We are so excited to share with you our line-up of new classes starting in February at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. Our new space in La Mesa is truly feeling like a new home and we are loving how comfortable and welcoming it feels. Branching out to offer classes beyond breastfeeding is something new for us, but we realized that there are very few places in East County that offer parenting support for new families. Our goal is to offer a wide variety of classes, full of resources to support you throughout the first few years of your parenting journey, creating a community in our space and beyond.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we get to share this HUGE news with you! After months of looking for a new home for SDBFC, we have officially signed a lease and are moving at the end of December. Our new home is an adorable 1000sf house with two consultation rooms, a classroom, patient parking/tons of free street parking, close freeway access, and walking distance to family-friendly restaurants/coffee shops (the perfect place to hang out after a consultation or class!) For the past 9 years, it has been Robin’s dream to have a free-standing breastfeeding and parent-education center and our new location feels absolutely perfect!
Now that we will have our own classroom space, we hope to offer a variety of prenatal and postpartum classes, ranging from childbirth education and newborn care to postpartum exercise, infant massage, and interactive parent/baby classes. Please stay tuned as we begin to announce new class offerings for you and your kiddo, as well as a grand opening sometime in February/March.
New Location Details:
New address for San Diego Breastfeeding Center (as of January 2, 2019)
8325 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Breastfeeding support group info:
December 2018 - Wed breastfeeding support group will remain at our Hillcrest office for the rest of the month from 11:30a-1p
January 2019 - Wed breastfeeding support group will move to our University Ave office. Same time: 11:30a-1pm
If you, or someone you know, teaches prenatal, postpartum, or parenting classes and are interested in teaching in our new space, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Stephanie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to supporting you along your breastfeeding and parenting journeys! See you in La Mesa!
We are thrilled to announce that we have a new lactation consultant on staff at SDBFC! Sophie Talke is an IBCLC and Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist. She brings a wealth of knowledge working with children and their families, as well as personal breastfeeding experience. Welcome to the SDBFC family, Sophie!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I am originally from the Bay Area in Northern California. I moved down to San Diego for college where I attended the University of California, San Diego and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I swam competitively during my four years at UCSD on their swim team. I fell in love with the San Diego area. The warm weather, beaches, and active lifestyle could not be beat! A couple of years later, I decided to go to graduate school for Occupational Therapy. I completed my Masters degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I moved back down to San Diego as soon I was finished. Several years later, I met my husband, Kurt, and we got married in beautiful Lake Tahoe. We now have an amazing 20-month-old son, Jacob, who is the light in our lives. He is full of joy and energy, and it has been so much fun watching him grow and learn everyday. We are a very active family and love to spend time outdoors. We run, hike, bike, swim, and love to travel together as a family. We recently got back from an amazing trip to Spain and cannot wait to plan another adventure soon!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A LACTATION CONSULTANT?
After working in the occupational therapy field for over 8 years, I knew that I was still searching for the right fit and a specific area in which to specialize. I have always been drawn to the health field because I enjoy helping people and making a difference in their lives. I pursued lactation consulting before ever having a child of my own. It was through watching close friends and family members struggle with breastfeeding that I became interested in the field. This specialty was so intriguing, and I knew that it was going to be the perfect fit for me! Becoming a lactation consultant has personally helped me so much with my own breastfeeding journey with my son. I am excited to be able to work with mothers and babies while sharing my knowledge and experience with them.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH SDBFC?
I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team! All of the IBCLCs are so caring, knowledgeable, and gifted at helping others become successful in their individual breastfeeding journeys. I have had multiple friends receive wonderful care through SDBFC, and they have been able to breastfeed despite various challenges. I am excited to be able to offer this same quality care to all of the families that I encounter along the way.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 TIPS FOR A BRAND NEW BREASTFEEDING FAMILY?
Do not be afraid to ask for help! There is no shame in seeking help from others along the way, whether it is with breastfeeding or in any other area of your life.
Keep an open mind and enjoy the journey ☺ Everyone’s journey is different, and that is okay!
Remember that it is just a phase and you will get through it! Challenges may occur along the way, but you can and will persevere. You will come out the other end as a stronger person!
We are thrilled to announce that we have a new lactation consultant on staff at SDBFC! Mahea Buckler is an RN with tons of postpartum and NICU experience. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team that she has gained in her RN and IBCLC training, as well as her personal breastfeeding experiences. Welcome to the SDBFC family, Mahea!
Tell us about yourself!
I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and have always been my best when I’m surrounded by nature! I moved to the “mainland” for college, and after living in Colorado for 6 years I met my future husband and moved to San Diego. As a Navy family we have been lucky to have lived in San Diego for nearly 12 years. We enjoy the beaches and the hiking that are available year-round. Before our daughter was born, I was working full time as an RN on the postpartum and NICU units. Once our son arrived, it made the most sense for our family for me to stay home with our two small kiddos. It was during this time that my journey to become a lactation consultant began. I have always had a love of helping others, especially mothers and babies. Having the opportunity to pursue a career that allows me to fulfill that passion while also being a full-time and present parent has been a true gift!
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
I have always known I wanted to be a breastfeeding mother. However, I did not expect all of the overwhelming challenges that I would be faced with. I was unable to breastfeed my daughter, and although I pumped for her, there were so many emotions surrounding my feeling that I was inadequate and unable to feed my child. When my son was born I was determined to breastfeed him. Once again, we were met with unexpected challenges. Luckily, we found Robin and the SDBFC and they were able to help us work though these difficult times. Being a mother who has experienced exclusive pumping, supplementing and exclusive breastfeeding has given me a unique perspective on infant feeding and the ability to empathize with other mothers who face unique challenges. Through my experiences, my passion for helping other families with a desire to breastfeed their infants, grew. I became a lactation consultant to share my knowledge, experience and love for mothers and babies.
What are you most excited about working with SDBFC?
I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing team here at the SDBFC! I know first hand what a difference experienced lactation help can make for families, and I am passionate about providing that support for other families in the community. I am also excited to have the opportunity to create a relationship with our clients and assist them throughout their breastfeeding journeys.
What are your top 3 tips for a brand-new breastfeeding family?
- Allow yourself grace, there will be challenges that you face. Give yourself the space to know that you’re not always going to be perfect… and that’s OK!
- Ask for help! Sometimes as parents we feel deficient if we can’t accomplish every thing by ourselves. But we were meant to raise our kids in a village with people surrounding us with love and support. Find your village and support each other. You may be the one who needs help right now, but one day you will be able to provide help to another family.
- Everyone’s breastfeeding and parenting journey looks different. Find what works for your family!
The San Diego Breastfeeding Center is thrilled to announce that we are opening up a second location!!!!
Starting Wed, September 5th, we will be offering in-office breastfeeding consultations at the Tree of Life Birth Center in Encinitas. It’s no secret that we often get booked up sometimes a week in advance, which breaks our hearts knowing that there are families who have to wait so long for a lactation appointment. So we thought we’d try to add a few more appointments per day and Tree of Life had the space and the perfect location. Right off the freeway. Plenty of parking. Positive birthy vibes. Awesome Parent and Baby classes. What more could you ask for?
We will start accepting appointments at the Tree of Life location the week before we open, so stay tuned if you are interested in being one of our first clients up there! We will definitely miss Debbie and Michelle at our San Diego location, but know that they will make our Encinitas location just as cozy and welcoming!
For more information about booking breastfeeding consultations with us, please check out the consultation page on our website!
So you thought you were just coming to the Big Latch On event to hang out with friends and latch on your kiddo, right? Well, wait until you see all of the fantastic breastfeeding and pumping swag you have the opportunity to win at our drawing on Saturday!
We feel incredibly fortunate to have the support of so many local businesses and national breastfeeding-friendly companies. These businesses have graciously donated goods and services to help raise money for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, our non-profit organization which offers reduced-fee private breastfeeding consultations for local low-income families. Last year we raised about $2500 for our foundation at the Big Latch On event and we are hoping to DOUBLE that this year!
After you register at the Big Latch On, you will have a chance to purchase opportunity drawing tickets. You will receive one free ticket with registration and the rest can be purchased for:
$1 - 1 ticket
$5 - 6 tickets
$10 - 12 tickets
$20 - 25 tickets
ALL proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation
At 10:45am, we will begin to announce the winners of each prize. You must be present to win the prize.
Ready to see what you have the chance to win????
Nature’s Whisper - 3 yoga class package
Gymboree - Gymboree gift basket with toys and free month of classes
Rumina - several Pump&Nurse bras and tanks
Tula - Standard Canvas Carrier, Toddler Canvas Carrier, Free to Grow Carrier, 2 sets of 3-pack blankets
Dairy Fairy - nursing and pumping bras
Kid Ventures - 5 free passes (worth $90)
Becoming Peaceful - Free parent coaching session and free parenting workshop
Freemie - Liberty pump with deluxe cup
Ardo - Calypso Double Plus pump
Nutrition in Bloom - free classes and free private nutrition counseling session
Sugar Night Night - Two Sleep Coaching Starter Bundles
Deanna Honda - 60-minute massage
Ashlee Hayden - Family photography package
Whole Family Wellness - Free New Patient Acupuncture visit
Whole Heart Photography - 2 mini photo sessions with 10 images
Milestone Mommy and Me - Milestone Mommy and Me class series
Dr. Rachel Hamel - New patient chiropractic exam and treatment
Voila Montessori - A Montessori Personalized Home Assessment
Nourish Medical Center - New Patient Consult
Nursing Noah - Teething necklace
Belmont Park - 4 unlimited ride tickets
Amorini - Silver Nipple Soothers
Glamourmom - Nursing tanks
Baby Garten Studio - Free baby sign class series
Songbirds Music - Music class gift certificate
Madri Collection - Tunic nursing top
Mamas and Milk - 5-pass yoga series
Sacred Healing Collective - set of lactation tea and a relaxing herbal bath soak tea blend
If you are unable to attend the Big Latch On this year, but would still like to donate to the SDBFC Foundation, you may do so through our website at anytime. You can also choose us as your charitable recipient through Amazon smile. Just one click and .5% of every Amazon purchase you make will be donated to our Foundation!
Grateful. Honored. Humbled. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about the support system we have in San Diego for breastfeeding families. When we started the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation in 2016, we had no idea how we would fund our nonprofit. We just knew that we had to start minimizing barriers that prevented low-income families from accessing critical breastfeeding support. We hit up our friends and family, who graciously donated enough money to get us started. Going forward, colleagues (many in the birth and postpartum community), patients, passionate breastfeeding families, and local businesses have joined to support our cause. To date, we have offered 141 reduced-rate breastfeeding consultations and there is no way that we could have ever gotten this far without our community’s support.
Which takes me to our sponsors of this year’s Big Latch On event. This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and these sponsors have helped us already raise $2500, which is halfway to our event goal! So, it is my extreme pleasure to introduce you to this year’s Big Latch On sponsors.
Co-Sponsor: Kid Ventures
‘Kid Ventures is leading the way in children’s enrichment and “edutainment” which is evident from the moment you step foot inside our warm and inviting Kid Ventures facilities. From the friendly and caring greeting provided by our team to the highly engaging, entertaining and educational activities & STEAM classes facilitated by our very own “Edutainment Coordinator”, your visit will be an enriching and memorable experience. With so much to discover, our focus is help children develop a life-long love of learning and creative exploration through fulfilling many social, physical and emotional needs.
We are so excited to be co-hosting the Big Latch on this year because we are a home away from home for so many new moms and families providing a safe and comfortable environment to nurture and grow. We're also lucky to be located at one of San Diego's most vibrant and family-friendly neighborhoods--Liberty Station--which makes it the perfect location for the Big Latch On.'
Diamond Sponsor: Future Generations
‘Future Generations is one of the top clinical chiropractic practices in the country. Our focus is three main areas of life: preconception, pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic care. Our patients come to us because of our level of commitment and accountability to their health improvements. This is possible because we focus on Corrective care (fixing the problems) so that their ultimate goal is wellness care (ensuring their health). We envision an empowered community who have full confidence in their ability to self-heal. We see our role in the community to grow as our patients continue to be a beacon for what’s possible with health and healing.
We're so ecstatic to be a part of The Big Latch on again because we know the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation is changing the world by empowering and educating women, and by helping normalize breastfeeding.’
Diamond Sponsor: Little Star Pediatric Dentistry
‘We are a pediatric dental office that takes an innovative, comprehensive and compassionate to providing care to children of all ages and abilities. As a pediatric dentist, I have the opportunity to use my skills, to make each child feel secure and comfortable in their dental home. My practice philosophy is to provide the same care that I would want my own child to receive. I believe patient and parent education to be of utmost importance.’ - Dr. Najmeh Hannanvash
Platinum Sponsor: Nature’s Whisper Yoga
‘Nature's Whisper is the guiding force for new families in San Diego. We offer classes and workshops to balance the mind, body and soul in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. From yoga, mom and babe classes, breastfeeding, postpartum support to core classes, we have it all. We invite you into the Nature's Whisper Hive. At Nature's Whisper we understand the journey breastfeeding can take you on. We support you from day one and love every opportunity we are given to educate and provide a welcome space for you to find your way on this journey. Having the opportunity to meet with you in person outside of the big tech world is the biggest reason we are so excited to be out here with you at The Big Latch On!’
Platinum Sponsor: Gymboree
‘Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 40 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 40+ countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts in both education and in play, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development.
Our class curriculum is developed by our experienced child development program directors and incorporate a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what your child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later. Classes are designed in 6-month increments to continue to meet a child’s growing interests and abilities. From birth to age 5, there’s always something special awaiting you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music.’
Gold Sponsor: Sakura Bloom
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Gold Sponsor: Dairy Fairy
'Mommy-ing is hard. So many tasks to juggle but nourishing your little one should not feel like a chore. Providing breastmilk (from the bottle or the breast) is easier and more attractive in our magical bras. All-in-one Nursing and Handsfree Pumping bras, in an assortment of styles that are beautiful, comfortable, and functional. So your bra can multi-task as much as you do.'
Gold Sponsor: Center for Better Beginnings at UC San Diego
'The Center for Better Beginnings at UC San Diego is dedicated to improving maternal health and child development, with a focus on better understanding, preventing, and treating birth defects. Only in partnership with moms, dads, health care providers, and community leaders can we improve the health of our future generations. Our Center acts as a central hub to bring these key players together. Our focus is on a woman’s health before she becomes pregnant, during pregnancy and childbirth, and during lactation to explore how maternal and other environmental exposures impact a baby’s development.
The Center for Better Beginnings at UC San Diego is excited to be a part of this year’s Big Latch On event at Liberty Station! We are looking forward meeting all the amazing breastfeeding moms who will take part in attempting to break a world record! Stop by our Center’s booth to learn about our no-cost services aimed at supporting moms in their journey toward healthy, happy babies!'
Silver Sponsor: Best Start Birth Center
'Best Start provides a space where the beauty of natural birth can be experienced. Natural (physiologic) birth with a midwife provides good outcomes with a low rate of cesarean section, high rate of successful breastfeeding, low rate of interventions and satisfied, informed, and empowered moms and families. A beautiful memory for mom and her dear ones. Best Start Birth Center has been a model of good outcomes for decades and expects to provide this option to San Diego into the future. Good short and long term outcomes reduce the costs of childbirth thus giving a direct financial benefit to the community as well as enhancing family life.'
Silver Sponsor: Becoming Peaceful
'Becoming Peaceful is so honored to be a continuing sponsor for San Diego Breastfeeding Center’s The Big Latch On 2018. Lisa Howe, MSW, of Becoming Peaceful provides peaceful parenting workshops and one-on-one private parenting coaching to help parents become their best selves. Parenting, just like breastfeeding, can be so hard and so isolating. Reaching out for support helps each of us learn from one another and grow into the parents we want to be. Lisa received support and services from the San Diego Breastfeeding Center when her daughter was born and is grateful for the opportunity to assist other women in receiving that much needed support.'
In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics started the Back To Sleep campaign. The hope was that placing babies on their backs to sleep would reduce the amount of infants who succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS.) The second component of this Back to Sleep campaign was Tummy To Play; doctors knew if babies were going to be spending so much time sleeping on their backs that they had to counterbalance that with time on their tummies while awake. Yet, somehow Tummy to Play has really taken a back seat, which has led to a significant increase in head molding, head flattening, and developmental delays.
Why is Tummy Time so Important?
Improves motor milestone achievement
Helps prevent skull deformities and helps round out a baby’s head
Helps remedy torticollis
Improves head control
Helps with digestion and gastric emptying
Helps improve range of motion in a infant’s tongue
Provides fantastic interaction between parent and infant
So, your kiddo hates tummy time…. What can you do??????
It’s all about how you do it! Want to know the secret???
In late April 2018, our SDBFC staff attended the Tummy Time Method training. Up until then, many of us were just placing our infants on their tummies, directly from holding them upright on our chests. Then our infants would start to fuss almost immediately, so we thought that they hated tummy time. In all actuality, it was the transition to tummy time they hated, or better said…. The lack of easy transition into tummy time. We were initiating their fight or flight reflex from the drastic movement from upright to tummy. In our training, we were taught that rolling an infant onto his tummy actually limits stress or overstimulation for the infant, making tummy time much more enjoyable.
So check this out! We have been demonstrating this new rolling method to our patients and their babies are LOVING it! Like full 180 from hating tummy time to totally digging it!
Here is a video, created by our awesome instructor, Michelle Emanuel, on how to roll your baby into tummy time.
Components of an super fun tummy time routine:
Designate a tummy time area on your home - should be on the floor (with carpet or blanket)
Roll your infant (2 weeks old - crawling) into tummy time 4 times per session, about 4-5 sessions per day. For reference, the video shows the baby rolled into tummy time once.
Make sure to get down on the floor and interact with your baby. Have older siblings join in on the fun, as well!
As soon as your kiddo starts to fuss, roll her out of tummy time, pick her up and hug her close. Then start again, if the session isn’t complete.
Choose times when your infant is calm and relaxed, like right after a feeding session. Tummy Time shouldn’t cause him to spit up more.
Are you excited to join us in the Tummy Time revolution?
Stay tuned for more information about our Tummy Time class series! Starting in July, SDBFC will offer 2 Tummy Time 4-class series per month…. Perfect for infants who need a bit more hand-holding and for parents looking for more support (and a reason to get out of the house!)
We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Michelle Clookie joined our team in September 2017, as a lactation consultant intern. Since then, she has joined our SDBFC Foundation Board, is one of our support group leaders, and started to see her own patients on May 7th. Here is my interview with Michelle. We can't wait for you all to meet her!
Michelle, tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Southern California, and moved to San Diego 11 years ago after living in Austin, TX for 2 years. I met my husband, Jeremy, shortly after moving to San Diego and we have been married for 7 years. After 8 years in non-profit, where I focused on training, development and content writing, I decided to stay home with our little girl Charlotte when she turned 1. I fell in love with all things motherhood: the community, the support, and soon starting working for the Postpartum Health Alliance part time to help support Mamas. After having our son, Beckett, who is now two, I realized I wanted to go even further into supporting families. I decided I could combine my love for training, and supporting families, by becoming a lactation consultant. Supporting people through empowerment has always been my passion and my work, and this has by far been the most fulfilling. I work part time and then spend as much time as I can with my kids and husband at the beach!
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
I had breastfeeding challenges with both of my children, and because it was so unexpected with my first baby, it took a long time for me to accept the situation. I tapped into a lot of support, and these struggles allowed me to see an incredibly supportive side of the San Diego mom community. I quickly began doing all that I could to help normalize breastfeeding and motherhood challenges. This just feels like the most natural next step in my support of all things mom/baby/family.
What are you most excited about working with SDBFC?
I have been a patient of the SDBFC two different times, and I am most excited to offer the same quality care I received to the families I work with. I am also really proud that SDBFC supports so many military families. I have a deep respect for the sacrifices military families make on a daily basis, and I feel honored to be able give back to their families anyway I can.
What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding family?
- Surround yourself with people who have similar goals. There are many different ways to parent a child, and I have found it easier to achieve my parenting goals when I surround myself with others who share my same vision. Breastfeeding can bring on unexpected challenges, but when you are surrounded by people that understand your goal, it will be much easier to reach it!
- Have a plan, but keep your expectations flexible. I LOVE planning, and learned within the first 24hrs of parenthood (actually birth) that sometimes your kids have other plans. That’s ok. I have found it much easier to offer myself grace (and others grace) when I am flexible with my expectations. Things may not look the way you wanted them to, but there is still beauty there!
- Ask for help! There is a running joke not to ask me if I need anything, because I will gladly tell you my Costco shopping list. Motherhood wasn’t meant to be done alone, ask for help without shame. San Diego has the most incredible resources for families, if you are in need of support in any way, I can almost guarantee you that there is a loving person waiting to help you! A great place to start making those connections is in Breastfeeding support groups, baby classes (sign language, tummy time etc.), and baby wearing groups!