Thursday, August 20, 2015

How to Use the New Medela Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap

Medela has come out with a fabulous new product to make life easier for breastfeeding moms!  Their Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap quickly dissolves breastmilk from all of your pump parts, bottles, nipples, and even your nursing bras & tanks!  No scrubbing needed - even on stubborn residue up to 3 days old!

For use on breast pump parts, bottles, and nipples:
- Separate all your parts (take the breastshield off the connector, and separate the valve & membrane).  Rinse the parts briefly before using the soap.
- Fill your sink or a large bowl with lukewarm water, making sure the water will cover everything you are cleaning.  As the sink is filling, add 3 pumps of Quick Clean Soap for every gallon of water.
- Submerge all your parts in the soapy water and let soak for 5 minutes.
- After soaking, rinse your parts thoroughly with clean water, and then air or towel dry them.

For use on nursing bras and tank tops:
Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap is approved to be used as a detergent to remove breastmilk stains from nursing apparel.  No presoaking is required - you just put 3 pumps into the washing machine and then follow the regular washing instructions on the garment.  Medela has tested the soap on many nursing bras and it is proven to be safe and effective. 

The Quick Clean Soap is clinically tested under physician supervision not to cause skin irritation.  It doesn't have any added fragrance or taste that might discourage your baby from breastfeeding.  It is safe and hypoallergenic.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Mothers' Gathering Testimonials

Our Mothers' Gathering (Mommy and Me) groups are a wonderful way to get the information, support, and community you need during that first year with your baby - but don't just take our word for it!  :-)

"I credit my sanity during the first 6 months after my son was born to my Mothers' Gathering class at A Mother's Haven. The teacher (Jill) was an incredible resource of information. Her sweet but straightforward disposition makes her feel like your best friend/sister/mom all rolled into one.
I also met the most amazing group of women, and we all became fast friends. Three years later, we still meet up for playdates, birthday parties, and girls' nights! I am forever grateful for this invaluable experience, and I highly recommend it to all new moms I meet."
-Tami, mom of Guy, 3 and Zoe, almost 2

"When I had my first child, I attended Mothers' Gathering (Mommy&Me) at A Mother's Haven. It was a fabulous experience for me and my son. I got to meet other moms and get the support I needed at the time. It was so nice to be with others who were going through the same experience as me.
I also got quite a bit of guidance from the instructor on how to get my baby to sleep and eat. The best part is that I made one of my best friends in that class. I highly recommend A Mother's Haven to new moms in the San Fernando Valley."
- Lorena from LA Moms Dig, mom of Beckham, 5 and Sienna, 2

"Deciding to join the Mother's Gathering for new moms was the best decision I made for me and my new baby. Not only did I learn so much about child care, like tips for infant feeding, how to develop a good baby sleep schedule, and ways to help foster my baby's psychological and intellectual development, but I also discovered the BEST support system ever. 
When we first met, the 12 new moms in our group were overwhelmed, overtired, stressed, and feeling isolated by the rigorous schedule of new motherhood.  Not only did our instructor give us encouragement and reassurance, but she also shared her wealth of knowledge that helped make us feel more in control as mothers. From our very first session, we were so excited to meet other moms feeling the same way and began to schedule our own play dates, mommy's nights out, family BBQ's (so our hubbies could bond- which totally worked!) and within a few weeks our group grew very close. 
Many of the moms chose to continue past the first 8-wk session and a few of us continued to re-enroll for the first year of our babies' life, since we were not only learning so much from our instructor but we wanted our babies to stay connected to their best friends. Now that my baby is a toddler, I am still very close friends with a handful of the moms I met through AMH and feel so lucky to have them in my and my son's life. Thank you, A Mother's Haven, for giving me and my family friends for life and the skills I needed to become the confident mom I am today. "
-Jana from Helping Hand Nutrition, mom of Evan, 1.5

Our newest Mothers' Gathering "Mommy & Me" group is going to be starting in about a week! Sign up online or by calling (818) 380-3111.

Questions?  Want to know more?  Give us a call at (818) 380-3111!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Instructor Feature - An Interview with Leslye Adelman

We thought that you might want to know a little bit more about our instructors and staff here at A Mother's Haven Boutique & Educational Center, so we're doing interviews with them to learn more about who they really are!

Our first interview is with Leslye Adelman - if you've done some prenatal workshops here or had any breastfeeding issues, you probably know Leslye. She teaches the Prepared Childbirth One-Day Intensives, the Breastfeeding 101 prenatal workshops, and the Caring For Your Newborn prenatal workshops. She also facilitates our weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, and is available for private Lactation Consults.

AMH: Leslye, you have such a following here at A Mother’s Haven. What would you say your philosophy is on parenting, breastfeeding, pregnancy, etc?
Leslye: With breastfeeding, I try to encourage moms not to give up and get the right kind of help whether it’s from myself or someone else, as well as to reach out to family and friends for support. As far as parenting and pregnancy, I’ll tell them to take it one day at a time.

AMH: How would you describe yourself in 5 words or less?
Leslye: Passionate about life and sharing knowledge... wait, that‘s 6 words.

AMH: What inspires you? What drives you?
Leslye: Seeing success with a mom and a family unit after struggling with any particular obstacle is the ultimate satisfaction.

AMH: What products or resources do you recommend to your clients/students?
Leslye: I’m mostly into organic and environmentally friendly products. I like Gaia Wipes because they’re really soft and gentle for infants. If a woman is having issues with breastfeeding, I tend to recommend Motherlove Herbal products under the guidance of a lactation consultant.

AMH: What is the one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
Leslye: People are often surprised to hear I’m over 60 years old. (You wouldn't think it, given her purple-streaked hair and spunky personality!)

AMH: Do you have a favorite hobby or pasttime?
Leslye: I love reading but don’t get to do it as often as I’d like. I’m also on the board of a local food pantry and very active in my Synagogue (Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village).

AMH: Do you have a favorite place to travel?
Leslye: I haven’t had a chance to travel in a while, but my dream place to go to is Israel.

AMH: Lastly, what's your advice for new and expecting moms?
Leslye: I tell them, When you wake up in the morning, take a deep breath and enjoy every minute of every day.

Leslye Adelman, LCCE, IBCLC, CLC, has a B.S. in Physical Therapy and an M.S. in Special Education. After a wonderfully memorable birth experience and a not so wonderful (but extremely unforgettable) breastfeeding experience, her love of teaching led her back to school where she trained at UCLA as a Childbirth Educator and a Lactation Consultant. Today, as the mom of 3 adult children, and with over 30 years experience in the field of pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and parenting, she has a breadth of education and expertise to offer.  Leslye’s classes at A Mother's Haven are all encompassing and intended to to give the expecting mom the tools and knowledge she’ll need to get through labor and those first few weeks postpartum.

You can learn more on our website about the prenatal workshops that Leslye teaches, as well as the Breastfeeding Support Group that she leads.

Check out some of our other Featured Instructor and Staff interviews:

Synthia Praglin - teaches Mothers' Gathering

Lauren Ryan - teaches Supported Birth and Caring For Your Newborn

Danielle Vorzimer - teaches Mothers' Gathering