Black Breastfeeding Week 2020

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the last week of August is Black Breastfeeding Week. Every year, I hold events and activities for Awesome Breastfeeders. This year’s theme is: Revive! Restore! Reclaim! Let’s connect to celebrate all things breastfeeding in the Black community!

Below are a list of my activities and events I am hosting or participating:

  • South LA/South Bay AAIMM August VirtualiTEA – Black Breastfeeding Week
    • Friday, August 21, 10:00-11:30 AM PST 
    • View Event Here
  • The Nursathon: A Virtual Experience
  • Black Men’s Facebook Chat
    • Tuesday, August 25, 5:30-6:30 PM PST
    • Time is given to the brotherhood, regardless if they’re fathers or not. We give them safe and sacred space to chat about their role within the Black community that includes their support and advocacy of breastfeeding. This event is exclusive to Black men. 
    • Facebook – Follow Lydia O. Boyd, Lactation Specialist
  • Celebrating Black Motherhood: A Path To Healing Through Joy
  • Southern California WIC Regional BBW 2020 Circle
    • Thursday, August 27th, 2:30-4:00 PM PST (Registration Is Required)
    • While the focus is on Black WIC families, non-WIC families are welcome
  • Changing Faces: The Color of Lactation – POSTPONED
  • Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition: Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Screening
    • Friday, August 28th, 1:00-3:00 PM EST (Registration Is Required)
    • Attendees will receive the link 72 hours prior to the discussion
  • Black WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors Circle
    • Friday, August 28th, 2:30-4:00 PM PST (Registration Is Required)
    • This is an exclusive safe and sacred space for Black WIC PCs to connect, share, encourage, and be encouraged. This is event is exclusive to Black WIC PCs.
  • New Familia Health IG Live
  • Awesome Breastfeeders Virtual Summit 
  • Awesome Breastfeeders Virtual Circle
    • Sunday, August 30th, 4:00-6:00 PM PST (Registration Is Required)
    • Join me for a special time of abundant feminine energy, wisdom, and village love with elders, emerging elders, seasoned breastfeeders, breastfeeders and expectant mommies. We will discuss reviving, restoring, and reclaiming village love for our mothers.
  • Antelope Vally AAIMM & Breastfeeding Coalition Chocolate Milk Documentary Discussion
    • Monday, August 31st, 10:00-11:30 AM PST (Registration is Required)
    • Attendees will receive the link 72 hours prior to the discussion
  • Martin Luther King Jr Medical Center Black Breastfeeding Week Virtual Celebration+
    • Monday, August 31st, 12:00-12:30 PM PST (Join Here)
  • Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition: Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Screening
    • Monday, August 31st, 6:00-9:00 PM PST (Registration Is Required)
    • Attendees will receive the link 72 hours prior to the discussion

Summer Tips for Curly Girls

Many times naturalistas get bored during the summer months because its hot and we want something new for all of the fun summer activities. Who wants to detangle, twist, diffuse, or even fluff when its hot? I know I don’t. However, with new styles including protective styles we run the risk of damaging our hair.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as we enter the warmer months.

  • Drink your water. Yes! Hydrating from the inside out will make a difference in your curl health. This is especially true for curlies who are taking daily diuretics (water pills). Get those daily 8+ glasses of water in loves!
  • Take care when installing protective styles and when taking those styles down. Make sure you communicate to your stylist that you’re serious about your curl health and want to retain your curls. For those installing braids and twists, communicate any pain that you experience. At no time should your braids or twist pull to the point you’re in pain. You shouldn’t have to take Advil or Motrin for a hairstyle. And be patient when taking your protective styles down. Take care to not pull, tug, or break your strands.
  • Pay attention to your environment and ingredients. If you’re in a dry or humid climate you want to make sure you use products that are equipped for the environmental challenge. Humectants (honey, glycerin, propylene acid, hyaluronic acid, butylene glycol, sodium PCA, sorbitol, and allantoin) will pull moisture from humid air and they will allow the moisture to be pulled into the air from your hair. Both of these ‘pullings’ can cause frizzy hair. How do you combat this effect? Stay away from humectants or seal with a heavy sealant. Heavy sealants such a a butter (i.e., shea butter) or thick oil (i.e., castor oil) can provide a barrier in some cases.
  • Consider stylers with stronger hold during humid months. Your styler can be used as a barrier like the butter and heavy oil I mentioned above and they can be used together. Depending on how you’re styling your hair you may have to make accommodations for longer drying or setting times.
  • If you’re in dryer climates, make sure you’re using moisturizers that will hold up until you can moisturize again. Heavier moisturizers can be great tools in dryer areas because they provide a level of protection. The best way to know you’re working with a product that is moisturizing is if it has water or aloe within the first 5 ingredients. My personal preference is water the first ingredient.

These are just a few tips. For more tips take a look at these tips from celebrity stylist Felicia Leatherwood >>>CLICK HERE<<<

You may have other tips and tricks to keep your curls healthy and happy in the summer months. I would love to hear what you do. Feel free to comment below with your tips.

To learn more about your curls add these books to your library:

*hugs*

Lydia aka Madame President

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Genius Babies’ Library

Our Awesome Breastfeeders’ Reading List is packed with amazing blogs, books, and resources to meet your families needs. With so many great authors for our babies, I had to expand the Children’s Books section to its own page. Check back frequently as this library is growing!

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 
 
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!
A heartfelt and meaningful book that brings Bob Marley’s music to life in a new way: As a young girl goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, she’s able to make things right for herself and others.
Let’s explore your beauty together.
Recommended for children ages 2 and up, this book was created to help parents and caregivers introduce or reinforce the concepts of privacy and body safety to children learning for the first time and for those not quite ready to handle a longer book and/or more complex concepts like secrets, tricks, and intuition.

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

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Awesome Breastfeeders’ Reading List

The Awesome Reading List is a collection of reading resources for the entire Awesome Breastfeeder’s family; Moms, Dads, Genius Babies, Supporters, and Professionals. If you have a book recommendation comment below and we will consider adding it. 

Happy Reading!

Blogs

Breastfeeders’ Books

Children’s Books 

 

Coloring Books

Comic Books

Lactation Professionals’ & Birth Workers’ Books

Parents’ Books

Publishers

Survivors & Trauma

Social Justice

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Whisper Whip by Healthy Hair Solutions

Whisper Whip by Healthy Hair Solutions is a 3-n-1 conditioner that can be used as a:

  • Rinse Out
  • Leave-In
  • Deep Conditioner

Some have found success with using Whisper Whip as a styler. I love it as a co-wash and rinse out conditioner. My long curls loved Whisper Whip and my short curls adore this conditioner. Whisper Whip gives me a quick punch of moisture and rinses out clean and quickly.

It comes in a very clean scent that will not overpower you. The product itself plays well with other products. The few times I used Whisper Whip as a leave-in, it absorbed well into my strands without those white balls. Can you say, “WINNING!”

If you would like to experience Whisper Whip by Healthy Hair Solutions you can order a 32 oz bottle a number of ways.

How To Use Whisper Whip 

Whisper Whip Hydration can be used as a Co Wash, Deep Conditioner, or a Leave in styling cream. 

As a Co Wash: Apply a generous amount of Whisper Whip to hair strands using your fingers to detangle and define your curls. Massage scalp last. Rinse then repeat.

As a Deep Conditioner: Apply a generous amount of Whisper Whip to hair strands using fingers to detangle and define your curls. Wrap hair in a plastic cap then sit under a warm dryer for 25 minutes. Rinse then proceed with your styling products.

As a Leave in styling cream. Apply desired amount of Whisper Whip to your hair and define curls. Do not rinse.
Its rich formula leaves your hair feeling soft and less likely to break.

Ingredients: Water Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Jojoba Oil, Keratin Enzymes, cetyl alchohol, Steralkonium Chloride, Propyline Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, Blue 1 (Cl 42090), Red 33 (CI 1)7200), Red 4 (Cl 14700), C1 19140 (Yellow #5), Honey Miel, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond)

Lydia aka Madame President

Today Is Giving Tuesday…

Traditionally, today is an opportunity for non-profit organizations to ask for donations to fund their programs. On the other end, many people use Giving Tuesday to make end of the year tax deductible donations. In 2012, Giving Tuesday was created to simply encourage people to do good within their communities. Doing good can be provided in the form of financial or in-kind donations. Or the goodness of giving can be accomplished in other forms of community support.

Personal gifts – its still giving. For those who are financially able, consider giving a monetary gift to someone in your personal circle, work network, or associates; other than your immediate family and friends who you just exchanged gifts with. Get a card and put some money in it (as the old people say). In place of cash, you can give a gift card. That coworker who has gone back to school or your neighbor who has a college student; both are racking up multiple by the minute. Ride share, grocery store, or airline gift cards are great examples of financial giving with a personal touch. While this is not tax deductible its a tremendous sowing into your community on a more intimate level.

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Small business owners – they need the support. This is different than supporting their Black Friday Sales. The small business owner in your circle that doesn’t have the capital that others may have can use a a monetary gift or gift card to pay for postage or buy supplies. Or they simply need it for dinner for their family next week while they’re packing orders. If you’re not in the place to support financially, inquire how you can volunteer your time to the business. You may not know the impact of your gift, but you have helped someone move closer to meeting their life goals.

Helping hand – those that we pass on the street. Those $1 or $5 bills we have in our wallets that we get back as change. Instead of walking pass our local homeless people in fear, take some time to go out prepared with cash in hand to give to that person you know is sleeping on the side of the building or in their car. Don’t worry about this program or that program. Don’t question what will be done with your change. As homelessness in the U.S. is at epic levels, we all can play a role in the safety and well-being of human beings in our neighborhoods. Data shows that everyday the working poor and middle class workers are living in homelessness more and more. You will contribute to the safety and well being of another human being.

Words & Kindness – are always needed. If you don’t have money then give kindness, or encouragement to those you encounter. Smile at children that come your way as you go about your day. This let’s them know they are seen in a positive light. Tell a mother how beautiful her children are. Give a positive review to the young man who bagged your groceries. Make a conscious effort to look people in the eye and speak to them. “Hello! How are you?” Your kindness will bring sunshine to another.

Hold Space – step back and center another person. Call and talk to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while; give them your time and attention while listening to them share what’s going on in their life. Reach out to someone who is grieving or mourning a loss or someone who is recovering. Give them time in your world to share their feelings and experiences without judgment and intrusive questions. Merely, hold space for them to release while you are present in their world. You will validate their existence while standing in loving support of another soul.

And if you can’t do the above today, tomorrow is fine. Next Friday; your next payday, works as well. And if you don’t have the financial means, you have the time and heart-space. You and your heart are needed to make community strong and health. Today is Giving Tuesday and your community needs your gift.

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Lydia

LA Curly Girls Holiday Sales Listing

Welcome to the 2019 LA Curly Girls Holiday Sales Listing!

This year we have a new look and location. However, we are coming with great brands, sales, and deals just as we have in previous years. You will find holiday sales information for pre-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Purple Sunday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Winter Holiday (i.e., Christmas), Kwanza, and New Year’s Day. Listings include links to brands’ websites, coupon codes, sale dates including expiration dates and any additional offerings. Feel free to share this listing within your friends and family who are looking for great curly holiday finds!

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Ashley Stewart

  • Nov. 20 – Dec. 4
    • 40% OFF Full Price

Awesome Breastfeeders Gear

  • Nov. 24 – Nov. 28
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
    • 15% OFF EVERYTHING
  • Dec. 2
    • FREE SHIPPING & 15% OFF Everything

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BelNouvo

  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
    • All Hair & Body Products $9.99+
      • Excludes Sets
      • FREE Shipping, $75+

Bekura Beauty

  • We’re Back
    • Coupon Code – LOYALTY
    • 10% OFF Entire Site
    • FREE Shipping, $75+ Domestic Orders ONLY

Benefit Cosmetics

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  • Nov. 12 – Nov. 26
    • Coupon Code – FABFOUR
    • 4 FREE Deluxe Samples, $70+
  • Nov. 26 – Dec. 1
    • Coupon Code – FRIYAY
    • 25% OFF Everything + FREE SHIPPING
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 3
    • Coupon Code – FUNDAY
    • 25% OFF Everything + FREE Shipping

Bobeam Natural Products

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  • Nov. 28 – Until Supplies Last
    • Limited Edition Holiday Gift Box; $45
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      • 2 Shampoo Bars; Lavender & Mango
      • 1 Lavender Hair Oil
      • 1 Mango Hair & Body Butter
      • 1 Natural Coconut Hand-Poured Mango Candle
      • 1 Mango Lotion Bar
      • 1 Mango/Minty Shower Tab
      • FREE Tote Bag
      • FREE SHIPPING
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 6
    • Coupon Code – LCG35 (LA CURLY GIRLS EXCLUSIVE CODE)
    • 35% OF Purchase
  • Nov. 29 – Jan. 30
  • Limited Edition Seasonal Cocoa Creme Conditioner
  • Soft Launch – 16 oz Size Conditioners
  • December
    • Holiday 2 oz Variety Sample Bar Sets
  • Dec. 16th – Jan. 2
    • Coupon Code – LCG30 (LA CURLY GIRLS EXCLUSIVE CODE)
    • 30% OFF Purchase

Bonobos

  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – BFWEEK
    • 30% OFF Sitewide + FREE SHIPPING
  • Dec. 2 – Dec. 3
    • Coupon Code – LETSCYBER
    • 35% OFF Sitewide + FREE SHIPPING
  • Dec. 6 – Dec. 10
    • Coupon Code – XXX
    • 30% OFF MARKDOWNS

Boricubi

  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29
    • 25% OFF; Minimum $20 Order

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Chocolate Milk The Documentary Gear

  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
    • 15% OFF EVERYTHING
  • Dec. 2
    • FREE SHIPPING & 15% OFF Everything

CocoPie Clothing

  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 2
    • Kids Tees; $20
    • Kids Sweaters; $25
    • Mugs; BOGO 50% OFF
      • Coupon Code – BOGO

Curls

  • Coupon Code – CURLS25
    • 25% OFF Site

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Famous Footwear

  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 28
    • Black Friday Preview:
      • Buy One, Get One 1/2 OFF + 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING
  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 1
    • Buy One, Get One 1/2 OFF + Additional 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 4
    • Cyber Deals! Buy One, Get One ½ OFF + 15% OFF & FREE SHIPPING
      • ONLINE ORDERS
  • Dec. 2 – Dec. 3
    • Cyber Busters: One Day Only Markdowns; Athletics & Boots
  • Dec. 4 – Dec. 25
    • Buy One, Get One ½ OFF +FREE SHIPPING
  • Dec. 17 – Dec. 19
    • BOGO 1/2 OFF + Additional 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING

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Garner’s Garden

  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 29
    • Coupon Code – GGBLACKFRI20
    • 20% OFF Entire Site
    • FREE Shipping, $55+
    • FREE Gifts

Goumi Kids

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  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 2
    • 30% OFF Entire Site; except bundles
    • FREE U.S. Shipping; $65+
  • Dec. 18 – Madame President’s Loves The Babies Birthday Special!
  • Coupon Code – GK10
    • 10% OFF Baby Essentials
  • Coupon Code – AllS15
    • 15% OFF Baby Rompers
  • Coupon Code – BUNDLE15
    • 15% OFF Baby Mitts, Boots, Romper Bundle
  • Coupon Code – SHIPONUS
    • FREE US SHIPPING

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Hair Restoration Laboratories

  • Nov. 24 – Nov. 30
    • Coupon Code – NOV30
    • 30% OFF Entire Order

Hattache

  • Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
    • Coupon Code – BF2019
    • 30% OFF
    • FREE SHIPPING, $75+
      • Excludes Synthetic Hair
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – CM2019
    • 15% OFF Entire Store

Healthy Hair Solutions

Hydratherma Naturals

  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – SUPERSALE
    • 30% OFF All Inventory

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I AM GroomingCo.

  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
    • 25% OFF Purchases
      • Excludes bundles & sets

The Irie Lifestyle

  • Black Friday
    • $15 Gift Sets
      • FREE Lemongrass Tea with Every Order
      • Free Shipping; $45+

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LA Curly Girls Gear

  • Nov. 24 – Nov. 28
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
    • 15% OFF EVERYTHING
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
  • Dec. 2
    • FREE SHIPPING & 15% OFF Everything

Lydia O. Boyd, Lactation Specialist

  • Nov. 24 – Nov. 28
    • Coupon Code – PREBLKFRIDAY
    • 25% OFF In-Person Connections (prenatal or breastfeeding)
  • Nov. 28
    • Coupon Code – BLKFRIDAY
    • 50% OFF In-Person Connections (prenatal or breastfeeding)
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 31
    • Coupon Code – 10OFFVIRTUAL
    • $10 OFF Awesome Breastfeeders Virtual Support Group with/Awesome Moms Newsletter Sign Up
      • Can only be used for the month of December
  • Jan. 1 – Jan. 4
    • Coupon Code – 10OFFPHONECALL
    • 10% OFF ALL Phone Connections
      • Code can be used for up to three (3) calls, but has to be scheduled before code expires

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Makeba

  • Thanksgiving
    • Coupon Code – PURPLE
    • 35% OFF Everything
    • FREE U.S. Shipping, $75+

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National Black Doula Association

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  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 3
    • Coupon Code – HOLIDAY10
    • 10% OFF Entire Store

NaturallyCurly

  • Nov. 25 – Nov. 28
    • Coupon Code – FNF2019
    • 20% OFF

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Ouidad

Ouidad
  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – MANYTHANKS
    • 25% OFF Sitewide
    • $75+, 6pc Mega GWP
  • Dec. 25 – Dec. 26
    • Coupon Code – MERRY
    • 30% OFF Sitewide

Oyin Handmade

  • Nov. 25 – Nov. 29
    • 30% OFF ALL Hair & Body Products

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Pat McGrath

  • Nov. 25 – Nov. 29
    • 25% OFF, Up To $150
    • 30% OFF, $150+

Pomade Shop

  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 3
    • Coupon Code – HOLIDAY30
    • 30% OFF ALL Full-Sized Products
  • Dec. 9 – 13
    • Coupon Code – CHRISTMAS25
    • 25% OFF ALL Full-Sized Products

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Shea Shea Bakery

  • Nov. 29
    • 30% OFF, 12 AM – 5 AM
    • 20% OFF, 5 AM – 5 PM
  • Nov. 30
    • BOGO 50% OFF Bath & Body
  • Dec. 2
    • FREE Shipping; $40+
      • Including International Orders

Sneak-Peek Box

  • Black Friday – Nov. 29, 11:59 PM EST
    • Coupon Code – BLACKSALE19
    • 30% OFF Gift Box
  • Cyber Monday – Dec. 2; 11:59 PM EST
    • Coupon Code – CYBERSALE19
    • $10 OFF Monthly Subscription Option!
  • FREE U.S. SHIPPING – International Shipping Seen @Checkout

Soultanicals

  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – BFGOTSOUL50
    • 50% OFF Sitewide
      • Due to high volume of orders, expect at least a two (2) week time before you receive tracking info
  • Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – CMGOTSOUL50
    • 50% OFF Sitewide
      • Due to high volume of orders, expect at least a two (2) week time before you receive tracking info

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The Doux

  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 2
    • 30% OFF
    • Coupon Code – AAAYYYEEE

Thermal Hair Care

  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – BF2019
    • 25% OFF + FREE U.S. SHIPPING, $50+

Thinx

  • Nov. 24 – Dec. 25
    • Customer Saver Sets
      • 2+ pairs = 10% off
      • 4+ pairs = 15% off
      • 6+ pairs = 20% off
  • Dec. 11 – Dec. 17
    • FREE Regular SHIPPING OR $5 Expedited Shipping
  • Dec. 18 – Dec. 31
    • 10% OFF Best Selling Undies
  • Dec. 26 – 31
    • 20% OFF All Period Proof Underwear

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Uncle Funky’s Daughter

  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 2
    • Coupon Code – GIVEUFD
    • 30% OFF + FREE SHIPPING, $50+

Happy Shopping!

Lydia aka Madame President!

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Family Holiday Pajamas For The Win!

The Fall and Winter holidays are officially here! Many of you are getting into the swing of decorating or have already decorated your homes and offices. But have you decided what to wear the morning of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of the other Winter holidays? Have you thought about holiday pajamas for your family?

For new families, growing families, or families who want to add more fun to the holidays may find adding the tradition of holiday family pajamas is a great way to show their holiday spirit. And family holiday pajamas will step up your Instagram game! You can find family pajamas from a variety of retailers on the ground or online to be delivered in time for the holidays. Many retailers have a variety of sizes, designs, and holiday themes. Let’s take a look at what is available to you!

Old Navy/The Gap

Plus-Size Crew-Neck Thermal Top
You will find infant to women’s plus size pajamas in a variety of styles and themes. Also, you will fine holiday themed footwear. And many items were on sale at the time of this posting.

Walmart

Xmas Family Matching Christmas Pajamas Set Women´s Mens Kids Sleepwear Nightwear
You will find a variety of styles and sizes including infants. Unfortunately, I did not see women’s plus sizes at the time of this posting. Some designs are only available for shipping; not in-store pickup.

JCPenny’s

You will find a wide variety of sizes including infant, women’s plus size, and women’s tall. At the time of this posting, inventory on some items were low and unavailable for same day pickup at some stores. However, shipping to local stores was available.

Target

You will find styles for infants, women’s plus size (up to 2x), and pet wear. Shipping to your local store is available. FREE Standard Shipping.

Burlington

Mommy and Me Fair Isle Matching PJ Sets ($9.99-$16.99)
Sizes are limited. Hurry! Inventory is going quickly!

Sears

Carter's NEW Christmas PJs size 4 pajama 2-piece Fleece Bottoms Santa Red Holiday NWT
Family sets are limited. However, some sets include pet wear. Some items are not available for store pickup.

Amazon

PajamaGram Family Matching Christmas Pajamas - Fleece, Navy, Women's, XS, 2-4
You will find a variety of holiday themes and designs for the entire family including your pets. Some designs include Amazon Prime with FREE 1-Day Shipping. Women’s Plus Sizes are limited.

Remember, this is a fun tradition for your family so make this shopping experience is just as fun by including your little ones and the rest of your family in the decision making process. And make sure you share you pictures.

When taking those pictures, be creative. Find creative holiday props and poses. Of course, get the entire family together in photos. Then, get sections of the family; the girls, the guys, the kids with the dog, etc. If the weather permits get a few shots outside. And don’t forget holiday breakfast photos around the table and those secret snaps of Dad napping!

Have fun and enjoy!

Lydia

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Awesome Moms Gear: Plus-Size Nursing Tank Tops

For breastfeeding moms who desire to feed discreetly, I often suggest layering their clothing by wearing a tank top under their blouse or shirt. Raising the top layer up from the bottom and lowing the second tank and your bra down from the top can be an easy way to keep mom’s belly covered and the bulk of her breast out of sight. In some cases, mom may want an actual nursing tank top to complete their outfit. For plus-size moms, it might be difficult to find nursing tank tops in their size. I have gathered some plus-size nursing tank top options for moms to choose from. Take a look and let me know what you think.

I will revise this list as new items are released or I’m made aware of them.

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If you have additional resources, please feel free to share them with me. And definitely share this list with your sister moms!

Lydia_O_Boyd01

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Do You Know Your Baby’s Hunger Cues?

Hunger is a major topic for the breastfeeding family. Whether the concern is if the baby is getting enough to eat at each feeding session or if mother’s milk is enough for the baby, parents may not understand the signs of hunger in their baby. Let’s review the signs of hunger in your breastfeeding newborn and what these signs are communicating to you.

Just like you, your baby can communicate their level of hunger. Our job is to pay attention and respond in a timely manner. In my connections with families, I recommend latching the baby to the breast when the baby is licking their lips and putting their hands in their mouths. As we explore the different signs you will see why.

Wiggling – You may see this after your baby has just woken up from a nap or in the midst of the baby sitting for a period of time. In some cases, your baby may need to eliminate or it could be the early signs of hunger. This is a sign that is easy to overlook because it can appear that your baby is simply adjusting their position. When you see this, watch your baby or begin to prepare for breastfeeding. Now is the time to get to your comfortable chair or get your pillow.

Licking Their Lips – This is another sign that can be overlooked. However, it speaks to hunger directly. Think of how you feel when your mouth is dry and you are ready for a drink of water, especially after waking up in the morning or after a nap. At this point, its safe to assume your baby is ready to latch. Please note, this is at a time when babies are still relatively calm; which makes latch easier. If you have not prepared to breastfeed, now is the time. If you need to cover, make sure you have it and are ready to use it.

Breast Pads

Hands/Fingers In Mouth – Your baby may appear calm or a bit frantic; depending on their temperament. I strongly suggest putting the baby to the breast now because the next stage of hunger moves quickly. If latch is an issue for mom, she may feel like the baby does not want the breast or the latching process may become overwhelming for her if the baby becomes upset. This is the stage when helpers can remind or suggest to mom this is a good time to put the baby to the breast if mom is away from the baby or has not seen the baby put their hands or fingers in their mouth.

Rooting – The baby is actively looking for the breast by turning their head side to side and trying to get the breast into their mouth. This is when our Genius Baby shows their natural awesomeness – I Can Do This Myself Mom! Many moms feel like the baby is being ‘grown’ because the baby is using their own hands to get to the breast. This is actually a stage of early distress and elevated hunger. Latch might be more difficult during this time for a mom who is not confident in her ability to latch the baby pain-free or effectively. Take deep breaths and remember the latching techniques you have learned. For friends and family who are holding the baby, this is the time to give the baby to mom as she needs to feed her baby. 

Crying – While many use crying as the only sign of hunger, we have missed all of the above and our baby is in full distress. I strong suggest that we latch the baby to the breast before we get to this point. And that we do not use crying as a primary communication method. This is a new thought for many families; but the benefits to breastfeeding, mom’s confidence, and the baby’s overall development are worth the effort to make this change. In some cases, the baby will latch effortlessly once the breast is presented. In other cases, the baby may need to be calmed down before mom can get a pain-free and deep latch. Bring the baby into a skin-to-skin position and speak to the baby in a calm voice. After a few minutes the baby will calm and the latch can be attempted again.

As you can see, your baby can communicate with you. Knowing these hunger signs will help you be present and more empowered during your breastfeeding journey. Latching before your baby begins to cry as much as possible and breastfeeding will be more peaceful and enjoyable to you and your baby.

To learn more about hunger signs take a look at these online resources:

If you still have questions about knowing when your baby is hungry or about your breastfeeding relationship, schedule time your local lactation support person. If you do not have one, you can connect with me for an in-person or virtual connection today. Schedule by clicking HERE!

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