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Great Breastfeeding Resource

breastfeedingIt’s amazing how every baby is so.. different. My first baby wanted to nurse all the time. A lactation consultant described him as a “Barracuda Nurser”. It was awful! My nipples were cracked and bleeding. I had to take tylenol before latching him on because the pain was so bad. I had to deal with thrush, plugged ducts and yucky mastitis. I would have definitely given up on nursing, if I hadn’t discovered¬†Kellymom.com. A friend told me about the site when my son was 2 weeks old, and I called her hysterical at 1am because I just didn’t ¬†know what to do anymore, and it gave me the answers to all my questions. Luckily, our new baby girl, is a snacker with a great latch. She like to nurse for 5 minutes at a time and so far so good.

A lot of my friends find themselves in the same boat as me. In the 1970’s and 80’s most moms in America didn’t breastfeed. When I had my son and was sitting in the hospital bed looking to my mother for advice, she had none to give me, and to make matters worse, with the recession, a lot of hospitals have cut their lactation support, leaving new moms who want to give their baby the very best, clueless as to what to do and expect.

Breastfeeding.com has a great directory of lactation consultants in the NYC area.

No More Yucky Hospital Gowns, Be a Hot Mama!

About a year ago I set up our Twitter account. It opened my eyes to so..many wonderful products on the market for new moms and babies. When I came across the Hot Mama Gown, I was floored. What a cool idea!

The Hot Mama Gown is a beautiful and comfortable alternative to the generic hospital gown. After all, you are creating the miracle of life, you should be dressed for he occasion.

What really impressed me about this gown is that it allows all the access the Hospital or Birthing Center will need; short sleeves for IV’s and blood pressure, a snap open back for epidurals/spinals (allows you to remain covered in the front). The coolest thing is that it is nursing friendly, which a hospital gown is not. There is a built-in panel for each breast, which allow for quick and easy access for breastfeeding. The ribbon tied panels, don’t require you to remove your arm from the gown to nurse, so you can nurse away while your in-laws are in your hospital room, and stay completely covered.

I contacted Deidrea (she invented the Hot Mama Gown) and told her how impressed I was with her idea, and that I had to have one. When my gown came, It exceeded all my expectations, and they were high. It was in one of the nicest boxes I have ever seen. The fabric, made of organic cotton, felt so nice on my skin. The print and colors were spectacular. I will not only be wearing this gown when I deliver baby X, but I will be wearing it for the few weeks afterward, as a great nursing nightgown.

I can’t think of a more thoughtful gift for a baby shower. At a time when everyone is focusing on baby, it is

Makes a great gift. Look at the box!
Makes a great gift. Look at the box!

nice to give Mama something she can feel beautiful and special in on what will be one of the best days of her life, and also a day when a lot of pictures are being taken.

The gowns come in six beautiful prints and cost approximately $150. Times are tough, but this is a definite splurge worth splurging for.

Stay tuned for pics of me on labor day in my Hot Mama Gown