Archives for February 2018

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Weight

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy WeightBreastfeeding may seem to be primarily a postpartum concern but new research indicates otherwise. A recent study shows that breastfeeding initiation and success rates are lower among women who are obese prior to pregnancy and who gain excessive weight during pregnancy. The message of the study aims to encourage women to focus on their pre-pregnancy and pregnancy health in order to support their babies’ best interest after birth.

As reported in the Journal of Human Lactation, the study followed 216 women who intended to breastfeed and had single births.  Initial BMI data was recorded during pregnancy and correlated to the onset of lactogenesis 2, the stage after colostrum when milk begins to flow.

The women were divided into two groups: those with a BMI under 30 and those whose BMI was over 30 during pregnancy. A normal BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is overweight. BMI of 30 and above is obese.

Approximately 46% of new moms with a BMI under 30 experienced delayed lactogenesis 2 and the statistic jumped to 58% among new moms considered obese. While this study did not differentiate between pre-pregnancy obesity and prenatal weight gain, other similar studies have showed pre-pregnancy obesity may even delay lactogenesis 1, the initial stage of colostrum.

The unfortunate chain reaction of delayed lactogenesis is multi-fold. First, after a period of time and without immediate support in the hospital, many moms chose to supplement breastfeeding. While the health of the baby is the first and foremost concern, supplementation often leads to continued supplementation, which further delays lactogenesis.

As babies get accustomed to supplementation, they may not take to the breast as easily and mothers may feel discouraged by breastfeeding. In the best of circumstances breastfeeding a newborn takes a lot of effort so it’s even more likely for new moms to give up if their babies aren’t interested in breastfeeding and their milk is not available. Constant feedings or pumping regularly while dealing with exhaustion is a tough choice to make and many moms cease breastfeeding altogether.

In fact, another study showed that the greater a mom’s BMI, the less likely she is to initiate breastfeeding and become dedicated to breastfeeding, plus she’s more likely to halt breastfeeding before meeting standard recommendations or her own goals.

All of this research highlights the need for support and intervention for moms who have health issues that may impede their success. This assistance is necessary from OBGYNs and their staff, nurses and on-staff lactation consultants at hospitals, and caregivers at home. For moms who know they are likely to face delayed lactogenesis due to being obese prior to pregnancy or who gained excessive weight during pregnancy, setting up a consultation with a lactation consultant can offer strategies and encouragement for breastfeeding success.

Sources: She Knows,, Breastfeeding Problems and NCBI

Hacks to Get Your Baby to Sleep Longer

Hacks to Get Your Baby to Sleep LongerMuch has changed about your life now that you’re a mom and operating on less sleep is probably one that’s not as dreamy as your baby’s gummy grin. Establishing sleep habits that get your baby to sleep longer can be a very challenging part of early parenthood but it can be life-changing for both you and your baby.


Check out these hacks to get your baby to sleep longer so everyone can catch a few more zzz’s in your house:

Develop a Bedtime Routine

Sure, your baby can’t tell time yet but he can recognize cues that bedtime is drawing near by repetition of activities. A bedtime routine helps your little one know what to expect and prepare himself for slumber. Baths, stories, lullabies and breastfeeding are all terrific parts of a calming bedtime routine.

Create Associations

Part of how to get your baby to sleep longer is his ability to go back to sleep if he wakes in the night. If he generally falls asleep being breastfed or rocked in your arms, he may feel he needs that to get back to sleep every time he wakes. Experts say to put your baby in bed drowsy but not yet asleep so they can learn the skills necessary to fall asleep alone.


Recreating a womb-like experience for your baby by using a swaddle can be helpful in the first few months. This not only keeps your little love bundled and warm, it helps reduce involuntary reflexes your baby cannot yet control that may wake him. Some swaddles have light weights for added pressure.

Breastfeed Strategically

It’s typical to breastfeed your baby before bedtime and many moms find their babies sleep better if they cluster feed later in the day. This may mean you’re breastfeeding every two hours starting around 2 p.m. The theory is your baby will be fuller and therefore sleep longer. Another strategy is to wake your baby before you go to bed for a dream feed. Sometimes this is helpful to do about 20 minutes before the time your baby usually wakes in the night. If he stays asleep during this feeding, he may continue to sleep afterwards.

Skip Unnecessary Diaper Changes

During the day you probably change your baby’s diaper after breastfeeding. This is not necessary at nighttime unless your baby has pooped. Diaper changes tend to wake babies due to the movement, cold sensations and light required for the job.

Soothe with Sound

A white noise machine or other devices that play peaceful music or replicate a mother’s heartbeat can help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep.

Darken the Room

Newborns often have trouble distinguishing between daytime and nighttime. A dark room at night, free of nightlights and equip with blackout curtains, can aid in setting your baby’s internal clock. Also, try to keep naptime brighter and offer your baby plenty of sun exposure during the day to solidify this lesson.

Prioritize Sleep

Your little baby is so portable it’s tempting to carry him with you wherever you go, day or night. But in the long run, developing a sleep schedule with a regular bedtime in his own crib will help your child be a better sleeper. Every once in awhile breaking bedtime rules is fine, but keep to your schedule as much as possible to get your baby to sleep longer. The consistency will pay off.

Sources: Romper and Babble

How to Celebrate Baby’s First Valentine’s Day

How to Celebrate Baby’s First Valentine’s DayBaby’s first Valentine’s Day can be just about the most adorable experience in your baby’s first year. From precious outfits and clever crafts, to new traditions and surprising loved ones, you can make this special day one you and your baby will enjoy together spreading happiness and love, of course.

Celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day with big love and some of these fun ideas:

Dress it Up

It’s quite possibly an unspoken parenting rule that you must dress your little one in an adorable outfit on your baby’s first Valentine’s Day. And there are just so many to choose from. In fact, we shared ideas on this very topic yesterday on our blog so check them out and pick something super cute for your baby to wear on the big day.

Decorate your House

From a few touches of red accents here and there, to wall-to-wall decorations, you can get in the festive Valentine’s Day spirit by decorating your house with your baby. Be sure to leave out a few romantic touches for your partner and tidy up the bedroom. Valentine’s Day may not include the glamorous night on the town that it used to but you can bring romanticism into your home with small gestures of love.

Send E-Cards

Getting e-cards warms anyone’s heart but receiving one from a new little baby is the perfect way to show your family’s love. Snap a photo of your bundle of joy and upload it into a sweet Valentine’s Day e-card to send to family and friends.

Bake a Smash Cake

Baking with your baby can be a real blast. Help your little one pour ingredients into a mixing bowl and work together to stir your batter. By making your own cake, you can not only ensure it is healthy for your baby’s delicate body, but also super moist enough for her to smash with delight.

Make a Keepsake Craft

Handprints and footprints are the ideal tools for Valentine’s Day crafts. Make cute heart-prints using your baby’s very own paws on canvas, poster board, cardstock or paper. Your baby will love this sensory experience and you can get your own creative juices flowing with a keepsake craft you can use to decorate your home for years to come.

Surprise Someone with a Visit

Although we’re celebrating a big value – love – Valentine’s Day isn’t actually a day off for most. If you have the opportunity, you and your baby can surprise someone you love with a visit. Perhaps you can deliver chocolates to a neighbor, bake cookies for grandparents or take Daddy to lunch.

Do a Photo Shoot

The traditional holiday photo shoot season may have passed you by but Valentine’s Day is an awesome time for a photo session. What better way to celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day and your family’s love than with a professional or amateur photo shoot so you can make the memories last forever. Be sure to dress in your V-day best and feel free to bring props like oversized hearts, cupid arrows and lots of red lipstick for smooches.

We hope you have a wonderful time as you celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day!

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, Mom 365 and The Bump

Baby Outfits for Valentine’s Day

Baby Outfits for Valentine’s DayYou’re full of love for your baby and she’s full of love for you right back. Baby’s first Valentine’s Day is a fantastic opportunity for a display of pure love. We’re sharing ideas for adorable baby outfits for Valentine’s Day so you can dress your baby in head-to-toe love on this most special holiday.

All Girl

For your tiny princess baby outfits for Valentine’s Day must include lots of frill. Tutus are all the rage, or how about ruffly bloomers beneath a Valentine’s themed-dress. For accessories you can go with a blooming flower headband or hat, leg warmers or bows, bows and more bows. Every combination of pinks and reds is appropriate. (This is one holiday when you can’t overdo the accessories.)

All Boy

For the baby boys in the house, bow ties or t-shirts with sewn on ties are as cute as can be. Suspenders or a vest are an excellent touch too. Witty shirts that say “Romeo” or “Ladies Man” will surely bring smiles to everyone around. Try adding a trendy red skull cap for a finishing touch on your cuddly Valentine.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Another cute idea for baby outfits for Valentine’s Day is the cost of kisses. Ironic t-shirts with slogans like “kisses will cost you” or “kisses 25 cents” are sassy and sweet for the most kissable babies on the block.

Stop in the Name of Love

Your little lovie has surely stolen your heart and is bound to be a heart breaker so display it proudly on a onesie. “Guilty of Stealing Hearts” or “Little Heart Breaker” tops are fun and simple baby outfits for Valentine’s Day.

In Honor Of

Celebrate a special Valentine with a message of love. “Mommy’s my Valentine” or “I Love Daddy” are wonderful ways to show affection.

Costume Party

For those who want to go all out, there’s nothing more appropriate than a cupid costume complete with plush bow and arrows.

Sweet and Simple

You can always keep things easy by creating basic shirts or onesies that display a heart or the word “LOVE.” Or a “Baby’s First Valentine’s Day” t-shirt will help you celebrate and remember this first holiday of love.

We hope you have a wonderful first Valentine’s Day with your newest Valentine!

Cute, Comfortable and Convenient Nursing Bras

Do your nursing bras have the three C’s: cuteness, comfort and convenience? If not, you’re definitely wearing the wrong nursing bras.

At Loving Moments we’re dedicated to helping new moms find the three C’s for an affordable price so all mothers have the opportunity to nurture their babies through breastfeeding. Fortunately breastfeeding doesn’t require much besides you and your baby, but a nursing bra can absolutely make it a lot easier. And when things are easier you’re more likely to maintain healthy habits and meet your goals.

Cute, Comfortable and Convenient Nursing BrasLoving Moments nursing bras features a comprehensive collection of cute, comfortable and convenient styles that will enhance your everyday lifestyle. If you’ve been missing your favorite t-shirt bra, sports bra or special occasion bra from your pre-baby days, you can long no more because we have exactly what you need with convenient nursing access.

Our CUTE details feature lace cups, lace trim, accent bows, trendy colors and patterns, and styles that are simply fun to wear. With our Underwire Padded Lace Nursing Bra, Cotton Softcup 2-Pack Nursing Bra, and Molded Wirefree Nursing Bra you can get your fill of lace and feel like a stylish mom. Or check out the adorable patterns of our Shirred Front Bralette and the adorable beveled detail on our Wirefree Padded Nursing Bra.

Cute, Comfortable and Convenient Nursing BrasYou can’t beat the COMFORT of Loving Moments nursing bras because we understand your need for a balance of stretch and support from maternity to nursing. Our bras walk that line beautifully like our Seamless Nursing Bra and several styles of sleep and leisure bras including our Cotton Racer Back Nursing Sleep Bra, Seamless Crossover Sleep NursiCute, Comfortable and Convenient Nursing Brasng Bra and our Leisure Sleep Bra. If you dream of comfort even with heavier breasts, these bras are like heaven.

The CONVENIENCE of Loving Moments bras is undeniable. New moms like you don’t have time to undress or fumble with regular bras when your baby is hungry. Simply unhook the nursing clasps with one hand or slide over cups and you have discreet breast access. With styles you can wear anywhere – from a Molded Underwire Nursing Bra to the office, to a Nursing Sports Bra to the gym – you will never miss a beat when it’s time to breastfeed.

As you’re nurturing and nourishing your baby, don’t forget to ensure you’ve got the three C’s covered in your nursing bras. You deserve cute, comfortable, convenient nursing bras so you can thoroughly enjoy your breastfeeding experience and meet your goals.

5 Things about Parenting that are Easier than You Thought

5 Things about Parenting that are Easier than You ThoughtParenting is hard, no one denies that. And in some respects, parenting gets harder as your children get older. As they say, “little kids, little problems – big kids, big problems.” But in the moment of new motherhood, it can feel quite challenging and even lonely. However, there are some things about parenting that are easier than you thought, wouldn’t you agree?

It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised that something is actually easier than expected. Sometimes when you set the bar low, it’s easier to exceed expectations while other times even a high bar is met with simplicity. Today we’re sharing some of the most common things about parenting that are easier than you thought.

Love & Nurture

Love for your children is universal for all moms. Even mothers who found it difficult to bond with their babies right away are eventually filled with love. The way moms show love and nurture may vary but it is usually easier than you thought to find those things. Whether it is through breastfeeding, lullabies, reading, babywearing or spending all day every day together, the ways you love and nurture your baby probably came about fairly naturally.

Sleep Deprivation

Hopped up on hormones and adrenaline, somehow your amazing new mom body learns to cope with very little sleep. Perhaps it was the training you went through in pregnancy when you just couldn’t get comfortable at night. Maybe it’s simply the pull of motherhood that allows you to function on sleep deprivation. Somehow you manage. And when you look back on what you accomplish in a day – breastfeeding, caring for your little one’s every need, and keeping yourself energized for the job – you can feel really incredible that you did it despite lack of sleep.

Maternal Instinct & Reading Your Baby’s Cues

A mother’s intuition is not a switch that turns on but one day early in motherhood you realize you have it. Your aptitude to know what is best for your baby is a tribute to your innate instinct and your keen ability to read your baby’s cues. Before motherhood you may have looked at a fussy baby and wondered how you would ever figure out how to soothe one of your own. Now you handle it like a pro because you have learned your baby and together you make a great pair.


The thought of stinky diapers prior to motherhood may have grossed you out but you’ve likely quickly learned that diapers are not a big deal. In the scheme of things that are difficult about parenting, diapers are actually on the easier end than most. Sure, you’ll have occasional leaks and blowouts, all at the most inopportune times. But you’ll learn to deal with it and move on.

Adding a Family Member

Every perspective mom has an ideal of what her life will be like with a baby but the reality is usually not exactly as imagined. Slowly you ease into having a new family member – whether it’s your first born or your fifth – and you can’t imagine life without each of your children. You will make a lot of sacrifices and your new life may not resemble your old one very much. But you develop a new normal and one filled with a lot of love for each member of your family.

Do you agree with these things about parenting that are easier than you thought?

Valentine’s Day Gifts for New Moms who Need a Break

There’s no doubt that as a new mom you could use a break. Between breastfeeding around the clock, learning to care for your baby and trying to maintain other aspects of your life, it’s about time for a mommy time out. Luckily, we have some Valentine’s Day gifts for moms who need a break and they have your name on them!

Today we’re inspiring you with ideas for yourself (or to nudge your special someone(s) to give you) as gifts for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day Gifts for New Moms who Need a BreakA Bath Tray: Whether you’re a regular bath-taker or a bath is a once-in-awhile luxury, you will love having a bath tray to hold your essential items like scented candles, a cell phone playing the latest and greatest YouTube videos and a cup of warm lactation tea. Even if you only take a bath on Valentine’s Day, this is the bath accessory you need.

Leisure Bras: Perhaps you’ve never worn leisure bras before becoming a mom but now is the absolute best time to start. Leisure bras keep your heavier-than-usual breasts supported day or night so you can relax in comfort and breastfeed anytime your baby is ready. They are so comfy you’ll forget you’re even wearing a bra.

A Blow-Out Gift Card: This blow out is all about your hair, not your baby’s diaper! That greasy messy ponytail with dried spit-up in it is all well and good for your baby, but you may want to spruce yourself up for an outing sometime soon. With a blow-out you can feel like a glam mom if only for a few days while it lasts. (And maybe you can catch a few zzz’s in the beauty chair too!)

An Essential Oil Diffuser: Everything in the world is better when you’re surrounded by lovely scents. Skip the chemical-laden fragrances and stick to natural essential oils that can help you relax and create a scintillating experience.

A Pair of Slippers: With a little one around you may be more careful about wearing shoes indoors. A pair of snuggly, chic slippers will keep your feet cozy and your floors cleaner at all times.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones: When daddy takes over for a few hours between feedings and it’s your turn for a break, you must have noise-cancelling headphones to escape into a peaceful, quiet place. Plus, you’ll love having them when you finally get a child-free vacation.

A Top Quality Skincare Kit: New moms don’t get the opportunity to pamper themselves very often but with a gift set of top quality skincare products you can extend your Valentine’s Day gift for at least a few months. Complete with a cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizers, toner and eye cream, you’ll feel like you’re in your old skin again in no time.

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy these Valentine’s Day gifts for new moms who need a break…a.k.a. YOU!

Sources: Popsugar and Health