Checking in with our Superstar Spokesmom, Danah Bordner

LPGA Golfer Danah Bordner and Loving Moments SpokesMom!

LPGA Golfer Danah Bordner and Loving Moments SpokesMom!

As a LPGA golfer, mother of two, wife and advocate, Danah Bordner is a busy working mom.  If you ask her, she is the luckiest lady on the planet because she gets to pursue all of her passions and fulfill her dreams.  As busy as life gets, she wasn’t too busy to find time to breastfeed and pump for her two daughters, Taylor (3) and Reagan (1) as she tours the world playing tournaments.  Plus, she finds time to advocate for ovarian cancer awareness, a cause that is close to her heart.

Mothering on Tour

Danah feels fortunate to bring her daughters with her to tournaments about 75% of the time.  Having her girls close, and being able to maintain breastfeeding and pumping, improves her game on the course and as a mom.  Smuckers and the LPGA offer child-care to children of LPGA golfers during tournaments.  The two women who travel with the tour give the program, children and mothers much-needed stability and continuity of care while moms are golfing. Danah is particularly grateful that they supported her family’s breastfeeding goals.

Danah also had inspirational mothers on tour with her who were tremendous role models for her success.  Fellow LPGA golfers Laura Diaz, Leta Lindley and Wendy Ward served as examples of how to make all the pieces fit as mothers and athletes.  And she also learned a few tricks long the way.  One of her best skills became breastfeeding with one arm while responding to emails or doing makeup with the other.  She also prepared her kids well for being independent and in new environments, like being able to walk up and down stairs safely and drinking from a straw early.  Additionally, Danah was conscious of packing light to keep things simple for everyone.  “I packed one suitcase and one small carry on for the week,” she said.  “I always tell myself, if you truly need something or forget it, you can always go buy it!”

Like her family, Danah keeps her inspiration close to home, even when home is on the road.  First, her husband is her coach, which she says works really well for them and saves money.  When she needs inspiration, she finds it within herself, her “happy place,” that helps keep her centered and her goals in perspective.  And if all else fails, tickling her daughters and hearing their laughter supplies her with phenomenal inspiration.

Breastfeeding and Pumping on the Road

Danah breastfed and pumped for both Taylor and Reagan while traveling with the tour.  If you think pumping at your workplace poses a challenge, what if your office was a golf course?  But like any dedicated mom, Danah found a way to make it work.  “I was very lucky to have produced so much,” Danah said.  She purchased a separate freezer for her home to store nearly five months of milk and brought it with her to her temporary headquarters in Florida from December through March.

“My first priority would be to pump immediately after I signed my score card,” Danah said about the logistics of pumping on tour.  “I also timed my practice around my pumping or feeding schedule when I could.”  She cites organization and hydration as her biggest assets for breastfeeding and pumping on the road.  “Whether you are at home or on the road, staying ahead of the game is key.”

Like many other working moms, Danah sometimes had to “pump and dump.”  As “truly heartbreaking” as it was to throw away milk she worked hard to produce and found time to pump, she felt it was worth it to maintain milk production.  “Let’s face it,” she said, “not every industry or workplace is equipped to store breast milk, especially when flying traveling 8-14 hours in one day.”

Of course, breastfeeding while traveling is not without its difficulties and blunders.  Like most new moms, Danah sprayed her daughters with breast milk before feedings on occasion.  And even with as much traveling as she did, she still felt awkward feeding on an airplane.  She learned that window seats were ideal and if she had to make a connection, sitting on opposite sides of the plane would allow her to breastfeed more easily from each breast.  Danah also learned early which foods would cause diaper rash – either through breast milk when she ate them or when the girls moved up to solids – to avoid painful moments while traveling.

As with most new moms, the second breastfeeding experience posed new challenges for Danah as she had to entertain 21-month-old Taylor while nursing baby Reagan.  Danah’s solution: she bought $20 worth of gifts at the dollar store and wrapped them individually.  Whenever she had to feed while Taylor was around, Taylor would get a new toy to keep her occupied.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, a cause that has affected Danah in a profound way.  A close friend of hers died of ovarian cancer and ever since, Danah adopted Ovarian Cancer Awareness as her cause.  She works with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to spread the word about early detection of this deadly disease.  “Too many women, young and old, have lost their lives due to ignoring symptoms, Danah said.  “September is the month for Teal.”  Much like pink represents Breast Cancer Awareness, Teal is the color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Danah’s color for the month of September as well.

Check out Danah on tour during the LPGA season.  She’s the beaming mother of two in the Loving Moments hat.  We hope you join us in cheering her on!

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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Mother’s Day: What Gifts SpokesMom Danah Bordner Gives to her Daughters

Danah's daughter Taylor is excited to be a big sisterLoving Moments by Leading Lady SpokesMom Danah Bordner loves being a part of the LPGA tour and makes every effort to travel with her family to tournaments if possible. For Mother’s Day, Bordner shares which parts of Motherhood make the biggest impressions on her daughter Taylor, and what steps Bordner can take to ensure that both of her daughters are raised with the best values. We hope you get a chance to relax this Mother’s Day Danah, you’ve definitely earned it!

Being a mom is hard work, and being a working mom is even harder. It is truly a juggling act balancing my tour commitment with parenting, but I have to remind myself that nothing is ever more important than the love and wisdom I can give my child.

We are excited to be expecting another daughter in August. I know Taylor is going to be a great big sister. But, before I give birth, it’s important now to teach Taylor respect and kindness because pretty soon she will have to share the stage with her baby sister. I’m sure our patience will be tested, but it’s how you deal with those particular situations as parents that truly teach your child how to deal with growing up. After all, they learn by watching you!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’m thankful for my mother who taught me many valuable lessons in life that I can now share with my daughters.

Happy Mother’s Day to Danah and all of our Loving Moments moms!

Loving Moments SpokesMom Danah Bordner’s Exciting Family News!

Leading Lady SpokesMom Danah Bordner has exciting news to share with our nursing moms’ community!

danah-and-taylor-lpga-instagramAs the 2014 LPGA season gets underway, I have a lot of excitement about this upcoming year.  I will only be competing until May or so, but for good reason…Steve and I are expecting our second child in mid-August!  Taylor is very excited to be a big sister, and has learned to say the word “baby” while pointing at my belly.  We are happy that we will have an opportunity to spend more time together as a family at home this summer.  I feel so blessed to be a part of the Leading Lady team and can’t wait to try some of the new maternity pieces in their Loving Moments collection!

Congratulations to the growing Bordner family! We’re so happy to share in your family journey. You can watch Danah compete in the Kraft Nabisco Tournament in Rancho Mirage, California starting April 3rd.

Traveling with a One-Year-Old on the LPGA Tour

danah-and-taylor-lpga-instagramLoving Moments by Leading Lady Spokesmom Danah Bordner recently started her 2014 LPGA season by competing in the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA event in January. Held at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, Danah recounts what traveling with a one-year-old is like and how her support system allows for her daughter to cheer her on at each golf event:

Off to travel the world again with the LPGA Tour, and this year my little traveling companion is a one-year-old!  Boarding the flight, checking in at the hotel, and unpacking our luggage to make sure I have all of her necessities make the travel process more tedious. The actual flying time is the easiest part. Thanks to my wonderful mom (who couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to the Bahamas), a fellow LPGA competitor, and amazing volunteers that help at each tournament. They make my job a little bit easier!

At each event, all of the LPGA competitors have child care provided by Smuckers®. Without the two fantastic ladies that come to each event, Taylor wouldn’t be able to travel with me. I can’t imagine not having her by my side every week. Yes, travel with a toddler has its share of challenges, but she is undoubtedly worth it.

Danah Bordner
Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas

My little Taylor, enjoying the sunshine just before Christmas!

Christmas is a beautiful time of year because we get to celebrate our Christmas traditions. And for my family, children make this holiday time much more exciting. We have several wonderful Christmas traditions, new and old.  Some have been part of my family for decades.  Others we have introduced since Taylor was born.

One tradition we started with Taylor is baking a cake for Jesus. We want her to know the true meaning behind the season.  By starting this tradition, we are able to talk about our beliefs while doing a fun family activity.

Another tradition my family has revolves around food and golf…are you surprised?   We make homemade biscuits and gravy, then go out to play golf before Christmas dinner. I realize this isn’t typical for most families, but after spending over 30 years in Florida during Christmas, it seems it is the thing to do!

Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, enjoy the many blessings that surround you.  Wishing you much joy and love during this holiday season!

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

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: My Grandma T’s Pie Crust Recipe

There are so many things for which we can be thankful:  family, friends, health and freedom are at the top of my list.  What are you thankful for this year?  Whether you are celebrating with family, friends or both, Thanksgiving is a time to come together to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

I love to spend the holiday with my family, and this year for us that means planning Thanksgiving activities for kids.  You can spend time together doing a variety of things, from taking a fall hike, to doing a craft together, to volunteering in your community, or cooking.  I like baking, and creating all sorts of treats can make for fun Thanksgiving activities for kids. Just make sure you pick the right recipes, and plan ahead.

One of my all-time favorite recipes is my Grandma T’s easy pie crust.  It always gets me in the Thanksgiving spirit, and I bet it will do the same for you.  Get your kids involved by having them help you measure (for older kids) and pour (for younger kids) the ingredients.  In the end, this is one delicious treat for kids of all ages!

Danah and Taylor_Pumpkin PatchGrandma T’s Pie Crust

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 cups butter or Crisco

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

½ cup cold water

Directions:

  1. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender until the pieces are pea-sized.
  2. Mix egg, sugar, vinegar and water
  3. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until it forms a ball
  4. Roll into pie pan

*Keeps up to 2 months in the freezer!

Of course, when you’re done making the crust, picking out the pie filling can be an equally delicious activity for the kids to enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Danah

Danah Bordner
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Baby’s First Birthday: Happy Birthday Taylor!

Danah and Taylor_Taylor Turns 1If you’re like me, many emotions surface as your baby’s first birthday approaches.

While you are working on the party plans, invitations and picking the right outfit (for yourself and baby!) for baby’s first birthday, you are still also working on perfecting parenthood too.  You wonder where the year has gone and start questioning yourself.  Did I take enough pictures?  Have we been involved in enough activities at each monumental stage of development?  Am I doing all that I can to make her life great?

Then you stop and look at your one-year-old and realize that she is as perfect as perfect can be.  You know she feels your love when her eyes brighten and you see her beaming smile as you walk into a room.  In addition to providing her basic human needs of nutrients (which you’ve provided in the best possible way through breast milk), clothing and shelter, love is the most important element we can fulfill for our children.  Love makes a difference in their first year of life, and well beyond.  The bond you’ve developed with your child will last forever, and the love she’s learning from you will spill over into every aspect of her future.

I’ve learned to cherish the “loving moments” in each and every day with Taylor.  I hope you are doing the same with your little ones as well.

Sippy Cups vs. Straw Cups: The Art of Drinking from a Straw

Danah and TaylorSippy cups and straw cups take up entire aisles at baby stores, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.  There are a seemingly endless number of choices made for babies and children of all different ages and with a variety of spouts.

At an early age, we encouraged Taylor to drink from a straw.  Research shows that drinking from a straw helps develop babies’ mouth muscles, which prepares them for speech.  A straw cup strengthens and positions the tongue correctly for successful speech.   Luckily, those aisles full of sippy cups and straw cups also come in spill-proof versions!

Taylor finally mastered the art of drinking from a straw at nine months and loves doing it!  Go Taylor, Go!

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

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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