Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pool and Water Safety with Olympic Coach

Dave Kelsheimer, Team USA & Team Santa Monica swim coach offers up some tips to keep your kids safe near and in the water.

Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive™ - Do the Five
1) Fence the Pool
2) Shut the Gate
3) Teach Your Kids to Swim
4) Supervise - Watch Your Mate
5) Learn how to Resuscitate

Friday, May 19, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Seek Breastfeeding Help

Producing milk is natural; the art of latching a baby to the breast is learned. Sometimes what is supposed to come easily doesn’t, and sometimes a breastfeeding problem occurs after discharge from the hospital. The following are situations in which lactation professionals would be very helpful.

1. We turn OUCH! into AHHH! Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt!  If you’re struggling with a painful latch, engorgement, or just need a some breastfeeding TLC, let us help! Our moms have found that one hour with us is a breastfeeding game changer!

2. We're committed to helping you meet your breastfeeding goals. The breastfeeding journey is unique for each parent. We have experience assisting breastfeeding families with twins, low milk supply, adoptive and surrogate families. To us, "breastfeeding success" means fostering fulfilling and healthy emotional relationships in families.

3. Our Consultants have decades of experience supporting new moms. Did you know that IBCLC’s undergo rigorous academic and hands’ on medical training in order to become certified? Plus, all of our LC’s at The Pump Station & Nurtury® are registered nurses, and a few of us even have advanced degrees! Our breastfeeding expertise is grounded in decades of medical research.

4. We provide pre-natal and post-natal breastfeeding service, support and education. We offer evidence based, unconditional support…for all families!

5. Our Consultants have more clinical experience as most served as nurses in the maternal child health field. 

Other reasons we recommend you see a Lactation Consultant:
-Your baby does not latch onto your breasts or latch on is difficult
-You have sore, cracked, painful nipples
-You breasts are severely heavier/fuller (engorged) and the baby is now struggling to latch
-Your breasts are not heavier/fuller (engorged) by day 5
-You are concerned that your baby is not receiving enough milk
  o Your baby isn’t urinating 6 times a day by day 6
  o Your baby isn’t having at least 3 yellow, runny stools in 24 hours by day 6 o Your baby is very sleepy and not waking for feeds
  o Your baby cries all the time
  o Your baby hasn’t regained birth weight at two weeks
-Your baby was born 37 weeks of gestation or earlier
-Your baby was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
-Mother and baby were separated at birth due to infant or maternal complications
-You had a previous difficult breastfeeding experience
-You have had breast surgery
-You need reassurance that you are doing it “right”

What other reasons prompted you to see a breastfeeding consultant? Share them here in the comments below! 

Our Consultants can see you in our stores or in the privacy of your own home. Meet our Lactation Team here

Monday, May 1, 2017

How To Stop A Mombie Attack! (Aka 7 Key Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Better)

by Jill Campbell, Psy.D.

Sleep is a very important subject for new parents because we know that good sleep is not only essential to your baby's growth and development, but the whole family's well being. The key points listed below are designed to help you put good sleep habits into practice so that as your baby grows and develops, he or she will have the tools for healthy sleep.

  1. Between the ages of six-eight weeks and four months is the best time to start to establish good sleep habits that will eventually teach your baby to sleep through the night.
  2. Many babies make the transition to sleep easier if they have "positive sleep associations" with them at bedtime. For younger babies, white noise or soothing sounds, swaddling, and/or finding their fingers or thumb to suck will help them self-soothe and fall asleep. For older babies, in addition to those things, comfort can be found in a transitional object. Examples include a very small blanket (often called a lovey), a piece of mom's t-shirt, or a small stuffed animal. Incorporating a comfort object into your baby's bedtime routine can help your baby fall asleep on his/her own, and sleep through the night.
  3. Begin to try to put baby down drowsy but awake. You can do this best by separating feeding and sleeping. Have a small, calming activity in-between the two (i.e. a little massage, a song). Put your baby down in his/her crib while he/she is still awake (it is okay is he/she is drowsy). This way your baby learns that he/she does not need to be nursing (or have a bottle) to fall asleep. 
  4. Babies thrive on routines and schedules. Create a bedtime routine for your baby (i.e. a bath,pajamas, feeding, massage, song, or storybook, bed) and try to put your baby to bed at the same time every night. Make sure to do the bedtime routine in the same room in which your baby is going to be sleeping. 
  5. Have the bedroom environment be consistent at bedtime and throughout the night. Black-out curtains often help babies to take longer naps. Don't over stimulate baby. If you need to feed or change your baby during the night, keep the lights low and your interactions to a minimum. 
  6. If baby awakens during the night, listen to the crying. If crying is strong, go in and soothe your baby. If crying is weak and intermittent, see if you can wait a couple of minutes to see if baby puts himself back to sleep. This type of crying may indicate that your baby may not be fully awake and is adjusting to a different stage of sleep. 
  7. Try to remain calm. Your baby will take his/her cue from you. If you feel comfortable with the sleep routine you have established, your baby will too.
Sleep Services Available for your Family!
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1. Serenity Star by Aden + Anais Buy now...
  • Continuous play option
  • Has room temperature indicator to let you know if the room is too hot or too cold
  • Feeding diary feature
  • Easily portable


2. Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sound Therapy System BST-100 Buy now...
  • Good sound quality
  • Continuous play option
  • Many sounds to pick from and mix

4. Nighty Night Owl "On the Go" by Cloud b Buy now...
  • Smaller than the original Sleep Sheep
  • Attaches to car seat or stroller
  • Great for naps that are on the go
  • Can also remove sound box if needed
  • Comes in a Sheep version as well

5. Angel Dear Animal Lovies Buy now...
  • Great as a transitional object because it is soft, breathable and small
  • Baby's often like to suck or chew on the head of the animal
  • Moms can keep it close to their chest so it has mom's scent
  • Easy to wash

6. Swaddle blanket: Aden + Anais Buy now...
  • Great traditional swaddle blanket. Lightweight muslin cotton.
  • I like that you can chose if you want baby's elbows to be in a slightly bent position.
  • I like that you can transition baby out of swaddle when ready: one arm out, then two, then off.
7. Swaddle blanket: Woombie Buy now...
  • Better for younger babies because of its stretch.
  • Many moms have told me that they like this swaddle because it is very easy to put baby into and baby cannot break out of it.
  • Baby can have a little bit of arm movement and allows hands to be in the natural fetal position on the chest rather than at the baby's side.
  • Easy to change diaper
8. Swaddle Blanket: Miracle Blanket Buy now...
  • Super strong swaddle. Some moms like this because some babies will sleep longer without any arm wiggle room.
  • Secures arms so your magician baby doesn't come out of the swaddler
  • Comes in two sizes for growing baby

9. Sleep sacks: Aden + Anais Sleep Sack Buy now...
  • Great item for when baby is outgrowing the swaddle and not just yet ready for a blanket
  • Arms can be free. When baby rolls over there's no need to worry about blankets falling on his/her face 
  • Great for a lighter sleep sack. Lightweight muslin fabric for warmer weather

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Now Hiring Local PR & Event Coordinator

Part-Time – Local PR & Event Coordinator
Entry Level position that provides a variety of sales/marketing support services to promote The Pump Station & Nurtury® Brand. 
20-30 hours a week depending on needs of the business
Position reports to CEO and Marketing/Design Manager

  • Strong understanding of The Pump Station & Nurtury Brand
  • Excellent customer service, Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to take direction on projects and work independently
  • Ability to Prioritize and Multi-Task
  • Assist in event planning, setting up booths
  • Must have some scheduling flexibility, available some weekends and evenings for events
  • Must be willing to travel within 60 mile radius on occasion for events, store visits and local PR
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills – Outlook, Word & Excel
  • Must be able to be on feet for long periods of time, lift 50 pounds plus
  • Retail POS experience – experience with NCR CP major plus!

Please send Resume to Marketing@PumpStation.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Looking for Clinicians to Teach Music Classes

Exciting news! The Pump Station & Nurtury will be partnering with Baby in Tune to bring workshops that help caregivers bond with their babies through music. Vered (the creator of Baby in Tune) will be in LA late April and will be training clinicians to lead these groups. The qualifications are below. Please let us know if you or someone you know would be appropriate for this position. 

About the workshops:
Baby in Tune classes are a place for parents to connect with their baby through music, gain tools to joyfully interact with them, and develop a deeper understanding of their babies' emotional development. These unique classes implement concepts from psychology and methods from music therapy to focus on each developmental stage and its needs. Caregivers learn how to to use music to establish routine, soothe, communicate, play with their baby, and develop communication and language. The classes also include an element of group therapy for the caregiver through discussion and song and are a place for the caregiver to become more in touch with their own experiences, emotions, and inner music. 
Red Tricycle says: “After each class, you are left with a greater appreciation of the power of music, armed with a few more tricks on how to be an awesome parent.” 
For more info and to listen to the music go to www.babyintune.com.

Qualifications for group leader include:
1. Can play an instrument - guitar, ukulele, keyboard
2. Music Therapist or Psychotherapist
3. Experience leading groups
4. Experience providing therapy to caregivers/babies

If interested please email info@pumpstation.com and include your Resume.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Time to "Spring Forward": Tips For Helping Your Baby With Daylight Savings

By Jill Campbell, Psy.D.

One question that often comes up in The Pump Station & Nurtury's Mommy & Me classes this time of year is, "How do I help my baby adjust to daylight savings?" Every year around this time we prepare to move our clocks forward one hour (Sunday, March 12, 2017). While adults can usually adjust to this time shift pretty quickly, babies and toddlers often find the change a bit more challenging. Here are a few different ways to help your baby transition to daylight savings time:

1. Don't Change A Thing:
If you are a parent that has been struggling with an "early riser," then by doing nothing, your baby or toddler will naturally be waking up an hour later! Simply move your clock ahead to the new time after your baby has gone to sleep on Saturday night. Your baby will wake up at their normal time Sunday morning, which will now be an hour later on the clock.  So if your baby was an early riser and consistently waking up at 5:30am, then your child will now wake up at 6:30am according to the new clock. Proceed with your normal daily routine according to the new clock. Meals and naptimes tend to go pretty smoothly with this method, but you may find that come nighttime, your baby or toddler isn't feeling so sleepy.  This is because if you are putting your child down at their "regular" bedtime (let's say 7:30pm), but 7:30pm tonight was 6:30pm just the night before. Therefore, you might need to be a little flexible with bedtime, maybe putting your child down somewhere in between the old clock and the new clock. Then for the next few nights, keep shifting bedtime up until you are at your child's regular bedtime according to the new clock.

2. Start to shift your baby's feeding and sleeping
schedule slowly ahead of time.
Starting six days before daylight savings, prepare ahead of time by moving feedings, naps and bedtime earlier by 10 minutes each day. So if baby usually has her first feeding for the day at 7:30am, see if you can do that feeding at 7:20am. If she refuses, don't force her, but you get the idea. Just try to make the routine adjustments as the day goes on. If her first nap of the day is typically at 9:30am, see if you can put her down closer to 9:20am. These small time shifts should help your baby to go down a bit earlier at night without having a child that is just too awake for an earlier bedtime. If all goes well, then on Sunday morning after the time change, your baby will wake according to the new time. So if baby typically woke up at 7am before the time change, she will now wake up at 7am according to the new clock.  Her feedings and sleep times should now be adjusted to the new time. If you find it is still off a bit, (or if you did not start making these shifts so far in advance) just continue to shift in small time increments post time-change, until you are back on track.

3. Adjust the light:
Try to give your child at least a half an hour of natural sunlight first thing after waking up in the morning. This should help your child's internal clock adjust to the time change faster.  In addition, blackout shades can be very helpful if there is still sunlight coming into your child's bedroom at nighttime or before wake-up time in the morning.

4. Don't Panic:
Please remember that even if all this planning doesn't go quite according to schedule, simply by keeping to a steady daily routine, most children will naturally adjust to the time change within a week or so.
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Sleep Classes & Services at The Pump Station & Nurtury®

Sleep: Getting Your Newborn Off to a Good Start
Ages: Newborn - 3 months with Jill Campbell, PsyD
March 9 & April 6 at 3pm in Santa Monica Enroll...
March 13 at 2pm in Hollywood Enroll...

Sleep: Your Growing Baby
Ages: 4+ months with Jill Campbell, PsyD
April 3 at 2pm in Hollywood Enroll...
March 23 & April 20 at 3pm in Santa Monica Enroll...

Sleep Consultations - Learn more...

For sleep consultation information email: Jill@PumpStation.com
For nighttime in-home support information email: Doulas@PumpStation.com

Mommy & Me Groups - Topic discussed according to baby's stages. Sleep is a biggy!
Click here for more info... To enroll or inquire about available groups please email Dinora@PumpStation.com (Santa Monica Location) or Norma@PumpStation.com (Hollywood Location). Make sure to mention your baby's birth date so we can find the group that is right for you.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Tips to balance the newborn Fantasy with your new Reality
by Donna Ford & AJ Jonesco, Directors of Client Services
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas & Newborn Care Specialists

You have waited a lifetime for this moment – or at least 9 months. Today is the day you bring your brand new baby home for the first time. Elated? Terrified? Uncertain? Confused?  Sore? Yes, you may experience an entire range of emotions as you tackle one of your most rewarding challenges in your life - your newborn!

No doubt that you have plans and expectations for how this time is going to go. We want to help by giving you some quick tips to alleviate some of your uncertainty and give you confidence with your bundle of joy.

- Let it go! It's wonderful to prepare for baby’s homecoming and have a strategy for your first few weeks with your baby. But give yourself permission to let go and take things one day at a time.  Or one feeding at a time.  Or one minute at a time.  Even if your list of things to do didn't get touched, let it go and focus on giving love and care to your newborn.

- Flexibility is key! It is very likely that your sense of timing will feel accelerated. Time and the postpartum period are an interesting dynamic. Days and nights merge and it takes some time to establish a new balance and routine that works for your family. And that’s okay!  Take a deep breath and give yourself and your family the time you need to understand and care for your baby. Try not to strive for unrealistic goals or have expectations that are not flexible based on how you feel in the moment. Remember that these little ones are really quite simple; they are all about bonding, feeding and sleeping.

- Track your baby's patterns. Whether in a small notebook, your phone, or on a pad of paper, jot down your baby's feeding times, diaper changes, sleep patterns and anything you notice each day.  This will help you be prepared for your first pediatrician visit, and you can bring your notebook with you to show your doctor.  You'll be prepared and confident to discuss those first few weeks.

- Ask for support. As you return home, remember that you are recovering physically and emotionally with the added flux of hormones throughout your body. Recognize this and give yourself permission to let others support you. Communicate with your partner, your family, and friends, and accept help. Consider having in-home support or overnight help. A trusted family member or a postpartum doula can help make a plan to allow for your rest and fulfill your baby’s eating and sleeping needs. In fact, research shows parents who receive support can…

·       Feel more  secure and cared for
·       Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
·       Have more fulfilling breastfeeding experiences
·       Have greater self-confidence
·       Have less postpartum depression
·       Have lower incidence of abuse

By taking good care of yourself, you will better be able to manage your baby.  It will take time to understand your newborn’s signals and patterns but be patient this will come as you get to know him or her a little better. Remember, your baby is still growing at a rapid pace in those first few weeks. A newborn’s stomach size is the size of a marble. By a month, your baby’s digestive system will mature and feedings may spread out a bit. There is a lot of change in a short period of time, so expect that and listen to your baby’s cues as they learn to communicate their needs to you. Every baby is different – and you will get to know yours in no time!  Relax, be easy on yourself, and accept support, and know that this period is fleeting. Enjoy the journey – make it yours and every single day with your new baby. J