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Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Breastfeeding was probably the scariest experience that came with motherhood, for me. From having a baby who wouldn’t latch on to getting a handle on the torture that my shirts went through after falling victim to my new leaky faucets, it was embarrassing and frustrating in equal parts. But I was determined. Even when I went back to work, just 2 months after my daughter was born. She wasn’t going to drink formula, no matter what I had to do.
So I marched off to work (secretly crying in the bathroom every hour) with a manual breast pump tucked awkwardly in my purse.
The manual pump was a baby shower gift, so I gave it a fair shot for about a week, but my breaks at work were never long enough to get anything done manually. My husband got me an electric pump for my second week back, but it was massive, and came with a bag that looked more like a carry-on suitcase. By my fourth week back to work, my daughter was drinking formula.
None of this would have happened if this giveaway was available to me back then.
Leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, October 23rd, and you could be the lucky winner of a Medela grand prize package that includes a Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump (no suitcase necessary) and an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University where you’ll learn everything you need to know about nursing.
The grand prize package also includes Quick Clean breast milk removal soap (so that Baby’s bottles will sparkle) and a Calma breast milk feeding bottle.
What could make this giveaway any better? Nine runner-ups will also win an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University! That’s a total of 10 winners!
Read the official rules here. Goody luck!
Congratulations to our Winners:
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Alicia Finn Lee
Lina Nunez de Moreno
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Last month, for every Boppy pillow purchased at Babies R Us, The Boppy Company pledged to donate one of their nursing pillows to Nurse-Family partnerships agencies, which can distribute them to women in need. The Get One, Give One program led to more than $250,000 in donated Boppy pillows, exciting new since our American Baby readers consistently rank the pillow as one of the most-necesary baby products!
Are you nursing or planning to start? Leave a comment below and you could win one of two nursing sets from Boppy. Each set includes a $40 Boppy pillow and one of their $25 nursing covers. Here’s where you can read all of our official rules. Goody luck!
PS This year’s updated list of the products our readers deem most necessary when you have a baby will be in our October issue, so if you’re not already an American Baby subscriber, sign up! We’re making our list and checking it twice!
Read the official rules here.
Congratulations to our winners Caron Boggs and Autumn Hall!
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Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day! This seems like a natural day to launch a giveaway of Bravado’s pretty bras. You need to buy new lingerie when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and you may as well buy something 1) that looks nice and 2) is so comfortable that you might wear it 24 hours in a row.
The “looks nice” bit is especially important because, as the name “Bravado” implies, you reveal more bra than ever when you’re a nursing mom. Even if you’re not nursing in public (though I certainly was, with the help of my Bravado bra, a nursing shirt, and a strategically placed blanket) you’re going to be nursing at home, possibly with visiting in-laws milling about, and letting it all hang out (so to speak).
And the “comfy” part goes without saying, because a new-Mama’s chest expands and contracts with milk during the day. You need something soft and stretchy and supportive with no constricting underwires.
By the way: If you’re looking for breastfeeding information and help, Bravado has an amazing breastfeeding resource section on their Web site, loaded with tips for preggos, advice for Dads, and help for common nursing challenges. Looking for more? Our own Web site offers breastfeeding videos and a ton of helpful tips; check out our Parents.com nursing section.
And now for the giveaway! Bravado will send two winners one of their new Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras, as shown. Each bra is worth $49 and they’ll send it in your size if you win. Leave a comment here, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, February 20th. We’ll randomly pick a winner. Here are our official rules. Goody luck!
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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Moms’ Caffeine Intake Doesn’t Wake Babies
Pregnant and nursing women who consume caffeine aren’t causing their babies to wake up at night, a new study says.
Nearly Half of Pre-Schoolers Not Playing Outside
Nearly half of 3 to 5 year olds are not taken outdoors by a parent or caregiver every day, according to research presented in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine this week.
India Parents ‘Reject Newborn Girl for Baby Boy’
A newborn Indian girl has been left unwanted as her presumed parents seek custody of a baby boy handed to them by mistake, officials say.
Small Bomb Detonates Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisc.
Police say a homemade explosive device damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin.
Most Parents of Overweight Kids Don’t Hear It from the Doctor
Just one quarter of parents of overweight kids say they’ve been told by a doctor that their kids weighed too much, according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
NYC Parents Irritated by Ice Cream Carts at Playground
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Parents in Brooklyn are talking about trying to ban ice cream carts from a playground, frustrated by having to deal with cranky children when they deny them the cold treats.
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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Monday, August 1st, 2011
Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, an annual event organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
According to WHO, World Breastfeeding Week has been held since 1991 “to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” WHO, UNICEF, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend exclusive breastfeeding until a baby reaches six months old.
The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Talk to me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” WABA hopes to get people to utilize new forms of technology and social media to spread information and increase conversations about breastfeeding. People in more than 170 countries are participating in celebrations this week, including many moms in America. On Saturday, August 6, moms across the world will participate in the Big Latch On. Registered mothers will nurse their babies simultaneously in hopes of breaking the record for the most women breastfeeding at the same time, set in October 2010 when 9,826 mothers were recorded nursing at 325 sites in 16 countries.
Are you celebrating World Breastfeeding Week?
Read more about breastfeeding at Parents.com:
Do you have more questions about breastfeeding? Head on over to our Q&A page and search “breastfeeding.” You’ll see all the questions about breastfeeding our Parents experts have answered.
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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Inner-city girls inspired by women’s World Cup
The Anderson Monarchs girls’ soccer team is part of an urban league in south Philadelphia. After leaving his legal practice, Walter Stewart started coaching the girls in 1998.
Balancing books and babies
Rooney is one of about 3.9 million student parents working on their undergraduate degrees in the United States. Nearly half those students are single parents and work full-time jobs, according to a 2011 report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
2 Atlanta educators step down; 176 others also face ultimatum
They were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees, including 38 principals, whose jobs are on the line after allegedly being involved in a widespread standardized-test cheating scandal that has caught the attention of federal officials.
Parents Decide To Slow Down On Activities
Parents know the feeling all too well, too many activities and not enough hours in the day. Some families are constantly on the go. But at what cost? CBS 2′s Mary Kay Kleist reports on families making a choice to do less.
Wrong Mothers Breastfeed Babies Switched at Hospital
Two newborn babies were mistakenly given to the wrong mothers who then breastfed them at an Australian hospital, the Herald Sun reported Monday.
C-section rates hit all-time high, study finds
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Rates of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high, a new study says. Florida, New Jersey and Texas had the highest rates, while Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado had the lowest of the 19 states included in the study.