Hello From Minnesota! I’m Yvette, founder and creator of Nursing Bling, Nursing Jewels, and Nursing Wrapz Nursing Covers. Nursing Bling’s focus is form AND function. Who says breastfeeding has to slow you down or crimp your style? We believe breastfeeding is one of the most important things families can do to ensure healthy children, and we’re bringing breastfeeding accessories into the 21st century, one category at a time!
My background as an accessory designer led me to create our first product, Nursing Bling. Nursing Bling was originally an extra, surprise baby shower gift for a girlfriend who was expecting and planning to breastfeed. Once friends and family saw the gift they began requesting the “bling” as gifts for others as well as for themselves. Word spread about Nursing Bling, the calls kept coming, and the rest is history.
Nursing Bling’s line of Nursing Wrapz Nursing Covers are designed with active moms in mind. As a flight attendant, I often saw traveling breastfeeding moms struggling with unwieldy blankets and ill conceived covers made from scratchy, uncomfortable fabrics. I knew there had to be a better way, and after several prototypes Nursing Wrapz was born. From the innovative use of soft jersey knit fabrics to our intuitive, ergonomic designs – no detail has been left to chance. Excellence in fit, fabric, and comfort are Nursing Bling Nursing Wrapz standards, but moms also feel special wearing Nursing Bling Nursing Wrapz and, dare I say, cool?
My hope in creating the Nursing Bling blog is to bring to life a resource rich community for breastfeeding mothers. Look to our blog for the latest in nursing news, nursing products, and lifestyle items every mom wants to know to ensure the best health for themselves and their babies. Take a moment to subscribe to our rss feed so you don’t miss any breastfeeding news.
I hope you enjoy the Nursing Bling blog as much as I enjoy researching and writing for it!
Peace, Love & Breastfeeding,
Blue Green Tie Dye Nursing Infinity Scarf
Infinity nursing scarves are great for moms on the move who need a versatile, on-the-go nursing cover for times when a full nursing cover is more than you really need. Made in chic, discreet, go with everything solid colors you’ll wear these nursing infinity scarves year round and long after baby is done breastfeeding.
Kiwi Nursing Infinity Scarf
These buttery soft, easy to use infinity nursing scarves feature continuous loop styling and easy wear! Just slide an arm through – pull over your head – position baby for feeding latch or attach pumping tool and you’re good to go!
You’ll wear this scarf multiple ways long after baby is done breastfeeding. Smart mom , a great return on your $24 investment!
Blush Infinity Nursing Scarf
These eco nursing scarves were created at the request of a local user and fan of our nursing covers who wanted the freedom to nurse and pump on the go in soft, eco friendly comfort.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy your infinity nursing scarf as much as we love it!
Turquoise Nursing Infinity Scarf
The new infinity nursing scarves are now live in the Nursing Bling store at Etsy! Tons of on trend chic colors and classic “go with everything” colors and a few funky prints to choose from in our soft and cozy ecofriendly jerseys just like our signature nursing covers.
Are you aware there is a National Breastfeeding Helpline sponsored by the Office on Women’s Health ?
The National Breastfeeding Helpline from the Office on Women’s Health has trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone. The counselors can help answer common breastfeeding questions. They can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or lactation consultant. The Helpline is available for all breastfeeding mothers, partners, prospective parents, family members, and health professionals seeking to learn more about breastfeeding.
The Helpline is an information and referral service only and they cannot provide a medical diagnosis or answer medical questions. All medical questions should be directed to a doctor or nurse.
The Helpline, 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) is open from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST and offers breastfeeding support in English and Spanish. If you call after hours, you will be able to leave a message, and a breastfeeding peer counselor will return your call on the next business day.
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Woo-hoo! Breast pumps, nursing bras and other supplies for breastfeeding are eligible for an exemption from Louisiana state sales taxes beginning October 1, 2011.
Act 331 of the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature created the tax exemption for products identified as “breastfeeding items.” The list includes:
· Breast pumps, breast-pump accessories and replacement parts
· Nursing bras
· Storage bags and accessories
The exemption applies only to the four percent Louisiana state sales tax. It does not apply to sales taxes imposed by local taxing authorities such as school boards and municipal and parish governments.
Products not classifiable as “breastfeeding items” remain subject to the state sales tax. They include bottles, nursing pads, and nursing pillows.
For more information, including a full explanation of eligible supplies and accessories, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/breastfeeding
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Would you put the breast pump and baby formula down in exchange for a cow-based alternative? This question may not be as ridiculous as it first seems. Chinese researchers have genetically engineered 300 cows to produce milk that resembles human breast milk — or at least contains many of the same nutrients.
The scientists, who hope to commercialize the formula within the decade, conducted the cow modification by introducing lysozyme-producing genes into the embryos of cattle. These embryos were then implanted in fully-grown cows, allowing them to produce milk that contained lysozyme — one of the most important substances in human breast milk. Lysozyme works to build up babies’ immune systems.
Although the cow-produced substitute isn’t as easy for babies to digest as human breast milk is and it doesn’t reproduce ALL of the same nutrients, for mothers who are having trouble breastfeeding their babies, this formula could provide an alternative to mainstream formula. According to Mayo Clinic, “Breast milk is the best food for babies. [However], if breastfeeding isn’t working for you, your baby may not receive adequate hydration or nutrition.”
Article Courtesy Emma Gray
So, is this an exciting breakthrough that could help mothers who don’t have the time or ability to breastfeed? Or is it just an opportunity for money making that could negatively impact infant health?
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Hospitals could and should do a lot more to help women succeed at breastfeeding, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Hospitals need to greatly improve practices to support mothers who want to breastfeed,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC’s director. “If they don’t, at current trends, it will take more than 100 years before every baby in this country is born in a hospital where the hospital fully supports a mother’s desire to breastfeed.” Hospitals are encouraged to practice “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” which are based on recommendations from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. However, less than 4% of hospitals provide the necessary support based on these recommendations, according to the CDC report.
A new mother’s ability to continue breastfeeding is influenced by what she experiences and how much support she receives during the first hours and days after birth. Breast milk is “the perfect nutrition,” says Frieden. It provides antibodies to help newborns ward off illness until the immune system can produce their own, which doesn’t happen until the infant is 6 months old. Mom’s milk also provides important hormones that help baby regulate how much it needs to eat. Plus, studies have shown that breastfeeding reduces diarrhea, ear infections and bacterial meningitis, as well as cutting the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes and asthma, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The CDC report says breastfeeding for nine months reduces a baby’s odds of becoming overweight by more than 30%. For babies to get all of these benefits, the AAP recommends that infants should be fed only breast milk for the first six months of life and moms should continue to nurse while they start introducing solid foods until the baby is at least a year old, longer if mom and baby still want to.
Courtesy CNN Health