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Loving Moments Support Black Breastfeeding Week to Help Nourish Families, Communities and Futures

World Breastfeeding Week has come and gone but National Breastfeeding Month is well underway and there’s another exciting event happening very soon: Black Breastfeeding Week! Leading Lady and Loving Moments support this jubilant week starting August 25, 2017 to help raise awareness for breastfeeding among African American communities.

The 5th annual Black Breastfeeding Week inspires us to “Bet on Black” because change comes when families and communities show love and support for breastfeeding.  Black breastfeeding support groups across the nation unite to #BetonBlack during this special week packed with themed activities for the entire community. After all, breastfeeding isn’t just between moms and babies. Breastfeeding nourishes families, communities and futures through health, wellbeing, nurture and love.

Leading Lady and Loving Moments #BetonBlack by donating $14,000 worth of nursing bras to groups participating in Black Breastfeeding Week. We know that a little extra support in the form of a new nursing bra or nursing tank top can make the difference for moms who are working hard to nourish their babies.

Don’t miss out on the following amazing events happening during Black Breastfeeding Week 2017. Check the Black Breastfeeding Week website and Facebook page for updates on events throughout the week.

Friday, August 25

From First Food to Good Food Twitter Chat

8 p.m. EST

Join in an interactive Twitter chat and delve into a discussion about the link between first food and good food. Breast milk is the best “first food” for babies but that’s only the beginning of a healthy start in life. “Good food” is the next step to nourishing children. Connecting first food to good food creates a continuum of natural and nutritious food options that sustain future generations from infancy into adulthood. It’s also essential for pregnant moms to receive good nutrition to support their unborn babies.

To highlight this crucial link, Black Breastfeeding Week aims to engage urban farmers as community partners. Self-sufficiency and cultural perceptions are the key to taking control of nutritious food choices and reclaiming black traditions including breastfeeding and self-reliant farming.

Photo Storm Event

Saturday, August 26

Annual Baby Lift-up

2 p.m. EST

Black breastfeeding groups across the country will gather for a celebration of babies, moms, families, communities and BREASTFEEDING! At 2 p.m. EST each group will participate in a unified baby lift-up by raising their babies in the air.

Breastfeeding lifts babies in so many ways, from improved health and stability as infants, to physical, mental and emotional benefits for a lifetime. Lifting babies literally raises awareness for this vital cause. Plus, it symbolizes the hopes, dreams and aspirations every family has for their children to rise up, reach for the stars and improve with each new generation.

Sunday, August 27

Shoutout Sunday!

Monday, August 28

Manday Monday

Tuesday, August 29

Spotlight on Gay, Lesbian and Queer Families, Facebook Live

Wednesday, August 30

“Wellness Wednesday” Twitter Chat with Moms Rising

2 p.m. EST

Join moms across the country to celebrate, inform and inspire others about breastfeeding. Black Breastfeeding Week’s mission will be the focus of the weekly Moms Rising twitter chat.

Moms Rising is multicultural grassroots and online organization working to achieve economic security for moms, women and families in the U.S. The membership of over a million advocates for paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable childcare, equity in the workplace, childhood nutrition, toxic-free environments and a range of other healthcare issues that affect families.

Thursday, August 31

5 Year Rewind and BBW17 Recap

Take a look back at Black Breastfeeding Week celebrations during the past 5 years including a recap of this year’s event.

Instagram Takeover

All week long follow @blkbfingweek on instagram as influencers in the black breastfeeding community literally take over Black Breastfeeding Week’s instagram account and share their perspective, photos and insight on breastfeeding. New women will take over every day so don’t miss a moment of the fun.

Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week with us and #BetonBlack!

Connect with Black Breastfeeding Week on social media:

Facebook: @BlackBreastfeedingWeek

Twitter: @BlkBfingWeek

Instagram: @blkbfingweek

#BetonBlack

#BlackBreastfeedingWeek

#BBW17

Sore Nipples from Breastfeeding

Sore Nipples from Breastfeeding

In general breastfeeding should be a pleasant and pain-free experience however there are a few times when things can awry and it may get a bit uncomfortable. Sore nipples from breastfeeding is one of the most common issues that mothers face, sometimes causing them to wean far too early. While sore nipples from breastfeeding is no picnic, it’s actually a warning sign that something isn’t right. Finding the cause can relieve your nipple pain and ensure your baby is getting enough milk to reap the amazing benefits of breastfeeding.

Causes of Sore Nipples from Breastfeeding

Even tiny newborns have a fierce sucking reflex. While a vigorous suck is typical and downright helpful to your baby’s mission to suckle breast milk, your sensitive nipples are probably not used to being pulled in this manner. For this reason, it is normal for new moms to experience sore nipples from breastfeeding for up to the first two weeks. After that, your nipples should get used to breastfeeding and the tenderness should subside. If that isn’t the case for you, something else is at play.

The leading cause of sore nipples from breastfeeding is not establishing a proper latch. Often babies don’t take enough of their mother’s nipple and areola into their mouths resulting in a shallow latch that isn’t going to feel good or be productive for your baby. A deep latch is the goal. You can assist your baby in achieving proper latch by helping her open her mouth wide and supporting your breast so she can self-latch appropriately. Also, hold your baby in a position that puts her entire body level to your breast.

Other causes of nipple soreness from breastfeeding include: thrush (a yeast infection in your baby’s mouth that can be passed back and forth from you to your baby unless treated); mastitis (a breast infection caused by bacteria that enters through the nipple or a plugged milk duct); the immersion of teeth (in  which case your baby may unintentionally nip you with her teeth without realizing or to soothe her pain); and as your baby starts solids (when food residue may irritate your nipples).

How to Soothe Sore Nipples from Breastfeeding

The first step to soothe sore nipples from breastfeeding is understanding why it is happening in the first place. Since latch is the most common issue, a visit to a lactation consultant is a good idea. She can help ensure your baby is latching properly, you are poisoning your baby appropriately, and offer temporary suggestions such as a nipple shield until your nipples heal. Lactation consultants can also diagnose a tongue or lip tie, conditions where there is extra skin connecting the tongue or lip to the mouth which may impede proper latch. Often tongue and lip ties must be cut by a specialist to allow babies to latch properly.

Once you have the underlying issue under control, try some of these methods to soothe sore nipples:

  • After each feeding, hand express a little breast milk and rub it on your nipples. Breast milk contains amazing healing properties that work on your skin too.
  • Alternate breasts per feeding to give your nipples more time to heal.
  • If you can’t alternate breasts, feed on the least painful side first, when your baby will be hungriest and her suck will be stronger.
  • Feed your baby more frequently to avoid overly vigorous sucking from extreme hunger.
  • Change nursing positions throughout your feedings so your baby isn’t pulling too hard on any one area.
  • Break the suction with your finger before unlatching your baby from your breast.
  • Apply 100% pure lanolin cream to your sore or cracked nipples after feedings.
  • Use a warm compress several times daily to reduce the pain.
  • Air out your nipples whenever possible. Sore nipples brushing against your nursing bras or nursing tank tops all day and all night won’t be comfortable. When necessary, use nipple shells to create space between your clothes and your breasts.
  • Wear soft, breathable nursing bras that won’t further irritate your sore nipples.
  • If your baby has thrush, visit your pediatrician immediately to get a prescription to relieve the fungal infection.
  • If you have mastitis, continue to breastfeed or pump as much as possible, use warm compresses and massage your breasts to work through the issue. You can also take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

Sources: La Leche League, Today’s Parent and Breastfeeding Basics

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

Breastfeeding Positions

Breastfeeding PositionsThe loving embrace between you and your baby while nursing is one of the most cherished moments in new motherhood. And the way you hold your baby while breastfeeding goes beyond the complete and utter amazement, joy and affection you have for him. It also helps your baby find a comfortable and effective way to nurse.

Today we’re reviewing the most common breastfeeding positions that experts recommend to support your baby and ensure he can nurse properly to reap the phenomenal benefits of breastfeeding.

Before we dive into specific breastfeeding positions, let’s talk a little about the body positions you and your baby should maintain while nursing. Your baby should always be facing you so she will never have to turn her head to nurse and her body should be in alignment. That means her ears, shoulders and hips will all make a straight line. Always bring your baby to your breast rather than leaning into your baby. A breastfeeding pillow or any regular pillow can be useful in helping you position your baby properly for nursing.

Now that that’s squared away, let’s review breastfeeding positions:

Cradle

As the name suggests, your arm creates a cradle for your baby in this breastfeeding position. While your baby lays on your lap support her with the arm on the same side you are nursing and allow your baby’s head to rest in the crook of your arm opposite your elbow while your hand extends down his back to his bottom. Your other hand is free to support your breasts as needed. This position is often best for older slightly larger babies who need little assistance latching.

Cross-Cradle

Similar to cradle, cross-cradle or crossover hold simply switches up your arm positioning  Again with your baby lying across your lap, support his head with the opposite hand and arm from the side he is nursing. Cross-cradle allows you to easily guide your baby’s head to your breast with your supportive hand. That’s why it is often taught as a great breastfeeding position for newborns and small infants who need help latching.

Football

In this position you will tuck your baby under your arm as if he were a football. Your baby will lay to your side beneath your arms with her nose facing your nipple and her feet pointing upwards. Support your baby’s head with the same arm as the side he is nursing and use your hand to guide his mouth to your nipple. Sometimes called clutch, this position is a favorite of moms who gave birth via c-section because your baby will not lie across your tender incision area.

Vertical

Your baby may prefer to nurse sitting up due to acid reflux or bruising to the back of the head during childbirth. Sit your baby on your lap facing you with his legs straddling your legs. Gently cradle his jaw with your thumb and pointer finger and guide him to your nipple encouraging him to latch starting from underneath your breast. You may need to adjust your lap height by crossing your legs or placing a pillow on your lap depending on your baby’s length.

Side-Lying

A popular position for nighttime feedings, side-lying allows both you and baby to lounge during nursing. You will both lay on a firm, flat surface facing each other. Position your baby’s mouth at breast height and use your top arm to support your baby as necessary. You can further support your baby’s body by scooping your bottom arm beneath his body towards his back.

Dangle

Dangle feeding position may not be a regular in your toolbox, but it can be useful at certain times. In this position your baby will lay down on a firm, flat surface such as a blanket or your bed and you will hover over him on all fours “dangling” your breast over his mouth. You may find this useful when you have a plugged milk duct that you need to clear or simply to encourage gravity to assist your milk flow.

Sources: What to Expect, Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and BabyCenter

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Katrina from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kristina from Saline County, KS WIC“I have 5 kids and have breastfed them all. They all didn’t come easy.

My first was over 9 lbs and everyone told me I didn’t have enough milk for him. I started to supplement with formula and then just cold turkey. I didn’t have a support system to go to.

My second was breastfed for 6 months and refused to take the breast one day. I didn’t know anything of pumping and cold turkeyed her too.

My third I breastfed and pumped but between two jobs and being stubborn to ask for help my supply went down after 6 months. She had breast milk up to 8 months old due to my pumping stash.

My fourth child was where I felt successful with breastfeeding. I breastfed her for 17 months and I even pumped due to always feeling engorged. It worked out with a deep freezer full of milk because I supplied my sister’s preemie with breast milk for almost a year.

Mona at WIC encouraged me to push through the pain I encountered. I ended up with mastitis and Mona gave me tips to help relieve it. I got a bad yeast infection on both breast and Mona helped with relieving the pain from it. I would text her and she was always willing to help.

My fifth child is only 3 weeks old. I have struggled with breastfeeding her even though I successfully breastfed my fourth. I don’t want to give up and when I felt like giving up Mona would help me. She had so many resources and helped me latch her correctly.

I can now say I feel more confident to have a success story with breastfeeding my youngest. I enjoy the bonding time I get while breastfeeding. I know this is the best nutrients for my baby and her dirty diapers don’t smell, which is a bonus. Mona is a great support person for new mom’s or returning moms like me.”

Kristina from Saline County, KS WIC

 

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Arin from Saline County, KS WIC“Being on WIC has helped in more ways than one in our lives. Not only am I able to get all of my nutrients with the items they provide, but so does my daughter. I use all of our items to correlate mealsand it helps me keep up my calories to remain breastfeeding my 1 year old!” – Arin

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Saline County, KS WIC“Being connected with the Saline County WIC office helped me feel better about nursing my daughter! We had our ups and downs and any time I had a question I was able to contact Mona and she was able to advise me of what to do or try to better our situation. We ended up having to fortify my milk because it didn’t have enough calories and she wasn’t gaining weight. I was heartbroken! She is my second child and I was hardly able to nurse my first at all, 6-10 ounces a day was all. Moms let me pour my heart out to her and let me know that was okay! We still nurse and I will pump and fortify 3-4 bottles a day as well. If it wasn’t for the WIC office, I’m not sure we could have gotten through this emotionally or financially! I appreciate everything that they have done for me!” -Ashley

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Crystal from Saline County, KS WIC“From the first phone call to Mona, she assured me that we would get back on board on what me and my daughter’s breastfeeding goals were. I had recently moved here, was stressed, baby was changing up her schedule and sleeping habits, it meant so much to me that Mona just said let’s bring her in, I’ll weigh her, get to know you and help with any other questions. Our goal is a year! We are 9 months strong ❤️and I Breastfeeding Success Story: Meghan from Saline County, KS WICabsolutely appreciate all the support!!” -Crystal

 

 

“When I had my second child I dreaded going back to work because pumping with my first was so hard! I only had a hand pump and barely made it to my goal of six months and hated ever second of it. Thanks to WIC I was given access to an electric pump and was able to go back to work with confidence!” – Meghan

Breastfeeding Success Story: Dani from Saline County, KS WIC

 

“WIC had helped us so much. We didn’t have a lot of money for food and food was not abundant in our house especially with a new baby. Our little girl wasn’t planned but we made the best of what we had. We are young parents and it was difficult with me not being able to bring a lot of money in. WIC helped me so much. I honestly don’t know where I would be if I wouldn’t have had WIC. I would like to add we are 6 months breastfeeding strong!” -Dani

Thank YOU for Making World Breastfeeding Week 2017 a Success!

 

We received such a thoughtful outpouring of gratitude from our breastfeeding support organization partners during our World Breastfeeding Week 2017 event. We just HAD to share the impact that breastfeeding support – from kind and knowledgeable lactation consultants, warm and friendly fellow breastfeeding moms, or a comfortable and easy-to-use nursing bra – can have on new moms. Thank YOU to everyone who participated in our program. We salute each of your for the support and dedication you have for breastfeeding!

 

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: KANA WIC in Kodiak, AKOn behalf of the KANA WIC Program in Kodiak, Alaska, I would like to thank you for your generous donation.  It brought tears to my eyes to see the number of nursing bras and covers were sent to our WIC agency for our pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mothers. Your donations help make our World Breastfeeding Week Party a huge success.  The KANA WIC Program serves families in need both in the town of Kodiak and the 6 villages on the island of Kodiak.  Because of your donation, every pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mother on Kodiak Island is able to have a new nursing bra. Thanks again.

Stephanie Jenkins, MS, RD, IBCLC

WIC Coordinator, KANA WIC in Kodiak, AK

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Dear Leading Lady,

Thank you for your generous support of breastfeeding in our community, Leading Lady!!  We’ve very excited for our Live, Love, Latch! 2017 event and can’t wait to see our breastfeeding supporters responses to your wonderful nursing bras and nursing tanks.  Thank you!!!

WarmLLLy,

Arlene Adamick, Leader of LLL of Greensboro

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Thanks to Loving Moments by Leading Lady for this gift to benefit the breastfeeding moms we serve who find a nursing bra an unattainable luxury. This generous donation is going to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for the amazing moms we have the privilege of providing lactation support for at Access Community Health Centers!

Access Community Health Centers – Facebook

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Dear Leading Lady:

I wanted to write and say thank you to your company for providing these bras for our mothers. They have made our World Breastfeeding Week/Month even sweeter. In the 18 years I have worked with Aurora WIC as a Breastfeeding Coordinator I have seen many needs for bra’s and wished we could have helped in some way but did not have the budget to do so. What a joy for me and staff to be able to offer these to moms. What makes it even more special is that I will be leaving my position here just this week to work in another hospital continuing to help mom’s breastfeed and it was a wonderful thing to be able have these for moms in my last days here. So thank you!

Tonya

Tonya Temple, Nutritionist, IBCLC

Aurora WIC Program

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Thank YOU for your wonderful donation!  We are so appreciative of your generosity.

Lindsey Dermid Gray, MPH, CLC
Statewide Breastfeeding Coordinator

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

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Thank you so much for the box of breastfeeding items. I was so impressed that y’all were able to send such very nice items.  I will keep you up to date on our success.  Your generosity was so appreciated.

Thanks,World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Resource Center for Parents and Children

Shalane Pitts, RDN, LDN, CLC

Central Regional Office of Public Health in Alexandra, LA

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Leading Lady thank you for all the beautiful nursing apparel!!! Our 60 moms are so grateful!

Resource Center for Parents and Children – Facebook

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Thank you so much for your continued support of our breastfeeding program.  The breastfeeding moms love receiving your donated bras!!!

Manon TaylorWorld Breastfeeding Week 2017: Osage Nation WIC

Director, Osage Nation WIC

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Thanks again so much for the generous bra donation! Our breastfeeding moms are truly surprised by and enjoying their giveaways.

Stacie Olivarri, RD, LD

WIC Nutrition Coordinator, LA36

San Marcos WIC

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Lyon County, KS WICThank you for your generous donation; we had 93 attend our event! This was the biggest it has ever been… nearly double our average in years past.

Best Regards,

Bevin Neeley, IBCLC

WIC BFPC, Lyon County, KS WIC

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Dear Leading Lady,

Thank you for your generous donation.  We are so happy to provide your nursing bra to our WIC moms.

Sincerely,

Kelly Rambo, Nutrition Associate, CLC

Columbiana County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Crescent City WIC ServicesGood morning,

On behalf of Crescent City WIC Services we want to thank you for your donation. We along with our mothers are appreciative and excited for World Breastfeeding Week.

Thanks again,
Courtney Schultheis

Crescent City WIC Services WIC Coordinator

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Again I say thanks –moms in my community thank you for your gifts

Mary Becker

Mom & Baby Support Group in Sebastian, FL

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Wood County WICThank you so much for your donation we are enjoying being able to share your products with our breastfeeding Moms in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and WIC’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Jackie Mears
WIC Director Wood County

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I just received the donation! On behalf of my community, thank you some much, for your amazing contribution.

Fametta Darling

My Darling Doula

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Heritage Valley Health SystemsThank you so much for the generous donation you do each year for breastfeeding moms all over!!

Liz Brown IBCLC, CLC

Heritage Valley Health Systems

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Healthy Start of North Central Florida would like to thank Leading Lady and Loving Moments by Leading Lady for presenting our program with a variety of nursing bras and other nursing wardrobe items. We appreciate your generosity, and breastfeeding mothers in our counties’ communities are thriving because of contributions such as yours. Thank you for helping make last week’s World Breastfeeding Week a success!

Healthy Start of North Central Florida – Facebook  World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Blount County WIC

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Thank you. We really appreciated the nursing bras and tanks. Some of our moms REALLY needed them!

Stacey Myers

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Blount County Health Department

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Glenn County WICOnce again we thank you for such a wonderful donation of bras. The women who receive these are so thankful.  Many do not have the resources to purchase a breastfeeding bra.

Lorna Humphreys, IBCLC

Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency

WIC Peer Counselor Coordinator

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Leading Lady,

Thank you for the donation of nursing bras for our WIC office! We gave them out at the Big Latch On this year and our clients Love them.

Thanks!

Stephanie at Trumbull County WIC

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Thank you we are amazed and thrilled at your donation!!!

Adele Ashtabula

Le Leche League of Ohio

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Bell County WICThank you for continuing to support our breastfeeding mothers through the Leading Lady and Loving Moments donations. For the past two years we have offered a breastfeeding fair for our pregnant and breastfeeding participants and used the nursing bras as door prizes and education material, teaching moms the importance of a properly fit bra.

Again, thank you for your support. I hope you continue to offer this generous donation in the future.

Annamarie Garcia, RDN, LD

Breastfeeding Coordinator

Bell County Public Health District

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Dana from Saline County, KS WIC“Mona and the breastfeeding moms of Salina have been an incredible support to me as I have nursed my daughter for the last year. Knowing that at anytime day or night I have a page I can turn to and a listing ear, sometimes just for support generally for advice and always for encouragement has made me know I’m not alone in this journey. Just to know there are like-minded women around lets me know that we can do anything we set our mind to. Thank you for the support Mona!” -Dana

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kristen from Saline County, KS WIC“I signed up for WIC not for the food/formula help but because I knew it would increase my connection with people who would be able to trouble shoot nursing issues. And I was right. Zoey was on a SNS at first, but with WIC’s help, I was able to transition from exclusively pumping and bottle feeding to nursing just before one month old (it was her Christmas present to me). Just being assured that I could do this was the boost in confidence I needed. I gladly have an untouched in ages expensive breast pump sitting in the top of my closet, not needed, because I was able to get the milk from the tap.” -Kristen

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Neasa from Saline County, KS WIC“I have been on WIC since I found out I was pregnant with twins in 2014. I had them in May of 2015. My original goal was to breastfeed for 6 months. After a few bumps we made it passed that goal to 21 almost 22 months of breastfeeding twins. WIC has been there throughout our whole journey and we were even able to get back on our feet and not use DCF help for over a year now. We still are able to use WIC and helps with our grocery bill monthly, especially with 4 growing kids.” -Neasa

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Alicia from Saline County, KS WIC“I was always disappointed that I could not breastfeed my twins so when I had my newest baby I spoke with Mona ahead of time to figure things out ahead of time. I was determined to breastfeed my baby. Shelby is now 6 months old and we are going strong. We had some issues in the beginning but from advice from Mona we got through it. I also use the breastfeeding page as a go to page. I always read the problems or success post and the comments to go back to. To learn from even though I am not going through it right at the moment I remember it when and if I do. Thank you for having the breastfeeding page it helps a lot and have added some mothers to it so they can have help and support as well.” -Alicia

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC“When I came into see you Mona I was close to breaking point and done with breastfeeding. You took the time and showed me that his latch was wrong and he wasn’t opening wide enough. I went from being at 7 weeks and about to start formula feeding, to breastfeeding until 2.5 years old. Thank you!” -Jamie

 

“I’m grateful for WIC. It helps me as a breastfeeding mom eat healthier and extra nutrition that my body needs to make milk. WIC also educates me on breastfeeding so I can help new moms be educated as well to make the greatest choice to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has helped me be a better mother. I feel like me and my children Breastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WICBreastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WIChave a closer bond because of breastfeeding. I’m more than just mom, I’m there everything. I also love all the support by WIC. I never once felt pressured to formula feed. I have been supported so much with our journeys of nursing. Even when my son couldn’t eat solids until 14 months and was exclusively nursing all that time I was supported by WIC. So very grateful for being a part of the WIC program. Without WIC there have been times we wouldn’t have had food for our family. Thank you.” -Brandi

Leading Lady and Loving Moments Partner with ROSE to Support Health Equity through Breastfeeding

 

We love celebrating National Breastfeeding Month for many reasons:

  • We get to join the nationwide community to champion moms as they give their babies the best start in life.
  • We get to highlight the phenomenal benefits of breastfeeding that support the health of babies (for their entire lifetime) and mothers.
  • We get to support new moms with our annual nursing bra donation program to make breastfeeding a little easier and more comfortable.
  • And we get to partner with organizations who work 365 days a year to improve the state of breastfeeding among all demographics.

All of these aspects of National Breastfeeding Month are a tremendous celebration and opportunity – and we love it!

Leading Lady and Loving Moments Partner with ROSE to Support Health Equity through BreastfeedingWe’re proud to partner with Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) on their mission: “to address breastfeeding disparities to improve health equity among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.

ROSE seeks to enhance, encourage, support, promote, and protect breastfeeding throughout the USA, by working to reduce the breastfeeding disparities among African American women, and to strengthen the health of their babies and families through, mentoring, training, breastfeeding support groups, social support, outreach, education, legislation, health policies, and social marketing.”

Their member network approach empowers community transformers to advocate for breastfeeding among grassroots breastfeeding groups, faith-based breastfeeding outreach and cultural breastfeeding coalitions. To support their goals this year, Leading Lady and Loving Moments are donating $13,000 in nursing bras to ROSE.

Each year ROSE hosts a Breastfeeding Summit to discuss, inform and initiate change regarding a variety of vital breastfeeding themes. Leading Lady and Loving Moments is a proud sponsor of this year’s Summit in New Orleans, LA and we are pleased that some of our nursing bras will be shared with participants to take home to their communities and to local moms in NOLA.

In addition, ROSE is hitting the road with their blueprint project to take a deep dive into the state of breastfeeding in African American communities across the nation. As they meet with mothers nationwide to assess the barriers to success and work towards improved breastfeeding rates, ROSE will distribute nursing bras to moms who need a little extra support to meet their goals.

We are thrilled to be part of ROSE’s mission and help moms who need it most. Every mom deserves the best health for her baby and we know that begins with breastfeeding. With the right support, every mom can achieve success.

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Calling all new moms and breastfeeding supporters: ROSE is hosting a twitter party on Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. EST. Join in their fun and informational event to celebrate breastfeeding and interact with others in the breastfeeding community using #StayWokeandBF!

Connect with ROSE on social media:

Facebook: @BreastfeedingRose

Twitter: @support_rose

Instagram: @breastfeedingrose

#StayWokeandBF

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC“My oldest son was born after I was induced, then had an emergency C-section. He was 9 lbs 11 oz. I had planned to breastfeed, but it was hard to find a good position in the hospital that didn’t make my incision hurt. I found using a breastfeeding pillow helped tremendously. He was a terrible sleeper, and while he would latch fine, after a few weeks he would only eat for a couple minutes at a time, before pulling off and screaming.

By the time he was 2 months old, I found out he had silent reflux (so his throat was raw, but he didn’t actually puke). He also had thrush. The meds didn’t help much, and I dreaded nursing him because every time he popped off it was incredibly painful. I couldn’t figure out why pumping hurt so much, so I started giving him a bottle of formula when I couldn’t stand it.

When he was 3 months, it still wasn’t better, and we kept passing thrush back and forth. I also started working, which was extra stressful since he would only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. There was no place at work to pump, and pumping still hurt terribly, so he got formula while I was at work, too.

When he turned 4 months, I decided I was done. I was sick of it hurting so much, and sick of being angry that he was hungry. I had talked to a nurse from the health department that was supposed to help with breastfeeding a few times, but she didn’t even realize he had thrush so our visits weren’t very helpful.

My second son was born almost 3 years later, after another emergency c section. I had attempted a VBAC, but there were complications. His placenta started to detach. He was 9 lbs 5 oz. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to try to breastfeed, since the first time it had hurt so much. I decided I would try, but I wasn’t going to feel bad if it didn’t work out. He had low sugars in the hospital, and needed a small amount of formula before my milk came in. He also had to have phototherapy because of his high bilirubin levels, so we couldn’t do skin to skin.

When we got home, it hurt a little to latch him, but he was getting plenty of milk. His pediatrician showed me how to encourage him to latch deeper, and to re-latch him if he slipped off a bit, so he would learn to stay on right. By two weeks, he was doing it perfectly.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WICA few months in, he was puking 6-8 times a day, but acting perfectly happy about it. I eventually cut eggs and caffeine from my diet and it stopped. I was able to eat eggs again when he was around 11 months old. He refused bottles anytime I tried to give him one, so it was easier to cut my diet than pump every time I drank a soda. I bought a better pump, and figured out that it didn’t hurt if I used a bigger size flange and lanolin before pumping. I ended up donating any milk I’d pumped, though, since he wouldn’t drink it.

I got pregnant with my third son unexpectedly, when my second was only 18 months. He was still nursing. It was uncomfortable to continue nursing, but it was less work than fighting him to go to sleep, so we kept at it. I went into labor a month early, and he was born 8 lbs 1 oz, after another cesarean.

He had a lot of trouble breathing, so was sent to the NICU. I asked the hospital for a pump. I didn’t get any milk out for 3 days, despite waking up every 2 hours to pump. I had attempted to nurse him on the second day, but he was too tired. If he wouldn’t eat, he would have to stay in the hospital, so he was fed formula both through a bottle, and whatever wasn’t eaten was given through a feeding tube. He was in there 6 days.

When he was released, he only got bottles for another week, because he had a tongue tie and couldn’t nurse well. After pumping, I’d let my 2 year old nurse afterwards to help the milk supply establish. Once his tongue tie was fixed, he would nurse okay. Then he got strep, because my toddler had it and I didn’t think to wash in between them. He got over it fast, but seemed to have troubles breathing while nursing, and would puke. I knew it wasn’t a food sensitivity, because he could drink the same milk from a bottle and be fine.

I was soon diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety, because I couldn’t sleep. I had to repeatedly check to see if the baby was breathing, to the point that I was barely sleeping at all. I talked to the WIC peer counselor, a lactation consultant at the hospital, the pediatrician, and finally was referred to an ENT who put a scope through his nose and down his throat. She said he had laryngomalacia, a birth defect that causes noisy breathing because of a floppy voice box. Since he was gaining weight, they would not do surgery to correct it. So he was taking in a lot of air while nursing, which upset his tummy. It was also painful a lot of the time.

I decided to pump for a while. It was summer break though, and I also had a 2 year old and 5 year old. I couldn’t keep up with the unpacking (we just moved when he was 6 weeks) cleaning, cooking, and older kids, pump, and still sleep. My PPD was getting worse. He was 2 months old. I had frozen milk, but the baby wouldn’t drink it alone because I also have high lipase enzyme in my milk. I knew it needed heated prior to freezing, but I guess I hadn’t heated it enough. So, I mixed it half and half with formula. He drank it. I decided to pump when I had time only, which wasn’t even every day, and nurse him once a day. I also offered to nurse my 2 year old more often so that hopefully I wouldn’t lose my milk.

The ENT said that the baby would outgrow the laryngomalacia eventually. It stopped hurting as much when he was about 3.5-4 months, so I’ve been working on increasing my supply back up.

He’s 5 months now, and only gets a bottle 2-3 times a week. He is teaching me about defining our own success, because I don’t know if I will nurse him as long as my middle son has, who is now 2.5. If it wasn’t for nursing his older brother for as long though, I wouldn’t still be able to nurse the baby. It’s nice not having to wash bottles, or carry around formula in the diaper bag. You can’t forget it if it’s attached to you. With 2 in diapers, I also like not having to worry about buying formula. It’s convenient, free, and works for us.”

Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breast Milk Storage

Pumping and storing your breast milk can offer new moms like you a bit of freedom, relief and reassurance by knowing your baby will have a nutritious meal even when you are separated. Knowing the ins and outs of breast milk storage will help keep the milk sanitary and maintain the integrity of its nutrients.

Here’s what you need to know about breast milk storage:

Always wash your hands before pumping or storing breast milk.

After pumping your breast milk, store it in a glass or plastic bottle or a storage bag meant for human milk. Many pumps are compatible with adequate storage containers so you can pump directly into the container without having to transfer milk.

Breast Milk StorageLabel your breast milk storage container with the date it was pumped and the volume.

Breast milk can remain at room temperature for up to 6 hours, can stay in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, and can be frozen for 3-6 months (or up to 12 months in a deep freezer). If you have trouble keeping these storage lengths straight, just remember the number 5: 5 hours at room temp, 5 days in the fridge, 5 months in the freezer.

Refrigerated breast milk maintains more nutrients and antibodies than frozen breast milk so if you have the choice, use refrigerated milk first. It will go bad first anyways.

When using frozen breast milk, always use your oldest milk first. Develop a system to help keep your milk organized in your freezer. Some moms freeze their breast milk bags in “shingles” so they are easily stackable. You can also put the bags in larger storage bags dated by week or month.

Store breast milk in small amounts – usually 3 to 4 ounces per container. This will make it easier to use in one feeding without wasting any.

Never combine frozen breast milk with fresh breast milk, even to complete a bottle. Instead, serve them separately or pour the fresh milk in the bottle once the frozen milk is drunk.

To thaw frozen milk, run warm water over it until it is your desired temperature or let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Never microwave breast milk because it may produce “hot spots” that could scald your baby and microwaving zaps some of the nutrients from your milk. Also, do not thaw your breast milk by leaving it unrefrigerated.

Once milk has been thawed it should be used within 24 hours. Never refreeze breast milk.

Discard any remaining breast milk in a bottle that your baby drank from. The enzymes in her saliva can break down the nutrients in the breast milk and potentially introduce germs into the bottle.

Stored breast milk may look different from fresh breast milk. It is common for the fats to separate, leaving an “oil and vinegar” effect with the fat floating on the surface. Gently swish the bottle to re-blend the milk but do not shake it vigorously.

Frozen breast milk sometimes smells soapy from the fats. This is normal and doesn’t mean it has spoiled.

Frozen breast milk may also have a different color depending on the stage you were in when it was pumped, your diet and any medications you may have taken at the time.

If your baby will be drinking the milk at a day care facility or school, be sure to label each container with your baby’s name. Give caregivers thorough instructions on how to properly handle breast milk.

Sources: BabyCenter, What to Expect and CDC

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.