Lactation Consultation Minneapolis | Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com Thrive Mon, 28 Jan 2019 21:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 https://www.enlightenedmama.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/logo-circle.png Lactation Consultation Minneapolis | Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com 32 32 Yep! Sanity Still Beats Breastfeeding! https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2018/08/03/yep-sanity-still-beats-breastfeeding/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 19:35:52 +0000 https://www.enlightenedmama.com/?p=47603 Yep! It’s World Breastfeeding Week! At Enlightened Mama, we have three goals to help you THRIVE in your journey of breastfeeding… 1. Feed your baby. 2. Feel sane. 3. Enjoy your baby. Sometimes, in order to meet these goals, a family needs to discontinue breastfeeding, either partially or completely. This doesn’t mean that you failed, […]

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Yep! It’s World Breastfeeding Week! At Enlightened Mama, we have three goals to help you THRIVE in your journey of breastfeeding…
1. Feed your baby.
2. Feel sane.
3. Enjoy your baby.
Sometimes, in order to meet these goals, a family needs to discontinue breastfeeding, either partially or completely. This doesn’t mean that you failed, that you weren’t enough, that you didn’t try hard enough, or that you have ruined your bonding relationship with your child. It means that you have succeeded in choosing to provide nourishment for your baby to grow and be healthy. It means that you chose to feel emotionally healthy, which is the greatest gift you can give your child. It means that you realized that babies grow up fast, and it’s more important to spend as much time with them as possible, and less time with a breast pump, nipple shield, SNS, tube, syringe, or any other device that just isn’t as sweet or snuggly as your child.
And if you need even more inspiration, check out this amazing story from a few years back, by one of our Enlightened Mamas, Kate Spiegel Sinakhone, who proves that sanity definitely beats breastfeeding…

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. This is a difficult subject for me. I was unable to breastfeed with either of my children. With my first, the people in the hospital gave me conflicting information. They tried very hard to figure out what was wrong with me. They each were sure they knew exactly what it was that was wrong with me, and were forceful that I was doing everything wrong (though I was following the other nurses’ and lactation consultants’ directions). They grabbed, poked, prodded, pinched, didn’t ask permission, and left me misinformed, hurt, and confused. I kept trying. I ate oatmeal and lactation cookies, I discovered an allergy to fenugreek and took it religiously anyways, I took tinctures and ordered domperidone from New Zealand (it’s illegal in the US), I saw an acupuncturist, took her Chinese herbs, pumped after every single feeding through bloody and raw nipples for 3 weeks straight. Twice I got more than 5 mL from pumping (but never as much as half an ounce total). I worked with a lactation consultant who was supposed to be the best, but who I did not much like, day after day after day after day. And still nothing. Well, a tiny bit more than nothing, since Bug’s weight would remain the same after half an hour of nursing (if there was actually nothing, it would go down). My tiny supply dried up entirely at four months.
With my second child, I thought it would work. I knew better this time, I knew Liz this time, I was doing things well before giving birth this time. Plus, Regions was undergoing Child Friendly Certification, so they should be better too. I already knew a lot about breastfeeding from trying so hard with Bug, and I learned even more in preparation for this baby. When she was born Liz came to the hospital at MIDNIGHT and stayed with us for TWO HOURS. She got Luna to latch. It was amazing. Then dawn came, and things stopped working so great. The nurses and lactation consultants? They tried to figure out what was wrong with me, and what I was doing wrong. They grabbed, poked, prodded, pinched, did not ask permission. At one point a nurse told me no offense, but that latching onto my breast was “like trying to suck on a basketball”. Then she left the room, came back with an ice cube, and without a word started rubbing it on my nipple. Luna and I kept trying. We resisted formula, got donor milk, I pumped around the clock, I ate lactation cookies, did skin to skin all the time, and fed Luna donor milk through a tiny tube taped to my finger after trying to get her to latch every feeding (with and without the tube taped to my breast). We tried to get the hell out of the hospital as fast as we could… and when we did I continued eating all the right things, pumping around the clock, having Luna skin to skin whenever I wasn’t pumping, taking Golacta, seeing Liz instead of the “great” lactation consultant I didn’t like, seeing the acupuncturist, taking her herbs, feeding Luna with a tiny tube attached to my finger after trying to get her to latch for half an hour every feeding (what I mean by “trying to get her to latch” is “listening to my gentle, sweet baby scream and writhe in absolute misery while trying to cajole her into taking my breast.”). Nothing. Well, not nothing… but almost nothing. Just like with my other daughter. And the 30 supplements/day and all the things I was doing were getting no increase… but they were taking time from my child. Our routine of try-to-latch, try-to-latch-with-tube-taped-to-my-breast, finger-feed through the tube, pump took about an hour and a half… you know how often newborns eat? This meant I had NO TIME to just cuddle my daughter, just breathe in her wonderfulness. She had NO TIME to just be with her mama, to just soak in love. The time she spent with me was mostly time spent in frustration as I tried to get her to latch, which was, again, her screaming in unhappiness (and probably hunger), and choking on my nipple when I’d try to guide it into her mouth. It broke my heart. When it became obvious that all of this wasn’t doing anything to increase my supply – which wasn’t enough to even approach ¼ of what she needed, even at such a young age, I decided that I would give anything to be able to breastfeed, EXCEPT my relationship with my children. Which is what I was losing. My time with Luna was mostly frustrating (and heartbreaking) for each of us… and I had no time with Bug. So this time, rather than draw out the struggle, I chose to stop. It still embarrasses and hurts me to think about this, but I chose to stop. Even though I chose it in order to have a relationship with my newborn (and not lose the one I had with my older daughter) – I am still ashamed of it.
Neighbors and strangers tried to be supportive. We knew that all the right things were not working for me – but when you try to explain that to well-intending people, they tell you to “just keep trying” and that it will work out. No it won’t, not for me. Cue the deep insecurities and questions about if I’m fit to be a mother. Everyone has an idea of something they think we haven’t tried. I’m grateful that people want to help me… but this problem can’t be solved, and it’s hard to hear over and over again the things that didn’t work. Now Luna is 5 months old (and my other daughter is 2). I wear both of them around the lake, almost every day. It’s 4 miles. We love this ritual… except that recently every day someone stops me to ask very expectantly if I’m breastfeeding. You know what I do? I lie through my teeth. I don’t have it in me to explain, or to listen to her solutions or her judgment.
I KNOW breastfeeding is hard. HARD. I know it means you are tied to your baby in ways that I am not. I love that my friends breastfeed, and I love that I have met such kind mamas who have shared donor milk with my children. But it hurts a little, and sometimes a lot, when I see women breastfeeding their children. Not being able to breastfeed brings up a lot of existential questions. It makes me wonder what kind of mother I am, that I can’t even feed my babies. What kind of woman I am, that of the two things my body is really supposed to do – birth children and nourish them – I have completely failed at one of them. What kind of wife am I – money is tight, and this was one thing I could do to ease the financial burden of two young children. In private, I’ve found some peace – my children are both healthy and growing – but in public, it’s different. The wounds are deeper when I’m not alone at home with my children. You may not be judging me when you see me take out a bottle to feed my daughter – but I feel judged. I feel like every one who can see me is thinking, “breast is best” and “what kind of mother would choose not to breastfeed her children?” And I feel profoundly ashamed. Half of me wants to tell you how hard I fought to breastfeed… and a slightly bigger half of me wants to hide in a corner and cry. I wish I knew what it felt like to be able to hold my babies to me and know that, just from that, from them being latched to my breast, they were getting all the nourishment they needed to grow and thrive. I wish I knew what it felt like to nurse them to sleep, to see that sleepy milky smile when they’re done nursing (I know the one, because I’ve seen so many pictures of my friends’ babies drunk with breastmilk and grinning after nursing) and know that I had given them that happy reverie.
I know breastfeeding is hard. I know it takes commitment, sometimes physical pain, and around-the-clock dedication. I have so much respect for women who are able to, and do, breastfeed. I wish I could be one of you. And I’ll never know it, but please don’t judge when you see someone who isn’t breastfeeding their baby…

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Getting into “Thrival” Mode https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2018/05/13/getting-thrival-mode/ Sun, 13 May 2018 17:26:35 +0000 https://www.enlightenedmama.com/?p=47547 Here’s a little note from 2016 about our mission to help families thrive, not just survive…   Last June, my daughter, Gianna, came home from Summer Camp sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is an annual opportunity of kids with neuromuscular diseases to feel “normal” for a week, by giving them the opportunity to participate […]

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Here’s a little note from 2016 about our mission to help families thrive, not just survive…

 

Photo Credit Raven Ivory Photography

Last June, my daughter, Gianna, came home from Summer Camp sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is an annual opportunity of kids with neuromuscular diseases to feel “normal” for a week, by giving them the opportunity to participate in adapted fun outdoor activities that might be otherwise limiting.  As we unpacked her bag, we found a collection of band-aids with the word “Thrive” on them.  “What does that mean, mom?” she inquired.  Without consulting the dictionary or Google, I came up with what made the most sense to me, in the moment, “It means to live and grow in a healthy way.”  “Oh,” she replied, “well, that sounds like a good thing.”  “Yes!  It is!”  I told her.  “That is exactly what I want for you to do in your life—to thrive.  We should all want to thrive, not just survive.”

In that moment, I was taken back to the early months of 2011. It was the middle of winter.  I had just had a baby.  I had recently gotten the diagnosis of myotonic muscular dystrophy, for not one, but all four of my kids.  I had a partner that was gone during the craziest times of the day, leaving me to be the primary caregiver.  I was tired. I was struggling with some depression (not that I would tell anyone, though.) I had four little people relying on me to not only survive, but to do my best to help them thrive.  In those dark moments, I finally reached out to my sister, who could tell as soon as she heard my voice, that I was not okay.  She encouraged me to do some self-care, to get help if I needed to, and gave me advice that would follow me (though I was honestly years from fully heeding)—“You owe it to your children to be your best self.”  At that moment, I knew that being in “survival mode”—a place that many of us land in—was not enough.  I had to find a way to get into “thrival mode,” a process that would take me YEARS.

First, I shifted my mindset.  Getting the news that life as you know it in both the present and future will be permanently affected by a degenerative neurological disorder that plagues all of your offspring plus your partner is kind of a big deal.  However, I didn’t let myself fall down the dark hole of disease.  See, I actually like my kids, I have fun with them, and I love hanging out with them, so if I have to care for them and live with them for the rest of their lives, that really is okay by me.  I gave up all my expectations and decided I needed to figure out how to live our lives, while we have them.  I started dreaming up adventures for us, places to go, and things to see.  I got more relaxed about homework and school, and focused on ways to make them productive and members of society, which I still want them to be, in their own way, despite their disabilities.  I gave up that whole ideal that parents have for their children—“I just want them to be healthy & happy”—and a focused on the happy part, while also trying to keep them as healthy as possible (let’s just say our kale and Vitamin D3 consumption has increased significantly over the years.)

Then I worked on myself…sort of.  I found my way to my yoga mat more. I ate better. I lost by “baby weight.”  I focused on my work, built up my business, earned some important credentials, and put forth a pretty stellar and believable exterior of thriving.  However no amount of warrior poses, kale, or “It’s Normal.” Enlightened Mama t-shirts could cover up how I was really feeling.  Deep down, I was barely surviving.  Sure, my kids were doing really well, all things considered.  However, I was miserable in my marriage to a partner who did not share the same “Carpe Diem” mentality that I did, and was actually devastated by our kids’ disease (and rightfully so, as he was the one to unknowingly passed it on to them,) but wouldn’t admit it.  Each day brought more distance and discomfort, as he preferred alcohol and denial, over reality.  My work-life balance was horrible, as I was literally up working on my computer every single night into the wee hours of the morning.  I rarely got a solid night’s sleep.  I put the needs of my colleagues, students, and families well above my own.  The real kicker?  I didn’t see that anything was wrong.  I was so used to my life being that way—in complete and utter “survival mode”—that it felt normal.

All that changed when I unexpectedly fell in love, going on two years ago now.  An amazing person came into my life, who actually SAW me, who actually SAW that I was barely hanging on.  And she wanted nothing more that to help me stop surviving and to start thriving.  She has made me enjoy my life again.   She encourages me to take baths and to set boundaries with my clients—and I actually do!  I have turned my computer off more and started going the the movies again.  I sing more, dance more, laugh more, and love more. The changes that have taken place for me over these last 18 months have been immense.  I have shifted and modified nearly every facet of my life.  I chose to leave an unhealthy relationship, and have recently entered a new marriage that truly feels like a partnership on all levels.  I have altered my work to create a life that is balanced for me, for my new wife, and my family.  I am allowing doors to close and even bigger windows to open.  I am a completely different person, which is a good thing.  I am now a truly happily married woman, in a healthy relationship.  I have grown, I have changed, I have healed, and I have broken my own silence.

See, I realized that my silence was my greatest downfall.  I didn’t speak my truth, I didn’t open up to anyone, and I chose to ignore my pain, as opposed to turning to others for help.  Most recently, I broke some major silence by making a public post on Facebook about being sexually assaulted when I was 14, something that I have realized, in this time of transformation, deeply affected me, more than I ever realized.  As you can imagine, it was incredibly difficult to go public with this secret of my past, but for me, it was a very important part of my healing. I had no idea when I posted it, that it would bring forth courage in all of many others as well—“survivors” as we are in the habit of saying. I know that for all that were able to share that they felt my pain, their are dozens (or perhaps even hundreds) more who read it but were silent, not because they didn’t want to be heard, but because they weren’t ready to share in that way, which I completely understand and respect.  My speaking out about it, not only publicly, but most importantly to the people that were around me at that time and/or were involved in my residual trauma (i.e. my friends, my parents, and my ex-husband) has allowed me to finally break out of survival mode and really get into “thrival mode,” something I have been craving & seeking for years.

My newfound, ongoing thriving in my life has meant that I have turned my back on a society and a system that decided that it was okay for people to just “survive,” that thinks that being “fine” is completely acceptable. It’s time to put an end to this mentality of survival, and truly begin to thrive, in whatever way is meaningful to the individual.  It’s time to start putting our oxygen mask on first so we can help others around us, especially our children.  And know that there is no right or wrong way to thrive, as we all need to find the path and journey of our lives that allows us to do just as I instructed my beautiful daughter—to live and grow in a healthy way.  I don’t want to be a survivor anymore.  I want to be a thriver.  Anyone care to join me?

With immense gratitude,
Liz Lull

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This IS Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2018/01/11/this-is-enlightened-mama/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:43:13 +0000 https://em.noteworthy-webdesign.com/?p=47240 This IS Enlightened Mama. Family. Birth. Breastfeeding. Doulas. Support. Huge thanks to this fabulous EM family for sharing their story and to Raven Ivory for capturing these moments! (Plus see one of our doulas, Jen Koenig, in action)!

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This IS Enlightened Mama. Family. Birth. Breastfeeding. Doulas. Support. Huge thanks to this fabulous EM family for sharing their story and to Raven Ivory for capturing these moments! (Plus see one of our doulas, Jen Koenig, in action)!

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The Keys to Breastfeeding Success https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2018/01/11/47230/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:28:34 +0000 https://em.noteworthy-webdesign.com/?p=47230 Liz Lull, IBCLC talks about “bringing out the animal” to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable + the keys to breastfeeding success!

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Liz Lull, IBCLC talks about “bringing out the animal” to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable + the keys to breastfeeding success!

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April 13: This Week at Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/04/13/april-13-this-week-at-enlightened-mama/ Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:47:58 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2593 Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here! Monday 4/13 12:30p All Mama Group 6:30p Enlightened Pregnancy +7:30p Twin Cities Doula Project Meeting Tuesday 4/14 10a All Mama Group 6p Enlightened Mama Lamaze Wednesday 4/15 12:30 New Mama Group 3-6p Community […]

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Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here!

Monday 4/13
12:30p All Mama Group
6:30p Enlightened Pregnancy
+7:30p Twin Cities Doula Project Meeting

Tuesday 4/14
10a All Mama Group
6p Enlightened Mama Lamaze

Wednesday 4/15
12:30 New Mama Group
3-6p Community Acupuncture
*7p Childbirth Collective Parent Topic Night

Thursday 4/16
8a-4p Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas
10a Mama Again Group
5p-9p Breastfeeding Support for Doulas
6p Enlightened Multiples

Friday 4/17
9a-6p DONA Birth Doula Training
12:30p Multiples Mama Group
5p Happy Hour – LGBTQ

Saturday 4/18
9a-6p DONA Birth Doula Training
10a All Mama Group
2p Infant CPR & Natural Remedies for Families

Sunday 4/19
9a-6p DONA Birth Doula Training
10a ReEnlighten Me
11a Home Birth Childbirth Prep
3p Enlightened Mama Lamaze

*+ For more information on TCDP and to RSVP to the meeting please call (612) 548-1MOM
*For more more information on The Childbirth Collective and its PTNs visit http://www.childbirthcollective.org

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Breastfeeding Part 1: How It’s Made https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/04/10/breastfeeding-how-it-made/ Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:09:33 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2584 Join us in part 1 of a 4-part series on breastfeeding! Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. While providing the best nutrition for baby, breastfeeding also provides comfort for the baby and allows both mama and baby to bond in an incredible way. However, breast milk production remains a mystery to […]

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Join us in part 1 of a 4-part series on breastfeeding!

Elliot085BWBreastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. While providing the best nutrition for baby, breastfeeding also provides comfort for the baby and allows both mama and baby to bond in an incredible way. However, breast milk production remains a mystery to many! Many wonder how and when this “liquid gold” begins to develop.

During Pregnancy:
Milk production begins during pregnancy. Hormones signal the production of early breast milk, called colostrum, around week 10-14. Breasts enlarge; areolae enlarge and darken; and Montgomery glands become more prominent.

At Birth:
The release of the placenta causes a drop in progesterone and an increase in prolactin. These, along with other hormonal changes, stimulate an increase in volume of milk and mature milk production 2-5 days after birth. After this time, milk production is no longer a hormonally-driven process. Milk production becomes dependent on supply and demand. When milk is removed from the breast, more milk is then produced.

breast-anatomyHow is milk produced?
In order for milk production to occur, the hormone prolactin must be present. In each alveoli are lactocytes, which are the milk-producing cells of the alveoli. On the walls of each lactocyte are prolactin receptor sites. Prolactin travels to these receptor sites and stimulate breast milk production. When the alveolus is full of milk, prolactin is unable to reach these receptor sites, so milk production isn’t signaled to occur. Once the milk is taken out, prolactin is again able to reach these receptor sites and signal breast milk production. Simply put, when milk is removed from the breast, more milk is produced.

Interested in learning more? Join us for our Breastfeeding Essentials classes! Click here to sign up!

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April 6: This Week at Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/04/06/april-6-this-week-at-enlightened-mama/ Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:49:03 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2577 Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here! Monday 4/6 12:30 All Mama Group 7p Breastfeeding Essentials: Preparing for Birth & the Early Days Tuesday 4/7 10a All Mama Group 10a-1p Community Acupuncture 6p Enlightened Mama Lamaze Wednesday 4/8 12:30p New […]

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Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here!

Monday 4/6
12:30 All Mama Group
7p Breastfeeding Essentials: Preparing for Birth & the Early Days

Tuesday 4/7
10a All Mama Group
10a-1p Community Acupuncture
6p Enlightened Mama Lamaze

Wednesday 4/8
12:30p New Mama Group
3-6p Community Acupuncture
*7p Childbirth Collective Parent Topic Night

Thursday 4/9
10a Mama Again Group

Friday 4/10
5p Happy Hours – Dads

Saturday 4/11
10a Comfort Measures Crash Course
10a All Mama Group
11:30 Homeopathy for Pregnancy & Childbirth

Sunday 4/12
11a Home Birth Childbirth Prep
3p Enlightened Mama Lamaze

*For more information on the Childbirth Collective and its Parent Topic Night topics, www.childbirthcollective.org

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This Month at Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/04/02/this-month-at-enlightened-mama/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:07:03 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2573 Coming up this month at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness! To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here!

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Coming up this month at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness! To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here!

April EM Month

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First Degree Reiki Training https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/04/02/first-degree-reiki-training-2/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:52:47 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2570 To register for this course, click here!

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April Reiki 1 Training Flyer.Poster

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March 30: This Week at Enlightened Mama https://www.enlightenedmama.com/2015/03/30/march-30-this-week-at-enlightened-mama/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:53:51 +0000 https://enlightenedmama.com/?p=2568 Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here! Monday 3/30 12:30 All Mama Group Tuesday 3/31 10a All Mama Group 12-4p Community Acupuncture Wednesday 4/1 12:30p New Mama Group 3-6p Community Acupuncture 5:30p Enlightened Mama Lamaze *7p Childbirth Collective Parent Topic […]

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Coming up this week at Enlightened Mama and Enlightened Wellness. To sign up for a group, class, or wellness appointment, click here!

Monday 3/30
12:30 All Mama Group

Tuesday 3/31
10a All Mama Group
12-4p Community Acupuncture

Wednesday 4/1
12:30p New Mama Group
3-6p Community Acupuncture
5:30p Enlightened Mama Lamaze
*7p Childbirth Collective Parent Topic Night

Thursday 4/2
10a Mama Again Group

Friday 4/3
12:30p Multiples Mama Group
5p Happy Hours – Mamas – Clothes Swap

Saturday 4/4
9a Breastfeeding Essentials: The First Months & Beyond
10a All Mama Group
12p Enlightened Baby: Food For the First Years

Sunday 4/5
11a Home Birth Childbirth Prep
3p Enlightened Mama Lamaze

*For more information on the Childbirth Collective and its Parent Topic Night topics, www.childbirthcollective.org

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