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I went to the supermarket this past week like any other trip, but this time without the kids. I had a chance to stroll through the isles and browse. A real luxury in the mommy world. My kids are now older and I never have a chance to walk through the baby isle and look at what's new or smell the baby lotions. I was struck by something I never realized....how big the formula section was. There were so many brands and sub varieties. So, why are there so many options?

There is so much turmoil in the breastfeeding and breast pumping world when it comes to formula. It's become the "F" word! Many lactation associations and pro-breastfeeding groups abhor formulas because it has shown to deprive babies of essential nutrients found in breast milk. 

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Meet Charis Day, the Moms Pump Here BIG Holiday Giveaway winner! We love our community of mamas and could not be more thrilled she and her partner were chosen. 

New Mom Charis Day

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10 Ways to Overcome the Mom Blues

It’s not easy. We have a lot to juggle. Between our children, the house, work, relationships and sanity life can leave us emotionally crippled. Especially after having children, our lives are thrown into a constant hormonal shift. Some women go through postpartum depression and often times have to seek medical help but what if your kids are a couple years old and you are just going through the day to day?

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working-mom.jpgThere has been lots of political discussion around ending of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) for some time. Now that Republicans have taken control of Congress and the Senate it may soon be a reality. 

The ACA carries many additional provisions like the Section 4207: Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers.

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Double-Side-Pump-02.jpgStrapping a loud, clunky electronic breast pump to yourself or using a manual breast pump can be such a headache. Nevermind when you're out in public or at the office when others can hear it.

 

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(Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam/Air Force)

The military has come a long way. Transforming from a male dominated field to an inclusive one. Years ago it would have been unheard of to have nursing rooms available to women on bases but now more and more are popping up. Leadership in many military locations are improving the way of life for families and female soldiers by creating nursing rooms to breastfeed and breast pump.

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How many times have you traveled somewhere and had to lug heavy stroller systems or needed to find baby gear asap for your child? I've been there so many times and could not be more thrilled about the launch of a new App, goBaby, a mobile peer-to-peer marketplace for baby gear rentals! It was created by another woman in tech, Natalie Kaminski, who just like every mom on the go had the same issues with baby gear. 
 
"Traveling with kids is fun, but also stressful, and carrying a lot of luggage does not make it any easier," says Natalie Kaminski, the founder of goBaby. "We want family vacations to be as joyful and worry-free as possible, but we don't want parents to compromise their children's comfort and safety by not having the necessary equipment with them when they travel. goBaby connects traveling families with locals who are willing to lend their baby equipment. This way local families get to monetize on items they already own, while travelers get to travel light and worry-free."
 
In addition to serving the traveling families, goBaby provides parents an opportunity to make money on the items they already own. Children grow fast, and baby gear is expensive, so instead of giving it away, selling it, or storing it in the basement, goBaby invites parents to list their no longer used baby items on the mobile marketplace and make some money while helping traveling families feel at home.
 
goBaby Travel app can be downloaded on the App Store. Check it out and if you know of a NYC baby gear rental location tell them about goBaby!
 

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month by joining the 2nd Annual Virtual Latch On, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. In collaboration with Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bras we are sharing the importance of breastfeeding with our moms all over the world! We are also giving away a Simple Wishes Hands Free Breast Pump Bra to one of our amazing mamas this month.

LIKE our FACEBOOK page or REGISTER on MOMSPUMPHERE.COM during the month of August to register to win!!

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Not new to the blogging or journalism platforms we've seen our share in articles discussing the rights of parents when collided with the rights of the LGBT community. Specifically when it comes to double mom homes and double dad homes. Quite often I find myself needing to recognize the struggles these households deal with because of their innate human right. I also identify with these groups because I have people in my life who I love and respect who deal with these struggles. 

The family dynamic has shifted and transformed with each generation in western culture. From traditional family models with 5 or more children, husband and wife to single parent households or double gender homes. And even though it's now more widely accepted the struggle continues for LGBT parents. 

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An special image of a breastfeeding baby is going viral as her mom seeks to nourish and bond with her baby during a difficult time. Baby Xenia has stage 3 brain cancer and mom Anastasia Pittis wanted to share with other moms how important breastfeeding has been for her as her child undergoes chemotherapy. 

After posting her image on Breastfeeding Mama Talk she had no idea her image would go viral, nor could she imagine all the love and support she would receive from moms. It's incredibly heart breaking Xenia's family has had to deal with such a trying ordeal but so many moms chimed in about their own stories of having a child with cancer. Although, it is not common for children to be born with cancer it is treatable. 

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Photo Credits: Mother's Milk Bank Northeast

It almost seems like the words "nursing room" and "politics" do not belong in the same sentence. In a perfect world we would not have to think twice about why and how we should provide nursing rooms to mom who need to breastfeed or breast pump. In a perfect world it would not be political. Society as a whole would recognize it as an human necessity, like we do bathrooms and not think it's ok to breastfeed or pump in a bathroom to boot. 

But we don't live in a perfect world and some how we need to rely on political leaders to make these decisions for the public. Thankfully we have the right people in place in New York City to help nursing rooms become an accepted piece of our culture. 

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Vanity Fair had it right getting actress and mom Jennifer Garner to read "Go the F**k to Sleep" by Adam Mansbach, for their latest YouTube video. After her divorce from Ben Affleck, Jennifer just keeps showing the world what a bad ass mom she is. From comebacks about their nanny to this video, she is clearly making a statement she is and has always been her own woman.

(This video contains graphic language)

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By Selome Araya, MPH
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Reiki Healing Practitioner
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The birth and postpartum period are a very sacred and delicate time for a mother. When preparing for pregnancy and birth, pregnancy literature and medical healthcare workers tend to focus on the the physical aspect of pregnancy, while the emotional and mental well-being of the mother often takes a backseat. Though it is vital to focus on ensuring physical comfort during pregnancy and birth, as a mother is experiencing a life-changing journey, her emotions and spirit will also need nurture and care as well.  
 

As a doula, it is part of my mission to ensure that my clients take steps to ensure that in addition to their physical and nutritional care, that they give the same amount of attention to their mental and emotional bodies. In doing so, they are increasing their changes of being in a balanced and harmonious state as they carry their child, and for the birth itself. Additionally, these actions during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the well-being of the baby, and can also reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression developing for the mother once the baby is born.
 
While there is no way to properly predict whether or not depression will develop during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, there are things that can be done during and after pregnancy to reduce the likelihood of both from happening, and to ensure that mama feels good in her spirit, her mind, and body! 
 
Below are some insights and actions to take during pregnancy and during the postpartum period to reduce mental and emotional health imbalances and postpartum depression. 
 
Food & Nutrition
Food has a direct impact on our emotions and mental health, and during and after pregnancy especially. It is important that you maintain a healthy and balanced diet during this time. The following foods are recommended to ensure a balanced emotional state while also providing your body with the necessary nutrients: eggs, legumes, leafy greens, whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats), berries, bananas, organic fish and meats, nuts, root vegetables, cultured foods, mushrooms, and avocados. Drink plenty of water to ensure that you stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy and have the energy you need. 
 
Exercise

Staying active during and after your pregnancy releases endorphins in the body that increase your overall well-
being, reduce your stress and anxiety and make you feel good. Consider activities such as a walking and prenatal yoga, and any other light exercise that feels good to your body. The idea is to stay active and moving, but not to over do it!
 
Sleep
Both during and after you give birth, sleep will be of the utmost importance. Sleep deprivation leads to exhaustion, and this is one of the main causes for postpartum depression. Many people say it’s not possible to get sleep with a new born, but incorporating a few practices may support you in your effort to get more sleep. A rule of thumb is to always sleep when the baby sleeps. Even if it’s just for twenty minutes; those twenty minutes will give you the re-boost you need to continue caring for the baby when the baby wakes up. Also, sleep if/when someone else is available to watch the baby. Which leads easily to the next point…
 
Ask for help
During the pregnancy and particularly during the postpartum period, don’t hesitate to communicate to your friends or family that you may need some additional support. Use your community, your village, any support you have. If you have a live-in partner, let your partner know if you need additional support in any area. If you can, pump in between feedings so someone else can feed the baby while you rest or shower. Set up a meal train on www.mealtrain.com; this allows family members and friends in your network to sign up to bring you meals on a specific day; this is especially helpful during the postpartum period! Whenever it is feasible for you, ask others to help you with housework, or anything else you may need support with. You can also consider hiring a doula in your area for both your birth or postpartum; and if finances are an issue, there are usually volunteer and low cost doulas available to support you.
 
Breastfeeding Support
It’s not talked about often, but difficulties with breastfeeding are another leading cause of postpartum depression. If you give birth in the hospital, be sure to ask the Lactation Consultant as many questions as possible about breastfeeding, and get the support you need before leaving the hospital; if you have the resources, you can also hire a Lactation Consultant to come to your home. Another option is to contact the local La Leche League chapter in your area (in the U.S.) to attend free breastfeeding meetings with a Lactation expert and other new moms. But also remember that there is a chance that you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby no matter what you try. This is common and not a reflection of you as a mother. Luckily there are other ways to provide nourishment for your baby if breastfeeding is not an option. 
 
Express your feelings
Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum can bring up a range of emotions. It is a natural occurrence and it’s imperative that you have an outlet to talk about what you’re feeling. Whether it’s with your partner, friends, a therapist, a doula, or a mother’s support group, be sure and talk through whatever has come up for you. It is healthier than holding it in. 
 
Placenta encapsulation pills
Studies have found that the nutrients in your placenta can help to reduce postpartum depression. A placenta encapsulation specialist takes your placenta after birth and makes it into pill form for your consumption. The benefits are amazing!
 
Stress reduction & relaxation
Both during pregnancy and after birth, as much as possible, reduce the amount of stress-filled situations and people in your life. Do activities to help you reach a calm and peaceful state, such as daily meditation, deep breathing, spending time in nature, and anything else that brings you calm. Consider prenatal and postnatal acupuncture, energy healing treatments, yoga, and massage as well. Try and reduce the amount of negative consumption whether it be the television, movies, newspapers, etc that you absorb. Keep yourself surrounded by positive energy, goodness, and love whenever possible!
 
 
Moms we all know how we want to get back to our pre-pregnancy body ASAP!!! Remember, its not how fast we get back to it but how healthy we do it in.  Before you start any new diet/exercise regime make sure that you get medical clearance from your doctor.  Light to moderate exercise along with a healthy diet has many benefits for a nursing mom.  Some key benefits are:
 
1. Bone Health
2. Weight Management 
3. Mental Health-  Decreases your risk of Post-Partum Depression
4. Increase your Post-Partum recovery
5. Increase energy- Moms you know this is the one thing we really lack in with a newborn!!  And affects our “Mom Brain”
 

 
In some cases when a mom has just finished exercising and tries to nurse her baby, the baby may not like the taste of the breast milk.  This is because of the lactic acid that has formed during your exercise session. Although the lactic acid is not toxic it seems to occur when moms do a rigorous exercise routine. If your baby does not like th taste of your breast milk light to moderate exercise may help. The increase level can be present up to 90 minutes at post exercise.  Some things that you can do to ease your mind if this does occur is:
 
1. Nurse your baby before you exercise
2. Pump and store your milk so after you exercise you have a supply handy
 
Two more important tips for out fit moms are:
 
1. To have a sturdy sports bra to support your breasts because they are precious to your baby. A sturdy bra will also prevent nipple rips!
2. To make sure you shower after you exercise.  Any sweat on your breast can leave a salty taste in your baby’s mouth.
 
Remember moms it all about having fun!!!  Getting together with other new moms to have  a workout partner is great motivation!  
 
 
 

This morning Alyssa Milano was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show and Wendy brought up Alyssa's breastfeeding advocacy work. Wendy said she disagreed with public breastfeeding and felt women should go breastfeed in car or cover up. I think Alyssa was just as shocked as us listening to her opinion of breastfeeding. She asked Wendy if she would cover her head eating or if it was ok for Miley Cyrus to walk around with her boobs hanging out vs. a mom breastfeeding. 

Wendy went on to say that breasts were sexual objects, "fun bags," and when women are done breastfeeding their boobs go back to being sexual objects. The audience was in shock and quiet from her comments. Wendy quickly changed the subject but Alyssa kept her cool, took her to task and educated her briefly.

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By Jessica Shortall, author of Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work

I hear it all the time, on Facebook breastfeeding support groups and from working mom friends: “Your employer is legally required to allow you to pump at work.” And I always think to myself, “Great. Time to open up the can of worms.” Because while I hope that things will continue to change for the better, your legal right to pump breastmilk at work is far from simple. In fact, some working mothers in America have no legal right to do so. In the crazy world of bringing your baby’s food source to work with you, informed is best, so let me bust some of the most prevalent myths:

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We had the pleasure of having Chef Jamee Vesga on our latest episode of #thePINKLife. She shared healthy snacks busy moms can make and prep at the beginning of the week. Her culinary flare is savory, organic and diverse. Enjoy her recipes!

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"The light in me honors the light in you."  Powerful words and message from Creatix of Goddess on the Go, Leora Edut, this past December 12th. The place to be was the inauguration of Yoga and Tutus, because whether you were a working mom or stay at home mom every mother needed to be reminded they were a Goddess! It was a day where moms and daughters interacted with one another and engaged their mind, body and soul. During Yoga and Tutus moms participated in activities with their daughters which included meditation, dancing and re-connection.

Leora's goal is to empower women and mothers by reconnecting women to their essential needs, so they can experience life with a full “tank” of gratitude and glow. As a proud breastfeeding mama she understands what it's like to need to refuel and wanted to provide an outlet for women just like her, to feel whole again. She lovingly refers to women as goddesses

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Traveling moms don’t have it easy. There’s a lot of coordination that goes into plane traveling with young children or a newborn. You have to think about how you’re going to maneuver the airports and get your children from point A to point B seamlessly. In a perfect world it would be seamless but moms often have to deal with luggage, strollers, car seats for the plane, entertaining children or keeping a newborn calm during a flight, stares and comments from less than understanding passengers and then the whole fiasco de-boarding. But what if you are a nursing mom? Traveling with kids or not if a mom is nursing she will also need to coordinate time to breastfeed or breast pump.

According to a study done by Intrepid Travel in 2012, 63% of travelers are women between the ages of 25 and 39. And according to Forbes 85% of consumer purchases and 80% of travel decisions are made by women. 

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“My goal is to help others reach the lifetime goal of health and fitness. While on this journey you encounter personal growth, triumph, epiphanies that all lead to a better you.”

Katiria Florent, a professional stylist and Founder of MOMS IN THE PARK, is a young, vibrant and determined mom of 2 who has been a big part of Moms Pump Here. As a firm believer in public breastfeeding she and her beautiful daughter, Lana, have been non-stop since Lana’s birth making a difference in the lives of moms just like her. 

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nursing mothers room at St. Paul - Minneapolis Airport

DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
From Pregnancy and maternity, to infants, toddlers, parenting and motherhood, MomsPumpHere does its best to help new moms make the transition from nursing at home to breastfeeding or breastpumping for their babies in public. Pregnancy was challenging enough mother's health, finding a nice comfortable spot to nurse your baby shouldn't be.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.

  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

    Lactation Room Guide - How to Set up a Lactation Room.