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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: Woooo hoooo!!!! We just had our very first Breastfeeding Club meeting and it was a smashing success!!! We had ten moms come!!! Everyone was VERY enthusiastic, I noticed some moms exchanging contact information and we got through a ton of topic ideas! Slings seem to be at the very top of everyone's list and there were several requests to make them ASAP so that is my current task at hand, as soon as I have details nailed down, I'll post a date and time for a sling making workshop. We may do that at our next meeting, working on getting an answer to that very soon. I believe we may have a mom willing to help and I have at least one volunteer seamstress.<br><br>
Anyone who isn't familiar with the club from the other Lenawee County thread and would like more information, please feel free to call me at<br>
517-264-5329. The club is sponsered by Michigan State University Extension and everyone is welcome to attend meetings. There is no cost and we are working on getting some more structured activities for toddlers attending the meetings with mom. The next meeting is scheduled for May 18, 2007 at 1:00 PM in the Spartan Room at the Lenawee County Human Services building (where the health dept. and social security office is located).<br><br>
Susan and Dani, it was so nice to meet you both. Dani, I will be getting that information we talked about out to you this afternoon or Monday morning at the latest. Hope to see you both again soon!<br><br>
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Amy,<br><br>
It was nice to meet you too! Thanks for being willing to send me that info, I really appreciate it!<br><br>
See you on May 18th!<br><br>
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Cool. I was going to the Lenawee County thread to see how things went. I have made ring slings, pouches, wraps, and Asian Baby Carriers (like a mei tai or a Kozy) I also have two commercial bolts of fabric I could bring that are perfect, one is more boy (navy and keely green stripes) and one is more girl (cream background with pink & pastel paisley). Walmart has $1/yd gauze that is great for summer wraps. You need about 5 yards to do all the different types of wraps. I also made a swimming/shower pouch out of stretch mesh. I'm sorry I missed the first meeting, I hope to be at the next one! I have worn my babies for the last 14 years, this is something I am passionate about. It makes BFing so much easier! I also may have contact info for someone who is local who is actually a LLL leader if we want to go in that direction. Please LMK!
 

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Katie,<br><br><br>
I've been hoping you'd pop on, I assumed you had a busy weekend and didn't want to bother you too early in the week. I could really, really use some help if you'd be willing. The A2 NINO group leader has indicated that she'd be willing to come down here and help make slings but if you are available and willing to help teach everyone, that would be fabulous!!! I was really surprised at how enthusiastic everyone at the meeting was about babywearing. One of the moms who is a friend of mine also said she met a woman at Mc Donalds who lives in Hudson and makes and sells slings for $25.00. Does this ring a bell with you? I've got a line on a buttery yellow twill, not sure how much of it, that I am going to check into as soon as I get this posted. I'm going to try to nail down a date for sling making with my supervisor today, she wasn't in yesterday, but it may be at the May 18 meeting, maybe even sooner. I have a couple of head start classes to visit this morning and a meeting at 11:00 so I will be around this afternoon. Hope things went well for you over the weekend!<br>
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<a href="http://www.promom.org/bf_info/true_breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.promom.org/bf_info/true_breast.html</a> Too good!
 

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I love it!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Amy,<br><br>
I got that info you sent in the mail. Thank you SO much! I am thinking of giving that one article to my mom to read, just have to get up the nerve <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Also, Abbie was to the doctor on Thursday to get weighed. She had gained 1lb 3oz since her last visit about 6 weeks ago! That puts her at 15lb 2oz and she has finally doubled her birthweight. We decided to still do a couple tests for celiac disease since it does run in my family some.<br><br>
Thanks again for your help!<br>
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You are quite welcome, CONGRATS on her weight gain!!!!!! I feel you with the whole mom thing, my own mother has given me heck about my bf'ing. Her first words when I told her we were expecting again were "oh good, Chase will have to wean now." I'm not usually very bold with her but before I could even think about it, I said "No, he'll just have to learn to share." She's been pretty quiet about bf'ing since. Maybe if you give your mom some solid information, she'll come around, always worth a shot. Good luck.<br>
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UPDATE!!!<br><br>
Regular meetings for the Breastfeeding Club begin June 1, 2007 at 1:00 PM in the Spartan Room and Demo Kitchen, located inside the Human Services Building, the doors to the rooms are directly across from the Social Security Office. Meetings will be on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 PM. Please email me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> for topic updates/suggestions.<br><br>
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ooohhh! I wanna come!!!<br><br>
I am from monroe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
this may sound dumb but how far is lenawee from monroe??? miles?<br><br>
I am not a native michigander and have only lived here about 18 months so thats why I am clueless <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Chris,<br><br>
I moved here from Monroe about a year ago. I can give you good directions, aka, get you here the fastest way, if you'd like to tell me which general area in Monroe you'd be coming from. It's about 25 miles I think, but can take up to an hour to get here, depending on how you come. There are lots of ways to get here, none of them direct, and some a big pain in the behind, lol, which I've learned through trial and lots of error over the past year and a half. Most of mine and my dd's friends are still in Monroe, Newport, Maybee and Dundee, so we make the trek almost weekly. Are you familiar with the Mother to Mother program in Monroe? Winnie and Kim are the counselors there, Winnie was mine a few years ago, she's incredible! I was thinking about asking her about some kind of combined group activities or meetings, since last I heard Monroe La Leche League is not presently meeting.<br>
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I could also help you with getting there. I live in Deerfield which is right on the Lenawee/Monroe county line. We are pretty much the 1/2way point. I am also in your due date club. If you's like, you can even drive to my house which is about halfway and I can drive us to Adrian. I drive a 12 passenger van, so even if you brought all of your kids, it would be no problem. Or if you wanted we could meet in Dundee which is right on M-50. M-50 is the easiest way across, but coming across Petersburg into Deerfield is the shortest/straightest route to Adrian.
 

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I thought I had May 18 written down for a meeting, is that not right? Is it June 1? Also, what is the thing on the 11th? I'm so confused!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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oh goodie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I live in almost downtown, right off M-50 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> so I am assuming I may just head west on M-50?<br><br>
Mother to Mother, yes I had a gal that worked with me 2 years ago, I think her name was Denise? I thought the program was wonderful and while they were not able to help me a ton, it was alot ofgood info etc.<br><br>
I have breast hypoplasia (LC diagnosed) so I have to supplement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
But I took an herb last time that helps grwo breast tissue and it helepd some<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I am the queen of bf'ing issues...seriously I have considered becoming a LC myself just because I know what it's like to fail miserably <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">...almost 6 times in a row!!<br><br>
I iwll put this down on my calendar,...it's ok if we bring little kids right? I don't have a nurser right now, but I have 3 littles (5,3 & 18 months) and am preggers again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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oh and if someone can give me the actual addy to the place I can map it and find it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I am going to try and bring my SIL too...she is nursing twins right now.
 

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Denise is no longer with the Bf'ing program in Monroe, but yes, she was a part of MSU's mother to mother program a few years ago. She does parenting ed. now, another of our programs. The building address is 1040 S. Winter Adrian, MI 49221. In my experience, mapquest stinks at directions from Monroe, lol. M-50 is easiest but it does take you out of your way north through Tecumseh. Beecher is also closed and mapquest will probably bring you down it to get to Winter, not hard to get around though. Katie's offer would probably be a good one to consider, even if you just follow her. I've found the quickest way is to come through Dundee to Petersburg Road and cut across, which will bring you towards her anyway. If you want me to give you those directions, I can, just lmk. Oh, and the kiddies and your SIL are of course very welcome to come!<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh goodie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I live in almost downtown, right off M-50 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> so I am assuming I may just head west on M-50?<br><br>
Mother to Mother, yes I had a gal that worked with me 2 years ago, I think her name was Denise? I thought the program was wonderful and while they were not able to help me a ton, it was alot ofgood info etc.<br><br>
I have breast hypoplasia (LC diagnosed) so I have to supplement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
But I took an herb last time that helps grwo breast tissue and it helepd some<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I am the queen of bf'ing issues...seriously I have considered becoming a LC myself just because I know what it's like to fail miserably <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">...almost 6 times in a row!!<br><br>
I iwll put this down on my calendar,...it's ok if we bring little kids right? I don't have a nurser right now, but I have 3 littles (5,3 & 18 months) and am preggers again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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There is a great article on breast hypoplasia here: <a href="http://www.007b.com/breast_size_breastfeeding.php" target="_blank">http://www.007b.com/breast_size_breastfeeding.php</a> Scroll down to where it says tubular hypoplastic breast. I will warn you that there are lots of bare breast photos if that is something that you would rather not have kids looking over your shoulders. (It's not a problem, here. But I know that it bothers some people. It also might not be a good look at work site either.) I like that all the breast photos are "real" and "normal" and all different sizes and shapes. There is a bunch of great links at the bottom of the article. It appears that most cases are linked with PCOS and other metabolic and hormonal issues and that some people have had sucess with treating those and had it help the milk supply. One thing I saw quite a few times was treating with natural progesterone starting at the end of pregnancy. I'm not an LC nor do I play one on TV <grin> but I also was looking at becoming an LC at one time and did all the hoop jumping to be a LLL leader. I have had the opposite problem, I have an overactive letdown and an overabundant supply. I'm actually looking at donating to the milk bank. Do you have good insurance? I just found out (after 5 kids! argh!) that if the Dr writes me a prescription that my insurance will pay 100% for a Medela Pump in Style Pump (they are like $300!) You might check and see if yours will, because I would bet that the stimulation of pumping in between nursing might help your milk supply quite a bit.
 

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ah I will check out that site later after *they * go to bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (only 1.5 more hours...YES!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br><br>
yeah, I have suspected that I have PCOS type issues for awhile, and the other odd thing...check this out, my breasts never grew with my last pg,...a boy baby.<br><br>
This time? They have already gotten HUGE. Now, I am not sure if that is because of the Goat's rue I took last time...or maybe the femaile hormones from this baby? Could that affect it?<br><br>
I would LOVE to not have to supplement.<br><br>
My thing with pumping is...uh, mama ain't got time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Seriously I hate the pump. I mean, I am not a huge fan of the formula either, BUT...the pump and I do not get along, plus with the demans of the 6 other kids and trying to nurse a NB, I odubt I would have time to do that kwim???<br><br>
I might check and see if our new insurance covers it though...my dh just got hired at Marathon in Detroit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> it's good insurance I think but I have no idea what the company is yet.<br><br>
I would LOVE to get my entire homebirth payed for!!<br>
That would ROCK!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jammin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jammin"><br><br>
I love how you said you dont' playone on TV *LOL* and yeah we have needed a LLL group here awhile now. I went to one but last I heard it was dying a slow death <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
not sureif it is even stillaround anymore.<br><br>
I have this date already marked on my calendar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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You can also take Dunbar Rd to Lewis to Ida West thru Petersburg to Deerfield and then Deerfield Hwy into Adrian. that is the straight shot. But if you haven't done it before it can get tricky out in the country.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ah I will check out that site later after *they * go to bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (only 1.5 more hours...YES!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br><br>
yeah, I have suspected that I have PCOS type issues for awhile, and the other odd thing...check this out, my breasts never grew with my last pg,...a boy baby.<br><br>
This time? They have already gotten HUGE. Now, I am not sure if that is because of the Goat's rue I took last time...or maybe the femaile hormones from this baby? Could that affect it?<br><br>
I would LOVE to not have to supplement.<br><br>
My thing with pumping is...uh, mama ain't got time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Seriously I hate the pump. I mean, I am not a huge fan of the formula either, BUT...the pump and I do not get along, plus with the demans of the 6 other kids and trying to nurse a NB, I odubt I would have time to do that kwim???<br><br>
I might check and see if our new insurance covers it though...my dh just got hired at Marathon in Detroit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> it's good insurance I think but I have no idea what the company is yet.<br><br>
I would LOVE to get my entire homebirth payed for!!<br>
That would ROCK!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jammin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jammin"><br><br>
I love how you said you dont' playone on TV *LOL* and yeah we have needed a LLL group here awhile now. I went to one but last I heard it was dying a slow death <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
not sureif it is even stillaround anymore.<br><br>
I have this date already marked on my calendar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"></div>
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Sometimes what it takes (if it's dying a slow death but still around), is for a new "core" group of mamas to come in and revitalize it. Soooo, find some of your breastfeeding mama friends, attend the meetings regularly, offer to take a leadership role (ie: run the library, organize the silent auction basket for Area Conference, take on some responsibilities for a World Breastfeeding Week Walk), and revitalize the group! We have a group of mamas who get together for playgroups, coffee, you name it...and they're relatively new to the group...they perked it up.<br><br>
Sooooo, if the group DOES still exist, find some friends and get involved! It'll be beneficial for more than just you...think of all those other new mamas who will even just stop in a couple of times but bring home useful information.<br><br>
Just a thought. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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