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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
"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.
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 (listed in our airport nursing rooms locator) 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.