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Breastfeeding 101

How to Reduce Breastfeeding Inequality

I'd like to introduce our readers to Neve Spicer, writer and founder of We The Parents. She is sharing some very important information about breastfeeding disparity. I thought it especially important to share this information during Black Breastfeeding Week, in the hopes that a change-maker sees today's post and can help take action on the steps that Neve outlined inTHISpost.  You can scroll to the end of today's post to see those steps, although I encourage you to click on the link and read the whole article.

Feeding Sweet Peas Home-Grown Goodness

Thank you to Jenny Silverstone, fromMama Loves Best, for writing our guest post in support of breastfeeding, one of our favorite topics here at SPB.

Feeding our Babies Home-Grown Goodness

Motherhood isn’t always easy. You often have to make choices that aren’t always simple or popular. You sometimes have to dig deep to get the information you need to make the crucial decisions that will affect your baby for the rest of his or her life.

Every choice you make for your baby counts, whether it’s the birthing method, the products you use, or the food choices you make for your child.

Q&A with SPB: How does finger-feeding work?

Today's Q&A with SPB might be helpful to families who are anxious to avoid "nipple confusion", something that makes it harder for babies to breastfeed when they have had an early introduction to bottle feeding.

Instead of supplemental feeding of breastmilk or formula with a bottle, this technique is one of the feeding strategies that a family might want to try in order to feed baby and keep things happy at the breast.

Here is our Q&A with SPB question of the week, answered by our friend Michelle Hottya the IBCLC over at The Milk Spot.

Inside Look: The Milk Spot

This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!
Who are The Milk Spot care providers?

Q&A with SPB: Will breastfeeding hurt?

Q&A with SPB: VLOG series brought to you by Sweet Pea Births, Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Q&A with SPB:  
Will breastfeeding hurt? What does a good latch look like?
Although biologically instinctive, sometimes we haven’t seen other women breastfeed. Learning how to breastfeed has a visual as well as physical learning curve.

Big thank you to Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center for taking the time to sit down with us!Here is her answer to today's question:  

What to look for in your Sweet Pea:
Wide open gape – mouth is open greater than a 90 degree angle

Q&A with SPB: Will I ever sleep again?

Today's question is from new parents who feel like they are feeding their Sweet Pea all the time, and are wondering if they are ever going to get some much-needed sleep...

Q&A with SPB is an online video series offered by Krystyna & Bruss Bowman - Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Since we enjoyed having them join us during Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we invited our friends at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to join us again this month.  Joining us today is lactation pro Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC:

Here is a summary of Desiree's answer:
It's all about stomach size.  As the itty bitty stomach stretches, so will the amount of time between feedings.

Q&A with SPB:Milk Production & Baby Getting Enough

Since it's National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to be able to feature our friends from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer today's Q&A.  Huge thank you to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC for taking the time to sit down with us!
How do I know if I have enough milk production? How can I tell if my baby is getting enough?
Putting the baby to the breast 8-12 times in a 24 hour period, gets milk production off to a good start.
There are no ounce markers on our breasts!

Q&A with SPB: Trying to breastfeed when it didn't work with the first baby

A common question I hear at La Leche League meetings, and one that I sometimes hear when a student is taking our class with 2+ pregnancy is:

Today, our friends at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center are going to answer.  Joining us are Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC and Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC:
Here is a summary of their information:

Some posible reasons why breastfeeding might have been hard last time:
There was an early separation after the birth.This time, keep your baby with you, and have as much skin-to-skin as possible.

Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding + The Fertility Cycle

Q&A with SPB with special guest, Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center in Tempe, Arizona

We are so honored to be able to bring you a special edition of Q&A with SPB this month.  My friends, the very knowledgable and talented IBCLC's at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center are going to help us out and do all the "A" part of this month's VLOGs.  Yeah!!

These gals are the gold-standard in lactation care.  You can get help from a Lactation Counselor (LC), a Certified Lacatation Counselor (CLC), or an  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Why Breastfeed?

Shara is wearing a Nixilu nursing blouse

Why do we designate a whole week as "World Breastfeeding Week?  Why does the USA dedicate a whole month towards raising awareness about breastfeeding?

Quite simply, because it is the best choice for mothers and babies.  There is literally no end in sight to the discovery of the number of benefits for mothers and babies during the time they are nursing, and there are also benefits that extend beyond the end of the breastfeeding relationship.
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