before and after the birth,llc

empowering families in des moines and surrounding areas since 2002.

copyright 2015

breastfeeding support ( . Y . )

"My husband and I met Amy when we took her class before the birth of our first child. She was such a brilliant, supportive and entertaining instructor! Even after we had our baby and prepared to have our second, Amy has remained a great source of information and comfort.  That is why, when I was having issues breastfeeding my second child, she was the first person I thought to call for help. Amy was super responsive and set up a time to come to my home the very next day.  She spent as much time as I needed to listen and observe the issues we were having. She asked and listened to what my goals were with breastfeeding and gave me several suggestions to work on to resolve the problems we were having. Amy is non-judgmental and gives you the confidence you need to be successful throughout your breastfeeding journey.  Thanks to Amy's advice - we are nursing much better!! She continues to check in to make sure everything is going well. It is clear that what Amy does is not just a job - it is her passion." -Whitney Bouma

in home lactation services

I feel extra knowledgeable, empowered and passionate after becoming a Certified Lactation Specialist. I have more confidence and resources and skills to support you and your sweet baby. That combined with a total of 14 years breastfeeding my four kids and 17 years empowering women and their partners, I’m jumping up and down (with a supportive bra on) ready to get out there and do home visits, classes, corporate on site and off site moms groups and more! The cost for in home lactation support is $75/hour. Please reach out if you’re interested.

XO, Amy

local breastfeeding support 

Amy's postpartum playgroup every Tuesday mornings from 9-10:30 at the Clive Library.

La Leche League of Des Moines

Healing Passages has a MotherBaby cafe

mama's milk: it's what's for dinner. and breakfast. and lunch. and snacks.

“Providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses and allergies than those who never receive breast milk. Research also shows that breastfed babies have higher IQs as well as better brain and nervous system development. Source: La Leche League

 

how to know if your healthy full-term baby is getting enough

-Your baby may have only one or two wet diapers during the first day or two after birth. Beginning about the third day or fourth day, your baby will have at least five to six really wet diapers. It is a good idea to keep a record of the number of wet and dirty diapers your baby has in a twenty four hour period.

-Your baby will pass meconium, the greenish-black, tarry first stool, over the first day or two. Baby will begin to have at least two to five bowel movements a day beginning about the third day after birth.

-Your baby may loose up to seven percent of his/her birth weight during the first three or four days. Once your milk supply becomes more plentiful on the third or fourth day, expect your baby to be gaining at least four to eight ounces per week or at least a pound per month. Be sure to count weight from the lowest weight (his weight on the third or fourth day), not from the birth weight.

-Your baby will nurse frequently, often every one and one-half hours to three hours.

-Your baby will appear healthy, his color will be good, his skin will be firm, he will be filling out and growing in length and head circumference, and he will be alert and active.

Source: La Leche League International

 

are your nipples sore?

Breastfeeding is a learned art. If you experience nipple soreness beyond tenderness you may need to make some adjustments so you can be comfortable and enjoy nursing your baby. When proper positioning and latch-on techniques are learned, you can expect little or no nipple soreness. Correcting poor positioning or latch-on can often alleviate sore, cracked nipples and allow healing to begin.

Source: La Leche League International

 

breastfeeding quotes

"Babies suck."

-Amy Brooks Murphy:)

 

“Mother’s milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature’s perfect food.”
- How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor – Mendelsohn

 

“The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.”
- Ashley Montague

 

“The La Leche League succeeded by reconstructing the neighbourly networks which medicine had tried to discredit. League members began to trust and rely on one another. Their confidence in their intuitive connection with their children grew; and for both of these reasons, they found it less necessary to rely on doctors, except in emergencies.”
- David Cayley – CBS Radio

 

“No one could give her such soothing and sensible consolation as this little three-month-old creature when he lay at her breast and she felt the movement of his lips and the snuffling of his tiny nose.”
- Tolstoy – War and Peace

 

“He saw a girl working about the stove, saw that she carried a bay on her croked arm, and that the baby was nursing, its head up under the girl’s shirtwaist. And the girl moved about, poking the fire, shifting the rusty stove lids to make a better draft, opening the oven door; and all the time the baby sucked, and the mother shifted it deftly from arm to arm. The baby didn’t interfere with her work or with the quick gracefulness of her movements.”
- John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath

 

“…A baby nursing at a mother’s breast… is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature.”
- David Suzuki – Toronto Star

 

“Lady madonna baby at your breast
Wonders how you manage to feed the rest.”
- The Beatles

 

“I think that i shall never see,
a poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.”
- Joyce Kilmer

 

“A little child born yesterday
a thing on mother’s milk and kisses fed.”
- Homer

 

“A pair of substantial mammary glands has the advantage over two hemispheres of the most learned professor’s brain, in the art of compounding a nutritious fluid for children.”
- Oliver Wendall Holmes

 

“Dost not see the baby my baby at my breast, that sucks the nurse asleep?”
- Shakespeare – Anthony and Cleopatra