Breastmilk & Conversation: a feeding support group

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Breastmilk & Conversation is a fun and informative group where those who are breastfeeding, pumping, chestfeeding (or those who are expecting to in the near future) 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. Pumping has it's benefits and challenges, too. Come and get suggestions and new ideas from the others in the group as well as the group facilitator. If you want to pump during group, feel free. If you need to bring a bottle or other feeding device, please do. If you need/want to bring some formula to feed your baby, please do. There is hot water available at both locations for tea or warming bottles. This is a place where many learn to nurse in public for the first time. No covers are needed but if you feel more comfortable with one, feel free!

We talk about making nursing more comfortable, skin-to-skin, pumping, hand-expression, increasing supply, dealing with oversupply, poop (you know you want to talk about it!), 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 others with babies.  There’s also a baby scale available for you to use. And YES, bring your baby!

Breastmilk & Conversation is a drop-in feeding support group, scheduled for most FRIDAYS in Northborough, at 10:00 am and lasts about 90 minutes.  

There is also a SATURDAY group planned once per month...check the calendar online. 

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.   

NOTE: Always be sure to always check the BinC Calendar to be sure group is still on but if you RSVP in advance that is BEST...plus by RSVPing you are more likely to come!

Just $10 for those who are pregnant or nursing, chestfeeding, pumping or feeding their baby human milk. Need grandma or your sister to come with you, they are welcome, too. :)  The group fee can be paid online when you RSVP or via cash or credit card at the group.

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 three participants will have RSVP'd in advance so that it's actually a GROUP.

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. 

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 a Facebook group full of warm and caring folks 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 a 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 parents 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 nipples 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 jeanette@babiesincommon.com

PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK ONLINE an HOUR before group is scheduled to start...unless you have RSVPd online, because they you'd receive a message via text or email that it's rescheduled, so always check your phone/email.

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 that it isn't happening! :)

 

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Have a question about a medication and whether its safe for your breastfeeding baby?

Infant Risk Center logo

Contact the Infant Risk Center by clicking on the logo above.

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

 


 

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