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.
What can you do so that this time next year you can say, “2019 was a success.”? What does it mean to have a successful year? Does it mean your friendships were stronger than they were a year ago? Does it mean you’re proud of who your children became this year? Does it mean your marriage was better this year than last? What if it meant that 2019 was your most positive year?
Guest blogger J.K. Coy shares her favorite baby food recipes: "Making my own baby food is a practical way to get healthy food in my little girls’ growing bodies. But I’m a busy mom, and anything I add to my to-do list has to be simple. Fortunately, I’ve discovered plenty of tips and tricks to simplify the process of making baby food."
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!
Being a mom can be the most fulfilling role you’ll ever have, and while you wouldn’t change it for the world, you still need balance in your life. Taking time for self-care is paramount to being a healthy mom for your child and your family. Finding this elusive time to recharge your batteries is easier said than done, and self-care means different things to different people. Whatever form of downtime appeals to you, here are ten ideas to help you create that space in your day.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and along with it, some colder weather. Although you’ve probably purchased everything needed to keep your baby warm and snug during the winter months, you’ll also want to make sure you’ve prepared yourself by stocking up on Kindred Bravely’s Cozy Essentials. These items guarantee comfort, and they make great gifts for any pregnant or nursing mama. Since every mom—especially a new one—deserves a little something to make her feel pampered and appreciated, this is the perfect opportunity to spread the love!
Guest blogger Erin Nelson opens up about motherhood: "When I reflect on my early days as a mother, especially when I had two children under the age of two, I realize that there were parts of motherhood that no one could have prepared me for. Sure, there were moments of joy and laughter each day, but some of it was just hard."
We love checking things off lists, especially when they’re mom-approved lists. Since traveling with babies and toddlers can be complicated (even more so during the holidays), we’ve put together our favorite tips and packing must-haves, and we created a streamlined, downloadable packing list for you.
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.
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.
In this guest post, Kindred Bravely's Instagram Manager, Sophia, gives a step-by-step guide for creating your own avocado costume: "This costume is incredibly easy and (dare I say) fool-proof! If you make a mistake, you can just fix it with some more paint!"
When my husband and I started planning our family, I knew we’d teach our children about the importance of being generous, and when we decided to start Kindred Bravely, I knew that giving would be part of our company’s DNA. As Kindred Bravely grows, we keep our company values front and center – and generosity is a huge part of that. From supporting non-profit organizations to helping people in our local communities, we’re always looking for ways to give back or pay it forward.
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 we commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss month, we wanted to share some recommendations to help parents and families find special ways to honor the babies gone too soon. Those who have lost a baby know there are no magic words to take the pain away and no Band-Aids to mend the broken hearts, but our hope is that these ideas may help the families of angel babies as they work through their grief.
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.
Kindred Bravely Founder Deeanne Akerson shares her tips on becoming a mom entrepreneur: "I understand how challenging – and exciting – it can be to begin your journey as a mom entrepreneur. I was there, just a few years ago. Before I started Kindred Bravely, I was a high school math teacher. I had no idea how to become an entrepreneur, and the learning curve was steep. In fact, I’m still learning so much every day, an unexpected and invigorating benefit of my career shift. Since founding Kindred Bravely, I’ve discovered a few things that might help other moms on their journeys as entrepreneurs."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.