Holiday Skincare Giveaway with The Fox & She

the fox and sheFor the November Contest, SmartMom has partnered with fabulous mom and clean beauty expert Blair Staky from lifestyle blog The Fox and She! She has hand-picked an incredible prize package to honor our SmartMoms and reward our community for helping each other. 

“Hey SmartMoms! My skincare routine is my ‘me time’ at the end of a busy day and helps me relax. I’m giving away a prize package of my favorite clean products. This month’s prize is a secret—you have to download the SmartMom app to see which products are included! Plus, find some exclusive tips for switching to and benefitting from a clean beauty lifestyle.”

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Chapter 5 Preview: The Breastfeeding Latch

By Carly Hill

The breastfeeding latch is very important because it allows your baby to drink effectively – and to draw enough milk out of the breast. For the mother, a good latch is key to a pleasant breastfeeding experience. A baby who suckles with an improper latch will cause bleeding, raw, chafed nipples.

It is common for mothers to give up hope and throw in the towel saying, “Breastfeeding just isn’t for me.” But, if you can be patient and determined enough to do everything it takes to get your baby to latch, breastfeeding should prove to be a wonderful blessing for you and your child.

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Chapter 4 Preview: Breastfeeding Nutrition

By Carly Hill

After nine months of food restrictions, food aversions and food cravings, by the time you give birth, you’re probably yearning for some normalcy to return to your diet. The good news is, now you can – even if you’re breastfeeding. You don’t have to keep nearly as close of an eye on your diet after you give birth as you did while your baby was in utero. In addition, you have a whole lot more wiggle room to indulge in luxuries like soft cheeses, wine and sushi. That being said, while you are breastfeeding, you do need to keep in mind that certain things you put into your body do pass through to your breast milk and can even affect your supply. Healthy breastfeeding nutrition is of the utmost importance for new moms.

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Chapter 3 Preview: Lactation Consultants

By Tamar Mekredijian

Lactation Consultants are amazing resources for knowledge about breastfeeding and are trained to help educate new mothers about the benefits and the process of breastfeeding. They help with troubleshooting physically and support mothers emotionally through the process of learning how to breastfeed and overcoming obstacles along the way.

Here is a Q&A with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Tess Johnson, from Fresno, California:

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Chapter 2 Preview: Breastfeeding Education

By Megan Van Sipe

There is so much more to breastfeeding than bringing baby to the breast so they can eat. For such a natural process, it truly does take a lot of work, persistence, support, and breastfeeding education! There are many things you can and should do to prepare yourself for your breastfeeding journey. Many moms quit trying not just because it’s hard, but because it’s hard and they don’t feel empowered, determined, and supported. Use your time before your baby arrives to pack your proverbial “breastfeeding education” tool bag so that you will not be surprised by the challenges you may face.

As prepared as you can be mentally and emotionally for the journey ahead, there are a few tangible tools you will need as well so educating yourself on the purpose of a nipple shield and how you might use a breast pump are just as important!

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“Ask Me Anything” with Lactation Consultant Crystal Karges

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, SmartMom has invited a Lactation Consultant into the app to answer all of your questions, provide resources, and offer support LIVE!

Join us for a live chat with Board Certified Lactation Consultant Crystal Karges this Thursday at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! The most engaged moms during the live event will receive Organic Lactation Cookies and Brownies from MilkaholicsAnonymous!

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Chapter 1 Preview: Benefits of Breastfeeding

By Andrea Newell

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed is one of the most hotly contested issues between mothers and a very personal choice. However, numerous experts and years of research say that if mothers are able to breastfeed, it has a long list of health, psychological financial and even environmental benefits.

Although baby formulas have come a long way, there is no substitute for breast milk as an amazing source of nutrients for your baby that adjusts to every stage of your baby’s life. The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates breastfeeding exclusively for six months and continuing for at least two years while introducing other age-appropriate foods as your baby develops. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends six months of exclusively breastfeeding (no water, formula or other food or drink), then starting around six months breastfeeding in tandem with other foods for through the first year, and to keep breastfeeding as long as the mother and baby can afterward. (4)

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Real Life SmartMom Jena Holliday

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we invite Jena Holliday to join the SmartMom community. Jena is an artist, designer, teacher, and marketer documenting her work on her website Spoonful of Faith. To add to this long list of talents, Jena is all about the #momlove, so she works to support other women and mothers in expressing themselves and telling their stories creatively. Our favorite creations are the illustrations that represent “mom life” oh so well – you’ll see us support her on SmartMom Instagram! Get to know this mom creative and what “mom life” means to her:

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Real Life SmartMom Chasitie Lindsay

In 2017, SmartMom launched the Real Life SmartMom series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers, experts and influencers. We go to these women for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know these amazing mommas a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

This week we invite Chasitie Lindsay to join the SmartMom community. Chasitie is a momprenuer, dabbling in so many different things SmartMom just had to get to know her better. She’s a DJ, a restaurant owner, a brand ambassador just to name a few things she’s currently doing. As a mom, we all know how to multitask but this mama is bringing it to a new level. Get to know the mom behind it all!

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