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Monday
Jul282014

Breastfeeding on YouTube

YouTube videos are the wave of the future, or so I'm told by my favorite social media gurus (yes, that's you, Amber McCann and Jeanette McCulloch!)  Apparently it is where many of the new mamas are looking for information about breastfeeding.  Who knew?  So, what does this mean for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center???

Well, let us tell you!  

Ashley and I have partnered up with Sunny Gault, from New Mommy Media, to create some fresh, informative, simple instructional breastfeeding videos.  Want to know how to do the side lying position so you can breastfeed in bed?  Want to know how to hand express?  Those are just a few of the 2-3 minutes tutorial videos we are recording and editing right now!  

Our adorable YouTube stars

Here's how you can help!

As we begin to create our brand new YouTube channel, we want to hear all of your ideas about breastfeeding topics you think we should create a video for.  Nipple shields, paced bottle-feeding, breastfeeding in a carrier... you name it and we will create it (within reason, of course!)  It's time to crowd source.  We need our village of creative mamas right now.  

If you have an idea for a YouTube breastfeeding tutorial video, please share in the comments.  We will add it to our ever growing list of video topics.

And, stay tuned for the launch of our brand new YouTube channel, DYI Breastfeeding!

 

 

Saturday
Jul192014

Nursing in Public Incident at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

A few weeks ago, Megan Christopherson was harassed for nursing her baby in public at a Brad Paisley concert in a suburb of San Diego, CA.  Megan contacted us and asked if we could share her story, as well as the details for a nurse-in that she is organizing on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3pm at the Elite Services USA Security Company.  

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Here is Megan Christopherson's story, in her own words. 



 

On Thursday, July 10th 2014, I attended a concert with my two daughters at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. Ellie is 8 years old and Gracie is 4 months old. We were having a great time, dancing, singing, and enjoying our stress free time. At approximately 8pm (2 hours after arriving inside the venue) I was approached by a female security guard from Elite Services USA Security Company. This security guard said to me, “Ma’am if you’re going to do that, then do that somewhere else or stop doing that here.” At this time I was nursing my 4 month old, while she was in her carrier. Because I was nursing her, I assumed the security guard was referring to me nursing. I asked her if that was so and she said yes. I stated that California state law protects breastfeeding women and that I had every right to continue to nurse my baby. She stated that there were people complaining. I continued to state what the law was and I told her I would stop breastfeeding when my baby was finished. She walked away.  

 

I had two options at this time - get completely upset at what just happened, and possibly affect my older daughter’s experience, or shake it off and continue to have fun. I made a post on Facebook about what just happened and then I continued to have fun with my daughter. I thought the incident was over and I would not be bothered again. About an hour later I noticed another security guard taking a picture of me with a cell phone. I had already finished nursing my baby and she was asleep. After that picture was taken, the night took a turn for the worse. 

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At this time, the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force is sending a letter to the Elite Security office, the employer of the security guards, kindly requesting that they create a breastfeeding-supportive policy statement for their staff members.  We will also be offering language that they can share with their staff members on how to kindly respond to a person who is uncomfortable seeing a mother nursing in public at a concert, without infringing upon the mother's right to breastfeed in public.
Here are the details for the Nurse-In Megan is organizing:
Address: 2878 Camino Del Rio S. Suite 260, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 3pm

 

 

 

Sunday
Jun292014

Our Big Latch On Event - 2014

 

We are so excited to announce that the San Diego Breastfeeding Center and Nature’s Whisper Yoga are co-hosting a Big Latch On 2014 event!  For those who are unfamiliar with the Big Latch On, this is an event that started in New Zealand in 2005 during World Breastfeeding Week.  The mission of the Big Latch On is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding women and each year groups of breastfeeding women come together at locations all around the world to latch on their children at a designated time and day in honor of this mission and to attempt to set a new record!

 

So, here are the details:

 

When is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9:30am-11am.  The actual Big Latch On will take place at exactly 10:30am, so don’t be late!  

 

Where will the Big Latch On take place?

The Gardens at Nature’s Whisper, which is the garden behind the San Diego Breastfeeding Center office.  The address is 1816 Howard Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.

 

Do I need to RSVP for the Big Latch On Event?

Since we need 1 non-breastfeeding witness for every 10 breastfeeding mamas, it would be wonderful if you can RSVP before the event.  If you forget, please come anyway.

 

What is the agenda for the Big Latch On?

9:30am-10:20am - Registration and mingle

10:20-10:25am - Settle in and get ready to latch on

10:30-10:31am - Big Latch On!

10:40-11:00am - Giveaway winners announced

11am - Event ends (followed by lunch at local restaurants for anyone who wants to join)

 

What takes place at registration?

Each breastfeeding mom needs to register, with her name and email address, so that she can be counted during the event.  Also, each mom will decide whether she gives her permission to be photographed during the event.

 

What takes place during the Big Latch On?

From 9:30am-10:20am, once moms have registered and entered the garden, there will be plenty of time to relax, mingle, check out the giveaway items, and snack on some of Kat’s Galactic Milky Way Treats.  Definitely bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

From 10:30-10:31am, all of the participants will latch on their child(ren).  Each breastfeeding mom will be counted by one of the non-breastfeeding witnesses so that she can be accounted for in setting the Big Latch On record.

From 10:40-11:00am, giveaway winners will be chosen.  Winners must be present to receive the gift.

 

Is there a Facebook Event page for this event?

Yes!  Please visit our Facebook Event page, as updates will be posted there when they become available.  Also, this is the place where you can RSVP.  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/910008975691290/.

 

How will the photographs be used after the event?

We are so thrilled that Ariel Dolfo, of Ariel Dolfo Photography, will be documenting our Big Latch On event!  Photographs will only be taken of mothers who give permission to be photographed.  Group photos will be taken to document the event and sent with our final number of participating breastfeeding mothers, as well as placed on the San Diego Breastfeeding Center website.  Also, Ariel will be taking solo photos of moms and breastfeeding babies, which will be available for purchase after the event.

 

What are the giveaway details?

Our community is just absolutely awesome!  When we announced our Big Latch On event a few weeks ago on Facebook, we were contacted by several local businesses asking to donate items for a giveaway.  So, at registration, each mama will receive a giveaway ticket.  At 10:40am, we will start selecting tickets for each of the giveaway items.  Here is a running list of our amazing giveaway items!

Nature’s Whisper yoga passes donated by Jolie Cash

Breastfeeding Consultation donated by San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Gemini carrier (Levi or Ellie print) and set of drool pads donated by Beco Baby Carrier

Gift certificate to PAXbaby donated by Brianna Fanelli

Handmade quilt donated by Pat Harris

Fabric necklace donated by Kaelyn Scott 

Bosom Balsam donated by Jamelle Ryan, owner of A Wholesome Home 

Gift Certificate for a nursing bra donated by Rumina Nursingwear 

5ml bottles of DoTerra oils, with free biofeedback scan, donated by Sarah Schmidt  

$25 gift card to Baby Exchange

Free 60-minute massage, donated by Deanna Honda

Pumpin' Pal Comfort Kit, donated by Pumpin' Pal

 

If you have any other questions about the event, or if you have service/product you would like to donate for the giveaway, please contact Robin Kaplan at robinkaplan@sdbfc.com

 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  

Wednesday
Jun252014

Podcast and Personal Stories about Tongue Ties and Lip Ties

Written by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC

 

Last week on The Boob Group, I had the esteemed pleasure of interviewing one of the most prominent experts on tongue ties and lip ties, Catherine Watson Genna.  Catherine has written multiple articles and books about the mechanics of the tongue while breastfeeding, as well as the breastfeeding challenges that can occur when a baby has a tongue or lip tie.  One of her earliest articles was written for the American Academy of Pediatrics, helping to bring awareness to this subject for the practitioners who babies see the most.

 

Click here to listen to The Boob Group's podcast episode: Tongue Ties and Lip Ties: Symptoms, Treatment, and Aftercare.

 

 

Here is a list of SDBFC's articles about tongue ties and lip ties, including serveral personal memoirs from breastfeeding mothers who experienced this with their children.

Does Your Baby Have a Tongue or Lip Tie? 

Advocating When Your Baby has a Tongue or Lip Tie

The Tongue Tie/Lip Tie Challenge

What a Difference a Tongue Tie Revision Can Make

Breastfeeding After a Tongue Tie Revision

 

If you have a story to share about breastfeeding a child with a tongue or lip tie, whether you have the revision procedure or not, please send it to Robin Kaplan (robinkaplan@sdbfc.com)

 

 

Monday
Jun232014

I’ve Had My Baby - Now What? Breastfeeding During months 2 through 6.

Written by Ashley Treadwell, IBCLC

 

Welcome back to our series, I’ve Had My Baby - Now What?   This is a guide with basic information to help you navigate the first days, weeks, and months of breastfeeding your new baby.  

Today we’d like to talk about months 2 through 6 of your baby’s life, and what breastfeeding looks like.  What can you expect for normal behavior from your new baby, and when do you know there’s a problem that you should seek professional help for?

 

What does normal breastfeeding look like in months 2-6?  How often should my baby be eating, and how long should feedings take?

This can vary from baby to baby - the most important thing is that your baby is having lots of wet and dirty diapers and gaining weight appropriately.  Some babies may have started taking in more at each feeding, and spacing them out more, while some may still be eating every 2-3 hours.  If you’re lucky, your baby may have dropped a feeding or two at night, and may make up for it during the day.  Other babies become much more distracted during daytime feedings around 4 months, so continuing those nighttime feedings are crucial for baby to get enough over a 24 hour period.

 

How much weight should my baby be gaining at this age? Is their weight gain expected to slow during this time?

Around 4 months, babies weight gain does start to slow down.  Up until 4 months, we like babies to gain 4-7 ounces a week.  At 4 months, this drops to 4-5 oz per week, and again at 6 months, when we expect baby to gain about 2-4oz per week.  This is important for parents to know so that they don’t worry if they see their baby’s weight gain slow around 4 months of age.  Make sure that your pediatrician is using the WHO charts for weight gain, which is for breastfed babies.  

 

Suddenly my baby seems too distracted to eat!  Is this normal, and what can I do to get my baby to feed better?

At around 4 months of age, babies start to learn that there is a whole big world out there - and suddenly, *everything* is more exciting than breastfeeding!  Dogs barking, a ceiling fan, dad sitting next to them on the couch.  It can be really worrisome for moms as they may worry that baby isn’t getting enough.  Some things you can do to help your baby focus on breastfeeding during the day: feed baby in a quiet and dark room, or learn how to nurse in a carrier - this can really help cut down on distractions.  Also, this is definitely NOT a time to start night weaning or sleep training, as these distracted kiddos often need those nighttime feedings to keep gaining weight appropriately.  Also, it’s important to remember that this is really normal behavior - and usually fades around 6 months of age.

 

I’m getting ready to go back to work - how can I make sure that I’ll be able to pump what my baby needs when I’m away from him/her?

This can be a stressful time for moms - there are definitely some things you can do to help protect your breastfeeding relationship when you return to work. The first thing you can do is to know your rights!  Know that the federal law protects your right to pump at work for a reasonable amount of time and in a private space.  Do some research ahead of time and talk to your human resources department - find out where the pumping area is, how close it is to your desk or workspace, what equipment you’ll need.  This is also a good time to talk to your caregiver - help them understand how best to bottle-feed a breastfed baby.  There are also some ways to help maximize your output while you’re pumping at work.

 

My baby still wakes often to eat at night, even at 6 months of age - is this normal behavior?

It is absolutely normal behavior!  By this stage, babies may be sleeping for longer stretches in the first part of the night, but may still wake after that to feed.  By this age, a baby needs anywhere from 28-35 oz in 24 hours and if your baby is too distracted to feed well during the day, they may wake more at night to make up for it.  If you hear your baby gulping during feedings at night, or your baby won’t settle without nursing, it is very likely that they still need the feedings throughout the night.  If the frequent wakings are taking a toll on your mental sanity, co-sleeping and side-lying breastfeeding is a great way to get some extra rest.  If you are uncomfortable with co-sleeping, you can set your alarm for 30 minutes after beginning to breastfeed your baby, and then wake up and place your baby back into their own bed.  If your baby is waking up *very* frequently, every hour, and is very uncomfortable and difficult to soothe, it could be something else that’s causing the restlessness - possibly gut discomfort and/or a sensitivity to something in your diet.

 

My 4-month-old baby will not sleep!  What’s happened to my baby that used to sleep??

The 4-month-sleep regression is a real thing and can wreak havoc on a mom’s sanity.  At 4 months, babies are going through huge developmental milestones.  They have suddenly become aware of all that is going on around them and their excitement about this can interrupt their sleep.  It’s important to keep in mind that this is temporary stage, you will sleep again…. we promise!

 

My baby is approaching 6 months and I’m starting to think about solids.  How will I know that my baby is ready?

It is definitely recommended to wait until your baby is at least six months of age before offering solid foods – even longer if your baby doesn’t seem ready.  Some of the signs of readiness are being able to sit up on their own unassisted and losing their tongue thrust reflex, so that they don’t automatically push food out of their mouth.  Another sign is when the baby has developed their “pincer grasp”, which is when they can use their fingers to pick up objects.

 

When I do start solids, what is an appropriate amount to start out with?

Your baby will need a very small amount at the beginning - only about a tablespoon once per day.  The first food doesn’t have to be a grain cereal, either - as many doctors have previously recommended.  Avocados are a perfect first food for your baby.  Remember the saying “food before one is just for fun” – your baby should be getting their total nutrition from breastfeeding – so the solids you offer them now are just for practice.   As the baby gets older, you can start to add in other meals and snacks.

 

How can I be sure that my milk supply won’t suffer once I start feeding my baby solids?

The rule for solids is always – milk first, then food.  You should always breastfeed first and then offer your baby solids.  You want to be sure that baby is still taking a full feeding at breast to both ensure he/she is getting all the calories and nutrition he/she needs, as well as maintaining your milk supply.  If you start to replace breastfeeding sessions with solid meals, you most likely will notice a dip in your supply.

 

What did breastfeeding look like for YOU during months 2-6?

How did YOU survive those distracted breastfeeding sessions?