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In Their Own Words: Chris Ortiz

Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Sweet Pea Births supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31
Thank you all for joining us for another amazing year of breastfeeding advocacy.  Whether you joined us for the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival in July, or have read our posts throughout Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, it is always an honor to walk this journey with you.  (Links to all posts at the end of this interview.)

We close this month's advocacy with a very fitting voice.  We teach [partner]-coached childbirth classes.  Today's guest is Chris Ortiz, a Bradley™ Coach and Dad from our Fall 2013 class.

In Their Own Words: Dajanay

Dajanay Robinson ("DR") is a Winter 2012-2013 SPB alumni.  She and her husband took our Bradley Method® classes when they were expecting their first child.  She agreed to answer my questions about her breastfeeding experience from the perspective of a woman in the black community.

Although I have mentioned this in other social media, I want to re-iterate that Black Breastfeeding Week is an inclusive event.  While these questions are geared with an emphasis to inspire and promote breastfeeding in the black community, the campaign is designed for all women to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.

3 Ideas to Improve Black Breastfeeding Outcomes

Sweet Pea Births Supports Black Breastfeeding Week August 25-31As we generate awareness for breastfeeding in the black community with  Black Breastfeeding Week, there is another topic that comes to mind as part of that dialogue.

I am an avid reader, and since 2010 I have been a childbirth educator.  There is one set of statistics I keep reading over and over again, and it's not improving.  The most recent update: In 2013, the United States was ranked 30th in the world for infant mortality.  It is reprehensible that in one of the leading industrialized countries in the world, third-world countries consistently outrank us at keeping babies alive.

Breastfeeding Comfort Kit

As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.

One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve.  We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".  

While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others.

Inside Look: CoverMyHeart

Here is another Inside Look just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. The creator of the CoverMyHeart nursing covers, was kind enough to do a virtual interview with us. 

 
Sweet Pea Births meets April Marcial, creator and founder of CoverMyHeart nursing covers







I met April Marcial (“AM”) at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest in June.  We had a chance to visit between interested mamas stopping at her booth.  Her journey as a mother and entrepreneur is incredible – a link to her story is at the bottom of this blog post.  It is an honor to cross paths in life with people who are really making a difference in the world – she is one of them.

Inside Look: Poncho Baby

We have a couple of features from the ClubMomMe Spring Fest(still – there were so many amazing vendors and we still have more to share!)that we have been saving for World Breastfeeding Week.  The two companies we are featuring this week were both founded from a desire to support the breastfeeding MotherBaby.

 
Today’sInside Lookis with Poncho Baby™.  I fell in love with the colors first – muted natural tones are always a win for me.  In addition, the line is organic, made in the USA, and multi-functional: one piece in your diaper bag can serve as a nursing cover, blanket, stroller cover and a car seat canopy.

Breastfeeding: A Family Affair

We are 100 months into our breastfeeding journey – as a family. I say family because Coach Bruss has been an integral part of my success at breastfeeding.  He was there encouraging me and thanking me for my commitment to breastfeed in the first weeks when it hurt so much that I cried every time Puma nursed.  He supported my choice to try and breastfeed through a pregnancy – the first time it didn’t work out; the second time it did.  He was 100% behind my choice to tandem nurse a toddler and a newborn, and then two toddlers when weaning didn’t happen as we expected.

Extended Breastfeeding: Nursing your baby past the first birthday

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go towww.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about the long-term benefits of breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!
Today's prompt:
What’s your favorite long-term breastfeeding benefit?

Keep Calm and Feed Your Baby

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go towww.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about breastfeeding in public. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!

Today’s prompt:Breastfeeding in public. We all know that life goes on while breastfeeding and leaving the house means breastfeeding in public.

Breastfeeding Cafe: Helping Others

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go towww.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how you have helped another mom reach her breastfeeding goals. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!
























Today's prompt: How have you helped another mom to reach her breastfeeding goals?
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