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

Q&A with SPB: How does thyroid function affect breastfeeding?


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Today's question is answered by Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC* at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center:


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Synopsis:
Breastfeeding is an "energetically expensive" activity for the human body.  In order for breastfeeding to work well, a mother's thyroid has to be working well to adjust for the mother's energy needs.

In Their Own Words: Katie ~ 2016 Update

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

 
ClickHEREto read Katie’s submission for our ITOW series in 2012, written when her older nursling was 19 weeks old.
 
If you've read my earlier breastfeeding stories, you know how much I've dreamed of tandem breastfeeding. My dream came true July 2015.

Breastfeeding benefits the whole family

What a perfect picture for today...because on Monday, I get to share Katie's story in our next installment of "In Their Own Words".

One of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding is that the mother creates oxytocin, the hormone of social relationships. Not only does it create calm for the mother and the nursling; it actually has the potential to create calm in the entire space they occupy.

For more reading on oxytocin, click HERE for an article from Scientific American.


In Their Own Words: Tanya + Tandem Nursing

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences, written by other mothers about their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com to get started.

Breastfeeding Series: In Their Own Words on the Sweet Pea Births blog...Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Before I had children, I thought that tandem nursing was something a mother did with twins, or triplets, etc. Little did I know! 

After my first daughter was born, I went from thinking I would just nurse until she was one, to feeling sad that she self-weaned at 22 months while I was pregnant with my second daughter.

Abundance, Full and Ever Flowing

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
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One of my favorite reads last year was Sarah Buckley's "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering". It totally brought together so many bits and pieces that I have learned over this 12 year journey of being pregnant five times, birthing four times, and mothering our four growing sweet peas.  

This quote is one of my favorites, and encompasses so much of what I love about being a mother and the joy go being able to breastfeed our children.

La Fuente

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Set atModern Mommy Boutique, Chandler, AZ

Breastmilk is the ultimate superfood.  It has the potential to change in composition from one feeding to the next.  Each mother makes just what her baby needs for that time of day, for that feeding.  As described by Dr. Katie Hinde, it is more unique than a fingerprint, more unique than a snowflake.  

Whether you fed your baby drops, ounces, or if you continue to breastfeed today: way to go, mama!! You gave, or are giving, your baby something that no one else could - that is simply amazing.

Q&A with SPB: How does finger-feeding work?


Today's Q&A with SPB might be helpful to families who are anxious to avoid "nipple confusion", something that makes it harder for babies to breastfeed when they have had an early introduction to bottle feeding.

Instead of supplemental feeding of breastmilk or formula with a bottle, this technique is one of the feeding strategies that a family might want to try in order to feed baby and keep things happy at the breast.

Here is our Q&A with SPB question of the week, answered by our friend Michelle Hottya the IBCLC over at The Milk Spot.

In Their Own Words: Tanya...Part 1

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

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As a mother to two girls I feel even more of a responsibility to normalize breastfeeding. My amazing mother did that for me and I am forever grateful. I grew up knowing that breastfeeding was a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby. 

From the moment I knew I wanted to be a mom, I knew I would breastfeed.

Breastfeeding Rooted in Nature


"A baby nursing at a mother's breast...is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature"
~David Suzuki

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Breastfeeding is Charming

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It's always a great reminder that breasts have a biological function: they are mammary glands designed to make milk for the babies a woman will bear.  

Some make the mistake of thinking females are biologically complete when they start their menses. In fact, a woman is biologically "fully mature" when she starts to lactate.

So yes, breastfeeding is utilitarian.  It is also really sexy to use your body to it's fullest expression.  Feed your baby with pride: your breasts are gorgeous with or without a baby latched on to them.
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