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Friday, September 28, 2012

Breast Feeding Basics Class

Breast Feeding Basics Class

Everything you need to know to have the best start on your breastfeeding journey!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2012
10:00-11:30 AM

Pamela Anzicek, RN MSN IBCLC

Baby Love/ Mom and Baby Shop
43000 W. 9 Mile Rd, Suite 303
Novi, MI 48375

Tel (313) 444-2229

Cost $30 per couple (Click on Add to Cart button below to sign up)

Who will find it useful?This class is appropriate for moms delivering in any setting - hospital, birth center, or home.

 - Breastfeeding techniques
 - Baternal diet considerations
 - Use of medications
 - Nipple care
 - Advantages of human milk over formula
- Q&A session

At the end of the class attendees will receive
- Contact information for the lactation consultant so that you can ask questions even after the class is over
- A list of community breastfeeding resources

Hurry! Class size is limited.

Friday, May 4, 2012

How to find the right bra during pregnancy - and beyond!

Trying to find the right bra while you're pregnant may seem impossible. Not only are your breasts changing size and shape regularly, but at times they can be sore—making you feel like wearing no bra at all!

While you can simply buy a larger bra during pregnancy, most OB-GYNs and midwives recommend wearing a nursing bra instead. Your breasts will likely go through various cup sizes, especially during your last trimester and after childbirth. If you nurse, your breasts will be larger as your milk supply changes to meet your newborn's needs, and your breast size should stabilize as you and your baby get into a regular feeding schedule. Fortunately, nursing bras can be adjusted to accommodate changing cup and band sizes of pregnancy and nursing.

How are nursing bras different from regular bras?
Nursing bras are made for comfort and accessibility - but they don't have to be unfeminine or ugly. Today's bra manufacturers understand that women want the same kind of appeal with their nursing bras that they do with their pre-pregnancy intimate apparel.

Like regular bras, nursing bras have adjustable hook-and-eye clasps in the back of the band. Whereas regular bras may only have one to three hooks to alter the band size, nursing bras usually have four, often with the hooks two-deep (top and bottom) for added support. Most nursing bra bands are also wider to lift milk-laden breasts.

Cup support is where nursing bras most differ from regular bras. To make breasts accessible, nursing bras offer several options. A popular design has clasps at the top of the cup fabric that you fold down for feedings. Other nursing bras have snaps between the breasts so you can fold the fabric flap toward your armpit. Another design allows you to move the fabric around the breast, propping it forward. It is important to find a clasp that's easy to undo one-handed since you'll often be holding your hungry baby while getting ready to breastfeed.

Cotton is often the fabric of choice for nursing bras because it dries quickly (important for keeping nipples dry when nursing). The jury is still out on synthetic materials. Some say these fabrics don't breathe as well as cotton, whereas other experts indicate that some newer bras have specially designed synthetic fabrics that breathe as well if not better than cotton. Your best bet: word of mouth. Ask around and find out what other moms have found success with.

Additionally, various styles may work better at different times in your pregnancy and nursing experiences. You may want the added support of top clasps during the early weeks of nursing when you may also be wearing nursing pads. Then, once you and your baby become nursing pros, claspless designs may work better for your lifestyle.

How do you find the right fit with a nursing bra?
Finding the right fit for your nursing bra is important. "If a nursing mom is wearing a brassiere that is too small, it will lay on top of the breast tissue," explains Beatriz Cacheux, a bra-fitting specialist with Medela, Inc. "This will put added pressure and strain on the tissue, which may lead to plugged milk ducts." To avoid an ill-fitting garment, take some measurements to make sure that you have the right size. "Eighty-percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra," adds Cacheux.

To find the proper measurements, start by wearing a non-padded, well-fitting bra, prompts Anne Dimond, founder and president of Bella Materna, which produces nursing bras. "Wrap the measuring tape snugly around your rib cage, just under the bustline. Be sure the measuring tape is parallel to the floor from front to back." This measurement - for instance 36 or 38 inches - is your band size. If you measure between sizes, round down for a snug fight and up for a more relaxed fit.

To find your cup measurement, bring the measuring tape around the fullest part of your breast. Cacheux cautions women not to wrap the tape tightly but rather position it loosely over the breast. Subtract the number of this second measurement from the band size and then check manufacturer's websites or brochures for the corresponding cup size (all makers are different). For example, if the measurement around your breasts is 41 inches and your band size 38 inches, the difference would be three inches. According to Medela's specs, this would make your bra size a 38C.

If you're trying bras on, look for a comfort level that offers the right balance for you. If the bra is too loose, your breasts won't be supported, but if it's too snug you'll be uncomfortable. Keep in mind that when you begin nursing your breasts will be larger and you may need to use nursing pads. Rounding up a band size can accommodate these changes.

More bra manufacturers are now recognizing the needs of larger-breasted women. For example, Materna's bra sizes go up to E/F but soon G/H cup sizes will also be available. The Bravado brand offers nursing bras in sizes up to 46H - a real plus for full-figured moms. Ask your local maternity-wear retailer or look online if you are concerned that you won't be able to find your cup size.

Can I order my nursing bra online?
"Women are becoming more and more comfortable ordering their undergarments online," says Dimond. She recommends that women check the sizing charts to find the right size.  If possible, have yourself professionally measured.  Contact the manufacturer and seek clarification about their sizing and recommendation before purchasing bras online since most retailers do not accept exchange or return since these are considered to be personal hygiene products.

How do I wear a nursing bra correctly?
Once you have the perfect bra it's time to ensure the right fit. Dimond advises you put on your bra while bending over slightly, lifting the breasts into the cups. Glide each breast into the cup when you stand.

Have someone else adjust the straps in the back so they fit snugly to your skin. "Check your nipple alignment," continues Dimond, "adjusting to make both centered." If you find that you need more room in your band size, hook-and-eye band extenders are readily available in most maternity boutiques and online.

What's the best way to wash my bra?
A little extra care can extend the life of your bra and ensure that it doesn't lose its elasticity and shape. Simply handwash your bra in a mild detergent in the sink and leave it to dry overnight. In the morning your bra will be clean and ready to wear. Some women find this a great time-saving tip: Wear your bra in the shower and wash with your favorite-scented shower gel. Then let the bra hang in the shower overnight. If you must use your washer, make sure to choose the cold setting, a mild detergent, and hang dry afterwards. Never put nursing bras in the dryer.

Are underwire bras safe during pregnancy and nursing?
"Underwire bras can be of a concern during nursing," says Christina Holmes a practicing midwife and director of Birthways in Sarasota, Florida. Tight-fitting underwire bras can push into breast tissue, leading to clogged milk ducts. She explains that although most underwire bras are usually safe (if they are good-quality bras), cheaply made non-nursing bras are sometimes made with sheet metal and can be highly irritating (ouch!). Holmes adds that if a woman knows that she's prone to breast infections she should consider another kind of bra. Some manufacturers, such as Bravado, offer non-underwire bras specifically for women who need the extra support and lift an underwire provides. If you're confused or have questions, talk to your OB-GYN or nurse midwife.

Ready to start shopping? Nursing bras come in numerous styles to fit even the most finicky of tastes. Take time to look at a variety of bras to find one that meets your needs - and your baby's.

Friday, April 20, 2012

You’re wearing the wrong bra!

At the risk of oversharing, I must report that I am wearing a gorgeous new bra today! It’s a size I never would have tried on - and frankly, didn’t know existed. But a professional fitting by a bra expert confirmed what I’d suspected: I was wearing the wrong size bra. That’s why my straps were always falling down and I just wasn’t comfortable; my band was too big around and my cups - yes, they runneth over. Turns out, most women have the same fit issue. The day the bra fitter came to our offices, we held an open call for staffers to come and get measured. Forty-five women showed up and not one was wearing the correct size! Bet your bra is the wrong size too!

We chose six lucky volunteers to participate in a bra makeover. They let us photograph them “before,” in their old bra, and “after,” in a new bra our expert chose for them in their actual correct size. We chose these women because we knew our readers would be able to relate to at least one of them, whether you’re big busted or small, two different sizes, or maybe losing weight and changing sizes. Check out our makeovers in the April issue, where you’ll also learn how to measure yourself, how to determine if a bra fits properly, where to buy new bras, and even how to put on your bra (chances are, you’re doing it wrong!).

This story was more eye-opening for me than maybe any other I’ve worked on at ShopSmart. It’s incredible that something we rely on every day is really not working for us! When our makeover volunteers put on their new bras, every one of them told us that they felt transformed. They only looked better (thinner!), they stood up straighter, and one woman even said that she stopped having shoulder pain once she was properly fitted!

So why are we getting so wrong? I think there are a few main reasons: Women just keep buying the same size they’ve always bought. They may not bother to try on new bras. But the biggest problem, in my opinion, is that most mainstream stores carry a very limited size range. If you’re very small or very big, you’re probably out of luck. So women do the best they can with what they can find. And most stores that sell bras don’t offer measuring, so we’re really on our own.

No more! Read “The perfect bra for you” in the April issue of ShopSmart. Get yourself measured, either by yourself or by a professional. Then buy yourself some new bras. And let us know the results!

By Jody Rohlena on March 12, 2012 06:02:00 pm

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Breastfeeding Insurance Reimbursement - Tax Benefits You Should Know About

Have you taken advantage of the new tax benefits for breastpumps and supplies yet? If not, here’s what you should know about potential cost savings.

In February 2011, the IRS reversed its previous ruling, which denied breastfeeding-related supplies from being covered as a health expense. The decision to include it as an allowable health expense is a major milestone for nursing moms, as breastpumps and supplies that assist breastfeeding are now considered “medical care” and tax deductible. This means that moms and families can now use their pre-tax dollars from their flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) to cover the cost of lactation supplies.

For clarification, here is a brief explanation of these accounts:

Health flexible spending account (FSA): a type of tax-advantaged financial account that can be set up through an employer in the United States. An FSA allows an employee to set aside a portion of her pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified medical expenses as established in the plan.

Health savings account (HSA): a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers who are enrolled in a high deductible health plan (HDHP).

Here is what you should know:
•The IRS guidance is broadly interpreted and covers any supplies that “assist lactation.”
•FSA/HSA benefits providers may differ slightly in what they may cover. For example, some may define a breastpump as an allowable expense, but not other supplies.
•It is important for you to contact your employer’s benefits provider to determine what is covered under your specific FSA/HSA and the steps needed for reimbursement.
•If you do not have a FSA/HSA account, you may be able to deduct breastfeeding costs if your total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, and if you itemize your tax returns.

FSA/HSA plans are one of two ways you can explore reimbursement for your breastpump. Private insurance may also offer coverage.

Could my breastpump or lactation services be covered by my insurance?

Many health insurance plans are aware of the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding and therefore may cover certain breastfeeding-related expenses, including for example, lactation consultant services, breastpump rental/purchase and other costs. Coverage for breastfeeding-related expenses will vary widely among different health insurance plans.

Medela worked with respected insurance experts to provide you with several reimbursement-related resources that may help you in getting coverage for your breastfeeding-related expenses. The materials here can be used by expectant and new parents to help in submitting claims as well as appealing denied claims for services. There are also additional templates that can help you get assistance from your employer, healthcare provider and lactation consultant.

Take time to review each information category. Reading the information in the order in which it is outlined will help. Each information page is available in PDF format for you to download at your convenience.

•Coverage Questions You Should Ask
Tips for Communicating with Your Insurance Company
•Understanding the Benefits of Breastmilk
•Filing an Insurance Claim
•Lactation Consultant Coverage
Appealing an Insurance Claim
•Quick Reference Guide - Coding

Please note: in addition to private insurance assistance, some other state and federal programs may offer breastfeeding support and reimbursement under certain circumstances. For more information call your local Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) office or your local state Medicaid office.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Medela Calma Breast Milk Feeding Bottle Set #68021 / Nipple #68020

New Medela Calma Breast Milk Feeding Bottle Set #68021 / Nipple #68020

Breastfeeding is always best for your baby, but sometimes it is not possible to breastfeed naturally. Calma is an alternative to breastfeeding for mothers wishing to feed their babies with breast milk.

- Enables babies to maintain their natural feeding behavior learned on the breast.
- Babies can drink, breathe and pause regularly.
- Supports an easy transition from the breast to the teat and back.
- One size is sufficient for the entire breastfeeding period, just as in nature.
- The unique feeding solution for your baby - we recommend introducing a teat when breastfeeding is established

Designed exclusively for breastmilk feeding, Calma's natural feeding behavior supports an easy transition between bottle and breast. Calma is compatible with all Medela breastmilk bottles. All parts that touch breastmilk are BPA-free.

Why Calma?
Our latest studies with researchers from the University of Western Australia show that creating a vacuum is essential to successfully breastfeed. Babies learn very early on that they have to produce a vacuum for the breast milk to flow. Their natural way of sucking requires intensive work during breastfeeding!

Calma - the unique breast milk teat for your baby
For a mother looking for a solution to feed her child breast milk, Calma is ideal. Calma was developed based on the results of our studies with the University of Western Australia. That's why Calma is the unique teat for babies who are being breastfed with breast milk, as it allows them to suck, swallow and breathe, as learned on the breast. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma, the baby has to create a vacuum for breast milk to flow. As soon as the baby pauses, the flow is stopped, this is also the way with breastfeeding.

Similar as with breastfeeding, your baby can drink, pause and breathe in its natural rhythm, create its individual vacuum through a combination of tongue and jaw movements, retain its natural way of sucking, which supports an easy transition from breastfeeding to feeding breast milk with Calma and back to the breast.

Features and Benefits
Safe for baby

Vented Nipple/Teat
Helps reduce gassiness as the bottle is vented through our unique air control system

Natural feeding behavior
Supports easy transition from bottle to breast. Research has shown that with Calma, your baby is able to maintain the learned feeding behavior that your baby exhibits when breastfeeding. Baby can feed, pause and breathe, similar to breastfeeding.

Flow control valve
Allows baby to control milk flow. Milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum by sucking, so there is no leaking

Calma does not drip
You can turn Calma upside down and it still won't drip. Your baby needs to apply a certain level of vacuum in order to get milk out.

One size/ shape nipple
For all stages of breast milk feeding. The flow, shape and length of Calma are designed to suit your baby's needs as your baby grows.

Compatible with all Medela breast pump bottles
One size nipple for all stages of breast milk feeding, eliminating the need to buy faster flow nipples as baby grows.

Product is dishwasher and microwave safe.

- All-stage nipple x1
- 5 oz/150 ml bottle x1
- Protective Cap x1
- Lid x2
- Instructions

Breastfeeding must be well established before introducing Calma.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FuzziBunz® One Size Elite Pocket Diaper

Meet the Elite: One Diaper - Birth to Potty Training!

If you thought the FuzziBunz® One Size cloth diaper could not get any better - think again! FuzziBunz® has re-engineered its already popular One Size to be trimmer fitting, more comfortable, faster drying and easier to adjust than before! Best yet, all these features come at the same low price as the original One Size FuzziBunz® diapers! The FuzziBunz® One Size Elite collection gives you even more bang for your buck, including these features:

Quick Dry Fleece: Baby feels dryer longer and fleece stays nicer longer with less visible wear

Easy-Replace Elastic Has Moved: The adjustable elastic's buttons are now found inside the pocket so there are no buttons next to baby’s skin

- New Minky Inserts: Each diaper comes with two Minky Inserts (small and medium/large) adding the following benefits:
  - Less odor than microfiber
  - Less staining
  - Trimmer fitting diaper with same amount of absorbency

- Streamlined front panel and snap design provides better fit with less leaking

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Breast Pump Rental in South East Michigan

Mom and Baby Shop now offers Hospital Grade Pumps for rent in the Southeast Michigan area.

Contact us to schedule an appointment for details.

If a pump is already rented out, payment for the extension/ renewal can be made here:

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Diaper dilemma: Cloth vs. Disposable

Cloth or Disposable
Many first-time parents considering what kind of diapers to put their infant in must often wade through seemingly endless facts and figures on top of conflicting recommendations from acquaintances, doctors and health blogs. Other issues aside, the argument often breaks down to a question of convenience vs. economics.

Before disposable diapers were invented in the 1940s, cloth was the standard. However, the convenience of being able to simply wrap up the waste and toss it in the trash led to a surge in popularity for disposables, which have replaced their cloth predecessors as the preferred diaper in America. For many parents with busy lives, the idea of doing extra (and smelly) laundry is unappealing.

Nonetheless, environmental and health concerns have led to an increased usage of cloth diapers, which no longer require the use of safety pins. These reusable nappies have evolved since the 1940s, coming in all shapes and sizes, in various designs and materials.

Parents must evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of choosing disposable or cloth, and which best fits their lifestyle.

'Time saver'
Like many parents, Sally Malay used disposable diapers with each of her three sons, who are now ages 3, 4 and 6 - and potty trained. When she had her eldest son Luca, she was running a business from home. When her second son was 6 months old, she began working full-time, like her husband.

"Honestly, cloth diapers didn't even cross my mind," says Malay, whose mother used cloth for her as a baby. "I thought (disposables) would be convenient -- a time saver."

One type of disposable Malay found particularly convenient were overnight diapers, which -- while bigger and more expensive -- are intended to last a child through the night.

"Because I was working full-time, whenever my sons became old enough to sleep through the night, it meant so much not having them crying because their diaper was feeling saturated," Malay says. "It was a huge help for me to get that extra bit of sleep."

For Malay and her husband, the costliness of disposables was not a huge problem.

"While it wasn't really expensive, when we stopped using diapers, we definitely noticed a difference in terms of having extra cash," Malay says. "But we just considered it an expense of having a baby."

Jennifer Aguon, like Malay, chose disposables for her three children. While the eldest two are 4 and 2 years old, her youngest, Aurora, was born just three months ago. Aguon also selected disposable diapers for the immediate convenience.

"When I was potty training one, the other was still in diapers," Aguon says. "And it's not fun to wash loads of dirty underwear and dirty diapers."

While Aguon says she considered cloth, she ultimately chose disposables, partly because she had to work and often had to turn to daycares and sitters for childcare. She says she didn't want to burden any caretakers with having to do more dirty work than necessary when changing diapers.

"Whenever you leave your child with someone else, you want to make it as easy as possible for them," Aguon says.

Because Malay's children went to day care rather young -- her eldest was around 8 months old - she says disposables were the better choice.  "I thought that disposables might be more sanitary and that cloth would make more work for the carer," Malay says.

'In the long run'
Amanda Wooley is one mom who used cloth diapers for her son, Toma, now almost 4 years old. Wooley says her older sister set an example by using cloth diapers on all four of her children.

"I thought there was no reason why I wouldn't use them," Wooley says. "For my sister, it was an environmental thing, but after I read more about the chemicals in disposable diapers, I thought to myself, 'How can I even consider putting him in this stuff?'"

Disposable diapers contain dyes, fragrances and two chemicals commonly cited by cloth diaper proponents as particularly dangerous: sodium polyacrylate and dioxin.

Sodium polyacrylate is a gel used inside the diaper for absorption; it has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, cancer and allergic reactions. While dioxin is not intentionally added to disposable diapers, it is a by-product of the paper bleaching process and is associated with damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and liver, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wooley says the initial cost of getting started with cloth diapers is relatively high compared to disposable diapers, which can often turn parents off the idea from the beginning. While the diapers are reusable, each costs about $15 to $25. According to Wooley, an infant uses a minimum of 10 diapers a day, so parents thinking of using cloth will need to consider how often they will need to wash the diapers as well as how often they are able to wash.

The dirty cloth diapers need to be washed separately from regular laundry, Wooley says. Parents also need to be aware of what chemical products come into contact with the diapers and use perfume - and dye-free detergents. All of these are, of course, issues that parents using disposable diapers do not have to contend with. For Wooley, these inconveniences are worth the savings. "It is definitely much cheaper in the long run to go with cloth diapers," Wooley says.

Michelle Pier was drawn to the financial savings cloth diapers offered. Because she and her husband received disposable diapers as gifts for their first child, they started out using both and gradually transitioned to cloth.

"I was really broke at the time, so whenever I had extra money, I bought a few here and there and gradually worked my way up," Pier says.
While extra laundry may be daunting for many parents, for Pier it was simply part of the parenting deal.

"You'd be surprised how much laundry (babies) have, whether cloth diapers or not," Pier says. "At the time, another load of laundry didn't faze me."
While Pier says there was an initial learning curve to cloth diapering, she eventually found a system that worked for her -- she only had to do laundry once or twice a week. The more diapers parents have, Pier says, the fewer laundry days per week are required. She'd just quickly clean the used diaper before throwing it into the big wash.

Buying Locally
Using cloth does not have to be expensive, according to Amanda Young, founder of Gaia Eco-Solutions, one of companies that sell cloth diapers.
Young says parents can actually make their own out of old T-shirts, or even buy secondhand diapers. Young herself traded old items around the house for her first stash of cloth diapers through an online diaper trading forum. One example is Diaper Swappers.
While some parents, like Wooley, use special polyurethane laminate "wet bags" to store dirty diapers in on the go, Young says plastic bags can work just fine.

"I think parents who use disposable diapers would probably opt for cloth more if they knew how much easier it actually is," Young says.
She says there is a stigma surrounding cloth diapers for parents thinking about switching - that cloth diapering is an all-or-nothing practice. However, she says parents can slowly bring cloth into their routine and that small changes can have big financial impacts - 150 uses with one cloth diaper can save a family about $52.

The biggest factor for Young is the environmental consequences of using cloth. According to EPA numbers, disposables make up about 60 percent of a family's waste output and can take up to 500 years to decompose in a landfill, sometimes longer.

"The biggest thing for me is that my children's children's children won't have to deal with the mess I left them," Young said.

Weighing your options - Cloth Diapers
- Cheaper than disposable in the long run.
- Do not contain chemical irritatants present in disposables.
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Can be used for future children (only $400 for laundering costs).

- Initially expensive (about $15-$25 each for all-in-one diapers).
- Parents need to wash 10 or more diapers for each day.
- Parents may need to use special detergents.
- May be problematic for caretakers.

Weighing your options - Disposable Diapers
- More convenient for travel and busy lifestyles.
- Some studies show reduced risk of infection in group setting.
- Initial purchase is cheaper.
- Less work for caretakers.

- More expensive than cloth (up to $4,000 over three years).
- Not biodegradable and end up in landfills.
- Contain dioxin and sodium polyacrylate.
- May aggravate diaper rash.

July 2, 2011
Diaper dilemma: Cloth vs. DisposableBy Lenika Cruz
For Pacific Daily News

Diaper dilemma: Cloth vs. disposable Pacific Daily News

Sunday, June 26, 2011

How Much Do Cloth Diapers Really Cost?

When I mentioned to a colleague that my husband and I planned to diaper our son in cloth, she looked at me as if I were crazy and wished me the best of luck. I shouldn’t have been surprised by her reaction - there really is no contest in terms of convenience when you compare cloth with disposables, but I was thinking about other factors than convenience. Environmentally, I felt more comfortable with reusing something over and over. Health wise, I liked the idea of diapering my son in something natural - cotton - rather than something chemical. And I thought that cloth was the better financial choice. However, after an initial investment of nearly $200 for 10 FuzziBunz diapers, I wasn’t so sure about the money part, so I decided to give this some more thought. Here are the financial facts about cloth vs. disposable diapers:

With a hefty initial investment, cloth diapers are difficult to justify on the front end. However, the 10 diapers I purchased (plus the additional eight or so we received as gifts) are one-size diapers, meaning they will fit my peanut from birth to potty-training (at about age three.) In addition, these diapers should be good to go for any future peanuts we have, so theoretically I could get even more years of use out of them. Many of the modern cloth diaper companies offer warranties on their products, so if a snap breaks or elastic fails, you can receive a replacement.

However, once you’re using cloth diapers, you will also need to launder them. Unlike in the olden days, diaper services are harder to come by, but it is still possible to send your diapers out for someone else to clean. These services generally cost anywhere from $20 to $60 per week. Multiply that out to three years, and it will possibly cost as much as $9000 (!!!) to have someone else clean your diapers.

Even though I launder our diapers on the hottest wash setting, the cost per load is relatively cheap. (This website can help you determine how much each load of laundry costs you.) According to the site, each load costs my family approximately $0.65. Add in the fact that I line dry the diapers in warm weather (which both helps with stains and smells, and guarantees that my neighbors will be able to embarrass my son when he’s a teenager), and it brings down the cost per diaper change a great deal.

Disposable diapers can cost upto US$ 2,500 compared to cloth diaper that cost under US$ 1,700. Get detailed analysis of different types of diapers here.

I was pleasantly surprised at how little a package of disposable diapers cost when I first bought some for the peanut. I was able to get 50 newborn size diapers for under $8. (Full disclosure: I almost never buy name brand. This was a store brand package that was at least $2 less than the similar Huggies, Pampers, etc.) However, a newborn goes through 10-12 diapers a day, and that 50 pack will only last a portion of a week. As babies grow, they need fewer diaper changes, but you’ll notice that the number of diapers in the packages goes down, too, so you’re still spending about the same amount. Ultimately, it will cost anywhere from $50 to $80 per month to diaper your child exclusively in disposables. After three years, you could spend up to $3000 on diapers alone.

However, disposables do have one cost advantage that cloth diapers do not. Coupons! If you are squeamish or living without your own washer, you can still feel fiscally responsible with your choice of disposable diapers. Clipping Sunday coupons and signing up for coupons with the major diaper manufacturers can help you to never pay full price for a package of Luvs. In addition, you can buy in bulk and scope out the internet for diaper promotions. There’s generally no need for brand loyalty - most kids don’t notice what they’ve got on.

For us, it was important enough environmentally to commit to cloth diapers, no matter the financial difference. Luckily, cloth diapers do tend to have a slight financial edge over disposables, provided you are willing and able to launder them yourself. But you can’t beat disposables for convenience, and we certainly couldn’t travel, take our son to the babysitter, or even have a long day out, without disposables.

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How Much Do Cloth Diapers Really Cost?
by Emily Guy Birken

Monday, June 6, 2011

Nursing Bras from Bravado Designs

It all began with a leopard-print bra and two breastfeeding moms...

That first leopard-print bra, which was worn for 48 hours straight, is now called the Original Nursing Bra - and it’s still their bestseller, more than 18 years later!

From humble beginnings developed around a kitchen table, Bravado quickly built a strong reputation as having comfortable, stylish and quality nursing bras. Lactation consultants, midwives, childbirth educators and others in the health care community quickly started recommending their products to new moms, and they still do to this day.

Now Bravado Designs' products are worn and loved by moms worldwide, including by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba. Although many things have changed since their early days, one thing never will: their commitment to bolster and enhance the self-esteem of pregnant and nursing women.

Bravado’s bras and tanks are perfect for both maternity and nursing - no matter your stage, size, or occasion.

The Original Nursing Bra
Its 24/7 cottony comfort has been recommended by health care professionals for over 18 years, the Original is the bra you’ll live in, lounge in and sleep in especially in those early stages…

The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
The Body Silk will melt onto your body with extra features such as removable foam inserts.

The Bliss Nursing Bra
The perfect t-shirt bra, Bliss features seamless foam cups and Bravado’s proprietary Flexi-Fit support channel.

The Essential Nursing Bra Tank
With a full bra inside, (no scrawny shelf "bras" here), the Essential Tank will make you feel fabulous inside and out.

The Sublime Nursing Bra
Having a baby doesn't mean sacrificing gorgeous lingerie, the Sublime beautifully supports up to a J/K cup (in fashion colors!).

The Allure Underwire Nursing Bra
A revolution in underwire nursing-bra design, the Allure combines Bravado’s expertise in innovation with our knowledge of your need for good breast health

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pregnant Women Awash in Chemicals. Is That Bad for Baby?

In addition to big bellies, pregnant women are toting around dozens of chemicals, including some that have been banned for decades and others used in flame retardants, sunscreens and non-stick cookware.

“We looked at data on 163 chemicals and found that many of them are present in virtually all pregnant women,” says Tracey Woodruff, director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF).

Woodruff counted the number of chemicals that pregnant women are exposed to and discovered that 43 of the 163 chemicals tracked were found in more than 99% of pregnant women. (More on Can a New Blood Test Make Babies with Down Syndrome Disappear?)

Those chemicals included polysyllabic tongue-twisters such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate. Also found was benzophenone-3, an ingredient in sunscreen.

Some of the chemicals were found in concentrations that have been linked to problems with brain development in childhood and fertility concerns potential, according to Woodruff's research, which is being published today in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Woodruff crunched data on 268 pregnant women from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which collected blood and urine samples from participants in its National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2004.

Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial plastic-hardening chemical that baby bottle manufacturers have phased out in the wake of consumer protests — was found in 96% of the pregnant women. BPA, which is still used as a liner inside metal food and beverage cans, has been associated with hormonal disruption and adverse brain development. (More on Study: BPA Exposure May Reduce Chances of IVF)

“We should be concerned about the number of chemicals pregnant women have in their bodies and we should we taking steps to find out what the implications are for exposure to multiple chemicals,” says Woodruff, who is also an associate professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

The U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 hasn't been updated since its creation, says Woodruff, which is reason enough to demand an overhaul. The law allows chemicals to be distributed in products without first being declared safe.

“If you go into a drugstore and buy shampoo, it can have chemicals in it that could be harmful,” says Woodruff. “We need to be re-examining the laws because chemicals are not being sufficiently tested and regulated.”
Until then, pregnant women can take some precautions to try to reduce their chemical exposure:

Eat a healthy diet low in fats. “Some of these chemicals like to hang out in fat,” says Woodruff.

Wash your hands throughout the day as dust can harbor chemicals.

Choose personal-care products wisely, opting for those with fewer, less toxic ingredients.

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