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Hug the Earth

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Native American Proverb

My generation and my son’s generation are at a point where we have lost the art of “waste not, want not.”  The skill set of taking and using only what we need, reusing items for practicality, and being intimately aware of our carbon footprint on the earth is something we must learn. . . chances are, these things have never been demonstrated or taught to us beyond tossing a plastic bottle into a recycling bin.

As a parent, I think the greatest impact I can make to help the future of this planet is to make smart choices about green living every day.

My son won’t learn about green living through a television special or even an educational pamphlet, but he’s going to learn about growing and culling food, cooking from scratch, re-using fabric scraps, avoiding items of waste, and other green practices by learning from his mom and dad.


I grew up in the eighties where littering on the side of the road was common practice (until the famous Don’t Mess with Texas anti-litter ad campaign put a grinding halt to that mess).

Recycling wasn’t even a word in my vocabulary until I attended a girls’ leadership, math, and science camp where I turned into an eco-activist overnight (with a letter from the city Mayor to thank 11 year-old me for my fervor and passion).

Years later, I’ve toned down my passion and put it into practice with breastfeeding and cloth diapers.  I’ve picked up a few sewing skills to create loving handmade gifts (instead of buying things with wasteful packaging), and I’ve learned some fun options for food preparation and stretching leftovers to improve my family’s health and to stretch our dollars.

Green living may be the “cool” thing to do these days, but if the trend ever swings the other way, I hope that my son appreciates the practicality of being resourceful and thoughtful of the earth.  May he teach his children to leave this place better than they found it.


National Geographic recently published the Green Guide Families: The Complete Reference for Eco-Friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella.

Printed on recycled fibers, this 400 page reference book gives eco-friendly and budget-friendly tips for raising baby and minimizing your footprint and toy closet.

Chapter 1 includes tips on creating a safe and eco-friendly home to purchasing and making your own household cleaners, parents are armed with tools to have a toxin-free home.

It’s not a super comprehensive guide to cloth diapers, but there’s a basic intro with extra green tips that will help a new parent get started well in this arena in chapter 6.

I like the ideas for eco-friendly holidays, parties and celebrations in chapter 9.  Those are definitely times where pretty packaging and decor lead to unnecessary waste.

Beyond the home, this guide arms families with ways to introduce recycling and reducing toxins in schools  (chapter 8 ) plus how to take “green” vacations (chapter 10).  To urge the next generation to care about green living, chapter 5 is dedicated to that purpose.

Overall, the book is mostly positive toward breastfeeding, but on page 196, it mentions “toxics in breast milk” discussing various chemicals that mom can absorb through skin, environmental contact, or pharmaceuticals that can be passed along to baby via milk.

I thought it was a little unusual that this section of the book states, breast milk can contain toxic substances that have negative consequences to developing babies, leaving some of us to wonder if breast milk could be harming the cognitive development of babies.  All of the chemicals listed below have been found in breast milk and are known to cause cognitive deficits. . . these contaminants are no reason to choose formula, however.

Unfortunately, the editor failed to mention the studies that indicated breastfed babies tested with higher IQ’s than those who weren’t breastfed.  True, she’s referring to the chemicals and decreased IQ, but she links the chemicals directly to breast milk.  By generalizing the statement, she makes it sound as though all breastfed babies are exposed to those chemicals, when in fact, it’s babies who’s mothers are taking prescription medications, using shampoos with phthalates, and around heavy metals and toxins.  I hope that moms on the fence about breastfeeding won’t read this section of the book and think that perhaps they should use formula instead.

There’s a lot of info that’s touched upon in this book, as a result, it skims the surface of some topics that have more detailed options, discussions, and information.  There are no pictures, drawings, or diagrams in this book.  It is purely a text reference.

I hope the future revised edition includes pictures of the different types of cloth diapers, pictures of examples of green baby toys and party decor, and it changes the misleading negative paragraph on breastfeeding.

Otherwise, I think it’s a fairly comprehensive resource to help new parents embark on the journey of green parenting with a great start.

The Green Families Guide retails for $21.95 from National Geographic, and it’s also available through Amazon.com.

Happy Earth Day!

Your turn: How do you teach your child about green living practices?  What’s the easiest (and most difficult) green practice that you do in your home?

Healthy Mamas and Breastfeeding Back Survival

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Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up that  focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.


Hey Moms!

If you’re an expectant or nursing mom living near Charlottesville, there’s not one, but TWO opportunities to attend a free Healthy Mama Workshop taught by moi.

The first Healthy Mama Workshop will include postural considerations for mom and baby in breastfeeding and babywearing at 11:45 AM on Saturday, November 7th at Downtown ACAC located at 111 Monticello Avenue. The event is part of ACAC’s pre-natal and post-natal seminar, and it’s free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served, and new moms and their children will have the opportunity to socialize and meet with others.  So fun!  Bring your baby carrier and nursing pillow, if you have one.healthy mama small

The second workshop takes place on Friday, November 13th at 4PM at Sugar Snap Consignment located at York Place on the historic Downtown Mall.  This workshop is primarily focused on postural considerations for mom and baby during breastfeeding.  Bring your nursing pillow, if you have one.

Both events are free and open to the general public.

I’m soooo excited to share the Healthy Mama Workshops with Charlottesville mothers. I want to help new moms learn how to take of themselves while nursing, so they’re confident, and comfortable at giving their 100% to baby and continuing a wonderful breastfeeding bonding experience.

I previously taught the Healthy Mama Workshops at Nature’s Child in 2008, and ACAC’s pre-natal seminar in October 2009. For more information on the Healthy Mama Workshops, please visit www.scoliosisdoc.com.

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Health Happy Round-Up: Part II

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Welcome to Health Happy Round-Up.  This week, we’re discussing the benefits of breast feeding for baby, mom, the entire family, and the planet.

When nursing a newborn, it’s wonderful to have a comfortable and great-fitting nursing bra.  I’ve loved the quality of construction, durability, and aesthetics of Medela’s line of intimate apparel since my early nursing days.

medela_logo_300I  enjoyed using Medela’s sleep bra and bamboo nursing camisole.  Now, I’m pleased to review samples of the microfiber wire-free seamless nursing bra that offers optimal everyday support and the jacquard wire-free seamless nursing bra.

jacqwfwhite-02The jacquard wire-free seamless bra has beautiful swirl detail on the outer jacquard fabric.  The inner fabric is lined with Cool-max to keep you from over-heating and feeling comfortable.

Medela thought of everything when they designed these new bras, including a sliding breastfeeding reminder to help you remember which side you last used.

When I wear the jacquard seamless, I feel completely comfortable, supported, and it’s smooth fitting under clothing.  Perfect.  Where was this bra when I first started breastfeeding?microuwmocha-02-002

Medela sent me a mocha microfiber wire-free seamless nursing bra for review.  Super soft interior and beautiful lace detailing on the band is luxuriously feminine without skimping on support.  The microfiber is perfect for a new mom whose milk supply might tend to leak–while keeping outer garments dry.  The fabric is also breathable and agreeable against the skin.

One fabulous feature in these new Medela seamless nursing bras is the tapered straps.  They prevent straps from falling off the shoulders–a nuisance that I cannot stand.  Medela engineered a lovely solution.

freestyle01The next time I’m nursing a newborn, I’ll want to use the Medela Freestyle Hands-Free breast pump that can be used with these new Medela seamless nursing bras.

The size D cup offers a hidden sling for support and side shaping.

Medela Intimates also offers a bra fitting video to help you select the perfect one for you.  Both retail for $39.99, and they’re available in cup sizes A-DD.  The seamless microfiber is also available in cup sizes F, G, and H for $44.99.  You can purchase Medela products online or through a local Medela retailer.

Also, you can enter to win a Freestyle Hands-Free Pump in Medela’s Mom of the Month Program.

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Health Happy Round-Up: Extended Breastfeeding

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

I’ll share a secret with you . . .

I’m still nursing my 21-month old.  Twenty-one months ago, I could very easily understand why many moms quit nursing within the first few weeks or months.

Cracked and bleeding nipples and engorgement–ouch!  Initially, I had to prepare my breasts before a feeding in advance with warm washcloth compresses and lanolin–before each feeding, around the clock for almost two weeks.

Seven weeks post-partum, I got mastitis on half of my breast from a clogged duct that never fully worked it’s way clear.  In spite of the searing pain, I nursed my son through a week of mastitis, fevers, and delirium from lack of sleep without the use of anti-biotics.

After those initial nursing experiences, I could easily understand why the majority of moms in America choose to stop nursing by 6 months post-partum.

My initial goal was to make it to 6 months.  I truly hoped my son and I could maintain a nursing relationship for at least a year, but I work better with shorter-term goals.  I wanted his sole form of sustenance to be breastmilk until 6 months of age.

When my son began solids, the breastmilk feedings reduced slightly over time.  He began to increase the amount of solids, and eventually cut back to  4-6 nursing sessions per day.  Those maintained unless he got a cold or cut teeth.  During those times, breastmilk became his sole form of nutrition, and he boycotted any other forms of food.  I felt like I was nursing a newborn again.

Once we hit 12 months, I realized I was in new territory: extended breastfeeding. At least, that’s the term that’s applied to it in America.  I only knew a handful of moms who’d continued to nurse past 1 year: 3 of whom were family members.  They were wonderful and encouraging for my son and I to continue our breastfeeding relationship as long as we were both comfortable with it.

I set my sights on a new goal: 18 months.

But something strange happened.  As my son grew larger, his feedings demanded a lot more from my body.  By 13 months, I was absolutely drained from fatigue and lack of iron due to breastfeeding.

Some health care providers told me to look out for number one and to quit nursing.  Many friends and family were incredulous that I was still nursing, especially when it affected my ability to care for my family and my patients at work.

Instead of quitting nursing cold turkey, I resolved to limit feedings to three times a day.  Also, I beefed up my iron and other supplement intake (since my pre-natal vitamins alone weren’t enough).

Nursing toddlerTwo months ago, I considered actively weaning my son.  The physical drain wasn’t getting any better.  I failed to see the benefit.  Close friends and family even said things to me like “If I were you, I wouldn’t tell anyone that you’re still nursing your son.”

When did nursing a child who’s not even two years old become taboo?

Years before I was “ready” to have children, I spoke with many moms who were comfortable with nursing up to 24 months.

Somehow that became frowned upon in the time-frame that I had my son.

I needed to provide him with an alternative that would keep him feeling content without sapping me of all my iron and nutrients.  I was open to using raw milk, but it’s difficult to purchase in Virginia, and it’s unrealistically expensive with a cow share program.  I’m not about to pay $11 for a gallon of raw milk (the cost when you add in initial buy-in and weekly fees).

So, we decided to use a colostrum/protein/omega-3/greens supplement powders that were completely safe for babies and adults.  My son loves it.  It’s green.  It’s thick.  It’s sweetened with stevia.  He calls it his juice.  As soon as we got him on it, breastfeedings dropped down to 1-2 times per day.

Last week, Calvin and I went on a road trip to visit family in the Midwest.  While we were there, I thought my milk had dried up in the evening feedings, and my son was only nursing for comfort.  I was okay with this, but yet there was a small pang of loss. This relationship where I could provide sustenance from my own body . . . was suddenly gone?  I was sad about this unexpected loss.

Meanwhile, I had just read the July-August issue of Mothering magazine with an incredibly eye-opening article on a Canadian mom’s breastfeeding experience among the Mongolian culture where the average weaning occurs in ages 4-6, a far cry older than the 6 – 12 months average in North America.

Suddenly, I was filled with huge regret.  I could have done something else to continue to nurse my son longer.  I felt like I had failed him.  I had sold him short of something so significant and important to him.  I wasn’t triumphant about the 21 months that he had received breastmilk, instead, I was downtrodden that I could have allowed the relationship to continue longer.

I continued to ruminate over the many articles I had read about extended breastfeeding or nursing toddlers.  I remembered the very supportive La Leche League group in northeastern Pennsylvania where nursing toddlers was the norm, not the exception. Even though I hadn’t been physically surrounded with close friends or family that supported my decision to nurse Calvin to 21 months, I knew that there was a sisterhood of mothers who shared my beliefs.  Most importantly, I knew my son wanted to continue to nurse.

So, instead of the before-bedtime nursing (where milk supply is at its lowest), I began offering him milk again in the mornings.  He no longer shook his head as if the milk was no longer present.  He was able to nurse.  Milk was still flowing.

I recognize that breastfeeding is a special and fleeting gift from a mother to a child.  Instead of worrying about the extra few pounds that I can’t seem to shake off, like Steph mentions in her breastfeeding post on Adventures in Babywearing. . . I’m happy to savor this relationship with my son.  It may only last a few more weeks, or a few more months, but I’m glad to be able to continue to snuggle and share a beautiful relationship with my sweet boy.

Breastfeeding my son for 21 months . . . and counting.

WABA_Circle_LogoIt’s world breastfeeding week!  If you’re interested in more articles on extended breastfeeding, read Kyla’s article on the benefits of nursing a toddler (for toddler and mom).  Also, check out Elizabeth’s article on 10 good reasons to nurse a toddler.  There’s a wealth of archived articles and links on extended breastfeeding and FAQs on La Leche League International’s site.

–By Dr. Dolly
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Since last night, my son’s been suffering from something viral that’s given him a terrible croupy cough and a persistent fever.

He’s been nursing like it’s the last meal he’ll ever eat–every single time.  He hated his baths which is very unCalvin-like behavior. He refuses most solid foods (unless it comes directly from my plate…and even then, it’s a scant amount that he’ll ingest).

He’ll just cry, snuggle, and bury his head in my chest.

We spent all day trying to do things to naturally reduce his symptoms and discomfort–but, it’ll take his body’s immunity kicking in to really kick this bug that’s plaguing him and breaking my heart.  Things that have helped provide some comfort:

  • breastfeeding
  • chiropractic adjustment
  • water in his favorite Sippy cup
  • hydrotherapy (alternating very warm and cool wet towels while in the tub)
  • rest
  • snuggly blankie
  • snuggling with Mommy & Daddy
  • fresh air

When we did Calvin’s bedtime routine tonight, I got so choked up that I couldn’t sing his lullabye.  I wish that I could absorb his suffering so that he wouldn’t have to endure it.

To make it a little easier on us and more comforting for Calvin, Steve rocked him and held him in his arms until he fell asleep.  I pray he sleeps well through the night, and feels healthy and strong again by morning.  As much as his boundless energy wears me out, I miss it terribly.

–By Dr. Dolly

I Don’t Sleep–I Breastfeed!

After a membership class at church that ran late into the evening (which meant Calvin had a very late bedtime, we’re dealing with the sleep-deprivation consequences today.

Even after we tucked our little guy in bed 2 hours past his normal bedtime, Steve and I went straight to bed–exhausted.  I’d been up 16 hours straight, and I was running on empty.  No sooner had I fallen asleep, then I heard what the alarm clock ring.  But, it wasn’t the alarm clock–someone had called Steve’s phone past 11pm.  Then every 2 or 3 hours, thereafter, our son woke up screaming crying because he was thirsty.  That’s what happens when the temperature drops 20 degrees and suddenly dries out the apartment. I wish I could tell you I got the luxury of sleeping in on a Saturday, but we had to be back to church by 8:30 am for another 4 hours of class.

It may only be 9pm now, but it feels like midnight.  My body is crying for me to get off the computer and go to bed.

I will.  But first, I wanted to tell you that in spite of being sleep deprived and feeling like my eyeballs want to pop out of my skull, a couple of cool things happened today.

First, I taught a class on Babywearing and Back Health at Nature’s Child, which is the brick and mortar site for Along for the Ride.  Nature’s Child was celebrating its first birthday in business with a Local Festival.

I enjoyed the interactive nature of the class format, and I was stoked that they invited me back to teach a couple more classes next month: a repeat on babywearing and back health, and breastfeeding and back health immediately following their very popular New Moms Teas.  So, if you’re in Charlottesville on November 13th and 20th, please stop by Nature’s Child at 11:30 and join in on the fun!

Next, my first post for Deep South Moms was published today.  Please check it out.  I bare it all when it comes to my personal experience and philosophy on breastfeeding.

An original Traveling with Baby post by Dr. Dolly

Baby Food Action

Butternut squash is finger-lickin’ good!

Calvin got bored with me feeding him his food with a spoon.  He’d fish it out of his mouth, look at it and palpate it with his fingers, then he’d put it back in his mouth once his obersvation was satisfied.  He did this same routine with ev-e-ry bite.  So, I dumped the entire portion onto his tray and let him have at it.  I knew it’d be a bath-worthy mess to clean up later, but I knew his curiousity would be satisfied and he’d have one heckuva fun time with it.  He even got squash on his eyelashes.

Heck, he even wanted to grab the camera!

Calvin’s first solid food was avocado, and he still loves it!

My son isn’t very happy here, but I was so thrilled that he was eagerly communicating in sign language.  Steve brought him to me right before bedtime for his night time nursing.  Calvin was repeatedly doing the sign for “milk” and fussing that I was taking his picture instead of giving him what he wanted.  I couldn’t resist.  It was just too cute.

Safe Skeeter Repellent

Happy Independence Day!  Along with your freedom to life, liberty, and property, may you also have freedom from bugs and bites.

As you spend today reflecting on our nation’s independence, enjoying BBQ, fireworks, and family time, there’s a strong possibility you’ll be fending off the bugs, especially the blood-sucking nasty mosquito-type.  If you live in Minnesota or Alaska, those skeeters are the size of birds, and very little will deter them because they can pierce through denim, wool, and even steel armor.

But, before you lather on whatever type of bug repellent is available at your nearest general goods retailer, consider the ingredients.  What’s in those lotions may be far worse than the ephemeral effects of an itchy mosquito bite.

Several bug repellents carry insecticides such as DEET, permethrin, and picaridin which cause many harmful side effects.

In an article recently published in ACA News (C Burke. Natural alternatives for mosquito management. ACA News. June 2008. p. 30-1.),

According to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pesticide Information Profile Extension Toxicology Network, DEET has the potential to cause rashes, breathing difficulties, neurotoxic effects and even death, especially in susceptible individuals and those overusing the chemical.  Studies have also shown that the chemical is transported from the skin to all organs of the body,  [then, it ]enters the brain.  [It]  can be transferred to babies via breast milk, and [it] can even reach the fetus.

However, there are plenty of safer alternatives to insecticides and DEET, many of which revolve around one or two main ingredients that are easy and inexpensive to find.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), bug repellents using oil of lemon eucalyptus as the main ingredient were found to provide similar protection to those using low concentrations of DEET.

The following is a list, not by any means comprehensive, which provides natural alternatives to insecticides to help repel mosquitoes, flies, and ticks:

To enjoy a bug-free evening in your own backyard, there are simple measures you can take.

  1. Grow attractive insect-repelling plants in your garden: marigolds, geraniums, catnip, basil, citronella grass, peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, and mosquito plants.  These plants naturally repel the hungry little beastly bugs while maintaining a lovely garden aesthetic.
  2. Make your OWN insect repelling spray by crushing the leaves of the aforementioned plants, thereby releasing their essential oils.  Mix them with isopropyl alcohol and create your own natural insect repellant.
  3. Burn sandalwood sticks in your yard (obviously keep curious little ones away).
  4. Eliminate standing/stagnant water in your yard, because this is the breeding and hatching ground for mosquito eggs.
  5. Avoid wearing lotions with fragrance, perfumes, and scented hair care products while playing outdoors.  These are mosquito and fly magnets.  It’s far better to smell of lemon and eucalyptus and to be bug bite-free!
  6. Burn citronella candles in outside areas with low wind such as on your patio table keeping bugs at bay from your BBQ.
  7. Maintain your door and window screens around the perimeter.  If those little buggers sneak into the cracks around those, then you’ve got ’em in your house.  And nothing’s worse than listening to a buzzing mosquito at 3 AM!

Read www.beyondpesticides.org for more info about protecting you and your backyard from mosquitos.

If, perchance, you still happen to get that little nagging nip that turns into a pimple-sized itchy nob, and you’re “itching” for a natural remedy to prevent you from scratching your skin off, I highly recommend the nectar directly from an aloe vera plant, or Sting Away which is an aloe vera based spray that you can find at your local pharmacy or health foods store.  I’ve used it for hornet stings as well as mosquito bites.  The label also advocates its use for sea lice and jellyfish stings.  The soothing aloe quickly takes the edge of a deeply itchy sting or bite.

BPA Found in Infant Formula Cans Harms Test Animals

An article published in the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Review (Spring 2008, p. 12) recently found that lab tests of canned infant formula conducted by the FDA and a certified commercial laboratory revealed that a plastics chemical, bis-phenol-A (BPA), leaches from the metal can linings into infant formula at levels which would expose some bottle-fed infants to BPA in excess of doses that caused serious adverse side effects in tests done on animals.

No government safety standards exist to limit the amount of BPA in infant formula.

Leading infant formula makers: Nestle and Mead-Johnson, may admit that there are risks in any material used for packaging, however, they firmly stand by their products and claim liquid infant formula in these cans is safe.

Yet, two separate groups of BPA experts expressed concerns about infant exposure to BPA.  Both panels were sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  One panel comprised of 38 BPA experts worldwide expressed grave concern that infant exposure levels are equal to or exceed the levels which caused harm in animal studies. The other panel, the National Toxicology Program’s Center for Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, concluded there was “some risk” that infant exposure to BPA could harm brain development and adversely affect behavior.  Unfortunately, there’s lack of scientific consensus on the parameters of “some risk.”

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit advocacy and research group based in Washington, D.C., made notes in its executive summary regarding analyses of levels of BPA in ready-to-eat concentrated infant formual with government data on infant formula consumption indicating the following:

  • one out of every 16 infants fed ready-to-eat canned formula would be exposed to BPA at doses exceeding those which altered testosterone levels, affected neurodevelopment, and caused other permanent harm to male and female reproductive systems.
  • At the highest BPA levels found in formula, 17 parts per billion (ppb), nearly two-thirds of all infants fed ready to eat formula would be exposed above doses harmful in animal tests.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has not taken a formal stance on this issue.  The FDA acknowledges it’s actively reviewing safety data on BPA, but it is not banning or restricting its use in infant formula in the meantime.

The Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, is toxic law in the U.S. Thirty-one years later, it’s the only major public health and environmental statute in the U.S. that’s ever been updated.

Breastfeeding, on the other hand, is safe, nutritious, helps with immune system development, and it also promotes numerous other benefits for baby: physiological, neurological, and emotional.

Sweet Slumber with Medela’s Sleep Bra

I recently reviewed two nursing bras by Medela for daily and professional wear.  I love Medela’s bras, and I really enjoyed testing their Sleep Bra (Model 677).  Until about a month ago, I’ve been wearing sleep bras almost exclusively.  Some are definitely more comfortable than others!

I first started wearing sleep bras after Calvin was born to keep warm gel packs in place since I needed to prepare my breasts for nursing before each feeding.  Once that painful stage passed, I kept wearing nursing bras at night for breast support, because milk boobs are heavy and those delicate Cooper’s ligaments that support breast tissue don’t just spring back to life–you’ve gotta take care of them!

So, a sleep bra needs to be able to hold nursing pads in place.  Cups should easily pull aside for nursing access.  And, it should provide support yet be so comfortable that you forget you’re even wearing a bra.

Medela’s Sleep Bra achieves all those things that a nursing mom is looking for in a bra with a super comfy, combed-cotton sleep bra.  It features a 3/4″ wide elastic band that was actually a little snug on me in the recommended size based on my measurements.  I went with the next size up since I was actually between 2 sizes, and I LOVED it.  Sizes range from Small to Extra-Large.

The racerback offers great support.  The cups offer full coverage, and they easily draw to the side for nursing access.  There’s no scratchy tag to irritate you while you’re sleeping (YAY!).  The combed cotton is a major plus.  In comparison to other sleep bras I’ve tried, this one feels the best against my skin.  When you’re first nursing and your breasts/nipples are very tender and sore, they deserve as much royal treatment as they can get!

This fantastic sleep bra only comes in white (*yawn* BORING!).  But, if you’re only wearing it at home while your breasts are acting as workhorses for feeding your baby, it’s no big deal.  Although, I think it’d be fantastic if they offered different fabric color options (apple green, turquoise, polka dots) but then, of course, that would only drive up the cost.  This fully funtional bra gets-the-job-done and keeps your comfortable and happy.  Medela doesn’t sell these bras directly on their site, but through distributors.  Their Sleep Bra typically retails for $18-$20, and you can find it at JCPenney’s, Target, Amazon, or BabyCenter (to name a few retailers).