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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Check out the Grand Rapids Babywearing Group! Meet other local babywearers, get tips, and try out carriers from the carrier library. They meet on the third Thursday of the month at Hope Reformed Church at 10 am. Find them on Facebook.
Here are some local resources for buying carriers.

Hop Scotch Children's Store

Baby Beloved, Inc.
Are you tired of reading children's books filled with images of babies being fed with bottles, sleeping separated from parents, and always in some contraption rather than being held in arms? Are you looking for books treating the topic of birth in settings other than a hospital? If so, then here's a list for you! Some of the books below completely embrace natural or attachment parenting philosophies, while others at least contain some attachment images and ideas. If you come across a children's book that is attachment-parenting friendly, please add it to the list!

How You Were Born by Joanna Cole (real photos, neutral birth setting)
Welcome With Love by Jenni Overend (homebirth, siblings at birth, family bed)
Baby on The Way by William Sears M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., and Christie Watts Kelly (natural childbirth, breastfeeding)
My Brother Jimi Jazz by Chrissy Butler (homebirth, siblings at birth, family bed)
My Mommy's Midwife, by Trish Payne CNM and Hayley Holland (midwifery care, sibling)
Runa's Birth by Uwe Spillman (homebirth--German)
Waiting for the Sun by Alison Lohans (homebirth, sibling)
Grandfather's Christmas Tree by Keith Strand (includes homebirth, breastfeeding)
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan (includes homebirth)

Sibling/New Baby Books
And After That… by Jeanne Ashbe (image of a breastfeeding baby, but has crib sleeping)
What Baby Needs by Dr. Sears, et. al. (attachment parenting focus)
Rosie’s Babies by Martin Waddell (breastfeeding baby, nurturing care, but bottle for doll and crib sleeping)
Hello Benny by Robie H. Harris (breastfeeding image and information--bottle feeding mentioned in a side box)
Hello Baby by Lizzy Rockwell (pregnancy, birth, & breastfeeding)
Will There Be A Lap For Me? by Dorothy Corey (breastfeeding)
We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell (breastfeeding)
Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight (features various cultural welcoming ceremonies, breastfeeding)

Attachment Parenting
Snug in Mama’s Arms by Angela Shelf Medearis (toddler rocked to sleep)
Click! (cosleeping image of mom and young son)
A Ride on Mother's Back: A day of baby carrying around the world by Emery & Durga Bernhard (babywearing, breastfeeding)

Mama’s Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross (about breastfeeding)
Near Mama’s Heart by Colleen Newman (nursing, tandem nursing, babwearing, cosleeping)
Saturday with Mez by Lauren Serafin, Jason Rohrer, and Mez (a day in the life of a breastfeeding toddler)
I Love My Mommy Because by Laurel Porter-Gaylord (breastfeeding, nurturing)
Supermom by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (breastfeeding, cosleeping)
I'm Made of Mama's Milk by Mary Olsen (nursing story from nursling’s pov)
If My Mom Were A Platypus, Animal Babies And Their Mothers by Dia Michels (breastfeeding, nurturing)
Mama, Mama by Jean Marzolla (animals nursing)
Baby Whales Drink Milk by Barbara Juster Esbensen (breastfeeding focus)
Mariana and the Merchild, a Folk Tale From Chile by Caroline Pilcher (breastfeeding image)
Maggie's Weaning by Mary Joan Deutschbein (breastfeeding toddler, weaning process)
The Best Gifts by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (breastfeeding focus)
Breastmilk Makes my Tummy Yummy by Cecilia Moen (breastfeeding focus)
We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin breastfeeding focus

Saturday, November 18, 2006

La Leche League Mother-to-Mother Forums

Dr. Jack Newman's Visual Guide to Breastfeeding


Mothering Dot Commune

Do pediatricians give enough breastfeeding support?
The short answer is no. It’s up to you to make sure you get the support you need.

World Health Organization releases new growth charts for breastfed babies.

World Health Organization growth standards
Make sure your pediatrician is using these growth charts to monitor your baby’s health. Formula fed babies show different growth patterns than breastfed babies. Make sure your doctor is using the correct standards of measurement.

Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory
Very interesting research about safe sleeping for babies of breastfeeding moms.

When Mothers Nurse
Baby Beloved, Inc.
555 Midtowne NE Suite 100 (Inside the Women's Health Center)
Grand Rapids, Mi 49503
(616) 977-5683

Amanda Stuart, LBSW, CLC
Breastfeeding Support Home Visits
Grand Rapids and surrounding area
Help for a positive breastfeeding experience
customized prenatal classes
support when baby arrives
LAM family planning
adoptive breastfeeding
back-to-work planning
Gift certificates for baby shower presents
Over 10 years helping families where they live
Spanish available: Visitas domiciliarias para apoyar a la lactancia
(616) 475-3851

La Leche League Support Hotline: 752-8300 (Provides a recorded message giving contact information for leaders)

Addresses of La Leche League meeting locations are not displayed publicly in order to protect the safety of moms and babies. Please call the contact person listed about locations of particular groups. For breastfeeding assistance, please call the support hotline given above to contact the on-call leader.

La Leche League South
2nd Monday of each month, 7:30 PM
3rd Tuesday of each month, 10 AM
Juliet 616-456-1227

La Leche League North
2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm
Amy 616-956-5633

La Leche League West
3rd Monday of each month, 7:30 pm
Carol 616-453-9167

La Leche League East of GR (Ada/Cascade/Lowell)
2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
Lisa 616-942-6702

La Leche League of Newaygo
2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:45 AM
Leslie (231)834-7131

La Leche League of Zeeland
2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 PM
Laurel (616) 738-2916

La Leche League of Cedar Springs
2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 PM
Kathy (616) 696-2238

La Leche League of Holland
4th Friday of each month, 10 AM
Deborah 616-786-0356

Baby Beloved, Inc. (freelance lactation consultants)
Every Tuesday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
2505 Ardmore SE
Lower level of Ardmore Professional Building
(616) 977-5683
Support group is free. They charge for consultations

Spectrum Health
Every Thursday, 12:30-2:00 pm
Healthier Communities Bldg.
320 Michigan

Metropilitan Hospital
Every Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 pm
Metropolitan Hospital
1919 Boston SE
Ask at front desk for meeting location