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.
Heading out with your baby (for the first or even the 100th time) can be so exciting! If you’re like me, you meticulously plan outfits for max cuteness overload, because you know that everyone will be oohing and aahing at your precious babe. Then comes the packing of the diaper bag.
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.
In honor of Labor Day (and because we absolutely love birth stories), we're sharing stories from our own deliveries. From barely making it to the hospital to laboring for four days, from home births to inductions, from two amniotic sacs to secret salads, Kindred Bravely moms get real!
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.
Kindred Bravely is honored to be named #20 on Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.
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.
The newborn days will be tough, but preparation can go a long way. Since you will likely pump at some point during your feeding journey, we've put together a few pumping tips to know before your baby arrives. RN, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow mom Shantel Harlin shares some great ideas to make your transition into new motherhood a bit easier.
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.
We’re helping you determine which bra is right for you. We’ll take a closer look at some of our favorite bra styles, give you a rundown of their features and what stage they’re best for, and share feedback from our team of bra experts. Each of our bras is unique, and we hope that sharing our team’s insights will help you decide which bra will work best for you.
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.
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.
Since we get a lot of questions about our different bra styles, we wanted to highlight what makes our bras unique. Every woman deserves a comfortable bra, and we hope this guide helps you find the bra that’s perfect for you.
When there are so many baby products to choose from, how do new parents determine what they really need? What should they put on their baby registry? And how can friends and family members know which gifts will truly be practical and appreciated? To narrow down the innumerable options and make the shopping process less overwhelming, we’ve curated a list of 20 baby shower gifts, sorted by category, that are sure to be loved by any parents-to-be.
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.
You may be experiencing an array of emotions during your third trimester, which begins in week 28 of your pregnancy. While you probably aren’t feeling nauseous in the third trimester, you’re likely feeling pretty fatigued and uncomfortable from all of the changes your body has gone through over the last several months. The good news? You’ll get to meet your baby oh so soon, and you’ll be head over heels in love.
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.
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.
We all desire the best for our children—for them to be happy and healthy, to feel loved and valued. The reality is, we will face challenges along the way, many of which are probably shared by others. When we support each other on our motherhood journeys, we are better for it. Celebrating our differences and allowing them to enrich rather than divide us will only make us stronger. Read on for the benefits of uniting in motherhood!
At Kindred Bravely, we love seeing moms bolster each other on our social media platforms, and we love getting the opportunity to personally interact with these women as often as possible. That’s one of the reasons we’re so grateful to use Kindred Bravely customers, fans, and team members in our photoshoots.
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...
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.