Nursing Room, Lactation Room, Breastfeeding Room

A Example of a nursing room at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Nursing Room or Lactation Room is a private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from public view and interruption, and is used by nursing mothers for breastfeeding or to express breast milk by breast pumping.

Texas Showdown - Babies, Boobies, and Bathroom Cooties

Texas Showdown - Babies, Boobies, and Bathroom Cooties

Public breastfeeding is already protected by Texas law, BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!.....

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What You Can Say When Your Employer Provides a Restroom for Your Breast Milk Break

What You Can Say When Your Employer Provides a Restroom for Your Breast Milk Break

Planning to return to work from your maternity leave can create a lot of anxiety but planning where you will pump should not contribute to that worry.  The Affordable Care Act changed part of the rules for the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires employers to give employees “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”

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Save your receipts for breast pump supplies, ladies!

Save your receipts for breast pump supplies, ladies!

Back in 2010, our government felt that breast pumps were not a medical "necessity" and therefore did not qualify for tax breaks or for any deductions from federal income taxes.  Then in 2011, it became a part of the new tax code that breast pumps and accessories that "promote lactation" can be used as a tax break for some women.  I am not a tax expert, and this is not official taxation advisement, but here are some things to consider when trying to use this tax benefit. 

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Time for New Year's Resolutions....

Time for New Year's Resolutions....

Do you "do" New Year's Resolutions?  Some moms do, some moms don't.  Here's a list of some resolutions to consider for you and your families when looking at the New Year ahead:

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Holiday music, decorating gingerbread houses at the library, Santa Claus on the fire truck -- these are all signs it's holiday time in my community.  In my house, though, it wouldn't be Christmas unless one of my children is sick or has a fever.  This is just the way it's worked out the past few years.  One year it was the flu - and we were all quarantined.  Last year it was a stomach bug and this year the littlest one has a fever so we won't be doing our normal Christmas Eve routine tonight.

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Who Really Knows Best for Your Baby?

Who Really Knows Best for Your Baby?

Last night I was watching an old episode of Law & Order from 2000, named Mother's Milk.  They addressed the concepts of inexperienced motherhood, breastfeeding, lactation consultants and the dreaded "failure to thrive".  I found it very interesting that almost 15 years later some of the same concepts are today affecting mothers we speak to about breastfeeding.

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Awkward Moments when Breastpumping....

Awkward Moments when Breastpumping....

This hectic time of year reminds of me my awkward moments in breastpumping.  The most awkward was answering the front door to our mailman Kevin (who has three kids my sons' ages).  He held out the holiday packages very gingerly, never lost eye contact, and rushed away from the porch before I could yell "Happy Holidays" or "Don't forget your cookies in the mailbox".  I closed my door and looked down - my shirt was unbottoned, nursing bra was undone on both sides because I had been nursing and pumping at the same time:  I had flashed my poor mailman because I put the pump and baby down to run to answer the door.  Poor Kevin.  I made a normal moment for me a very awkward moment for him.

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Pregnancy Stretch Marks - My Forever Scars

Pregnancy Stretch Marks - My Forever Scars

My last and third child turns 7 this month. I still have my pregnancy pouch, stretch marks and a belly. I was not blessed with my mom’s stretch mark free genes as she likes to point out. I have never dwelled on them or cried over it. They have always been there since my first child.  But I am what you would refer to as a thick woman. I grew up chubby and I still I am. I have struggled with my own self-image since it was first pointed out to me. I was in second grade when we had to get in line to be weighed and after weighing in at 100 pounds, the kids around me laughed. Growing up I did sports, everything from basketball, track and even power lifting (I was never fast or agile but I had strength so guess which sport I was good at?). So I was losing inches by this point and gaining muscle.

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First Steps and Last Breaths

First Steps and Last Breaths

I live next door to wonderful people.  Mr. and Mrs. D have been happily married for almost fifty years and raised three children in a small house.  They came over to meet each of my sons within hours of us arriving home from the hospital with them.  They're great people, inside and out. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My children know this is my favorite holiday - the one without the presents, the one without candles to blow out, the one without crazy amounts of candy.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it's the one where we sit down together, enjoy each other's company, and share what we're thankful for.

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