<![CDATA[Undercover Mama Blog]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:12:17 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Planet Wise]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/planet/ The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014 is quickly approaching!  To celebrate, we are continuing our Diaper Days Giveaways.  We can't get enough of the darling prints and amazing diapers from Planet Wise!  Enter to win a prize pack below:

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Mom Moments]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/mommoments/ Celebrating the joy and humor of everyday!

Undercover Mama presents, Mom Moments:



Mom Moments - Video Maker

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:38:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Bumbledoo Diaper Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/bumbledoo/ The GCDC is drawing closer so our celebrations continue! Enter to win a prize pack from Bumbledoo Diapers!

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:45:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch Your Baby, Not the Clock]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/nursingbaby/ It is a question all new nursing moms seem to ask: When should I nurse my baby and for how long should I nurse? The answer? 

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EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT!

All babies are different and every baby has his or her way of showing you they are hungry.  As you watch your baby, you will start to recognize your baby's unique hunger cues. 

Hunger Cues:  rooting for the breast, hand to mouth movements, sticking out tongue, puckering lips, sucking motions with lips, squirming, stirring, rapid eye movement under lids, and fussiness.

Length: five minutes to more than thirty minutes!  There are many factors that influence the length of a nursing session including: your let down, your milk flow, whether baby is sleepy or easily distracted, nursing position, etc.  Watch your baby to see if they are full and satisfied.  They are finished when they turn away, slow down and become uninterested.

Every nursing baby and every breastfeeding mom are different.  There is not set time or length.  Watch your baby, not the clock!

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:49:31 +0000
<![CDATA[GCDC and Buttons Diapers]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/buttonsdiapers/ The Great Cloth Diaper Change Guinness World Records Diaper Changing Challenge is April 26th and Undercover Mama is a proud sponsor! We love giveaways so to celebrate, we are hosting cloth diaper giveaways all month long!

We are kicking off our celebration with Buttons Diapers.  They sent us a diaper to test and we loved it!  Buttons Diapers sells diaper covers made of sturdy and well constructed material. The double leg gussets were wonderful! We had no leaks and it didn't seem too tight on our cute baby's chubby thighs. The 2 in 1 system is amazing, it is so nice not to need a new cover for every change like the pocket diapers.  We give Buttons Cloth Diapers our Undercover Mama seal of approval.

Enter to win a Buttons Cloth Diaper prize pack that includes: 5 diaper covers, 5 diaper inserts, and a large wet bag!  The winner may choose colors and sizes.

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:07:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Logan and Lenora]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/loganandlenora/ Of all the items we moms at Undercover Mama love, a wet bag is definitely one of them. Logan and Lenora make waterproof, washable, ecochic, quality constructed bags.  

We absolutely love the Wet+Dry Diaper Clutch. It can be used to carry either cloth or disposable diapers and wipes. As nursing mamas we have also found it useful to carry breast pads and nipple cream. Soggy pads go in the wet pocket, new clean pads in the dry pocket along with creams, nipple shield, or whatever else you might be using at the moment.  We love the darling designs and quality construction of Logan and Lenora bags and give it the Undercover Mama seal of approval.  

Enter to Win a Logan and Lenora Wet+Dry Diaper Clutch:

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:47:02 +0000
<![CDATA[NüRoo Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/NuRoo/ Coming home from the hospital after giving birth, you often have a lot of goals: breastfeeding, skin-to-skin, and let's not forget bonding and rest. Unfortunately for most of us, the lives waiting for us after we deliver are busy! Thus as moms, we have to find ways to meet these goals while we are constantly "on the go!" 

The moms at NüRoo set to work developing items to help busy moms.  With nursing scarfs, swaddlers, and their signature NüRoo Swaddler, they promote breastfeeding and skin-to-skin for "on-the-go" moms. They sent us the NüRoo Nursing Scarf to test and we love it! It is a scarf AND a nursing cover. Wear it as an infinity scarf, and then readjust the buttons to create a nursing cover. The material is soft and breathable and the scarf is very versatile!  We give the NüRoo Nursing Scarf our Undercover Mama seal of approval!

Enter to win the NüRoo New Mama Bundle below:

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:16:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Alternative Uses for Breastmilk]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/alternativeuses/  


Breast milk is the perfect super food! Its more than 100 components nourish infants to keep them healthy and allow them to fight off diseases and infections. These natural antibodies and amazing properties in breastmilk allow for uses not limited to nourishing babies. Here are just a few of the different ways we have found that people have used the healing properties of breastmilk:

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1- Pink Eye: Many breastfeeding mothers have found that a few drops of breast milk in the affected eye a few times daily can help cure pink eye. Squirt a little in an eye at the first sign of crusty, sticky, glazed or pinkish.

2- Eliminate Cradle Cap: Massage breastmilk onto baby's head to aid in eliminating cradle cap.

3- Relieve Diaper Rash: Breastmilk can help ease the symptons of diaper rash. Apply breastmilk and allow to air dry.

4- Clear Up Baby Acne: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto your baby’s face to help treat baby acne.

5- Sooth Eczema Symptoms: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto affected area(s).

MOre Alternative Uses for Breastmilk

6-  Soothe a Burn- Put a few drops on the affected area to soothe.

7- Open a Stuffy Nose- Using a plastic syringe or bulb syringe, squirt a shot of breast milk into nose.  Suction any excess.

8- Soothe a Sore Throat- Gargle or swish (or just nurse your baby) breastmilk a few times in mouth to relieve a sore throat.

9- Treat a Cut or Scrape- Breastmilk is a natural antiseptic.  Due to the antibodies found in breast milk, specifically IgA, the liquid helps prevent germs and aids in the healing of cuts and scrapes.

*Consult your physician or lactation specialist.  These are suggestions and have not been scientifically proven.

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:16:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The Sili Company]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/silisqueeze/ The Sili Squeeze is a reusable, silicone food pouch intended for homemade baby food, purees, and smoothies, in addition to ready-made favorites like yogurt and applesauce made by the Sili Company. The BPA- PVC- and Phthalate- free pouches can be safely cleaned in the top rack of your dishwasher. They are eco-friendly and promote a cost-effective way of feeding your little one healthy, nutritious snacks and meals on-the-go!

They are easy to clean and fit perfectly into toddler hands. My toddler loved the Sili Squeeze with Eeeze! The free flowing spout allowed her to easily eat independently without making a mess while we road in the car and it was easier to sneak in more veggies!

The Undercover Mama Team is giving away the Sili Squeeze Prize Pack.  

Enter below: 

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:47:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Crane Humidifier]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/humidifier/ Take a look at any New Mom Necessities List and you will most likely find a Cool Mist Humidifier. Why? Humidifiers offer many benefits:

1- Newborns are obligate nasal breathers for the first 4-5 months.  If a parent adds a little bit of humidity in the baby’s room it can help relieve any dry  or stuffy noses,  helping the newborns to breathe easier for sleeping and also while breastfeeding.

2- The FDAand American Academy of Pediatrics advise against using a cold medicine for children under the age of six.  Moisture from a cool mist humidifier can help ease cold and flu symptoms.  Cool mist humidity can also be helpful in relieving croup.

3- Humidifiers can help sooth itchy skin, moisten chapped lips and prevent nose bleeds.

 

Crane sent us the Drop Cool Mist Humidifier to review. 

Pros of the Cool Mist Humidifier:

-no filter! to replace or to clean. This is a big one.

-moisture output is great!

-sleek design looks nice on the shelf.

-Affordable!

"The first humidifier we tried was the Frog Humidifier from Crane. We did not have a great experience. It was leaky & drippy and the motor started making noises a few months into use until it finally just stopped working. I was really hesitant to try Crane again but the reviews of the drop shaped one were so good that we wanted to give it another shot. It was amazing!" -- Elena

We love the Crane Drop Cool Mist Humidifier and give it our Undercover Mama Seal of Approval and we want to share one with you.

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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:01:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The Lactation Lanyard]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/lactationlanyard/ Being a new mom can be overwhelming. One of the most concerning questions new moms have is whether or not their baby is getting enough milk.  Understanding the size of a baby’s stomach can help alleviate some anxiety a mother feels when she is beginning her breastfeeding journey.  A newborn's stomach only needs 5-7ml or 1/2 tsp.

We love the Tiny Tummies Teaching Tool™. A safety breakaway lanyard with a teaching aid (Colostrum Card) and bead attached that explains exactly how much a baby needs. The bead provides a visual of an average newborn’s stomach capacity.

 It is empowering to show a mom an accurate size of the newborn's stomach capacity.  We love the work Labor and Delivery Nurses and other Lactation Professionals do to help mom's so we at Undercover Mama are giving away 25 Lactation Lanyards to show our support!

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:28:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Mom Olympics]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/momolympics/ Inspired by the 2014 Sochi Olympics, we want to recognize that moms deserve some serious Gold! Undercover Mama presents The Mom Olympics:



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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:27:32 +0000
<![CDATA[My Favorite Baby Carriers for Every Age. . . and Why]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/favoritecarriers/ Favorite Baby Carriers

I'm a mama on the go. I have 3 kids, the youngest is 9 months. I've been fortunate to have experience with a lot of baby carriers and I'll tell you which ones are my favorites. Some of the carriers I purchased or borrowed and some were given to me as gifts, but NONE were given by the manufacturer in exchange for review! This is 100% my honest opinion.

NEWBORN 0-3 months ish: (I have average size babies, around 7 lbs at birth.) My two favorite carriers for the newborn stage are BABY BJORN CLASSIC  and the BABY K'TAN BREEZE

BABY BJORN CLASSIC

1-The Bjorn is simple to take on and off compared to the Ergo style carriers. And the baby is so little at this age that I don't need the extra support those carriers offer.
2- It's very minimal, no bulk.


The BABY K'TAN BREEZE
my favorite of the wrap style carriers, like MOBY & etc

1-It's half mesh! Sounds weird, but it helps vent air to avoid getting hot. Which I always am, even without a baby strapped to me!
2-It's also very easy to put on. It's perfect for newborn cuddles and keeps the baby cozy and warm. The final fab feature is that I was able to easily breastfeed my baby in the BABY K'TAN!  

 

INFANT 3 months-12 months: I tried the BOBA ($128) and the ERGO ($115). Both had really cute prints but my baby had other ideas, he wanted to face out! Also, my husband wasn't excited about wearing the cute prints so I was off on a quest for a great forward facing carrier. After much research, I discovered the winner and my favorite carrier: LILLEBABY ($110)

LILLEBABY

1-Great Ergonomic Design.
2-Fun colors that my husband could live with.
3-Forward Facing Feature that my baby loves! When he needs a nap, I still carry him facing me. Since I had the luxury of time, I signed up for their emails and was able to get one on sale!

12 Months Plus: The baby is getting heavier at this stage and I mostly use the carriers for hiking or longer adventures. I still love my LILLEBABY but often use the KELTY $150 . We love the Kelty for it's kick stand feature!

Please remember to each his own. What worked for me, may or may not work for you.

Good Luck and Carry On!

-Elena

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:10:54 +0000
<![CDATA[You! Lingerie]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/youlingerie/  

You! Lingerie brings beautiful high fashion, playful and luxurious nursing lingerie to stylish moms at an affordable price. Their mission is to make breastfeeding mommies and mommies-to-be feel confident and look beautiful everyday! Their fabrics, designs and colors are made with a fashion-minded mom in mind. They exude luxurious sensuality, playful style and femininity in its wearer without sacrificing quality and the functionality of discreet feeding, support and comfort. Basically, giving mommies an Affordable Luxury!

We love You! Lingerie and their mission.

 

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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:13:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Mastitis Relief- BoobyTubes]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/boobytubes/ Engorgement and even worse, Mastitis affect many nursing mothers.  One of the best ways to ease discomfort is through applying heat and cold.  The warm will increase circulation, moving the infection out, and cool will decrease the pain and inflammation. You can read more about reliving the symptoms of Mastitis here.

Booby Tubes® are natural, safe, gel-free breast packs made with a 100% organic cotton shell and filled with all-natural flax seed from Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics. Use warm or cold, depending on your nursing needs. They can be stored in the freezer to wear inside your bra between feedings to help reduce the swelling and tenderness of engorgement and to comfort breasts during weaning.  When heated, Booby Tubes® safely deliver warm, moist heat to tender breasts to encourage milk flow, maintain open milk ducts to prevent clogged ducts, promote let-down and comfort the symptoms of infection.

We love Booby Tubes! Coming from a mama that has seen almost "end of nursing" mastitis, these little coils of goodness are a must!  The heated comfort they bring are amazing and the cooling sensation will be just the ticket for when weaning comes.  We give Booby Tubes the  Undercover Mama seal of approval. We want to share them with you!  Enter to win a package of BoobyTubes and Nipple Butter from Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics:

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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 04:11:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Dealing with Mastitis]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/dealingwithmastitis/ Dealing with Mastitis


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.

While one of the most common treatments for mastitis is antibiotics(please consult your doctor) we wanted to focus on other natural remedies that will help ease the pain and discomfort and can aide in helping solve the problem, either working with antibiotics or any other route you may choose to take.

DO NOT STOP NURSING! Nurse as often as possible to keep the milk flowing. Also try pumping following the feed to ensure that your breasts get completely emptied.

FLUIDS: Drink lots and lots of water. You need this anyways but really try to focus on it!

HEAT and COLD PACKS - Apply heat/cold before and after nursing baby. The warm will increase circulation, moving the infection out, and cool will decrease the pain and inflammation.

MASSAGE: while nursing or pumping. Try gently massaging your breast toward the nipple to loosen clogged ducts

REST: This is one of the hardest things for new moms to find time for but getting enough rest is key to your health.  Do whatever you can to get rest and stay in bed.  

NURSING POSITIONS: Try varying the feeding position to increase breast drainage. The area of under the baby’s chin gets emptied the fastest so experiment with various positions to focus on the plugged duct.

Stay tuned for our next post that will deal with more Natural Ways to Relieve and Prevent Mastitis and Plugged Milk Ducts.

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The Top Cover]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/topcoverguide/

Introducing the newest member of the Undercover Mama Family, the Top Cover.

Top Cover

The Top Cover shirt provides the layered look and offers fuller coverage at the neckline without the length and bulk around your midsection.  Sometimes we just don't want to bother with multiple layers to pull down and adjust.

How to Wear the Top Cover

It gives easy access for breastfeeding! Just lift from the bottom.

Front Top Cover

It's reversible, for a higher or lower neckline based on preference.

Back Top Cover

It is also perfect for pregnancy!  You don't have to mess with undershirts to accomodate your growing belly.

For maximum coverage at both your neckline and midsection, combine the Undercover Mama with the Top Cover.

Sizing:  Top Covers fit true to size. If you wear a Medium in regular shirts order a Medium Top Cover.

We'd love to hear your feedback about our newest addition!

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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:31:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Natural Ways to Increase Your Milk Supply]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/increasemilk/  

Almost all nursing moms at one point or another need a little bump in their breast milk production.  There are so many contributing factors to milk production, it is hard to keep it all straight.  Here are a few OBVIOUS, but often NEGLECTED, natural ways to increase your milk supply and keep nursing that baby.  

1- STAY HYDRATED- Your body needs fluid to produce milk! Keep water near you as a constant reminder, have a bottle of water easily accessible when you are nursing as well. Remember if you choose to drink caffeine that it acts as a diuretic so you will want to increase your water intake even more!

2- NURSE FREQUENTLY- The more milk you express, the more milk your body will make to keep up with demand. Make sure your baby nurses long enough to empty the breast.  You can even try pumping between feedings or marathon pumping to help amp up your production.

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3- NUTRITION- A diet rich in vegetables, fruit, protein and whole grains is ideal for all of us. Some of the best foods to help naturally increase milk supply include: spinach, almonds, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, carrots, hummus, papaya, asparagus, brown rice, apricots, quinoa, and flax seed.

4- REST- This is easier said than done, especially if you are a working mom or have other children. It is sometimes irritating to get the advice to "sleep when the baby sleeps" as many of us do not have that option. Nevertheless, sneak in sleep wherever and whenever you can.  Let the house get a little dirty and go ahead and order take out for the family so you can rest as much as you can.  Don't be afraid to ask for help!

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:33:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Cushy Closer Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/cushycloser/ Never wake a sleeping baby!  Those are the rules, right?  But sometimes it seems impossible to sneak out of the room after you put the baby down or to check on the baby while they are sleeping.  Enter Cushy Closer.  The Cushy Closer allows for quiet exit and entry through almost any door, it elminates to necessity to turn the handle, and it helps muffle door sounds.  We give the Cushy Closer our Undercover Mama seal of approval.  

Cushy Closer sent some for us to review and we love the praciticality of this product and the darling designs they offer.  

From Elena: The great thing about Cushy Closer is that my kids can't slam doors anymore! It avoids fingers closed in the door and the loud noise of slammed doors that often wake my sleeping baby.

3 Lucky Undercover Mama fans can win a Cushy Closer below:

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Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:27:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Side Lying]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/sidelying/ One of the best nursing positions for tired moms is the side lying position. This will allow you to get more rest in the early weeks which is something we all know moms need. Although this is slightly more difficult for many, the return is definitely worth it.  Remember not all women find every position works for them and their breastfeeding baby.

How To:

-Lie on your side with a pillow under your head. You may wish to put more pillows around you to find the most comfortable position. Some find a pillow between their legs helps with comfort. Remember if you are relaxed, then baby will be relaxed too.

-Place baby "tummy to mummy" lying on his or her side facing you with mouth in line with your nipple. (baby can lie directly on the bed or with your arm under him to support the head)

-Bring your baby to your breast not your breast to your baby!

-At first, you may have to flip over and move the baby from one side to the other to nurse on both sides. With time, many women have been able to figure out how to tilt over and breastfeed from the top breast as well (the baby will be more on his back than his side).

-Use caution to ensure baby's safety as you may fall asleep while breastfeeding.

Who its Best For:

This position is perfect for women who have had c-sections as the baby will not be putting any pressure on sore areas.  If baby can easily latch in cradle position, side lying isn't too far off.  This position is best for babies who are already self-latching.  

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Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:35:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Best of Breastfeeding Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/bestofbrestfeeding/ To kick off the New Year we wanted to introduce some of our favorite Undercover Mama approved products for Nursing, and Pumping, moms.  

-All breastfeeding mothers need nursing pads. Bamboobies Nursing Pads are our favorite Nursing Pads – the only ones with a milk-proof backing and ultra-soft bamboo rayon and organic cotton velour.  They don't feel cold and clammy when we, and they are reusable so you will save a lot of money over disposables.   

-New mothers often suffer from sore and cracked nipples in the first few weeks.  Boob♥ease nipple balm is non-toxic, organic nipple balm that doesn’t need to be washed off before feeding like Lanolin does. This balm is amazing and keeps your nipples feeling soft and has healing power!

-The Bamboobies Brahhh is a maternity, sleep and nursing bra.  It is so soft and stretchy, made with certified organic cotton, spandex and bamboo rayon.  It has tapered straps that don’t fall down and offer easy pull-aside nursing access which is a necessity for tired nursing mamas.

-We love bamboo and oranic cotton, in case you haven't noticed.  The Bamboobies Nursing Shawl is a cute and practical way to cover up and it is made of that incredible soft fabric!

-At different times, most breastfeeding moms could use a little boost in their milk supply, not to mention a sweet treat. Milkmakers are lactation cookies can help promote an abundant supply of breast milk.  They are delicious and contain oats, brewer’s yeast, and flax seed can help increase breast milk production.  As moms we are busy and these cookies are perfect to help ensure you are getting what you need to keep your milk supply up.

-Pumpin Pal is a lifesaver for any Pumping Mom.  There are a number of amazing benefits from using the Super Shied angled Flanges but our favorites: milk ducts are less contricted which means less plugged ducts,  better flow and less irritation around the nipple.  If you are a pumping mama, you need these!

Enter to win some of our favorite products below:

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Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:25:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Kalencom Quick Change Kits]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/kalencomgiveaway/ Have you ever found yourself somewhere with a baby that needs a diaper change and no changing table in sight? While you do have the options of laying paper towel on the floor, changing the baby in your lap or retreating to the car, we think the Kalencom Quick Change Kits may be the perfect solution. No more germy changing places!  Compact and convenient, this can be easily stored in our purse, diaper bag or car. It opens to a large diaper changing pad that folds out for easy access to diapers and wipes and comes with a baby wipes storage box. It is easy to wipe and clean and AZO phthalates free. Undercover Mama gives their seal of approval for the Kalencom Quick Change kits and we want to share them with our fans.

Enter to win a Kalencom Quick Change Kit Below: 

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Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:36:47 +0000
<![CDATA[The Football Hold]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/footballhold/ The football hold is the breast feeding position that many mothers find the most comfortable. In this position you tuck baby under your arm just like you would hold a football (on the same side that you're nursing from). The football hold lets you hold your baby's head allowing you to help baby latch.

How To:

If nursing on the right side,

-Hold baby with your right arm with baby's feet at your side. You can also place baby on the nursing pillow for more support.

-Roll baby in towards you in the "tummy to mummy" fashion, bringing baby as close as possible. Baby's bottom should be near the crook of your arm. Baby's legs should be tucked under your arm.

-Your forearm should be holding baby's back along the spine while your hand should be cradling baby's head and supporting his or her neck. Lift your baby up to your breast so he is able to take your nipple into his mouth and nurse. Allow your baby to latch-on while pulling him or her in close, "nose to nipple". Remember to bring your baby to your breast not your breast to your baby!

Who Its Best For:

This position is ideal for women who have had a C-section and want to avoid touching tender incisions and unwanted pressure.  It also seems to work better for women who have larger breasts, need a better view to ensure baby is latching on, or those women who have inverted nipples. Mothers of twins often find the football hold the best nursing position because it allows them to feed both babies at one time.

Did this position work for you?

Want more breast feeding positions?  Read about the Cradle Hold.

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Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:52:57 +0000
<![CDATA[The Cradle Hold]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/cradlehold/ There are so many different breast feeding positions and variations one could loose count. Since Undercover Mama is all about nursing, we thought it would be useful to share some of the most common breastfeeding positions. Regardless of the position, remember to bring your baby to your breast not your breast to your baby! We've got to save our backs, right?

When most people picture a mother nursing the Cradle Hold is most likely the image that comes to mind. The Cradle Hold is one of the most common breastfeeding positions. The main benefit of the Cradle Hold is that it encourages a more relaxed position and frees up your arm. 

How To:

Hold baby in your lap (or on a pillow on your lap) so that baby is lying on his or her side facing you, "tummy to mummy". Baby's face should be "nose to nipple". Tuck baby's lower arm under your own or around your waist if that is more comfortable. If baby is nursing on the right breast, rest his or her head in the crook of your right arm. Place your forearm under baby's neck and spine, with your hand supporting their bottom or upper thighs.You can support your breast with your other hand if needed.

Who Its Best For:

The Cradle Hold is most likely best for full term babies. While this position is quite common, it actually gives less support to baby's body and is found most effective once baby is a little older or has stronger neck muscles. It is also best for a baby who has no trouble latching.

Women who have delivered via C-section may find this position more difficult as it puts pressure on their sore abdomen.

Did this breastfeeding position work for you?

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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:50:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Baby Wearing- Líllébaby Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/babywearing/ We love baby wearing! In addition to the obvious convenience, baby wearing allows the child to feel safe and calm. There are so many benefits to baby wearing, we thought we would share a few of our favorites:

1- Baby Wearing can help in milk production! Milk production is boosted by close contact between infant and mom.

2- Babies who are carried regularly cried 43% less overall and 54% less during evening hours (researched by Hunziker and Barr 1986).

3- Baby Wearing increases hormone levels: Prolactin and oxytocin levels in the mother are increased through contact with baby. Increased levels of mothering hormones leads to easier breastfeeding, more responsible mothering and a more secure maternal bond (Babywearing, 2010).

There are so many options for baby carriers, but one of our new found favorites is Líllébaby. The Líllébaby Complete Carrier offers all-in-one carrying- front, hip or back; baby face in, out, or in fetal position. It is easy to use and offers comfortable ergonomic carrying. One lucky fan will win the Undercover Mama approved Líllébaby Complete Carrier. Enter below:

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Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:02:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Nursing Multiples- One Mother's Story]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/nursingmultiples/ After sharing an image of one of our favorite moms nursing her twins on Facebook, there was so much interest we decided to ask her to share her experience and inspiring success.

Nursing multiples was a terrifying thought to me when I found out I was having twins. I had two other children who I had breastfed, but nursing two babies sounded like a full time job with no breaks at all. When I delivered, I nursed them one at a time during my stay at the hospital, but once we were home and real life happened, I realized I would have to figure out a way to nurse them together to save on time and be more efficient. So I propped them up each in the football hold in my arms on my big twin sized boppy and gave it a whirl. After that feeding I felt like I deserved a medal of some sort! It worked, and they both guzzled my milk and somehow I wasn't crying in pain. 

We spent many hours together in my big lazy boy recliner chair with a boppy in my lap. (I ended up using a regular sized one) After a few months, the football hold was becoming too hard with their growing bodies. I found the best way was to lay one baby across in the cradle hold, and then lay the other on top of her sister's tummy in the same direction. I would switch them around every feeding, and it was an amazing thing to watch them interact and find each others hands to hold.

I actually loved nursing them together and looked forward to our special quiet time in that big chair.

We had 10 months of breastfeeding and I'm so happy it worked out so well. The key with multiples is to keep them on the same schedule. Whatever you do for one baby, you do for the other. If you do that, you'll somehow make it through.

-Shawna

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:35:58 +0000
<![CDATA[A Shirt a Day Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/shirtaday/ We are grateful for all of our Undercover Mama fans.  We wouldn't be here without you. To celebrate, we are giving away a Shirt a Day all week long!  Enter below:

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:07:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Ju-Ju-Be Bag Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/ju-ju-be/ What mom doesn't love a perfect diaper bag? Ju-Ju-Be makes the ultimate "BFF" diaper bag that has everything every mom is looking for: memory foam changing pad, insulated bottle pockets, cell phone pockets., luggage feet, detachable and adjustable straps, made from Teflon with AgION Antimicrobial Linings and Crumb Drains, yes we said crumb drains! We give this bag the Undercover Mama seal of approval. Enter to win your choice of Ju-Ju-Be BFF's below:

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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 05:03:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Gender Reveal Party]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/genderreveal/ Gender Reveal Parties Are All The Rage!

 Having a baby is all about celebrating every milestone along the way! Gender reveal parties are perfect opportunities to include family and friends in your baby bump journey and add a new element to the surprise.

 How it's done: 

1-Bring your doctor in on the secret, ask him or her to put the baby’s gender in a sealed envelope to be delivered to a bakery.

2-Most bakeries are familiar with the idea of keeping the gender a surprise by filling cupcakes with corresponding colors for the sex (usually blue for boys, pink for girls).

3-Family and friends gather to find out the sex of the baby at the same time as the parents!

 

Morning-sick moms may not be up to biting into the cupcake, but dad won’t shy away from chowing down to know if they’ll be having a boy or girl.

 

Sharing the experience brings family and friends closer together and makes this joyful experience extra memorable!

 


How did you reveal your babies gender to your family and friends? 

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:11:35 +0000
<![CDATA[3 Sprouts $100 Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/3sprouts/ Have you heard of 3 Sprouts? We just discovered them at the ABC Expo and can't get enough of their darling whimsical designs that double as practical storage for your home. We love them so much that we have given our Undercover Mama seal of approval and couldn't wait to share! Enter our giveaway below to win a $100 giftcard to spend on anything you fancy!  Check out all they have to offer here.



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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:34:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Enter our Pumpin' Giveaway]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/giveaway/ We reached 25,000 fans on Facebook!  To celebrate, we have an amazing giveaway!

Click here to enter!


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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:22:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Welcome To Our New Blog!]]> http://undercovermama.com/blog/welcome/

I am so excited to officially be launching the Undercover Mama Blog! It has been a dream of mine for years.  My name is Elisa and I am the president and founder of Undercover Mama, a company I launched as a stay-at-home mom on a shoestring budget.

A little about how Undercover Mama was founded...

Shortly after the birth of my fourth child, I became frustrated with the lack of options I had for nursing wear.  I didn't want to buy a whole new wardrobe to feel comfortable while nursing.  I was aching to get back into my regular, everyday clothes.  The problem I faced was when I pulled my shirt up to nurse in public I was left with my back, side and belly partially exposed; not something I loved showing off, especially after having a baby.  I wanted something to keep my skin "undercover", but I didn't want to deal with more clasps, flaps, etc. to dig through and do back up each time I nursed my baby.  When I didn't find what I was hoping for, I designed it myself.  I continued to make changes and improve it and realized how much I enjoyed wearing it.  I thought just maybe other mamas out there were looking for a solution to the same issues I had faced.  After many months of research and testing, Undercover Mama was born... and less than a month after the launch, I found out baby #5 was on the way!  After laying low through a difficult pregnancy and recovery, I decided that in order to give my fledgling business its wings it would take more than I was able or willing to give on my own with five little ones who needed me,  and I began to seek out a business partner.  I reconnected with a childhood friend, Elena, who is every bit as passionate about Undercover Mama as I am and we became business partners.  The Undercover Mama team has continued to expand to include several other mamas who you will get to know better in future posts.  Our hope as a company is that Undercover Mama can help other mamas around the globe find the comfort and style they desire so they can more fully enjoy the wonderful experience of breastfeeding.

My desire with this blog is to connect on a more personal level with all of our wonderful customers to whom we owe so much!  I don't want the blog to be limited to just breastfeeding topics, but everything "mommy".  Let the fun begin!

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Sun, 06 Oct 2013 06:52:23 +0000