No Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

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Tip for Helping Your Breastfed Baby Sleep

by Heather Evans, Breastfeeding USA Counselor

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As someone who works with breastfeeding mothers regularly and sees how “sleep training” negatively impacts the breastfeeding relationship, I began reading, The No Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns, with skepticism. I figured it would be like other “sleep training” books where you are instructed to “schedule” sleep times, feedings, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Ms. Pantley’s book nothing of the sort. It was actually geared toward and encourages the mother who is “in tune” with their infant and encourages feeding on demand and realistic sleep expectations for a newborn.
She discusses the fact that a newborn’s sleep is erratic and unique to each child and discourages the use of forms and logs to track sleep at this age. Instead she focuses on tuning into your baby and learning your baby’s sleep cues as well as 15 keys to helping everyone achieve better sleep.

She encourages meeting your baby’s needs quickly and lovingly which creates a trusting bond between parent and child and fosters confidence and independence. She also understands that not all parents will want to use all the keys she outlines, all babies are different, and that it is perfectly fine to take what works for your family and leave the rest. Since this is our second child I was already familiar with and following several of the keys.
We have used key #6, which is soothing sounds, for both our kids. We have apps on our phones and tablets so we can have the soothing sounds available all the time. My son prefers white noise and it was the only way we achieved semi-decent car rides. My daughter on the other hand prefers the softer pink noise for sleeping and soothing. One that is very important to me as a breastfeeding mother and breastfeeding counselor is key #9, which is understand and respect your baby’s sucking reflex.

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She talks about the innate need to suck not only for nourishment but for comfort and soothing as well as the fact it’s absolutely normal for a baby to fall asleep on the breast due to hormones released during nursing. She advises after the first few weeks of life that you sometimes removed baby from breast when very sleepy but not quite asleep in order to achieve a place where baby does not always need to be nursed to sleep.

Key #11 deals with swaddling your baby. This worked very well for my son until he was a few weeks old and we began bed-sharing. My daughter, however, was having none of it and we began bed-sharing almost from birth. Key #13 discusses providing motion for sleep. Both of my kids loved not only sleeping in mine (or someone else’s) arms, but also in a baby swing or when worn in a carrier or wrap. They have taken many a long snooze while in a carrier or wrap while I was doing household chores or shopping.
I was also really happy with the fact that she addressed “normal” infant sleep patterns and unrealistic expectations that many parents have. She talks about how not even adults “sleep through the night” and so expecting a newborn to do so is unrealistic. She talks about their need for frequent feedings due to how small their stomachs are and how easily digestible their food is, so their wake sleep patterns revolve around eating.

She also talks about looking for early sleep cues because babies require a lot of sleep as they grow and an overtired baby is much more difficult to get to sleep than one who is just entering a sleepy time. The most important aspect to me is her No Cry philosophy because let’s be honest no one wants to listen to their baby’s cries. Our natural instinct is to pick them up and sooth them, whether they are a newborn, toddler, or older child. This was an easy read, that just makes sense, and I would recommend it to all new parents.

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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!

Delicious cookies and a generous heart <3

 

Don’t you love when generous people step forward and offer to help?! That’s exactly what Heather Diane, owner of Momma’s Tata Tasties, did when she sent us a Facebook message a few weeks ago. She is donating breastmilk boosting tasties to you guys out of the goodness of her heart! She is even covering the shipping costs and letting you choose your own flavors. We are asking for a small tax deductible donation of your choice to help us purchase new bags for new moms to be entered to win over $20 in prizes from Heather. Open to all US residents, winner to be announced on our Facebook page June 8th, 2016.

Thank you and best of luck!

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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.