Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth


A Choice for Every Baby

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:20 PM
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Photo Credit: Erin Rudd Photography
Nursing blouse by Nixilu provided by Modern Mommy Boutique

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 6th
Saturday, August 6th

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

Click HERE to read about SPB Presentation at LLL Conference

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



Categories: Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Breastfeeding Challenges, Breastfeeding in Public, Breastfeeding support, World Breastfeeding Week

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