Groups re: Feeding Babies

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

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. 

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The fee for virtual groups is $5, to be paid electronically via the green Sign Me Up button (see left).  It's the honor system...

If you prefer to pay via Venmo, you can do so to @Jeanette-mesiteFrem       

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

 

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.

                

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Breastmilk & Conversation: Upcoming Meetings   

Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

To find the link to join see this page: https://www.babiesincommon.com/feedingbabies/breastmilk-conversation

When group starts up again in-person, it's most likely it will go back to MOST Fridays at 11:30 am in Northborough. For those with toddlers and preschoolers, for the in-person group, there is a playroom adjacent to the meeting room with toys.  Please be mindful of where your children are and what they are doing so they don’t climb furniture or touch things they shouldn’t be touching (including pushing or hitting other children).  Thank you!

In-person meetings are also drop-in but the fee is $10 (cash or credit), payable at the meeting.  MassHealth $5 and WIC subscribers attend for free. In-person groups take place in Northborough. 

Breastmilk & Conversation is a fun and informative drop-in group (pre-registration not necessary) 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. 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 you are welcome to wear pajamas and no showering needed!

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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More Milk Mamas: Upcoming Meeting 


See this page for the next date and link to join: https://www.babiesincommon.com/feedingbabies/more-milk-mamas

The More Milk Mamas group is once or twice a month, for those nursing a child who is older, mobile and enjoying other foods (or those who are almost there...come ask questions!). Not everyone knows someone who is nursing an older baby, toddler or preschooler, so come on over and meet some other parents who nurse! Held on a weekend so working folks can also attend, this is a great place to ask about introducing foods, teething, biting, gymnurstics, changing sleep patterns and so much more. Come on over and experience this fun and interactive group!

Keep in mind that you are ALSO welcome at the Breastmilk & Conversation group if your child isn't yet walking or crawling away from you, but some parents like to have a group for the older babies and toddlers.

When group starts up again in-person, it's most likely it will go back to one Saturday per month, we'll see.   For those with toddlers and preschoolers, for the in-person group, there is a playroom adjacent to the meeting room with toys.  Please be mindful of where your children are and what they are doing so they don’t climb furniture or touch things they shouldn’t be touching (including pushing or hitting other children).  Thank you!

In-person meetings are also drop-in but the fee is $10 (cash or credit), payable at the meeting.  MassHealth $5 and WIC subscribers attend for free. In-person groups take place in Northborough.!

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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 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.  She is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, mostly-retired birth doula and mother of two. She has been leading several parents' groups per month since February 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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