So it’s getting to be that time: returning to work after your maternity leave – but you’re breastfeeding. You’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of women work during their pregnancy, and 70% take leave after giving birth. On average, the leave is approximately 10 weeks, but 16% of women only take 1-4 weeks off. (The state of maternity leave in this country is a whole other post…). In order to make both work and breastfeeding happen, then you will likely end up needing to pump. Before you go on maternity leave, you should be familiar with your rights as a… Read More

This week, my “bumpdate” looks a little bit different than weeks past. While I did take the traditional photo that I’ve been taking all along, I want to share several photos from our maternity session with you. My very talented friend, Cassie, owner of FireRose Photography, graciously offered to take maternity photos as her gift to us. I was delighted at the prospect of capturing this special moment in time and convinced my husband to come along so we could have some photos together. We originally had plans to go to the Arboretum, but with graduation and Mother’s… Read More

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to deliver at Baby+Company. I did my research, and found that—out of all of the options available in my area—an out of hospital birth in a supportive, yet low intervention setting, was the choice for me. I am grateful that such an important decision was one that I could make myself, and not one that was forced upon me due to a lack of available alternatives. Sadly, not everyone is so lucky. So, because of that, I have decided to March for Moms. Read More

Being a mom means being constantly busy. While being busy is not necessarily a bad thing, it can mean that mom misses out on some very important “me” time. Everyday activities like picking up baby, cleaning and doing laundry, and getting in and out of the car can take a toll on the body, especially when the accompanying movements are done incorrectly. Here are 4 exercises that you can do at home- or anywhere for that matter- that will help you get moving and change the way you do your everyday exercises. Squats Squats are the kind of… Read More

This past weekend was an event I’ve dreamt about for years – my BABY SHOWER! After struggling with infertility, there were times where I thought I may never get to experience the joy and excitement of my own baby shower. As an attendee (and host) of my fair share of showers, I was elated that the time had come to gather my closest friends and family in celebration of this impending and monumental life change. One of my very best friends of over 25 years, Katie, graciously offered to host and plan the big day – all from 2,500 miles… Read More

Confession: I have never been a minimalist. Whether it’s packing for a trip, or packing my daily purse/tote bag, I always, ALWAYS have more than I could possibly need. Which means I tend to overpack my son’s diaper bag – but somehow, in the beginning, I’d overlook simple things. Like underestimating the amount of diapers needed, or only packing one spare outfit (ha!), or packing 6 books for an infant. Now, ten months into the game, I’ve learned to pack smarter. I’m a big fan of learning what works for you, but here’s a checklist for packing the diaper bag. Read More

We love hearing about Baby+Company births, and we share many of these great stories here. One question that we always ask in our interviews is what advice the new mom has for other women who are expecting. Here, we share some of the best advice we’ve heard about everything from being pregnant to delivering the baby to raising your child. “Think about your personality type and what you envision yourself doing when going through labor. Do you want everyone in the room or do you want to be alone? Don’t stress about things and don’t feel bad.” –… Read More

Beautiful images of mothers nursing their newborns seem to be all over social media lately. When you make the choice to breastfeed your own child, you probably envision sweet moments in the nursery rocking chair, gazing adoringly at the sweet baby cradled in your arms. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to connect with your newborn, and it’s the best food for your baby during that first year. But breastfeeding can be a challenge, and many mothers give up before their children turn one. The CDC reports that while 81.1% of moms start out breastfeeding, just over… Read More

I was at high risk for postpartum depression, so when my son was about six weeks old, I expressed my relief that I hadn’t felt anything beyond your basic baby blues. My older sister, who is a medical doctor, pulled me aside and told me I shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Despite the moniker, she informed me, new moms may not see symptoms of postpartum depression until up to six months after they give birth. Six months! Like many mothers, I assumed that I was in the clear after those first several weeks. But postpartum depression may not surface until months… Read More

For the most part, I’ve been surprised by the immediate connections I’ve felt with other mothers. No one would call me a social butterfly, but put me in a room (or at a playground) with fellow moms, and within minutes we’ll be chatting about the best deals at Carter’s or lamenting the difficulty of finding a good sitter. These moms use a wide variety of parenting techniques and philosophies, many of which are quite different from mine. Usually, this opens the door to more discussion, and I often learn new things if I keep an open mind. For example, I… Read More

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