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How to Reduce Breastfeeding Inequality

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 12:13 PM Comments comments (5)
I'd like to introduce our readers to Neve Spicer, writer and founder of We The Parents. She is sharing some very important information about breastfeeding disparity. I thought it especially important to share this information during Black Breastfeeding Week, in the hopes that a change-maker sees today's post and can help take action on the steps that Neve outlined in THIS post.  You can scroll to the end of today's post to see those steps, although I encourage you to click on the link and read the whole article.

I'm Neve, a proud mother of two, breastfeeding advocate, and part-time blogger over at WeTheParents. I'm really happy to be contributing to Sweet Pea Births during this year's Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Now, when I say that I'm a breastfeeding advocate... I'm a pretty easy going one and not so much a die-hard lactivist. I breast fed both of my children and my experiences couldn't have been more different. My first experience was a nightmare; I don't think I did things right, and without a good support network I ended up with a very low milk supply. My daughter pretty much screamed constantly until I began to wean her early at 4-months. With my second, on the other hand, the experience was completely different. I was scared that I’d have the same problem, but actually things worked out beautifully and I breastfed until 18 months.

My breastfeeding experiences led me to want to support women and to let them know that, firstly, breastfeeding doesn’t always go according to plan, but also, secondly, it’s important to realize that our self-defeating beliefs, such as “I can’t produce enough milk” can also be wrong. I also realized that breastfeeding success depends so much on the knowledge and support we receive throughout our breastfeeding journey from pregnancy to weaning.

Now: I’m a bit of a research geek and while digging into some scientific journals on breastfeeding, I was shocked to learn just how drastically socio-economic forces affect breastfeeding rates.

Did you know that only 38% of mothers living below the poverty threshold (in the US) breastfeed at 6-months, while 68% of mothers in top-earning families do. That’s a huge difference, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I learned that that in academic and social policy circles people have known about these breastfeeding disparities for a long time. But why, then, was I not reading about it on the popular blogs I followed?

Too many heated words and firey tweets are being wasted on the breast vs bottle 'mommy war'. The big problem, however, is not whether a well-educated and well-off mother chooses to breastfeed. The real issue is breastfeeding inequality; too many mothers are NOT getting equal opportunity to breastfeed, even when they want to.

After discovering all of this, I wanted to shout about it. It’s time the blogosphere reframed the debate. I think we can all agree that if a mother, from any walk of life, wants to breastfeed, then she should be given the best chance possible. I passionately believe that mothers should unite behind this common goal.

Neve


FROM WeTheParents:

HOW TO REDUCE BREASTFEEDING INEQUALITY
Too few mothers follow the AAP’s optimal breastfeeding recommendations. Were this a result of well-educated, well-informed, and well-off women choosing alternative nutrition options, that would be one thing. Unfortunately, the truth is that many babies are formula fed because their mothers are not sufficiently aware of the health risks or they simply don’t have practical support (at work or home) to make it work.This is unfair and impacts on the health of thousands of US mothers and babies each year. It has been estimated that annual excess deaths attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding total 3,340, 78% (2605) maternal and 22% (735) infant. (Source)But how can we reduce the breastfeeding inequality?While there is no easy fix, there are several strategies that have been highlighted and could use public awareness and support. These are:

  • Maternity/lactation support – Improve hospital maternity care and lactation support practices. For example, increasing the number of Baby-Friendly Designated hospitals across the US, especially in states with more poverty;
  • Educate professionals – Continued education of healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, midwives, and lactation consultants, to improve their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors toward breastfeeding support;
  • Improve new mother access to professional lactation support – This can be done in different ways, such as in-person, online, telephone, or group. It can involve home-visits or breastfeeding clinics within the community;
  • Peer support programs – Peer support is a powerful mechanism for helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. Effective peer support typically requires leaders to be trained as facilitators. Mothers then share emotional support as well as guidance and problem-solving advice;
  • Boost breastfeeding support in the workplace – There are numerous ways in which employers can support mothers to continue breastfeeding. These include developing corporate policies, and providing adequate lactation spaces and equipment and giving women the flexibility to use them. Onsite child-care and allowing babies at the workplace also helps;
  • Support for breastfeeding in childcare and pre-kindergarten settings – Many mothers have older siblings attending early care education centers (eg, Head Start or pre-K). This solution involves improving the support that these centers give to breastfeeding mothers, eg, welcoming breastfeeding mothers to come into the center, or training staff to handle the storage and use of pumped breastmilk;
  • Improved access to breastfeeding education and information – While many mothers have heard the message that “breast is best”, many new mothers do not have direct experience of breastfeeding. It is vital that education and information get into all communities, especially minority groups that can be harder to reach;
  • Address the marketing of infant formula the associated conflict of interest in hospitals – There exist well-established links between commercial formula companies and hospitals. In return for free infant formula for babies that need it, many hospitals agree to give away free formula within their discharge bags. There is also a high incidence of hospital routinely supplementing breastfed infants with formula within the first 48-hours. Both of these practices lead to an increased uptake in formula use and a corresponding drop in breastfeeding rates. It is important that marketing practices that directly reduce breastfeeding rates are dismantled and replaced with others that do not involve a conflict of interest.

Thank you, Neve, for taking the time to research this topic and outlining specific action steps we can take to support our breastfeeding sisters.


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®.

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Feeding Sweet Peas Home-Grown Goodness

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Thank you to Jenny Silverstone, from Mama Loves Best, for writing our guest post in support of breastfeeding, one of our favorite topics here at SPB.

Feeding our Babies Home-Grown Goodness

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

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

When it comes to nutrition for your baby, breasts are best. It’s not just rhetoric -- science backs up what many mothers have long suspected. Our breasts are here for a reason, and that reason is to give our babies the nutrition they need to get a great, healthy start in life. As moms, we are fully equipped to give our babies everything they need, if only we learn to trust ourselves and know that we’ll find our way on this incredible journey.

At MomLovesBest, we are committed to helping moms find the information they need to make the best choices for their kids and their families. Our new infographic, The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding, gives everyone compelling reasons to consider breastfeeding their babies

This infographic details the health benefits for both babies and mothers, and what breastfeeding can do for society as a whole. After all, we’re all on this crazy ride called motherhood together -- by working together to educate, grow and learn, we can help the newest generation of mothers and their babies live healthier, happier lives. 

While motherhood can be a lot of responsibility, you’ll find that it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice at all -- you’ll treasure every moment, even the difficult ones. That first smile, laugh or kiss from your baby is worth any effort you go through!


Read the full article to learn more about each benefit at


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

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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

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

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














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If you should have questions about today's information, be sure to reach out to your local IBCLC for help.  You can find one in your area by visiting www.ilca.org.

I hope you enjoyed and learned something from today's special Breastfeeding Edition of Q&A with SPB.  We'll be back next week with another installment with the IBCLCs from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center!


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Do you have a question for the IBCLCs this month? 
Be sure to leave a comment so we can have them answer it for you.

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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®.

Inside Look: The Milk Spot

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This month, I would like to introduce you to The Milk Spot, a growing lactation clinic conveniently located in Central Phoenix.  The Milk Spot offers support groups and breastfeeding classes, as well as private consultations with the gold standard in lactation care, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).
 
Big thanks to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, for taking the time to do our interview so we can give you the INSIDE LOOK into The Milk Spot!
 
Who are The Milk Spot care providers?
Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC, CD(DONA)
Nichelle Whitehead, MD FACOG
Jacqueline Norris, CBC, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA)
 
What kind of families does The Milk Spot serve? 
We serve the diverse community of the metro Phoenix area. Families come from all over Central Arizona to get help with breastfeeding in our convenient, central location. We work with first-time parents, growing families, clients with history of breast surgery and fertility treatments, low-supply, oversupply, tongue and lip ties among other concerns. Our practice is LGBT-friendly. 
 
What range of services does The Milk Spot provide? Is there anything you do not provide for?
The Milk Spot provides private, in-person lactation consultations with an IBCLC, monthly breastfeeding classes, weekly support group and free weight checks. The Milk Spot does not yet offer pump rentals or sales, but stay tuned for future announcements of added services!
 
What makes The Milk Spot unique?
The Milk Spot is a warm, welcoming environment for new families to get needed support in the postpartum period. Parents love our weekly support group where lasting friendships have bloomed into toddler playgroups and Parents' Nights Out. We are located adjacent to Blossom Birth Center, so we enjoy a close relationship with the midwives, but we welcome clients from any practice and birth location, and respect their provider/patient relationships. 
 
What motivated you to start The Milk Spot?
The Milk Spot has been offering breastfeeding classes and support groups since 2011. To complement those services, we wanted to provide a lactation clinic in central Phoenix, with the added benefits of insurance billing and affordable rates. The potential for the clinic will grow from there!
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about this you or The Milk Spot?
We welcome your questions and we are happy to discuss your options over the phone!
 
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the happy smiles and look of relief on the clients' faces when they get the help they needed to give them a plan and a method to improve their breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding is important to them, and I will do whatever I can to help them get to their goals!
 
Monthly Calendar HERE  
 
Contact The Milk Spot:
(602) 529-5159
 
Office:
2922 N 18 Place, Phoenix, AZ

Have you had a great experience with Michelle and/or The Milk Spot?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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®.

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Q&A with SPB: Will breastfeeding hurt?

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (0)
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Q&A with SPB:  
Will breastfeeding hurt? What does a good latch look like?
 
Although biologically instinctive, sometimes we haven’t seen other women breastfeed. Learning how to breastfeed has a visual as well as physical learning curve.

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

 
What to look for in your Sweet Pea:
Wide open gape – mouth is open greater than a 90 degree angle
Big angle in the corner of the mouth
Baby takes in as much of the areola as they can
Tongue presses up against the palate
Upper & lower lip flipped out
 
If it hurts, gently break suction and take baby off so that you don’t cause any nipple damage.
 
Video of a good latch
 
Catch your baby in early stages of hunger, and baby will be a lot more patient with you as you get a good latch.

Source: Image developed by Women's and Newborn Services Royal 
Brisbane and Woman's Hospital. Queensland Government.

Get to support groups and ask other moms what they see/if they have any tips
 
Support groups at AZ Breastfeeding Center
 
Listing of Phoenix, AZ area/National/International Support Groups






Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this blog and 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: Will I ever sleep again?

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM Comments comments (0)
Today's question is from new parents who feel like they are feeding their Sweet Pea all the time, and are wondering if they are ever going to get some much-needed sleep...


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Since we enjoyed having them join us during Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we invited our friends at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to join us again this month.  Joining us today is lactation pro Desiree Allison, IBCLC, RLC:



Here is a summary of Desiree's answer:
It's all about stomach size.  As the itty bitty stomach stretches, so will the amount of time between feedings.  If at the end of 6-8 weeks, your baby is still nursing around the clock, then it is probably a warning sign to get some help from an IBCLC.

Infant stomach size visual


1-day old - through 1st week: capacity is 5-7 ml, about the size of a marble.  Researchers have found that the day-old newborn’s stomach does not stretch to grow more.  Since the walls are firm, any extra milk is most often spit up – colostrum is just the right amount for the baby’s first feedings.

By the end of 2nd week: Capacity has grown to .75-1 oz – size of a shooter marble.  Small, frequent feedings assure baby is consuming what (s)he needs.

By the end of first month: Capacity is now the size of a ping pong ball, around 2 - 4 ounces.  Continued frequent feedings will insure baby is eating what (s)he needs – milk production meets baby’s intake.


How do you stay sane until your baby starts sleeping in longer stretches?
1.) Involve the Dad/Partner - have them hold the baby while you get (at least!) a 45-minute nap.

2.) Try wearing your baby in a baby carrier - it lets you feel like you are not married to your couch!

3.)  Sleep when the baby sleeps - it's not the right time to get all the projects done that you couldn't do when you were uncomfortably pregnant.

4.) If you do need help, be sure to get professional help to be an extra set of eyes that can guide you.


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Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this video and 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 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:Milk Production & Baby Getting Enough

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)
Since it's National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to be able to feature our friends from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center to answer today's Q&A.  Huge thank you to Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC for taking the time to sit down with us!
 
 
How do I know if I have enough milk production? How can I tell if my baby is getting enough?
 
Putting the baby to the breast 8-12 times in a 24 hour period, gets milk production off to a good start.
 
There are no ounce markers on our breasts!  Count the diapers…
Day 1: 1 wet, 1 poop
Day 2: 2 wet, 2 poop
Day 3: 3 wet, 3 poop
Day 4: 4 wet, 4 poop
Day 5: 5 wet, 5 poop
Day 6: 6 wet, 6 poop
It is likely that somewhere in that first week, your mature milk will comes in.  When that happens, you would look for 6-8 wet & poopy diapers per day.
 
If you are worried about your baby’s weight gain, don’t fret…call your pediatrician or come in for a weight check at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.
 
Boost supply: in most cases, more contact with baby = more milk production. Theoretically, the when you put the baby to the breast more often, the breast responds by making more milk. 
 
Krystyna’s note: We also know that the more skin-to-skin contact between the MotherBaby, the better the whole system works between the Mother and Baby: more milk, more sleep, less crying – learn more about co-sleeping HERE and babywearing HERE.  
 
If skin-to-skin contact alone isn’t having the desired effect, find more ideas to boost milk supply HERE 


Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this blog and 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: Trying to breastfeed when it didn't work with the first baby

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 11:06 AM Comments comments (0)


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

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

 
Some posible reasons why breastfeeding might have been hard last time:
There was an early separation after the birth. This time, keep your baby with you, and have as much skin-to-skin as possible.
 
There was inadequate information about how frequently newborns feed.  When you don't know how often to feed, it can lead to a lower milk supply.  Taking a breastfeeding class will inform you on what “normal” infant feeding is, and equip you with the confidence to feed your baby when they show you their feeding cues. 
 
The birth team/circumstances were a factor.  Hire a doula this time around.  They will help you create a birth plan that encourages breastfeeding.  They will advocate for your wishes to be honored.
 
What can you do this time?
Remember that just because you had trouble with the first baby, there is no guarantee that you will have problems with the second.  This is a new infant and a new mouth – try again! Take all that info that you learned from the first time, and all the research you have done this time around, and apply it to the next baby.
 
Take a class – it will be a refresher to reinforce what you know, and you will probably learn something new.
 
Going skin-to-skin with the baby in the delivery room: it’s the best first thing you can do.
 
Connect with some community [or online] support groups.  Surround yourself with people who will encourage you in your choice to breastfeed. It helps to find other mothers who have breastfed at least one year: chances are that they have faced some challenges, and they will be able to inform and encourage you if you face similar situations.
 
Schedule a prenatal consult in the office.  You can sit down with an IBCLC to create a care plan, and have that in place should you face any challenges.  It will help to protect the breastfeeding relationship when you already have resources in place, you will know who and when to contact someone if you have any questions.
 
Do you have any tips to share with families in this situation? 
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. In addition, if you have any questions you would like the IBCLCs to answer, post it below :)


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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®.


 

Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding + The Fertility Cycle

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)

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

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

These gals are the gold-standard in lactation care.  You can get help from a Lactation Counselor (LC), a Certified Lacatation Counselor (CLC), or an  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  To simplify things, the longer the designation, the more years of study and experience.  You can be certified as an "LC" in a weekend training class.  To get your IBCLC is the equivalent of a 4-year college science degree in human lactation.  

Today's VLOG answers this student/reader question:




Scroll down below the video if you want to review the main points of Michelle's answer.  You can also find a link to the book she references in the video.  




In short, be careful!! If your fertility is suppressed through your breastfeeding relationship with your Sweet Pea, it is still possible to get pregnant before your first menses, as some of our students can confirm for you!! Others have had to use the strategies outlined below in order to encourage their fertility cycle to return.  

Baby milestones that encourage your ovulation to start again:

  • Baby is six months old
  • At this stage, they may be sleeping longer stretches
  • At this stage, they may be starting solids


These milestones might start sending the signal to your body to shift back towards fertility.  

What if these things are true and your cycle hasn't started again?

  • Nurse less at night - try to go at least six hours between feedings
  • Offer your Sweet Pea more solids so they ask for less milk during the day
  • Start looking for signs of cerevical mucous - that is a sign that your body may be getting ready to ovulate


As Michelle says, it is helpful to get to know your body so you understand what to look for when you are ready to grow your family. By definition, you will ovulate before your first menses, so be careful if you are not sure you are ready to keep growing your family just yet.

She said that they often suggest the book, Taking Charge Of Your Fertility when mamas ask this question at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.  The book explains the fertility signs and helps families understand what to look for, where ever they happen to be on wanting/not wanting more children at this stage.

What was your experience with breastfeeding and fertility?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

 

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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®.


Why Breastfeed?

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM Comments comments (0)
Shara is wearing a Nixilu nursing blouse

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

Quite simply, because it is the best choice for mothers and babies.  There is literally no end in sight to the discovery of the number of benefits for mothers and babies during the time they are nursing, and there are also benefits that extend beyond the end of the breastfeeding relationship.  I am not going to extoll on them here. I have added several links at the end of this post for you to explore.

This month, we will be posting pictures of SPB alums and friends nursing their Sweet Peas, ranging from newborn through toddler years.  My mission is to normalize breastfeeding and show mamas with Sweet Peas of all ages, that there are other mothers like them.  

Benefits for baby: Image from The Alpha Parent HERE


Benefits for toddlers: Image from The Alpha Parent HERE


What if you weren't able to breastfeed?  Know that breastfeeding is much more than food.  Even if you had to choose formula due to circumstances, or made the choice because that was best for your family, one of the greatest benefits to breastfeeding is the bonding time.  

Someone who bottle-feeds can take the time to sit with their Sweet Pea and look them in the eye as they feed from their bottle. The benefit of a life-long connection is available to anyone who will take the time and intentionally and lovingly feed their baby. 

Part of my personal goal with this week/month every year is to expand the conversation around breast milk.  We tend to have an "all or nothing" perspective about breastfeeding.  If we can only do it a little bit, then society tells us we might as well give up because "it isn't working".

WRONG!!! Even if you are only giving your baby an ounce, or even a teaspoon, a day, that is liquid gold!!  The real work is not negotiating the mommy-wars...it's expanding the conversation so that people know that it's not breastfeeding vs. formula...there are lots of ways to feed babies, the most important being, FEED THE BABY!


So stay with us this month as we share breastfeeding stories of trials and triumph, do the "Q&A with SPB" on our YouTube channel with our special guests, the IBCLC's from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, and as we keep posting images of mothers who are breastfeeding newborns through toddler Sweet Peas - you are not alone!!

Here are some links in case you are looking for reasons to breastfeed, or if you want to learn more about the benefits to mom and baby:

La Leche League - offers links to their archive of newsletter articles

KellyMom.com - offers links to position statements and policy statements from leading world organizations

Web MD - Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby + Mother



What is your favorite benefit of breastfeeding?
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