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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Postpartum Plan

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

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.

3 BIG Postpartum Secrets Exposed

I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum was.  Now, I know we talk about this in the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea. 

Quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this).  I wonder if you, like me, just think that postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are holding your baby.

Postpartum Kit


Bradley Method(R) classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, Payson
We said best wishes to another class...it's always hard to believe our group has been together for 12 weeks, and that the gatherings are over until reunion time.  

Here is a sneak peek into a part of our last class.  We share a visual of items our couples can consider keeping handy in the first few days after baby arrives:

Bradley Method(R) classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, PaysonWater:  We suggest that coaches bring mom a tall glass of water or a full water bottle every time she settles down to nurse.  One of the best ways for mamas to make milk is to stay hydrated.

Top 10 PostPartum Tips

So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet.  Welcome to motherhood!!

I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".

Update: Placenta Pills

Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding.  More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE.

Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
 
Why, yes. Yes, I did.  When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the deep end.

Inside Look: CredibleCravings

Nutrition information + Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson



I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014.  I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!

While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for.  These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!

Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:

UPCOMING EVENTS: June 2-6, 2014

This is a great week for neat events happening around the Phoenix, AZ area, starting with special play days at the Disney Store. Click on the image below to go to theirwebsite:

 
There is also aSpecial Eventon Wednesday morning at the B&N store in Chandler to celebrate the45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
 
Last but not least, be sure to check outTHISpost to read about the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest happening this Saturday in Orange County.  We are so excited to be flying in for the day to cover this amazing event, and we have one Family Ticket to give away to a lucky SPB reader.

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 3-7, 2014

WISHING YOU A MARVELOUS MONTH OF MARCH :)

Planning ahead:
OSTRICH FESTIVAL
Tumbleweed Park
 • March 7 - 9, 2014 • Time: visit website 
The Ostrich Festival is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts & crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more.
In addition to bringing in nationally known musical groups, the festival also features some of the most popular local and regional talent in the Southwest.

Babymoon: Just Say Yes!

Our Fall class is winding up...and we have already said, "Welcome, earthside!" to the first baby from that class.  Fun times!

I thought today would be a great time to write about an idea that is gaining traction here in the West: The Babymoon.

There are actually two contexts for this term: The first one is taken before the baby arrives.  A couple takes time away from their schedules to connect, intentionally make one more set of "before baby was earthside" memories; and maybe spend time talking about their birth, and their hopes and dreams for their family.
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