#DearCinnaMoms Mar 21'
CinnaMoms has done it again!
Spring is here, March has gone and CinnaMoms hosted two more amazing groups of families that came together to discuss and share information on parenting and infant feeding, to offer support, and to learn from one another because it really does take a village. Tea was spilled, positivity was promoted and sisterly love was shared.
So for those of you that weren’t able to join us this month; Sis, this is what you missed.
March 4th, 2021
The breasts are not faucets!
Our first March session was hosted by our very own Tonce Jackson, Pd.D., MPH, RDN, CLE, and facilitated by Janice Ahana, MS, RDN, IBLC a breastfeeding expert from our sister WIC agency called Lanquist WIC, she also began The Village Organization to help mothers in her WIC agency. She discussed the topic of How the Breast Make Milk: The Breasts are not faucets. She began discussing the misconceptions of milk production and the lack of knowledge of breastfeeding norms, an understanding of how the body makes milk, and using formula are the biggest contributors to this “perceived insufficient milk”. This concern plagues most moms and very often leads to premature weaning. (Vera-becerra & Heinig 2012)
So in our first session, we learned about how the breast makes milk and ways that to increase confidence in our ability to fully nurse our babies. Janice was able to accomplish this by taking us back to school (but in a good way) to review the anatomy of the breast and the breastfeeding anatomy, we saw fully illustrated diagrams of where and how Breast milk is produced and reviewed how hormones influence milk production. A 1996 study (Daly et al) found that babies only take about 67% of the milk from the breast.
You do have enough we just have to keep in mind the stomach sizes of a 1 day old, a 3 day old, a 1 week old, and a 1-month-old. “What they need vs. what we perceive.”
There are things that may interfere with mom’s milk production so, Breastfeeding tip: Drain the breast. “The more empty the breast, the faster your breast will make milk.” Frequent draining also helps to prevent engorgement.
Check out some additional Breastfeeding Tips you can use:
March 18th, 2021
We began the afternoon with a clip titled Hey Queen!!!! 2021 Motivation to all queens curated by Netflix.
Haven’t seen it?
Take a click, it’s short and very sweet.
So many hardships this year, CinnaMoms took a moment to remember and share the good!
“What was your best moment with your baby or pregnancy this year?”
Less COVID, more pregnancies, telling families about the newest additions, twins, and feeling kicks for the first time.