About Ashley Barrett

I'm a Lactation Educator, Certified Babywearing Educator, student lactation consultant, and homeschooling mother of 3 children and wife of 10 years.

Let’s Talk About PMADs!

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Let’s talk about PMADs!

What are PMADs? Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. We commonly know this as “Postpartum Depression” or “Postpartum Anxiety.” So, why the fancy term “PMADs?” Evidence shows that a lot of the cases of postpartum anxiety and depression actually begin during pregnancy. So many mothers are experiencing these issues during pregnancy that we began calling them Perinatal mood disorders (peri means surrounding and natal means birth so Perinatal literally means the time surrounding birth, pregnancy and postpartum). But, not only mothers experience PMADs. Fathers do too. Today, I’m going to focus on mothers.

As mothers, we fight sociatal norms and expectations as we try to raise our small children. Some of us get extremely overwhelmed with the duties we have to our growing family, extended family, and potentially work, church, and the list may go on. New mothers are at a high risk for PMADs in part due to the overwhelm, in part due to changing hormones, and also in part to other factors that I will discuss further. The mother in this picture looks overwhelmed. She looks sad. Shown above is only part of the picture. Here’s the rest.

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This mother may very well not have any mental health concerns. A smiling mother may have postpartum depression or anxiety. It’s hard for others to be able to tell on the surface, in part because our society continues to push that if you have a new baby you need to be happy, or at least look the part. This is why I’m so passionate about this subject. We need to be talking about it. Talking about PMADs needs to be a norm. We need to fight to help mothers help themselves and know that it’s important to recognize and seek out resources and help.

I had the opportunity a year ago to guest post on Mary Morrow of ToMorrows Memories blog. Here is the text from that post (you can see the original here):

I’m grateful I have the opportunity to talk to you today about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). I prefer to use this term when I am speaking about Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postpartum Anxiety because statistics say that half of postpartum depression episodes begin during pregnancy (Cynthia Good Mojab, 2016 GOLD Lactation Conference. “The Rug Pulled Out from Underneath Me: Depression During Pregnancy and After Birth.”). Not only can mothers be affected but fathers can as well. More studies are now looking at PMADs in fathers because fathers were ignored for a very long time.

Like diabetes or a broken arm, PMADs are a group of disorders caused by something in your body not working in the way it’s supposed to. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with you as a person, that you’re weak, that you are not faithful, that you’re a bad person, or that you aren’t willing your body and mind enough. Being told to “snap out of it” or “pull yourself together” will not help you overcome these issues just like someone with a broken arm can’t just pull their self together or will their arm to just be better. Your mind is extremely powerful, however, and there are a lot of different things you can do to help you overcome this.
Mary already shared some great information about symptoms of PMADs in her earlier post. I want to focus on risks, screening, and 4 keys that I hope all moms (and dads) remember if they do have PMADs.
Some of the risk factors that I especially want to share include: parents of multiples, parents with babies with special circumstances (including a NICU stay), survivors of sexual abuse, parents who have personal or family history of depression or anxiety, mothers who experienced birth trauma, and mothers who wanted to breastfeed but had challenges or were not able to get it to work. There are certainly other risk factors but I wanted to especially point these out because as an IBCLC, I work with families with these risk factors a lot. When I’m obtaining a history, I have to ask some sensitive questions including asking if you have a history of abuse or if you have experienced depression or anxiety in the past. These directly relate to breastfeeding because they can affect your breastfeeding relationship and put you at a higher risk. This doesn’t mean you WILL experience depression or anxiety but it’s a good idea to watch yourself and have your spouse or partner also watch for red flags. It’s also extremely important if you have breastfeeding challenges to get early and continuous help.
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I screen all of my clients for depression and anxiety. I encourage dads to also complete my screening tools. I do not diagnose, instead I notice red flags and refer you back to your physician or to other local resources if there are concerns. I include a handout with my screening tools with common symptoms of depression and anxiety so that you can continue observing one another. Many of the mothers I have worked with that have experienced symptoms have not recognized them in themselves for quite some time, including myself. My own journey with postpartum depression and anxiety has made this topic very important to me.
Because I have also suffered with PMADs, I want to share with you 4 things that I feel are very important to remember if you have depression or anxiety.
1. This is not your fault, and you are not alone. You did not do anything to make this happen. You are an awesome mother (or father). You are an amazing and special person. Many of the best of us have experienced these issues. Here are some statistics about generalized anxiety and depression (link to: https://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics). 20-26% of women and 8-12% of men will experience depression at some point in their lifetime (link to: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_statistics_depression). There is a stigma around mood disorders and there shouldn’t be. You are not alone. Please share your story! You have no idea who else is suffering in silence that your story may help.
2. There are many treatments that are safe for breastfeeding mothers! There are treatments that range from supplements, therapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and yoga), to medications. There are natural remedies and there are pharmaceuticals. Even many pharmaceuticals are safe for breastfeeding mothers. If you have questions about the safety ratings of a medication please don’t hesitate to call myself, the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Line, or Infant Risk (please see the resources at the end for contact information). We are all happy to share the data and safety ratings of medications.
3. A healthy mother and father are extremely important to the family. If you have ever had a flat tire in your car, you know that it’s hard to drive. The flat tire slows down the rest of the wheels, your ride is super bumpy, and it can be dangerous. If mom (and/or dad) are not healthy mentally it can be much the same. You are important! Your mental health can also throw off the balance in your home. There have been studies that mothers with untreated mood disorders can impact the brain and emotional development of their child.
4. YOU are worth it. You are worth spending the time and money to get help. If money is an issue, often there are free and low cost resources. You just have to ask. One of the hardest parts of PMADs is often an overwhelming feeling that you aren’t worth it. I’m here to tell you that you are. You are a very important person, even if you don’t feel that way. You are worth getting help. This is a problem worth getting help for.
Resources
Ashley Barrett, BA, IBCLC, RLC, Certified Babywearing Educator. Nurturing Bonds, www.nurturingbonds.com, ashley@nurturingbonds.com, 405-261-6274. Serving the Southwest Oklahoma City, Mustang, and Yukon area.
I Am Woman: The Life After Trauma Project: www.facebook.com/IAmWomanTheLifeAfterTrauma. Offering meetings and online encouragement and support for survivors of trauma and PMADs.
More breastfeeding resources are available at: nurturingbonds.wordpress.com/breastfeeding-resources
Oklahoma Breastfeeding Line: 1-877-271-MILK (6455). 24/7 number. If you have an urgent question select to talk to an IBCLC on call.
Infant Risk Center Hotline: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm CT (806) 352-2519. www.infantrisk.com. Also available is the Mommy Med app (it’s about $3-you can even scan a medication at the pharmacy or store to check the safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding).
www.postpartumprogress.com: A website with a lot of articles relating to PMADs.
www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is an IBCLC and PhD who studies PMADs. She has a lot of articles on her website and references to many books she has written or co-authored.
Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences and Treatment Alternatives, 3rd Edition by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.
The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Mothering Stress, Depression, and Burnout by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen R. Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin.
Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth by Walker Karraa.
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Shoshana S. Bennett and Pec Indman.
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, and Teresa Pitman.
Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep by Dr. William Sears.
Traumatic Childbirth by Cheryl Tatano Beck, Jeanne Watson Driscoll, and Sue Watson.
When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin and Phillis Klaus.
Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery by Lynn Madsen.
It’s OK Not to be OK…Right Now: How to Live Through a Traumatic Experience by Dr. Mark Lerner.
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Nurturing Bonds Office

I’m excited to announce that the Nurturing Bonds office is open! I’m excited to be able to expand my schedule to serve more women and families in Oklahoma. I appreciate all of the prayers and positive thoughts through our difficulties we had and damages/losses we had during our move as well as the health issues that I faced this year. I’m healthy again and so grateful to be able to be back serving local families through breastfeeding and babywearing classes and consultations. Home visits are available in the evenings but priority is given to families with babies under 2 weeks, premature babies that are under 2 months, and babies and families with special circumstances within my service area. If you’re outside of my service area, my office is available. Besides having an extra cozy oversized glider, there are also pillows, an excercise ball, a nursing stool, a changing table, extra nursing pads, blankets, a lending library, and lots of other comforts to help you feel like you’re at home. Classes and consultations are available in my office. Here’s a glimpse at part of my office.

 

Boba X Review: 4 Perspectives

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Today’s the day! The Boba X is officially shipping and ready for purchase. If you missed my first glimpse, go check it out here. Here’s what it looks like fresh from the box.

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I had the opportunity this week (and this past weekend) to try out the Boba X myself, and help some mothers fit the new Boba X.

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Here’s what we all thought of it:

Ashley and 4-year-old daughter.
My goofy gal is 4 years, 4 months and weighs 35 lbs:

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I was very excited to pull the Boba out and start checking out the details of this carrier. I’ll share some tips and tricks in another post next week. Here’s what I loved though:

  • First of all, the fit! It’s comfortable. It fits me well. It also fits my 4 year old well and keeps her in a spread squat position. This position isn’t as important for her at this stage but if she had special circumstances — especially low muscle tone — I feel this carrier would support her well. The height hits her just below the base of her arms, which is the perfect support for her back (plus it keeps her safe, so she can’t do a back bend right off of me).
  • No stirrups: My kids had a love/hate relationship with the stirrups. I did as well. Let’s just say there often was one missing even though I always put them back in the same place. One would get knocked off the shelf or something would happen to them (I’m looking at you silly kiddos who like to hide things and make mom feel like she’s going crazy!). This carrier has zip in panels that are “toddler extensions.” They’re a little bigger than the stirrups so hopefully would be a little easier to keep in one place, or at least easier to find if they get temporarily lost.
  • Adjustable height and body width: There aren’t specific settings either-it’s super flexible how you can adjust this carrier to fit different kids.
  • Lots of flexibility of adjustment for fit: As with other Boba carriers, there are lots of possible adjustments including two ways to tighten the arm straps. This carrier also features two adjustments to bring in the front part of the strap (I think this adjustment will be wonderful for petite parents who find that other carriers gap away from their body) and to shorten the body of the carrier. A new feature is that you can criss-cross the straps while baby is in a front carry. This is a comfortable way to wear a little bit heavier baby longer term. The waist band is long enough that most parents will be able to wear it and easily switch between wearers.
  • Great pocket for your phone: Just like on the Boba 4G, there’s a great pocket on the waist for your phone, some cash or a card, and or a lip balm (or other small non-poky object). I compared the pockets on the Boba 4G and Boba X, this one is a bit larger.
  • There’s still a little flap that snaps down the strap of your purse, diaper bag, or backpack (there’s one on each strap).
  • Right now the carrier is only available in grey but new prints will be released soon. This grey is a really beautiful color though and very neutral. I believe a mother and father (as well as the rest of baby’s family and caregivers) would be happy to wear this without complaint.

 

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  • A lot of thought went into the design: The zippers that you use to zip on the extra width panels are hidden (they won’t bug little legs). There’s a safety elastic strap that will hold the buckle on the strap if it somehow comes undone by accident. This is an extra measure to help keep baby safe that was integrated in the carrier.
  • The instruction manual is very thorough. This is important if you’re a new wearer or don’t have experience with a Boba carrier. I always recommend looking over the manual before starting to play. This is how I learned this carrier offers an option of criss-cross straps for front carries!

The things I didn’t really like:

  • I still am a bit worried that the toddler extensions that zip on to make this a toddler carrier will get lost. Since my youngest is an older toddler, I plan to keep them on the carrier except when I’m helping families try out the carrier.
  • The zippers were SUPER stiff on the panels. It took a few times of zipping on and off and they’re still a bit stiff but I’m able to zip them on a quite a bit easier now.
  • The webbing was much stiffer than I remember being on previous new Bobas that I’ve tried. This could be easily remedied by washing and laying flat to dry before playing or by loosening and tightening the carrier a few times before using.
  • The “tabs” on the bottom of the adjusters (see picture below) were kind of short (especially the one that has the buckle). I like a little bit longer of a tab so that I can pull it up to release the strap to loosen it. It took a little hunting around while adjusting a doll in a front carry to find the tab to lift up to loosen. As I’ve played around with the carrier more, it’s gotten easier to hunt for these tabs and I can feel a little bit of a difference between them.

 

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Arrows are pointing to the “tabs” that you can use to help loosen straps. This picture shows one strap and the two different places you can adjust the tightness of the strap.

 

Overall, I would rate this carrier:

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5 stars! The things I didn’t like were fixable or ok for me to look past and the way the carrier felt more than made up for these. This is my favorite Boba yet. I LOVE that this is made for newborn* through toddler (* You will see later why I put this here). I recently sold my lovely toddler soft structure carrier that I’ve worn two of my littles in. I also recently had surgery so my muscles aren’t as strong for babywearing as they used to be. I was a bit worried that this carrier may not distribute her weight as well as the toddler carrier that I had. Her weight was distributed well, however, and the only pressure spots that I got were on my lower back when I wore it for about an hour (pretty much every carrier including wraps does this to me when I wear them long enough). I was SO impressed with how light it made my 35 lb toddler feel on my back. BUT as LeVar Burton would always put it on Reading Rainbow . . .”You don’t have to take my word for it!”

Elly S. and her 16-month-old son
This sweet toddler is all smiles and giggles, is walking, and weighs 19 lbs 15 oz:

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Elly’s son typically prefers ring slings. He hasn’t been much of a fan of soft structure carriers. The width of the carrier with the toddler extensions was a little too wide. As pictured, we tried to insert the hook portion of the Velcro in the loop Velcro portion with the body because the body without them was a bit too narrow in my opinion. They were designed to go in a separate portion. After this mother left, I figured out another trick that I think would have fit a little better. I will share this trick with you next week!

Elly’s main concerns were that usually an adjustable carrier is like a car seat, not easy to switch between two children. You have to keep getting them in and out of the seat to make sure it fits properly before getting baby fully buckled in. This could be a concern with this carrier, however, typically, the webbing will get a little indention so if you’re switching between wearing a toddler and an infant, you likely will be able to set the carrier pretty quickly based on the webbing “memory.” She also thought that it would be a great idea to have a different texture (somewhat like braille) on the different tabs so you know which one you’re adjusting when reaching behind you.

The carrier was really comfortable. Her baby prefers front carries so she didn’t try a back carry. He settled in well to the carrier and enjoyed snuggling with his mama. Elly did notice that she had a little bit of a pressure point under her arms, especially when her arms were tight to her body. This is one common complaint that some parents have when using a soft structure carrier.

Erynne M. and her 7-week-old daughter.
This sweet little baby weighs 13 lbs 15 oz:

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Erynne enjoyed putting her little squishy baby into the Boba X. She said, “It feels like I’m wearing nothing.” She had previously mentioned that she had tried an Ergo with one of her other kids. The Ergo had burned her out on using a soft structure carrier. She was optimistic trying the Boba. Erynne has shorter arms and with the webbing being stiff, she had some difficulty adjusting the carrier. Once we got it adjusted on her, though, it was really comfortable. She mentioned the only pressure point she felt was her baby’s head against her body.

As a Certified Babywearing Educator, my main comment was that her baby fit very well into the carrier. We didn’t have to tighten the straps all the way down to make the panel as small as it could go. The placement of the hood in the pocket helps add some extra support to her baby’s neck. We adjusted the width down as far as it could go and it fit this baby really well. This carrier certainly has some sleepy dust. Baby settled right in for a nap in the carrier.

Emily H. and almost 3-week-old son.
This sweet baby boy has a twin sister who napped while we played. He weighs 7 lb 8 oz:

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Emily is a busy mom with 4 children, including newborn twins. Her newborn daughter was sleeping while we played. Her adorable baby boy was happy to help us try out the Boba X. While the carrier felt comfortable and fit her body well, she commented that her son seemed a little too low in it. I agree. She likes the ease of a soft structure carrier. “Wovens and ring slings have scared me a little with the learning curve.” She didn’t feel any pressure points while wearing this carrier.

As a Certified Babywearing Educator, I believe that even adjusted all the way down, the panel was a little too wide for her infant. I believe when he’s just a couple more pounds and a couple inches taller, he will fit in this carrier great.

 

Bottom line on fit: As tiny as newborns are, it’s hard to fit a carrier to every tiny newborn through long-legged toddler. As for my asterisk earlier, I believe this carrier would fit a 9-10 lb newborn quite possibly. I would suggest checking for knee to knee support. Every baby is built a little bit differently. If this baby’s legs were just a little longer, he would have had wonderful knee to knee support. If you want to use this carrier birth to 45 lbs, I would suggest keeping an eye on the fit for both the height of the body of the carrier and the panel width. If it doesn’t fit well when baby’s BRAND NEW, give it another week or two. I may not call this a full birth through toddler carrier but it’s much closer than any other soft structure carrier that I’ve worked with putting a newborn in. The carrier didn’t gap from baby’s neck and gave great support. The Boba 4G seemed to fit and support baby’s neck better from about 2-3 months on. I believe this carrier will fit many babies from about 2-3 weeks on but I encourage you to try it with your newborn! I’d love to hear your experience with this carrier!

 

 

*For full disclosure I am a Boba Ambassador. I received this new Boba X carrier free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I became a Boba Ambassador because I love their products. They send me free products to review from time to time but I do not receive any other compensation from them. I like to offer my honest opinion and free products do not influence my views*

First look at the NEW Boba X

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Guess what JUST arrived?

Boba sent me a brand new Boba X to review. I can’t wait to share more with you this upcoming week. I want to give you a first look at it though!

Fluffy mail! As soon as my doorbell rang, I dropped everything and ran. I couldn’t wait to unbox and check it out.

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Apparently the front of the box wasn’t going to give me any hints! But look at the back-still no pictures of what’s inside but I love this quote.

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Are you ready for it?! Well, here it is!

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Boba’s new carrier is rated to be worn from 7-45 lbs. It has features to narrow the body to fit a newborn and stretch to support a toddler. I’ll be reviewing this carrier and have asked for the assistance of some local families to help me review this carrier with babies of different ages and stages. Check out my post next Thursday for more information. Boba X will be available for shipping May 10th but you can go to their website to preorder now. New prints will be released over the coming weeks and months but for now it’s available in this gorgeous grey.

Boba also has a great video teaser on YouTube if you can’t get enough of this awesome new carrier.

*For full disclosure I am a Boba Ambassador. I became a Boba Ambassador because I love their products. They send me free products to review from time to time but I do not receive any other compensation from them. I like to offer my honest opinion and free products do not influence my views*

Upcoming Classes and Support Groups

Happy spring! Check out my upcoming classes this spring and summer. Registration is available on my website here.  More information about what is taught in the classes here.  Preregistration is required for all classes and closes 1 week prior to class.

Family Baby Care Basics

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Saturday, June 23, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM at the Nurturing Bonds office in Mustang

Breastfeeding Basics

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Tuesday, July 31: 6-8 PM at the Nurturing Bonds office in Mustang

Beyond the Beginning

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Tuesday, August 14: 6-8 PM at the Nurturing Bonds office in Mustang.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

August Updates

It’s been quiet on my side lately because I’ve been planning for World Breastfeeding Week! Here’s an almost August update for upcoming classes and events from Nurturing Bonds.

Babies Are Born to Breastfeed: Second Annual World Breastfeeding Week Event

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It’s not too late to pre-register for the Big Latch On and join our fun event celebrating breastfeeding with the rest of the world! Help us beat a Global Big Latch On record this year! The record to beat is the record from 2016: 17,992 breastfeeding children, 17,852 breastfeeding women. The Big Latch On is very inclusive. If you are an exclusively pumping mother, if you use a supplemental nursing system, a nipple shield, or anything else to make breastfeeding work, please join us! If you are expecting and not breastfeeding a child yet, you are also welcome! Please come support us!

  • Pre-register NOW here. Please arrive by 10:15 to settle in and prepare for the latch! If you pre-register, we will have you review your information and sign in. If you don’t, that’s ok! You will fill out our registration form when you arrive and get settled in and ready.
  • Doors will open at 10 AM. The first 50 families that arrive will receive an awesome swag bag that was printed by Lettering Express.
  • There are at least 18 door prizes! Enter to win a Tula baby carrier, Baby Hawk baby carrier, a wrap convert ring sling, a Haakaa silicone pump, a spa basket with a complementary chiropractic exam and adjustment by Hackney Chiropractic, Usborne books, and more! Every adult will receive one ticket when you arrive that you may enter in to a drawing of your choosing.
  • Enjoy lunch with us (and bring a card/cash)! We will be having two incredible food trucks join us: Wicked Hangry and Cook’n It Up! Check out their menus on our Facebook event!
  • We will be having mini classes about breastfeeding and infant massage during the 12 o’clock hour.
  • We will be having two panel discussions. Come and ask your questions about getting breastfeeding off to a good start with midwives, doulas, and lactation. Our second discussion will be about local resources to support breastfeeding. Did you ever wonder how massage, chiropractic care, or speech therapy can assist a breastfeeding mother and baby? Learn about it here!
  • Join our Facebook event here to learn more details and to see the schedule of events! There may even be one more pre-event prize up for grabs that will include 5 extra tickets in to a door prize of your choice!

Upcoming Classes

familybabycarebasicsSaturday, August 19 at
The Edmond Birthing Center
14901 N Kelley Ave Ste 102
Edmond, Oklahoma

Learn all about newborn and infant care. $10 for the whole family. This class is geared toward new parents, new siblings, new grandparents, and new babysitters that will be caring for infants. For more information see the description or register here. You can also register at the door.

BasicsclasswebsiteimageMonday, September 11 at
The Edmond Birthing Center
14901 N Kelley Ave Ste 102
Edmond, Oklahoma

Learn about the basics of breastfeeding and getting off to a good start. This class focuses on the first 4-6 weeks of breastfeeding. I recommend taking both classes. If you have breastfed before, and just need a refresher, the Beyond class may be a better fit for you. For more information see the description or register here.

I also offer this class privately if your baby is due to arrive before this or the time doesn’t work for you. Contact me for more details!

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Monday, September 18 at
The Edmond Birthing Center
14901 N Kelley Ave Ste 102
Edmond, Oklahoma

Review the basics of breastfeeding and learn more about pumping, expressing, going out with baby, and common concerns from 4-6 weeks and beyond through weaning. We will also discuss the readiness signs to begin solids. I recommend taking both classes. If you have breastfed before, and just need a refresher, the Beyond class may be a better fit for you. For more information see the description or register here.

I also offer this class privately if your baby is due to arrive before this or the time doesn’t work for you. Contact me for more details!

June Classes and Events

Happy June!  Are you ready for summer?  Here are my upcoming class dates.  Registration is available on my website here.  More information about what is taught in the classes here.  Preregistration is required for all breastfeeding classes.

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Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Held at the Edmond Birthing Center

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Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Held at the Edmond Birthing Center

Please visit me at the Edmond Birthing Center grand opening next Saturday, June 10. I will be offering a giveaway and a special discount on my classes if you register at the grand opening event.

April Classes and Support Groups

Happy April!  This month I celebrate my oldest son’s 9th birthday.  He’s the whole reason I’m here supporting breastfeeding mother’s today.

In April, classes will be offered privately only.  Check out May and June dates below.  Breastfeeding classes will now be taught every 3 months, unless you would like to register for classes privately.  Registration is available on my website here.  More information about what is taught in the classes here.  Preregistration is required for all breastfeeding classes.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 AM. I’m pleased to announce that this class will be held at The Edmond Birth Center (14901 N Kelley Ave, Ste 102, Edmond, Oklahoma). Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

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Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM. I’m pleased to announce that this class will be held at The Edmond Birth Center (14901 N Kelley Ave, Ste 102, Edmond, Oklahoma). Preregistration is required at least 1 week before class.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM. I’m pleased to announce that this class will be held at The Edmond Birth Center (14901 N Kelley Ave, Ste 102, Edmond, Oklahoma). Preregistration is required at least 1 week prior to class.

TWO FREE mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group meetings this month:

Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 PM.  This is a meeting for mothers and children not comfortable being away from mom (nursing children are always welcome).  Fathers are also welcome at our evening meetings.  Please bring some toys for your older children to be entertained.

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Friday, April 21 at 3:30 PM.  This is a meeting for mothers and children not comfortable being away from mom (nursing children are always welcome).  Please bring some toys for your older children to be entertained.

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