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I’m Blogging on giggle GAB

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Here are links to some of my latest posts on giggle GAB. I’m writing the Nursing Know How column.
I’ve done pieces on breastfeeding a toddler; how to pick a breast pump; and even how to breastfeed while wearing your baby in a carrier.

Sexy Nursing Bras

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Yes, that’s right! Nursing bras do not need to be white or beige or cream.  You can have hot pink. Or rhinestones.  Check out this awesome story by Catherine Saint Louis in the New York Times.

MATERNITY and nursing bras have long been the ugly stepsisters to gorgeously constructed lingerie. If you became pregnant or nursed your child, scratchy, unadorned, matronly bras — probably colored inconspicuously “nude” or white — were your lot. Elisabeth Dale, the founder of the Web site The Breast Life, which has bra reviews and health information, says she thinks this was because functionality and sex appeal can seem incompatible.

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A number of designers have lately added flair to undergarments for a group long ignored in fashion: nursing mothers.

When your breasts “are in work mode, they don’t get to wear nice fabrics,” she said wryly, adding that you’re “sterilizing” your breasts “by putting them in a boring white milk curtain.”

But perhaps not anymore. Some of today’s maternity and nursing bras boast lace in conspicuous hues like coral or purple, with added features like rhinestones, and coy nicknames like Awakened by Her Desire and She Craved a Little Decadence. This, of course, along with convenient hooks that allow each cup to drop for easy access to hungry newborns, extra fastenings to accommodate diaphragm growth and comfortable linings…

Heidi Rauch, a 42-year-old founder of Belabumbum, a sleek but understated lingerie brand that started selling nursing-bras in 2003, said of the new crop: “They speak to the stereotypical end of what is sexy. It’s pushing the edge with rhinestones.” By contrast, she said, “Our stuff will make you feel better in your skin at a time when everything is feeling different, but it’s not like it’s overtly too sexy”…

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Breastfeeding and Working

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Here’s my latest post on the giggle GAB blog.  It’s about how to continue breastfeeding when you have to go back to work.  Here’s an excerpt:

First of all, being pregnant is work. Giving birth is work.  And raising kids is work. You may not get paid for it, but it does require physical and mental exertion and long hours.

Now that we got that out there, let’s put it aside and focus on what happens when you’ve got to get back to the office. How are you going to handle those meetings, conference calls and work trips while continuing to breastfeed?  With multi-tasking of course. Spend your maternity leave establishing a good breastfeeding routine. Feed your baby on demand, whenever she shows signs of hunger. Make sure she’s latching on well for each feeding and gaining weight. And if you are having any discomfort or problems, get help as soon as possible from a lactation consultant. It will be harder to take the time to get advice once you’ve gone back to the office…

For the rest of the blog post, continue reading here at the giggle GAB site.


Breastfeeding in Public

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Here’s an excerpt from my latest “Nursing Know How” post on the giggle Gab blog

Welcome to newborn land. Your days and nights blend together. You can’t remember the last time you washed your hair. And you’re going a little stir crazy. We know. We’ve been there.

So, guess what. It’s time to put on some clean sweatpants and go for a walk.  Take that baby and get out of the house.  Sure, you may have to feed her while you’re out and about.  But breastfeeding in public… in other words, anywhere other than your own sofa… isn’t as hard as you may think.  Here are some tips for taking the show on the road.

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I’m Writing For The New Blog For the Store Giggle

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So I’ve got a new gig… I’m a blogger for the new site Giggle Gab, brought to you by the store Giggle.  I’m writing the Nursing Know How pieces.  If you haven’t been to one of Giggle’s 14 stores around the country, or visited its website, take a few minutes to check it out.  They have everything from breast pumps to high chairs.  As for the Giggle Gab blog, they’ve got writers covering pregnancy, parenting, city living, baby style and fashion and having healthy home.

So my first post is about deciding whether or not to breastfeed. Here’s an excerpt:

You’ve been fixated on food for months.  One minute you’re ravenous.  The next, you’re repulsed. Mostly, you can’t get enough of those bite-sized brownies, right? Pregnancy does that to you.  Well guess, what– now it’s time to think about what someone else is going to eat.From the very first hour your baby is born, you’re going to be focused on feeding her. You’ll get to know that “feed-me-right-this-instant” wail oh, so well. But there’s a key decision you need to make: breast milk or formula? So how do you decide? There’s a lot to consider.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that moms exclusively breastfeed for the first six months. That means no juice, water, milk or solid foods. After six months the AAP recommends continuing to breastfeed, in addition to solids, for at least 12 months, or longer. The World Health Organization even recommends breastfeeding for 2 years.

But, there is no “right” choice here. Some moms exclusively breastfeed. Some only use formula. Some do a combination of the two. And there are even those who pump breast milk so that another caretaker can give the baby a bottle. Ultimately, you’re the parent and it’s up to you what works best for you and your baby.

Here are some pros and cons of breastfeeding. A little “food” for thought:

Now… click here for those pros and cons.