Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Are Nighttime Nursing Bras Needed?

While formula is $150 per month and breast milk is free, there are still budgetary concerns new moms have when purchasing their breastfeeding supplies.  One question I get quite often is do I need a sleep bra?  The answer is quite simply, yes!  The reason night-time nursing bras are a must is that newborns nurse every 2-3 hours and while you are nursing on one side, the other breast is letting down simultaneously so you are nursing on one side and leaking on the other.  Wearing a comfortable sleep bra will offer you protection from leakage as your nursing bra keeps your other pad in place while you are nursing on the first breast.  Support can also prevent unwanted leakage as you turn and move in the night.   You can start wearing your sleep bra during pregnancy if you are already leaking colostrum and continue to wear it at least for the first six to eight weeks when leaking is most prevalent.  If you are a mom with a heavy milk flow, you will want to wear it throughout nursing. 

What kind of sleep bra and how many do I need?  A good number is 3.  One to wear, one to wash, and one to get lost in the laundry.  The third one is a sad reality, but we aren't all supermom so we do get behind on our laundry.  As far as the sleep bra goes, my favorite is my own design, the Amamante Night and Day Nursing Bra.  It is double layered in the cups and has seams under the breasts for extra support that flimsy sleep bras don't offer.  Crossover style sleep nursing bras are the easiest to access when you are half asleep because you just pull them down to nurse and they are so comfortable you won't want to put on your daytime bra.  Every good sleep bra pulls on over your head or hooks in the front so you don't have hooks to dig into you while lying on your back.  Styles for larger busted moms such as the Bravado Original Double Plus Nursing Bra are made for wear 24/7.
Any other options for sleeping?  Most Amamante brand nursing gowns and nursing pajamas have the sleep bra built right in!  Amamante Nursingwear's best-selling Signature Nursing Gown and Serenity Nursing Pajamas have a night-time nursing built in bra.  Our customers love these fashionable nursingwear styles;  and because of the easy nursing access, it is moms best friend at 3 am!  It comes in standard B-D sizes, but if you choose the next size up for DD cup or two sizes up for DDD, bustier moms like it too.

Best wishes for a few minutes of sleep,

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Breastfeeding Protects Mothers and Babies Against Cancer

      Women who breastfeed receive added protection from breast cancer.  One reason is delayed menstruation which reduces a woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones like estrogen, which is linked to breast cancer risk.  Studies show that the greatest benefit comes when a woman breastfeeds for a total of two years.  Another reason are the physical changes in breast tissue cells that accompany milk production provide some protection as well. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, breast tissue reaches the final stages
of physical maturity where the milk-making cells grow and proliferate. In addition, shedding
of breast tissue during lactation.  These shed cells are aimed at maximizing the immunity benefits infants receive through the transfer of antibodies in breast milk.
     In addition to reducing a mothers risk, breastfed infants benefit greatly as well.  Breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight children possibly because of an appetite-regulating hormone leptin, that is transferred to the infant through the breast milk..  Childhood obesity tends to continue into adulthood and excess body fat increases risk of at least six different types of cancer.  Also, researchers note that because breastfed babies are not encouraged to “finish the bottle,” they may learn to self-regulate their calorie intake
more effectively.
    Breastfeeding benefits mothers and babies in many ways including bonding and immediate health benefits.  Moms may not realize the long-term benefits breastfeeding has on the health and quality of life that breastfeeding has to offer.  If you know someone who is considering breastfeeding or wonders about the benefits of breastfeeding past a few months, pass this along!

*Information taken from the American Institute for Cancer Research