|By Kathleen Tomes, BBP President & Editor
From the moment a child is born, parents face dozens of choices every single day. Should I use cloth diapers or disposable? Which car seat will be the safest? However, none is perhaps more important as the choice to breastfeed. A study published in the journal Pediatrics finds only a third of new moms meet their goal to exclusively breastfeed for three months and even fewer make it to the World Health Organization’s recommendation to exclusively breastfeeding for six months. Believe me, I know! I went through it myself. As the new mom with twins, I struggled to establish and maintain a breastfeeding routine with my babies. My struggle to nurse led to the creation of our company, Brilliant Baby Products, which now works with dozens of products specifically designed to make life easier for nursing moms. While there are lots of different reasons why women stop breastfeeding, the three most commonly cited problems can be solved with some amazing new products that will be a new mom’s “breast” friend!
Reason #1: Returning to Work. Working and breastfeeding can be done, but finding the time and place to pump can be stressful and derail even the best of plans.
Solution #1: A breast pump bag set that allows moms to easily transport their pump and supplies discreetly to work!
Whether you pump 1 day or 365 days… YOU ARE AMAZING! The brand NEW jay elle Duchess Breast Pump Bag and Accessories are fashioned for discreetness with an abundance of organization and encouragement. The 6-piece set includes the Carry Bag, innovative Cooler Bag, Wet Bag, Accessories Bag, Dry Cloth and jay elle C.O.D.E. Handbook. Just add your breast pump and key essentials and you’re ready to go. For every Breast Pump Bag purchased, jay elle will donate $1 to support breastfeeding moms. MSRP: $99.99. Available online at www.jayelle.com
Reason #2: Concerns over low milk production. It’s hard to quantify what you can’t see and because breast milk digests easier, breastfed babies want to eat more and more often. Couple that with the pressures of making sure baby gains an appropriate amount of weight in between doctors’ visits, moms aren’t wrong to get the idea they aren’t giving baby enough
Solutions #2: Product that help moms maximize milk production.
A nursing mother’s biggest worry is whether or not she will produce enough milk. Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Powder Drink by UpSpring Baby is a convenient and easy way to help moms stimulate breast milk production. This all natural herbal supplement comes in a chocolate-flavored drink mix and is a great alternative to traditional fenugreek pills, teas or elixirs. Just mix with 6 oz hot or cold milk, or add to a smoothie twice per day for best results. Also available in Berry flavor. MSRP: $14.99. Available online at www.upspringbaby.com
Ask any mom and she’ll tell you: breast milk is a precious commodity. Women will go to great lengths to ensure that not a drop of “liquid gold” gets wasted. That’s precisely what makes the award-winning Milkies Milk-Saver such a wonderful invention for breastfeeding mothers. The patented Milk-Saver collects your leaking breast milk as you nurse – allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. MSRP: $27.95. Available online at www.MyMilkies.com
Reason #3: Fear of nursing in public. Time and time again we hear horror stories of women kicked out of public malls, restaurants and stores for breastfeeding her child in public. Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, our culture unfortunately doesn’t support it.
Solution #3: Nursing Covers and Clothes that are comfortable and fashionable!
Moms will never have to worry about style, modesty, or most importantly, privacy while nursing their little ones again with Lassig’s Allover Nursing Cover. Made from breathable, hypoallergenic and SUPER soft Lyocell, a lightweight yet strong fabric, it can be worn as a neck scarf, stole, bolero or cape. It is also wrinkle resistant – even after being washed and dried. Available in 9 different colors. MSRP: $40.00 Available online at www.Amazon.com
A flattering dress that doesn’t look like it’s for nursing and it makes breastfeeding and pumping a cinch? Meet the ‘Whimsical’ Nursing Wrap Dress by Udderly Hot Mama. A sophisticated style for the breastfeeding mama who wants to dress up and nurse discreetly and pump with ease. The three-quarter sleeves make this dress a year-round choice. Whether you’re in heels or flip flops, you’ll always be nursing or pumping in style. The patent-pending inside flap, included in every Udderly Hot Mama® nursing garment, provides extra privacy during a feeding. When baby is weaned, you can easily remove it and add your top to your everyday wardrobe. MSRP: $59.99. Available online at www.Nordstrom.com
When it comes to products to make breastfeeding easier, these products are just the beginning. We love to feature the new products we find on our Brilliant Baby Products Facebook so go “like” us and we’ll also keep you up-to-date on some of the most “Brilliant” baby products available.