Atlanta Online Breastfeeding Support Group

Atlanta Online Breastfeeding Support Group A place to post helpful information for expectant and breastfeeding mothers to support them in their choice. Sponsored by Brenda Parrish, certified lactation counselor and midwife with Traditional Birth Services, LLC

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02/26/2021

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12/12/2020
Junobie

Junobie

Tired of throwing away breast milk storage bags? Us too, that's why one breastfeeding mama designed and created Junobie, the worlds 1st Eco-Friendly Milk Storage Bag.

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10/31/2020
The Badass Breastfeeder
10/23/2020

The Badass Breastfeeder

โ€œThis was one of our first latches. I could have never prepared myself for how it felt. People talk about the pain of breastfeeding and being pregnant for the first time, it was all I focused on. Maybe no one mentioned it or maybe I didnโ€™t hear them because I was afraid of the pain. But this moment was not painful at all. This first latch was nothing short of magical. 6 weeks later and we are still going strong.โ€ Shared by @mrs.s.timmerman
Photo by @viaramileva

10/21/2020
09/12/2020
Lucy Webber Breastfeeding IBCLC
08/23/2020

Lucy Webber Breastfeeding IBCLC

It's seriously alarming how many parents are advised to stop breastfeeding past a certain age because breastfeeding/breastmilk 'no longer has benefits'. Even some health professionals say this! The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years, so goodness knows why parents are getting told to stop before then. If you want to stop before then, cool beans, but if you don't want to....don't!

#breastfeeding #ibclc #lactationconsultant #naturaltermweaning #breastmilk #breastfeedingolderbabies #breastfeedingtoddlers

Aviva Romm, MD
08/11/2020

Aviva Romm, MD

When I was nursing my first little one, we had a black Chevy Nova and there was a hole lot of milk spray on the dashboard. It was clear that milk didnโ€™t just come out from one single hole. You may have noticed this, too.โ 
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But years ago, midwives at The Farm in Tennessee, enrolled in nursing school, were told by an OB that it does come out of just one hole. Amongst them, several were breastfeeding, so they showed him โ€“ itโ€™s a spray.โ 
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It's easy to be convinced that the person in the white coat knows more about how your body works than you do. But you know your body better than anyone else. You are the expert, you are the authority.โ 
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What I love about this story is that it reminds us that itโ€™s the experienced women - the mothers and grandmothers who have done this before - that can often teach us the most. If our own bodies are the library; each other's are the university.โ 
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If you are a pregnant or new mama I encourage you to reach out to the experienced mamas, the grandmothers, and aunts, the healers, the wise women and sages in your circle. The women who have walked this path ahead of you - sometimes three, four, five times - so that they can tell you where it gets steep, where the pitfalls are, where to stop, rest, replenish. You don't have to carve your own trail when there are hundreds and thousands of footsteps to follow.โ  Iโ€™m here for you, too.
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And what if your milk isnโ€™t coming out in a spray right bod - because youโ€™re struggling to produce enough? Itโ€™s so emotionally wrenching to be worrying about your babyโ€™s weight while trying to establish feeding your baby and can be filled with so much anxiety and dread! Often Iโ€™m asked about herbs. These are my top 3 from my own wise woman basket:โ 
๐ŸŒฟ Fenugreek โ 
๐ŸŒฟ Silymarin, an extract from from Milk Thistle โ 
๐ŸŒฟ Moringa โ 
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And please continue to turn to the wise women for support. Happy #worldbreastfeedingweek, mamas ๐Ÿงก
๐Ÿ“ท @leocarvajal

The Leaky B**b
04/29/2020

The Leaky B**b

This is truth. Many days when they are young, the is what productive looks like. Even without quarantine.

Hereโ€™s what this is accomplishing:

Connection
Bonding
Attachment
Security
Safety
Trust
Peace
Stability
Regulating breathing
Regulating heart rate
Regulating temperature
Encouraging breastfeeding
Protecting breastmilk supply
Rest
Centering
Lower stress

Youโ€™re not wasting time here, youโ€™re using it well.

***Artwork from @growupbrite on Instagram.

No Milk Like Mama's
04/24/2020

No Milk Like Mama's

Just keep boobin'

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#nomilklikemamas #newbaby #parenting #lactationconsultant #ibclc #holisticsleepcoaching #mindfulbreastfeeding #breastfeeding #latch #breastfeedingsupport #motherhood #normalizebreastfeeding #womensupportingwomen #sleep #sleepconsultant #baby #nutrition #affirmations #mindfulness #coronavirus #covid_19 #covid19

COVID-19: How Breastmilk Helps Protect Your Baby From Viral Infections - Latched Mama
03/31/2020
COVID-19: How Breastmilk Helps Protect Your Baby From Viral Infections - Latched Mama

COVID-19: How Breastmilk Helps Protect Your Baby From Viral Infections - Latched Mama

Although everyone is well-aware of the global presence of the coronavirus pandemic, because itโ€™s a novel (new) strain of the virus, there are still many unanswered questions in regard to the physiological impacts of this illness. Along with all the additional confusion that COVID-19 has brought us...

Don't separate mothers and babies who are breastfeeding!
03/22/2020

Don't separate mothers and babies who are breastfeeding!

Shari Criso RN, CNM, IBCLC
02/04/2020

Shari Criso RN, CNM, IBCLC

AMAZING!!!!

7 Reasons Breastfeeding Mothers Can't Just Cover Up--and Shouldn't Have To โ€” Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition
01/31/2020
7 Reasons Breastfeeding Mothers Can't Just Cover Up--and Shouldn't Have To โ€” Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition

7 Reasons Breastfeeding Mothers Can't Just Cover Up--and Shouldn't Have To โ€” Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition

Itโ€™s World Breastfeeding Week. All across the globe, nursing dyads will be participating in The Global Big Latch On , an event that aims to demystify and destigmatize breastfeeding, including in public. Every state in the United States protects the legal right of babies to nurse in public, and mos...

Identify? Caption this, mamas :)
01/12/2020

Identify? Caption this, mamas :)

โ€˜She looked directly into my eyes and placed her hand up as if to touch my son. This beautiful creature had me in tears....
01/10/2020
โ€˜She looked directly into my eyes and placed her hand up as if to touch my son. This beautiful creature had me in tears.โ€™: Mom shares โ€˜breathtakingโ€™ moment zoo orangutan โ€˜supports, protectsโ€™ her while breastfeeding son

โ€˜She looked directly into my eyes and placed her hand up as if to touch my son. This beautiful creature had me in tears.โ€™: Mom shares โ€˜breathtakingโ€™ moment zoo orangutan โ€˜supports, protectsโ€™ her while breastfeeding son

"Today I got breastfeeding support in the most unlikely of places. While on vacation at the zoo, we stopped to see the orangutans. My son made it clear he was hungry. While breastfeeding, the orangutan kept looking at me, then my son, then back again. For half an hour, she kept stroking the glass. S...

Lucy Webber Breastfeeding IBCLC
11/23/2019

Lucy Webber Breastfeeding IBCLC

Did you know that rates of mastitis go up around holiday periods?
Why? Well, loads of reasons to be honest.
Let's picture it shall we?

It's your first christmas with your baby. You're mega excited and so is everyone else to have this gorgeous bundle in their lives. Christmas is going to be AWESOME.
Lots of travelling around in the car visiting friends and family, making the most of maternity leave to see everyone and proudly show off this little person, taking up offers to go over and be cooked for! And that is genuinely fabulous.
But all that travelling leads to lots of time in the car seat, and for most babies the car seat sends them to sleep. And long sleeps mean long gaps between feeds, which leads to full breasts with potential for blockages...

Then the parties, the gatherings, celebrations! Lovely right?! Yes! Except everyone wants a hold of little baby Rupert and once again he has longer stretches between feeds. And when he does come back to you he's over stimulated and over tired and only takes two minutes on the breast before he falls asleep leaving you with, you guessed it, full breasts....

Or the guests seem to think they know better than you do about baby Josie's feeding cues and tell you she doesn't need feeding, they can settle her for you. They talk about how 'when they had babies you only fed every four hours and it didn't do them any harm'. You're then stuck between a rock and a hard place, because you would like to feed your baby, but you don't want to upset family or the way they did things, and maybe they're right?

Feeds are often cut short around celebrations, because you have lots of people offering to help and hold the baby so your dinner doesn't go cold, or guests arrive, or you're due somewhere, or you'reupstairs feeding and want to get back down to the party...the list goes on. So your breasts don't get 'emptied' like usual and can you guess what happens next? Yep....

Maybe you don't feel comfortable feeding around Auntie Ethel and Uncle Bernard, so you don't quite expose your breast as much as you might normally, and your clothes/bra are digging in a little and restricting milk flow and cause a blockage...

Maybe you're sleeping somewhere different, the bed is different, you can't quite get the angle of the feed right on this squishy mattress and the latch goes a bit dodgy, but you put up with it because you don't want the baby to cry and wake everyone. Dodgy latch leads to breast not emptying efficiently...and you know the rest.

Christmas is lovely, but for a huge amount of people it's also very stressful. Stress hormones can impact on oxytocin, which is the hormone needed to let your milk flow. So stress can temporarily inhibit milk flow leading to those full/blocked breasts again.

I might be coming across as a bit Bah, Humbug! but I've been around enough mothers with mastitis to know its REALLY not what you want to be dealing with at any point. It is not to be messed with, it is a serious condition and you can potentially end up very poorly.
What I'm saying is, take it EASY. Plan ahead now to make sure this holiday season is one where you can feed whenever and wherever you need to. Be led by your baby. Don't stretch out or cut short feeds.
Listen to your body, not Auntie Denise.

Sisters on a milk mission - Our Milky Way
11/17/2019
Sisters on a milk mission - Our Milky Way

Sisters on a milk mission - Our Milky Way

When sisters Kendra Valton and Gina VanCant first became pregnant around the same time, they were living several states apart. But it wasnโ€™t long before Valton and her husband picked up and moved from New York City to just across the street from VanCant and her family. โ€œWe got to be moms togethe...

The Leaky B**b
11/17/2019
The Leaky B**b

The Leaky B**b

So much of this rings true though I wouldnโ€™t plan my outings around a breastfeeding friendly place, I would just feed whenever my baby needed to be fed, wherever I was. There was a time that was with a cover but I got comfortable doing so without one. Often it would be in a carrier doing whatever I needed to do to get the job done.

Shari Criso RN, CNM, IBCLC
11/09/2019

Shari Criso RN, CNM, IBCLC

๐ŸŒก๐๐‘๐„๐€๐’๐“๐…๐„๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† ๐…๐€๐‚๐“๐ŸŒก

"๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜บโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜œ๐˜ฑ."

You are the best incubator/warmer there is. Period.

Wrapping that baby up like a little burrito is only necessary if he/she will be away from you. But the best way to keep her warm in the early hours, days, and weeks is to cuddle with them skin-to-skin with a blanket over the two of you.

Your skin contact means that baby will have to expend fewer calories regulating her own temperature.

AND...Dads can do it as well! โค

To learn more, join my Private Facebook Group My Baby Experts Community

๐Ÿ“ธ: @melissajeanbabies

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