Nourish, Flourish, Connect

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is excited to announce Nourish, Flourish, Connect, a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week with back-to-back by-donation workshops/lectures Monday-Saturday the first week in August.  

Some of the special topics we’ll be offering include breastfeeding Q&As, self care,  massage, acupuncture, etc. At the same time, we will honor WBW’s theme of Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development by offering special lectures on breastfeeding, nutrition and sustainability.

Funds raised from Nourish, Flourish, Connect will support The Breastfeeding Center’s mission to offer even more free classes and additional consultations in our NEW SPACE (coming in July 2017)! All donations will go to directly to our Building a Better Nest Campaign, ensuring that The Breastfeeding Center is able to find the perfect space to flourish in for years to come.

Suggested Donations:

$100 – Full Week Pass (buy here!)

$25 – Drop In (buy as you register!)

If you’re interested in offering a workshop/lecture, or if you’d like to sponsor Nourish, Flourish, Connect, email Gina at gina@breastfeedingcenter.org

Here’s what we’re offering during Nourish, Flourish, Connect:

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

10-11am Prenatal Yoga

Classes are designed and sequenced to help alleviate common discomforts in pregnancy and to prepare moms for labor and early motherhood.  This class will modify poses for all stages of pregnancy. Strengthen the body, calm the mind and prepare physically and mentally for childbirth.

Your Prenatal Yoga practice includes:

•Asana (postures)

•Breathwork

•Meditation

*Please bring your yoga mat if you can; we only have a few available to borrow*

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11:30am-12:30pm Ask a Lactation Consultant

Join us for a casual Q & A with one of our board certified lactation consultants to ask all of your breastfeeding-related questions. No question is stupid or weird – ask her anything! This session is for both expectant moms and moms of babies of any age. Come with any questions or mysteries you have. We’ll also have a scale available if you’d like to weigh your baby during the session.

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1-2:15pm Intro to the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is gentle movement education that helps you stay supported, comfortable and balanced in your body throughout all stages of pregnancy and the birthing process.  It also provides skills to prevent injury and conserve energy as you nurse, lift and carry your new little sweetheart!

For over 25 years physical therapist and Alexander Technique teacher Gabrielle Czaja has been empowering people on their path to greater health.  Her joyful and engaging approach helps you restore and rebalance your body so you can live more fully into your best self.

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6 Secrets for a Successful Return to Work after Maternity Leave

Is the idea of going back to work after having your baby overwhelming you?  Sometimes returning to work after maternity leave can be challenging, but, it doesn’t have to be.  The transition can be a smooth one and not so daunting with a bit of planning.  Rashida McKenzie has six secrets for a successful return that she wants to share with you.

Bio: Rashida McKenzie is the owner of Queen Bee Concierge, a household management company for busy moms. She is also a devoted wife and mom to a busy beautiful daughter and shares her insights, tips, and tricks to help moms manage it all through workshops and her website www.QueenBeeConcierge.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2

10-11am Listening to the Messages of Your Body

In this workshop, we will practice ways to connect with our bodies and tune into our intuition more mindfully.

Our bodies represent the subconscious and too often, our connection to our bodies may come from a place of challenge or struggle. Perhaps we are trying to change something about our bodies or ‘get rid’ of pain. We can cultivate a more nourishing relationship with our body and mind through a variety of practices such as yoga, breathwork, meditation, and body/energy work. It’s all about keeping the energy flowing and working with the experiences in our lives as deeper messages.

Please join me to learn more about some simple daily rituals which can help to decrease stress and expand a feeling of spaciousness in your life.

Bio:

Manisha Tare is an occupational therapist and yoga teacher and uses this is a basis for a holistic approach towards health and healing. Through yoga, meditation, craniosacral therapy, energy work, and spiritual practices, she supports you in using the experiences in your life to understand and clear blocks, fears, and old patterns that may be keeping you stuck, in pain, or living in the past. Learn more at: fallingleafwellness.net

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11:30am-1pm New Moms' Group

This class includes discussion of all things related to breastfeeding, and is guided by the mothers who attend. It is a great way to meet other mothers and get helpful advice.Mothers are also able to do pre- and post-feed weight checks on their little ones, using the scale at the front of the classroom.

This class is intended for parents of babies under the age of 4 months. This is a support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs.

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1:30-3pm New Moms' Group

This class includes discussion of all things related to breastfeeding, and is guided by the mothers who attend. It is a great way to meet other mothers and get helpful advice.Mothers are also able to do pre- and post-feed weight checks on their little ones, using the scale at the front of the classroom.

This class is intended for parents of babies under the age of 4 months. This is a support group style class where discussion and questions are invited. The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs.

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4-5:15pm Prenatal/Postnatal Self Care

A self care workshop for women focused on the 3rd & “4th” trimester. This workshop will teach you self-care techniques, yoga poses for your pre & post birth body, and mind-body exercises to illuminate your path to motherhood.

  • Practice yoga postures and breathing exercises for better health during and after pregnancy.
  • Learn how to use mind-body techniques to reduce stress, prepare for labor and embrace the 4th trimester.
  • Connect with your community at all stages of pregnancy and early parenting.
  • Improve your postpartum recovery and bring mindfulness to your parenting.

WHO:  Ideal for pregnant women, new mothers in the 1st 4 months

WHY: Because self-care is the root of all health care.

About the presenter: Rosemary is a wife, mother of 3 children and the Managing Director at the Center for Mind-body Medicine. She was a college athlete, and has completed 3 triathlons but it was not until she discovered yoga in 2007 that she really understood the power of the mind-body connection. Rosemary developed a passion for yoga when she experienced first hand how practical and helpful it was – and how empowered she felt – during her pregnancies, births, and now while raising her three small children.

At the same time, Rosemary’s work with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine exposed her to new mind-body tools and techniques and a deeper understanding and appreciation for self-care, self awareness and group support. This was especially important during her own experience of becoming a mother, finding a community of women to draw on for education and support.

As a wife, mother, and full-time working professional, Rosemary believes in the practice of self-care and strives to bring the principles of yoga and self-awareness to all aspects of her life and share it with others.

Rosemary received her 500 hour yoga certification through Yogaworks and has taught intermittently. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3

10-11am Chinese Medicine at Home
Learn how your body is the BEST Fitbit ever designed! Using your symptoms in real-time versus a wrist read-out to guide you back to wellness.
About the presenter: Mary Morrison, MBA, MAc., Dipl. Ac.(NCCAOM) is a Licensed Acupuncturist with Your Access Acupuncture, LLC. www.youraccessacupuncture.com. You can find her practicing at The Well in Mt. Pleasant and also in Takoma Park.
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11:30am-12:30pm Prenatal and Postnatal Rights at Work

As you are starting to experience, pregnancy, breastfeeding and raising a family will significantly impact your work life.

Come and learn about your prenatal and postnatal rights in the workplace, including the right to take leave; the right to paid sick days; the right to accommodation; the right to be free from discrimination; and the right to breastfeed. Lawyers from First Shift Justice Project will provide you with a primer on the web of federal and local laws that protect these rights. They will also discuss how to be proactive by developing a strategy for planning your work and family life and communicating your needs to your employer to protect your rights.

Class is taught by lawyers in the field.

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1-2pm Ask a Lactation Consultant

Join us for a casual Q & A with one of our board certified lactation consultants to ask all of your breastfeeding-related questions. No question is stupid or weird – ask her anything! This session is for both expectant moms and moms of babies of any age. Come with any questions or mysteries you have. We’ll also have a scale available if you’d like to weigh your baby during the session.

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2:30-3:30pm Intro To Mindful Eating For Breastfeeding & Pumping

How To Nourish Yourself While You Feed Your Baby

Motherhood offers extraordinary opportunities for personal growth, cultivating healthy new habits, and learning to balance life in a whole new light. That’s why it’s essential to a new and nursing mom’s well being to deeply understand how to eat for yourself AND your baby’s best nutrition. When breastfeeding and pumping, the foods you eat–and how you eat them — can give you the energy you need for long days and nights of breastfeeding, increase your milk supply, and help you feel fuller longer.

In this FREE one-hour class Ebeth Johnson, founder of Breastfeeding Chef (www.breastfeedingchef.com) will share exactly what you need to know to nourish yourself well while feeding your baby.
During this class, you will learn:
  • 3 simple practices that bring mindfulness to your eating habits and why you need them
  • The Fullness Equation that helps you feel fuller longer so you aren’t Hungry.  All. The. Time!
  • 3 unexpected ingredients (no oats here, Ladies)! that can support your milk supply and boost your energy – and how to use them deliciously

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4-5pm Comfort Techniques for Birth

Description coming soon.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

10-11am The Brainstem and Breastfeeding

Birth can be stressful for a newborn’s spine and brainstem. This stress can affect a newborn’s ability to latch, suck, and swallow optimally for breastfeeding. Come learn about this interesting connection, how you can asses for stress on your baby’s spine, and how to get the right help if you see a misconnection with your baby.

About the presenter: Dr. Lauren Dodds is a NUCCA chiropractor and owner at the Upper Cervical Chiropractic Group in Alexandria, VA.  She gets to practice with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jake.  Lauren has been working towards living and promoting the chiropractic lifestyle since a sports injury as a high school freshman left her sidelined from life.  While trying to get healthy again, she has experienced many health care approaches and techniques.  But since receiving upper cervical chiropractic care herself and realizing the potential of true health, she has been dedicated to providing a better health care to her community in the form of NUCCA chiropractic.  When not taking care of people, Lauren enjoys cooking and baking, exploring new places in the DMV, and relaxing by the water with a good book.

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11:30am-12:30pm Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Women's Health

This course will give you an overall understanding of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  You will learn the basics of how Oriental Medicine works and how it can be useful for women’s health issues.  Special attention will be given to using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to nourish and care for the mother after birth (this includes acupuncture and Chinese herbs for lactation support; increasing energy during sleep deprivation; and back and neck pain from nursing). You will also learn some herbs and acupressure points you can use at home for self care.  

This class is taught by Elyse Rohrer Budiash, MSOM, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, a licensed acupuncturist and nationally board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.  Elyse is the owner of Cherry Blossom Healing Arts, an acupuncture and Chinese herb practice located in Woodley Park, DC.  Elyse is also the mother of Emmie, a nine month old who loves smiling, clapping, and eating everything in sight.

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1-2pm Can You Safely Sleep with Your Baby?

Much of the social commentary about being a good parent includes directives to never sleep with your baby. Stories abound about infants who were smothered sleeping next to an adult. Should you bedshare? Room share? We’ll explore the research, the realities, and how to handle questions about co-sleeping.

About the presenter: Dia has written and/or edited over a dozen books for adults and children. Her passions in life include promoting the concepts and practices of attachment parenting, breastfeeding and safe infant sleep. She is founder and president of two publishing houses—Platypus Media and Science, Naturally! Their books have won numerous awards and have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, French and Korean. Dia has led workshops at healthcare, education and parenting conferences across the country. She is the mother of three adult children and lives in Washington, DC.

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2:30-3:30pm Ask a Lactation Consultant

Join us for a casual Q & A with one of our board certified lactation consultants to ask all of your breastfeeding-related questions. No question is stupid or weird – ask her anything! This session is for both expectant moms and moms of babies of any age. Come with any questions or mysteries you have. We’ll also have a scale available if you’d like to weigh your baby during the session.

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4-5pm Dynamic Mama

**Class for moms only (no babies!). All mamas are welcome whether pregnant, 6 weeks postpartum, or the mama of a 5-year-old. You will learn tools to reconnect and strengthen your core and align your life.**

This is a holistic class, not your standard workout…Yes, you will get a workout and so much more.

Come connect to a group of like-minded mamas & know you’re not alone in your journey. Feel more space in your body and peace in your mind.
Take the first step towards getting rid of your lower belly pooch and learn how to hold your baby while also maintaining your core. Discover what you can do so that sex is no longer painful and you stop peeing your pants. Learn how to strengthen & feel good in your body, and connect to the Dynamic Mama that you are to be a better you for your family & others.

Save your spot today in this special class for moms only (no babies) – this workshop is NOT a drop in class.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

10-11am Nutrition for Women of Childbearing Age

Nutrition for Women of Childbearing Age

Whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum, women of childbearing age have unique nutritional needs. Women and mothers often put the nutritional needs of their families above their own, neglecting to nourish their own bodies. If you are looking to improve the quality of your diet to boost your fertility or vitality, do not miss this workshop with registered dietitian, maternal, infant, and child nutrition specialist, and mother, Julie Bendix. A healthy mommy is a happy mommy.

About the presenter: Julie Bendix is an experienced Registered Dietitian passionate about helping families establish healthy habits for life. In Julie’s career, she has provided nutrition services to Veterans, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and families participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program. She also has a private practice focusing on fertility nutrition, prenatal nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease management. She and her chef husband teach healthy cooking classes to individuals that want to get back to the basics of whole food homemade meals. Julie is a Certified Lactation Counselor making her knowledgeable on the science and benefits of breastfeeding. Julie earned her bachelors degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her graduate degree in public health, health education, and health behavior from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

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1-2pm Ask a Lactation Consultant

Join us for a casual Q & A with one of our board certified lactation consultants to ask all of your breastfeeding-related questions. No question is stupid or weird – ask her anything! This session is for both expectant moms and moms of babies of any age. Come with any questions or mysteries you have. We’ll also have a scale available if you’d like to weigh your baby during the session.

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2:30-3:30pm Diastasis Recti Workshop

SOLD OUT

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

10-11am Radiant Self Care

We all know that beauty is an inside job, but there are also outer practices that can make you feel and look more radiant. In this workshop, we will explore simple and effective practices for both the outside and the inside that you can easily incorporate into your life. More specifically, we go into tweaks you can make to wake up more refreshed and how to care for your eyes, skin, and orientation towards life.

About the presenter: Kat teaches Yoga and Ayurvedic self care practices with the purpose of teaching how to create more ease and radiance in life. She is dedicated to guiding others into deeper connection with themselves and the world around them through yoga classes, one-on-one coaching, group coaching, retreats,  and yoga teacher trainings. She is currently working towards her second master’s degree – this time around it is a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. You can find her at Yoga District in Washington, DC and online at katherinekuzner.com and beingsri.com.

11:30am-12:30pm Holistic Parenting from the Inside Out

Parenting yourself is an integral part of a holistic approach to family wellness. Learning to prioritize self-care will help you parent with empathy, intention, and thoughtfulness. In return, parenting your children that way will help you on your own path to a joyful, purposeful, meaningful life, which will position your children to pursue the same. The class will include some mindfulness practice, a little journaling and lots of discussion of strategies and ideas to care for yourself and your family in a sustainable and healthy way.

About the presenter: Local natural parenting resource writer and advocate Jessica Claire Haney founded the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network in 2009 and, in 2014, she began publishing Mindful Healthy Life, an online lifestyle magazine for natural-minded parents in Metro DC. A former high school teacher and a first-time novelist, Jessica has had to integrate a lot of self-care to overcome a family legacy of depression, to cope with several autoimmune conditions, and to live well and parent well. A mother of two, she volunteers on issues related to health and wellness in schools and blogs at CrunchyChewyMama.com.

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