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Friday Favs – Plum Pretty Sugar Robes

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Today we’ve rounded up our favorite Nursing Friendly Robes and PJ’s from Plum Pretty Sugar

Robes and loose fitting button-up pajamas are great for nursing mamas. Not only do they allow for quick access to the breast, but they also make having skin-to-skin time easier. Soft, loose robes and pajamas are also great for tender nipples and engorged breasts.  Think of these beautiful and functional pieces when you’re packing your hospital bag!

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Favorite Breastfeeding Products

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This month we have been talking about the many aspects of our support system as breastfeeding moms. Our partners, mothers, family and friends all play important roles. And at times just as important are the things that help us breastfeed! We want to share our favorite breastfeeding products that make this special time a bit easier.

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Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

  1. Bamboobies. Simply the best breast pads. They are super soft and absorbent without being bulky in your bra. Their regular pads are perfect for everyday. The overnight pads are not only great for nighttime but the first several weeks when moms are likely to be pretty leaky. Save 20% when you use the code LLINK20.
  2. A simple and comfy robe–A robe is the perfect way to keep you warm while baby spends time skin to skin with you on your chest.
  3. Wellmom coconut oil nipple balm. Unlike other nipple creams, this one is non-greasy and vegan. Apply after each feeding to soothe, protect and heal your nipples. Use code LLINK for 15% off at Upspring Baby.
  4. Simple Wishes nursing bras. The super mom bra not only clips down for nursing, but it can also hold a pump in place hands-free. And bonus–you can save 20% when you use the code LLINK on their website.
  5. Petunia Picklebottom Parkway Tote. Any mom knows that a good bag can really make or break your day out with kids! We love Petunia Picklebottom’s Parkway Tote that can be used as a diaper bag or pump bag. And it’s cute enough to use later on as well!
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Holiday Gift Guide

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If you need some ideas for yourself or your family, these are some of our favorite items from some of our favorite brands this season. Happy shopping!

Holiday gift guide for the home family, including super cute ideas for moms, dads, babies, and toddlers.Moms

  1. Ivy City Co: Breastfeeding Friendly Easy Wrap Dress. Use code LLINK for 15% off! 
  2. Ergobaby Original in linen
  3. Pink Blush Maternity
  4. Hydroflask
  5. Blanqi Leggings
  6. Arvo watch
  7. Coco + Kiwi Diaper Bag
  8. Tote Savvy
  9. Everly B crew tee


  1. Vybe socks Use code LLVYBE15 for 15% off!
  2. Carhartt watchcap
  3. Classic Stanley bottle
  4. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  5. Stance socks


  1. Bloomies handmade
  2. Little Sapling Toys
  3. Little Luxe shop (shirt 1, shirt 2Use code LLINK for 10% off!


  1. Tnees Tepees
  2. Purllamb dino hoodie Use code for LLINK FOR 25% off!
  3. Milo+Gabby penguin backpack Use code fun12days for 10% off!
  4. Stitched Custom Quilts Use code LACTATIONLINK for 20% off!

What’s on your wish list this year? Share in the comments.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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How to get a free breast pump from your insurance

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Hi mamas! We are often asked for advice on the best breast pump and pump accessories so we are excited to share this post with you today! We want all moms to feel like they can meet their breastfeeding goals and many times pumping can help with that! There are lots of reasons women choose to express and save their breastmilk – some are returning to work, some are dealing with unexpected complications or prematurity, others are just preparing for some mother-baby separation time.  Whatever the reason, we are here to help!  Expressing breastmilk through a combination of hand expression and using a breast pump can help maintain a good milk supply even mom and baby are separated.

The easiest way to get a free breast pump! Most moms don't know that you can get a free breast pump from...

As a labor and delivery RN and lactation specialist I know Moms have a lot of questions when it comes to pumping — “When should I start?”  “What’s the best time to pump?”  “What if I get more milk out of one side than the other?”  “How long is the milk good for?”  And so many more!  I answer all of these questions in my Pumping and Storing Breastmilk video class.  It’s a blueprint for how to maximize your milk output with each session and also how to safely store, thaw, and deliver breastmilk to your infant.  After you’ve taken that class, it’s a great idea to get your breast pump ordered.  Many companies allow you to order your pump as soon as your second trimester.  Below is an easy guide to getting your free breast pump through insurance.

dsc_0764Through the Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding supplies are covered by most insurance plans.  So, in most cases, you can get a double electric breast pump from your insurance for free! Even though it’s covered, some women don’t know they have that benefit or how to order it. We’ve done the homework for you so check out the steps below on how to get your free pump from your insurance!


Follow these steps to get a breast pump from your insurance…

  1. Visit 1Natural Way.  They’ve made the process super simple and have a wide selection of really great pumping accessories.
  2. Click ‘Get Started Now’. Have your insurance card ready so you can upload a picture of it after filling out the form.
  3. 1Natural Way will determine your eligibility–meaning, they will find out if your insurance works with them. They will also determine if your insurance requires a co-pay for your pump (most don’t).
  4. You will then receive an email where you can select your breast pump style options.
  5. 1Natural Way will obtain a prescription for the pump on your behalf. This is another great thing about 1Natural Way, they will obtain the prescription for you!
  6. The pump ships to your door!  



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Feature: Katie Richardson of Puj Baby + PROMO CODE

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www.linneapaulina.comPuj’s Splash Infant Gift Set & Promo Code
When looking for quality baby products, we love recommending ones we have used ourselves and that are run by passionate people. That is why we are so excited to talk about Puj today! Their infant tubs fit right into your sink and are such a fantastic alternative to the giant tubs that sit on your counter. We also love their Splash Infant Gift Set. It has their Flyte compact tub, Hug 2-in-1 apron, 3 washcloths, and 3 hanging nubs. They were so thoughtful with each part of this set, the box is designed to fit on a mom’s lap so she can open it without assistance during a baby shower.  We love their passion for helping simplify parenthood. Use the code LLINK for $15 off the Splash Infant Gift Set.

We had a fabulous time interviewing Katie Richardson, founder of Puj. She is an awesome mother and business woman. We are excited to share some of her wisdom with you…

There’s so much advice out there on being a Mom! What’s one piece of advice you’d give a new mama? Let go of any expectations that have been place on you by either friends, family, or even yourself. YOU are the mother of your children by design and you intuitively know what is best for them. Learn to trust those instincts.

With all the “must-haves” and baby registry lists, how do you think Moms can feel prepared without being overwhelmed? Focus on the essentials and the rest will take care of itself. If you have a great diaper bag, car seat, stroller, and crib the rest will start to fall into place. And don’t feel like you need to have everything purchased before the baby gets here. Once the baby is born you may decide you don’t need some of the “must have” items. And it’s always great to try one out from a friend first if that’s possible so you can see if you even like it.


How do you think Moms can blend safety and convenience? Anything that is not safe for your baby is certainly not convenient in the long run. I try to find brands that have a face and a name behind it. If thee is someone I can trust leading the company then I know they won’t produce products that are potentially harmful to my child. These days trust in a brand is everything. You want to know what the quality is going to be, especially when you’re buying things over the internet.

What has been the most rewarding part of founding your company Puj Baby? The most rewarding part of founding my company Puj Baby is connecting with parents all over the world. I want the best for my own babies, and know that every one of my customers wants the best for their child. Because I am living the life as a parent just as my customers are, we are able to connect on a new level. Reading stories from first time parents about being able to relax and have a calm bonding bath time experience is so rewarding. Knowing people have a piece of my heart in their homes through my products brings me so much joy!

Thank you Katie for sharing with us today! Be sure to check out Puj’s Splash Infant gift set and use the code LLINK for $15 off!

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5 tips for safe infant sleep with The Owlet

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Parents of a new baby have so much on their plate.  Learning to take care of a little one totally dependent on you is life-changing!  After meeting with hundreds of Moms in consultations and our classes, we’ve found there always seems to be an adjustment period with a newborn, whether it’s your first or fifth baby.  From feeding to diapering to sleep arrangements, there’s a lot to consider.  But don’t you worry, mama we’ve got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet.

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation LinkOne of the top concerns from new parents is getting more sleep!  This can be difficult with frequent feedings during the night with a newborn.  It’s important that when baby is asleep, parents can feel good that baby is safe and they can get some rest too.  That’s where The Owlet comes in!  

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation LinkOwlet is a heart and oxygen reader that gently attaches to baby’s foot with a soft sock.  It comes with several sock sizes so it can grow with baby!

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation Link

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation LinkOwlet has a base station and also smart phone applications that is designed to alert you if there are any issues with baby’s oxygen levels.  

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation LinkThe sock is comfortable for baby and easy for anyone to put on!

 In addition to using The Owlet, here are five tips to incorporate for safe infant sleep practices.  

  1. Safe sleep surface. Baby should be placed on firm surface.  Avoid placing baby nearby any potential crevices.   
  2. Breastfeed. Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  While this terrible event can happen to anyone, breastfeeding lowers the risk for your baby.  
  3. Back to sleep. Baby is safest sleeping on their back.
  4. Unswaddled and lightly dressed.  Keeping baby unswaddled and removing extra blankets, pillows and toys is important.  Dress baby for warmth.  
  5. Avoid smoke exposure. Avoiding smoke exposure while pregnant and keeping baby away from smoke has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Read the entire guidelines with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Is new parenthood stressing you out? Don't you worry, mama we've got your covered! Scroll down to read our 5 best tips for safe infant sleep with the Owlet. | Lactation Link

With some great guidelines and with the help of The Owlet, parents can go to sleep with peace of mind!  Let me know in the comments which tips helped you and if you have any more questions.  Much more on safe infant sleep in our video breastfeeding classes – available to click and watch at your convenience.  {Robe in this post is by Plum Pretty Sugar}

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Nursing friendly dresses

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ivy-igwild flower maxi blushing bloom dress

Dresses can be a tough find for breastfeeding moms!  It can be hard to find dresses that are stylish and also provide easy access to feed your little one.  Many Moms end up avoiding dresses altogether while they are breastfeeding.   If you’re like me, your “momiform” might consist of yoga pants and a t-shirt (nothing wrong with that, right?)! But it’s great having a few go-to nursing friendly dresses because you know you can be “ready” in about 5 minutes!  If there’s anything mamas with little ones can appreciate its saving time.  We all need just a few outfits to look and feel great in for a date or girls night out.

A lactation consultant's top picks for stylish and affordable go to nursing friendly dressesSo glad I found these beautiful nursing-friendly dresses from my friends at Ivy City Co.  I just love the prints they have in-stock right now!  These pieces are perfect to transition into fall weather and pair with denim jackets, vests, scarves, and boots. With these stylish yet functional pieces you can bring little babe along on your night out or take time to pump without taking off your whole outfit! Because nights out can still happen, they just might look a little different now. 🙂

Use code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off your total purchase at Ivy City Co and be sure to check out all my nursing-friendly dress picks!  The code is good through Friday night.   Happy shopping mamas!

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Top 3 tips for distracted breastfeeding + Chewable Charm promo code

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“My baby is so distracted while breastfeeding – he is coming off the breast multiple times per session to look around the room.  Help!”  

baby chewing on his mom's necklaceThis is a statement I hear a lot on instagram and in my classes.  Distracted breastfeeding can be difficult for moms because it makes it tough to make it through a session!  This typically starts happening as baby gets older and more aware of his/her surroundings.  You can’t blame baby, he/she just wants to see what’s going on!  Here are a few tips to minimize the distraction and maximize the milk flow!

Distracted breastfeeding can be difficult for moms because it makes it tough to make it through a session. The first tip is...

  1. Try giving baby full eye contact — it’s easy to get distracted by your phone or the TV and sometimes baby is craving that one-on-one attention.
  2. Use a Chewable Charm teething necklace and/or a book to hold baby’s attention six inches away from the feeding session instead of six feet across the room! (Chewable Charm is offering 25% off your purchase today with code ‘LLINK’).
  3. Move to a quieter room so there’s less people walking in/out and less noise overall.

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I hope this helps!  A lot more great tips like this in my breastfeeding video classes.  They are great for anyone past 12 weeks in pregnancy and many moms take them after delivery too!

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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How to Create Confidence in Motherhood

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I’m so excited to have several women sharing on the blog today about their experiences as Moms.  These mamas are always giving great comments and input over on our instagram, I wanted to chat with them about something so important to me – confidence in motherhood.  At Lactation Link our motto is “Creating Confident Moms”, because I believe having knowledge and options helps you tap into your mothers intuition much more confidently!  I also believe strongly that ‘Mama Knows Best’, read on and you’ll know what I mean!

Whitney Fox

Mom and two children sitting in bed

I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and truthfully, I always thought I would be a pretty good one. When pregnant with my first daughter and for the first couple months of her life, I poured so much of myself into research. Research about everything. I needed to know I was doing the absolute best for her. I needed to know I was starting solids at the exact right time, I needed to know she got 30 minutes of tummy time a day, or met her milestones when she was supposed to ect.  That period in my life was the most stressful, confusing, pressuring time to date. I stressed every little thing I did, I was confused by all the contradicting information out there on how to mother, and I felt insane amount of pressure to measure up and to do what all this research told me I must. As time went on I slowly started to listen to myself.  There isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to babies or to us as moms! We all have different things we are comfortable with, different priorities, different values, different emotions, and so on. Same goes for our baby! I learned this especially after having my second, I had to relearn all new tricks and I had to find what worked for her because what worked for my oldest, didn’t work for her. Mother’s intuition is one of the strongest things I’ve experienced in life. There is such a special bond between a mother and a baby, and once I just slowed down, really listened, and trusted myself, that’s when my confidence came. Motherhood is so much more enjoyable when you trust yourself!

♥Whitney Fox is a mom of two gorgeous little girls and shares daily snippets on her instagram @_whitneyfox.

Amanda Sanchez

Baby sitting in mom's lap
Motherhood is a whirlwind, especially for us first-timers. I remember when I was pregnant I tried to keep myself calm and collected at all times, hoping it would carry over after my baby came and that I’d somehow magically be a calm, collected and confident mom. The truth is, confidence doesn’t just happen. For me, confidence as a new mom has come from the repetition of trying again and again each day. My little boy Benjamin is 4 months old now, and while breastfeeding has been going smoothly, some days he doesn’t eat as well as others. And it always makes me worry. But I just do my best, consult all my resources if I need help, and then try again tomorrow, and slowly overtime, I build confidence that I’ll know what to do if he has another day where he doesn’t eat well. The same goes for sleeping.
I’ve received a lot of motherhood advice over the past 6 months and most women have said, “Trust your instincts. Every baby is different. You’ll be surprised just how often you’ll know exactly what your baby needs.” This has helped me find confidence in the moment when I’m struggling to make the best decision for Benj. Should I put him down for a nap, or try to keep him up another hour? Should I pump and give him a bottle, or would he rather nurse? Should I bathe him now or wait until bedtime? The questions and self-doubts can seem endless. I think it’s important for us moms to stop and give ourselves credit along the way and know that we’re not alone, especially when our confidence is low. Motherhood is challenging for each of us, but the joy it brings also brings us together as women, and that’s a pretty incredible thing.
♥Amanda Sanchez is the mom of an adorable 4-month-old boy Benjamin.  She is the social media manager at Adobe and also runs the blog  She shares daily snippets on her IG @littlemissfearlessblog and her insight on fashion, feel-goods, and fitness on her blog.

Annie Staten

Mom and baby looking at each other

The best thing I’ve done to create confidence in motherhood is to trust my intuition and let it guide me to where I could learn and grow with an open heart and mind. It’s meant accepting that although I’m not the perfect mother, I’m truly meant to be my children’s mother. They are meant to be mine and together we are perfect.  The more I’ve practiced listening to my intuition as a woman, wife, and mother, the more confident I’ve become in my ability to recognize what that inner voice is saying. Sometimes it’s saying “no, this doesn’t feel right for my family” or “yes! these values or decisions fit into our family dynamic.” Listening to and practicing confidence in my motherly intuition has led me to discover the tribes of women I connect with who have helped me learn, grow and realize my potential as a mother.  When I implement using my motherly intuition on a consistent basis, my children benefit, my family reaps the reward of a confident (not perfect!) mom, and I feel I can manage the challenging and wonderful work of motherhood! @kthelinphotos

♥Annie Staten is a mama of four, including a set of twins!  She is a fitness, birth, and breastfeeding enthusiast as well as an IdealFit Athlete.  She shares a peak into her days on her IG @aejamba.

Alycia Crowley

Mom and baby looking at camera

As a first time mother, everything is new, and it can be hard finding confidence in anything your doing. Personally, I found confidence in learning as much as I could and then following through while trusting my instincts. I did this as I prepared for an unmedicated child birth, as well as breastfeeding. Each was a challenge that I came to with the tools I acquired, and then let my intuition fill in the gap. Preparation and instincts created a foundation of confidence, which turned into trust between the two of us. That trust is part of the sacred bond of mother and child. As I learned to take care of Ella the way Ella needed to be taken care of, it created a confidence that I knew her better than anyone else. I was her mother.

♥Alycia Crowley is a mom to her sweet Ella who is eleven months!  She is self-described as “Canadian born, California grown, and Utah Livin”!  She Shares life, style, and beauty tips on her IG @alyciagrace.  She also has a blog called Crowley Party.  Her latest project includes a tot apparel brand called lunabybaby.

Liz Cannon

Pregnant woman holding her stomach

The best thing that I have done to create confidence in motherhood is to surround myself with a village of other mothers. Some have similar aged kids, some are a few seasons ahead of me, and others are women whose kids are grown. We all have different skills, perspectives, and experiences that make us equipped for motherhood in unique ways. I love being able to sit with a friend and hear how she may be mothering in a completely opposite way but know that we can still be united by our deep love and desire to care for our children. Being in a community with other mothers has given me confidence to say without a doubt that I am the woman best suited to be the mother to my children and supplied me with endless tools to become a better mother. XO, Liz
♥Liz Cannon is mama to one little girl Elouise with another ‘Cannon baby’ on the way!  She recently started blogging and is sharing lots of great ideas for dressing a baby bump.  You can also catch her daily snapshots on her IG @mrsseacannon
Trisha Bell
Mom sitting on bed with infant and toddler
To me, confidence comes from within. It comes from happiness and positivity. It comes from “feeling good” about your every day choices. When you throw motherhood into the mix, it takes time to find a good healthy balance. You’ll make a lot of “wrong’s”, that will eventually lead to so many “rights”.. The key is to stay positive and to learn from the mistakes you make as a parent, instead of beating yourself up over them.
I’ve been through soooo much in my 26 years of life. At a young age, I knew I wanted to have a big family. I knew I wanted to be a mother. I just didn’t know about the struggles I would have to face, to get the 2 boys I was blessed with. I lost 3 little angels before I was finally blessed with my oldest, Urijah, who is now 3 and a half years old. We wanted our babes to be close in age, so we started trying for baby number 2 when Urijah was only 11 months old. Little did I know, we would lose 4 more pregnancies, before we would finally be blessed with our little Ezrah. But that wasn’t the end of our struggles. Our sweet Ezrah had complications at birth and was born with a severe brain injury. We almost lost him. We “should” have lost him – but, the positivity that I was able to find in our time of need, pushed us through the hardest times of our lives. I get it, how in the world do you find any type of positivity from a situation like ours? Well, you search and you search DEEP, but it’s there and you will find it. You can let your struggles beat you down to the ground -or- you can choose to rise above it. To let it empower you. Let it build you. Make you stronger.
My sons are my miracles. They are my heaven on earth. Choosing to be a positive person, has made me the best “Me” I could possibly be. And when I’m the best “me”, I know my kids and family life are well taken care of. I am confident as a parent, because I am in control of the way I choose to look at life. I am in control of the way “I do motherhood.”
Trisha Bell is a mom to two amazing boys Urijah and Ezra, and 7 in heaven.  She shares family happenings over on her blog and also daily snippets on her IG @trisha.bell.  She is a huge inspiration and source of support for other Moms who have experienced infant loss.


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I hope you guys LOVED all the submissions as much as me!  If you’d ever like to see a certain topic covered or apply to be a guest contributor, please email us at  Don’t forget about our first FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A Monday, August 7th at 7PM.  I’ll be there answering your questions, discussing upcoming classes/events, and answering FAQs about our breastfeeding video classes.  You must like us over on Facebook to have access to the Q&A.  Make sure to RSVP to be entered for our event giveaway (huge swag bag from Ergobaby!).  You can also leave a question in the event page comments – I’ll answer those questions first during the broadcast.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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