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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Breastfeed On-The-Go With Confidence

    No matter how much you have prepared to become a breastfeeding mom, going to the classes before birth, reading up all the best books and articles on how to breastfeed and all the benefits of breastfeeding your infant, there's no way to be fully prepared or know exactly what to anticipate until it's a real life experience. For some moms breastfeeding is a breeze, they experience no pain, no problems and simply love the experience from the moment their newborn latches on. But for most I believe, it is a learned skill for both mom and baby and sometimes a bumpy road to breastfeeding bliss on both sides of the equation.

    I was just watching Bethany Frankel on her reality show for the first time the other night and it showed clips of her trying to breastfeed her infant during the early days. She is clearly sleep deprived and at her wits end as she exclaims "Nobody tells you how hard this is!" Then she exclaims more emphatically and clearly frustrated as her baby hungry baby cries and her partner looks on sympathically "This is like trying to get blood from a stone!" Finally after several clips and edits, the baby latches on and has a successful feeding. Later she comments on the whole nursing on demand experience as she tries to plan her day an has not nursed in public yet: "What if I have a 1:30 appointment and the baby wants to eat at 1:20? What do I do, I'll just be late!" This is especially true in the early weeks as the baby has to eat around the clock and it's sometimes hard to predict when that will be. If you are in public, be sure to bring a nursing cover or wear a discreet nursing top because you may just need to sit on the nearest park bench and feed your baby a snack.

    Most nursing moms do get into the swing of some sort of schedule after the first few months and can better anticipate their baby's feedings. Some moms find having a pumped bottle of milk on hand is helpful for on the go days when you don't have the time or privacy to nurse as you would like and need to tide over the baby until you get a better moment. (This is assuming your baby can take a bottle and you are able to pump milk.)

    If you do plan to nurse on the go, you will need a number of nursing tops that can be worn on any given day to any given place in any weather. The Bravado Nursing Bra Tank is an excellent choice to get you going. These tanks are super supportive and easy to use for breastfeeding. They come in many different solid colors, are extra long over your postpartum tummy so you don't have to flash any belly skin and they have adjustable straps. You can layer this top for cooler weather and it can be dressed up or down and worn anytime of the year.

    Another great cami for layering is Japanese Weekend's Nursing Body Shaper. This cami is made for layering and not only gives you easy nursing access but actually flattens and smoothes out your belly. Your body looks lump free under any top and you can also nurse on the go in confidence without showing any skin.

    The most important asset you can take with you in your early breastfeeding endeavors is a great deal of patience and confidence to know it will eventually work. This is not easy to do when you are sleep deprived with an infant who wants to try and feed around the clock and may be even crankier than you are. There is also added pressure if your family members, friends or even spouse is not supportive of your efforts. If you are still having problems with latching it is worth the time and investment to schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant who is specifically trained to advise women and offer hands on training to breastfeeding problems. Oftentimes your area may offer free breastfeeding clinics. La Leche League is also an excellent source for breastfeeding advice and support. It helps to know you are not alone in your breastfeeding endeavors and to talk to other moms who have survived the early months and now have a successful breastfeeding relationship with their babies.

    Also, the more you nursing on the go, the easier it gets and the more freedom you have with your life. You will grow your confidence as you find your baby can adopt to feeding anywhere and you can make do with whatever quiet corner you can find. Most nursing moms eventually discover they have an easier time of it nursing than bottle feeding as you have everything you need on your body and less needed in your diaper bag - forget the bottles, nipples and formula. You don't have to worry about your milk going bad or being too cold or hot. Your milk is always the perfect temperature and perfect consistency for your baby. You really are everything your baby needs and you will grow in confidence to breastfeed successfully anywhere you need to go.

  • Bella Band Understands The Pregnant Mother

    The Bella Band, a revolutionary and life-changing maternity invention, is an essential piece to every expectant mother's wardrobe. Practical, stylish, and incredibly comfortable, it is made by maternity fashion designer Ingrid & Isabel and has become a staple in the maternity fashion world. Along with the Bella Band, Ingrid & Isabel also design fashionable and functional maternity clothing staples, from cute tank tops to figure flattering sweat pants. Incorporating these essentials into your wardrobe will allow you to be comfortable and stylish throughout your pregnancy.

    The Bella Band was the first product offered by Ingrid & Isabel, and it is truly a necessary staple to one's maternity wardrobe. The seamless knit band is designed to be worn over the waist of one's pants both during and after pregnancy. During the early stages of pregnancy, when one's pre-pregnancy pants are starting to get too tight, slip this super comfy band over your unbuttoned pants or skirt. It will hold your pants up and allow you to continue wearing your favorite jeans! In mid-pregnancy, when your pre-pregnancy pants are simply not an option anymore but maternity clothing is still too loose, it can be used to give that little extra bit of hold needed to keep them nice and snug! Late in pregnancy, when even maternity pants seem a bit too tight, it will provide that extra hold needed to keep them from falling down. Finally, the Bella Band is a great transition piece post pregnancy as it will give you leeway to transition back to your pre-pregnancy clothing. With all these uses, the Bella Band truly gives you your money's worth, particularly since the same size band can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy. Available in a plethora of colors, including some gorgeous lace options, the Bella Band is an absolute essential to the expectant mother's wardrobe.

    There are certain staples which expectant mothers find incredibly helpful to incorporate into their wardrobes, and stretchy, long tank tops are one of these essentials. Great for layering or wearing on a warm day with jeans or shorts, tank tops are stylish and comfortable. Ingird & Isabel designs two fashionable and functional options, both of which are versatile and incredibly comfy. The Everyday Cami is a seamless-knit camisole which is extra-soft and stretches beautifully over your baby bump. The fabric has a crepe finish and will resist the dreaded pilling and fading that occurs with many other fabrics. Extra-long, the Everyday Cami covers your baby bump throughout all stages of your pregnancy and is a great post-partum transition piece. Ingrid & Isabel's other stylish tank top is the Essentials Ruched Tank. With the same seamless design and soft, stretchy fabric as the cami, the tank adds figure flattering ruching for your baby bump. Available in black, white, and navy blue, these essential tops make a great gift for any expectant mother, as she will be sure to get much use from them!

    Along with tank tops, stretch pants which are figure flattering are an essential that every expectant mother will want in her wardrobe. Ingrid & Isabel designs the Everywear Pant, a black stretchy pant which is flattering, stylish, comfortable, and versatile. This maternity pant is amazing, as it can be worn in a multitude of ways. Its wide waistband can be worn up and over the belly for full tummy coverage, folded to the waist for extra under the belly support, or folded all the way down over one's bum for a cute skirt-over-pants look! With its gentle boot cut, it is very flattering. The soft, stretchy fabric is super comfy, and the fabric's finish makes it easily dressed up or down. Perfect for everyday wear, the Everywear Pant is both stylish and comfy, ensuring you will look and feel great throughout your pregnancy.

    Ingrid & Isabel truly understands the expectant mother's needs and changing body, creating clothing which is both practical and flattering. From the amazing Bella Band to tanks and stretch pants, they have designed wonderful options for both during and after pregnancy. Your comfort is of utmost importance, and Ingrid & Isabel's designs accomplish this goal in a stylish and flattering way!

  • 2 Studies Present New Data On Effects Of Alcohol During Pregnancy

     

    These new studies have recently been reported.

    Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child. However, most recent publications show little or no effects of occasional or light drinking by the mother during pregnancy. The studies also demonstrate how socio-economic, education, and other lifestyle factors of the mother may have large effects on the health of the fetus and child; these must be considered when evaluating the potential effects of alcohol during pregnancy.

    A very large population-based observational study from the UK found that at the age of 5 years, the children of women who reported light (no more than 1-2 units of alcohol per week or per occasion) drinking did not show any evidence of impairment on testing for behavioral and emotional problems or cognitive ability. There was a tendency for the male children of women reporting "heavy/binge" drinking during pregnancy (7 or more units per week or 6 or more units per occasion) to have poorer behavioural scores, but the effects were less clear among female offspring.

    A second study, published in Pediatrics, based on a population in Western Australia examined the associations between dose, pattern, and timing of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and birth defects and found similar results, that there was no association between low or moderate prenatal alcohol exposure and birth defects.

    Data from a randomly selected, population-based cohort of non- indigenous women who gave birth to a live infant in Western Australia (WA) between 1995 and 1997 (4714 participants) were linked to WA Midwives Notification System and WA Birth Defects Registry data. Information about maternal alcohol consumption was collected 3 months after birth for the 3 month period before pregnancy and for each trimester separately.

    Low alcohol consumption was defined as less then 7 standard drinks (10g) a week, and no more than 2 drinks on any one day. Women who consumed more than 70g per week were classified as heavy drinkers and women consuming more than 140g were classified as very heavy drinkers.

    Overall, current scientific data indicate that while drinking during pregnancy should not be encouraged, there is little evidence to suggest that an occasional drink or light drinking by the mother is associated with harm. Heavy drinking, however, is associated with serious developmental defects in the fetus.

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