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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6 signs your baby might be hungry

May 3, 2018

Did you know that crying is actually a late hunger cue from your baby?

All babies are born with the ability to know if they are hungry or full. Learn to listen and notice your baby’s cues to ensure she is getting the nutrition she needs to be healthy.

By responding to her cues it will teach her to only eat when she’s hungry — not just because it’s that time. It also lets her know you are there to keep her safe.

  1. Bringing her hands up to her face
  2. Rooting
  3. Making sucking motions and noises
  4. Sucking on her fingers or putting her fist in her mouth
  5. Flexing her hands, arms and/or legs
  6. Breathing fast

Follow these cues, and you’ll discover her natural schedule.

via Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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baby names inspired by spring

April 26, 2018

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want –

oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain

This is so true, so why not let the new life and excitement of spring inspire you when choosing your baby’s name.

Here’s a list of names that capture the essence of the season.

Baby Boy Baby Girl
Branch Aviva
Bud Blossom
Brooks Brooke
Dewey Clover
Leif Daisy
Oliver Lily
Owen Poppy
Rainn Sunny
Reed Tulip
River Willow

Enjoy being our with your little one this spring, and be comfortable breastfeeding them in public in Milk Nursingwear’s nursing tops, nursing tank tops and nursing dresses.

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