*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?

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.