Leaky Boobs and Other Weird Breast Pumping Situations You May Face in the Workplace

October 4, 2018

Part Three of our three-part series to assist with your return to work as a pumping mom…

Anytime you have naked breasts in the workplace, you open yourself up to some awkward times. While part one and two of this series looked at what you can do to prepare yourself for pumping at work and how to hang in there that first week, this third part will shine a light on those uncomfortable moments you might experience.

Unless you’re the most confident, pro-breast milk mama we know, you’re bound to feel a bit awkward about pumping at work, especially in the beginning. There are a lot of ways your breastfeeding experience can go south while you’re surrounded by co-workers you don’t know too well, you’re way too familiar with, or you simply don’t like.

If you want to know what could go wrong and how to best prepare for it, read on.

The Embarrassment of Leaks

If the idea of getting a leak at work is mortifying to you, you’re not alone. It’s not fun in any setting to be talking to someone and suddenly know you’ve just soaked the front of your shirt. But in the workplace, that can be twice as awful.

If you don’t want to find yourself in that position, you can always carry a supply of breast pads with you. If you search hard enough, you’ll find ones that look natural in your bra. And it helps if you don’t wear shirts made out of thin material either.

Make sure you carry a spare shirt in your breast pumping bag to keep you covered in case your breast pads don’t do the trick.

A Noisy Pump

It’s hard to discreetly pump milk at work when your breast pump is so loud your coworkers can hear it through a closed door. There isn’t much you can do to drown out a loud pump — your boss isn’t going to relish you bringing in a radio and playing music to cover it up.

Before you buy a breast pump, search for a model with a good reputation for being quiet. If you have a loud pump already, your best bet is to keep the door closed at work or put a baby blanket over it to muffle the sound a bit. If your breast pump is battery powered, you can try pumping from your car on nice days.

Unwanted Guests

Workplaces are busy — there’s no way around that. People are moving around, often in a hurry, and they are only focused on their immediate tasks.

If you are pumping in a room that other people sometimes use, you may find that people unwittingly barge in while you’re pumping. It’s hard to say who will be more embarrassed when this happens — you or the coworker who sees your bare boob.

You might want to consider using a nursing cover or putting a Do Not Disturb sign up whenever you’re in the room. It will let your coworkers know you’re in there so there isn’t any awkward encounter.

Inappropriate Remarks

Although pumping at work is more mainstream now than it was a generation ago, there are still some people who don’t know how to handle it. Their ignorance can manifest in many ways — awkward silence, creepy comments, or some not-so-funny jokes.

If you know your co-worker is a bit socially awkward, you may want to cut them some slack if they make you a tad uncomfortable. But if you start to feel harassed because of repeated lewd comments or completely inappropriate comments, it’s time to bring up the matter with your coworker, your boss, or the human resource department.

You Can Do This

Pumping at work won’t always be the easiest route you can take, but who said parenthood would be simple? Just remember, the first week or two will be the hardest, so stay the course and don’t give up.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate, and a professional writer and editor for the popular parenting blog, Mom Loves Best. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, hiking, camping and getting back in touch with nature.

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Your First Week of Breast Pumping in the Workplace

September 27, 2018

Part Two of our three-part series to assist with your return to work as a pumping mom…

In the first part of this series, we covered what you’ll need to do before your maternity leave ends to successfully pump breast milk while at work. In this second part of our three-part series, we will look at some of the ways you can ease your transition that first week when you return to work.

You’re likely to feel overwhelmed your first week or two back. That’s totally normal! Even though you may be a fierce and dedicated mama, it doesn’t mean you’re superhuman.

You may feel tired, emotional, guilty, and conquered — sometimes all at once. But here are five tips to keep you on track, even when you feel like the parenthood express is totally derailing.

1. Make Your Pumping Schedule a Priority

Before your first day back, you should have written up a pumping schedule — the times during the day in which you’ll be pumping. Once you have that schedule in place, try not to deviate from it.

If you begin pumping less than what your schedule shows you should be, you run the risk of not producing enough milk. As your baby grows bigger and requires more milk, you don’t want your supply to diminish. Also, pumping frequently will help you keep clogged milk ducts at bay — that can be painful so you want to make sure to avoid it.

2. Pencil In Snuggles With Your Baby

Both you and your baby are going to be missing your breastfeeding sessions during the day. You might decide it will be easier to feed your baby breast milk out of bottles all the time instead of switching back and forth between the breast and the bottle.

If that’s the case, make sure you still do some of the feedings and that you have plenty of snuggle time with your baby. That contact will make you both feel so much better about the transition you’re undergoing.

3. Wear the Correct Attire

Even if you are lucky enough to have your own office, or have been designated a private room to pump in, you might not want to go full commando and whip both of the girls out. We all know that person who enters a room without knocking, and this could turn your relationship with that co-worker very awkward, very fast.

A better alternative is to invest in some stylish nursing tops or tanks and camis which allow you to hook up your pump without needing to completely remove your top.

4. Don’t Let That Breast Milk Spoil

Make sure you have a way to transport the breast milk you’ve pumped from the office to your house. The last thing you want is to have that milk go bad while you’re transporting it on a hot day.

Your best bet is to invest in a cooler and some ice packs so you can be certain you aren’t feeding your baby spoiled milk. You can keep the breast milk in the cooler pack in your workplace refrigerator and the ice packs in the freezer until you’re ready to use them for the trip home.

5. Find the Right Pump

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with the breast pump you choose so you need to make sure it’s a good one. It should express your milk quickly, and you’ll also want it to do the job quietly since you’ll be in a workplace setting and you might be uncomfortable with something that sounds too loud.

Any pump you choose should be a double electric pump. That way you can drain both of your girls at the same time. That will be an enormous time saver.

6. Keep Your Chin Up

Remember, you can do this! You aren’t the only pumping employee out there. Even though it can be hard at times, remind yourself why breastfeeding is a healthy choice for your baby. That will help you keep at it when you feel like throwing in the towel.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate, and a professional writer and editor for the popular parenting blog, Mom Loves Best. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, hiking, camping and getting back in touch with nature.

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Preparing for Back to Work as a Pumping Mom

September 20, 2018

Part One of our three-part series to assist with your return to work as a pumping mom…

If you’re like most moms, maternity leave seems to zoom by before you know it. Whether you feel like you’re up to the challenge of returning to work or you’re dreading that first day, if you’re breastfeeding your baby you’ve likely got a little extra on your mind.

You’re probably wondering how the experience of pumping at work is going to go and if it’s going to be awkward or uncomfortable. Before you raid the freezer for your stash of emergency ice cream, take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered in this 3 part guide with our best breast pumping tips that will make your life easier in the workplace.

The key to pulling off breast pumping in the workplace without a hitch is to think about it before you actually go back. Yeah, we know you’d rather enjoy your last couple of weeks of snuggling your baby and wearing your nursing nightgown in peace without thinking about work. But there are a few things you need to be doing at this point.

1. Create a Freezer Stash

You need to have some breast milk already stored up before you breeze back into the office. That way, your baby’s caregiver will have all the breast milk they’ll need for your baby and you won’t panic if your routine disruption creates a little less supply for you in the first few days of returning to work.

Ideally, you’ll begin preparing your freezer stash weeks before you return to work. The goal is to have as much breast milk stored up as you can. That way you’ll be prepared for anything. Just make sure to label the date each bag of milk is pumped so you’ll know it’s fresh when you go to use it.

2. Talk To Your Boss

The best time to talk to your boss about how you’ll need a place to express milk during the workday isn’t five minutes before you’re scheduled to start pumping on your first day back. Your poor boss will likely look like a deer in the headlights if that happens.

It’s best to give your boss enough time to come up with a game plan, especially if most of the people you work with are women who are no longer in their childbearing years or men. This may be a new situation for your boss, so you’ll want to give adequate time for figuring things out.

3. Assemble Everything You’ll Need

When you leave home with your baby for any reason, you always bring a diaper bag, right? You’ll need to apply the same concept to pumping milk in the workplace. You should have a designated bag you bring each day that contains everything you’ll need.

You’ll have your pump, nursing bra, accessories, a bottle of water, snacks, magazines, and anything else you’ll need in there. Since your letdown reflex can take a hit when you’re uptight — and you’re bound to be a bit uncomfortable while pumping in the workplace in the beginning — you should throw in a picture of your baby to help with your letdown.

4. Be Prepared

As a mom in the workforce, you’re going to have to be prepared — you won’t be able to just wing it anymore. Try to cover your bases before issues arise, so you won’t be left scrambling. If you’re proactive instead of reactive, your time as a pumping mama will go much smoother.

 

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate, and a professional writer and editor for the popular parenting blog, Mom Loves Best. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, hiking, camping and getting back in touch with nature.

 

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Top 10 baby names for 2017

July 16, 2018

Was your baby’s name one of the most popular in 2017?

The Social Security Administration has released their list of the top 10 baby names registered with their agency last year.

Rank Male Female
1 Liam Emma
2 Noah Olivia
3 William Ava
4 James Isabella
5 Logan Sophia
6 Benjamin Mia
7 Mason Charlotte
8 Elijah Amelia
9 Oliver Evelyn
10 Jacob Abigail

You can access the SSA’s complete database of baby names at https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/.

Milk Nursingwear would like to remind you to get your baby a social security number.

 

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hot car safety

June 21, 2018

Every summer we hear the same terrifying stories about children left in hot cars. You think, how can this happen? Know that this can happen to anyone. How easily do we slip into our normal routine and end up on auto pilot driving and most times not even remembering where we’ve just been. Now think how you could do that with a rear-facing car seat and a sleeping baby in back.

Conversely, think about a time when you had your child in the back seat and it was not a normal day — maybe your husband normally took her to day care but he had an early meeting so it was your turn. Since you don’t typically have your baby in your car in the mornings, it would have been so easy to forget she was there.

This happens to well-meaning and loving parents every year. Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kids and Cars, a nonprofit focused on improving child safety around cars says, “I feel very strongly they are failures of memory and not failures of love.”

What can you do to make sure this never happens to you or your family? Fennell recommends these 7 tips that every parent should follow:

1. Look before you lock.
Open the backdoor and look in the backseat to assure that everyone is out of the car – every single time!

2. Keep something you need in the backseat.
Put your cell phone, briefcase, computer, lunch, ID badge, left shoe, or anything essential to your daily routine beside your child.

3. Travel with a furry companion.
Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When baby is in the seat, the stuffed animal rides shotgun. The furry passenger serves as a reminder that baby’s in the back.

4. Always lock the doors.
Even if the car is in the garage, keep the doors locked to prevent curious children from getting into the car.

5. Put the keys and fobs away.
Kids might want to play with keys and be able to get into the car without parents knowledge.

6. Have a plan with childcare provider.
If your child does not show up to daycare or school without prior notice, someone should call to locate child.

7. If you see something, do something.
If you see a child alone in a car, do not hesitate to call 911.

“The biggest mistake people make is thinking it can’t happen to them,” Fennell says.

via Today @ today.com, Don’t let it happen to you: 7 ways to prevent hot car deaths

 

 

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Sun Protection for Baby

June 14, 2018

Sunburns are dangerous for all of us, but in babies they can become a medical emergency. Their skin is much more sensitive than ours making them more at risk to develop a sunburn. As parents, we must do everything we can to keep our babies safe from the sun.

Seek Shade
Infants should always be kept out of direct sunlight – but that should be made a priority between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is most intense. Different items provide varying degrees of protection so be sure to have a form of solid shade such as a sun umbrella versus a tree.

Cover Up
Dressing your baby in sun-protective clothing is another option. Don’t forget to cover her delicate head and neck with a wide-brimmed hat and her eyes with some UV-blocking sunglasses. Please remember, keep an eye out to ensure your baby doesn’t get overheated with the extra coverings.

Car Travel
When traveling by car, be sure to keep your baby centered in the back seat – away from the windows. If possible apply a UV-blocking film  to the windows as the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation can penetrate glass, but window film will block almost 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays without reducing visibility.

Sunscreen
Sunscreen is only ok to use when a baby is at least 6 months old. If your infant is younger than 6 months, then use another form of protection from the sun. If your baby is 6 months or older, apply sunscreen liberally and reapply every two hours — or more if baby is getting wet or perspiring. When choosing sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. To avoid irritating your baby’s skin and eyes, use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET.

Don’t forget to keep baby safe, cool and protected from the sun this summer. The earlier they get used to having sunscreen applied the more likely they will continue to use it on a regular basis later in life.

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Cool Keepsake Jewelry

June 7, 2018

Hand molded and cast with a stamped reminder of your loved one, Lisa Leonard Designs offers these stacking silver rings starting at $59 each.

What could be a cooler than a customized image of your little one’s actual heartbeat? Heartbeat Keepsakes offers this heartbeat bracelet starting at $79.

Le Papier Studio this charming silhouette charm and necklace starting at $115. Once you send them a photo, they will create a personalized silhouette of your child.

Etsy has many options including this casual and everyday leather wrap bracelet with personalized silver tags by Lisa Lehmann Designs. Bracelets start at $46 for one silver tag.

What better way to keep your child’s first drawing than to turn it into a key chain? Send Formia Design the art work and they will create this bronze key chain starting at $129.

 

 

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Introducing new nursing covers at Milk Nursingwear

May 31, 2018

Brand new nursing covers from Bébé au Lait have arrived! We now carry muslin nursing covers — the lightest and most breathable breastfeeding covers available. Made of premium, 100% open-weave cotton muslin, they’re perfect for hot summer days or for moms and babies who get warm easily.

Features:

  • Ultra-soft & breathable
  • Patented Rigiflex™ neckline for ventilation and eye contact
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • One size fits all: approx. 36” wide by 30” long
  • Pre-washed (some shrinking may occur) & machine washable

Check out the Isla (shown in the photo) and Sorrento muslin cotton prints. We have also restocked our traditional cotton prints — including Tribeca, Acapulco & Calypso.

Our nursing covers make a wonderful gift. Shop Milk Nursingwear for the latest trends in nursing tops, nursing dresses, nursing nightgowns, and all nursing accessories.

 

 

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Memorial Day

May 24, 2018

This Memorial Day, we recognize the men and women who serve and have served our country, as well as their families. Thank you for your sacrifices to enable us to live in freedom and peace.

Summer is around the corner. Now is the time to complete a nursing wardrobe to beat the heat. Save with discounts up to 35% off during Milk Nursingwear’s Memorial Day sale now through May 30th.

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2018

We love this time of year and the opportunity to honor our mothers, grandmothers, and YOU on Mother’s Day.

Our gift to you is 15% off everything in our store — all nursing tops, nursing dresses, nursing nightgowns and accessories. Simply enter coupon code LOVEMOM at checkout. Now through Monday, May 14th, 2018.

We hope you enjoy your special day with your loved ones.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Milk Nursingwear Team!

 

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