• Oxytocin: Bonding & Postpartum Recovery

    Oxytocin: Bonding & Postpartum Recovery

    In addition  its nutritional benefits for baby, breastfeeding can help new moms bond with baby, recover from childbirth and can even help reduce the risk for postpartum depression. Oxytocin, a hormone and a neurotransmitter that is involved in childbirth and breast-feeding plays a large role in this--so much so that it is often referred to as the love hormone. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus. From there, it is transported to and secreted by the pituitary gland, at the base of the brain. Stimulation of the nipples triggers its release.  Oxytocin is also the hormone behind the milk ejection reflex...
  • Nursing Bras 101: The Styles Every Mom Needs

    We're happy to offer breastfeeding mamas a wide range of pretty and practical nursing bras designed to meet their needs all day and night... because we all know raising tiny humans is a 24/7 job. When you’re ready to buy nursing bras, you’ll need to determine your size by measuring your band size and cup size and then calculating your cup size based on those two measurements. Belabumbum’s nursing bras are designed to adapt to frequently changing breast size with accommodating cups, extra back settings, and fully adjustable straps, and to provide the comfort, support, and ease of...
  • Set Yourself Up for Breastfeeding Success

    Set Yourself Up for Breastfeeding Success

    If you are thinking about breastfeeding your baby, we highly recommend doing some homework before your newborn arrives. As you've probably heard by now, "it may be natural, but it doesn't always come naturally." We are happy to help you set yourself up for breastfeeding success by sharing this advice from Ashley Georgakopoulos, IBCLC and Lactation Director at Motif Medical. Understand the Benefits Even if you’re just considering breastfeeding, good for you! Breastfeeding can be a challenging, yet rewarding journey. If you decide it’s what’s right for you and your baby, be sure to educate yourself on the...
  • 6 Tips for Breastfeeding Comfort

    6 Tips for Breastfeeding Comfort

    We are happy to share Laura Keegan’s sage advice for breastfeeding. A Family Nurse Practitioner, health educator and speaker, mother of four and author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, she has a unique perspective on successful breastfeeding. We love her book’s straightforward, easy to follow advice and beautiful photos. We asked Laura Keegan, to share her 6 Tips for Breastfeeding Comfort: 6 Tips for Breastfeeding Comfort: 1) Allow for frequent opportunities to feed comfortably the first couple days of your baby’s life. Even if the feeds are brief, it will take time, at first, to...
  • Rest + Recharge Mama

    Rest + Recharge Mama

    Whether your idea of the perfect evening includes reading, enjoying a mocktail on a Zoom call, or pampering yourself with DIY facial mask, we've got you covered. Put on some comfy pj's and read on for our recipes and recommendations for a relaxing night in. Recommendations for Your Reading List We asked our resident expecting mama and mother of two little girls for her suggestions for expecting mamas who are ready to put down "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Here are her go-to book recommendations: THE MOMMY GROUP is a witty, wise, and relatable memoir about the incredible...
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