No matter how prepared you are for breastfeeding, once your baby arrives, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Many moms wonder what position they should use for nursing, and while there is no right or wrong answer, there are a few common positions you might want to try.
The holidays bring merriment and memory-making but also a glut of events, expenses, and demands on your resources, which can be especially challenging with a new baby. Your baby doesn’t care if you have cookies to bake, lights to string, or presents to wrap. With disturbances to the predictable routine and overstimulating visits with the extended family, babies rely on you for physical and spiritual nourishment even more now. We’ve collected our best tips for reducing stress and ensuring an enjoyable holiday season!
Breastfeeding and pumping while traveling can feel daunting. Some babies roll with changes to their routine; other babies get distracted, tired, or anxious and nurse more or less frequently than usual. Whether you’re considering taking your breastfeeding baby on a vacation or you need to be away from him or her for a few days, we’ve put together some tips to help you plan a successful trip.
Despite widespread support for the health benefits of nursing, many new moms find that the act of breastfeeding is not altogether welcome in some spaces. The internet is filled with stories of women who receive unsolicited advice and shaming from strangers when attempting to nurse outside of their homes. Understandably, no one wants to have to deal with this type of vitriol in public or at work, and the good news is you don’t have to! In this article, we’ve gathered the best information available about your rights when it comes to breastfeeding in public spaces, including pumping in your workplace. With a bit of planning and knowledge, you can confidently navigate breastfeeding in public.
When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.
Pregnancy and lactation may reduce your breast cancer risk, but it’s important to know that it’s still possible to develop breast cancer when pregnant or breastfeeding. In fact, one in 3,000 pregnant women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pregnancy and lactation can potentially complicate screening and treatment, but there are still many options available.
As nursing moms and breastfeeding advocates, we spend a lot of time talking about breasts. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to give you five quick facts about breast cancer, pregnancy, and breastfeeding that you might not know.
You've just finished nursing and put your little one in the bouncer so you can eat dinner yourself. As soon as you sit down, however, your baby begins to root and turn his or her head side to side, mouth open wide. You check the diaper...dry. Attempt another burp...no luck. It can't possibly be time to nurse again already, you may think, but in the world of newborns, it probably is! Your baby may be exhibiting a behavior known as cluster feeding, and although it can be exhausting, it’s completely normal.
Did you know your breast milk not only changes from month to month but also throughout the day? Learn more fascinating facts about breast milk and its many benefits, including all about breast milk's flavor, nutrients, immune factors, and more!
To celebrate the launch of our patent-pending hands-free pumping and nursing bra, we wanted to share some of the breastfeeding stories we don’t often hear: the stories of pumping mamas. We hope these BraveMom stories and photos will encourage other pumping mamas and let them know they're not alone.
After exclusively pumping for a little over 12 months, pediatric nurse practitioner Bethaney Kaye has learned many lessons, some hard-won. To commemorate those 12 months, she put together 12 bits of advice to help you on your exclusive pumping journey.
Every nursing or pumping mom knows the incredible hunger that comes with feeding a baby. Grazing on wholesome snacks throughout the day is a great way to satisfy your appetite. Eating a variety of nutritious whole foods will also help you stay healthy and energized. We pulled together some great snack suggestions and recipes, which we hope will make your nursing or pumping journey a bit easier.
A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.
A mother’s breastfeeding journey is one of the most special bonding experiences she can have with her baby, but it’s not without its challenges. Even though most states provide legal protections for mothers to breastfeed their babies in public, there are too many news stories to count where these rights are violated. This World Breastfeeding Week, we encourage you to join your fellow nursing moms at The Global Big Latch On, a series of events to promote and normalize breastfeeding and help breastfeeding moms find community.
Every year from August 1 to August 7, people around the globe celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, this annual campaign raises awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. Whether you’re a nursing mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, we've pulled together eight ways to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
You may already know that breast milk is the perfect food for babies, providing them with all of the vital nutrition they need. But did you know that breast milk can come in many different colors? Rest assured, most variations in breast milk color are normal, even if they might seem slightly odd at first. To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together some explanations of the different milk colors you might encounter on your breastfeeding journey. And remember, you are exactly what your baby needs, and while these days, weeks, and months breastfeeding may sometimes be challenging, you’re perfectly designed for the job!
Pumping at work can be challenging, but so many of us do it anyway. We do it because we want to give our babies the best nutrients possible. We do it because we would be nursing our babies during the day if we were with them. We do it for any number of reasons, but at its core, pumping is an act of love. Acutely aware of how much support pumping moms may need when they return to work, we knew exactly where to find encouragement and advice: Kindred Bravely’s Facebook page. We asked these women what they wish they had known about pumping at work and pulled together some of their amazing responses.
Newborns rely on loving parents to soothe their sensory overload and meet their basic needs. Through this consistent caregiving, the parent-child bond grows. The beauty of this phase is that every moment – when you gaze at your newborn, touch her skin, feed her, rock her to sleep, change her diaper – is a part of the bonding process. With mindful communication and these simple tasks, the parent-child bond can flourish.
You’re sailing through your pre-baby to-do list. Your nursery is stocked with the haul from your baby shower. You’ve imagined every possible baby gear necessity. Yet one question remains: What will YOU need to accommodate your changing body? Although it may be tempting to make do with what you already have, a well-designed nursing bra works with your body, not against it, helping you to enjoy your baby even more – plus purchasing your first nursing bra is an exciting milestone!
Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. That’s why you pump during your lunch break or in the middle of the night and why you really do cry over spilled (or spoiled) milk. Since you devote so much of yourself to pumping milk for your baby, you want to make sure you’re storing and using it correctly. We put together some answers to the breast milk storage questions we get most often. We hope this information will help you give your baby all the nutrients your amazing body has produced.
Since pumping at work can be challenging and even a little intimidating at first, Shantel Harlin, a registered nurse, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow breastfeeding mom, put together some tips to help you feel like a pumping pro in no time.
Recently, one of our collaboration coordinators, Sydney Giannell, interviewed Dr. Pari Ghodsi, an OBGYN, about postpartum depression (PPD).
In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week, we asked BraveMoms on Facebook and Instagram to share their breastfeeding selfies ("Brelfies") with us using #BraveBrelfie. Thank you so much to all the incredible moms who were brave enough to share their photos and stories. The courage and honesty in their pictures and words are truly beautiful and inspiring.
Affirmations and mantras are great ways to infuse positive self-talk into our breastfeeding journeys. In this article, we'll share 15 of our favorite breastfeeding affirmations (downloadable). Whisper them, shout them, sing them to your baby, dance to them, repeat them over and over in your head -- every little bit of positivity helps.
Guest blogger Sophia Carr shares what she packed in her hospital bag -- the second time around. Your hospital bag really is all about you and what you will need to make your labor, delivery, and recovery a little more enjoyable. Sophia's favorite items will help get your packing started!
Whether from the stress of labor, a genetic predisposition, or even a perceived failure to “live up to” what you believe your motherhood journey should look like, postpartum depression can make you feel hopeless and broken. The good news? While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
Breastfeeding is all-consuming for a while, but it’s a short blip on the radar in the overall scheme of things. Even so, we remain forever changed by the experience. Sure, there is the obvious close bonding that we miss when it’s all over, but there are other things too – stranger things. The KB Moms weighed in on a few of the bizarre things we’ve missed weeks, months, or even years after closing the milk factory and moving onto the busy toddler-chasing years.