More Breastfeeding Myths

So.  The last post was popular.  That’s wonderful!  But there are more myths to go.  I’m going to try to hit them all pretty quickly.

  • Yes, you can keep breastfeeding once your baby gets teeth.  You wee one will adjust his or her latch to make it more comfy for both of you.
  • No, it’s not terribly likely (though perhaps still possible) that your baby suddenly will wean at 9 months.  It’s probably a nursing strike.
  • Especially if you have a small baby (less than 2 months), there is NO SUCH THING as “snacking”, “comfort nursing”, “using you as a pacifier“, or “getting a bad habit”. With very little ones (less than 3 weeks), they are building your supply.  And remember, babies nurse out of thirst as well as hunger.  And, just as you take a quick hit off your water bottle, your baby might just need a little bit of milk to satiate thirst.
  • If you are pumping and bottle feeding, you can keep trying to latch your baby, even when he or she is older.  Here are some tips.
  • Breastmilk does not become nutritionally useless when your baby turns one.

And finally, because I keep thinking it’s gone and this awful myth rears it’s ugly little head:

  •  Your baby starves until your “milk comes in”. Sorry, but you’ve had milk for this baby since before he or she is born.  Once the placenta comes free, then your body will start the process of transitioning to mature milk.  Colostrom, the milk you have when your baby is born, is the perfect food, in the perfect amount, and does a better job than anything else of helping keep up your baby’s blood sugar, gets rid of meconium, and has unique compounds that you won’t find anywhere else.

Any other mths you’re wondering about?  Add them below!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

July Newsletter

Birth Story Night

On Friday, August 3rd from 6:30pm until 8:30pm, join us at the BabyLove studio for a night of sharing birth stories and talking about the transformation into motherhood. You can come to share or listen, or just to meet and talk with other moms. All moms, pregnant or any amount postpartum, are welcome to come and share. After a recent round of spontaneous birth story sharing at a Mama Café, we thought this would be a great event to hold.

We’ll provide a light snack and refreshments, and a safe and comfortable place to talk. Babies are welcome to come with.  Crystal Clancy from Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota will be with us to help facilitate the group, and as an extra resource and support.

This is a free event, but donations are graciously accepted.  If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please call or email.  We hope you can join us!

 

BabyLove Joins the Restore Community

We are excited to announce that we are now part of the Restore Healing Community! The approved members of Restore offer everything from Acupuncture, to Yoga, to Breathwork to Reiki.  The Restore website also has a wonderful blog and has weekly deals on services from the various members.  Check out the members, information, and deals at RestoreHealing.com!

 

BabyLove Becomes UCare S.E.A.T.S. Partner

We are delighted to announce that we are finally a partner for car seat distribution through the UCare S.E.A.T.S program. The program gives eligible members one seat per pregnant mother, and for children from ages 0 to 8.  Members who are eligible for the benefit must attend classes at BabyLove, either during one of our monthly group classes or by setting up a private class.  Non-UCare member are welcome to attend the group classes and self pay the $57 class fee.  We look forward to helping families learn how to keep their children safe. UCare members should first check with their plans for eligibility before registering for classes. If you have other questions, please contact us.

 

Passion For Birth Childbirth Educator Workshop

We are excited to announce that BabyLove will be the site of a Passion for Birth childbirth educator workshop September 7th-9th! Teri Shilling, CEO of Passion for Birth will be facilitating this workshop, and her mission is to stomp out boring and ineffective childbirth classes. Both Veronica and Brittany are graduates of the Passion For Birth program, and we know that the workshop does an amazing job of preparing participants to become excellent childbirth educators. 

Anyone interested in becoming a Lamaze childbirth educator or in learning more about Lamaze is welcome to attend this workshop. In the Passion for Birth workshop you will learn to be more effective and interactive, build skills and learn techniques you can use immediately, increase your networking resources, and get great resource materials.  You will leave with a bag overflowing with resources, a manual full of ideas, connections with other childbirth educators, and a new enthusiasm for teaching dynamic childbirth education programs. You will be one giant step closer to being Lamaze certified. Visit passionforbirth.com for more information on the program, the steps to becoming a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and for a link to register today!

 

IndieGoGo Campaign

BabyLove is running a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo through the end of the month to raise money for various expenses. We started this campaign because  we are strongly committed to remaining affordable and accessible to all families, and as we expand our services and our reach, we need some help covering the costs of maintaining a business and providing the free resources and support we so love. Your contributions will be used for numerous things, including: updated and better classroom equipment and teaching materials, printing costs, helping to keep all class prices low, continued fun and free events, marketing costs, and the upkeep of running a business. Any contribution made is extremely important, and we are very hopeful that we will meet our goal. To contribute or share the campaign, please visit our campaign webpage.

 

BabyLove In the News

We’ve had another month of fun media appearances.  Last month, Brittany and Veronica sat down with Anna Schier from Patch and spoke with her about the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of support groups for new mamas as they learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding.  Check out the article to hear what we had to say about why we feel Mama Café is an important piece of postpartum support for new moms.

Also, Brittany’s new Dancing For Birth ™ class was featured in the online edition of The Edge, in the Eagan Sun This Week, and as part of a live demo on Fox 9 news.  To read or look at any of these pieces, as well as all of our other media coverage in the past, please visit our website and click on “News.”

A Note From Brittany Regarding Her Upcoming Maternity Leave

If you haven’t already heard or seen, I am expecting my second little one the end of August! This means I will be taking some time away from teaching at BabyLove, but Veronica will be working extra hard to facilitate all of the classes and groups, and classes will continue as normal. We are working on securing a back-up teacher for Dancing For Birth TM Classes, and have high hopes that these will continue as normal as well. I will be returning to Mama Cafe with my new addition a couple weeks postpartum, and will get back into teaching Dancing For Birth and our other offerings as soon as we’re ready! Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we go through this transition, and I look forward to sharing the news with you!

-Brittany

Comprehensive Classes

We advertise that our Lamaze classes are comprehensive, and we really do mean that they are comprehensive.  We welcome all parents, regardless of birth setting, and make sure that we include all information that pertains to their chosen birth places.  We  understand that parents make their own decisions based on their own values and beliefs, so we are very careful to present any differences in a respectful, but factual, matter.  As doulas, we have experiences in a wide variety of settings, and we are able to cover  the differences that there might be. 

Because we know parents are making a variety of choices, we include all possible information on birth options in our classes.  Therefore, we discuss options such as hydrotherapy for labor, waterbirth, chiropractic care, birthing balls, and delayed cord clamping.  If we have families that are attempting one, we talk about the  physical and emotional aspects of labor for moms attempting a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean while we cover labor for the rest of the class participants. 

We also think it’s important to give all parents ample time to practice labor skills and comfort measures as part of our regular classes.  Over multiple class sessions, we give families a chance to learn new techniques and utilize these tools in may ways throughout a class series. 

In our experience as educators, and in accordance with our Standards of Practice, every parent benefits from getting the full range of information presented using the best medical evidence.  We believe this is the very foundation of informed choice and informed consent.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about our policies on this or our curriculum in general, please let us know

Meet the Midwives night

You asked, and we listened! We’re bringing back our Meet the Midwives Night on Friday, September 14th, from 7-8:30pm. If you are curious about the midwifery model of care, and how they care for families during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered. We will have multiple midwives available to discuss their practices and to answer any questions you have. Everyone is welcome, so bring friends or family members along! A light snack and beverage will be provided, and as always, this is a free event. Donations will be graciously accepted. We hope to see you there!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.