Here’s To the Women Who…

Here’s To the Women Who…

August 1st through the 7th is World Breastfeeding Week! In honor of all women working hard to feed their babies, whether from their breast or a bottle, their own milk or donor milk, First Coast Doulas wants to encourage you all today! You are incredible beings! Here’s to the women who are raising our future human race!

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Here’s To the Women Who…

Here’s to the women who breastfed for one minute, one day, or one week. To those who made it to a month, a year and even six! Mothering is hard. There’s no right or wrong way to feed your baby or right length of time for anything.

You’re the best mother for your children. You’re doing a great job!

Here’s to the women who wanted to breastfeed but couldn’t. The fact that you found another way to nourish your baby and bond with him in your own way shows you are flexible and loving. Mothering means shifting gears and thinking quick on your feet sometimes.

Fed and loved is what’s best. You’ve done both. You are amazing!

Here’s to the women who were first generation breast feeders. You didn’t know a single thing about breastfeeding, but trusted your body’s design. Those who came before you didn’t see why or how you would make it work, but you did it! Breastfeeding is challenging, you accepted the challenge and step out into the unknown to pave a way.

You’re a boobie pioneer, rock on!

Here’s to those who survived all the long nights of feeding their baby from breasts or from a bottle. Broken sleep patterns, a fussy baby, and the sound of silence is a lonely place to be as a new mother, but you finessed the night and made it through, in your own way!

You are a beautiful soul!

Here’s to those moments of closeness, hope for the future, baby grunts and squirms that come when you are embracing and feeding a newborn no matter the vessel used. Those are the best moments aren’t they?! You used those moments to overthrow the weary ones and you conquered another day.

You are strong and brave!

Here’s to those power pumpers! Whether you choose to pump for a freezer stash or just out of necessity, you make mothering look so selfless! Not everyone responds well to a pump, so rock those flanges and watch those precious drops of milk flow!

You are a milk making goddess, own it!

Here’s to those who share their liquid gold with other babies and toddlers in need of milk. Your acts of kindness will touch and impress upon others for generations to come. Your abundance of milk is incredible, but nowhere nearly as incredible as your love for other human beings!

You are compassionate and generous!

Here’s to the women who are tandem nursing! Who knew your body could provide enough nourishment and comfort for two or more children at a time?! These moments are precious, but trying at times. Remind yourself daily that this won’t last forever and that you are passing on something far greater than just milk.

You are grace and patience; let your light shine bright!

Here’s to those who knew breastfeeding wasn’t the best option for their family as a whole. You acknowledge that human milk for human babies is a complete source of nutrients and is created uniquely by the body for the individual baby, but you also know that ultimately with formula your baby will receive all the nutrients she needs, your family as a whole will be better off, and there is no need to feel less than!

You are confident and that is attractive!

Here’s to the women who have dreamed of having a baby. To those who have endured the heartbreak of miscarriages, infertility, IVF, and those who have birthed babies born sleeping. Just having a baby to feed and love is a huge blessing. You are incredible aunts, neighbors, and parents to your 4 legged babies, but you and your dreams are not forgotten along the way.

Your voice is heard and helps others who are struggling too! You are resilient!

Here’s to all the women who are encouraging others along their parenting journey. Life is tough, raising kids is the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding jobs one can ever have in life. When you extend your kindness to others it is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.

You are a pillar of strength and kindness to those around you. May your kindness never be mistaken as weakness!

World Breastfeeding Week is a week to focus on normalizing breastfeeding! It’s not about downing those who doesn’t breastfeed their babies, but rather it’s another way to teach our society that breasts are normal and another way to feed our babies!

So here’s to normalizing breastfeeding!

Our friends at KellyMom have cited some great sources about breastfeeding!

10 facts about breastfeeding, by The World Health Organization

Pumping and Breastfeeding On The Fly

Pumping and Breastfeeding On The Fly

Jacksonville Pumping and Breastfeeding On The Fly
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First Coast Doulas knows that breast may be best for some while bottle may be best for others. Pumping and breastfeeding on the fly are a necessity!

We support parents all over Jacksonville who need or choose to breastfeed and bottle feed, formula and breastmilk.

Florida law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

Cover, no cover, it’s what the lactating woman herself feels comfortable with, no one else.

Pumping and breastfeeding on the fly just got a little cozier!

Traveling with a baby in tow is no easy feat. If you’re a breastfeeding or pumping mother you know it’s a little more challenging to be comfortable when out and about while lactating. Whether you are flying cross-country, planning a trip to the zoo, or just doing some shopping at the mall all moms deserve the right to be more comfortable while feeding or pumping milk for babies!

We have some good news for those of you flying into or out of Jax International Airport!

We are fortunate enough to have a  Mamava Suite located right here in Jacksonville. These suites are beautifully designed, totally breastfeeding and pumping friendly, and offer a quiet, private place for women to lactate, relax, and do their thing should they want another option.

Nursing during the newborn stage can sometimes feel awkward at first while mom and baby find their rhythm. Pumping can seem daunting with all the parts, pieces, and funny sounds the pump sometimes make. Let’s not forget there’s rarely an electrical outlet to plug up a pump. A woman’s body can have a difficult time with letdown if she feels unsafe or stressed out. This nursing, pumping, breastfeeding suite helps eliminate some of that stress. Older babies and toddler get easily distracted by things around them and may fight sleep or take twice as long to nurse when surrounded by stimuli. Ain’t nobody got time for that, especially a mom on a mission!

Anyone with an older toddler knows that when you’re feeding the baby the toddler makes every attempt to get away with all the things!

Bottom line, women deserve options for feeding babies and being more comfortable no matter where they are!

Complete with table, benches, plugs, and a locking door so your puppy-monkey-baby can’t escape, these suites are amazing! With 32 square foot of space the Mamava Suites are roomy enough for a stroller, luggage, and company. The Mamava Suite is first class all the way.

We have a long way to go in Jacksonville, and in the United States as a whole to make moms more comfortable breastfeeding and pumping breastmilk for babies, but this is an amazing start! These Mamava Suites are located in airports, zoos, arenas, hospitals, schools, malls, and a few other places. We desperately need better options especially in children’s hospitals like Nemours.

When I saw the Mamava Suite in Jacksonville my first thought was this isn’t about isolating breastfeeding moms or hiding what pumping looks like, it’s about families being supported in their choices for their family!

Way to go Mamava!

August is breastfeeding awareness month Vote here for one lucky place to get a lactation suite of their very own. We voted for the Jacksonville Zoo, but you can vote for anywhere!