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Probiotics in Pregnancy May Reduce Postpartum Depression

Other than your prenatal vitamin, you may try to avoid medications and supplements during pregnancy. But there is one supplement you might want to reconsider. Research on the benefits of probiotics during pregnancy is somewhat limited but there is growing evidence they may help you and your baby stay healthy. And the latest study concludes probiotics in pregnancy may reduce postpartum depression.

An Overview of Probiotics

Probiotics are healthy microorganisms including bacteria and yeast that are present in the intestinal tract. They are often known as healthy bacteria because they are associated with some terrific benefits for your entire body. Introducing more probiotics through fermented foods (such as miso soup, kefir and yogurt) or a probiotics supplement can increase the population of healthy flora in the gut. The two most common types of probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

Probiotics in Pregnancy May Reduce Postpartum DepressionProbiotics in Pregnancy May Reduce Postpartum Depression

New research shows one of the benefits of probiotics during pregnancy for mothers may occur after childbirth. Postpartum depression and anxiety affects approximately one in nine women who give birth. But a study from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago showed taking probiotics in pregnancy may reduce postpartum depression and anxiety by 50%.

Different probiotics supplements contain different strains of healthy bacteria and in varying doses. This study proved promising results for the specific L. rhamnosus HN001 supplement. Different supplements may not yield the same results but the findings are a positive potential strategy for a serious condition many new moms face.

Probiotics Help Babies’ Microbiome

Probiotics are a healthy part of the body’s microbiome. That is, the community of microorganisms that live in the gut. Babies do not develop a microbiome prior to birth but they can start doing so at birth.

With the help of probiotics, healthy bacteria can accumulate in the vagina. Babies born via vaginal birth get their first dose of probiotics when they emerge into the world. Their microbiomes start in the healthiest possible way. Breastfeeding then continues to populate the gut with probiotics, especially if a mother continues to take probiotics supplements and eats a diet rich in probiotics. Plus, breastfeeding securely seals the intestines to prevent a “leaky gut” that can introduce harmful microbes into the microbiome.

Through recent research, experts discovered that even babies born via c-section can benefit from healthy bacteria in the vagina. In a procedure known as seeding, c-section babies can be colonized in their mother’s vaginal bacteria to reap some of its incredible advantages.

Probiotics Support a Healthy Immune System for Moms and Babies

In general, probiotics support a healthy body and especially a healthy immune system. Since immune health relies heavily on a healthy microbiome, keeping moms-to-be and their unborn babies healthy are among the benefits of probiotics during pregnancy.

Feeling weak and rundown, needing to take prescription medication or contracting infections that can spread to babies are certainly not ideal during pregnancy. A strong immune system helps moms and babies avoid these potentially harmful circumstances.

Sources: Mothering, Natural News, American Pregnancy and Mind, Body, Green

How Common are Inverted Nipples

How Common are Inverted NipplesBreastfeeding with inverted nipples can add an extra layer to your role as a lactating mom. Latch, positioning and gauging your baby’s milk intake through dirty diapers and steady growth become even more important. Plus, you may have to employ techniques to draw out your nipple for successful breastfeeding.

Just how common are inverted nipples anyways? And how do you breastfeed with inverted nipples?  Here’s what you need to know:

What are Inverted Nipples?

Both flat and inverted nipples do not protrude even when you pinch the areola an inch behind the nipple. Flat nipples remain even with the areola while inverted nipples retract inwards. Inverted nipples can range from slightly inverted or moderately inverted, to severely inverted. They are caused by adhesions that bind skin to the tissue beneath the nipple.

Causes of Inverted Nipples

Most women with flat or inverted nipples are born with them but sometimes the condition develops during puberty.

How Common are Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples are really not that uncommon and may only present on one breast. Up to a third of women have some level of inversion but only around 10% of women have them by the time they breastfeed. That’s because the adhesions causing inversion loosen as skin stretches during pregnancy. Inverted nipples are also less common with each additional pregnancy.

Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples

Proper latch is essential for successful breastfeeding regardless of whether your nipples are innies or outies. And proper latch means your baby is taking most of the areola in her mouth. That’s far more than just the nipples. As La Leche League points out “it’s called BREATfeeding not NIPPLEfeeding.”

Flat and slightly inverted nipples usually do not cause any problems while breastfeeding if your baby has proper latch. Moderate to severe inverted nipples can be more challenging because you may need to stimulate your nipple to draw it out before feedings.

Strategies for Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples

If you notice you have flat or inverted nipples during pregnancy or early motherhood, you can use the Hoffman Technique to try to loosen the adhesions. Put your thumbs at the base of the nipple and push against your breast while pulling your thumbs away from each other. This should help stretch the attachments underneath. Work up to doing this five times daily.

Once your baby arrives, you will need quicker strategies to make feedings easier. Nipple stimulation, pulling back your breast tissue temporarily, or using a breast pump before feedings can help. A nipple shield may support better latch when your baby can’t get to the nipple itself. The suckling will draw out the milk through tiny holes in the nipple shield. Also, breastfeeding often will naturally help loosen the adhesions under your nipples.

Seek Help for Breastfeeding with Flat or Inverted Nipples

If you’re struggling while breastfeeding with inverted nipples, seek help from a lactation consultant. She can assist in finding techniques that will work best for your situation. Your lactation consultant will also work on practical ways to ensure your baby stays calm and well-fed as you navigate this challenge.

The most important aspect of breastfeeding with inverted nipples is ensuring your baby is getting enough breast milk. The best gage for that is monitoring wet and dirty diapers and watching for steady growth.

Sources: La Leche League, Breastfeeding Basics and Self

What to do if you have Breastfeeding Pain

What to do if you have Breastfeeding PainBreastfeeding pain can stem from a variety of causes, many of which are fairly typical and usually temporary. We’re exploring the most common causes of breastfeeding pain and what to do if you have breastfeeding pain.

When you envision your breastfeeding experience you probably see you and your baby enjoying loving moments in a bonding embrace. For many new moms, breastfeeding is that idyllic vision, but it may not start off that way.  Other moms breastfeed while facing several challenges throughout the journey, including breastfeeding pain, and still persevere.

Find out what to do if you have breastfeeding pain spawned by these common causes:

Sore Nipples

Topping the list of breastfeeding pain is sore nipples. It is normal for nipples to be sore for the first few days or weeks of breastfeeding as they get used to round-the-clock suckling. Proper latch and good breastfeeding positions are essential to avoid long term sore nipples. To get through this temporary pain, use 100% lanolin cream after breastfeeding or pumping, or rub breast milk on your nipples for quick nutrient-dense healing.

Uterine Cramps

You can expect uterine cramps after childbirth and they can be especially strong while breastfeeding. As your uterus shrinks back to its original size, you may feel menstrual-like cramping. Letdowns trigger this cramping and therefore help breastfeeding moms recover faster after childbirth.

Engorgement

Full breasts can be painful breasts. That’s why feeding regularly, usually every 2-3 hours in the first few months, is essential. Or, if your pediatrician approves, go with the tried and true feeding on-demand method so you let your baby decide when she needs a meal. If you feel your breasts getting full between feedings, pump until you are comfortable. Your body will likely regulate milk production to your baby’s needs after around 2 or 3 months.

Plugged Duct

Engorgement can lead to a plugged duct. That’s when milk is backed up in a duct and cannot flow freely to the nipple. It is often marked by severe acute pain, redness and heat. If you have a plugged duct, massage the area and use warm compresses to loosen the knot. Continue to breastfeed as well.

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection in the breast that may occur during a plugged duct or due to bacteria introduced through the nipple. The signs of mastitis are similar to a plugged duct and may be accompanied by a fever and other flu-like symptoms. You can naturally treat mastitis similar to a plugged duct or you may need prescription medication. Be sure your doctor prescribes something compatible with continued breastfeeding.

Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that you and your baby can pass back-and-forth from nipple to mouth. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. For you, thrush may lead to nipple soreness, sharp pain, a red rash or a shiny appearance to your breast. In your baby thrush is marked by white patches inside her mouth and general fussiness. To get rid of thrush you and your baby will likely need to take medication. It is highly transferable and can come back time and time again if not treated properly.

Painful Letdowns

Some mothers never feel their own letdowns while others feel a tingling sensation throughout their breasts. Sometimes letdowns cause shooting pain. This may be due to engorgement or an infection like mastitis or thrush. Try to determine the cause of this type of breastfeeding pain and then treat it accordingly. If painful letdowns continue for more than two weeks, consult your doctor or a lactation consultant.

Tongue or Lip Tie

If you’ve checked for several of the common causes of breastfeeding pain and you still can’t find relief, you may want to have your baby examined for a tongue tie or lip tie. Both conditions can make breastfeeding difficult and uncomfortable but both can be corrected fairly easily by a surgeon. A lactation consultant or your pediatrician can diagnose a tongue tie or lip tie.

Back and Wrist Pain

You’ve just come off three quarters of a year carrying around a lot of extra weight. Plus you’re doing a lot of lifting your baby out of cribs, car seats, cradles and such after a major medical experience, childbirth. A little back pain can be expected. But, sometimes back and wrist pain stem from poor breastfeeding positions. Support your baby with your entire arm whenever possible and always bring your baby to your breast rather than hunch over to deliver milk. To soothe back and wrist pain, relax as much as possible, apply heat and get a massage if you have the opportunity.

If you are experiencing breastfeeding pain, get the root of the issue in order to find relief so you can return to your visions of precious breastfeeding moments.

Sources: Today’s Parent, New Parent and Kid’s Health

Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Baby Teeth: When to Expect Baby Teeth EruptionYour baby’s gummy smile is so cute but soon she’ll have a few pearly whites poking through her grin. The beginning of teething may bring about a lot of uncertainty, especially for breastfeeding moms. But knowing the order of baby teeth eruption can be useful as you monitor your baby’s development and as you help her navigate teething.

 

You may be dreading the teething process based on nightmare stories you’ve heard from other moms. It’s true, sharp teeth cutting through delicate baby gums can be quite painful and disruptive for your little one. But some babies actually show no sign of pain or indication that they are teething at all. Every baby handles teething differently so it’s impossible to know how your baby will react.

Here’s some information about baby teeth to keep in mind:

Signs Your Baby is Teething

In general, babies may drool more, try to gum or bite anything and everything in sight, point to their mouths or put their fingers in their mouths to stop the pain, tug on their ears and become more irritable during teething. You may notice your baby doesn’t want to breastfeed, becomes restless during sleep times and has diarrhea too.

Breastfeeding and Teething

On top of anxiety that your baby will be extra fussy and won’t sleep and eat well, breastfeeding moms fear biting during feedings. While this can happen, it’s actually less common than you think. If it does, nip the behavior right away by immediately unlatching your baby and saying “No biting, that hurts mommy.” Then let your baby resume breastfeeding. After a few interruptions, most babies learn not to bite.

When to Expect Baby Teeth Eruption

Just like other skills, milestones and elements of your baby’s development, baby teeth arrive at their own pace. However, there is a typical range of baby teeth eruption that may be useful to know as you await those 20 adorable tiny teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, this is the general timing and order you can expect baby teeth:

  • Lower Central Incisors (bottom front teeth): 6-10 months
  • Upper Central Incisors (top front teeth): 8-12 months
  • Upper Lateral Incisors (top 2nd teeth): 9-13 months
  • Lower Lateral Incisors (bottom 2nd teeth): 10-16 months
  • Upper First Molar (top 4th teeth): 13-19 months
  • Lower First Molar (bottom 4th teeth): 14-18 months
  • Upper Canines (top 3rd cuspid teeth): 16-22 months
  • Lower Canines (bottom 3rd cuspid teeth): 17-23 months
  • Lower Second Molar (bottom 5th teeth): 23-31 months
  • Upper Second Molar (top 5th teeth): 25-33 months

While these ranges are average, baby teeth eruption is not an indication of a developmental delay. If you are concerned about lack of baby teeth, discuss it with your pediatrician. If necessary, you can have an x-ray taken of your baby’s mouth to ensure teeth are indeed below the surface.

Loss of Baby Teeth & Eruption of Permanent Teeth

Usually baby teeth fall out in the same order they came in. This process typically begins around age six and continues until around age 12. Between the ages of six and 21 permanent teeth will erupt and 12 new teeth will emerge for a total of 32 permanent teeth.

Be sure to start brushing your little one’s baby teeth as soon as they appear. This beginning of a healthy dental routine will serve your child well as she grows new teeth. The health of baby teeth is an indication of the ultimate health of permanent teeth.

Sources: American Dental Association, Baby Center and Mama Natural

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, Cancer.org, 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.

Swaddle

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.

Diapering

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?