Happy Babywearing Week!

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Babywearing saved my sanity. My babies wanted to be held, wanted to be close to me at all times. Which is normal and good- they are smart babies 😉 But, I had things to get done, places I wanted to go, laundry, oh goodness the laundry. Wrapping up my babies to my chest allowed me to go on walks, make dinners and live life with them right alongside me.

The best part was though when I figured out breastfeeding in these things!

If you have questions about babywearing and breastfeeding. Check out the group- Babywearing International of Phoenix. They are trained professional moms who hold local meetings where you can bring your carrier or wrap and get help using it properly. You can also become a member to use their lending library of carriers to try before you buy! They’re having an event on Saturday at 10am in Phoenix for International Babywearing Week- we hope to see you there. IBW Main Event 2016.

What wraps, slings or carriers are your favorite? Post a picture on the thread on our wall and let us know why you love them!

A real story of breastfeeding

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My Mom always told me that I would be a good cow. I’m not sure that’s actually a compliment but it stayed with me after my first child was born. I had a long labor with him (typical) and the birth was nothing like I had planned (typical). When they handed me this tiny, wrinkly, red, crying infant I was completely overwhelmed. The midwife in the room suggested breastfeeding. Good thing my baby knew what to do, he latched on like a champ.

Breastfeeding in the hospital (Mercy Gilbert) was great. An IBCLC came in to see us, she showed us some holds and asked me to record the times and lengths of his feedings. Sure, my nipples were sore but cream helped and my baby’s latch was really good so the discomfort didn’t last long. When it was time to go home, the nurse handed me the Similac formula Bag. I didn’t want any formula in my house (too tempting) so I left the can in the room.

When we got home, it was a complete whirlwind. I was so so so tired and he cried all the time. I was sobbing too saying “I just want to eat dinner”. I quickly learned to do everything one handed, holding him with the other. Per my Mom’s advice I tried to put him on a schedule- ha! That was completely frustrating to baby and me- he wanted boob, I had boob. What made more sense was to just nurse him on demand. Breastfeeding was the only thing that calmed him down and comforted him.

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Breastfeeding continued to be a positive thing for us, throughout all his milestones and my sleepless nights. Throughout bumps and bruises, fevers and emotional upsets. He would sign for it, that chubby little fist opening and closing. Just after he turned one, I became pregnant with our second baby. He was still breastfeeding, it’s completely safe in most cases. I will never forget nursing him in the rocking chair, I was 14 weeks pregnant and he looked at me quizzically and asked “baby?” We were feeling baby moving for the first time together.

Of course, I had doubts about breastfeeding and wanted to use formula every now and then. But with the words of my Mom and my husband’s encouragement, we made it through those tough days and it was so so worth it. It’s important that we share these positive stories more than the negative ones. Would you be willing to share how you successfully breastfed? Send us your story in an email to azbfbp@gmail.com. Let’s tell Moms the real story of breastfeeding.

Have you Been Breastfeeding Allll day?

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Have You Been Breastfeeding Allll day?

Great! That’s exactly what you should be feeling in the first few months with baby. Here are some other tips/ tricks so you will know that breastfeeding is going well:

Your baby is feeding 8-12 times in 24 hours. Considering it may take up to an hour to nurse a side, burp, change a diaper, nurse other side and burp again. To you it will feel like every hour. Indulge your baby, they are doing exactly what they are supposed to do. By about 2-3 months your baby will start going longer between feeds.

You hear or see your baby swallow when she feeds. Click on this link to a Jack Newman video to see a baby swallowing while latched.

Baby has 6-8 wet diapers and a total of 3 yellow poop diapers by day five. Simply take 6 diapers out of the pack and put them on the changing mat. If you’ve used them all by the end of the day, baby is outputting well 🙂

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Baby begins to gain weight after day five and is back up to birth weight by 10 days old. Yup, it’s normal for them to lose a few ounces after birth, then start gaining it back when they are being fed your wonderful, nutritious breast milk.

For those of you that have survived the newborn stage- what would you add to this?

Got it From Her Mama Giveaway

Lactation cookie mix just for you.

I met Krista for the first time back in January when she requested an AZ breastfeeding bag. She had just moved to Arizona and was getting settled with her two children and husband. When she told me what her business was we both knew a partnership was in our futures! It’s finally time to give you a chance to win some delicious lactation cookie mix from Got It From Her Mama. But first, here’s a little of her story:

The Journey to Motherhood By Krista Rae Mesa-Ortega

The journey of motherhood, both beautiful and at times brutal, was off to a rough start for me, but it didn’t matter because I was (and still am) soooo in love with my babies. After 23 ruthless hours of labor, being completely put under and one unavoidable emergency caesarian later, I held one tiny, beautiful baby girl….my daughter, my saving grace, my everything. She was the most amazing, perfect little thing I’d ever seen, the best blessing I’d ever received, and definitely the loudest.

The notion of breastfeeding weighed heavy on my heart and I wanted the very best start for my little girl. Despite her long awaited arrival my milk was not coming in as expected. I was overwhelmed, over stressed and in poor health due to the induction, an unnecessary long labor, and a severe infection that occurred as a result. I was just so tired and on so many medications, I felt like the nurses lived in my room and my room only, and the thought of bottle feeding looked so undeniably good. Yet, I was completely dedicated and determined to breastfeed, God only knows how much I struggled.

I so desperately wanted to breastfeed but I had the hardest time. It was nothing like the movies or media portrayed, it wasn’t even close to the description of others. It wasn’t just pop out a breast and start feeding, at least not for me. My daughter and I both cried endlessly. I cannot express the feelings that overwhelmed me. Needless to say, breastfeeding was nothing like I had imagined. Cracked nipples, awkward pump parts, a screaming newborn, nipple shields, supplements and boppys, mixed with little to no sleep made for a little bit of a tough beginning. I had no idea what I was doing but my daughter was my reason for being. What worked for a lot of other mama’s simply did not work for us, but a nipple shield definitely did. I was thankfully able to nurse my daughter but I had a painfully low milk supply.

I did my fair share of research and spent ridiculous amounts of time and money on everything and anything that I thought could or would help boost my milk supply. I was determined to continue breastfeeding and I needed to increase my milk supply in a hurry because my daughter was low in weight. The fear and stress of dehydration and weight loss in a baby is a scary reality for mama’s with milk supply issues. I tried every tea, supplement and commercial lactation cookie out there and several other businesses homemade versions as well, but to no avail. I was unhappy with the taste and ingredient lists, the texture and the price. Thus, all the crying, all the teas, cookies, herbal remedies and trying, sleepless nights and every failed avenue, the entire beautiful struggle…all led me to this, “Got it From Her Mama” Lactation Cookies. After much trial and error, hundreds of batches later, I created a delicious and effective treat, lactation cookies that actually worked and that were tasty. 100% All Natural milk making wonders that completely redefine milk and cookies!

So believe me when I say, I know the struggle. It is all too real, but there is always hope. Gotitfromhermama Lactation Cookies have helped me personally and so many other struggling mama’s to breastfeed. Gotitfromhermama has been helping mama’s since 2014. 3 years and 2 breastfed babies of my own later, and the baking business is booming. I am one happy and very blessed momma!

The Details:

Krista has put together this basket of breastfeeding goodies including two lactation cookie dry mixes, tea, onesies, nursing pads and more (value over $85). The basket is too large to ship so please be prepared to pick it up in Mesa when you win! Winner will be announced on our Facebook pages Wednesday September 7th, 2016.

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The Global Big Latch On Arizona

All photos by M.E.K. Photography

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! You fans have blown up social media with all the beautiful breastfeeding pictures. In Arizona we celebrated with a big event called the Global Big Latch On. The BLO (Big Latch On) is a part of a world wide movement to normalize and celebrate breastfeeding. It gets communities of breastfeeding families to gather together and “latch” their babies all at 10:30am local time. This year on August 5th and 6th a new record was set: 46,290 people gathered (all family members included) and 17,223 children were breastfeeding during the count!

However, the BLO is more than a competition to us. I met a mom who was thinking about weaning but continued breastfeeding for longer just to attend the event. I met a mom who breastfed tandem in public for the first time at our event. For many moms this may be the first time they’ve seen other breastfeeding moms. At other events we find a quiet corner, use a cover or have a friend/ spouse stand guard while breastfeeding in public. But at THIS event the whole point is to breastfeed and it was wonderful!

Thank you to everyone who attended our location in Chandler and the Phoenix location at the Milk Spot. We had about 90 breastfeeding children combined. Next year we would love to see more locations in Arizona. Contact us if you want to be a host- it’s a pretty simple process with a big gain- encouraging more moms to breastfeed!