I’ve been waiting very patiently for baby Lily arrive. Lily is so gorgeous and looks just like her proud big brother, Conor!
I met Lily’s mommy, Christine, two and a half years ago when I had Landon. We met at the Upper Chesapeake Breastfeeding Support Group. Have you heard of it? Like every mommy with a newborn, we often wonder how much is my baby really getting when I nurse. I always recommend my mom’s go here for breastfeeding help. Even if you don’t need the help, just go so you can get your baby’s feeding stats, it’s great to know! The lactation consultants there are so helpful and had it not been for them I probably would have given up on breastfeeding with Landon. I was really struggling during those first few days with nursing my newborn – I was sore, I was tried, I wasn’t latching him right, I wasn’t sure if he was getting enough, and so on. I’m sure you new mommies can relate. The breastfeeding support group is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30 in a conference room there at the hospital. The support group is free and no registration is required. It doesn’t matter if you delivered there or not, you are still welcome. When you first get there you pick a spot in the room to sit. It’s very casual there, it’s not a circle of chairs to go around and state your name or anything, you just find a seat at the table and can keep to yourself if you wish or chat with your neighbor. When you get to the table, you undress your baby down to their diaper and go up to the weigh station. Upon your first visit you will be given a card to track your baby’s stats each week. They will weigh your baby, write the stats on your card, and then you head back to your seat to nurse. It’s important to not change your baby’s diaper during this nursing time since it will make the weight at the end inaccurate when trying to see how much your baby fed. While you’re nursing the lactation consultants make their way around the room to answer any one on one questions you may have, provide assistance, or give you recommendations. After nursing you head back up to the weigh station with your baby (don’t forget your stats card) and they will weigh your baby again and let you know how much your baby fed. It’s awesome and you will be surprised how much your baby is getting during that time. With Landon I realized that I wasn’t being patient enough in those first few days, the 30 minute feedings weren’t cutting it and I needed to feed him longer. He was one who fell asleep during feedings and it really took an hour or longer to feed him. While you’re there at support group you can sit quiet with your baby, or you can talk to other moms and meet some friends. It’s nice to talk to other moms, you’ll see that you’re not alone in your breastfeeding struggles and that they’re all going through the same emotions that you are. I met so many wonderful ladies when I attended support group and I’ve kept in touch with two of them… Christine and Courtney (my two friends that just had babies this past month). I can’t be more thankful for their friendship and Landon has two little buddies his age that he just adores. From time to time the three of us get together for play dates with the boys, we love getting them together. I encourage you to meet some friends there, the babies there are all just a few days, weeks, and months a part, so it’s nice to meet people that your little ones can grow with. If you have any questions about this service at the hospital, please contact me. I will be happy to answer any of the questions you may have. I absolutely loved the breastfeeding support group and attended every single session until I went back to work and could no longer attend. Actually even after I went back to work I took off a few mornings just so I could go to support group to see Landon’s stats. Due to the help of the lactation consultants at Upper Chesapeake Breastfeeding Support group, I was able to exclusively breastfeed and I nursed Landon until he was 18 months. During this time I worked full time in the office. It’s possible ladies, you can do it too! Head over to support group this week, you’ll be so glad you did.
Okay back to Lily… I knew that I wanted to do an outdoor session with her and I believe we picked the perfect spot, she tried to cooperate as much as her sweet little self allowed. Here are a few of the images I captured of her. I just love the outdoor shots, especially the one of Christine and her together.
Congratulations my sweet friend – you have a beautiful family inside and out!