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In Their Own Words: Tanya...Part 1

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)
"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at [email protected] to get started.

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As a mother to two girls I feel even more of a responsibility to normalize breastfeeding. My amazing mother did that for me and I am forever grateful. I grew up knowing that breastfeeding was a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby. 

From the moment I knew I wanted to be a mom, I knew I would breastfeed. So imagine my surprise when I have my first daughter and suddenly I felt an overwhelming embarrassment to nurse in public…WITH A NURSING COVER even. 

There was many a time I went to nurse her in my car or even nursed her in a store bathroom (not my finest hour)!!! To this day I am not even sure where this feeling came from because I was never the victim of shaming from another person while breastfeeding. I imagine it all comes from society’s perception of breastfeeding. 

Thankfully, I had joined Mercy Gilbert’s breastfeeding group and slowly my embarrassment began to turn into pride. By the time I finished Krystyna and Bruss’ Bradley Class in the Spring of 2013, I felt like a superhero of sorts for all the amazing benefits I had provided for my daughter and was going to give my new baby.


I went from not wanting anyone to see me breastfeed with my first daughter (the only picture I have is from the hospital), to embracing the wonderful bond breastfeeding brings and doing so in pictures.

Photo shoot for social media
Photo shoot for social media
Photo by Erin Rudd Photography; Set at Modern Mommy Boutique
Photo shoot for social media
Photo by Erin Rudd Photography; Styling by Modern Mommy Boutique
Photo shoot for social media
Family time
Family time
Family time
2-year-old T nursing her baby Cinderella while I nurse baby K; Photo by Knit Together Photography
Family time
Tandem nursing
Tandem nursing
Nursing K at 3 years and C at 1 year
Extended breastfeeding
My current nursling, baby C – almost 15 months
Extended breastfeeding






































































Today I have been breastfeeding or pregnant (or breastfeeding while pregnant) for 5 ½ years. My greatest accomplishment so far is seeing my daughters “nurse” their babies. It shows me that I have been that role model for them to show them that breastfeeding is normal and beautiful and even difficult at times. 

When my 5-year-old daughter tells me how she needs to nurse her 2-year-old doll or my 3-year-old daughter says “I nurse my baby, mama!” that is simply music to my ears. I started out my nursing journey hoping I could make it to one year and hoping I wouldn’t offend anybody if I had to nurse in public. 

Now, I have proudly nursed one child to 22 months, another to 3 years and am currently nursing my almost 15-month old son until our nursing journey comes to an end. Furthermore, I nurse in public wherever I need to, sometimes with a cover, sometimes without; and sometimes while baby-wearing. 

My hope is that I not only provide my daughters and son with a positive view of breastfeeding, but also inspire a new mom to feel like she is a superhero of sorts when breastfeeding; because it is hard, it is exhausting, it is amazing, it is powerful, it is rewarding, it is blissful, it is depressing, it is courageous, it is painful, it is empowering, but most importantly, it requires a village in order to be successful. 

Whether it be family members (I am so lucky that my parents and in-laws where both a tremendous help), a group or class (both life savers for me), a friend, relative, doctor….it takes a village to make breastfeeding successful. And I am forever grateful for the confidence my village gave me.



Thank you to Tanya for sharing her breastfeeding journey today <3 I hope it has touched you and inspired you in some way, and that you will take heart and courage in your own breastfeeding journey.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Phoenix La Leche League: Live, Latch, Love
As part of the LLL area conference
August 26th, 5-7 PM
Embassy Suites Biltmore
 
La Leche League Conference
August 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites Biltmore

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

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

Breastfeeding Rooted in Nature

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 12:08 AM Comments comments (0)

"A baby nursing at a mother's breast...is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature"
~David Suzuki

Photo credit:  Erin Rudd Photography
Set at Modern Mommy Boutique, Chandler, AZ
Image design: Amy Latek



To Look or Not to Look

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (0)
 Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Image credit: Erin Rudd Photography
Belabumbum Nightgown provided by Modern Mommy Boutique

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus as an infant:

Virgin and Child, by Bernard van Orley


Jesus as an older baby:

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

Jesus as a toddler??

Madonna che allatta
Bernardino Luini - olio

And this one even shows *gasp* NIPPLE!!

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

Another one with "the nip"!!

Gerard David, Nursing Madonna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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



The Right to Breastfeed

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM Comments comments (0)
Britta is wearing a nightgown by Belabumbum; bra by La Mystère

As more and more women gain knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, more women are understanding that when the baby wants/needs to eat, the baby needs to be fed, no matter where the MotherBaby happens to be at the time.  The Pope has famously implored mothers to feed their babies (link HERE)...it's time for the rest of the world to catch up.
 
In part due to the hypersexualization of the female body, breastfeeding in public became taboo.  Women of the 21st century are reclaiming the right to feed their Sweet Peas according to nature’s design.  Nursing in Public (“NIP”) is becoming more and more common as more women refuse to succumb to the pressure that breastfeeding is a home activity. We are gradually normalizing NIP when we respond to our children's hunger cues or emotional cues that breastfeeding can fix, even if we happen to be out of the house or car at the time we are reading these cues.  (Yes, I'm guilty of sitting in a hot car to feed my Sweet Pea so I don't offend someone else's sensitivities.  By Sweet Pea#2, that little concern went away as I gained more confidence to feed wherever we happened to be at the time).
 
It’s not about flaunting our breasts, or being disrespectful to religious beliefs.  It is all about basic mammal biology: after pregnancy, birth mothers lactate; after birth, babies are fed from mammary glands.  The MotherBaby dyad remains intact when they are responding to each other, and one of those signals is the hunger cue.
 
I have written several posts about breastfeeding in public – here are some links for you to explore if you want to read more:
 
Keep Calm and Feed Your Baby – tips to gain confidence nursing in public (NIP)
 
5 Confidence Building Tips for NIP
 
My First Time NIP
 
Nursing in Public – My Personal Evolution
 
Breastfeeding: A Father’s Perspective
 
Are you a lactivist?
 
Breastfeeding and the Law - UPDATE: Since this was written, IDAHO remains the lone state that lacks a provision for the protection of breastfeeding/exemption from indecency laws.
 
Break Time for Nursing Mothers - preserving your breastfeeding relationship when you return to work

I hope that one of these posts speaks to you and lends you the confidence to respond to your Sweet Pea the next time they need to breastfeed and you are out of your comfort zone.  Your Sweet Pea will thank you :)

Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 

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: Tandem Nursing

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Francis is wearing a nursing bra by YouLingerie; robe by Belabumbum
Styling by Modern Mommy Boutique
Photo by Erin Rudd Photography

My foray into tandem nursing turned into an adventure with extended breastfeeding.  It doesn't go that way for everyone...if you are interested in reading about our journey, see the links below the post.

What do you do if you are interested in tandem nursing, or at least, trying to nurse into your next pregnancy? One of my favorite on-line resources is KellyMom.com.  She offers a great resource list HERE

What about tandem nuring in public? As with other "NIP" experiences, try it out amongst supportive friends and peers first.  Do you know other moms who are tandem nursing? Meet up with them in a breastfeeding-friendly place.  See what happens...sometimes it's a "monkey see, monkey do" scenario, other times kiddos will just observe and think about what they will do next time.  Either way, if your children decide to tandem nurse, you will not be alone in that choice.

Let the fact that the law is on your side in almost every state in the union lend you some confidence as well.  In the last year, two more states have added protections for nursing mothers into the books.  For now, the only state left without any kind of safeguard for mothers breastfeeding in public is Idaho. If you are traveling, or you are curious what your own state says about NIP, check state laws HERE.  None of the laws quantify how many children you may nurse at a time, so you and your Sweet Peas are safe to meet needs as they need to be met.

As your confidence grows, you will be able to nurse in public with much more ease.  You may even serve to inspire another mom to tandem nurse her children...one of the greatest gifts of all.  If it hadn't been for a couple of moms in my circle who did that for me, I would have missed out on some of the most rewarding years of breastfeeding our Sweet Peas.

Do you have tips to share with other moms who want to tandem nurse?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

Tandem Nursing on SPB
http://www.sweetpeabirths.com/blog/Tandem+Nursing.aspx

Tandem Nursing on SPF blog
http://www.sweetpeafamilies.com/?s=tandem


 

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®.


Birth Story: Marathon Labor

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Christine & BJ Bollier 
Bradley Method© Birth Story

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonOur goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together.  The reality is that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.  Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
 
This story is a great example of making your wishes known, persevering through a long labor that stalled (The Bradley Method® calls “the stall”, aka “failure to progress”, a “Natural Alignment Plateau” or "NAP"), and making decisions as the labor progressed for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby birth experience.  Even with an intervention they did not initially want or anticipate, they were able to have the vaginal, unmedicated birth they had prepared for.
 
One of my favorite quotes from the video is Christine’s statement, “I was tired, but I was never scared, because I knew what to expect.”
 
 Link to video: http://youtu.be/PmlPITHsFio

Here is a quick summary of their labor:  She started with contractions around 15 minutes apart on a Thursday morning.  They went to their doctor’s appointment that afternoon and decided to go home and let their labor progress. On Friday, they were timing contractions throughout the day.  When they got to five minutes apart, they decided to go to the hospital because of the impending blizzard (they live in Payson, AZ).  By the time they were all checked into their room, it was 2:30 am on Saturday.  By Saturday evening at 6:00 pm, they hit a NAP at around 8 cm dilation.  They made the decision to accept an amniotomy (breaking the bag of waters) at 10:00 pm.  Their son was born on Sunday morning at 3:30 am.
 
When the Bollier's time their labor, they call it 36 hours from the contractions that were 6 minute apart  on Friday afternoon to the time when he was born on Sunday morning.  They both stayed awake for the whole of that time, save a few cat naps that happened between contractions when they were both exhausted.  It is good to note that they did sleep on Thursday night when contractions were still in the "putsy-putsy" stage.
 
I am so glad she talks about how she experienced contractions – that’s a big question mark for first-time moms.  Christine says she felt them as rhythmic and internalized them – she says she could have painted you a picture of the contractions.  I love that perspective!
 
HIGHLIGHTS
Birth plan

  • They did their work throughout and after Class 7 when we talk about writing the Birth Plan. 
  • They got great ideas, and then took it to their care provider and asked her, “Is everything realistic on here?”  She went through it line by line and said it was all in-line with what was possible in a hospital setting. 
  • Care provider signed off on plan, put it in file, sent it to hospital to give the staff their a heads up on their desires for their birth. 
  • When it was “go time”, they arrived at hospital with several copies of plan and 3 dozen cookies.
  • Everyone who walked into the room was offered cookies and a birth plan

 
Changing the Plan

  • “Going in, we knew there might be a possibility that things were not going to go to plan.”
  • Came to terms with making an adjustment
  • Once the bag of waters was broken, contractions completely changed and things progressed quickly
  • Christine reasoned with herself, “This isn’t going to be how I planned it, but if I give up one thing, the birth can still happen unmedicated like I want it to”

 
Christine’s Insight:
Q: What did BJ do as a Coach that helped you the most?
A: He kept me from freaking out when it had gone on for so long.  
As she explains, he kept her on track through the exhaustion. BJ kept her calm with reassurance; he also pointed out the progress they had made. 

Loosely paraphrasing: [The hard part] wasn’t the pain – it was the exhaustion.  I knew the pain was purposeful because I was getting a baby.  [Contractions] came in bursts and they were not constant - it wasn’t miserable pain or constant pain from an injury that hurts all the time. Looking back a year later, [a contraction] was such a short period of time.
 
BJ’s nuggets of wisdom
Education & knowledge quell fear – having notes at my fingertips kept me from getting scatterbrained while I was watching (coaching) my wife through labor.
 
Postpartum advice for the husbands: Don’t be proud – just say yes.  Don’t be too proud to accept help – it’s a gift.
 
On the lighter side, you’ll hear the inauguration of the term “The Splash Zone” – now that we know our student’s perception of watching all the birth videos from the first row of chairs, it’s what we call that front line when we show birth videos in class - lol.
 
QUESTIONS FROM THE CLASS:
Q: Were you both awake the whole [36 hours of progressive labor]?
A: Yes…If I had it to do over again – we would rest throughout labor.  You’ll hear it in class that you should rest.  Seriously – REST.  After the baby is born, you are playing catch-up with sleep.
 
Q: What can you tell us about breastfeeding a newborn?
A: Get your hands on reading material, borrow books, have phone numbers of support people you can call, have a good structure around you to encourage, inspire, and inform you.
 
Invest in good bras – wear a tank top with shirt underneath at this age (son is about 11 months old in this video), after the infant stage the nursing cover is not staying on!
 

Did you have a long labor?  What labor management tips would you share with first-time parents?
 Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
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®.


 

Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM Comments comments (0)
The theme for this month was Nature's Best...what better way to start our #wordlesswednesday than with these pictures of a statue my mom saw on her Peru trip??

Breastfeeding Awareness Month #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14
Breastfeeding Awareness Month #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14




For more information on how you can help raise breastfeeding awareness this month, please click HERE for more information from the US Breastfeeding Committee.

Here are some other images from our readers...and the evolution I have gone through as a breastfeeding mama...from uncovered only at home, to covered, to posting selfies on Instagram and Twitter as my confidence in my choice to breastfeed has grown.  

Breastfeeding Awareness Month #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14 Breastfeeding Awareness Month #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14
Breastfeeding Awareness Month #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14

@sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14
@sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14 @sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14 @sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14 @sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14
@sweetpeabirths #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14

Please tag us @sweetpeabirths on Twitter or on Instagram so that we can see your #beautifulbfing #normalizebfing #NBM14 images <3

More posts about Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Black Breastfeeding Week

Top 5 Breastfeeding Products

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)
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®.
 
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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
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Inside Look: CoverMyHeart

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM Comments comments (0)
Here is another Inside Look just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. The creator of the CoverMyHeart nursing covers, was kind enough to do a virtual interview with us. 

 
Sweet Pea Births meets April Marcial, creator and founder of CoverMyHeart nursing covers







I met April Marcial (“AM”) at the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest in June.  We had a chance to visit between interested mamas stopping at her booth.  Her journey as a mother and entrepreneur is incredible – a link to her story is at the bottom of this blog post.  It is an honor to cross paths in life with people who are really making a difference in the world – she is one of them. 
 
As with Tuesday's feature, April’s product is designed for nursing mothers who want to cover when they nurse in public (“NIP”).  As she says, this is a product where function meets fashion.  If you are a scarf aficionado like I am, I think you will agree.
 
Here is the CoverMyHeart interview – enjoy!
 
SPB: What motivated you to start CoverMyHeart?
AM: I launched CoverMyHeart in 2011 after being on unemployment for two years. I decided to take my future into my own hands.  Because of personal reasons originating in childhood trauma, I had a passion to change the way women breastfeed by adding “fashion to function”.  I pursued and obtained a patent for my idea and hit the ground running.

Inside Look: CoverMyHeart nursing cover
 
SPB: How did you come up with design for the breastfeeding scarf?
AM: I wanted a product that solves a problem for breastfeeding moms and promote the bond between mother and baby. With the help of a local breastfeeding café, the Women wanted pieces that can keep up with their busy lives, make them feel beautiful and confident even when breastfeeding, have a high design quality and durability, but still a good value.  After a multitude of prototypes, I patented the design they all fell in love with.

Inside Look: CoverMyHeart nursing cover

SPB: How many ways can you wear the “function meets fashion” nursing accessory?
AM: This breastfeeding scarf does it all, offering 17 ways to wear; we have launched a video showing 11 of them.  These pieces add a trend-setting flair to any ensemble. 
 
SPB: What inspired your choices of fabrics for the nursing scarf?
AM: I have a designer that picks out my fabric choices.  Pantone sets the trend and Chiffon fabric is for comfort.  The fabric choice is designed for success!
 
SPB: Do you have a favorite pattern in my collection?
AM: I love every pattern and I wear them all but, the one I wear most is Jewell, it goes with so many of my outfits.

 
SPB: What makes your product unique?
AM: Our A-line design adds a fashion flair and elegance.  One side opens so mom can easily latch and allows an open arm so she can multi task. Its size is designed to go through toddler stage and when mom is done breastfeeding, it becomes an accessory for her everyday fashion.

Stylish options with or without a nursling :)
 
Thank you, April, for taking the time to answer our questions.  A quick perusal of your site this morning shows that many patterns are already sold-out, and some are on back order!  If you are a fashion-conscious nursing mama, head on over to her on-line store before more of your favorites are gone for good!
 
Where to find CoverMyHeart online:
Instagram @CoverMyHeart713 
               
 
*Here is April’s blog post that shares more details about her design and how it was born from her journey with Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). *trigger warning*
 
What is your favorite NIP accessory?
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®.

 


Inside Look: Poncho Baby

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM Comments comments (0)
We have a couple of features from the ClubMomMe Spring Fest (still – there were so many amazing vendors and we still have more to share!) that we have been saving for World Breastfeeding Week.  The two companies we are featuring this week were both founded from a desire to support the breastfeeding MotherBaby.

 
Today’s Inside Look is with Poncho Baby™.  I fell in love with the colors first – muted natural tones are always a win for me.  In addition, the line is organic, made in the USA, and multi-functional: one piece in your diaper bag can serve as a nursing cover, blanket, stroller cover and a car seat canopy.  We all know how precious space is when you are a MotherBaby on the go!  This leaves plenty of room for all the other things you want to bring with you.
 
Since it doesn’t have a pattern, it doesn’t distract your baby and it goes with anything you are wearing.  A couple of other features that are not mentioned in our interview with Poncho Baby™ founder Carolina Toro-Gerstein (“CG”) is that the nursing cover has two pockets for breast pads, and it also has an adjustable neckline that makes it fully customizable and enables you to have a great fit.
 
The reason this cover appealed to me is because you can tell I have had a baby after I deliver…my pregnancy body doesn’t go away as easily as other people I know.  I have a love/hate relationship with my squishy middle…and this cover nicely allows full coverage without screaming “I’m breastfeeding here!”
 
Another great benefit to this cover is that it can be a great tool for a breastfeeding mama that is working outside of the home.  The full coverage allows you to pump at work or in the car discreetly.  It’s the ultimate accessory for multi-tasking mamas.


Please enjoy our virtual interview with Carolina Toro-Gerstein, CEO and Founder of Poncho Baby, Inc (pictured above wearing the blue-green poncho).  At the end of the interview you will find a link to the website and contact information.
 
About Poncho Baby™:
Poncho Babyfounder, Carolina Toro-Gerstein (CG), is dedicated to designing products that are stylish, multifunctional, compact and eco-friendly.  Award winning Poncho Baby Products are manufactured in the USA with premium imported muslin cotton fabric. Poncho Baby Nursing Cover has a patent pending design that allows the mother to see the baby while feeding and has back coverage. The Reversible Bandana Bib and other products are super cute, super functional and super stylish beside being eco-friendly – and all are must have’s for today’s modern mommies who are choosing to shop smart when they buy for their baby and their family.
 
SPB: What motivated you to start Poncho Baby?
CG: My girls were the motivation to launch Poncho Baby. After having them, I was inspired to create high quality products that were stylish, multifunctional, compact and eco-friendly.
 
SPB: Where did you draw your inspiration for the design of your nursing cover?
CG: When I was feeding my first daughter and we are always on the go, it was definitely challenging to feed her outside. I could not find a product that blended these wonderful benefits: the back coverage, ability to see the baby and being made of a neutral, breathable material. Since I believe Moms and children should feel comfortable when they are on the go, I decided to launch Poncho Baby. 
 
The available poncho style nursing covers did not allow the mom to see the baby and the apron style ones did not provide back coverage. My girls used to get very hot under the nursing covers since the fabrics were not breathable. I also wanted to avoid distraction and be more discreet while feeding -- especially when they were older than three months. My daughter used to get distracted by the busy fabric patterns acting like a mobile over them. I wanted to create innovative products that are stylish, multifunctional, compact and eco-friendly. The Poncho Baby Nursing Cover is made with solid and neutral colors to go with any outfit and to provide a soothing environment for the baby. The products are made in the USA and the packaging is recyclable, since I also believe that we need to take care of the environment and provide opportunities for women in the US.
 
SPB: How do you select the fabrics you use in your product line?
CG: I always loved the 100% muslin cotton fabric since it was very soft and is breathable fabric. As a mom of two, I understand that moms need a breathable material while they breastfeed their babies.
 
SPB: What sets your nursing cover apart from other offerings on the market?
CG: How Poncho Baby™ compares to other nursing covers in the market:

  • More privacy while viewing the baby: Provides front and back coverage. The mom does not get exposed in the back while feeding the baby. More than double the fabric.  Poncho Baby® Cover is an original patent-pending design since it is the only nursing cover that allows the mom to see the baby while breastfeeding. 
  • Multifunctional: mom buys four products in one – nursing cover, stroller cover, blanket and car seat canopy
  • Very soft and breathable fabric: only nursing cover made with 100% muslin fabric
  • Responsible: Made in the USA with imported fabric and 100% recyclable packaging
  • Soothing: moms have mentioned that the soothing colors are less distracted than traditional nursing covers. Some moms have made an analogy that the nursing cover patterns are like a mobile on top of the baby.

 
SPB: Your bibs are also unique - how did you come up with that design?
CG: We wanted to provide a stylish and multifunctional banana bib for babies

  • Poncho Baby Bandana Bib provides a stylish and absorbent solution for drooling babies.
  • The Bib is reversible and very absorbent (four layers super soft muslin fabric) and machine washable.
  • It can be used as a burp cloth
  • It grows with your baby with two adjustable snaps
  • Made in the USA with premium imported muslin cotton.






Big thanks to Carolina for taking the time to answer our questions.  Best wishes to her and Poncho Baby, Inc., as they continue to share amazing products for breastfeeding and baby!

What are your thoughts on wearing a poncho as a nursing cover? Do you look for products that are organic and/or multi-functional?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
Where to find Poncho Baby™ online

Contact Information

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, Payson
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®.