section.
  • Cover or wipe down carts in the supermarket before your baby sits in them. Do the same for high chairs in restaurants too.
  • Avoid your baby crawling and touching a variety of public spaces, especially in public restrooms.
  • Charge your older children with washing their hands regularly too, to help keep the entire family safe.

Sources: Momtastic, WebMD, Mother Nature Network and Parenting


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