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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!

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.

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:

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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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.

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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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.

Enter to win below. This giveaway has ended.

Feeling Lucky? We thought we would celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an incredible giveaway in the perfect shade of green! Enter to win a CosmoS Stroller from Stroll-Air. The Cosmos comes with everything you need! This light weight stroller includes an infant bassinet, reversible toddler seat with cover and child bar, diaper bag, large storage basket, mosquito net and rain cover! We at Undercover Mama haven't tried this stroller, but it looks amazing and everyone will be green with envy of the lucky winner!

Enter to win:

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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