Spring 2016
Losing Your Milk?
Many breastfeeding mothers question whether they are "losing their milk supply."

Often, the changes in your body or  your baby are entirely normal, but can seem confusing or unexpected.

This article reassures you about  typical changes as your body adapts and becomes more efficient as your child grows. 
Getting to Know our Chapters
The North Jersey Chapter of Breastfeeding USA launched in November 2014, when BC Stephanie Stohrer became accredited. A Facebook presence was established and immediately began gaining a following. Gina Guariglia Kelly and Allyson Murphy both became accredited not long after in late February 2015 and the first meeting was held in April 2015 at the South Orange Public Library, with a fantastic turn out. 

It quickly became apparent that an additional meeting was needed to serve working parents. Two evening meetings had low attendance, so a regular Saturday morning meeting was added to the roster, held at the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood, NJ. In late July 2015, the new Director of Education at Oheb Shalom Congregation reached out with an interest to host a group at the Temple. A third monthly meeting has been hosted there since August. The North Jersey BC's are incredibly proud that they have had parents in attendance at every single meeting they've hosted. They credit the success to networking with an established "moms' group" in an already active and engaged community. In addition, all three BC's maintain a presence in several Facebook groups that address new motherhood, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, holistic health and other related topics.

In addition to meetings and phone support, the North Jersey Chapter has hosted a welcoming and inclusive "baby comfort zone" tent — consisting of a comfy nursing chair in the shade, changing table, info table, and toys — at the North Jersey PRIDE Festival (a family-friendly LGBTQ celebration) in June 2015 and Play Day South Orange (a huge sports-themed street fair.) They were also invited to host a table at the Atlantic Health Breastfeeding Conference in October 2015.

The Chapter is excited to have a passionate BC-in-training who will soon join the ranks. They also continue to network with IBCLCs, doulas, and pediatricians in the area to expand their reach and contacts. North Jersey is an incredibly densely populated area and they would love to grow the Chapter or establish sister chapters nearby.
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Breastfeeding USA 

Volunteer of the Quarter: 

Beth Bejnarowicz! 
If you’re a member of Breastfeeding USA, you’ve probably been in contact with our Membership Manager, Beth Bejnarowicz.  She welcomed all our members, sent out membership cards, reminders to renew, and answered hundreds of emails that came her way.

Beth was one of the first participants of the conversations with other women who wanted to build a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support organization that would meet the needs of today’s parents.  As an early founder of Breastfeeding USA, she was one of the first to be accredited as a BC and has been facilitating Chapter meetings and helping moms in the Chicago area ever since.   

Beth has been with Breastfeeding USA for over five years and runs the West Dundee Chapter in Illinois with her co-Breastfeeding Counselor Aimee Teslaw.  When Beth worked as the Membership Manager, her volunteer responsibilities included maintaining all membership information for the organization and communicating with the members on a regular basis. Beth has been a devoted volunteer, first on the Finance Committee and then on the Funding and Development Committee. She recently retired from her position as Membership Manager, but not before seeing to the training of her replacement. She continues to make herself available to answer questions and support Karyn, our new Membership Manager. Her work ethic and devotion to our members have always stood out. She cares deeply about taking care of their needs. Beth also donated all of her expenses back to the organization: paper, stamps, and envelopes. We recognize Beth for her commitment and dedication to Breastfeeding USA and her continued efforts to promote the growth of our organization.

Beth is a lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and a busy mom to a teen daughter and a tween son.  Let’s give three cheers for Beth, and all she’s given and continues to give to breastfeeding families and to Breastfeeding USA.  Please join us as we recognize and thank Beth for all her work on behalf of Breastfeeding USA.

Special thanks to Patty Jacobs for her contributions to this article.
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Summer Travel with Baby

Taking to the skies with a baby can feel quite daunting. We can think of all of the flights we have been on with screaming, inconsolable babies and irritated passengers! But flying needn't be painful or inconvenient at all, thanks to some forethought and planning!

Keep in mind these five simple tips to make your trip with baby enjoyable.

1. Pack twice the amount of clothes and diapers you think you will need, including in your carry-on.  
Babies are known to have blow-outs when you are sitting stranded on the runway for two hours. It never hurts to have a few Ziploc gallon bags for offensive diapers or ruined clothes, too. Dressing your little one in cozy, soft, easy-on-and-off pajamas makes sleeping on the plane more comfortable and helps her stay warm despite many temperature changes going from outside to airport to plane and then back outside at your destination.

2. Read the TSA rules so that you can sail through security lines, even if you have frozen milk  or a pump with you.
Rule of thumb: print out a copy of the rules and take them with you in your purse in case you run into an uninformed TSA employee. You may take an unlimited amount of frozen or fresh milk on the plane, as well as a pump; simply separate and declare it all before you go through the machine. Typically, if you have a babe in arms or any small children with you, TSA will allow you to escape the naked x-ray machines but will swab your hands for bomb-making materials. 

3. Pare down the "gear" you are taking with you for traveling.
Wear your baby or toddler in a baby carrier, and leave the stroller at home. All airlines allow you to check a car seat for free to collect at baggage claim when you reach your destination. Aim for your purse and carry-on only, which, remember, should be stocked with extra diapers, wipes, clothes, medications, and quiet toys, books, and diversions for your baby or toddler.

4. Feel empowered nursing in public! 
Many of us have feared nursing on airplanes and in airports, but in reality, few have had any problems. When you are selecting seats, aim for a window seat for yourself for the most privacy.  You have the right to nurse your baby on the airplane without asking anyone's permission to feed your child. If you prefer not to use a cover but may like to have a bit of privacy (since commercial airplanes are not known for their personal space and roominess,) hanging a blanket between you and your neighbor works well and slides easily under the tray table latch. Between the loud drone of the airplane engines, the gentleman snoring two seats over, and everyone else with their eyes glued to their iPads, no one will notice or care that you are feeding your little one. And if they do, they will be grateful that your babe is quietly nursing instead of screaming because his ears hurt from pressure changes. Nursing in the air serves EVERYONE'S needs! Some airports have lactation rooms now, but even if not, there are plenty of empty gate areas or food court tables where you may find some peace and quiet to feed your child. 

5. Allow extra time, have patience, and relax!
You will need a few extra minutes to do one last diaper change before boarding, and if your babe is eating solids, you may like to stroll through the eateries and stores at the gate to grab some bottled water and healthy snacks for you and the little one. Most airport and airline employees are helpful and kind, should you have a question or need assistance. Once you get this trip under your belt, you'll be so confident in your traveling abilities that you'll be booking that next flight again soon.
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