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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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Wordless Wednesday: Babywearing

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 babywearing photos. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


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Jillian is a mom of two, a business owner, and a lover of babywearing. She admins the Otown Babywearers, makes wraps and slings, and boogies to 80’s music every chance she gets. She loves her boys and her awesome husband who makes it all possible. 


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Wordless Wednesday: Babywearing Photos

Welcome 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 Wordless Wednesday: Babywearing Photos! Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!


From one of the babywearing workshops at the Breastfeeding Cafe in Logan.

Today’s guest post is from Sherrie Green. Sherrie is a WIC Nutritionist and Breastfeeding Consultant (IBCLC). She is the mother of four, and now grandma of one darling little girl who is breastfed. Her passion is helping women overcome breastfeeding challenges so they can enjoy it as long as they want to.

 


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My Evolution in Babywearing

Welcome 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 babywearing. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!


While I was pregnant, some dear friends gave me some pouches to use when my daughter arrived. I’ve always been drawn towards natural parenting methodologies, but babywearing was something I looked at more with admiration and not so much as being practical for me. With all the different choices, I was so overwhelmed. Brands, fabrics, carries, front vs. back, forward vs. tummy to tummy… it was another language to me. And, to say that during my life I’ve never considered myself to be coordinated is an understatement. I’ve heard the old ‘can’t walk and chew bubble gum’ cliché more times than I care to admit, and when you throw a new baby and sleep deprivation into the mix… I honestly thought I just wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

And then, my daughter arrived. My world changed, was turned upside down and I was thrown for a triple loop. She entered this world with an opinion and the desire to let everyone know that she was here and not willing to settle… for anything! She was never, and still isn’t, much of a sleeper. She’s a mixture of loving life to the fullest, so much so that she can’t even sleep, and a little bit of just not wanting to miss out on anything. By some people’s standards she is a high needs child, some may just think she has diva qualities, to me… she is my mini-me. Some may call me a high needs adult, so I feel like I instantly understood her need to be permanently on someone, the need to be involved or sometimes just to be held. We were rockers, swayers, deep-knee lungers… anything to get her moving and close to us to keep her peaceful. She and I slept face to face throughout the night, heartbeats and breaths matching each others. She’s a baby of rhythm and motion, as I know most babies are… but she’s always been our exponential child. I love her with my whole heart, but it just always seemed like she needed touch, soothing, calming exponentially more than other babies I’ve known. And in return we have always tried exponentially to create a safe and comfortable environment for her.

So began my journey into babywearing officially. I used the pouches that my friends gave me, not knowing that they didn’t fit properly, until a woman introduced herself and commented on how uncomfortable I looked. After adjusting it’s placement and eventually buying a proper size, I still felt like I wasn’t all that sure about what I was doing, but I was learning. It was a short time until I bought my first wrap. A Didymos linen indio arrived shortly and I thought then I was officially over my head. I remember the first time I broke it out in front of my family my mom said, “What are you doing with that baby and that curtain??” My family has always been supportive, but they don’t hesitate to ask me about what I’m doing. And at that time, I really did feel like I was trying to wrap a baby up in a curtain. It was half comical, half discouraging. Within a week, I was wrapping a front cross carry like it was nobody’s business. After another couple of weeks I had her up on my back confidently. I never have been, and may never be a pretty wrapper. I get self-conscious at times that people are watching me wondering what I’m doing or if they are also a babywearer looking at me like I’m doing it wrong. I’ve always been safe about it, but I’m just an ugly wrapper. My shoulders get bunched, my tails get tied… anything to feverishly put it on and get her in it and happy.

And, despite the ugly wrap jobs, it worked. I think in the past I would have thought of being wrapped up as being constricting. Wearing my daughter was the most liberating secret I discovered about motherhood. She could nap where and when she wanted. I can say, without a doubt, that babywearing saved our nursing relationship. From the beginning our nursing relationship varied, everything from latch issues to her love of comfort nursing. Once I started wrapping her, we could nurse anywhere, for as long as she wanted, and no one was the wiser. I used the wrap to make a cocoon for her. She was snug, I was relieved, and we were all happy. That Didymos brought us peace. It was worn during the day during nursing marathons in the middle of Target. It was worn in the evening in walks around the neighborhood. It was even worn during the wee hours of the night during croup fits and wearing it brought us sanity a couple of times in the emergency room.

Now our babywearing days are coming to an end. I’m grasping at fringed wrap edges trying to keep it alive and well, but now my little one, who was so timid and out of her comfort zone, is perfectly happy being in her own skin, her new comfort zone. I’m branching into ring slings, for easy ins and outs with her now that she is too cool for school. I’m also looking forward to creating a new stash for a little one if we are blessed. I’m actually so excited to wear a newborn since I started a little later with my daughter. I’ve also been working with another momma locally to resurrect a local babywearing group… as a matter of fact, that momma that helped me with my very first pouch. In the group, I intend to spread the word about babywearing. Tell people how much easier it can make their lives, that it can be wonderful for kids. In my case, it liberated me, got us out of the house, and kept our nursing relationship going. And, I will be sure to tell people, that if your baby is safe and you are comfortable, it is totally okay to not wrap perfectly. Babywearing mommas are all for helping each other. We want to spread the word to get their babies close, keep them safe. And I want to spread the word that if your tails get tied in the process, so be it.

Today’s guest post is from Amanda Watsky. Amanda, in chronicological order and not order of importance, is a friend, biologist, wife and mother of one beautiful daughter. Twenty four hours a day she is an AP, BFing, BWing, CDing, Cosleeping mother. By day, she is a research biologist and by night she co-owns an eco-snazzy online store (www.thegreenpair.com)

 


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Babywearing, Disaster Prep, & the Importance of Dads

Christy Porucznik 2Do you have a sling ?  Do you know how to use it?!  Wish you could make one yourself so it’s one-of-kind and doesn’t break the bank?  Why so much fuss about “babywearing?”  What does it mean and why should I give it a whirl?  Come to Babywearing: Tips on How to Sling Your Baby and learn new ways carry your baby — and new reasons you’ll be happy you did.  We’ll meet inside the Cafe from 10 – 11 am with different baby carrier styles on hand to check out.  A great idea to explore if you’re pregnant and planning ahead, an urgent need if you’re sore from carrying a big baby on your hip –or in a bucket.  Meet in the Cafe!

From 12 noon until 1 pm we are  presenting Infant Feeding in Times of Disaster in the auditorium (east end of atrium).  We can’t plan disasters but we can plan our reactions and preparations!  Come enjoy some food for thought.  Is your family ready for disaster?  Will you be the one in your neighborhood with a plan?!

Dad plays a huge part in the success of the breastfeeding relationship.  Bring the whole family this evening for Father’s Role in Breastfeeding with La Leche League of Salt Lake City.  Join some of the best dads in Salt Lake from 7 – 8:30 pm in Room A on the lower level (take the atrium stairs across from the Cafe).

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Expectant Moms’ Circle, Crochet a Sling

Come be crafty, we’re crocheting slings from 10 am until 12 noon!  Our Expectant Moms’ Circle meets our annual Crochet a Sling workshop today.  Of course you don’t need to be crafty to come hang out and chat with other moms.  But if you’d like to try your hand at a sling…  An experienced mom and grandmother are are teaming up to help us crochet cotton slings — perfect for hot summer days.  This is a great project for expectant moms or expectant grand-moms and aunts, no experience necessary.  If you enjoy wearing your baby and could use an extra sling, by all means pull up a chair.  recycled-cotton-yarn-lg

You’ll need the following materials:

2 skeins or balls of worsted weight cotton (Lion or Kitchen or similar brand, 236 yards, 5 ounces each — total of 472 yards in 2 balls).  This really does need to be cotton, not wool or acrylic.

Size Q crochet hook (this is a very large hook).

Hope to see you in the Cafe!

Nibbles courtesy of The Tin Angel.

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Politics of Breastfeeding; Babywearing 101

TPOBFcoverThis morning from 10 – 11:30 am La Leche League of Salt Lake City is exploring the Politics of Breastfeeding.  What makes breastfeeding political here in Salt Lake?  How does U.S. support for breastfeeding stack up against efforts in other nations?  Whose responsibility is it to support breastfeeding when mom goes back to work?  What happened to the federal education campaign, “Babies Are Born to Breastfeed” —  why did the National Ad Council walk away from the project?  What does the WHO Code mean to you?  Gabrielle Palmer’s book on the topic, THE POLITICS OF BREASTFEEDING, is reissued this summer with the subtitle “When Breasts Are Bad for Business.”  Why is the topic more vital than ever?  Join the discussion in Room A on the lower level (take the atrium stairs across from the Cafe).

DSC02999Do you have a sling ?  Do you know how to use it?!  Wish you could make one yourself so it’s one-of-kind and doesn’t break the bank?  Why so much fuss about “babywearing?”  What does it mean and why should I give it a whirl?  Come to Babywearing and learn new ways carry your baby — and new reasons you’ll be happy you did.  We’ll meet inside the Cafe from 6:30 – 7:30 pm with different baby carrier styles on hand to check out.  A great idea to explore if you’re pregnant and planning ahead, an urgent need if you’re sore from carrying a big baby on your hip –or in a bucket.

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