Spring 2017

Happy Mother’s Day from Breastfeeding USA!

Sustainer of Life

Tired eyes, up at three,

Breastfeeding session, baby and me,

Whether early morning or late at night,

He wants the milk that tastes just right:

Natural enzymes keep him on track,

Free reserves keep me in the black,

No matter the time or sort of day,

He need only cry and I’m on my way,

Everything in nature has its place,

From my abundant milk to his radiant face,

I hold my son close to my heart,

To seal a bond no man can part,

Society doesn’t want to see,

What is natural, loving, caring and free:

Rather than from the body taking heed,

I should rush to the store to see what I need,

Everything I require is deep within,

No need to search in a bargain bin,

No outside voice must impart,

Artificial wisdom to my seasoned heart,

I’m not just a sister, a lover or wife,

I am a mother;

a sustainer of life.             

-author unknown,

Caring for Ourselves Is Caring for Others

If you have ever flown on an airplane with a child, you were notified by the flight attendant that it is important to secure your own oxygen mask before helping your child. This principle applies not only to emergency situations, but to everyday life as a mother, as a Breastfeeding Counselor. Read more about how self-care helps not just you.

Special Breastfeeding Situations

Motherhood can be like a roller coaster: joys and sorrows, victories and challenges. Breastfeeding is no different! The important thing is to look for solutions, and usually, even for big challenges, solutions exist. For mothers figuring out breastfeeding a baby with cleft lip and/or palate, know that there are resources and support available. Read more about one approach here.

Asking for Help is Normal and Good!

Not sure about what to expect at a Breastfeeding USA chapter support meeting?
Hesitating to call or text that Breastfeeding Counselor you found online?
Support from other chapter members and trained Breastfeeding Counselors can help you meet your goals!

Essential Oil Safety + Breastfeeding

Do you enjoy using or selling essential oils but are wondering if they are safe to use as a breastfeeding mother? There are many reputable resources out there, and, with a little research, you can enjoy many oils in a safe manner! Check out these essential oil-specific resources to answer your questions:

*a Facebook group run by a certified aromatherapist;

*this article by a certified aromatherapist, who shares common sense precautions regarding essential oils in pregnancy and lactation;

*and, the most respected resource when it comes to medications and breastfeeding: the InfantRisk Hotline (toll-free 806-352-2519).

Be One of 81

While some moms only contact us once for support, many other moms need to be in contact with a Breastfeeding Counselor throughout their breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding USA’s need for financial support, too, is ongoing, and we are excited about our upcoming spring appeal. Our goal is to reach 81 monthly donors. Why 81, you ask? Stay tuned to your email inbox and to Breastfeeding USA on Facebook to learn why—and to learn how you can be just as crucial to our success as an organization as evidence-based breastfeeding information and support can be to a mother in need of help. If you’re already eager to help us reach our goal of 81 monthly donors, give us a head start on this campaign by becoming a monthly donor here.

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Counselor’s Corner

Finding the next Breastfeeding Counselor

by Mary Fessner-Tarjanyi

Here at Breastfeeding USA, we are a young and growing organization.  Have you ever considered recruiting other people to become Breastfeeding Counselors?  Have you ever felt overwhelmed or stretched thin, and wished for a Co-BC or nearby back-up?  If so, I would encourage you to spend a few minutes encouraging the up-and-coming future BCs in your area!

Posting a short blurb on your local social media outlet is one way to spread the word, and can help get mothers thinking about the possibility of becoming a Breastfeeding Counselor.  Including a link to the Becoming a Breastfeeding Counselor page is a must.  Add a short note, encouraging mothers who have nursed their child for at least 12 months, and support the BfUSA mission with emphasis on breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm, to apply.

I have found the best way to make an impact and provide a much-needed nudge, is to personally invite a mother you have witnessed providing good advice in your group, and who may already have a good knowledge base, to apply to become a BC.  Many mothers may be perfect for this position, but haven’t really considered it, or lack the confidence to start the application without your encouragement.

Why not start this month?  Select someone from your own chapter who you can envision providing excellent support to the mothers in your area, and encourage her to apply!

Board of Directors Announcement

The Board of Directors will be holding its annual in-person meeting  April 27-30, 2017 in Charleston, SC. It is sure to be a productive and effective gathering for our members of the Board!
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