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Why I Breastfeed in Public

*We’ve partnered with Bravado Designs to help normalize breastfeeding anytime, anywhere. Breastfeeding your baby is healthy and beautiful, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. And we’re not even talking about the physical part. It can be terrifying the first time you open up your shirt in public, unclip your nursing bra, and put baby to boob. But, mama, you are entitled to feed your baby wherever you want, whenever you want - with confidence. So we’ve partnered with our friends at Bravado Designs to bring you some beautiful stories of breastfeeding in public. Meet Alyson Schwartz, a lawyer and mom of two, photographed in Brooklyn with Baby Paz. “Breastfeeding Paz was pretty easy right from the first latch. I breastfed her older brother, which went really smoothly, and that gave me a lot of confidence this time around. My first experience breastfeeding in public was with my son, in Los Angeles, where we then lived. The culture there felt really open and casual, and I never thought twice about breastfeeding him in restaurants, parks, and wherever else we happened to be. Then, when he was a few months old, I was almost kicked off of a flight for breastfeeding him without a cover. The flight attendant told me that I needed to cover up, and when I responded that I didn't have a cover because my son wouldn't nurse with one, she told me that if I kept breastfeeding him without a cover, I would need to get off the plane. She said, ‘I'm pro-breastfeeding, but only when it's done appropriately.’ I apologized to her and took my son to the bathroom, where I tried to nurse him on the toilet and we both cried. I've since nursed my son on dozens of flights, and have already nursed Paz on at least ten more. I think back to that flight years ago when I was a younger, less experienced, breastfeeding mother, traveling alone with a four-month-old, and I wish I could have summoned all of the confidence and strength that I have now and give that flight attendant the response that she badly needed to hear. I'd like to see someone try to stop me from breastfeeding Paz whenever and however she'd like! I think they'd regret the day they crossed my path. It seemed to me then, and it still seems to me, that there's a sort of cognitive dissonance going on; pediatricians recommend breastfeeding for the first year and beyond, and much of the public is theoretically on board with the benefits of breastmilk for babies, yet the sight of a breastfeeding mother causes people discomfort, surprise, or even anger. Breastfeeding mothers are put in a horrible double bind where they're expected to feed their babies breastmilk and yet are made to feel ashamed to do it publicly. Everyone seems to have lost track of the fact that breasts exist for this very purpose! It's crucial to break this cycle and show other women and men that breastfeeding is completely normal and not something to be ashamed of. It's our babies' hunger that needs to be accommodated and prioritized, not society's over-sexualization of breasts and the discomfort that it causes! I've breastfed in some pretty crazy places: in Israel, Italy, and France; in synagogues, churches, and museums; on buses, trains, and planes. I was recently in Paris with Paz and my phone died right outside the Louvre. I was relying on Google Maps to navigate the city and needed to recharge it, so I popped into the Apple Store to use their charger and breastfeed Paz. I basically sat on a stool and plugged in my phone and stayed there until my baby and my battery were both full. They couldn't have been nicer to me.” Photography by Belle Savransky for Well Rounded. Alyson is wearing Bravado’s Buttercup Nursing Bra in Watercolor, pictured below. Buy it here and get 20% off with code BRAVADO20 until JUNE 12. We want to share your story about breastfeeding in public on Well Rounded! Post a photo on Instagram showing us where you breastfeed, tag us and use the hashtag #thisiswhereibreastfeed. Or email us your story and a photo at info@wellroundedny.com. Make sure to post by Thursday June 15!

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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