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  • Making Mistakes can Speed up the Learning Process with Breastfeeding

    A recent study by the John Hopkins School of Medicine showed that the brain learns motor skills faster by processing errors than any other way. In the past it was assumed that people learned and performed a motor task faster the second or third time around because they had more practice, but this is not the case. Although practice helps, the learning part comes from the brain's processing of mistakes. The brain, which never ceases to amaze and surprise us with its abilities and cleverness, stores memories of motor skill errors in performing a task which it then processes for making adjustments for the optimal outcome. We knew our brains were smart, but this shows that they are even smarter than we first thought as they can successfully automatically critique our every motor action to figure out what works best, sort of like self-coach we didn't even know we had.

    This science can be applied to almost every area of life figuratively and directly to physical areas that relate to motherhood, such as breastfeeding your baby. As we know all babies are different. So although it may be easier to breastfeed the second or third time around, what worked before on one baby (one particular hold or technique for latching) may not be as effective on a different child. It takes trial and error to find out what works for both your baby and you in the breastfeeding relationship. It also takes trial and error to figure out the times of day, amount of time and a multitude of other factors for optimal results in breastfeeding.

    For example, maybe your baby needs to be woken up a little first by having its diaper changed or a layer of clothes peeled off so they are not too hot and more awake. Maybe you need to play with your baby a little first to get them more stimulated. There may be a certain hold that works better at nighttime than daytime. Perhaps you nurse better an hour after dinner or a big glass or water as your milk supply is full. For some moms their best nursing sessions are first thing in the morning when they've had more sleep and restful time for their body to fully replenish their milk supply. There are so many factors involved in finding success in breastfeeding, particularly early on.

    One of the encouraging facts about this study is that your baby’s brain. which is amazingly wired, is also processing the trial and error information and figuring out how they can best feed. That’s one of the reason why its easier to breastfeed a baby with each additional week of life and experience that you stick with it. However, it is helpful to have an expert, such as a lactation consultant, to observe and offer advice on holds and techniques for breastfeeding your baby early on and especially if a problem arises. They can help speed up that learning process by using their expertise to narrow down on what might be going wrong or what adjustments you can try.

    The key is to stick with it and not give up hope when things don’t seem to be going well. With your brain and your baby's brain working together, breastfeeding will get easier. There will come a point when your baby knows all of your queues to nursing without you needing to spend fifteen minutes preparing a nest of pillows and props and mirrors to make sure they are positioned just perfectly. Before you know it you will only need to barely lift your shirt or nursing top ever so discreetly and your baby will know exactly what to do without you needing to pause for a breathe as you talk to a friend.

    Trust in the miracle of your brain with trial in error (and any additional professional help you may need) and nursing will be a piece of cake in no time. Also with all of those calories you burn nursing you can treat yourself to that occasional piece of cake without any guilt!

     

  • Bravado Nursing Bra Tank

    The nursing bra tank is one of Bravado's most popular and best selling item. There is a good reason for this too with its many features. It is made of 100% cotton and utilizes the Bravado specially patened CottonFlex fabric which keeps the skin cool and dry without reducing flexibility or movement.

    The cups are molded and seamless which gives more support than other nursing bra tanks which are just a shelf bra. They are also sized in two cup sizes with even increment chest circumference and adjustable shoulder straps.

    A simple plastic clip on the shoulder strap allows you to easily gain access to nursing your baby in record time, and, comfortably too!

    The skirt botton comes down to the hip and has enough Spandex in it to keep it snug and comfortable.

    The Bravado Nursing Bra Tank is available in eight colors at TummyStyle.com at only $44.10. And, now with the 20OFFSPRING coupon code for 20% off all items, the final cost is only $35.28!! It won't get any cheaper than that anywhere on the internet!

  • Olian Maternity Hearts Nursing Pajama Set

    Are you looking for a cute and fun Valentine's gift for pregnant wife or wife that just had a baby??

    Why not try the Olian Maternity Hearts Nursing Pajama Set. This 4 piece nursing sleepwear is made out of soft cotton and comes with a robe, pants, nursing top and matching baby sleeper. The pants are covered in various styles of hearts and little swirly patterns. The robe has the collar and sleeve cuffs embellished with hearts.

    It's a great choice if you are you are nursing or thinking to nurse. The snap down front provides good support as well as ease of access. Wear it to bed or just walking around the house. Put on the robe when the weather gets a little chilly.

    Whatever your reason for the Hearts Nursing Pajama set, you will be sure to enjoy it! Buy now at $114 and take advantage of the Valentine's Day Sale 20% OFF coupon code LOVE20OFF.

  • Maternal America Charmuese Nursing Blouse

    New this fall from Maternal America is the Charmuese Nursing Blouse is a silky in appearance with a beautifully printed orchid on a rust/orange color base. The black reverse cami under the orchid print blouse provides for discreet access. The nursing top is held together with a large black bow to provide more styling. Comes in a 3/4 sleeve for that cool fall weather.

    Only $79 now at TummyStyle.com. Sizes range from XS to Large. This nursing top is so stylish that no one would every believe you could breastfeed in it!

  • Breastfeeding Military Moms in the News

    It seems every week now there is some major controversial news item and photo over breastfeeding in public. The latest stemmed from a photograph of two Air Force servicewomen, Tarran Eshegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, breastfeeding their babies in uniform. The photo of Echegoyen-McCabe was a bit more revealing as she was nursing twins simultaneously and showing some skin in the process. People have called this act “a disgrace” and there have been all sorts of negative comments over these two working women feeding their children while on a break.

    In defense, Echegoyen-McCabe told MSNBC, “ There isn’t a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform. I think it’s something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done.”

    As an owner of maternity and nursing clothing store and a mom who has nursed 3 children, I find it amazing that this photo is such a big deal. It seems there are still many people who find breastfeeding unsettling to observe and unnatural on some level. These moms were not trying to start a revolution, they were simply feeding their babies on break from work the way they always do. The photos are extremely natural and happy depictions of moms “doing it all” and juggling hats and responsibilities the way anyone who is a mom can relate to.

    Maybe what’s unsettling to some people is the knowledge that some women in uniform are also moms to babies and young children. Or, maybe it’s the fact that many moms breastfeed their babies beyond infancy as is recommended by the World Health Organization. (WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary food up to two years of age or beyond).

    Personally I find this photo uplifting as it shows two moms with serious military combat jobs who take time out of their busy training schedule to nurse their children and enjoy doing so.

  • BelaBumBum Maternity and Nursing Sleepwear

    Every expecting and new mom wants to be comfortable during and after pregnancy, and having that perfect loungewear outfit is a must. Back in October, the very talented singer Lily Allen tweeted a picture of herself looking cute and cozy in BelaBumBum’s loungewear a month before she gave birth. Now, months later, she can still wear their renowned loungewear as it is designed for both pregnancy and nursing. Many celebrities, including Halle Berry, Milla Jojovich, Alicia Keys, and Jessica Simpson are huge fans of BelaBumBum’s stylish and comfortable designs, and we are sure you will love them just as much.

    Made of superb material, BelaBumBum’s loungewear is always incredibly soft and feel great against one’s skin. For the perfect loungewear set, try the Ariel Lacey Nursing/Maternity Pajamas. The super soft Pima cotton top and bottoms are trimmed with delicate lace so one is sure to look as good as one feels. The lace accent also highlights an empire waist, creating a very flattering shape. Pull down capability provides easy nursing access, making this the perfect choice for both maternity and nursing wear. Wear it all night to sleep in as well as during the day when one just wants something comfy and cute to lounge in. Another BelaBumBum favorite is the Lotus Nursing Chemise. With soft pearl lace accents around the hem and bust, a beautiful contrast is created against the black nightie. It has plenty of stretch and room to be worn during pregnancy and has easy to use nursing clips for postpartum wear. Stylish, sexy, and oh so comfy, it is the perfect option for new and expectant mothers!

    Whether one is looking for a gift for an expecting mother or simply wanting to treat oneself to a well deserved gift, BelaBumBum’s loungewear is an excellent choice for pregnant and new moms everywhere.

  • Hillary Duff Looks Great In Maternity Clothes

    With her due date right around the corner (February!), Hilary Duff has been all about comfy outfits and a laidback look. We love that she has been relaxing and taking time to get ready for her first pregnancy. Just yesterday she was seen getting a pedicure wearing comfy black maternity yoga pants, a cute striped t-shirt, and a lightweight cardigan. To add a bit of her own personal style, Hilary added a great fedora and bright yellow earrings. For a similar look, pair 1 in the Oven’s Super Soft Ruched Foldover Maternity Pants with their 2 in 1 Maternity/Nursing Tank. Add your own personal style with your favorite earrings, a cute fedora like Hilary’s, or a colorful scarf.

    The day before, Hilary looked gorgeous in a laid-back, all black ensemble while out with her super cute hubby Mike Comrie. A long black top showcased her baby bump beautifully and the leggings she wore were comfortable and chic. By pairing it with funky sandals, glasses, and a great purse, Hilary added stylish detail perfectly. If you love her look, try Japanese Weekend’s Over the Belly Maternity Leggings paired with Maternal America’s Ribbed Crew Neck Tee. We love how Hilary paired her outfit with strappy sandals, but for colder weather a great pair of flat boots would look just as stylish.

    Throughout her pregnancy, Hilary has stayed very active. A few days ago she left a Pilates class wearing her favorite comfy leggings and a cute grey and white faded shirt. We love the ¾ length sleeves as well as the longer tee to provide plenty of coverage in the last months of pregnancy. We are looking forward to Hilary and Mike welcoming their baby!

  • Great Fall Nursing Tops

    With Fall here, now is the perfect time to make a few choice additions to your maternity and nursing wardrobe before you go into "desperation shopping" mode. The fun way to shop is to take your time to thumb through some racks of fashion and try on a few things with a fruit smoothie in hand. You can also shop by your keyboard from an online maternity store with a good return policy (in case you need to exchange for size or fit) and find a few select items to take you through the coming months in style.

    Pregnancy is no different than non-pregnancy in terms of finding a great pair of jeans to take you through the cooler months, only this time it's maternity jeans. Denim in a few different washes as well as your standard back leggings and/or stretch pants (or jersey pants if you prefer) will take you a long ways on the bottom half. In terms of the upper body, make sure you invest in a few stylish essentials such as cap sleeves that can be layered, ¾ sleeves which can take you through Spring and a few choice cardigans and long sleeve tops.

    Fashionable maternity tops that double as nursing tops are a great way to get a lot more mileage from your investment. Japanese Weekend has an excellent selection of "During and After" tops than can take you from the office to the town in the evening. Check out Japanese Weekend's D&A Sash Tie Nursing top in Teal, a new color for this season. This easy to fit and easy to wear jersey top works great for all venues with a clean stylish look that can be dressed up or down.

    If you are looking for a little flair, then take a look at Olian's ¾ sleeve V-neck print top with front tie strings. This fun blue, grey and black colored pattern is a signature Olian print. This stylish print maternity top is also made for easy nursing access. You can dress it up with a skirt or office pants, or opt for a more casual hip look with denim.

    If you are in the market for a super comfortable long sleeve maternity and nursing top, take a look at Maternal America's long sleeve cotton maternity/nursing top. This pretty top is make with cross over nursing access and built in faux cami layer for discretion. The empire waist provides a flattering fit while the long sleeves and gentle ruching at the wrist add unique detail.

    Japanese Weekend's cap sleeve cross over maternity/nursing top is a great year-round selection that you can layer under a jacket or wear alone. This versatile top is super flattering and stretchy for pregnancy and beyond. It is designed to hug your curves and stretch across your belly for a fitted look when you are pregnant. Hidden nursing access allows full discretion. This cap sleeve in an array of solid colors is great with denim or dressed up with a skirt.

    If you are looking for a more casual look in your maternity or nursing top and prefer a top with built in bust support, then Bravado's Nursing Bra Tank is an excellent choice. This tank top fits and supports like a bra with an extra layer for a stylish look and excellent fit. This tank's front ruching is flattering across the bust and it also has adjustable straps for a perfect fit. Fitted by bra size and made extra long to cover both a pregnant and postpartum belly. This top is excellent for warm weather with shorts or a skirt and layered in cooler weather. This nursing bra tank offers superior non-constricting support that you can even wear for exercise. Breathable cotton fabric makes it an excellent year round choice for before and after the baby.

    So take the stress out of shopping by starting early and investing in a few good essential maternity and nursing tops that can take you through your pregnancy and cooler weather this Fall.

  • Nursing Tops You Deserve

    If you just had your baby you are no doubt unable to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes and not too excited about wearing your maternity clothes too much longer. Sure it's fun to look pregnant when you are pregnant, but who wants to be asked "when are you due" at 3 weeks postpartum? What's more, if you plan to nurse, the last thing you want to do is flash your postpartum belly to the world while trying to unhook a new nursing bra for your hungry baby. You deserve better than this for all the work you have been through in birthing and nurturing a newborn plus 9 months of pregnancy, so treat yourself to some fashionable but very useful nursing tops that make you feel pretty and make nursing on-the-go a much easier task.

    There's no need to wear a frumpy 2 fabric layer old-school nursing top in the middle of summer or ever. Now a-days there are a ton of cute and hip nursing top styles on the market that don't look a thing like a nursing top. Look for a neck style that flatters your face shape. This is a time to play up your neckline as well as your bust line while it is in full bloom. So pick a style that flatters your face and figure.

    Olian Maternity has some great new styles to choose from this summer such as their Round Neck Maternity/Nursing top. This pretty lipstick shape empire waist top can be worn for either maternity or postpartum for nursing. The back sash tie makes it easily adjustable to your shape and the front pleats do wonders to disguise a postpartum belly while not tenting out. Attention is drawn to the pretty neckline, cap sleeves and fitted ruching empire waist style while the belly area is completely camouflaged. Nursing access is under the empire waist which makes nursing a breeze without showing any skin.

    Another great look is the deep V-neck top with a faux pick-a-boo cami to make discreet nursing easy the fabric lightweight cool for hot summer months. Take a look at Maternal America's Combo Maternity/Nursing top which is cut extra long for style and comfort and could even be worn with leggings in early pregnancy and postpartum. The faux cami is a sailor stripe while the rest of the tunic is navy. The adjustable sash tie makes this style an easy fit for all stages of your body's metamorphosis through pregnancy and nursing. The mock cami provides nursing access from the deep V-neck without you missing a beat to your busy day or prolonging a baby's hungry cry.

    If your maternity leave is over and you are ready to head back to the office but don't have a suitable top to wear, much less one that looks good on and fits your changing shape, then check out Japanese Weekend's nursing tops which make for excellent transition wear to the office or out on the town in the evening. Their D&A (during and after) line of maternity/tops provide a lot of sophisticated styles in cool prints and solids. In particular, their D&A ¾ sleeves Sash Tie in pretty Teal is a great all-season look for any workplace. This top is a front cross-over empire waist design with a V-neck that hits high enough not to reveal cleavage while still flattering your shape. Nursing access can be made under the empire waist sash or above from the cross over front design. You can dress this top up or down for day or night.

    Another great choice for work by Japanese Weekend is the D&A cami which comes in a variety of colors. Similarly this cami works great during and after pregnancy and nursing access is from under the empire waist stretch band which provides an overlay of fabric across the bust. The cami also has a stylish bottom band which works great for both a blooming belly (by keeping the fabric from tenting out) and for postpartum wear as the pleats work to disguise a postpartum belly. You can layer this cami under a jacket or cardigan for a sharp professional look or wear alone with pants for a more casual look in the evening. Many women find this cami so useful and flattering that they stock up on it in a variety of colors.

    So whether you are a stay-at-home mom in need of better style or fit in your top selection or a professional on the go who's just had a baby, treat yourself to a few good transition wear tops to take you through the next several months in style and comfort.

  • Claudia Schiffer Stripes It Up With Her Maternity Style

    Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, is expecting her third child with hubby Matthew Vaughn! The happy couple, who wed in 2002, is very excited for the birth of their child, telling the Daily Mail “We are delighted with the news and can't wait to add to our family.” They sure make one duo of stylish parents! Due this May, Claudia has already been spotted out and about in some super cute and comfortable outfits. From her day to evening wear, I cannot wait to see what the rest of her maternity and postpartum style will bring.

    One of my favorite outfits of hers exemplifies a hot trend for expectant mothers: stripes. We have always been told to not wear stripes, as they can widen our shape. When done correctly, however, stripes are chic and refreshing! Out in London this month, Claudia pairs a short black and white striped dress with leggings. Comfortable yet stylish, this look is great for daytime or for dressing up at night. Keeping stripes thinner provides a modern and flattering look, and pairing a colored stripe against white is fresh and hip. A striped dress made of wool works well for cooler months while a cotton alternative is great as summer approaches.

    Back in August, Ellen Pompeo was spotted on a day outing wearing a similar style. Her thinly striped dress looked comfy and trendy, perfect for going out to lunch or running errands. When paired with cute flats or sandals, an instant stylish outfit is created.

    While both Claudia and Ellen demonstrated a more casual look with stripes, Jenna Elfman showed how to take them from day to night on her January 4th appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maintaining the same idea with a black and white striped dress paired with skinny jeans, she made it a nighttime look by choosing a dress with sparkle and pairing it with heels and a trendy coat. A structured blazer would look great with this outfit as well, and adding some gorgeous jewelry will take your look right into evening. These small touches can really change the look of an entire outfit. In another evening look which demonstrates a great way to wear stripes, Jenna rocked an asymmetrical striped sweater dress on the red carpet in October. The asymmetrical stripes provide a trendy look while elongating your upper body.

    As Claudia, Ellen, and Jenna demonstrate, stripes, when worn correctly, are fun and stylish. Doing an all over stripe is too much, but pairing a cute dress or great top with a neutral bottom is a flattering way to wear this trend. Whether you choose to wear your favorite pair of jeans or a comfy pair of leggings, a striped top or dress looks great.

    For a casual, comfortable, yet very flattering look try pairing the ¾ Sleeve Striped Nursing Henley from 1 in the Oven with a great pair of jeans. You will look gorgeous and feel comfortable. With spring coming, bright colors and fine stripes make a great combination for a refreshing new look. Maternal America’s Crochet Top with thin asymmetrical stripes creates visual interest and really adds style and flare to any outfit. Whether you pair it with jeans, khakis, or capris, a fresh look for spring is sure to be created. A good work appropriate look which demonstrates the stripe trend is the Side Cinch Maternity/Nursing Top with Cami from Japanese Weekend. The thin stripes look great paired with black slacks, creating a professional look that could also easily be taken into the evening.

    Whichever look you decide to wear, making sure that you are comfortable and confident is the number one priority. If you are confident and feel great, you will bring your own touch to any outfit. Congratulations again, Claudia and Matthew! We can’t wait to see your newest addition (as well as Claudia’s great maternity style)!

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