Monthly Meetings

breastfeeding-11EPSON scanner imageOur Monthly Series meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart, across from Burgatory) in the VIP room at 10:00 am. The address is 250 McHolme Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275. For directions, please click here.

Meetings are informal and offer a place for women to gather for support on breastfeeding, parenting and being a mom. Babies and children are welcome. Meetings are a great place to meet other moms and to get answers to your questions. Women who are pregnant are encouraged to attend, if possible, before they deliver.

We usually meet for about an hour. Feel free to bring something to eat or drink, or purchase something at Panera.

If you would like to attend, you can just show up, send us an email (AirportAreaLLL@gmail.com) or use the contact form on the Contact Us page. We will put you on our email list and Toni will send you send a reminder email a few days before the meeting. If there is inclement weather, she will send a cancellation email.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach our leaders by phone or by filling out the contact form on the Contact Us page.

We look forward to seeing you!

The truth about newborn sleep

Science & Sensibility, a research blog from Lamaze International, recently published a post the nighttime realities new parents face. It talks about the new book by La Leche League has just published all about safe sleep called “Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family.”

” “The experience of sleep, and of being left alone for sleep, is very different for babies than it is for adults. The more quickly you can understand your baby’s needs—for comfort, food, reassurance, contact, love—the less disruptive nighttime baby care will become, and the less anxious you will feel. Some of the decisions you make early on about nighttime baby care will affect how you manage sleep disruption and cope with your new baby.”

Linda J. Smith, one of the authors of the book, writes that your baby’s “body clock, which until recently was controlled by your own, is now free-running, and a day-night pattern does not start to emerge until he is around three months old. His stomach is tiny, and he will need frequent feeds all around the clock—he cannot wait eight hours through the night to be fed just because you need to sleep. If you don’t feed him, he will cry. If he’s cold, he will cry. If he hurts, he will cry. If he misses being in close contact with you, he will cry. He doesn’t know that you will come back once you leave his sight. If he feels abandoned, he will cry frantically—it’s his only method to attract attention and bring himself to safety. If he cries frantically, it will take a long time for him to calm down and you will have to help him.”

There are ways to maximize your sleep and get rest for the whole family while your baby is so young. One of the ways that many breastfeeding mothers find helpful is to bedshare. This allows you to get rest while still meeting the needs for closeness, nutrition and comfort of your baby.

The book shares 7 ways to bedshare safely. You can read more of this post, which talks about what is normal sleep for this stage, safety issues and when the baby will sleep through night here: “Sleeping Like a Mammal: Nighttime Realities for Childbirth Educators to Share with Parents.”

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Don’t forget about Dad – Supportive Fathers help with breastfeeding success

Breastfeeding-mom-n-dadOften overlooked, supportive dads can be a tremendous help to mothers who wish to breastfeed. When dads are informed about the benefits and taught helpful skills to support the mother, outcomes improve. “A father’s participation in the decision to breastfeed, his awareness of the health benefits for mom and baby and his approval are critical to a mother breastfeeding after leaving the hospital, particularly for women with lower incomes.”

Read more here: Fathers Hold Key to Breastfeeding Success

Breast milk content varies for boys and girls

New research has found that breast milk content varies for baby boys and girls. For example, calcium content is higher for females than males. “There’s evidence that mothers are producing different biological recipes of milk for sons and daughters and the magnitude of this effect varies across their reproductive careers,” Katie Hinde of Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolution told Discovery News. Read more here: “Breast milk varies for males, females.”