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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. A few of us will make it to a year, and then a handful of us will continue on through the toddler years.
This is the thing: every ounce of mlk your baby gets is beneficial. If you wanted to nurse longer and it didn't work out, gear yourself up to learn more and do differently with your next child. There are lots of ideas on how to do that from last Tuesday's visit with the IBCLCs from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center. (Idea list HERE)
The most common message I am hearing this month: peer-to-peer support makes a difference...if you are committed to making the breastfeeding relationship work through the learning curve, and subsequent peaks and valleys, find a group that resonates with you, and get involved! Go to meetings, find a virtual community and join webchats; do whatever it takes to hear what other MotherBabys have gone through and learn from them.
Here are some groups that host free monthly meetings:
La Leche League International - meetings offered around the world
Arizona Breastfeeding Center
Milk Mamas • 1st Tuesday of the month • Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Mothers and expectant mothers are welcome to join this group for breastfeeding support and laughter. All meetings led by IBCLCs. Call (480) 442-8491 for more info. AZ Breastfeeding Center, 4703 S. Lakeshore Dr, Tempe, 85282.
Weekly gatherings local to Phoenix:
Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Groups
With the exception of major holidays…
Chandler Regional Medical Center's Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Rome Towers: 1760 E Pecos Rd., Ste. 235, Gilbert, AZ 85295)
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center's Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support Group • Every Wednesday morning • Time: 11:00 AM
Pregnant moms are welcome too!
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
2928 N 16th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Facilitator: Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC 818-606-5687
Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group • Babymoon Inn • Every Wednesday afternoon • Time: 1:00 pm
Birth to seven months: This group for expecting and new mommies and open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come meet other new moms and babies. There is usually a topc each week, and also time to get to know each other. 220 East Lexington Avenue, Phoenix, AZ (480) 270-9819 For more info visit http://babymooninn.com/community/
Do you have a favorite breastfeeding support group?
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