“My Breast Friend”

 

Picture courtesy of Shanyn Nicole Photography

 

When I was a brand new mommy I wanted to breastfeed my baby. I had never been around a nursing mom, I didn’t have any friends with babies. My baby and I struggled at first but with many tears and omitting dairy foods in my diet we got the hang of it and before long were exclusively breastfeeding. I met some other mom friends through La Leche Leaugue meetings and a Meet Up group and we quickly became BFF’s. One day, during a chaotic playdate with about 4 of us, one of my friends piped up “I just want you to know that if my baby ever needs breastmilk and I’m not around, I’m OK with you nursing him”. Frankly I was shocked and I couldn’t imagine nursing her baby or saying back to her that it was OK to nurse mine. It was so outside of my comfort zone at that point. I think we all kind of nodded and moved on.

Fast forward a few years and a second child. Another friend (from that same group) and I decided to babysit swap with our kids. We were both nursing one year olds. I tried to casually bring it up “so, if your toddler asks for milk, is it OK with you if I nurse her?”  My friend was totally fine with it and I think relieved because that meant she didn’t have to pump and leave milk. Later that evening when I was nursing my daughter, hers curled up next to me and kind of pulled at my shirt. So, I offered her the other side and tandem nursed our sweet girls together. It was a completely beautiful moment and her little one was comforted even though she was missing her mama. A few weeks later, that friend watched my kids and nursed my daughter when she asked for it. Something that seemed like a big deal a few years ago turned out to be so easy and natural.

I can’t help wondering if women were casual about breast sharing could we be more successful at breastfeeding?

Take for instance this past fall when my neice was born. My sister-in-law struggled in the early days with breastfeeding (as many moms do). She wondered “am I doing this right? Is baby getting enough milk? It feels like she wants to nurse all the time!” I messaged her, texted with my brother and sent her articles (she lives in another state). But imagine how powerful it would have been if I had taken my neice to my breast and said “here, this is what it looks like”. If she could have seen me with my newborn nursing around the clock and known that it is completely normal.

Or what about a new friend? A woman I met through the project and I’m just getting to know but feel that friendship connection with already. Can I offer to nurse her baby? Would she be shocked at the idea just as I was as a new mom? Perhaps if I had read a story about breast sharing before my baby was born, I would have been more open to the idea from the beginning.

So, what do you think? Is the idea of another woman nursing your baby OK with you? Do you have a story of a time when you nursed a baby that was not your own? Has anyone else ever breastfed your baby? How did you feel about it?

Let’s tell our stories and begin to normalize this beautiful gift: breastfeeding each other’s babies.

Healthy mama = healthy baby

We know that every mom wants the best for their baby. Part of that best is taking care of yourself, especially if you are breastfeeding. Pregnancy and post partum are crucial times in our lives to be making sure we get the best nutrition. Often we put ourselves and our bodies on the back burner but it doesn’t have to be that way! Would you like some help in that department? Someone to help you be sure you are making good choices for you and your family?

Let me introduce you to Parul Agrawal, a holisitic & certified Dr. Sears Health Coach and the Green Juice Diva!

Parul Agrawal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/prenatalnourish

Parul is trained to help families with improving their overall health through Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. She teaches classes with workbooks, recipes and healthy snacks helping families understand food labels, choose quality ingredients and make easy foods that kids will love!

I wish I had found Parul when I was an expecting mama. Her practices can help you have a healthier pregnancy with less complications in labor. Changing your health during pregnancy can change your life forever. What an amazing gift to yourself, your family and your baby!

This opportunity is not only for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, maybe your kids are older and you are finally finding time to think. Parul’s classes teach us a lifestyle that leads to fewer sick days, reduces medical expenses and improves overall health and happiness!

In addition to her workshops, Parul is available for one on one nutritional coaching, pantry makeovers and cooking classes. You can contact her at parul@prenatalnourish.com

The Green Juice Diva shares her 4 steps to a better smoothie: https://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/blog/2015/01/green-smoothies/

She is a wonderful resource living right here in the Valley! And if you get an AZ Breastfeeding Bag she included a free packet of Juice Plus+

Thank you Parul for supporting us!

Parul Agrawal, Certified Health Coach

480-516-2962

www.prenatalnourish.com

www.parul.juiceplus.com

www.parul.towergarden.com

www.facebook.com/prenatalnourish

 

Behind the scenes: a bag stuffing

Our bags are filled with love (and other things that moms will like)

Here’s a quick recap of our afternoon stuffing bags. I will be writing a longer post for each item that we put in our bags so be sure to comment below if you have any questions about a particular item that you see!

We believe that moms can breastfeed without any help- but it’s nice to see some of the products and services that are offered in case you feel like you need help. We try to add only things that are helpful to breastfeeding moms in Arizona. We do sell five advertising spots in our bags for a donation to our project. Comment, email or facebook message us if you want to be featured in our awesome AZ Breastfeeding Bag!

Also, of course we had a nursing break!!

Thank you Sasha and Holly for filling all 200 bags today! These are going to Babymoon Inn, Morning Star OB, The Birth Haven, St Joseph Center for Women’s Health, Freedom and the Seed Midwifery, a few doulas and individual mailers. If you would like to order bags please use our order form on “the bags” page or send us an email or a message.

If you want to be invited to the next bag stuffing event scheduled for April 4th send us an email or a message. If you want to help us by donating supplies we are in need of flannel fabric (for the nursing pads), printer ink, computer paper, disposable nursing pads, breastmilk storage bags and sandwich bags. All can be mailed to AZ breastfeeding Bag Project PO Box 5701, Mesa AZ 85211.

Our hearts are filled with love as we fill each bag, knowing that it is going to help and motivate breastfeeding women in Arizona. This is definitely the best part of our jobs!

Thank you!!!