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Breastfeeding support

Inside Look: Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™

 Puma and I got to see the Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™ vendor table when we visited a Club MomMe event in California last year.  At the time, we didn’t get to connect with the rep since the table was unattended the couple of times we stopped by.  We get this, though!! I have been a solo rep at events before and I know how hard it is to be at your booth 100% of the time.
 
Imagine my delight when we got to meet the founder of Amorini at our localArizona La Leche League conference

Q&A with SPB: Is there anything I can do to make more milk?


Today's question on Q&A with SPB: 

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We are joined by Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer that question:


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Recap:
You are not alone! This is a common question/worry that many moms have during pregnancy and postpartum.

La Leche League of Arizona Area Conference 2016

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La Leche League of Arizona hosted the "Taking Care of Mom, Making More Milk for Baby" conference for Parents and Professionals last weekend, August 26-28, 2016.  The highlight of the weekend was keynote presenter, Diana West, IBCLC, who is also a La Leche League leader currently living in New Jersey.  
Diana is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International, and an accomplished author.

Divine breastfeeding

Seeing lots of divinity and learning how to better support breastfeeding mothers at the La Leche League conference this weekend. 

Lots of great speakers coming up throughout the day today and tomorrow.  You can still purchase a one-day pass at
www.lllofaz.org/area-conference.com








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?

Breastfeeding Your Newborn


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Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.

All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.

The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.

Does breastfeeding have to be hard?

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I have to wonder how we survived as a species without hospitals and IBCLCs for so long.  I think it goes back to the possibility that birth and breastfeeding are behaviors that are learned best by watching and participating.

When we see and honor undisturbed birth, when we accept or acknowledge that the pain of childbirth is meant to inform and transform us, and it is not something that has to be inherently feared, we can start to take back birth.

Q&A with SPB: How does thyroid function affect breastfeeding?


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Today's question is answered by Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC* at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center:


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Synopsis:
Breastfeeding is an "energetically expensive" activity for the human body.  In order for breastfeeding to work well, a mother's thyroid has to be working well to adjust for the mother's energy needs.

In Their Own Words: Katie ~ 2016 Update

"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@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

 
ClickHEREto read Katie’s submission for our ITOW series in 2012, written when her older nursling was 19 weeks old.
 
If you've read my earlier breastfeeding stories, you know how much I've dreamed of tandem breastfeeding. My dream came true July 2015.

Breastfeeding benefits the whole family

What a perfect picture for today...because on Monday, I get to share Katie's story in our next installment of "In Their Own Words".

One of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding is that the mother creates oxytocin, the hormone of social relationships. Not only does it create calm for the mother and the nursling; it actually has the potential to create calm in the entire space they occupy.

For more reading on oxytocin, click HERE for an article from Scientific American.


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