Breastmilk & Conversation: a feeding support group

DURING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING TIME OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS...groups will be held online via the HIPAA-compliant level of Zoom.   

        HOWEVER, there are NO Breastmilk & Conversation groups in September 2020.  These groups will restart in October. 

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 its benefits and challenges, too. Join 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 use a bottle or other feeding device, please do. If you need to use formula to feed your baby, please do.  

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.  Showers and real clothes not required!

 

You can either attend via zoom.com on desktop or the Zoom app on your phone or tablet.  Beware that when you login, you'll go straight into the meeting but your microphone will automatically be muted.  When you want to talk, you can EITHER unmute yourself or the facilitator (Jeanette) will unmute you.  She will also remute each person when they aren't speaking to avoid extra sounds complicating the conversation. :) 

Once in the meeting, please click on your name in the screen and edit it to have your first name, your baby's name and baby's age.  Additionally, the video will automatically be on so everyone can see you...for safety and protection of all involved, if someone logs in and we can't see you and don't know who you are, you will be taken out of the meeting. 

If you haven't attended group before, please post your first and last name, your town and your email address in the chat OR text it to Jeanette at 617-686-0052. 

The fee will be $5, to be paid electronically via the link below (honor system...)

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       Click on the green "Sign me up!" button (above) to pay via the Square payment processor or, if you prefer, you can send payment via Venmo to @Jeanette-mesiteFrem

NOTE: If you are on MassHealth or WIC, you may attend for free, just message a photo of your card to the group facilitator, Jeanette Mesite Frem, IBCLC at 617-686-0052 or email it to her at jeanette@babiesincommon.com.

                 Feel free to invite friends from afar, too!!! 

 

Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

       

       *****    NO GROUPS IN SEPTEMBER, my apologies. If you'd really like to attend a virtual group, please email me at jeanette@babiesincommon.com so I can send you links to some groups done by colleagues of mine.   ****

 

 

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Group typically happens on Fridays at 11:30 am, but ALWAYS check the calendar on babiesincommon.com to confirm before you try to login to group.

When group starts up again in-person (and virtually), it's most likely it will go back to MOST Fridays at 11:30 am.

 

DETAILS 

  • Group is drop-in...just join in!  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 (except for $5 for the online Zoom call during the COVID-19 pandemic, see above) for those who are pregnant or nursing, chestfeeding, pumping or feeding their baby human milk. Need grandma or your sister to join with you, they are welcome, too. :).  If you have a MassHealth card, your fee is $5 (free for the online group).  Fee for WIC subscribers. You may pay via cash or credit card at the group.

  • 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!).

  • After we can gather in groups safely again, groups take place in Northborough at 6 Maple Street (easiest way to get here is to enter through the door at the end of the stone walkway (that way there are 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 (unless you have twins or a physical issue that requires you to bring a stroller, then stash it in the kitchen (first door on the right after you enter the building).  It's best, also, to NOT bring in your baby's car seat, if possible--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 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 feeding 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 feeding 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 feeding consultation? Click here to do that!

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   Your group facilitator is Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD, SBCPE
 
 
 
 
 
 
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