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Modern Mommy Boutique

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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 21-25, 2014


Welcome to another amazing week! Where will you be with your Sweet Pea this week? Prenatal yoga, breastfeeding support, birth circles, postpartum support for expectant and new parents...Nat Geo Kids Club in three locations this week, storytimes, bubble play for those of you with Sweet Peas on the outside...and Farmer's Markets for everyone :)

Have a great week!



Planning ahead:
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
6111 S. All America Way Ramada #5 Tempe, Arizona 85283
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 a.

Meet the Doula: Sue


Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona in the last month.  Welcome to the heat, Sue!!  Thank you to our friends atModern Mommyfor helping us make the connection!

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 I had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing center with the assistance of a doula.

How did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?

Top 10 PostPartum Tips

Just in time for us to say, “Until the reunion!” to another class, I have some more postpartum tips to share from the East Valley Birth Circle meeting I attended last Tuesday.  Even though I will probably never be pregnant again (never say never, right?), I still enjoying going to hear what the collective “wise women wisdom” is from the women who come to the meetings.

Along with the tidbits shared below, please be sure to check out our suggestions for your postpartum kitHEREand the 10 things we want you to remember before your Sweet Pea’s Birth-Day

Breast Care 101

We have lots of new mommies in the queue, so I thought I would share some of the great products available for milkin' mammas.  I picked four categories, and with the help of Talisha Heiden, I have product descriptions and some informational videos for you.

Galactagogues
As I mentioned in mynewbie's post, it is important that mom's get help within the first three weeks of their current breastfeeding relationship if they have any doubts or are concerned about their milk supply.
In this video, Talisha shares her knowledge of the products she carries to help new mother's increase their milk supply.

Breastfeeding for Newbies

"What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding That No One Tells You"
 
We had our first introduction to the benefits of breastfeeding in last night's class.  We have the benefit of having two moms who have already breastfed in our class and it was great to have their input as we introduced the new parents to the concept of breastfeeding.
 
Most people know about engorgement or nipple soreness, or that it can take a few days for your milk to come in.  There were comments about the new things our students heard about breastfeeding when we closed class, so I thought I would share the insights people learned in class.

What to Do When Breastfeeding Isn’t Working Out

Breastfeeding 101 Informational Series from Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Breastfeeding 101 Series

Welcome to this month’s post from Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC.  You can find her at Modern Mommy Boutique on Monday mornings at 10:00 am for a FREE Breastfeeding Support Group, and she will also be featured here on the fourth Friday of every month.  Please see the end of the post for Debbie's contact information if you are interested in reaching her for more information, or to find registration information for her Breastfeeding 101 Class offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month (October 8, 2011).

Breastfeeding: Set Yourself Up For Success

New This Month:  Breastfeeding 101 Series
Thank you to Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC, who has agreed to write a monthly post about breastfeeding.  You can find her at Modern Mommy Boutique on Monday Mornings at 10:00 am for a FREE Breastfeeding Support Group, and she will also be featured here on the fourth Friday of every month.  Please see the end of the post for Debbie's contact information if you are interested in reaching her for more information, or registering for her Breastfeeding 101 Class offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Maternity and Nursing Bras

Pregnancy Information Desk: Maternity and Nursing Bras

One of our students asked if she should buy a nursing bra while she was still pregnant.  Here are some thoughts on why it’s something to consider investing in now:

  • You will probably want a clean bra to put on after your baby is born, so buying one that you can nurse in makes sense.
  • You will probably not want to be doing laundry as soon as you get home, so having a clean bra waiting for you at home is a good idea.
  • You may want to get used to it before baby comes – how it feels, how it fits and how it works are a good thing to figure out before the baby arrives.
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