Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Where in the world has Sweet Pea Births been??
- We are a homeschool family, and for the first time, I am homeschooling all four of our children this year! Otter is now old enough and Charger is officially in kindergarten, so most of my day is spent educating the Sweet Pea Kids.
- I had three doula clients in the last two months, and we have one more baby due in November.
- We are getting ready to host the Bradley Day Family Festival on November 9, 2014.
I am so sorry this blog has been neglected as I focus my priorities on our children and our doula clients.
Today we look at two of the substances many of us are concerned about using during pre-conception and pregnancy: Alcohol and Caffeine.
If you are having a hard time giving up your caffeine, read more about consumption levelsHERE
Consuming Alcohol during Pregnancy
ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) & the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) position on alcohol is:
“There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.
We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.
When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.
We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation. This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.
Thank you all for joining us for another amazing year of breastfeeding advocacy. Whether you joined us for the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival in July, or have read our posts throughout Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, it is always an honor to walk this journey with you. (Links to all posts at the end of this interview.)
We close this month's advocacy with a very fitting voice. We teach [partner]-coached childbirth classes. Today's guest is Chris Ortiz, a Bradley™ Coach and Dad from our Fall 2013 class.
Dajanay Robinson ("DR") is a Winter 2012-2013 SPB alumni. She and her husband took our Bradley Method® classes when they were expecting their first child. She agreed to answer my questions about her breastfeeding experience from the perspective of a woman in the black community.
Although I have mentioned this in other social media, I want to re-iterate that Black Breastfeeding Week is an inclusive event. While these questions are geared with an emphasis to inspire and promote breastfeeding in the black community, the campaign is designed for all women to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.
As we generate awareness for
breastfeeding in the black community with Black Breastfeeding Week
, there is another topic that comes to mind
as part of that dialogue.
I am an avid reader, and since 2010 I have been
a childbirth educator. There is one set of statistics I keep reading over and over again, and it's not improving. The most recent update: In 2013, the United States
was ranked 30th in the world for infant mortality. It is reprehensible
that in one of the leading industrialized countries in the world, third-world
countries consistently outrank us at keeping babies alive.
As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.
One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve. We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".
While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others.
The theme for this month was Nature's Best...what better way to start our #wordlesswednesday than with these pictures of a statue my mom saw on her Peru trip??
For more information on how you can help raise breastfeeding awareness this month, please clickHERE
for more information from the US Breastfeeding Committee.
Here are some other images from our readers...and the evolution I have gone through as a breastfeeding mama...from uncovered only at home, to covered, to posting selfies on Instagram and Twitter as my confidence in my choice to breastfeed has grown.
I really enjoyed making these videos with Talisha from Modern Mommy Boutique last year. Since it is Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2014, here is a look at her recommendation for the Top 5 products you need as a new nursing mama.
If you are in or near Chandler, Arizona, you can pick these up at her store in front of the Chandler Fashion Mall. If you are out of state, she ships or you can of course, choose your favorite on-line retailer.
Scroll down to see my 2014 update on food-safe nipple cream.
another Inside Look just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. The
creator of the CoverMyHeart nursing covers, was kind enough to do a virtual
interview with us.
I met April
Marcial (“AM”) at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest in June. We had a chance to visit between interested
mamas stopping at her booth. Her journey
as a mother and entrepreneur is incredible – a link to her story is at the
bottom of this blog post. It is an honor
to cross paths in life with people who are really making a difference in the
world – she is one of them.