Mom Well Blog
Approximately 25 percent of women in America work in what are considered nontraditional jobs, including the military, firefighters, police officers, airlines or trades jobs. These professions have traditionally seen lower rates of breastfeeding continuation after women return to work. Why is that? A recent speaker at the Edwardsville Region Breastfeeding Task Force conference has made it her passion to help mothers in these professions continue to breastfeed when they return to work.
Interested in learning more about the option of water birth in general or right here in the St. Louis area, especially options for residents in the Metro-East, Illinois region? Read more here or attend our info session on Saturday, February 10 from 1-3 and meet the evidence based providers who make sure that this amazing option is available to local birthing families.
Alisa Williams, our Momentum IBCLC asked a group of breastfeeding moms what they'd wish they known before breastfeeding their baby, and what kind of stuff they sort of figured out along the way. Read more to hear about normal thoughts and experiences that you may relate to or that may help you to prepare for your expected new baby and breastfeeding experience.
We are adding 3 new fitness classes this fall by Jamie Ross! Do you love yoga, but want to keep your more athletic fitness routines throughout pregnancy? Maybe you need a post-baby reboot for your core muscles, or want to ease into higher intensity fitness. Do all of this under the direction of an instructor who knows how important being a parent is to you, and values that your health and confidence makes you an even better one.
Remember when you used to make forts with blankets as a kid? Creating a space within a space that you got to design, create, and imagine in? My kids built a cardboard neighborhood the other day, and I was intrigued at what they included in their own “house” that they thought was important! They all had a “pantry” insert for food, lots of pillows and blankets, and whatever individual items suited their own personalities. I thought “this is just like when I tell new breastfeeding parents to create a “nursing nook”!
I’m officially changing the name to Baby Fort.
We are approved Lactation Consultation and Breastfeeding Support providers for some insurance carriers and working on expanding into other networks. In-home and office consultations available by appointment. Email us at MomentumLactation@gmail.com for more information!
The first half of our first year is almost over and we are just so grateful for the continued trust of our clients. It is amazing work to get to watch bellies swell and babies be born and grow and thrive with their little families. Thank you!
What was more difficult or easier than you thought it would be in your life with a new baby?
Things are not usually as expected and we often tell only the good stories in reflection, diminish the challenges of life with a new baby, leave them out of conversation altogether, or conversely, we mythologize them (you won't sleep for 18 years!). Perhaps the truth is somewhere in the ANDs. The acknowledgment of the good and the challenging swirl together to make the whole story. Creating a safe place for new parents to share about their rough days involves honoring their whole story. Here is some of mine.
If it's your first time breastfeeding, you've probably asked yourself about a million times whether or not you're giving your baby what she needs. The good news is, with confidence, support, and this quick assessment, you and your baby will be on your way to a successful breastfeeding experience!
I am and have always been a fitness obsessed avid exerciser. I had envisioned myself as one of those women who continues a regular exercise routine throughout pregnancy, and after my 6 week recovery period postpartum, I would get right back into it. My fantasy of whipping my body back into shape was harshly squashed by reality....