Ode to the Breast Dads

 

Some dads are so rad and supportive that they inspire poetry. Our very own Annie Ode—Mamava’s Director of Sales Operations and Pumpcast co-star—worked up these fun verses in honor of her guy, Eric, who totally gets a mama who nurses. (If the man in your life isn’t so helpful, considering sharing Mamava’s Enlightened Guy’s Guide to Breastfeeding.)

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Breastfeeding and Exercise: What You Need to Know and Hot (Sweaty) Tips

When you’re a new mom, getting back into (or starting) an exercising groove, delivers a whole bunch of benefits: it can help you shed pregnancy pounds; it can build the strength and stamina you need to carry your babe around; it can boost your mood and elevate your energy levels. Here are some tips to get you moving! 

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The Weekend Getaway: How To Pack Like a Pro When You're Breastfeeding

Before kid(s), going away for a weekend was easy. You threw your Kindle and a pair of yoga pants in a tote bag and (hopefully) remembered to water the plants. But when you’re breastfeeding, getting away—even for a few days—is more complicated. Don’t worry. Do use this handy guide to get you out the door and onto your adventure.

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What I Learned My First Year of Breastfeeding

I hit my breastfeeding goal on Sunday when my first child, Avery, turned one. It was Mother’s Day, and a perfect time to reflect on my time as a mom.

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Mamava and Zappos Want You to Laugh, Then Lactivate

Mamava is a little company with a big mission: to revolutionize breastfeeding by making it more accessible for all mamas. And when you’re a small startup, changing the world takes a little help from your (breast!) friends. 

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Mamava Mama: Bree LeMay

Our Mamava mama is Bree LeMay, a full-time single mother of two children. She's also a hair stylist who's getting ready to go back to work behind the chair part-time and plans to pump in between clients. As a staunch believer in a mama's right to breastfeed wherever and whenever the need arises, Bree's gotten her fair share of unhelpful comments and sideways looks. She doesn't let it faze her, just continues on confidently: "I openly nurse in public because I feel absolutely zero shame for nurturing my children." Bree offers these insights to other breastfeeding mamas.

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Help for "Beautiful, Messy Transition" into Motherhood: A New Book By Kate Rope

 Author Kate Rope.  Photo: Heidi Geldhauser

Kate Rope wants all mamas to to know that the transition into motherhood isn't easy, that society's standards for parenting are often unrealistic, that self-care and support are critical to enjoying the journey—and "good enough" parenting means you're doing a great job.

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Laugh, Cry, Love: Writer Kimberly Harrington Talks Motherhood and Her New Book

Author Kimberly Harrington with her son just after returning to work post-maternity leave. Photo: Alex Williams

Motherhood can make you a crybaby; force you to face your fears, own up to your imperfections, let go of what you can't control, find your true friends—and see the humor, beauty, and impermanence of it all, according to a new book by Kimberly Harrington.

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5 Changes That Are Good for You, Your Family, And The Planet

 

You know that what you eat, the self-care products you use, and even the products you use to clean your house, can affect your health—and the health of Mama Earth. When you're pregnant or breastfeeding, the impact of your purchasing decisions feels even more significant. How can you make choices that are good for your body, your baby, and the planet … without spending a fortune?

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Mamava Mama: Megan Pagels

Megan Pagels, a first-time mom with a full-time job, reminds us that while breastfeeding may be natural, it's anything but easy. From latching issues to milk supply, new moms need time, information, and support. 

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