Leaving the hospital with your new baby is one of the most exciting and daunting times of a mother’s life. The first 10 days with a newborn will feel like forever and like a whirlwind all at the same time. You’ll be tired, frustrated, and amazed at the beautiful baby you just brought home.
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.
Newborns like to snuggle up while they nurse, often falling asleep at the breast (and looking extremely adorable while doing so), but older babies (4-12 months) may have more active nursing habits. They may stay awake, maintain eye contact, or play with your hands and face while feeding. Say hello to the ever-changing tiny human who is quickly realizing there is a wide world out there.
During National Breastfeeding Month, we have encouraged and celebrated moms at all stages of their journeys with nursing and pumping. For the last week of the month, we’re celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week to increase awareness about the experiences of black women and their families.
In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee established August as National Breastfeeding Month to celebrate breastfeeding and address its unique challenges. In 2014, Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka founded Black Breastfeeding Week, which takes place during the last week of National Breastfeeding Month. Sangodele-Ayoka said that she and her co-founders “created the week as a way to promote breastfeeding and let black moms know they’re not alone.”
Many women experience clogged milk ducts at some point in their breastfeeding journey. If addressed quickly, a clogged or plugged duct can be resolved relatively easily without medical treatment. In this piece, I’ll explain everything from what a milk duct is to what you can do to prevent or relieve a clogged duct.
If you’re a pumping mom – whether you pump exclusively, while away from your little one, or for the occasional night out – you work hard for every last ounce you pump, which means you probably cringe at spilling even a single drop of milk, much less having it spoil or go unused.
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.
In my work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I see many parents who doubt their ability to successfully provide breast milk for their babies. If you’re new to breastfeeding or you’ve done it before but can’t remember what those early weeks were like, read on for some tips to help you feel more at ease caring for your newborn.
Like every other aspect of motherhood, the breastfeeding journey is different for everyone. Some moms may find that nursing is easy right away, some may face discomfort and soreness in the initial weeks, and some may struggle for months to figure out the perfect latch. An easy routine may come quickly…or it may not. Regardless of the situation, there are things that can benefit all breastfeeding mamas. If your partner is breastfeeding or planning to, read on for some practical ways you can support her.
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 there are 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, August 1–7, we encourage you to join your fellow breastfeeding 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 (WBW). Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), this annual campaign raises awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers and works to support breastfeeding mothers and to normalize the practice. Whether you’re a breastfeeding mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, here are eight ways to celebrate WBW.
Every mom deserves the very best when it comes to maternity and nursing wear. Kindred Bravely’s collections include a host of award-winning products that are sure to help with any mama’s maternity or postpartum needs. Read on to learn more about our BraveMoms’ Fan Favorites.
Since moms often ask our Customer Care team if they really need different bra sizes for different stages of pregnancy and nursing, our Customer Service Manager Hannah wanted to share some Kindred Bravely Moms’ experiences with fluctuating breast size.
As a breastfeeding mother, you already enjoy an abundance of precious bonding time, but that’s not the only way to remain closely connected. Baby carriers are an excellent tool to carve out even more snuggle time.
Returning to work after having a baby can be challenging. You may be anxious about how you and your baby will handle the separation, and you may have questions about how you can best prepare for this transition. How can you keep up your milk supply? How should you store your breast milk? What supplies should you keep at work? Do you need extra supplies? To help you feel more prepared, we’ve put together an extensive list of items you might want in your pumping station at work, as well as a handy, printable checklist.
Pumping at work is no joke. From pumping between meetings (or classes or customers) to pumping on the commute to cleaning all the bottles and parts, pumping mamas are warriors. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve designed these super-cute, printable door hangers to let everyone know that mom is at work pumping.
Since nearly one-third of deliveries in the US occur via cesarean section, it’s important that moms who plan to breastfeed are prepared no matter how they end up delivering. While giving birth isn’t typically easy (hence the term “labor”), C-sections add a whole new dynamic to delivery and breastfeeding for which many moms aren’t prepared.
Since moms frequently reach out to our Customer Care team with questions about underwire, we thought we’d share some insights into our reasons for going wire-free.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
It’s no secret that shopping online can be both wonderful and stressful. It can be awesome because you can shop from anywhere, anytime. (Midnight snacking? Insomnia? Cluster feeding? Our store is always open!) But it can be frustrating because you can’t try on your purchases beforehand, so you’re never quite sure if they’re going to fit. To help you find the right nursing bra fit, we’ve compiled answers to some of our BraveMoms’ most frequently asked questions.
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.
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! Nursing Bras: Your Ultimate Guide will tell you everything you need to know to find your perfect nursing bra fit!
Breast milk provides excellent overall protection from sickness, but many babies still come down with some sort of cold, virus, or infection within the first year of life. During an illness, it’s possible your child will be fussier at the breast. Even if nursing is a bit more challenging, it’s important to continue breastfeeding since breast milk may be the best medicine for your little one.
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.