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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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Day 4

Taking a break from writing much today to say GO CHECK OUT THE SILENT AUCTION!!!  Everyone on our committee has worked to make calls and contacts in order to bring you a great Silent Auction this year.  There are some awesome items!  We appreciate our Baby Friendly Businesses that donated, we appreciate individuals who created and donated, we appreciate our Committee for locating items.  The selection is varied folks. . .so go on over and bid your hearts out.  Bidding will close 11:59 August 19th.

Kathy Grossman, LLL Leader in Moab and longtime LLL Leader, donates a painting of her own design, each year.  This painting often becomes the “face” of the Cafe.  You have likely seen this year’s painting, “Moonflower Mother and Child” on many of our advertisement materials.   It is a gorgeous painting and we’d love to find it a home.  Do you know a doctor’s office or other business that supports mothers and children, where this painting might look wonderful on the wall?  Encourage business owners to check out the paintings and contact us for purchase or bid on the auction.  We still have our paintings from the past two years available and have discounted them for the auction this year.  These are ONE OF A KIND paintings!!!
Happy Bidding!!!

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Tongue and Lip Tie

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


 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth my children were born tongue-tied.

A tongue-tie is a restriction in the tongue’s ability to function properly caused by a frenulum that is too short or tight. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?

Some tongue-ties are very obvious. The tie may be so far forward on the child’s tongue that it dramatically changes the shape of the tongue so that it is heart-shaped. A breastfeeding mother may experience a lot of pain or even nipple damage. The baby may be so ineffective at sucking that there is a delay in the milk “coming in,” or the baby may not gain enough weight.

Or the tie could be harder to see, the mother may not be in pain, and she may have an abundant supply that allows the baby to coast by, gaining enough without actually being able to move his or her tongue properly.

Each of my children had very different experiences with being tongue-tied. My daughter spit up all the time. She had a very difficult time handling letdowns, and my abundant supply was very overwhelming for her, yet it helped her to gain weight despite having a rather shallow latch and having a difficult time maintaining suction on the breast. As my supply regulated, she got by through nursing every 45 minutes around the clock. I lost track of how many times she would nurse in the middle of the night when it got to be more than ten times a night, and I could practically set a timer for 45 minutes after getting up in the morning or sneaking away from her during her naps to know when she would wake up and need to nurse more.

She refused to comfort nurse when she was hurt or upset and refused to nurse to sleep at night for months. Instead, I spent hours walking her, bouncing her, singing to her until she fell asleep, fast asleep enough that she would not wake up when I moved her to bed because if she woke up too soon, she still would not nurse back to sleep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAround 7 months old, before she was eating any solid foods, she started to get tooth decay on one of her front teeth. Certainly, there were likely many factors involved, but there is evidence that it could be related to her lip tie, a frenulum connecting her top lip to her gums. When she did start eating solid foods, she gagged a lot. She did eventually figure out how to eat, though she is still a slow eater.

My son hardly ever spit up. He was always willing to latch on for a few seconds to calm down. He handled my letdowns fine, and he didn’t gag much when trying to eat solid foods. Instead, he drooled all over the place because he couldn’t swallow his own saliva, he lached on frequently without really sucking, he had a difficult time triggering letdowns on his own, especially when I wasn’t overly full or he wasn’t in an optimal position, and he could barely get any solid foods back far enough to gag on them, much less swallow them.

Both my children gained well at first, and while my daughter is skinny, she never really stopped gaining well. When my son was born, with both children nursing, my milk came in quite quickly. My son barely lost any weight after birth and then gained quickly. He was a very sleepy baby, common with tongue-ties, but I held him all the time and shoved a breast in his mouth every time he stirred in his sleep. He also nursed quite frequently with his sister, who was great a triggering letdowns and would trigger one for both of them, and he was able to keep up on the weight charts for a few months.

Photo3bySarahJones-PopielThere were signs along the way that there might be an issue, but I didn’t realize. He had a high palate and recessed chin. He refused to suck on a finger or anything when he was screaming in the car as a newborn. Whenever we were out and about or on the road for much of the day, and he spent too much time nursing in a carrier or in the car, he got orange spots in his diaper, often a sign of dehydration. He still had plenty of wet diapers, though less than usual on those days, and we assumed he was fine. He would get frustrated with nursing to sleep, not because he was overwhelmed like his sister, but because he had a hard time getting let-downs all by himself when my milk supply was lowest in the evening. He would cluster nurse, back and forth, back and forth, nursing for half an hour or more without a letdown. Finally, one would come, and he would fall right to sleep. As he got older and my milk supply was lower, he began to wake up at night, crying and not able to get a letdown.

He was showing signs of a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. I figured that it was due to my oversupply and I used block nursing to have him nurse on an emptier breast to get the fattier milk that comes when the breast is emptier. I sincerely regret doing this. The trouble was that he couldn’t get the milk out as well when the breast was emptier. Block nursing reduced my supply, and then I watched my son’s weight slowly fall down the growth chart. He was 9 months old, though, before I realized that his weight was so much of a problem that I had to do something.

Photo4byMeghanJohnstonI became a La Leche League Leader shortly after my son was born. I had worked hard to get accredited, and I still had a lot to learn. As soon as I became a Leader, I remember hearing a lot about something called a “lip-tie.” When my son was 4 months old, I finally got around to figuring out exactly what that was and pulled up my son’s lip to check. Woowza! He had a class IV lip tie that was going to put a space between his upper teeth when they came in. Maybe that explained why he still frequently lost suction while nursing. Maybe that explained why he had dipped some on the growth charts. I read about laser revision, and it sounded like the way to go, especially for such a serious tie, but I wasn’t aware of anybody who revised lip ties in the area using lasers, and we were nursing ‘fine’, so we decided to wait to see how things went and what options became available to us. My biggest concern at the time was tooth decay, but thankfully, he did not get his upper teeth until much later, so that was less of a concern… yet.

As I continued to learn more as a La Leche League Leader, one of my coleaders showed me a video on Alison Hazlebaker’s assessment tool for determining tongue-tie. I loved that it looked mostly at tongue function. Most people have a frenulum, and it is difficult to tell how much of a problem a frenulum is by looking just at it. Looking at what the tongue can do gives a much clearer picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI remember hearing someone tell me over and over again when my daughter was an infant that if a baby can stick his or her tongue out past their lip, they are not tongue-tied. My daughter could stick her tongue out, and my son could stick his out even farther, so they couldn’t be tongue-tied, right?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I didn’t realize is that there is a lot more that a tongue needs to be able to do than stick out. It should lift when a baby cries, most of the way to the palate, not on the floor of the mouth like my kids’ tongues. That smacking noise my kids made with every suck when they nursed is a sign that the tongue is not functioning properly enough to maintain suction. The tongue should be forward in a baby’s mouth, cupping the breast tightly, not back and flat like my son’s. A baby should be able to open wide and flange his or her lips deeply around the breast, not just suck on the mother’s nipple as if it were a bottle nipple as my children do. The tongue should make a smooth wave-like motion to remove milk effectively, which does not require the jaw to ‘chew’ on the mother.

Most of all, as Dr. Lawrence Kotlow puts it, “Breastfeeding should be fun and enjoyable.” A baby should love to nurse and be comforted by nursing. Letdowns should come easily and not overwhelm the baby. The mother should be comfortable from the moment her baby first laches on and should stay comfortable no matter how long or frequently the baby nurses. She should not be constantly battling plugged ducts, mastitis, and thrush. The baby’s teeth should not constantly dig into her nipple while nursing. Nursing should not be a fight. If your nursing relationship is not what you wish it would be, don’t be afraid to get help to find out if it could be tongue-tie or something else that is affecting your nursing relationship.

Discovering that my children were tongue-tied was the beginning of a journey, not the end, and the story is still unfolding. An amazing network of support is forming here in Utah and in many other places around the world. If you suspect that you may be nursing a child with a tongue-tie, you don’t have to walk this path alone. Call La Leche League. Make an appointment with an IBCLC. There is support here for you!

http://www.kiddsteeth.com/nursingbookaugfc2011.pdf

http://lllutah.org/home/

http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3337

https://www.facebook.com/pages/IATP-International-Affiliation-of-Tongue-tie-Professionals/154327071396819

Photo7bySusanJohnsonJeana Jones is the mother of two beautiful children. She is a La Leche League Leader with La Leche League of Salt Lake City and the Library Liaison for this year’s Breastfeeding Cafe. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, cooking delicious and nourishing foods, and constantly learning.

 


 
Here are more post by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

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LLLI – August 8th 2012

La Leche League is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women that decide to breastfeed their baby’s. I want to give special acknowledgement to La Leche League for their support throughout the years and for bringing the breastfeeding café to our community for the 7th year. A successful exciting time that has become a tradition in salt lake to celebrate to the fullest the art of breastfeeding.

Highlight activities for the café: Elizabeth Smith from the University of Utah Hospital will be presenting on How Birth affects breastfeeding from 10-11am. WIC peer counselor Brenda Poprsenovic will be at the café for breastfeeding support and questions from 1-4pm and if you want to apply for WIC the peer counselors can also inform you how.

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