TLBnourish 2019 with Ardo- Nourishing The Whole Family

#TLBnourish is made possible thanks to the generous support of Ardo Medical, Inc., maker of the super-quiet Calypso-to-go breast pump.

 

 

Nourishing our babies is a big part of what Ardo and The Leaky Boob are all about. But we’re also about nourishing parents body, mind, and spirit through information, support, and community. And occasionally… giveaways.

With our friends from ARDO USA Breastfeeding Products we have 3 #TLBnourish Prize Bundles you can enter to win featuring Ardo, Euphoric Birth & Herbals LLC, Serenity Kids Baby Food, Kiinde, Tidy Tots Diapers, Olen Baby & Kids, and Pura Stainless. To enter, use the widget below.

3 winners will receive this #TLBnourish prize bundle

TLBnourish prize bundle details:

Ardo Calypso-To-Go breast pump, $299 value.

Euphoric Herbals – Milk Machine herbal lactation blend supplement.

Serenity Kids – baby food from pasture raised meats and organic vegetables (25% off discount on their website for first order!)

Olen Skin Care – Baby Butz 100% natural diaper rash cream.

Kiinde – Twist Gift Set direct pump and direct feed breastmilk storage solution (get your Kiinde FREE Breastfeeding Starter Pack here for EVERYONE with the code: LeakyBoobFREEKiinde. And 20% off anything on their website when you go here and use the code: .

Pura Stainless – Kiki 11 oz Starter Set, everything you need for bottle feeding baby 3-18 months old

Tidy Tots – Essential Set, 4 cloth diapers, inserts, covers, flushable liners, and wetbag
(TLB code: TLB20 for 20% off at checkout).

Total Value: $645 per bundle, 3 winners.

These brands have come together to support families in feeding their babies and in nourishing the whole family body, mind, and spirit. We’re so grateful for their support of TLB.

Campaign Ambassadors

Hi everyone! I’m Katie. I have been married to my wife, Jenny, for four years. We have a beautiful nine month old daughter named Sutton. My wife is in the Coast Guard and I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom. We love hiking, camping, exploring new places. you can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Hi! I’m Kimberly- I’m a northern girl that, thanks to the Air Force, got a little bit of the south stuck in her soul. The family and I have been back home in the North for two years now, and we conceived our BIG SURPRISE BABY! So I’m once again a SAHM for the foreseeable future. I have a loving hubs of 15 years, and 4 children. I love big crowds, sitting on my deck, baking, Friday night dates with Hubs, and reading my children’s report cards (I’m just a little Type A, lol). Here’s my Instagram and Facebook.

 

Hello! My name is Leah. I have 5 beautiful children. Hannah, Saul and Simeon whom you can see usually running around my legs. Presley and Sage whom I never got a chance to meet but hold them in my heart. I am a Nurse for an amazing Missionary Organization, as well as a stay at home mom. I blog over here, where I talk about all things motherhood as well as my journey with PPPD and miscarriage. Here’s my Instagram!

 

I’m Paola, a WAHM of 3 living kiddos and 2 angel babies. I have been nursing nonstop for 5 years and was lucky to have found community outside of family because with them and the support of my husband, motherhood has been easier. When I have a free minute I love to read, craft, and paint. I love running and ran marathons and 1/2 marathons with every pregnancy but it is gettgin harder as our very attached family grows. I never saw me where I am today, but I love my family and the life we have created. Follow me on Instagram!

 

Hi! My name is Rachel. I am mother to 4 living children, 1 angel baby, former foster mother to 4 different, children, and current forster mom to a teenager and her baby (yes, I’m a grandma at 33!), and wife to Milkman. I can be found stealing kisses from my husband in the kitchen, munching on baby cheeks, nursing a kid or two, chasing chickens around the farm we live o, juggling social workers, and sending memes to my bestie. I blog over here, where I talk about parenting, babies, fostering, breastfeeding, and marriage. Find me on Facebook and Instagram!

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2018 Giving That Goes On Empowering

by Jeremy Martin-Weber

Information. Support. Community.

These are what The Leaky Boob is all about. The infant feeding journey can be an easy and beautiful experience, but it can also be overwhelming, confusing, and lonely. The Leaky Boob community is there to share all of it with you: your joys, your questions, and your frustrations.

And it’s all made possible thanks to sponsoring brands that desire to support you along with The Leaky Boob. These brands are carefully vetted and approved both for the quality of their products and their desire to help support families with the arrival of their new babies: from maternity to birth, and through postpartum.

These brands want to share their products with you because they created them for you — to make life easier and healthier for you and your baby.

Find chances to win free product from these trusted brands below. Please take a moment to like/follow them on social media. Leave them a comment for extra credit. And consider sharing information that you find interesting or helpful from The Leaky Boob too!

Good luck everyone! Please note that in participating in each of the following giveaways, you grant permission to The Leaky Boob to share your name and email address with the brand(s) sponsoring the corresponding giveaway(s). Keep it fun for everyone by being honest in your participation!

 

The Giveaways 

littlebeam, Snugabell, and Pebble – Kahiniwalla join together to sponsor the livestream series on TLB FB where we answer your breastfeeding questions, live! in “The Breast Questions. Check out the latest livestream here. 3 winners will each receive a littlebeam nursing pillow, a hands-free pumping bra from Snugabell, and some adorable hand-crocheted and fair trade plush from Pebble – Kahiniwalla: an ice cream cone rattle! Enter below.

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TLBgives 2018 brings together 25 of our most trusted brands for one major giveaway. 1 winner shares the prizes with 2 friends of their choosing, and a lucky non-profit that supports mothers and families wins alongside them. Details here.

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Rachel’s Remedy is offering a Full Set of their products. Catch them on Facebook here.

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Get one of the coolest carriers available, the Trek Evo hiking baby carrier, from Chimparoo. Check them out on Facebook!

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Another giveaway from Rachel’s Remedy is for 10 lucky winners! Your chance to get your hands on their Relief Packs. Follow them on Facebook!

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Our friends at Ameda sponsored this Facebook Livestream on “Overcoming Breastfeeding Difficulties,” and are offering a chance to for 10 winners to receive a Breast Care Pack that includes Comfort Gels, Lanolin, and Breast Pads. Give them some love on Facebook!

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In September, TLB hosted our first local social gathering of Leakies in the PNW. 17 brands came together in support of this fun event! 28 products are featured in this giveaway, each of them going to a separate winner, which means you have 1 in 28 chances to win! A huge thank you to Goddess Garden (3 full-size Baby Mineral Sunscreens), Pure Spoon ($100 gift card), Hotmilk Lingerie (1 Temptation Graphite nursing bra and matching brief), Milkies by Fairhaven Health (5 NEW Milk-Saver On-The-Go), Crane (1 Gray Drop Humidifier), Lillebaby (winner’s choice of baby carrier), Rachel’s Remedy (Breast Relief Packs and Antimicrobial Breast Pads), Kahiniwalla (1 Fair-Trade crocheted Large Swan), Ju-Ju-Be (1Be Pumped diaper bag), Ameda (Finesse breast pump, Lanolin, and breast pads), Charlie Banana (breast pads, feminine pads combo, new print pack of 3 Tuscany and Surf Rider), Poncho Baby (1 nursing cover), Snugabell (3 PumpEase hands-free pumping bras), My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear (1 Rainbow Keepsake Kit), Medela (1 Sonata Smart Breast Pump), Rhoost (3 baby grooming kits), and Pip and Grow (1 Smitten bassinet).

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4 Brands came together to sponsor one of TLB’s livestream series called “The Breast Questions.” A big thanks to Rachel’s Remedy, i play – Grow Healthy Baby, One Z Breastfeeding Pillow, and Snugabell (those are Facebook links, you should follow them!). One lucky winner will win a Nurse and Nourish Whole Grains for Nursing Mamas by Grow Healthy (i play), a Snugabell Support Tee and PumpEase hands-free pumping bra, Rachel’s Remedy Breast Relief Packs, and a Sleep Zzz Pillow and One Z Pillow for a total value of $200.

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Legendairy Milk is offering you a chance to win a $100 gift card to legendairymilk.com and 10 bottles of Organic Sunflower Lecithin — 11 winners! Curious about plugged ducts, blebs, or mastitis? Legendairy Milk sponsored a livestream on all of that on TLB. Follow Legendairy Milk on Facebook!

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Giving With Joy- TLBgives 2018


Everyone loves a good giveaway. They’re fun, enticing, and full of hopeful anticipation. Here at TLB we take delight in working with brands that care so much about quality, families, support, and seeing babies well fed. These companies not only see our community as a valuable resource, but each brand we work with is carefully vetted- selected for their commitment to supporting families. With them, TLB gets to regularly experience the joy of giving to families through our giveaways and community support.

Which is why this holiday season we are extending the reach of that giving. TLBgives brings together 25 brands that truly know the meaning of the joy of giving. With three different bundles (totaling over $3500), one lucky winner will have the chance to give as well by selecting two of their friends that could use a little holiday cheer, and they will each receive a bundle!

But that’s not all. Every item being given away in for TLBgives is also being donated to a nonprofit organization that supports families. And we need your help!  There are so many amazing nonprofits out there that we struggled to select just 4 of them for this opportunity, and it’s up to you to make the final selection. We are including a short description of each of the 4 organizations with a link to their website in case you would like to learn more about them. Once you’re ready, cast your vote for your favorite in the poll just under the descriptions! Our hope is that they will inspire us all to find new ways to give this season. Even a warm smile can lift a person’s spirits.

 

Happy Holidays, and good luck!

 

Everyday Miracles is built on the belief that every woman has a right to evidence-based prenatal care; that every woman should be empowered, supported and celebrated during pregnancy, birth and postpartum—regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. The work they do is inspired by the commitment, resilience and strength we see in the moms we serve every single day. Their mission is to improve birth outcomes and reduce health disparities by providing evidence-based education, compassionate and culturally competent support and a non-judgemental, caring community. Find them on Facebook.

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health is the largest freestanding birth center in the USA, caring for women of all ages by providing primary gynecological care, prenatal care, childbirth care, behavioral health and wellness, breastfeeding support and more. It focuses its efforts on communities who experience poor health outcomes in order to have a more significant impact on improving the health of people in their region. Find them on Facebook.

Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC), aims to reduce racial disparities in breastfeeding by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the cultural norm and optimal feeding method for mothers and babies of African Descent in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Their mission also includes providing culturally relevant breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition education and information in a supportive group environment. The PBBC facilitates community learning with maternal child health and lactation specialists and experts; in addition to the development of peer leadership. Find them on Facebook.

ShareBaby believes that every child deserves the proper supplies and equipment for the best start in life. They collect diapers, clothing, and other basic goods and distributes these items to families in need through community based organizations. Find them on Facebook

 

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Every bundle includes (Total Value: $655):

i play. Family of Brands: Green sprouts® Snap & Go Silicone Food-Catcher Bib (3-In-1 Set)$20 value
New!! The Snap & Go™ Silicone Food-catcher Bib offers three convenient, interchangeable easy-wear tops that snap onto a silicone scoop to keep baby clean and dry at every meal. The contoured design moves with baby, and the food-safe, non-petroleum silicone scoop stays extended to easily catch spills and keep food from dropping to the floor. Perfect for on-the-go feeding—neatly rolls up and snaps to store utensils or small snacks in the pocket, and after use keeps messy utensils and bib contained. Your new favorite bib for everyday use!

Knocked-Up Fitness: Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal Membership, $234 value
The Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal Membership includes access to a variety of workout videos you can do in the comfort of your own home, plus educational tutorials teaching you how to safely and effectively strengthen your deep core during pregnancy to better prepare your body for pregnancy, birth and recovery postpartum, a daily pregnancy workout schedule + guide, recipes, email access to your prenatal coaches and much more!

Poppies Toys: Poppies (SMILEY the Star & RED the Rocket)$19 value
Poppies is a versatile toy that combines a playful shape, sensory textures & suction cups on multiple sides to stimulate development and soothe aching gums in teething babies. They are small enough for on-the-go travel & flexible enough for little hands to grip and hold.

Legendairy Milk: Tea-Tas and Lactivist$50 value
Tea-Tas is a wild crafted lactation tea made with a unique ingredient indigenous to Central America called Ixbut. Ixbut has a long history of use for lactation in ancient Mayan culture and has a light, delicious flavor. Lactivist is a wild crafted lactation tincture made with a plant called torbangun which has been used by the Bataknese women of Indonesia to encourage breastmilk production for centuries.

Kiinde: Kiinde Twist Gift Set$100 value
Complete breast milk storage systems; from direct pumping into our Twist Pouch, warming in our Kozii, to direct feeding with our bottle holder and nipple. It is the safest and most convenient way to store breastmilk.

jujube: a different combination of bags in each bundle
Details below in the different bundles.

Silverette USA: Silverette silver cups, $60 value
Silverette cups heal and prevent soreness, cracks, infections and thrush on your nursing nipples using the healing properties of silver.

Lunapads: Performa Lunapads, $16 value
Lunapads’ Performa are reusable pads that outperform disposables. Leakproof and zero waste, they are machine washable and replace 120 disposable pads.

Ameda: pumping product(s), value TBD
Experts in pumping products that support your infant feeding goals. 

Milkies, by Fairhaven Health: Milkies Milk-Saver, $28 value
Easy to use, Milk-Saver collects your leaking breast milk as you nurse – allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding.

Babo Botanicals: EWG Verified Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Newborn Gift Set$50 value
This Gift Set includes the first 3 essential items made with pure plants and botanical ingredients that are gentle and safe for babies with extra sensitive or eczema-prone skin. It comes in a natural and lightweight reusable cotton zipper bag — best baby shower gift idea and for moms on the go to store extra diapers, wipes, and more! 3 Piece Set Includes:
EWG Verified™ Newborn Foam Wash
: Gluten, Soy and Dairy Free – rich, fragrance free moisturizing foam to gently cleanse and protect the delicate skin of infants.
EWG Verified™ Sensitive Baby Daily Fragrance Free Hydra Lotion: Perfect for babies with dry, sensitive, irritated or eczema prone skin.
EWG Verified™ Diaper Cream: A Fragrance Free soothing diaper cream with a high content of 25% non-nano zinc oxide. Preservative Free.
Also includes 100% cotton Plush Babo Bunny

Sleep Zzz Pillow: Sleep Zzz Pillow, $50 value
The Sleep Zzz Pillow is the first of its kind sleep pillow that is designed specifically for children ages 3 and up! The Sleep Zzz Pillow was initially created for one of our own children with sensory issues. She had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep and we found that the Sleep Zzz Pillow provided her with the comfort she needed to fall asleep faster and most importantly STAY asleep! The Sleep Zzz Pillow is designed with a super soft cuddle fabric that allows the child to feel snuggly and safe while surrounded by their very own body pillow.

Pura Stainless: Your choice of one of our Stainless Steel Infant or Toddler Bottles, up to $30 value
Pura offers infant and toddler bottles that evolve as your child grows from an infant bottle to a sippy or straw bottle and, finally, into a Sport Mini bottle, perfect for school!

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Prize Bundle #1 Total Value: $631

jujube: Everyday Tote – Noir Rose Gold, and Be Set – Knight Rose, $215 value
This sleek, refined tote bag is an elegant and timeless piece, roomy, with structure sides to keep it standing tall – even when it’s stuffed to the brim. The Be Set includes three mini bags that you can use to organize your tote bag or hang them from your stroller! Stylish and classy.

KangarooCare: 100% ORGANIC COTTON Nursing Necklace, $26 value
This totally natural necklace is a must-have for every breastfeeding & babywearing mommy or just for those who loves nature and everything natural. It is completely safe for your baby to touch and chew on, not to mention it is just beautiful to wear! 🙂 It is made with crochet covered beads and juniper wood beads, both handmade in Estonia, where I live. 

Rachel’s Remedy: Down There Relief Pack$15 value
The Down There Relief Pack provides soothing relief for hemorrhoids, postpartum pain, episiotomies, and any other pain associated with the perineum. It is a patented, contoured gel pack that fits those hard to reach places. Our Down There Relief Pack is so soothing, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. It won the 2018 Best New Product For Moms.

Snugabell: PumpEase hands-free pumping bra, $38 value
The award-winning PumpEase hands-free pumping bra holds your breast pump flanges securely in place so you can read, text, eat, email, care for your child, or just relax while you pump your breastmilk…hands-free! You don’t need to fuss with awkward straps or adjustments; PumpEase is easy to use and looks great for moms who aren’t willing to forgo fashion for function.

Britax Child Safety: Britax CoolFlow Collection car seat of winner’s choice $230-380 value
Making Safety Cool with Britax CoolFlow Collection
Cooling – mesh fabric improves air flow
Comfort – padded seat and head rest for a comfy ride
Safety – Britax safety that parents love and trust
Versatile – car seats for all ages and stages

Good Clean Love: BioNude Personal Lubricant and Rebalance™ Personal Moisturizing and Cleansing Wipes$19 value
BioNude is formulated to emulate your body’s own natural lubrication, and like all Good Clean Love products, does not contain any parabens and is made with all-natural ingredients. The patented Bio Match™ technology in BioNude may help protect the sensitive vaginal ecosystem while providing maximum natural glide that most closely mimics natural female moisture. Rebalance Personal Moisturizing and Cleansing Wipes help cleanse, refresh, eliminate odor, and they’re biodegradable. Individually wrapped, these pH-balance wipes will keep you feeling refreshed and cleansed wherever life finds you. They’re great for travel, post-workout, after an intimate moment, and everyday on-the-go cleansing.

Birds& Bees Teas: Family Immunity Tea$18 value
Our handcrafted herbal immunity tea blend is full of antioxidants and natural immunity booster herbs to keep everyone healthy—even during cold and flu season. Don’t get sick! Make your Own DIY Elderberry Syrup with this powerhouse blend and drink it daily to keep the Immune System Strong. Boost the whole family’s immunity easily & naturally with this delicious tea for colds & flus.

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Prize Bundle #2 Total Value: $536

Rachel’s Remedy: Down There Relief Pack, $15 value
The Down There Relief Pack provides soothing relief for hemorrhoids, postpartum pain, episiotomies, and any other pain associated with the perineum.

jujube: Be Supplied – Prism Rose, and Be Equipped – Prism Rose, $175 value
This lightweight breast pump tote will carry you through your pumping days and beyond. Pumping on the go is easier with the Be Equipped set, which includes an organizer bag, a mini bottle cooler, and a wet bag.

littlebeam: littlebeam nursing pillow$40 value
littlebeam is a portable and versatile nursing pillow with a luxury memory foam interior. This pillow is meant to be supportive for breastfeeding and bottle feeding parents in any position!

Natracare: Organic Baby Wipes, $8 value
EWG Verified and MADE SAFE certified organic baby wipes that are safe and sustainable.

Sarah Wells Bags: Sarah Wells PumpEase hands-free pumping bra, $40 value
Like all my products, the PumpEase bra is both stylish and functional, because as a pumping mama you shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other. This must-have pumping bra holds your flanges in place, leaving you two free hands to work, text, or (GASP!) even relax while pumping.

Charlie Banana: A pack of 4 Feminine Pads Combo Hot Pineapple, A pack 6 Nursing Pads White , A pack of 3 Diapers 6 Inserts Tuscany One Size Hybrid AIO, $108 value
Reusable feminine pads Combo pack includes 4 different size pads and one waterproof mini tote bag included. Our pads are easy to wash, unbelievably stain-free, and naturally super absorbent.
Nursing pads have a fleece lining that is soft and gentle against sensitive nipples. The absorbent inner layer and leak-proof outer layer will protect your favorite clothing. 6 breast pads come with a waterproof tote bag included.
Each reusable One Size Hybrid AIO Diaper comes with two DELUXE cloth inserts that are highly absorbent and soft, making them great for both day and overnight use. These Charlie Banana diapers are One-Size diapers, which grow together with a child – i.e. can be adjusted to fit the baby from birth to potty-training.

Latched Mama: A Diaper Bag filled with a Teether, Swaddle Blanket, Lightweight Hoodie, Nursing Tank, and Tee, $150 value
Play clothes for nursing moms! I aim to support new moms and to normalize affordable nursing wear. 

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Prize Bundle #3 Total Value: $337

littlebeamlittlebeam nursing pillow$40 value
littlebeam is a portable and versatile nursing pillow with a luxury memory foam interior. This pillow is meant to be supportive for breastfeeding and bottle feeding parents in any position!

KangarooCare: 100% ORGANIC COTTON Nursing Necklace, $26 value
This totally natural necklace is made with crochet covered beads and juniper wood beads, handmade in Estonia.

jujube: Hobobe – surprise print, and Be Spendy – surprise print, $165 value
This classic hobo-style bag is sure to become a staple of your wardrobe, both while your baby is still in diapers and long after. The Be Spendy is outfitted with numerous pockets and card slots so you’re ready for any expenses while you’re out and about – or shopping online. 

SnugabellPumpEase hands-free pumping bra, $38 value
The award-winning PumpEase hands-free pumping bra holds your breast pump flanges securely in place so you can read, text, eat, email, care for your child, or just relax while you pump your breastmilk…hands-free!

Birds& Bees Teas: Family Immunity Tea, $18 value
Our handcrafted herbal immunity tea blend is full of antioxidants and natural immunity booster herbs to keep everyone healthy—even during cold and flu season. Don’t get sick!

Cake Maternity: Lotus Pumping Bra, $50 value
The Lotus Pumping bra is a contemporary in design for the new age of pregnant & nursing women. Developed for hands-free pumping this bra is ideal as an everyday nursing bra (pull aside) or as a low impact workout bra. The double cup design, with discreet opening allows for use with a breast pump.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be enter. The giveaway is open through December 27, 2018. A big thanks to all of the sponsors who generously demonstrated their support and care for people by participating in this giveaway. Their support of TLB, all breastfeeding people, and beyond, is invaluable; don’t hesitate to visit them on social media and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

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The Mother’s Day of Your Choice

If you could have the perfect day for Mothers Day, what would your perfect day look like?

For me the answer to this question changes depending on life stage, circumstances, age of my children, and more.

But even more than that, it can depend on whether or not I think I’m worthy of having a day of my dreams.

Understanding this for me personally, I hope you can hear this:

You matter. You are enough. You are important.

You are worth celebrating.

You are worth celebrating on Mother’s Day.

With that in mind, what would your perfect day celebrating you as a mother look like?

Mother’s Day can be weird for many of us. It can feel contrived, a fake holiday to guilt people into spending more money. Maybe it brings up complicated feelings about our own mothers or complicated feelings about our mothering. Sometimes we feel MORE invisible on Mother’s Day when those around us seem not to notice us or the day. It may raise questions about what we do that’s worth a whole day set aside to celebrate or maybe it highlights how inadequate we feel. It may even lead to questioning what makes one a mother. For some Mother’s Day reveals how desperately we want a break from being a mom. For some it reveals how desperately we want to be a mom. For some it reveals how much they have a mothering spirit while others may feel it reveals they don’t. And many of us may wonder why we need a special day set aside to appreciate mothers- shouldn’t that be every day?

Some lucky ones experience Mother’s Day as a special time to honor their own mother and celebrate their own motherhood.

It’s a day fraught with clichés and complexity.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for us to realize once again that we’ve just about heard it all:

  • Yes, we all have a mother.
  • Mothers are amazing.
  • Mothers are underappreciated.
  • Flowers and homemade cards are the best way to celebrate mothers.
  • Wine and time away from our children are the gift all honest mothers crave.

How do we celebrate moms without clichés?

By embracing where we are in our journey without guilt or shame. Sure, be aware of where you need to grow and change but shame doesn’t help that journey so let’s all agree to just skip that.

This Mother’s Day, if you haven’t already, prepare by sharing with those close to you what you’d like to do, how you enjoy celebrating, and what you’d really love to receive. If that’s a nap, tell them! If that’s a mimosa by the pool, tell them! If that’s spending the day child-free doing whatever you’d like to do, tell them that too. If you’d prefer to spend the day at the park with your family and receive a card and a special necklace, share that with them.

I hope you get to experience the Mother’s Day that will mean the most to you with respect to your personal journey. Whatever that looks like.

Most of all though, I hope you grow in your understanding that you matter, you are enough, you are important, and you are worth celebrating.

To help with that, we’re focusing on celebrating you and the mother-spirit this week with a campaign #TLBmom and a giveaway to go with it featuring brands that value mothers every day, celebrating you like every day is Mother’s day.

The support that The Leaky Boob is able to offer every day is made possible thanks to brands such as these. Not only do they believe in you and me they exist to make the world a better and more beautiful place. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do. Take a moment to follow them all on social media, see what they’re about, and check out what products might make your life better and more beautiful.

The giveaway:

Alter Eco – Fair Trade chocolates, Baby K’Tan – Active Wrap, Cake Maternity – Cotton Candy Seamless Nursing Bra, Indigo Willow breast milk jewelry – Clair de Lune ring, Natracare – cloth shoulder bag full of earth-friendly feminine/baby products, Latched Mama – Drawstring T-Shirt Dress in Black Vintage Rose, Glamourmom – nursing long top

 

One winner gets all of the product above, and 10 others will win some Natracare products in a small cloth bag. That’s 11 lucky Leakies!

Please use the following widget to enter the giveaway. Good luck, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Virtual Baby Shower Giveaway

This post made possible by Babylist.

I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 weeks since our little Lucky made her appearance to the world. 6 weeks fly by, even when you’re making sure not to blink so you won’t miss anything – maybe especially so. I have had the privilege of enjoying some quality rest this 4th trimester, prioritizing listening to my body and connecting with Lucky. But the fun didn’t end when Lucky was born live for all who tuned in to watch. Last week we had Welcome to the World Lucky! Virtual Baby Shower, thanks to Babylist, and sponsored by many of my favorite brands. In case you missed it, you can watch the baby shower live stream here, where Jeremy and I shared a bit of our lives and living room with you, enjoyed a few games (with prizes!), and discussed with you what we like so much about the featured products in the baby registry we created on Babylist.

And because we like to use opportunities for celebration to bring a bit of joy to others too, we decided to “shower” our followers with a group giveaway, and the non-profit World on My Shoulders with products from the sponsoring brands that they can pass on to survivors of the recent hurricanes in the U.S.. More on both of those below. Don’t miss the sweet deals at the end of this post that our brands are also offering for Black Friday weekend!

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The non-profit organization: World on My Shoulders

“World on My Shoulders (WoMS) is a national organization committed to providing long-term, evidence-based, holistic care to caregivers who are low-income and/or domestic violence victims by providing peer-to-peer support services, reusable and sustainable reproductive health goods, and infant care essentials.” (quoted from the WoMS website

WoMS has been working to provide support to those impacted by hurricane Harvey earlier this year. For more information on how you can support WoMS, including monetary donations, check out this Facebook page. Speaking of monetary donations, would you please consider making one here, however large or small?

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The giveaway

Thank you so much to Babylist for hosting the Virtual Baby Shower giveaway! And much appreciation too to our sponsoring brands: Bamboobies, Chunkabuns, Euphoric Herbals, Glamourmom, Innobaby, Joovy, Ju-ju-be, Milkies from Fairhaven Health, My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Naked Tank, and Snugabell.

To enter, please use the widget at the bottom of this post. 

Clockwise from the top left: Euphoric Herbals, Bamboobies, Ju-ju-be, My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Snugabell, Innobaby, Milkies from Fairhaven Health, Joovy, Naked Tank, Chunkabuns, Glamourmom

Euphoric Herbals: Ultimate Breastfeeding Bundle, Retail Value: $92
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Bundle contains everything new moms need! A great baby shower gift. Includes Milky Mama tea, Dairy Diva capsules, Milk Machine capsules, Super Salve, Leaf Tea Steeper, and 4 pairs of Bamboo Cotton Nursing Pads. 

 

 

 

 

Bamboobies: Combination Pads, Retail Value: $13
bamboobies® are made of ultra-soft and soothing bamboo rayon velour, an absorbent inner layer of cotton with an outer milk-proof™ liner to help prevent embarrassing leaks! These nursing pads are super absorbent and eco-friendly.

bamboobies® Washable Nursing Pads come in two varieties. The ultra-thin, heart-shaped regular nursing pads are made for light leaking and are designed to be less visible through clothing. The round-shaped overnight nursing pads are not only ultra-soft, but larger, thicker and super absorbent for heavy leaking and newborn nursing. 

 

Ju-ju-be: Be Supplied pump bag, Retail Value: $125
Introducing the Be Supplied: the ultimate structured tote for pumping moms. The little sister of the Be Pumped, the Supplied is lightweight but perfectly roomy. The easy-open interior will comfortably fit your breast pump with room to spare, and the exterior boasts a Mommy Pocket. Both beautiful and versatile, the Be Supplied can be carried with the comfy tote handles or its detachable memory foam messenger strap. It comes in two color ways, The Queen of the Nile (chevron) and The Duchess (polka dot). With its cute design, world-class prints and ultra-organization, you’ll love to carry the Be Supplied with or without the pump!

 

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear: Rainbow Keepsake Kit, Retail Value: $35
The Rainbow Keepsake Kit is a beautiful way to celebrate or honor life. Accessorize your Heartbeat Animal with a rainbow tutu, rainbow bowtie, or both. Includes your choice of a 13-15″ stuffed animal and heart shaped recorder. 

 

 

 

 

Snugabell: Pumpin’ Mama Starter Pack, Retail Value: $75
Everything a pumpin’ mama needs to start her pumping journey. The award-winning PumpEase hands-free pumping bra holds your pump flanges in place so you can read, scroll through your phone, eat, or just relax while you pump. Snugabell’s eco-friendly wet bag is sized to transport all brands of pump accessories incognito, and comes in matching PumpEase prints with a practical snap-loop handle and lined with waterproof PUL so you can use it in a variety of ways even after you’ve hung up your pump flanges. Snugabell’s newest product, Nip Balm, relieves breastfeeding and pumping discomfort by replenishing moisture and treating tired tatas to a refreshing cocktail of healing herbs and nourishing oils. Snugabell Nip Balm can be used on nipples, lips, cheeks, cuticles, elbows, rough spots, tattoos, and more! Snugabell’s Breastmilk Storage Guidelines Fridge Magnet is a must-have for moms with more on their mind than keeping track of their milk; it keeps the information you need where you need it – on the fridge!

 

Innobaby: Nursing Mother’s Bundle, Retail Value: $49
The Silicone Fish Bath Scrubs are great for gently cleaning and massaging baby, kids, and grown-ups too! Its double sided design features shorter strands that are great for gently cleaning cradle cap, while the longer strands work great for lathering and massaging. 100% silicone, this scrub is easy to care for and naturally resists mold – dishwasher and sterilization safe. 

The Aquaheat™  Solo Food Warmer is a portable, lightweight on-the-go food warming solution that requires no electricity to create heat. Simply add water to the heat packs to activate heat anytime, anywhere. Great for warming up breastmilk and bottles on the go as well as food. Solution for Lipase and scalding milk on the go. 

The Packin’ Smart Twistables 2-Tier all-in-one storage solution for moms on-the-go is now designed to store both liquid and dry! Can carry water for Aquaheat™ activation as well as snacks like nuts and fruits for nursing mom. A must-have diaper bag essential to store, dispense and organize formula, cereal, snacks, water, extra juice, pacifiers and more in one convenient unit. Put an end to a diaper bag mess or endless search for the items you need. Twist-to-Seal design allows you to stack and interlock multiple containers while quality construction allows each use as simple as it can be. 

 

Milkies, of Fairhaven Health: Milkies Milk-Saver and Milkies Milk Tray, Retail Value: $48
Milkies Milk-Saver: Easy to use, simply slip the Milk-Saver into our bra-cup on the non-nursing side before you begin breastfeeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when your breast milk lets down. Once you’ve finished the breastfeeding session, simply transfer the collected milk into storage containers and keep in refrigerator or freezer to feed your baby at a later time. 

Milkies Milk Trays freeze your breast milk in 1-ounce “Milk Sticks” that fit through all bottle openings and allow you to thaw just the right amount of milk for each feeding – so that not a drop of your “liquid gold” goes to waste! 

 

 

Joovy: Groove Ultralight 2017 stroller ($200), Nook high chair ($130), Room playard ($200), total Retail Value: $570
The Groove Ultralight is the perfect car stroller, travel stroller, or second stroller with all the right features. Getting around with baby is a breeze. This durable umbrella stroller is newborn ready and weighs only 15.7 lbs, but has a capacity of 55 lbs – it will grow with your child. With cup-holders for larger wheels, you’ll be strolling in style. And this rain cover ($40) allows you to take your baby out in the rain too! 

To simplify mealtime, the Nook high chair features a large swing-open tray that can be operated with just one hand! It is a roomy, full-size high chair with a deluxe, padded leatherette seat and accommodates a child up to 50 lbs. The tray’s four depth adjustments allows the Nook to grow with your child.   

The Room is a full-featured nursery center for any room in the house and grows into a playard as baby gets mobile. From bassinet to changing table and diaper station, to playard, the Room easily transitions with your baby as they grow, and moves from room to room, and house to house, with its two wheels and collapsible frame. 

 

 

 

The Naked Tank: Bamboo Naked Tank, Retail Value: $35
A perfectly designed tank top that fits just under your bra, keeping only your midsection covered when you need to breastfeed. Works seamlessly with any bra, including your sports bra if you need the added support, because there are no clasps or hooks to attach or move out of the way. Designed by two breastfeeding mamas who needed something that helped them feel more comfortable breastfeeding in public. 

 

 

 

Chunkabuns: Merino Wool Pants, Retail Value: $90
These pants double as diaper covers because they are made of support-soft 100% knit wool. They are stretchy, breathable, absorbent, and naturally anti-microbial. For a snug, comfortable fit, there is extra stretch in the legs and waist that moves with you baby. Plus, Grow-with-me features so that one pair of pants lasts four or more pant sizes! 

 

 

 

Glamourmom: Nursing Bra Long Top, Retail Value: $59
Full support adjustable nursing bra built-into a stylish nursing tank top. Featuring Full discretion and support when nursing in public, adjustable chest band, postpartum tummy coverage, extra length to mid-thigh for a more fashionable option, wide adjustable elastic bra straps for extra support, nursing bra hook closures for easy, one-handed access, machine washable. 

 

 

 

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The Black Friday weekend deals

These amazing brands are not only giving these products away to a lucky Leakie and to World On My Shoulders, they are offering some amazing deals for this coming Black Friday weekend! Check out what they’re offering below:

 

Bamboobies
Check in with them for some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Mom-day deals!

Chunkabuns
Black Friday: 3 for 1 Chunkabuns Socks! and 30% off shirts.
Small Business Saturday: 2 for 1 Savvy & Posh Pants
Cyber Monday: 3 for 1 Handy Bands

Euphoric Herbals
Receive 20% off your first purchase by using coupon code: TLB.
Join the Euphoric Herbals newsletter to be notified of the special Small Business Saturday promotion.

Fairhaven Health
They are having their biggest Black Friday sale to date! Be sure to check out www.mymilkies.com on Black Friday!

Glamourmom
Now through Cyber Monday: 20% off at www.glamourmom.com using code LBGM1117

Innobaby
Cyber Monday Promo Code: CYBERTLB for 30% off at www.innobaby.com – only god on Monday 11/27/17
Use code TLBSHOWER for 25% off at www.innobaby.com anytime (expires 12/31/17)

Ju-ju-be
25% off site wide on Black Friday from 6am-10am PST

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
20% off using code: LUCKY

Snugabell
Pumpease pumping bras will be 25% off on amazon.com and amazon.ca 11/24-11/27. No code required. Listing must state “Sold by Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear and Fulfilled by Amazon” to be valid.

 

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#TLBnourish 2017 – Gifts to Support the Nourisher

#TLBnourish 2017 is under way, and our campaign sponsors want to support you as you seek to nourish your family and yourself. Check out the sponsors’ products below and use the widget underneath to enter for your chance to win them! For more information on #TLBnourish 2017, click here.

 

A huge thanks to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Pure Spoon, BeliBea, and Motif Pumps presented by Aeroflow Breastpumps for supporting parents and their kids year-round, and for supporting #TLBnourish 2017 for the next few weeks. Check out their featured products below and enter the giveaway for your chance to win all of them!

 

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear

The Rainbow Keepsake Kit, retail value: $39.99

The Rainbow Keepsake Kit is a beautiful way to celebrate or honor a life. Accessorize your Heartbeat Animal with a rainbow tutu, rainbow bowtie, or both. Comes with a 13-15″ stuffed animal of your choice and heart-shaped recorder. 

 

Pure Spoon


Pure Spoon $50 gift card, retail value: $50

Pure Spoon’s organic HPP baby food use 100% fresh, certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold-pressed, cold-packed and delivered right to your door. Pure Spoon has 11 flavors, including Avocado and Apples; Blueberry, Bananas and Apples; Butternut Squash, Apples and Oats; Carrots and Zucchini; Simply Pears; and more.

 

Belibea

 

NOURISH Essentials 3-pack, retail value: $127.95

NOURISH Essentials 3-pk includes:
1* NOURISH by BeliBea bra (nude)
1* NOURISH by BeliBea bra (black)
1* NOURISH CAMI (black)
Our seamless, stretch NOURISH Nursing & Pumping bras feature a unique two panel, double snap design allowing for both breastfeeding and pumping. Made for the flexibility of the modern mom, it provides the comfort and convenience of wearing one garment whether nursing, pumping or reveling in the sweet moments in between.
 

Motif Pumps, presented by Aeroflow Breastpumps

 

 

Motif Medical Duo Breast Pump, retail value: $190
Giveaway winner will have the choice to receive either the Curve or the Duo. 
Motif Medical was started with one thing in mind – family. With that, Motif has created products that help families stay happy and healthy. By providing quality products, Motif is able uphold the highest standard for the company. The Motif Duo is the perfect breast pump for busy moms. The pump features an easy-to-operate memory mode that stores your favorite settings to use at a later time. Enjoy pumping on-the-go with this lightweight pump with a rechargeable battery. The Motif Curve is lightweight, quiet and supports many combinations of suction and massage settings. Pump anytime and anywhere with the battery powered motor.

 

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Nourishing Our Children and Ourselves – #TLBnourish 2017

#TLBnourish 2017 is made possible thanks to Title Sponsor: My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear

 

#TLBnourish is a time to celebrate nourishing our families, ourselves, and even our community. From sharing recipes to sharing stories to sharing our photos, #TLBnourish is about feeding our whole selves well.

Nourishment is so much more than just nutrition for our bodies; our spirits find nourishment in connection, our relationships find nourishment in each other, our children find nourishment in our arms (our little Lucky reminds my family of this daily), our minds are nourished through learning and conversation, and our hearts are nourished by being with the people we love.

#TLBNourish brings us all together as we hold space for each other in what this may look like in our lives, embracing the bravery required to open up about what and how we nourish ourselves and our families. With so much pressure to be a certain way with an expectation of perfection it can feel risky to say what we really do, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do together, supporting how our journeys are diverse and meaningful. Feeding our very souls.

Also, sometimes we’re just plain ol’ surviving! And we can laugh, cry, and joke about that reality. Nourishment isn’t always the stuff of cooking shows and feel-good-TV. It’s more of a buffet of hasty snacks, complex dishes, and some total flops- like the time my brother used garlic oil on accident to make brownies and it was the laughter that nourished us.

We are excited to share #TLBnourish 2017 with you, The Leaky Boob community, and also our Beyond Moi community, that focuses first on strengthening the connection we have with our families and ourselves to key aspects that deeply impact relationships of all sorts. Join us on The Leaky Boob Facebook page, here; The Leaky Boob Community Facebook group, hereBeyondMoi.com and the Beyond Moi Facebook Page, here; and the Beyond Moi Community Facebook group (where we talk about just about anything and everything- particularly relationships), here.

#TLBnourish 2017 launched a few days ago with our campaign ambassadors sharing their daily nourishing experiences on Instagram, and introducing our campaign giveaway. It will run for the next couple of weeks though a meaningful focus on how we nourish ourselves and our families is never really limited to a set of dates. It’s what TLB does every day! We will be focusing on what nourishes us with good food, meaningful experiences, opening up, and a lot of humor. All of this through the sharing of information, support, and most importantly, The Leaky Boob and Beyond Moi communities in action teaming up with you, our communities, and brands we trust including Title Sponsoring Brand My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, maker of the cuddliest keepsake to celebrate and/or honor our new family members.

Be on the lookout for the hashtag: #TLBnourish (and start using it too!), Leaky guest posts, a vocal presence across social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook), posts from our campaign ambassadors, relevant information and interactions on our sister site, BeyondMoi.com, inspiring support within our community, involvement from our campaign sponsors, giveaways, and informative articles.

Let’s explore the many ways we nourish ourselves and our relationships together, with #TLBnourish 2017.

Check out and follow our team of brave campaign ambassadors below on social, and show some love to the wonderful campaign sponsors below who understand the importance of nourishment within our families and intimate relationships.

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Meet Our Campaign Ambassadors 

We’ve assembled a small team to provide a little daily inspiration and some real-life experiences as they focus on the nourishment present in their relationships. Here are the six mamas (apart from myself) that will be sharing their #TLBnourish experiences with us:

Hi everyone! My name is Aley, and I am a 26 year old mother of three – ages 12, 3), and 5 weeks. I nursed my 3 yr old until he was 3.5 and he self weaned when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with his brother. So far, my baby and I are also going stong with nursing. I did disposables with for my other babies but am looking forward to starting cloth soon with my newest little one. I am a stay at home mom so keeping up on housework and keeping the kids alive are my usual daily battles.

You can find Aley on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

Hi, I’m Angela  Mom of three kids (ages 6, 3, and 8 months), I’m a Navy spouse, and registered nurse (pediatrics). We have been moving every two years and we just recently moved to Nevada in July, so still trying to get settled and starting to think about going back to work!

You can find Angela on Instagram.

 

 

Hey Everyone! I’m Ashley, mom of two (ages 2 & 2 months). Currently, I’m a breastfeeding peer counselor. I also volunteer and lead a breastfeeding support group at a local women’s center! I cloth diaper and I’m trying get the hang of babywearing haha!

You can find Ashley on Instagram.

 

 

 

Hello! My name is Diamond and I’m the mom of 4 girls (ages 11, 9, 4, and 8 months)! I’m the founder of Carry On-Newark, (we give free education and natural parenting supplies to low income families in Newark) ,I blog for Smitten Wovens, I’m a chapter leader for World On My Shoulders and occasionally assist my husband on his page (The Babywearing Dad). I am a Babywearing educator, cloth diaper expert and a breastfeeding advocate in Newark NJ. I’m so excited to be here!!

You can find Diamond on Instagram.

 

Hello, my name is Iola. I’m a social media consultant, birth/breastfeeding advocate, hiker, climber, kayaker, doula and mom. I have five wonderful kids ages 6, 5, 2, 1, and 7 weeks. I am a single, co-parenting mom, by choice. We live in Minnesota, twin cities area, my second home is Duluth, MN. We are avid campers. Pretty much an open book.

You can find Iola on Instagram.

 

 

Hey guys! My name is Jess and I’m 31. I have a 2.5 year old boy and am 33 weeks pregnant with a little girl.

I’m a pediatric cardiology nurse at Seattle Children’s in their central Washington clinic but in late February, my family is moving to the east coast. I’m really looking forward to getting the heck out of Washington and starting fresh!

You can find Jess on Instagram.

 

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#TLBnourish 2017 Sponsors

 

Title Sponsor: My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear

Looking for a unique pregnancy keepsake? There is nothing more precious to an expectant mother than the sound of her baby’s heartbeat. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear provides everything you need to capture the sound of your baby’s heartbeat and create a keepsake that will be cherished forever. Our kit includes an adorable stuffed animal, and a 20 second red heart recorder that will easily preserve the sound of your baby’s heartbeat. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Kits also make fantastic baby shower gifts! Find out more here

 

Pure Spoon

Pure Spoon’s organic HPP baby food use 100% fresh, certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold-pressed, cold-packed and delivered right to your door. Find out more here

 

BeliBea

An innovative maternity bra line for both breastfeeding and hands-free pumping convenience. Find our more here

 

Motif Pumps, presented by Aeroflow Breastpumps

Supporting new and expecting moms by providing breast pumps through insurance. Find out more about Aeroflow here and more about Motif here
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#TLBsafekids 2017 – a Giveaway to Inspire and Support

Keeping our kids safe is quite a daunting task. They start out so little, so vulnerable, and though they are amazingly resilient and life comes across as a force with a seeming will of its own, at least babies can’t get themselves into trouble – they’re immobile.

But as they gain mobility, and curiosity grows inside them, each new stage of development has a way of keeping their parents on their toes. How do we balance allowing them to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity, with keeping them safe from dangers lurking around every corner? If we slack on the one side they’ll get hurt! But if we slack the other way, we’ll hold them back.

Put that under things you never thought you’d worry about when you became a parent. This parenting thing was going to be challenging, of course, but frightening? We didn’t see that coming.

But I can tell you this much: those fears are healthy, and so is your desire to allow your kid to explore. Your emotions and your brain may seem like they’re pitted against each other, but in reality you need both to parent well. Because deep down you already know that you can’t completely shield your child from getting hurt, and you also know that hurt, to a degree, is a great teacher. Who ever learned how to walk without falling a hundred times? It’s par for the course, and you are a better parent for allowing your child to learn how to walk even though they will get hurt. And you are an even better parent if you demonstrate to them that you believe in them, comfort them when they’re frustrated and overwhelmed, and encourage them to try again when they’re ready.

We, the parents, have got this, modeling how we can use both our brains and our hearts.

We can learn about developmental milestones form experts, and everyday experiences from others just like us. And there are a ton of tools available to make our life easier, and products designed by people who care about child safety. #TLBsafekids 2017 is featuring several of these products, from brands that were created out of a desire we share with them: making the world a safer place for our kids.

A huge thanks to Diono, Pura Stainless, and Crane for supporting parents and their kids year-round, and for supporting #TLBsafekids 2017 for the next few weeks. Check out their featured products below and enter the giveaway for your chance to win all of them!

 

Diono

The radian rXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat, retail value: $359.99

Your child’s security is our top priority. We engineered our radian® rXT with premium, innovative features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced sidewalls, energy absorbing EPS foam and a reinforced adjustable head support to keep your little one protected and comfortable. 

 

Pura Stainless


Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottles, retail value: $24.99

100% plastic-free, NonToxic Certified stainless steel bottles that grow with your child from infancy through grade school.

 

Crane

 

Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, retail value: $54.99

Get relief from dryness in style with a Crane Drop Humidifier. Featuring an award winning design and top rated performance, Crane’s Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers provide up to 24 hours of soothing moisture to help relieve the effects of dryness and congestion, helping you and your Family to breathe easy and sleep through the night peacefully. Crane’s Drop design complements any home’s decor. Not only are Crane Drop Humidifiers stylish, but they are easy to use, whisper quiet, more efficient than a household light bulb, and include a built-in auto-shut-off feature that engages when the water tank is empty to ensure safety. The moisture that humidifiers add to dry air also help alleviate many common nuisances brought on by winter heating such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, shrinking wood, and cracks in paint and furniture.
 

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Focusing on the Safety of Our Children – #TLBsafekids 2017

#TLBsafekids 2017 is made possible thanks to Title Sponsor: Diono

Every parent’s first job is to tend to their child’s health. Every parent is aware of all the ways that they could let their children down. All the ways that they could fail at protecting their children’s health. All the ways that they are likely to screw up their kid(s).

As a mother to 6, almost 7, here are a few things that I wish I had known when I first became a mother:

First off, it’s normal to worry about the safety of our children. Yes, there are unhealthy levels of worry that can lead us to thinking that maybe the best thing to do is to move to a remote area of Montana and never leave the homestead – which is why we need people around us to help us stay within a healthy level of worry. But being concerned for the wellbeing of our children is a good thing. It means we care about them, and we want good things for them.

Second, we will screw up our kid(s). My kids like to point out how everyone is unique in their own way – that weird isn’t bad because we’re all weird in our own way. And while I agree with them and nod my head, in my mind that translates to “we’re all screwed up in our own way.” And the most likely people to have screwed us up? Family. Namely, our parents. But not exclusively. Siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, all have the honor of being in the position of screwing us up too. Moving to Montana is probably sounding even better right about now isn’t it? Except that if I’m the only one left to influence my child, guess who’s the only one left to screw them up? That’s right. I am. You are. Time will tell just how much time our children will end up needing to spend in therapy – and I’m not joking about that, so far 2 of ours have needed it and we’re big believers in therapy – but in the meantime, all of us parents are just trying to do our best to not screw up our children too much.

Third, we need information. Which means that we need to be able to ask the questions that we have. Which means that we also need to feel safe in asking those questions. That has been one of my primary goals in shaping The Leaky Boob community: to make it a safe place for moms to find information, encouragement, and support, in a judgment-free space. There are no stupid questions. There are only questions needing answers. And a safe space to admit the mistakes we’ve made.

And as first-time parents, we have a LOT of questions needing answers. Second-time parents too! And even seventh-time parents.

As a mom of 6, soon to be 7, you might think that I have it all figured out! But I don’t. There are some things that I’ve learned, sure, but each of my children has proven to me that what makes them unique requires me to adapt my parenting to fit their mould, and not the other way around. Just because one of my kids thought it was a good idea to stuff peas in their nose doesn’t mean that they all will. Just because one of my children seemed to understood the theory of relativity at 12 months doesn’t mean that they all will. And I’m joking about my 12 month old being a super genius. The point is, even I’m still learning, things are changing, new information is regularly becoming available, and I still need a safe space to ask my questions too.

So for the next 3 weeks, The Leaky Boob community is going to have a special focus on safety in a campaign that I like to call #TLBsafekids. And we’re going to talk about all the things that could potentially threaten the health of our little ones. I’ll spare you a list because it basically includes pretty much everything. Which is why we really need a space to be able to talk about it all.

 

Join our private Facebook group #TLBsafekids, check out and follow our team of brave campaign ambassadors below on social, and show some love to the wonderful campaign sponsors below who care very much about the safety of our kids.

 

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#TLBsafekids 2017 Campaign Ambassadors

 

Hello Everyone! My name is Amber. I have 3 beautiful girls: 4, 2 and 4 months. My husband is an over the road truck driver and I am a registered nurse. I am currently not working but am a stay at home mom. My oldest just started preschool, so we are trying to get used to a more structured schedule. I am very excited to be a part of this opportunity!

I live in a small town called Glencoe, in Minnesota. I am originally from Colorado.

You can find Amber on Instagram.

 

Hey everyone! I’m Brianda and I LOVE The Leaky Boob – it’s been a huge resource as a mom. We live in Woodstock, GA, a small suburb of Atlanta. My husband Reid and I have three littles… Olivia (2 years old), Owen (7 months old) and Benjamin (7 months old). Life with a toddler and twins is absolute chaos but I truly love it.

You can find Brianda on Instagram.

 

 

 

Hello Everyone, I’m D’Andra from the great state of Texas and the best city, Dallas, lol !!!!

I have only my 9 month Old Princess, Miss. Emorie Dakota, 3 fur babies, and a Man Child I call Husband  😂 😂 😂

I’m obsessed with natural parenting and learning about different things for my baby to try.

You can find D’Andra on Instagram.

 

 

I’m Leah. I have a 3yr old daughter, HER (Hannah Elizabeth), a 1yr old son, SIR (Saul Isaiah), 2 babies in heaven and I’m currently a little over 14 weeks pregnant! I’m the head Nurse of a missionary organization, but from July to January/Feburary I’m a SAHM. My husband is a part of the Ministry as well. I look forward to connecting with you all on social! I am from NJ but currently live in Lancaster county PA.

You can find Leah on Instagram.

 

 

Hi! I’m Micah. I live in So Cal with my 4 kids (10, 5, 3, 20 months) and boyfriend.

I’ve been a SAHM since the baby was born but I will be going back to work starting Monday at one of our local coffee shops. I’m super excited about it because I’ll still have a pretty flexible schedule for kid stuff.

You can find Micah on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

Hey guys, I am Ophelia. I am a SAHM to my two little guys. Noah is 3, and Joseph is 20 months old. We are from Alabama, and we LOVE being outside. Both boys love getting dirty, as do I. #boymom

You can find Ophelia on Instagram.

 

 

 

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#TLBsafekids 2017 Sponsors

 

Title Sponsor: Diono

Here at Diono we’ve made it our passion to lovingly engineer ideas that are all about safety and smiles. So, whether it’s a big day out or a little trip around the corner, we’ve thought of all the things you’ll need. Find out more here

 

Pura Stainless

100% plastic-free, NonToxic Certified stainless steel bottles that grow with your child from infancy through grade school. Find out more here

 

Crane

Here at Crane, we put “Design for Better Living” into everything we do. We started with a few designs in 2005 and continued to grow each year, working towards solving your indoor needs. Crane products are designed with efficiency, function and style in mind. We love to be creative with colors, designs and we know our products will bring comfort and smiles to your home!

Crane humidifiers help add humidity to any room in your home and will help relieve congestion to keep your family healthy. Any room in your home can be warm and cozy when you have a Crane space heater at your side. Air pollutants are everywhere; Crane air purifiers help eliminate dust, pollen, pet dander and smoke, leaving germ free air in your home. Sometimes you just need a cool breeze, and Crane fans let you direct fresh air into any room you need, whenever you need it.

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Lucky #7 Celebration and Giveaway!

It’s The Leaky Boob’s 7th birthday! And TLB founder and community manager, Jessica, and her family is expecting baby #7! With so much to celebrate, we decided to make a big thing of it.

We kicked it off with a Facebook Live Stream featuring our entire family, all 8 of us, on camera, taking turns sharing tips on how to help prepare your children for a new sibling. In case you missed that surprisingly moderately rambunctious event, you can watch it here

About half way through that Live Stream, we shared a special video announcing our family’s exciting news, thanks to our friends at Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear and My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. It features our whole family, a touch of nostalgia, stuffed animals dancing the Macarena, a game full of laughter where apparently dice give birth to baby dice, and a pumping bra demonstration, among other things. 

This Live Stream offered us the opportunity to talk about a number of great products too,  and a few brands even surprised us with a surprise gift just to help us celebrate our Lucky #7! Thank you so much My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Ameda, Chunkabuns, and Molly’s Suds for the surprise gifts! 

Heartfelt thanks also to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear, as well as Bamboobies, Bella Materna, Chunkabuns, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Evenflo Feeding, Pariday, and UpSpring, for making this Live Stream possible. 

And that was the kick off of 7 days of a huge group giveaway for The Leaky Boob community: 

7 prize bundles
7 winners
7×4 brands featured
$7000 of prizes (actually over $9000)
for 7 days

Along with our Live Stream brands, we thank the following companies for their support of The Leaky Boob and their participation in this Lucky #7 celebration giveaway: Ameda, 5 Phases, Baby K’tan, Belibea, Chompy Chic Chewlery, Euphoric Herbals, Flora Inc, Freja Toys, Glamourmom, Kanga Care, Lansinoh, Milkin’ Cookies, Momzelle, Onya Baby, organicKidz, Snuggle Me Organic, The Dairy Fairy, and Wean Green

Check out more information on all the wonderful giveaway brands and prizes below, and make sure to enter the giveaway near the bottom of this post.

 

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TLB’s Lucky #7 Giveaway

 

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Brands that sponsored the Pregnancy Announcement video: 

Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear
Born out of one mom’s desire to pump breastmilk so she could focus on running her small business while others fed her daughters, without forgoing style for efficiency, Wendy put her years in the apparel industry to good use and designed her own pumping bra! 10 years later the PumpEase is now one of many in Snugabell’s product line, and Wendy also manages an online community of support, encouragement, and tips, as well as the Snugabell Milk Money Grant Program, which funds grassroots breastfeeding support initiatives. 

 

PumpEase Hands-Free Pumping Bra (all bundles): Can I just say how much we love that PumpEase has a new print that looks like it’s inspired by The Leaky Boob’s logo? The PumpEase is your fashionable AND functional solution for pumping while doing just about anything you might want to do while you sit and let the PumpEase hold your pump flanges in place for you. Look mom, no hands! RV (Retail Value): $38

Additionally, receive $7 off the PumpEase at www.snugabell.com, amazon.com, and amazon.ca using code: TLBLUCKY (valid through 5/31/17, listing must state “Sold by Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear and Fulfilled by Amazon” for the code to work)

 

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is the product of a sonograph tech that recognized how much people love to be able to hear their baby’s heartbeat. And after noticing how enthusiastic these families were over being able to take a recording of that heartbeat home with them in a little stuffed animal, Purusha just knew that she had to be a part of it. Now with dozens of animals to choose from, the amount of cuteness is overwhelming! Meet one of the newest additions to the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear family, as well as a couple other products featured in this giveaway: 

Vintage Sloth (select bundles): Adorable stuffed animals that contain a red heart recorder for 20 seconds of precious and comforting sound: your baby’s heartbeat. And now that our babies have gotten older, they have a special and unique message from their parents recorded so they can hear it whenever they need it. RV: $39.99

“SAVE the Midwives” Woven Wrap (select bundles): 5 of our 6 babies were born at home and we are planning a home birth for “Lucky” too, so we LOVE our midwives. This wrap with a message is 40% hemp, and 60% cotton, an exclusive made by “Natibaby” and balances elegance with functionality and support. Our new baby’s first wrap! RV:$125

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Mei Tai (select bundles): made by Babyhawk, this charcoal gray, Asian style baby carrier works great for infants and toddlers. We’re looking forward to trying it out with our little one. RV: $75

 

 

 

 

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Brands that sponsored the Facebook Live Stream:

Bamboobies
Bamboobies Multi-Pack (all bundles): These are some of my favorite breast pads. Their heart shape is not only adorable, it allows for easy moulding to all kinds of breast shapes – which, let’s face it, applies to our own breasts all the time while breastfeeding. Very absorbent, they come in two different types: day and night, so you can always have that soft velour on your skin. Bamboobies has got your front! RV: $24.99

 

 

Bella Materna 
Sexy T-Shirt Nursing Bra (select bundles): Yes, you can wear a nursing bra that honors both the baby feeding and the sexy sides of your breasts! This elegant bra features safe underwire and sizes up to I cup. RV: $64

Choice Full Bra Support Camisole (select bundles): Comfort, support, wire-free built-in bra (up to a K cup), good for breastfeeding and pumping, maternity and nursing, this Bella Materna cami is versatile and comfy! RV: $64

 

Chunkabuns
Savvy Pants, size 9M-24M (all bundles): These cute pants have plenty of room for children in cloth diapers, but the best feature is definitely the grow-with-me cuffs and waist – the pants grow with your baby! Forget about pants that only last a season: these pants will last you a couple years! RV: $49.95

Handy Bands (all bundles): What do you do when your baby outgrows their diapers? Expand them with these Handy Bands! And check out other cool uses for these here (for mom too!). RV: $9.95

 

 

Earth Mama Angel Baby
Pregnancy Essentials Bundle (select bundles): An extraordinary natural gift for a special pregnant mama, this bundle of Earth Mama Angel Baby products is filled with everything to help ease pregnancy’s common discomforts, from worried head to urpy belly! RV: $25.95

Additionally, receive 20% off purchases at earthmama.com using code: LuckyLeaky7 (for regularly priced items. Excludes bundles and kits. Valid until 5/12/17 for US orders only)

 

 

 

Evenflo Feeding
Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump (select bundles): Can quality and affordability be found in a breast pump? My friends at Evenflo Feeding believe it should be a reality. This pump has everything you’re looking for: closed system, independent speed and suction control, multiple flange sizes included in the box, and a low price point. RV: $86.99

 

 

 

Pariday
Pariday TendHer Pillows + Pillowcases (all bundles): find some relief from early breastfeeding discomfort with these re-usable gel packs & sleeves. A little cooling therapy for your breasts! Also works as stress relief balls, as demonstrated by my children during the Live Stream! RV: $24.99

Additionally, receive 15% off any order over $25 at www.pariday.com using code: TLBLUCKY7

 

UpSpring
UpSpring Prenatal Gummies + Soft Gel (all bundles): Even though we’re fairly relaxed about taking supplements most of the time, when it comes to growing a baby we want to make sure both mom and baby are getting what they need – especially since HG makes balanced nutrition a real challenge for us. UpSpring supplements are not only free of artificial ingredients, gluten-free, and non GMO, they also taste good, and of course, they are full of the nutrients you’re looking for. RV: $24.99

Additionally, receive 25% off Prenatal gummies or tablets at www.upspringbaby.com using code: LEAKYBOOB7 at checkout (expires 5/2/17)

 

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Brands that surprised us with a Special Gift in the Facebook Live Stream:

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
Not only has Purusha kept our kids spoiled with all the cuddly plush they could want (including the new Vintage Sloth – so cute) with personal messages from their mommy and daddy, she also sent us one of the “SAVE the Midwives” woven wrap (she knows how much I respect midwives!), as well as a My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Mei Tai, for us to discover with you during the Live Stream. Thank you so much! More information on all of these products above. 

Ameda
Our friend Vicki knows that there’s way more to parenting than keeping littles fed, changed, bathed, and rested. They need stimulation and connection! And so we just love that Vicki surprised us with a family game. Ameda is not only there for your pumping needs, they support your journey as a mom. Thanks, Ameda! 

Chunkabuns
I got to meet Angie earlier this year, and she loves getting creative with baby clothes, which explains the Savvy Pants that grow with your baby, the Handi-Bands that expand your baby’s diapers, and the shirt I was wearing during the Live Stream that read “Mom Strong” and that has a matching shirt for baby that reads “Strong Like Mommy.” Angie surprised us with a set of custom-made T-shirts for our 6, I mean, 7 kids! “Big Sister” for our 6 girls, and “Hello World” in html for the baby that’s coming! So cute! Check out Chunkabuns custom T-shirt ideas for your family! 

Molly’s Suds
We know Molly’s Suds for their great laundry soap options. Time for us to get our cloth diaper stash out and get them ready! Thank goodness we didn’t give them all away. Molly’s Suds surprised us with wool dryer balls during the Live Stream. Wool dryer balls are a great alternative to fabric softener, and we were in need of replacing the ones that disappeared on us a little while ago. Thank you! Check out Molly’s Suds tips on reducing static cling here

 

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Brands celebrating Lucky #7 with the Group Giveaway:

5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles include a recyclable plastic sleeve that guards against  (and contains) breakage. The environmentally-friendly 4 oz glass inserts can also be used for baby food storage when they transition away from the bottle. RV: $18.99 (all bundles)

 

 

 

Ameda Cool’N Carry Tote is helpful for discreetly and safely cooling and transporting breast milk whether for work, daycare, and/or away from your baby. Insulated, easy-to-clean, it holds up to six Ameda Breast Milk Storage bottles. RV: $29.99 (all bundles)

 

Ameda ComfortGel Extended-Use Hydrogel Pads for the soothing, cooling relief and protection from nipple pain or trauma related to breastfeeding, keeping the area moist. Reusable, discreet, they fit securely inside most nursing bras. RV: $14.99 (all bundles)

 

 

 

Belibea Nourish nursing, pumping, and everything-in-between bra was designed with the flexibility of the modern mom in mind. It’s convenience and comfort wrapped up in one bra that lets you do it all! RV: $49.95 (all bundles)

 

 

 

 

Chompy Chic Chewlery Nursing/Teething Necklace are perfect for fidgety baby hands at the breast and sore gums when those little chompers make their challenging appearance. And they look cute on mom too! RV: $25 (all bundles) 

Additionally, receive 20% off purchases at www.chompychic.com using code: Leakyboob

 

 

 

Flora, Inc is the brand I turn to when my body needs a boost of iron – near the end of each of my pregnancies. Their Floradix Iron + Herbs is a liquid iron supplement specially formulated for its high absorption rate, and my body loves it. RV: $26.79 (all bundles)

 

 

 

Freja Toys makes the cutest crocheted toys! Handmade in Ukraine of 100% cotton yarn and hypoallergenic polyester filling, this set of adorable veggies is sure to take your baby’s play time to a whole new level of cute! RV: $28.50 (all bundles)

 

 

Glamourmom nursingwear is designed for full support and easy breast access while keeping your postpartum belly covered. Their $25 gift certificate is sure to get you at their options in body type, color, length and adjustability. RV: $25 (all bundles)

Additionally, receive 15% off purchases at www.glamourmom.com checkout using code: LB4417 (offer ends 7/1/17)

 

Milkin’ Cookies were created by 2 frazzled sleep-deprived physicians who saw a decrease in their milk supply. It only took them 35 tries to create delicious lactation cookies! Yum! A 14-day supply with your choice of flavor is yours for the winning. RV: $28 (all bundles) 

 

 

 

Momzelle “Nora” Nursing Dress is the summer dress you’re looking for! It looks like denim, but feels so soft. I love Momzelle’s styles and their desire to help mothers feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding anywhere. RV: $82 (all bundles)

Additionally, receive 20% off regular priced items at www.momzelle.com using code: MOMMY20

 

 

Onya Baby keeps you on-the-go with The Pure carrier. Lightweight, breathable, and easy to use, its front panel rolls up and tucks away to reveal soft 3D Hex mesh which helps wick away moisture and keep you both cool on hot days. RV: $129 (all bundles)

Additionally, receive 15% off all orders at www.onyababy.com using code: LoveOnya

 

 

 

organicKidz Baby Grows Up Gift Set has everything you need to transition your baby from bottle feeding to sip cup to water bottle by a simple switch of accessories in the kit. Their stainless steel recyclable bottle grows with your baby! RV: $25 (all bundles)

 

 

Snuggle Me Organic Cosleeping Baby Lounger is like a sleep cloud for your newborn to 6 month-old. It’s made in the USA, midwife recommended, in a family run business owned by a woman – just the kind of work and product I like to support! RV: $140 (all bundles) 

 

 

 

 

Wean Green tempered glass food storage containers are a staple in our kids’ daily lunches. They’re just so practical, durable, and colorful! The Baby Starter Set includes 3 basic sized to prepare, store, and serve homemade baby food. RV: $29.99 (all bundles) 

 

 

Baby K’Tan Carrier is a “ready-to-wear” wrap that that functions as a sling, wrap, and baby carrier, without wrapping or buckling! Just slip it on like a T-shirt! Designed for children with special needs, it fits babies up to 35 pounds. RV: $49.95 (select bundles)

 

 

 

Euphoric Herbals offers handcrafted herbal products from the heart of a doula for comfort and healing before and after birth with their Pregnancy & Postpartum Set, Herbal Postpartum Set, and $50 Gift Certificate. RV: $135 (select bundles)

Additionally, receive 15% off purchases at www.euphoricherbals.com using code: TLB7

 

Kanga Care cloth diaper experts bring us their Rumparooz: in vibrant styles and colors, these one-size cloth diapers fit babies from birth to potty training (6 to 35+ lbs)! Their 6 customizable absorbency settings keep leaks in check. RV: $25.95 (select bundles) 

Additionally, receive 10% off one purchase at www.kangacare.com using code: KCLUCK7 (offer ends 5/31/17)

 

 

Lansinoh‘s new Smartpump Double Electric Breastpump uses Bluetooth technology to connect seamlessly to the Lansinoh Baby App to track pumping sessions and more! Its closed system features 3 customizable pumping styles. RV: $219.99 (select bundles)

 

 

 

The Dairy Fairy Ayla is one of my favorite nursing/pumping bras – and now one of my teens’ favorite too! Its ingenious design is accommodating to fluctuating breast size, and manages to be elegant and sexy too. RV: $54 (select bundles) 

 

 

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