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.
For Part I of Erica and Scarlett's breastfeeding journey, clickHERE
PART II: Making Breastfeeding Work at Work, and Beyond
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.
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
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.
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.
Amy & Ollie 2016
I never thought I'd be breastfeeding my toddler. I certainly
never thought I would be doing so while pregnant! Here I am, 30 weeks pregnant,
writing this while my toddler who just nursed down for a nap, is sleeping.
When Ollie was a baby he nursed on demand; now he nurses before nap time, if
we're together, and at bedtime, if mommy is home. Ollie's first Birthday came
and went, and we were still nursing. When I got pregnant, Ollie was about
18-months, we contemplated weaning.
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
Imagine my delight when we got to meet the founder of
Amorini at our localArizona La Leche League conference
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
Today's question on Q&A with SPB:
We are joined by Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer that question:
You are not alone! This is a common question/worry that many moms have during pregnancy and postpartum.
Seeing lots of divinity and learning how to better support breastfeeding mothers at the La Leche League conference this weekend.
Lots of great speakers coming up throughout the day today and tomorrow. You can still purchase a one-day pass at