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Artifical Rupture of Membranes
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Breast Pumps
Breast Pumps and Workplace
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Cassandra Okamoto
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Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
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Hearing Screen
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Hyperthermia and Pregnancy
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In Their Own Words
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Modern Mommy Boutique
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Patient Bill of Rights
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Swelling in Pregnancy
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Vaginal Birth After Multiple Cesareans
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Breast Pumps

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.

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.

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.

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 + 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?

Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

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.

Birth News: Insurance Companies and Breast Pumps

All insurance companies were mandated to provide nursing mothers with breastfeeding equipment and counseling as per theAffordable Care Act.  

HEREis 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.

Insurance May Cover Lactation Consults

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.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Welcome to the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival cohosted byNursingFreedom.organdThe San Diego Breastfeeding Center!

This post was written for inclusion in the WBW 2013 Blog Carnival. Our participants will be writing and sharing their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding all week long. Find more participating sites in the list at the bottom of this post or at themain carnival page.


Celebrating Each Mother's Journey: Not every breastfeeding relationship looks the same.

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.
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