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The DRIA Cover is a beautiful fashion poncho for pregnant moms, that doubles as a versatile baby cover. We are sure that it will be the newest staple in your wardrobe this season!

10 Photos That Capture Single Motherhood: The Challenges And The Joy.

According to a recent Pew Research Center Report, 34 percent of kids today live with an unmarried parent (up from 9 percent in 1960).

Tasha Nash, a single mom told the Huffington Post about a few obstacles and how she overcame them during the early stages of Motherhood. “Overcompensating by coaching sports you have never played, going on every field trip, taking them to endless activities, saving up for a year so they can have a birthday party and attempting to make it all look natural to them. Understanding that you don’t have the choice to give up regardless of the daunting void you feel, or the immeasurable odds seemingly against you.”

Single parenting, at the same time brings unparalleled joy. “It means the privilege of being the one who always gets to hold her hand,” added mom Bethany Gibson.

Below are images that the Huffington Post asked their community following to share that represent single parenting, and to tell the Post what the experience means to each of them personally.

The captions have been edited and condensed.

To view the full gallery visit this link: http://huff.to/160cvDq

 

Preparing For Breastfeeding

Are you an expecting mom who has made the decision to breastfeed? Then congratulations, both for having the bun baking in your oven, and for choosing to give your baby the best start in life via breastfeeding. You’re in for quite a bonding experience! However, before attempting your first latch with the baby, you might want to gather some tips to help prepare yourself for what’s to come.

Find a Way to Manage Stress

With a newborn in your life, stress is pretty much inevitable. There’s really no way to completely eliminate all stress when you’re still actively trying to learn the ropes of parenting. However, if you can at least somewhat manage the stress, it’s going to make breastfeeding a whole lot easier.

This is because stress that’s not being dealt with, can actually make it harder for you to achieve milk letdown. So while you’re still pregnant, figure out what relaxation method works best for you. Then rely on that method during the early days of breastfeeding.

Establish Your Support System

Being a new mom is tiring. And when you’re the one responsible for making sure the baby’s fed for every single feeding day and night, you’re going to need some support. So prior to your baby’s date of birth, try to get your support system in place. Let those close to you know how you’re going to need their assistance.

Accept offers to help with cooking and cleaning. Also, it generally helps to discuss breastfeeding prior with either a lactation consultant or a friend who’s successfully breastfed before. This way you can cut out all of your concerns before starting the process, and at the same time you’re creating a support system.

Gather All Breastfeeding Supplies

You’re born with everything that’s required for breastfeeding your baby. However, if you wish to make nursing sessions more comfortable for both you and the baby, there are definitely things that are going to be worthy of your investment:

  1. A nursing cover will help to provide you with some privacy when nursing on the go.
  2. A breast pump will allow you to have some alone time away from the baby every now and then.
  3. Nursing bras will provide the much needed support for your lactating breasts while simultaneously making your breasts easily accessible for the baby.
  4. A nursing pillow will allow you to nurse your baby without hunching over for extended periods of time.

Obviously, you can wait to buy any or all of these breastfeeding supplies as the need arises. However, with a newborn on your hands it can be challenging to find time to shop (Plus who doesn’t need another excuse to go shop?). Therefore, it’s much more convenient to gather all breastfeeding supplies ahead of time.

4 Tips For Breastfeeding In Public | Selecting The Right Nursing Cover

Nursing Cover

 

Going out with your exclusively breastfed baby for the first time? Then you’re probably feeling a bit nervous about what to do once it’s feeding time for your baby. That’s understandable considering how breastfeeding in public can be quite daunting when you’re first starting out. But as long as you prepare yourself ahead of time, you should be able to handle the task just fine. To gain some helpful information in regards to breastfeeding in public, check out the four tips below.

Enjoy the Simplicity

Choosing to breastfeed when out and about isn’t just good for the baby. It’s also really convenient for you. With your baby feeding directly from the source, you won’t need to bring along bottles of expressed milk. This makes prepping for going out a lot less time consuming. Plus it frees up space in the diaper bag for all of the other things that you’re going to need to bring for the baby.

No Need to Feel Self-Conscious

The thing that can often deter moms from breastfeeding in public is feeling self-conscious about having their top exposed. However, you shouldn’t allow such a fear to stop you from feeding your baby in the most nourishing way. It’s actually quite easy to be discreet while breastfeeding with a good nursing cover.

Select a full Coverage Nursing Cover

The biggest problem with a majority of the nursing covers out on the market today lies in the fact that they look like nursing covers. They make it easy for everyone around you to be able to tell that you are actively nursing your baby, and that might make you feel a bit awkward. To prevent this from happening, you’ll want to use a full coverage nursing cover that actually looks like a fashionable top. Not only will this draw less attention towards you and your baby, but it will also make it possible for you to continue wearing the nursing cover as a shirt long after your baby has weaned from the breast.

Fabric Choice Matters

When choosing your nursing cover, remember to consider the type of fabric used. It’s preferable to select a fabric that’s breathable in order to keep your baby from getting too hot while nursing. Also, you’ll want to choose a cover made with fabric that’s actually soft to the touch and has a high elasticity percentage. It will help to make the nursing experience more comfortable for both you and your baby all while remaining discreet.

Different Nursing Cover Styles

An Brief Looks at the Pros and Cons of Different Nursing Cover Styles

Nursing Cover Styles

Different Styles of Nursing Covers

With the Dria Cover maternity poncho, you get so much more than just a nursing cover.  It can be used as a stroller cover, car seat cover and so much more.  Not to mention it is the most comfortable and fashionable cover out there and made in the USA.