Anxiety Free Parenting with Ashley Pickett, IBCLC

Anxiety Free Parenting with Ashley Pickett, IBCLC Anxiety-Free and attachment- focused Lactation Consulting & Parent support, with lots of love & guidance along the way!

• Breastfeeding
• Sleep
• Babywearing
• Parenting

Operating as usual

06/11/2021

*Turned off commenting. I can’t keep up. Thanks so much for all of your shared experiences so far!*

I don’t usually edit posts, but wowzers.. this one needs a bit of an add. I’m very sorry for not being clear with my intentions… Never did I think a simple caution could cause such upset and I’d never intend for that. But impact matters more, and so please do consider my apologies if ive triggered something in you regarding your own baby. If your baby is well, gaining and your milk supply is excellent, then please understand that this caution is just not for you! You get to choose to see that it’s meant for someone whose baby is not.

For those jsut reading, Below, I offer a caution. Just a caution. Like every single thing available to us, most people will be just fine using products and a small percentage will have a hard time. IBCLCs everywhere are discussing the amounts of clients they are seeing with weight concerns that resolve when the snoo is removed. I have seen two in a day, where the FTT dx was avoided (80th to 5th and then back up to 30th and other was 50th) after one single intervention - remove the snoo. And so I posted… a PSA, a caution. This could have been the same outcome if it were a tight swaddle, a baby sleeping in a Swing, a baby with a pacifier repetitively etc. We also see these all the time.

I don’t live in your house. I don’t want to tell you what to do… but knowing how things impact some people can contribute to informed decisions making. This is never a bad thing , and that I wouldn’t apologize for. Never said a “dont” or “it’s always bad” or “here’s your bad parent card”. Just a simple caution, as in some cases, it seems like it interferes with wakefulkness (isn’t this why families are using it, to get their baby to sleep longer than their biological norm?) and leading to fewer nighttime feeds before those feeds would have authentically removed themselves.

I’m so very happy to hear that so many find it useful and don’t have issues!! This is excellent news… I would I expect no less. And, for the fewer but very real families who have needed to unwrap their infants to cause increased intake, I’m happy to post this and take the large array of emotions that arise as a result. I’m ok with that, and at the same time, am sorry that a small caution can cause such uproar in your life. I can’t help but feel this is a bigger issue than just defending a product. I’d love to learn more about that. I’m happy to hear your stories and am so happy that you have not had to share this scary and upsetting experience that others have had.

Please, consider that a caution is just that. No one is telling you how to parent, what to actually buy, or who to listen to. If a caution would deter you from something altogether, rather than inform you of how to use a product in a way that promotes natural feeding rhythms, please reconsider. I’m not the right person to help you with unpacking that, but am happy to provide resources.

Aaaanyhow, Happy nighttime parenting to those who do! And happy bits of sleep to those who have found what works for them.

OP:

Two more babies almost failure to thrive, using the Snoo.

Just Be cautious, friends!!

And if you aren’t sure, or need more info than is provided in the comments, please feel free to DM ❤ I'm happy to help you find some middle ground.

Sitting in on the Attached at the Heart Parent Educator program update course!! Put on by @attachment_parenting internat...
06/05/2021

Sitting in on the Attached at the Heart Parent Educator program update course!! Put on by @attachment_parenting international… Now fully online, and for the first time ever you can pick and choose which modules you attend ❤️ Not everyone needs all 10!!
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Learn with us in these 10 modules:
🌼 Charting a new Course: parenting for secure attachment
🌼 Preparation for Parenting: pregnancy, birth and baby
🌼 Feed with Love & Respect: beginning the attachment process
🌼 Respond with Sensitivity: Learn the language of love
🌼 Use Nurturing touch: healing power of physical closeness
🌼 Ensure Safe Sleep: physically and emotionally, the importance of nighttime parenting
🌼 Provide Consistent, Loving Care
🌼 Practice Positive Discipline: Guide with Love
🌼 Strive for Balance in personal and family life
🌼 Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World
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Read more about the courses, and keep an eye on my feed for launch dates!! Drop me a note below if you’d like info once this series is launched!!
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#parenting #attachment #onlinelearning #infantsleep #bodyfeeding #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #bottlenursing #positivediscipline #love #emotionalwellbeing #babywearing #mom #dad #newparents

Sitting in on the Attached at the Heart Parent Educator program update course!! Put on by @attachment_parenting international… Now fully online, and for the first time ever you can pick and choose which modules you attend ❤️ Not everyone needs all 10!!
.
Learn with us in these 10 modules:
🌼 Charting a new Course: parenting for secure attachment
🌼 Preparation for Parenting: pregnancy, birth and baby
🌼 Feed with Love & Respect: beginning the attachment process
🌼 Respond with Sensitivity: Learn the language of love
🌼 Use Nurturing touch: healing power of physical closeness
🌼 Ensure Safe Sleep: physically and emotionally, the importance of nighttime parenting
🌼 Provide Consistent, Loving Care
🌼 Practice Positive Discipline: Guide with Love
🌼 Strive for Balance in personal and family life
🌼 Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World
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Read more about the courses, and keep an eye on my feed for launch dates!! Drop me a note below if you’d like info once this series is launched!!
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#parenting #attachment #onlinelearning #infantsleep #bodyfeeding #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #bottlenursing #positivediscipline #love #emotionalwellbeing #babywearing #mom #dad #newparents

06/04/2021

No COVID here! We can test as needed with rapid tests, to make sure you and your families aren’t at risk of exposure :)
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@abaton_integrative_medicine @rechargeandplay

🌈PRIDE🌈 masks!! 100% of sales are going directly to PSN-Halton ❤ And they are 100% volunteer made and all materials dona...
06/04/2021

🌈PRIDE🌈 masks!! 100% of sales are going directly to PSN-Halton ❤ And they are 100% volunteer made and all materials donated!!

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Orders can be placed through DM @happythoughtscraftingco on Insta.

Payment through etransfer.

Masks are $10 each and come in 5 sizes: toddler, little kid, big kid, adult/teen and large adult.

Scrunchies are $5 each.

Entire purchase amount goes to @psn.halton

FREE for anyone in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community just state in your DM!

🌈 HAPPY PRIDE!!! 🌈

🌈PRIDE🌈 masks!! 100% of sales are going directly to PSN-Halton ❤ And they are 100% volunteer made and all materials donated!!

***********************************
Orders can be placed through DM @happythoughtscraftingco on Insta.

Payment through etransfer.

Masks are $10 each and come in 5 sizes: toddler, little kid, big kid, adult/teen and large adult.

Scrunchies are $5 each.

Entire purchase amount goes to @psn.halton

FREE for anyone in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community just state in your DM!

🌈 HAPPY PRIDE!!! 🌈

The Ontario Human Rights Council has sent a letter to the HCDSB regarding their vote to not fly the pride flag.HUGE WIN....
06/02/2021
Letter to Halton Catholic District School Board on raising the Pride flag to support students and staff | Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Council has sent a letter to the HCDSB regarding their vote to not fly the pride flag.

HUGE WIN.

Because what a ridiculous thing, to think you get to vote on someone’s inclusion based on their 2SLGBTQUIA+ status.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/onthumanrights/status/1399776154240835589?s=21

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/letter-halton-catholic-district-school-board-raising-pride-flag-support-students-and-staff

Page controls+ show tagsTags Social Areas: goods, services and facilities Code Grounds: gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation Law: Ontario Human Rights Code Resources Type: letter Activity Type: recommendations Discrimination Type: indirect, individual, subtle Organizati...

Summertime dinners in the backyard!! Always need a good selection of veggies. Delish!!
05/26/2021

Summertime dinners in the backyard!! Always need a good selection of veggies. Delish!!

Summertime dinners in the backyard!! Always need a good selection of veggies. Delish!!

Happy love ❤️ 16th ❤️ wedding anniversary my love!!! .Had a lovely (very short lived) walk by the lake.. the aphids won!...
05/22/2021

Happy love ❤️ 16th ❤️ wedding anniversary my love!!!
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Had a lovely (very short lived) walk by the lake.. the aphids won! Before this, Kevin recreated our first date dinner… we had gone to @colossusgreektaverna in port credit … that was 22 years ago!!! He made saganaki, garlic lobster, chicken souvlaki, pork souvlaki, potatoes and a big Greek salad.
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#spoiled #weddinganniversary #forevermine #howthehelldidthathappen

Happy love ❤️ 16th ❤️ wedding anniversary my love!!!
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Had a lovely (very short lived) walk by the lake.. the aphids won! Before this, Kevin recreated our first date dinner… we had gone to @colossusgreektaverna in port credit … that was 22 years ago!!! He made saganaki, garlic lobster, chicken souvlaki, pork souvlaki, potatoes and a big Greek salad.
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#spoiled #weddinganniversary #forevermine #howthehelldidthathappen

Let’s go @haltoncatholicdsb !!! #FlyTheFlag.@hcdsbequitygroup
05/18/2021

Let’s go @haltoncatholicdsb !!! #FlyTheFlag
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@hcdsbequitygroup

Let’s go @haltoncatholicdsb !!! #FlyTheFlag
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@hcdsbequitygroup

Right now.. At the HCDSB board office!! Fly the flag!! #flytheflag @thetorontostar @oakvillebeaver @insidehalton
05/18/2021

Right now.. At the HCDSB board office!! Fly the flag!! #flytheflag @thetorontostar @oakvillebeaver @insidehalton

Happy Mother’s Day!!.In honor of all of the special mother figures in your world, I’d like to give away two necklaces 🙂....
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day!!
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In honor of all of the special mother figures in your world, I’d like to give away two necklaces 🙂
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Post a story celebrating mothering or of what mothering means to you (share your own journey, share about someone who has mother’ed you along the way).
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Like my page. Sign up for our live series page (link in bio).
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I’ll do a random draw of the entries later this week!!
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❤️❤️Ashley❤️❤️

Happy Mother’s Day!!
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In honor of all of the special mother figures in your world, I’d like to give away two necklaces 🙂
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Post a story celebrating mothering or of what mothering means to you (share your own journey, share about someone who has mother’ed you along the way).
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Like my page. Sign up for our live series page (link in bio).
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I’ll do a random draw of the entries later this week!!
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❤️❤️Ashley❤️❤️

I’ve been so lucky to have many many many amazing women in my life, who have all taken on some role in mothering me. I w...
05/09/2021

I’ve been so lucky to have many many many amazing women in my life, who have all taken on some role in mothering me. I was raised by these women… my mother, who of course has been the most incredible person in my life. She has shown me that there isn’t a cookie cutter life out there for me if I don’t want it. That mother’s can still travel to Thailand for her singing career AND help finish school projects at 11pm. That mothering means being there AND being an example, of love and grace and unconditional love.
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So many others have been my mom, too. My mom’s best friends are just there, always. Christmas morning or Christmas dinner, birthdays, graduations and just when we needed someone. My Auntie Debbie and Auntie Susan, who are practically second moms. You love me like your own! My Nonni is there, smiling her huge smile. She was stern and classy and loving and always knew how to make use feel special. I miss you so much. And my Nanny. The kindest, gentlest soul. Gave the gloves off her hands to a boy working the gas station. Just.. warmth. Both strong, powerful and brilliant women who showed me how to be unapologetically myself AND maintain decorum… and last but not least my mother in law Sandy, who I’m so happy to have in my life and and grateful for the close relationship

I’ve been so lucky to have many many many amazing women in my life, who have all taken on some role in mothering me. I was raised by these women… my mother, who of course has been the most incredible person in my life. She has shown me that there isn’t a cookie cutter life out there for me if I don’t want it. That mother’s can still travel to Thailand for her singing career AND help finish school projects at 11pm. That mothering means being there AND being an example, of love and grace and unconditional love.
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So many others have been my mom, too. My mom’s best friends are just there, always. Christmas morning or Christmas dinner, birthdays, graduations and just when we needed someone. My Auntie Debbie and Auntie Susan, who are practically second moms. You love me like your own! My Nonni is there, smiling her huge smile. She was stern and classy and loving and always knew how to make use feel special. I miss you so much. And my Nanny. The kindest, gentlest soul. Gave the gloves off her hands to a boy working the gas station. Just.. warmth. Both strong, powerful and brilliant women who showed me how to be unapologetically myself AND maintain decorum… and last but not least my mother in law Sandy, who I’m so happy to have in my life and and grateful for the close relationship

CELEBRATING EXPECTING AND NEW PARENTS & MOTHERSWITH $100 USD OFF OF OUR BREASTFEEDING COURSE!Our 'Secrets of the Super S...
05/07/2021

CELEBRATING EXPECTING AND NEW PARENTS & MOTHERS
WITH $100 USD OFF OF OUR BREASTFEEDING COURSE!

Our 'Secrets of the Super Satisfied Breastfed Baby' course will help you get off the the very best start possible with breastfeeding.

Everyone acts better and learns better when they aren't HANGRY!

I think we all want to see our babies content after a feeding! When hunger has been satisfied, babies will often sleep better, cuddle more, play independently and interact in a way that is less interrupted by "I'm still hungry cues".

You and your baby will know how to communicate in a way that ensures they get all of the food they need while helping you make the best milk supply possible

In our 4-part course you will learn:
... the secrets to decoding their reflexes to understand them
... to identify when when your baby need to eat (its not a time of day or a random every three hour rule!)
... when they have had just enough, and when they are SATISFIED!
... to understand how to use other feeding methods in a way that wont undermine your breatfeeding
... about normal sleep behaviour for breastfed babies

AND you will gain access to a LIFETIME community to ask questions, get breastfeeding support, and participate in live Q & A's with Ashley and her team!

Education, information, guidance and real-life help.. all wrapped up in one fantastic course.. and to celebrate new parents everywhere, we are offering $100 usd off!!
https://www.ashleypickett.com/breastfeeding-course
Use code SAVE100 at check out.

See you in class!
Ashley Pickett

CELEBRATING EXPECTING AND NEW PARENTS & MOTHERS
WITH $100 USD OFF OF OUR BREASTFEEDING COURSE!

Our 'Secrets of the Super Satisfied Breastfed Baby' course will help you get off the the very best start possible with breastfeeding.

Everyone acts better and learns better when they aren't HANGRY!

I think we all want to see our babies content after a feeding! When hunger has been satisfied, babies will often sleep better, cuddle more, play independently and interact in a way that is less interrupted by "I'm still hungry cues".

You and your baby will know how to communicate in a way that ensures they get all of the food they need while helping you make the best milk supply possible

In our 4-part course you will learn:
... the secrets to decoding their reflexes to understand them
... to identify when when your baby need to eat (its not a time of day or a random every three hour rule!)
... when they have had just enough, and when they are SATISFIED!
... to understand how to use other feeding methods in a way that wont undermine your breatfeeding
... about normal sleep behaviour for breastfed babies

AND you will gain access to a LIFETIME community to ask questions, get breastfeeding support, and participate in live Q & A's with Ashley and her team!

Education, information, guidance and real-life help.. all wrapped up in one fantastic course.. and to celebrate new parents everywhere, we are offering $100 usd off!!
https://www.ashleypickett.com/breastfeeding-course
Use code SAVE100 at check out.

See you in class!
Ashley Pickett

What a gem! Forgot about it this post. Loving it!!
05/01/2021

What a gem! Forgot about it this post. Loving it!!

Have you considered that YOU, the parent, have incredible power / and how you use that power will indeed create stories and expectations for your children?
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I’m not talking about the abuses of power many parents utilize, like coercion, fear-based parenting and expecting compliance “or else”.
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I mean the power to guide and shape your children’s expectation of how they ought to be treated in this world. How they should allow people to influence them.
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Their inner voice is often a product of your external voice. Read that a few times. If your tone has a “what the hell is wrong with you” theme, they will certainly question what the hell is wrong with them. What could your child be like if your voice ALWAYS had a “here’s is what is so very right with you” tone? How would your child’s confidence and inner voice shift, if they weren’t scared to make the wrong choice but instead, felt the goodness and power within to make the right choices instead?
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When we make kids feel better they act better. It’s a simple and effective theme.

Make them understand what is RIGHT with them:
“Wow, you just feel pretty sad/angry/frustrated to do that thing you did. Need a bit of help getting through this?”

Vs understanding that they are intrinsically flawed:
“What the hell is wrong with you? What made you think that was a good idea?!?”.
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It is RIGHT that they are angry. Their choice of how to express that anger was poor.
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Huge difference right? One acknowledge that the kid didn’t actually think it through and was acting on emotion. The other assumes a bad/stupid/thoughtless kid who is trying to make you upset. One kid will navigate a story of safety around learning to handle big emotions (even when handling them improperly, which is simply a part of the process) and the other will feel badly about themselves. Their confidence will be dampened and feeling shame causes worse behavior going forward.
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You have power. You’re the adult. You get to control your own anger and frustration and not only model the goal (staying calm amidst the chaos) but model kindness, self-worth, and resiliency.
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Be the adult, and let the kids be the kids! And if you mess up and play the role of an unregulated child, acknowledge and accept and apologize. Seeing that we’re noticing and working on ourselves has its own incredible power!

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