A support group is where we heal, learn, connect and grow together.
Brene Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
It is at support group that we dare to have brave discussions. It is here that we feel safe to be vulnerable with one another.
It is in support group that we realize that we are not alone in our suffering, and so the suffering begins to subside.
The suffering subsides, the struggle remains.
The struggle is real and so good for us. It is how we grow into wholehearted parents who are raising wholehearted children.
We don’t troubleshoot specifics at support group, we discover we are all troubleshooting similar and different things.
We don’t ask questions about our personal plans at breastfeeding group, but we do share how it feels to be executing such an exhausting plan.
We don’t do transfer weighs at support group, but I can certainly weigh your baby if you’d like that. However, if your baby’s weight is of concern to you, I may recommend a one on one. Transfer weighs are done as a part of Group Feed Therapy Group.
Format of Support Groups:
- First 30 minutes – Chit chat*
- Next hour – Focused, expert lead discussion
- Last 30 minutes – More Chit Chat
*Chit Chat: connecting, making friends, realizing you belong in this community
Support Group for Mamas with babies 2 weeks-12 weeks.
This is a group for any Mama who has seen Katie Madden or a member of her team for a one-on-one lactation consultation.
It is here that we sit together and talk to heal, connect, learn, and grow.
Working Pumping Mamas
Select Saturday mornings Katie hosts water & coffee hour at The Clubhouse for Working Pumping Mamas (or working, not pumping moms). We talk about topics all related to: why being a working mom is really hard and why being a working pumping mom is really fucking hard.
We will also discuss why working moms are an extra special level of crazy and how to know when that crazy needs therapy.
General and open discussion about why we are all badasses is highly encouraged as is venting.
Please note. You should be prepared to leave this group with an increased level of confidence and optimism that you can, in fact, do this.
Hybrid Feeding Group
For breastfeeding mothers who need to supplement with formula due to a low milk supply.
Breastmilk + Formula by necessity = Hybrid Feeding
Hybrid Feeding Group is for any moms who are now, or have ever known the struggle of “not making enough” and confusing that for “not being enough” of a mother for this baby.
Exclusive Pumping Group
This group is for any mom who is exclusively pumping breastmilk for her baby – whether you’re still working toward the goal of latching or you’ve made the decision to become an Exclusive Pumper full time.
Marathon Mamas Support Group
Once babies reach about four months, breastfeeding changes. Big Babies Support Group focuses on “big baby issues,” such as starting solids, biting, distractibility, handling criticism, and more.
The group where we talk about the big FEELS. This a therapeutic group that clients may attend with a referral or of their own accord. A therapist and Katie Madden lead discussion about how to promote mental well-being while managing symptoms of anxiety and or mood disorder such as depression or obsessive compulsive disorder.
More details and registration coming soon.
This group is for moms who have had a one on one consult with Katie or a member of her team.
This group is for Mamas with one of the following needs:
- Infant weight gain monitoring
- Milk transfer measurement in ml with pre/post weighs
- Latch & position check
- Nipple assessment
- Frenectomy wound checks
- Breast drainage assessment
Baby Therapy Group
Your baby needs to practice some really important things with their mouth and body so that they can do other really important things down the road. Things like eating, crawling, walking, and talking (no biggie).
This therapy group is helpful for all babies, but is particularly important for any babies that have:
- Tongue and/or lip tie (released or not)
- Oral motor dysfunction (tight, clampy, weak, disorganized)
- Asymmetry of the head, face or body
- A distaste for tummy time
- A preference for one side over another (head tip)
Breastfeeding Loss Group
For mama who stopped breastfeeding sooner than they’d hoped. Who wanna talk about the big feels that go along with that loss of an ideal experience.
Maybe if we share some stories we can loosen up the grief a little so it doesn’t feel so hard to think about.
Plus, the room is full of women who feed their babies 100% without breastmilk!