This support group is open to all parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. Topics will depend on the needs of the group may include anything related to lactation and breastfeeding babies. This is also a great opportunity for you to connect, share and form friendships with other parents.
Concerns that may be addressed include:
- How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
- Slow weight gain
- Incorrect latch and causes (tongue tie, etc)
- Sore nipples or breasts
- Clogged ducts and mastitis
- Increasing supply
- Dealing with oversupply
- When and how to supplement
- When you should pump
- Get tips for nursing & pumping when going back to work
The circle is lead by our experienced IBCLE and postpartum doulas. Babies can be weighed on a digital scale before and after nursing to help assess how much milk the baby is taking in.
We want every parent who needs support to be able to get it, so are offering this support circle free of charge. If you wish to sponsor the program, your generous donations help us cover our costs.
Location Notes – St. Marks Church
- Strollers can be left in the lobby downstairs or brought up and stored outside of the studio door. Please remove shoes before entering the dance studio.
- Tuesday early childhood classes are held in the 2nd floor dance studio.
- The most prominent part of the building is the Nave, or sanctuary. To access the dance studio (or undercroft for camp), enter through the A-Street courtyard. Use the door by the bike racks and take the stairs or elevator to the left of the entry way.
- Bathrooms are on the lobby level.
About Your Instructor
Jennifer Mueller has been teaching yoga for children and families in Washington DC since 2008. Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY) as well as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Like so many, Jen first came to the yoga mat because of an injury, seeking nothing more than to feel better and balance her body for running. When she became a mother, her yoga practice became even more important: for building strength and flexibility, as relief for the discomforts of pregnancy and then the stresses of parenthood, as a reminder of the miracle of the human body and of her own resources and capabilities, and a regular connection to her breath and true Self during a time of significant identity changes. Her weekly baby yoga class during maternity leave encouraged her to embrace her daughter in the same loving, non-judgemental way that her own practice did for herself.
Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool classes, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to a bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running.