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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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10 Best Ways to Beat the Mom Blues

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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Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam Upset with her Lactation Specialist

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First time new celebrity mom Keshia Knight Pulliam is enjoying the joys and highs of being a first time mom, but not without an unpleasant run-in with her Lactation Specialist post-baby delivery according to her podcast, Kandidly Keshia.

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Beyonce Announces Twins!

Mom Beyonce is Pregnant with Twins!
 
The BeyHive is buzzing!! Beyonce is pregnant with twins!! She announced it on Instagram (@Beyonce) today and within minutes there were over 1 million likes.
 
Beyonce and Jay-Z have a daughter, Blue Ivy. This is certainly unexpected news. We had no idea twins ran in the family. 
 
We are wishing the Carters a safe and happy pregnancy!
 
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Choose Baby's Sex

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Choose Baby's Sex

Last night at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Chrissy Teigen gushed about the possibility of expanding her family with a little boy, with husband, John Legend. Her daughter, Luna, now 9 ½ months has been a joy for them both. 

When asked by Entertainment Tonight about expanding her family she said "A little boy is next, for sure," Chrissy tells Entertainment Tonight. "I mean, I don't know. We have one on ice."

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Why the Women's March Was Everything We Needed

Why the Women's March Was Everything We Needed

I can't tell you how amazed, humbled and hopeful I've become in the last week. Between the petition we started for Provision 207 and the Women's March yesterday I feel like I have renewed purpose. The Women's March was everything we needed!

The Women's March 2017Millions of marchers turned out for the Women's March in 673 cities! I attended the Women's March on NYC and it was more than what I expected. In my mind I envisioned it being similar to a marathon. I recieved tickets for my daughter and I to attend (a great lesson for her). And I received emails about start times according to last names and the routes. I was ready with maps and lunch packed for my daughter.

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End of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Will Kill Nursing Mom Rights

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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Pope Francis to Moms - You Can Breastfeed Here

pope-baptizes.jpgDuring the annual baptism ceremony, this past Sunday, Pope Francis, encouraged women attending to openly breastfeed. 

 

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A Smart Breast Pump Launches on the Market

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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Janet Jackson Gives Birth at Age 50

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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.