Breastfeeding rates are definitely affected when a mother has a cesarean birth. These are the factors I can think of off of the top of my head: initial separation after birth, introduction of formula or pacifiers if mom has a long recovery, milk production may be delayed if there were complications during surgery, pain at the incision site makes it difficult to get comfortable...thelist can go on
Even if a couple has done all the right things to prepare, there are babies who are born via cesarean for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
I am so excited to announce a monitrice service for couples that want
to have a natural birth outcome in a hospital setting. Jennifer Hoeprich, LM, is now extending her
skill set to families who want to stay home as long as possible before heading
to a hospital for their birth.
What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is a professional, medically trained, labor support person, who
provides clinical monitoring within the home environment, including cervical
dilation exams, auscultation of fetal heart tones, and monitoring of general
well-being of mother and baby, during labor.
, The Bradley Method®
, Breastfeeding support
, Postpartum Plan
, Variations and Complications
, Going to your birthplace
, Hospital Birth
, Newborn Care
, Obstetrical Care
, Flower Essences
, Meet the Doula
, Labor Support
We got to start our Spring Bradley™ series last Friday – yeah! It’s always a pleasure to meet a new group of
families that want to prepare for their baby’s Birth-Day.
As part of the classes, we encourage all of our students to attend at least two
before the end of the series.
Here are some of the questions that came from this assignment, and I
thought I would share them today in case any of our other students or readers
are wondering why La Leche League meetings are beneficial.
At the La Leche League Meeting I attended on Tuesday, the leader had a great
idea to get conversation going about "Getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good
Start". She pulled some answers from a
question posted on the LLL facebook page and printed them on index cards. She asked those of us with previous
breastfeeding experience to also chime in with our own experiences since she
ran out of cards (lots of people in attendance – yeah!).
I thought a recap of the meeting would be a perfect topic for today’s post as
our mamas from our Fall 2012 class are still learning about breastfeeding, and
we have a whole new group of mamas from our Winter 2012/2013 class getting
ready to start their breastfeeding journey for the first time.
We had the pleasure of hosting an impromptu mama group
yesterday! It is always such an honor to
visit with alumni mamas and babies – we love hearing from all of our past
These mamas are attending the Breastfeeding Support Group hosted at Modern
Mommy Boutique on Tuesday mornings. We
heard a couple of birth stories, talked about cloth diapering (all four of them
are using cloth!), and I learned what about the “bikini twist
”! Even this mama learned something new.
One of the questions that came up is, “How do I get comfortable nursing in
Our little group in front of Hollister in Chandler, AZ
The phrase is a play on the
“sit-ins” of the 1960s that happened on the college campuses in the United
States. When tied to the word nursing,
there are different pictures that come to mind:
(You fill in the blank)
As I learned through an experience last year, a nurse-in is the last resort on
the rung of interventions with a business owner or a corporation that has
mistreated or embarrassed a woman who is nursing within her rights at a place
of public accommodation.
As part of The Bradley Method® coursework, we discuss the advantages of breastfeeding and try to dispel some of the breastfeeding myths so that a family that has made the choice to breastfeed can be confident in their choice. We also encourage all of our couples to attend at least two La Leche League meetings.
We had our first introduction to the advantages of breastfeeding in last week’s Bradley Method® class (HERE
is a great list of 101 Reasons to Breastfeed). After going through a few of the advantages for a baby and the mother, one of the dads brought up a great question:
So I have officially weathered my first nursing strike. I would hear about them at La Leche League,
or see a thread posted on a message board. I would read them with a question mark over my
head and nothing to say since nursing has been a dream since we started having
the babies under chiropractic care from infancy.
I found out what a nursing strike is in a big way last
week. With our fourth child, the one who seems to be filling in any remaining gaps I had in regards to labor, and now breastfeeding.
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.