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Thursday
Jul312014

The Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway 2014

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!  

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is all about increasing awareness and sustaining the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.  We couldn't think of any better way to celebrate a whole week dedicated to the awesomeness of breastfeeding than to have another ULTIMATE World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway!  

World Breastfeeding Week is a time to celebrate breastfeeding mothers around the world, as well as recognize the barriers that these same mothers face as they strive to meet their personal breastfeeding goals.  Breastfeeding, as all things having to do with parenting a child, requires a supportive network that guides, provides helpful advice, and elevates a mother's self-esteem.  Mother to mother support, in addition to community support and education, are crucial to a mother's personal breastfeeding success.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2014, over 15 breastfeeding-supportive companies have donated items for an enormous Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package, valued at over $1000!  First, we'd like to introduce you to the co-hosts of the Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway.  Then, we'll share all of the goodies that have been so graciously donated.

 

Meet your hosts:

San Diego Breastfeeding Center:  A judgment-free online and in-person resource for qualified breastfeeding information and personalized assistance for mothers facing breastfeeding challenges.  Founded by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed., IBCLC in 2009, SDBFC offers private breastfeeding consultations, classes, free support groups, and an extensive blog. In March 2013, SDBFC launched the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force to educate the San Diego community about the laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public and to provide support and guidance to mothers who have faced harassment for breastfeeding in public. 

New Mommy Media: New Mommy Media is a network of dynamic audio podcasts for new and expecting parents. Through our shows and interactive online content, we give tips and advice for new parents, educating and entertaining moms and dads as they transition into parenthood. The company currently produces four shows: Preggie PalsParent SaversTwin Talks and The Boob Group. The Boob Group is hosted by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC, and features a breastfeeding expert and a panel of breastfeeding mothers, openly discussing breastfeeding successes, struggles, and everything in between.  The show helps guide mothers by providing an honest, natural, and relaxed approach to breastfeeding.  

 

How to Enter the Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway:

You may enter the giveaway from August 1, 2014 - August 7, 2014.  On August 8, 2014, we will announce 1 lucky winner of the Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package.  Winners must live in the United States or Canada.

 

Check out the Prizes!

 

 

One Pumpin' Pal Pumpin' Comfort Kit: Includes one pair of all three sizes of Super Shields, The Original Hands-Free Strap, and the Air-Dry parts bag.

One Cotton Candy Maternity/Nursing bra from Cake Lingerie: Cake Lingerie designs and manufactures luxurious Maternity/Nursing Lingerie, to make women look and feel beautiful during this extraordinary period in our lives. 

One trio of salves from Motherlove Herbal Company: Enjoy a set of Green Salve (for itches and rashes), Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve, and Nipple Cream.  

One Milkies Milk-Saver - slips into your bra or tank top to collect any leaking milk on your non-nursing side so you can easily store every last drop of that liquid gold! One Milkies Freeze is a convenient first-in, first-out milk storage system. Both donated by Fairhaven Health.

One nursing tank and hands-free pumping accessory kit from Glamourmom.

One Arden bra by The Dairy Fairy: The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do - nurse, hands free pump, and adjust the fit, all while looking and feeling beautiful.

One Pump&Nurse Tank and New Relaxed Fit Crossover Bra from Rumina Nursingwear.

Two ultra absorbent pocket diapers from Thirsties.  Thirsties new One-Size Pocket Diaper is ultra-absorbent, a cinch to use, and designed to provide a great fit for most babies from 8 to 40 lbs.

One carrier and accessories from Beco Baby Carrier: One Soleil Baby Carrier (Micah), one Soleil Accessory Pack (Micah), and a Mini (Micah) to match. 

One Hygeia EnJoye pump: The EnJoye™ with Deluxe Tote Set is a hospital-grade performance, personal-use, double electric breast pump that features independent speed and strength controls to allow the mother to pump at her own comfort settings and a bacteriostatic filter that protects from contaminants. 

One Eepples MilkCharm - a cute, simple dial that helps you easily label, track, and organize your breast milk supply.

One bulk bag of Our Lady of La Leche nursing blend tea by Birds & Bees.  Our blend for nursing mamas who see a drop in milk supply due to common occurrences such as illness, returning to work or school, surgery and other common events that can impact lactation.

One Lillebaby COMPLETE Original Designer Carrier (Charcoal with Finch). It’s called complete for a reason. The award-winning lillebaby® COMPLETE™ baby carrier offers more carrying positions, lasts longer, and includes more features than any other baby carrier.  

One JunoBlu Ventana Breast Pump Satchel in Mushroom.  The sleek and intentional styling of the Ventana Satchel is ideal for the mom who prefers a beautiful yet minimal translation of the breast pump bag.

One combo pack from Bamboobies: Bamboobies nursing pads are made of bamboo, organic cotton and hemp which make these reusable breast pads incredibly absorbent and unbelievably soft.

One NuzzleHUG and NuzzleNIP: The NuzzleHUG by Nuzzle soothes a nursing mother's lactation discomfort with warm and cool breast, neck and body therapy. A NuzzleNIP is a warming or cooling nipple soother accessory designed to attach to the center of a NuzzlePOD (an insert within the NuzzleHUG system) to relieve discomfort from tenderness and pain associated from nipple vasospasm.

One Breastfeeding Support Box from 16-Minute Club: The 16 Minute Club is the one-and-only home-delivery lactation support program focused on helping new nursing mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.

 

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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)

 

 

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