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Welcome, Leakies!
This week we're talking all about
.  Bottles, Breast, SNS, Support, our first upcoming conference on infant feeding. It's all here! We have an awesome giveaway going on right now-see if you can spot it as you scroll through our newsletter! We've been talking about positive support and "lightbulb" moments in our Community this week as well as finding some amazing articles celebrating milk diversity! Be encouraged, Leaky. This is YOUR journey. YOUR time. We are HERE for you! 
Peace and Milk,
The TLB Team
A special poem for you and an invitation.
Dear Leakies,

This may come as a shock, but I'm not passionate about breastfeeding.

Which is why I hope you all can join me at Milk: An Infant Feeding Conference on August 1st in Los Angelas, CA. This conference is all about bringing together everyone involved in infant feeding conversations to learn how to listen, share information, and offer true support. Support that isn't possible when we're judging and shaming individuals.

Nearly every day we hear from moms they concern about how they are feeding their baby. Guilt weaves through their words. With heartbreak they share their story, aching at what they perceive to be failure and hoping we can offer some magic fix. We tell them all the same thing.

Feed the baby. That's the first rule of infant feeding care, FEED THE BABY. Because no matter what methodology, the baby must be fed. Not feeding the baby IS failure.

If there were a first rule of infant feeding support, it should be "DON'T BE A JERK." Followed closely by "SUPPORT THE PERSON OVER THE METHODOLOGY." Being a jerk and supporting a methodology over people IS failure.

Feeding the baby isn't failure.

Sometimes, the people that should be the most supportive, end up offering unsupportive support. Family, friends, breastfeeding supporters, health care providers... all may intentionally or inadvertently undermine the confidence of a feeding parent. And that's sad. Last week we had some harsh, judgmental comments on our social media channels that surprised me for our community has largely identified as being a judgment-free support community. It was disheartening to see comments about other women's infant feeding journeys, comments such as "I don't understand how a mother can be too lazy not to give her baby the best" or "I'm simply saying that if she had WANTED it to happen it COULD HAVE happened". That's not what TLB is about.

All families deserve support, to not have their confidence undermined along the way, and to share what they want of that journey. I know what it's like to personally feel that judgment and condemnation will overshadow all else if I shared feeding my babies and I even let that get in the way of supporting others for a time, you can read my apology for that here.

Feeding our babies is not a journey we have to go alone.

How we say what we have to say matters, it matters a lot. The Leaky Boob and MiLK aims to engage in respectful and responsible conversation about feeding our babies. And you can help us make that happen. Go here to learn more about MiLK and how you can be involved.

Feed the baby and share your journey, no matter what it looks like be it feeding strictly from the breast, pumping like a pro, boosting milk supply with herbs (or some chocolate!) feeding donor milk, with bottles or at the breast supplementer, or formula. Just feed the baby. In doing so, you may find you are not alone and someone else may find the path they travel less daunting. We can build each other up along the way.

Wishing all the babies full tummies,

Jessica Martin-Weber
Founder, TheLeakyBoob.com
Co-Founder, MiLK Conference


This Week On TLB

Pump Like a Pro – Washing Pump Parts

by Wendy Bell, CLE


 
Editor’s note: Be sure to check out the free wet bag special Snugabell has going on and you don’t want to miss the giveaway for Leakies at the end!
 

Ask a Pumpin’ Mama and she’ll probably tell you how much space it takes up when you lay out a whole array of pump parts — bottles, lids and flanges — on the kitchen counter.  We all want to make sure everything stays clean and safe for our babies, but how much cleaning is enough? Let Snugabell help you pump like a pro!

Save the suds for the end of the day.  Especially if you’re at work all day or pumping multiple times, washing up after every use can turn into a drag pretty quickly.  Lucky for us, a quick rinse before storing in the fridge in between sessions is more than enough to keep everything clean and ready to go.  A good wash with hot, soapy water at the end of the day is all you need.

Read More and Enter Giveaway!

An Infant Feeding Conference
August 1st, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
MORE INFORMATION

 

 



From TheLeakyBoob.com
On Breastfeeding Moms and Nutrition

Boobs and Bottles Around the Web

#LeakyLooks : YOU Choose Edition!

This past week we kicked our first June edition of #LeakyLooks: YOU Choose Edition with AppleCheeks, Naked Tank, and Bebe Au Lait! We asked YOU to tell us the kind of #BoobOutFashion you wanted to see and we delivered! To see MORE of these looks and to see where to purchase our freshest pics, check out our latest #LeakyLooks on the website!

         
 

 

Bonus #LeakyLooks!

We couldn't stop at the YOU Choose Edition and wanted to give you a sneak peek of our featured #LeakyLook on our Epic MiLK edition!! Featuring another of the gorgeous AppleCheeks Infinity Nursing Scarves, we know you'll love this "Don't Stress Just Go!" collection. Don't forget to take a peek at the other looks we put together! What do you think?! (Guess What?! We'll be doing a giveaway with AppleCheeks THIS WEEK so stay tuned!!) 

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"Have fun. Your child will remember those moments and your freedom -- not how you looked in your swimming suit."                          -Jessica Martin-Weber, creator of The Leaky Boob 

Read more on this article HERE and the HuffPost article HERE


 

Leaky To Leaky Tips
This week asked our Leakies to share with us what empowered and freed them in their feeding journey with their little ones! For more encouragement and support, join us HERE


I remember posting in a group about the multiple issues/insecurities that I was having nursing my 3ish month old at the time. A woman posted a picture with a saying on it...I don't remember the exact words, but the gist of the story was "don't ever give up breastfeeding on a bad day. You need to power through the bad days, and once that's over then you can reconsider." I thought of that quote SO OFTEN, and it got me through those bad days. Now we're at over 12 months and still going strong! -Caitlin

smile emoticonWe were struggling with my son's tongue tie, and I desperately did not want to give up, but I was feeling very disheartened. My husband told me "No matter what, we will make sure he gets fed. He isn't starving, and he's growing. The only way you've failed is if those two things change. And even then, it means I'll have failed, too." -Fair

I had an abruption during labour, bled and babe was super sleepy... Needless to say, my supply suffered. I was hellbent on EBF and was devastated that I couldn't. I was crying to the IBCLC that was working with me one day while I was breastfeeding that "I just want to breastfeed my child". Her reply was the turning point in my grieving - "you are. Breastfeeding isn't All or nothing, and it's more than water and calories". -Jen

Laying in recovery after unplanned c-section, they brought her in layer her on my chest and she latched as the recovery room nurse watched over us. "Look at that, you both already know what to do, nursing pros already". Maybe the nurse said that to all the mommas, I don't know, but it meant a lot to me. -Beth

I always expected to breastfeed. When I was diagnosed with a medical condition that prevents me from making enough milk, I was devastated. I have a pretty awesome sister-in-love who got me a supplementer and I nursed my girlie for a year.
The very fir
st place I nursed in public with the SNS was at parent/child store that sold products in support of attachment parenting. I was sitting in the middle of the store in one of their comfy chairs and the owner passed by. She took one look at me and said "You're my hero today, for doing whatever it takes to feed your baby." At less than two weeks postpartum I burst into tears and sobbed my heart out. She stayed with me while I wept and nursed and continued to offer me amazing encouragement. It's almost four years ago now and I still get a little teary remembering. It was THE MOST encouraging thing anyone said to me during my nursing journey. -Nadia
Are you a part of a supportive online community? We'd love for you to join us! Needing positive support in your feeding journey? Have questions about weaning? Supplementing? Breast Pain? We're here to help! Click on our logo to get added and join
The Leaky Boob Community on Facebook!

How Jimmy Fallon Saved My Morning Milk: A Pump Story


So, we *might* have started a bad habit around here.

Pumping and toddlers don’t really mix, so I’ve been trying out different shows to see what E will watch so I can pump in relative peace. And by peace, I mean not chasing him while trying to keep all the milk in the bottles and the pump attached while redirecting him with one hand and carrying my pump in the other.

Pro Tip: Toddlers love to be chased, especially when you are doing something that is completely inconducive to running and hopping about.  Like pumping. 

The thing is, my son doesn’t like television in general, and possesses a special loathing for children’s TV.  Dora the Explorer? Nope.  Calliou? Oh, hell no.  Sesame Street? Ask me again and I’ll cut you.

E actually turns the television off, and then violently shakes his head no while simultaneously shouting “all done”.  Apparently, when you’re 20 months old, you have strong feelings about the kind of media you are willing to consume.  And kids’ shows just don’t work for him. Read More

Star Anise Shortbread {Paleo}

*editor's note: I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Carrie post this recipe. Being Scottish by both blood and marriage, I was over the moon to see this yummy recipe! Slainte Mhah! -Kileah

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or erythritol
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp anise extract or 1 tsp finely ground star anise
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, erythritol, and baking powder (and ground star anise if you use it)
  2. Combine egg, coconut oil, extracts, and stevia
  3. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and form into a log shape
  4. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for at least five hours (I chilled mine overnight and it was great)
  5. Once chilled, slice dough and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle a TEENY bit of sea salt over the top.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-17 minutes, until just slightly browned around the edges.
  7. Allow to rest for a few minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.

Have you ever done anything unorthodox to get a job?  What was it?  I want to know!

Your Favorite Paleo Cookie Monster,
Carrie

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The REAL Mommy Wars- Exchanging the Pretend War To Take On The Real Battles

by Jessica Martin-Weber

In our Western context, where we have access to more information than we could possibly process, parenting can be an overwhelming journey.  The pressure to do it just right is intense but opinions and even professionals disagree on what constitutes right in the first place.  Supposed experts can’t even agree on what equals healthy but parents better make the right choice for their child.  Don’t get it wrong or your child will pay for life and they’re our future!  Screw it up with your kid and, well, you’re personally responsible for the destruction of the world.

It’s always open season on parents. You, me, friends, family, random strangers, politicians, educators, health care providers, you name it, all regularly take aim at parents, shooting off judgment and advice faster than a baby can surprise you with projectile vomit.  According to somebody you ARE doing it wrong.  From conception to graduation, parents and their children are critiqued and then, because they aren’t really sure they’ve got this parenting thing right, they critique other parents.

Somewhere in this milieu the demeaning term “mommy wars” was coined, reducing the female parenting component to little more than an ongoing competitive cat-fight with other mothers. Read More

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