THE NAME GAME – WORK PANTS EDITION

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We named our pants. Why? Because why not. This is marketing after all! Actually, we named them to make it easier for our working mamas-in-the-making to shop. Pregnancy can be overwhelming, and we wanted the whole shopping experience to be anything but.

There are 4 core styles of our work pants.

  1. The Maia – These are our #1 work pants made from a super stretchy tech-twill. We like to call them The Mother of All Pants! They come in a sleek, skinny silhouette, as well as a postpartum version with compression. [Please make sure you do not wear the postpartum ones while pregnant, because they are made to help tighten stomach muscles that have stretched from pregnancy and BIRTH!] Maia means “great” and “mother” in Greek, so for all the goddesses out there, this one is named for you. Expect to find this style in your usual suspects of black and navy, but also grey, khaki, white, polka dot, and other seasonal shades!

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  1. The Bella – These are as smooth as butter. The silky fabric is stretchy and truly a skinny finish. Bella of course means beautiful in Italian, and we really feel like these versatile pants make every outfit look good. The full-length style creates a flattering fit, and the 5-pockets add something special to an everyday work bottom. Find it in black, but also charming colors like frosted rose, olive and burgundy.

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  1. The Cady – This maternity style comes in 2 leg shapes: skinny and bootcut. Both are crafted from Ponte fabric, which is a smooth and stretchy material that features interlocking knit so that they always retain their shape. These are true professional pants, so we wanted to give a nod here to our forefathers foremothers of women’s rights who help make a difference for good in the world!

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  1. The Zelie – The bi-stretch material on these pants make them perfect for mamas on the move. Not everyone sits all day at a desk, but even that requires comfort- trust me! The Zelie comes in both a straight leg and flare version. The name is French and it’s cute. Do we need more of a reason? But alas, we do. Zealous sometimes gets a bad rap, but it just means passionate. “Zel” also is derived from the meaning for envy, which we are sure you will be envied when you wear these to work.

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That’s all folks. Make sure you send some desk selfies to us @motherhoodmaternity – we would love to see how you wear the pants, bring home the bacon, or fulfill the fruit of your labors [just in case you’re vegan!]

I crack myself up. -Daina

MOTHERS WORK

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Back in the day, the 80s being the day, this company was started because a working pregnant woman could not find professional clothing that fit her and her career. So, Rebecca Matthias created her own expecting styles, and thus the birth of Mothers Work. Now we are called Motherhood® Maternity.

Our September campaign is all about how moms wear the pants, both figuratively and literally. We shot video and photography, capturing real mamas-to-be in our new work pants, and discussing how being pregnant has changed not only their lives, but their workdays too.

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Emily is a teacher who works with young children. She has to be both comfortable and professional. She told us that since she is so petite, [I hear ya lady!] she dresses on the more business side of business/casual. We put her in our Cady maternity pants, which are skinny pontes, because she needs the extra stretchy material for getting on the floor with her students!

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Leah lives for fashion. Before she changed careers, she had to wear a uniform to work, which she did during her first pregnancy with her son Braylon, 8 years ago. Now that she has more freedom, she has been using her best asset, her bump, to make style waves through her social accounts. Although she doesn’t need to be as professional anymore, we dressed her in our Zelie maternity pants, which comes in both straight and flare leg, because a woman wears many hatsor in this case, pants.

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Rachel is a dermatologist who recently opened her own practice! Talk about a mama who wears the pants. This is her first time being pregnant and she is already wondering how her job is going to change once baby comes. She wants to be comfortable, since she is on her feet, and yet also professional because, you knowthe whole doctor thing. We dressed her in our Bella maternity pants, which are made from a buttery smooth fabric. She is wearing seasonal shades of burgundy and olive in our skinniest leg shape.

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Abby is a model mama and a model in general! She has a 4-year daughter with the cutest name, Cedar, and is pregnant now with a boy! For her, dressing for work looks very different than our teacher, doctor or office worker. In fact, that freedom may even pose more of an effort. This was her first time wearing maternity pants and she said it was life changing! She couldn’t believe how good they make her feel – how her blood is flowing properly, and she can truly breathe. Oh, and she looks downright amazing in our #1 maternity work pants, The Maia. She modeled them for us in ALL the colors, because when in Rome or a studio in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Speaking of The Maia, Laura is dressed in our postpartum version with compression. She is a mama of 2 who is a superhero that still is nursing her 1-year old daughter. Her nine-to-five requires her to look professional, especially as an office administrator. She wishes she knew about our nursing clothing for both of her previous pregnancies, because she did nurse at the shoot in our clothes! The postpartum Maia pants are there to help with post-birth stomach muscle recovery. They kind of tighten everything in for a really smooth and seamless finish. The 4th trimester doesn’t end after 3 months. Mamasbodies work in overdrive, which is why our clothes are there for the long-haul.

Next week I am going to break down the inspiration behind the names of the pants, so stay tuned! Until thensee you on the gram. #mymomtruths @motherhoodmaternity

Yours TRULY,
Daina

 

Mocktail Monday: A Pop of Pomegranate

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Forget Manic Monday, it’s a MOCKTAIL MONDAY Baby! Our resident foodie, Ray, has provided us with a pomegranate martini, or for the sake of wordplay: momtini.  I am just going to let him explain this one to you…

This simple pomegranate spritzer is kinda sweet, kinda tart, but totally refreshing. A uniquely zingy pick-me-up for any warm day. While this can quickly be whipped up with pomegranate juice, I’d highly recommend you give pomegranate molasses a try. It’s a common, but super tasty and simple middle eastern ingredient with a bevy of uses. An outstanding base for mocktails, it’s also great drizzled over warm roasted vegetables, used in sauces, marinades or in a vinaigrette. It takes your hummus to a whole new level with just a few healthy glugs. It packs a uniquely seductive flavor — not terribly sweet, not quite sour, tangy and bright. [Editor’s Note: he likes adjectives.]

While pomegranate molasses may sound exotic or complicated, I assure you that it’s anything but. You can totally make this, at home, in sweats and slippers with very little effort — plus, you’ll be able to impress your friends with your refined palate! You can find it at specialty markets and it’s also widely available online. Check out my fail-proof recipe:

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Juice version [8 oz serving]

In a glass filled with ice add:

  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon of simple syrup (if desired)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Top with sparking water or club soda

 

Pomegranate Molasses version [8 oz serving]

In a glass filled with ice add:

  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • Top with sparking water of club soda (ginger ale is also a nice alternative)

 

To make your own pomegranate molasses you’ll need:

32 oz pure 100% pomegranate juice (if you want to juice your own pomegranates, be my guest, but this is the fast version)

3-4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ cup of raw sugar

 

Instructions

Pour pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice into a small pot. Heat at low/medium until liquid begins to just simmer ever so slightly. Stir to dissolve sugar. Allow liquid to simmer for approximately 60 minutes. This can burn, so make sure you’re stirring every 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by 75% to about 1 cup (8 oz) or about a quarter of what you started with. Don’t let it reduce too far, or it will harden after it cools.

 

When the liquid just coats the back of a spoon, remove the pot from heat. The syrup will continue to thicken as it cools. If you’re unsure about the consistency, measure the reduced liquid– it should be between 1 and 1 ¼ cups of syrup. If it’s a lot more liquid than that, continue reducing.

 

After the syrup cools completely, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

 

His description is most likely longer than actually making, drinking, and remaking the momtini.

Make it, drink it, love it, post it, share it. @motherhoodmaternity #mocktailmonday

Cheers!

Daina & Ray

BACK TO SCHOOL; I MEAN WORK.

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Hey there September! I used to get so nervous this time of year. First there was the whole going to school after Labor Day thing, and then I was a teacher for a few years. Now, September is my favorite month. In fact, autumn has become my favorite season. The weather is always so pretty and everything in nature is at its ripest before winter. Style is at its best, the streets are clear of kids on bikes, Halloween is almost here. It all falls into place. [See what I did there?]

When I gave birth to Val back in 2016, I returned to work right after Labor Day, so I felt like I had the summer off and then school began. All of those end of summer blues came flooding back to me.  This time I came back the very first day of July, giving me a few months under my belt. In other words, I can really enjoy the end of summer and the start of autumn again.

Going back to work with 2 kids has had its moments. It is hard to get out of the house, twice as hard in fact. It’s been tiring, sometimes isolating, but also oddly refreshing. I work with a lot of my best friends, so I enjoy talking their ears off all day. I am not sure how they feel, but whatever, this is about me! [Editor’s Note: I am going to watch them read this, then wait for them to cringe.]

This month we are all about honoring our working mamas, the ones expecting and the ones who have to return after their maternity leave, well, leaves. Motherhood® Maternity was founded by a pregnant woman who couldn’t find any professional clothing for expectant mothers, so Rebecca Matthias made them herself. And today we are the largest retailer of maternity and nursing clothing.

To honor her and all working moms, those who are raising families, educating the youth, creating art, instructing yoga, earning their degrees, working in healthcare, giving someone a new look, coming up with the next best idea, running to their meeting, sitting in their desk, typing from a coffee shop, or getting the job  done wherever that happens… we have YOUR work wear for anywhere.

Our newest campaign is all about mamas wearing the pants! We will be breaking down our best professional bottoms that would make our founder proud. No worries, we have some career-worthy styles to top them off with too. For boss babes with a bump, and new moms making it work – we’ve got you covered from 9 to 5 and them some.

In case no one has told you lately; I am so proud of you. You are amazing!

Let us keep you posted. @motherhoodmaternity – Daina

LABOR DAY MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO US!

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Yes, yes, yes, we know – Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of school. We are so trained to feel this sort of sadness, or at least we are impacted by the transition from season to season. But for those of us who work all year around, and more specifically those of us who work with pregnant women, Labor Day means more than just the Monday off.

Labor Day here is still both the end and start of something. The end of pregnancy marks the start of motherhood. And as our name suggests, Motherhood® loves motherhood. For all of the mamas counting down to their personal labor day, I wanted to provide some sage advice, as well as some suggestions for your hospital bag. I am not the expert in giving birth, but I have done it twice, once within the past 6 months, and I haven’t gotten so far removed that I, “forget what birth is even like”.

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#1- Comfort is the actual key. I know there is a part of you that is worried what the pictures will look like. But when push comes to shove, quite literally, you’re not going to be thinking about how you look. BUT there are aspects you can control. For starters, we have a labor gown that doubles triples as a pregnancy and nursing dress. It allows access to fetal monitors and an epidural in a snap, again quite literally. There are snaps in the front, back, shoulders and sides for skin-to-skin, IV drips, and breastfeeding. Get yours in black, florals, or gray. If you do wear this for labor and delivery, it probably will need a good washing, so pack 2 more outfits for your hospital stay.

#2- If you plan on nursing, you’ll need the support. This support I speak of is both tangible and then also emotional. On one hand, you should have bras that are made for breastfeeding. If you bought one during pregnancy, it already has the nursing access, so throw that in your bag. You can go topless if you choose, but family, friends, people you speak to once a year but are local, just might come see your baby; you may want the coverage. Also, take the lactation consultant’s advice, or at least hear her out. You may be so drained at that point with doctors and nurses coming in and out, but she is there to help you and make sure baby is getting your milk. Take the support.

#3- Smile… you’re on a not very candid camera. People will be snapping away all willy nilly. Either you have your cell phone out, or someone else will. I was shocked at how the hospital was more than okay with cell phones everywhere. Aren’t they supposed to be the dirtiest things in the world or something? The first thing my nurse said was to get the phone ready to take baby’s first picture. So, dress up, but act casual about it. Maternity or postpartum leggings look put-together with a cute graphic tee or one of our new nursing styles. Ya know, something you just threw in your bag.

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Are you due in September? Are you due this week? Is your labor day on Labor Day? Let us know and congratulations! @motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths

– Daina

HERE’S TO YOU NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH

This past weekend marked the 6-month point of providing only breastmilk to my little Roni girl, or as I call her my macRONI [DNA confirmed I am 78% of Italian descent so…] I am so proud of myself. It has not been easy, because I am down to making 1 bag of milk a day, but I had enough freezer stash to get me this far. How will I celebrate, you ask? By cutting my remaining milk with formula.

No judgements, but baby girl has to eat, and I just don’t make it like I used to. I have previously stated I will pump until I pump air, which remains true, but supplementing is how I plan to stretch my milk. This is #mymomtruth today. I didn’t mean for my journey to wind down as National Breastfeeding Month also is, but I also can’t help if my timing is impeccable.

Although I am deeply saddened by knowing there will only be a few months left of nursing and pumping, I also am happy to start regaining some alone time. [Editor’s Note: There is no alone time. Alone time ended in 2016, but for the sake of my sanity, let’s allow me to believe I will be able to have some time for myself without an infant or a machine attached to me.] I am also excited that as the days get closer to my breakup with breastfeeding, I can start to drink my favorite licorice mint tea again. If you don’t know, mint is said to lower milk production and help reduce your supply. Maybe one of these weeks I’ll have Ray, Ray make a recipe for some teas!

To wrap up our August Campaign: Real Mom. Real Stories. Real Life., I chose some quotes from our model mothers. For all the other posts you may have missed from this campaign, click here.

And without further ado, I leave you with the best about the breast from our moms.

 “I remember spraying everywhere… right in the beginning, I was overproducing so it was just milk-mania at first!”– Lauren

“I work in construction and I wasn’t going to pump on the job, so I was like, “Yaknow what? Let’s just get him on the bottle, it’ll be easier for [Kim] to transition to feed him at home with our crazy toddler running around.”– Sarah

“There’s nothing like having a nursing baby fall asleep on you. Everything feels at peace in the world.”–Kim

“I’m okay not breastfeeding at this point. I feel so happy that I was able to do it and it was such a beautiful experience, but at the same time I am happy to have my body back.”– Thara

“When they were first born, the amount I had to feed was wild! I was having to feed constantly; I don’t know if it was as much challenging as it was shocking. The time to myself was gone” – Audra

“I have no problem breastfeeding in public. I have an aversion to putting a hood over my baby’s head. I saw the ‘lactation suite’ and thought what has the world come to that we have to hide away and do that? It’s a shame. I’m very happy to nurse in public.”– Narelle

You’re trying to teach yourself and your baby something brand new that you never had to do before. Even if it’s your second or third kid, you still never had to breastfeed that child, so it’s like learning something all over again.”  – Alex

“I’m sure every mom who’s had to pump has her little cups all out and Dad comes home and says, ‘let me help’ and inevitably knocks something over. Oh man, it’s so heartbreaking when you see that and you think NO. I just sat here for so long, and there goes all my hard work! I was literally crying over spilled milk.”– Darlene

“I think that’s the coolest part about being pregnant is you do feel a connection with baby. It’s indescribable almost, but definitely the best feeling, because I just know he’s going to be a momma’s boy.” – Chakari

What’s your story? @motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths

A LITTLE Q&A WITH A LACTATION CONSULTANT

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For National Breastfeeding Month we wanted to hear stories from real moms and real professionals. I sat down with lactation consultant and owner of Blissed Out Mamas, Lisa Broderick-Cohen, to discuss all things breastfeeding. Check out her tips and info’ for getting help when nursing and pumping, and the personal journey that comes with both.

Make sure you share your stories with us too! [@motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths] All of us at Motherhood® love being inspired from other real mamas out there. Enjoy!

  1. Tell us how you became a lactation consultant.

I really got into breastfeeding after I got pregnant with my daughter, now 16 years ago. I had difficulty getting her to latch and it was 5 weeks until I found our rhythm. At the time, I felt that there was very little to no support for women from hospitals, doctors or even older generations. It was truly my own experience that inspired me to pursue lactation consultancy. I found La Leche League where I have been a member and leader for over 15 years and studied at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. It took me 4 ½ years to become a lactation consultant. With my experience and years working with pregnant women and new moms, I wanted to create a safe place for everyone to meet and get answers or help. In 2015 I opened Blissed Out Mamas!

  1. How do you find your clients?

Mainly word of mouth. There are really great resources to finding lactation consultants. A lot of women find me through zipmilk.org. What I do want people to know is that I do accept insurance (and many other lactation consultants do too)!

  1. What is the first thing you do to ease new moms into breastfeeding?

Almost everyone who calls the first time is looking for help on feeding. A lot of times women are defensive and defeated, but I let them find that fear, so we can get to the root of the problem. Then we work together on a creating a goal and then reaching that goal.

  1. What is something you would tell a pregnant woman who may not be considering breastfeeding due to different personal reasons?

I would want to know what is exactly making them uncomfortable. In my experience, it is usually a lack of support, education on breastfeeding and past trauma. I believe, personally, that breastfeeding is a public health issue.

  1. Do you have any advice for milk production supply, especially for women who are returning to work and have to pump?

I like to have a back-to-work consultation to discuss meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce that underlying stress. Together we would need to be honest about how difficult that transition may be. I also encourage after work cuddle sessions with baby and a lot of them! Nursing as much as you can while you’re home helps to keep that natural supply up.

  1. Do you have any bra or clothing suggestions that help make nursing/pumping a little easier?

I recommend seamless/wireless styles to keep ducts from getting clogged. I love nursing camisoles; I tell all my clients to keep them in their closets. And when I was pregnant, I lived in those pants with that band that covers your whole belly! [Editor’s Note: Lisa means the Secret Fit Belly®.]

  1. What are the best practices for storing frozen breast milk?

Fresh pumped milk is okay at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours. It can stay in the refrigerator for 4-6 days and can remain frozen for 4-6 months.

  1. What are some suggestions for easing sore, aching nipples and breasts due to nursing?

Pain is common, but it needs to be addressed. If you have another common issue, like a closed duct, try a warm compress and massage to release the milk and soothe irritation. Nipple balms are not used to necessarily heal pain, but rather as a band aid to keep the nipple healthy.

  1. How do you help women who want to throw in the towel on breastfeeding after a couple days/weeks/months?

I let my clients know this is a safe, judge-free zone. I let them know that the goal is for baby to eat. We work on trying to preserve milk. I use empathy; I ensure her she is a good mother and that breastfeeding, or formula feeding is not an either/or. Formula can be used as a tool to help her reach her nursing goal. I encourage the bonding aspect of breastfeeding. I also let everyone know that you, as the mom, are the #1 expert on your body and your baby, so listen to your gut.

  1. How can our followers reach you?

My website is blissedoutmamas.com. My Instagram @blissedoutmamas; I am also on Facebook and Pinterest.

REAL MOMS. REAL STORIES. REAL LIFE. – LET’S PLAY DRESS UP

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At the end of the day, we sell clothes. That isn’t shocking, but you know what can be? Showing up to work in a dress feeling cute just to realize you’re going to be [almost] completely naked soon in a little room hooked up to a machine.  It happens to the best of us… but it doesn’t have to.

When it comes to nursing clothing, we listened to our customers. I am not a number’s girl, but I do know more than 65% of you return to work in some capacity. Oh, and I know you like to leave the house. And for these reasons, I wanted to sit down with our in-house designer, Jennifer Sack, and chat about the team’s inspiration behind the pieces. 

Jen has been with the company for over 8 years and has been helping design nursing/pumping clothing for over 3. The actives styles [seen on Thara below] are brand new. Jen said “versatility of the end use” is how they approach creating new clothes. They thought about the customer’s journey after birth, where she will be home for a while [hopefully] and then have to transition back into the working world.

The postpartum workout pants are what Jen referred to as the compression capsule, which now includes double fabric to help reduce chafing, as well as a pull-string to tighten and loosen as the body recovers. There is also a workout top with cross straps that offers different levels of lift and support. Jen and her team decided to include an inner-shelf bra, so that our girl doesn’t have to wear another underneath. There are also new clip-down functions that feature a sliding clasp, which is less noticeable, so that she feels like herself. For Jen, it’s those little details that make all the difference.

Keep reading to shop the shoot and see what Jen has to say about some of the featured styles. 

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Thara is wearing our Nursing Hoodie and our postpartum active leggings.

The lift-up hoodie is perfect for when this unbearable humidity finally goes away! When we say lift-up, we mean there is a separate layer on the sweatshirt that you, well, lift up to get easier access to your breasts. This way you can feed your baby or pump without having to remove your top completely.

The pants must be worn after birth, so mamas-to-be, wait this one out. They feature stomach muscle compression, which is only safe once baby exits the body. These are workout specific, so they have a side pocket, are moisture wicking, UPF50, chlorine resistant and ready to run with you.

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Audra is wearing our maternity overalls. That’s right – MATERNITY! Keep these in your closet for the comfort alone.

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Darlene is wearing our plus size waist-tie maternity dress in leopard print. Again, another maternity style that is more of a wear now/wear later look.

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Alex is wearing our ruffle hem nursing dress in a floral print. This dress works with a mock layer underneath, so when you undo the wrap, you have the ability to breastfeed or pump without disrobing completely. [See my opening paragraph!]

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Sarah is wearing our nursing hoodie. This kind is my favorite. The hidden zippers are on the side and they go from mid-stomach up to mid-nipple. I wore one when we went to the LatchOn Event in Philly. It was roomy enough to stick a Willow pump in! Jen told us that this drawstring hoodie has been a best-selling maternity top for years, so it made sense to extend the option to nursing moms.

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Chakari, who was pregnant at the time of the shoot, is wearing our wrap maternity dress in golden floral. [Insert hands praying emoji.] If you are pregnant, which I am sure most readers are, then what else do you need for fall? This dress will be perfect for after baby too; it’s nursing/pumping friendly!

What pieces do you pump in? What fashions do you feed in? We showed you ours; now show us yours. @motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths

 

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT BREASTFEEDING? HER SMELL.

MH BLOG RealMomsHappySmell 2019 TOP v2I’ve been writing a lot about the emotional state that breastfeeding and pumping can leave you in, but it’s an emotional pendulum – which of course, swings both ways. I love nursing my babies. I yearn for the smell of my baby’s head. She smells like lavender.  

Both my babies smell like lavender… because I use a lavender lotion on them haha!  The smell is supposed to make you tired and calm. It enlivens me. I try to soak in lavender salts and bath bombs. None of it is relaxing because I often share my bath with BOTH a 3-year-old and 5-month-old, who I am nursing simultaneously while making sure no soap gets into the toddler’s eyes. But to me, that scent brings me back home.  

It is said that breastfeeding releases oxytocin (the love hormone) into your system during the let-down of the milk. So, you are quite literally being filled with love when you nurse. Yes, breastfeeding is draining; yes, pumping can be stressful, but it is also beautiful, wonderful and happy. Don’t just take my word for it… 

Kim and Sarah are married, and both have given birth. Wait until you read this amazing story that Kim shared: “My milk actually started coming in when he was born. We have lots of babies in our life and that has never happened with another child. It was an interesting experience to have that happen from the very beginning. I did the first skin-to-skin with Theo while Sarah was getting stitched up and recovering. I think it created an instant connection between us, not just spiritually and emotionally, but physically, which is why I think my body responded (like that).” 

Thara, a yoga studio owner and model fondly looks back on nursing and the way it calmed not only her, but her life and her family. “A few weeks after I stopped breastfeeding my husband and I were sitting on the couch and he looked across at me and said, ‘You know what? I miss you breastfeeding.’ I was shocked for my husband to say that me, but he enjoyed the stillness it gave me. It forced me to sit down; it forced me to stop. Whereas now I am always moving; I am always doing something. I have to go somewhere, I have to clean up, have dishes I have to wash, I have to organize a closet, whatever it is, every moment I get free I find something to do. So, he kind of missed the stillness that it brought into our house.” 

Lifestyle Influencer and CEO of @bloggerhousecurvycloset, Darlene, speaks about the way in which nursing gave her back the control that you sometimes lose when a tiny human comes into the world and knocks you off your axis. “As a new mom, with a new baby, you constantly wonder if she’s OK…but breastfeeding was the one thing I could control. I could give her everything of me, and that meant that she was satisfied, and she was happy, and she was well in that moment and that’s why it meant so much.” 

Audra, a Photo Editor said, “I wanted them to be breastfed. It gives them the best nutrients, it’s good for their immune system, and it’s a beautiful way to bond with my babies. I feel like it’s a gift that I was excited to experience” 

Now, of course, breastfeeding is not the end all, be all. It’s not always a given either. I feel really blessed I never had any trouble doing it. But my beautiful co-worker, Alex, had a hard time with keeping her supply up. “I’ve experienced both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. I mean, it’s different for everybody. There definitely is a special bond when you can breastfeed, and when it’s great, it’s great – but when you’re anxious and stressing out about it, that stress transfers. So, at that point you’re just happy to see the baby eating.”   

I want to leave you with some words from my boss’ mom, Annie, because at the end of day, this is the real mom truth about not only breastfeeding but finding what is right for you: “Women should be able to make choices for themselves without any pressure whatsoever. In this day and age women work; women work simply to provide for the children they are giving birth to.”  

Make sure you see new episodes of our video series Real Mothers. Real Stories. Real Life.

Here’s to all the moms making it work!  -Daina  

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YOUR MONTHLY CRAVING: MAMA’S GOTTA EAT

Welcome to the first edition of YOUR MONTHLY CRAVING.

Get ready for some easy, healthy and delicious recipes – OH, and we’re bringing back Mocktail Mondays. I’m EXCITED for you to get to meet another copywriter who works for Motherhood®: Ray Peraino.

Head’s up – he’s a wordy one! Over to you Ray:

“I’m a copywriter with a background in fine dining who’s afflicted with an insatiable sense of curiosity. I’m impulsive and excitable like a newly rescued Pitbull pup. I carry around a comically small notebook full of half-baked ideas, quotes, recipes I’ll never make and ridiculous doodles.There’s a lot of similarities between the marketing world and the professional kitchen — the pressure to create, the stress, the camaraderie, the indescribable urge to cater to others. Serving creativity on a fork or on a page both take a lot of thought, consideration, and time — most of which goes unseen or unappreciated, but I blissfully carry on in service, because, well, it’s what I love.”

It was through Ray that we met his friend Lauren, one of the “real moms” from our video series. Lauren shared about being a new mom and how it made her realize that taking care of herself first is vital in order to take care of others.

Lauren said, “Being a working mother and breastfeeding and pumping and juggling everything is very difficult. For my first pregnancy with Maui, nursing with him, I lost a lot of weight. I was not taking care of myself because you’re just trying to provide and you kind of forget about yourself. With the new baby, I’m going to really take care of myself and my son, and really focus on our health and making sure we’re all good.”

Ray recently called Lauren to see how her second pregnancy is going. He asked about how she is now taking care of herself after experiencing that difficulty with her first son.  She used to buy bulk bags of granola to pick on all day because she was so exhausted. But this time around, she gets low-glycemic fruits and adds protein powder with different nut milks in a blender. She told him it changed her energy, which is good since as an optician she is on her feet all day!

In honor of Lauren, doing double-duty as a mom and a mama-in-the-making, Ray has provided us with a smoothie bowl [he’s so hip] topped with granola, because Lauren didn’t ditch the granola, she just knows that mama’s gotta eat more!  Make it; tag it; I want to see it. Take it away Ray Ray! – Daina

Berry Smoothie Bowl with Protein & Granola

This simple recipe was inspired by Lauren’s go-to pregnancy breakfast. I jazzed it up a bit to pack in a few extra nutritional benefits. Oats and oat milk are a great source or iron which is a must to increase milk supply in nursing mothers. The toasted walnuts on top add some omega-3 ALA and the berries are loaded with antioxidants, low in sugar and high in fiber. The Omega-3s are a great source of healthy fats and have been associated with many benefits for baby like brain health and development.

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients

2-3 overflowing cups of mixed frozen berries

A few ice-cubes

Some splashes of Oat Milk (Sub almond or coconut milk). Remember, this is going to be something you’re going to be eating with a spoon, not pulling through a straw, so you want it to be thick- be conservative with the milk here. Add it a splash at a time to get things moving.

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 cup of organic, plain instant oats/oatmeal (These blend better, you don’t have to cook them before hand, they’re easier to digest than whole rolled oats and they add fiber to your smoothie without a ton of calories.)

1 Fistful of spinach (You won’t even taste it, scout’s honor.)

1 Serving of the plant-based protein powder of your choice (I highly recommend vanilla here.)

Instructions

  • Place everything in your blender, mixing until smooth, adding oat milk as needed.
  • Pour into bowls, top with your favorite organic granola and some toasted walnuts.
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