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Breastfeeding Essentials $1,100 Giveaway

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Breastfeeding Essentials $1,100 Giveaway

We know you don't really need much for breastfeeding your baby. But there's definitely a lot of stuff that would make it easier! And in honor of World Breastfeeding Week (and Month!), we’ve teamed up with Mommy Nearest and Babylist to give a whole bunch of it away! From the right gear, like an awesome breast pump or nursing bra, to some nursing friendly clothes to make mama feel chic and stylish, to some sweet skincare goodies to indulge that hard-working skin, win more than $1,100 in breastfeeding essentials to make your nursing journey a little easier. Enter below, then scroll down to see all the amazing prizes in this package that will help start your breastfeeding journey off right. Spectra S2 Plus Electric Breast Pump. If you want to keep nursing when you go back to work, you need a great pump. And every mom we know is obsessed with the Spectra S2. This closed-system pump is small but mighty - it's got hospital strength suction and can be used as either a single or double pump. It's got flexible, digital controls, and even has a timer and a night light! ($169)     Loyal Hana $100 Gift Card. If you’re a nursing mama, everything you wear has to be breast-accessible. Loyal Hana's got all the style of your fave non-mom brands, but each piece has a hidden zipper to make nursing or pumping a breeze. Pick out your favorite piece with this loyalhana.com gift card. ($100)       Ergogaby Omni 360 Carrier and Natural Curve Nursing Pillow. If there's one thing that will make your nursing sessions easier (and cozier!), it's Ergobaby's comfortable and supportive breastfeeding pillow. Plus, get your breastfeeding in on the go with the new Omni 360 Baby Carrier. The Omni offers all carry positions, and adjusts from newborn to toddler, with no infant insert needed. Win both. ($235)     Bamboobies Nursing Pads & Accessories. Leakage happens. But when you wear Bamboobies ultra-soft, soothing and absorbant nursing pads, you can at least feel secure nobody’s noticing. Bamboobies has your breastfeeding adventures covered (literally). Win bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads Multi-pack, boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm, bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl, boob-ease Organic Pumping Lubricant and bamboobies Yoga Nursing Brahhh. ($110)     Teat &Cosset Aurora Cocktail Dress. Just because you're nursing, doesn't mean you don't have anywhere special to go. Whether you're just heading out to dinner with your partner (you deserve it!) or need to hit an upscale affair, this breastfeeding-friendly dress (it's got a pull-down elastic bust and removable mini-cape) will turn heads...in the best way possible. ($185)     Earth Mama Milk-to-Go Pumping Companion Essentials. Treat your new mama skin to some luxurious treats from Earth Mama, known for its organic, safe, zero-toxin products for pregnancy and postpartum. Win a package filled with all your pumping skincare needs, plus Natural Nipple Butter and Organic Milkmaid Tea!     Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag. Yes, you actually DO want a breast pump bag. But when you’re carrying it to work that first day back (and possibly for many months after), you don’t want it to look like a breast pump bag. Sarah Wells has created a chic line of bags that are as fashionable as they are functional, and fit most standard breast pumps. Win the super chic, classic and timeless Abby bag with nautical navy and white stripes. ($180)     Milkies Milk-Savers & Breast Milk Storage. They don’t call it liquid gold for nothing. Milkies patented Milk Saver will help you keep every drop of breast milk for your baby by collecting your leakage as you nurse or pump in easy to transfer and store containers. Win a Milk Saver, Milk Trays and tons of other helpful nursing goodies. ($110)     Zahlers Supplements. When it comes to breastfeeding, it's important to keep both mama's and baby's nutrition in mind. Zahler's has the whole family covered with vitamins and supplements. Win a package that includes Lactivate and Prenatals for mama, Vitamin D3 Liquid Drops for baby and Kidophilus probiotics for kiddos. ($118.51)    

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    I live in the Northeast and when I woke up this morning, my house was freezing. It had been in the mid 40's overnight and we haven't turned the heat on yet. Suddenly, my normal duvet felt too thin. The socks on my bare feet too non-existent. Winter is coming, and I'd been drinking rosés still pretending it was summer.

    I couldn't put it off any longer. It was time to do my annual tradition of winterizing my home—and I don't mean making sure my pipes and walls have enough insulation (though obviously that's important too). I mean the act of evaluating every room and wondering if it has enough hygge to it.

    If you've never heard of hygge, it's a Danish word that means a quality of coziness or contentment. And what better time to make sure you have moments of hygge all throughout your house than right now? As far as I'm concerned it's the only way to get through these dark winter months (even more so during a pandemic.)

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    Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

    There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

    With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

    Minimize smoke exposure.

    Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at AirNow.gov. An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

    Do your best to filter the air.

    According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

    Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

    "Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

    Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

    "COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

    Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

    Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

    Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

    Most importantly, don't panic.

    In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

    This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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    Mama, all I see is you

    A love letter from your baby.

    Mama,

    I can't see past you right now, I'm so small and everything's a little blurry.

    All I see is you.

    When you feel alone, like the walls are closing in, remember I'm here too. I know your world has changed and the days feel a little lonely. But they aren't lonely for me.

    You are my everything.

    When you feel like you don't know what you're doing, you're making it look easy to me. Even though we're still getting to know each other, you know me better than anyone.

    I trust you.

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