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5 doable New Year’s resolutions for new mamas

The holidays can be a stressful time even when everything goes as planned. There’s a lot of pressure on new parents – a lot of it we put on ourselves. We want the holidays to be perfect for our little ones. We want to celebrate with friends and family. We want to give the perfect gifts and prepare memorable meals. All that wanting can leave you wanting to do nothing by the time the new year rolls through. So by the time you’re preparing to make resolutions, you may be wondering: Do I have to?

Of course not. The new year is just a time to give yourself a fresh start. It doesn’t need to be a time of added stress, especially when you’re probably already overwhelmed as a new mom coming off mid-winter festivities. So try these low key resolutions that are attainable, actionable, and sure to set the right tone for a new year you can enjoy.

I will enjoy the opportunity to rest when it arises.

Look, as a new mom – maybe a working mom or even a military mom – you’ve probably got a busy schedule. Being busy can begin to seem like “normal,” which can make you feel uncomfortable when you have down time. Shouldn’t you be doing something? Nope. When you have a minute to rest, mama, do it without guilt this year. You’ve more than earned it.

I will eat something healthy every day.

Let’s not make any grandiose diet plans or aspirational resolutions to prepare four-course heart-healthy meals every day. Dieting can leave you feeling deprived, and overpromising can lead to feeling guilty and deflated. Let’s settle for something more manageable this year. Eat something healthy every day: a piece of fresh fruit, a container of yogurt, just one little thing that gives your health a little boost and opens a doorway for more and more nutritional choices every day.

I will treat my body with the same love I show my baby.

Being a mom can quickly turn into sacrificing the little daily practices that keep you well – like bathing. Honey, we all know it. We’ve been there. Baby comes first, and by the time baby is satisfied, you’re too tired to even turn the shower knob much less scrub and dry off. But an unmade bed, dirty hair, wearing the same sweats for several days aren’t just signs of exhaustion, they’re also symptoms of depression. On the other hand, even teensy tiny efforts – a quick shower, fresh clothes, a short walk, a few minutes of meditation – can stave off feelings of exhaustion and depression.

I will set realistic expectations.

Having a baby changes what you’re able to do. After a few years, you may be twice or three times as productive as you were pre-baby because you will have adapted to new demands. But during the early days, keep your expectations a little lower than usual. Not just for yourself, but also for your helpers. Everyone has to adjust to a new baby, and while they’re adjusting everyone will be happier with more forgiving expectations.

I will ask for help when I need it.

This one can  be tricky, especially for independent moms, but as military mom Katie Fish said in a 2021 interview, “Don’t be afraid to accept help from others. Having a support system is such a blessing.” If you’re isolated or in a new place, like many military families, Katie recommends building community where you are – with co-workers, neighbors, community members, and even online groups where you can benefit from support and fellowship.

Happy New Year from Milk N Mamas Baby!

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young mother in winter clothing holding baby

Nursing-friendly winter fashion tips for new moms

Going out into the world in the winter can be an undertaking under the best of circumstances. When you’re venturing out with a baby or a pump (or both), it’s especially tricky. We’ve got a few tips to help you weather the winter fashionably.

1. Dress in layers that make nursing easier.

This is true for anyone come wintertime. If you’re out and about when the temperatures drop, you’re also likely to be in and out of heated spaces. You’ll want to peel a layer or two off when you come inside to avoid overheating, especially if you’re prone to hot flashes. Yes, it happens. Nursing affects your hormones, and some breastfeeding moms run hot, even in winter.

In addition to being able to tailor your personal temperature, warm outer layers can make it easier and more comfortable to nurse or pump if you’re on a schedule. Lots of winter classics like cardigans and ranch coats allow you to swaddle your little one while you nurse, keeping you both warm and protected from the elements.

bundled up mom and baby at a Christmas tree farm2. Start with nursing specific clothes at the base layer.

While outer layers like sweaters and jackets lend themselves to easy breastfeeding, the layers closest to your body should be nursing specific items. Start with a comfortable nursing bra or, if your day will include more pumping than nursing, a hands-free bustier instead.

Then add a soft, versatile top like the Josephina tank by Ailana J in California. I love this flowing tank because the handkerchief hem makes it a natural for layering, the buttery French terry is super soft. Plus, Ailana J was founded by mama and milspouse Jeannine Brady, who also came up with the beautiful designs.

Josephina tank by Ailana J

Josephina tank by Ailana J

3. Accessorize for an extra layer of warmth and style.

Trendy blanket wraps and Pashmina shawls bring color and a little extra coziness to mom’s going out style. Plus, they make great cover for nursing sessions if you prefer a little privacy. Don’t forget a colorful cooler if you’re going to need to carry breastmilk storage bags or bottles. Even if it’s cold outside, breastmilk doesn’t hold up well to fluctuating temperatures, so it’s best to keep it on ice, so to speak, until you get back home.

Woman in warm woolen green check scarf or blanket and blue jeans with Autumn fallen leaves in her hands. Fall cosy mood lifestyle concept4. Moisturize!

Winter can be rough on anyone’s skin, but especially nursing women. Breastmilk is mostly water, and guess where that comes from? Since nursing makes you more susceptible to dehydration, your skin is also more likely to be dry. Add winter cold, and you could have some seriously dry skin. Remember to take especially good care of the skin of your breast and nipple to prevent irritation.

Frightened mom and little kid son with bowl of popcorn watching scary scene in movie closing their eyes, sitting on sofa at home. Mother hugs the child, watches a horror movie, feels fear.

5 scariest things about being a parent

Halloween is almost upon us, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably been binging flicks full of monsters, witches, and mummies all October. But is anything really scarier than being a parent? In honor of spooky season, I give you five fears that most parents experience at some point. I’ve also suggested a scary movie or bingeable TV series to accompany each fear because horror is designed to help us move past our fears (or scare them straight out of us).

What if something bad happens to my baby?

The minute you brought that newborn from the safety of the womb out into the cold, bright light of the world, you probably began to imagine every possible worst case scenario. This never goes away. According to a 2017 survey by Today’s Parent, parents’ biggest worries varied based on their age. If you’re a Millennial mom, you’re probably worried about your child feeling safe in the world. Gen Xers are most worried about someone attacking their kids. Baby Boomers stress about accidents.

Pair this chronic terror with the Apple TV series Servant about a Philly couple who hire a nanny for their fake baby Jericho.

Creepy babysitter from Servant TV show

What if my child doesn’t have access to the opportunities she needs to reach her potential?

We’re in uncertain times, and lots of parents are concerned about what that means for their newborn’s future. After all, if there’s one thing new parents figure out quickly, it’s that time goes by way faster than you used to think. Can you get Junior ready to face the big bad world by the time he’s 18? A 2019 survey by Baby Center revealed this was the number one fear of most modern parents.

Pair this fear that continues to build tension over the long haul with the iconic horror film Rosemary’s Baby because, presumably, the weird occult society responsible for that miracle baby would foot the education bill for their little anti-Christ to be.

Fearful mother from Rosemary's Baby

What if other kids pick on my child?

At least 1 million children were bullied on Facebook in 2017 alone. Out in the real world, nearly half of children in fourth through twelfth grade have been bullied by other kids at school at least once, according to statistics presented by Admissionly.com. In other words, parents have real reasons to worry about bullying (or, possibly worse, realizing your sweet kid is a bully).

Pair bullying stress with the horror classic Carrie about a girl who taught us all a valuable less about what happens to bullies when they pick on the wrong kid.

Scene from the film Carrie

What if my kid becomes a technology junky?

According to the 2018 American Family Survey conducted by the Deseret News and Brigham Young University, technology abuse and abuse stemming from technology are a real fear for many parents. The statistic about bullying on Facebook offers some insight into why the virtual world is so scary. However, there’s more to worry about than cyberbullying when kids go online. Lots of parents worry about their kids becoming addicted to technology.

Pair this technophobia with Raised by Wolves, the Ridley Scott sci-fi series that teaches us that robots can make perfectly reasonable parental units, so we should all calm down about technology. (But isn’t that exactly what a robot would teach us?)

Robot mom from Raised by Wolves

What if I’m a bad parent?

Ouch, mama! Nothing is quite as scary as fearing you’re a bad parent, but chances are you’re knocking it out of the ballpark. Being a mama ain’t easy, and we all make a few mistakes between the delivery room and the graduation march. However, it’s a safe bet that you’re doing a fine job.

Pair the universal fear of being a bad parent with the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece Psycho, which features one of the worst mothers in film history and also reminds us that the job of a parent never really ends.

Scene from the Hitchcock film Psycho

The takeaway for terrified parents

The world can feel like a pretty scary place these days, but the truth is it’s always been scary for parents. Being worried about your child’s mental and physical health, about their social lives and their futures, about all the temptations they’re faced with, and about your own ability to deal with it all actually says a lot about you as a parent. You’re worried because you love your kid, and that means you’re doing a great job already. Keep it up, mama! Now, go get your crew ready for Halloween, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram at @milknmamasbaby so we can include your amazing costumes as inspiration next year!

baby dressed as pumpkin for Halloween

Clever DIY Halloween costumes for newborns

Spooky season is upon us, and if you’ve got a new little pumpkin in your family patch, you’re probably thinking about playing dress up for Halloween. To help, we’ve scoured Instagram for some of the cutest, cleverest costumes for newborns and their parents. Best of all, these costumes can be created in-house by crafty DIYers.

Baby President and Secret Service Parents Costumes

Politics may be more controversial with every year, but can we all agree that the cutest president is a baby president? Francesca Soldà and her family came up with this adorable and hysterical costume last year with a little cardboard and a whole lot of creativity.

Francesca Soldà and family with DIY halloween costume for baby

See more of Francesca and family on Instagram @francescasolda94

Baby Abu with Aladdin and Princess Jasmine costumes

California-based blogger Valentina Chavero transformed a comfy baby jumper into a mini monkey suit by adding craft foam ears, tail, and fez. Et voila! A family of Aladdin costumes was born! You don’t even need a genie to recreate the design, just your imagination and some arts and crafts supplies.

Blogger Valentina Chavero and family with DIY Baby Costume for Halloween

See more of Valentina’s posts on Instagram at @valechavero

Sushi Roll Toddler Costume

Imaginative Ontario designer Ninin Adique disguised her daughter Nina as a sushi roll complete with chopsticks in her hair and a felt soy sauce trick or treating bag. I could eat her up, she’s so cute!

Ontario designer Ninin Adique created a DIY Halloween costume for her daughter

Visit Ninin to see more of her creative projects on Instagram at @nininja

Little Old Lady Baby Costume

Irish artist Laura Ruffett pulled together this little old lady costume with cotton balls and a teeny tiny sweater and skirt ensemble. This is just about the funniest costume I’ve ever seen, and part of its beauty is the simplicity of it.

Irish artist Laura Ruffett designed a DIY Halloween costume for her baby

Inspired? Visit Laura for more creative goodness on Instagram at @lauraruffettbespoke

OMG It’s Steve Urkel Newborn Costume

Okay. So we’re going to have to call a tie between Little Old Lady Baby and Baby Urkel because this is pretty dang funny. This clever costume by Filipinix creative R. Glorioso requires only the addition of suspenders and construction paper glasses to bring cool nerd Steve Urkel back to the spotlight where he belongs.

Filipinix creative R. Glorioso made this DIY Steve Urkel costume for her baby last Halloween

Visit R. Glorioso at her Instagram page @lcptothegalaxy for more inspiring posts

Baby Pasta Bowl Costume

Mama mia! Would you look at this bowl of spaghetti!? This brilliant baby costume by business consultant Leslie Klatt warms the heart and makes the tummy rumble with the simplest of ingredients: yarn and a happy baby!

Leslie Klatt's DIY Halloween costume for baby is a bowl of pasta made of yarn

Hungry for more? Visit Leslie on Instagram at @leslieklattlife

Share your Halloween costumes!

We love the clever baby costumes we’ve found online, and we’d love to feature yours next year. Be sure to tag us on Instagram at @milknmamasbaby or on Facebook! We can’t wait to see the costumes you’ve cooked up.

Military moms in Alaska encourage new parents to accept help

Being a new mom can be lonely

Being a new mother can be lonely, especially during those early months when it feels like your only constant companion is a newborn who spends most of their time sleeping, eating, and crying. You may never be alone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel alone sometimes. It can feel like a whole world is dependent on you because, in some ways, it is. You’re the center of your little one’s world at that age, and that’s a huge responsibility.

Now, imagine that feeling of loneliness, but you’re on a military base in Alaska, just about as far away from your family and friends as you can possibly get without a rocket to the moon. That’s the challenge that new moms Amelia and Katie Fish are facing. Amelia, a civil engineer in the Air Force, and Katie, a teacher, recently celebrated their second anniversary, and in June, they welcomed their son Hudson home after a pregnancy with several complications.

When we first spoke, the expectant moms were eager for that initial skin-to-skin bonding and for the chance to compare his earth-side personality to the karate-kicking kid they saw in ultrasounds and dopplers. However, they were also experiencing the challenge of distance from loved ones who could offer support as they navigated pregnancy, delivery, and even planning for childcare once the two return to their respective careers.

Amelia, Katie, and newborn baby Hudson at home in Alaska

Here’s Katie’s top four tips for military families expecting a new baby, but this wisdom is just as true for any new mom.

Find your people

“I highly recommend finding ‘your people’ no matter where you are located or how long you have been there. It’s never too late to start meeting people. Connect with other military families, people you may work with, neighbors, and members of your community.”

Create community

“Join social media groups for military parents both for your specific installation and the armed forces. It’s especially helpful for creating community amongst others with shared experiences, navigating pregnancy, parenthood, and Tricare.”

Plan ahead

“Sign up early for childcare if needed. The waitlists can be long for Child Development Centers both on the installation and for recommended providers off base as well.”

Accept help

“Military families are often resilient and independent due to the nature of our lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to accept help from others. Having a support system is such a blessing.”

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we’re moms as well as experts in breastfeeding and pumping, and we’ve been there. We understand how lonely and stressful the challenges of being a new mom can be, and we hope that our posts offer you a little encouragement and community. We’re also here if you’ve got questions about breastfeeding, pumping, and how to get more comfortable with both. If you’re a military mom, let us help you navigate Tricare breast pumps. Reach out to us if you’ve got questions or concerns.

Welcome home, baby Hudson!

 

 

9 Baby Products You Need For A Newborn Baby.

What do you need for a baby?

Congratulations Mama! You are going to have a baby! It’s a wonderful, joyous time for you! As exciting as this time is, it’s also time to be thinking about what you need for a baby. If this is your first baby, it can seem overwhelming. We are here to help and support you in this journey. Here is a list of some things that you will need for a baby.

 

Crib or Pack n Play

Some parents like to have both or at least just one in the beginning for the baby to sleep. Some parents like the pack n play because it can be smaller and more portable. If you plan to have the baby in the room for the first few months, this would be a great option. Make sure to grab sheets that fit snuggly against the mattress.

 

Clothes

When it comes to clothes, you can never go wrong with onesies and sleepers for the first few weeks. For size, have a couple newborn on hand, and get more 3 months, as babies tend to grow out of them quickly. Sleepers, onesies, pants, and socks are ideal for newborns. For onesies, its good to have short sleeve and long sleeve.

 

Car seat

A Car seat is very important. Before you leave the hospital, your car seat has to be inspected by a healthcare professional to make sure it fits right and that it is installed correctly. Most parents like to get an infant car seat with a handle, as it does help protect the baby and is helpful when carrying a newborn.

 

Swaddles/Sleep sacks

When putting your baby to sleep, they will most likely want to be swaddled. You can buy swaddles with Velcro that are adjustable. They provide added comfort and making swaddling easy. Some babies do not like to be swaddled and might like a sleep sack better. Sleep sacks help keep your baby ventilated and warm, without the worry of a loose blanket.

 

Pacifiers (If you plan to use them)

Some parents like to hold off on giving a pacifier as it can be confusing for babies to decide if they are hungry or not, especially when you are breastfeeding. Whether you plan to use them or not, it’s good to have just in case.

 

Changing station – Diapers, wipes, changing pad, diaper cream

A changing station sure makes for an easy clean up!  Most pack ‘n’ plays come with a little changing table adapter to add on to it. If not, grabbing a comfy changing pad to have in the area where you will be changing the baby is perfect. Diapers and wipes are definitely a need, along with some diaper cream. It’s always good to have some diaper cream in case a rash flare up. A diaper pale, the final resting place for your endless dirty diapers is a must have.

 

Blankets

While babies cannot sleep with lose blankets, it’s good to have a few baby blankets on hand for either a car ride, to lay on the floor for tummy time, or for just cuddling with your sweet little baby.

 

Bottles/nipples

Whether you plan on breastfeeding, formula feeding or doing a combination of both, it’s always good to have bottles and nipples on hand. Nipples come in different shapes, sizes, and flow rates. Familiarize yourself with the options that are available to you when shopping for your bottles and nipples.  Some nipples are created for breastfed babies, others for premature babies or babies with feeding challenges.  What works for one infant may not be ideal for another.  Starting out with a slow flow rate nipple is ideal for most babies.

 

Breast pump & accessories

If you’re a Mama that plans on nursing, it is always a good idea to have a breast pump. Breast pumps help you better establish your milk supply.  You can pump while leaving your baby with your partner or caregiver. When you are planning to go back to work, it’s a good idea to start pumping and storing your supply prior to your return to work.  Most breast pumps, come with different flange sizes, make sure to ask your healthcare provider to assist you with flange sizing. Be sure to replace your tubing, backflow protectors, valves, and membranes regularly for optimal breast pump performance.  If you are in the market for a 100% insurance covered breast pump, we are here to help. Simply fill out our insurance sign up form. We’ll get to work on delivering your insurance covered breast pump.

A military mom shares the joys and challenges of being a new parent

Military moms experience some unique challenges as new parents

Being a new mom is a challenge no matter who you are or what your situation is. Delivering a child and then adapting to its demands takes a toll on the most stout-hearted among us. Now, imagine for a moment that exhaustion and loneliness amplified by being far away from family and friends. Imagine that your spouse is deployed for months at a time during that first year.

That’s the hurdles that moms face when their spouses are in the military. Needless to say, these tough mothers have learned a thing or two about navigating pregnancy and parenthood. Amanda Barnhardt, one of our favorite customers, is just such a mama. She’s been generous enough to offer some helpful advice that’s applicable to new parents of all stripes.

Milk N Mamas Baby customer with her new baby

Amanda and Matt with their bundle of joy.

Amanda and her husband Matt, an IT tech in the Navy, were friends for nearly a decade before they got married. Now, Matt is about to head out on his first deployment, and Amanda is preparing to take on the responsibility for parenting solo.

“I am incredibly lucky to be able to stay home with our daughter,” Amanda says, “but it’s lonely, and it’s going to be even lonelier when he gets deployed and is gone for 6+ months. We have no family close by us, so it’s extremely hard. When I need a shower break, unless Matt is home, I don’t get one. Sometimes I’m eating lunch and breastfeeding at the same time because I really have no choice.”

Here’s Amanda’s top three tips for military families expecting a new baby, but this wisdom is just as true for any new mom.

Take advantage of parental leave ASAP

“First and foremost, make sure whoever is in the service takes the parental leave as soon as the baby is born. I had complications during our birth, and my husband being able to be there and 100% focused on me and our daughter is what I needed absolutely.”

Ask for help

“Second, ask for help if you can. I sometimes feel guilty because I’m a stay at home mom and don’t have a job, but being a mom, especially of a newborn, is a job, and it’s hard. So when your spouse gets home, ask them to help, to hold the baby so your body can get a little break, especially if you’re breastfeeding. You don’t realize how ‘touched out’ you get because of how much your baby needs you. Being able to set them in their swing or to let your partner hold them makes all the difference.

Being away from your support system and family is hard. You really become isolated when you have a baby, and even more so when you are a military spouse. Don’t be scared to ask for help and to even get someone to talk to. It will make you a better parent if you have the help and rest you need.”

Take naps often

“Nap as much as you can. The housework will and CAN wait. Trust me. I didn’t at first and regret it because then when 2 a.m. rolls around, we are both crying. Your body needs sleep. I used to work two jobs and thought I could handle doing dishes during one of her naps – I was wrong. Breastfeeding burns so many calories that your body can’t physically handle it without sleep.”

And, finally, remember to cherish those first moments. When asked what makes all the stress worthwhile, Amanda offered up an inspiring reminder of what makes those little bundles of joy so special.

“Honestly? It’s hearing her breathe a sigh of relief when I pick her up. Knowing that she doesn’t really know anything, but she knows I’m her safe space and if I’m holding her, things will be okay (what I imagine she’s thinking anyway). The cooing and smiling is incredible, but knowing that she feels safe and comfortable enough to relax and fall asleep on me is a high you can’t get anywhere else.”

We hope you all had a happy 4th of July, especially those serving in the military and all the moms serving at home!

5 DIY tips for an enchanted nursery on a budget

The best baby nursery is often the least expensive.

That’s because many of the traditional customs we bring to nurseries are outdated and not recommended by pediatricians. In fact, with just a little research, it becomes clear that keeping the nursery simple is the best way to welcome your newborn into the world. Here are our five tips for a nursery that baby and your bank account will find enchanting.

1.     Why thinking in black and white is better in the case of a nursery

Traditional color schemes for baby nurseries tended towards a delicate pastel spectrum. However, science suggests that a monochromatic black and white color scheme sends the strongest signals to your baby’s brain. This can stimulate brain growth and aid in visual development. If your nursery walls are already white, this breaking news from the world of infant development can save a dime and a lot of time on painting the nursery. Also, a neutral color palette will age better as your little one starts to develop his or her own fashion sense.

2.     Bold, contrasting patterns are also good for baby’s brain development

You can jazz up those plain white walls with bright, bold patterns in constrasting colors. Go with something as simple as black polka dots, or use affordable, changeable wall decals in fun shapes for a more tailored approach. Black and white stripes are also a winner, both in terms of sophisticated nursery décor and visual stimulation for your little one.

3.     Update over time rather than doing it all at once

Your nesting hormones may convince you that the nursery must be finished by the time of your newborn’s arrival. On the contrary, it may actually benefit baby’s brain development to evolve the nursery over time. Think of the nursery as an art gallery for one – your little one, that is. For example, when your infant begins to see colors at three months, it’s a good time to add some splashes of color in the form of new toys and playful art. At twelve months, you can upgrade the nursery again by adding more complex color schemes, which will keep your growing baby’s brain stimulated.

4.     Invest in a convertible crib

They may be more expensive than standard models, but a convertible crib can grow with your newborn. From crib, it converts to a toddler bed, and from toddler bed, a convertible crib can transform into a full-size bed with a few extra parts. Over the long haul, that makes a convertible crib the most budget-friendly bed for your baby.

5.     Speaking of budget friendly beds, skip the fancy bedding

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest sleep environment for an infant is the simplest. The AAP recommends a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib covered with a fitted sheet. That’s it. Other bedding such as pillows, quilts, and bumper pads pose a suffocation hazard for newborns. Instead, swaddle baby in infant sleep clothing to keep them warm throughout the night without the dangers posed by unnecessary bedding.

Don’t forget the breast pump!

The AAP also recommends breastfeeding exclusively or feeding with expressed milk exclusively for six months, as doing so is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS. That means that the right breast pump is an important element to your baby’s new home. Get in touch with our team of breast pump consultants today to find the best pump for you and your newborn.

Pregnancy nesting: what every new mother needs to know

Pregnancy nesting: what every new mother needs to know

What is pregnancy nesting?

In the spring, robins and bluebirds feather their nests to prepare for the arrival of their offspring. However, birds aren’t the only critters driven by nesting behavior during the latter phases of their pregnancy. Mice, squirrels – even fish – nest, and so do most human mothers (and even some human fathers). Nesting is the instinct to put your house in order before little ones arrive and turn it into absolute chaos, so don’t be surprised if the urge to re-organize your pantry, vaccuum under the beds, and generally cozy up your home strikes during your third trimester.

Take advantage of this burst of energy

Trust me. After a couple of weeks with your newborn, you’re going to wish you could tap into the seemingly endless supply of energy you feel during your nesting stage. Put it to good use while you’ve got it. Here are a few items you may not have the energy for after your baby’s delivery:

  • Spring clean. It’s spring after all, so if your nesting instinct says clean, go crazy! (But do exercise caution. You’re still pregnant, after all. Leave the heavy lifting and straining to someone else.)
  • Organize. Honestly, getting organized can be extremely cathartic, and in all likelihood, this little window of order may be your last for a while. Make the most of it to schedule appointments or plan easy meals for the first couple of weeks you’re home. Your exhausted future self will thank you.
  • Get packed. While you’re taking charge, go ahead and get your hospital bag packed, including swaddle blankets and clothes you want for baby.
  • Prepare for baby’s arrival. Use this time to get ready for your new arrival. Put the nursery in order, sort baby’s clothes, wash linens and prepare the crib for baby’s first night. And don’t forget to prepare for breastfeeding while you’re at it.

Pick out your breast pump and have your supplies ready for baby’s arrival

The best breast pump for you is the one that meets your unique needs. Consider the following questions:

  • Do you intend to stay home or go back to work while nursing?
  • Will you be making trips that may take you away from home while you’re breastfeeding?
  • Will you need a hospital strength pump or a lighter weight model?
  • How much do you want to budget over and above your insurance coverage of breast pumps?

If you’re not sure what kind of breast pump is right for you, talk with your lactation consultant or give the breast pump experts at Milk N Mamas Baby a call at 1-844-Milk-Mom.

Pamper breastfeeding moms with these breakfast in bed options

Breakfast in bed is the iconic Mother’s Day gift

Moms know better than anyone that food is love. That’s why we take the time to cut the crust off of sandwiches and to set the table for a healthy family dinner. That’s why a lot of mothers choose to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible. Breastfeeding is the ultimate act of food as love. A mother’s milk is the most nutritious source of vitamins and minerals a little one can get. Therefore, offering a nursing mom a healthy breakfast in bed is really the gift that keeps on giving. You’re giving her rest and nutrients, both of which can boost milk supply.

Which foods benefit breastmilk production?

Galactagogues is a fancy word that means milk-boosters.

And it probably comes as no surprise that your best bet when breastfeeding is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, including the following:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Animal and plant protein sources
  • Healthy fats, i.e., polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats

With that in mind, a perfect breakfast in bed for nursing moms might include something from each category. Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions and mix and match to suit the tastebuds of the mom in your life.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Spring is a great time to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet because there are so many delicious varieties in season. How about mixing up a fruit salad for mom with the following spring fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Kumquats
  • Strawberries
     

    Fresh fruits are a great addition to a nursing mom’s breakfast.

Whole grains

Whole grains are a great source of fiber. They also contain nutrients important for keeping moms and breastfeeding babies healthy, such as B vitamins, iron, folate, and potassium. That makes oatmeal a perfect breakfast treat for moms. Try this delicious, lactation-boosting recipe for Oatmeal Stout Crockpot Coffee Cake from mom blogger The Leaky Boob.

These oatmeal stout crockpot cookies by mom-blogger The Leaky Boob are delicious and milk-boosting!

Animal and plant protein sources

Protein is a critical building block for new tissues and organs, making it a necessity for growing babies. Adequate protein intake also ensures mom’s body will recover from labor and delivery quickly. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends nursing mothers get at least 65 grams of protein per day, or two to three servings. Try including one of the following in mom’s breafast in bed to get her off on the right foot:

  • Omelet, quiche, or other egg-based dish (extra points for adding spring vegetables like green onions and asparagus)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Nut butter on whole grain toast
  • Yogurt parfait with fresh fruit

Healthy fats

Dietary fats give your body energy and support cell growth, making them essential for breastfeeding moms. These healthy fats will help baby gain weight while aiding in brain development. Fortunately, a lot of the fruits and vegetables, protein sources, and whole grains also include a healthy amount of fat. The avocado on avocado toast, for instance, is about 77% fat, and 62% of the calories in eggs come from fat. However, you can also add a little dark chocolate to mom’s breakfast in bed to give her a daily dose of healthy fat, fiber, iron, and even antioxidants! Try this recipe for Dark Chocolate Apricot Lactation Cookies from Sunkissed Kitchen if you want to treat mom to cookies for breakfast.

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