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Top 10 PostPartum Tips

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 7:12 PM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer:  
The material included on this site 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 contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Breastfeeding Comfort Kit

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)
As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.

One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve.  We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".  

While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others.  No one tells us that engorgement hurts and it looks weird(!); that a good latch is something most MotherBabies need to be taught and learn (and all at a different pace); that your baby needs to be checked for a tongue-tie or a lip-tie right off so that you can address them immediately, instead of later and then you find yourself re-starting the learning curve; that pain is common, however it is not good and that you should get help instead of crying through your first few weeks of breastfeeding.  I am sure that you all could add to the "no one told me" list...

In this video, Talisha walks us through the products she would recommend for every mama's Comfort Kit.  These are the items that will make the learning curve, the engorgement, the sore nipples...feel a little better and go a little smoother.  Or maybe help with the opposite of engorgement, undersupply.

Note: Should you have *any* questions or pain at any time along your breastfeeding journey, call for help!! For something that is uncomfortable and/or does not feel urgent, maybe a peer support group can help.  For persistent pain or discomfort that makes you cry or want to give up, or just for your peace of mind, call a lactation consultant.  They can help you troubleshoot and determine whether or not you need a private consultation (our students seem to have had the most success with IBCLC's).





























Here is a quick view of all those items if you need a visual for a shopping trip.  These items make great baby shower gifts if you know a mama who is planning on breastfeeding, or for a hospital or coming home gift.

Breastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in ArizonaBreastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona
Breastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in ArizonaBreastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in ArizonaBreastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in ArizonaBreastfeeding Comfort Kit brought to you by Modern Mommy Boutique and Sweet Pea Births, offering Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona
Would you add anything to our list?  Or maybe yay/nay on the products Talisha chose?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
More posts about Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Black Breastfeeding Week

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site 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 contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (49)
I really enjoyed making these videos with Talisha from Modern Mommy Boutique last year.  Since it is Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2014, here is a look at her recommendation for the Top 5 products you need as a new nursing mama.  

If you are in or near Chandler, Arizona, you can pick these up at her store in front of the Chandler Fashion Mall.  If you are out of state, she ships or you can of course, choose your favorite on-line retailer.  

Scroll down to see my 2014 update on food-safe nipple cream.  Enjoy!

For today's video, I asked her to highlight her Top 5 picks for breastfeeding, and we ended up with a bonus in there.  It's a quick video (under 5 minutes)...also did a little picture gallery. 

Enjoy!
 




 : Talisha talked about in the different shapes of nursing pillows. This close-up shows the difference between a U-shaped pillow, and a L-shaped pillow like a Bosom Baby.that Talisha highlights.
Talisha talked about in the different shapes of nursing pillows. This close-up shows the difference between a U-shaped pillow, and a L-shaped pillow like a Bosom Baby.that Talisha highlights.
A note on food-safe nipple cream:  
One of our students is studying to be an aesthetician. She heard a presentation on lanolin.  Besides being marketed as a breast nipple cream, it is also a common ingredient in beauty products.  She learned in the lecture that depending on how the sheep is fed, the lanolin may have carcinogens in it *because* the grass that is fed to the sheep is not guaranteed to be free of pesticides and carcinogens.  And the chemicals that cannot be digested by the sheep is stored in the fat.  A little more on lanolin from PBS:

Lanolin Lanolin is the smelly pale-yellow natural oil found on sheep's wool. As a waste product in wool processing, it's also known as wool oil, wool wax, wool fat, or wool grease. It's a natural water repellant — the function of which, as it's not too hard to guess, is to waterproof the sheep. Lanolin also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that protect the sheep's skin from infection. Derived from the animal's oil glands, lanolin is a mixture of wool fat and 25-30% water. Wool fat is a mixture of many different chemical compounds, including cholesterol and the esters derived from 'fatty' acids containing 18 to 26 carbon atoms.

And this excerpt from an article in FORBES:

Lanolin is the oily secretion found in sheep wool...Those sheep are also very likely to have been dipped in insecticides on the farm. These pesticides can accumulate in fat tissue, which researchers worry could affect the breast milk of new mothers.


So between the carcinogen in the fats and the pesticides in the wool, research your lanolin-based nipple creams before you buy!  Or just go with something else, like the Motherlove cream that Talisha has on her Top 5 list.

What would be on your Top 5 List?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

More posts about Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Black Breastfeeding Week

 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site 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 contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this 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: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonWe are now enrolling for our Winter Series
The Bradley Method® for New Parents:
December 5, 2014 through February 20, 2015
Classes meet at 6:30 pm

Bradley™ “Next” – full series plus focus on sibling preparation - for returning students only
By request - please contact us for more information
 

For more information or to register, please call us at 602-684-6567 or email us at [email protected]

UPCOMING EVENTS: April 21-25, 2014

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to another amazing week! Where will you be with your Sweet Pea this week? Prenatal yoga, breastfeeding support, birth circles, postpartum support for expectant and new parents...Nat Geo Kids Club in three locations this week, storytimes, bubble play for those of you with Sweet Peas on the outside...and Farmer's Markets for everyone :)

Have a great week!



Planning ahead:
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Saturday, April 26 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
6111 S. All America Way Ramada #5 Tempe, Arizona 85283
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Everyone will change diapers at the same LOCAL time, allowing the change to roll around the globe with the clock. Join your local event and help set a new world record in 2014!  Click HERE http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/?page_id=801 to find your nearest event.
 
Musicology Intro Clas
Saturday, May 3 @ two sessions – see below
This class will be FREE, and we require that everyone RSVP directly to us - see all of the information below:
Musicology - Wire Baby's Brain Through Music
A Newborn's brain is only 25% wired at birth, and it is 75% wired by the end of her first year. Music is the one activity that lights up the entire brain! Musicology is proud to be partnered with New Directions Institute For Infant Brain Development, and brings an upbeat and innovative approach to helping babies and toddlers learn through music and play! Bring your Baby along for special one-on-one time at this fun and informative class at Modern Mommy. Parents will learn creative musical activities to help wire baby's brain for language, pattern awareness, physical coordination, focus & attention, and critical thinking to name a few. Attendees will receive special coupons for FREE classes at Musicology!
Cost: FREE!
Where: Modern Mommy Boutique
When: Saturday, May 3
Infant Rhythms (0 - 5 mos old) - 1:00pm
Baby Beats (6 mos - 12 mos old) - 11:30am
RSVP: 480-857-7187
Reservations required, space is very limited
For new families only
 
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Arrowhead Towne Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the JCPenney wing now through mid-November!
Today’s Theme: We explore the hallways of castles.
Arrowhead Towne Center @ 10:00 am
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
623-979-7777

Inn Daddies •  April 10th
Daddies are encouraged to join us at The Nest to meet with other Stay At Home Dads, Part-time at home dads, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers around Phoenix to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their kids during the day. Dads can talk about the challenges and pure awesomeness of being a dad. All dads and babies are welcome. If you have any questions, you can get more info HERE or feel free to email [email protected]
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755 ‎

Breastfeeding Circle
Come join the group to get help for your breastfeeding questions and concerns, or to share your trials and triumphs.  Please bring a healthy snack to share.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  
Freedom and The Seed office @ 11:30 am
714 W Marlboro Dr
Chandler, Arizona 85225
480-528-1689

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm
1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

Prenatal Yoga + Fitness
This prenatal yoga + fitness class will have all the elements of a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga, designed for your prenatal needs, with added options for any mommas seeking a little extra fitness to compliment and enhance pregnancy, as well as help you to prepare for you upcoming birth journey.  Any stage of pregnancy is welcome (including postpartum), as is any fitness level.  Classes are $10 drop in or $30 for 4 classes. 
Emerge Acupuncture & Community Center @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
123 E. Baseline Road, Suite D102
Tempe, Arizona 85283
480-466-2004

BELLIES at Nurturing Hearts

As always, this is open to anyone and everyone!!
Topic: Nutrition in Pregnancy
What should you eat, what shouldn't you eat - what's safe, what isn't. Prenatal vitamins, herbs, dietary guidelines...if it's edible, then lets talk about it!
Nurturing Hearts Birth Services @ 7:00 pm
40 W Brown Rd Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85201 

Birth Circle - East Valley
A birth circle is a gathering of pregnant women, new moms and mamas a few miles into the journey. It's a chance to meet people, to share experiences and to ask questions about the journey to motherhood in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to tell your birth story and be heard, to process you birth story in new ways, to listen to a range of experiences as you prepare to birth your baby, to ask questions about birth, babies, breastfeeding and parenting, to connect with other pregnant and new moms in the community, and maybe meet some birth professionals as well. 
Facilitator: Michelle
Topic:  Birth Location: Which is right for you? Hospital/Birth Center/Home?
Sozo Coffeehouse @ 7:15 pm
1982 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Bubble Blast
Kids can play with bubble wands or watch a bubble machine in action.
Cost: $3; $2 Chandler residents 
Tumbleweed Recreation Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

National Geographic Kids Club 
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Let's celebrate castles and all of the people that live in them. Songs, stories and castle fun for everyone!
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup 
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open! 
Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is across the street from the birth center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!  Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Pregnancy And Postpartum Depression Support Group
Free support group to help moms support each other through the adjustments of pregnancy and postpartum anxiety/depression.  Partners, Babies & Toddlers are Welcome.  No Registration Necessary.    Free parking available off of Frye Road. Meeting held in the Morrison Building (blue roofed building just east of Chandler Regional) – follow signs.  For Questions Call:  Resource Link 480.728.5414 or
480.728.5617 (Recorded line with more information)
Group Contact:  Missy Beauchamp  480-728-5620
Chandler Regional Medical Center @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1955 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Cuddlers Group 
Please join us Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.! This is a group for expecting and new mommies with babies that are not yet crawling and is open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. We usually have a topic each week and also time to get to know each other.
Open to the community, for all mommies and their babies (expectant mommies too). Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open :-). Hope to see you there!
Please no older siblings in the Cuddlers group. Inn Mommies is facilitated by Michelle Clark. Amey Clark, RN, IBCLC is on hand for breastfeeding support and weight checks. 
We are now meeting at The Nest at Babymoon Inn. Located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 1:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755  

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Wildflower Kids
Every Wednesday, Wildflower kids enjoy a complimentary cookie, milk & activity.  Program offered at all locations.  Find your nearest store HERE http://www.wildflowerbread.com/locations/
Wildflower Bread Company @ 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1100
Chandler, AZ, 85226
480-821-8200

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.
Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Prenatal Yoga  
Prenatal yoga is an excellent exercise and helps prepare your body and your mind for labor and birth. Each class is an hour long and incorporates a birthing theme, birthing affirmation, breathing techniques and guided relaxation. Prenatal classes are open to pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is recommended that women take it easy the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy and allow their body that time to become accustomed to the changes of pregnancy. Beginners are welcome, no previous yoga experience is required. If you practiced yoga before becoming pregnant, variations and different levels are offered. Classes will educate, empower and encourage you through heart opening poses with philosophy and techniques of a healthy, calm and joyful yoga practice preparing you for a beautiful and peaceful birth experience. Classes are $10 each.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm 
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

ICAN Meeting 
Topic: Guest Speaker ~ Dr. Pauline Dillard
This monthly meeting is open to everyone. This month we will talk about laboring at home and when its time to go to the hospital. This will be a great meeting if you are planning on delivering at a hospital or at home. 
About the speaker: Dr. Pauline Dillard, Exec Dir/CEO of Dunamas™ Center Ministries in Colorado Springs,CO, will be joining us to share her experience with Birth Traumatomology Syndrome (BTS). Dr, Pauline is one of the foremost mental health practitioners dealing with BTS in the U.S and coined the term Birth Traumatomology Syndrome. She has a background as a birth educator and childbirth assistant and brings all of her education and experience with her. She will help us understand what BTS is, how it develops, and what the symptoms and traits are. Dr. Pauline will also help us to understand the steps towards healing.
Co-Leaders:  Jesse, Abby and Jennie
Dr. Ross’ Office @  7:00–9:00 pm
2405 E. Southern #3
Tempe AZ 85282

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900 
 
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Superstition Springs Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.  Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog every Thursday in the JCPenney Court.
Superstition Springs @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-832-0212

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
It's An Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Ants and aardvarks and rainbows, oh my! Join us for It's an Orange Aardvark! Storytime. Fun activities follow.
Barnes & Noble @ 11:00 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Chandler Farmer’s Market
This Farmers Market hosts a variety of vendors including produce, baked goods, salsa, jams and honey, olive oil, seafood, granola, beauty products, and much more!  The Craft Market will be held once a month on the first Thursday of each month.  Come find hand made and hand crafted items from local artisans.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
480-855-3539

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  June - Sept: 9am-Noon, Oct.-May: 9 AM - 1pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201 
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome! As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am – two sessions!
220 E Lexington Ave 
Phoenix AZ 85012  
602-314-7755 

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Friends for Life 'Melrose and Croc' by Emma Chichester Clark
There's nothing like a best friend! For Melrose and Croc, every day and every adventure brings a smile.
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Fun Fridays
Children 1 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy themed events, including hand motion songs, sing-alongs, dancing, stories and games. Activities are designed to enhance musical, social, physical and memory skills. Caregivers must remain in the store.
Microsoft Store @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1288
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-308-0800 

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ
 
Earth Day Celebration
Free admission and great for all ages.  Fun & educational activities – discover nature, science and the great outdoors!  Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations, and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors. 
Veterans Oasis Park Friday @  4:00 – 7:00 pm
4050 E Chandler Heights Rd
(NEC of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Roads)
Chandler, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands 
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Phoenix Art Museum First Friday
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon (3-9p) and on First Fridays.
Phoenix Art Museum @ 6:00 – 10:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE 
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586


LIBRARIES:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

To submit your event:
Please follow this format (same as above).  Anything that is not "copy-paste" ready may not be posted - it will depend on how much time I have between homeschooling and loving on four littles.
Event Name
Description & Cost
Location Name & Time
Address
Contact Phone Number
Send your event information to [email protected]

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site 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 contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this 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: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Meet the Doula: Sue

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (1)

Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona in the last month.  Welcome to the heat, Sue!!  Thank you to our friends at Modern Mommy for helping us make the connection!

When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 I had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing center with the assistance of a doula.

How did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?
After my granddaughter was born, my son and daughter-in-law told me about postpartum doulas and what their role is. I absolutely loved the idea of becoming one, and I knew that it would be something that I could do well at - and be passionate about!

How long have you been a postpartum doula?
I have been certified since October 2012 and started working with families in January 2013. Regarding training, I completed the Professional Education in Breastfeeding training in September of 2012 and the Doulas of North America (DONA) Postpartum Doula Workshop in October 2012. My certification through DONA International is official as of today!

What do you enjoy the most about being a postpartum doula?
I love working with, and helping the families.  Just as each family dynamic is different, there are countless ways a postpartum doula can help a family.  A doula needs to be able to determine the needs of each family and help each one in the best way for them.  I find tailoring my approach to their specific needs to be very rewarding, and families are so grateful for the support and help.   Some of the areas a postpartum doula can help with are breastfeeding support and consultation, diapering, cooking, laundry, and family life adjustments to the new baby.    

What is your philosophy when you go into a family’s living space?
I try to get some background ahead of time so that I have an idea of what the family needs will be. My philosophy is to be non-judgmental and respect their right to parent in their own way. I make sure to respect their privacy and make confidentiality a priority.
 
How do you work with the new parents?
Since this can be a very stressful time in their lives as well as an exciting one, I try to be supportive, nurturing, warm and confident so they know they can trust me to be in their home and help them with their precious newborn.

What is the toughest situation you have ever dealt with?  How did you handle it?
I used to run a daycare, so my postpartum doula experiences have not seemed very tough in comparison! Nonetheless, one situation that sticks out in my memory was when a father questioned me about how a postpartum doula was different than a nanny. I think the reason he asked was because the couple had just had a set of twins, and all the mom wanted me to do was take care of the babies so she could sleep. To him, it seemed I was simply babysitting. I explained to him that what I do is much more than taking care of infants; I told him that a Postpartum Doula offers education, companionship and in-home support for families with infants. Basically, taking care of the babies was helping to take care of the mom. He seemed to understand better after my explanation.

What keeps you working as a postpartum doula?
I love the feeling that comes with helping and supporting others. I find that parents are, for the most part, very appreciative for the help they are receiving. And I love babies!

What does your fee cover – how many visits or hours?  Is there a different charge for a shorter or longer-term agreement?
I charge a fee of $18.00 an hour. That fee covers assistance with newborn care, family adjustment, nursing support and help with light household needs.  The number of visits and hours is up to the individual family. If it is a longer term agreement, I am certainly open to offering a lower hourly rate or a package deal.

Do you offer any other services to your clients?
I know some doulas have specialties in other areas, and I appreciate that. However, since being a postpartum doula is somewhat new for me, I am not yet offering any other services. That may change in the future. 

Just for fun, what do you do when you are not doula-ing?
I love to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughter, who turns 1 this month. I have been a hospice volunteer. I also like to bowl, and I enjoy watching most sports.

If you would like to contact Sue to arrange an interview, here is her information:
313-574-2080 Cell

313-586-8313 Alternate number
480-625-4816 Alternate local number

Website: lighthousedoula.com

Emails: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Breast Care 101

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)
We have lots of new mommies in the queue, so I thought I would share some of the great products available for milkin' mammas.  I picked four categories, and with the help of Talisha Heiden, I have product descriptions and some informational videos for you.

Galactagogues
As I mentioned in my newbie's post, it is important that mom's get help within the first three weeks of their current breastfeeding relationship if they have any doubts or are concerned about their milk supply.
In this video, Talisha shares her knowledge of the products she carries to help new mother's increase their milk supply.




Breastfeeding cookie available at Modern Mommy Boutique, site of classes for Krystyna and Bruss Bowman, AAHCCShe also carries a breastfeeding cookie.  As she told me today, at 230 calories a pop, it's not the most calorie-conscious way to increase your milk supply, nor would she suggest it instead of a supplement.  It is however, an option for a snack if you are a nursing mom.  We do tell Coaches in our classes to get mom a tall glass of water and a snack whenever Mom sits down to nurse.  This product has several ingredients that support milk production, making it a good snack choice.


Therapy Pillows
One of the most common words people associate or know in regards to breastfeeding is "engorgement".  When milk comes in after 2-7 days of making colostrum, a mother's breasts will swell as they fill with milk.  If you are producing a regular amount of milk or an oversupply, you are likely to experience some level of engorgement.  This can be uncomfortable and painful.

Both brands of therapy pillows are filled with flax seeds and can provide warming or cooling relief with an all natural, gel-free product. The pillows can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer to provide warming or cooling relief from the common discomforts of breastfeeding.

A warm pillow opens clogged ducts and increases milk production.  The warm, moist heat encourages milk flow, maintains open milk ducts to prevent clogged ducts, promotes let-down and it could comfort the symptoms of infection or mastitis.  

Therapeutic cooling soothes sore new mama nipples and breasts.  You can store them in the freezer and wear them inside your bra between feedings to help reduce the swelling and tenderness of engorgement.  Since they are made to last, you can use them as you complete your breastfeeding relationship to comfort breasts during weaning.

Therapy Pillows
Therapy Pillows
by bamboobies
Therapy Pillows
Therapy Pillows
by Earth Mama Angel Baby
As you can see, the bamboobies product covers the nipple, whereas the Earth Mama Angel Baby product fits around the areola.  The right product for you will depend on which of your nursing parts are sore and need relief.

Reusable Nursing Pads
We suggest that our Bradley Method® students do their research if they decide to use a nursing pad.  If they think they want to use nursing pads, we suggest they take care to choose a product that prevents leaks from showing through their clothing while keeping the nipple area dry.  Moisture in the area can keep a sore nipple from healing and it can also grow bacteria - yuck.

Talisha offers her description of her favorite nursing pads - both of which she sells in her store.  In the product gallery below, you can also see two more offerings.  She does offer a variety because each mom is unique - what feels good to mom is an individual choice.

All of the products shown here are washable and reusable - modern mommies take care to use earth-friendly products :)

Nursing Pads
Nursing Pads
by bamboobies
Nursing Pads
Nursing Pads
by Epibi
Nursing Pads
Nursing Pads
by La Leche League Int'l
Nursing Pads
Nursing Pads
Lily Padz

Nipple Cream
This falls under the "must-haves" on Talisha's breastfeeding survival list.  She is especially fond of the Motherlove product since it made a big difference in the nursing relationship with her firstborn.  A good nipple cream will quickly relieve the discomfort of sore, cracked nursing nipples. Look for a product made from ingredients that are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding baby.  The Motherlove product she carries fits this description.

Motherlove Nipple Cream available at Modern Mommy Boutique, site of classes for Krystyna and Bruss Bowman, AAHCC

As you can see, Talisha is a wealth of information when it comes to establishing and maintaining a mutually enjoyable and beneficial nursing relationship.  The products shown today are just the tip of the iceberg.  She is a working mama who made the breastfeeding relationship work.  Her experience drives her product line.  She carries a full compliment of breastfeeding supplies and accessories in her store: nursing teas, nursing cookies, nursing covers, breast pumps, milk storage supplies, bottle-feeding equipment and more. 

In addition to speaking with Talisha, you can attend the free Breastfeeding Support group on Monday mornings that is facilitated by Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC, or attend Debbie's class that is offered the first Saturday of every month.  Talisha and Debbie make a great team for nursing moms that are looking for answers!  If you can't stop in to the store and see one or both of them, you can always call and reach them on the phone (480-857-7187). 

This season, give yourself the gift of knowledge...there is no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to learning how to feed your child the way you want to feed them.  There is no shame in needing or wanting to take advantage of this tremendous resource.  You will be glad you did, and baby will thank you later when they are fed, happy and sleeping peacefully.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all!


Modern Mommy Boutique
3355 W. Chandler Blvd, #3
Chandler, AZ  85226

480.857.7187










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Breastfeeding for Newbies

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (2)
"What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding That No One Tells You"
 
We had our first introduction to the benefits of breastfeeding in last night's class.  We have the benefit of having two moms who have already breastfed in our class and it was great to have their input as we introduced the new parents to the concept of breastfeeding.
 
Most people know about engorgement or nipple soreness, or that it can take a few days for your milk to come in.  There were comments about the new things our students heard about breastfeeding when we closed class, so I thought I would share the insights people learned in class.  Although it seems that the general awareness about breastfeeding has increased, there are still a lot of ideas that haven’t hit the mainstream that are important to share – hence the subtitle in today’s post.
 
Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt.  One of the common reasons mothers give for giving up is that it was literally too painful to nurse.  To quote our chiropractor, “It may be common, but it’s not normal.”  He shows our classes the way the head and neck are compressed in the birth canal.  That alone is a tight squeeze that might cause a misalignment.  Add in the “help” from a well-meaning care provider when they tug on the head during delivery and you have a baby that is misaligned to the point that they cannot latch on properly.
 
Baby’s that are misaligned might also appear to prefer to breastfeed on only one side.  Guess what?  Mom’s breasts are a matched set!  The feel of the breast is the same, the texture of the nipple is the same, and the liquid coming out is made the same – there isn’t vanilla on one side and chocolate on the other.
 
If you are having one or both of these issues, you have a couple of options.  You can look into taking your infant to a chiropractor that does pediatric work.  With a simple adjustment, he or she can make a huge difference in your breastfeeding relationship. You can also consult with a breastfeeding specialist, ranging in expertise from a peer counselor to an IBCLC certified lactation consultant.  These ladies can also take a look at the way you are breastfeeding and make suggestions to improve your latch.
 
Whether you go to a chiropractor or a breastfeeding specialist, the goal is to make breastfeeding enjoyable for everyone.  We always encourage our students to do their research and whatever they decide to do, take the time to find a chiropractor or breastfeeding specialist that is certified in their field and comes highly recommended. 
 
Get help within the first three weeks to establish your milk supply.  If you feel like you are not making enough milk, or your baby is acting like (s)he is always hungry, ask for help.  It is critical to establish your supply in the early days.  Your baby and your body working together will work to establish what baby needs, creating a “ceiling” of production.  Your production can ebb and flow from there, however you will always be able to go back and meet your peak.
 
You also make new milk glands for each baby.  If you had a hard time feeding one baby that does not necessarily mean you can’t feed the next baby.  The best description I have heard of these glands is to imagine a cluster of grapes.  You make new clusters with each pregnancy, and once you stop using them, they wither up and the body absorbs them.  If it was hard the last time, get help now to identify which factors contributed to low production, and find out how you can increase your supply with the next baby.
 
You can search for lactation consultants on the web, or click here  to find an IBCLC, considered the gold standard in lactation services.  However, if along with low production you are experiencing a fever or anything else that indicates you need to see a doctor, see your care provider as soon as possible.  Only a lactation professional that is an M.D. will be able to correctly diagnose a medical problem and prescribe you the needed medication.  If they don’t fit this description, see your M.D. as soon as possible so that you don’t go down the route to an infection that leads to hospitalization.  A hospital stay will surely interfere with the breastfeeding relationship you are trying to establish.
 
 
There are lots of options in support groups.  A support group is a place to get answers to your breastfeeding questions.  You can also take heart that you are not the only one struggling, and find encouragement in the stories of women who have gone through what you are going through and come out on the other side as happy breastfeeding moms.  You can also gain confidence to nurse in public by being in a safe and accepting place when you start nursing away from home.  Support groups are a great way to meet other new moms and make friends for you and baby.  We have a couple of students who have made lasting friendships through the groups they attended.
 
There are a variety of places to get breastfeeding support.  La Leche League is the most recognized name in breastfeeding support.  I know…it also has a few negative stereotypes associated with it.  To quote someone I know, “Birkenstock wearing, tree hugging, breastfeeding zealots.  Nice, right?  Well, guess what – it is a Stereotype.  Will you meet some moms on the fringe there?  Maybe – then again, you can meet someone on one extreme or the other wherever you go.  You will definitely meet regular, everyday moms who are looking to learn more about breastfeeding and moms who are there to share their knowledge of breastfeeding.  The best thing you can do is to try a couple of different groups and see if you find a leader that fits with your personality.
 
If La Leche League is not for you, there are other free-of-charge options in the Chandler, AZ area.  Monday mornings you can go to a breastfeeding support group run by Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, that meets at 10:00 am at Modern Mommy Boutique.  Wednesday mornings you can head to Chandler Regional Hospital for an IBCLC-led group that meets from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  On Fridays, you can head to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center for their IBCLC-led support group that meets from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  All groups meet weekly with the exception of major holidays.  (See below for phone numbers.)
 
If you are not in the Chandler area, call your local hospital to see if they have any classes or groups to attend.  You can also check and see if there are any Meet-up groups or do a search for breastfeeding support in your area.
 
Your baby’s poop color can change according to your diet.  Most of us have heard or learned that breastfed babies make a mustard-yellow poop.  Guess what?  That’s not always the case!  Just because what goes in is whitish, doesn’t mean that what comes out is going to be mustard all the time.  Bruss is always tripped out when he sees green poop, or purple poop…he can usually tell when I have eaten spinach or beets.
 
A word of caution: if anything in the poop raises a red flag do not ignore it.  One of the reasons you hired your naturopath or pediatrician is so you could ask a child health expert questions about your child.  (Another reason to hire someone you absolutely trust!)  If you feel something is wrong, call them.  They can reassure you that it’s normal, or help you find answers if it’s not normal and you need to follow up with an office visit plus.
 
Your baby’s palate will reflect your diet.  There are many reasons why breastfed babies tend to be healthier adults.  One of them is that they are more likely to eat a variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs.  The milk you make is imbued with the tastes from your previous meal.  When you introduce solids, they are more likely to accept a variety of foods and become less picky eaters.
 
The main ingredients in formula are whey, casein, vegetable oils and lactose.  In other words – a common allergen, a manufactured fat and a sugar…read: the ingredients in processed food.  On top of that, the baby is receiving the same flavor every single time they eat…every feeding for as long as they take formula.  They are less likely to eat a variety and may tend to gravitate towards the processed foods that taste like the food to which they have become accustomed.
 
You can supplement with your own milk.  When a pediatrician says that you need to supplement your feedings for any number of reasons, most of us make the leap to assume that you use formula.  Not necessarily…if you pump during or after a feeding, you will have your own milk to supplement with, instead of substituting your unique food with chemically manufactured formula.  If you are having a supply problem and pumping is not a choice for you, there are several organizations that are gaining popularity that connect moms needing breast milk with moms that have breast milk to donate. 
 
You can do an internet search for “milk sharing”.  Do your due diligence and ask lots of questions before you make a decision to ask for milk donations.  Each family needs to make that call based on their particular situation.
 
You can still breastfeed if you have a low supply.  Dr. Jack Newman drove home a very important point at his lecture this summer: breastfeeding is much more than breast milk. You probably did not expect that you would only be able to nurse your child one or two times a day.  From another perspective, youcannurse your baby once or twice a day.  No matter how many times you are able to nurse, the laxative qualities in your breast milk will help your baby process the formula in their system.  You will help them be less constipated.  Those one or two feedings will still provide your baby with immunities and antibodies.  And most importantly, the you and baby will get to bond the way nature intended – skin-to-skin.
 
There is a growth chart designed specifically for breastfed babies.  Did you know that the growth chart in most physicians’ offices was designed in the 1950’s?  Not only have our standards for what “healthy” is changed since then, those charts were designed based on the growth patterns of formula-fed babies (remember..fat and sugar babies?).  We make big babies and I have nuclear milk, so our children have never had a problem being measured against those charts.  However, that is not the case for every family.  If your baby is measuring small against the traditional chart and your pediatrician is concerned, then click here and print out the chart that pertains to your baby (boy or girl specific) and measure your baby.  These were designed by the World Health Organization specifically to address the different rates of growth for breastfed babies.  The WHO standards establish growth of the breastfed infant as the norm for growth – yeah! 
 
I hope this will help you have the confidence in your body, your baby and your milk.  Just as you were designed to birth your baby, you were also designed to feed him or her.
 
There are lots of options and many avenues to get the help you need.  You can breastfeed the best way you are able to and reap the benefits for you and baby.
 
Did you discover anything about breastfeeding that nobody told you about?
 
Note:  For some great “how-to” breastfeeding posts, you can check under the Breastfeeding 101 blog topic and access information written by Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC.

To read some of our student's experiences with breastfeeding, look under the "In Their Own Words" topic link. 
 
Breastfeeding support groups:
 
Mommy Help Center
Inside Modern Mommy Boutique
3355 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85226
phone: 480.786.0431

 
Chandler Regional (Frye Rd & Dobson)
Mercy Gilbert (202 Frwy & Val Vista)
~ For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1.877.728.5414, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You may also leave a message during after hours and someone will return your call during the next business day.
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site 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. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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For more information
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What to Do When Breastfeeding Isn’t Working Out

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:17 AM Comments comments (0)
Breastfeeding 101 Informational Series from Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Breastfeeding 101 Series

Welcome to this month’s post from Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC.  You can find her at Modern Mommy Boutique on Monday mornings at 10:00 am for a FREE Breastfeeding Support Group, and she will also be featured here on the fourth Friday of every month.  Please see the end of the post for Debbie's contact information if you are interested in reaching her for more information, or to find registration information for her Breastfeeding 101 Class offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month (October 8, 2011).
 
To read Debbie’s previous posts, please click on the “Breastfeeding 101” link on the left side of the page.
 
You made the decision to breastfeed your baby.  You told all your friends and family, read some books and pamphlets on it, and maybe even took a breastfeeding class (or two!).  None of that matters now, because you’re exhausted, sore from birth, overwhelmed, the baby in your arms is crying – and maybe you are, too – and you’re not sure if you made the right decision.  Breastfeeding is supposed to be the most natural act in the world, so why isn’t it coming naturally?
 
Take a step back and follow the Three Rules of Breastfeeding, while you work through the causes for your current problems.  No “window of opportunity” is closing; in fact, often this step back saves the breastfeeding relationship.  Follow these three rules and you will have all the time you need to learn how to breastfeed your baby.
 
Rule #1:  FEED THE BABY!  If baby is not latching on well, or not at all, he may need some milk away from the breast, to keep him healthy while you two work this out. **
 
How do I tell if my baby is getting enough milk? In the early weeks when you’re getting the hang of breastfeeding, it’s important to keep track of baby’s output, particularly soiled diapers, to make sure that baby is getting enough milk.  Some babies show all signs that they’re swallowing milk and it turns out they’re fooling us, so watch those diapers:  Calories in means poo out!  If baby isn’t getting enough milk, their stools will decrease well before their wets, so don’t assume everything is fine if your baby is still making wet diapers but has not stooled in a while.  In the first month, breastfeeding babies will typically have three to five stools in 24 hours, and they must be larger than the size of a quarter to count.  If a baby gets any formula, switch to counting wet diapers as an indicator, in case the formula constipates baby.  You should see four to six really wet diapers in 24 hours, and they will be clear to pale in color with no strong odor.  If you don’t see this output, it’s a strong sign baby isn’t getting enough calories.
 
What if my baby is not getting enough milk at the breast?  If your baby is breastfeeding, you might choose to offer expressed breast milk after he has breastfed, very slowly, to make sure he has had a full feeding.  By feeding him slowly, you don’t have to worry about him overeating or eating too fast.  If your baby was born a few weeks early and seems to fall asleep within just a few minutes after latching, you might have better success to offer expressed milk as the appetizer before breastfeeding, to give him the strength and patience to work harder at the breast.
 
How much milk should my baby be eating?  Newborns will only take about a teaspoon of milk – usually colostrum – at each feeding for the first 24 hours, because their tiny tummies are still very small.  That’s one reason why they need to be fed so frequently, because they can’t hold very much and human milk digests quickly, unlike milk for baby bunnies or baby cows.  Gradually baby will work up to more milk on Day Two, Day Three, and so on, until he will take about two ounces per feeding on Day Seven.  By Day Fourteen, most babies are taking about 2.5 ounces per feeding, eight feedings per day.  Small babies might take less; larger babies might take more.
 
I’m scared of…NIPPLE CONFUSION!  Considering how this term is used as a threat so often in breastfeeding circles, it’s no wonder!  Nipple confusion is the term used when a baby who had formerly been latching on suddenly no longer latches.  Actually, baby isn’t confused at all: He just wants to be fed!  If a baby is struggling at the breast, feeding after feeding, crying in protest and being pushed into mom’s breast anyway, and getting hungrier by the hour, that baby is at risk of deciding that breastfeeding is not for him.  In protest, he will refuse to latch, even if he’s never seen a bottle in his young life.  Other babies who are also struggling to get fed at the breast might be given a bottle after the doctor notices he’s not gaining weight fast enough.  If a baby gets a bottle in the traditional manner, lying flat on his back with a bottle pouring into his mouth, he may easily decide, “Hey, this is awesome – all I have to do is lie back and keep from drowning!  I’m never going back to the breast again!”  He now prefers the bottle.  On the other hand, if baby is fed in a way that preserves breastfeeding, this will not happen.
 
So should I feed my baby with a cup or syringe?  These are good short-term solutions to feeding baby while avoiding bottles.  If, however, it turns out baby needs to be supplemented for longer than just a few days, or if it’s 4 a.m. and more milk is ending up on baby’s onesie than in baby’s tummy, consider feeding the baby using upright, paced bottle feeding.
 
How do I give my breastfeeding baby a bottle?  Most bottles flow way too quickly compared with breastfeeding; remember, feeding a newborn at the breast usually takes 20-30 minutes, start to finish.  Compare that with the five minutes it takes to watch Junior suck down two ounces from that freebie bottle nipple provided by the formula company.  Sit baby upright, like he’s sitting on Santa’s lap, allowing his chin to tilt back off his chest, about the same angle as our chin as we drink from a glass of water.  When baby takes the nipple in his mouth, only tilt the bottle sideways until the level of the milk is just barely covering the hole in the nipple.  Holding the bottle sideways allows baby to breathe and take his time.  Offer ½ ounce, then put the bottle down and burp him, to help slow down the feeding.  Repeat this, ½ ounce at a time, until he seems content, then set the bottle aside.
 
Rule #2:  Protect and improve Mom’s milk supply.  If breastfeeding isn’t going well, we often focus so much on Rule #1 (feed the baby!), we forget about doing anything about Mom’s milk supply.  During the first three weeks after your baby is born, your body is calibrating how much milk you’ll need for the entire time you’re breastfeeding.  It’s critical that you stimulate your supply frequently and either breastfeed or pump the milk out thoroughly, so your body will establish a fine milk supply.  If baby isn’t latching on at all, or is leaving a lot of milk behind after feedings, it’s important that Mom pumps her milk to provide supplemental milk for baby away from the breast, and to keep her milk supply going in the right direction.  Mom’s breasts need to be emptied at least eight times in 24 hours to maintain current supply, 10-12 times to increase supply.  Pumping how-to’s will be covered in detail in a later blog.
 
Rule #3:  Keep happy things happening at the breast.  This rule seems logical, but it’s often overlooked.  If baby struggles to latch repeatedly, feels like he’s being shoved around too much at the breast (beware of well-meaning but aggressive nurses), or if he isn’t getting enough milk, feeding after feeding, he’s going to decide the breast is not a fun place to be.  Then he’ll fight and kick and scream as soon as you try to put him in the nursing position, which will break your heart.  If this happens, it’s not a death sentence for breastfeeding; it just means you’ll have to launch a P.R. campaign to get him back to the breast again.  This rule also means that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt.  If Mom dreads every feeding because her nipples are so raw and painful, that’s not “happy things” and she is going to consider quitting.  Keep it happy, get help, and things will improve quickly.
 
This list should include Rule #4: Get help sooner rather than later.  You deserve a positive breastfeeding experience, and that might mean getting help.  Also, if baby is struggling to feed and you don’t get help for a few weeks, your milk supply may suffer.  Sure, breastfeeding is natural, but so is childbirth, and you certainly didn’t do that alone.  Use the lactation consultants in the hospital, call a private practice lactation consultant for an appointment, visit your WIC breastfeeding peer counselor, call La Leche League volunteers, go to breastfeeding support groups – keep asking for help until you and your baby are breastfeeding happily.  Breastfeeding will continue to benefit you and your baby throughout your lives, long after the breastfeeding relationship is a distant memory.  Hang in there – it gets better!
 
To read Debbie’s previous posts, please click on the “Breastfeeding 101” link on the left side of the page.

** Krystyna’s Note:  In today’s internet age, feeding baby away from the breast doesn’t mean you have to supplement with formula.  Consider doing research into breast milk-sharing organizations – you can buy breast milk from for-profit companies; some groups are social sites where milk is donated and exchanged instead of bought.
 
With questions about this post, or to contact Debbie for a consultation:
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Registered with the International Board of
Lactation Consultant Examiners
(480) 786-0431
 
Breastfeeding 101 Class
Join Debbie for a 90-minute comprehensive breastfeeding class once a month (2nd Saturday - 11:00 am) at Modern Mommy Boutique for only $10/couple.
Call Modern Mommy Boutique for registration: 480-857-7187
3355 W. Chandler Blvd #3, Chandler, AZ 85226 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site 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. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



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Breastfeeding: Set Yourself Up For Success

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)
New This Month:  Breastfeeding 101 Series
Thank you to Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC, who has agreed to write a monthly post about breastfeeding.  You can find her at Modern Mommy Boutique on Monday Mornings at 10:00 am for a FREE Breastfeeding Support Group, and she will also be featured here on the fourth Friday of every month.  Please see the end of the post for Debbie's contact information if you are interested in reaching her for more information, or registering for her Breastfeeding 101 Class offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Preparing for a Smooth Breastfeeding Experience Before Baby Arrives
Your baby’s due date is approaching rapidly and you’ve already made the decision that you’re going to breastfeed.  What can you do now to ensure you can meet your breastfeeding goals?

Learn about breastfeeding. 
This seems pretty intuitive but lots of moms, including me, spend more time on planning for the birth than breastfeeding.  Attend breastfeeding classes – as many as you can find – to hear how to get started with breastfeeding, what is normal and when to call for help.  Purchase a quality breastfeeding book written by a reliable source, such as La Leche League’s Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Made Simple by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, or The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr. Jack Newman. 

The Internet is an excellent source for information, but it’s also an excellent source for misinformation, so be careful.   Kellymom.com is an excellent online resource, as is La Leche League (www.LLLI.org). 

If you have friends or family who enjoyed breastfeeding, ask them what they think helped them succeed, and what they might have done differently.  The more you know about what’s normal, the more confident you will feel once your baby is in your arms.

Surround yourself with a supportive team. 
It takes a village to raise a child, so it’s important your village is filled with people who are supportive of your decision to breastfeed.  If your husband or family members don’t agree with your choice, seek out local support groups and spend time with others who share your goals. 

Ask your pediatrician what (s)he suggests to parents who might encounter struggles with breastfeeding: Does (s)he push them immediately to formula, or does (s)he urge them to supplement with pumped milk as needed and get breastfeeding help from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

Use the resources available. 
Of course, this starts with knowing what resources are available, because the worst time to try to find help is when you need it!  Who can you call for help once your baby is born to help you get started or fine-tune your technique? 

If you’re having your baby in a hospital, ask about the hours and days the hospital offers lactation support.  Most hospitals provide a list of resources that includespump rental sources, support group information, and contact information on area IBCLC’s who can meet with you at your home or their office, or you can search for help by zip code at www.ILCA.org

Anyone on AHCCCS is automatically qualified for WIC and free breastfeeding support from WIC breastfeeding peer counselors, who are supervised by IBCLC’s.  La Leche League offers free breastfeeding support by phone and monthly support groups all over the Valley.  The State of Arizona offers free 24-hour breastfeeding support by phone at 1-800-833-4642.

Choose a quality pump to fit the job. 
You may want to pump your milk for a variety of reasons, and choosing the right pump for the job is important to your success and comfort.  Choosing the right pump for the job is essential because breast pumps cannot be returned.

We’ll cover this topic in much more detail in another discussion, hopefully before your baby shower!  Burning questions?  Call an IBCLC – most will be happy to answer general questions over the phone free of charge.

With questions about this post, or to contact Debbie for a consultation:
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC
Registered with the International Board of
Lactation Consultant Examiners
(480) 786-0431

Breastfeeding 101 Class
Join Debbie for a 90-minute comprehensive breastfeeding class once a month (2nd Saturday - 11:00 am) at Modern Mommy Boutique for only $10/couple.

Call Modern Mommy Boutique for registration: 480-857-7187

3355 W. Chandler Blvd #3, Chandler, AZ 85226 



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Maternity and Nursing Bras

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:42 AM Comments comments (2)
Pregnancy Information Desk: Maternity and Nursing Bras

One of our students asked if she should buy a nursing bra while she was still pregnant.  Here are some thoughts on why it’s something to consider investing in now:

  • You will probably want a clean bra to put on after your baby is born, so buying one that you can nurse in makes sense.
  • You will probably not want to be doing laundry as soon as you get home, so having a clean bra waiting for you at home is a good idea.
  • You may want to get used to it before baby comes – how it feels, how it fits and how it works are a good thing to figure out before the baby arrives.   Doing it afterward may be too much newness at once.
  • Right now you have time to try on lots of styles and do some comparison-shopping.  Shopping for nursing bras is not the best reason to bring a newborn out in a crowd, and you certainly don’t want to rely on the bra your husband picks out.

Having said those things, here are some suggestions on how to chose a good nursing bra.  Since they offer ample support, they also work well as a maternity bra.  It is likely that your breasts will start to increase in size and density before baby arrives.

First of all, think about your activity level.  Do you do regular exercise?  Are you active during the day?  Do you plan to go back to work? What kind of bra do you like to wear now?

Next, consider your budget.  What makes the most sense for you to purchase right now?

If you are on a limited budget, in the short term consider investing in a day bra and a sleep bra. You would rotate the wash cycle - one goes on, the other goes in the wash so it's ready to wear in 12 hours.

Even if you can only afford one bra – it’s important to keep it clean to prevent it from smelling like sour milk.  Going without a bra while it is in the wash will let you nipples enjoy the fresh air and reduce the chance of infection from being moist if you are wearing breast pads.  Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, says, “Most new moms use disposable nursing pads so I suggest to moms that they change their nursing pads every time they open up their bras, to minimize bacteria.”

If you need to, wear another type of supportive, comfortable bra while you run your nursing bra through the wash.  For longer wear, you can hang dry it – as it heats up, you can save your bra and some energy by hanging it outside in indirect sunlight – the heat will have it dry in no time!

If you have a more flexible budget, you can consider buying one of each and feeling them out to see which ones you truly need more of – besides everyday bras, there are sports bras and sleep bras.  Maybe you will even splurge on a dressier bra that can be worn with a date-night blouse and has a little peek-a-boo camisole lace going on.  Who says that momma can’t be sexy anymore?

Here are some of the benefits of each one:
Everyday bra – made of a soft fabric, should offer could support and easy access for the times that you need to nurse in public.  Make sure that the fasteners will withstand several washes and that it offers good support if you need it.

Sleep bra – most often made from cotton, light on support, easy access for nighttime feedings.  Ultimately, you want to be able to open it in your sleep.  It usually doesn’t have fasteners, so look for a good product with fabric that resumes its shape after being stretched out around the breast for feeding.

Sports bra – made of a durable nylon-cotton blend for function and for breathability, with a little extra padding in the front to absorb leaks.
Look for fasteners with easy access and durability in the wash with this bra, too.  Most moms aren’t released to resume their pre-pregnancy activity level until after the six-week check up, so you could wait for six weeks to purchase a sports bra.

Date night bra – Date nights after baby usually mean bringing baby along if you are nursing on demand – there is nothing wrong with having an attractive bra that is also functional!  Details like peek-a-boo lace or pretty ribbons make them pretty under a v-neck top, and yet they are functional in that you can nurse baby as needed on your night out with Dad.  Look for good support and easy access when nursing in public.

Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique, offers this suggestion, "When buying a nursing bra before your baby arrives, it is a good idea to buy it one size larger than you measure right now."  Your breasts will grow a little more as they start milk production, and a well-fitting adjustable bra is an asset when everything around your breast area is feeling a little swollen.

Due to the engorgement factor that may last a couple of days to several weeks, I would also suggest that you avoid any bras with underwire when buying your first nursing bras.  The wire may not feel great digging into your swollen breast.  If you can go without the wire, there are several products out there that offer support and a comfortable wear in the early weeks.

Once your breasts figure out the supply-and-demand cycle your baby needs, you can adjust straps and closures to the correct sizes.
It’s easier and more economical to adjust the bra than to go out and buy a bigger or smaller bra size for different cycles in your breastfeeding relationship with your child.

Thanks to Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique, for letting me photograph her merchandise for today's blog post.  She offers a complimentary fitting if you need help buying a nursing bra.  And, if you are in the Phoenix area, please join us tomorrow at the Modern Mommy Boutique Grand Opening from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Krystyna' Favorite Nursing Bra : by Elle McPherson - After nursing 3 children in a variety of situations, this is hands-down my favorite bra.  Offers great support and easy access along with pretty styling.
Krystyna' Favorite Nursing Bra
by Elle McPherson - After nursing 3 children in a variety of situations, this is hands-down my favorite bra. Offers great support and easy access along with pretty styling.
Krystyna's Favorite Nursing Bra : by Elle McPherson - also available in black, I have one of these in my drawer to wear under my black blouses or dresses.
Krystyna's Favorite Nursing Bra
by Elle McPherson - also available in black, I have one of these in my drawer to wear under my black blouses or dresses.
If you can only buy one bra... : this is the one I suggest.   The Glamourmom® Mbody™ Starter Nursing Bra, while  not the "prettiest" - it is the most functional and comfortable thanks to the  breathable, absorbent, stretchy cotton/elastane blend.  It is cool also comfortable for sleeping, too.
If you can only buy one bra...
this is the one I suggest. The Glamourmom® Mbody™ Starter Nursing Bra, while not the "prettiest" - it is the most functional and comfortable thanks to the breathable, absorbent, stretchy cotton/elastane blend. It is cool also comfortable for sleeping, too.
My second choice if you are only buying one bra : By Cantaloop™: Super soft & stretchy fabric adjusts to breasts' changing shape.  With no irritating seams and an integrated inner cup, this is another versatile day to sleep bra.
My second choice if you are only buying one bra
By Cantaloop™: Super soft & stretchy fabric adjusts to breasts' changing shape. With no irritating seams and an integrated inner cup, this is another versatile day to sleep bra.
Talisha's best-selling nursing tank : By Cantaloop™:  Same soft fabric and benefits as the nursing bra, this tank is great for moms who like to layer and/or keep their bellies covered while they nurse.
Talisha's best-selling nursing tank
By Cantaloop™: Same soft fabric and benefits as the nursing bra, this tank is great for moms who like to layer and/or keep their bellies covered while they nurse.
Everyday Bra : Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra - offers ample support through pregnancy and breastfeeding: "everyone loves this seamless nursing bra that molds to your shape"
Everyday Bra
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra - offers ample support through pregnancy and breastfeeding: "everyone loves this seamless nursing bra that molds to your shape"
Everyday Bra : Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra -  offers ample support through pregnancy and breastfeeding:  it "is the perfect foam cup t-shirt nursing bra that features our proprietary Flexi-Fit™ support channel, giving you an elegant shape and exceptional fit for everyday use"
Everyday Bra
Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra - offers ample support through pregnancy and breastfeeding: it "is the perfect foam cup t-shirt nursing bra that features our proprietary Flexi-Fit™ support channel, giving you an elegant shape and exceptional fit for everyday use"
Easy-Open clasp : Close-up of the clasp on the Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra
Easy-Open clasp
Close-up of the clasp on the Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra
Sleep Bras : By La Leche League - this slip open style worked well for me and I loved the easy access at night!
Sleep Bras
By La Leche League - this slip open style worked well for me and I loved the easy access at night!
Sports Bras : Some comfy and supportive options: 
By La Leche League in Gray;
By  Milkalicious in White
Sports Bras
Some comfy and supportive options:
By La Leche League in Gray;
By Milkalicious in White
Easy Clasp : Close up of the easy-open closure on the Milkalicious bra - very easy to open and close with one hand.
Easy Clasp
Close up of the easy-open closure on the Milkalicious bra - very easy to open and close with one hand.
Some pretties : By You! Lingerie
Some pretties
By You! Lingerie
More pretties : By You! Lingerie
More pretties
By You! Lingerie
Yes - even nursing moms can wear leopard! : By You! Lingerie
Yes - even nursing moms can wear leopard!
By You! Lingerie
Nursing Bras with Bling : By HOTmilk - luminous nursing bra in champagne with gardenia lace
Nursing Bras with Bling
By HOTmilk - luminous nursing bra in champagne with gardenia lace
Bling in jet black : By HOTmilk - blaze nursing bra in microfiber fabric
Bling in jet black
By HOTmilk - blaze nursing bra in microfiber fabric
They even make them strapless! : By La Leche League - this microfiber option also comes with clear-straps for extra support when you need it.
They even make them strapless!
By La Leche League - this microfiber option also comes with clear-straps for extra support when you need it.









Disclaimer:
The material included on this site 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. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.