*Baby’s first Thanksgiving warning*

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**Baby’s First Thanksgiving Warning**

Hey mamas, it’s almost Thanksgiving and you’re probably getting excited to see your family and introduce them to your baby, maybe for the first time! Thanksgiving is a really fun holiday but I’m here to give you a warning if this is your baby’s first T-day: someone will probably try to give your breastfed baby real food. It’s probably because food is the main part of this holiday, it’s strange and it happens all the time. From a well meaning family member saying “I wish you would just let me feed him/her a bottle of formula” to people purposely sneaking your baby food when you leave the room, it happens. So be alert, let your spouse or your Mom know not to give them table food. Breastmilk is all they need before 6 months old.

You may not think this is a big deal if your baby is young and this is your first child. I sure didn’t in 2010 when my baby was four months old. What’s the harm in a little mashed potatoes? The harm is their gut not being fully developed before six months, which may lead to upset tummies.  In worse cases, baby will have an allergic reaction which may end your Thanksgiving in a trip to the ER.

Your little one has the rest of his life to taste Aunt Mary’s famous green bean casserole so say no if they are younger than six months. Let people know that you are joyful to be able to breastfeed. It’s an amazing connection, not a burden. And use the experience as a quiet time for you when family gets to be a little too much. You may have to educate some family members on why breastfeeding is so great for babies. Keep on smiling mommy, we support you!

What do you say to family members who try to feed your baby food before they are ready?

Breastfeeding & Yoga

Breastfeeding Mamas

Stretching, breathing, centering- are all things that are good for anyone. This is especially true if you are a breastfeeding mom. Your neck and shoulders need the release after being in a breastfeeding position for so many hours a day. Yoga also increases your blood flow and some theorize it can actually help your milk supply (studies are being done).

The great news is that you can do some simple stretches at home with your baby.  Here is a great link on stretches that are perfect for new moms. You can also find mommy and me yoga classes here in the Valley. One that I have been to recently was at HA Yoga in Tempe. What makes HA Yoga different is the owner Nikki Brewer is also very much connected to the birth and breastfeeding world. She easily tailors her classes based on what kind of stretching your body needs. And she also offers private classes for labor, birth and breastfeeding.

We are collaborating with HA Yoga to bring you a special yoga event in November just for moms. Check the event page tab to register today.

Do you use yoga stretches to work out your achy shoulders and de-stress?

Where are your favorite places in the Valley for yoga?

One day soon you may be able to do poses like this: yoga3

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!

One woman’s story

picture by Kristen Carter Photography

A mother writes:

I never realized how passionate I was about breastfeeding until I was pregnant with my second child. I had nursed my first until she was 2 years old; that certainly was not planned on my end but she wasn’t ready to give it up and I realized one night when she was about 12 months old, as I was laying with her putting her to sleep that my time as her mom was forever but she was only little for a short period of time.

Upon further investigation on a more natural lifestyle I was trying to create for my family I discovered that the W.H.O. (Worldwide health organization) recommended breastfeeding until the age of two years of age. Further articles indicate that the longer a women breastfeeds over the period of her life the less likely she is to obtain breast and cervical cancer, my initial reaction was shock and surprise but than I thought about it a little further; it totally made sense to me.

Breast milk has several different healing properties and can adapt to what the baby needs at that moment. What a powerful thing is mothers have the ability to do for our babies. Because of this I am passionate about bringing forth the knowledge, experience and resources to mothers alike. Because it is my belief that with the right knowledge, support, encouragement and tools every mother can successfully breastfeed their babies.

 

Send us your breastfeeding story. The more we talk about it, the more we normalize it.

Thank you mama.

We <3 our sponsors!

You can now become a sponsor of the AZ Breastfeeding Bag Project! Have you checked out our sponsor page here on our website? It’s kind of empty, it’s missing your name! This is something that we have never done before and will only run through the end of the month.

There are three levels of sponsorship so choose the one that is right for you. No matter what you give you will receive an official certificate and a gift from us! If your donation gift is $75 or more you will be a RED level sponsor and you will receive an official AZBFBP insulated cup with a straw and lid. If your donation gift is $50 you will be a YELLOW level sponsor and you will receive an official AZBFBP vinyl car decal. These two gifts are made by Kimberly’s Kreations, an Arizona business. If your donation gift is $25 you will be a BLUE level sponsor and you will receive an official AZBFBP fridge magnet.

We want to help more mothers this year than ever before and we are unapologetically inviting you to join us! Send your tax deductible gift via Pay Pal before the end of June 2015 and your gift will be mailed to you. Thank you for all of your support.