Tuesday, January 26, 2010


January 25, 2010


The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.

This week the first shipment of human milk from mothers in the United States will be shipped to the U.S. Navy Ship “Comfort” stationed outside Haiti. “Comfort” is currently set up with a neonatal intensive care unit and medical personnel to provide urgent care to victims of the earthquake. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant stationed at the U.S. Navy base in Bethesda, MD is assisting with providing breast pump equipment and supplies to the “Comfort.” Dr. Erika Beard-Irvine, pediatric neonatologist, is on board the “Comfort” to coordinate distribution of the milk to infants in need. HMBANA, USBC, ILCA/USLCA, and LLL are responding to requests to provide milk for both premature infants and at-risk mothers who have recently delivered babies on board the U.S.N.S. Comfort, but an urgent need exists for additional donations.

At the current time, the infrastructure to deliver human milk on land to Haiti infants has not yet been established. As soon as that infrastructure is in place, additional donations will be provided to older infants.

Mothers who are willing to donate human milk should contact their regional Mothers’ Milk Bank of HMBANA. A list of regional milk banks is available at the HMBANA website at www.hmbana.org.

Currently milk banks are already low on donor milk. New milk donations will be used for both Haiti victims as well as to replenish donor supplies to continue to serve sick and premature infants in the U.S. Donor milk provides unique protection for fragile preterm infants. Financial donations are also strongly encouraged to allow HMBANA, a nonprofit organization, to continue serving infants in need.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Emergency Nutrition Network, and medical professionals all recommend that breastfeeding and human milk be used for infants in disasters or emergencies. Human milk is life-saving due to its disease prevention properties. It is safe, clean, and does not depend on water which is often unavailable or contaminated in an emergency. Relief workers, health care providers, and other volunteers are urged to provide support for breastfeeding mothers to enable them to continue breastfeeding, and to assist pregnant and postpartum women in initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.

For more information, contact HMBANA at 408-998-4550 or www.hmbana.org. Additional information can be provided from the United States Breastfeeding Committee at 202-367-1132 (www.usbreastfeeding.org), ILCA/USLCA at 1-800-452-2478 (www.ilca.org or www.uslca.org), or La Leche League at 847-519-7730 (www.llli.org).


>> Human Milk Banks in the United States and Canada

Friday, January 22, 2010



FREE Classes at The Pump Station, Westlake Village

Friday, 1/8 10am Fit 4 Baby Class
11am LEAN Mommy Presentation
Thursday, 1/21 10am Stroller Strides Class
11am LEAN Mommy Presentation

Specials for The Pump Station, Westlake Village

As a referral from The Pump Station, enjoy these specials for the month of January 2010. Join Stroller Strides Conejo Valley in January for the best deals of 2010!

FREE Stroller Strides Conejo Valley classes for the month of January – See the Stroller Strides Conejo Valley calendar of over 14 classes each week in three (3) Conejo Valley locations! www.strollerstrides.net/conejo
or www.meetup.com/conejo


FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP – Pre-pay 3-months of Membership get 4th Month FREE SAVE $65

3 FREE CLASSES – Buy a 10-Class Pass get 3 FREE SAVE $34.50

Stroller Strides: Fitness for mom, fun for baby. Cardio, resistance and flexibility training for moms with babies in strollers. 1-hour class.

Fit 4 Baby: Prenatal fitness for moms at all stages of pregnancy, with emphasis on connection with baby and developing the strength for motherhood. 1-hour class includes warm-up, cardio, resistance training, stretching, and relaxation.

LEAN Mommy: 8-week class to learn eating awareness and education for weight-loss and a healthy lifestyle – be a role model for your children. 1 ½ -hour class each week, for 8-weeks. LEAN Mommy non-members get three (3) Stroller Strides classes per week during the 8-week LEAN Mommy program (mid-February through mid-April - weekly meeting day, time and location to be determined by participants).

To Register, come to class.
Your first class is FREE!


$65 plus one-time $75 registration fee
Enjoy any of our 14 classes/week, offered in three (3) Conejo Valley locations. Membership includes a welcome bag of goodies and your very own set of exercise tubes.
Pre-paid Membership Discounts
3-months: $180 = $15 savings
6-months: $330 = $60 savings
9-months: $450 = $135 savings
12-months: $600 = $180 savings

$220 - Enjoy up to 3 classes/week for 3 months.

$115 - Enjoy 10 classes within 6 months.

$17 – Enjoy any class and pay as you go.

For more information, visit our websites or contact Julie:

Stroller Strides Conejo Valley
818.903.3027 cell

Monday, January 11, 2010

Baby Wearing

Resources at The Pump Station & Nurtury™
Baby Wearing

Though it may seem like the latest fad in parenting, the concept of baby wearing is far from new. It has been practiced for centuries all around the world. For many, baby wearing is and always has been an important part of life. From the Native American with her cradle board, to the Chinese mother with her Mei Tai, each culture developed a way for a mother to carry her baby while allowing her hands to be free to perform the necessary tasks of daily life. Imagine being a mother in a nomadic tribe: there simply wasn't any such thing as a stroller. No one cautioned these mothers of the past that by wearing their babies they might be spoiling them or thwarting their need to develop independence. Fortunately, today we have research to support that the traditional ways were likely the best ways.

There are so many benefits to baby wearing that it is hard to cover them all in one handout. Here are our favorite reasons:

Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and Safer Babies

  • The gentle movement of baby wearing and closeness to a parent reminds a baby of being in the womb, creating a “back at home” feeling. This provides the baby with the needed warmth, heartbeat, smell, touch, and enfolding that immature humans need for the first months after birth.
  • Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry. Crying raises the level of a stress hormone called cortisol. Frequent and long exposure to cortisol may have lasting, negative effects on the immature brain. In cultures where babies are always carried, they cry for only a few minutes every day—in contrast to Western culture babies who cry much more.
  • A fussy, tired baby can be easily put to sleep when placed in a sling and taken for a walk. Babies sleep comfortably and for longer periods while being worn.

  • Babies who are worn smile more; have better social development and a better sense of self-esteem and independence.

  • Baby wearing decreases the risk of flat head syndrome that can result from too much time spent lying in a stroller, car seat, or crib. Worn babies also have less head lag and stronger neck and shoulder muscles.

  • Baby wearing makes it possible to go out with a baby without worrying about germs and unwanted contact.

  • Baby wearing lessens spitting up, colic, and reflux because of the upright position.

  • Baby wearing stimulates the vestibular system, helping the baby develop balance and trunk and head control.

  • Baby wearing allows the baby to be an active participant in the walking, talking, laughing, movement and working of parents. This promotes better neurological development, brain growth, and right/left brain hemisphere connectedness for better brain function.

  • Babies who are worn are at the center of activity rather than the center of attention. This helps develop empathy and a healthy sense of self.

  • Carried babies develop a strong and secure attachment to their moms and dads (grandparents and caregivers can also participate in baby wearing). Attachment is not a parenting style, but a necessity for development of normal mental health.

  • Babies in carriers are safer; they are always with you and always in sight.

  • If a parent stumbles or falls while baby wearing, they are less likely to drop the baby or cause serious injury then if the baby were being held in their arms.

Happier and Healthier Parents

  • Baby wearing allows parents to have two free hands while providing security for their infants.
  • Parents will have more time to answer emails, make dinner, care for and play with an older child, and go for walks if they wear their baby.

  • Fathers who wear their baby can share in the nurturing and enjoy a greater opportunity to bond.

  • Baby wearing increases parental sensitivity to a baby's needs and enhances a parent’s confidence in their parenting skills as they learn to read their baby's cues. Parents become finely attuned to a baby's gestures, facial expressions, and cries, allowing a baby to better communicate without crying.

  • A mom who wears her baby can learn to nurse discreetly and have a greater sense of freedom.

  • Baby wearing allows parents to care for and play with older children without feeling like they are neglecting the baby.

  • Baby carriers and slings are more convenient than strollers in crowded places, airports, and public places.

  • By carrying the baby a parent can get more exercise and have the added benefit of “weightlifting.”

Learning to wear your baby has a definite learning curve, so please don't give up. It does take practice. The Pump Station offers free “Sling Clinics” several times a week at each store. Parents pour through the doors to hone their baby wearing skills, learning different techniques for each type of sling and for each stage of their baby's life. If this service doesn't exist in your area, find someone who is already good at it and have them teach you. Even approaching a stranger in the super market who seems to have a handle on baby wearing may prove to be a great contact. Don't expect the baby to calm the minute you get him or her into the carrier. Incorporate known calming techniques such as swinging, bouncing, walking, jiggling, and shushing to help your baby settle into the carrier. It will soon feel like second nature and the baby will learn that the carrier is the best place to be.

© 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this handout may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, without permission in writing from The Pump Station & Nurtury™.

Revised 11/09

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Friday, January 8, 2010

14 Days of Grand Opening Fun & Informational Events

14 Days of Grand Opening Fun & Informational Events at our Westlake Village Pump Station Location. Come in and Sign up for Our Weekly Newsletter and be entered in our Vendor Raffle of the day!

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TODAY’S EVENTS Jan. 8 2010
10-11 Stroller Strides: Fit for Baby
11-12 Stroller Strides: Lean Mommy
11-1 Mommy Massages Robyn Schwartz, LMT-CIMI
1-2:30 Breastfeeding
Support Groups with Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC
Featured Vendor: Pump Station & Nurtury™ 20% off
Treats By: Sweet Arleens

Thank You Westlake Moms!

Our Westlake Village grand opening event on Thursday night was a huge success thanks to all of the wonderful Westlake moms who came out for the event. We cannot thank you enough for your support! We will have photos of the event up on our Facebook page soon.

The Pump Station & Nurtury™ Staff

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Westlake Village Grand Opening Event! Jan 7th 2010

Come to our Westlake Village Grand Opening Event!
Thursday Jan 7th
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 pm
Mommie Mixer: 5-8pm
Food, Drinks, Raffles and Fun!

Come to this event and meet our staff,
learn about our classes and check out
our great assortment of products.

We will be kicking off 15 days
full of Vendor Events
featuring product demos.
There will be Raffle Prizes &
Gift Bags full of Swag and
much much more!!!

Village Glen Plaza
2879 Agoura Rd
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Store Now Open!

Check out our upcoming classes in our Westlake Location

January 21st at 6:00pm
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
with Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC

January 22nd at 11:00am
Infant Massage
3 Week Class with Robyn Jill Schwartz, LMT/CIMI,
Reiki I & II Certified Instructor/
Personal Health & Nutrition Coach

January 25th at 10:45am
Mommy and Me Baby Education/
Mom Support Classes for First Time Moms
8 Week Class with Dr. Jill Campbell,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

January 26th at 7:30pm
“Triple E”: Engaging, Entertaining & Educational
Prepared Childbirth Classes
5 Week Class with Elaine Stuart, BA, ICCE

January 27th at 9:15am
Mommy and Me Baby Education/
Mom Support Classes for Second Time Moms
8 Week Class with Dr. Jill Campbell,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

January 27th at 11:00am
Julie Wright’s Mommie & Me
8 Week Class with Julia Kantor, MFT

January 31st at 11:00am
Julie Wright’s Mommie & Me
8 Week Class with Carmen Anderson, PsyD
Hot Topics
Lecture Series
Fridays at 1:00pm

February 5th
Sleepy Planet’s Sleep Strategies For Babies
(4-12 month olds) Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW
Co-founder of Sleepy Planet

February 12th
Balance-How to get a Shower!
Elaine Stuart, BA, ICCE

February 19th
Nutrition to Nurture: Nutrition for the
Breastfeeding Mother & Beyond
Brianne Kellogg, MS, RD & Anne Hendler, MS, RD
Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists

February 26th
Sign Me Up Baby!
My Smart Hands™ Crash Course in Baby Sign
Heather Ellington, BA is the owner of My Smart Hands™

March 5th
Breast Milk in a Bottle: Pumping 101
Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC

For more information on our classes please call us at 805-777-7179 or visit us at http://www.pumpstation.com/

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Watch “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” this month.

The Pump Station & Nurtury is featured on episode “Shape Up or Ship Out”.