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How to make breastfeeding + your busy lifestyle flow

You’ve got places to go and people to see—and there’s no need to let breastfeeding slow you down!

How to make breastfeeding + your busy lifestyle flow

Today, let’s get straight into it. Because, if you’re reading this article you’re likely a certain type of mama. The type who craves adventure, likes to get things done and just happens to be breastfeeding a previous little bundle of joy.


So, I’ll respect your time and take that deep dive into what it really takes to have a successful breastfeeding relationship on the go.

To help me out, I talked with Portland Law, founder of Lil’ Buds Breast Comfort Pads, a beautiful pad you can use hot or cold to soothe sore breasts. Talk about sweet relief!

Today, let’s get straight into it. Because, if you’re reading this article you’re likely a certain type of mama. The type who craves adventure, likes to get things done and just happens to be breastfeeding a previous little bundle of joy.

So, I’ll respect your time and take that deep dive into what it really takes to have a successful breastfeeding relationship on the go.

To help me out, I talked with Portland Law, founder of Lil’ Buds Breast Comfort Pads, a beautiful pad you can use hot or cold to soothe sore breasts. Talk about sweet relief!

Since her whole world revolves around: 1. her family and 2. making life easier and more comfortable for mamas who decide to breastfeed, I would say Portland is a bit of an authority on the subject.

So, here are her top five tips for breastfeeding on the go, in her words.

1. Feed and then drive

Portland: Planning your day around a baby and (maybe) other kids, school, work and all the life in between is no easy feat. Here’s what I learned worked best for our busy life: Always plan to drive after a feed. This way baby is content and full prior to departure, and you have a good 2-3 hours to do that errand, school pick up, grocery run or drive to work before you need to feed again.

This saves you from getting stuck in traffic with a hungry baby, or having to pull over on a busy highway to feed in the car. You also might get lucky and baby will sleep contentedly in his car seat while you’re out and about. ?

2. Be prepared to nurse anywhere

Portland: Even if you’ve mastered the “feed-before-you-drive” technique, you still are bound to wind up breastfeeding someplace unexpected. Last year, traveling from Newark to Honolulu, I found myself breastfeeding my six month old while standing in airport security lines. We’d been standing in line for more than an hour—and sure enough baby was hungry. So, right there in the crowded line I pulled up my shirt and we breastfed right through the metal detector all the way to the gate.

I will honestly say that was the fastest I ever went through security... The TSA agents looked right at me and quickly moved me along!

If you ever have the chance, read this comical yet real book by Lauren Hirshfield Belden on all the places you’ll feed your baby.

3. Find a public nursing method that works for you

Portland: For those times you find yourself breastfeeding in front of a crowd, try a nursing cover for peace-of-mind feeding. This one is a personal favorite because it allows me to watch baby when nursing, but I also am in love with this multifunctional cover. If you feel comfortable without a cover, that is OK too! The main point is that you’re comfortable.

The more stressed you are the harder it will be to nurse comfortably and the longer it will take to let-down your milk.

4. Invest in breastfeeding-friendly attire

Portland: Investing in breastfeeding-friendly clothes will be the best choice you ever made. Tops and dresses that give baby quick and easy access to the breast mean that you can quickly and discretely feed baby while on the move.

5. Be willing to go with the flow

Portland: Even if you plan your schedule perfectly, taking care of a baby isn’t always predictable. Things happen that you don’t expect, so instead of setting an exact time to meet your bestie for coffee, try using a window time frame. This gives you extra time to tend to baby should she need to breastfeed longer before you leave—or if you find yourself changing clothes after getting drenched in spit up. If you end up arriving early, well, take a deep breath, relax and know you’re doing a great job, mama.

Craving a little more insight from this rockstar mama? We’ve got you covered.

How do you make your mornings run smoothly?

Portland: I prepare breakfast before I go to bed. I set out the cereal, bowls, cups and spoons all before I go to bed. It’s one less thing for me to worry about when I wake up, and also gives me time to feed baby while the older kids eat.

The lifehack or tip that has changed my life. . .

Portland: Marinate all your meat in meal-sized ziplock bags for the family, leave overnight in the fridge then freeze in the morning. Take them out and defrost as you need them.

What superpower have you discovered as a mom?

Portland: Incredible optimism.

This quote inspires me. . .

Portland: What we think, we become. —Buddha

To me Motherly means…

Portland: Selflessness. Putting everyone else’s needs and desires before your own.

Follow Portland and Lil’ Buds here and check out her incredible lineup of product here.

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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