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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

In Their Own Words: Katie (Update for Baby #4)

When my story was first published three years ago (read it HERE), Angela was 19 weeks old and eating like a horse.  Up to that point, I'd struggled with oversupply and finding my block feeding balance for a couple of weeks and even battled postpartum depression for a spell as my hormones worked themselves out.  She has food sensitivities, too, so I'd had to do the restriction dance again.  I haven't been a vegetarian since the day Mikey was born, so the diet was more forgiving.

Breastfeeding: Fresh, local, sustainable

One of my favorite quotes from the Marin County Breastfeeding Coalition:



Breastfeeding: best for Sweet Pea, Mama Pod, and the environment!

Breastfeeding Lifestyle


Breastfeeding Awareness Month on Sweet Pea Births, the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonBritta is wearing aBelabumbumrobe, bra byLa Mystere, and preggings byMolly Ades.  
Her Sweet Pea is wearing aGenYdiaper cover.  Diaper bag fromPetunia Picklebottom.

What does this quote mean to you??

For me, the choice to breastfeed has definitely influenced my parenting style.  Breastfeeding, by design, makes you aware of your baby - almost every single picture we have shared this month of a mother nursing her child has the gaze turned down - looking, watching, observing the details of her Sweet Pea.

Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support Groups and Classes


The Arizona Breastfeeding Center is a great resource for area families who are interested in making breastfeeding work.




What does the AZ Breastfeeding Center offer?

They offer a free breastfeeding support group that meets once a month.  In addition, there are two classes offered every month, plus a postpartum support group that meets every Wednesday. 

Aside from the groups and classes, IBCLCs are available for private consultations, a therapist is on staff to help mothers who need extra support adjusting throughout the postpartum period, and a chiropractor works in the office every Friday to adjust babies who need a little physical support to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

In Their Own Words: Rachel


I didn't nurse very long - 8 months with my daughter, 12 months with my son (although still using breast milk in a bottle from 12 months until the freezer stash runs out because he started taking a bottle at 12 months due to medical reasons).

The biggest help was seeing a lactation consultant. I think everyone should see one, starting in the hospital! I usually ask for one right away, but for my second, following up months later was the best thing I ever could have done. 

At 9 months, my doctor felt I should supplement my son.

Breastfeeding: Tandem Nursing


Francis is wearing a nursing bra byYouLingerie; robe byBelabumbum
Styling byModern Mommy Boutique
Photo byErin Rudd Photography

My foray into tandem nursing turned into an adventure with extended breastfeeding.  It doesn't go that way for everyone...if you are interested in reading about our journey, see the links below the post.

What do you do if you are interested in tandem nursing, or at least, trying to nurse into your next pregnancy? One of my favorite on-line resources is KellyMom.com.

Q&A with SPB:Milk Production & Baby Getting Enough

Since it's National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to be able to feature our friends from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer today's Q&A.  Huge thank you to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC for taking the time to sit down with us!
 
 
How do I know if I have enough milk production? How can I tell if my baby is getting enough?
 
Putting the baby to the breast 8-12 times in a 24 hour period, gets milk production off to a good start.
 
There are no ounce markers on our breasts!

Breastfeeding is a Gift


Alli is wearing a nursing bra byCake Lingerie; robe byKickee Pants

I have been living in a vacuum of packing, unpacking, sorting, and purging these last two weeks...and it continues!! 

For today, I leave you with this beautiful MotherBaby and the thought that breastfeeding is going to be different for every family.  Some MotherBaby dyads might nurse for an hour; others a day; maybe some will make it to a week.  There are those who will nurse for a month, maybe you were one of the ones who made it to the six-month mark.

In Their Own Words: Dezerrae

In Their Own Words: Dezerrae
A Story about Breastfeeding and the NICU

"In Their Own Words" is one of my favorite series on the blog.  It lets families to share their stories, and help others along the way.  Thank you, Dezerrae, for taking the time to write out your breastfeeding story.  We are honored to be able to share it with other mothers who are facing challenges along their breastfeeding journey.
 ~Krystyna

My first experience with breastfeeding did not go well. I had a very long labor with my daughter, she had to go to the NICU and was immediately given formula.

Breastfeeding: Where we are rooted

#WBW15 #NBM15 Breastfeeding Awareness Month celebration on Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Shara is wearing a nightgown byBelabumbum

The Sweet Pea Kids and I have enjoyed exploring this summer.  At the mention of, “Arizona,” most people imagine the desert, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon…lots of sand, rock and Saguaro cactus.  We summer at the Mogollon Rim – a beautiful stand of Ponderosa pines interspersed with creeks, streams, and lakes (a.k.a. ponds if you grew up next to Lake Ontario).
 
As we were hiking yesterday, we came across a stunning tree – it was hollowed out at the bottom by animals, water, insects…I’m not sure.
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