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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.

Breastfeeding baby with feet poking out of nursing cover

4 Breastfeeding Benefits All Moms Must Know

Benefits to the Baby

1) Colostrum Production

Breastfed baby sleep on Solana Driacover

Sleep and comfy breastfed baby

After birth, a woman’s breast milk contains a special liquid called colostrum. This yellow liquid is chock full of nutrients and antibodies that do more for your baby than formula. A woman’s body is designed to give just enough of this liquid,and as your baby grows and develops, the concentration of colostrum in the breast milk also changes to suit the needs of your child. This golden nectar also helps to develop the baby’s natural immune system. Breast milk is also easier for the baby to digest, which ensures the child doesn’t need to adjust like it would with formula. This helps to reduce the likelihood of diarrhea and an upset stomach.

Benefits to the Mother

2) Money Saved & Convenience Made

The breastfeeding benefits are not limited to the health of the baby. Mothers who breastfeed reap a plethora of benefits as well. Firstly it saves money and offers a convenience that cannot be matched by formula. The breasts are always ready to feed your child and there is no preparation involved (unless you are putting on a nursing cover to breastfeed); saving time before trips and throughout the day. Imagine not having to buy bottles and formula. You don’t have to ensure sterilization of equipment and there is no warming of the milk needed. When your baby is hungry, you are ready!

3) The “Love” Hormone

One of the most significant benefits to breastfeeding is the oxytocin release experienced by both mother and child. Regarded as the “Love” hormone, oxytocin is released during breastfeeding (partly due to skin on skin contact), which creates a bond and provides overall well-being to those involved.

Breastfeeding is also linked to lower incidence of common health problems women experience: Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.


Societal Benefits

4) Healthy Living

Use a great carseat cover to protect your baby wherever they go

Live life to the fullest, with less worry to you and your little ones.

Breastfeeding helps society out immensely. As mentioned, it reduces the incidence of illness, which puts less pressure on hospitals to address ill health in our babies and youth, in general. Also, in countries less well off than other first world powers, the societal benefits of normalized breastfeeding should not be overlooked. It is a readily available resource in times of emergency and economic struggle. For those nations with poorer health care, the nutritional factors and presence of antibodies within breast milk could be the only guard the child has to prevent disease and hydration. Children fed breast milk do not need another hydration source, as breast milk provides all a child needs, even on the warmest and arid days.

A Few Problems?

The benefits of breastfeeding have been stated, but it is also important to consider the issues women can experience throughout this process. Like most things in life, you have to take the good with the bad.

Problem 1: Tender and sore breasts

When the breasts engorge with fresh milk, they may become extremely tender and sore. If you are using a method where breastfeeding and formula feeding are used in tandem, this tenderness may become amplified.

Solution: More frequent feedings will reduce discomfort.  Then on the other hand, more frequent feedings can sometimes lead to sore nipples, which usually are a result of a baby suckling too hard. There are products available to reduce pain and start the healing process.

Problem 2: Infection

Another potential issue is breast infection, referred to as mastitis. This occurs when bacteria enters into the milk duct.

Solution: Elicit the help of a professional. It is important to visit your doctor if you feel as though an infection has occurred. If breastfeeding is done correctly, these problems can be minimized, and the benefits certainly outweigh the risks.

There are books that can be written on this subject.  The benefits, problems, and solutions mentioned above are just a few on the subject of “breastfeeding.”   With you being our reader (and probably a mom that breastfeeds or has breastfed), we would like you at add what you feel would add to the value of this article.  What are some benefits you have experienced from breastfeeding?  Have you ran into any problems?  What solutions did you find?


**This is not the place to bully and belittle others.  Be mindful, and considerate of other mothers that have chosen to breastfeed or formula feed.  Everyone has their reasons, and no one should be criticized for their decisions concerning how they feed and care for their child.  So, please help us to keep the negativity away.**

State Breastfeeding Laws

What are your State’s Breastfeeding Laws? This May Surprise You…

Have you ever wondered what the breastfeeding laws were from state to state here in the U.S. as of 2013 (December 2013, to be exact)?  We were curious too.  So we decided to research that question a little and put our results together in an infographic to share with you.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below…especially if you live in a state where the laws may have changed, or if we missed an important  law related to breastfeeding in your state.

Enjoy & Be Sure To Take a Look at our Stylish & Full Coverage Nursing Cover

Info provided by National Conference of State Legislatures

State Breastfeeding Laws:

Map 1 note: Light purple doesn’t necessarily mean that it is against the law to breastfeed in public, there just isn’t a law in place that specifically states that breastfeeding in public is legal/illegal.

Breastfeeding Laws by State

Know your state’s breastfeeding laws in the United States


Additionally, there are several states that have unique laws regarding breastfeeding.  Some of these states and their laws are as follows:

  1. Virginia – Women are allowed to breastfeed on any land or property owned by the state.
  2. Louisiana – All child care facilities are prohibited from discriminating against breastfed babies.
  3. Mississippi – Requires licensed child care facilities to provide breastfeeding mothers with a sanitary place (not a toilet stall) to breastfeed their children or express milk.  Also, they must provide a refrigerator for storing expressed milk with a staff trained to properly and safely store and handle human milk. Each facility must display breastfeeding promotion information to their clients.
  4. California – The Department of Public Health is required to develop a training course of hospital policies and recommendations promoting exclusive breastfeeding and specifying staff for whom this training is appropriate.
  5. Maryland – Tangible personal property that is manufactured for the purpose of initiating, supporting, or sustaining breastfeeding is exempt from the state’s sales and use tax.
  6. CaliforniaNew York and Texas – They all have laws related to the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk.
  7. New York – Created a Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights that is required to be posted in maternal health care facilities. New York also created a law that allows a child under 1 year of age to accompany their mother to a correctional facility, if the mother is breastfeeding at the time she is committed.





pregnant princess

Will the Royal Baby Boy be Breastfed Under a Nursing Cover?

Yesterday, we found out that after about 14 hours of labor, the Duchess, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a healthy royal baby boy who weighed in at 8 lbs and 6 oz.

Many of us probably received our first notification of her delivery via Twitter, but it appears that royal family decided to stick with traditions in the initial announcement of the little, Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge (the baby’s formal title).  They first announced the baby’s new arrival with an official bulletin signed by the Duchess’ medical team placed on a wooden easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

It appears that the Royal family’s set on preserving their traditions while still keeping with the times, in ways they see fit.  This brings up the topic of, “Will the Duchess and Duke follow family traditions in how they care for and raise their child?”  Will they follow even widespread traditions, such as nursing their child?  If they do choose to breastfeed the little prince, will the princess do so in privacy, out of the public eye?  Or will the princess become a modern breastfeeding mother in public, with or without a nursing cover?  Also, will we one day see The Duke of Cambridge wearing his baby boy in a carrier?  We can’t wait to see what they do, how their decisions effect the maternity/parenting communities, and to just catch a glimpse of them as a family with their newest addition.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think the Duchess will breastfeed in public and have any type of affect on our communities?  What do you think they will name their baby boy?