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.
My son is seven months old and has yet to sleep longer than a four-hour stretch. He wakes up four, five, or even eight times a night and often takes over an hour to get back down. I try to enjoy these moments and remember that the snuggles won’t last forever. But I also know how hard it is to parent the way I want to when I can’t even keep my eyes open. We all want to do right by our children, and that means taking care of our own bodies. So I've compiled my favorite tips for dealing with sleep deprivation.
As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll likely find yourself dealing with nausea, hunger pangs, and odd cravings. Your changing body can make meal planning a challenge for even the most organized expectant mom. You’re probably tired and busier than ever, and you may have certain food aversions that make mealtimes difficult. One simple solution is to have quick and healthy snacks on hand to keep you satisfied in between meals.
Your pregnant body is constantly changing and growing, and as your pregnancy advances, your posture will naturally shift as well. After all, you’re carrying extra weight, which can impact how you naturally sit, stand, and move. Our guest blogger, a chiropractor, has helped many patients suffering from back pain due to the posture changes that take place in pregnancy. Read on for reasons pregnancy affects your posture and tips for maintaining good posture.
When I had my first two children, I had never even heard the word “doula.” My second birth was precipitous (less than three hours). I had planned to have an epidural as I did for my first delivery, but the second time, I wasn’t able to have any pain relief. My labor was so quick that my OB barely made it to catch my baby! Since my husband and I weren’t prepared to cope through labor and delivery in this way, the experience was incredibly scary for us...
In this guide to organic products for expectant moms, we’ll look at the pros and cons of choosing organic food, beauty/personal care products, and clothing. We’ve combed through the vast sea of research for you and offered up our key takeaways to help you make the best decisions for your family.
Spring is here. And so are the many delicious fruits and vegetables that spring brings. This is the perfect time for your family to indulge in the season’s best. It will be a pleasant change from the winter menu, especially for your toddler, as there will be more colors, flavors, and textures on the plate. Plus, introducing this variety will help create healthy food habits in your little one. Read more of our collaboration with What to Expect!
Many moms make sure everyone else in their family is taken care of before tending to their own needs. Well checks, dental appointments, haircuts for your kids? You’re on it. Your own stuff? Not so much. We hope our strategies help you overcome the hurdles you may be facing when trying to take care of your own health.
You’ve made it through the first trimester of your pregnancy, which can be rife with discomfort, nausea, and a lot of physical changes. Now that you’re in the second trimester, there is a lot to look forward to! Indeed, the second trimester is often referred to as the “Honeymoon Phase” of pregnancy because for many (not all!) women those difficult symptoms tend to ease up, and pregnancy may even begin to feel enjoyable.
You stare at the positive pregnancy test, your heart racing. The sense that life is about to change completely washes over you. Everyone reacts differently to this monumental news, and whether you’re excited, apprehensive, or nervous, we’re here to guide you through the tidal wave of emotions and physical changes that are about to begin for you and your baby. We've done the research to bring you the best information available about what you can expect during the first trimester. We’re here for you, and we know you've got this!
Jennifer Blossom of Blossoming Mommy and Baby shares her favorite tips to get kids to eat more veggies: "Whether you’ve got a little who’s refusing to eat the green-headed forest tree (AKA broccoli) or you’re skipping the vegetables altogether because you just can’t handle one more food battle, I hope the following tips and tricks will help you get your kids to eat more veggies."
In my experience of carrying three babies to term, the first trimester has always been the hardest by far. The exhaustion, the nausea, the nipple soreness, the constant trips to the bathroom – I could do without all of it (except my little bean, of course). As a nurse, I know that these symptoms are part of the process of developing a tiny human (and are often reassuring), but that doesn’t make them any more fun. Read on for tips to help get you through the first trimester.
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.
All the hype surrounding New Year’s resolutions can leave you feeling overwhelmed before the year even starts. Every year there’s a lot of pressure to “get in shape” and make this year “the best one ever.” There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier or more fit—and resolutions can help you accomplish what you’ve dreamed of doing—but setting attainable goals is the best way to set yourself up for success.
Women have a range of emotions when they get a positive pregnancy test. One fairly common reaction? Dread of morning sickness. And for good reason! Your body is changing; you may be incredibly tired; you may not have even told many people you’re expecting—the last thing you need is to run to the bathroom on a moment’s notice.
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.
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.
With the loss of a pregnancy, the possibility of what could have been can seem to slip away. Your baby is present to you from the moment you find out you are expecting, though he or she may seem “invisible” to the rest of the world. This can make the grieving process that much harder. Certified bereavement doula Gabrielle Mowry offers five things that may help you start healing after a miscarriage.
Generosity is a core value of our company. In our quest to bolster women in any way we can, we give to many incredible women’s health organizations. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share a little about one of the organizations we give to, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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.
Having a newborn is exciting and fulfilling, but it can also be demanding and unrelenting. Exercise is one of the best ways to contend with the challenges of new parenthood. As hard as it might be some days, working out can help you recover, manage stress, and stay positive. We asked one of our Marketing Outreach Coordinators, Stacey Kinney, a certified personal trainer, to share her expertise with you. We hope these tips help you achieve your postpartum fitness goals.
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!
Caring for a new baby can be exhausting, and during the first few weeks of motherhood, bouncing your baby to sleep and running from room to room might be your most intense physical activities. Once you have your doctor’s permission, a regular fitness routine can be incredibly beneficial. Whether you work out to tone the muscles that adapted to grow and deliver your baby, or to potentially alleviate symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, exercise can better equip you to care for your child. We hope our postpartum exercise ideas will help you come up with a fitness plan that works for you and your baby.
As hard as it might be some days, exercise can be incredibly beneficial for pregnant and postpartum women. In addition to being a great workout, yoga can relieve stress and teach you helpful breathing techniques. We asked our very own Customer Service Manager, Hannah Danto-Dorafsha, who is also a yoga instructor, to share her expertise with you. We hope these yoga tips help you achieve your pregnancy and postpartum fitness goals.
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.
When you're a busy or expectant mom, it can be hard to work out. Amy Jordan, Creator and CEO of WundaBar Pilates, is not only a fitness expert but also a successful entrepreneur and thriving mom of two. Amy has firsthand knowledge of how nonstop mom life is. But she also knows the incredible physical and mental benefits of exercising. She graciously and candidly answered all of our pregnancy and postpartum fitness questions and provided easy and effective exercises to do at home.
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!
In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."