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Three Reasons Why Working Mamas Love These Pregnancy and Postpartum Products

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Are you a working mom?  Pregnant and curious about how you’ll be feeling towards the end of pregnancy?  How about navigating the return to work scenario after baby arrives? Coming from a mama who worked as a labor and delivery nurse after I had my first baby and now as a lactation consultant and mom of two – I totally get the extra stress, added pressure, and all the “what if’s?” that pop into your head! From pregnancy to postpartum and then back to work, it can be a lot to manage! Well, if you’re feeling that stress and pressure, you’re in luck.  I’ve partnered with Bravado Designs on this post to show you some of my favorite “hacks” to make the pregnancy and postpartum period a little easier. I’ll be sharing a few products that can help “take a load off” and a few tips to help manage the stress! Keep reading to get my free download “How to avoid role overload”.

Pregnant Mamas

Three reasons why pregnant mamas, especially pregnant working mamas are loving the Bravado Designs Belly and Back Multi-Zone Pregnancy Support Band!

1. Distributes Weight

The belly band has 7 targeted knit-in support zones are designed to help evenly distribute maternity weight from a growing belly to reduce stress on your back during pregnancy. This will be especially helpful if you are a working mama with a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time.

2. Belly Support

The tighter-knit panels in the belly band will provide you with lower back support and belly support during your pregnancy. he best part about this band is that It can provide amazing support for women at all different times in their pregnancy. In the picture below the girl in the first picture is 33 weeks pregnant, the first in the second picture is 21 weeks pregnant and the girl in the third picture is 38 weeks pregnant.

 

3. Comfort

The material of this belly support band is soft, seamless, and has 4-way stretch fabric that hugs your pregnant belly. The super stretchy jersey center allows your belly to continue to grow comfortably and its long length offers coverage that is great for layering. Remember to wear comfortable clothes throughout your pregnancy and especially over the belly band so it can properly do it’s job in providing the ultimate level of comfort for you and your belly! 

Pro tip: Staying active during your pregnancy helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling and will also help your ability to cope with labor. Here are some simple ideas for staying active during your pregnancy:

  • Take a walk on your lunch break.
  • Climb the stairs instead of getting taking the elevator.
  • When you’re shopping, carrying the bags and walk at a brisk pace.
  • Start taking an exercise class at the gym.
  • Go for a hike or a nature walk and enjoy the outdoors!
  • If you have other children walk them to school, if it’s not too far.
  • If you’re doing the housework, turn on some music and put some energy into it.
  • Take a break from your daily routine and dance to your favorite music!

Pumping Mamas

Three reasons why postpartum mama’s are loving the Bravado Designs Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory

1. Get the most amount of milk out in the least amount of time

This accessory just goes on over your bra and saves you time in taking your bra off or changing bras.  Hands-on pumping requires a hands-free pumping experience. You can use your hands to massage your breasts while you’re pumping which will help you get much more milk in much less time!

2. Fast and Conveient

This clip and pump accessory attaches right to your regular Bravado Designs nursing bra. Don’t even worry about having to take time out of your day to change your bra at work. Just clip on the clip and pump bra and you’re good to go!

3. Smart Design

It’s elastic-enforced figure 8 opening holds bottles in an ideal upright position and gives you an option to pump on one side and breastfeed on the other! It also is made out of super soft, breathable material.

Pro tip: One of the most frequently asked questions is “how can I return to work and keep my milk supply up”. Here’s my best pro tip on what you can do: If possible, start preparing for returning to work before you go on maternity leave by meeting with your supervisor before you go on maternity leave and come up with a plan for when you return to work. You’ll also want to know the best time to start pumping a little extra milk (hint: it depends on how much maternity leave you have).  This can be such a hurdle for working moms I created a whole class to help. It’s called Pumping and Storing Breastmilk, and it’s like a blueprint for returning to work and breastfeeding – keeping your goals intact!  

I also think having a good bra and an easy way to do hands-free pumping is a must. Here are a few of my tried and true favorites:

Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

Original Nursing Bra

Are you a working mama? I would love to hear in the comments what’s helped you or what you still have questions on!

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A How-to for Traveling While Breastfeeding

By | Breastfeeding, breastfeeding tips

Let’s be honest, traveling WITHOUT breastfeeding can be stressful, add in breastfeeding or pumping to the mix and you may start to feel overwhelmed. I’m here today to make traveling while breastfeeding as easy as 1-2-3! In fact, traveling while breastfeeding can become a breeze.  Take it from a mama who took 17 solo flights during one summer with a four month old (yes we did that and yes we survived). It was daunting at first, but by the time our summer of travel was over, I was so excited to show my husband how easily I could get through security WITHOUT HIS HELP!!  And with a smile on my face! Keep reading to find my tips on traveling while breastfeeding that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze!

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkWill you be breastfeeding or pumping on this trip?

Since sometimes we take baby along and sometimes we don’t (think work trips or weekend getaways sans babe), I want to share 3 tips for each type of trip!  I’ve also included some freebie downloads to help you get access to my favorite tried and true products and time-saving travel hacks.

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkTraveling with a breastfeed baby in 1,2,3

1. Plan ahead for pit stops and be ready to adjust.

Once you have your trip “booked” (whether it’s by air, land, or sea!) make sure you take a second to think ahead and pencil in some extra time.  Do what you can to “plan out” some pit stops, but go into the trip knowing that baby will add some variation to your plans. As I teach in my classes and talk about on instagram daily, it’s best to follow baby’s lead when they want to eat.  Baby’s meal times can be unpredictable!

For road trips: take a look at the map and the potential rest stops along the way.  Plan ahead some definite stopping points and also make note of additional safe areas to stop if needed.  

For flights: take a look at your itinerary.  About what time will you get to the airport, about how much time will you spend waiting at the gate, how long is your flight, etc.  Mentally walking through your trip beforehand can decrease some anxiety and increase your confidence that you’ll have plenty of time and space to feed your baby or pump as often as you need to.  

A big reason why coming up with a breastfeeding travel plan is so important is because your baby’s response to being in a new environment is unpredictable.  They may sleep for the majority of the trip, they may feel overstimulated and more fussy than normal. Try not to be stressed, upset, or worried if your baby needs to feed at unusual times – you can truly feed your baby whenever and wherever you need to!  Try to approach traveling with an infant with a sense of humor and it will help you feel at ease to the “bumps” along the way!

2. Bring the essentials, leave the rest.  

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation Link
While it’s tempting to pack your whole house because of all the “what ifs” that could happen during a trip, trust me, less is more.  Here are a few things I’ve found to be essential en route to your destination with baby in tow:

Extra clothes for baby.  Its inevitable they will need a clothes change during the travel day.  Try to keep it simple with onesies and pants or a footed onesie.

Extra top for you.  If baby spits up on you or you spill your drink changing baby’s position, you’ll be glad you have a dry t-shirt in your bag so you don’t have to spend the rest of the trip wet and sticky.  

Garbage sack for dirty diapers.  Have you ever handed a flight attendant a poopy diaper?  If so you’ve received the ultimate stink eye followed by the infamous eye roll.  If you pack a few garbage sacks (I actually like doggy poopy bags the best for this), you’ll contain any smell and avoid that eye roll!  

Nursing cover.  This is such a good item to include as it allows privacy even in tight spaces like an airplane.  Of course you can feed baby without a cover, it’s all up to your comfort level and what works for you.  You can also use the cover to protect baby from germs on high chairs at restaurants, too. Our favorite Milk Snob covers actually have 5 different uses that will make your life as a mom so much easier! They have a ton of cute prints in their original cover but they also just launched their Luxe Cover line and these covers are so smooth and soft for both mom and baby’s comfort! They are made out of one of the softest and stretchiest materials that I have ever felt!

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkHere are all 5 of the amazing ways that you can put these cute covers to use if you’re traveling while breastfeeding:

  • As a nursing cover
  • As a carseat cover
  • On the shopping cart
  • On a highchair
  • As a baby swing cover

PRO TIP: When traveling by plane, the pressure change from takeoff and landing can bother baby’s ears and make them upset.  If you breastfeed during takeoff and landing, the sucking can help ease the pressure change and alleviate any discomfort for baby.

Here are some of our other favorite items for  traveling while breastfeeding:

Chicco Liteway Stroller

Ergobaby Carrier

3. Dress for the ‘breast’!

When you’re traveling, you never know when you will need to bust out the breast and feed your babe on demand! There are so many really cute, trendy, and comfy nursing clothes on the market these days. Some of these nursing clothes are hard to even tell are nursing clothes. Essentials include a nursing tank, nursing bra, and a few tops that can pull up or down with ease.  Check out this post and also find some of my favorite nursing friendly tops and dresses here

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkTraveling & Pumping in 1,2,3

  • Go from lunch meetings to let-downs with ease!

You might want to think twice before packing that cute sheath dress that you’ll have to pull up to your ears in order to pump.  Packing clothes that are appropriate for the occasion (work or otherwise) but also have easy access for pumping on the go is so important.  Starting with a nursing bra that is supportive, comforable, and functional is a game changer for traveling and pumping. I love Bravado Designs Clip and Pump accessory because it attaches right to any bra (nursing or otherwise! so you can have hands free pumping without changing bras. Find my favorite seamless, ultra comfy, nursing bras here.  Find the Clip and Pump accessory here.  

  • Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkDon’t forget to pump frequently

Frequency is so important!  Plan to pump about every 2-3 hours while your traveling.  You also want to get the most milk out in less time right?  Hands-on pumping is the best way to do that! I cover that in detail in my Pumping and Storing breastmilk course.   

Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have to be stressful! Scroll down to find my best tips on traveling with a breastfed baby that will make your summer travel plans a complete breeze! | Lactation LinkPRO TIP: Look at pictures or videos of your baby while pumping.  Research shows that Moms that do this get more milk out during their pumping sessions!

  • Keep your liquid gold safe!

Call ahead to the hotel and ask for a room with a mini fridge to store your medications.  Did you know that breastmilk counts as a medication? If that’s not an option ask them if they have a fridge to store your milk.  If that doesn’t work, you may consider using a soft cooler and changing out the ice frequently. There’s also a new service called Milk Stork that will pickup and ship your breastmilk on dry ice directly from your hotel.  Your employer may even approve this as a travel expense. If all else fails you can pump and dump (or donate to a local milk bank) while you’re away to maintain your milk supply for when you return.

PRO TIP: How long is my milk good for?  Remember the “Rule of 5s”

  • Breastmilk can be stored for 5 hours at room temperature of up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Breastmilk can be stored for 5 days in the refrigerator at less than 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Breastmilk can be stored for 5 months in the freezer at less than 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are traveling or at work, milk can be stored in a soft cooler for 24 hours as long as it stays under 60 degrees fahrenheit.

TSA says: If you’re traveling by plane, according to the United States TSA,you are absolutely allowed to bring breast milk on board (it’s not subject to the 3 oz liquid limit), whether or not your baby is traveling with you. Just make sure you declare your breast milk during your security screening.

Are you a frequent traveler?  Have you used any of these tips or have some of your own to share? Would love to hear in the comments below!  

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Best Nursing Bras and Nursing Tanks: 3 Nursing Must-Haves

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Features, Recommended Products

Every day on Instagram, I get questions like:
“What’s the best nursing bra?”
“Where can I find nursing tanks?”
“I’m looking for a cute nursing bra!”
Today I want to answer your questions and help you get started with 3 basic nursing pieces (Lactation Link tested and approved!) from Bravado Designs that every nursing mama could use – and use lots!! Read through to get an exclusive promo code from Bravado Designs.

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3 Tips for labor & delivery to make breastfeeding easier

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips

We know that prenatal breastfeeding education is a big factor in breastfeeding success (1). We are thrilled to help moms get the information they need prior to birth to have a successful breastfeeding experience. In addition to prenatal education, there are a few ways to help breastfeeding get off to a good start. Labor and delivery is one place to look.

When all the focus is on helping mom and baby have a safe delivery, we might forget about a few things during labor and delivery that can help make breastfeeding easier. Here are a few things about labor and delivery that not only help you have a more enjoyable experience, they can also help get breastfeeding started well. Be sure to discuss any of these options with your healthcare provider and place of birth.

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Can I breastfeed if I want to exercise?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Can I breastfeed if?, motherhood

After healing and resting from pregnancy and childbirth, many moms feel the need to bring some more movement into their routine. Often moms are concerned about how exercise and breastfeeding can go together. Luckily, studies have shown that moderate exercise will not affect your milk supply (1). So why do so many moms worry about exercise and breastfeeding? Lots of new moms begin exercising around 6 weeks postpartum and at the same time, baby often starts nursing more frequently. Many moms think this means they are having issues with supply, related to their exercise. But actually, 6 weeks is a normal growth spurt when baby will need to nurse more often. So feel free to start moving your body in healthy ways without any worries about supply. If you do have consistent worries about supply, please contact a lactation consultant. We have 4 lactation consultants here at Lactation Link that can help online or in-person.

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3 of the best things you can do during pregnancy to prepare for motherhood via lactationlink.com

3 of the best things you can do during pregnancy

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, motherhood

There are some things I wish I would have known as a first-time mom. From my thorough Pinterest research (snicker) I assumed that the best thing I could do for my baby was to create a beautiful nursery and buy a bunch of stuff. Spoiler alert: we didn’t use the nursery or much of the stuff. Baby slept in a pack n’ play next to our bed for most of his first year. Creating a cute nautical-themed nursery was fun, but unnecessary.

What I wish I would have done was prepare to learn how to breastfeed. I thought I would just figure it out at the hospital. The nurses were great and encouraged me but had other patients to help too. So I went home not quite knowing what to do. I devoured every book on breastfeeding at my local library and went to several lactation appointments and we eventually hit our stride. We had a wonderful breastfeeding experience for over 13 months which led to even better experiences with my second and third children. But learning how to breastfeed didn’t have to happen when I was sleep deprived and anxious about my newborn. If I would have had access to a breastfeeding class like our Breastfeeding Basics class, I know breastfeeding would have come much easier.

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How to Wean from Breastfeeding

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, motherhood

Many of you have been requesting a post on how to wean. No matter how much we and our babies enjoy nursing, it will come to an end at some point! It’s up to you and your child to decide when is best. Today I wanted to share a bit more on how to wean by first discussing Child-Led Weaning and Mother-Led Weaning. I hope this post will give you some confidence in this process! As always, know your options so you can continue to create confidence in your choices as a mom!

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Common Breastfeeding Concerns and Solutions via lactationlink.com/blog || Creating Confident Moms

Common Breastfeeding Concerns

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips

Hello, mamas! I’m Stephanie Weight Hadfield, BS, IBCLC. I’m a mom of 4 and a lactation consultant with Lactation Link. Today I’m talking about some of the most common breastfeeding concerns I see when I’m consulting with moms and babies.

Pain and Nipple Tenderness
Milk Supply
Medications While Breastfeeding
Concerns with breastfeeding older babies
Nursing Strikes

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Nipple Care Guide

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips

Hi mamas, I’m Stephanie Weight Hadfield, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and mom of 4. I’m here today to share a guide to caring for your nipples before and during breastfeeding. This nipple care guide will help prepare you for breastfeeding with confidence!

At Lactation Link, we get lots of questions from mamas wondering if they need to do anything special during pregnancy to prep their nipples for breastfeeding, or if nipples need special care or cleaning once baby is here. The quick answer is no. The nipple and areola (pronounced air-e-O-la, it’s the darker pigmented area that surrounds your nipple) can do a pretty good job taking care of themselves.Because of this, our nipples do not need any special nipple care during pregnancy. You don’t need to do anything to disinfect your nipples and you definitely don’t need to “toughen them up”.

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