Final Topic! Then & Now

Then and now: How have your breastfeeding goals changed? Maybe you started off wanting to just try it out and ended up an activist for child-led weaning. Maybe your goals have stayed the same from the beginning. Tell us about it!

I know we all start off with a goal during our pregnancy and sometimes after our baby is born we are faced with obstacles and things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes they do.

Were you able to stick with your original goals? Were you able to set new ones through any obstacles you faced?

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What has helped you reach your breastfeeding goals?

Today’s topic is focused on what helped you reach your breastfeeding goals? Is there a particular product out there that helped you to breastfeed? Maybe an SNS system that kept your baby at the breast or a pillow that helped you through those late nights. Tell us your must have!

We have a wonderful article sharing Sweet Oatmeal Lactation cookies provided by the Natural Parents Network.

Making milk is a full-time process, so why not reward yourself with a sweet treat that will likewise help provide your body with the nutrients necessary to whip up batch after batch of Mama Juice? There are numerous sources that cite the benefit of oats and flax in the production of milk, and healthy amounts of fats and sugars are necessary to produce to nutritionally complete milk. To learn more click HERE

Monkey Baby Wrap Blog shared a wonderful story as well on what helped this blogging mom through her breastfeeding journey and how she reached her goals…

In previous posts on similar topics I have talked about how without the forbidden nipple shield (I say this because so many are VERY against nipple shields) I would not have been able to breastfeed my first son at all. I think the most powerful tool though that has helped me was having a support network as well as making sure to keep lots of snacks and water handy to keep me going. To read more click HERE

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The Best Thing About Long-Term Breastfeeding

The best thing about long-term breastfeeding​
Lauren at Hobo Mama
Description: When children breastfeed beyond infancy, they remember nursing as natural and normal — and they want to pass on that message.​

http://www.hobomama.com/2015/07/the-best-thing-about-long-term-breastfeeding.html

 

Such a fantastic article written by Hobo Mama!!! Thank you for contributing.

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Breastfeeding In Public

Today’s topic is Breastfeeding in Public

Hobo Mama has shared a wonderful story on breastfeeding and explains how this happens at any given place or time!

To read her personal experiences……

Hobo Mama: Breastfeeding here & there.

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Your Breastfeeding Story!

Today’s topic is one about you. A chance to share your breastfeeding story. Tell us your story, A supportive partner, helpful friend, organization, etc.? How did they help you? 

If you have a blog or would like to share your story or significant events throughout your breastfeeding journey please email breastfeedingcafecarnival@gmail.com 

Sharing a personal experience such as breastfeeding can be a very motivating and uplifting experience. We would like to share a special project with all of you ~ The Beauty In Breastfeeding Project

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The Beauty In Breastfeeding Project was designed to give mothers out there a chance to share their experiences in which led them to the choice to breastfeed, their struggles and triumphs.

This beautiful project was created with the partnership of Tiny Blessings Doula Services and Bud to Blossom New Family Services and Captured In Time Photography. Our goal is to raise awareness to those out there that throughout each struggle there is a triumph. There are so many mothers who never shared their feelings, problems or love with breastfeeding due to personal, medical or social stereotypes. This project has given them an opportunity to share their story to let others out there know they aren’t alone!3w1

The Beauty In Breastfeeding Project, allowing real moms a chance to share their personal stories of triumphs, struggles & sacrifices while breastfeeding.

The Art of Labor, a trio team of local businesses, Captured In Time Photography, Tiny Blessings Doula Services and Bud To Blossom, created the Beauty In Breastfeeding Project allowing mothers to share their personal breastfeeding journeys.

What started as a small project has grown tremendously and mothers throughout the State of Utah have shared their stories. Around the world these stories are reaching mothers and raising awareness.

Our goal is to raise awareness to those out there that throughout each struggle there is a triumph.

There are so many mothers who never shared their feelings, problems or love of breastfeeding due to personal, medical or social stereotypes. This project has given them an opportunity to share their story and to let others out there know they aren’t alone!

5w1This project was created to provide support, awareness and beauty behind each mother. This support is needed for so many whether this is their first child or third, if they are a SAHM or working full time. Each mom that has faced a struggle needs to know they are not alone.

The Beauty In Breastfeeding Project is a free service for mothers.

For mothers wanting to share in the State of Utah a 20 minute photography session is provided by Laura Clouse, the owner and creator of Captured In Time Photography. The project has recently expanded and they are now providing photography sessions in Michigan!!! We are proud to announce that Tammy Lynne Photography will be providing sessions in Southeast Michigan (Washtenaw County) AND Jennie Holladay Photography will be providing sessions in Northern Oakland and Northern Macomb Counties, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties! This is fantastic news as we are able to grow and share this project with so many! With the growth of the project we are always looking to provide our photography sessions in other states via volunteer affiliate photographers.

To learn more about this project and read the stories of moms and their journeys please click here

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Non-traditional Support.

Today’s topic is focused on non-traditional support. We all know how our world is
changing. Has someone helped you through the internet? Is there a book you
read to get breastfeeding answers? Be creative!

There are so many different outlets available for mothers breastfeeding and one of those outlets is the internet. Just google breastfeeding support and you are given so many helpful links. There are groups built on social media with a main focus to support mothers, answer questions and give helpful tips.

During your pregnancy books become an expecting mothers best friend at times. There are so many helpful books available online, in your local library and possibly sitting in the waiting room at your doctors office.

We want to hear from you, what was your non-traditional support during your breastfeeding journey? Email pictures, stories and information to breastfeedingcafecarnival@gmail.com

 

Thank you to Monkey Baby Wrap Blog for the wonderful tips on Non-traditional Breastfeeding Support! Her suggestions and tips are amazing! Please read below to learn more on what they recommend.

I decided to participate in the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival on my babywearing blog this year. Why you might ask? Because I believe babywearing supports breastfeeding. I also believe sharing my stories will benefit other mothers and families. You don’t have to be a breastfeeding mother to babywear, however they often go together. I love to support all families babywearing, breastfeeding or not. If you’re interested in seeing my past posts from previous years in this carnival leading up to World Breastfeeding Week please visit my homeschooling blog here.

Today’s topic is non-traditional breastfeeding support. I see traditional breastfeeding support as the support given mother to mother usually by family but often within a community. This can be given from a mother or aunt to daughter/niece, sister to sister, friend to friend, or within a breastfeeding support group such as LLL or Breastfeeding USA. Non-traditional would be anything else-books, websites, blogs, email, trained professionals, etc.

I have received much of my support online and through books over the years. I will list some of my favorites:

Books:

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Made Simple
I have read many many others but these are on my list of books every mom should check out!
Websites and Blogs

LLLI-Be sure to find your local group for in person support
Breastfeeding USA
Kelly Mom
The Leaky Boob Blog
The Milk Meg Blog
Infant Risk Center (they have a hotline that you can call to check if a medication is safe or not)
The Lactmed Website (be sure to check out their app-I refer to it a lot when I want to check on a medication that I need to take)
LDS Breastfeeding Families Facebook group (This is a group I created specifically for LDS families but like-minded mothers are also welcome as long as they respect beliefs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while in the group. The group is not hosted by the Church but was instead created by members)
I have other specialized ones that I really like but chose to list the ones that pertain to all breastfeeding moms.
I also highly recommend if you are having any questions about breastfeeding problems to seek a skilled breastfeeding helper right away. One website to help you to find an IBCLC local to you can be found here. There are other skilled breastfeeding supporters as well, this is not an exhaustive list however IBCLC is the only International recognized credential for lactation specialists.

To follow Monkey Baby Wrap Blog please click here!

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Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival Topics

Good Morning!!

Let me introduce myself, my name is Laura and I was asked to help with the Carnival and topics this year for the Breastfeeding Cafe. At our last group meeting we decided to only run the Carnival blog for 1 week where in the past we have done it for two. Starting next week our first topic will start! For those of you with blogs, please participate in as many topics as possible (just email me your links to participate and I’ll send you the HTML to add with instructions). For those of you who are going to do guest blogging, please let me know ASAP which topic you would like (and include a second pick too in case your first is gone) and I will email you back confirming that you’re scheduled.

Our theme this year is Working It Out Together. Here are the topics:

Monday, July 27th – Non-traditional support. We all know how our world is changing. Has someone helped you through the internet? Is there a book you read to get breastfeeding answers? Be creative!

Tuesday, July 28th – Share your breastfeeding story? Tell us your story, A supportive partner, helpful friend, organization, etc.? How did they help you?

Wednesday, July 29th – Breastfeeding in public. We all know that life goes on while breastfeeding and leaving the house means breastfeeding in public. Tell us your stories, thoughts, and so on.

Thursday, July 30th – What’s your favorite long-term breastfeeding benefit? We all know that breastfeeding has a whole host of long-term benefits for both baby and mom, which one is your favorite?

Friday, July 31st – What has helped you reach your breastfeeding goals? Is there a particular product out there that helped you to breastfeed? Maybe an SNS system that kept your baby at the breast or a pillow that helped you through those late nights. Tell us your must have!

Saturday, July 23rd – How has breastfeeding changed your life? We know all about the physical benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the emotional side? How has breastfeeding effected you as a person? photos. Share photos of your nursling!

Sunday, August 1st – Then and now: how have your breastfeeding goals changed? Maybe you started off wanting to just try it out and ended up an activist for child-led weaning. Maybe your goals have stayed the same from the beginning. Tell us about it!

If you’re in the area of the Cafe and would like to volunteer, email bfcvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com for more information!

Laura

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Breastfeeding Cafe Events 2014

Today is the first official day of the Cafe! Yay! You can see all of the events from the Cafe on our calendar, but I thought I’d share each event with a bit of a description here as a general reference.

August 1st

11am-2pm: Breastfeeding Photography with Brooke Roundy. Brooke is offering FREE breastfeeding photos at Memory Grove Park to all moms who want to participate so long as they sign the release form. Bring your own picnic lunch, blankets, things to make you comfortable as you’ll likely be sitting on the grass. Get more info and the release form from her website. 375 N 120 E, Salt Lake City.

4pm-7pm: Breastfeeding Cafe KICKOFF! We will be showing the film Breastmilk at the Red Rock Room in the main hospital at the University of Utah. Snacks will be provided by Sage’s Cafe/Vertical Diner. Silent Auction items will be present and able to be bid on. Silent Auction will stay open (online) until August 22nd at the closing event. After the film will be a panel of breastfeeding experts including Jeana Jones (La Leche League leader), Meghan Reed (IBCLC), Janet Oakeson (WIC Peer Counselor and La Leche League leader), and Sierra Brooks (postpartum doula). Please RSVP to the Kickoff on Facebook. 50 N Medical Dr, Salt Lake City.

August 2nd

8am-2pm: Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market Cafe. In case you haven’t heard yet, we weren’t able to get our regular space at the Downtown Salt Lake City Library, so we decided to do Farmers Markets instead! Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! For more info on the Downtown SLC Farmers Market, go to their website.

8am-2pm: Ogden Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! The Ogden Farmers Market booth will have a La Leche League leader available to answer questions as well as many raffle prizes (in addition to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding)! For more info on the Ogden Farmers Market, go to their website.

August 3rd

9am-2pm: Wheeler Farms Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! We will also have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the Wheeler Farms booth to answer any questions (see below). For more info on the Wheeler Farms Farmers Market, go to their website.

9am-2pm: Ask an IBCLC. Nicole Bernshaw IBCLC will be at our Wheeler Farms Farmers Market booth to answer any and all breastfeeding questions for FREE. If you need help in your breastfeeding journey, this is a great opportunity!

August 4th

10:30am: La Leche League of West Jordan. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly West Jordan La Leche League Meeting at the South Jordan Library. 10673 Redwood Rd, South Jordan.

2pm-3pm: Tea Time at Sage’s Cafe. Come join us for a mother’s tea time at Sage’s Cafe! Gather with other moms and get some free tea! 234 W 900 S, Salt Lake City.

August 5th

12pm: La Leche League of Murray. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Murray La Leche League Meeting at Murray Park Church of Christ. 494 E 5300 S, Murray.

August 6th

10am: La Leche League of Provo. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Provo La Leche League Meeting. Contact lllofprovo@gmail.com for location information.

6:30pm: La Leche League of Weber/Davis. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Weber/Davis County La Leche League Meeting at BirthWise Birthing Suite. 360 S Fort Lane Suite 1-B, Layton.

August 7th

10:15am: La Leche League of Salt Lake City. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Salt Lake City La Leche League Meeting at the Sprague Library. 2131 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City.

4pm-9pm: Heber Valley Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! The Heber Valley Farmers Market will also have a live concert! For more info on the Heber Valley Farmers Market, go to their website.

5pm: Breastfeeding Success. Come learn the basics of breastfeeding from Karin Hardman, IBCLC, LLLL. Honey Bump Maternity, 1155 N Main St., Layton.

August 8th 

10am: Reclaim Your Body: Posture Awareness, Baby Wearing and Baby Caring. Hallie Robbins, DO of Integral Rehabilitationis a long-term supporter of La Leche League as a past member of the extended nursing community. Hallie is a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and hands-on healing methods. She uses her head, heart, and hands to help people discover ways and words to be well. Sprague Library. 2131 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City.

1pm: Babywearing 101. Jillian Hanes, owner of Pretty Paisley Productions, will give a class on the basics of babywearing, different carriers, and safety. Bring any carriers you would like to get help with! Honey Bump Maternity, 1155 N Main St., Layton.

August 9th

9am-1pm: Gardner Village Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! For more info on the Gardner Village Farmers Market, go to their website.

August 10th

9am-2pm: Wheeler Farms Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! We will also have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the Wheeler Farms booth to answer any questions (see below). For more info on the Wheeler Farms Farmers Market, go to their website.

9am-2pm: Ask an IBCLC. Nicole Bernshaw IBCLC will be at our Wheeler Farms Farmers Market booth to answer any and all breastfeeding questions for FREE. If you need help in your breastfeeding journey, this is a great opportunity!

August 11th

10am: La Leche League of Northern Utah County. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Northern Utah County La Leche League Meeting at the Fellowship Bible Church. 375 N State St., Lindon.

2:30pm: Ask a Doula. Amy Ihrig will answer basic questions about child birth and how your birth experience affects breastfeeding. BirthWise Birthing Suite. 360 S Fort Lane Suite 1-B, Layton.

August 12th

10am: La Leche League of Sandy. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Sandy La Leche League Meeting at the Alta View Hospital Women’s Center, Room 307 (3rd floor). 9660S 1300 E, Sandy.

7pm: Powerful Birth Group. Join the Powerful Birth Group for their monthly meeting. This meeting Tayla Matheson will speak on The Power of Positive During Pregnancy and Delivery. Arrivals Birth Services. 1190 E 5425 S Ste. 330, Ogden.

August 13th

10am: Tongue Ties. Susan Johnson, IBCLC, LLLL and Meghan Johnston, IBCLC, LLLL will discuss tongue ties, what they are, how they can affect breastfeeding, and what to do about them at the Anderson-Foothill Library. 1135 S 2100 E, Salt Lake City.

August 14th

10am: La Leche League of Salt Lake City’s Mothering Your Nursing Child Meeting. Come to a special meeting for mothers who are nursing children over a year old. Meet other moms who understand the joys and challenges of nursing beyond infancy at this special monthly Salt Lake City La Leche League Meeting at the Sprague Library. 2131 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City.

August 15th

9am: Infant Massage. Carolyn Stevens, LMT, birth and postpartum doula will teach hands on techniques with instruction of a full body massage for baby,soothing strokes to assist in relief of colic & constipation, and exercises to improve and encourage brain/body coordination development. Please bring your baby or a doll to practice on, two blankets, a favorite toy if your baby is a bit older and in need of distraction, and massage oil if you have a preference (otherwise avocado oil will be provided). Liberty Park, NE side by the “little playground.” 600 East 900 S, Salt Lake City.

August 16th

9am-1pm: Gardner Village Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! We will also have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant at this Gardner Village booth to answer any questions (see below). For more info on the Gardner Village Farmers Market, go to their website.

9am-1pm: Ask an IBCLC. Ali Jones IBCLC will be at this Gardner Village Farmers Market booth to answer any and all breastfeeding questions for FREE. If you need help in your breastfeeding journey, this is a great opportunity!

August 17th

9am-2pm: Wheeler Farms Farmers Market Cafe. Come look for our booth, get information, and meet our volunteers! All of the Cafes are auctioning off a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, so come and try to win! We will also have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the Wheeler Farms booth to answer any questions (see below). For more info on the Wheeler Farms Farmers Market, go to their website.

9am-2pm: Ask an IBCLC. Nicole Bernshaw IBCLC will be at our Wheeler Farms Farmers Market booth to answer any and all breastfeeding questions for FREE. If you need help in your breastfeeding journey, this is a great opportunity!

August 18th

11am: Infant Massage. Carolyn Stevens, LMT, birth and postpartum doula will teach hands on techniques with instruction of a full body massage for baby,soothing strokes to assist in relief of colic & constipation, and exercises to improve and encourage brain/body coordination development. Please bring your baby or a doll to practice on, two blankets, a favorite toy if your baby is a bit older and in need of distraction, and massage oil if you have a preference (otherwise avocado oil will be provided). Birth Journeys. 45 West 9000 South, Sandy.

August 19th

9am: Cloth Diapering. Nicole Rivera will teach the basics on cloth diapering. Honey Bump Maternity. 1155 N Main St., Layton.

August 20th

2pm-3pm: Tea Time at Vertical Diner. Come join us for a mother’s tea time at Vertical Diner! Gather with other moms and get some free tea! 2280 SW Temple, Salt Lake City.

6:30pm: La Leche League of Provo. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Provo La Leche League Meeting. 3rd floor of the Provo Library. 550 N University Ave., Provo.

August 21st

6:30pm: La Leche League of Downtown Ogden. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Ogden La Leche League Meeting. Arrivals Birth Center. 1190 E 5425 S, Suite 330, Ogden.

7pm: La Leche League of Salt Lake City. SPECIAL COUPLES MEETING! Bring your support partner! Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Salt Lake City La Leche League Meeting. LDS Hospital Education Wing (Northwest Corner). 8th Avenue and C Street, Salt Lake City.

August 22nd

4pm-7pm: Breastfeeding Cafe CLOSING. We will be showing the film The Milky Way at the Red Rock Room in the main hospital at the University of Utah. Silent Auction (online) ends at 11:59pm. 50 N Medical Dr, Salt Lake City.

August 28th

10am: La Leche League of Weber/Davis. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Weber/Davis County La Leche League Meeting. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. 2374 Grant Ave, Ogden.

7pm: La Leche League of Tooele. Come meet other nursing moms and bring your questions to the monthly Tooele La Leche League Meeting. Contact sprintina@gmail.com for location information.

 

 

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Breastfeeding Healed Me, It Made Me

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!

I say with honesty and without guile that breastfeeding my children has changed my life.

I wasnʼt unprepared for motherhood – we had been trying for a long time – and certainly wasnʼt young at 29 for my first child. I had taken classes and felt that I was ready. Then I had an unplanned and unwanted cesarean section, wasnʼt able to be with my daughter for more than an hour after her birth, and felt lost and lonely and uncertain without the expected bonding time.

When we finally met, it wasnʼt a story of “latched on like a champ” that you so often see plastered in new momsʼ facebook posts and birth stories. The poor little thing tried, to be sure, but both of us were tired and druggy, she was under 7 pounds, and letʼs face it, my boobs were huge. Without guidance, we tried to let instinct do its thing, but without that initial bonding time, she was actually hungry by the time we met and my body hadnʼt caught up with that yet.

My peanut made a good attempt despite my cluelessness, but that first night was fraught with frustration for both of us. A lactation consultant finally came in, taught me the “C-Hold” which I promptly dubbed “boobsandwich” and outfitted us with a SNS nurser with the intent of meeting both of our immediate needs. Some hilarity ensued, with the tube dripping on the bed riser mechanism which promptly malfunctioned leaving us stranded in the hospital bed at an impossible height for a few hours. Despite the bumpy start it seemed like easier days would come.

Unfortunately, they took their sweet time. I did produce milk – in abundance, once we got started – and we made our bumbling way through the “breastfeeding jaundice” diagnosis, the early colicky growth spurts, the resistant yeast/ thrush infections due to the antibiotics overdose at birth and the never ending nursing days when I would cry to my husband from my planted position on the couch: “Moooo!”. But we kept going. While I was often in tears, I was also finding an absolute bedrock of determination. I had missed out on the first hour of my daughterʼs life. I felt like my body had failed us in birth and I felt broken to the core. But nursing … I could do that, and I *would* do that, despite any obstacle.

That determination began to shift my approach to motherhood. I quickly abandoned attempts to put her into a crib and kept her close to me – skin to skin – in the early weeks. I learned how to nurse in a side-lying position once my incision had healed enough to allow it. What a game changer that was, and how my mind was blown: I could doze AND nurse? I could SLEEP again!

I had no idea at that point how much those late realizations were changing my parenting ideals and desires. I have a career that I love very much, and returned to at 8 weeks. But instead of having cleanly weaned beforehand as planned initially, I returned with a pump in tow, and felt joy and love during my three daily pumping sessions, knowing I was doing something for her nobody else could do.

Just as importantly, though, by five or six months nursing was doing something for me that nothing else could do: it was slowly healing my grief over our birth. As nursing became easy and natural, I felt less broken, less sad. I stood up for myself in my decision to continue that relationship past six months, laughed at anyone who said we should stop at one year. Realized that I had a biological tool to help my child feel grounded and centered and connected to her most important point of safety (me!). I felt a growing sense of power and ownership of my bodyʼs ability to meet the needs – physical and emotional – of my child and hoped that I could become whole again.

We nursed happily until I was three months pregnant with her younger sister, in fact, as she chose to wean peacefully when my milk supply diminished when she was 18 months old. As I planned a VBAC, one of the most driving pieces of my motivation was that this time I wouldnʼt miss out on that first hour; this time I knew what we needed to do and knew I could do it.

And it worked. And I didnʼt miss a moment of her first week of life. And nursing was fast, and easy, and natural. And I knew how to calm her, how to safely share sleep, how to feel close to her while continuing my career. And I didnʼt feel broken anymore. Breastfeeding healed me. It centered me. It made me.

Danica is an audiologist, the mother of two vivacious and sensitive girls, and soon embarking on a new challenge with a surprise pregnancy with a son. Having recently pulled a dead caterpiller, seven rocks, a handful of cottonwood fluff and something that may have once been an earthworm from a daughterʼs jeans pocket, she does not expect to be unduly shocked by life with a boy. But she is unquestionably looking forward to having one last nursing relationship.

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Babywearing Wordless Wednesday

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is another Wordless Wednesday! Let’s see those babywearing photos! Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!

Babywearing has been part of my life for the past six years. It has allowed my family to be on the go while tending to the needs of our children. My children have breastfed, slept, been calmed, and been kept safe all while babywearing. It was often the only way my husband was able to soothe our children as infants. Without babywearing I would never have been able to meet the needs of my children. I can not stress enough the importance of having a ergonomically correct baby carrier for your child’s health and your own comfort.

How do you babywear?

How has it affected your life?

Now on to the pictures 🙂

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Sophie lives in Utah where she is a wife to her best friend and a mother to two beautiful children. She loves being outside, hiking, camping, spending time in the water and throwing the ball for the family’s dachshund.

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