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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