Archives for June 2013

The Loving Moments of Breastfeeding for Mom’s Emotional Well-Being

Happy baby and mommyThe benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, both for baby and mom.  But did you know that breastfeeding can actually make you happier?  Yes, our bodies are quite amazing and those “Loving Moments” you spend with your baby can warm you with a smile both inside and out.  There are three hormones that can evoke happiness from breastfeeding.  Here’s how it works:

The hormone that produces milk in your body is called prolactin and it relieves stress and promotes relaxation.  The hormone that stimulates the release of milk, or let-down, is called oxytocin; this causes calmness plus feelings of love and nurture.  For that reason it is often called the “bonding hormone.”  And finally, breastfeeding releases endorphins, the body’s natural analgesia and feelings of well-being.

Not only can we feel great about providing our babies the healthiest nutrition possible from our breast milk, we can also feel this “natural high” from the hormones breastfeeding produces.  Many researchers believe that nursing moms experience less postpartum depression and are less exhausted in the early months due to the hormone rush from breastfeeding.  And because new moms are more relaxed about their new role in life, they are often more responsive to their babies and find it easier to bond.

Happy breastfeeding, mamas! (pun intended!)

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

Celebrating Nursing Bras with Loving Moments and Walmart at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship

LPGA Golf Pro Danah Bordner and her daughter Taylor

LPGA Golf Pro Danah Bordner and her daughter Taylor

Being a mom has been the most amazing experience of my life.  I am proud and honored to be the SpokesMom for Loving Moments by Leading Lady.  To me, Loving Moments is more than just a brand that makes nursing bras.  The brand represents the loving moments I spend with my daughter, Taylor.  My breastfeeding experience is special for so many reasons – the happiness I feel when bonding with Taylor, the health benefits for me and Taylor, and because it allows our family to save money.

Loving Moments makes it possible to save on the essential nursing bras we need because they are available only at Walmart.  Partnering with Walmart allows us to share the joys of breastfeeding with moms across the country, and to help ensure that every mom has the tools she needs for successful breastfeeding.  Loving Moments bras are pretty, fun-to-wear, supportive, and best of all – affordable!

Loving Moments has been a tremendous help on my journey through motherhood so far, arming me with supportive nursing bras and breastfeeding resources.  In return, I am excited to show my support for the brand while playing at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G this week in Rogers, AK.

I hope you’ll follow me throughout the tournament.  On Wednesday, June 19 I’ll be playing in the Pro Am with the third generation owner of Leading Lady and Loving Moments, Mark Corrado.  Mark is an avid golfer, but I’m looking forward to showing him a thing or two on the course!

Also stay tuned to watch me play in the LPGA US Open in Southampton, NY starting June 27.  It won’t be hard to find me…I’m the one proudly wearing my Loving Moments hat!

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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Dads and Breastfeeding

Dads and Breastfeeding

My first seven months as a dad have been a mix of excitement, nervousness, happiness, sleeplessness, and pride. We are so blessed to have a happy and healthy little girl. I give my wife a lot of credit for that. Her profession requires a lot of travel, but she knew how beneficial breast feeding is to a new baby, and she was determined to give that to our child. When Taylor was first born, she was waking every 3 hours to eat. As a dad, it seems like there is not a lot we can do to help since we can’t feed them. I did find three things that seem small, but mean a lot to our breast feeding wives.

1. When the baby wakes up to eat, go get him or her out of the crib or bassinet and bring them to Mom. It keeps you connected to that important feeding time with the baby, and Mom appreciates the effort.

2. Bring them something to drink while they feed. The milk production and feeding take a lot of energy, and it is important they stay hydrated.

3. Change your share of the diapers. Babies often need to be changed after eating, and if Mom can go back to sleep while Dad changes a diaper, it feels like more of a team effort.

Even though breast feeding is between the Mother and her baby, try to support her as much as possible in her effort. She and your baby will thank you!

Steve Bordner

Steve is the proud new father of Taylor and husband to Dahah Bordner, LPGA Professional golfer and Loving Moments spokesmom.

Danah Bordner and Family

LPGA Professional Golfer Danah Bordner and her husband Steve and daughter Taylor

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Check out our Breastfeeding Tips to find out more ways a partner can be a supportive part of the breastfeeding experience.

Nursing Bra Fit Tips

Nursing Bra Fit TipsFind Your Ideal Nursing Bra Fit with Loving Moments

Congratulations on your new baby! Whether you are expecting or already experiencing the joys of your little one, you are surely making many changes in your life…and your body. It is normal for breasts to be sensitive and change shapes and sizes throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your breasts need comfort and support now more than ever so it is important to know how to fit yourself and what to look for in a nursing bra. We’ve put together some basic nursing bra fit tips as a guide:

1) Begin shopping for nursing bras in your third trimester of pregnancy.
• When your current bra pinches or feels too tight, it is time to shop.
• Towards the end of your pregnancy and into your early nursing days, stretchy nursing bra styles with some give-and-take and nursing camis, are a good option.

2) You should be fitted for nursing bras, just as you would for all of your other bras. Your size will fluctuate over the first few months of nursing.
• We suggest you re-measure yourself about 4 weeks after delivery, once your milk levels stabilize. Your bra size may very well have changed.
• At this time, you will likely be ready to transition from more flexible nursing bras into more structured bras.
• Loving Moments by Leading Lady has created a handy bra size calculator on our website to help you determine how to measure your bra size. Many styles come with a bra size chart to easily find your accurate bra sizing. You can also try on Loving Moments by Leading Lady nursing bras at your nearest WalMart to try on a variety of bra sizes until you find your best fit.

3) A proper fitting bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered on your chest, and the straps will remain in place while you are moving. Wearing the right bra size is vital for maintaining good breast health and preventing plugged ducts.

4) We recommend beginning with three nursing bras or camis: One to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. Bring them with you to the hospital. You will need them right away!

5) Remember to replace your nursing bras if they have lost their shape or no longer fit. We recommend purchasing a new bra every six months.

Nursing Bra Styles

When selecting nursing bras, keep the following guidelines in mind:

1) Look for a style that matches your lifestyle. If you are on-the-go, select a supportive active nursing bra. If you are often in professional environments, molded, padded styles will provide clean lines and complement business attire.

2) Size fluctuations vary so look for nursing bras that will work with the ebb-and-flow of milk supply. Styles with 4 hook & eye closures in the back and adjustable straps allow for greater size differentiations.

3) Don’t be afraid to try an underwire bra if that is the style you find most supportive. When you wear the correct bra size, a properly fitting underwire bra does not restrict milk supply.

4) Your breasts and nipples will be sensitive, especially in the first few weeks. Select nursing bras made of soft, breathable fabrics that will feel comforting to your skin. An irritating fabric on an already sore nipple can be extremely painful.

5) Before nursing, sleeping in a bra may be a foreign concept. But when you begin breastfeeding, your breasts will need to be supported constantly. Sleep bras, leisure bras, or nursing camis are made of soft, stretchable fabrics that will keep you supported from morning until night, and make night time feedings easier.

6) Your breasts may leak in-between feedings. This is very common and some women choose to wear nursing pads or select lined bra styles to prevent breast milk from seeping through their shirt.