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  • Come Hang With Us at Delfi Orchard!

    Hello there! If you don’t know yet, we have moved to our brand new store at #02-04 Delfi Orchard.Click here to check our operating hours.

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  • Chat with First Time Mom - Cheryl

    Pregnancy style can be a challenge. Do you conceal your bump or wear it with pride? What about the changes happening to your body? Something that fit you well last week might not fit you anymore. Putting together an outfit can be tricky and we speak to first time mummy-to-be, Cheryl, who's also been modelling our MEV apparels, to find out how she's been and her tips to share!

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  • How Nursing Tops Can Help You Increase Milk Supply + Other Ways to Produce More Breastmilk

    Nursing your little one is a beautiful and yet scary experience. Like pregnancy and giving birth, it is no longer just about you but involves another person completely relying on you to survive.

     

    Parenting in itself is already daunting because no matter how many children you have, all the experiences are different and you learn as you go.

    The same is true with breastfeeding. In fact, breastfeeding is one of the most stressful things for a lot of women especially first time mothers.

    There are many misconceptions and pressures to nursing other than the obvious fear that your baby will starve.

    Firstly and one of the biggest hurdles to breastfeeding is the misconception that it will come out naturally and easily.

    Many will attest that it is not the case. While milk production is a natural process for a woman, it does not always just come by.

    “Even though breastfeeding is often described as “natural,” it is also an art that has to be learned by both the mother and the newborn. Skills in how to hold and position a baby at the breast, how to achieve an effective latch, and other breastfeeding techniques may need to be taught. Not surprisingly, some women expect breastfeeding to be easy, but then find themselves faced with challenges. The incongruity between expectations about breastfeeding and the reality of the mother’s early experiences with breastfeeding her infant has been identified as a key reason that many mothers stop breastfeeding within the first two weeks postpartum. On the other hand, a misperception that many women experience difficulties with breastfeeding may cause excessive concern among mothers about its feasibility,” this was a statement from the Office of the Surgeon General entitled Barriers to Breastfeeding in the United States.

    Another issue women often face is societal pressures from all fronts: that women must nurse their children, else they are bad mothers; another that women cannot breastfeed in public.

    Breastfeeding shaming is usually described as being shunned or frowned upon when you are.breastfeeding in public.

    The journal further states that, “Restaurant and shopping center managers have reported that they would either discourage breastfeeding anywhere in their facilities or would suggest that breastfeeding mothers move to an area that was more secluded. When they have breastfed in public places, many mothers have been asked to stop breastfeeding or to leave. Such situations make women feel embarrassed and fearful of being stigmatized by people around them when they breastfeed.”

    To add to the list of stressors, milk supply issues also play a huge role in the decision of women to discontinue breastfeeding.

    “Frequently cited problems with breastfeeding include sore nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis, leaking milk, pain, and failure to latch on by the infant. Women who encounter these problems early on are less likely to continue to breastfeed unless they get professional assistance. Research has found that mothers base their breastfeeding plans on previous experiences, and resolution of these problems may affect their future decisions about feeding.”

     

    Lessen Breastfeeding-related Stress and Increase Milk Supply

     

    While stress is part of life and nursing, it must be managed.

    Studies have shown that stress can directly influence the decrease of milk letdown. When mothers become anxious and stressed out, milk supply is usually affected.

    There are a lot of ways to lessen stress during breastfeeding. Here are some:

     

    Skin to skin with baby

     

    Skin to skin care or sometimes called Kangaroo care is one of the best ways to help lessen stress. In fact, the method is advised by many pediatrician not only for its benefits to mothers who are breastfeeding but to the babies too.

    “Whenever possible, mothers and babies should be in direct contact for at least the first 1–2 hours after birth. In skin-to-skin care, the baby is naked (a dry cap is okay, as is a diaper), and is placed on the mother’s bare chest, between her breasts. A blanket should be draped over both of them for warmth. If the mother is unable to provide skin-to-skin care, due to labor or birth complications, then Dad can step in. Within minutes, you will see the benefits of skin-to-skin care become evident as both mother and baby relax. The baby’s body temperature, breathing, and heart rate stabilize.”

     

     

    Eat frequently, eat right.

     

    “Making breast milk is hard work for your body. It is estimated that breastfeeding increases your energy needs by about 500 calories per day. You also have an increased need for most nutrients, so it's very important to eat a healthy and varied diet,” shares Healthline.

    So if you noticed being hungry all the time after breastfeeding, it is because your body is working on overdrive.

    Some of the food the health website recommends are:

    Fish and seafood: Salmon, seaweed, shellfish and sardines.
    Meat: Beef, lamb, pork and organ meats, such as liver.
    Fruits and vegetables: Berries, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, garlic and broccoli.
    Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flaxseeds.
    Other foods: Eggs, oats, potatoes, quinoa, buckwheat and dark chocolate

    Postpartum exercise

     

    Working out after pregnancy has a host of benefits for new moms.

    It not only helps strengthen and tone abdominal muscles which after giving birth needs it, it also gives more energy and vitality.

    Furthermore, because exercise releases the happiness hormone, endorphins it helps prevent postpartum depression, promote deeper and better sleep (which will become a rare gift for you in the first few months) and also relieve stress and create a better mood.

    However, exercise should be kept in a medium level intensity.

    “If you had a healthy pregnancy and a normal vaginal delivery, you should be able to start exercising again soon after the baby is born. Usually, it is safe to begin exercising a few days after giving birth—or as soon as you feel ready. If you had a cesarean delivery or other complications, ask your healthcare provider when it is safe to begin exercising again. Aim to stay active for 20–30 minutes a day. When you first start exercising after childbirth, try simple postpartum exercises that help strengthen major muscle groups, including abdominal and back muscles. Gradually add moderate-intensity exercise. Remember, even 10 minutes of exercise benefits your body. If you exercised vigorously before pregnancy or you are a competitive athlete, you can work up to vigorous-intensity activity. Stop exercising if you feel pain,” shares the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

     

    How Nursing Clothes Lessen Stress

     

    Because people are innately social creatures, public perception will always be important. Because of the social pressures related to breastfeeding and the stigma of nursing in public, many women feel insecure going outside and feeding their young ones.

    Fortunately, with the help of nursing tops and nursing dresses, women can feel confident without having to bare too much in public.

    With nursing clothes these days, moms look like they are wearing regular fashion-forward or casual pieces. Not only that, maternity clothes as well as nursing tops are designed to feed your young ones in a comfortable manner with easily accessible breast openings.

    Confidence in women is a very important aspect of successful breastfeeding. It makes women less worried, therefore less stressed out.

    While it is not required for a woman to wear nursing clothes during the breastfeeding period, it is a great addition that provides ease and comfort plus makes you look stylish and feel confident.

    Every woman’s breastfeeding story is different and there are a lot of stressors that everyone has to deal with during that period. No woman (or man) should judge another but most of all, you should try to enjoy this time and savor the memories and experience because when your baby is all grown up, you will laugh at the stress and cherish the good times.

     

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  • Nursing Fashion: How to Look Chic While Breastfeeding

    Look good while breastfeeding? Nope. Not possible.

     

    A common misconception of women is that they cannot look good during maternity and even after. More so, they believe that being chic and fashionable while breastfeeding is not achievable.

     

    While it is understandable why so many think looking good is not a possibility once a woman has become a mother-- with all the changes in the body, lack of time, lack of sleep, stress-- it is by all means still possible to look chic and put together at the very least.

     

    During nursing, there are a lot of changes women make in their wardrobe. Clothes should be “nursing friendly” especially if going outside. Moms should be able to easily feed baby without the hassle of removing layers and layers of clothes.

     

    Fortunately at this day and age, there are so many options for nursing mothers. Nursing bras, dresses, tops and even bottoms now exist-- and they come in tons of different designs, textures, styles. Women can comfortably breastfeed and at the same time look like they’ve put in so much thought in their clothes.

     

    Breastfeeding clothes are impressively made and the best part is, with great quality nursing wear, the breast slits are seamlessly hidden and sometimes even made as accent pieces to the clothing.

     

    Not only that, there are tons of maternity clothes that extends even after giving birth. Maternity clothes that are also nursing clothes not only offer women who are still not back to their pre-baby body more comfort but also helps keep the cost of a new wardrobe lower.

     

    Breastfeeding and Women

     

    Breastfeeding is both a beautiful thing and for many, quite stressful. According to a journal published by the office of the Surgeon General in the United States published a Call to Action to support breastfeeding, there is an undeniable gap in information dissemination when it comes to breastfeeding.

     

    A paragraph of the journal shares, “Mothers are also uncertain about what to expect with breastfeeding and how to actually carry it out. Even though breastfeeding is often described as ‘natural,’ it is also an art that has to be learned by both the mother and the newborn. Skills in how to hold and position a baby at the breast, how to achieve an effective latch, and other breastfeeding techniques may need to be taught. Not surprisingly, some women expect breastfeeding to be easy, but then find themselves faced with challenges. The incongruity between expectations about breastfeeding and the reality of the mother’s early experiences with breastfeeding her infant has been identified as a key reason that many mothers stop breastfeeding within the first two weeks postpartum. On the other hand, a misperception that many women experience difficulties with breastfeeding may cause excessive concern among mothers about its feasibility.”

     

    The stress women feel with breastfeeding their babies come from the gap in expectation versus the reality of breastfeeding. Many nursing moms are told that it will just come to them so they expect it to be straightforward. However true for some, it is not the case for everyone. In fact, most women have trouble with breastfeeding especially on the first few days.

     

    It is already daunting enough to feed another human being, what more a helpless baby. To add to that overwhelm, there has been for the longest time such a controversy and stigma with breastfeeding.

     

    For instance, breastfeeding shaming-- where women are shamed for nursing in public; or the pressure people put on women to breastfeed and how giving formula milk or not breastfeeding your baby is “bad motherhood”.

     

    While all these things can by no means be addressed at this very moment (or maybe even in the next ten years), women can do something about the stresses they have during breastfeeding.

     

    When it comes to the information gap, there are other ways around it thank goodness for the internet. Blog sites like Kelly Mom provide information about breastfeeding. Having a read around the blog helps moms-to-be learn more and manage their expectations and be prepared for the wonderful (yet difficult) world of breastfeeding.

     

    When it comes to societal pressures, it is always best to shut it off your system. Be it a stranger, a relative or someone close to you, let them know that you do not appreciate being called out or pressured for something very personal to you.

     

    In addition, feeling good and looking good are great add-ons to make the road of nursing a happy and enjoyable one. Make sure though to prepare so you won’t have to be caught off-guard.

     

    Nursing Clothes: A Modern Mom’s Best Friend

    While there is truly a lot of hurdles women go through when it comes to nursing, there is a silver lining and the benefits of breastfeeding always, without a doubt, outweighs the social outcasting and the feelings of stress that can often come along with it.

     

    The bond created by nursing is inexplicable and that closeness helps babies develop in an almost miraculous way-- their immune system gets stronger, their muscles and bones develop better.

     

    For mothers, breastfeeding too has a lot of advantages. Nursing signals to the brain that the baby has already been delivered and the ovary shrinks faster. In addition, it also helps women lose weight quicker because breastfeeding burns a lot of calories.

     

    Something women can look forward too is the wide selection of maternity tops, dresses and bras to choose from. When back in day, clothes and bras for breastfeeding looked boring or ill-fitting.

     

    At present, women no longer have to make do with the little available designs for nursing tops, dresses and bras. Nursing tops come in a wide array of designs, styles, textures and can fit any body type.

    Nursing bras too have had an upgrade over the years-- women can choose whatever style they want be it sexy, cute, simple or chic. Textures normally seen in regular bras and expensive lingerie are now options for nursing bras.

     

    Nursing Clothes Sizes

    Nursing clothes, like maternity wear are usually the same size as your pre-pregnancy clothing. Nursing bras on the other hand, are measured a little bit differently than non-breastfeeding bras.

     

    As a rule of thumb, if you’re a size 10 prior to being pregnant, then you will still be the same size unless you have gotten very big (not just belly size) during the span of pregnancy-- the same logic that applies to gaining weight even without a baby.

     

    Measuring for the right bra size has never been easy-- with or without factoring breastfeeding in. There are tons  of misconceptions with bra sizes and it is usually not as simple as getting a big bra cup as breast size increases.

     

    To measure for bra size properly, there are a few things to do that can help:

     

    1. Start by measuring your band size. First off, before going nursing bra shopping, measure yourself so you know exactly what size will fit you. This will save you time and the extra effort and possible frustration. To accurately measure your band size, use a measuring tape and wrap around the circumference of your body below the armpits and above the breast area. Another option is to “measure your band size by measuring your ribcage (directly underneath your breasts). If you choose this option, add 2 inches to whatever your measurement is.”

    2. Measure your cup size. Do the same as you did before but instead of around the armpit area, measure the body with the breast included. Make sure that it’s the fullest portion of the breast.Subtract the earlier figures you got from your band size from the figures you just measured. Nursing bra express adds that:

    “ If your band size is 36 and you have a 40 inch mid-breast circumference, then you have 4 inches worth of cup size. Each cup inch stands for a bra cup size…. A, B, C, D, etc. You would be looking for a bra around 36D.  If you are between cup sizes, always size UP.”



    If the Difference is:  Your Cup Size is:

    1/2" - 1"                          A

    2"                                       B

    3"                                       C

    4"                                       D

    5"                                     DD/E

    6"                                    DDD/F

    7"                                        G

    8"                                        H

    9"                                         I

    10"                                       J

    11"                                       K

    12"                                       L

    13"                                       M



    Nursing Fashion Tips to Staying Chic

     

    Thank goodness for nursing dresses and the different styles from nursing tank tops, plus size nursing tops, nursing tank tops with built in bra to nursing dresses and blouses-- that looks great for a sexy, sultry, chic, cute, or casual look.

     

    Remember though to look for good quality clothes, as reminded by the Breastlife. “Hormone fluctuations through pregnancy and during breastfeeding can leave you feeling flushed and overheated. Choose breathable fabrics that will help to keep you cool and comfortable.”

     

    Remember, style should always be partnered with comfort and one cannot be without the other. Quality nursing clothes are not always expensive-- with the right tools and mindset, looking chic is not an impossibility but a goal that is as achievable with the proper research and knowledge on nursing clothes.

     

    Motherhood is a beautiful albeit stressful and scary time for any women and so is nursing. Do not let it become an unsavory experience.

     

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  • Baby Shower Maternity Dress: Choosing the Right Dress for You

    Baby showers are the bachelorette parties of pregnancy. It only happens once (at least, per baby) and is remembered by everyone you love dearly. It can either be a memory fondly reminisced or a seeming nightmare that plays back over and over again in your head.

     

    Because the day is so important to you as a mom celebrating the day your baby is to arrive in this world, you want to look as though you feel good and confident about yourself even though you might not feel the greatest.

     

    Most baby showers happen during the last trimester where your bump is at its bumpiest. This period of your pregnancy is the hardest to dress most of the time. Here, you will see the changes in your belly more than ever but also in your arms, ankles, hips and breasts. These developments are usually, if not always, not very flattering. It is no wonder so many women feel the least bit attractive during this time.

    Hope is not lost though. Because despite the body you’re in, there are so many ways to look good during your special day. A baby shower maternity dress can solve your problem easily and you would not have to worry about looking sluggish or bloated and you need not fear going through your baby shower photos years later and feel embarrassed or sad.

    Maternity dresses: your life savior

     

    There are so many maternity dresses baby shower style in the market that you can choose from long maternity dresses for baby shower, white maternity dress for baby shower, plus size maternity dress for baby shower.

     

    Cute maternity clothing are everywhere and the perfect maternity dress is no longer just something you hope for but a reality you totally can sport on your big day.

     

    There are a lot of things that maternity dresses can offer you that other regular dresses cannot. While the latter has way more designs and styles to choose from, not all of it provide function and the right fit as well as comfort that is required while pregnant.

     

    The debate on whether to buy maternity clothes or not is as old as maternity clothing itself and women from both sides of the argument are passionately advocating for or against the need to purchase pregnancy outfits. For some, it is simply vanity but for others, it is a necessity.

     

    Whatever your preference is, pregnancy dresses is out there as an option.

     

    Fortunately, gone are the days of terrible-looking pregnancy clothing. Maternity outfits these days are just as fashionable as regular clothing. There are many styles from cute maternity dresses to sexier pieces. Textures, fabrics, cuts, colors and patterns are also available in such a wide variety it can actually overwhelm you.

    Pregnancy dresses versus regular clothes

     

    The major difference between maternity dresses and regular dresses is how it fits you.

     

    “The key difference between maternity dresses and non-maternity clothing is the fitting. While wearing loose shirts or wider dresses does cover up the bump, maternity clothes does give off better definition. It tapers where it needs to and shapes the clothes to best capture a woman’s figure so that you don’t look bigger than you have to and to emphasize your bump so that it does not look too boxy.”

    This difference is very important for special occasions like baby showers simply because you get photographed a lot and you want to be wearing something that actually complements and even shows off your pregnancy figure.

     

    Here, see the difference:



    Maternity wear fitting and sizes

     

    As a general rule of thumb, “Maternity clothing sizes generally correspond to regular non-pregnant clothing sizes. If you are used to buying a size 8 before pregnancy, typically the same size applies when you shop at specialty maternity clothing stores. If you were “medium” size before pregnancy, look for the same size label at pregnancy stores. When your body changes through pregnancy, the belly and the chest may grow quite a bit but the rest of your body and their proportions such as length of torso, legs, and shoulder widths remain as they are. With maternity clothing, you will see adjustments to measurement only where you expect growth, while keeping specifications remain true to your original size.”

     

    International Size Guide



    S

    M

    L

    XL

    2X

    3X

    4X

    US

    2-4

    6-8

    10-12

    14

    16-18

    20-22

    24

    UK

    6-8

    10-12

    14-16

    18

    22-24

    24-26

    28

    Italy

    38-40

    42-44

    46-48

    50

    54-56

    56-58

    60

    France

    34-36

    38-40

    42-44

    46

    50-52

    52-54

    56

    Germany

    32-34

    36-38

    40-42

    44

    48-50

    50-52

    54

    Japan

    7-9

    11-13

    15-17

    19

    23-25

    25-27

    29

    Russia

    40-42

    44-46

    48-50

    52

    54-56

    24-26

    28



    Further, “Australia and New Zealand also uses the UK size chart. The French sizes are also used in Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway also uses German sizes.”



    Cute baby shower maternity dresses

    Different themes, different styles

     

    Baby showers are so much fun and so many women go crazy with the themes, games and gimmicks. Either your best pals organized your baby shower for you or you did it yourself. Some even hire party planners or specialized baby shower planners. The craze is real and mommies to be (especially but not limited to first time moms) take planning the big day and usually the big gender reveal, some start preparations on their first trimester or even after they learned of the pregnancy.

     

    The baby shower madness does not only happen with regular folks, even celebrities go all out organizing baby showers.

     

    There are tons of themes for this welcome celebration-- some more conservative while others go all out and extreme. Anything can be a theme for the party: whatever you can think of under the sun (or even out in the universe).

     

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    Baby shower dresses tips

     

    Deciding what to wear for this special gathering depends on a few things: budget, the theme and what complements your current body.

     

    Because there are so many different themes and way too much options for special occasion maternity dresses, the best way you can find the perfect baby shower dress is by being strategic.

     

    Show off your bump

    The reason you are celebrating this special day is because of that bump of yours who will soon be a living, breathing person! Be proud of it and show it off. With the right fitting, you’ll be able to accentuate the curves of your body while emphasizing your bump.

     

    According to Motherhood Closet, “Choose a light dress that flows over your curves and gently highlights your bump, such as a maternity maxi dress. To make it more figure-flattering, choose a maternity dress that is ruched which will cinches your waist above your bump, but again avoid anything too tight.”

     

    Choose the right accessories

     

    Pregnant or not, the rules for accessorizing remain the same.

     

    According to Chelsea Jackson, fashion stylist and buyer, one way of accessorizing is to mix different metal pieces. “Pick your favorite metal, make that your base, and introduce a few contrasting pieces to master mixing in an effortless way.”

     

    Contrary to common belief, Courtney Hammonds, a fashion stylist, author, and the program coordinator for The Art Institute of Atlanta's Fashion Marketing & Management & Fashion Design programs says that matching bags and shoes are actually no longer the trend now, so get a little experimental with matching shoes and bags together.

     

    O’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman also advices to wear longer necklace when you are unsure what to accessorize with. “Your necklace should be working for you—a long strand that hits just below the bust makes you look taller and leaner.”



    Prioritize comfort

     

    While looking great on your baby shower is important, it is far more essential that you give special consideration to being comfortable. This does not mean though the you’ll opt for leggings and oversized tees instead. There are many comfortable options like a flowy maxi dress or a maternity wrap dress that accentuates your curves and bump but does not create a rigid environment for movement.

     

    This exact advice also applies to wearing heels. If you can skip it and feel that you look good enough, skip heels. The weight of your body makes you more prone to become imbalanced which might lead to accidents that can cause unfortunate consequences.

     

    Choose clothes that are comfortable enough for you to move around and can keep you either warm or cool enough depending on the location and season.

     

    Know your style

    Only you can know what you want to look like or how you want your style to be like. Always bring your personality to your outfit even if it just a piece of accessory or a color you’re most comfortable in.

     

    Pregnancy is not a time to feel bothered too much about the things going on in your body-- it is best enjoyed by looking forward to what those nine difficult, weird and exciting months will give you: a precious human being.

     

    You can make those three trimesters special and memorable by adjusting to all the changes and getting the help of things like maternity dresses. These small things make such a huge difference in the months to come. Small comforts add up to a happy pregnancy!

     

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