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All About Breastfeeding

Lori Jill Isenstadt from All About Breastfeeding is on a mission to normalize breastfeeding..... all around the world. Learn from mothers who are actively breastfeeding, sharing their personal stories of breastfeeding with ease and babies who just know exactly what to do. Hear intimate stories from mothers about their struggles and pain with breastfeeding. Everyday moms sharing extraordinary stories of what life was like behind their breastfeeding doors. Get help with common concerns such as low milk supply, oversupply, babies who are tongue and lip tied, premature babies, sick babies who are breastfeeding as well as babies who have had surgeries such as heart and cleft surgeries. Book authors and physicians who are huge breastfeeding supporters share their expertise as they all have a common interest. To normalize breastfeeding. Stories about mothering, parenting, pregnancy and postpartum are shared too.
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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 29, 2017

I have had the opportunity to witness first hand how birth impacts early breastfeeding.  Observing mothers in hospitals, birthing centers and at homebirths has been quite eye opening to me.  I have attended these births as a friend, as a birth doula and as a lactation consultant. I have witnessed first hand, many of the situations that Mary talks about in her book.  Today, I would like to highlight one very  important area that I feel we are still lacking in and that doesn't get enough attention

Sep 26, 2017

Jennifer Gaskill is a former teacher now works in instructional design. She lives with her husband and beautiful 10-month-old baby boy in Florida   She is also an aspiring blogger of One Working Mommy, where she writes about new mom life and what's it like to be a full-time working mom.  She recently weaned after 9 months of breastfeeding 6 of which were spent exclusively pumping. 

Sep 22, 2017
This speaks to our confidence to labor, to birth, to breastfeed and to mother our babies.
I speak to countless new mothers every single week.  Yes, every single week.
 
Here is what they are telling me, over and over again.  Some are using the same words, totally unsolicited. New mothers are telling me, as the tears are rolling down their cheeks, that they are feeling like their bodies have failed them in labor and birth.
Sep 18, 2017

Kristine Keller, BS, IBCLC owns a private practice in Austin, TX and it is called Operation Lactation.  She has been an IBCLC since 2010.  Kristine is married with 2 mostly breastmilk fed boys.  She tells us that she had a miserable time breastfeeding.  It was hard for her and her two babies.  She became an IBCLC to help others prevent the same struggles that she endured.  Kristine left her employment in aviation to pursue a career in lactation.  She now teaches prenatal classes and provides in home postpartum consultations.

Sep 16, 2017
You might wonder why this is even an issue. If You have not been in this position personally, I understand why you would be questioning that this is even an issue.  I was just like you at one time and I bet you anything so were some of my listeners before they gave birth the first time.  Up until that time, we have our dreams and hopes and fantasies and wishes about how our birth goes.  We have read and taken classes and have our birth plan - everything is ready to go.  The one thing, the one big thing that I failed to realize, is that there are just some things that are beyond our control.  By my second labor, I made my plans.  I had my hopes and wishes and dreams.  I also added one very important element the second time around though.  I had to make myself not  hold on to my dreams so closely.  Every day I had to tell myself that I will plan for the best and make room for the unknown and unexpected.
Sep 11, 2017

Christine wonders why we are so afraid to be vulnerable.  It seems moms need permission to have a different breastfeeding experience.  While we don't think they need our permission, it seems that moms have such guilt that having an experienced lactation consultant tell them that it there situation is difficult.  It is okay if things are not going as planned.  This is hard. And it is okay if you aren't exclusively breastfeeding.

Sep 8, 2017

We are talking about how interventions that happen during your birth can directly or indirectly affect breastfeeding in the early days. We are talking about the choices that are made during your labor and birth

Sep 4, 2017

Joanna Wilder RN, BSN, LM, CPM has been practicing “good birth” for 25 years. As a nurse Joanna started out in an inner city Phoenix hospital in 1990. Three years gave her a good foundation in Labor and Delivery, Nursery and Postpartum. Next, she helped create Bethany Birth Center. For fourteen years, she had the privilege to work as a nurse in the birth center, led a unique childbirth education program, and served as a community liaison orienting women to birth choices in AZ. This birth center closed in 2007. In November 2006, she began to work toward her licensure as a midwife. In May 2010, she was licensed as a midwife in AZ and completed her national certification or CPM in April of 2011. Joanna has been involved in grass roots community development in inner city Phoenix for 25 years. She works with a teen mom program in “the neighborhood”, and also with a breastfeeding grant program bringing support to Hispanic moms. She is passionate about helping women learn to trust their bodies. One of her passions, birthed from her own story, is walking with women as they heal from childhood sexual abuse. Joanna believes that the birth space is “holy ground”. Breastfeeding creates a powerful space for attachment and bonding to occur, and for mothers to reclaim their bodies, and their stories.

Sep 1, 2017
A birth is defined as being traumatic if the woman was or believed she or her baby was in danger.  She perhaps felt helpless, out of control, or alone at any point during her labor or birth.
Suffering from birth trauma is not something you have on your list of what to expect when planning your pregnancy and awaiting the birth of your baby.  Parents typically have beautiful and loving pictures in their head on what pp life will look like and how they will feel.  Sure, we expect to be tired and wonder if we will have a colicky baby like your best friend did.  There are feelings of worry and concern about having one of those babies you have heard about that never sleep. You may have expected some learning curve related to breastfeeding.  For the most part, your plan was to be at home, relaxing with your baby, with your family and enjoying new motherhood.
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