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December 18th, 2014

No matter how long you decide to breastfeed, make it easier and feel more confident with Milk Nursingwear’s stylish nursing tops and dressesOur nursingwear features hidden openings that help you to nurse discreetly and conveniently wherever you are.

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Jewelry for the Mom in Your Life

December 11th, 2014

The holidays are fast approaching, and getting mom a meaningful gift is not easy. No matter how long a woman has been a mother, she will appreciate jewelry that reminds her of her children and holds sentimental value. We, at Milk Nursingwear, have gathered our top picks of beautiful jewelry designs at varying price points.

three sisters necklaceThis personalized necklace from Three Sisters Jewelry Design has it all – the initial, birth date, and birth stone of her loved one.nelle and izzyNelle and Lizzy created a great look with these stackable birthstone rings. They can be a subtle reminder of those she loves.

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These sterling silver, hand stamped initial charms can be personalized even further with the child’s birth date. Created by You Can Quote Me On That, their store can be found on Etsy.

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These charming name plate necklaces come in both silver and gold.  Momentus NY can personalize each bar with two short names or just one.  Be creative and have the name stamped with a right alignment.

stella salvador necklaceStella Salvador creates these gorgeous, hammered gold disc necklaces.  Personalize mom’s with the kids’ initials in lower case.3sistersbraceletAnother item, by Three Sisters, is the cuff bangle. Find this in sterling silver or bronze with hand-tied cord ends. Stack them, or pair them with other bracelets for the latest look.

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Leave it to Pottery Barn Kids to offer this stylish name & date tag necklace. Wear one set or multiple.

All these fresh, modern pieces are timeless and came be worn every day. They are all a perfect compliment to our Milk nursing tops and dresses.  Remember the special woman in your life this holiday season.

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Milk Nursingwear December Style Guide

December 4th, 2014

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Winter is in full swing…that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm and breastfeed in style!

side shirred nursing top in long sleeves by Milk NursingwearOur black, side-shirred nursing top in long sleeves helps to complete this stylish nursing ensemble when worn with a wool, tartan skirt and knee-high black boots. Simply move aside the wrap front for nursing access. This fresh, flattering look is great whether for work or play.Milk Nursingwear Square Neck Ruched top

Already fighting the snow?

Stay comfortable and dry in this cute nursing outfit. Milk’s Square-neck ruched nursing top makes breastfeeding easy – just lift the empire layer to access the nursing openings. Pair our top with your favorite skinny jeans, duck boots and your heaviest parka. For maximum warmth, don’t forget some wool socks and a scarf. Stay fashionable by adding a tag necklace and sandalwood hoop earrings.

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Where can you find Milk?

November 27th, 2014

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You can always discover the latest, fresh and flattering nursingwear styles on our Milk Nurisngwear website.

BUT…

Did you know that you can shop Milk Nursingwear fashions in person at fine brick & mortar and online boutiques worldwide?

Our cool clothes for nursing moms can be found in stores across 15 states in the US as well as on 4 continents.

Check out our Store Locator page to see if there is a shop near you that carries our nursing tops and dresses!

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Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

November 20th, 2014

You know you have to be careful what you eat when you are pregnant, but did you know you should still evaluate what you consume while breastfeeding?

Alcohol

There are many opinions as to whether or not low levels of alcohol are ok to have when breastfeeding. For those that feel it’s safe to drink, they suggest waiting 3-4 hours after having a drink before you breastfeed. Some sources recommend waiting until your baby is 3 months old before considering having a drink. Discuss this with your pediatrician so you are fully informed.

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High levels of caffeine can cause crankiness and sleeplessness in babies. Keep in mind coffee is not the only culprit – watch your intake of energy drinks, soda, and chocolate. It’s best to wait until just after breastfeeding for your morning coffee.

Gas-inducing Veggies

If your nursling is fussy or gassy, you should consider limiting vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, beans and brussel sprouts. There are an abundance of other yummy, healthy vegetables that are easier on baby’s tummy.

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Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple have been known to increase the chances of diaper rash and cause crankiness in your little one. There are some reports suggesting these fruits also cause more spitting up. Eat them in moderation and pay attention to their impact.

Spicy Foods & Garlic

Spicy, heavily seasoned and garlicky foods may not sit well with baby. This, in turn, may make her cranky and fussy. If this is a hard one for you to avoid, try them out and keep an eye out to see how your baby reacts.

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The most common dietary allergen found when it comes to breastfeeding is dairy. Many babies are intolerant of cows milk – these allergens can enter your breast milk and cause problems for baby.

Fish

You don’t need to avoid all fish – just those containing higher levels of mercury. Fish such as tuna, mackerel, shark, swordfish, and tilefish can all have a negative effect on baby’s nervous system.

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It’s best to avoid mint (including peppermint) and parsley while nursing as they both contribute to a reduction in milk supply. For any herb you may be taking in large amounts, it’s best to consult your doctor to make sure there are no harmful side effects for baby.

Foods with an Allergenic History in your Family

If there are ANY foods you know members of your family are allergic to, then this is the time to stay away! La Leche League International warns if there are allergies on either side of the family, it is beneficial to avoid these foods while your baby is very young. Food allergies are often inherited, and baby may be susceptible to the allergen through your breast milk.

We at Milk Nursingwear encourage educating yourself on the best possible ways to make breastfeeding your nursling an easy and fulfilling experience.  Our fashionable nursing tops and nursing dresses feature hidden openings to help you nurse discreetly and conveniently wherever you are. This helps you feel more confident breastfeeding when you are out and about and enables you to enjoy being out in the world with your baby.

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Milk Nursingwear November Style Guide

November 13th, 2014

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Work or play…we have your wardrobe (and your breastswinky) covered at Milk Nursingwear.

 

Milk Nursingwear Nov 1Our Tiered nursing top with lace trim in blush has 3/4 sleeves making it a great, year-round option. To access the nursing openings in this feminine nursing top, simply lift the lowest tier. This nursing top can be dressed up or down. We’ve paired it with a comfortable pair of jeans and a navy puffer vest – as well as some riding boots and a large leather bag for all of mommy and baby’s gear.

Milk Nursingwear Nov 2The Dolman sleeve cowl neck nursing top is one of our new Fall arrivals for 2014. This beautifully made nursing top is perfect with black slacks for a day at the office or even a night out on the town. Add a burst of color with this fuchsia tote and silk scarf, and stay warm with a houndstooth coat and suede booties.

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Milk Moments Contest

November 3rd, 2014

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Enter to win a $100 gift card with your Milk Moments Vine

 

Create a Vine video showing a “Milk Moment” – you wearing one of our stylish nursing tops or nursing dresses and/or nursing your little one in Milk Nursingwear – and you could win one of three $100 Milk Nursingwear gift cards.  Contest begins November 3, 2014. 

 

We will award a $100 Milk Nursingwear gift card to one winner in each of the following three categories:

-        Most creative video

-        Funniest video

-        Best example of easy/discreet nursing in public video

 

How to Enter:

  1. Create a 6 second video on Vine featuring your Milk Moment.
  2. Share your video on Twitter using #MilkMoments AND tag us @MilkNursingwear.
  3. Follow us @MilkNursingwear on Twitter (so we can contact you if you are a winner).

 

Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 14, 2014, at noon EST.

Start working on your Vine video submissions now!

There is no limit to the number of entries per person

- submit as many videos as you like.

 

Milk Moment Contest winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

 

See below for official rules and details…

Official Rules:

  • No Purchase Necessary, just create a 6-second Vine video featuring a day in your life wearing and/or nursing your little one in Milk Nursingwear. Post your Vine video to Twitter and be sure to include #MilkMoments AND tag us @MilkNursingwear.
  • This contest is open to anyone in the world, regardless of age, nationality, or political viewpoint.This contest, however, is void where prohibited by law.  It is your responsibility to check your local laws to ensure this contest does not violate any applicable law or ordinance, and to make sure you are eligible to participate.
  • Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.
  • In order to enter, entrants must be registered members of both Vine and Twitter.  Membership on Vine and Twitter are free.  Registration for Vine can be obtained by downloading the Vine application onto your own eligible device from an App Store where it is available, and following the Application’s onscreen instructions to set up an account.  Registration for Twitter can be obtained either by going to www.twitter.com and entering the required information to register, or by downloading the Twitter application onto your own eligible device from the App Store where it is available and following the application’s onscreen instructions to open an account.  You must open a non-private Twitter account to be eligible to enter the Milk Moments Contest. You must follow us @Milk Nursingwear on Twitter to be eligible. 
  • Submissions for this contest will be accepted from November 3 – November 14th, 2014, at noon EST.Each video submission will count as one entry.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 192014, and notified via Twitter, so contestants must be following us on Twitter to be notified.  Winners will also be announced via Milk Nursingwear Twitter, Facebook, and freshmilk blog pages.
  • One winner will be chosen based on judging by the Milk Nursingwear staff in each of the following categories:
    1. Most creative video
    2. Funniest video
    3. Best example of easy/discreet nursing in public video
  • In the event of no submission for any given category, no gift card will be awarded for that category.
  • By entering this Contest, you agree to let us use your video submission on Milk Nursingwear’s website, blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter pages as well as our YouTube channel.
  • All entrants release Twitter and Vine from any connection with this contest.  This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter or Vine.
  • This contest is sponsored by:

Milk Nursingwear

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What Should You Do With Your Old Maternity Clothes?

October 30th, 2014

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Congratulations – baby is finally here!  Now it’s time to decide what to do with all your maternity attire.  Every mother has her own feelings and attachments to her maternity clothing.  Some can’t wait to get rid of them while others are a bit more sentimental. Either way, now is the time to release these items and claim back some of your closet space!

- Save and Store stackable-storage-bins

If you think you may have more children, keeping most of your maternity wear is ideal.  But, before putting all those clothes in storage, make an effort to sort through them.  Only keep the clothes you know you will definitely wear again.  Once you are ready, make sure you have quality storage bins so critters and dust cannot get to them.  Mark the boxes clearly so they are easy to locate when you need them again.

- Sell or Swap 

If you are done having children, selling or swapping your maternity clothing is a valuable option.  There are various opportunities for selling your clothes – local consignment stores, garage sales, and online websites such as eBay and Craigslist.

You can also choose to swap your clothing for more useful items on sites like Swapmamas and Tradesy. Make sure to thoroughly go through the clothes you plan to sell and only pull the ones that are in good condition – no one wants your old stretched out or stained maternity top.download (2)

- Donate or Share

Donating your old maternity wear is easy and tax deductible. You can always drop your items at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, but you should also consider donating to a local woman’s shelter where they can be put to good use immediately.

Sharing with friends has its advantages too.  Most will be happy to borrow your gently used attire, and it’s fun to see your friends wearing your maternity clothes.  Be sure to only loan out those items that you don’t care how they come back.  Accidents happen and there should be no expectations on how the items are returned to you.

- Toss or Re-purpose

Whichever option you choose, if there is anything that is ripped, stained, or in any other way damaged, then it’s time to say goodbye and toss it.  Strangers, friends and even non-profit organizations are not interested in these items.

If you are crafty, then you can upcycle all your old maternity tops and dresses.  Here are two great projects:

- Turning a top into a dress and diaper cover for your little one download (1)

- Turning old maternity tees into bracelets download

Of course all of this cleaning and organization will leave more room for your nursingwear wardrobe.  Visit Milk Nursingwear to meet all your nursingwear needs with our stylish nursing tops and dresses.

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Creative Costumes for Kids

October 23rd, 2014

At Milk Nursingwear we love to celebrate!

Halloween will be here before we know it, so we wanted to share the costumes that we find most creative for kids. Some of these are great for baby’s first Halloween,  while others are geared more for those already on the run.  We hope these cute little ones help to inspire your costume creations this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milk Nursingwear Features Guest Blogger Jessica Sanders

October 16th, 2014

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My little girl is officially a toddler.   The days of easily caring for a sleepy newborn I could wear while I work are over.  Like watching a butterfly transform through metamorphosis, she has come out of her cocoon.  Instead of being a lofty butterfly, she is now my tiny tornado — my pint-sized wrecking ball, able to destroy my house in a single hour.   I feel this new chapter is the most challenging and rewarding part of our journey.

My babe has been breastfeeding since birth and stopped taking a bottle at 3 months old.  I have the luxury of running my business from home.  The first year was amazingly easy for us.  Well, that’s the way I remember it now.  I loved the days of wrapping her up and nursing her while I worked.  I was as efficient as the Hindu Goddess Durga (eighteen arms and all).

These days things are a little more complicated.  My business is growing rapidly and requires my focus to make it successful.  At a moments notice, I could turn around and find her perched on the top of her table toy or sitting on my bookshelf reading books.  Staying on task when you have a very mobile, climbing toddler feels like my largest challenge as a parent to date.  Taking conference calls while she is running, climbing, and practicing her pterodactyl screech requires its own special set of skills.  The one fail-safe I have is to let her nurse while she plays.  She will stand between my legs and pull on my blouse while releasing a rapid squeal to let me know my lactation superpowers are needed.  I can’t stop every time these days to have a cuddle nursing session. Jessica 2 Instead, I let her nurse standing right there between my legs.  I feel like a drive through.  Many times I’m typing or on a conference call, and my daughter is latched on with a toy in her hand.  After a few minutes, she’s back off and running to play with the stuffed animals in her play tent.  She has blossomed into such a funny little person; a complete ham!

I am savoring this stage in our journey, and I can’t wait to see where we are headed next.  I’m the only woman in my family to nurse past a year in over three generations.  I love the way it has taught me to mother my daughter.  I can’t see our journey ending anytime soon.

Jessica Sanders is the founder of 1000callsaday.com and a regular blogger at wholemotheringcenter.org.  She is featured here in Milk Nursingwear’s Smocked Sleeveless Sundress in spring green.

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