Over the past 10 years, Earth Mama has worked closely with, and supported, a tremendous cadre of knowledgeable, generous, and loving advocates who support breastfeeding women with evidence-based research: professionals, non-profits, educators, manufacturers of breastfeeding products, and breastfeeding mothers, both experienced as well as first timers. They all want the same thing – to offer support. But too often we’ve seen these breastfeeding supporters need to defend themselves — or their position, method, techniques, organization or beliefs about breastfeeding — against judgment and criticism. Their time and energy is wasted defending themselves, instead of focusing on helping nursing mamas.
1.Supply and demand is one of the biggest factors to help support the production of breast milk. There is a stimulus/response system between the breast and the brain. When the baby suckles, the brain releases oxytocin to trigger breasts to manufacture more milk. The more baby is allowed to suck, the more the breast is stimulated to produce milk. So the more you ring the dinner bell, the more generous the buffet!
Infant Massage is a time-honored technique to soothe and comfort babies. It has amazing physical benefits, from stimulating digestion and learning, to reducing stress hormones and increasing relaxing hormones. It promotes a bond and lays a foundation for healthy, secure interactions, and helps babies feel connected and able to communicate their needs as it teaches parents to feel more comfortable and confident responding to subtle clues. It feels good for baby, and it gives parents lots of great benefits too!
Many of the mamas at Earth Mama Angel Baby have experienced baby loss along with baby joy. We offer this space to Mama Michelle, to tell her story to help heal her own heart, to commiserate, and by so doing to encourage other mamas to share their stories.