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Admit it. Most nursing bras are kind of industrial-looking. At least that is what I thought when I was shopping around for a nursing bra. I also found that while breastfeeding is natural and wonderful, it is also difficult and complex and sometimes it really hurts! The best advice I could find was to use warm compresses before nursing and cold compresses afterwards. But nobody could give me any tips for how to make the whole compress thing practical or COMFORTABLE! So, my design was patented and Nizo Wear was born. I firgured while I was at it I should make them pretty as well. Nizo Wear makes nursing bras that are de both functional and pretty. Lace and rhinestones, playful prints, shapely lines, all designed to help you feel stylish and good again.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Top ten things your breastfeeding boobs would say if they could talk

A little boob humor to pick up you breastfeeding mamas!
according to "If these boobs could talk" by S. Seip & A. Hedger:

1. Since when are we open twenty-four hours?

2. Get the soothing gel. Get it now.

3. Sir, this is a "Babies Only" zone.

4. Kid, how can you not see our nipples when they're the size of paper plates?

5. Woo Hoo! We're spraying across the room!

6. Wow, we look spectacular!

7. Wait, now we look like old gym socks.

8. Hmmm, do we hear a baby crying somewh....and there's the milk.

9. Hey, we dont get paid enough to work this hard.

10. Oh great. A tooth.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

7 ways to lower her risk of breast cancer!

Research shows that breastfeeding lowers the mother's risk of breast cancer. Here are 6 other musts for every woman to lower her risk of breast cancer (according to Woman's Day magazine October 2010).

1. Stay a healthy weight.
Research shows that postmenopausal women who are obese are 1.5 times as likely to develop breast cancer.

2. Exercise.
The National Cancer Institute shows that exercising four or more hours a week can decrease estrogen levels and in turn help lower breast cancer risk.

3. Limit alcohol.
Limit yourself to no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. The more you consume, the greater the danger.

4. Know your family history.
If your mother, grandmother or maternal aunt developed breast cancer at age 50 or earlier, you may carry the gene BRCA1 or BRCA2, which can place your lifetime risk of breast cancer at 60% (and your risk of ovarian cancer at 15-40%)

5. Eat Healthy.
Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, whole grains and legumes is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

6. Check your D levels.
Research shows women who got a lot of vitamin D from diet, supplements or spending time out doors were 25-50% less likely to develop breast cancer than those with lower levels.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Top ten must haves for parents!

I saw many amazing must have items for parents at the ABC show this past weekend! Here is a list of just a few. (number 1 is the grossest, and yet is my favorite!) Enjoy:

10. Baby Bubadoo:
This is more than just a diaper changing wrap. This amazing wrap not only keeps your little ones squirming to a minimum while you change their diaper but it keeps them from not touching dirty walls on the go or their dirty diaper area as you clean! AND it keeps your bundle of joy dry if you are not quick enough putting the new diaper on :). http://babybubadoo.com/

9. Pirose Nursing Scarf:
This stylish and innovative nursing scarf has endless fashion potential with 10 stylish prints and 3 sizes. You can wear this so many ways and is lightweight and breathable! http://www.renorose.com/

8. Milkies: helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals
Milkies is a milksaver that catches leaking milk so no precious drop is waisted. So innovative and useful. http://www.mymilkies.com/

7. Milk Trays: by Sensible Lines
Exactly what is sounds like! Ice cube trays meant for breastmilk, shaped in an ingenious design to fit in any size bottle for easy thaw! Small amounts frozen at a time ensures the maximum amount of nutrients are saved. www.sensiblelines.com

6. HotMomEase TM: Maternity Support Ultimate by Margo Innovations
This support belt extraordinaire was designed and patented by a labor and delivery nurse! She designed a this belt after many years of prototyping. The finished product: a support belt with a pocket for a hot/cold pack conveniently placed across the back for pain relief! Brilliant. http://www.margoinnovations.com/

5. Undercover Mama
Make any shirt a nursing shirt. Undercover Mama is a strapless undershirt that hooks to your favorite nursing bra. Discreet, stylish, and practical Undercover Mama makes nursing your baby easy and convenient, at home or on the go! http://www.undercovermama.com/

4. The mommy measure:
If you are looking for the perfect pregnancy gift, the Mommy Measure is it! Our unique patent pending pregnancy growth chart & journal make it easy to record your belly growth (Fundal height / belly circumference) and pregnancy milestones.
BETTER YET: The Mommy Measure can also be used to track your baby's first year of growth! Simply lay the Mommy Measure™ alongside your baby on a flat surface and mark their length and write special milestones. http://www.mommymeasure.com/

3. Bamboobies Nursing Pads:
They are unique because they are made from a soft bamboo, organic cotton hemp so they are super soft, ultra thin and waterproof aka "milk-proof"! http://buybamboobies.com/

2. The Learning Tower: by Little Partners
Have a toddler who wants to “do it myself.”? Carol had one, which inspired her to create a safe way for her daughter to be curious and explore. The learning tower lets kids do everything from washing their hands to slicing a banana for snack to rolling out dough on an adjustable height platform, offering quality, safety and flexibility. Today, The Learning Tower is distributed around the world and enjoyed by young toddlers everywhere as they safely explore, discover and experience the world around them! http://www.littlepartners.com/

1. This was by far the weirdest invention I saw at the ABC kids show, yet it totally made sense to me!
The Snot Sucker! This is a nasal aspirator that works! It was developed by Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists at the University Hospital MAS in Malmo, Sweden. I wish I had this with my son. I know it looks gross, but it'snot!! http://www.nosefrida.com/