Breastmilk & Conversation: a feeding support group
Breastmilk & Conversation (formerly called Breastmilk & Cookies) is a fun and informative group where moms always leave feeling more informed and encouraged. Come learn what’s normal, discover how amazing you and your baby are and how easy breastfeeding can be. However, while nursing is "natural", sometimes it’s not so easy. Come and get suggestions and new ideas from the other moms in the group as well as the group facilitator.
We talk about making nursing more comfortable, skin-to-skin, pumping, hand-expression, increasing supply, dealing with oversupply, poop (you know you want to!), introducing an occasional bottle, introducing food, soothing babies, talking with care providers about your baby, finding more sleep, and so much more!
Whether you need help or are there to give help, you’ll enjoy getting to know other moms and babies. There’s also a baby scale available for you to use.
Breastmilk & Conversation is a drop-in feeding support group, typically on Wednesdays* at 1:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am. HOWEVER, it is STRONGLY encouraged to RSVP online using this link or via text to 617-686-0052 so that we can determine whether there are enough people planning on coming (two people plus a facilitator doesn't really feel like a group) or in case of illness or bad weather. *it used to be on Tuesdays
Just $15 for those who are pregnant or nursing, chestfeeding, pumping or feeding their baby human milk. BRING YOUR BABY! :) You can pay the group fee online when you RSVP or in cash or credit card. Again, if it's an hour before group and you check the BinC Calendar and it's still listed, come on over, even if you didn't RSVP. BUT, if you can RSVP in advance, that's a better thing for communication and ensuring there'll be a group! Ideally, at least four participants will have RSVP'd in advance so that it's actually a GROUP.
Expectant folks planning on breastfeeding or pumping are welcome. Grandmothers and others who are visiting/supporting you in the early days are also welcome to join with you (at no additional charge and no need for them to RSVP if they are coming with you).
If you have a MassHealth card, show it to Jeanette or Jen before/after group and your fee is just $5.
You are more than welcome to come to group in your pajamas.
Groups take place:
- usually on Fridays at Northborough Chiropractic Center at 6 Maple Street, Northborough (1st floor)
- usually on Wednesdays at Flowforms Yoga at 100A June Street in Worcester.
- To learn more about these locations, click here.
Why Join the Breastmilk & Conversation Group?
Imagine a place you can come to nurse your baby in public for the first time or one of many. Come to ask questions. Come to meet others who are breastfeeding and/or pumping. Join in to meet others who have one thing in common with you, they want their baby to drink human milk. Maybe 100%. Maybe not. Maybe some milk and some formula. Maybe some of their milk and some donor milk. There are many, many common issues and questions and often you'll be the one helping someone else or you'll leave learning something you never knew you needed to know!
We talk a lot about hand expression and breast massage in group. CLICK HERE to see videos that will help, including YouTube videos put in a channel just for breastfeeding/pumping folks.
After attending your first group (but before you leave), be sure to sign-in on the iPad (just your first visit). Additionally, AFTER you attend group, there's a special Facebook group for those who have come to group, ask about it at group when you attend. It's Facebook group full of warm and caring women and there's engagement daily to post questions, joys and challenges related to nursing, pumping and parenting. If you have been to group (or to More Milk Mamas group), please click here to request to join the Facebook group Breastmilk & Cookies Group & Beyond.
HOWEVER, if you CAN'T get to the groups here but would like to join another Facebook group that Babies in Common lactation consultant Jeanette Mesite Frem facilitates, click here for the closed group Boobies in Common. READ THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU JOIN!
Is your baby older and moving around?
Consider attending More Milk Mamas, for older, mobile babies who are eating food (or those who are considering it!).
Do you need a private lactation consultation instead or in addition to group?
Some moms are having no issues with nursing and that's fabulous!! Yay, that's perfect. Then come to group! Others are having a few issues and have some questions. Come to group.
But if your baby isn't gaining weight, your nipple are so sore you've moved to pumping only or most of the time, you are using a nipple shield for every feeding, you dread each feeding due to the pain, your baby cries "all the time" or has been diagnosed with "colic" or "reflux", you've had plugged ducts or mastitis more than once? You probably need a lactation consultation. Click here to find out more.
Questions about group? Fastest way to get an answer is to TEXT Jeanette at 617-686-0052 or email email@example.com
PLEASE do NOT show up without RSVPing in advance OR checking online an hour beforehand to be sure it's still scheduled to happen. This is for your convenience--I wouldn't want you to go to all the trouble of making your way to group and then be disappointed! :)
Have a question about a medication and whether its safe for your breastfeeding baby?
They take calls from you or medical providers.
There is an app available for moms and for professionals.
LactMed is another place to look for answers related to medications.
The Infant Risk Center and LactMed don't always agree, but it's helpful to see both if you have questions or concerns.
I love BinC so much that I drive 45 minutes each way to get there! It is my absolute favorite place to get out of the house with my baby. I get to connect with other moms and get support all while also taking care of and being with my little guy. I also love knowing that I can show up there and just start nursing my baby immediately and whenever he wants without a second thought.
~ Amie Humphrey Facendola, Lancaster, MA
"Babies in Common has been an invaluable resource to me as I begin this new chapter of my life. Jeanette has helped me with everything from diapering to breastfeeding to calming a fussy baby. Most importantly, with her support she's given me the confidence to find my voice as a mother. I cannot recommend her services at Babies in Common enough!"
~ Sharon Goyette, Boylston, MA