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Keep Your Breastfeeding Diet Pesticide Free for You and Baby’s Health

Keep Your Breastfeeding Diet Pesticide Free for You and Baby’s Health

There’s no set breastfeeding diet you should follow while nursing, but watching how many pesticides you consume should be a priority for any breastfeeding mom. Following these easy recommendations will keep you and your baby free from unnecessary chemical harm. Even if you can’t find everything organic at your local grocery store, there are additional ways to limit your family’s pesticide intake.

First things first: make sure to wash, scrub, and dry any fruits or veggies you’re planning on eating. The best way to make sure your produce is pesticide-free is to rinse any fruits thoroughly. After rinsing, take a paper towel and wipe away any leftover dirt before making your meal. Even if you purchase lettuce that’s pre-rinsed, it won’t hurt to throw it in a colander and quickly wash it again. Not only will this help protect you and your family against pesticide consumption, but diseases like listeria are often picked up through unwashed produce. Play it safe when it comes to your breastfeeding diet!

Summer is the best time to shop your local farmer’s market, and take advantage of any local produce you can purchase. Even if it’s not organic, there’s a better chance that your local produce carries less pesticides than fruits and veggies trucked in from a large-scale farm. Not only are farmer’s markets fun for the whole family, but you’ll be able to score sweet deals on fruits, veggies, and meats that you might not find in a traditional grocery store.

Keep in mind that the following fruits and veggies were deemed the “dirty dozen” by the Environmental Working Group 2011 study that looked at which food items contained the most pesticides on average: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale and collard greens. When it comes to your healthy breastfeeding diet and these foods, take precautions for you and your baby. A little research goes a long way, so try to read labels and pick produce that is healthy for you and your baby.

 

Are You Experiencing Early Signs of Pregnancy? Learn When to Take a Pregnancy Test

Are You Experiencing Early Signs of Pregnancy? Learn When to Take a Pregnancy Test

Sure, a missed period or two is a strong indication that a pregnancy test is in order, but what about other pregnancy signs you might be missing? If you’re trying to conceive, pay attention to these body cues, because they’re common signs of early pregnancy.

Sore breasts are one of the biggest indicators of pregnancy. Your middle section is not the only area of your body that undergoes drastic changes during pregnancy (hello, baby bump!); your breasts will feel tender and swell during your first weeks. As your pregnancy progresses, you can expect your breasts to grow at least two sizes by delivery. Hormones surge into your breast tissue and prompt growth in preparation for breastfeeding, so make sure you’re wearing comfy bras with room to grow into (like Loving Moments nursing bras!).

Another early pregnancy sign is feeling like you have a perpetual case of the Mondays—extreme, hard-to-shake fatigue. Your first trimester will be the most exhausting one of your pregnancy, so don’t be alarmed if your urge for an afternoon nap turns into a quick snooze on your desk. Make sure to rest as much as possible and keep a good bedtime schedule to combat sleepiness. You can expect to feel a surge of energy return during your second trimester, but don’t cut corners on sleep if you can help it, because once your little one arrives, your opportunity to nap will be replaced with caring for your infant 24/7.

Morning sickness is a true misnomer; this early pregnancy sign should have been named “feeling nauseous at anytime” sickness. It’s true that many pregnant women report feeling ill in the morning, but morning sickness can sneak up anytime, day or night. Feeling consistently ill when you’re not exhibiting signs of the flu is a definite pregnancy sign. Calm your stomach as best you can with saltines, ginger ale, and other mild foods. If you continue to experience morning sickness past your first trimester, touch base with your doctor to make sure that you’re gaining enough weight for your pregnancy.

Are you currently experiencing any of these pregnancy symptoms? If you are feeling more sore, tired, or queasy than usual, consider your cycle and head to your local pharmacy to get some answers.

How to Breastfeed Long Term and Maintain Consistent Breast Milk Production

How to Breastfeed Long Term and Maintain Consistent Breast Milk ProductionThe popular saying “go with the flow” was not intended to describe breastfeeding, but it’s a great reminder of how to keep your breast milk production consistent. Finding the right breastfeeding groove is a matter of figuring out what kind of storage capacity your breasts naturally have regarding producing and holding breast milk. After you’ve learned if you’re a heavy, moderate, or light breast milk producer, then you’ll want to come up with your “magic number” for the amount of times per day you should completely drain your breasts.

Certified Lactation Consultant Nancy Mohrbacher explained the “magic number” concept in a recent breastfeeding article that details the steps nursing mothers should take to maintain consistent breast milk supplies. Many new moms do not realize that when their breasts reach their maximum fullness then breast milk production naturally begins to slow down, so expressing breast milk or nursing your little one to effectively drain your breasts is key to continuing milk production.

If a mom’s “magic number” is 8 times a day (which Mohrbacher explains is a typical result for many nursing moms) then she must take care to express milk, pump, or breastfeed 8 times a day to maintain the same breast milk production. Her breast milk storage capacity will not change as time goes on, but the amount of milk she naturally produces is exactly the amount her baby needs for a healthy diet.

If your little one is breastfeeding less at home and you’re pumping the same amount at work, your breast milk production will be effected and slow down. Mohrbacher explains that many of the moms she works with do not take into account that as they introduce solids and reduce nursing sessions that their breast milk production is responding to less use. If you’re passionate about breastfeeding exclusively for a year or more, take care to consistently drain your breasts every day the same amount of times that worked for you when your little one was an infant. Your body takes its cues from your actions and will not continue to produce the same amount of breast milk if you’re steering your baby to other food sources.

 

Is Breastfeeding Supposed to Hurt? A Look at Common Nursing Issues

Is Breastfeeding Supposed to Hurt? A Look at Common Nursing IssuesWhile discussing breastfeeding with a loved one, trusted friend, or lactation consultant is very helpful for expecting moms, sometimes misinformation can make a pregnant mom-to-be hesitant to try breastfeeding. It’s important to remember that nursing will not be the same experience for every mom, even if it’s your sister or mother describing a particular nipple pain or let down issue.

It’s not uncommon for a new mom to have some pain associated with breastfeeding in the beginning. Not only is body sensitivity heightened after giving birth, but many women report feeling nipple soreness as baby’s first learning to latch. Engorgement can also be the source of breastfeeding pain; in the days following birth, breast milk “comes in” and can cause breasts to feel overly full and uncomfortable. New moms should try and prevent engorgement by nursing frequently and concentrating on letting baby eat fully at every breastfeeding session.

Lingering, burning pain that’s associated with breastfeeding is a sign that a visit to the doctor is in order. Not many moms experience infections or deep, throbbing pain, but any issues should be resolved as quickly as possible so breastfeeding is not disrupted. If you think you’re experiencing engorgement, you might have a low fever, harder than normal breasts, or nipples will flatten out. The best way to treat engorgement is to gently massage breasts and give frequent cool compresses before nursing for at least twenty minutes at a time.

If you feel nervous about breastfeeding, don’t hesitate to talk about your feelings with a lactation consultant or a veteran breastfeeding mom. Sharing experiences helps to build the nursing moms’ community. As long as you can remember that everyone’s breastfeeding journey is not exactly the same, then you will feel prepared to nurse your own little one.

Do Breastfed Babies Need to Drink Water to Stay Healthy?

Do Breastfed Babies Need to Drink Water to Stay Healthy?There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. Have you ever thought about pouring a glass (or bottle) for your baby though? Whether breastfeeding or not, new moms may wonder if their baby is not properly hydrated. So if you’re an expecting mom or currently breastfeeding your little one, we have the simple guidelines for when your baby should drink water.

Infants do not need to drink water for the first six months of life, regardless if they’re drinking breast milk, formula, or a combination of the two. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests not adding water to your baby’s diet until solid foods become a mealtime staple. Healthy babies will receive enough fluids from breast milk or formula and do not need to drink water like adults do. If you live in an unusually hot climate or feel worried about your baby’s health, consult your pediatrician for advice.

Breast milk provides all of your baby’s essential vitamins and nutrients; it is the original “super food” and gives your little one a completely nutritious meal. Though there’s no hard and fast set of rules, the AAP recommends not introducing solids until your baby is around six months old, so hold off on introducing water until that point as well. You can be confident that your breast milk is giving your baby the healthiest boost possible!

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Celebrating Dad’s Role and Breastfeeding This Father’s Day

Celebrating Dad’s Role and Breastfeeding This Father’s DayFather’s day is this weekend, and we’re sure you’re getting ready for lots of time spent celebrating with your family. Dads are notoriously hard to buy gifts for and rarely ask for any one item in particular. Why not thank your partner this year by detailing all of the specific ways he’s helped you while breastfeeding? Men generally report feeling removed from the breastfeeding schedule moms keep for their babies, and for understandable reasons most of the attention surrounding breastfeeding is attributed to the mom. Let your partner know that he’s a great dad and an essential part of your breastfeeding journey by thanking him for all of the times he’s brought you a snack while you nurse. Or let him know how much his encouragement kept you going when you had trouble getting the perfect latch in the beginning. Your baby’s health, care, and happiness are the most important goals you both share as parents, so let him know that he’s doing a great job keeping your family supported (like your favorite nursing bras!) this year.

Bottle feeding breast milk in the middle of the night, helping you figure out how your new breast pump works, laughing at your favorite television show together while you nurse—these are a few of the ways your partner has shared breastfeeding moments with you and your baby. Celebrate dad’s contributions and let him know how much his attention and care have added to your breastfeeding journey.

Happy Father’s Day to you and your families from all of us at Loving Moments.

Pregnancy Travel Checklist: The Essentials for a Stress-Free Vacation

Pregnancy Travel Checklist: The Essentials for a Stress-Free VacationSqueezing in one more summer vacation before baby’s due date? Make sure you don’t hit the road with some of these pregnancy travel essentials listed by Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or boat, this list will keep you feeling fresh and comfortable despite layovers and hot, humid weather. Pack your bags accordingly, moms-to-be!

Travel days can be the most trying on pregnant moms. Waiting in security lines, coasting down the high way with countless hours ahead—these travel scenarios are hard on anyone, but pregnant moms especially! Dress for comfort and breezy, casual style for your travel days. Start with a Loving Moments bralette (either the seamless bralette or the cotton bralette will be comfy and supportive) to minimize any excessive sweating or irritation from your regular bras. The rest of your outfit should be casual too: pair our Maternity Leggings with your favorite lightweight summer top. If you’re flying to your destination, remember that airports can be unexpectedly chilly from air conditioning, so don’t forget a light sweater in your travel tote.

Feeling queasy? Pack your bag with ginger chews or other nausea-relieving candies made just for pregnant women. You’ll also want a pack of sugar free gum to refresh your breath if you’re experiencing morning sickness. A mini tooth brushing kit and mouth wash will be lifesavers if you find yourself unable to cope with a rocky flight. Make sure everything you pack in your carry-on follows your airline’s liquids policy, so double-check before you head out.

Want a midday refresher? Cool down with a pack of sensitive skin baby wipes and a bottle of mineral water spray. These easy-to-carry items will keep you feeling fresh while in motion. The mineral water spray will keep your face hydrated and smooth despite sun, salt, and other harsh conditions. Don’t forget to sip water too—even though it means more bathroom breaks, staying hydrated is very important for expecting moms.

Hair ties, comfortable flats you can walk in, and extra panty liners round out P&N’s recommended list of travel items. We’d recommend a pack of washable nursing pads for those unexpected breast milk leaks while on the road as well. Don’t forget to pack a camera, too—some of your best vacation memories might occur before you make it to your final destination, and you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun.

Happy vacationing, moms-to-be!

Celebrity Babies: June Round-Up

Celebrity Babies: June Round-Up

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Who’s newly expecting, which stars are new parents—we’re covering our favorite Hollywood celebrities and their expanding families! Read on to find out more about the summer arrivals and new celebrity pregnancy announcements making the rounds online.

Ginnifer Goodwin + Josh Dallas

Welcome to the world, little Oliver Finlay Dallas! The proud parents welcomed their bouncing baby boy on May 29th in Los Angeles. Will the Once Upon a Time producers add a storyline for the newlywed’s first son? Ginnifer and Josh first met on the popular television show’s set, and we’d love to see their new family joy continue onscreen and off.

Kourtney Kardashian + Scott Disick

The famous reality couple recently confirmed to People.com that they’re expecting their third child together. Kourtney and Scott have not yet released any details about the pregnancy, but we’re sure the couple’s children, Mason, 4 and a half, and Penelope, 23 months, are excited to welcome another sibling into the mix. Congratulations, Kourtney and Scott!

Hayden Panettiere + Wladimir Klitschko

The petite Nashville star and her Ukrainian fiancé recently announced Hayden’s first pregnancy. Klitschko is a heavyweight boxing champion and proposed in October 2013. The happy couple has a lot of elements to balance in the next year—a wedding and a baby!—and we wish the two of them many congratulations on starting their family together.

Congrats, famous new moms and moms-to-be!

Family Time and Summer Fun with Loving Moments Spokesmom Danah Bordner

Danah and TaylorNow that school’s finally out, what are your summer plans for your family? Are your kids old enough to enjoy summer camp, or are you in the midst of planning a family vacation? Whether you’re a mom to little ones or toddlers, summertime is about taking advantage of the nice weather and making the most out of the long, sunny days. Loving Moments by Leading Lady Spokesmom Danah Bordner talks about her recent decision to take a break from the LPGA tour and how her summer days are filled with quality time with her daughter Taylor. Danah shares some of the activities they love to do together most, and why having some alone time is also beneficial for her mental and physical wellbeing during her second pregnancy. Thanks for sharing your summer so far with us, Danah!

I recently took a leave of absence from playing on the LPGA Tour due to being 7 months pregnant. I had two reasons for stepping away; the first was that it was getting more difficult to “keep up” with some of the physical demands of the tour, and the second was that I wanted to enjoy the summer with my daughter Taylor. We have truly enjoyed being home in Pittsford, New York together. Watching Taylor develop new language and social skills every day has been fun and exciting. Some days seem harder than others, especially when your little one tests your patience or you feel too tired to do anything at all, but seeing her day-to-day growth and smiling face makes my decision worth it.

Some of the activities Taylor and I enjoy doing together include: having picnics outside, drawing with chalk, going through the alphabet, painting (outside of course), gardening (she is quite the digger and watering helper), finding bugs, going on play dates with friends, going to the park and playground, swinging in our front yard, going on golf cart rides with daddy, playing in daddy’s golf shop at Irondequoit Country Club, and of course the occasional ice cream cone at Pittsford Dairy.

An important part of motherhood to me is staying healthy both physically and emotionally. I’m fortunate enough to have a great gym I can go to where Taylor can play with other kids while I can have some time to myself. Whether I’m lifting, doing cardio, yoga, or swimming, each exercise allows me to stay healthy during my pregnancy.

Recently, Taylor and I visited my hometown, Indianapolis, where we were able to take some personal time together before baby #2 comes along. Family time is important, and whether you’re spending time with your immediate family, extended family, or friends that are like family, it’s important to cherish the moments you share together. This trip was important to me because I want my daughter to get to know those who love her most.

Wishing you a happy summer, new and expecting moms!

 

Danah Bordner
Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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Baby Bottles and Breastfeeding: How to Work Bottle Feeding Into Your Nursing Routine

Baby Bottles and Breastfeeding: How to Work Bottle Feeding Into Your Nursing Routine

Did you receive a breast pump as a baby shower gift, or did you plan on buying one after testing out breastfeeding first? Many expecting moms assume that breast pumps are most useful for women who plan to work shortly after giving birth, but the reality of breastfeeding is that breast pumps are a helpful tool for stay-at-home moms too. If you pump breast milk and feed your baby a bottle at night, you can not only cut down on nursing time (and maybe get back to sleep) but you can also get your baby used to taking a bottle. Even if you’re breastfeeding exclusively, you should introduce your baby to a bottle between three and five weeks after birth.

“I wish I had known to pump breast milk sooner and get my husband used to feeding our daughter a bottle regularly — it didn’t occur to me that she might reject it.”

One mom expressed the above sentiment on a Babycenter.com forum dedicated to sharing bits of motherhood wisdom to expecting moms. When talking about breastfeeding, there’s a lot of focus on how to get a good latch, how often to nurse, and why your nipples will hurt through the first few weeks—but not a lot of focus on breast pumps, bottles, and how to combat nipple confusion. By mixing up nursing sessions between breast and bottle (after five weeks of solely breast!), your little one will feel more comfortable taking a bottle instead of demanding only your breast.

But what happens if your baby does reject the bottle? There are a couple of steps you can take help coach your little one into taking a rubber nipple again. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation shares some of its expert advice for new breastfeeding moms: don’t change bottles if your baby is refusing the rubber nipple while nursing. The foundation stresses that your little one isn’t frustrated with whatever type of bottle you’ve been using; the problem is that your baby probably wants only to nurse from your breast. To help get your baby to take the bottle again, keep pumping breast milk and offering the bottle as a nursing alternative, but try to do so in places that will not remind your baby of breastfeeding. If possible, have a person other than yourself bottle feed your baby. If you’re not visible during these feeding moments, your baby will be more likely to accept the bottle. Until you get over the bottle-refusing hump, try keeping your schedule as consistent as possible and remaining hopeful that your little one will return to bottles too.

Did you experience this problem while breastfeeding? Leave your advice for new moms in our comments.