Author Archives: beckyleonard

Why do men have nipples?

We have the BEST time teaching our Breastfeeding 101 classes because they are filled with education, laughter and support.  Usually we get questions about milk supply, how to balance work and breastfeeding, what a mamma can eat/drink while breastfeeding, etc.  But at last Saturday’s class one of the daddy’s had a question that, in the moment, but stumped Michelle and I and made us laugh.  He said, “You guys seem to be the experts on nipples, so why do men have them?”  We decided to do our research and answer this age old biological question…here is what we found cited from the Post Graduate Medical Journal:

Men have nipples because embryos are always female in their early stages, and males only differentiate from the female prototype after a few weeks.

So there you have it!  We also learned that with enough estrogen men can lactate…maybe that will lead to a whole new class in the future…hehe!

Fabulous ways to find us!

We are branching out into Social Media…watch out!  You can click on the icons on the right to find us and  “follow” and “like” us on Facebook and Twitter.  We will be posting upcoming classes, events and interesting articles through these fabulous and easy sites.  Look forward to Tweeting you soon!

South Coast Midwifery

Let me tell you about an amazing place right in the heart of Orange County– South Coast Midwifery.  I was honored on Sunday to attend and doula the birth of a beautiful baby girl, born in the water, and delivered by her daddy.  This birth was a humbling, invigorating and inspiring experience from beginning to end all because of the graceful wisdom and expertise of Lorri Walker, Certified Nurse Midwife, and an unprecedented staff, who allowed this mommy to give birth in a peaceful, supported and safe way.  I cannot believe that growing up in Orange County I had no idea this type of birth experience was even possible.  I, like so many mommies my age, thought that you get pregnant, find a doctor, and have a baby in a hospital– that was the order of things.  In no way is this post to discourage hospital birth– they are necessary for so many women and are the perfect place for many to deliver– this post is intended to show you that there is another way to give birth.  I have been interning at SCM for a few weeks and find myself continually impressed by their professionalism and expertise– I guess I thought that birth centers were for people who were not like me.  I was wrong.  And I wish I would have known about Lorri and her team 3+ years ago.

Here is a video called “Natural Born Babies” made by SCM to tell you a little bit more about what they do.  I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more posts as we learn more!

Natural Born Babies from daniel fairbanks on Vimeo.

National Breastfeeding Month

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month?

We would love to recognize this amazing month by offering a complimentary 15 minute phone call for anyone that is expecting or any new mommies that might have a few breastfeeding questions.  Please contact Michelle Roberts using the number on the Contact page to set up your call!

Here is a great pic of Becky’s husband, Norm, and his hand made “Got Tittie?  Make it a Double!” onesie for their daughter, Charlee.  Norm was quite proud of that onesie!


What is a doula?

We are finding ourselves being asked more and more the beautiful question…”what is a doula?”…so we thought it appropriate to offer a bit of insight and guidance taken directly from the DONA (Doula’s of North America) website to define this funny sounding word:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”
and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides
continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before,
during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support
during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with
fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother
    will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the
    emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying
    out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective
    viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make
    informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her
    clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the
    birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Of course for some extra cuteness we had to throw in an adorable picture of a “Nourish” baby– Sam!  He loves doula’s!

Thank you…

A special thank you, shout out, and HUGE hug goes out to the fantastic McNayr’s, Katie, Alec and Nora!  They were the driving force behind getting our website off the ground and supporting us in a way that has been both invaluable and humbling.  Thank you for your expertise, love, and encouragement in creating this forum for past, present and future Nourish clients.

The picture above was taken of Becky and Nora just after her birth last year.  Nora’s mommy, Katie, has been Becky’s best friend and soul sister for over 25 years!