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Have you read our first post on Binge Worthy Shows to Watch While Breastfeeding?  The way we see it, new babies nurse around 8 times in a 24 hour period at 20-40 minutes per time which definitely gives you some time to binge watch.   Here's a a few more of our favorites:
 

1- The Mindy Project

Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) is a 30-something OB/GYN, working and living in New York City. In season four, Mindy finds herself struggling to balance life as a working mom.  It's a funny, lighthearted, it's okay if you don't totally pay attention kind of show.

 

2- Jane the Virgin
After being accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss’s specimen, this show takes some crazy, sometimes violent, awkward and hilarious turns.  
 

3- Call The Midwife
This might seem a little too close to home after having just given birth, but there’s something to be said for being it being relatable.  Plus, you'll be grateful for some of the more modern conveniences and medical advances.  And I love a good period drama.
 

4- House Hunters International
Tell me I'm not the only one who has been sucked into an HGTV marathon.  These episodes are like 22 minutes so if your baby nurses extra long like mine did, you can get in a few episodes each time.  I mean, look at all you can accomplish while nursing!
 
 

5- Freaks and Geeks
You guys, this is an all-star cast including baby Seth Rogan, baby Jason Segal, baby James Franco, and baby Busy Phillips.  Tragically it's only one season but it's a good story line and definitely worth the binge. 
 
 

We’ve all heard the comparison that being a mom is like being a superhero. Well, this mom was literally Wonder Woman. Her husband is amazing at creating Cosplay outfits, and she was at a Comic Convention dressed as Wonder Woman. With her 11-month old baby needing to nurse, she found a mother’s room, and began the process of undressing to nurse.

 

 Because of the way my corset fit, it was tricky to take it off so I practically had to turn him upside down to get him in a position where he could nurse. There were two other moms in the mother’s room with me and when I got him to latch I shouted,

“I AM wonder woman!”

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-Olivia

When my son was three months old, we had to fly across the country to meet my husband where we would be stationed with the military. I hadn’t really mastered the whole nursing thing yet, so I was obviously really anxious about the whole thing. Even more so because I was told I had severely inverted nipples and I’d have to use a shield in order to keep nursing. But I was READY. I had three shields, two nursing covers, countless binkies, gripewater, and enough lanolin to last a lifetime. However, as soon as I sat down my heart sank. I was seated next to two middle aged businessmen in suits. They both had little sleeper masks, and giant head phones that were clearly meant to block out noise. Ah! I had read all about traveling with an infant, and knew that in order to make take-off and landing bearable, it was best to nurse.

As soon we had started nursing, the plane started to taxi and the noise startled my son so he jerked his head away, and the neck strap on my cover came undone. I quickly tucked my cover into my mouth to hold it up (you know this trick…all nursing moms do!). The man next to me noticed I was struggling so he offered to hold my son while I got settled. Well, my new mom hormones kicked in, and with huge tears in my eyes I said ‘Thanks so much’, and handed him over. I fixed my cover and motioned for the guy to hand him back. Then, IT happened. I still have nightmares. Just as this kind man went to hand my fussy child back to me, my cover flipped up, and my shield rolled to the floor. He and I froze, looked at each other, then at the ground. There, sitting just between his fancy shoes, was my silicone nipple shield. I'm not sure he fully understood what it was because he mumbled ‘I got it...’ and reached down.

Then I screamed ‘PLEASE DON'T! ITS A NIPPLE SHIELD!’

It was one million times louder than I intended it to be. He seemed startled, then looked down again, contemplated what I yelled, then his eyes went wide and he said ‘Yeah... you can get it’. I swear, I wanted to crawl under my seat and die.

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-Sarah

Do you ever get somewhere and realize the outfit you are wearing is not compatible with nursing?

In a nutshell, I was at my first big outing with a baby and it was a wedding. It didn’t register that I couldn’t nurse in the one-piece dress I was wearing. The wedding was completely outdoors so I had no choice but to strip down almost naked under the long tablecloth on our table to nurse my son.” Her husband found it so hilarious that he had to document the moment by taking a picture.

 

Check out more of our Wedding Stories That Will Make You Smile here.

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-Jessica

We’ve all been there, about to enjoy a lovely meal, or at a sporting event, and suddenly baby needs to nurse. You thought you’d planned accordingly—you fed the baby earlier so they wouldn’t be hungry now, but when baby decides it’s time to eat, it’s time to eat. Whether you’re halfway through a very long line to check-out at the store, hiking in the mountains, or road tripping across the deserts of Nevada, you do what it takes to keep your baby fat and happy.

Personally, my favorite story of when my baby unexpectedly wanted to nurse was in line at Disneyland. The mother’s room was nowhere near us at the time, so I hopped out of line and tried to find a bench on which to nurse. Of course, all the nearby places were occupied, so I went around the back of the Dumbo ride and sat against the little shed where the controller sits. My son was never okay with being under a nursing cover, but no one was around so I wasn’t worried about exposing myself to unsuspecting theme park goers. About halfway into our nursing session a large crowd of people came around the ride, led by character actors dressed like Pinocchio and Gepetto heading for a photo op. My legs were sprawled out in front of me so they had to step over me to get where they were going, drawing attention to my exposed front and nursing baby. I couldn’t stop laughing!

We are going to start sharing some other nursing stories that will make you smile. Some that may even be all too familiar to breastfeeding veterans.

Submit your funniest/most embarrassing breastfeeding story to media@undercovermama.com . If we feature your story, we will give you a $25 gift certificate!

Any nursing mother would agree, Mastitis is the WORST!   The fever and the pain, I think I may have PTSD because I cringe every time I even think about it.  Mastitis is usually brought on by a few things: an ill fitting bra, cracked or bleeding nipples, exhaustion, or skipped feedings and not fully emptied breasts that lead to plugged ducts.  For whatever reason, I was plagued with Mastitis from the onset of nursing my first baby.  It then seemed that I was fighting a vicious cycle of recurrent plugged ducts.   
 
I tried everything: meeting with lactation consultants, changing my bra, nursing in different positions, being sure to nurse until empty, and any other suggestion I could find as I scoured the internet. Finally I found my answer: LECITHIN.
 
 Lecithin can supposedly decrease the viscosity or “stickiness” of the milk by increasing the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the milk.  Translation: it helps keep the milk flowing.
 
Lecithin can be found naturally in soybeans, peanuts, meat, whole grains, and milk.  It is also available in supplement form.  I followed Kellymoms dosage recommendations.
 
 
And guess what?  It worked!  Whenever I could feel a plugged duct starting, I would begin taking a Lecithin supplement and never got Mastitis again for the duration of my nursing journey.
 
Happy Nursing, Mamas! 
 
*Note:  please consult a doctor of lactation consultant before taking this, or any other supplements.    

 

Breastfeeding is a personal choice, and it's certainly not for everyone.

But, for those moms who decide to breastfeed—or if you're a mom-to-be and are on the fence about whether you want to breastfeed—there are definitely some really great benefits to consider.

Our friends at Maternity Glow have created this amazing infographic with 21 amazing benefits of breastfeeding.

For more information, check out this amazing article.

It's been said that breastmilk is liquid gold.  A month's supply can cost anywhere from $300 up to $1,200 dollars on the internet. If you're a pumping mama, you want to preserve every drop.  

Here are our top 3 ways to store that precious breastmilk:

1- Milk Trays- 
Milkies Milk trays freezes eight 1-ounce "Milk Sticks", allowing you to thaw the exact amount you need for each feeding.  Milk Sticks fit in ALL bottle openings.  Plus, the trays are BPA free.  
 
2- Milk Bags-
Lansinoh Milk Bags are our favorite.  They are leak proof and ideal for storing and freezing breastmilk. The bags lay flat which make storage and thawing efficient.  Plus, you can pump straight into bags to eliminate the need to clean all those bottles and eliminate any chance of spilling.  Just label each bag with the date and number of ounces you've pumped and put in in the freezer.  They have a convenient pour spout so you don't loose any of that precious liquid gold when you go to use it.
 
3-  Breastmilk Storage Bottles-
There are a lot of storage bottles out there, but we love Medela.  If you have a Medela PUmp, you can pump directly into these bottles and stash in your freezer.  They are leakproof and dishwasher safe.  This is the most convenient option because you are pumping directly into the bottle you are freezing and then feeding baby with.   However, if you are storing a lot, these take up much more space. 
 
When pumping and storing breastmilk, it's important to remember the following:
Room Temperature-  Good to use for 4-6 hours
Refrigerator- Good to use for 4-8 days
Freezer- Good to use for 3 Months
Deep Freezer- Good to use for 12 Months
Thawed Milk- Should be used within 24 hours.  
You cannot refreeze breastmilk
 
We would also recommend:

 

 

 

Source: Don’t Shake the Milk by Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

From Kelly Mom:

How likely is this to be an issue? We don’t know! So far there has not been research done on the bioactive properties of shaken vs. non-shaken breastmilk (fun research project – any takers?). Some feel that the forces required to change the milk are significantly more than could be provided via shaking. Others note that shear forces from shaking are not the only issue–bursting of bubbles caused by shaking may also damage cells or denature proteins.

To play it safe, use the smallest amount of force needed to mix the layers, keeping in mind that the layers will mix better as the milk warms. If you do shake the milk, it might not be a problem at all–and even if it turns out that shaking makes a difference it will still be the best nutrition for your child.

Whether you are an exclusive pumper or just ocassionally use your breast pump, we can all agree that pumping is a PAIN. BeauGen is a company created to help moms have a more positive, more comfortable breast-pumping experience.

They've created a soft and stretchy nipple cushion that adds significantly more comfort to each pumping session by creating a soft barrier between your skin and the hard plastic breast shield. The cushions will move and stretch with the nipple during pumping.  

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If you saw the title of this post and expected to see yet another article screaming at you to drink 5 gallons of water a day or else you and your baby will shrivel up and die, rest assured that isn’t the case. Hydration while breastfeeding, like so many other aspects of motherhood, seems to be a simple concept made complicated by the wealth of information available on the internet.

Nursing mothers do indeed need more fluids to offset the amount lost while breastfeeding babies, but most research shows that letting biological indicators (like thirst) guide your water consumption will be your best bet in maintaining milk supply and staying hydrated. After all, as the Institute of Medicine points out, everyone’s water needs can vary: “Given the extreme variability in water needs that are not solely based on differences in metabolism, but also in environmental conditions and activity, there is not a single level of water intake that would ensure adequate hydration and optimal health for half of all apparently healthy persons in all environmental conditions.”  

That said, it can sometimes be tricky to consume the extra water you need while taking care of your baby and juggling all the other tasks that mothers deal with on a daily basis. Below are some tips to help you stay hydrated while also staying sane:

Drink when baby drinks

If you have a rocking chair or certain area where you usually go to nurse your baby, keep a water bottle or glass of water in that spot. When baby is nursing, use that as an opportunity to take in some extra liquids too.

Find a water bottle you love

This one is especially important if you find yourself on the go a lot. Keeping a water bottle in your diaper bag or your car ensures that you always have some water on hand if you get thirsty, which is especially applicable in these hot summer months. My personal favorite water bottle is the Hydro Flask. It maintains the temperature of your drink for a full 24 hours (great if you like your water ice cold) and is available in a wide variety of sizes and colors. The straw lid is a must.

 

Another great option, especially if you’re a bit more Type A about your water consumption, is the hydr-8 bottle:

This one is marked with lines indicating how much water you should drink by each time of day. It also mimics the design of the hospital-issued water bottles that so many new moms love.   

Add some flavor to your water

Water is the best choice for new moms (and people in general), but it can sometimes get a bit boring to drink it exclusively. If you find yourself craving more flavor, try simply adding a splash of fruit juice or natural flavoring packets to your water. Flavoring my water with a little bit of cranberry juice made all the difference when I was nursing my first baby.

Listen to your body

As mentioned above, it is impossible to nail down a specific number of ounces that each woman needs to stay hydrated and maintain milk supply. Most sources say that as long as you drink when you’re thirsty and your urine is light-colored, you should be good. There’s no need to force yourself to chug tons of water or make staying hydrated a full-time job. In fact, overdoing it may have a detrimental effect on your milk supply. According to Dr. Sears, “Drinking more water than you need won’t produce more milk. In fact, by a strange biochemical quirk, forcing fluids has been shown to diminish milk production.” That very thing happened to a woman I know who took the “drink lots of fluids” advice a little too far and ended up with a very hungry newborn. So be sure to drink the water you need, but don’t go too nuts J 

Happy hydrating, mamas! 

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