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Breastfeeding Help: Top nursing problems solved

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month! As wonderful as nursing can be, it doesn’t come naturally (or is even possible) for every new mother. We like to think of breastfeeding as a delicate dance between mom and baby — you’re both learning how to do this, so be patient and don’t give up! For Mamas who need extra support, here are solutions to common breastfeeding problems.

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Issue: Painful breastfeeding

Painful nipples are a common issue among new mothers. Nipple sensitivity is expected during the first week of nursing, as your areola stretches with suckling. However, if the pain get worse or persists for more than 10 days, it’s time to investigate!

Solve it: Evaluate your technique by checking your baby’s positioning on your nipple, as well as his position to your body.  Parents.com has a helpful feature that helps you examine if baby is latching to your breast correctly (with pictures!). Remember: breastfeeding should not be painful.

Issue: Sore, chapped nipples

As you perfect your breastfeeding form, you’ve still gotta take care of those nipples! If your nipples are in bad shape (i.e.: cracked, sore or bleeding), reach for natural remedies that will relieve your pain and be safe for nursing baby.

Solve it: Research has shown moist environments help soothe sore nipples. Try the age-old practice of bathing nipples in fresh breast milk, which is believed to have antibacterial and healing properties. Alternatively, reach for a toxin-free ointment like The Spoiled Mama’s Fix that Sucker Nipstick. This sore nipple cream is lanolin-free, safe for baby to digest and uses 100% organic ingredients to relieve nipple pain and encourage healing. 

Issue: Too much breast milk

Can overproduction of breast milk be too much of a good thing? Sure thing, Mama. An oversupply can lead to stressful feedings for baby, who may choke or sputter on the milk, or clamp down on the nipple completely (ouch!). For mom, overly full breasts can become painful and uncomfortable, and may increase her chances of plugged ducts that may lead to an infection.

Solve it: Interrupt your milk production cycle. Try nursing baby on one breast per feeding. If she wants to feed within the next two hours, try offering her the same breast. Then switch sides and repeat. This method should slow down the rate of milk production to match your baby’s true needs. If you need to express milk from overly full breasts, only pump enough to decrease the pressure.

Issue: Too little breast milk

If you’re low milk production is a problem, your baby may not be gaining enough weight, which can halter or impair physical and mental development.

Solve it: Breast milk is very much a game of supply and demand. In theory, the more often you feed, the more milk your body will produce. To jump start production, try pumping between nursing sessions, switching breasts during feedings and drinking a breastfeeding tea made with lactation herbs. One example is The Spoiled Mama’s More Milk Please, a tea to increase milk supply with 100% organic ingredients like fennel seed and fenugreek.

Any questions we missed? Check out great breastfeeding sources like La Leche League International and Breastmilk Counts.

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Keeping proper hydration during pregnancy will improve your health and skin

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Pregnancy Hydration

Dehydration is more common than you think. One popular study discovered a whopping 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration, which means there’s a good chance you — dear reader — are thirsty right now. While “eating for two” is common pregnancy idiom, we want you to start thinking about drinking for two.

Proper hydration will not only make your muscles and brain function better, it’s better for baby, will help subdue uncomfortable pregnancy side effects and keep your pregnancy skin healthy and radiant!

Tips on hydration during pregnancy

9 things you have to know about hydration while pregnant

1) Gulping water in your third trimester increases amniotic fluid for your baby, which makes helps protect the baby’s umbilical cord.

2) Aim for 8-12 eight-ounce glasses of water daily at a minimum. If you’re exercising or the weather is hot, aim for more.

3) Drinking water helps prevent and cure constipation (and hemorrhoids), a common problem for many expecting Mamas.

4) In the third trimester, drinking ample water and applying an aloe leg gel made to relieve swollen legs and feet helps alleviate edema by aiding blood circulation. Adios, cankles.

5)  If your face is parched, reach for a gentle cleanser, pregnancy safe toner and toxin-free moisturizer twice a day. Bonus points if you include a pregnancy safe facial product that contains hyaluronic acid, a powerful ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water!

6) If pregnancy brain is making you forget to hydrate, sign up for one of these handy apps that alerts you when you need to drink more! Check out Waterlogged for iOS or Water Your Body for Android phones. Keep a log of how much water you’re drinking, and turn it into a daily challenge!

6) Water helps deliver nutrients to your baby by helping form the placenta. Drink up, Mama!

7) Dehydrated skin means dry skin, and dry skin increases the chance of stretch marks! To give skin an extra boost, moisturize daily with a pregnancy-safe belly butter or stretch mark oil.

8) If you’re feeling scaly, check the ingredients in your body wash. Sulfates, the stuff that makes skin care products foam, is notorious for leaving skin and hair dry. The best body wash for pregnancy will be sulfate-free and made with natural ingredients.

9) Listen to your body. It’ll let you know you’re dehydrated. Feeling overheated or have dark urine? These are signs you may need that extra glass of water.

What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated while pregnant during these hot summer months? Share your tips below!

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Fade red stretch marks

How to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks

One day you wake up, and it’s just there: a scraggly, jagged line on your skin that runs up the sides of your thighs, hips or belly. And your heart deflates when you realize what it is:

The dreaded stretch mark.

Stretch marks (or striae) are just a fact of life, especially when you’re pregnant and busy creating life. The lines you see are actual tears in your dermis, usually caused by rapid weight changes. While you may want to throw in the towel at the first sign of a stretch mark, you will be surprised you still have say in it’s final appearance.

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Here are our best tips for fading pregnancy stretch marks:

  • Early treatment. Since stretch marks eventually become scars, the most effective way to diminish them is by treating them right away. The best time for treatment is when they are new, and red or purple in appearance. When stretch marks become silvery scar tissue, only laser treatments (and lots of prayer) will help.
  • Choose toxin-free pregnancy skin care. While pregnant, anything you put on your skin can affect your baby’s development. That’s why the best products for pregnancy stretch marks should always be toxin-free and made with organic ingredients.
  • Follow treatment EVERY DAY. Since you’re using gentle, natural skin care, it becomes even more important to establish regularity when treating your stretch marks. We suggest making it part of your daily routine, just like flossing and brushing your teeth!
  • Use tamanu oil & vitamin E. The best lotion for pregnancy stretch marks will include tamanu oil and vitamin E. Both these amazing ingredients have a long history of fading scars and accelerating the production of healthy skin cells.
  • Wear sunscreen; become a vampire. Sadly, when you have new pregnancy stretch marks, the sun is no longer your friend. Sun exposure will lead to discoloration of stretch marks, and can cause the tissue to thicken and become harder to treat. Make sure you’re slathering on SPF 30+ every day, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.
  • Choose a stretch mark serum. While a tummy butter for stretch marks is great as an every day treatment, we like to apply nightly serums for the ultimate double whammy. The fine molecular structure of serums allow for deep penetration of the skin, which makes it fantastic for spot treatments. Again, choose a pregnancy stretch marks treatment that will be safe for you AND baby.

Have you gotten stretch marks during pregnancy? Share your tips on stretch marks treatment below!

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Babymoon ideas for expecting parents

Babymoon ideas + tips for the pregnant couple

Amid all the baby fuss, we’re firm believers pregnant Mamas and their partners deserve one last hurrah before baby arrives. And with summer officially here, what better time to start planning a romantic babymoon?

If getting out of bed seems like a chore, here is an easy guide to planning that perfect pregnancy getaway!

Planning a babymoon vacation? Here are the best tips for that perfect getaway before the baby arrives!

1) Timing is everything. Since first trimesters are often plagued with morning sickness, and traveling in the your third trimester is often discouraged, aim to take that relaxin’ babymoon during your second trimester in weeks 14 through 28. Otherwise, fill your luggage with morning sickness tea and take your chances!

2) Take it easy. Even though it’s your last pre-baby vacay, this isn’t the time to go ziplining through Costa Rica or roughing it up Bear Grylls-style. Make realistic plans about how far you can travel, look for nonstop flights and minimize travel times.

3) Scope out pregnancy-safe activities and services. When considering a babymoon destination, scope out local pregnancy-friendly activities you can participate in. Perhaps there’s a thriving art and music scene, great restaurants or beautiful parks to explore. Check out local event calendars for fun workshops and fairs that may be occurring.

4) Consider a hotel babymoon package. Check out babymoon travel packages that are catered to pampering expectant Mamas. Many babymoon specials include couples’ massages, in-room dessert bars and even photography sessions. When researching spa visits, choose prenatal massage experts who use toxin-free pregnancy skin care products that are safe for your baby. Or better yet — just bring your own!

5) Check in with the doc. Before booking your trip, talk with your OB to get the green light on your travel plans. This is especially important if you’re carrying multiples, or have a high-risk pregnancy.

6) Research hospitals in the area. You and your partner will have a happier vacation knowing medical help is near, should you need it. Bring along important medical papers or phone numbers, just to be prepared and reassured.

Traveling while pregnant? Check out our Six Essentials to Pack and our Top Travel Skin Care Tips

Planning a babymoon, or have some pregnancy travel tips of your own? We wanna know below!

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Travel during pregnancy: Six essentials to pack

Whether you’re planning a weekender or three-week cruise to the Caribbean, traveling while pregnant means taking extra precaution to make sure your necessities are met. Before you hit the road, here’s our pregnancy travel checklist. Bon voyage, Mama!

Six essentials to pack while traveling pregnant

Prenatal vitamins

It’s crucial to stay on top of your prenatal vitamins, for your health and your baby’s development. Pack a pillbox to get stay organized and avoid crushed pills.

Important medical info

Before a long trip, consult with your doctor to find a OB/GYN and hospital in your travel area. Put together a sheet that includes pertinent medical information, such as prescriptions, allergies, blood type and more.

Toxin-free pregnancy skin care

Don’t compromise your skin care routine while traveling. Most hotel products are full of toxins that you want to be careful to avoid. Order one of our Best of Bump Box Sampler pregnancy gift set (on sale for $18), which features trial sizes of your favorite tummy butter, stretch mark oil and aloe leg gel. For shorter trips, our mini pregnancy spa treatment (on sale for $5.25), which includes a pregnancy body wash. And of course, always bring your sunscreen!

On-the-go snacks

Don’t let the munchies get you down! Traveling can be draining, which means pregnant Mamas should always have snacks on hand for that extra bit of energy. We recommend healthy bites like nuts, power bars or fruit.

Doctor-approved meds

Be prepared for any emergency. Pack an assortment of doctor-approved meds that you may need during the trip, including pain relievers and antacids for that nasty pregnancy heartburn.

Comfy flats

Nothing ruins a trip faster than achey feet. Unfortunately pregnancy cankles are a very real thing. Treat your gams to an aloe leg gel for pregnancy swollen feet relief, and opt for comfortable ballet flats or sandals. We swear by our Crocs, which stretch in warm weather to conform to your feet…no matter how puffy they are!

Have a trip coming up? What’s on YOUR pregnancy travel checklist? Share below!

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