Monday, March 17, 2014

Calling all breastfeeding supporters (or those who just like pizza)! La Leche League of Sandy is having a fundraiser!

When: Monday April 14th through Thursday April 17th.

Where:  This will be held at The Pizza Pie Cafe, located at 751 Fort Union Blvd, in Midvale.

How: For every person who eats at The Pizza Pie Cafe for our fundraiser between the 14th and 17th, the restaurant will give 25% of your total bill to our group!! Simply go to the pizza pie cafe, enjoy a tasty meal, then when the bill is brought present the fundraiser card (or mention that you're there for LLL of Sandy), which states our group's name and the date the fundraiser ends. We can get you this card one of two ways: come to the next La Leche League of Sandy meeting and we can give you as many cards as you'd like (for family and friends too!), or via e-mail for you to print off and present at the restaurant. If you forget your card, don't worry,  mention La Leche League of Sandy, they will print one at the restaurant and have you fill in the information.

Why: We want to raise funds for our group so we can continue to purchase much-needed inventory, add more books to our group library, and give our leader(s) the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest research concerning breastfeeding!


Extra bonus! Because we are a non-profit organization, your entire meal will be tax-free!!

For anyone who is interested in getting to know the families of La Leche League of Sandy better, we are planning on getting together Wednesday April 16th  at the Pizza Pie for a casual meet-the-families night at 6pm. And please feel free to tell friends and family who support breastfeeding or just like pizza about our upcoming fundraiser. So, mark your calendars and plan for a night off of cooking dinner in favor of pizza and La Leche League!

BIG thanks to our member, Heather, for putting together this fundraiser.

WarmLLLy, 

La Leche League of Sandy


Monday, July 22, 2013

Come celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and the start of the Breastfeeding Café with us at Family Fun Night, Friday August 2nd at Liberty Park (north east side) from 6-8pm.  Feel free to bring a snack or picnic dinner and blankets to sit on!  We’ll have face painting, a bike parade for the kids, as well as a chance to enjoy a sneak peek at this year’s silent auction list, and a glance of the events calendar!   

Join us on August 3rd from 9am-1pm at Draper Park (near the northwest playground) for the second annual Sandy Mini Café, put on by the Salt Lake City Breastfeeding Café and La Leche League of Sandy.  You don't need to be breastfeeding to join in the festivities, just a supporter of breastfeeding!  Join us for:
The Big Latch On*, a world record breaking event
Breastfeeding Support and Information
Giveaways
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding Raffle
Lots of Fun!

*The Big Latch On will be held from 10:30-10:31am.  Please come at 10am to get registered and settled.  In order to participate in the Big Latch On you will need to have a nursling along with you.  Also, please bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

For more information on The Big Latch On visit their website BigLatchOn.org.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Milk Ejection Reflex and Negative Emotions. What is going on?

You sit down to nurse. You're tired and looking forward to relaxing with your squishy new baby snuggled comfortably against your chest. You can't wait to hear those reassuring sounds as he sucks, swallows, and breathes.

You're ready.

Ready to soak up the warm touch of your baby's smooth skin, to stroke his back gently with one hand while supporting him with the other. You're ready to feel his tummy move in and out against yours as you enjoy the surge of oxytcin that will pulse through your veins telling your breasts it's time to nurture your baby.

You have your water, your snack, and a good book. Baby latches on, you lean back, you relax, and take a deep breath as you comfortably melt into your couch, but as you exhale you feel like something is not right; maybe you feel homesick, or even helpless. You don't know why or where this is coming from. These negative feelings, that can range from severe to mild, envelope you tightly as you struggle to understand how they could take up residence deep in the pit of your stomach while doing something you enjoy so much.

Breastfeeding.

Baby begins gulping and you know your milk has let-down. A minute passes and everything feels right again. In fact you may even forget about these feelings but next time you sit down to nurse or even if your milk let-down occurs without a nursling at the breast you are reminded, yet again, of these passing emotions that you struggle to understand.

If this sounds familiar to you than you might have Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER.

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As a new mother with my first baby, a boy, the description above is my experience. After several months the symptoms improved greatly and pretty much disappeared as we nursed into toddler-hood. By the time I was pregnant with my second baby I had forgotten completely about these poorly understood emotions. Then she was born and the uncomfortable feelings were knocking at my breastfeeding door again.

Despite laying in my own bed or sitting on my own couch, every time I placed my brand new baby girl to the breast I felt homesick. It would fill me up with a mild sense of doom I just couldn't shake. The feelings were brief so I accepted them and moved on. I began to expect these feelings just as much as I expected to see my baby start gulping. I knew they would visit just before I felt the familiar sensation of a milk release (note: not all women feel a milk ejection reflex) and expected them to leave within a minute or less. These unexplained, poorly understood feelings were consistent and predictable. In fact, they were so predictable, even when baby wasn't at the breast, I could tell if I was going to have a let-down because I would suddenly feel that all too frequent "ickiness" that started in the pit of my stomach and consumed my body like a virus.

Just as they slowly left me with my first baby they faded with my second. It wasn't until one of the breastfeeding facebook pages I "like" posted an article about D-MER did I know that what I was experiencing had a name, or even that it existed beyond my own experience. It was my "aha moment!" A physiological reaction to a drop in dopamine!

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So what is Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex?

According to Kellymom.com "'Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex is a condition affecting lactating women that is characterized by an abrupt dysphoria, or negative emotions, that occur just before milk release and continuing not more than a few minutes.' This is a physiological response (not a psychological response) that appears to be tied to a sudden decrease in the brain chemical dopamine immediately before milk let-down."

For more information read this article by Alia Macrina Heise, from Breastfeeding Today, Issue 4 (November 2010), pp. 18-20.
D-MER (Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex): What is it?

~ Meghan  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Saying Goodbye

Le Leche League of Sandy is sad to announce that Renee and Rocio are officially retired as La Leche League Leaders. Everything they have done for La Leche League is and will always be appreciated. I am sad to see them go, a bit nervous to carry on, but excited for the future of La Leche League of Sandy. Change, although scary, is necessary. I know our community of breastfeeding moms will continue to support me, and I will continue to support you as we experience this change together!!

In light of LLL of Sandy losing two wonderful Leaders to retirement, enrichment meetings are not currently being held as I find my footing during this change. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Milk Donation

Curious about milk donation?  Check out the Salt Lake Mothers' Milk Donation Center.  Like them on Facebook. There is currently a breast milk shortage which you can read about in this article.  If you have any further questions contact the donation center at milkdonation@utha.edu.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Foods I Should Avoid?


One of the LLLI philosophy concepts states, "Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible." Thus, in general, no food is excluded from the list of foods a breastfeeding mother should eat. Obviously, it is best to make sure the foods you eat are fresh and healthy. The concept of variety is important, because by eating a number of foods, you can be sure to obtain different nutrients and do not eat too much of any one food.
Every culture has lists of foods that are "good" and "bad" for breastfeeding mothers. It happens very often that foods believed to be good in one culture are considered bad in others! In Italy, mothers are often told not to eat garlic, cauliflower, lentils and red peppers. In India most mothers eat all these things and breastfeed very happily. Actually, in parts of India they believe that garlic helps a mother to breastfeed successfully!
Generally, anything you are happy eating is okay for you to eat while you are breastfeeding. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. If you have a family medical history of allergy, it is worth being careful about your diet and avoiding known allergens during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you notice that your baby reacts badly after you have eaten something, it may be best to leave that food out of your diet for a while. There is an excellent article on our Web site called " Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family,"   which may help you if you are worried about allergies.
See also myths 12 and 21 in the article "Common Breastfeeding Myths"  for more information about what a breastfeeding mother needs to eat, and our resource page on Breastfeeding and Allergies.

To read this article and many more frequently asked questions breastfeeding visit http://www.llli.org/faq/.