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Any breastfeeding or pumping mama knows the importance of maintaining milk supply. And if your breast pumping isn't doing its job, that could create a problem for supply. Many women experience a reduction in suction while using their breastpump. Over time, the elasticity of the valve membrane wears down causing them to lose effectiveness. But don't worry, there are better valves out there!

Our favorite valves are the duckbill valves. These can replace the valve and membrane on most breastpumps giving you less parts to wash, sterilize and assemble. Plus they are more durable which helps create a strong suction when pumping the breast. Thus giving you better output.

So snag some of these awesome valves and put aside your supply worries!

"I can't even believe the difference they make. Suction is 100% stronger (not exaggerating), my pump is so much quieter and better sounding, and they're just generally easier to take care of. AND I've already gotten over 2 ounces after 7 minutes of pumping. That's unheard of for me!" credit: Kari Neblock on FB

Breastfeeding is the best, but it can be totally time consuming! And for those long hours stuck on the coach or in the rocker, you need something to pass the time other than staring at your precious little baby. When your eyes are too tired to read, a good podcast is the perfect way to fill your nursing time. Keep reading for some of my favorite podcasts!

This American Life

“From WBEZ Chicago, it's This American Life, distributed by Public Radio International. I'm Ira Glass. Stay with us.” Thus begins one of my favorite podcasts every week. This podcast has a theme every week and tells 3-4 stories on that theme. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s heart wrenching, always it’s eye-opening.

The Longest Shortest Time

Self described as “The parenting show for everyone” this podcast brings you “stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. The Longest Shortest Time is a bold, daring podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. But you don’t need to be a parent to listen.”

Beautiful Anonymous

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People is a podcast hosted by Chris Gethard, a comedian by trade. Every week he takes a phone call from a total stranger and talks to them for one hour about anything they want to.  I love listening to other people’s stories and hearing about their experiences. Such a fascinating concept and listen.

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to while you breastfeed, clean your house, or take your kids to school? Comment below and let me know! 

Summer is here, which means it’s time for summer fashion! And just because you are nursing doesn’t mean you can’t keep up on the trends and look cute while checking things off your to-do list. If you keep your Undercover Mama pieces close at hand you’ll be set all summer long. Keep reading for some fun outfit ideas to stay cool, chic, and ready to feed your baby whenever you need to.

Keep things cool and casual with this outfit centered around Undercover Mama’s split side tunic. Pair it with some distressed Bermuda shorts and the black nursing tank. Finish off the look with these sandals that feature some fun texture. You’ll be ready for tackling your to-do list and a park play date!

Tunic //Tank //Sandals //Shorts 

 

Don’t save your favorite nursing dress for more formal occasions! This dress can easily be dressed down for every day wear, whether you are taking the kids to the splash pad or on your way to a check up for your baby. Pair it with a fun and quirky baseball cap and classic sneakers  for a nice and breezy ensemble.

 

 

 Dress // Hat // Sneakers

 

Most days, especially in the summer, I just can’t handle the thought of putting jeans on. Or any type of pant that require me to suck in and button them up. Enter the jogger. They are basically sweatpants, but they are much more socially acceptable to wear out in public. So pair your favorite joggers with our new black nursing shirt and some slider sandals for an easy and ultra comfortable look.

Shirt // Joggers // Sandals 

Now you’ve got no excuse not to stay trendy and chic, even while nursing your sweet little one. Just keep your favorite UCM pieces in the rotation and you can’t go wrong.

 

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!”

Want to read more breastfeeding stories that will make you smile?  Click here.

-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.

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

 

-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.

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