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Babies in the Workplace

Babies in the Workplace

When I moved to Miami my daughter was about 15 months old and my olest 3. We didn't know anyone and had to quickly find solutions for daycare. We were still getting to know neighbors and couldn't trust anyone with our treasure. One day for some reason (mommy brain...don't remember) I had to bring my daughter into work with me. I was working at a university and had my own office. So I figured I could close the door and I wouldn't bother my co-workers. What I couldn't predict is how my boss would respond. He had always been great about me working from home when I needed to but bringing a toddler to work? 

I got to the office early and he was not in yet. I had time to get her settled, start work and answer some emails. When he arrived he was definitley surprised to see her. I explained why I had to bring her in (still don't remember) and said I would keep her in the office with me. No one would hear a peep from her. His response was brief but he seemed ok with it. I knew I was pushing it by bringing her in but in my mind at that time I wanted them to know I was committed to my work. And committed to my children. Besides he hired me before I moved to Miami so he knew our childcare situation was dismal.

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Spring Cleaning Your Baby's Stuff

Spring Cleaning Your Baby's Stuff

With all of the information out there, becoming a mom is completely overwhelming. Everyone wants your money, Buy Buy Baby is even bold enough to put it right out there.

Guess what, you don't hardly need all that you or your friends and family are being pressured to buy. My goal for this post is let you off of the hook and give you a new lens with which to view the state of your life and your baby's life in terms of "stuff". The best way for me to help you keep clutter at bay is by giving you my favorite 3 ways of simplifying with new awarenesses to consider when the walls start closing in:

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The Future is Here and So Are Robot Nannies!

The Future is Here and So Are Robot Nannies!

Robot nannies are now a thing! Moms can order robot nannies to help care for their babies and they are now starting to appear in the United States. Currently used by moms in Japan and China robot nannies are a hit!

Would you allow a robot nanny to care for your baby? According to an article in Forbes these robots are considered "companion robots." The price tage for the robots can vary and current makes like the Kuri Home Robot or the iPal are capable of entertainment and surveillance. The iPal robot is curently being upgraded and will soon be able to speak and directly interact with humans. 

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Janet Jackson Tweets Photo of Her Son

Janet Jackson Tweets Photo of Her Son

Finally! We get a sneak peek of Janet Jackson's son Eissa.

This is the first image since her split from husband, Wissam El Mama.

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Easy Healthy Meal Plan for Nursing Moms

Easy Healthy Meal Plan for Nursing Moms

As a dietitian and mom of two little ones (big-sister Lailah who is 2 and-a-half, and smiley thumb-sucking Yael, 5 months) I am often asked if I practice what I preach. My answer, a definite “yes!”

In my years of nutritional counseling I have yet to put my client’s on a “diet.” Instead I guide them toward sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes based on their needs. Of course, every person has different nutritional requirements depending on where they are in their life stage, especially when it comes to lactation.

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5 Reason Why Moms Need to Laugh

5 Reason Why Moms Need to Laugh

Laughter heals the soul and makes you feel great but it is so hard to laugh when you're stressed out or doing a trillion things. Moms are so inundated with chores, babies, work, school, social media and more. When do we make time to laugh and I mean laugh out loud? 

Here are 5 reasons why moms need to laugh:

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Target Hosts Breastfeeding Nook

Target Hosts Breastfeeding Nook

Target has long supported nursing moms. Their policies encourage in store breastfeeding and if a mom needs to use a dressing room to pump or nurse it's made available.

Recently Breastfeeding Mama Talk shared a new nursing nook set up in plain view in a Texas Target store. It was equipped with 2 comfy chairs, a table, nursing cover, boppy pillow and more.

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Mom Power and Paid Leave

Mom Power and Paid Leave

I’m a fan of Moms Pump Here because it’s the perfect mix of creativity, problem solving, and women supporting other women. To me, it represents genius born of the maternal experience. Moms deal daily with multiple demands, usually conflicting and all happening at the same time. We have limited resources of time, money, and our own energy. Yet most nights, by the time we fall into bed, our families are safe, fed, and loved. We know we can look to each other for help, and Moms Pump Here delivers.

We mother in a country where parents generally, and women, in particular, are severely underserved by their elected policy makers. When the market economy and public policy totally fail us, we come up with amazing solutions. In this context, every addition to the growing list of lactation rooms is another strike for women’s progress. Like job rating sites List Your Leave or InHerSight, MPH makes essential information for mothers available at your fingertips. We have to use this data - every other resource we can - to change the sorry state of women’s leadership in the US, where the US Supreme Court is the only governmental body to reach 30% female representation, women comprise 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s and women’s poverty rate is higher than men’s at every age, and much higher over age 65.

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When Moms Bully

When Moms Bully

Judgemental eyes, gossiping, passive aggression and lies. Bullying, in some mom circles, is not done with in your face teasing or physical contact on the playground. It's done with smiles and being fake. If you've ever moved to a new area and quickly realized you needed to enroll your child in a particular pres-school or playdate group because you didn't want to be a social pariah then you are familiar with a world where judgement is common place.

There may have even been times you've shown up to a group playdate and you realized everyone was wearing name brands but you showed up with your streetachi's. Moms are sweet to you but you know you're out of place. And if the moms are clicky you may even feel like they're talking about you. When you leave the room you feel like they're gossiping at your expense. 

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10 Reasons Why Maternity Leave is NOT Vacation

10 Reasons Why Maternity Leave is NOT Vacation

There's been quite a bit of news lately about what it means to be on maternity leave. From politicians in the United States saying women should go back to work after 2 months to authors wanting all the perks of maternity leave.

Girl.....the only perks during maternity leave are being with your baby, nurturing your baby and watching your baby grow! So to make it clear to any nay sayers who think maternity leave is some code word for vacation we've compiled a list!

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Baby Boxes for All Babies

Baby Boxes for All Babies

On Labor Day 2015, Mama Gracie’s Pregnancy Shop was birthed. We wanted to find the most innovative baby products on the market and be their brick & mortar, if needed.

 

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There is No Such Thing as Balance Being a Mom

There is No Such Thing as Balance Being a Mom

 

I'm convinced - there is no such thing as balance as a mom. I think balance is this elusive carrot society dangles in front of our faces saying, "you can have it all and feel sane."

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Mom Behind Scary Mommy Announces Divorce and Husband Reveals He is Gay

Mom Behind Scary Mommy Announces Divorce and Husband Reveals He is Gay


(Photo courtesy of Jill and Jeff Smokler)

Mom, Jill Smokler, behind the creation of Scary Mommy has announced she will be divorcing her husband, Jeff Smokler, of 17 years. This decision didn't come easy. The couple has three children together and has been living together for many years with a big secret. Jeff Smokler revealed he was gay.

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Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Has Post-Partum Depression

Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Has Post-Partum Depression

We love Chrissy Teigen. She lives her life like an open book. Especially since becoming a mom. Chrissy has shown us all we are not alone. Motherhood is beautiful, but moms have it tough and in some cases unfairly tough.

 

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Your Child's Brain is a Sponge

Your Child's Brain is a Sponge

Did you know your child's brain is like a sponge for the first 3 years of life? Children absorb everything around them....sights, sounds, behaviors, speech and more. This is the perfect time to read to them!

According the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) parents should read aloud and share reading activities with young children to enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills. As your child grows they will enjoy reading with you and associate it as a bonding experience with their mom or dad. Even reading to babies using books with longer story lines and lots of color has been known to hasten language and understanding of the world around them.

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The "F" Word

The "F" Word

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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Setting Up a Lactation Room

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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. (Also often called a "Nursing Room", "Nursing Mothers Room", or "Breastfeeding Room")

Setting up a lactation room in a general working environment is quite simple and easy. The basic prerequisite is an appropriate space set aside solely for lactating mothers (breast pumping or breastfeeding) and shielded from public view (meaning door must be lockable and any windows must have curtains or blinds). This space can be newly built or previously existing space converted and repurposed as a lactation room.

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Meet Mom Charis Day

Meet Mom Charis Day

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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Pregnant Beyonce's Grammy Performance Was Not Confusing

Pregnant Beyonce's Grammy Performance Was Not Confusing

Beyonce performed during the 2017 Grammy Awards, pregnant with her twins, in a large ensemble of dancers and elaborate costume design. Apparantly her performace shocked and confused everyone. 

I wasn't confused at all. Fresh off the heels from a very artisticly rendered video for "Lemonaide" it was clear the performance at the Grammys were a continuation of her story. It was in honor of motherhood and the breath taking beauty and transformation mothers go through.

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Breastfeeding Moms SLAY!

Breastfeeding Moms SLAY!

OK gotta’ admit I’m in a SLAYIN’ mood. Moms are not just dried up, mom jean wearing, diaper changing, dinner cooking, multi-taskers! Girl, we need to slay to keep our sanity. Breastfeeding moms, breast pumping moms, stay at home moms, work at home moms, working moms and new moms can still feel beautiful, sexy and alive!! Here are some tips on how you can SLAY!

1. Not enough sleep. Put on your lip gloss and sweep your hair up into a messy bun. Slay!

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Photo of 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.