A new year, new happenings! During 2017, Carry Maternity will host a variety of events to bring you information and support you during your process of becoming a parent. We are pleased to say that the first event is a monthly breastfeeding cafe, run by lactation consultant Taya Griffin, who we met through the Healthy Moms Toronto networking group. The cafe will run the 2nd Thursday of every month until June and will feature a variety of speakers brought in by Taya. — Carry Maternity
The March cafe will be on Thursday, March 9th and will feature guest speaker Gina McCubbin from My Smart Hands. She will be talking about Infant Sign Language.
Support – The Key to Breastfeeding Success
by Taya Griffin
“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll
As I began my journey to becoming an expert in all things breastfeeding, I was witness to the reality that mothers who felt supported and nurtured by those around them were more likely to persevere through breastfeeding (and mothering) difficulties to reach their breastfeeding (and mothering!) goals. Partners, mothers, mothers in law, other family members and all kinds of friends play a key role in lifting a mother up. Equally midwives, doctors and other “experts” can make or break mothering confidence and breastfeeding success depending on their education, expertise or personal experience and opinion.
The anticipation of the wild ride of motherhood can be overwhelming. Beginning the most astounding, mind-blowing adventure of your life, often without a map of any sort, can be both exciting and frightening at the same time.
You may find that your un-babied friends won’t quite get it. Your veteran parent friends may have forgotten all the early challenges and sleepless nights. You may also be all alone without support of either kind feeling isolated in your mothering experience.
Let’s admit it, it takes a supportive village to raise a newborn baby.
Our Central Toronto Breastfeeding Café will now be held at Carry Maternity and will support moms with all kinds of breastfeeding goals. Mothers are welcome to share their unique parenting battles and triumphs, ask questions and socialize with mothers going through the same struggles. Topics change from month to month and guest speakers will be invited. No matter your breastfeeding goals or what direction your breastfeeding journey has taken you this group will be a safe space for all participants.
Remember that you are not alone in this breastfeeding and mothering journey! Let’s create the village we all need!
Taya Griffin is a Lactation Consultant, Yoga and Pilates Instructor and a Mother. She teaches prenatal breastfeeding classes and runs a private practice in Toronto helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. RSVP for the Breastfeeding Cafe with Taya at firstname.lastname@example.org.