• Black Breast Feeding Week: A Mother's Perspective

    Black Breast Feeding Week: A Mother's Perspective

    Every breastfeeding mother has a right to proper education and support in her journey- but not every mother receives it and that’s a cycle that need to change. In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, we asked our friend, model, entrepreneur, and nearly year-and-a-half-long breastfeeding mother Alexis Kristiana about the importance of Black Breastfeeding Week. We are happy to share her answers below. Why is Black Breastfeeding Week important? It helps to switch the narrative from being very whitewashed to seeing that black breastfeeding mothers are just as willing and determined to nourish their own from their bodies- they just don’t have the same spotlight and positive...
  • Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week 2020

    Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week 2020

    We are happy to amplify voices in the black community as they educate us about the cultural challenges of breastfeeding black women face, illuminate the racial disparities in breastfeeding rates between white and black women, and advocate not only for black mothers but also for the health of black babies.  These are just a few of the reasons we all need to come together to support black women on their breastfeeding journey: Increased breastfeeding among black women could decrease infant mortality rates by as much as 50%*. Black babies are dying at twice the rate (in...
  • 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...
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