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  • Grace Kelly - Her Role as a Breastfeeding Advocate

    As Nicole Kidman kicks off Cannes with “Grace of Monaco” Premiere, many of us who are old enough, fondly remember the beautiful Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco. I think Nicole Kidman was a good choice as an actress to play Grace and I’m sure she has the poise and “grace” to pull it off in style, particularly with all of those beautiful dresses, hats and ensembles she gets to wear for the part as Princess Grace was well known for her fashion choices.

    Although people remember Grace as a beautiful Academy Award winning actress, a “partner in crime” actress and collaborator with Alfred Hitchcock, a Philadelphia well brought up socialite and lastly, as the esteemed Princess Grace of Monaco and dedicated mother to her three children.

    It is well documented that Grace turned down movie roles offered to her during her reign as Princess, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Marnie, which would portray her as a kleptomaniac as well as others such asThe Turning Point, directed by Herbert Ross. She very well could have expanded her movie career and added more awards and accolades to her shelf, but instead she put Princess responsibilities and motherhood above her movie career as her position limited her involvement with anything Hollywood or entertainment driven. Both the public in Monaco and her husband were opposed to her involvement in films as Princess of Monaco and she respected that sentiment.

    She did go on to use her artistic talents and passions to support the arts and improve art institutes in Monaco. Later the Princess Grace Foundation was formed to support local artisans. Grace returned did return to a form of acting in a series of poetry readings on stage and narration of the documentary The Children of Theater Street. She also narrated ABC's made-for-television film The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966). But perhaps interestingly she took up a cause close to my heart, that of nursing women.

    Grace was one of the first celebrities to support and speak on behalf of La Leche League to advocate breastfeeding. She joined La Leche League in 1965 after the birth of her youngest daughter, Caroline.  In one of her speeches and press conferences for La Leche League in Chicago, she said she breastfeed all of her children after birth. She said, “I wouldn’t think of having a baby without feeding him myself.”

    Grace said she believed in improving the solidarity of family to help society overall and felt the best way to start this process was by focusing on the Mother’s connection to the baby at  birth by breastfeeding, “Solidarity begins with the child at the mother’s breast.” She continued, “as women it is one of our biggest prides that we have in our bodies every element that an infant needs for perfect health and growth.”

    She also added young siblings should be allowed to watch their mothers breastfeed their babies without embarrassment as it is a natural and beautiful experience for them to witness.

    The Milwaukee Sentinel documented that her 1971 La Leche League speech as attended by 1400 women and their children and caused quite a stir among the public and other hotel guests, “Passerbys looked twice as women were nursing their babies in the hotel lobby, hotel conference rooms and while walking down the aisles.”

    What amazes me is that is that is now 2014, over 40 years after this event occurred, and we still have to protest to protect the rights of nursing women in public and even to overcome the social stigma of breastfeeding outside your home. Even today we have newsworthy protests as women have “nursing” protests outside places of business, like Fitness Centers, where mothers are often regulated to nursing their babies in the restrooms. Nursing women everywhere receive dirty looks when discreetly nursing their babies in public places and are often asked to leave or relocate.

    I know I have spent many hours nursing all three of my babies on public toilets and although this can be a choice for privacy, it should not be a requirement. I believe every new mom should be awarded a card at birth which gives her the right to nurse in public for the first year of their baby’s life, sort of like a driver’s license. It should be a birthright for any baby to eat when it is hungry, particularly by way of breastfeeding as it is the cleanest most sanitary way for a baby to eat and it does not create a mess.

    Although the reviews have been scattered for the Grace of Monaco movie, I am looking forward to seeing Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Grace Kelly. I am particularly interested in the part about the hard choices Grace had to make between her roles as mother, princess (both her appointed royal role and her volunteer leadership role in her community), wife and her career. I know many of us can identify with at least two to three of those roles to balance or choose between, sometimes on a daily basis. I’m also interested in seeing if and how the film will incorporate any of Grace’s breastfeeding advocacy as she was well ahead of her time with taking a public stance on this issue as a celebrity.

  • Our Breast Milk is Smarter than We Thought

    Just when we think we know everything healthy and nutritious and miraculous there is to know about breastfeeding and our baby’s health, we find out something new. A new study just uncovered even more amazing news about the mother’s body, it’s uncanny knowledge and ability to know our baby’s gender and produce customized milk for our baby girl or baby boy. (We already know it produced milk for the exact age of our child, be it premature or full-term, or a toddler a year or more after birth if we still nurse).

    Interestingly, a common theme in humans, monkeys and other mammals is that there are a variety of differences in the quantity and type of milk that is produced for our babies depending on their gender. Baby boys tend to get richer or denser milk which has more fat and protein in it, providing them with more energy while baby girls tend to get milk that is produced in greater quantities. (Didn’t we always say baby boys were pumped full of adrenaline and our baby girls calmly nursed forever?)

    Last Friday this research was shared at the Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. Although it is not clear why human mothers produce such different milk for their girl or boy babies, there is evidence that this customized milk is developed while the baby is still in utero. This does give mothers more reason to try and breastfeed our baby with our individualized formula which our body intelligently produces for our child.

    "Mothers are producing different biological recipes for sons and daughters," said Katie Hinde, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University.

    "While the food aspects of milk to some extent are replicated in formula, the immuno factors and medicine of milk are not and the hormonal signals are not," Hende said.

    As new research continues to uncover more interesting facts about mother’s breast milk, it is clear that breastfeeding is the optimal food choice for our baby. As we continue to learn more about our body’s ability to produce the ideal milk formula for our infant, we are encouraged about how this new scientific knowledge can also help other infants who are in need of specialized breast milk and who cannot get it from their mothers.

    “Getting a better understanding of how milk is personalized for specific infants will also help hospitals find better matches for breast milk donated to help nourish sick and premature infants in neo natal units”, added Hinde.

    It’s powerful knowledge to know that you are your baby’s best nutrition source and you are your baby’s perfect biological match, not only for giving birth but for continuing to feed, nourish and nurture your unique child.

    If you are having trouble nursing, do not hesitate to ask for help. You can contact a lactation consultant or even a mother’s support group like La Leche League in your area to find the support that you need to help you nurse your baby successfully.

  • Breastfeeding Tips from Bravado!

    Breastfeeding is the best nutrition and antibodies you can provide your baby during it's first year of life and particularly for it's first 6 months of life. According to a new Study published by Bravado! designs, our top nursing bra brand, breastfeeding is on the rise in North America.

    In 2012 77% of new moms nursing their newborn, up 6% from 12 years ago in 2000 in the United States. In Canada breastfeeding rates also continued to rise with 89% of mothers breastfeeding their infants, up 4% from 2003. This is super news for both babies and new mothers as breastfeeding can improve the bond between mothers and their infants and even improve materal health and aid with postpartum weight loss.

    Here is Bravado's List of the Top 7 Benefits of Breastfeeding:

    1) Breastmilk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby.

    2) Antibodies in Breast Milk boost your baby's immune system.

    3) Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies.

    4) May lower baby's risk of SIDS.

    5) May protect your child from obesity.

    6) May boost your child's intelligence.

    7) May reduce your stress level and risk for post-partum depression.

    Although breastfeeding can seem a like perfectly natural thing to do, it may not always feel natural or be easy in the beginning. For many moms (and babies) it can take some time catching onto, breastfeeding every baby can be a different experience. Do not hesitate to get the help you need to get you and your baby on the right track with breastfeeding. Hospitals provide nurses and lactation consultants to guide you in feeding your baby. You can also to nursing support groups, La Leche Leagues and local Moms groups to seek out the help you need for breastfeeding.

    Here are some Basic Breastfeeding Tips (as provided by Bravado!)

    1) Ask for help right away

    The first time you breast-feed your baby - preferably within a few hours after delivery, ask for help. The maternity nurses or a Lactation Consultant can offer breastfeeding tips, stating with how to position the baby on the breast and make sure he or she is latching on correctly.

    2) Let your baby set the pace

    For the first few weeks, most newborns feed every two to three hours around the clock. Watch for signs of hunger such as restlessness, sucking motions with lip movements.

    3) Give it time

    If breastfeeding is tougher than you expected, don't get discouraged. Don't let a rough start turn you off from breastfeeding. The more your breastfeed your baby, the more milk your breast will produce and the better you will get at it. But do  not hesitate to get the help you need if you do hit a rough patch (back to Step 1 when all else fails!) You will get there with time, patience and practice.

    Breastfeeding is a job, but it is so worth it for your baby. It can be exhausting feeding your baby around the clock, so make sure you are getting the nutrition and support you need from friends, relatives, neighbors and anyone else who offers to cook you a meal, help with baby or household chores! Be sure to pat yourself on the back for doing a very good deed for your baby that will reap rewards for your both now and for years to come.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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!

  • Study Shows Exercise For Nursing Mothers Is Not Harmful

    The Journal of Pediatrics has reported from a study that mothers can regularily exercise without hindering their babies's growth.

    They also addressed the issue of breast feeding women having a change in their milk if they exercised. There has been some controversity by conflicting reports about whether excessive exercise would decrease immune-boosting protiens or make the breast milk impalatable if the lactic acids would get too high.

    The study looked at several clinical trials that measured growth among breastfed babies with mothers who execised and show no sign of their babies' wetigh gain slowing. In fact, there was statistically no difference in breastfed babies who mothers' exercised when compared to breast fed babies whose mothers did not exercise.

    Still, one should be sensible about their exercising after childbirth. Be sure to get a good bond with your child and have a really strong breastfeeding routine. You will also be more tired and worn out, and with the possibility of engourged breasts, you many not want to do anything too vigourous. Walking for 15 minutes a day may be a good way to start out.

    Health experts reccomend that babies should be breastfed exclusively for their first six months and then slowly introducing solids to the baby's diet. They also recommend to try to breastfeed for the first year.

  • Lawyer On Maternity Leave Told To Show Up In Court

    Amber Vazquez Bode, a lawyer in Travis County Texas, was on maternity leave recovering from a C-section when she was called into court to by Justice of the Peace Glenn Bass. Bode had faxed in a continuance to delay the trial but it was denied.

    She brought her baby with her who apparently was crying the whole time as would be expected of a new born in such a situation. The judge felt that Bode's attitude was in contempt of court given her upset demeanor.

    What would you do? If you were nursing a baby and were forced to go somewhere due to your job would you bring the baby or leave him with friends.

  • 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.

  • Nursing Pajamas - Olian Maternity Nursing Nightie Set

    The Olian Maternity Nursing Nightie is a wonderful gift set for a new nursing mom. It has intricate lace detailing on the robe as well as the neckline of the nightie. The sleeves are adorned with the same lined pattern for a subtle highlight.

    Nursing access is a snap as all you need to do is unbotton a few buttons. The set comes with a matching baby sleeper. Both the sleeper, nightie and robe are made of a soft cotton. The blue diamond pattern gives it an  of a classic and timeless style.

    This nursing pajama set comes in sizes XS to XL and retails for $102.

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