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!

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.”

Plans underway for Pittsburgh Breast Milk Bank

Denise O’Connor, a local lactation consultant, saw a need in Western Pennsylvania for a breast milk bank. “She knew that babies in Pittsburgh-area hospitals who couldn’t get their mother’s breast milk were receiving formula, instead of “donor” breast milk available in other parts of the country.”

The Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank hopes to provide milk to area hospitals in Western Pennsylvania, Erie and West Virginia and is scheduled to open late this year or early 2015. Read more here: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2013/12/27/Plans-underway-for-Pittsburgh-area-breast-milk-bank/stories/201312270115

Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law

The United States Breastfeeding Commission (USBC) has published an online guide to help breastfeeding mothers understand their rights in the workplace.

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Effective March 23, 2010, this federal law requires employers to provide break time and a place for hourly paid workers to express breast milk at work. The law states that employers must provide a “reasonable” amount of time and that they must provide a private space other than a bathroom. They are required to provide this until the employee’s baby turns one year old.”

Click here to view this helpful online guide: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/Employment/WorkplaceSupport/WorkplaceSupportinFederalLaw/tabid/175/Default.aspx

Mobile Milk – Breastfeeding Text Messaging Campaign for New Moms

The United States Breastfeeding Commission announced a new breastfeeding support campaign from the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene. Mobile Milk is a “a text messaging campaign to encourage and support breastfeeding. Text messages are delivered between 28 weeks of pregnancy and four months after birth. During pregnancy, women receive 1–2 messages per week, which provide information and tips for preparing to breastfeed. After delivery, mothers receive text messages 3–4 times per week, providing guidance and support during the first weeks and months of breastfeeding. To sign up, text “MILK” to 877877.”

Breastfeeding during the holidays

Holidays can be a stressful, busy time but don’t let that negatively affect breastfeeding your little one. Here are some suggestions to survive the holiday season:

  • Let friends and family members know that you cherish your breastfeeding relationship. Don’t present it as a problem. For example, when aunts or grandmothers want to help, give them a task—not the baby.
  • When family members ask to feed the baby, tell them, “Thank you, but I’m breastfeeding,” and smile.
  • Use a sling or other carrier to keep baby close to nurse.
  • Work around nap times and other times when baby is sleeping.
  • Avoid long car and plane trips if possible. If it’s unavoidable, make sure to take plenty of time for nursing breaks.
  • Choose clothing that provides easy access to the breast for the little nursling.
  • Shop for gifts online or from catalogs. Keep “real life” shopping trips short or take plenty of breaks to breastfeed.

Remember, your baby is only this young once so try to relax and give yourself some time to enjoy it. You don’t have to bake 20 dozen cookies, decorate the house top to bottom or attend every holiday party you’re invited to. This year may be different than previous before you had a baby (or babies), but different is okay! baby_santa_hat

Here are a few good articles on surviving the holidays and breastfeeding:

“Surviving Holiday Breastfeeding.” (from The Leaky Boob)

“Breastfeeding During the Holidays.” (from Breastfeeding Chicago)

Happy Holidays!