I am a seasoned breastfeeding mother. I have been through the trenches not once, but twice. I have spent hours trying to get my babies to latch correctly, silently clenching my teeth, tears streaming down my face as stabbing pain shot through my raw, bleeding nipples. I’ve rocked hysterical babies through the wee hours of the night as they struggled with reflux, and sat in a zombie-like state for days, during marathon cluster feedings. I have a permanent scar on my left nipple from a newly sprouted tooth. I spent hours attached to a machine, urging my body to produce milk via pump, often with very little luck. I’ve compressed clogged ducts in the shower, painful to the slightest touch, and have woken up to rock hard breasts and drenched sheets. I’ve been there, Mama. I’ve been through it all. And I just want you, the new breastfeeding mom who’s struggling to get through the day, to know, it’s all going to be ok.
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Being a mom is amazing. You get to give birth to an amazing little person who you get to help raise into an amazing human being. But the choices you make along the way are often scrutinized by everybody you encounter, from the other moms at preschool to your friends and family, to complete strangers with whom you’ll never actually have a conversation. For some reason moms tend to let all of these judgments make them feel ashamed of their choices and feel the need to justify them to everyone they encounter.
While you shouldn’t feel ashamed of the choices you and your partner make for your family, here are eight things you should absolutely never feel ashamed about as a mom.
Part of becoming a mother is the new reality where we begin to put the needs of someone else, usually a tiny and demanding little person, before the needs of ourselves. We all know that being home with a newborn involves little sleep, lots of breastfeeding, few showers, and frequently eating with one hand. Also, if this is not your first baby, you’re chasing other small children around all while trying to maintain your sanity while caring for your newest bundle of joy. The good news is things do get easier! But in the meantime, as moms we have to ensure that we maintain our own health and wellness to the best of our abilities.
If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! In recognition of August being National Breastfeeding Month we are celebrating all the expectant and new moms out there, whether they are welcoming their very first bundle of joy or their last. We will be showcasing some of the hottest new items meant to make your pregnancy, newborn and postpartum experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. From travel systems and sleep solutions to pregnancy and postpartum nutrition and apparel, there is something here for everyone. So, whether you or someone you love is welcoming a new addition, make sure to join us for this fun and fabulous event! Partnering up with our favorite brands, Daily Mom’s Kristin and Jeri will be LIVE this August on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the details on their favorite items for both Mommy and Baby – which you can now enter to WIN! See all the details below…
If you didn’t tune into our Facebook Live video event, then go ahead and watch the replay now to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!
And if you shared our LIVE video, RSVP’ed to the event page, and shared the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the items that are up for grabs!
Do you have songs that take you back to another time or place in your life? We all do, I imagine. My life has a soundtrack. And while it may only play in my head, it is always there, and just a few notes from a song can instantly transport me right to where I was when that song became a part of me. I feel all the feelings again. Memories, no matter how distant, become crystal clear when a song plays. One song will forever hold the space in me for when I was a new mother, Home by Phillip Phillips.
If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! In recognition of August being National Breastfeeding Month, we are celebrating all the Expectant and New Moms out there whether welcoming their very first bundle of joy or their last. We will be showcasing some of the hottest new items meant to make your pregnancy, newborn, and postpartum experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. From travel systems and sleep solutions to pregnancy and postpartum nutrition and apparel, there is something here for everyone, so whether you or someone you love is welcoming a new addition make sure to join us for this fun and fabulous event! Partnering up with our favorite brands, Daily Mom’s Kristin and Jeri will be LIVE this August on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the details on their favorite items for both mommy and baby which you can then enter to WIN! See all the details below…
A mom’s first Mother’s Day is an exciting one. Becoming a mother is a magical, exhausting, and ever-changing time in a woman’s life, and the new mama (or mama to be!) deserves to be celebrated. Whether the mom in your life is expecting her first bundle or the baby has already arrived, Daily Mom has you covered with all the best gifts for new and expecting moms this Mother’s Day. From maternity wear to nursing gear, diaper bags to beauty must-haves, we have everything the new mom in your life could want this Mother’s Day.
Whether beginning to plan for baby #1 or deciding to add to your growing family, the importance of prenatal vitamins for mama and growing baby is essential to a healthy pregnancy and beyond. From the moment you make the decision to embark upon the journey that is parenthood, you need to start thinking and planning for both you and your baby’s health. Ensuring that your body has the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to conceive another human being and then to successfully sustain you both for the next 9 months is essential to a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.
Once you are sure you are ready to start trying to conceive, the first thing you need to do is start taking a prenatal vitamin. A common misconception is that prenatal vitamins are only necessary once you become pregnant. However, the truth is that prenatal vitamins should begin as a part of your TTC routine and continue throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal or postnatal vitamins should then continue to be consumed to ensure the continued health of the mother and a breastfeeding baby until breastfeeding ends. At Mother’s Select, they have carefully crafted a vitamin regime to easily transition you through every phase of this journey from TTC through breastfeeding and infant care.
There is nothing sweeter than seeing a sweet smile across your child’s face. The American Dental Association has deemed February “National Children’s Dental Health Month”. We must take the proper precautions to take care of that precious smile. Dental health starts from the very beginning, even before there are any teeth. We’ve compiled a list of must-knows to help solve some of those mouth mysteries and take proper care of those pearly whites.
From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.
Naughty or nice? Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to show your significant other not only how much you love them, but also how sexy you feel to be with them. Are you looking for the perfect gift to fire up the bedroom? Whether this is something to wear or to use during your sensual time with your love, this gift guide is for you!
The 2016 ABC Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada boasted thousands of products from some of the most well-known baby and child companies, as well as some of the best and brightest up and coming companies. Our editors Elena and Dani ventured out to find the best of the best for our Daily Mom readers, and we have been dying to tell you all about it! Clothing, diaper bags, baby monitors, swaddles, and sleep aides – you name it, we tested it. Below you will find our favorite products for you to use in your home – sleep aides, food ware, bath time accessories, baby monitors, nursery furniture, and more!
It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public.
Dressing up for the holidays isn’t limited to the little ones. With all the sparkle and lights of the season, now is your time to shine. Put away your ugly sweaters! We’ve picked our favorite reasons to dress up and shared looks that will inspire every occasion you’ll be attending in the coming weeks.
Shopping for a pregnant mama or a new mom can be a challenge – there’s a dizzying array of products to choose from, and it’s hard to know what’s sure to delight her. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all the very best – some new products and some tried-and-true favorites – for the New Mom & Baby Holiday Extravaganza. And the best part? YOU can win the items featured here. Be sure to read about these incredible products, watch our Facebook LIVE video to see the products in action, and scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win.
Be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page and check out our LIVE Video. Leave us a comment on the video for another chance to win.
By sharing our event page, RSVP’ing to the event page, and sharing the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the gear that’s up for grabs, below!