Boob Check!

 

Ok ladies, in light of breast cancer awareness month I thought it would be fitting to make sure that our breasts are happy and healthy! The self-breast exam is a great way to make sure that everything is where it is supposed to be. It is also one of the best ways to catch any unusual lumps and bumps early so that they can be taken care of properly.

Let’s get started!

In the mirror:

  1. Stand undressed from the waist up in front of a large mirror in a well-lit room. Look at your breasts. Don’t be alarmed if they do not look equal in size or shape. Most women’s breasts aren’t. With your arms relaxed by your sides, look for any changes in size, shape, or position, or any changes to the skin of the breasts. Look for any skin puckering, dimpling, sores, or discoloration. Inspect your nipples and look for any sores, peeling, or change in the direction of the nipples.
  2. Next, place your hands on your hips and press down firmly to tighten the chest muscles beneath your breasts. Turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer part of your breasts.
  3. Then bend forward toward the mirror. Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles. Your breasts will fall forward. Look for any changes in the shape or     contour of your breasts.
  4. Now, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. Again, turn from side to side to inspect your breasts’ outer portions. Remember to inspect the border underneath your breasts. You may need to lift your breasts with your hand to see this area.
  5. Check your nipples for discharge (fluid). Place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue surrounding the nipple and pull outward toward the end of the nipple. Look for any discharge. Repeat on your other breast.

In the shower:

  1. Now, it’s time to feel for changes in the breast. It is helpful to have your hands slippery with soap and water. Check for any lumps or thickening in your underarm area. Place your left hand on your hip and reach with your right hand to feel in the left armpit. Repeat on the other side.
  2. Check both sides for lumps or thickenings above and below your collarbone.
  3. With hands soapy, raise one arm behind your head to spread out the breast tissue. Use the flat part of your fingers from the other hand to press gently into the breast. Follow an up-and-down pattern along the breast, moving from bra line to collarbone. Continue the pattern until you have covered the entire breast. Repeat on the other side.

Lying down:

  1. Next, lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Put your right hand behind your head. Place your left hand on the upper portion of your right breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion may help to make this part of the exam easier.
  2. Think of your breast as a face on a clock. Start at 12 o’clock and move toward 1 o’clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle until you reach 12 o’clock again. Keep your fingers flat and in constant contact with your breast. When the circle is complete, move in one inch toward the nipple and complete another circle around the clock. Continue in this pattern until you’ve felt the entire breast. Make sure to feel the upper outer areas that extend into your armpit.
  3. Place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath the nipple for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.

 

If you have done all of these steps and you are still feeling unsure, just ask your family doctor or OBGYN to do a quick exam on your next visit.  If you are over 35, its time to get the real thing…. The mammogram!

Just remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Many things can be done early on so to prevent and reduce breast cancer so don’t delay!

Breast-feeding or Breast augmentation?

 
I have had breast augmentation can I nurse?

These days this question comes up more often than you think! Whether it be enlargement, reduction, lift, removal of tumor or mastectomy, many women have had surgery on their breast and ask….can I still Breast-feed? Well here is the answer. In most cases YES! Now I am not a doctor and if you have additional health issues that led to your surgery, you should always consult your doctor first.  As for the most common of the listed above, (breast enhancement!), you should be fine to feed.

Lets do some explaining.  The breast has glands that are in the breast tissue.  These glands are filled with milk after the birth of a baby.  This generally causes your breast to become even larger. All of this happens magically thanks to Mother Nature.  There are 3 ways that breasts are implanted into the breast tissue.  They can be inserted through the armpit, under the breast, or through the nipple.  Although all 3 do not prevent from nursing, but it has been said that some mothers that use the nipple entry method lose sensitivity in the nipple due to nerve damage during the surgery.

Let you doctor or nurse practitioner know if you are thinking about breast-feeding and they can answer any further questions you might have.  As for nursing with breast enhancement…. You are good to go! So head over and grab one of our full coverage wraps.  New colors are coming this week!

A Woman’s Choice

 

It seems that woman are often faced with so many difficult choices thee days.  We want what’s best for our kids and our families, but we also tend to get pulled in so many directions.  I read a couple of articles this week that hit home for me and wanted to share my thoughts in this week’s blog.

I read an article this last week that says that woman get 27% less sleep than men.  Additionally there is another 17% gap in quality sleep for women that work out of the home.  To top it all off, men get an additional 4-80 minutes of leisure time per day over woman. I’m sure these results are nothing compared to our single mom’s out there get.  But this isn’t a man vs. woman statement.  This is a “mom’s work hard” statement.  Which brings me to the second article I read.  It was about mothers who work in the home.  I’ll briefly tell you that I worked out of the home for 15 years trying to balance family and career.  I recently decided to give up that career (and pay!), to work in my home and be closer to my family, so I have seen both sides of the coin.

This article was about standing up for mothers that work in the home. How these moms truly work hard to make everyone else’s life easier. And I think the statistics above show that.  But what hit a cord for me was how we are always trying to justify our choices.  The stay-at-home mom trying to prove she works hard, and the working mom trying to prove her family is still important and her kids are not neglected because she made this choice. These feeling couldn’t be more true.  As a working mom I felt I was always apologizing when I couldn’t be there 100% of the time.  Now working from home I feel more busy than ever, yet I still run down everything I’ve done for the day to my husband hoping he doesn’t think I’m laying around all day while he’s out working.

If you are a woman reading this I am sure that at some point you’ve had these feelings.  Feel strong in your choice! We are all mom’s doing our best to take care of these little miracles.

This brings me to another hard choice every woman has to make. BREASTFEEDING! We here are Bizzy Babee know that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone.  That is a choice that each woman has to make for herself.  We are here to provide a way for you to do it comfortably if you decide to do so.  If breastfeeding isn’t the way for you, that’s ok! Bizzy Babee wraps can be used on planes, at games, watching movies, or just for swaddling your baby as you try to rock them to sleep. Grab a BB wrap for your next shower and pick one up for yourself! I wear mine at football games to give me coverage while sitting on bleachers and to keep me warm.

And a special thanks to the owner of Bizzy Babee Ashlie Belnap, the hardest working mother I know!

Showered With Gifts!

Showered with gifts

 

Last week I talked about the coolest baby trends happening this year.  Every mom wants to be on trend and have the best items for their baby, but with all the new items she is hunting for, she may not be able to get all the items she wants. That’s where you come in.  The best baby shower gift is one that mom both needs and is chic! When we arrive at a shower with our gift, it is nice to get the new mom to be something that she might not get for herself.  I’ve tied together the top 10 baby shower gifts with my favorite gift items.

1. Personalization – Personalizing gifts is a great way to put thought into your gift with out spending a ton of extra money.  This personalized picture is a great way to add to a mother’s new nursery.  Pair two in theme for a wining gift.

2. European Baby – As mentioned in last week’s update, Europe infused fashions are on trend.  These European baby booties are a chic addition to baby’s wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Chew on this – Teething rings are always a popular baby gift, but this teether ties a personal touch with the handcrafted design of wood that is on trend for the upcoming year.

 

 

 

 

 

4. A, B, C’s – Reading is one of the most important things we can do with our budding babies. This starter library is a great way to start a new mothers collection.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Giddy-up – Baby carriers are becoming very popular.  This ergonomic carrier is both comfy and cute.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hang me out to dry – Seems like we never have enough hangers for all those new outfits we get. These wooden hangers could be used both functionally and as décor’

 

 

 

 

 

7. Write this down – We all have great dreams of scrapbooking, journaling, and keeping every lock of hair that falls off our babies head, but lets be honest, its hard! This 5-second memory journal is a great idea for busy mom’s (which Is all of us right!)

 

 

 

 

 

8. Hobo Baby – As mentioned last week, multi purpose items are great for moms.  I found a Hobo bag that doubles as a diaper bag but will last long after that. This silver sling is H.O.T.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Did you make that?   – Hand crafted items are in, but not all of us are ready to D.I.Y everything! This Handmade baby book is adorable!

 

 

 

 

10. Boobs and Bottles – Every mother makes that tough choice to breast or bottle-feed her baby. Either way they will need supplies! Often times we forget that nursing moms still need pumps, pads, and bottles to store milk if needed.  But every nursing mother needs something to swaddle her baby in while covering herself up. Our nursing wraps are made of the best breathable quality fabric and will look great on.  No more half aprons! Try one of these for your next shower gift

 

That’s Hot Baby!

 

This week we are talking about cool baby trends this year.  We’ll cover everything from safety to fashion. This info will keep you in the loop on the latest trends so you and your baby will be up to up to date while out shopping or hanging with your neighborhood playgroup.

 

Here’s the hottest info in no particular order.

 

10. Hi-tech monitors – with todays smart phones and apps, iPhones and iPads can sync right to your baby monitor for instant info on your infant

 

9. Smart carts – Todays strollers are not your mother’s buggies.  Companies like Quinny and Origami offer strollers in

cool colors and have features such as iPod docs and self-folding functions.

 

8. Bump this – No more bumpers in cribs! New safety standards state that bumpers can increase the risk of choking and suffocation.  So throw them out and go with decorative sheets that have printed sides to give the effects of a bumper in your crib.

 

7. Euro Inspiration – European inspired furniture is all the rage at the baby expo this year.  Several options are available such as Babyhouse or my favorite IKEA!

6. Organics – If its natural, its in.  Organic clothes, bedding and products are all the rage and great for your baby.

5. Transparencies – Transparent furniture hit fairs and expos big this year.  Cribs with clear sides playpens and chairs all made their debut.

4. Handcrafted Art and furniture – With sites like Etsy and Pintrest its no surprise that do it yourself items are in trends.  For those who don’t DIY, there are several great artists online that you can purchase handmade products from.

 

3. Glow in the dark – Ever have a hard time changing a babies diaper in the middle of the night without turning on all the lights?  Well fear no more. Baby Dee Dee light now makes PJ’s with glow in the dark zippers for those nighttime changes.

2. Go green – No more plastic bottles! For those parents who bottle feed, plastic is out and new aluminum bottles are in.  They are safer for the environment and for your baby.  Those plastics have toxins that could harm your little one.

 

1. Multi-purpose products! – We all want function in our fashion so it’s no surprise that this is a huge trend.  Purses that double for diaper bags, cribs that turn into toddler beds, and of course nursing wraps that double as blankets and a fashion friendly poncho!

 

You didn’t think I was going to write this whole blog and not mention how cool our product is! Bizzy Babee wraps offer a few things our competitors don’t.  Since we use such a high quality breathable fabric, our wraps can be used even after you’re done breastfeeding.  Our wraps have no suffocation warnings and are soft to the touch. Our wraps hang in a flattering diagonal for fashion and function, but lay and fold in a rectangle for use as a blanket or throw. So grab one for you and wrap one up as a gift for your next shower.

Visit us in our upcoming weeks for the best baby shower gifts and a fun work out video you wont want to miss!

 

Breast Feeding awareness – Health Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have heard that breastfeeding has some great health benefits. I thought I would share some of the detailed benefits that breastfeeding has been known to provide for you and your baby.

Several studies have shown that breastfed babies have fewer cases of:

  • Stomach viruses
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Ear infections
  • Meningitis
  • SIDS
  • Child Obesity

If that’s not enough, long tem studies show that breastfed babies have a 20% lower risk of dying between 28days and 1 year!  But that’s not all; Breastfed babies have reduced risk of developing certain childhood cancers. Additionally, babies that drink breast milk have fewer allergic reactions. This is a huge amount of benefits you can provide to your baby. And it’s all from your specially formulated milk. A mother’s milk produces an immune rich substance that cannot be reproduced in formulas. This specially formulated milk not only fights viruses, it provides a protective coating on your babies throat, nose, stomach and membranes.

We all know that our child’s health is so important to us, but breastfeeding also has some great benefits for mommies! Here are a few of the benefits attached to breastfeeding your baby:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Reduced ricks of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Lower cases of depression
  • Lessens Osteoporosis
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Cost benefits

That is a long list of benefits! What a great way to spending special time with your baby and give them the jump-start on life that they need. Let us help you make this experience more comfortable with our full coverage wraps.  We know that mommies on the go need a way to nurse their baby while still getting things done.

Visit us every Monday for more info on breast-feeding, pregnancy, products and more..