Friday, September 30, 2011

Our first meeting....

We met a mom with her second child. He is 5 weeks old and nursing like a pro! Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Meeting!!!

We are going to squeeze our first breastfeeding support group sponsored by Alabama Lactation Support in the month of September! It will be on September 30th at 9am at Cahaba Lily Park in Helena (please click the link for directions and pictures of the park). There is a large playground and swing area away from busy roads. The big kids will be able to run and play as moms and professionals get to explore the challenges and rewards of breastfeeding and supporting nursing mothers. There are clean bathrooms located at the park and pavillions for the meeting. Of course we may all end up on a blanket in the grass with the kids.

The topic of this meeting will be mainly a meet and greet of those who attend. We will also be talking about the resources available in the community to nursing mothers. I will be forming a list here on this blog of those resources and encourage anyone to add new resources as they are discovered.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Breastfeeding Support Groups Starting in Shelby and Jefferson Counties

Starting soon, hopefully next month, breastfeeding support groups will be beginning in Shelby and Jefferson Counties. They will be led by a Certified Lactation Counselor and / or Postpartum Doula. Every mother, mother to be, and any others supportive of breastfeeding are welcome to attend. Topics will be chosen for each meeting but each meeting will also be guided by the individuals that attend. Birth professionals such as, labor and delivery nurses, postpartum nurses, doulas, certified lactation counselors, registered dietitians, nutritionists, herbalists, and international board certified lactation consultants  are welcome to attend. For a small fee certain meetings will be offered to professionals for continuing education hours or CEUs. As always mothers are invited to attend for free. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have multiple children and need extra assistance in the form of childcare please contact Susan Betke to arrange mothers' helpers. I am a mother of 7 and I understand the need for new mothers to interact with others but also to keep their children near. Please contact Susan Betke (me) through this site for more information. We can also be found on Facebook for more information about meeting times.