Nov 11, 2016

Breastfeeding Support Initiative

A mom returns to work after 12 weeks on maternity leave.  She has exclusively breastfed her baby since birth and mom and baby were just getting into a rhythm and now they are learning to adjust to being separated for 40 plus hours a week.  Mom hauls her pump, pumping equipment, nursing pads, and cooler with ice packs to work each day.  The days are busy as she catches up with what she missed.  Every few hours her breasts feel as if they are going to explode.  She tries to pump on a schedule but as she sits through an important meeting, she is off schedule.  Finally, the meeting is over and she rushes to a private area to pump.  As she is pumping, she can't help but wonder how her baby is doing without her.  The adjustment is hard.  The days are long.
Meanwhile Baby is learning to adjust to her new setting.  She is in great hands as her child care provider is pro-breastfeeding and has completed a Breastfeeding Supportive Training course.  During feedings, the child care provider uses paced bottle feeding techniques, and patiently allows baby to lead the way.  When mom arrives, baby and mom reunite in a comfy rocker for a nursing session while mom shares her pumping challenges with her childcare provider.  The childcare provider reassures mom that she is doing great and welcomes her to visit during her lunch break so she can nurse her baby and bond.  This positive relationship supports the mom and baby's breastfeeding relationship and  helps continue the bond during this time of transition.

The owner, Erica Tank at Green Garden is a breastfeeding supporter for mothers returning to work while nursing. Erica shared, "We decided to take part in the breastfeeding supportive training because we are always looking for ways to support our families and this seemed like a great fit for our program. We know our new parents, especially nursing moms of newborns, have a hard time transitioning back to the workforce. We want to help them be successful as they go back to work and support their breastfeeding goals. Having our staffed trained in proper feeding techniques and ways to support mom just seems like a no brainier way to make sure we are doing everything we can to help make the transition back to work a smooth one for our families."

Are you interested in taking this course. Below is information on the upcoming class.Successful Breastfeeding LLC Presents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card4 in 5 newborn infants start out breast-feeding, but the number is reduced by nearly 30% after six months of age.

It's wonderful to see so many mother's are starting out with breastfeeding. It's startling to see how much breastfeeding drops at 6 months. I am sure there are many reasons for this decline but what if childcare centers provided breastfeeding mothers more support? Would breastfeeding support help mothers continue the nursing relationship longer?

Currently boasting more than three years’ experience, Clawson resident Kelly Doresi, took a bold stance against the existing breast-feeding resources by channeling her frustrations encountered as a nursing mother into an opportunity to empower and educate others. Under multiple certifications in the lactation field Doresi operates a thriving self-made business devoted to addressing the unheard needs of mothers in her community through support, education and training. This month her business, Successful Breastfeeding LLC, has launched a new program to train child care providers to better support breast-feeding mothers who are returning to work.

Green Garden Child Development Center in Madison Heights and Hazel Park are the first in the area to commit to taking the class to get certified in supporting the breastfeeding journey.

What: The next Certified Breastfeeding Supportive training session
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Where: Du Venti, 220 S Main St., Clawson, Michigan

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