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Yes, breastfeeding mamas – this tops “Mom’s” list of absolute must-haves when purchasing items for a new baby! My Brest Friend has been a tried and true friend throughout breastfeeding as it is firm and attaches to you so your baby can lay comfortably when resting or feeding. It is not floppy, bulky or unstable – plus, with the strap that goes around your body, it stays put! Initially recommended by another friend who breastfed her son, My Brest Friend has lasted through infancy and beyond in “Mom’s” house! Even other family members have been known to wear it when feeding baby with a bottle of breast milk – because it is nice and firm, it makes both bottle feeding and breastfeeding a breeze.

If you are an expectant mom searching for the essentials to buy before baby is born, My Brest Friend should be at the top of your list, and if you are searching for a gift that will really be appreciated by the mommy-t0-be, this is it! (well, this and a cleaning service!)

To learn more about My Brest Friend, or to order online, visit www.onestepahead.com.

*Images provided by One Step Ahead.*

 

Nursing mamas want to feel comfortable and confident when feeding their little ones while on-the-go! The Simply Good Nursing Cover Duo makes this possible – the cover stays firmly in place with high-grade Velcro tabs, and it is lightweight so it will keep both mom & baby cool. Plus, the larger ridged opening at the top makes it easy for mom to view her little one as the baby is nursing. With an attachable burp cloth to quickly wipe up dribbles and drool, this nursing cover duo should be renamed the dynamic duo!

For fashionistas who don’t want to throw the baby’s swaddle blanket loosely over their chest & shoulders, the Nursing Cover Duo is available in two gorgeous color patterns & styles – all with a matching burp cloth! Stylish and practical, the Nursing Cover Duo is the perfect gift for any expecting mom or even seasoned mom in need of something a bit more colorful to use while breastfeeding. “Mom” loves that the cover comes with a cute little carrying bag and additional matching burp cloth (because you just go through so many of them in a day!).

Fabulous features of the Nursing Cover Duo include:

•Interchangeable burp cloth and additional burp cloth included.
•Front pocket for storing pacifier or pad.
•Large enough to cover the entire upper body to nurse in privacy and comfort, or even to pump at the office.
•The wide rigid opening enables mom to see her baby at all times and ensures that the baby can breathe freely.
•The wide rigid opening allow mom to check that baby has latch correctly while nursing.
•The Nursing Cover and Burp cloth feature high-grade Velcro style fasteners, ensuring the cover will stay in place.
•It can be used as a shade for your baby’s delicate skin on sunny days (provides no UV protection) or even a light blanket on windy days.
•Reduces the need for mother to buy expensive specialty nursing apparel.
•Includes a matching carry bag, so moms can easily take the cover with them, or use it for dirty baby clothes.
•Includes an additional burp cloth to help ensure that one cloth is always clean and ready to go.
•Fabric is 100% quality Cotton, very breathable.
•Machine Washable.

To view tips on how to use the Nursing Cover Duo, or to order online, visit www.simplygoodus.com.

*Company generously provided samples & images for this review.*

Top Tips on Breastfeeding

Although breastfeeding is actually a natural life progression, most mothers aren’t aware of the benefits that it could have on their babies. And, since a lot of negativity seems to surround the topic, first-time mothers end up getting dissuaded from maintaining this very beneficial practice. Learn more about it here.

The first couple of days after delivery, mothers don’t actually produce any milk in their breasts. Instead, they produce colostrum, which is filled with all of the nutrients that newborn babies need. Colostrum is also easy to digest, helps prevent jaundice, and provides babies with protective antibodies.

What most mothers are worried about during these earlier days is that their babies aren’t getting enough to eat. What they don’t know is that newborn babies have tiny stomachs, so instead of eating a lot at once, they need to eat small portions more frequently instead. Besides, the more frequent a mother feeds her baby, the better her milk production will be in the long run.

Another thing you should know is that babies who breastfeed exclusively don’t need any water yet since breast milk can give them all of the fluids they need. The foremilk that comes out during the beginning of each feeding quenches thirst, and if your baby is still hungry, he will stay on your breasts a little longer in order to benefit from the hindmilk that is more filling. Conversely, babies who drink formula milk need water in order to prevent constipation.

If you want to encourage breastfeeding in your baby, it would be highly recommended not to give him any pacifiers or bottles during his first month of life. Your baby has to learn how to breastfeed, too, after all, and introducing a pacifier will just confuse him since the suckling action for a pacifier isn’t the same as that of breasts.

Introducing bottles early on can cause certain problems, too. Babies are very smart and they will soon realize that it is easier to get milk out of a bottle as opposed to from a breast, so your milk supply might get destroyed faster this way. Although some babies have no trouble interchanging between breasts and bottles, this doesn’t happen all the time. So, when it comes to bottles, proceed with caution – most of all if you want to continue breastfeeding for some time.

In case you didn’t know, breastfeeding is actually encouraged for the first six months of a baby’s life. In fact, your baby won’t need any other kind of nutrition aside from your breast milk during this time. After those six months, you can start introducing solids if you want; but it would still be advisable to keep breastfeeding since babies can benefit from it up to two years of age.

About the Author

This article was written by Allice L. who writes on behalf of w3Toledo, a web design and Toledo SEO firm that recommends this Toledo storage facility.

*Image: phanlop88 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

Breastfeeding = Benefits for Both Mom and Baby

August is National Breastfeeding Month, which is fitting because breastfeeding is once again spiking in popularity among new moms as the preferred method of feeding their newborn babies. Breastfeeding is a personal choice that all mothers make and this trend is very healthy because breastfeeding provides so many benefits to both the mother and her baby.

Chicago Healers Practitioner Dr. Marilyn Mitchell, MD, provides some of the benefits of breastfeeding.

· Nutrients and Enzymes – Babies who are breastfed take in nutrients and enzymes that are perfectly proportioned for a human infant. Bottled milk often comes from cows or soy and lacks the perfect blend of nutrients and enzymes that human milk provides.

· Supplemented Immune System – Breast milk also transmits antibodies from the mother to the infant, which are especially vital during the first few months of life when the infant’s immune system is immature and lacks the ability to produce its own antibodies.

· Healthier Life – Infants who breastfeed generally have fewer illnesses during the breastfeeding period than those who are bottle-fed and develop fewer allergies in their lifetime. Breastfed babies also tend to have less colic, fewer restless episodes, and better sleep patterns than bottle-fed infants.

· Helps Mom, Too – Breastfeeding increases metabolism, which helps with post-partum weight loss. It also helps with mother-child bonding due to the mutually pleasurable experience.

It is also smart for new moms to be aware of what they consume while breastfeeding, as it can affect their child. Here is a list of things to up intake of and things to avoid:

Foods to Eat:

· Fresh fruits and vegetables (organic when possible)

· Protein sources (also organic when possible)

· 8-12 glasses of water, juice, herbal teas

· Calcium rich foods (dairy, greens, legumes)

Foods to Avoid:

· Alcohol

· Caffeinated beverages and all soda pop

· Foods that bother the infant (spices for some)

· Preservatives

About ChicagoHealers.com

Chicago Healers (www.ChicagoHealers.com) is the nation’s pioneer prescreened integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach, and philosophy. Our holistic health experts teach and advocate natural and empowered health and life choices through their practices, the media, educational events, and our website. With close to 200 practitioners and over 300 treatment services, Chicago Healers has provided nearly 400 free educational events for Chicagoans and has been featured in 300+ TV news programs and print publications. For more information, visit www.ChicagoHealers.com.

*Image: koratmember / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

BornFree™’s Breastfeeding Week Giveaway

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, BornFree™ is sponsoring an eco-fabulous giveaway! Whether you are making the transition from breast to bottle, or have just passed from infancy into toddlerhood, BornFree™’s line of BPA-free baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, and feeding accessories give moms everywhere peace of mind that they are using products that will not harm their precious children. A particular favorite of “Mom’s” are the Eco Classic Bottles! From August 1st – August 7th, you can enter to win a BornFree™ bottle daily on Tiny Green Mom!

To enter, BornFree™ asks moms to tell how you transitioned from breast to bottle. Please leave your comment after this post and BornFree™ will select a winner at random to receive a BornFree bottle.

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BornFree™’s Breastfeeding Week Giveaway ends on August 7th, 2011 and is open to the US and Canada only. Please leave your email address in each comment, and make sure to leave a separate comment for every each and every entry that you make so that they will count for you!

Thank you! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom can’t wait to announce the winner of this fabulous giveaway!

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump

Were you aware that there is a misconception that all breast pumps work the same? In addition to ease and comfort, mothers should also look for breast pumps that prevent bacteria and viruses from entering the milk. Ameda, a proven leader in breast pump innovation and trusted by moms and hospitals for over 65 years, is the world’s only breast pump with a proven Airlock Protection™ barrier. The diaphragm keeps the air from the pump from coming in contact with breast milk while pumping. This, in turn, helps protect breast milk from bacteria, mold and viruses.

Why use the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump? The Ameda Purely Yours line offers purity, comfort and ease for Mom:

Purity: Ameda has the world’s only breast pump with a proven Airlock Protection™ barrier. The diaphragm keeps the air from the pump from coming in contact with breast milk while pumping. This, in turn, helps protect breast milk from bacteria, mold and viruses.

Comfort: The Ameda CustomFit Flange System™ makes it easy to find a good fit by offering seven flange sizes that adapt to all Ameda breast pumps and HygieniKit™ Milk Collection Systems. The Purely Yours Ultra breast pump includes three of the most commonly-needed flange sizes and easily adapts with four more sizes available separately.

Ease: To help mothers maximize milk flow and comfort, the Purely Yours Ultra features fully independent controls for suction and speed. Mom can select her own speed and suction level from 32 combinations.

For more information about the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump, which features the Airlock Protection and many other hospital-grade features, and to find a $50 off coupon, please visit http://www.ameda.com/general/ameda-mail-rebate.

*Company provided images and information for this article.*

Breastfeeding as a Vegetarian

Although women are expected to “eat for two” in pregnancy, we tend to think that life – and eating habits – will return to normal once the baby is born. Especially if you are breastfeeding, this is simply not true. In fact, a breastfeeding woman needs more calories and a higher quantity of many nutrients than she did in pregnancy.
Unfortunately, increasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods is immensely more difficult with an infant to tend to. Convenience foods are commonly based around meats, so the vegetarian mother has even more of a challenge ahead of her.

Here are five vegetarian foods that are easy to prepare and have on hand throughout the day as you work to nourish yourself and your young baby, whether you are a vegetarian or not:

Vegetarian Soups and Stews – When you get a moment to cook, make the most of it! It’s no harder to make a huge batch of soup than to make a small one, so load up that stock pot with whatever vegetables and beans you have on hand. Whatever extra you have can go in the freezer for a no-prep dinner or back into the fridge as leftovers for a day or two. Soups and stews are so soothing, and the broth is packed with the nutrients in the vegetables.

Nutrient-Dense Dips and Spreads – Nut and seed butters go with a variety of flavors, depending on the nut or seed. Dip veggies and fruit in them or spread them on whole grain crackers and toast. If your dip of choice is Ranch, try a vegan alternative that is made with white beans for added protein and thickness.

Nut Butter Snack Mixes – Tired of apples and almond butter? Try mixing some of your favorite nut butter with bananas, oats, nuts, cinnamon and honey. It is such a treat (especially if you throw in some chocolate chips) and will serve as a great mid-day boost. Be sure to get nut butters that are free of sugar and hydrogenated oils for extra nutrition.

Trail Mixes – If you are sensing a trend with nuts and seeds, you are getting the picture. They are chock full of the protein, essential fats and vitamins that you need to sustain your body and make nourishing milk for your baby. And the best part is, they are easy to grab and go. Keep things interesting by putting a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and even granola in a bag that is easily accessible. A little will take you a long way, and it’s easy to eat one-handed while you nurse.

Veggie Wraps – It’s not so easy to eat a salad while you breastfeed, yet all of the calories you are burning will likely render you starving. Get all the benefits of a great salad and the convenience of a big, hearty burrito by wrapping it up in a whole grain tortilla. You will be more likely to get the vegetables and boost you need, and baby will be less likely to have chopped veggies dropped on his ear.

What are your go-to snacks to get you through the day?

About the Author

Brannan Sirratt has been pregnant, nursing, or both for more than five years and a vegetarian for nearly three. During her most recent pregnancy, she founded The Pregnant Vegetarian, a growing resource for vegetarian mothers through pregnancy and beyond, and she continues to write there and in various corners throughout the web.

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.

*Company provided images and information for this review.*

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 .*