Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting
@ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Aug 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.
Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!
Breastfeeding Support Group
@ Birthing Center Classroom
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.
Quick facts: Age-26, Education- B.S. Community Health Education with minor in Human Biology from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, B.S. Nursing from Samford University in Birmingham Alabama, Oregon State Beavers fan, I have an identical twin sister whos in the United States Navy, love to play softball and soccer, absolutely love country music, grew up in Independence.
Why nursing? I wanted a career with meaning—a career where I positively influence and help enhance the overall quality of life of others while being provided with plenty of opportunities for advancement. I wanted a career where I feel fulfillment knowing I am making a difference.
Why WVMC? I liked the idea of a smaller hospital simply because I wanted to be able to get to know hospital staff on a first name basis rather than just in passing. While in school I worked at a children's hospital where I was never introduced to a single doctor or any hospital administration. I worked there for about a year and never knew who the CEO was so it was great getting to meet everyone on the first day of orientation. ... See MoreSee Less
For months, breastfeeding was a huge struggle for me and our twins. In the beginning we had problems with latching and keeping them awake long enough to eat. It was hard situating the three of us in a comfortable position for tandem nursing, but once we figured it all out, nursing was all they wanted to do! Marathon and cluster feeding was my life and they'd only nap and sleep at the breast. Breastfeeding was how we survived, but it came with challenges.
Nursing has brought a heap of tears, spit up, slaps, pinches, and the scratching of twenty little baby fingernails. I get biting, tugging and pulling at my skin on a daily basis. For months on end I have been a human pacifier.
But those months have also come with the two most beautiful sets of eyes looking up at me. They've come with sweet little hand caresses. Lucy has a way of gently grazing her hand over me, the most precious touch. And just when I thought they couldn't be more precious, they started holding hands. I remember the first time it happened. Karson and Lucy reached out across my bosom and clasped hands. I almost cried.
But still, I've had to watch what I eat, and make sure I eat enough. I cut out dairy for the first six months to combat Karson's reflux. I watch my caffeine and alcohol. I was afraid working out too intensely would affect my supply.
For days and nights on end I was prisoner to a couch, a flotilla of pillows to prop them up while they nursed and slept, nursed and slept. It was literally months and I couldn't see an end in sight. I thought I'd never get off that couch.
But we did and slowly, we started figuring out how to leave the house, but not without special thought. I still have to wear clothes I can nurse in and think about where we'll do it. Before leaving the house in addition to all the other preparations, I can't forget to nurse. For the first several months it would take 30 minutes or more.
Breastfeeding is no joke. It's quite the commitment. I told myself I'd breastfeed Karson and Lucy until they were a year. I was happy to do it but I've definitely been counting down the months. I remember how hard it seemed even at six months and thinking, "I have six more months of this?!"
But it's gotten easier and now, here I am, I only have a little more than a month to go. But instead of being excited, I'm almost terrified. I don't think we'll be able to stop and more importantly, I don't think I'll want to. I can't help but wonder if I even know how to mother these little bugs without breastfeeding?
After all the struggles, now breastfeeding and all that goes with it seems second nature. It gives me moments of peace. It helps them to sleep. It stops their tears. It keeps them pacified for another 10 minutes so I can rest a few minutes more, read or browse Facebook, or just have a break where I don't have to entertain or chase a baby around. Why would I want to give that up? I'm sure women who bottle feed have their own tricks and I'm sure we'd figure it out but I think our system is working out just fine for now.
They're still so little, so needy and craving the connection and closeness that breastfeeding fulfills. I didn't know what 12 months would look or feel like but now that we're almost there, I can say neither of us are ready to give up the boob.
I'd like to keep breastfeeding through the winter so the immunities I deliver through my milk can help them stave off winter bugs. It would be nice to scale back the frequency, especially at night. At some point of course we'll have to start cutting back and hopefully it will come naturally for them. Maybe it will be gradual or maybe all of a sudden. If they're ready I will definitely be on board but I don't think I can push them to it too soon.
If I've learned anything in this last year it's that all babies are different. Mine have needed to nurse a lot (whatever a lot means) and it works for us. I'm thankful for for the support from Nate and others around me. I'm thankful that I have been allowed so much time to just sit and nurse and be still with our babies. I'm thankful for this amazing body that has been able to nourish my little ones and mostly for their amazing wisdom to know exactly what they needed even when I didn't.
Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See WVMCWeb.com for previous posts. ... See MoreSee Less