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La Leche League of Arizona Area Conference 2016

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La Leche League of Arizona hosted the "Taking Care of Mom, Making More Milk for Baby" conference for Parents and Professionals last weekend, August 26-28, 2016.  The highlight of the weekend was keynote presenter, Diana West, IBCLC, who is also a La Leche League leader currently living in New Jersey.  
Diana is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International, and an accomplished author.

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.

In Their Own Words: Amy

"In Their Own Words" is one of my favorite series on the blog.  It lets families share their stories, and help others along the way.  Thank you, Amy, for taking the time to write out your breastfeeding story.  We are honored to be able to share it with other mothers who are facing challenges along their breastfeeding journey.

I always wanted to be able to nurse, to provide for my babies in that way, and to experience the bond. For whatever reason, I always felt confident that I would be able to, as well.

Q&A with SPB: Mother's Milk Bank of CO Donation and Outreach Center in Phoenix, AZ

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I am happy to kick-off our 2016 Breastfeeding Edition of Q&A with SPB with a very special announcement fromThe Milk Spot, a local lactation support resource, located in Phoenix, Arizona:

Central Arizona now has a milk donation and outreach center, where mothers who are interested in donating excess pumped milk can be connected to a resource that provide precious liquid love to sweet peas that are most at risk. Now mothers in central Arizona can help families with babies that are receiving hospital NICU care.

Q&A with SPB: Laying down a sleeping baby

One more breastfeeding question on this week’s Q&A with SPB:
My baby falls asleep nursing at the breast.  How do I get them to stay asleep so I can lay them down?

Our answer features Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.  Thank you to her for taking the time to answer our viewer question today!!  The contact information is listed at the end of the post if you need her help with other breastfeeding questions:

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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...

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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.

In Their Own Words: Katie (Update for Baby #4)

When my story was first published three years ago (read it HERE), Angela was 19 weeks old and eating like a horse.  Up to that point, I'd struggled with oversupply and finding my block feeding balance for a couple of weeks and even battled postpartum depression for a spell as my hormones worked themselves out.  She has food sensitivities, too, so I'd had to do the restriction dance again.  I haven't been a vegetarian since the day Mikey was born, so the diet was more forgiving.

In Their Own Words: Dajanay

Dajanay Robinson ("DR") is a Winter 2012-2013 SPB alumni.  She and her husband took our Bradley Method® classes when they were expecting their first child.  She agreed to answer my questions about her breastfeeding experience from the perspective of a woman in the black community.

Although I have mentioned this in other social media, I want to re-iterate that Black Breastfeeding Week is an inclusive event.  While these questions are geared with an emphasis to inspire and promote breastfeeding in the black community, the campaign is designed for all women to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.

In Their Own Words: Kate

This is part of an "In Their Own Words" series in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013.  Here at Sweet Pea Births we celebrate and honor all breastfeeding relationships, and want to share these stories with you to empower and inspire you.  No matter how the journey starts, with help, support, and persistence, most mothers can achieve the breastfeeding relationship they want with their nurslings.  If you would like to submit your story, please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.
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