Any mom who’s used a breast pump recently knows that the old, tried-and-true breast pump design has been in need a serious makeover for a while. As a new mom myself, I feel so lucky to be nursing just as some of the coolest innovations in breast pumps are hitting the market! Here are three cool new breast pumps with technology that’s really blowing my mind. And just in time for National Breastfeeding Month, whoo! Here’s to more nursing moms experiencing as little stress, inconvenience, and uh, pain as possible. Related: The ultimate baby shower gift guide: bigger and...Read More
Ahh, the breast pump. Not the most glamorous part of new motherhood. But for many of us, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re just pumping and freezing so your partner can take the midnight feedings or you’re headed back to work but don’t want to cut off breastfeeding when you do, a good breast pump can be your best friend. And now, there’s finally a stylish breast pump tote bag for you to carry it in when you head back to the office or go on vacation, thanks to Petunia Pickle Bottom. Petunia Pickle Bottom has, for years, been one of...Read More
When I returned to work while breastfeeding my first daughter, I found myself sorely unprepared for everything it entailed. I can’t even begin to convey the frustration I experienced — though I’m sure a lot of you know just what I’d been through. Add that to sleep deprivation and it was a very difficult time for me. Cue crying behind my closed office door. Looking back, I realize there’s more I could have done prior to going back to work, to make the transition a whole lot easier. (Ah, hindsight, right?) Plus, now that there are so many more workplaces doing more for working...Read More
We’re typically not huge fans of nursing covers around here. Grabbing a baby blanket or muslin swaddler and tucking it into our bra straps always worked just fine for all of us when we felt the need to cover up a little more. But when I found out about the new Covered Goods nursing cover I was impressed. This nursing cover covers way more than you might think, doing quadruple duty as a nursing cover, a shopping cart cover, a car seat shade, and an infinity scarf. That’s some seriously smart thinking. And, it looks super chic too. Related: Two nursing sports bras that will have you looking...Read More
My breast pump definitely got the job done, but it was certainly not stylish. Or smart. Try awkward and uncomfortable. But the husband and wife team behind Babyation are aiming to change that. Their new breast pump might be exactly what nursing moms have been hoping for. Babyation is the brain child of Jared Miller and Samantha Rudolph, born after they realized breast pumps really hadn’t changed much since the 1850s. Talk about scary! So, they set out to make a pump that’s super quiet, very discreet (as in, no boobage on display), and smart — it interfaces with an app that gives moms...Read More
It’s probably going to get me kicked out of the state of California where breastfeeding is a religion, but I’m just going to say it: Breastfeeding can sometimes suck. Literally and figuratively. Obviously, it’s rewarding in countless ways, which is why nursing moms willingly scarf down fenugreek, pump in between office meetings or in the dead of night, and generally lose their sanity sometimes. But I think we can all agree that the nursing moms need support in all kinds of ways, and that the last thing we need is to be hunched over and uncomfortable while breastfeeding, right? Well, exciting...Read More
It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is screaming at the top of her lungs. You are trying to heat up breast milk as quickly as humanly possible. Microwaving creates hot spots and potentially burnt mouths. Placing a bottle in a pot of boiling water makes it bob up and down and almost always burns you. And that fancy bottle warming gadget you registered for? Much more complicated to use than anticipated. If you’ve ever tried warming breast milk from the fridge or freezer, chances are one of those scenarios rings a bell. That’s why a company called Nutto created Mama’s Milk...Read More
There’s nothing sexier than leaky boobs, am I right, breastfeeding mamas? Not. Having popped out a newborn just weeks ago, I’m currently leakier than a broken faucet and have already been in a few un-sexy, publicly embarrassing situations due to insufficiently absorbent nursing pads. Well, if your itchy disposable pads consistently fail you like mine do, it’s time to check out Cake Maternity’s CupCake washable nursing pads. Made from organic cotton, CupCake nursing pads are machine washable and customizable depending on your milk flow. The outer layer wicks away and transfers moisture to the inner cotton hemp fleece layer to keep you feeling dry. The...Read More
I probably would’ve loved the Mother Tucker just for the name itself, but after taking it for a test run, I’m comfortable saying that every nursing mom needs to try this nursing tank right tucking now. Full disclosure: I’m not nursing again until baby numero dos arrives in November, but since I just had my son a little over a year ago, stretch marks, love handles, and public nursing debacles unfortunately aren’t too distant from my memory. Designed by the clever folks at Belly Bandit, the Mother Tucker nursing tank is the closest thing I’ve experienced to what I would imagine a Spanx nursing...Read More
So let’s talk sexy nursing bras. Because Mama, you’ve done an amazing job growing a beautiful, perfect little baby inside of you for the last nine months. Then you rocked that delivery, bringing him or her into this world. And now you’re spending your days snuggling and loving on that baby while you nurse. But I also know that feeding a baby all the time is no easy task, and can make some of us feel more like the chuck wagon than a gorgeous, confident woman. Which is why the new line of sexy nursing bras from CMP favorite Hotmilk could be a fun...Read More
An alternative to cabbage leaves: Nursing moms get relief from the weird, kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG.
Anyone who has gone through the highs and lows of breastfeeding knows that no matter how experienced you are, you’re bound to have moments of discomfort. Or worse. The truth is for some, nursing can be one big outright ouch, with afflictions from cracked nipples to mastitis (fun!). We’re all for breastfeeding, and so we’re all for anything that offers relief for nursing mamas in those difficult early weeks, so you can bet we wanted to find out more about the very weird but kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG. Admittedly our editors’ first reaction to a photo of the NuzzleHUG–well, let’s...Read More
I’m always on the lookout for anything that makes life easier for nursing moms like myself (like these excellently cool nursing tops). And I can tell you from experience that returning to work after maternity leave is a particularly daunting process if you’re nursing and need to schlep a breast pump and bag of pumping accessories. Ugh. I feel like a Grand Canyon mule, lugging all of my pumping gear wherever I go. So I’m pretty pumped (heh) about Juno Blu‘s gorgeous line of bags — all specifically designed for pumping moms. How awesome is that? Juno Blu purses fit most breast...Read More
My first baby was born in the dead of winter, which basically gave me an excuse to hide my pitiful spit-up stained shirts under a bulky coat. My second baby: summer. I just barely pulled off the shabby tank top look. Um, or maybe I didn’t. Time to start thinking nice nursing tops for the third baby coming in the fall! Mama FeelsGood is a cute online boutique based out of Bristol, England. They create adorable and funky nursing tops I’m already totally crazy about, and it’s not hard to see why, right? The layered look and the hip...Read More
I’m hoping to nurse this baby of mine after it arrives in the fall. So I am mighty pleased to see that nursing attire has come a long way since the last time I wore it (five years ago). No more zip-up hoodies for me, that’s for sure. I’ve been checking out the selections at Milk Nursingwear and–squeeee!–I am already planning my fall wardrobe around some of the beautiful options they have from dresses to shirts, tank tops and more. And in lieu of using those traditional snap flaps that I always remember fumbling with, Milk Nursingwear has designed...Read More
Who wants to hide under a pink teddy bear blanket? Nobody over two years old, that’s who. That’s why these chic, breathable nursing covers do at least quadruple duty and look like something you would actually wear on purpose. Made of soft, light, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant modal, the Dria Cover is surprisingly wearable for all four trimesters. Yeah, I said four, because the first nine months of babyhood always felt like an extension of the pregnancy to me. (Okay, so that’s like 6 trimester.) While you’re pregnant, the loose fit works over a tank or tee as a chic maternity...Read More
I love good products that help support a good cause, but I love them even more when they’re actually tied to the cause. (As in, I still question that strange fast-food fried-chicken campaign to fight breast cancer.) This is why I’m so happy to give you the first look at a beautiful new designer nursing tank by Rebecca Minkoff, to benefit one of my very favorite charities, Baby Buggy. The Bravado Designs Essential Nursing Tanks by Rebecca Minkoff are worth a look just knowing this awesome designer is partnering with one of moms’ all-time most-loved nursing bra brands. There...Read More
When I returned to work after my oldest was born, I felt fortunate that I was often able to slip home or bring her with me to breastfeed because, I’ll be honest, pumping at work made me a little nervous. I could barely use a breast pump at home, let alone in my office. Too bad I didn’t have this cool kit that might have given me the extra breastfeeding support I would have really appreciated as a new nursing mom headed back to work. The Milk It Kit is a back to work survival kit for breastfeeding moms to...Read More
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Cracked nipples? Not so beautiful, and painful to boot. The problem with a lot of the nipple creams on the market is their super chemically feel. Since your little one will be ingesting said ointment when she suckles, is it too much to ask that it be as pure as they come? Enter Motherlove. You can pronounce every ingredient and each one is organic. Every single one. A dab of this wunder cream will bring much needed relief to the not so fabulous side of breastfeeding. It feels light and super soothing to the...Read More
This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. There’s a stage of breastfeeding for which none of the books really prepare you: the one where the baby nurses while simultaneously doing, oh, everything else. For my kids, that meant trying to breastfeed while sticking fingers in my nose and doing handstands. The only thing that distracted them enough to circumvent the acrobatics and get down to the business of eating: when I wore eye-catching, nice-feeling jewelry. These super-chic Chewbeads are ideal for getting babes’ attention–and they’re silicone and BPA/PVC/phthalate-free,...Read More
You would think that after breastfeeding four kids, it would be a little bit like riding a bicycle. And in my head, it has been. But for my body? No way. Ouch! Yes, even a fourth-time breastfeeder still uses her pillow, except my old faithful has now been replaced with a new brilliant find. The Simplisse Gia nursing pillow was created by one smart lactation consultant. It’s firm enough to help you support the baby but is brilliantly angled from thick to thin, allowing you to use the pillow comfortably in various positions but most obviously, keep the baby’s...Read More
I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...Read More
As a long time breastfeeding mom, I tend to just pop on a nursing tank under a regular shirt and go on my merry nursing way. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the value of a great nursing top, particularly when I’m out in public or traveling. So I’m glad to have discovered a new one to add to my arsenal of breastfeeding shirts. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The discreet and well-priced nursing tops designed by mom Elisa Hartstein of Milk Nursingwear. are a smart addition to any breastfeeding mom’s wardrobe; whether you’re just...Read More
I’ve breastfed my kids for a combined 53 months, and as you might imagine, I’ve collected my fair share of nursing gear. So in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I’m sharing my personal top 5 nursing picks. Hooray boobs! [Awesome giveaway after the jump!] Breast Pumps I’ve happily used an Ameda pump (pictured left) for all three (and soon to be four) of my children, and it’s definitely a work horse. But I had the opportunity to try out the Medela Hands Free pump last year and I have to say, I now understand why moms swoon over it,...Read More
We, like everyone else in the world, have long been fans of Bravado! bras and their well-priced, comfortable nursing bras. But with the launch of their new Bliss Maternity Bra, I think they definitely upped the ante. I’m a huge fan of soft-cup nursing bras, mostly because they offer fantastic coverage under t-shirts and other tighter fitting clothes, and never scream, “Hey, I’m wearing a nursing bra and a breast pad!” to the world. But Bravado has added a few extra touches making this a little different than the typical soft-cup nursing bras out there–like the wider shoulder and...Read More
Considering I have nursed for a total of 53 months since 2004 (yes, I counted), I have learned a few things about breastfeeding; one of which is that a good nursing bra is definitely worth the money. Now these days, “good nursing bra” isn’t synonymous with “ugly straight jacket,” and thank goodness for that, because a sexy nursing bra like the ones from Cake Lingerie, is quite refreshing when you’re feeling less like a woman and more like a feeding machine. These bras are beautifully constructed with hearty, cotton-lined straps (nice touch) and lovely lace detailing. And I really...Read More
Since the first time I breastfed back in 2004, nursing bras have come a verrrrry long way from the boring hefty brassiere I was stuck with. Now you even can snazz things up with a little satin and lace. Perennial nursing bra fave Bravado! Designs has added a sexier bra to their mix of well-designed bras and tanks with the Sublime, a lacy but subtle new choice (love the wine color!). It’s definitely on the daintier side and the lace detail over the decolletage might end up showing more than you normally would if you’re uh, well endowed. That’s...Read More
It’s not like we needed any sort of excuse to tell you about all the amazing breastfeeding products out there, but since it’s World Breastfeeding Week, we figured we’d celebrate by picking our all time favorites. Go Boobs! Nursing bras and tanks – Lifting them up where they belong Since the “girls” need all the support they can get while you’re breastfeeding, check out our very favorite stylish nursing bras from Bella Materna, which actually lift and contain. And while they might not give you well-endowed mamas the greatest support, we’ve found that nursing tanks, like the Medela Nursing...Read More
I’ve been using an Ameda Purely Yours breast pump since I first attempted to pump with my oldest daughter. It’s certainly not full of bells and whistles, but as an occasional pumper, it served me well. So I was glad to see they’ve recently released an Ultra version of their original breast pump, taking the features one step further. First, it features three different size flanges–because all breasts are not created equal, right? There’s also a special system which prevents breast milk from getting to the hard to clean motor and tubing, so you only have to disinfect a...Read More
In my experience, the average book on breastfeeding is about as interesting-slash-entertaining as your 6th grade health text. While it may contain valuable information, how much of it can you absorb when you’re nodding off from third trimester narcolepsy anyway? That’s why I’m recommending that you grab a copy of Andi Silverman’s book, Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding. This sweet little beginner’s guide is not only jam-packed with information to keep you (ahem) abreast of the latest breastfeeding recommendations, it’s also a light-hearted, fun, and very reassuring read. You’re sure to enjoy sections on breastfeeding etiquette,...Read More
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I eagerly perused nursing shirt offerings only to find the scariest and most complicated tops I had ever seen. Good God, isn’t breastfeeding challenging enough? Well “bad” is the last word you will use to describe the nursing wear from BOOB Design, the brainchild of mom Mia Seipel. In fact, “need” is more like it. Watching her sister breastfeed with her poor belly bare to the cold Swedish wind, Mia decided to create stylish and functional nursing wear. And she succeeded big time with super stylish tops and dresses (the new Fall...Read More
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