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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EAT LOCAL – PHILADELPHIA

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A few co-workers and I did something BIG last Friday. We were a part of the Global Big Latch On Event hosted in Philadelphia! The goal was that at the same time across the globe breastfeeding moms feed their babies to unite, to raise awareness, and to normalize breastfeeding.

The Maternity Care Coalition hosted the Philadelphia meetup and said, “This was a true team effort and it all translated into a beautiful event with a total of 131 event participants, including community partners representing 21 organizations and companies. During the Big Latch On at 11:00am, synchronized with moms and babies all over the world, 28 moms latched their babies in Franklin Square. It was truly inspiring to see the room completely filled with mamas and babies! Breastfeeding families and partners alike expressed their enthusiasm and joy for this event.”

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We set up right in front of the carousel. Fun fact, Philly apparently has a rich history in carousel making. Anyway, we were there to support the mamas, nursing and not, by providing bra fittings from our in-house specialist Alicia, gifting a free seamless maternity bra (not to brag, but it’s a best-selling, 5-star rated, award-winning bra), handing out our new “All Boobs Are Good Boobs” totes, and making sure everyone was hydrated for the latch on! The totes are an in-store only gift with purchase, so make sure you head to your local store this month if you want to snatch one up.

I was super excited because I got to try out the Willow Pump that was gifted to us for a shoot. I just slipped that baby into my own seamless bra and went about my business. Thank you very much to the hidden zippers on my shirt! I also munched on lactation cookies, because why not? Oats are healthy, and mama must eat! [Keep tuning in because one of our weekly Real Mom videos is all about making sure breastfeeding and postpartum women in general are continuing to take care of themselves.] How was that for a segue?

The pictures speak louder than any word I can write, so I leave you with some of our favorite images from the day. That is our team wearing our new boob shirts, me in the Eat Local nursing top, and some of the mamas we were so happy to meet. A lot of these women took the day off from work to be there with their kids. It was a hot one, so the 28 nursing moms were able to sit and do the latch on in an air-conditioned pavilion. This was really helpful for those who needed to store their milk [like me], so that it didn’t spoil in the sun. So many of the women were local and just wanted to see what their neighborhood had to offer, from healthcare, to mom groups, to nursing merchandise. Moms were encouraged to breastfeed in the park; there was food to keep everyone healthy and happy, and lots of support. We watched a couple little ones while their mamas got measured! There are such amazing communities out there with people who understand you; I was thrilled to know I am so close to one.

Throughout the rest of August, besides the videos, you can expect a new segment called Monthly Cravings, which will cover recipes, mocktails and style suggestions. There will be an interview with a lactation consultant and so much more that we hope resonates with you!  Let us know if you went to a Latch On Event or how you celebrated, acknowledged or even just posted about World Breastfeeding Week. @motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths – See you there! – Daina

HOLIDAY WORK PARTIES

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This is for our corporate mamas, the ones who hold down the nine to fives and then some. The holiday work party comes but once a year. However, it doesn’t look the same for everyone, of course! There are the “parties” that happen on your lunch break, in the company kitchen with homemade cupcakes and sparkling cider when you are still #clockedin. That’s okay. Don’t feel blue; dress in blue.

We have the outfit you need to add some light and life: the tie waist maternity top with a gathered cuff design in teal blue. [This also comes in a burgundy floral print.] Add a black pair of maternity pants, or if your office leans on the casual side, a nice pair of black maternity jeans.

Is your work party #outofoffice? Okay, so this is your chance to dress up. The featured puff sleeve velvet maternity dress is the epitome of LBD, which can also stand for luxurious black dress. Put your bump on display, grab a mocktini and get ready for all the compliments. Your boss may even give you one. Unless, of course, you are the boss.

GLOWING GRAPHICS

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Finally, we have your maternity tees and sweatshirts that bring on the good cheer.

To start, the best-selling holiday graphics are back and better than ever. There are more sayings to choose from, so pick the one that speaks to you… literally!

Shop our shining shoot in order from left to right:

Snowflake Ornament Maternity Graphic Tee

Oy to the World Hanukkah Maternity Graphic Tee

Dear Santa I Can Explain Maternity Graphic Tee – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

We’re Trading in Our Silent Nights for a Bundle of Joy Maternity Graphic Tee

Tis the Season to be Pregnant Maternity Graphic Tee

Or, do you want something a little cozier to help bundle up the bump? Style out loud with maternity sweatshirts. Shop the styles with the links below.

Oh Deer I’m Pregnant! Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

Guess Who’s Coming to Town Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

No More Silent Nights Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt

Just make sure you order yours by December 14th or before to get in time for Christmas with standard ground shipping. And, also make sure to tag us @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun #somuchtocelebrate and of course if it’s a Tuesday… #graphicteetuesday

MORE EARLY STOCKING STUFFERS

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These stockings were certainly hung with care. We know that Christmas and Hanukkah are next month, but is it ever really too early to get ahead of the shopping game? We think not, which is why our early stocking stuffers suggestions are here for you NOW!

Our first early stocking stuffers post was all about little gifts for your little gift, aka the baby! And although we still love the Wubbanub, these stocking stuffers are really more for mama. To begin, we shall start at the bottom… and by that we mean your feet. Pregnancy makes you achy and a lot of times your swollen ankles need a break. Give your toes something cozy to slip into with our newest faux fur slide slippers (shown in blush pink and grey) or any of our hospital socks that feature sayings like, “If you can read this, I’m about to be a mom.”

Now work your way up and give your legs super soft maternity leggings, which pair so well with any of the graphic maternity tees and our holiday maternity sweaters. We’ve literally pinned two for you: the mama and baby polar bear sweater and the Santa Baby red sweater. Oh, and that red, green, gold-bowed gem our model is wearing? That’s our Christmas present bow maternity sweater. Because let’s be honest, you and your beautiful bump are the present!

Happy shopping. Stay tuned all month long for more posts featuring gift ideas.

THE BRA WISH LIST

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They are the foundations of fashion. They are your support system. They are the beautiful basics. They are the first layer of lovely. They are here to lift you up. Has the point been driven home yet? Bras may not always be at the top of your wish list, but we are here to help remind you that they should be!

We have brought you a shopping guide for baby, and now we bring you lingerie for days. To make this easier for you, see below to shop our top categories of maternity bras. Oh, and in case you didn’t realize: our maternity bras ARE nursing bras. Whether they feature clip-down straps, pullover fronts, or lift-up access… they were made to go maternity to eternity.

To learn more about our 6 most popular styles of support: full coverage, strapless, racerback, seamless, sleep and sport click here. To read even more about the best-selling, award-winning, 5-star rated seamless bra click here. And to shop all styles, see below.

Wireless Maternity/Nursing Bras

Sleep Maternity/Nursing Bras

Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bras

Full Coverage Maternity/Nursing Bras

Demi Maternity/Nursing Bras

Sport Maternity/Nursing Bras

Strapless Maternity/Nursing Bras

THANKFUL FOR THE SECRET FIT BELLY

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Remember when Joey Tribbiani wore Phoebe’s maternity pants on Thanksgiving because they had so much room to grow as he ate? That’s exactly what this post is tapping into! We are here to give our thanks to our favorite waistband, our exclusive and patented Secret Fit Belly® panel.

HERE ARE THE TOP 3 REASONS YOU’LL LOVE THE SECRET FIT BELLY®

  1. When expecting, you can expect to continue to wear the styles you love. The patented panel is featured not only on our maternity jeans, but on pants and leggings too.
  2. Its seamless construction is fabricated from Nylon/Spandex yarn providing a smooth fit. It also offers great recovery, stretching over your bump at every stage.
  3. Versatile elasticity gives you extra style mileage from your pants. It doesn’t slip, stays fitted, can be folded down or kept up for adjustable comfort that continues to work as your belly grows.

AND BONUS REASON:

It doesn’t constrict you when gobbling down the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, the corn, the string beans, the gravy, the sweet potatoes, and it doesn’t make you feel stuffed when eating the stuffing. Plus, it continues to be a sweet choice when piling the whipped cream on your pumpkin pie. That’s the not so secret secret of the belly band. Happy Thanksgiving Mamas!

 

 

TURKEY TEES

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What’s on the menu for Thanksgiving when it comes to dressing? Go for cute and comfy this year, Mama! Our maternity graphic tees are dishing up something special for you.

Let’s talk turkey… literally. The two shown holiday tees are all about the little one cooking in your belly. We loved the color of the top maternity shirt and had thought about taking it to another level with a complementary plaid maternity button up in reds, burgundy and shades of blue.

Our second turkey tee featured pops of bright orange and yellow, so we mellowed out the gray graphic by pairing it with our white and black plaid top. We imagined it open over the tee with our stretchy and supportive Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans. Just wait until you see why we’re thankful for them! [Editor’s Note: look for a blog post coming soon!]

Although not in your face Thanksgiving, we also sell our exclusive Blessed to be a Mama maternity t-shirt, which also comes in plus sizing 1X-3X. Oh… and that cute letterboard that we used in our photo shoots – we sell that too! Make it yours.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22nd, so make sure you order these styles this week to ensure they come in time with standard shipping and delivery. Also make sure you tag us in your Thanksgiving look, either today with #GraphicTeeTuesday or always with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity!

SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE

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We know, we know… Halloween JUST happened, and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet! That’s why we aren’t going straight to Christmas. We are taking a little detour and ever so slightly getting you in the spirit. Look past the gold confetti and red font. When we say there is so much to celebrate, that means Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, the end of another year and the beginning of a great adventure with baby. In other words, we are celebrating style and celebrating YOU!

To start, we are all about maternity denim. It’s America, and it’s kind of our signature. So, begin with your choice of blue and then work your way up. This is our second year selling the maternity overalls and they remain one of the top loved styles. We see them having a “third times the charm” moment in 2019 too! But there is no wrong way to wear jeans. Shop the featured skinny ankle pair here.

Sweater weather has of course come, but we are really living for plaid season. The featured red and blue plaid maternity top is actually a button front with convertible sleeves; so when those pregnancy hormones [or office heat] kick in, you can roll them all the way up! [Editor’s Note: this shirt comes in 8 different colors!]

You need your choice of maternity blouses particularly for this time of year. Between the parties, get-togethers and family fun… you should opt for a top that is pretty and practical. Shop the shown ruffle detail, tie sleeve maternity blouse in cherry or black! How do you dress for the busy season? Show us with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity!

THE BRA SHOP

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Here at Motherhood® Maternity we suggest always having at least four maternity bras in your rotation, which is why we have our running promotion of buy 3, get the 4th free style. This way, you have different comfort options, always on hand if the rest are in the hamper, and then one to sleep in too. Above are our six styles of support that will you get through the next nine months and beyond, because our maternity bras ARE nursing bras.

We always get the question of when to start bra shopping. The answer is as early as you see your breasts change, which can be as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Breasts are usually the first body part to grow… even before the belly! Our bras are designed to grow as you do.

Our full coverage style is the made for maternity tees and tops. Featuring an underwire, it does provide lift and support, while giving you the coverage you crave as the girls continue to grow! Similar in lift and support, the strapless maternity bra makes dressing easy and without worry. It will stay put and comes with detachable/re-attachable bra straps that can be made into a cross-back style too.

Our racerback maternity bras are one of the most loved styles. They are stretchy and super comfortable, plus they feature the slimmer cross back that looks amazing with workout wear. We love (and our customers love) the lacy ones, especially under a loose tee for a daringly cute look. Need something a little stronger and supportive for working out? We have maternity sport bras that keep you feeling secure as you get your sweat sesh on.

And now for our two most popular bras: the seamless bra and the maternity sleep bra! The seamless bra is award-winning, has over 500 5-star reviews and is top-rated across the board. Why? Well, it is truly wireless and of course seamless, so it looks and feels amazing under any top or dress. The ruching in the middle doesn’t allow for the dreaded uni-boob, providing separation and light support. It comes in two silhouettes: demi/regular coverage and full coverage, as well as in plus sizing 1X-3X.

The sleep bra, also known as our wrap bra, is the one dreams are made of. Super soft and slightly supportive, you won’t feel constrained in the middle of the night… or day. Unlike our clip-down nursing feature, our sleep bra effortlessly pulls over for feeding and pumping. Don’t sleep on this style; it’s a favorite for a reason!

 

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