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Tips for Pregnant Military Spouses from a Military Mom of Three

Congratulations! You just found out that you’re pregnant. You’re excited, nervous, and eager to share your big news with your family and friends. Then you realize that you’re a thousand miles away from everyone you know and love. Your spouse is in and out of the field, off to trainings, and scheduled to deploy soon. What’s a military spouse to do? (Cue the freak-out.)

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Loneliness and Isolation in Motherhood:
A Conversation with Shasta Nelson

Lauren, Kindred Bravely's Affiliate Marketing Manager, sat down with Shasta Nelson, a leading expert in creating healthy friendships, to ask her advice on how to surround ourselves with strong support systems, even when it seems impossible in the midst of sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums, and hectic schedules.

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10 Self-Care Tips for New Moms

As a mom, it can be so hard to remember to make time for yourself, and it often feels downright impossible to find that time. After I had my first child, it seemed so easy to address his needs and put mine on hold, but since the demands of mothering don’t stop, I soon became depleted, physically and emotionally. In this article, we share ten of our favorite self-care strategies.

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Everything You Need to Know About The Global Big Latch On, August 3-5

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.

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World Breastfeeding Week - Our 8 Favorite Ways to Celebrate Liquid Gold

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.

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Finding Community

I know a lot of moms who struggle to find community. They had a community before they had kids, but when they became mothers, things changed. Perhaps some of their friends weren’t ready for the new dynamics. And that’s fine. Friendships evolve. I also think most moms want a community experiencing the same life events as they are. My ideal community, and what I think we really need, is a combination of people who’ve known us forever and people who are in the thick of it with us. I asked our followers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for their tips on how to build community.

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Meet Kindred Bravely's Social Media Team

From partners and family, to new and old friends, community is super important for busy moms. That's one of the reasons I'm so excited to introduce you to our Social Media Team, who work tirelessly to create the Kindred Bravely village. Meet the amazing women behind Kindred Bravely's Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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The Many Faces of Postpartum Depression

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.

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KindredMamas: Building a Village

As a new mom, I quickly learned there were two absolute must-haves for me: comfortable clothes and a caring community. I was fortunate to find several encouraging mom groups that were local to me: Stroller Strides, MOPs, and most importantly, a breastfeeding support group, but I knew several women who didn’t have those resources close to them.

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4 Types of Childbirth Classes You Should Know About

One of the best ways to prepare for labor is by attending a birthing class. Whether a day-long class or regular weekly sessions, these classes can help demystify childbirth. Most classes cover signs and stages of labor, how partners can help, and when to call your doctor. 

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7 Breastfeeding Questions from BraveMoms

Since Kindred Bravely is all about the sisterhood and courage of moms, we’ve started a new conversation on Instagram. Any mom can send us her question about pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, or parenting, and we’ll share them with our amazing community of moms, who offer suggestions and provide support.

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All about "The Big Latch On"

Although it’s as old as humanity, breastfeeding still carries with it something of a societal stigma. Women are often told to closet themselves away, cover their babies, or “just wait till you get home.” Frustrated with laws and “decency standards,” moms and other breastfeeding advocates have banded together to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. 

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8 Things Every Nursing Mom Needs

One of the best and worst things about the internet is the availability of information. As easy as it is to find answers to our most burning questions, it’s just as easy to become overwhelmed by the wealth of answers out there. Never is this more apparent than as a pregnant or new mom preparing for your baby. While there are plenty of products that can be beneficial, here are my essentials to ensure successful breastfeeding.

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Kindred Bravely's Fit Fairies

Some of our favorite reviews are about our customer service team, the incredible women who work behind the scenes to make sure everything is “just right” for every mom. They address technical issues, assist with bra fit, and respond to customer feedback. Like our Kindred BraveMoms, they're generous and encouraging, and we're thrilled to have them as representatives. 

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Centering Yourself amid the Chaos of a New Baby

Lists of self-care tips for new moms may seem obvious, but when dealing with a new baby, moms often forget to take care of themselves too. After having my son, it seemed so easy to address his needs first and put mine on hold. However, I soon felt depleted because the demands of mothering don't stop.

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