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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

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Falling In Love with Breastfeeding

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 9:19 AM Comments comments (0)
Laura is wearing an Elle MacPherson nursing bra, robe by Kickee Pants, nursing/teething necklace by Chewbeads
Styling by Modern Mommy Boutique
Photo by Erin Rudd Photography

What a perfect quote to round out Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  I hope anyone who read through our posts this month got the message that breastfeeding is important, valuable, and worth it, even if your baby is only getting an ounce of milk from you every day.  I will list my favorite breastfeeding resources at the end today's post for anyone who is wanting to breastfeed and needs a little support right now.
 
When the MotherBaby biofeedback loop is intact, we make a myriad of hormones that promote milk production (however much that may be) and make us fall in love with our Sweet Peas a little bit more every time we breastfeed.  It is no surprise that most nursing mothers spend some, if not all, of the time they are breastfeeding gazing at their Sweet Peas.
 
Dr. Jack Newman is a Canadian pediatrician that I had the privilege of seeing the summer of 2011.  Seeing him speak revolutionized the way I thought about breastfeeding.  HERE is his amazing website with videos to help families breastfeed, and he also has an active social media page where he answers questions and offers insights HERE.
 
My favorite quote from his presentations was, “Breastfeeding is much more than milk.”  It made me realize three things.  One: we are not crazy for wanting to help mothers succeed at breastfeeding, however they define that success.  Two: Every ounce of milk is precious, so even if the baby is being supplemented with donor milk or formula, that time spent at the breast is still important, valuable, and worth having even if the baby is simply suckling for comfort.  Three: about that comfort nursing: it’s okay!! We are not spoiling our babies since breastfeeding is much more than milk!!  Letting them linger at their safe place reassures them, validates them, and grows the bond between the MotherBaby.
 
There were other great takeaways from his talks – you can read more about them HERE (see my big pregnant belly in the photo).
 
As Otter and I wind down our breastfeeding relationship, I treasure every session because I really do not know when the last one is going to be.  She is asking less and less; we are down to our evening bedtime routine most evenings.  She falls asleep without me a couple of nights a week, which is the natural progression of things as she is now fast approaching her fourth birthday. 

Photo from our 2012 breastfeeding photo shoot

So enjoy every moment you spend with your Sweet Pea at the breast without feeling guilty that you should be doing something else.  Someday it is going to end, and you will have a lifetime of “something else” to do ahead of you. 

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

FAVORITE BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES

Dr. Jack Newman – Information and videos – he runs a Breastfeeding Clinic in Canada
Social Media page HERE

Stanford Newborn Nursery – Information and  videos from the Stanford School of Medicine

Infant Risk Center – Information and helpline run by the author of “Medications and Mother’s Milk” – answers to your questions about whether you can nurse after using medications or drugs – investigate on-line or with live help during business hours

www.kellymom.com – The trusted site run by an IBCLC

www.leakyboob.com – internet breastfeeding community

Support Groups
La Leche League International
http://www.llli.org/

Breastfeeding USA
https://breastfeedingusa.org/

Local Peer-to-Peer support groups:
Look for your La Leche League area calendar online or hospital groups run by IBCLCs.  Homebirth midwiwves often offer a breastfeeding or mama group, and birth centers usually host monthly or weekly breastfeeding groups.  In AZ, you can also take advantage of the resources at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.
 

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®.


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: Fresh, local, sustainable

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (0)
One of my favorite quotes from the Marin County Breastfeeding Coalition:



Breastfeeding: best for Sweet Pea, Mama Pod, and the environment!

Breastfeeding Lifestyle

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Breastfeeding Awareness Month on Sweet Pea Births, the Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonBritta is wearing a Belabumbum robe, bra by La Mystere, and preggings by Molly Ades.  
Her Sweet Pea is wearing a GenY diaper cover.  Diaper bag from Petunia Picklebottom.

What does this quote mean to you??

For me, the choice to breastfeed has definitely influenced my parenting style.  Breastfeeding, by design, makes you aware of your baby - almost every single picture we have shared this month of a mother nursing her child has the gaze turned down - looking, watching, observing the details of her Sweet Pea.

It isn't always like that...real life happens and sometimes we have to wear our babies to get anything done.  Even then, the child is responded to almost immediately when they display hunger cues.  These days, almost every major brand of carrier (slings and wraps are already nursing-accessible) are designed with the idea that a mom will be nursing her child at some point while the child is being worn on mom's frontside.

The breastfeeding lifestyle is one of not just supply and demand.  It is also one where we notice and respond.  The downward gaze when we feed teaches us about our baby, as it does in reverse: our child sees all the faces we make as this relationship grows. Maybe they see us in pain early on as we navigate the learning curve, they see us tear-up with joy and overwhelming gratitude for their life and our ability to feed them, they see us falling asleep with them; maybe even see us laugh as our confidence grows and we gather with friends who understand that we are inseperable.  They learn to read us as much as we learn to read them.

Even long after the breastfeeding relationship is over, we have memory.  I can find one more deep breath when my big kids are pushing me to the end of my patience when I remember that maybe, they just crave connection.  Asking, "What do you need? Do you want a hug, or do you need snuggle time," has stopped many an outburst in it's track.

I would love to hear what the breastfeeding style means to you.  Please leave me 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®.

Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 10:32 AM Comments comments (0)
Breastfeeding Support Groups and Classes


The Arizona Breastfeeding Center is a great resource for area families who are interested in making breastfeeding work.




What does the AZ Breastfeeding Center offer?

They offer a free breastfeeding support group that meets once a month.  In addition, there are two classes offered every month, plus a postpartum support group that meets every Wednesday. 

Aside from the groups and classes, IBCLCs are available for private consultations, a therapist is on staff to help mothers who need extra support adjusting throughout the postpartum period, and a chiropractor works in the office every Friday to adjust babies who need a little physical support to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

It is definitely a one-stop source for all your prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding education and support.

Click HERE for other local support groups; and there are listings for national and international options if you are not local to the Phoenix area.




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®.
 


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®.


Breastfeeding is Evolutionary

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 8:31 AM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Britta is wearing a nursing nightgown by Belabumbum

This is by far one of my favorite quotes about breastfeeding. By nature's design, mothers are able to provide for all of their child's needs.  

As I learned on Friday (conference with Dr. Nils Bergman of South Africa), it's more than the breastfeeding.  Giving the baby skin-to-skin contact for the first 1000 minutes of life meets the same three needs.  In addition, breastfeeding is necessarily easier to initiate because the mother and the baby start wiring to each other from that first moment of contact when they see, smell, and feel each other.

Dr. Bergman also shared that if the mother isn't available right away after a birth journey, a substitute mother can step in and connect with baby.  The co-parent or a grandparent can start the neurological process of "turning on" the infant's brain until the MotherBaby can be reunited.

If you do not have the luxury of an extended babymoon to snuggle with your Sweet Pea in bed, or when your babymoon is over and it's time to start finding a new normal, babywearing is a great way to keep your baby close.  Learn more about babywearing HERE from the Babywearing International group.  
I also want you to know that babywearing doesn't have to cost you a fortune.  Much of the world has kept the MotherBaby together long before all the designer brands arrived on the scene and turned babywearing into a marketing campaign.  Five yards of a quality woven fabric from the fabric store can just as easily serve to carry your baby as the designer slings/woven wraps/carriers that run in excess of $500.  Do your research and learn more about DIY carriers, or find reasonably-priced brands that maybe aren't "trendy", but get the job done.


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®.



 

Extended Breastfeeding

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 9:56 AM Comments comments (0)

The ADHS sponsored a presentation by Dr. Nils Bergman yesterday. I cannot even begin to imagine where to start writing a summary of what he shared.  He is the foremost expert on what is called "kangaroo care"; in other words, ZERO SEPARATION of MotherBaby after birth, and keeping the baby Skin-to-Skin, ideally for the first 1000 minutes of life.

One piece I can share in conjunction with today's image in celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  It was so reassuring to hear was his evolutionary theory on mammals, and how other mammals nurse their young until they lose their "milk teeth". What do we know them as? "Baby teeth"!  You could have heard a pin drop as everyone had an "aha!" moment.  If we were to follow the evolutionary design, our children would be nursed until they started losing their baby teeth!

It validated our decision that Charger nursed until his 5th birthday (and he still hasn't lost any baby teeth a year later!!).  As of now, we continue extended breastfeeding with Otter.  Will I be ready to nurse until she loses her baby teeth, maybe past her 6th birthday? I don't know that.  I am however, glad that my mind has been opened to the possibilty.  

The other mind-expanding fact he shared was that triglyceride content of breastmilk increases in direct correlation with a child's age. So as the brain building continues after birth, the mother's body feeds the brain the fuel to grow.  Triglyceride is known to aid in the myelination of the neurons, and healthy neurons are essential to the functioning of the nervous system.  When you consider that most of our brain growth happens before the 5th-6th birthday, biological breastfeeding provides a child an amazing opportunity to myelinate with nature's building blocks.

Whatever happens going forward, biology stands behind the choice to do extended breastfeeding in our family.  I am inspired to keep it up, even if I am amongst the minority who does so.  Hopefully as more of us speak up, others will be confident in their choice to breastfeed into toddlerhood, and beyond.  Thank you, Dr. Bergman!

(We still haven't gotten his notes from ADHS, and he was speeding through slides to get through his presentation.  When we receive his notes, I will share the studies he referenced in his talk.)

Fan picture!! My friend Michelle and I with Dr. Bergman. 
Note: he is wearing a kangaroo necktie! 
Michelle Hottya is an IBCLC at AZ Breastfeeding Center ("ABC").  
Make sure to check the blog on Tuesdays in Augus to see our special 
Q&A with SPB, featuring the IBCLCs from ABC answering your questions!

Are you doing extended breastfeeding? What encourages or inspires 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 Through The Ages

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 9:03 AM Comments comments (0)
Breastfeeding: "Let's Make it Work!" 



This was the only picture I *really* wanted to be in when we did the photo shoot at  Modern Mommy.  It was such an honor to sit with all these women who have made the choice to breastfeed. Some are mamas who work in/out of the home, and some are SAHM.

From Left-Right, the Sweet Peas are 6 weeks old, 8 months old, 10 months old, 2 years old, 3 years old, and 3.5 years old.  Those of us with toddlers aren't nursing as often as the younger babies in the group.  However, it goes to show that when nursing is consistent, the body continues to create the supply as per the needs of the child.

This World Breastfeeding Work we are focusing on making breastfeeding relationships work in/in spite of the workplace.  Today,  I'm taking a variation on theme of "Let's Make It Work", to include making breastfeeding work for children of all ages...as demonstrated by the wide range of MotherBabys represented in this image.

The one thing that strikes me about this image is how every single one of us is looking down at our nursling.  Is this something instinctive about the breastfeeding relationship?  As we all continue to gaze down, and in the process, learn more about our Sweet Pea.

Join me tomorrow as we continue to explore the actual theme of this week, and examine the legal structure around workplace accomodation for lactating mothers.





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®.