Archive - August 2015

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Call for Fall Events
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MommyCon comes to DC August 22: Plan your day!
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Local events celebrate National Breastfeeding Month in Metro DC
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Meet new Mindful Healthy Life contributor Joanna Eddy!

Call for Fall Events

Here at Mindful Healthy Life, we want to be in the know and to keep our readers in the know about all the great events in Metro DC that celebrate and promote healthy living and mindful parenting. As summer winds down and fall approaches, we are looking to learn about all the events that might be off the beaten path and a little harder to find, opportunities for us and our children to connect to nature, to feel grounded, and to feel inspired to pursue healthy lifestyle choices.

Please help our newly growing team of contributors to build a robust list of events that will help natural-minded parents feel joyful and supported this fall.

Submit information about workshops, seminars, meetings, expos, festivals, classes and more in the comments below or on our Facebook page. You are always welcome to submit events directly into our online calendar, too.

Submissions requested by September 8 for inclusion in the list to go out by the Autumnal Equinox!

MommyCon comes to DC August 22: Plan your day!

MommyCon is a conference for natural-minded moms that supports breastfeeding, babywearing and other holistic choices for healthy families.

I was so excited to learn that DC-area moms would be able to enjoy this event on August 22 when MommyCon comes to the DC Convention Center for a full day of fun and education, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mindful Healthy Life is pleased to offer this glimpse behind the scenes for newcomers, including an exclusive Q&A with the organizers to help you plan for Saturday.

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Local events celebrate National Breastfeeding Month in Metro DC

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week, and August is National Breastfeeding Month. My family and I celebrated by attending a local Big Latch On Event. The Big Latch (or BLO) on is an event that takes place on the first days of World Breastfeeding Week where moms go to latch their babies at the same time to be counted in a world-wide total. The goal each year is to host enough breastfeeding moms to break the previous record. Tallies for this year have exceeded 9,000. In Northern Virginia alone, there were at least three BLO events. In DC, the month will close out with the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington‘s annual Breastival.  Read More

Meet new Mindful Healthy Life contributor Joanna Eddy!

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Mindful Healthy Life team, Joanna Eddy, of Holistic Mothering Group, a lactation consultant practice which serves families in Northern Virginia.
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Joanna penned our lovely Mother’s Day post about moms having patience with themselves and will be writing on a variety of topics, including breastfeeding. We’re introducing her today to learn a little more about what she does professionally and as a mom.
 
Jessica: First tell us about the ages of your children and when you got started as a lactation consultant.
Joanna: I actually began my lactation journey before having children of my own. After serving as both a birth and postpartum doula, I recognized the need for offering more lactation based support. To better assist my clients, I wanted to learn all that I could about breastfeeding. In doing so, I not only uncovered my passion, but I truly feel that I have found the best way for me to support others within my community and beyond.
Shortly after becoming an IBCLC, I had my first daughter (now 3.5 years old). Immediately, we faced breastfeeding challenges when a hemorrhage left me without colostrum. Through the amazing support from husband, my LC sisters, and close friends and family, my daughter and I were able to overcome our issues and breastfeed until my next daughter was born almost three years later. She is 9 months olds and, again, we faced some breastfeeding issues and needed support. I think that my experiences only further validate how essential breastfeeding support is.

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