The Bump to Breast Fest

We spent the day today at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, participating as a vendor in their Bump to Breast Fest. It was a fantastic event! There were classes every hour from baby wearing yoga, infant massage, milk circle, hospital births the way you want, going back to work and breastfeeding and even a post partum belly dance class. There were car seat safety checks, doulas, snacks, and free massages from Massage Envy Spa in Gilbert.

It was a joy to meet so many new mothers, see all the baby wearing and hear all the breastfeeding stories. There’s really nothing else we love to talk about here at the project! Almost everyone we met had a story about how Arizona Breastfeeding Center helped them, this place is a wonderful resource and I would highly recommend checking them out if you are expecting a baby any time soon. They hold a breastfeeding 101 class you can register for here. We hope that every woman will be able to breastfeed with no problems but sometimes that’s not the case and it’s nice to know there is a place like this where truly genuine IBCLC’s want to help you.

Thank you Desiree and Jenny for including us today. We had a wonderful time! Be on the look out for more partnerships between the AZ Breastfeeding Bag Project and the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.

We also held a raffle today for a 2 hour lactation consult with the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, generously donated by them. The winner was ticket # 123067 Jenn B. Congratulations!

Have you been to the Arizona Breastfeeding Center? Did you receive outstanding care? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

Going once, going twice, Sold!

There’s been many posts on our Facebook page about all of the wonderful items in our auction. This is a comprehensive list so you can see all of them in one place. This is an excellent opportunity to score some baby and mom items at much lower than face value. 100% of the proceeds go to AZ Breastfeeding Bag Project, allowing us to get more bags to more moms in Arizona. The auction will start later on today (Thursday March 26th) and run through Monday March 30th at 7pm. Bids are placed in the comments in the photo album on our Facebook page. Bids will be accepted anytime up to and including at 7:00pm on Monday. At that time winners will be announced and Pay Pal invoices will be sent out. If an item needs to be shipped it is an extra charge or pick up from Mesa can be arranged. Thanks for looking! Hope to see you over on our Facebook page.

Donated By Medela. This is the Pump in Style Advanced On the Go with tote bag. Discreet, double electric, comes with everything you need. This is the closest thing to a hospital grade pump. Over $300 value.

 

 

 

Babymoon Inn is offering a 3 class series. Childbirth prep, breastfeeding and post partum care. Learn from the experts! A $250.00 value

 

 

Kristen Carter photography has donated a  newborn or family photo session and a $50 print credit. Total value $200.00

 

 

 

Doula Carly of East Valley Birth Services has given a certificate for birth, postpartum or placenta. Pregnant? This one is for you.

$125 value

 

 

 

 

Just Between Us Maternity Greeting Cards. We have 3 packs of 12 assorted beautiful cards.

Value $36 each pack

 

 

 

 

Date night! A voucher for 2 night stay w comp breakfast at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

Value $375

 

Nemetz Homes has put together this “pamper yourself gift basket”. It includes body lotion, body wash, sugar scrub, foot kit + nail polish, candle and body pouf all in the cute basket.

Value $75

 

 

 

 

Baby Boot Camp of South Chandler and Gilbert has donated a free month of classes plus the little extras in the picture.

Value $60

 

A one hour massage from Massage Envy in Gilbert!

Value $49.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by Finn has donated this beautiful healing adult size amber necklace.

Value $40.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Eyed Beauty makes all natural, hand made face and body products.

Value $25

 

Sew Simple Dimple of Mesa, embroiders custom shirts, bibs and stuffed animals.

Value $25

 

 

 

 

Boobkies has donated 2 dozen lactation cookies- you choose the flavor, baked fresh for you!

 

Value $20.59

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Purple Panda has donated this “drool worthy” nursing necklace. It gives baby something to play with and hold on and saves them from pinching you.

Value $18

 

 

 

This cute and funny boobie hat by Kimberlee! I have a few different sizes and colors to choose from, Kimberlee will also make a custom hat for you if none of these work.

 

Value $10

 

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our fundraiser!!

 

 

 

 

Postpartum Doulas and Breastfeeding- guest post by doula Carly

Postpartum Doulas and Breastfeeding:

Support Beyond The Delivery Room

Carly Ceccarelli of East Valley Birth
Services

 

Doulas are known for their immense support of
breastfeeding. It typically starts in the delivery room immediately
following birth, ensuring a great start to the nursing relationship.
Doulas may also be the professional set of eyes that determine that a
lactation consult is the next step in a mom and baby’s
breastfeeding journey. The contributions of doula work to nursing
don’t stop there, however! Postpartum doulas can be an enormous
supplier of the support a mother needs to stick with breastfeeding in
those first crucial weeks.

 

In honor of World Doula Week (March 22-28),
here are the top 5 ways a postpartum doula can assist in the early
breastfeeding partnership between a mom and her baby:

 

  1. Feeding mom so she can feed her baby

This is such an important component in
nursing-staying hydrated and well-nourished so you can keep producing
the milk your baby needs. It sounds simple enough, until the
challenges of preparing healthy meals one-handed and from the couch
prevent moms from managing more than grabbing a granola bar and
calling that ‘dinner’. A postpartum doula is skilled in seeking
out the most beneficial ways to assist a mama in her fourth
trimester-and that often includes feeding her! Postpartum doulas can
stop at the grocery store, pick up takeout, cook for you in your
home, and even organize meal signups so your friends and family can
provide you with dinner each night. Mom is fed well, baby is fed
well, everyone is over the moon!

 

  1. Catching those ever-elusive Zzzzs

“Sleep when the baby sleeps” is a phrase
that must’ve been uttered by someone with a live-in maid, chef,
chauffeur, and nanny! It is often difficult for a new mom to rest
when the household work continues to multiply (or so it seems) while
she sleeps. A postpartum doula assists with light cleaning, dishes,
laundry, pet care, child care, and other household needs. This
ensures that mom truly can sleep when her baby sleeps, relaxed and
confident that all of the necessities are taken care of while she
cares for herself.

 

  1. In-home education

Many moms are looking to return to work
following the birth of their baby, and are eager to learn the ins and
outs of working while nursing, and building up a milk stash for their
baby prior to the end of their maternity leave. Many postpartum
doulas can provide education regarding returning to work, pumping,
building a freezer stash, assisting in getting baby to take a bottle,
and other critical parts of ensuring a continuation of the
breastfeeding relationship while mom returns to work. This takes so
much pressure off of moms! They are in the capable hands of a
professional who can assist them in navigating this portion of their
journey.

 

  1. Babywearing 101

Many new moms are stuck in the conundrum of, “I
can’t/don’t want to put my baby down” and “I NEED to put my
baby down and tackle my to-do list!” Postpartum doulas often know a
LOT about babywearing-the act of using a baby carrier to ‘hold’
your baby so your hands are free. It can be a sanity saver for so
many parents, and postpartum doulas can show you how to use your baby
carrier, and may even have a few for you to try out before
purchasing! Postpartum doulas also have connections to babywearing
groups in their areas so moms can meet with other parents to check
out carriers and get a feel for what may work for them. Another trick
is learning how to nurse in a baby carrier-moms are eternally
grateful to their doulas for teaching them THAT secret.

 

  1. A BF BFF

For some moms, this is the MOST important
contribution a postpartum doula can bring to the table. Breastfeeding
can be challenging. It can be the source of physical, mental, and
emotional obstacles for new mothers. Many studies have shown that a
positive, sound support system is vital to a mom reaching her nursing
goals. A postpartum doula fills an encouraging, nonjudgmental role on
a mother’s fourth trimester team. Moms receive reassurance,
acknowledgement, and validation from someone who has education and
experience.

 

Postpartum doulas are a fantastic way to ensure
you will have a quality level of care and attention while you recover
from birth and begin your breastfeeding journey!  The Phoenix area
has several resources available for families seeking this type of
support following the birth of their baby.

 

 

 


Carly Ceccarelli is a doula in Chandler AZ and
the owner of East Valley Birth Services. Her passion drives her to
support families through pregnancy, birth and beyond. She is a DONA
trained doula who provides birth and postpartum support, placenta
encapsulation, and labor and birth education with birth planning
services. Mention this blog for $20 off of her Birth Plan of Action
package, $50 off of birth doula services-which always include 3 hours
of postpartum support in order to provide the benefits she described
above!

 

www.eastvalleybirthservices.com

 

 

The Mommy and Me photoshoot fundraiser

We had our Mommy and Me photoshoot with Kristen Carter Photography fundraiser yesterday. Whew! I’m glad these are only once a year, I’m exhausted. I can only imagine how tired Kristen is, she did all the hard work. Nevertheless, the event was a huge success! The weather was gorgeous- 83 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze. The location was perfect for the kids and the Arizona desert scenery was beautiful at the Riparian Preserve. We saw bunnies, birds, lizards, mice, a beaver and even two horses. The flowers were in bloom and the ducks and geese were roaming around.

Kristen and I got there early to set up. She had brought her camera, props, water bottles donated by Meredith Carder of Baby Boot Camp South Chandler and South Gilbert and jewelry by Premier Designs for the moms to wear in the pictures.

All the moms (and dads) showed up and everything went off without a hitch! I got to see some sneak peeks of the pictures on Kristen’s camera and they were all beautiful. I loved meeting our fans face to face and to see some old friends with new babies! Thank you for coming out and sharing your beautiful families with us. I hope you love your pictures as well. Kristen Carter Photography will be posting sneak peeks starting today (seriously, this woman is amazing!) so be sure you like her Facebook Page so you don’t miss them! I will also be sharing some of the pictures here so check back in a few weeks!

We raised over $700 yesterday and all of that money is going to buy bags for our April bag stuffing (Sat, April 4th 10am at Kiwanis Park in Tempe) and the June bag stuffing (location/time tbd). These are public events and we would love to see you there, see what we do, help us if you’d like and grab a breastfeeding bag for yourself/ family member or friend too.