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Embracing the Wonder of Grandparenting...

Embracing the Wonder of Grandparenting...

...and the Complications That Come With It. 

Parenting is tough. Step back take a breath, imagine what it was like 20, 30-40 years ago when you were born. It's nothing like it was - new products, new gizmos, new gadgets and freakin' technology. $hit, feel some empathy for your parents, they're like in the dark ages. So, we talk to alot of expecting and new couples. And, we talk to alot of their parents. Most of the time, they mean really well. 

Grandparenting is tough too. Looking back as a grandparent you're like, been there done that. but wow so much has changed. 

Every family is unique and has their own dynamics.

  1. How do you participate in this extraordinary cycle of life?
  2. How do you approach a conversation that you want to have with your children, and they want to have with you?  Are they the boss and you follow or is there a way for a more complex conversation?
  3. What are the things you want to fight for and what might be a losing battle that you have to surrender to? Still, you want a way to respectfully communicate with them even if you don’t get what you want.
  4. Managing expectations.  Coming to terms that new ones come up and old ones get better. What works one day may not work the next.
  5. What is your growing edge in life?  What do you want to go for whether that is a bucket list or something you want to learn? How do you fire up the energy that has heart and meaning for you?

Families go through cycles. In past years, they were dependent now they are more self-sufficient.

In our new Class offering Grandparenting: The Joys & Struggles we will discuss expectations for how to best serve your family. Experiences during our time together will allow for inner and outer resources to surface that help in having a positive relationship with your family.

This class is an invitation to explore the challenges and gifts at this "grandparent time" of your life. How do you align yourself in order for it to be meaningful. Come check out this wonderful class and learn tips and tricks to best serve your unique family. 

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by Natalie Caine 

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NEW Exclusive Kindred Bravely Fitting Station @ The Pump Station & Nurtury!!

NEW Exclusive Kindred Bravely Fitting Station @ The Pump Station & Nurtury!!

We're excited to announce our new partnership with Kindred Bravely! Much like many of the products we carry already in our store, our decision to carry this brand came from the many requests of our Mamas. We understand how difficult it can be to find a great maternity or nursing bra that meets your needs and fits well.  You asked. We answered.

Like motherhood itself, Kindred Bravely is built on love. Their maternity and nursing bras are meticulously designed to make your motherhood journey easier, from the bump to the breast and beyond. Like Kindred Bravely, we at The Pump Station truly believe you deserve to look and feel great all of the time, Mama. We hope you can feel the difference, and we hope you know that much like Kindred Bravely we’re here for you. To support you, to listen to you, and to join you on this wild superhero ride that is motherhood.

In our partnership, we have been designated as an Exclusive Kindred Bravely Fitting Station.  Select colors and sizes of their most popular styles will be available for purchase in store. In addition to that, we will have full assortment of fit samples for other styles that you can try on and special order. Special orders will be shipped to your home directly from Kindred Bravely.  Their exceptional customer service team is committing to shipping your desired bras from 1-2 business days from ordering.  They will be shipping from Southern California so you can expect receipt of your bras in 2-5 business days. We truly hope you will be as excited as we are to be offering this wonderful brand in our store!

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Not sure what you'll like? What size you need?  Call Now 310-998-1981 or Email our Main St. Store Now to make an appointment to come in for your personalized fitting.

More about Kindred Bravely

Their Roots

It all began when Deeanne, our co-founder/CEO, was nursing her one-year-old and couldn’t find a comfortable and cute pair of pajamas. She decided to design her own – a simple idea that became something extraordinary.

Their Mission

We have two goals: creating maternity and nursing clothes that are beautiful, useful, and comfortable, and building a community of moms who support and encourage each other on the motherhood journey.

Their Name

As moms, we have to stick together, which is where “Kindred” comes from. And “Bravely”? Well, being a mom can be tough. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes courage—bravery—to be a mom.


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Where Should Baby Sleep?

Where Should Baby Sleep?

One of the first questions you have to answer after you give birth is, Where should baby sleep? A bassinet? Crib? Cosleeper? Your bed?

It’s a decision that deserves some serious thought because it will affect your sleep, your baby’s sleep and your baby’s safety.

Hands down, having your newborn baby sleep in your room is the way to go! It’s cozier and much more convenient. It lets you hear when your baby spits up, has breathing troubles, or is uncomfortable in any way. And, as a total bonus: Your being nearby reduces her SIDS risk. The current recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is to keep your swaddled baby right by your bed, in a bassinet, crib or cosleeper for the first 6 months of life.

Content contributed by Happiest Baby founder Dr. Harvey Karp

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Opening My Eyes to Motherhood

Opening My Eyes to Motherhood

How do I stay sane during this insane time of my life....

I remember sitting crossed legged in my prenatal yoga class when I was about four months pregnant. My eyes were closed and as per my yoga teacher’s directions, I was taking a nice, slow, deep breath in through my nose and out through my mouth. As I continued to do this, I began to imagine what things looked like inside my body at that very moment. There was this little being growing inside of me, and for a minute, I could actually see that happening.

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The REAL STORY behind the current formula shortage.

The REAL STORY behind the current formula shortage.

The most recent formula shortage crisis is not just a baby milk crisis, rather it is a women’s health care crisis that dates back to the last century.   Let’s pause for a moment and take a look at what transpired to bring us here today. 

After WWII, with American women joining the work force in large numbers, formula manufacturers saw an emerging market for their product.  With promises to new mothers that formula was “better than the breast” – and no scientific evidence to back this claim – our grandmothers were assured they could leave their babies in good conscious with this new “milk”, and work outside the home. 

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Summer Safety Tips from Save a Little Life!

Summer Safety Tips from Save a Little Life!

Summer has descended on Southern California in a big way!  Between the on-going drought and the daily heat index, parents need to pay close attention to all that Summer brings with it.  Let's start with water safety.  To be as safe as possible we all need to focus on infants, toddlers & small children as they are the ones who are at most risk for drowning.  That focus should include:

 *  Every infant or child needs to be closely watched in and around all pools, hot tubs and at the beach. 

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Why was crawling eliminated from CDC developmental milestones?

Why was crawling eliminated from CDC  developmental milestones?
by Juliana Plank, Doctor of Physical Therapy

I was surprised to hear that the CDC updated developmental milestones for the first time in 20 years and I was shocked that crawling was omitted as a milestone altogether.

According to the CDC, the guidelines were revised to prompt parents and pediatricians to screen for and refer infants to early intervention as soon as the delay is identified. Continue reading

We're Hiring!

We're looking for 2 people who love working with Expecting & New Parents plus Babies and Toddlers!!

1) Full Time Sales Associate  2) Part Time Sales Associate

Both Sales Positions perform all aspects of selling retail products, support services and classes offered at The Pump Station & Nurtury. This includes, but is not limited to greeting and welcoming customers, suggestive selling, closing the sale, and accurately completing sales on the point-of-sale register. Position also includes daily maintenance of sales floor & overall store appearance, to always ensure a clean and professional environment for customers and employees.
Ideal candidates have retail sales experience, an aptitude for various retail software systems and must be able to lift 50 pounds or more.
Please send cover letter and resume to Yadira@PumpStation.com

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Is a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet Safe While Breastfeeding?

Is a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet Safe While Breastfeeding?

Wander the isles at any supermarket and you’ll find an increasing number of plant-based (or vegan) options.  Plant-based eating is on the rise, and while a plant-based diet is considered by many experts to be safe and healthy, breastfeeding parents might ask, “Is it safe to eat a completely plant-based diet while breastfeeding?”  The answer may surprise you!

Why do people make the switch to a plant-based diet? The number of people in the US who identify as vegan has increased 19% since 2002, and supermarkets have reported a 65% increase in demand for plant-based products.  People who identify as female are far more likely than males to be vegetarian or vegan, and people who make the switch to a plant-based diet cite that they are doing so because of ethical, environmental and health reasons.  Factory farming and concern for animal welfare, the environmental toll meat production causes, and perceived health outcomes for making the shift are among the most common reasons cited.  

 Vegan VS. plant-based. A vegan does not consume or use any animal products at all to avoid cruelty to animals.  Vegans don’t eat honey or gelatin, don’t use beeswax, avoid wearing wool, down and leather, and they carefully read labels to avoid animal-based ingredients in personal care products.  Plant-based eating includes mostly foods derived from plants in the pursuit of better health outcomes or for environmental reasons.  If someone is plant-based, they may still wear leather and wool and won’t necessarily avoid animal products in toiletries or supplements.

 Is a plant-based diet safe while breastfeeding?  

Not surprisingly the answer is more nuanced than a simple yes or no.  What matters most, according to nutritional research comparing the human milk (breastmilk) of plant based vs. omnivore people, is the long-term nutritional status of the breastfeeding person.  Have they been carefully planning their diet to include all of the necessary nutrients to support both themself and their growing baby?  Are they currently taking the recommended supplements for people eating a plant-based diet, and if so, for how long?  In short, what is their long-term nutritional status?

 Breastfeeding Vegans Must Take Supplemental B12 and DHA.

 B12 is essential for the neurological development of babies both in utero and as newborns.  It is also important for the formation of DNA.  Deficiency can lead to neurological damage and irreversible cognitive impairment.  Omnivores rely on animal products for B12, and plant-based foods contain no B12 unless they are fortified (like fortified nut mylks and cereals).  Amazingly, B12 is not produced by the animal being consumed, but by anaerobic microorganisms found in the soil upon which animals graze.  Because of factory farming, many animals are no longer able to graze, so their food is fortified with supplemental B12. B12 is stored in the animal’s tissues, which is then consumed by humans. Vegans can just cut out the “middle-cow” and take a B12 supplement or regularly include fortified foods like plant mylks, cereals and plant-based meat substitutes.   The National Institute of Health recommends breastfeeding people take 2.8 micrograms per day.  Most supplemental B12 has several times that dose, so taking it a few times per week is all that’s needed.

DHA is essential for a developing immune system and formation of eyes and nerves found in the brain. Needs increase while pregnant and breastfeeding, and while foods like Chia seeds, ground flax seeds, soy beans, and walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids, the conversion of these foods to DHA in the body is inadequate. Because of the increased need for DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding, vegans are at an increased risk for deficiency.  Taking a plant- based DHA supplement (made from Algal Oil) is recommended.  Although 100-200 mg of DHA per day is usually recommended, emerging research suggests that a significantly higher dose of 1000mg is better.

 Other nutrients to consider as a plant-based breastfeeder.

Iodine:  Important for thyroid development and function, Iodine is usually found in eggs, dairy and animal based seafood..  Most experts recommend against relying on seaweed as the main source of plant-based iodine as the dose is difficult to control and too much or too little iodine can have a negative effect on thyroid function.  If you are plant-based, the easiest way to obtain iodine is by regularly consuming iodized salt.  Many people have moved away from using iodized salt in their homes in favor of sea salt, which contains no iodine.  The CDC recommends 290 mg per day for bf mothers-a teaspoon of salt contains 250 mg.

 

Iron: Iron needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding increase significantly! Regardless of diet, all pregnant and breastfeeding people are at risk for iron deficiency. During pregnancy, iron levels are extremely important because this is when a developing baby stores all the iron they’ll need for the first 6 months of life!  Plant-based foods are very high in non-heme iron and while there is some controversy surrounding the need for heme vs non heme iron (non heme is less bioavailable), it is thought that vegans can obtain what they need through diet.  Adding a food high in vitamin c to an iron rich food can increase absorption (ex. spinach with a squeeze of lemon).  

Other nutrients of concern

Calcium, zinc, folic acid, protein: Plants are rich in these nutrients.  Be sure to eat a well- balanced diet high in healthy fats, whole carbohydrates and plant-based protein and ensure increased intake of calories by 350-500 per day.

(*While the term “breastfeeding” is used here, we honor and acknowledge that not all people who birth babies and choose human milk feeding use the gendered term “mother” or have “breasts”. 

The information contained in this post is not a substitute for sound medical advice.  Please talk to your doctor or a registered dietician with any specific questions about the safety of a plant-based diet while breastfeeding)

By Allison Mahurin RN, IBCLC

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