About Sara

My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012 and my second is due January 2014. As I embark on my own breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!

Here we go again…Breastfeeding a new baby!

February 10th, 2014

It has already been over a week since the birth of my second child.  Time goes so fast!  I have been transported back to those early days of motherhood and back to the beginning of a breastfeeding relationship.  It has been two years since I was cuddled with a newborn, spending the days skin to skin getting to know each other.  My toddler weaned during the first trimester of this pregnancy.  My most recent memory of breastfeeding is wrangling a 14 month old at bedtime.  Newborns and all their nuances are a whole different nursing experience.

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My breastfeeding journey with my daughter began with a rough start, as you can read here.  Working through obstacles in those early days lead to over a year long, fabulous breastfeeding relationship.  I wanted to make sure that I could give my son the same nourishment and bonding that I found with my daughter.  I prepared for our journey the best I could on my end.  I had a natural birth at a baby friendly hospital.  I had immediate skin to skin after birth and encouraged him to latch within an hour.  But a newborn has to learn his part too!

Initially, the latch caused pain.  I was careful to break the latch and start again right away to spare my nipples.  We spent the first hours after birth skin to skin and learning.  Perhaps my experience as a second time mom made all the difference, but we are off to a great start!  I have been patient with the slight discomfort that comes with such sudden attention on the nipples.  There is such a different feel to this “slight discomfort” versus the intense pain of cracked, damaged nipples the first time around.

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I am really enjoying being back in the newborn phase of breastfeeding.  He and I have fallen in love and I can’t wait to watch him grow off the nutrients and emotions of breastfeeding!

Did breastfeeding go better the second time around?  How did your experience with your first help you with your second?

 

 

The Best Baby Gift

January 20th, 2014

This post was written by a guest blogger, my mom!  I’m honoured to have her attending the birth of my second child (any day now, I’m forty weeks this week!) as both my mother and my doula.  Here she shares her experience as a grandmother, mother, doula and former breastfeeder.

 

The best gift for a new baby is not the absolutely adorable layette you just couldn’t stop yourself from buying, or the latest piece of baby equipment Mom said she just must have, or the personalized silver spoon or piggy bank.  The best baby gift in my opinion is time with a Lactation Consultant.  I hope by sharing our experiences I will be able to convince you that this is true.

 

When my oldest daughter was pregnant with her first child I thought I knew it all.  I had worked as an RN on the postpartum floor in my first profession.  I had breastfed for a total of 3 years of my life with great support from the leaders and moms at La Leche League.  I had delivered my second child at home.  I had trained as a doula (although my life had become too transient to support a career as such).  My daughter and I had numerous conversations about nursing plus had done extensive reading on current thoughts.  After an amazing drug free delivery which I was honoured to attend, nothing could prepare us for her first breastfeeding experience with the pain of cracked nipples, anxiety about supply then a blocked duct (the severity of which both her GP & I missed), leading to mastitis and an abscess requiring surgery.  It was not surprising that my tearful daughter told me at six weeks or so that she was switching to formula.  I think she felt like she was letting me down & I was so sorry to have added any pressure to her experience.  I totally understood when she said that what she was going through was harming the bond with her beautiful baby.

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With her second pregnancy we were fortunate enough to go to Dr. Jack Newman‘s wonderful clinic in Toronto before delivery and then have their support postpartum.  The decision to have one of his trained lactation consultants make a home visit was what contributed most to a very different scenario than the first time.  These are the experts.  A lactation consultant can determine if there are any physical challenges, either with you or the babe.  She will help with the all-important latch by offering innumerable tips on positioning for you & the baby.  She will be a calm & confident presence amongst the hormone drenched & sleep deprived thoughts of your addled brain.  My daughter went on to a very successful breastfeeding experience.

 

Next comes my youngest daughter.  Again, I witnessed an amazing drug free delivery, this time at the only designated Baby Friendly hospital in Montreal.  She had a short, very supportive stay where skin-to-skin was the norm for both Mom & Dad. Then came Day 3 when the tsunami of emotions, discomfort & milk coming in hit its peak.  Time to call in the Lactation Consultant.  We were able to contact one who came over within hours and again she set the stage for a very successful breastfeeding experience from then on.  You can read my daughter’s perspective on the experience here.  I still did not have the skill or techniques that would assist in this endeavour but I did have the time to research online for help and the energy to make the number of phone calls necessary to find someone available.

 

We are now waiting for our first grandson’s arrival.  The lactation consultant is on speed dial although the hospital now has lactation trained nurses on hand as well. Yes, I have succumbed to purchasing the cutest baby boy attire but if the need arises or just to make my daughter feel better I will be using the phone again to call in the expert because the best gift you can give a new baby is the best start possible in this world and I believe that is through breastfeeding.

Did you get help from a lactation consultant?  How did it impact your breastfeeding journey?

Find a certified lactation consultant in your area here.

Find breastfeeding challenges and answers here.

I Make Milk! What’s Your Superpower?

January 10th, 2014

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We recently received this awesome photo from these Momzelle mamas!  Here they are showing off their Momzelle I Make Milk! What’s Your Superpower? t-shirts.

“My two sisters and I were lucky enough to all have children in the same year.  My eldest sister had twins!  We all breastfeed and the “I make milk!  What’s your superpower?” t-shirt is perfect for making people smile.

We love the comfort and durability of the cotton and, of course, how easy and discreet it is to nurse our babies!

Thank you Momzelle!”

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(translated, original in French)

We love to see our nursing tops in action.  Thanks, Geneviève, for sending this in!

Please visit our Momz photos page to see what other nursing mamas have to say about Momzelle.  We’d love to see you there!  Send a photo of you nursing in your Momzelle top to info@momzelle.com, you could win a $50 momzelle.com gift card!

Win Breast Side Stories and a $25 Momzelle gift card!

December 15th, 2013

We are so pleased to be teaming up with, Orit Gilad, the author of the wonderful book “Breast Side Stories“, for a double giveaway!  We have two copies of this colourful book of breast feeding stories from moms all over the world to give away along with two $25 gift cards for momzelle.com. So we will randomly select two winners, each receiving a book and a gift card!  Good luck!

Below is a page from the book:

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Here is a synopsis of the book: ”Breast Side Stories” combines 100 funny mini-stories of breast feeding mothers from all over the world. Together with beautiful illustrations that make the stories even more alive we see that all of us have had some weird moments while nursing. The most natural way of feeding a baby can also be a bit humorous when you find yourself with a hungry baby in places like the zoo, the dentist or during an interview. This book is dedicated to all the breastfeeding mothers out there. Whether you are an experienced breastfeeding mother, or new to breastfeeding, you will surely relate to the stories, and find in them your own experiences.

Included in this giveaway is a $25 gift card for momzelle.com. Have fun shopping for a gorgeous nursing dress or stylish nursing top!

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Breastfeeding Documentary… Coming Soon!

November 28th, 2013

I just love Ricki Lake!  Before I was even pregnant, I watched The Business of Being Born and was a changed woman.  It really opened my eyes to the idea of choices in birth and feeling empowered.  Due with number two in a few weeks, I anticipate meeting my child on our terms!

Ricki’s newest film is called Breast Milk: The Movie.  A documentary that “is an intimate exploration of the constructs that can make breastfeeding daunting for so many women”.  It follows a diverse group of families from pregnancy through their child’s first year.  As you can see from the clip of the film below, we still have a lot of work to do to normalize breastfeeding.  The more we see women breastfeeding the more normal it will be!

I can’t wait to check out the film!

Mompreneur Webinar

November 19th, 2013

This Thursday,  November 21st, Christine, the co-founder of Momzelle, is participating in an online Meetup about mompreneurship.  This Meetup is being hosted by Carol McBee, the founder and president of Mommy Connections Inc.

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It is Global Entrepreneurship Week and we are thrilled to be celebrating!

The Meetup is free and registration is easy, just click here!  You can listen to Christine and three other Canadian “mompreneurs” tell their stories.  The other panelists are :
Kristi Wozniak
Founder and Owner, KEYLIME Athletic Wear
http://www.keylimecanada.com

Laura Berg
Founder and President, My Smart Hands
http://mysmarthands.ca/

Jill Earthy
Founder of Frontline Staff Inc. and momcafe Network Inc.

Join in on the conversation this Thursday, November 21st!

Momzelle at the Babytime Show!

November 13th, 2013

This weekend Christine and I loaded up the mini-van and made the six hour road trip to Toronto (from Montreal) for the annual Fall Babytime Show.

We absolutely love getting out of the office and introducing new mamas to our products.  It’s even more fun when we meet our amazing customers that stop by our booth just to tell us how Momzelle has impacted their breastfeeding journey (and stock up on nursing shirts, of course! :) )

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I was 29 weeks pregnant at this years show.  Trade shows can be grueling on the back and feet, so I needed to have a chair handy!   Luckily we had some amazing Momzelle mamas that volunteered to help us out.

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Thanks again to our three awesome Momzelle mamas.

Til next year, Babytime Show!

 

 

Teach Me How To Breast Feed – Video!

August 16th, 2013

When I played this video, my 18 month old couldn’t stop dancing :)

The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Child

August 15th, 2013

Today’s post is by a guest blogger, Rachel.  See her bio at the bottom of the post.  

What is your favourite benefit of breastfeeding? 

Breastfeeding your child has many benefits for both yourself and your baby. Although some women are uncomfortable about the idea, it’s a process of nature that can be healthier for your child than any can of Similac. Many doctors encourage breastfeeding as opposed to simulated food sources because of the amount of benefits that are inherent with the process.  How can breast milk benefit you and your child?

1. Immunity System – Vitamins and minerals within breast milk improve the baby’s immunity system, which can prevent a long list of afflictions and reduce the impact of those that happen. Many case studies show that breastfed babies are less likely to develop illnesses concerning everything from a stomach virus to meningitis. Studies also show a reduced risk from SIDs not related to suffocation.

2. Allergies – Breastfed babies have been documented to have fewer allergies as compared to alternative methods of feeding. This can greatly help as babies can develop reactions to various materials in everyday life that could complicate your lifestyle. This isn’t saying your baby will never develop an allergy, only that the risks are far less of the situation happening for those babies that are breastfed.

3. Adapting to Life – Breastfed babies are less like to develop ailments such as diarrhea. It can also influence the reduction of developing an ear infection for babies that have spent the first six months of their lives breastfeeding. Respiratory illnesses are also decreased from the use of breast milk.

4. Doctor Visits – Babies that are breastfed are less likely to develop complications reducing the number of times you need to take him or her in to the hospital. As breast milk is essentially the ultimate source of food for the baby, problems concerning health are less likely to happen.

5. Bonding – The baby feels safe and secure as he or she can feel your warmth and your skin. It is this bonding between mother and child that causes many people to buy babywearing clothing and packs. A comfortable baby is a happy baby. This could help solidify future bonding with your child and start your life together properly.

6. Weight Loss – Did you know breastfeeding can help you lose weight by burning calories faster? Your body can burn up to 20 calories for every ounce of breast milk that is developed. It is quite possible that your baby can help you burn away hundreds of calories per day without you lifting a single finger to do so.

7. Money Saving – If you plan on breastfeeding your child, you can save a great deal of money on bottles, nipples, inserts and other bottle-related paraphernalia. Unless you plan on using a breast pump and a bottle for times you are away from your child, a great deal of money and effort can be saved.

Breast milk is the ultimate source of nutrition that your child needs in order to develop in a healthy way. This isn’t saying that other methods are unsafe, but breastfeeding is superior in almost every way.

Author Bio:

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

Breastfeeding and my mother-in-law

August 2nd, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about your most unlikely support. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!
 


 

Breastfeeding and my mother-in-law

At the birth of my mother-in-law’s first son, her doctor told her that she did not have enough milk. She could remember her breasts being hard as rocks and extremely painful while she was feeding her son bottles of formula, convinced that her body was flawed. At the birth of her second son, in the 1970’s in Washington, D.C. she did not want to go through the same nightmare. She did not want to try breastfeeding a second time as she was convinced she would fail once more because of a lack of milk. So she did everything that she could to stop lactating as quickly as possible. She willingly got her breasts strapped tight and she took pills to stop lactating. Although the nurses were telling her she should try out nursing once more, she refused to hear anything about it. For her, breastfeeding was a form of hell or punishment that women had to liberate themselves from.

I did not expect her to support my efforts to breastfeed, given the misinformation she had been exposed to in her time. It is not as if she had had the chance to update her knowledge on the subject since.

Surprisingly, she became my biggest fan. How did this happen? I am not exactly sure, but it did. When she would question my decisions, for example to nurse for longer than 3 months, or to nurse at night, I would send an article about the benefits of breastmilk past six months or the importance of nursing on demand, and from then on she would be supportive of it. We would talk about her own experience in the evening when she would visit and I would tell how mistaken I thought her doctor had been (her breasts were probably hurting because they were too full of milk, quite the opposite of what he had said) and how we all do what we believe is best with the information that we have. We got along, and as the time went by, her breastfeeding knowledge increased exponentially.

When I decided to place breastfeeding at the center of my life by starting a breastfeeding clothing business, she helped me with her fashion sense and relentlessly promoted the business to her friends. Her son is not my partner anymore, but she is still there for me and is one of Momzelle’s biggest fans.  My daughter is lucky to have such an amazing woman for a grandmother.

 


 
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