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In Their Own Words: Erica ~ Part 2

For Part I of Erica and Scarlett's breastfeeding journey, clickHERE

PART II: Making Breastfeeding Work at Work, and Beyond

I went back to work when Scarlett was 4 months old. I was a teacher, and needed to pump twice a day, every day. That meant during my prep period, I pumped, and during lunch, I pumped. It was hard, but I wasn’t about to be gone from my baby AND take away her food. She started reverse cycling to where she would barely eat at daycare, and wanted to nurse as soon as I came home, and all night long, to make up for lost time.

In Their Own Words: Erica ~ Part 1

PART 1: My Breastfeeding Journey: The Greatest Gift of My Birth Experience

I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter, Scarlett, for a little over a year now, and it continues to be a very important part of our lives. I know many women in the United States choose to discontinue breastfeeding at a year, or sooner, for a variety of reasons. I have no judgment towards them. I can say I know that I won’t be one of them. I’m not sure how long we will continue to nurse, but I don’t see us stopping any time soon.

In Their Own Words: Katie

If you haven't read my previous posts, you're missing stories of my struggles with breastfeeding, but that's okay. For purposes of this update, you only really need what I wrote last year about tandem breastfeeding. You can find thatHERE (2016) and one of my newborn stories is HERE (2012).

Nothing much has changed in the last year. My nurslings are now 2 years old and 5.5 years old. The 2-year-old no longer trolls his big sister. Instead he beats on her if he's feeling feisty.

Monday Mantra: Wonder Woman SuperPower

Today's #MondayMantra is a fun affirmation that there is something quite wonderful and unique about making milk for your Sweet Pea.  

If you have chosen to breastfeed and you are making milk...own it!! You are a true Wonder Woman.

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

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I love this quote...articles pop up on a regular basis that another published study shows that breastmilk and breastfeed benefit the mother, the baby, the family, the environment, the employer, the health care system...

Here are links if you would like to read more

Breastmilk:
Feeding the Microbiome http://goo.gl/aPCiQj

Immunization value:
How breastmilk protects newborns http://goo.gl/M35Ay8

Family planning:
LAM- Lactational Amenorrhea Method http://goo.gl/t9BZSJ

Reduce cancer:

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

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.
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