Loving Moments’ Breastfeeding Must-Haves

You’re going to be a new mom and you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby. We love your decision, and we’re here to help! Here are a few items from our Loving Moment’s Nursing Collection we think will be essential for your breastfeeding wardrobe:

 

Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

Maternity to Nursing Sleep Bra

Style L316

Every mom needs a sleep/leisure bra. While you breastfeed your breasts will become engorged with your baby’s milk supply and sometimes this can create soreness and make you feel uncomfortable. Our Loving Moments Sleep Bra is perfect when you need to relax, while the cool, cotton fabric is soft against your sore breasts making you feel comfortable again. It’s also great because the cups and can be simply pulled aside for easy breastfeeding access. There is no fuss, and no matter if its day or night your hungry baby will be feed without any trouble!

 

Nursing Pads

Style L12

Nursing pads are always something you should have while you breastfeed. Because your breasts are producing milk you will sometimes have the occasional leaking. While you are at work or on the go nursing pads will ensure you do not leak throw your clothing and keep you comfortable and dry. Our Loving Moments Washable Nursing Pads are great because you wash them and reuse them more than a couple times. They are also made from extra soft cotton and are designed to conform to every breast size while fitting perfecting in every bra. Nursing pads will help protect your clothing, but make sure to avoid wearing wet pads for an extended amount of time, and when you wash them never used a liquid fabric softener because they will absorb it and may irritate your skin!

 

Great Nursing Tank

Style L317

Nursing Cami’s are great for when you’re ready to get out of the house and you have nothing to wear because your pre-baby clothing doesn’t exactly fit you quiet the same yet. They are also helpful for breastfeeding because they have nursing clasps that can easily be unhooked and hooked for access. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cami is soft and sweet and essential for all breastfeeding moms. With both convenient breastfeeding necessities our cami is cute and stylish and has a delicate lace neckline to add a bit of flare. It can be worn just like any other tank under your favorite sweaters, tunics, and alone during the warmer months. The empire waistline gives you the appropriate feminine look that is flattering and modest, but it’s also loose fitting and can hide your after-baby belly.

 

Active Nursing Bra

L388

While you might wait awhile to be active again you should still have your basic active, t-shirt bra for your busy new mom schedule. Every mom needs their basic every day bra they can just slip on and off and that looks great under a simple t-shirt. Our Loving Moments Active Wirefree Nursing Bra is just what you’re looking for. It’s simple, soft, made out of a breathable, cotton blend, and it’s perfect for low impact activities when you’re trying to get back to your pre-baby shape.

 

Nursing Cover

L422

Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

For public breastfeeding it’s essential to have a nursing cover to help you feel modest and unexposed. Being a new mom, breastfeeding in public may be something you are a little uneasy about. Don’t be! Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing every women should experience with their baby. While you’re running around, going out to dinner with family, or lounging around at the park you will feel comfortable knowing you have a nursing cover that will hide your nerves. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cover provides discreet, on-the-go privacy during breastfeeding and pumping. It’s breathable and light weight, but it will also keep you and your little one warm during the colder months. Our Nursing Cover comes in a bunch of cute and stylish prints, and it can even be worn as a fashion scarf too!

 

 

Checkout and download our free Leading Lady Breastfeeding Handbook to learn more about breastfeeding, nursing bras, and more! http://www.leadinglady.com/pdf/Brstfdbook_web.pdf

 

 

 

Home Birth

Home BirthWhile not many individuals take the time to consider it, childbirth has not always been the safe and clean experience it has become. Throughout history, women have gone through strange, painful, and alarming procedures to safely deliver their children. These processes have greatly changed over the course of time and, in reality, it was not until the 1900s that the majority of women chose to birth their children in clinics.

This tradition continues today, where most expecting mothers choose a safe, sanitized hospital with an experienced staff to assist them. To many, this seems the only appropriate option. Why? Because it can be reassuring to know that a practiced, qualified medial team is there if you need them.

But despite this relatively new and popular custom, it is important to remember that as the years progress, our knowledge progresses with them. Our understanding of childbirth and the anatomy of the pregnant woman have only expanded, giving an increasing number of women another new option: a safe, well-planned home birth.

Exactly how it sounds , a home birth is the decision to go through labor and childbirth at home rather than the hospital. There are many risks and benefits associated with this option and we have gathered the following information to help you see if it might be right for you.

Benefits of a Home Birth

First and foremost, a home birth gives you the option of including those you love in the process. By surrounding yourself with family and friends, you will have numerous helpers, a familiar and comfortable environment, and constant support and encouragement. In addition, you will be able to wear your own comfy clothes, eat and drink, shower, walk around, watch television, read, etc. Basically: your house your rules!

Dissimilar from a hospital birth, a home birth will immediately provide you bonding through breastfeeding. This is an important necessity as it will not only help a new mother stop bleeding, but will transfer necessary disease-fighting antibodies from mother to baby.

Furthermore, although this is not always a first thought, a home birth can cost about 60% less than a hospital birth. This extra money can help you purchase all those diapers, baby clothes, baby books, and everything else you’ll need!

Risks of a Home Birth

No matter how carefully screened, planned, and prepared you are, anything can go wrong during childbirth; and while the risk of infant death has dropped dramatically over the years, it is still double the risk to give birth at home rather than at a hospital.

Potential problems can arise that require medical attention and both mother and child could be rushed from home to the hospital. Some of these problems are: labor is not progressing, placental abruption takes place, the umbilical cord prolapses, there is vaginal bleeding besides a bloody show, the placenta is not delivered, your baby is having trouble breathing, your baby shows abnormal signs of distress.

With such serious risks, the importance of an experienced midwife or doctor to assist you is more than a desire – it’s a necessity.

Home Birth Suggestions    

If you have decided that a home birth is right for you, there are a few steps to consider taking!

  1. Interview and choose experienced, qualified healthcare professionals to assist you through the process of your home birth. The midwives, nurse-midwives, or doctors that you speak with should all be certified and share the same philosophy on birth as your own.
  2. Consider hiring a doula (a trained labor assistant) for the big day!
  3. Create a birth plan in order to solve the following questions: where will you experience labor and delivery, will you use anything to cope with the pain, will you partake in a water birth, do you intend to breastfeed your baby immediately following delivery, what non-healthcare individuals will be assisting, and so on and so on. Discuss your plan with your chosen healthcare providers and make sure to ask what supplies you will need to have on hand. This could include anything from towels to a protective floor covering.
  4. It is essential to choose a pediatrician to examine your baby within 24 hours of their birth.
  5. Write out a backup plan just in case a transfer to the hospital becomes necessary.

With careful screening, preparation and execution, a home birth can be an amazing experience for an expecting mother. It is important to note, however, that home births are only ideal for those who have low-risk pregnancies that include the helpful involvement of a qualified midwife or doctor to assist them. Life-threatening issues can occur and, when that happens, the delay in medical care could put lives at serious risk. Properly understanding the benefits and risks of a home birth can help you decide if it truly is the right choice for you.

 

Breastfeeding Positions

Breastfeeding Positions If you’ve begun nursing, you have probably undergone a few frustrating arm positions to try and hold your little one in the most comfortable spot. And while there are a number of ways to safely hold your baby while breastfeeding, mothers must be aware of the strain they could potentially be putting on their child’s neck.

We have collected a few safe breastfeeding holds that allow your little one to nurse comfortably without turning his or her neck.

 

 

The Cradle

Place your baby’s head in the crook of your arm and support their back with your forearm and bottom with your hand. This allows your little one to lie sideways while facing you, with your breast directly in front of them.

 

The Football

Position your baby under your arm like a football and support their head with your hand and their body with your forearm. Like the cradle position, this allows them direct breast access.

 

Breastfeeding Positions The Side

One of the more relaxing positions, this allows you to lie down on your side with your baby facing you. Use pillows to prop up your head and shoulder and nurse comfortably with your baby resting by your side.

 

 

No matter what position you choose, remember to always stabilize your child’s head and neck and speak with your lactation specialist to learn to best course for you. Every mother is unique and specific actions may be recommended for you and your child.

 

Happy Nursing!

How to Produce More Breast Milk

If you’ve begun nursing you’ve probably occasionally had one of the breastfeeding mothers’ biggest concerns: is my baby getting enough milk?

It is important to remember that there are only a very small percent of mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their child and there are always steps to take to help produce more.

However, if you are feeling like your milk supply is a little low there are a few suggestions that could help you increase.

 

How to Produce More Breast Milk

  • Take care of yourself: Drink enough fluids and eat healthily. Never try dieting while you’re nursing, especially in the beginning when you are still forming your breast milk supply. You and your little one need you to stay healthy!

 

  • Nurse regularly, for as long as your baby will nurse: Nurse as frequently as possible and as often as your baby is hungry. The more you nurse, the better for you and your little one!

 

  • Offer your baby both of your breasts while feeding: ‘Switch nursing’ is incredibly helpful as it helps your baby to feed longer. When your child begins to slow down their suckling on your first breast, quickly switch them over to the second. Then switch again when their suckling begins to slow, until you have offered each breast twice.

 

  • Gently massage your breasts as you nurse: This helps the richer, high calorie milk let down more easily and stimulates breast milk flow.

 

In most normal cases a mother will always be able to produce enough milk for their hungry baby; but it is always helpful to be proactive and talk with a specialist to see what your options are if you are looking to increase your supply.

 

Make sure to talk with your lactation consultant to find the best course of action that is right for you. Every nursing mother is unique and specific recommendations or steps may be necessary.

Breast Milk Storage

If you have decided to use a breast pump to ensure your child a nutritious feeding when you’re apart, you have probably begun wondering how to properly and safely store your breast milk. Your breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby and it’s full of components to help strengthen their health.

Make sure to protect its nutrients by using the appropriate containers and storing practices.

 

Breast Milk StorageWhat is the best type of breast milk storage?

Remember to efficiently wash your hands before pumping or handling breast milk. Once your hands are clean and dry, store breast milk in a clean glass or plastic container with a secure lid or cap. While there are specifically made breast milk storage bags, we would recommend against them if possible as they leak, spill, and are easily polluted.

DO NOT store any expressed milk in disposable bottles or bags such as plastic water bottle containers or zip-lock baggies.

 

How should I label and store my containers?

It is essential to label all breast milk storage with the date it was pumped and stored with a water-resistant ink and label. Place the container(s) in the back of the refrigerator or freezer and make sure not to store them on the door.

Never fill your containers to the brim: breast milk expands during cooling and freezing.

 

How long will my stored breast milk stay good?

Different storing methods, containers, and cooling systems will make exact storing times vary. However, there are a few general recommendations that can be put to use for healthy babies:

 

Using a refrigerator: Breast milk can be safely stored in the back of your refrigerator for 5-8 days.

Using a freezer: Breast milk can be safely stored in the back of your traditional refrigerator-freezer for up to 3-6 months.

Keeping at room temperature: Recently pumped breast milk can remain at room temperature for up to 6 hours. However, if the room is particularly warm the milk should be transferred to a refrigerator or freezer.

 

Is it safe to add fresh milk to previously stored breast milk?

Yes, although the freshly expressed milk should be cooled before adding: adding warm breast milk to cold will potentially thaw the already frozen or chilled milk.

Do NOT combine milk that is expressed from different days; store these separately.

 

Whatever option you choose, make sure to set up a meeting with your doctor prior to storing your breast milk. Specific steps and recommendations may be made that would be best for you as a mother.

Breastfeeding while Pregnant

Breastfeeding while pregnant is more than just safe, it’s natural. Your body is designed to work miracles when it comes to your children. Not only can you breastfeed while pregnant but, after birthing your second child, you can nurse both little ones at once. Breastfeeding twins or two different aged siblings at once is called “tandem nursing” and it is incredibly common and healthy.

 

Breastfeeding while Pregnant While pregnant, many women worry about producing enough nutrients for both their growing baby and nursling and fear they will have to drastically increase their food intake. In reality, our remarkable bodies only require a well-balanced, nutritious diet. If you’re feeling hungry then go ahead and eat! If you’re feeling thirsty then drink! Trust your body and give it whatever it needs.

 

There are a few side effects to consider if this is your first time breastfeeding while pregnant:

 

All of these are normal and should be expected:

  • Different looking and tasting breast milk
    • Towards the end of a woman’s pregnancy, her body will begin to produce thicker, yellowish milk which will stop after the first few days of a baby’s birth. This is called colostrum and it is both normal and healthy.

 

  • A slight lessening of your breast milk supply
    • Hormonal changes will cause a woman’s milk supply to slightly decrease most likely by the second trimester.

 

  • Nipples far more tender than normal
    • As many women gently massage their tender breasts and nipples for comfort, some soon-to-be mothers are worried that the stimulation will cause an early birth as it helps the body produce oxytocin (a hormone that plays a large roll in contractions). In truth, the oxytocin produced is not enough to cause an early birth during normal circumstances.

 

Make sure to always speak to your lactation consultant prior to nursing while pregnant or participating in tandem nursing. Every woman is unique and specific steps and suggestions may be recommended that are essential for you as a mother.

 

How to Use a Breast Pump

So you have decided to give breast pumping a try.

This can be an emotional time for a mother, as many believe it to sever the bond that natural breastfeeding has made with their child. But don’t panic – this is one of the most traditional steps of nursing.

For many women, the idea of using a breast pump can seem incredibly foreign. In some cases, even unnatural. Yet, more often than not, it becomes a necessity. Whether your maternity leave is ending, you would like a steady supply of your milk, or your husband simply wants a chance at feeding, having a contained supply of breast milk will definitely come in handy.

But, before you begin, we recommend going through some of the breast pumping steps to have a better idea of the experience you will soon have.

 

How to Use a Breast PumpHow to use a breast pump

When preparing to use a breast pump, find a quiet, comfortable place and allow yourself a twenty to thirty minute undisturbed time range.

 

Steps:

  • Softly massage breasts.
  • Choose the appropriate size of plastic phalange.
  • Position and center the nipple on the plastic phalange.
  • Begin on the breast pump’s lowest setting and slowly increase speed until comfortable. (If your nipples become sore, try a lower suction setting).
  • While wearing your favorite Loving Moments Nursing Bra, pump each breast until breast milk no longer flows.
  • When the milk flow ends, release suction at the breast.
  • Gently rub your nipples and areola with unused breast milk.
  • Transfer the collected breast milk into a clean container or bottle.
  • Label and date the container and refrigerate immediately if you are not planning to use right away.

Make sure to speak with your lactation consultant so they can help to choose the best course of action for you. Every woman is unique and certain nursing pumps and steps may be recommended.

Whatever is decided, it is always important to remember that you should feel relaxed, comfortable, and safe. Find an area where you will not be disturbed or rushed and remember that the best milk production comes from a peaceful environment and a calm mother.

 

How to Choose a Breast Pump

How to Choose a Breast PumpFor some mothers, the idea of using a breast pump can seem unnatural and distant. And while there is nothing more beautiful than breastfeeding your child naturally, occasionally time is short and a nursing pump becomes necessary. So whether you are deciding to return to work and would like to leave the babysitter a supply of your milk for feedings, or your husband wants a chance to feed his child, a breast pump will make it possible.

Every mother’s life is different and, in certain cases, a breast pump isn’t needed. But, if the time comes and it is, there are a few key things to know before moving forward.

 

Breast Pump Options:

There are two main types of breast pumps for a mother to choose from: electric or manual. Both use a phalange that is attached to the nipple to mimic an infant extracting their mother’s milk. It is essential to choose the phalange size that best fits your nipple and place it correctly to prevent any irritation.

For an electric breast pump, the machine does all the work. You simply attach the phalange to your nipple, turn it on, sit back and wait. We recommend purchasing a hands-free pump so you won’t have to maintain the phalange and can read a magazine or book instead. However, it is always wise to have a manual pump in case of a situation where your electrical power source is unavailable.

For a manual breast pump, a squeezing or plunging mechanism is required to extract your breast milk which is then collected in the attached container. It will usually take much longer than an electric pump, although the situation will be completely controlled by the mother.

Either way, make sure to set up a meeting to speak with your lactation consultant prior to purchasing. Every nursing mother is different and specific breast pumps and steps may be suggested that would be best for you.

 

Try your choice of breast pump while wearing our Loving Moments nursing bras and enjoy the comfort and support you’ll surely need!

Learn Common Biting and Teething Signs During Breastfeeding

Learn Common Biting and Teething Signs During Breastfeeding Now that your infant’s teeth are beginning to appear, are you worried about how their presence will affect your breastfeeding routine? Most moms experience temporary biting issues during breastfeeding, but they do not derail the journey altogether. With gentle persistence and careful attention to your baby’s moods during nursing, you’ll be able to find the source of biting and stop the habit before it forms.

If you notice a change during your breastfeeding sessions now that your little one’s teeth have started to come in, the emerging nibbling issue will most likely have to do with teething pains. To avoid your infant using your nipple as a teething relief, keep teething rings and other distractions on hand while nursing. Your infant’s sucking motions might slow down before the biting begins; because of how the tongue naturally covers the lower set of teeth, you baby will not be able to bite you in the middle of a proper latch. If your baby seems irritated or distracted while nursing, try disengaging and replacing your nipple with a cool teething ring or suitable substitute.

Disinterest during breastfeeding is a clue that your baby might be biting out of boredom. If you feel as though your child is biting out of a reason not including teething, immediately end the nursing session once the biting begins. Calmly but firmly unlatch your little one from your nipple without a big fuss. When you lead by calm example your baby will not get the satisfaction of getting a rise out of you. Do not reward biting with a dramatic gesture; simply end the nursing session firmly but without forcible words or actions. You want to avoid giving into your little one’s desire for a reaction because it is possible that your little will continue biting others to continue receiving attention. Remember, if you set the tone that biting is not acceptable during breastfeeding your little one will respond appropriately.

To continue avoiding biting, make sure to avoid play fighting or “love bites” so your little one is not confused by your actions. If you want to truly avoid the habit, engaging in playful biting only confuses your child as to what is appropriate. Make clear boundaries concerning biting others with your little one to avoid bad behavior inside or outside your home. Just because your little one is biting during breastfeeding does not mean that it is necessarily time to end nursing; be patient and usually you will be able to resolve this minor issue with attention to your baby’s actions and moods.

 

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.