Pacifiers: the good and the bad

May 2, 2019

Another one of those divisive decisions in parenting — to give Baby a pacifier or not. For those of us that give in, the day we will need to take it away is always looming.

Given that the sucking reflex in babies is strong, it’s hard not to give in and travel down this road. Those of us who have used one know how calming it can be for our little one, virtually a must-have.

The Mayo clinic reviews the advantages and disadvantages of pacifier use…

PROS:

  • Soothes a fussy baby
  • A distraction from a negative situation
  • Assists in helping baby fall asleep
  • Eases discomfort during flight by popping their ears
  • Helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Easier to stop than thumb sucking

CONS:

  • You face middle-of-the-night crying when the pacifier falls out of her mouth
  • A possible increase in the risk of middle ear infections
  • Dental problems with prolonged pacifier use (past the first few years of life)
  • Breastfeeding interference – best to wait until your baby is 3-4 weeks to give the pacifier to make sure there is no conflict

If you choose to offer Baby a pacifier, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose a silicone one-piece, pacifier. Two piece pacifiers pose a choking hazard if they break.
  • Keep identical backups on hand.
  • Let your baby set the pace. If she isn’t interested, don’t force it.
  • Keep it clean — at least until your baby is 6 months old and her immune system matures.
  • Don’t sugarcoat it, never put any sweet stuff on a pacifier.
  • Keep an eye on it, replacing them often, and looking them over for deterioration. Use caution with pacifier clips, be sure to keep them on a short string so as not to get caught around your baby’s neck.
  • Pulling the plug between 2 and 4 is typical. Sometimes you have to be creative when it’s time to say goodbye.

And we can’t end without sharing Baby Center’s list of 172 Pet Names for the Pacifier! Who knew?

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Breastfeeding Hygiene Tips

April 18, 2019

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We all know that breastfeeding is a beautiful, bonding experience, but it can also be a messy one. As a new mom life can seem like one big, chaotic, disheveled and sometimes downright dirty adventure. While this is par for the course, there are times when we must be extra careful to keep Baby healthy. Breastfeeding hygiene is one of these instances.

Luckily, this is an easy task. Just follow the tips below to keep you on the right track.

  1. Keep your nipples clean
    It’s important to wash your breasts during your daily shower. Avoid harsh, scented soaps or lotions, — especially anything containing alcohol. These types of products can leave your nipples dry and cracked.
    It’s also a good idea to clean your nipples after every feeding and after exercise. You don’t need to jump back in the shower each time, but a little warm water rinse followed by a patting dry with a clean towel should do the trick. This will assist in removing any traces of saliva or sweat that could assist in the growth of bacteria.
  2. Change your nursing pads often
    Nursing pads are a huge help in soaking up excess milk and leaks, keeping you looking fresh and clean while in public. Make sure that you frequently change out your pads — if you don’t this will make for a warm and wet breeding ground for both yeast and bacteria.
  3. Wear proper clothing
    Wearing the right sized nursing bra and nursing top will allow for increased air flow, allowing your mammy glands to breathe. Avoid items, especially bras, that are too tight and restricting as they can create an environment conducive to the growth of bacteria.
    Nursing bras and nursing tops are a great investment for new moms. They have hidden openings allowing for easy access for both pumping and breastfeeding.
  4. Change your bra every day
    Your washing machine is running constantly with a new little one in the house. While it’s already going, go ahead and throw in your previous day’s bra. Now that you are breastfeeding, your nursing bra will get dirtier quicker than your previous bras. It is recommended that you change out your nursing bra every day.
  5. Create good hygiene habits
    In general, we should all be practicing good hygiene. Get in the habit of washing your hands frequently, most importantly before a feeding to keep bacteria at bay. It’s a great idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer around as a backup.
  6. Clean your breast pump
    If you choose to pump, it is of primary importance to keep clean all your breast pump pieces that may encounter your breast milk. These items should be washed in warm water with dish soap and rinsed after each use to keep bacteria and germs away. Please check your pump manufacturer’s user guide to make sure you are following their directions.

Bottom line, NEVER feed with a dirty breast. Practicing good breast hygiene is important for both you and Baby.

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Milk Nursingwear’s Spring Line is Here

April 4, 2019

We are excited to reveal our 2019 spring collection!

Milk Nursingwear Spring Line

Step into Spring with florals, stripes, cutout details and lace. These new designs will freshen up your nursing wardrobe and take you straight through summer.

Don’t miss our new plus-sized options, and look for our dual function nursing tops that will take you from maternity, through nursing and beyond

Enjoy stylish and flattering nursing fashion at its best, while never sacrificing comfort. Shop our entire line of nursing tops, nursing dresses, nursing nightgowns and nursing bras at Milk Nursingwear today!

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Helping Mamas

March 21, 2019

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Do you ever wonder where our Milk Nursingwear discontinued and sample inventory ends up?

This year, we were happy to make a large donation of nursing tops, dresses and bras to a local Atlanta charity – Helping Mamas.

The mission of Helping Mamas is to “connect helping mamas to mamas needing help.” They are the baby supply bank for the state of Georgia. Helping Mamas has donated over 850,000 essential items to needy families. It’s just the beginning of 2019, and they have already donated to about 4,500 moms and their children. We LOVE being a part of the amazing work they do and support they provide.

If you would like to donate to Helping Mamas, click here.

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For Grandparents’ Eyes Only

March 7, 2019

If you’ve had a baby in the past couple of years, you most likely locked down a cool IG handle as soon as you had a name picked out. Times are changing. This year more parents are looking for a more intimate place to share photos of their child with those that are the most eager to see the tons of pictures you take each week – a.k.a. the grands and great-grands.

We have all become a little more careful about what we post and how often. While we want to make sure those close to us don’t miss a moment in baby’s life, no one wants to inundate our friends and acquaintances with a steady stream of pictures of our littles. Although some grandparents are all over social media and have no trouble navigating those waters, many others are not completely comfortable with a smartphone, let alone Facebook or Instagram. Not to mention, most of these kids will be none too happy one day when they get older and realize their entire life was forever captured on the web for all to see.

Many parents are now turning to photo sharing apps like Tinybeans or Tweekaboo to keep in touch with those that matter most and away from the noise of social media. They find it’s an easy way to share photos with specific family and friends, especially those not on social media, without feeling guilty about posting too much. So share away with no more worries about those bath-time shots coming back to haunt you later!

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Goodbye Gender Reveals

February 21, 2019

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Is this baby trend waning? All signs point to yes.

When we are pregnant, there’s nothing more we want to do than celebrate the new life growing inside of us. It seemed that everyone was jumping on the bandwagon and throwing a Pinterest-inspired party to answer the age-old question – is it a boy or a girl? But just as quickly as this new tradition started, it may be already becoming passé.

Many parents are finding their guests feel attending another celebration culminating with some sort of pink or blue explosion is a bit over the top and frivolous. While others are fighting subscribing to the gender norms of pink and blue, concerned they are reinforcing damaging gender stereotypes. In fact given the progress our culture has made, it seems a bit old-fashioned and out dated – not to mention one more thing to spend our hard-earned money on.

Who can deny there are countless gender reveals gone awry? Just checkout YouTube. Haven’t we all had a good laugh at the expense of some poor soon-to-be dad who smacked the baseball so hard it hit his wife in the face and exploded in a puff of pink? And don’t forget the Border Patrol agent that started a wildfire by shooting a rifle at a target intended to reveal the gender of his baby. The fire engulfed more than 45,000 acres in flames and caused more than $8 million in damage.

So if you feel the need to shout out the sex of your unborn child to the world, why not just send an announcement?

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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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