Created by moms for moms, Bamboobies™ Nursing Pads help the new breastfeeding mama stay comfortable and dry! These super-soft, organic bamboo velour nursing pads stay in place with a unique heart-shaped design, created to conform to the breast. Bamboobies™ are eco-fabulous, made of all-natural, untreated, certified organic cotton, hemp and bamboo, so that only the most natural of materials touch the breast. Depending on the shape of the breast, Bamboobies™ can be worn “heart up” or “heart down.”

Available in two styles to keep mama milk-free, Regular Bamboobies™ and Overnight Bamboobies™, the nursing pads are reusable and machine washable. Learn more about the eco fabrics used to create Bamboobies™ here.

Bamboobies™ is currently offering Tiny Green Mom readers 20% off their purchase! Please use the code TGM20 for the discount. To locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit their website.

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Shari Criso, Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant has provided the following 5 tips for successful breastfeeding. This week, Shari has launched her DVD series, Simply Breastfeeding: The Criso Breastfeeding Method, online – a FREE comprehensive resource for new and expecting parents on her website, My Baby Experts. The goal? To make Shari’s free class offer available year-round, so no parent should ever have to pay to learn how to breastfeed if they cannot afford the education.

Successful Breastfeeding Tips

By Shari Criso

1) Get the right education and professional support before you deliver.

Breastfeeding actually needs to start before your baby is even born. Your body has been preparing for it from the minute you got pregnant (one of the first signs of pregnancy is breast growth) and now you need to prepare your mind. Taking a good and comprehensive breastfeeding class with your partner is one of the best ways to ensure your long term breastfeeding success. Most pregnant couples will take a childbirth class to get ready for birth, but few will take a breastfeeding class. This is a big mistake! You will need this knowledge and information the moment your little one is born.

2) Choose the right pediatrician that supports breastfeeding and your decisions.

One of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to breastfeeding and your baby is choosing the right pediatrician. Find a doctor or a practice that fully supports breastfeeding. Almost all pediatricians will tell you they support you to breastfeed (it is the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to exclusively breastfeed for at least 1 year), however you have to look for other signs that your pediatrician may not be fully on board with your decision. Talking to you about supplementing before there is even a problem, giving you formula samples in their office even when you are telling them you want to breastfeed, or just not listening to you and your concerns. These are all signs that it may not be a good match. Just because you have started seeing one doctor does not mean you need to continue or that you can’t find another that is more compatible with your choices for your child. Don’t give up until you find the right one, as having that “partnership” is priceless!

3) Be committed!

Have confidence in yourself and your bodies ability to breastfeed. When I teach my students in my breastfeeding class, I always tell them that successful breastfeeding is 2% skill and 98% confidence and commitment! This is so true. Your body is perfectly designed to feed your baby. It is how our species has survived for thousands of years! The biggest issue that most new moms encounter is their lack of confidence or other people’s lack of confidence in their ability to fully nourish their baby. It is not possible that as mammals, half or more of the population has some genetic condition that makes them unable to produce enough milk! Other mammals don’t have this problem. Yet the current CDC statistics show that only 13% of American women are exclusively breastfeeding by 6 months! Trust yourself and your body. The chance that mother nature would have you grow and deliver this beautiful baby, and then just not be able to feed it are slim to none!

4) Always seek expert advice if breastfeeding is not going well.

Always seek breastfeeding advice from a breastfeeding expert. There are many people out there who claim to be experts and that is where there is a lot of conflicting and misinformation is being distributed. Friends who are successful at breastfeeding may be very valuable for support, but try to avoid advice from friends or family who were not successful at breastfeeding, something they did didn’t work and it may be the exact advice they are giving you. Be careful about what you read on the internet. So many of us turn to this as our main source of information, but you don’t always know where or who the information is coming from. Did you know that most of the formula companies have websites completely dedicated to “educating moms on how to breastfeed?” A major conflict of interest, don’t you think? Lastly, don’t assume that just because someone has a nursing license or a medical degree they have had the proper training in breastfeeding. Most nurses never get any breastfeeding education in nursing school and most doctors (even the pediatricians) get little to no education as well! Like anything in medicine, when you have a specialized problem always seek out the specialist. In this case, you want an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). To find one in your area visit www.ILCA.org

5) Prepare beforehand with some essential equipment.

Although you may hear some moms saying “that all you really need to breastfeed is your baby and your breasts” and this is technically true, there are some products out there that can make your experience much, much easier and more enjoyable! With all the thousands of breastfeeding products on the market, it can be very confusing and overwhelming to decide what is important and what isn’t. That is why I created my “Breastfeeding Essentials” list (and video). It is based on the experience of thousands of successfully breastfeeding moms, and will help you to totally focus on just the products you really need. Waiting until after the baby comes so “you can see how it goes” before purchasing some of these essential items can actually be the reason for your lack of breastfeeding success!

Shari Criso’s entire DVD class is available for FREE streaming online at http://www.sharicriso.com/mybabyexperts as a comprehensive resource in honor of World Breastfeeding Week to support her passionate commitment to educate as many new & expectant parents for free as possible!

Shari Criso is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, baby product expert, nationally recognized parenting educator and author, entrepreneur, and most importantly, mother of two amazing daughters. Her specialty boutique in New Jersey, the Birth Boutique, is a 5000 sq/ft oasis for new and expecting parents! The Birth Boutique features all the best brands and hard-to find products, baby gear and strollers, diaper bags, christening gowns, cloth diapers, maternity clothes, nursing bras and much, much more! Shari and her husband/partner Joe, teach amazing live classes to expectant couples together, and now offer their classes, DVD programs, education and consultations remotely through “My Baby Experts!”

*Images and article provided by Shari Criso.*

Revitalizing and extremely refreshing to the postpartum mama, this tropical smoothie from The Homesteader’s Kitchen is loaded with goodies like Vitamin C and fiber! “Mom” used fresh orange juice in place of the pineapple juice called for in this recipe, and it tasted delicious!

Tropical Delight

By Robin Burnside

Ingredients

1 whole fresh young coconut, water and cream scraped from the inside of the shell

1 frozen banana

1/4 of a fresh medium-size papaya, peeled and cut into chunks

1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

1 cup pineapple juice (more or less, depending on volume of coconut milk)

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

Preparation

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and puree on high until smooth and creamy. If teh smoothie is too thick for your liking, just add a little more juice or milk to the mixture. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy!

*Recipe courtesy of The Homesteader’s Kitchen .*

Stylish, comfortable, chic – The Butterfly Wrap™ will take you from pregnancy and beyond. This gorgeous and functional wrap literally transforms itself magically from a flattering shawl to a discreet nursing cover and can even be worn as a flowing skirt! Made from silky-soft organic cotton and soy, this conforms to the body in all the right places but forgives in others – perfect for the transitioning body of the new mom!

The Butterfly Wrap™ truly does it all – this makes a gorgeous gift for the expecting mama that will really come in handy, especially in the first few months postpartum.

When worn as a skirt, the gathered part of The Butterfly Wrap™ can be worn in the front, over one knee or in the back – it looks classy whichever way you choose! As a nursing cover, the stretchy fabric covers both mom and baby with ease. For a classic look throughout pregnancy and into motherhood, the wrap can go from a trip to the grocery store to a cocktail party with panache!

Bamboobies™, the makers of the The Butterfly Wrap™, are currently offering Tiny Green Mom readers 20% off their purchase! Please use the code TGM20 for the discount. To learn more about The Butterfly Wrap™, or to order, please visit the website.

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Stacey H. Rubin, M.N., APRN, IBCLC, author of The ABC’s of Breastfeeding, offers her suggestions as to how a partner can support a new mom’s breastfeeding relationship. Here are her top tips:

1. Become aware of the benefits that breast milk provides to your baby. Breastfed babies are healthier then formula fed babies.

2. Encourage togetherness: Breastfeeding works best when a mom and her newborn are close to each other. After giving birth help mom to get comfortable so that she can hold baby skin-to-skin. After a difficult birth or a c-section stay with mom in the hospital so that her newborn can room-in [as opposed to spending long periods away from mom in the nursery].

3. Learn to recognize your baby’s signals: Read your baby’s hunger signals! Newborns communicate their hunger by turning their head to one side, opening their eyes, opening their mouth. Help a new mom to initiate a feeding when your baby shows these early signals. Crying is a late sign of hunger and it is difficult to nurse a crying newborn.

4. Be Patient: Remember breastfeeding takes perseverance in the beginning! Some frustration is normal along the way! Help mom through these difficult moments.

Stacey H. Rubin, M.N., APRN, IBCLC is author of The ABCs of Breastfeeding: Everything a Mom Needs to Know for a Happy Nursing Experience (AMACOM 2008). She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. After graduating magna cum laude from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, she was commissioned as an Army Nurse Corp officer and served overseas during the First Gulf War. Following four years of active duty military service, she earned a Master of Nursing degree and moved to Connecticut where she works with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, runs her own private practice, and lives with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.abcsofbreastfeeding.com.

*Image of the book cover and tips were provided by AMACON Books for this article.*

Healing demands specific nutrients like these for cellular rebuilding, balanced body chemistry and optimum organ function. Overall, this recipe is a great balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and fiber. In addition, it has a low glycemic index, thus it is very helpful for minimizing food cravings. This super simple recipe from Dr. Tom Potisk, AKA the “Down-to-Earth” doctor, is a wonderful snack option postpartum (or really anytime!). Dr. Potisk is known as the “Down-to-Earth” doctor because of his holistic lifestyle and practical, good-natured teaching ability. He is also the author of a new book: Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages.

The Healing Trail Mix For Women

By Dr. Tom Potisk

Ingredients

1 cup raisins

1 cup unsalted walnuts

1 cup unsalted roasted soy nuts

1 cup carob chips

1 /4 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container, and mix gently. Keep on hand as a healthy snack option!

*Image and recipe provided by Dr. Tom Potisk. To learn more about Dr. Potisk, please visit www.thedowntoearthdoctor.com .*

Ask any new mom about which items she wished that she had purchased prior to baby being born, and nursing pads will definitely be high up on the list! When your milk comes in for the first time, it is best to be prepared in advance by having nursing pads on hand to catch the inevitable leaking that can happen!

A smart, economical option for the nursing mom, NUK Reusable Nursing Pads feature an 100% natural and sustainable cotton inner liner, so they feel soft against the skin when in place. Extremely absorbent, the pads can be worn with any nursing or regular bra to keep leaks to a minimum! After being used, the pads can be thrown into the gentle cycle with your delicates to be washed. This is a fabulous eco-friendly alternative to disposable nursing pads as once washed, the nursing pads can be used countless times.

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to purchase, please visit www.nuk-usa.com.

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The following article was authored by Dr. Rosemary Shy, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Shy is also a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the breastfeeding coordinator for the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the co-chair for the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, the state coalition for breastfeeding. A HUGE thanks to Dr. Shy for putting together this illuminating article for Tiny Green Mom.

Why Breastfeeding is Important

By Dr. Rosemary Shy

Why breastfeed? Breastfeeding is nature’s intended way to feed our infants. It is healthy, inexpensive safe, protects landfills and protects babies against risks of infection and autoimmune disease. Breast milk is always fresh, a perfect temperature, and ready when a baby wants it.

So why doesn’t every mother breastfeed?

Maybe they don’t know how different it is to feed their baby human protein, instead of cow protein, or if baby doesn’t tolerate the formula they may have grossly bloody stools;

or know that their body makes the immunity for their babies until the babies mature enough to protect their own bodies;

or know that the fat in their milk helps the babies’ brains mature. Fat is added to cow milk in formula to try to imitate breast milk, but studies show higher IQs for breastfed babies;

or that components in breast milk help the gut and immune system mature more quickly, and may help protect from some autoimmune diseases.

Human milk is a living, active entity which changes with a baby’s age and even with the time of feed.

Human milk has low iron that is highly absorbed and has another chemical which binds iron. This means the gut milieu is low in iron which make little available for viruses like RSV, Rotavirus and bacteria like E-coli, which need iron to grow .his low iron helps to protect the infant from these invaders. It also coats the gut with immunoglobulin A which keeps pathogens from attaching to the gut and causing diarrhea.

Getting off to a good start helps. Holding the baby skin to skin just after birth increases the likelihood of success. Skin to skin is having baby next to skin directly such as putting the infant on mother’s chest immediately after birth.

Some mothers are afraid that they will have pain or have had pain. Pain is not part of good breastfeeding. If there is pain the mother needs to get some help. Something is definitely wrong.

Breastfeeding is a learned experience so it may take a few tries to get it right.

Pain most often means that there is some positioning problem even if the baby seems to be latching and eating. Sometimes pain is caused by infection in or poor emptying of mother’s breast. If baby falls asleep before a full feed, they are probably not getting a good flow of milk. If the milk is not flowing then baby will stop eating.

Some common problems experienced:

1) Positioning problems:

When a baby falls asleep quickly at the breast then wakes soon to feed again they are probably not getting enough milk. A common positioning problem is leaning forward to the baby for latching and then sitting back when relaxed. This relaxation pulls the mother away from the baby, which allows the baby to have their chest and abdomen move away from the mother with the abdomen/chest facing out with the baby’s head turned. In this position the baby cannot latch properly and the milk flow slows or stops. To prevent this, the mother needs to make sure that baby is chest to chest with mother, with baby’s chest /abdomen always turned toward the mother.

Another problem in position is holding the baby’s head in a neutral or slightly forward position. The baby tries to position itself leading with the chin, with the head slightly back; if the mother holds the head forward, the baby then has its nose against the breast, and the nipple tips to the roof of the baby’s mouth. The nipple can then be traumatized by rubbing and latch is not good. This may cause pain and slow flow.

2) Near term babies, that is babies born between 35 and 38 weeks gestation, may have more difficulties with feeding:

This group of babies may be slower at learning to breastfeed, may fatigue easier, are more susceptible to get jaundice because of this bit of prematurity, and may have more difficulty latching onto the breast. If the babies are small, they may take less milk than the mothers make.

If the infant is falling asleep before being full, is jaundiced, or is not gaining well, one can use compression to get more milk to the baby and remind them to keep feeding. This works as well as bottle feeding if your milk supply is good. There is a good video and discussion of this technique on Dr. Jack Newman’s website, www.drjacknewman.com. If the infants are small the mother may make more milk than they need so they may only use one breast initially. Don’t switch breasts until the first empties (the breast should feel softer, less tense and less full); pump the other breast if necessary until baby grows big enough to need the milk in both breasts. The mother should try to avoid letting the breast get engorged. If the breasts get engorged, the baby may have difficulty latching, and the mother may have pain. The mother should empty the breast either by hand expression or pump.

There are many sites that are useful for a breastfeeding mother. To name a few, our state of Michigan breastfeeding coalition has a website, www.mibfnetwork.org, with many links to other useful websites. Dr. Newman has handouts and videos on his website, www.drjacknewman.com, and the Academy of Breastfeeding medicine has information to use with your physician and hospital nurses. The American Academy of Pediatrics has information on its site.

Breastfeeding should be enjoyable for both mother and baby. Problems should be addressed early and fixed. Many problems are worsened by not addressing them early.

From mom Elizabeth Fournier comes this lovely soup that will help replenish and nourish the new mommy in the weeks after giving birth. Light and refreshing – it is especially wonderful in the heat of summer!

Avocado Carrot Soup

By Elizabeth Fournier

Ingredients

3 cups fresh carrot juice

1 large avocado

handful of alfalfa sprouts cut into thirds

small sprig of parsley or cilantro leaves

Preparation

Using a juicer, add enough carrots to make 3 cups, and make carrot juice.

Next, cut avocado in half. Place the carrot juice and avocado in a blender, and blend until smooth. Put sprouts and parsley on top of the soup. Serve chilled.

Animal Face Pacifiers from NUK® are just too, too cute! These orthodontic pacifiers are not only soothing to baby, but they have been created specifically to conform to baby’s mouth just like the breast during feeding! For moms who are breastfeeding, this means that they can successfully feed their baby and still give their child a pacifier when needed without worry that he or she won’t take to the breast anymore.

In addition, NUK® pacifiers encourage proper oral development and teeth alignment, a concern that many new parents have when deciding to give a pacifier to their child. Baby’s tender skin is not irritated by the NUK® pacifier, as well, because special grooves in the pacifier allow for air circulation.

Mom“‘ loves that NUK® pacifiers are BPA-Free and are available in a wide selection of styles and designs. From newborn to toddler – there is a pacifier designed to meet each child’s specific needs (or personality!).

For more information on NUK® pacifiers and other products, please visit www.nuk-usa.com.

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