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Breastfeeding Success Story: Natalie, WIC Nutritionist from Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Natalie, WIC Nutritionist from Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s WIC“My daughter Courtney was born a week early and at 22 months old; she has perfected her latch and is a pro at multitasking while nursing.

Breastfeeding continues to be an empowering and learning experience; with my profession not only do I educate and support mothers about breastfeeding, but we connect and build a mutual rapport and exchange of information.

Breastfeeding was a personal goal of mine because I wanted to have a breastfeeding experience and I wanted to save money by not having to purchase formula. In the beginning breastfeeding took over my life and after a few weeks we became comfortable and we got a routine going…except for when she cluster fed.

Breastfeeding has been and continues to be a wonderful and beautiful journey.”

Natalie, WIC Nutritionist from Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Danielle from La Leche League of Jacksonville, FL

Breastfeeding Success Story: Danielle from La Leche League of Jacksonville, FL“After every storm we know that if you look around, you will find a rainbow. Breastfeeding was my rainbow that appeared after the storm of my son’s birth. I had spent seven months educating myself about the birth process as well as breastfeeding so I could do what I felt was/is best for my son. My breastfeeding story wouldn’t be complete without his birth story, which I had wrote about a week after he was born.

June 14th came and went with no sign of going into labor. After all we had heard many times that the average first time mom doesn’t have their baby until 41 weeks and a day. We hit my birthday and there were still no signs of going into labor despite Dr. Lauren Cost adjusting me twice a week and doing acupressure. We had Dr. Kipnis strip my membranes in hopes that would get the ball rolling.

The following day I started to have contractions around 10:30 am. They continued throughout the day but by 9:30 pm that night they had subsided. I was disappointed. I was ready to get on with it, especially since I knew that with each passing day, we were looking at being medically induced. Over the weekend we had attempted numerous at home techniques to induce with no luck. I was getting increasingly frustrated with my body, but I knew that wasn’t going to help anything.

Monday June 26th while doing the antepartum testing Midwife Kayce Adams checked and I was 3 cm dilated but as we thought Baby Logan wasn’t engaged yet, and I still wasn’t having consistent contractions. So my membranes got stripped again. We were scheduled to go in to be induced Tuesday night but I thought I was in labor. Turns out yet again the contractions had subsided and there was no progress.

Wednesday morning I went back to the hospital to check on Logan and me. We were both still doing well, just no sign of labor. Miss Kayce Adams was there again, she checked me and I was 3-4cm dilated and baby Logan still had yet to engage. I was frustrated, however, Miss Adams informed me that if we came back the following morning to be induced there were only Midwives on call.

At 3 am on Thursday, June 29th I woke up to contractions. They were 5-10 minutes apart. I was excited that things were happening yet scared because I didn’t want it to stall out again. Mentally I couldn’t handle it if things stalled out again. The contractions were getting stronger and closer together. Lisa, our Doula, arrived about 5 am. I moved around between the ball, the shower, walking around the house. I kept applying clary sage and lavender oils to keep my mood calm.

We were scheduled to go into the hospital at 7am. So we went. When we got there I was relieved to see L&D Nurse Dom. I had met her during two of the antepartum testing visits and knew she would do everything she could so we could have a natural birth. Midwife LT Miller was on call that day and would be working with us. She asked how we felt about inducing and agreed to wait a few hours to see if I was making any progress before deciding anything. After all Logan and I were still holding strong.

I was hooked up to the Monica so I was able to move around freely. Andrew and Lisa helped me through each contraction, commenting on how well I was handling it. The floor was busy that day, which worked out in our favor because for the most part we were left alone.

But about 4 pm the contractions were getting difficult to get through and my body was giving out. We had decided to let them break my water. They also did an ultrasound. I was still only at 4-5 cm, and baby was still in the same station. My spirit was starting to break. I knew we were on a path of interventions that were not in our plan. We had spent months preparing and learning everything we could to have a natural birth and that was very quickly slipping away.

By 7pm the Midwife had come in. Logan was having d cells with every contraction and my body was giving out. My legs were shaking and I was starting to feel light headed. The decision to have a C-section was made. There was no other way, I wasn’t progressing and for the health of myself and baby, it had to be done. I’ll admit, I was ready. I knew my body couldn’t take anymore.

They moved very quickly to prep for the C-section. Within less than 10 min I was being whisked away to the operating room. I was scared. Once in there, everyone was a stranger to me. The room was small and I no longer had my support to get through contractions. The spinal tap hurt and made my body jerk. Once in position I started to feel my lower body go numb. And then I started having trouble breathing, and my body was shaking uncontrollably.

Andrew had finally come into the room but I couldn’t focus. There were multiple times where I thought I was going to lose consciousness. I remember them telling me I was going to feel a lot of pressure and then I heard him cry.

Logan James Magnuson was born on Thursday June 29th, 2017 at 7:40 pm, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz and 20.5 inches long. Andrew cut the cord, and watched over Logan since I was unable to. They placed him on my chest but I couldn’t do anything. I’m glad he had his daddy there to stand in my place. It wasn’t long before Andrew and Logan left the OR while they closed me up.

Once back in the room, I was still numb. I had a hard time moving, which made nursing for the first time almost impossible. I was amazed at the little bundle in my arms, and happy that he was finally here. However, the feeling of helplessness was overwhelming. There were too many people, too many wires. It wasn’t until much later, early Friday morning that I was able to just snuggle my little man, and love on him. It was an amazing feeling to love a little being that much. And to be completely enthralled with everything about him, was beyond imagination. Despite the struggle he was worth every bit of it.

That was the storm. Andrew said Logan was ready to latch the second he was pulled from my belly, and it was true. As soon as Logan and I were reunited, we started nursing. It was easy, other than it being difficult to move, it was like he was born to do it. Not only did he run with breastfeeding my body was on board too.

We were discharged from the hospital 36 hours after he was born and despite my c-section my milk had come in the night we got home. We didn’t have any issues after going home either, even though my doula warned us that his lip tie and tongue tie would cause issues. Neither proved to be an issue.

Breastfeeding was my rainbow. Logan is almost 7 weeks old now and our biggest issue when it comes to feeding is that he’s refusing to take a bottle. The bond we have thanks to breastfeeding is indescribable. The moments shared are precious. There’s nothing like waking up in the morning snuggling as he looks into my soul with his bright little eyes as he eats breakfast.”

Danielle from La Leche League of Jacksonville, FL

 

Labor Day Activities for Kids

Labor Day Activities for KidsWe’re headed into Labor Day weekend – are you ready for some family fun? Whether you’re traveling out of town or sticking around to enjoy your hometown offerings, we’ve got some fun Labor Day activities for kids in mind for you this weekend:

Festival or Concert: Is your city having an outdoor festival or concert this weekend? Check out the local flavorings and support your community by attending with your family. Usually outdoor event venues have designated kids’ zones where your little ones can enjoy bouncing, running, face painting and other kid-friendly Labor Day activities.

Read Books about Communities: When you break it down, Labor Day is about community. From board books to elementary school level books, there are plenty of good reads about the jobs, responsibilities, qualities and attitudes that make thriving communities.

Play Dress-Up: Bust out the costume bin and play dress-up with some of your child’s favorite community helpers such as doctors, firefighters, mail carriers or chefs. This is an excellent opportunity for role-playing and make-believe as well. Even your youngest family members can get involved by exploring items in a toy doctor’s kit or donning fun hats.

Career Book: For pre-K age children and above, make a career book that highlights some of your child’s favorite community helpers. It gives your child an opportunity to feature himself in a variety of roles as he dreams of having different careers when he grows up.

Play Labor Day Games: Turn some favorite careers into games. For example, create red and green signs that a police office may use while directing traffic and play Red Light, Green Light using the signs. Or play 20 questions to guess each family member’s favorite community helper.

Model Cars: Turn shoeboxes or other cardboard boxes into cars that workers in the community use, such as an ambulance, bulldozer, delivery truck or army tank. This is a fun craft that your kids can keep and enjoy for years to come.

Gather with Neighbors: What says community like a neighborhood BBQ? Invite neighbors over for a pot luck celebration of your community.

Thank Workers: Make a point for your family to extend a heartfelt thanks to workers in your community. You can do this by writing thank you cards, drawing pictures, delivering baked goods or just shaking hands and saying “thanks.” These small gestures go a long way to those who work hard to make your community a great place.

Have a wonderful holiday as you enjoy these Labor Day activities for kids!

Sources: Care and Education

Breastfeeding Support

The saying goes, “it takes a village” when contemplating raising children. The same can be said of one of the very first acts of love and nurture you provide your baby, breastfeeding. Although it may seem like a two person sport between you and your baby, there are actually many other players who can be helpful, supportive and make a big difference along your breastfeeding journey. Today we’re talking about breastfeeding support including who can support you and how to find support if you are struggling.

Breastfeeding Support: Partners

Breastfeeding SupportYour partner is probably the only other person on earth who loves your baby as much as you do. Of course he’s going to want her to have the very best in life, including the best nutrition through breastfeeding. Although he cannot feed your baby from his body, he can offer breastfeeding support in many ways, starting with love, encouragement and positive energy for the dedication you put into feeding your baby. Knowing that you are unified in your parenting goals starting with this most important choice for the health of your baby can be the motivation you need to get through the hard times.

On a more tactical level, your partner can do a lot of things to help make breastfeeding more comfortable. It’s a great idea for dad to take a breastfeeding class with you so he knows what is involved in breastfeeding and can help you put the information you’ve learned into practice.  Once he’s seen what needs to be done, your partner can help make sure your baby is positioned properly as you get the hang of breastfeeding. He can also ensure you have what you need while breastfeeding such as water, snacks, pillows, etc… One of the best ways your husband can help is getting the baby from her crib when it’s feeding time, which is especially awesome for middle-of-the night feedings when you need all the rest you can get. And dads can change diapers, swaddle and burp the baby during and after feedings.

While you’re busy nursing the little one, your partner can help with household chores or take care of the older children. This will take tasks off of your plate so you can focus on your baby without being behind on other responsibilities. And when you really need a break, your husband can take a shift by giving your baby a bottle. This is a wonderful bonding experience for both daddy and baby.

Breastfeeding Support: Friends

Experienced mom friends or even new mom friends who are also beginning their breastfeeding journey can offer tremendous breastfeeding support. Moms have a lot of hands-on experience with a ton of different situations. While they may not all apply to you, you can gleam some great tips from other moms. If anything, moms can be an empathetic ear to listen to your struggles and triumphs with an open mind and open heart.

Breastfeeding Support: Lactation Consultants

A lactation consultant is a certified trained professional who helps moms navigate breastfeeding. Your first encounter with a lactation consultant may be in the hospital as many of them work at hospitals and visit new moms within the first few days after giving birth. They remind you of proper positioning and latch techniques and can go over feeding schedules, hunger cues, signs of success and a wealth of other fantastic information.

Should you run into problems outside of your hospital stay, you can schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant to help you with any issues or questions you may have about breastfeeding. Usually it is best to bring your baby in to see a lactation consultant so she can weigh your baby, watch you breastfeed and give you pointers for improvement. Lactation consultants may recognize impediments to breastfeeding such as lip or tongue ties or flat or inverted nipples, and they have an arsenal of solutions and resources to offer.

There are different categories of lactation consultants. Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs) have several weeks of training to get their status. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) go through more extensive training and must complete a set number of clinical practice hours. Postpartum doulas and lactation counselors are others who have practical experience with breastfeeding but do not undergo the same certification as CLCs and IBCLCs.

Where to Find Breastfeeding Support – Breastfeeding Support Organizations

Breastfeeding support is usually not hard to find if you know where to look. First, there are many resources online that can help you answer basic questions or offer tips for specific issues you may face. Looking online for advice is always a great initial step.

If you need more serious assistance or want to talk to someone in person you can reach out to your OBGYN or hospital to see what type of breastfeeding support they offer. Many large OBGYN practices and hospitals have their own lactation consultants on staff that provide out-patient consultations, possibly for a fee. The USDA’s Women Infant and Children program offers free lactation support out of their hundreds of offices nationwide. You can also look for a local chapter of La Leche League, a mother-to-mother support group that educates and advocates for breastfeeding. National organizations like ROSE or Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association can point you to other local community organizations that provide breastfeeding support through organized groups, meetings and events as well.

Seeking help when you face challenges while breastfeeding is not a sign of weakness, but rather one of strength, love and dedication for the health of your baby. No matter what the issue, big or small, many people are available to help you on your breastfeeding journey. Who’s in your breastfeeding support village?

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Bump, American Pregnancy and La Leche League

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.

 

Leading Lady Partners with Black Breastfeeding Week to Raise Awareness for Breastfeeding in Black Communities

Leading Lady and Loving Moments uplift moms and babies with nursing bra donations to black breastfeeding groups.

Leading Lady Partners with Black Breastfeeding Week

Cleveland, OH —August 25, 2017 – Leading Lady and Loving Moments proudly partner with Black Breastfeeding Week to celebrate breastfeeding in black communities. As part of an annual philanthropic donation program the intimate apparel brands are sending nursing bras to grassroots breastfeeding support groups to empower families to make the best choices to nourish their babies.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Black Breastfeeding Week to support breastfeeding initiatives in black communities,” said Mark Corrado, third generation owner of Leading Lady. “Every mom deserves the resources, knowledge and power to make healthy choices for their babies and our annual nursing bra donation program aims to support these goals for moms around the country.”

Black Breastfeeding Week is a week-long event (August 25-31) at the end of National Breastfeeding Month that celebrates and advocates the health benefits and personal empowerment of breastfeeding as a timeless and priceless tradition. It is spearheaded by Kiddada Green, Kimberly Seals-Allers and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka. This year’s #BBW17 celebration, themed #BetonBlack, includes an annual “baby lift up,” a twitter chat focusing on the connection between first food (breast milk) and continued nutritious food options, a rewind of the past five years of celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week, and much more.

Leading Lady and Loving Moments bras will be given to moms who attend Black Breastfeeding Week celebrations sponsored by more than 50 breastfeeding support agencies throughout the U.S. Find out more about Leading Lady and Loving Moments’ partnership with Black Breastfeeding Week here.

“During the 5th year celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, we are thrilled to receive a nursing bra donation from Leading Lady,” said Kiddada Green, Executive Director of Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association and Co-Founder of Black Breastfeeding Week. “The nursing bras will be of great use to mothers throughout the nation who are participating in local events for this annual celebration.”

Leading Lady and Loving Moments’ contribution to Black Breastfeeding Week is part of an annual donation program of more than $350,000 in products to support moms, babies, families and communities. The celebration began during World Breastfeeding Week and continues throughout August to help raise awareness for breastfeeding and encourage more moms – at any income level, of any race, in any state – to nurture their babies in the healthiest way possible.

About Leading Lady:

Leading Lady is a premier nursing and full figure intimate apparel company dedicated to improving women’s lives with innovative products, resources and programs. Family owned and operated; Leading Lady has been supporting breastfeeding moms and babies for over 78 years. The brand promises superior quality and fit, a comprehensive selection of products and an excellent customer experience. The full collection is available for direct purchase at LeadingLady.com and in select retailers nationwide.

Website: http://www.leadinglady.com | Social: @leadingladybras

About Loving Moments:

Loving Moments by Leading Lady’s maternity to nursing collection features comfortable, affordable, stylish bras and camis available at Walmart, Walmart.com and Amazon.com. The breastfeeding-friendly line embraces the lifestyle of new motherhood.

Website: http://lovingmomentsbras.com |Instagram/Facebook: @lovingmomentsbras| Twitter: @lovingmomentsbr

Breastfeeding Success Story: Gaby from Lyon County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Gaby from Lyon County, KS WIC“Before I even decided to have kids I was determined to breastfeed. Everyone in my family was breastfed, no one ever had formula, and I wanted to do the same with my kids.

When Kal was born I was sad because my milk wasn’t coming through and it was very hard for me because he wasn’t latching on. They had told me that it was maybe because he was a preemie that it was going to take time. Kal had jaundice and I knew breastmilk was the best he could have.

My milk finally came through when he was 4 days old. I was so excited but he still wouldn’t latch on. So I had to pump but it was frustrating because all I had was the manual pump and it was too much work for me but still tried putting him on to see if he would latch on.

Finally I decided to get some help because I didn’t know how to express all that milk I had. That’s when WIC let me use one of their pumps and my pumping sessions were easier. But still I felt I wasn’t producing enough for him. I asked (my WIC lactation consultant) Bevin for some advice on what I could do to increase production and she was helpful enough.

I had struggles pumping at work since they gave me a hard time and still kind of are but not as much as before. I was afraid I was going to dry out.

But eventually when Kal turned 3 months, I got home tired and didn’t have the energy to pump and wash the bottles so I decided to put him on again and he finally LATCHED on! I was so excited tears came out and his Dad was like aww it’s ok..

Since then my life has been easier. My baby finally latched on and he’s a little over 6 months and still breastfeeding. I feel like I have accomplished a lot. Thanks a lot to Bevin for being there and of course my mom who encouraged me too.”

Gaby from Lyon County, KS WIC’s “Treasure Chest”

How to Increase Milk Supply

How to Increase Milk Supply

It’s OK to be concerned about your milk supply as a new mom. After all, you’re sustaining an entire tiny human on just your breast milk. It’s only natural you’d be a bit obsessed with the topic. And you’re not alone. Many newbies fret over their breast milk and look for advice on how to increase milk supply. We’ve got the skinny on how to increase milk supply right here, right now:

Diagnosing Low Milk Supply

First things first – do you really have a milk supply issue? Maybe not. You may have experienced breast fullness and firmness during the first month or two of breastfeeding but over time your milk supply regulates and you produce what your baby needs at any given point in development. That means your milk supply will naturally ebb and flow as your baby enters growth spurts or has other developmental needs.

Breast softness, no longer leaking, not feeling let downs, and not being able to pump or hand express much milk are not signs that your milk supply is low. Also, if your baby is often fussy, nurses frequently, nurses for short amounts of time or takes a bottle after breastfeeding are not necessarily signs of low milk supply either. Your baby may be going through another issue that is completely unrelated or is just entering her fussy time of day, in which case nursing often will be very helpful to support her health and pacify her emotions.

The best ways to tell if your baby is getting enough milk is through consistent weight gain and regular wet and soiled diapers. Weight gain will vary but on average (after their first few days when they tend to lose weight) newborns gain 7.5 ounces per week, 3-6 month olds gain 4-5 ounces per week and 6-12 month olds gain 2.5 ounces per week. Breast milk is easily digestible, one of the many reasons it’s an excellent first food choice. That also means that for well-fed babies, wet diapers should be frequent (six or more a day) and poopy diapers should occur at least three to four times daily as a newborn. The consistency and frequency of poops will change as your milk matures and as you introduce solid foods.

Impediments to Milk Supply

Breast milk production is based on frequent stimulation and supply and demand. That means you have to nurse often to trigger the release of hormones that produce milk and breasts have to be empty to signal the need to make more milk. When you don’t nurse enough or drain your breasts completely (whether through nursing or pumping), you may encounter low milk supply. Supplementing can be a major reason for a decrease in milk supply because you are not allowing your baby to stimulate and drain your breasts. Plus, bottle feedings can create a preference for the easy and fast flow of milk through an artificial nipple.

Additionally, interrupting your baby’s natural tendencies to feed on demand, feed as long as she wants or feed on both breasts can cause low milk supply because, again, you’re not allowing the necessary process of stimulation and emptying the breasts to occur. Of course if your baby falls asleep during feedings she may not efficiently and effectively nurse. Other impediments to milk supply may include your health or diet such as being sick, taking medications, not drinking enough water, not eating enough calories and not getting enough sleep. In some cases babies are not able to successfully breastfeed due to latch issues which may simply be bad form or could be caused by lip or tongue ties. These issues can be addressed by a lactation consultant.

How to Increase Milk Supply

As you can guess, the best way to increase milk supply is to nurse often and to ensure your breasts are completely drained during feedings. If you’re questioning whether your baby is nursing efficiently and effectively, visit a lactation consultant. Allow your baby to nurse as long as she wants and whenever she wants on both breasts.  Help your baby stimulate your breasts by switching sides several times during a feeding. Help your baby drain your breasts by compressing them during feedings. This not only helps you empty your breasts but can loosen fat globules from your milk ducts.

If you are still concerned about your milk supply, consider pumping after or between feedings. This can be especially helpful if your baby has recently stared sleeping for longer stretches at night. You can pump before you go to bed to increase your milk supply. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself and making your health, diet and sleep a priority. Nursing is tough work and can take a toll on your body – when it does, it may put your milk supply in jeopardy. Also consider taking a galactogogue such as lactation tea, lactation cookies/bars, oatmeal, fenugreek or other herbal supplement to increase milk supply.

Sources: BabyCenter, KellyMom, Parents Magazine, LaLecheLeague, Today’s Parent, Kids Health and Healthy Children

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.

 

Leading Lady and Loving Moments Support Black Breastfeeding Week to Help Nourish Families, Communities and Futures

Leading Lady Supports Black Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week has come and gone but National Breastfeeding Month is well underway and there’s another exciting event happening very soon: Black Breastfeeding Week! Leading Lady and Loving Moments support this jubilant week starting August 25, 2017 to help raise awareness for breastfeeding among African American communities.

The 5th annual Black Breastfeeding Week inspires us to “Bet on Black” because change comes when families and communities show love and support for breastfeeding.  Black breastfeeding support groups across the nation unite to #BetonBlack during this special week packed with themed activities for the entire community. After all, breastfeeding isn’t just between moms and babies. Breastfeeding nourishes families, communities and futures through health, wellbeing, nurture and love.

Leading Lady and Loving Moments #BetonBlack by donating $14,000 worth of nursing bras to groups participating in Black Breastfeeding Week. We know that a little extra support in the form of a new nursing bra or nursing tank top can make the difference for moms who are working hard to nourish their babies.

Don’t miss out on the following amazing events happening during Black Breastfeeding Week 2017. Check the Black Breastfeeding Week website and Facebook page for updates on events throughout the week.

Friday, August 25

From First Food to Good Food Twitter Chat

8 p.m. EST

Join in an interactive Twitter chat and delve into a discussion about the link between first food and good food. Breast milk is the best “first food” for babies but that’s only the beginning of a healthy start in life. “Good food” is the next step to nourishing children. Connecting first food to good food creates a continuum of natural and nutritious food options that sustain future generations from infancy into adulthood. It’s also essential for pregnant moms to receive good nutrition to support their unborn babies.

To highlight this crucial link, Black Breastfeeding Week aims to engage urban farmers as community partners. Self-sufficiency and cultural perceptions are the key to taking control of nutritious food choices and reclaiming black traditions including breastfeeding and self-reliant farming.

Photo Storm Event

Saturday, August 26

Annual Baby Lift-up

2 p.m. EST

Black breastfeeding groups across the country will gather for a celebration of babies, moms, families, communities and BREASTFEEDING! At 2 p.m. EST each group will participate in a unified baby lift-up by raising their babies in the air.

Breastfeeding lifts babies in so many ways, from improved health and stability as infants, to physical, mental and emotional benefits for a lifetime. Lifting babies literally raises awareness for this vital cause. Plus, it symbolizes the hopes, dreams and aspirations every family has for their children to rise up, reach for the stars and improve with each new generation.

Sunday, August 27

Shoutout Sunday!

Monday, August 28

Manday Monday

Tuesday, August 29

Spotlight on Gay, Lesbian and Queer Families, Facebook Live

Wednesday, August 30

“Wellness Wednesday” Twitter Chat with Moms Rising

2 p.m. EST

Join moms across the country to celebrate, inform and inspire others about breastfeeding. Black Breastfeeding Week’s mission will be the focus of the weekly Moms Rising twitter chat.

Moms Rising is multicultural grassroots and online organization working to achieve economic security for moms, women and families in the U.S. The membership of over a million advocates for paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable childcare, equity in the workplace, childhood nutrition, toxic-free environments and a range of other healthcare issues that affect families.

Thursday, August 31

5 Year Rewind and BBW17 Recap

Take a look back at Black Breastfeeding Week celebrations during the past 5 years including a recap of this year’s event.

Instagram Takeover

All week long follow @blkbfingweek on instagram as influencers in the black breastfeeding community literally take over Black Breastfeeding Week’s instagram account and share their perspective, photos and insight on breastfeeding. New women will take over every day so don’t miss a moment of the fun.

Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week with us and #BetonBlack!

Connect with Black Breastfeeding Week on social media:

Facebook: @BlackBreastfeedingWeek

Twitter: @BlkBfingWeek

Instagram: @blkbfingweek

#BetonBlack

#BlackBreastfeedingWeek

#BBW17

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WIC“I gave birth to my daughter in September of 2014. I was induced by my doctor administering pitocin as well as breaking my water. I had an epidural done, even though I was told by countless people that epidurals can have an adverse impact on the baby’s ability to latch.

At 1:21 PM my beautiful baby girl was here! We got immediate skin to skin and I was overwhelmed with happiness when I looked into her eyes for the first time, I still am every time to this day. Our first latch did not go smoothly, however. She seemed to have a very difficult time figuring out what to do at the breast, and she was so frustrated.

I had countless visits with lactation specialists from CLCs in the hospital to the IBCLC in the WIC clinic I was going to. Everything seemed so foreign, and I felt so lied to that it was supposed to come so naturally. Everything I heard in the classes I attended seemed like a fallacy. The hour long feedings throughout the night seemed like they were never going to end, even though everyone told me it would get easier.

Finally, by week four I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel, after weeks of practice, nipple shields, using the different holds, trying different equipment, my baby girl was finally starting to latch!! I was so happy and felt on top of the world.

Then, I started feeling flu like symptoms. I had a hard time even moving, and felt very little energy. I remember having an absolute panic attack about going to the hospital and needing to leave Ellie behind with her grandmother, because I was so concerned about nipple confusion because we had finally made it to this milestone. Finally, I understood that my health was the most important, and I packed up my breast-pump and headed to the hospital. It turned out I had a severe kidney infection that I ignored because of the catheter I had to receive because my epidural made me so numb I couldn’t urinate. I got my antibiotics, and went home the same night. Ellie’s latch was fine.

Two weeks later, I started experiencing intense heartburn that would seem to be onset from foods that were higher in fat content. I figured it was no big deal, I’d pop a few tums and move on. After about a week, I remember my husband and I had gone to a local pizza place and after our meal the pain was so bad I could hardly breathe in. Again, my husband told me I should go to the hospital, but I insisted I was fine. He was already upset with me because I ignored symptoms previously and it ended up with me being put into the hospital.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sophie from WICThe very next day, I was experiencing this pain after I would take in anything, and the breaking point was after I had a cup of coffee and could not even manage to take a breath in. I decided, again, that I would go to the hospital. They took lots of blood and urine, and came back to tell me I had severe pancreatitis and would need to have my gallbladder removed. The kicker was that it was so bad, I had to fast for FOUR WHOLE DAYS.

For anyone who knows, breastfeeding doesn’t only make you hungry, it makes you HANGRY. How in the world was I supposed to get through four days of not eating anything while breastfeeding and pumping, away from my baby. That was a whole other ordeal, the hospital would not let me have my baby in the same room as me. The same hospital with a milk bank on site, that I delivered her at, would not let me keep her with me.

The first night was somewhat of a nice break, I got a solid 5 hours sleep before I woke up to pump, and I got a good amount of milk. I saw this as a win. But the thought of having to do this for nearly a week broke my heart. My husband managed to get the week off from work, and with that contingency I was able to have my daughter at the hospital in case anything went awry.

By the fourth night, my blood sugar was dropping into the forties, that was with a sucrose IV. There were feedings I was sure I didn’t have the strength to even hold my daughter up, let alone produce enough milk. I was sure we wouldn’t make it through this obstacle, but refused to offer her formula. The nurse was insisting I stop breastfeeding and resume after the surgery, and was going to order it if my glucose levels did not rise. By some miracle they did, and we did make it through.

It was easily one of the hardest things I have ever done, I wanted to make sure my daughter had the best food available and was willing to make whatever sacrifice so that she could.

We got through the surgery, and I actually started working full time two weeks later and pumping on breaks. I was fortunate to become a stay at home mom a few months later, and now that my daughter is going on to be 3 years old I work as a WIC educator.

I share my passion for breastfeeding with other moms who are struggling with breastfeeding to help empower them and help them push through any obstacles they face, and I love when I have moms who are not sure about wanting to breastfeed and leave feeling empowered and sure they want to breastfeed.

My daughter and I are going on 3 years breastfeeding, and I plan to not stop until she decides she is ready.”

Sophie from WIC

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Did you know your body starts producing your earliest form of breast milk between 16 and 22 weeks of pregnancy? You may not realize it, but your body is hard at work preparing to breastfeed while your little bundle of joy is still in the womb. Pretty amazing, right? While your body brews up that awesome breast milk, you can prepare for breastfeeding too. Today we’re sharing some terrific ways of how to prepare for breastfeeding.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Learning

How to Prepare for BreastfeedingKnowledge is power, as they say. Studying up on breastfeeding by reading a breastfeeding book or taking a breastfeeding class will familiarize you with the various parts you’ll have to put into practice when your little one arrives. From understanding the logistics of latch, positioning and milk supply, to learning about the benefits of breastfeeding and where to get help, reading books and taking breastfeeding classes are smart ways of how to prepare for breastfeeding.

There are many fantastic breastfeeding books; you may even want to read more than one to get several perspectives on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding classes are often offered at hospitals, birthing facilities, community centers or through your OBGYN’s office.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Planning

Making breastfeeding a goal and priority will help you prepare and ultimately be more successful. Discuss a goal with your partner so the two of you can work together to achieve it. You can also discuss your breastfeeding goals with your employer, family members and friends who will all be critical in encouraging you along the way.

A birth plan is another fantastic way to prepare for breastfeeding. Many moms have an entire section of their birth plan devoted to breastfeeding since it is ideal to nurse as soon as possible after giving birth. Whether you believe you are delivering vaginally or already know you’ll be having a c-section, putting notes about your desire to breastfeed in your birth plan is helpful to you and your caregivers.

How to Prepare for Breastfeeding – Resources

No matter how much you prepare, breastfeeding doesn’t always go as expected. In the event that you run into roadblocks, have go-to resources on hand including: breastfeeding websites that cover a range of topics and make recommendations you can try, a few lactation consultants in your area, and experienced mom friends who can give you some hands-on tips.

You can also talk to your OBGYN or pediatrician for breastfeeding resources. They may be able to help you navigate through your issues or at least point you in the right direction to get breastfeeding support.

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.

 

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