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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!

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

 

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!

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.  

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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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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