Monthly Archives: January 2015

$100 Milk Nursingwear Valentine’s Day Giveaway

January 27, 2015

stl logoIt’s time for our annual Valentine’s Day Giveaway 

Three lucky winners will each win a $100 Milk Nursingwear gift card to shop our selection of stylish nursing tops and dresses.

It’s easy to enter – here’s how:

Simply complete the following sentence:

“I love Milk Nursingwear because…” and post it on our Facebook page by Friday, February 13, 2015, at noon EST. We will count this as one entry. To earn two additional entries, post a picture of yourself wearing a Milk Nursingwear garment on our Facebook page. It can be a photo of you by yourself, with a loved one, dressed up for a night out, or lounging at home – you get the idea! 

Three winners will be drawn at random and announced on our Facebook page on Monday, February 16, 2015. Winners will be notified directly via Facebook. 

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for Sharing the Love this Valentine’s Day! 

Disclaimers:

  • Each participant can earn up to three entries in the giveaway. One for posting a contest submission on Milk Nursingwear’s Facebook page, and two additional entries for posting their picture wearing Milk Nursingwear on Milk Nursingwear’s Facebook page.
  • Entries must be posted by Friday, February 13, 2015, at noon EST.
  • Three winners will be drawn at random and notified on Facebook on February 16, 2015. They will also be announced on our freshmilk blog.
  • By entering this drawing, you agree to let us use your submission and/or photo on Milk Nursingwear’s website, freshmilk blog, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages (first name only).
  • All entrants release Facebook and Apple from any connection with this contest. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Apple.  Also, there will be no Apple products awarded in this contest.

 

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The Art of Shopping for a Nursing Bra

January 21, 2015

As your pregnancy progresses, your breasts become larger and heavier, and proper support becomes even more important. Towards your third trimester, and sometimes sooner, you will need to move from your regular bra to a Maternity or a Maternity and Nursing bra, which is designed and constructed to offer the added support needed.bra

How is a nursing bra different from a maternity bra?

The difference between a nursing bra and a maternity bra is the ease of access to the breast for feeding. Most breastfeeding moms consider a nursing bra a necessity. Each cup can be dropped down or pulled aside to nurse. Purchasing a nursing bra during pregnancy is wise since it performs double duty – acting as a supportive bra during pregnancy and then functioning for convenient breastfeeding access once the baby is born.

When should I buy a nursing bra?

The right time to purchase a nursing bra for breastfeeding is around the 36th week of pregnancy to ensure a good fit once your milk comes in after birth. Many women choose to be professionally fitted for their first nursing bra. Do not be tempted to purchase a bra with “room to grow,” so that you do not need to purchase a larger bra later. A bra that is too big will not provide you with the support you need. It is important to wear a bra that fits even if you may need to purchase more at a later date. Remember, some bras are sized to fit a range of cup sizes.

What kind of nursing bra should I choose?

Majamas easy bra toffee ZOOMYou will most likely need more than one type of nursing bra, and this is not as complicated as it may seem. Nursing bras can be divided into four categories:

  • sleep bras – These bras provide extra support, as well as a place for nursing pads, while sleeping. They make night feedings much easier by allowing easy access for breastfeeding. They are typically pull aside as opposed to drop down cups.
  • daytime underwire nursing bras – Larger busted women may prefer the added support of an underwire style. Some lactation professionals discourage underwire nursing bras for concern that they can interfere with milk production or contribute to mastitis or plugged ducts. If the underwires press on the milk ducts, they can interfere with your milk flow. Other lactation professionals believe underwire nursing bras are fine. Please, check with your lactation consultant to see what she advises.
  • daytime softcup bras – Softcup bras have no underwire. Some softcup bras are molded, meaning they have light padding. This may help give a smoother look under closer cut tops and dresses.
  • exercise bras – These bras are designed for extra support while exercising. Non-nursing workout bras are particularly difficult to nurse in so a exercise bra is helpful.  Some are constructed for lower impact workouts and others for high impact. Make sure that you know what you are getting.

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There are many ways of selecting your bra size, and it’s actually more of an art than a science. Whichever style you choose, proper fit is the key to comfort. Besides being uncomfortable, a bra that fits poorly may put pressure on your milk ducts, which can cause them to get plugged and lead to inflammation in the breast. Click here for our recommendation on how to measure yourself.

Tips to remember:

  • Purchase at least 3 bras: one to wear, one to have ready, and one to wash.
  • Look for a bra that provides easy, one-handed access with lots of support.
  • The band should fit on the last hook when you buy your first nursing bra. After birth, once engorgement subsides, you will get smaller and this will allow you to adjust the band tighter as needed.
  • While nursing, your breasts will fill with milk and empty throughout the day. Look for a bra with spandex to allow for these changes.
  • Don’t forget to purchase nursing pads. Women who breastfeed often need a pad in their bra to prevent leaking.  B175 zoom pink

Remember, nursing bras have come a long way in terms of style. They are no longer boring and only solid white, you can find a variety of designs and colors. Click here for the Milk Nursingwear full line of nursing bras.

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Milk Nursingwear featured on Moms TV

January 15, 2015

Moms TV recently highlighted Milk Nursingwear in their latest Maternity Wear Must-Haves feature video

“Flaunt your bump! Magazine host, Nadine Bubeck, shares 8 fashionable trends perfect for the pregnant mom-to-be; all comfortable, practical, and stylish!”

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The two Milk Nursingwear items featured in the video are the Sleeveless babydoll nursing top in Spring Green and the Bamboo braided maternity and nursing nightgown in Purple.  You can find these nursing products and more on the Milk Nursingwear website at milknursingwear.com.

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Milk Nursingwear a Finalist for “Most Fashionable Nursing Tops” Award

January 12, 2015

Milk Nursingwear a Finalist in the 2015 Cribsie Awards “Most Flattering Nursing Tops” Category!

Milk Nursingwear is flattered to have been selected from thousands of nominations as a finalist in the The Cribsie Awards “Most Flattering Nursing Tops” category!

One of the definitive awards in the parenting industry, the Cribsie Awards recognize the best products, services, and websites for babies and parents. YOU, the customer, vote for the winners! Milk has been recognized for our stylish and chic nursing tops.

Click below to make your voice heard and VOTE in this year’s Cribsie Awards!

To vote for your pick for “Most Flattering Nursing tops” click on the link below, and then select the category called “Fashion.” The third item within fashion is “Most Flattering Nursing Tops.”

Voting is open NOW through January 30!

Click here to cast your vote for Milk Nursingwear.

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Milk Nursingwear January Style Guide

January 8, 2015

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It’s 2015 and time to begin a new year of styling from Milk Nursingwear

Empire Scoop neck nursing top MilkStay comfy, yet warm in our long sleeve Empire scoop neck nursing top in pumpkin color. Nursing openings are easily accessed by lifting the empire seam of this stylish nursing top. This clean, casual look includes dark wash boot cut jeans, studded clogs, and a fabulous leather diaper bag. Keep warm with a chocolate brown, velvet/sherpa jacket and knit beanie.

side shirred nursing top milkMilk Nursingwear’s Side-shirred crossover nursing dress in navy is a classic addition to your wardrobe. Simply move aside wrap front to access nursing openings in this flattering nursing dress. The tie-waist coat will keep you warm and fashionable, while nude pumps make for a long, lean look. Don’t forget to accessorize – scarves can brighten any outfit – and the watch and ring bring a big, bold statement to this ensemble.

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New Year’s Resolutions for New Moms

January 1, 2015

2015 MilkYou are a new mom and somehow you missed the day they handed out the parenting handbook.  It can be overwhelming and wonderful — all at the same time!  It’s a new year and time to make some resolutions for 2015.

1. Appreciate the little things…Your sweet baby is tiny now, and it may seem like diapers and feedings are endless — but time will fly by. Before you know it, he will be walking and talking. Slow down, take it all in, and enjoy every moment. One day, you won’t be the center of his universe anymore.

2. Arrange ME time…Take care of yourself. Take the time to do those things that make you feel better – whether that’s exercising, getting a manicure or reading your favorite book. Make sure to plan girlfriend time as well. You will need your girlfriends’ support and advice during every phase of parenthood.tumblr_mbnpudoPUd1qg2xooo1_500

3. Don’t forget your hubby…But you have a new love of your life – right? Yes, but don’t ignore your partner. The relationship you two have is the basis for the happiness and strength in your family. He needs to know he’s still loved. Schedule date nights and don’t forget to touch him. The slightest gesture will be welcomed. Make it a daily goal to kiss each other goodbye every morning and hello each evening.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff…No matter how many times you mop the floor and pick up the house, the mess will reappear. Prioritize! Take care of the important things in your life – everything else can wait. None of us are supermom!

BalletBaby5. Never say never…Don’t be that mom that says “I will never…” or “My child will never…” Yes, your child will throw a tantrum in public, and you will try to bribe them with ice cream or candy. The funniest one we’ve heard – “My daughter will never wear pink!” Famous last words from the mom of princess Sophia. You never know exactly how you will raise your child, or how you will react to different situations until you actually face them.

6. Disconnect…We are all wired in nowadays, but our phones and computers are black holes of lost time. Try to make sure to unplug for a while each day and spend quality time with your little one.

7. Just say no…Whether at work or in your neighborhood, this is not the time to volunteer to take on extra responsibilities. It’s ok to tell someone “No, this isn’t a good time for me.”

SNP1044_YearInReview_PhotoBooks_R3_058. Remember to capture the moments…Technology has made this super easy for us as parents. Take pictures and videos often. Be sure to not leave them sitting on your phone. One suggestion, make a yearly album. Carve out some time at the end of each year to upload your photos to an online site such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. Create an album. You, and your children, will appreciate it in the years to come.

From all of us at Milk Nursingwear, we wish you a happy and healthy 2015!

 

 

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