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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Metro DC
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Breastfeeding Center to premiere its documentary and screen Milky Way this Friday
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Learning and Fun at MommyCon DC 2016!
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Breastfeeding Center produces “Nourish, Flourish, Connect” events August 1-7
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Photoblog of the new TRUE holistic gym with childcare
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Medela Recycles DC Event
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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!
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Gearing up for World Breastfeeding Week

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Metro DC

Show the world you support breastfeeding by participating in World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7 . There are events around town for nursing mamas and also for their supporters including lots of free classes at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington. I’m teaching one!

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Breastfeeding Center to premiere its documentary and screen Milky Way this Friday

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is hosting a movie night on Friday, September 16 at nearby GWU Hospital to premiere the Stone Soup Films documentary about the non-profit organization and to screen the full-length breastfeeding film, The Milky Way. Read More

Learning and Fun at MommyCon DC 2016!

Mindful Healthy Life was thrilled to be a part of MommyCon DC 2016 at the DC Convention Center on July 23. With more than a thousand attendees and more than 50 awesome exhibitors, it was an amazing and inspiring day full of workshops, discussions and terrific shopping with brands and businesses moms can feel great about!

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Breastfeeding Center produces “Nourish, Flourish, Connect” events August 1-7

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is putting on a full week of classes and workshops called “Nourish, Flourish, Connect” during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7.

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Photoblog of the new TRUE holistic gym with childcare

The new TRUE Health & Wholeness fitness facility in Arlington is now open for business, including childcare! I got a chance to tour the place at its recent grand opening and was amazed at the facility’s expansiveness and beauty.

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Medela Recycles DC Event

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Medela Recycles and Forty Weeks recently invited Mindful Healthy Life to an event at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC with local blogger and Medela Ambassador Jessica Slovak McFadden, writer at A Parent in Silver Spring and A Parent in America, who donated two hospital grade breast pumps to help the pumping mothers staying at the RMHC. Read More

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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Gearing up for World Breastfeeding Week

With World Breastfeeding Week upon us, there are events aplenty here in the DC area to show your support for breastfeeding, to learn, and to win some great prizes as well!

The Breastfeeding Center of Greater Washington is hosting four events, described in detail at http://breastfeedingcenter.org/support-us/wbw2014/. They include the second annual Breastfival Friday, August 1, 2-6 p.m., The Big Latch-On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (arrive at 10:00) and a screening of the new film, The Milky Way at 11:00

Be sure to register ahead for Friday’s Breastival Festival, sponsored by Lansinoh. I was amazed at the turnout last year with over 100 mamas enjoying delicious snacks and soaking up the positive vibe of the renovated space, which, since I took my first child there, has dramatically expanded its store, upgraded its downstairs facilities and added another room upstairs, which is now hosting regular yoga classes.

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The action will mostly be in the Center at 2141 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037. There will be food and fun, including baby footprints and handprints. Additionally, the waiting room at Children’s Pediatrics will be used as a toddler playroom, and in nearby Washington Circle Park, participants can enjoy babywearing demos and Q&A with the Center’s babywearing instructore Clare Branson between 3:00 and 5:00, prenatal yoga with Manisha Tare of Falling Leaf 2:30-3:30 and Mommy & Baby yoga with Alleah Clark of Embrace DC.

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5, 10 for $10 and 25 for $20. There are some amazing items including lots of nursing gear and clothing, photography sessions, massages and bodywork, and food. It’s enough to make you want to get pregnant all over again if you’re not already! Check the complete list of raffle items here. The drawing will happen at 5:30.

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All the proceeds from the event will be used to create new free classes including a new support group and additional classes in other areas in the Metro DC area. They Center would like to duplicate the very popular Tuesday class for moms with babies 0-4 months, a class that has saved many a mama (including this one!) and spawned longtime friendships.

The Center was founded in 1997 by lactation consultant Pat Shelley. It moved to its current location in 2003 and expanded in 2012. Parking in the building garage is likely to fill, so, if you don’t take Metro or find a metered spot on the street, consider the lot on L Street at 22nd (cash only) or the lot on 21st between K and Pennsylvania.

This is the Center’s first year doing a Latch-On, during which moms will nurse for one minute at precisely 10:30 a.m. in locations around the world and be counted. Register for the event ahead and get your tickets for the 11:00 screening of new documentary The Milky Way at the nearby West End Cinemas. (If you miss the film this time, there’s another screening in Alexandria the evening of August 14).

On Tuesday, August 5, head over (after the conclusion of 1:00 support group if you want to walk en masse) to a celebration 1:30-3:30 at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and enjoy snacks and swag!

If you’re across the river in Virginia and further south, the second annual Big Latch-On in Woodbridge will also be on Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 (arrive at 10:00). The event is being organized by Anna Burmeister Rademaker, founder of Little Green Cabbages, a support community for “greenish” parents in Woodbridge. A lactation consultant and childbirth educator, Anna is passionate about sharing information, empowering parents, and spreading the word about breastfeeding.

There are several great vendors lined up for this event, taking place at Lake Ridge Park Marina, including The Farm Table, Whim Pops natural popsicles, BirthCare and Women’s Health, and more. Proceeds from the vendor tables will benefit ACTS Emergency Shelter, and proceeds from raffle tickets will go to Gar-Field High School for its program that allows teen moms to complete their education with the help of an on-site nursery.

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Preceding the official Latch-On on Saturday will be a “flash mob” Latch On Friday morning at 10:30 (arrive at 10:00) in the Potomac Mills Mall playground (in neighborhood 2, near TJ Maxx). For details on both events, see the event Facebook page and click “See More.”

And if you’re looking for a from-a-distance way to connect with your inner nursing goddess, or if you want a good laugh about other moms trials and tribulations with breastfeeding, enter the Goodreads giveaway for the anthology Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding. I’ve got an essay in the collection about what my nearly three-year-old had to say about my breasts after jogging and another about my first (somewhat thwarted) attempt to for a retreat of just a few hours when he was a baby.

I’m so grateful to the Breastfeeding Center of Greater Washington for helping me get through those early nursing challenges so that I could go on to breastfeed my son for three years (see us illustrating the word “Toddler” on the wonderful “Nursing Our Future” video from Holistic Moms Network) and to then confidently nurse my daughter when she came along a year after that.

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