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

Breast Pumps and Workplace

In Their Own Words: Courtney

"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{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com to get started.

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Today we are featuring a Q&A we did with one of our pumping and working-out-of-the-home mothers. She shares her insight gained from pumping for both of her sweet peas, for a combined total of 34 months...and counting.

What was your vision of what pumping at work was going to entail?

Tuesday Tip: Engorgement



Puma and I had the pleasure of attending the Club MomMe Family Fest in LA on Sunday.  What an amazing day connecting with people who serve families in the childbearing year! It was a full day, and we are sorry we didn't get to meet everyone on our list.

One of the people I did get to visit with was Dymphna Gruijters, IBCLC and exhibitor forLansinoh. Every time I see her, I learn something new!  

This time,  she shared a simple tip that can help moms decide when/how to use their Thera-Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy treatment packs.

The Right to Breastfeed

Britta is wearing a nightgown byBelabumbum; bra byLa Mystère

As more and more women gain knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, more women are understanding that when the baby wants/needs to eat, the baby needs to be fed, no matter where the MotherBaby happens to be at the time.  The Pope has famously implored mothers to feed their babies (linkHERE)...it's time for the rest of the world to catch up.

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.

A Closer Look at "Break Time for Nursing Mothers"

Francis, one of our SPB working-out-of-the-home mamas, pictured here with her breastfed children <3
Reconnecting skin-to-skin after a workday 
is one of the great joys of breastfeeding

A discussion question on our student group led me to do some more digging.  Hence today’s blog post on who exactly is covered under the amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to pump at work with mandatory break time.

Breastfeeding + Work: Making it work!

Laura is wearing aBelabumbumpajama set, and a teething necklace byChewbeads
Diaper bag byJuJuBe

The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Awareness Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s make it work!”

While it certainly can be more convenient to formula feed while at work, that is not the choice that all families want to make.  (Side note: As long as the baby is put to the breast during contact hours, and barring other complications, the body will make the supply according to demand.

Upcoming Events: Bump to Breast Fest


We are so pleased to congratulate the Arizona Breastfeeding Center on their one-year anniversary!! We are so grateful to have them as a resource for birthing families in the Phoenix area.

As they celebrate their first year in operation, they are hosting a fun family event tomorrow.  Read more about The Bump to Breast Fest in our virtual interview with the two founders of the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, Desiree Allison, IBCLC and Jennie Bever, IBCLC.

What is the inspiration behind the first Bump to Breast Fest?

In Their Own Words: Jennifer

This is part of an "In Their Own Words" series in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013.  Here at Sweet Pea Births we celebrate and honor all breastfeeding relationships, and want to share these stories with you to empower and inspire you.  No matter how the journey starts, with help, support, and persistence, most mothers can achieve the breastfeeding relationship they want with their nurslings.  If you would like to submit your story, please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.

Tidbits from Peas & Pods

We had the great pleasure of hosting some of our alumni mamas and their babies at our home for a "Peas & Pods" playdate today.  Although we have invited current students to join us since we started these gatherings last spring, we had our first student mama come to our group today.
 
She asked a great question and I wanted to share the answer with you.  It piggybacks on a recent post aboutThe Baby Stuff, and I was quite surprised by the answer the mamas gave her since I had not really thought about it before.

Breastfeeding and The Law

A look at breastfeeding laws in public and in the workplaceI got an alarming text from a student last week.  I won’t share the details since I haven’t asked permission.  What I can tell you is that it reminded me how little the general public and employers know about our breastfeeding and pumping “rights” as outlined in state and federal law. 
 
Since my passion for breastfeeding is second only to my passion for natural birth, I forget that I live in a vacuum of other BF fanatics.  Just because we know and discuss the laws amongst ourselves does not mean that we are doing a good job at educating the public.
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