Read on to find out more about what August means for breastfeeding awareness and check out what nursing moms can’t live without.
August brings on breastfeeding awareness like no other month — it is National Breastfeeding Month, and the first week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week. Events have been planned around the country to celebrate both, and we’ve gathered together some of your favorite nursing products to help you celebrate in style.
National Breastfeeding Month began just last year when the United States Breastfeeding Committee declared that, from there on out, August will carry that title. This year’s theme is “Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier” and is targeted toward those who use and love social media to help spread the word.
And World Breastfeeding Week celebrates its 20th year in 2012, continuing its goal of helping further the World Health Organization’s recommendation that babies be breastfed exclusively for six months and then in coordination with appropriate and nutritious food until at least two years (and thereafter as long as mutually desired).
Mothers continue to face hurdles when it comes to the simple and natural act of breastfeeding their babies — barriers include lack of support from family and friends, aggressive formula marketing to physicians and hospitals, and a lack of adequate maternity leave for working mothers and easy access to workplace pumping. Breastfeeding in public also continues to be an uphill struggle, with mothers being asked to cover up or leave public places, even though nursing in public is most often protected by law.
Maternity Cross-Front Jersey Nursing Cami (Old Navy, $18) gives you full front and back coverage with easy access. Pair with your favorite top or wear alone for the ultimate comfortable nursing cami.
Organic Washable Nursing Pads (Babies "R" Us, $10) will help protect your clothing from surprise letdowns that seem to happen at the most inopportune times. This set of six is made from five layers of organic cotton and they wash up easily, saving you some cash while keeping your top dry.
Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bustier (Simple Wishes, $39) allows the multi-tasking mom to pump without needing to use her hands — revolutionary! Comfortable and stylish, you will wonder how you ever pumped without one.
Stones of Healing Nursing Necklace (Stones of Healing, $22) will keep your little one’s hands busy while your nurse. The necklace is strong enough to withstand even the grasp and tug of a toddler, and each is made with stones thought to have healing properties. If you have a twiddler, smacker or lip puller, you’ll love this.
mombo™, from Comfort & Harmony (Babies "R" Us, $40) is a nursing pillow with a unique shape and a two-sided design — one side firm for essential support, and the other side soft and cozy for lounging or tummy time. It also includes a vibration feature for extra soothing while lounging.
Philips Avent Isis Manual Breast Pump (Toys "R" Us, $45) is the first choice of many moms. Even when compared to more costly electric breast pumps, the Isis Manual gives the same — or better — results. It has even been clinically proven to be as effective to hospital-grade electric breast pumps.
Covillow Nursing Cover (Covillow, $60) makes it easier for a breastfeeding mom to nurse in public by providing coverage not only of your front, but your back and sides. It also includes a pillow for support so that both Mom and Baby are comfortable. It’s also completely portable — it rolls up to fit inside your diaper bag.
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