Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Every woman is sensitive about the topic of breastfeeding. “Breast is best” has been pushed so heavily that those who chose to formula-feed—or must, for any reason—get their back up, and understandably so. Guilting a woman into breastfeeding isn’t the way to go. But I stand back from the whole argument a little sheepish, because I’m one of those people who happened to love nursing my babies. I went back to work but pumped for a year each time, and kept on nursing at bedtime until they were each past their second birthday. That news usually makes people avert their eyes from me, like I’m kind of a freak. But those of us who love nursing have nothing to be ashamed of either.
Because I got so much out of the experience, I’m always eager to pass nursing tools on to other mamas. One of the things that can make a big difference is getting your baby in a comfortable position. Bright Starts, through their Comfort & Harmony line, created the mombo pillow to help new moms get feedings off to a great start. Some of their innovations: The mombo has one side that’s firm, for when you need to keep a newborn securely in place, and one side that’s softer, so a bigger baby can lounge comfortably. They also put a vibration feature in the pillow, because that can calm some infants. Finally, there are lots of slipcovers sold for the mombo, so you can always have one in the wash and one on the pillow.
We’re partnering with Bright Starts to get five new moms a mombo pillow. Just having one doesn’t mean breastfeeding is a guaranteed success, but we can promise it will help! We’ll pick winners at random; to be eligible, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, August 22nd. Maybe tell us what your breastfeeding goal is, or tell us what hurdles you’re facing. (We’re always looking to help women through the tough parts!) Each pillow is worth $40. Click here for the official rules. Goody luck!
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Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Breastfeeding is something you both have to learn; Mom and Baby. It’s rarely simple for a first-timers. But once you both get it, you can go on autopilot. I try to encourage pregnant women to have all kinds of tools for those first few weeks: A lactation consultant on-call, a comfy nursing bra you can wear all day and night, and a designated spot to sit where you can keep water to drink and have something to relax your mind, whether it’s the TV or a magazine or your smartphone to scroll through Facebook. Also you need a nursing pillow, which saves you from hunching over in a back-aching position while your newborn nurses every two hours around the clock. A nursing pillow makes everything nice and comfy for your baby, too!
Our readers seem to agree; for years now, in our Bests for Baby contest, the Boppy pillow has gotten the most votes as a new-mom must-have. It’s what I used; in fact, I think I had one on each floor of the house! The C-shape fits plenty of bodies and makes for a baby-propping support later on, when you’re helping your child learn to sit up.
There are a few new pillows on the market now too. Simplisse launched the Gia, which is more of a raindrop or a comma shape. It holds your baby at a slight incline, which could help with reflux, and provides lots of extra cushioning for his or her head. The cotton cover is anti-bacterial and removable. Seems smart!
And finally, this week we met the Mombo, a new U-shaped nursing pillow from Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony line. It’s more fitted to your body, so it stays in place. One side is firm, if your baby likes the support; flip it over for a softer side, if your baby prefers to lay on that. It comes with an optional vibration unit, too, to give your baby a little massage!
I’d love to know what you used to make breastfeeding easier. And please, join our community and post on the Baby Bests discussion boards, here. Spout off on all your favorite products: what you buy for friends’ baby showers, what little thing under $10 turned out to be a lifesaver, all that good stuff.
Finally if you leave a comment here at this blog, you’re eligible to win the Gia (worth $40) one of two Mombos (also worth $40 each), a Boppy ($40) or a Travel Boppy ($45). You have between now and the end of the day on Thursday, February 9th, to enter. You can read the full rules here. Goody luck!
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