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As new moms we tend to neglect our own self-care as our main focus becomes our newest addition(s).  Duo Diary allows you a space for self-care at a time when you are likely to neglect it, but also at a time when you need it the most.    

A Duo Diary is a portable journal that allows you to monitor your postpartum health and wellness while you care for your new baby. Track all of your baby's feedings including breastfeeding, bottle, formula, and pumping; monitor behaviors, patterns, sleep, diapers, and more on one side. On the other side, care for yourself with a food journal; track water intake, sleep, and exercise, plus keep notes on how you are feeling mentally and physically postpartum.

Studies have shown that the act of writing down is important in helping us process information, something that doesn't happen as well without the physical act of writing. The notes space can be used in so many helpful ways- jot down behaviors or patterns your baby is displaying, discover food sensitivities much faster, jot down emotions or any physical pain or issues you are noticing in yourself, keep track of questions for the pediatrician or OB, leave instructions for a sitter - the possibilities are endless. 

I am a great big ball of anxiety when I travel, and particularly when I fly. My brain becomes a worry machine, listing all of the what-if questions one after the other, killing any and all excitement for my trip. So, needless to say, adding a baby to my travel scenario just about sends me over the edge. However, because I can’t avoid flying all together, and because driving is not an option as it’s the only thing worse than flying, I have come up with a few tips and tricks to help ease anxiety while flying with baby.

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"This tee worked perfect for my pregnant belly, but is flowy enough to keep out for my postpartum days. It's so comfortable. It's light, durable and very flattering."

PERFECT FIT- 
Loose fitting and long
The softest, breathable, stretchy fabric.

 

EASY TO WEAR - 
The side slits provide easy breastfeeding access and accommodate a pregnancy belly. You can lift just the front of the shirt to nurse, while the back stays down.This is the perfect complement to wear over your Undercover Mama tanks.

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"This is one of the softest shirts I have worn! It's so comfortable but also really cute and functional which is a perfect combination for me." 

PERFECT FOR NURSING AND PREGNANCY!


-Same great hook & loop design-one hand nursing access
-Works with ANY bra
-The most flattering sleeve length
-Trendy stripe print, the softest breathable fabric
-Great for pregnancy and breastfeeding
-Longer length works great with leggings

 

EASY TO NURSE: just lift the panel and unlatch your bra, leaving the shirt attached to the flap. This One-step process eliminates having to dig through layers of clothing.

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These baby board books have a wonderful message about love. We picked our 3 favorites! These make great baby gifts.

1-You Are My I Love You

 

2-I Love You Through and Through

3-Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

An electric breast pump can be one of a nursing mama’s most valuable tools. Even if you don’t need to bottle feed your baby often, a pump can help maintain milk supply, relieve engorgement, and serves as a great backup in case an emergency comes up and you are unable to nurse your baby.

I remember registering for baby items when I was pregnant with my first baby and having some serious sticker shock when I saw the price tags on the electric breast pumps. I knew that I needed to get one, so I figured I would just cough up the few hundred bucks.

Luckily a co-worker of mine was pregnant at the same time and, as we compared baby prep checklists, mentioned that our health insurance plan covered the cost of a breast pump. I called my health insurance company and a representative said that the cost of my pump would be covered if A) I got a prescription from my doctor and B) I bought the pump from a participating medical supply store. A bit of a hassle to be sure, but I was able to get a Medela double electric pump that has now lasted me through nursing two babies without any issues.

Although healthcare legislation requires most medical insurance plans to cover the cost of a pump, sometimes the process can be more complicated and time-consuming than my experience. And in any case, what new or expectant mother wants to spend her time filling out paperwork or making phone calls?

Enter Pumping Essentials. This company, run by moms, handles the logistics for you. All you have to do is fill out the registration form on their website, choose a brand of pump, and let Pumping Essentials take care of getting the prescription from your doctor’s office, filing the claim with your insurance company, and mailing you the pump.

Best of all, Pumping Essentials offers a free or discounted hands-free pumping bra (Simple Wishes is our favorite)  with every pump purchase, and provides discounts on other pumping and breastfeeding items such as pump/diaper bags, milk storage supplies, etc. So if you are in need of a breast pump, visit pumpingessentials.com and let someone else navigate the insurance process for you.

A C-section is not something that every mom-to-be plans for. Though many moms, especially after their first child, opt for a C-section, for most it can come as a surprise. My husband and I just had our second child via C-section, and the whole experience including the recovery was much different than with our first who was delivered vaginally. I found myself coming home from the hospital feeling completely different, and needing different types of remedies to help my body recover. So whether you're planning a C-section or have to have one unexpectedly, here are some helpful tips to help your at home recovery.

1- PILLOWS 

Pillows are your friend. After my C-section, I surrounded myself with pillows. When you have a C-section, you quickly realize how much the core muscles engage during simple everyday acts, such as sneezing, coughing and laughing. If you hold a pillow over your stomach when you feel a cough or sneeze coming on it can soften the blow. Watching a TV comedy was not fun when every time I laughed I felt a twinge at my incision. So I kept pillows nearby and grabbed one when I started to laugh. The pillow trick also saved me from the pain when going over a speed bump or hitting a pot hole. You may also want to use a nursing pillow, such as a boppy, to prevent your baby from sitting right on your incision while you're nursing. This will stop any irritation and make nursing more comfortable.

2- ABDOMINAL SUPPORT

Wear abdominal support. While you're in the hospital, your doctors will most likely offer you a belly binder. Take it, use it, love it. Not only does it help train your belly to go back into position and shrink your uterus, but it can also give you the support you need to get up and move around. The doctor will tell you to get moving as soon as possible, but it's tricky when your abs are out of commission. The binder tightens around your core and makes it easier to pull yourself up. Once you've been home a few days, the hospital grade binder may be too large and cumbersome to wear, so you can switch to a pair of high waisted compression underwear, like these C-Panty High Waist C-Section Recovery Panty from Upspring Baby:

 

Both the binder and support underwear will also provide a barrier between your incision and your clothes, keeping it free from irritation.

3- SAY YES

Just say yes. Delivering a baby takes its toll no matter how it happens, and you cannot do it without family and friends for support. With a C-section you'll need help in new ways. For the first few weeks, you should plan to have someone else drive you around. Driving can be painful (remember the potholes and speed bumps?), and can tug at your stitches. You are also limited on what you can lift. Most doctors say no more than a baby in a carrier, but even that amount of weight can be difficult the first couple weeks. Having someone around to help with the lifting is a life saver. Bending over to pick things up will also be tricky so forget about cleaning by yourself. Let a spouse or others who offer take care of that. You may also want to schedule someone to help with other kids, especially if they are super active. Running and chasing a toddler is not gonna work when you're healing from a C-section. For your sanity and the sanity of your other children, organize play dates and outings with someone you trust. It will help to get your child's wiggles out and allows you time to relax. The people who love you want to help. Say yes when they ask, and you will be much happier.

We've teamed up with Upspring Baby to give away an Undercover Mama and a C-Panty!

C Section Giveaway

There is a lot of baby gear out there these days and it's hard to know exactly what you need.  We've put together a list of our favorite baby registry items to give you a little help.

 

Undercover Mama

1- Black and White Nursing Tank Bundle from Undercover Mama

This is a wardrobe staple for every Nursing Mama.  Expand your nursing wardrobe with this purchase and make any shirt a nursing shirt! 

Britax Stroller

2- The Britax B- Agile and B-Safe Travel System

We love this travel system because it rides smooth, is light, and compresses easily.  It makes transporting a baby a little easier, and who doesn't want that?

Bamboobies Multi Pack

3- Bamboobies Nursing Pads Multi-pack

These super soft pads soothe chaffed nipples, they are ultra-absorbant and stop leaks, and they are washable so you save money!  Give them a try, you'll thank us later!

4- Lillebaby Complete Carrier

We love this carrier for so many reasons: great ergonomic design, fun colors that my husband could live with, and a forward facing feature that my baby loves! When he needs a nap, I still carry him facing me.

 

5- Simple Wishes B-3 All-in-One Nursing and Hands Free Pumping Bra

A great nursing bra that is also a pumping bra! It is supportive, easy to use, and turns any pump into a hands- free pump.

JuJuBe

6- Ju-Ju-Be Hobo be Messenger Diaper Bag- First Lady 

Every new mama needs an awesome diaper bag and we love Ju-Ju-Be and their newest collection of black and white prints makes you feel less like you are carrying a diaper bag and more like you are carrying a purse.  

7- Nosefrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

This doctor developed and doctor recommended nasal aspirator is amazing at keeping babies naturally snot free. Ingeniously simple Swedish design features a tube that is placed against the nostril (not inside). Parents use their own suction to draw mucus out of their child's nose.  Sounds a little gross, but it is amazing!

8- Skwish Toy 

One of our favorite classic toys, it skwishes and returns to its original shape.  Perfect for little hands.  

9- The Black and White Book

Who doesn't love a good book? This board book is based on the simplicity of objects outlined in black & white that can be easily recognized by babies in their daily surroundings. This is one of those rare books that will interest even a newborn.

10- Weego Amigo Baby Blankets

One of our favorite blankets ever!  The double layer cotton knit makes it super soft and we love the gender neutral designs.

Summer is coming y'all which means, tank tops and shorts are coming out! For the nursing Mamas that means the dreaded layers and a whole lot of sweat...but maybe not? I've got you covered girl ;) First off ALL of Undercover Mamas tanks are super breathable and lightweight meaning you're not going to get over heated. Plus they make a specific "Cool Mama" option! Second off they're perfect to dress up a tank and allow you to nurse without a problem wherever you are! I've put together 3 of my favorite tank looks with my Undercover Mama tanks right here, right now!

LOOK ONE:

Cool Mama Undercover Tank | Pink Clutch | White Tank | Sunglasses | Floppy Hat

 

LOOK TWO:

Pink Tank | Undercover Mama Tank | Shorts | Sandals

LOOK THREE

undercover mama positively oakes

Lace Undercover Mama Tank | Tank Top | White Capris

This post was written by Jess Oakes. You can find her blogging at Positively Oakes and enjoying her new journey of Motherhood with a Dr. Pepper in her hand ;)

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