Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is the inspiration behind the first Bump to Breast Fest?
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.
All insurance companies were mandated to provide nursing
mothers with breastfeeding equipment and counseling as per theAffordable Care
is another look at the services provided to pregnant and lactating women from
the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In an effort to meet the demand, breastfeeding equipment companies have ramped
up production. It has come to our attention
that there may be a quality control issue with some of these pumps. Our friends at Modern Mommy report seeing at
least one insurance pump a week since the beginning of the year, mostly the Ameda branded product, for troubleshooting.
I am happy to share information about lactation care as it relates to the Affordable Care Act with you today. Desiree, a friend of mine from Phoenix, has been kind enough to share her vast knowledge on the topic. She has spent countless hours on the phone with the insurance companies learning how to best use the law in favor of nursing mothers. This is the first in a three-part series on how you, as a lactating mama, can use the Affordable Care Act to your advantage.
What a relief, to know that you might be able
to use insurance to cover Lactation Consults in the early days after you
deliver your baby.
Celebrating Each Mother's Journey: Not every
breastfeeding relationship looks the same.
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.
I 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.