Breastmilk & Conversation: a feeding support group

 

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 and pumping 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 also a scale at group for you to use to weigh your baby.  There is complimentary coffee and tea available as well as cold and hot water. 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.  And YES, bring your baby!  Also, no joke, you are encouraged to wear your pajamas and come even without showering, really, it‘s true!

 

DETAILS 

  • Group is at 11:30am on Fridays 
  • Group is drop-in...just come on by!  Of course, checking the calendar beforehand is a good idea in case it’s cancelled, or see the Babies in Common Facebook page (or the Breastmilk & Conversation Facebook group) to see if there’s a notification there.
  • If group is cancelled for any date, it will be cancelled by 1 hour before group is scheduled to start (due to weather or illness or other unforeseen event that precludes the group facilitator from hosting group). 
  • The group fee is 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. :).  If you have a MassHealth card, your fee is $5. You may pay via cash or credit card at the group.

  • Consider buying an Unlimited Group pass (for Breastmilk & Conversation and More Milk Mamas, attend either with the pass) for $50. This pass is valid for one year and NOT transferable to another person.  Click here to do that! You won’t receive a pass that you have to keep track of, we’ll just keep a list of those who have one.

  • To see scheduled dates and times of groups, click on the calendar icon in the top right of this page or click hereIf you put it on your calendar in advance, you’ll be more likely to attend (those who attend for the first time usually say they wish they had come sooner!).

  • Groups take place in Northborough at 6 Maple Street (easiest way to get here is to enter through the walkway of stone pavers to the door (so no stairs!). Walk in that door and straight down the short hallway and you’ll find us!  

  • Please do NOT bring in your stroller, leave it in your car.  It's best, also, to NOT bring in your baby's car seat--CARRY your baby and bring a blanket for the floor. :)

 

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!).

 

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We often talk about hand expression and breast massage in the groups. 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 & Conversation.

HOWEVER, if you CAN'T get to the groups here but would like to join another Facebook group that Babies in Common's lactation consultant Jeanette Mesite Frem facilitates, click here for the closed group Boobies in Common. READ THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU JOIN!

OR, if you can't attend a group here but are curious about where other groups are held, click here for a list I put together to make it easier for you to find other groups.

 

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

 

Forgot to pay for group, click here to pay online.  

Interested in buying a gift certificate for a friend to attend group, take a prenatal class or help pay for a lactation consultation? Click here to do that!

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Click here to get occasional email updates from Babies in Common!

 

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

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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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