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Q&A with SPB: Will I ever sleep again?
Falling In Love with Breastfeeding
The Right to Breastfeed
In Their Own Words: Katie (Update for Baby #4)
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Breastfeeding support

Q&A with SPB: Will I ever sleep again?

Today's question is from new parents who feel like they are feeding their Sweet Pea all the time, and are wondering if they are ever going to get some much-needed sleep...

Q&A with SPB is an online video series offered by Krystyna & Bruss Bowman - Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Since it's the last day of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we invited our friends at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to give us an answer from a lactation pro.  Joining us today is Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC:

Here is a summary of Desiree's answer:
It's all about stomach size.  As the itty bitty stomach stretches, so will the amount of time between feedings.

Falling In Love with Breastfeeding

Laura is wearing anElle MacPhersonnursing bra, robe byKickee Pants, nursing/teething necklace byChewbeads
Styling byModern Mommy Boutique
Photo byErin Rudd Photography

What a perfect quote to round out Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  I hope anyone who read through our posts this month got the message that breastfeeding is important, valuable, and worth it, even if your baby is only getting an ounce of milk from you every day.  I will list my favorite breastfeeding resources at the end today's post for anyone who is wanting to breastfeed and needs a little support right now.

In Their Own Words: Katie (Update for Baby #4)

When my story was first published three years ago (read it HERE), Angela was 19 weeks old and eating like a horse.  Up to that point, I'd struggled with oversupply and finding my block feeding balance for a couple of weeks and even battled postpartum depression for a spell as my hormones worked themselves out.  She has food sensitivities, too, so I'd had to do the restriction dance again.  I haven't been a vegetarian since the day Mikey was born, so the diet was more forgiving.

Breastfeeding: Fresh, local, sustainable

One of my favorite quotes from the Marin County Breastfeeding Coalition:

Breastfeeding: best for Sweet Pea, Mama Pod, and the environment!

Breastfeeding Lifestyle

Breastfeeding Awareness Month on Sweet Pea Births, the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonBritta is wearing aBelabumbumrobe, bra byLa Mystere, and preggings byMolly Ades.  
Her Sweet Pea is wearing aGenYdiaper cover.  Diaper bag fromPetunia Picklebottom.

What does this quote mean to you??

For me, the choice to breastfeed has definitely influenced my parenting style.  Breastfeeding, by design, makes you aware of your baby - almost every single picture we have shared this month of a mother nursing her child has the gaze turned down - looking, watching, observing the details of her Sweet Pea.

Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support Groups and Classes

The Arizona Breastfeeding Center is a great resource for area families who are interested in making breastfeeding work.

What does the AZ Breastfeeding Center offer?

They offer a free breastfeeding support group that meets once a month.  In addition, there are two classes offered every month, plus a postpartum support group that meets every Wednesday. 

Aside from the groups and classes, IBCLCs are available for private consultations, a therapist is on staff to help mothers who need extra support adjusting throughout the postpartum period, and a chiropractor works in the office every Friday to adjust babies who need a little physical support to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

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.

Breastfeeding: Tandem Nursing

Francis is wearing a nursing bra byYouLingerie; robe byBelabumbum
Styling byModern Mommy Boutique
Photo byErin Rudd Photography

My foray into tandem nursing turned into an adventure with extended breastfeeding.  It doesn't go that way for everyone...if you are interested in reading about our journey, see the links below the post.

What do you do if you are interested in tandem nursing, or at least, trying to nurse into your next pregnancy? One of my favorite on-line resources is KellyMom.com.

Q&A with SPB:Milk Production & Baby Getting Enough

Since it's National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to be able to feature our friends from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer today's Q&A.  Huge thank you to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC for taking the time to sit down with us!
How do I know if I have enough milk production? How can I tell if my baby is getting enough?
Putting the baby to the breast 8-12 times in a 24 hour period, gets milk production off to a good start.
There are no ounce markers on our breasts!

Breastfeeding is a Gift

Alli is wearing a nursing bra byCake Lingerie; robe byKickee Pants

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.
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