Friday, April 29, 2011

Nursing Clothes: Breastfeeding at the Royal Wedding

THIS FLAG FOR PURCHASE!

I haven't been much of a Royal Wedding (RW) follower, but after seeing everyone's news feeds, it became quite clear to me that the ceremony is here. I sat nursing the babe and day-dreaming about what it might be like to be an honored guest to such a monumental occasion.

My gown-engines started to roar and all I could think about was what a nursing mom like me would wear. Now, I'm pretty sure children are most likely not invited to something like this, but in my "Milk-Friendly" world, I imagined I would be there, with my baby and I would look as fabulous as can be.

SPRING 2011

This vibrant tangerine strapless beauty from Jil Sander is to die for. It's an "easy-down" dress which is one of the best when it comes to breastfeeding. And paired with pink lips and gold accents equals a simple and gorgeous way to stand-out in the royal swarm. I would then bundle the babe in this golden ring sling that can double as a nursing cover.

SHIMMERY

So here's my styleboard and I think it's safe to say that I will not be attending the RW. There's always Prince Harry though, right?



EARRINGS $58. DRESS. LIP STAIN $19. WRIST BANGLE $88. BANDEAU $38. GOLD SANDALS $205. RING SLING CARRIER $46.


SO DID YOU DVR THE ROYAL WEDDING, OR WHAT?



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nursing Clothes: Romp, Jump and Play

Those who know me best, know that I'm a sucker for a romper. I love the feeling of having to chose one wardrobe piece, like a dress, but with the ability to (in the words of House of Pain) jump up, jump up, and get down!


The beauty in most rompers, jumpers and playsuits alike, lies in the fact that there has, (or one hopes) there's an easy escape route to use the lady's room. And for us breastfeeding mamas, this little piece of info is key. Depending on the romper, there's usually buttons, zippers or loose shoulder straps to aid in the swift removal process.

The Leah Romper I chose from Lumi Kim, is completely versatile. It has an elastic waistline (making it easy-peazy getting in and out of) and has a belt accent that can be removed if you wanted to add a belt of your own for some flair. The blouse's buttons are perfection when it comes to breastfeeding.


I paired this romper with Bravado! Designs' 'body silk seamless nursing bra.' It features removable, molded cups for lining when you want it (can hide nipples or nursing pads) or you can take them out if you don't. They say that it "melts and molds onto your body"- sounds pretty comfy to me.


Here's the complete wardrobe styleboard. I love the ruffled Hooter Hider from Bebe au Lait, so cute!


NECKLACE $28. NURSING BRA $49. EARRINGS $19.95. PEACE BRACELET $38. ROMPER $196. NURSING COVER $29.12. SANDALS $68. DIAPER BAG $70.

SO, ARE YOU, OR WOULD YOU BE A ROMPER WEARER?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

GIVEAWAY GOODNESS: {Milkmakers!!!}

*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*****

The last thing us breastfeeding moms need to worry about is whether we have a sufficient milk supply. That's why I couldn't have been more excited when I found these oh-so special cookies from milkmakers. These delicious and nutritious oatmeal chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin dairy free cookies help to boost mom's milk supply. And Milkmakers is so generous that they are offering you, the Milk-Friendly readers, a special giveaway!

 

Created by Emily, a new mom who struggled to keep her milk supply up after she returned to work. She tried other lactation remedies but since she was on-the-go, it was hard to find an easy and efficient way to provide enough milk for her new daughter. That is when Emily decided to tap into her family's long line of talented bakers.

 In the kitchen, she experimented with different recipes and worked with a nutritionist until she finally created something magical. "The immediate increase in my milk supply was so effortless that I became determined to make these cookies available to all moms."


 The key ingredients of milkmakers cookies include oats, brewer's yeast and flax seed. All of which can be eaten if you are not nursing. And don't you worry Dad, you can eat them too!
Their flavor choices are oatmeal chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin dairy free and their variety pack including both.

*****GIVEAWAY RULES******
 
PRIZE
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GOOD LUCK!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guest Blog Interview: OCGoodmama

It's always refreshing to find and connect with other hip nursing moms. It makes me oh so happy to think that we all share a special little bond with one another. This being said, I am on a mission to find and bring you other fabulous, breastfeedin' and bloggin'-mamas.

So, to begin our first Milk-Friendly guest blog interview, we are heading over OCGoodmama.


New mom, Haley has a way of sharing her quest for goodness, grace and gorgeous finds in the sweetest, and sometimes, very comical way. Just before her daughter Samantha Grace was born, she decided to create OCGoodmama (a play on the place she loves to call home, part of her last name- Goodman and her new role as a mama.) 

 

So let's see what this good-nursing-mama has to share with us...

What were the top 2 reasons you decided to breastfeed?

After talking with lots of "seasoned mama's" and doing some reading my hubby & I really felt that breast-feeding was the healthiest and most natural way to feed the baby. Once we have our little ones, its so amazing that were wired to feed (for free!), sooth, and comfort our babies with our bodies. Its incredible how God designed mama's to provide nourishment to their children. Its so natural to me- It's amazing! 

Once I got through the initial "ouch, discomfort, and millions of questions" phase of the first week or so, I really came to enjoy the bonding time I have with Samantha through nursing. Providing her with food has created such a special relationship for us. After all the hard work of pregnancy and birth its wonderful to see their little smiles, coos, and laughter that a full belly can bring-that you have brought to them. 
What are your favorite breastfeeding "must-have" items?

-My boppy! I love being comfortable when I am breastfeeding. I don't bring the boppy everywhere with me-but I love nursing when I am home with my adorable pink & white stripe & polka dot boppy from Pottery Barn Kids. I have been known to travel with it (Maui & Italy)- and it makes a fabulous shoulder & neck rest for long plane & car drives and a comfy spot for baby to nap snuggled with mama or daddy! 
-Good Attitude and a Positive Perspective...(and a good lactation consultant doesn't hurt either!)
I also think this positive perspective is the essential back-bone to my breast-feeding philosophy. Breast-feeding in the beginning was like anything for me in life, the beginning was a challenge. I didn't know what I was doing (hello...new-mama-on-board) and with so many nurses in the hospital, friends, and the internet giving advice on best strategies-the best thing I did was invest in having a lactation consultant come to my house and help me for two hours in the first week of Samantha's arrival. She was incredible. She answered all the questions I had, allowed me to video via my i-phone "latching" examples (hilarious!) and has been accessible for phone calls whenever I have had questions pop up the past nine months.

Have you found yourself sacrificing style in order to be able to dress "milk-friendly"?


-Yes and No. I decided early on I would NOT let breastfeeding get in the way of my fashionista self. Luckily for me, my baby was born in summer time in Southern California. For those who know me well, my favorite thing to wear are summer dress's-which are super easy to breastfeed in! For months, I would throw on a cute dress, flip-flops, and a sweater. I didn't even bother with a bra! Once fall hit, I struggled with my style a bit more. I learned the importance of layering (throwing a nursing tank underneath a sweater dress, top or tunic) made it much easier! At the end of the day, I really didn't want to fall into the trap of becoming a mama who sacrificed style for motherhood.


Have you had any wardrobe malfunctions? If so, I'm sure there's a story, do tell!


One of my girlfriends from childhood was having a party up in Pasadena to celebrate her engagement. I was having one of those days where "nothing worked" in my closet. The H&M cocktail dress I ended up deciding to wear was made with a gorg gold silk material (mistake number 1) and since I felt the best in this option I decided to wear it. I wore it during the long car drive (mistake number 2). By the time we arrived at this beautiful Pasadena home, I was hot, uncomfortable, and needed to nurse immediately! The dress was too tight to take off, so I just improvised (HUGE mistake number 3). Not only did milk stain the dress in multiple spots, but Samantha was also the baby who always spit up. I probably had 6-7 wet, sticky, milk stains all over the dress. With nothing more than a pashmina to wrap around me, I just prayed most people wouldn't notice (pretty impossible and I laughed it off throughout the night as best as I could).  I learned that evening that when dressing, both nursing and style need to be taken into account.  Style doesn't have to suffer-but common sense does help! (Which I was clearly lacking that evening!)
Not the dress, but similar in it's not-so-milk-friendliness.


Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Haley! Your perspective on breastfeeding is so heartwarming and I couldn't agree more. Love that you mentioned the Lactation Consultant, so key! And your wardrobe malfunction sounds very familiar. I think we all can relate! Thanks again!

Show OCGoodmama some Milk-Friendly love, and comment below :)    

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Breastfeeding Moms

Dear Mamas,
Feel free to pass on these lovely handpicked gift ideas to those you love :)


1, 2 & 3. $79, $29, $99. Hand Stamped Jewelry by Three Sisters Jewelry Design. 
I've seen plenty of hand stamped jewelry out there, but Zoe's work from Three Sisters Jewelry Design is simply stunning. My husband has bought me two pieces of her's and I literally wear this bollywood gold tag necklace every other day. **Mother's Day order cutoff is April 25th, so hurry and slyly send this post over to the hubs, ASAP.

4 & 5. Sentimental Necklace $48 and Heart Silhouette Ring $48
Two easy ways to show the mom in your life that you love her to pieces.

6. Spring Punch of Spring Rosette from Sweetharts $15.50
A romantic way to warm a special mom's heart. These versatile, vintage-inspired hair accessories come with a single prong clip and velcro. You can wear it in your hair, clip it on your shirt or attach it to a metal or elastic headband.

7. Tiny Anatomical Heart Necklace from House that Crow Built $38
I love whimsical accessory pieces like this necklace inspired by the poem by EE Cummings "I carry your heart with me." 

Here's a few more fantastic Mother's Day gift ideas specific to breastfeeding.


1. Handmade Burpcloths from Kimoley $7.99
"It is made with 100% blossom in blue printed cotton that is backed with the softest undyed certified-organic USA made French terry cotton. It's the perfect size for feeding, wiping, burping and convenient to carry in a bag."

2. Cookies that Boost Milk Supply from milkmakers $44 for a month's supply
These are not your ordinary cookies and they look so yummy! Created by a Seattle based mom, who had trouble keeping her milk supply up once she went to back to work. Support your lactating lady and buy her a batch of these special cookies.

3. More Milk Plus Alcohol Free from Motherlove $33.99
This tincture works wonders. I used it to keep my milk supply going and it is always included in my gifts for new breastfeeding moms. It may not taste amazing, but it's worth the temporary "gag" to not worry if your baby is getting enough milk.

4. Mamawrap Nursing Apron $36
I came across this nursing cover on Etsy, and I just adore it. The combination of ribbon and eyelets is just plain cute. She makes many other darling color combos that you should check out.

5. The Nesting Pillow by Blessed Nest $87
I bought this nursing pillow the second time around because I worried about the foam materials in many of the other nursing pillows out there. The Nesting Pillow is filled with organic buckwheat hulls and feels a lot like a firm, but soft bean bag. They have an assortment of cute organic covers as well.

6. Chocolate Slouch Diaper Bag from OiOi $79.99
I adore diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags. Who would know this chic bag is meant to carry wipes, sippy cups and diapers! Even better that it's 1/2 off for a limited time. Go grab it, quick!

I wish I had this stool for my newborn nursing days. Definitely beats a stack of books or a 2 in 1 potty. 

I heart all you Mamas out there! If you have any other great gift ideas, do share :)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nursing Clothes: Dressing for an Easter Egg Hunt


Easter is this coming Sunday and I don't know about you, but it sure did hop up on me very quickly. For us, it's another special time to get the family together, eat some Eggs Benedict and search for colorful, little joy-filled eggs in Grandma's garden. And now that we have two capable egg-hunters on hand, it will be double the excitement.

I wanted to throw together a breastfeeding outfit for Easter that would be versatile.  I wanted you to have an "all-in-one" ensemble  you could wear to church, brunch, and chase the kids around, on a hopefully, sun-shine day.

Since you will pretty much be out and about all day, you'll want a cute nursing cover. I love the "springy" fabric for this cover from The Peanut Shell. You can find it here.






My Easter styleboard includes some lovely smile-keeper locket earrings, this hip sunhat and the always wonderful Ergo Baby Carrier.


How do you spend Easter weekend?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nursing Clothes: Breastfeeding and the City

If you've been following, you know that we recently took a trip from San Diego up to San Francisco for my birthday. It was a sweet little trip, filled with yummy cakes, calzones, happy kids and the hotel's jetted tub (serious ahhh time.)

The kids did amazing, especially since we opted out on the car rental and decided to take advantage of SF's public transportation. Being on-the-go with kids, particularly with a nursling, makes me appreciate breastfeeding all that more. It truly gives you the flexibility to be mobile and fly by the seat of your pants.

Speaking of pants, I'm loving these light skinnies from Nasty Gal paired with their "easy up" bamboo scoop top, and a light versatile coat. Another Etsy accessory creation from Snug Studio, some sunnies (yes, the sun did shine down) and some comfy walking sandals pull the look together. And can you believe that's a diaper bag? Yeah, me neither!


JACKET $218. SUNGLASSES $150. NECKLACE $47.90. TOP $38. NURSING BRA $49. SKINNIES $65. SANDALS $98. NURSING PADS $5.99. DIAPER BAG $123.99.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Nursing Clothes for a Big Jet Plane

 When it comes to traveling with little ones, leaving on a jet plane can be a daunting task. Normally easy-going babes can turn into nightmares. Meltdowns may ensue, tears may be shed and sweat may begin to drip. Thankfully, breastfeeding your baby can actually make everything a whole lot easier.

When breastfeeding, there is no need to worry if your liquid-filled bottles will pass security check and no fumbling in the turbulence while trying to fill formula in the bottle's tiny spout. Breastfeeding your baby while traveling via airplane can be easy as pie.

On most flights, I like to dress comfy-cute. A nursing tank with an "easy-up" t-shirt is key. A lot of times a fore-go the nursing cover all together. Trying to cover a fussy and possibly sweaty baby in tight, crowded seats may not be the best combo. So I usually wear some sort of loose top, that when I pull it up to nurse, pretty much acts like a nursing cover itself.  Stretchy leggings or jeggings are great, especially these ones from Joe's Jeans. I have them in a few colors and they even have zippers at the ankle. Let me also say that you should never underestimate the power of new, unseen jewelry. Depending on your baby's age, these accessory pieces may turn into new super interesting distractions.

And here goes the Styleboard.

TOP $14.80. NURSING TANK $44. NECKLACE $48. JEGGINGS $29.40. NURSING PADS $5.99. RING $98. TOMS $54. DVD PLAYER $139.99.

Some other great jet plane travelin' tips:

* Try to time the flight's take-off around one of baby's naps. 
* Be the last, not the first to get on the plane.
* Keep baby hungry, but not starved until you get on the plane.
* Nurse baby for take-off and landing to help with possible ear-pressure pain.
* If you're a first-timer, bring some chocolates or other sweets for the flight crew. Usually does wonders when you are in the back of the cabin with the baby.
* Invest in a portable DVD player and have a few loved DVD's and some unseen DVD's on hand.
* Depending on the kiddie's age, bring tons of snacks and never-seen toys.
*Avoid Red-Eye flights. Kids may sleep, you won't.

:::For your hearing pleasure:::

What are your best traveling tips?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Perfect in Every Way Possible

A quick snapshot from our recent San Francisco getaway.

How to be Super Dad 101

 More San Fran Milk-Friendly inspirations to come...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nursing Accessories: It's in the Details

I am a firm believer that you can be a fashionista while still being a devoted, breastfeeding mom. Yes, I know this is easier said than done, and I know what you are all thinking. You are thinking that you don't want to have to take the time to throw together that perfectly stylish outfit, just to go Trader Joe's.  I say yes, yes you should!

So many times we lose ourselves and our fashion flare to the deep dark hole of sleep-deprived motherhood. We all have fussy babies, piles of laundry, worries over weight gain, and more. But I think that when you step back, accept your new role, even your new body, and make the choice that you are going to be FABULOUS on top of all these new setbacks, things will begin to look a little brighter. Something will change, things will begin to shift. You will tap into your "old self" and begin to make (baby) steps to regaining your new amazing self. This might be as simple as some bold and unique accessories.

A great accessory can take a simple outfit to the next level. To find today's accessory picks, I decided to take a trip through the intricate web of handmade goodies on Etsy. Here are some of the highlights.


These 2 beauties are from designer LISH
AWAKENING $42

JUNIPER. $37

A reclaimed vintage piece made by GATHERJEWELRY

 Asymetrical Vintage Chain & Pastel Beads Necklace. $38  

Leather-made earrings by Moorea Seal
 Gold Chevron Dangles  $25

These next  2 unique goodies are made by designer FIVE AND TWO.


4 Pyramid Studded Bracelets. $45

MARIAH rainbow stone necklace. $105

 

These next 3 intricate and organic finds are from A Alicia Accessories.
Beaded Knitted Knot Earrings. $48
Bird of Paradise Necklace. $45
Six Cord Dip Dye Necklace. $72


Styleboard: The dipped coral pink necklace and tie dye sandals can take this simple outfit to new heights.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Nursing Clothes for a Night Out

A mini-getaway is in order for this coming weekend and I've been dreaming about nursing outfits for a night out on the town. My husband Brian is whisking us all up to San Francisco so I can have my birthday cake at Tartine Bakery & Cafe! It's a whole lot of romantic yummy-ness wrapped up into a Fresh Fruit Bavarian cake.

So, I have to admit. This post's outfit is inspired mostly by these magical shoes. They may cost a pretty penny, but a girl can dream, right?
LOVE the wooden wedge
YOW for the peek-a-boo cutout!
The outfit's milk-friendliness comes with the "easy-up" shimmery top, paired with this Bravado Exquisite Nursing Bra. I own this here nursing bra and get a lot of use out of it. I love it because it's comfy and might I say a little sexay with the lace details. As for the nursing clasp, I think that with a little practice, you will become a pro at opening it with one hand. Another great feature is that it clasps in the back like normal bras, giving you the ability to wear different styles of tops.

And here is my complete wardrobe pick for a night out on the town. Take note of that fab OiOi diaper bag!


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