Archive for the ‘breastfeeding’ Category

Love for Breastfeeding, From The Farm

February 18, 2013

While Sarah Longacre was visiting The Farm (of Ina May Gaskin fame) last week, she emailed back the below photo. It’s of a poem hanging at The Farm’s midwifery clinic called “Everything I Needed,” and it’s all about what the writer learned about breastfeeding. It’s beautiful!

Mamas, what have you learned from breastfeeding?

If you’re an expecting mother or couple, let this poem inspire you! Then sign up for one of Lisa Erbes’ breastfeeding classes, including one for mothers of multiples, at Blooma. Lisa’s classes are offered once-a-month, with her next one scheduled Feb. 24, 6-8:30 p.m.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma


Nursing Warrior Mama!

November 29, 2012

Dearest mamas, whether you feed your baby by breast or bottle, Blooma welcomes you! Revel in the sweetness of this time together — the gazing into each others’ eyes, the snuggling close. *Bliss*

This St. Paul Blooma mama + her baby, Lincoln, found their nursing mojo smack dab in the middle of Warrior 2 during my Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB) Yoga class this morning. (Yes, it was so adorable, we had to recreate the move after class just for the cute photo opp!)

We are so lucky at Blooma to bask in the presence of such sweetness. What’s the most interesting position you’ve fed your baby in, mamas?



The 1 Thing Moms Wish They’d Done BEFORE Baby Came…

August 2, 2012

We hear it again and again from new mamas: “I wish I’d taken a breastfeeding class before my baby was born.”

Mamas-to-be: In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, gift yourself the confidence to breastfeed.

Once a month, Blooma offers “So That’s What They’re For! Breastfeeding 101,” geared specifically toward expectant parents. Taught by lactation counselor Lisa Erbes, she’ll cover the best latch techniques, pumping, common stumbling blocks and much more.

Sign up now for the next Breastfeeding 101 on Aug. 18.

Expecting more than one baby? Then you’ll learn the skills needed to nurse two or more babies in Lisa’s Sept. 15 class Breastfeeding for Multiples. You can do it, mamas!

And, to continue the celebration of nursing, Blooma wants to gift all expecting and nursing mamas with downloadable, helpful breastfeeding articles from the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Click to access the Journal‘s free PDF of What to Expect in the Early Days of Breastfeeding and Bringing Your Baby To Breast: Positioning & Latch.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Love for Babies + Boobs From … Which Country?

June 15, 2012

Blooma teacher Krista Margolis sends love from her current travels abroad… where do you think this was taken? Leave your best guess below!

“Reason number 548 why I’m in love with this country and it’s people,” writes Krista.

No kidding! LOVE this!

The Funniest Baby Hat You’ve Ever Seen

March 29, 2012

It’s crocheted with love. Sweet, right? Look closer… what do you see? A nipple!

This little gem, called the Boobie Beanie, is knitted by a doula in San Francisco and she’ll make them in any skin tone and nipple color. You can’t help but giggle and give a thumbs up when looking at baby nursing while wearing one of these beanies.

Do tell: would you ever dress your baby in this hat or does it seem over-the-top to you?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Nursing mamas, help set a record!

August 1, 2011

The La Leche League is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by forming the largest ever group of simultaneously nursing mams on Saturday, Aug. 6.

“The Big Latch On” will be hosted at two locations in the Twin Cities, 10-11 a.m. In Minneapolis, at Everyday Miracles (1121 Jackson St. NE #121) and in St. Paul at Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center (968 Grand Ave.).

Bring your little one (or ones!) and your sense of adventure and help break the record for the most women breastfeeding at once!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Great Expectations – follow Liz’s pregnancy!

December 29, 2010

Liz Abbene at 36 weeks. Go, mama, go!

One of our beloved Blooma teachers, Liz Abbene, has been blogging about her pregnancy for Lamaze International since June. Now at 36-37 weeks, Liz is almost ready to deliver her sweet little boy or girl!

For those of you who don’t know Liz, who is a DONA-certified doula and doula-trainer, let us brag on her just a bit. She teaches Enlightened Mama childbirth education (Lamaze), leads Blooma’s weekly New Mama Group, teaches cloth diapering and breastfeeding, and is a certified breastfeeding counselor. Whew! Yeah, we think she’s pretty amazing, too.

Check out Liz’s pregnancy blog and follow her story, shared with such heartfelt honesty, as she prepares to birth her fourth child. She demonstrates such strength and grace even during the most challenging times. And stay tuned for some good news soon!

Watch the beautiful belly grow! Liz at 14 weeks.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

From plate to taste

September 20, 2010

My midwife posted on Facebook yesterday an interesting article about how our babies taste what we eat—both in utero through amniotic fluid and through breast milk.

“Each day in the third trimester of pregnancy, fetuses breathe and swallow around a litre of amniotic fluid, which passes over olfactory receptors in the nose and the taste receptors in the mouth,” says the story on

The researcher, Julie Mennella, continued, “If you take amniotic fluid from mothers who have eaten a really garlicy meal, you can smell it.” That means whether you indulged in a spicy curry from True Thai or slurped up a bowl of pesto noodles for lunch, baby probably got a healthy dose of lip-smacking flavor. Yum!

What’s more, researchers say that exposure to a variety of flavors through breast milk may play a role in which foods baby will accept later in life. (On the flip side, that includes things like alcohol, too, according to the article.)

So what did your baby enjoy for lunch today?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Free baby weigh-ins!

August 31, 2010

Aszani Kunkler, CNM, MSN, CLC at Health Foundation's free baby weigh-in last week.

Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center (location of Blooma St. Paul, 968 Grand Ave.) is offering a weekly chance to have your baby weighed for free!

Just pop in any time between 12-2:30 p.m. Check in with Aszani Kunkler, CNM, MSN, CLC— she’s an experienced lactation consultant, and will be available to answer questions and help track your new baby’s weight on a World Health Organization growth chart.

Aszani will be upstairs in the yoga studio space right after my (Alisa’s) BYOB class, which starts at 11 a.m. Come for yoga with your baby, and stay to find out how big your little one is getting!

Feel free to hang out, prop yourself against a pretty pillow, nurse, and chat, too. What a great way to meet other moms, and chat with a lactation consultant about any burning nursing/feeding questions that might be on your mind.


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Same time out, same time in

August 17, 2010

I came across this interesting tidbit of research recently and can’t help but wonder if there’s something to it. In summary, a study published last year in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience says that pumped breast milk should be given to babies at the same time of day/night it was originally expressed. Why?

The theory goes like this: our breast milk changes in composition throughout the day and night to meet our baby’s needs. Sometimes the milk contains more nucleotides to help relax baby, sometimes more nucleotides to excite baby, depending on the time of day.

That makes me think twice about having my mother-in-law give baby a bottle at 8 p.m., when I expressed it and stuck it in the refrigerator at 8 a.m.! “You wouldn’t give anyone a coffee at night, and the same is true of milk—it has day-specific ingredients that stimulate activity in the infant, and other night-time components that help the baby to rest,” one of the study’s researchers told Science Daily.

The information comes from a small study, so I’m not sure how much weight to give the results, but it wouldn’t surprise me if our bodies were so brilliant that the composition of our breast milk changed depending on the time of day and needs of our babies.

Blooma mamas, what do you think? Have you ever noticed your baby reacting differently to milk depending on the time of day you pumped it?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma