Our regular monthly meeting will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, October 13th at the Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart).
*NOTE FOR OCTOBER MEETING: Our meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month but due to Leader availability October’s meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13th. Next month we will resume the normal first Thursday schedule.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
You can also find more information about our monthly meetings here.
We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!
Wondering how to store your breastmilk but confused when you find different guidelines? Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA shares why guidelines differ and offers and information on how long milk is good for depending on how it is stored, thawed and varying temperatures in “Why Do Milk Storage Guidelines Differ?”
Questions on when your baby is ready to start solids? Check out this helpful article in Breastfeeding Today: “Starting Solids: When?”
This article by Ed Yong is an edited excerpt from his new book “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life,” which will be published on August 9th. It is a fascinating look at how breastmilk helps babies obtain their unique gut health. Below is an illustration showing how breastfed babies have different microbes than formula-fed babies.
From The New Yorker: “BREAST-FEEDING THE MICROBIOME“
This is an excerpt from the New Beginnings blog by Jean Merrill, published by LLL USA. Read the full article here: Breastfeeding: More than Milk.
You’ve probably heard the words “breast is best” many times. That phrase barely touches the surface when describing the miraculous properties your milk can give your baby. Every single body system thrives on the unique baby-growing properties of your milk. Your milk is amazing, custom-made constantly to meet the exact needs of your baby at any given point in time.
Breastfed babies are less likely to have problems with:
- Food allergies
- Ear infections
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
- Respiratory problems
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Speech issues requiring speech therapy (the breastfed baby’s oral palate develops differently than that of a baby who sucks on a bottle nipple)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Some cancers
Not only are these health benefits to babies (including more than I’ve listed) mind-boggling, but also the health benefits for you are equally profound. It is well known that breastfeeding is a protective factor against reproductive cancers, including breast, uterine, and cervical cancer. The longer the breastfeeding relationship continues, the greater these protections. Did you know that breastfeeding also provides protection against:
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Breastfeeding is physically healthy for mothers and babies, but feeding your baby at the breast also nurtures much more than your baby’s body. By watching your baby for early signs of being ready to nurse, you also learn about his or her personality. Whether impatient, intense, playful, or passive, they are communicating with you, giving you clues about the type of person he or she is, and the mothering response they will need from you.
Nobody is more of an expert on your baby than you. These early interactions set you up to mother perfectly. You are learning how to be a mother to this particular, unique, and wonderful human being. Mothering is a hard job. Becoming an expert on the subject matter is a crucial part of mothering success.