Five years ago, when I gave birth to our first baby I was completely clueless as to how to breastfeed or if I even wanted to. I decided that I would try it. I did some research, and it seemed simple enough. Place baby to breast. Baby latches. Baby eats. Easy, right? Ha! For the […]
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World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st-7th, 2018, and the theme is the “Foundations of Life”. This WBW Wichita is celebrating now having TWO Baby Friendly Hospitals. Many in our community have worked tirelessly to set a standard for care and we are thankful for their commitment! And while we have made so many improvements over […]
In December of 1997, I graduated from Nursing School and started my career as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. I LOVED it! Sure, the hours were tough, there were complicated patients and heartbreaking outcomes, but my job allowed me to be a part of one of life’s most amazing events! After my second child was […]
Within hours of meeting our adopted daughter we were already breastfeeding. She was a barracuda with a little mouth and my nipples were sore. Luckily I knew just who to call: my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lacation Consultant). Only 5 days after my sweet Locklyn was born I called my IBCLC crying. “She’s still losing […]
Thank you to Wesley Medical Center for sponsoring this guide and providing excellent healthcare for Wichita moms and babies!
As so many moms before me have said, breastfeeding is hard work. It is truly a precious gift what we, as moms, are able to provide for our babies, but it is exhausting, not at all glamorous and can be a test of your sanity. I am in the throes of the breastfeeding/pumping stage of […]
“Breast is best.” It’s a phrase you hear over and over again. I was always one to chime in quickly on this topic with a “Sure, why wouldn’t it be!?” response….until I had a baby, that is. Breastfeeding and I have a love/hate relationship, and I have two polar opposite feeding experiences to blame. Pre-baby, […]
To the lactation nurses and staff at the WesleyCare Breastfeeding Clinic: When my five-day-old baby and I showed up at your clinic, we were desperate. I felt defeated—a brand new mother holding a jaundiced baby who was losing too much weight. In the hospital, I had thought breastfeeding was going well. I brushed aside your visit […]
There are plenty of posts out there addressing breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, breastmilk vs. formula, supplementing, exclusively pumping – the list goes on and on. This isn’t one of these posts. While I’m passionate about breastfeeding, my passion stems more from my own breastfeeding journeys and is for breastfeeding MY children. How other people feed […]
To my nursing toddler, We didn’t have a smooth start to our breastfeeding journey. I honestly had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I did zero research, and had little to no preparation before you were born. (Your dad and I also didn’t attend one birthing class while I was pregnant with […]
In the months leading up to the birth of my first child, I researched everything I could think of to help prepare me for the monumental changes to come: – The stages of labor and methods of natural birth (and other delivery methods and interventions that might become medically necessary) – Whether or not to […]
In Kansas, a mother is excused from jury duty while she is breastfeeding her child, because by law, jury obligations are postponed while breastfeeding. The law acknowledges that breastfeeding is a full-time gig, even when a mother is away from her child. What if you’re not a juror, but the attorney in the courtroom? Or […]
Our second annual Bloom event was sponsored by a group of PHENOMENAL community partners. Wesley Medical Center and Botanica, The Wichita Gardens made this wonderful event possible. We adore you!