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Monday, March 19, 2012

9 Ways Google Can Help Us Normalize Breastfeeding

Wouldn't it be amazing if Google used its global influence to help us normalize breastfeeding?

World Breastfeeding Week takes place from August 1 - 7, 2012, and Dionna at Code Name: Mama has brainstormed several ways Google can join the celebration. Joni Rae of Tales of a Kitchen Witch contributed her artistic talents.

So today, please visit Code Name: Mama and check out her nine ideas on how Google can help us normalize breastfeeding. They include fun things like featuring a Google Breastfeeding Doodle (see all of Joni Rae's drawings at her site!) or transforming the Google Maps pegman into a breastfeeding pegwoman, to more serious suggestions such as not accepting advertising from companies that are not WHO Code compliant.

And we would love it if you would help us get Google's attention by sending them an email - there is an example email at the bottom of Dionna's post. Let's get Google to help us celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Giveaway: Glamourmom Nursing Bra Long Tank – $44 ARV CLOSED

This is a joint giveaway with Code Name: Mama and NursingFreedom.org. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries This is a giveaway of a Nursing Bra Long Tank from Glamourmom, an internationally-loved brand of nursing clothing. One lucky reader will win! After you've entered this giveaway, be sure to check out the giveaway of a Glamourmom Nursing Bra Full Bust Long Top over at Natural Parents Network and Little Snowflakes! From our reviewer, Dionna at Code Name: Mama:

About Glamourmom

Like many new mamas, Line Rothman was in search of the perfect clothing to nurse in after her first child was born. She specifically wanted to cover her belly - as many breastfeeding mamas know, having your belly completely open to the world while trying to nurse a newborn can feel you feel very exposed, even vulnerable. Line never found what she wanted, so she designed it herself. Glamourmom nursing tank tops offer unique full support built-in nursing bras, along with that comforting full belly coverage. Line's design grew in popularity until it became the internationally loved powerhouse it is today. She has continued to add new designs, styles, colors, and patterns to give breastfeeding mothers more fun and flattering options. Glamourmom offers several different varieties of nursing tank tops - their newest actually has full bust support with an adjustable chest band! You can also find nursing bras, nursing sleep and lounge wear, a stylish long sleeved nursing top, and more. If you are not comfortable ordering nursingwear online, Glamourmom is sold in many retail stores around the world. Simply enter your zip code on the Contact Page to find the store closest to you.

Nursing Bra Long Tank

The Nursing Bra Long Tank gives breastfeeding mamas maximum coverage and great support. The tank features a supportive bra that is very supportive for my modest B - C cup. The openings for breastfeeding are smaller than on my other nursing tank tops, so less of my breast is exposed while I am nursing. However, I can stretch the opening if I need to (i.e., if Ailia is having trouble latching on and I need to be able to see more to help her). The tank has spaghetti straps with clasps that are different from most other nursing tanks. Instead of having the bulky clasps that lift up, these sit flush and hook into the side. This makes the clasps less noticeable, but the downside to them is that they are more challenging to work one-handed. I have been able to clasp and unclasp them one-handed on occasion, but not with a hungry, squirming baby (when it matters most). I imagine with practice, one could become an expert with this style.

The spaghetti straps are adjustable, but I found that the straps on my tank were considerably shorter than I expected - I have them at their fullest length. That is not a problem I normally run into with my tank tops. These tanks are cut long so that there is no question they will cover your tummy. The extra length is supposed to go down mid-thigh. I consider myself to be long-torsoed, and it hits me on my upper thigh. The stylish fit and the discreet clasps mean you can wear the Nursing Bra Long Tank alone or underneath another shirt. The tanks are 92% cotton, 8% elastic, giving them a comfortable, very snug fit. Per the size chart listed on the site, I ordered a medium and have been pleased with the fit. However, if you run toward the higher end of the "medium" size according to their chart, or if you don't like your tanks tight-fitting, you might consider ordering a large.


You can get the Nursing Bra Long Tank and more by ordering directly from Glamourmom's website. Amazon also carries several Glamourmom products. Glamourmom does offer free shipping on orders over $50.


For your own chance to win a Nursing Bra Long Tank from Glamourmom, enter by leaving a comment and using our new Rafflecopter system below. One winner will receive a Nursing Bra Long Tank. Contest is open to United States residents only.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Music and Milky

Josias and I attend a weekly program called Music Together, in which babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents sing, dance, play instruments and have fun with music.  Josias loves his music class.  We have a CD of the songs we sing in class and we listen to it in the car.  Josias sings along, predicts what song will come next and makes requests.

As much as Josias loves Music Together, in his mind (I imagine), there is one thing that could make it even better.  Milky!  Although the timing of the class does not coincide with a time that Josias would normally want to breastfeed, he asks for milky during every music class.  Always at the end when we sing a lullaby, and occasionally during some peppy dance number.  We scoot to the side, sit on the floor and breastfeed.  Often Josias tries to sing or dance at the same time.

We are entering our third ten-week session of this class and each has been a different group of children and their parents.  During the first session, several of the children would come stare, hover and sometimes point when Josias would breastfeed.  I loved their curiosity and the fact that they were watching a toddler breastfeed. One mother explained to her son that Josias was getting his milk from his Mama and that he used to get milk that way too. In our current session no one pays much mind when we breastfeed.

Until recently I hadn't really thought about breastfeeding in music class, but lately, I've started to wonder, with all these babies and toddlers, where are the other breastfeeders?  My guess is that several of the babies and toddlers do breastfeed, they just don't do it in class, because of timing, because they are thoroughly involved in class, or any number of other reasons.  At this point, Josias does not care that he is the only one having milky during music class.  Will he start to care?  Will I?

I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  For now, I love the fact that Josias has found joy in music and that we can experience his discovery together, including through breastfeeding.

Do you attend activities with your child where you are the only ones breastfeeding?  How does it feel?

Photo credit: Lorena