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Army wife goes viral for breastfeeding at wedding photo

Naomi Jael Covert, a 21-year-old full-time army wife from Vilseck, stormed the breastfeeding world last week when she posted to Instagram a picture of herself breastfeeding 10-month old son at a wedding.

“When you are at a wedding, wear fancy dresses and high heels and your baby gets hungry, well… You give no shits and feed the kid ”

Like every image or story about a breastfeeding mom that gets attention, this one gained both positive and negative reactions (mostly positive), but Jael added an edit to her photo, after the fact, in response to many of the naysayers.

“Here in Germany people don’t get mad about it. It is NORMAL . Nothing rude or bad about it. This is why I have breasts! Cause God gave me boobs for feeding my babies.”


Photoshoot of the very real places mothers breastfeed

A recent photoshoot does an especially great job spotlighting real mothers in real moments breastfeeding their children. The photo series was put together by Cloak, a collection of clothes designed to accommodate nursing moms, and celebrates mothers embracing the moment when their baby needs to eat–even in public. Moms Asiya Vickers, Raychelle Balentien and Yael Marmon breastfeed in with and without covers, in a subway station, on a park bench, at a cafe and more.

“We wanted to create photography that demonstrates the courage and fortitude of those who choose to breastfeed in public, and do so as they resume work and daily life,” creative director and co-producer Maggie Cely told The Huffington Post.

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13 Breastfeeding tips from a lactation consultant

Breastfeeding rates are on the rise, but there is no doubt they could be higher. As this blog post points out, support and input from experts on overcoming some of the common obstacles and setbacks could do wonders in pushing moms to continuing to feeding when so many decide to quit. Leigh Anne O’Connor, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, shares expert-approved breastfeeding advice every mom needs.

“La Leche League meetings and other breastfeeding support groups can teach you the various ways babies nurse,” O’Connor tells Romper. There’s nothing like learning with live models.” [See 13 tips here.]


Meet the Mom: Breast milk gold made into jewelry

Making and selling jewelry may not be a new idea, but one mom, Ann Marie Sharoupim, 28, has taken a new and amazing approach: breast milk. A mother of two, Sharoupim uses the breast milk of her customers and turns it into beautiful stone pieces set into rings, necklaces and more.

Sharoupim only began the business in January, but sales continue to jump each month, even though Facebook has been the only source of promotion for her business.

“They want to preserve the sweetest, closest moments they had with their little ones,” says Sharoupim.



Immediate skin-to-skin contact after c-section now an option

Moms tend not to “dream” of a c-section delivery as the way they meet the little babe they’ve carried inside for months. But the miracle of birth this way should not have a shadow cast upon it. Thanks to Clever Medical, a c-section delivery can still allow a mother the recommended skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth.

“After three years of hard work we can finally introduce our patent pending drape and process to the world,” they wrote on their website. “Our drape helps to facilitate immediate skin to skin contact.”


Specialty designed feeding cup to help babies get mother’s milk

Seattle researches have invented a simple $1 cup that will help babies in poor countries get the breastmilk they desperately need. The NIFTY cup (Neonatal Intuitive Feeding Technology) is a a soft silicone bowl with a small reservoir and spout aimed at helping premature infants and those born with cleft palate. It will soon be widely distributed in Africa.

“A normal newborn has the developmental skills to suck, swallow and breathe in a coordinated manner,” said Dr. Christy McKinney, an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry. “A preterm infant developmentally doesn’t have all those pieces in place.” [Read more here.]


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Celebrity’s support new moms

Chrissy Teigen. Anne Hathaway. Olivia Wilde. Sure, they are celebrities, but in real life, they are moms like the rest of us. It’s awesome that they not only love being moms, but they like to remind the world that mom life is real life. They openly speak of things like breastfeeding and their post-baby bodies. We love them for that. [Read more here.]