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Breastfeeding is Charming

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
It's always a great reminder that breasts have a biological function: they are mammary glands designed to make milk for the babies a woman will bear.  

Some make the mistake of thinking females are biologically complete when they start their menses. In fact, a woman is biologically "fully mature" when she starts to lactate.

So yes, breastfeeding is utilitarian.  It is also really sexy to use your body to it's fullest expression.  Feed your baby with pride: your breasts are gorgeous with or without a baby latched on to them.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY!!!!
Chandler-Gilbert La Leche League
Live, Latch, Love
August 13, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Click HERE for more info
 
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

In Their Own Words: Sara + Breastfeeding a baby with food allergies

Posted on August 12, 2016 at 9:42 AM Comments comments (1)
"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 [email protected] to get started.

In Their Own Words: Breastfeeding Series brought to you by Sweet Pea Births, offering Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson^^Here^^ are the before and after pictures of Sara's second child, who has some food allergies. Read on to find out what made the difference for their family.

When you don’t have a baby with food allergies, it’s easy to take their health for granted.  Smooth, clear baby skin and perfect breastfed baby stools are the norm.  My first baby was just like that.  

I assumed my second would be as well, but just a few weeks into her life I began to notice that something was amiss.  Her face, trunk, elbows, and knees were covered in eczema.  I avoided taking pictures of her because it made me sad to see.  When she would have a bowel movement, it was almost always green and filled with mucous.  

At first, I thought that perhaps I had lactose overload.  I began to block feed diligently, but it didn’t help at all.  On the advice of my naturopath, I started down the path of a Total Elimination Diet (TED).  I followed the diet outlined by Dr. Sears for breastfeeding mothers, but there are many variations.  

When I first started the diet, I looked for loopholes wherever possible.  I hated being so restricted.  As a result of “cheating” on the diet, my baby’s skin and gut were not healing the way they should.  After a couple months, I decided I needed to re-commit to the diet, and I started over.  

The results were amazing within just a few short days.  Her skin was clear for the first time in months, and I finally started seeing yellow, seedy stools.  It validated me that I was making the right choice for my baby’s health.  I have been able to slowly add new foods to my diet over these past months, and my diet is becoming more varied as time goes on.  

My baby is 8 months old now, and is thriving!  She is mostly exclusively breast-fed, but is slowly exploring food for herself through baby-led weaning. 
 
People have asked me, “Why not just use formula?”  It’s a valid question.  It’s not fun being on this diet. The thought of using formula has certainly crossed my mind more than once.  

However, my reasoning is multi-faceted:  1) I am going to have to figure out my baby’s food allergies at one point or another, 2) I’m super cheap and didn’t want to pay for hypoallergenic formula and bottles, and 3) It is very possible that even with hypoallergenic formula, she could develop an allergy to an ingredient.  

I made the choice to continue breastfeeding as long as it was feasible. Even with all of my little one’s health issues, I wouldn’t change a thing!  

To new moms who are dealing with this:  get connected with other allergy moms.  The best advice I have received has been from moms who have walked this path before me.  It makes such a big difference when you have people in your mama tribe who are able to support you because they have been there!  Nurse on, mamas.  

Did/does your sweet pea have food allergies? How did you manage to breastfeed?

UPCOMING EVENTS

Chandler-Gilbert La Leche League
Live, Latch, Love
August 13, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Click HERE for more info
 
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Wisdom Wednesday: To your health

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

I recently shared an image of full-term breastfeeding on our Instagram, and someone asked me if it was "necessary" to nurse like that in public.

My answer: It is always "necessary" to show up for your child as their mother.  Whether that comfort is a kind smile, a loving embrace, or pressed to the breast, responding to your child is not just about feeding, it's about building the trust that you will always be there for them.

As the initial social bond that a child forms, the love shared between a mother and child is critical to the child's social development.  However you respond to and nurture your child, even if it's not breastfeeding for your family, offer them the response that reaffirms that they are important. To me, that is nature's best health plan.  

Since I am a believer in the long-term benefits of breastfeeding, extending breastfeeding past the first birthday worked for us.  Building a healthy body is one thing...building a strong self-esteem is also part of mothering. For those of us that choose extended breastfeeding, saying yes when our child needs to nurse is part of responding to their needs and affirming their esteem. It is necessary, and very much a part of showing up as Mother.

Now for the actual physiological benefits of breastfeeding, I refer to some of my favorite summary images HERE and HERE, found on the Alpha Parent blog :)

What are some of the health benefits you have seen come from the choice to breastfeed for your family?

Upcoming Breastfeeding Month Events:
Chandler-Gilbert La Leche League
Live, Latch, Love
August 13, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Click HERE for more info
 
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore



Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

 

Q&A with SPB: Is there hope to breastfeed baby number two if it was hard with our first?

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 5:42 AM Comments comments (0)
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

I had the pleasure of attending the Arizona Department of Health's LATCH-AZ event last Friday. The seminar was presented by Dr. Katie HindeAssociate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Human Evolution & Social Change; Center for Evolution & Medicine.  Her perspective on the biological and evolutionary development of lactation was fascinating!! Be sure to follow her blog, Mammals Suck...Milk!, to read her layperson's version of her published work, as well as insight into her work in progress.

One of the gems that she shared from research (not yet published - and coming soon!!) confirmed the anecdotal evidence collected across years of teaching students who choose to breastfeed.  The first breastfeeding experience is not necessarily a predictor or indicative of what a mother may experience with subsequent pregnancies/babies.  Even if a mom had trouble with her milk supply the first time around, there may be hope if she wants to try to breastfeed the next Sweet Pea.

It was encouraging to know that "the coming-soon evidence" shows there is quite possibly a chance for mothers who want to grow their families to have a different breastfeeding journey; even if the first breastfeeding experience didn't work out as expected.  (I will update this post with a link to the published research as soon as it is available).  To that end, I want to share a VLOG we did last year with our friends Desiree Allison, IBCLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center and Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, who is now at The Milk Spot.

In this VLOG, they share ideas for mothers who do want to give breastfeeding another go as they grow their family:



















You can read the full text with "how-to" tips from the original post HERE. We will be back next week with a new VLOG and special installment of Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding Edition; the Q&A portion will be answered by one of our amazing local IBCLCs.

Do you have a question for our local IBCLCs? 
Leave it in the comments and we will get it answered as best we can this month!

Breastfeeding Awareness Month events happening this August:

Chandler-Gilbert La Leche League
Live, Latch, Love
August 13, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Click HERE for more info
 
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 


In Their Own Words: Sara

Posted on August 8, 2016 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (1)
I am so happy to share this story from a mother who has chosen tandem breastfeeding for her family.  It is still not always accepted by family or friends when we breastfeed children past the first birthday here in the U.S., let alone if we choose to breastfeed past the child's second or third birthday.  

In today's installment of IN THEIR OWN WORDS, Sara shares where her expectations were before birthing her firstborn, and how that evolved as she continued down the path of their breastfeeding journey. 

In Their Own Words: Breastfeeding Series from the Sweet Pea Births Blog SPB offers Birthing From Within and Bradley Method classes in Chandler Arizona convenient to Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Payson. Phoenix

“Moms who nurse past age one are just doing it for themselves.”  

“Once they can ask for it…” 

I remember saying both of those refrains before I became a nursing mom.  When I began breastfeeding my oldest daughter 3.5 years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would continue to nurse for over three years.  I never planned on being one of “those” moms.  I would breastfeed for a year, and that was that.  

Once I became a mom, my new favorite hobby was researching all things related to parenthood.  I learned about cloth diapers, extended rear facing, babywearing, attachment parenting, and of course full-term breastfeeding.  I learned that the WHO recommends breastfeeding for two years, and then as long as the mother and baby desire after that.  I learned that worldwide, nursing beyond age two is the norm rather than the exception.  

Before I knew it, my nursling and I hit the two-year mark.  Shortly after, I learned I was pregnant.  Nursing early in pregnancy was difficult, but I was determined to let my daughter self-wean.  And she did… at least temporarily.  At about 27 weeks along, she weaned herself and stopped asking for a while.  However, after a month or so, she started showing interest again.  She would ask to “check” if there was any milk, and I would let her.  She wasn’t getting anything, but continued to do milk checks once a week or so for the rest of pregnancy.  

We talked about what would happen when her baby sister was born, and she understood that her sister would always need to eat first.  The baby came, and once the initial nipple soreness subsided, my 2-year old happily nursed.  A happy result was that my 2-year old was able to help me with a clogged duct that was teetering on the brink of mastitis when I was 9 days postpartum.  

And so, I officially became a tandem breastfeeding mom.  If you had asked me four years ago if I would ever nurse two differently aged babies at the same time, my answer would have unequivocally been NO.  Yet here I was.  

We tandem nursed for four months when I started feeling like it was time to wean my older daughter.  I wanted to make it a positive experience for her.  So, we chose a date on the calendar, and marked it as our last day for “yummies” (her nickname for breastmilk).  We made plans for a celebratory mommy-daughter date.  The date came, and we had our final nursing session right before bed.  The following day, we had our date.  I was so thankful that it was an easy weaning experience!  She was officially weaned at 3 years, 2 months.  

My advice to moms: be flexible.  Follow your instincts, be willing to learn and adapt.  You know your baby best, and don’t let anyone make you feel less than for doing what you feel is best for your breastfeeding relationship.

In Their Own Words: Breastfeeding Series from the Sweet Pea Births Blog Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Have you considered tandem nursing? Or if you did, what helpful tips can you offer our readers?

In Their Own Words: Breastfeeding Series is shared in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, observed every August here in the United States.  Would you like to share your breastfeeding journey? Please email me to get started: [email protected]

Other Breastfeeding Month Events:

Chandler-Gilbert La Leche League
Live, Latch, Love
August 13, 2016
Click HERE for more info

La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016

Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore

Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa,

Upcoming Classes:

Four Spots left in our Birthing From Within Series for RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Two Spots left in our Bradley Method Series for NEW and RETURNING students
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson



Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method® or Birthing From Within  The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of Birthing From Within, The Bradley Method®, or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



In Their Own Words: Amy

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 7:51 AM Comments comments (2)
"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.
 ~Krystyna



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. When I finally became pregnant, however, my confidence dwindled. Maybe it was the stories, the testimonies other women share, sometimes even when you don't want to hear.
 
When people would ask if I planned to breastfeed the baby, my "Yes" changed rather quickly to "I hope to." Until one day a dear friend, who I had confided in, overheard someone else asking me (yet again). After I responded my hopeful, "I hope so...if I'm able," she said very confidently, "No. It's time to start saying YES, absolutely." It was a turning point for me.

When my sweet baby boy came, and "lost more weight then they like to see" within the first week, the pediatrician called in the lactation consultant. We discussed options and goals. She used words/phrases and charts that made me second-guess myself, insisted we at least take the boxes of formula home over the weekend and requested that we come back Monday for another weight check.
 
I cried right there in the office. I am still shocked that a lactation consultant pushed formula to that degree, especially at an office that holds breastfeeding at such a high regard. We never opened those boxes. We posted "Milk Parlor" signs on the doors, got out the breast pump to help with my let down, and locked the doors to the outside world for the next 72 hours.
 
Baby boy FEASTED(!) and gained his weight back plus some. Of course it wasn't easy... I was up pumping while the entire house was sleeping, including baby. I was sleep deprived, emotionally exhausted and entirely dependent on my support system. But boy-o-boy was it worth it.
 
My advice to momma's getting ready to start the journey... Take advantage of the free breast pump through your insurance (if insured) and get it BEFORE baby comes, if possible. It could be your saving grace that helps bring your milk in. Your midwife or OB can write a prescription for a pump, which you'll need when you call your insurance.
 
It's okay to be confident and proud about your ability to breastfeed. You should be. You're AMAZING.
 
You're not alone. At any given moment there are likely hundreds (maybe thousands) of women around the world experiencing labor with you, sleep deprivation with you, etc. Channel their energy. Call on your village. We love you and care about you.
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson


To Look or Not to Look

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (0)
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Image credit: Erin Rudd Photography
Belabumbum Nightgown provided by Modern Mommy Boutique

Human breasts have been used to nourish human infants since time immemorial.  There was a time when the nursing madonna was one of the cherished subjects for artists worldwide.  

Here is an insight from artelisa's blog, Art history, symbolism, and legends:

"Milk was a symbol of wisdom, and not just an earthly wisdom. It was a supernatural wisdom of knowledge of things divine, and given as a gift of grace.

Milk was also believed to be transformed from blood, and as such to be part of Eucharist and it took its place in mystical writings. Today those writings maybe not easily understandable for our modern mindset, but people centuries ago understood all metaphors very well. Middle Ages were very poetic, made strong use of symbolic and abstract thinking.  "

As it turns out, the Middle Age philosophers were intuitively correct...breastmilk is created when the hormone prolactin causes alveoli to take nutrients, like proteins and sugars, from the blood supply, and then turns them into breast milk. (Source: Sutter Health)

So let's look at a few example of breastfeeding, the divine:
Click on images to go to the source page

Jesus as an infant:

Virgin and Child, by Bernard van Orley


Jesus as an older baby:

Madonna with Child, detail from Our Lady of Graces with Saints Francis of Assisi, Dominic de Guzman and the person who commissioned the art work, oil on canvas by Fabrizio Santafede (about 1560-1634), Church of San Domenico, Ruvo di Puglia (Bari), Apulia, Italy, 17th century.

Jesus as a toddler??

Madonna che allatta
Bernardino Luini - olio

And this one even shows *gasp* NIPPLE!!

The Nursing Madonna by unknown master from Bruges, 
16th century. Museu de Aveiro, Portugal.

Another one with "the nip"!!

Gerard David, Nursing Madonna

Two things struck me as I was searching for pictures I wanted to include in this post:
1) People have been obsessed with breastfeeding for a long time.  Albeit for different reasons, it has been part of the public discourse for much longer than we might imagine.

2) There are more pictures of a seated, older Jesus nursing than anything else. A LOT more.  

And we think it's a big deal if someone is nursing outside of the home past a year, or when a baby starts to "ask" for it...I would say that the "normal" for many of the artists depicting the Madonna and Child would be older nurslings, since that is what is portrayed in such a huge number of images.

I also want to name my bias in today's post. I specifically sought the Madonna and Child because that is my reference point. As I was searching, I saw Hindu art, Egyptian art, sculptures and woodcarvings...all depicting breastfeeding (many of older children nursing, too...no coincidence there, I think).

So I am going to leave you with this encouragement today.  Breastfeeding is part of nature's design. It isn't always easy.  It isn't always pretty. It is always worth it.  Whether you feed your baby drops a day or ounces a day, whether you feed your baby a day, a week, months, or years...every time you take the time to feed your baby, they are receiving a benefit from your body to theirs.

Embrace your choice.  Feed your baby.  Nurse in public.  It's so 600 years ago.

Need some tips on NIP? Search our blog archive on Nursing In Public

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
 Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson




Birthing From Within and  Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson


 Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson



A Choice for Every Baby

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)
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Photo Credit: Erin Rudd Photography
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While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby. ~Amy Spangler
 
Here is our official welcome to our annual Breastfeeding Awareness Month photo series!!
 
We have had the honor of teaching over 100 students…and we have Sweet Peas in all different age ranges that are breastfeeding.  We invite our alumni to an annual photo shoot sponsored by Modern Mommy and SPB; with the understanding that we are going to be sharing them all over social media to help normalize breastfeeding during the month of August.
 
As often happens, talking about breastfeeding brings up all kinds of emotions. I offer this caveat. Here at SPB we recognize that not all mothers can, or want, to breastfeed. If you are a new mom seeking encouragement and inspiration, welcome!  If you wanted to breastfeed the first time and it didn't work out, please consider hanging out with us. Your first experience is not an indicator of what is going to happen next time - we welcome you.

What we are sharing is to encourage the mothers that do want to make that choice, and to expand the conversation about breastmilk...it's not about breast vs. bottle as those who fuel the Mommy Wars would like you to believe. Please accept the information offered this month for what it is: support, encouragement and inspiration for those of us who are on the breastfeeding journey.
 
This image, that I have shared for the last several years, sums it up nicely:


 
It is important for all of us mothers to stand united. It is hard enough to parent as it is: keeping kids alive, fed, and healthy is a win in my book.  There is no reason to engage in the so-called “mommy wars” when there is really nothing to fight about: fed is best.  However that works in your family to grow your baby and save your sanity - go for it with gusto!
 
To borrow a turn of phrase from La Leche League, invite you to treat our photo series this month, and I guess the whole blog really, like a buffet.  Take and learn from what appeals to you, and leave the rest on the buffet line. I invite you to peacefully move along down the line without attachment. It's a great way to get only what you want and leave the rest behind.
 
We are going to take this month to inform on the benefits of breastfeeding just in case it helps one mother make it through one more day of giving her baby human milk.  We are going to talk about milk sharing, since that has been the option since the beginning of time for mothers who didn’t make or didn’t want to make milk for their babies, but still wanted to give their babies the biological first choice for feeding and growing a human infant.  We will write about other ways to feed the baby that is not a bottle.  We will have mothers sharing about their choice to nurse beyond 12 months, and some who even nurse more than one child at a time.

Our whole goal is to expand the whole conversation about human feeding beyond breast vs. bottle, and make it about providing human milk for human babies with a way that works for a wide variety of situations.
 
Why feed with breastmilk? Here are ten reasons from FitPregnancy.com:
 
1. A healthier baby "The incidences of pneumonia, colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies," says infant-nutrition expert Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and OB-GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., and the author of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession (Elsevier-Mosby). Gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea—which can be devastating, especially in developing countries—are also less common.

2. Long-term protection, too Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.

3. Stronger bones According to Lawrence, women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. "When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently," she explains. "So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy."

4. Lower SIDS risk Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome by about half.

5. Fewer problems with weight It's more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.

6. A calorie incinerator You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that's almost right. "Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce," Lawrence explains. "If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that's 400 calories you've swept out of your body."

7. It's good for the earth Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

8. Better healing postdelivery The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.

9. Less risk of cancer Breastfeeding can decrease your baby's risk of some childhood cancers. And you'll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that's on the rise.

10. A custom-made supply Formula isn't able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs. Colostrum—the "premilk" that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. "It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger," says Heather Kelly, an international board-certified lactation consultant in New York City and a member of the Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council's advisory board.

When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. "He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth," Kelly explains. "Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he'll eat often."
 
Read the rest of the article HERE

 
Keep checking back throughout the month of August for more information, encouragement and support.  See you online – and hopefully in person at a local event if you are in the Phoenix area!

Donation and Outreach Center
for Mothers' Milk Bank
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6-8 PM
The Milk Spot
2922 N 18th Pl
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-529-5259

Saturday, August 6th
Saturday, August 6th



Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
August 26-28, 2016

Click HERE to read about SPB Presentation at LLL Conference






 
Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

 

 

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

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 8:59 AM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

I am happy to kick-off our 2016 Breastfeeding Edition of Q&A with SPB with a very special announcement from The 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. 



Mothers will undergo a screening process, and once they are accepted, their milk can be received and transferred to regional NICUs.  Learn more about milk donation at the INFO NIGHT at The Milk Spot, this Wednesday, August 3, 2016:


We will be there live, broadcasting on Periscope. Be sure to follow our twitter handle, @sweetpeabirths, for exclusive access to this launch and info meeting.  Michelle Hottya, IBCLC will be sharing information, answering questions, and facilitating a forum with area IBCLCs who work in the NICU.  We will be able to hear the impact stories of babies fed with precious mother's milk.  See you there or see you online!

Disclaimer:
Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson







Inside Look: Babymoon Inn

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 7:31 AM Comments comments (0)
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Babymoon Inn, one of the Phoenix area local birth centers. We have enjoyed getting to know the director, Julia Hall, through her support of The Bradley Method® events, as well as other local events where we have been vendors together.  We have had students from our classes birth there, as well as receive postpartum support through Babymoon’s various breastfeeding and family support meetings offered throughout the week. The support meetings are open to all families in the community, regardless of whether or not they birthed at Babymoon Inn.  We are so grateful to Julia’s commitment to create a community that supports and enriches a family through pregnancy, birth, and into the childbearing year.
 
FYI: As of Spring 2016, one of our Bradley Method® colleagues is offering the Bradley™ 12-week childbirth preparation series at Babymoon Inn. 
 
I hope you enjoy this month’s exclusive INSIDE LOOK at the Babymoon Inn.  I want to offer huge thanks to Julia for taking the time to give our readers a peek into the beautiful birth center located in Central Phoenix.
 
LOGO: Babymoon Inn - all rights reserved by Babymoon Inn, Phoenix, ArizonaTell me about the Babymoon Inn.
 Babymoon Inn is a freestanding accredited birth center and full-scope midwifery practice, offering GYN and well-woman care in addition to prenatal care.  Families who come to us can choose to birth in our birth center or at the hospital with a Babymoon Inn midwife.  We also offer doula services, prenatal massage, in-house chiropractic care, and an original Lamaze childbirth preparation series.
 
Who are the care providers at Babymoon Inn?
 Babymoon’s care providers are certified nurse-midwives.
 
What kind of families does Babymoon Inn serve?
 Babymoon welcomes ALL families.  We serve families from all areas and all backgrounds and all walks of life.  The common element among all of our families is that they are well-researched, they are informed about their choices, and they want to be active participants in their care.  
 
What range of services does Babymoon Inn provide for the childbearing year and beyond? Is there anything you do not provide for?
 Babymoon believes in holistic, patient-centered care and we aim to provide all of these services from the comfort of our office.  We offer prenatal care with extended appointment times, chiropractic care, prenatal massage, doula support, Lamaze childbirth preparation classes, an orientation group led by our registered dietitian, and two group prenatal appointments.  After baby arrives, we offer three weekly support groups for babies of various ages, lactation support, a postpartum group appointment complete with newborn photos, and two appointments with a midwife.  We screen for postpartum depression twice within the first six weeks after birth and continue to follow up with our mamas through our weekly Inn Mommies support group.  We offer a wide variety of community-building activities, such as weekly music classes, clothing swaps, crafting events for both moms and children, a monthly lecture series, and our famous annual cookie exchange every December!
 
What makes Babymoon Inn unique?
 We are a team of healthcare consumers AND healthcare providers who are committed to listening to feedback from our clients to give the most well-rounded, patient-centered experience.  We’ve grown our practice to offer a wide range of services based on what our families have requested, and we strive to meet each client wherever she is in her journey.
 
What motivated you to start Babymoon Inn?
 My passion was ignited by my own experience as a mother receiving traditional obstetrical care in the medical model and then the stark contrast to the midwifery model of care, where I was an active participant in the process.  Based on my own experiences and how I felt under each model of care, it became my life’s goal to make sure every woman who walks through our doors has a voice and leaves feeling empowered and supported.  She will know her voice matters. 
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about Babymoon Inn or the care providers?
 We don’t believe in one kind of birth experience.  You can have your baby in the birth center, in the hospital, with an epidural, unmedicated, by yourself, or with your entire family present. We are not here to dictate your birth; we are here to facilitate it and be a partner in your care
 
What inspires you?
The families who allow us to be a part of their journey during such a beautiful and miraculous time of life inspire me every day. 

 
Would you like more information about a birth journey with Babymoon Inn? You can also see the calendar of events available to the Phoenix community by visiting their website.

Babymoon Inn
PHONE: 602.314.7755
 
Office
(appointments and tours)
202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012

The Nest
(classes and activities)
220 E. Lexington Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Disclaimer:
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Bradley Method® natural childbirth and Birthing From Within series offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
 



 

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