Group nursing rooms in public places. #YMCCommunity

Have you ever been at the mall and gone to the “Parent Room” to nurse your baby, only to find that it’s occupied?

OCCUPIED!

OCCUPIED!

Ugh!

You’re boobs are about to explode and baby is wailing away wanting to eat “RIGHT NOW!”

But you wait patiently because if you were the Mom in the room, feeding or changing your baby, you wouldn’t want someone banging on the door telling you to hurry up. Well…hopefully you are kind enough to wait patiently, but we all know that it’s a stressful situation and you just want to get it started.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “group” Nursing Room available in public places like Shopping Centres, Airports, Stadiums, Parks, etc?

There are a few places in the world that do cater to the breast feeding mama’s of the world, but I’d love to see more support for these lovely ladies.

Baby Care Centre at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1

Baby Care Centre at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1

Burlington International Airport even has Mamava’s Lactation Station, where you can privately nurse your baby or pump if needed.

Mamava Nursing Station

Mamava Nursing Station

Mamava station inside.

Mamava Nursing Station inside.

Even if they set up a large room with several chairs, change tables and outlets so the Mommy’s could get down to business in a comfortable environment.

I stumbled across the  MimmaMà Breastfeeding Armchair while I was looking around for images and info for this post.

MimmaMa Breastfeeding Chair

MimmaMa Breastfeeding Chair

These chairs can be mounted on a base so that there are several in a row.

Reception style.

Reception style.

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This would be a great idea for businesses to set up in a Nursing Room. They could accommodate several Moms at one time and potentially draw more business to them because  they would be showing their support of breast feeding mothers.
I remember when I was breast feeding, I just wanted somewhere to sit down, comfortably, privately (well at least out of the eye of others who weren’t doing the same job that I was doing), and because I was also pumping, it would have been awesome to, once we were done feeding, pump the rest for later as to not disrupt the schedule that I’d set up with my body. And if there were other Moms around me doing the same thing, I think there would have been more of a sense of support within the room.
A girlfriend of mine is currently living in the U.K. and she shares daily, the looks of disgust that she gets because she’s nursing her baby in public.
The look.

The look.

 Don’t get me wrong, I was comfortable breast feeding in public. I used a nursing cover, but found that it was so annoying when my babies move about and flailed their arms and in the summer, it got very hot under the cover. This idea is for the Mom who would rather have a little sanctuary when she wants to feed her baby.

When I was a first time Mom, I was shy about nursing in public, but when baby #2 came along, it wasn’t such a big deal anymore. It makes me think of this great diaper ad.

Start a “greener”, healthier lifestyle for your family with the #ModernFamilyExpo!

ModernFamilyExpo The ModernFamilyExpo is launching at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver on Sunday, February 23, 2014, presented by Whole Foods Market. family time in nature spring summer The ModernFamilyExpo will showcase eco-friendly, healthy, active solutions for the whole family – giving families simple tools to live greener, healthier lives. The goal is to help everyday families find ways to take “just one step” in the right direction. Children are playing on green meadow The Expo features experts & exhibitors in 5 categories: Eco-Friendly Living, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Pre & Postnatal, and Active Living.

• Features include:

  •  $10,000 in Grand Prizing (including a $5,000 New Mom & Baby Package and a $5,000 Whole Family Wellness Package)
  • 65+ exhibitor booths, including lots of healthy food & beverage sampling
  • Par-T-Perfect Kid Zone (bouncy castle, face painting, craft stations, Gymboree & Leap Therapy play area, Cinderella meet & greet, and Whole Foods Market “play with your food” station).
  • Active Living Zone (parenting & health workshops, and a pre-registered prenatal yoga class and a mom & baby boxing class with loaded swag bags)
  • UsedVancouver.com Family Lounge with change tables and comfortable breastfeeding area
  • BabyGoRound collection of second hand baby & child gear for low income families
  • Bullfrog powered event with 100% BC wind power and TravelSmart bicycle valet

• Tickets: $8 online in advance, $10 cash at the door, kids under 12 free!

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  • One night accommodation at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (Harbourview Room)
  • Dinner for 2 in the Lobby Restaurant at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
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  • 4 Adult Tickets to the ModernFamilyExpo

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The Monster in the Drain! #YMCCommunity

Since having my last baby, over a year ago, my hair has been falling out, in what I deem, an obscene amount.

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My husband even asked me if I was going bald this morning after he pulled out yet another Chewbacca from the drain.

I know that during pregnancy your body produces a lot of estrogen which gives you gorgeous, shampoo commercial worthy locks that many women envy. But after baby vacates your body, your hair starts to vacate your head.

I’m now starting to grow these wispy, antennae-like hairs from the top of my head, so I’m hopeful that my “Farrah Hair” will be making a re-appearance in the future.

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Have you experienced hair loss postpartum? When did it stop?

#TheFoamShop

If you have kids, chances are that at some point you had or have a playard.

The playard.

The playard.

You use it for naps, staying at a relatives or traveling. We have used ours for two kids now. Our daughter slept like a dream in it, but when our wee lad reached the 25lb mark, he decided that it was too uncomfortable to sleep in. The lightly foam covered hardboard was not going to fly for Captain Comfortable any longer.

This past week we went away on a family holiday and little man had to sleep in the playard. I had corresponded with some Mom friends a few months back about places that had reasonably priced foam for a project that I am working on. One of them suggested The Foam Shop, as they had purchased a piece of foam for their playard.

Ding, ding, ding!

The Foam Shop

The Foam Shop

What a fabulous idea! I had never considered get a piece of foam for our playard to make our son’s sleep more enjoyable for him and us. I measured the “mat” and took the dimensions to the nearest The Foam Shop and the gal there said that they have had several requests for foam mats for playards.

It only took 10 minutes for the mat to be cut to size and it cost me under $40.

We used it this past week on our trip and we all slept like kings!

Thank you Mommy Friend for the suggestion, and thank you The Foam Shop for the new playard mat.