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5 Amazing Facts About Breastfeeding

You already know that breastfeeding is an incredible experience and the perfect way to nourish your baby.

But did you know. . .

1- You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. The baby will nurse until they are full, not until your breast is empty, like a bottle.

2- Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes you and baby both, giving you a breastfeeding high.

3- Babies are not born with an established circadian rhythm.  They can’t tell day from night and they do not make their own melatonin.   Your nighttime breastmilk has melatonin in it!  (Source) Scientists believe that melatonin-rich breastmilk that you produce at night helps babies develop their own circadian cycles and helps them learn to sleep longer stretches at night.

4- Colostrum, your first milk, protects against all the germs your baby is suddenly exposed to. Colostrum also works as a laxative to get baby's intestines working to help clean out all the meconium.

5- The composition of your breastmilk will change as your baby gets older to meet their changing nutritional needs.  Your milk even changes from day to day.  During times of hot weather or sickness, your breastmilk contains a higher water content to provide extra hydration.

1- Compression and massage while pumping increases output and helps treat plugged ducts.

2- Buy a hands free bra. If you are going to be spending a lot of time pumping, buying a hands free bra will free you up to do other tasks or allow you to relax while pumping.

3- Love really gets the milk flowing. Remember why you are pumping and be sure to think about that special little one while pumping to help with let down.

4- Stay hydrated to keep up your supply. Hydration is really important for nursing mothers as it aids in milk production.

5- Use an all natural nipple balm before pumping to ease with the rubbing action and after pumping to to hep with any pain or soreness.

6- Invest in a good pump. A cheap pump can cause damage, low supply and mastitis for lack of emptying.

7- Relax. Stress can hinder your body's natural ability to release milk.

8- Stronger suction does not always mean more milk. Be sure to start at a lower suction and work your way up as necessary.

9- Stick to a routine. Not necessarily the same time, but the same habits: the place, the chair, the beverage, etc. This will help condition your milk to flow. (this is slightly different than nursing on demand)

10- Don't shake the breast milk, swirl the breast milk. While there is a bit of controversy surrounding this subject, you can find the articles we consulted here, here and here. When you shake the breastmilk, you denature the molecules and break up the protein into parts. When the proteins remain intact, they help protect the lining of the babies gut and eliminate bubbles that may produce gas. So while we don't have a definitive answer, we are going to swirl our breastmilk.  

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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!

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!

Enter below:

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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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.

 

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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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.

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!

 

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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