Monthly Archives: October 2009

Stress-Free Nursing in Public

October 28, 2009

Read my guest blog post for Mommy News and Views about stress-free nursing in public (reprinted below).   Click here to enter to win a free win a free Milk nursing top  from this same blog!

Stress-free nursing in public 

Mastering breastfeeding takes patience.  With time you learn proper latch-on, positioning, and how to gauge your baby’s sensitivity to external stimuli while nursing. 

 But once you have that down and are ready to hit the road with your baby, how do you get comfortable nursing in public?  Inevitably your little one may need to nurse when you are out at the mall, in a restaurant, at a wedding, or in the park.

Stress-free nursing in public can be as simple as:  scoping out a spot, dressing for it, and feeling confident about what you are doing.

Scope out a spot:  Some moms and nurslings are comfortable nursing out in the middle of all the action.  Other babies are distracted by outside activity while nursing, and some moms need a relaxed spot in order to let down.  It is almost always possible to carve out a private space.  If you are in a shopping mall, an empty dressing room is ideal for privacy and quiet.  Or try one of the comfortable lounges before the entrance to ladies’ rooms in department stores.  In a restaurant, positioning your chair away from the activity will create a personal space for you and your nursling.  If you are at a wedding or party, find a separate room to escape to.  If you cannot, moving to a quieter corner towards the back can work as well.

Dress for it:  Anticipate your outing when getting dressed.  Make sure that your clothing provides nursing access – for example, having to lift one’s dress up from the bottom to nurse would not be conducive to public breastfeeding!  Make sure your top can lift comfortably or that your dress has buttons or another type of opening at the top.  A light blanket or loose scarf can provide additional discretion.  Wearing a baby sling is ideal since your nursling can breastfeed peacefully and discreetly while you are going about your day.  Wearing a nursing camisole or nursing top makes breastfeeding even more discreet by keeping your body covered while you nurse.

Feel confident about what you are doing:  The most important thing is to feel confident about nursing your baby.  While it’s true that some people may not be used to the sight of a nursing woman, if you feel good about what you are doing, you will project that image to others.  They in turn will feel more relaxed too.  In short, people will take their cues from you, and when you give off the signal that you are comfortable with what you are doing, others will be too.

As an extension of the tips above, try to nurse your baby before leaving the house to give yourself more time before the next feeding.  You can also nurse in the car (not while driving of course!) right before getting out.  Finally, read your baby’s cues and nurse them before they get too hungry, to minimize fussiness while breastfeeding in unfamiliar places.  

Enjoy nursing your little one – no matter where you are – knowing that you are giving him the best possible nutrition, and helping to create a very special bond.

Elisa Minsk Hartstein earned her MBA from Columbia University, is the mother of 4 breastfed children, and is the founder of Milk Nursingwear  Prior to founding Milk, she created the Expressiva Nursingwear brand, which she sold in 2007.

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Introducing eco-Milk, our new line of 100% organic nursingwear

October 27, 2009

We are excited to introduce eco-Milk – our new line of 100% organic nursingwear!  By buying and using organic products you are doing something good for the environment,  for your nursling and yourself!

The word “organic” is used so often these days – but what does it mean in terms of clothing?

Conventional practices for growing cotton have become heavily reliant on the use of chemical pesticides.  Cotton occupies approximately 3% of the earth’s farmland but uses 25% of the world’s chemical pesticides.  These chemicals find their way into our air, plants, soil and water.  Over time this is damaging to the environment and to the eco-system.  As insects develop resistance to pesticides, the chemicals developed to harm them get more potent and more toxic to the environment.

Organic cotton is grown using natural fertilizers and no toxic chemicals or pesticides.  Traditional farming methods such as crop rotation such as crop rotation are used to help replenish and maintain soil fertility.  People with allergies or chemical sensitivities particularly benefit from wearing organic clothing but really it is good for all of us, and for our planet.

What makes eco-Milk unique?

  1. It’s GOTS (Global Organic Textile System) certified.  GOTS is a standard that was developed to define requirements of organic status of textiles.  It ensures that from the time the cotton is planted to the time it is knit into clothing that only organic methods are used.  Because eco-Milk is GOTS certified you can be assured that it is organic.
  2. It contains 100% organic dyes.  Some organic clothing uses only organic fabric but is colored with conventional dyes using strong chemicals.  Eco-Milk uses both organic fabric and organic dyes.
  3. It’s fashionable!  Who says organic and Nursingwear can’t be a chic combination?

What do you think of our new Organic eco-Milk line?  Do you seek out organic products?  Post your comments and feedback and share with us.

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New Fall nursing tops and nursing dresses have arrived

October 21, 2009

Our new fall nursing tops in lovely autumn hues  have just arrived and they will make breastfeeding your baby chic and fashionable this season.  No fussing with your clothing to nurse, simply latch your baby on through our discreet nursing openings and keep your sides, stomach, and back covered while you nurse.  

Stylish  nursing dresses from Milk will enable you to enjoy the celebrations of  upcoming holiday season without having to  miss out on all of the action.  No undressing in the bathroom stall to feed your little one!  Simply move aside one of our discreet openings and feed conveniently wherever you are.

Stay tuned…our new line of eco-Milk organic nursing fashions is coming soon.  100% GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics, using only organic dyes.

Do you have any comments about our new Fall line?  Please post a comment and share!

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Shop Plus-sized nursing bras at Milk Nursingwear

Milk Nursingwear now offers plus sized nursing bras in sizes up to 40F!  One of our best selling nursing bras, the Melinda G tee-shirt contour nursing and maternity bra is now in stock and available in “fab curvy” sizes, which are specially made for well-endowed nursing moms.  This is a comfortable bra that offers excellent support, and looks smooth under tee shirts to boot.

For those of you seeking plus-sized nursing bras, don’t miss our plus-sized nursing workout bra by La Leche League in sizes up to 3X and our plus-sized molded sleep bra  in sizes up to 2X.

What is your favorite nursing bra?  Is there a nursing bra that you want that you do not see on our website?  Please post a comment and share.

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