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Lactation Link January Breastfeeding Basics Class + Promo Codes

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Wow! I had an incredible time teaching our January in-person breastfeeding class in Lehi, Utah at the Loft at Brick Canvas presented by Lillemer, Lil Buds breast comfort packs. We enjoyed meeting so many moms and partners excited to learn about how to make their breastfeeding experience a positive one. “Creating Confident Moms” is my mission statement at Lactation Link and we love helping moms find their confidence through breastfeeding education!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding suppliesFrom one of our attendees:

“I’m a second time mama, and I still learned things that I didn’t know with my first baby! And even though nursing went well with baby #1 its still great to get a refresher course (and the handout!) to be able to refer back to. I’m excited to also get the video breastfeeding classes and learn even more. Thank you for being so awesome and for a fabulous event!” ~Emma

lactstionlink026In addition to our breastfeeding class, hands-on practice, and Q&A time, each of our attendees walked away with grab bags worth over $150, a lunch from Blue Lemon and a whole new support network including new friends and four lactation professionals!  Here’s my team of educators, they also help us have good coverage for in-person and online consults!  You can book with one of us here.

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L to R: Lacey Parr CLEC, Stephanie Hadfield IBCLC, Lindsey Shipley IBCLC, Kristin Gourley IBCLC

Shannon Weight Photography was there to capture the event for us, and did a fantastic job!  Check her out for maternity,   newborn, and lifestyle photography in UT and Salt Lake County! You can get $30 off  a full session in 2017 if you book by March 19th! Email her at weightphotography@gmail.com.  

Our venue was phenomenal. We loved having our class at the Loft at Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. The classy backdrop was ideal for our class and we couldn’t have asked for better service. Thanks Brick Canvas for being such great hosts!

Grab bags

We were so happy to be able to work with such wonderful sponsors to contribute to our event and help keep ticket costs down! Lillemer, Lil Buds breast comfort packs was our headlining sponsor. We have loved them from the beginning because of the comfort they can bring to engorgement, plugged ducts, and more!  They can be used for heating or cooling packs and are made of lavender and flaxseed.

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Our grab bags were valued at over $150 and each one included all these goodies!

Blanqi leggings. These are made particularly for expecting and new moms with a supportive waist band while still being slim and stylish.

We were super excited to share Bamboobies with our moms. They are a great option for nursing pads – comfortable and reusable!  You can save 20% using code ‘LLINK20’ on their site.

Loved giving Lillemer’s Lil Buds to each one of our moms.  Use code ‘LLINK’ for 10% off on their site.

Milkful Lactation Oat Bars supplied some awesome bars for our mamas. They are so yummy and good for mama and baby! You can use the code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off your order at Milkful if you missed the class or need to stock up again. 😉

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding and baby suppliesSweet n Swag also included a pair of infant moccasins in every grab bag. You can use code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off total purchase on their site.

Undercover Mama also gave out their classic nursing tank (that attaches to any bra!). Use code LLINK for 20% off anything in their online store, we really love their nursing dress!

Persnickety Prints provided our wonderful class outlines. They print newborn announcements, memory books, calendars, and more! Use code ‘LLINK10’ for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more.  They ship right to your door!

Chatbooks  You can also use the code ‘LLINK’ to get your first book free!

Blue Lemon also gave our attendees some swag to take home and provided a delicious lunch.

If you couldn’t make it to class you can still win one of these grab bags here!

Class instruction

The main event! My presentation is jam-packed with the best research-based breastfeeding tips and tricks. This includes info on the first feed, how to latch, how to hand-express and more! One tip I shared in class is how crucial skin-to-skin contact is right after birth and beyond. I reminded our attendees that as soon as baby is born (for most moms and babies), baby can be laid on your tummy. Research shows this is the best way for baby to transition to life outside the womb!  Vital signs can be taken on mama’s chest and measurements, footprints, and baths can wait. This information can be an empowering tool for moms to initiate breastfeeding in a natural, progressive way.

lactstionlink044Here is what one mom had to say about the class instruction,

“This was amazing. I couldn’t even compare it to the breastfeeding class I took before I had my first. There was so much useful information and helped me feel so much more prepared!” ~Megan

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Our attendees love taking notes on the provided class outline, printed by Persnickety Prints.

Another attendee commented:

“I thought it was the best thing I’ve done, education wise, in my pregnancy so far! It was so incredibly helpful and I’m so excited to buy the video breastfeeding classes!”

Mingling & Photo booth

We don’t like to let pregnant mamas sit too long, so we had a break to stretch our legs and take some fun pics!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

We love having moms and babies in our class!

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We were super excited to have so many moms in class. In order for every mom to get individual hands-on practice, we broke out into four groups led by IBCLCs and lactation educators.

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Lacey Parr CLEC hogging all the babies!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Practicing with the Ergobaby nursing pillow – supports skin-to-skin positioning!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Stephanie Hadfield IBCLC leading her breakout group!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Here I am answering questions and getting to know my Lactation Link Moms!  {Ergobaby nursing pillow}

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Kristin Gourley IBCLC discussing cup feeding with her breakout group

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in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Interactive learning experience

We make sure that our attendees are able to have time to ask their questions. Making sure our community of moms feels supported and heard is a big part of who we are. From one attendee, “I loved that I felt comfortable to ask questions before, during and after class.”

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

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Lunch + meeting moms

Pregnant mamas, new mamas…we all need to EAT well and Blue Lemon hit the spot! The food was amazing and we loved having more opportunity to talk with moms one-on-one and answer more questions.

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in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

More classes and events

If you couldn’t make it to this class, we have you covered! You can check out our video breastfeeding classes. You can watch them anytime, anywhere, from any smart device.  You can also enter our giveaway of two of our amazing class grab bags {each one valued at $150!}

Come see us at the Empowering Fearless Birth event On February 18th in Sandy, Utah. We’ll have some awesome giveaways there! You can come meet more of the team and get some exclusive promos. I’ll also be leading a discussion there. Don’t miss out!

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Lindsey Shipley + The Lactation Link Team

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.I’ve also created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below to get started.

Learn breastfeeding tips and tricks on Lactation Link's free e-course.

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How to choose a healthcare provider for baby

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This month we’ve been discussing the importance of having a breastfeeding-supportive partner, friends and family in your life, and today we’ll go over how another important figure in your baby’s life–his or her healthcare provider–can support you in your breastfeeding goals as well.

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Your have several options for a healthcare provider. Some families choose a pediatrician, who specializes in child health. Others might choose a family practitioner so that the whole family can go to the same doctor. Others might choose a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. Each will have slightly different training and may have different perspectives on the best way to keep your child healthy.

Healthcare providers may not get much breastfeeding education in their training and may focus their continuing education on disease treatment or child development, but that does not mean they can’t be supportive of breastfeeding!

Learn a lactation consultant's tips on how to choose a healthcare provider for your baby. Learn how to find out if your provider is…

Set up an interview. Many healthcare offices offer an interview with the provider before becoming a patient.  Use this time to ask some questions such as, if they have a breastfeeding-friendly office policy, are supportive of continuing breastfeeding even if an issue like jaundice arises, or if they have IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to refer to if you experience problems.

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Lactation support in office? While any healthcare provider can definitely be a good fit without having an IBCLC in their office, it has been shown that employing a lactation professional leads to higher breastfeeding rates both immediately postpartum and long-term.  You could try asking some mom friends or calling a few offices to ask if they have lactation support.  Even if they do not have an IBCLC on staff, you asking about it could plant the seed and they may look into it in the future!

Your healthcare provider works for you. You will be seeing your baby’s provider often in the first couple of years, so it pays to make an informed choice.  Rest assured that if you don’t feel supported after your baby’s first couple of well-checks, you have the right to choose a different provider who will support you both!  

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Reach out for support. Other ways to seek out support in between your baby’s check ups at the provider’s office are to sign up for our Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips, check out our Instagram page for tips, tricks, and many mama’s experiences, as well as watching our on-demand video classes with information to help you overcome issues you might face.  And consults are always available for individualized support.  The Lactation Link team is always here to support you in meeting your breastfeeding goals!

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

References

Grawley, A.E., Marinelli, K.A., Holmes, A. V., & the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. (2013). ABM clinical protocol #14: Breastfeeding-friendly physician’s office: Optimizing care for infants and children, revised 2013. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(2), pp. 237-42.

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How to create a community of support for breastfeeding

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Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, IBCLC and mom to 5. I am here today to talk about creating a community around you to feel supported in breastfeeding.

It’s a cruel joke that motherhood, when you are constantly surrounded by children, can be very lonely!  This can be especially true for breastfeeding mothers when their families or friends don’t know how to support their choice to breastfeed.  

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When I had my first baby, I didn’t have any friends who had breastfed before and didn’t really have any support aside from my husband, who wasn’t exactly knowledgeable about breastfeeding!  My son and I were lucky enough to meet our breastfeeding goals, but if I had taken a breastfeeding class prenatally, I might have avoided some rough experiences and spent less time Googling and questioning!  I might also have made some friends.

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One of the benefits of attending Lactation Link’s in-person breastfeeding class is that you get to meet other moms!  We encourage moms to trade contact information or social media handles to help bridge that loneliness gap that can come during pregnancy and once baby arrives. We still have some openings in our next class, sign up before they sell out!

Even those who do not take our in-person class can benefit from our online breastfeeding classes as well as our support network on Instagram

Click through to learn how I found a community of support. Read More

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4 ways families and friends can support a new mom

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The village really seems to mobilize after a baby is born! After birth, mom needs to focus on healing and bonding with baby. In my video classes, moms write down their breastfeeding goals. They also write down two people they know they can turn to for breastfeeding support when they need it.  Family and friends can help reduce stress and provide support in many ways.

  1. Learn how family and friends can give a new mom the support she needs after giving birth so she can focus on bonding and breastfeeding.Bringing meals. Coordinate with family and friends to create a meal train for the family for several days or weeks. Another option is a sending them a meal delivery service to cut down on time spent planning and purchasing food.
  2. Housekeeping. The last thing Mom should be worrying about is housework when she’s bringing home a newborn (whether its her first or fifth!).  Mom’s attention should be kept on trying to rest, breastfeed, and bond with baby. Family and friends can be so helpful by helping out with a few chores around the house.   If you aren’t close by, you can send a gift certificate for a cleaning or laundry service.
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  3. Healthy snacks. If you aren’t close by, sending mom a box of Milkful lactation bars can be super helpful! They are delicious and a healthy, fast snack for mom. Use code LLINK for 15% off!
  4. Make her a breastfeeding basket. While breastfeeding, it’s nice to everything you need within arms reach. A bottle of water, snacks, an extra phone charger, nipple cream and good nursing pads like Bamboobies are some ideas of what to include. (Use code LLINK20 for 20% off Bamboobies!)
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 What did your family and friends do that helped support you breastfeed and recover after birth? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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5 ways grandparents can support breastfeeding

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Hi mamas! I’m Lacey, a certified lactation educator and mom of three. I’m here today to talk about how grandparents and family members can support a new or seasoned mom while she is breastfeeding her new baby.

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I am grateful I had family that supported my decision to breastfeed. Mothers and grandmothers can be very influential to a new mother. By driving me to breastfeeding consultations and sometimes latching the baby herself, my mother gave me the strength and courage to keep going.  When I was struggling, she recalled what helped her through breastfeeding struggles. She encouraged and supported me and when she didn’t have the answers, she helped me find them. 

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How grandparents can help support breastfeeding

  1. Buy a breastfeeding class off mom’s registry. Our breastfeeding video classes are available to be added to a Babylist registry! Our classes cover everything from positioning, latch and common problems with breastfeeding.
  2. Encourage and uplift. Support her decision to breastfeed by encouraging and complimenting her on the gift she is giving her baby.
  3. Help around the house. Help with meals and housework. If mom has other children, take them for a fun outing.
  4. Be the door bouncer. Well-meaning family and friends might want to stop by the hospital or home to see new mom and baby. If the new mom isn’t comfortable with visitors yet, be the “bouncer” so mom doesn’t have to turn away them away herself.
  5. Cuddle and swaddle baby. Sometimes grandparents want to help by feeding baby for mom. In the early days, it’s usually best that baby be at the breast to help encourage a healthy milk supply. Support the new mom by bonding with baby after a feed when mom needs a break.

Learn 5 ways grandmas can support a new breastfeeding mother. Learn how grandmas can be the bouncer. Send this to your mom, thank us later!

How did your mother or grandmother help you breastfeed? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Photos by Cate Johnson.

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Lacey Parr, CLEC

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Sources

Mueffelmann, Rebecca E. , Racine, Elizabeth F., Warren-Findlow, Jan, & Coffmann, Maren J.,  (2015). Perceived infant feeding preferences of significant family members and mothers’ intentions to exclusively breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, vol. 31 (no. 3), 479-489. 

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5 ways partners can support breastfeeding

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, community breastfeeding support, Lactation Link team, motherhood | No Comments

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Hi mamas! I’m Lacey, a certified lactation educator and mother of 3. I am here today to talk about how partners can support a mother in her breastfeeding experience. First I want to share a little of my own experience.

Read the top 5 way partners can support a breastfeeding mother from a mom of 3 and lactation educator. Start with a breastfeeding class…

My support system starts with my partner and I am grateful he gives me the support I need to breastfeed. I was lucky that my mother-in-law breastfed all her babies and being the 2nd oldest of 6 kids, my husband was no stranger to breastfeeding. We knew that breastfeeding was what we wanted to do, even though we weren’t prepared. (Our hospital breastfeeding class was cancelled a couple weeks before my due date, they gave us movie tickets instead — yikes). The first few days were a struggle and he stood by me and encouraged me. He made sure food was made and took care of the household. He brought me books and snacks while I was helping our baby boy through those newborn marathon feeding sessions. He encouraged me to get more breastfeeding support when I had questions and concerns. I am grateful for his support, because in my vulnerable postpartum position, I needed reassurance more than anything.

5 ways partners can support breastfeeding

  1. Attend a breastfeeding class with her. The more you know, the more you can help! You can watch our video classes anytime.  Partners love our classes because they are so convenient and can be watched in the comfort of your own home.  dsc_1535
  2. Take on extra responsibilities.  Mom and baby will be spending lots of time breastfeeding.  Now plan for it. What gives her the most stress? Dishes? Cooking? Laundry? Plan to do more to help out and get creative with additional sources of help.  Consider a bi-monthly housekeeper for a few months.  Consider a meal delivery service.  Think about a diaper delivery service. 
  3. Be a cheerleader. When she is second-guessing herself and her abilities, encourage her. Help her find more resources if needed. We can help with online and in-person consultations.
  4. Baby care. Diapers/burping/babywearing/swaddling are all great things for partners to do! When baby is done feeding, you can help baby burp by holding him/her chest to chest and applying some firm upward pressure with your fingers. You can also be a diaper changing superhero! Babies thrive when being held. When baby doesn’t want to be put down and mom needs a shower, you can wear the baby in a carrier. When my baby was ready for sleep, my husband became the champion swaddler.dsc_1870dsc_1815
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  5. Be there, whenever you can. Many Moms find it supportive when their partner will bring the baby from the bassinet to the mom each time baby wakes to feed during the night. Others really enjoy when their partner can give them a break as needed by babywearing or rocking baby.

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We couldn’t do what we do as moms if it weren’t for great support from our partners! I like to remind partners that the more they are a part of preparation and plans prior to birth, the easier it will be to help after! How did your partner support you? If you are a single mom, how did you find the help and support you needed? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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