Archives for September 2013

Baby Names: Tips on How to Pick the Best One for You and Your Child

Decisions, decisions!  Selecting baby names is just one of the exciting choices new parents get to make.  Everyone has an opinion but the final choice is yours.

We’ve compiled some guidelines for picking perfect baby names worthy of your perfect baby:

Love the Name

Your child will live with this name forever.  Be passionate about the name you choose.  Be true to your own style and don’t fall prey to trends that are not who you are at the core.  That goes for the spelling of the name as well.  If you’re whimsical and creative, go for an unusual spelling.  If you are traditional, stick to the basics.  Make sure you like the sound of the name.  Practice introducing your child to make sure it flows and works for someone from infancy through adulthood.  Lastly, consider the initials as much as the name itself.

Find Meaning

Throughout the ages, people have selected baby names with great meaning to encourage their children to live up to these attributes.  Do your research – not only in your own culture, but in others as well – to ensure you value the meaning of the name.  Also consider family names as a way to honor people you admire or pass down names through the generations.  If your tradition is to pass down a name but you also want to be more creative, select a unique middle name or initiate a nickname.

mom & babyRespect Your Partner

Both you and your partner should have equal say in the name.  You will each have your own thoughts and opinions so listen to each other and compromise.  Keep a list and revisit it often.  Often partners have had a different experience with a name, either from knowing someone by that name or perhaps a celebrity by the name immediately comes to mind.  These pre-conceived feelings usually don’t change.

Take Your Time

You have around 9 months to determine your baby’s name.  You may want to wait to meet the baby before deciding what your little one will be called.  That is perfectly fine!  Sometimes it takes looking into your baby’s eyes to know exactly who they are.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness: A Story of one Woman, One Sister, One Daughter, One Friend’s Battle against Ovarian Cancer

Earlier in September, I wrote about National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  My best friend Erika died of the disease and I have made it a priority in my life to support and build awareness for this cause.  Part of my mission is to share information about ovarian cancer with women in order to help them understand the risk factors, symptoms and precautions to promote early detection and reduce ovarian cancer related deaths.  You can learn some basic information about the signs and symptoms in my recent Ovarian Cancer Awareness blog post.

Erika's Journey: The Endless MiracleMy best friend Erika had a beautiful soul that touched each and every person she met. Her smile, love for life, and laughter were all contagious.  She was a first grade teacher who was impacting the lives of children on a daily basis.  As she struggled with this vicious disease, Erika chronicled her battle and updated friends and family on her fight.  Her readership grew beyond loved ones into a worldwide audience.

Now Erika’s words have been made into a book, Erika’s Journey: The Endless Miracle.  Erika is no longer physically here to share her story, but her legacy lives on through this book.  As we join together to fight ovarian cancer, I encourage you to download the book and share it with those you love.  It’s available on Amazon.com, Apple iTunes, BarnesandNoble.com and Kobobooks.com.

Please join me in my mission to continue to make Erika’s life, and death, meaningful by educating and inspiring those you love to take action and stand up against ovarian cancer.

Danah

Baby Proofing: A Balance of Safety and Freedom

Danah Bordner and Family

LPGA Professional Golfer Danah Bordner with her husband Steve and daughter Taylor

Baby proofing is a necessary precaution, but in my home it is also important to us not to prevent Taylor’s natural curiosity. We want to make her feel that she belongs in our home just as much as we do.  Taylor started pulling up early:  At six month she was pulling up with assistance and at nine months she was pulling up on anything she could reach.  While she is loving the freedom, we are concerned about her safety around the house.

We knew baby proofing was important for protecting Taylor (and our house!) but we also wanted our home to look like adults live in it, too.  Here are some helpful tips we discovered to balance Taylor’s safety and freedom:

 

Outlets

Be sure to cover outlets.  The clear ones are barely noticeable.  Also remember to use power cord covers because it is far to easy for babies to pull plugs out from power strips.  The power cord covers fit under sofas and beds to stay hidden from view.

Fireplace

Lay a dense blanket over the hearth and place pillows on each corner.  This is a cozy way to prevent your house from looking like a jungle gym with foam padding.

Family Room

Allow babies to have their own space for toys in your family room.  After all, isn’t that the room where the family should enjoy spending time together?  Taylor has learned what space is hers and tends to leave our decorative items and furniture alone.  We use a cute basket that matches our décor.

Kitchen

Definitely lock kitchen cabinets and drawers that contain breakables and sharp objects, but do leave a few unlocked for your baby to play.  Fill it with Tupperware, pots, spoons and empty food containers so baby can pretend to cook along side you and develop a playful imagination.

It can be challenging to get your baby to understand boundaries but remain calm and patient.  Your baby will follow your lead, for better or for worse.

I hope your baby proofing goes smoothly!

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Caffeine and breastfeeding is a much debated topic among medical professionals and mothers alike.  I recommend limiting caffeine intake to less than 500 mg per day in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding.  That’s about one large cup of brewed coffee from a coffee shop.

Loving Moment between Mom & BabyBalancing your caffeine consumption and breastfeeding is a most important to consider at the newborn stage.  Newborns are more sensitive to caffeine than older infants and toddlers, so restricting caffeine a bit at the beginning is wise.  If you find your infant to be fussy and can’t get to sleep, consider reducing your caffeine intake for a few days to see if it makes a difference in your baby’s sleep patterns and overall behavior.  If that is helpful, consider cutting out caffeine for awhile until your baby is less sensitive to its effects.  When you reintroduce it, do it slowly so as not to jolt your baby’s system.

Everyone reacts differently to caffeine so consult your physician to get a recommendation that is best for you and your baby.  Keep in mind that there will always be conflicting information and opinions about what pregnant and breastfeeding women should put in their bodies.  Ultimately, it should be a personal choice.  Like most choices, being informed and striking a balance are key to making the best decisions for ourselves.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

Maternity Bras and When to Buy a Nursing Bra

Maternity Bras and Nursing BrasPurchasing maternity bras and deciding when to buy a nursing bra will depend on your body and your personal comfort level.  As you know firsthand, so much changes in your life during pregnancy.  That includes your body and your breasts.

Did you know that your breasts may be able to produce milk as soon as your second trimester?  Yup, that’s right.  Your breasts may be ultra-sensitive and will expand throughout pregnancy due to hormones,  and to help you prepare for the influx of milk.  Maternity bras, specifically soft, stretchy styles, are terrific for pregnancy.  They will keep you comfortable and help you transition to nursing when your little one arrives.

You’ll know it’s time buy a nursing bra as soon as your current bras feel tight.  A properly fitting bra is important to keep your breast healthy.  We recommend starting with a bra that is breathable and has a little give-and-take as your breasts continue to fluctuate until your milk supply stabilizes.  Fortunately, our nursing bras are designed to support heavier breasts during this time in your life.  Most of our nursing bras also feature an inner sling and thick straps to lift and provide extra support for your best breast health.

Leisure BrasLeisure bras are also great maternity bras and nursing bras because they are designed for ultimate comfort with padded straps and front clasps to make it very easy to feed or to wear while sleeping.  And nursing camis are also a great choice during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  They have built-in shelf bras and can be worn day or night, as a stand-alone top or under layers.

Listen to your body.  Most women transition to nursing bras by the third trimester.  Try a few styles to find your best fit and level of comfort.  And be sure to bring them with you to the hospital – you will need them right away!

Happy Breastfeeding!

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

LPGA Golfer Danah Bordner and Loving Moments SpokesMom!

Ovarian cancer awareness is an issue very close to my heart.  Having lost my best friend to ovarian cancer, I am a supporter and champion of National Ovarian Cancer Month awareness every September.  For me and thousands of other supporters, September is a time to educate people on the signs and symptoms of this terrible disease.

Believe it or not, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Still, many women do not know the risk factors and warning signs of the disease.  Because of the lack of awareness, only 20% of cases are caught in the early and most treatable stages.  This is why all of us must all join together to spread knowledge and awareness.

Here are some basic facts we should all know:

Be aware of the symptoms so you can detect them in early in yourself and others.  The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pressure or swelling; pelvic pain; prolonged indigestion; changes in bowel and bladder habits; lower back pain; loss of appetite; and lack of energy.

Understand the risk factors so you can be more vigilant.  Ovarian cancer is more common in older women and usually develops after menopause.  Women who are obese, consume higher fat diets, drink excessive alcohol and smoke are more likely to develop the disease.  A family or personal history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer increase a woman’s risk as well.  Additionally, women who have received hormone therapy may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Fortunately, there are some factors that decrease a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.  Child birth and breastfeeding (yay!) lower risk of ovarian cancer, as does having used birth control at any point in your life.  Like many cancers and other diseases, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and maintaining overall wellness can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

There are many ways to get involved in raising awareness on a national and community level through the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).  I am personally supporting the cause during our fifth and final major tournament on the LPGA Tour, which starts September 12th in Evian, France.  I am pledging money to NOCC for every birdie I make!

Who wants to join me?  You can follow my progress towards raising funds for ovarian cancer awareness on LPGA.com.  Let’s make a difference together!

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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