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?

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!