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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

Activity #9: Go to the theater where crying is allowed

April 7, 2014

Baby-friendly theaters? Yes, please. We sure love our DVRs and Netflix, but refuse to give up on going to the theater. Did you know some theaters also have special showings for new parents? These showings have different names in different cities, but the idea that yours will not (most likely) be the loudest baby in […]

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Win the Ultimate Rookie Moms starter kit

March 17, 2014

Holy Cats guys, we have an epic giveaway for you today. Who wants to win more than $700 worth of new mama breastfeeding supplies? [Click the image to see the giant-ness of the prize package, pin to remember!] We had the good fortune of meeting Kerry from MilkCharms a few weeks ago, and he wrangled […]

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Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

Activity #2: Go on a reconnaissance mission

February 17, 2014

Our second in this 52-week series of weekly rookie mom challenges gets you out of the house once again. When your baby is in a good mood (or better, sleeping!), scope out the “safe places” at your local shopping destinations where you can feed and change your baby. This will allow you to get out […]

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Sports bras for nursing moms

January 22, 2014

Having had a few bouts of trying to exercise while nursing, I can tell you from firsthand experience that the selection of bras SUCKS. Nursing breasts are hardworking and need support not to mention easy- and frequent-access. Unfortunately, it seems like these two criteria are often at odds. Support. I’ve doubled up on sports bras […]

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Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

7 products for breastfeeding moms that might make your boobs leak

November 1, 2013

When I took a picture of this crystal-studded breast pump, I didn’t realize one could actually order the product. I thought the company had produced it just for fun, to attract attention at a baby products trade show. It worked — I posted it on Instagram and Twitter — so if it was social media […]

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Cut up your bra

August 19, 2013

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

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Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

7 surprising truths about breastfeeding

August 7, 2013

Thanks to Philips AVENT for sponsoring this post as part of an ongoing series about breastfeeding and pumping. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself these little nuggets of wisdom. Here are seven truths about breastfeeding that took me completely by surprise. Some will reveal my ignorance — sorry! — but maybe […]

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Convert a regular bra to a nursing bra

August 6, 2013

Smart tip from a reader! Leah from Brooklyn, NY says that her local nursing bra store will convert any bra into a nursing bra.  It’s a small local store called Your Top Priority. If you buy the bra there, it’s $5.00; if you bring in from elsewhere its $6.50. Leah says that she shops at […]

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Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

How to get a breastfed baby to take a bottle

July 1, 2013

My two children never would take a bottle, and it wasn’t for any lack of trying on my part. When our friend Crystal asked about any magic strategies that would get her third baby to accept a bottle, I sent her a list of ideas in hopes that at least one of mine would be […]

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4 Unusual nursing positions & when to use them

June 28, 2013

We stumbled into this flickr pool of unusual and lovely breastfeeding photos from Mothering Touch Centre, and wanted to share them. After we finished tittering. I also wanted to provide you a public service and let you know when and why you might want (or need!) to use these atypical positions. The following information is […]

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Breastfeeding, nursing bras, pumping, doing it in public — loving it, hating it, or just surviving?! We’re here for you.

15 things to do while you’re pumping

June 20, 2013

I have heard some crazy stories about where people have pumped: driving down the highway (hooray for hands-free pumping bras!); on an airplane; in a multi-stall bathroom at work surrounded by young 20-somethings who had no freaking idea what you were doing or why, only that it was weird. Ok fine, I was the young […]

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I’m embarrassed to be embarrassed about nursing

June 12, 2013

It’s all been said before: breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we should be able to do it whenever and wherever baby is hungry (except in a bathroom, if baby gets hungry in a bathroom, baby should wait a minute). Consequently, I am embarrassed to be embarrassed about nursing. I offer a few anecdotes to […]

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