Nicole McHardy - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Nicole McHardy - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Helping families meet their breastfeeding goals through support, education and evidence based practice in the comfort of your own home.
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I wasn't kidding when I asked if anyone had tried breastmilk to kill covid... https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884pgp/...
04/10/2020
Breast Milk Could Hold Clues to Coronavirus Protection. This New York City Researcher Wants to Study Yours.

I wasn't kidding when I asked if anyone had tried breastmilk to kill covid... https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884pgp/a-new-york-city-researcher-wants-your-breast-milk-for-its-potential-coronavirus-antibodies

Breastfeeding parents you have an amazing super power against COVID19. Keep on going!

She's examining whether the antibodies lingering in human milk can protect babies — and perhaps even adults one day — from coronavirus.

If you or a family member are exposed or are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 the best thing you can do is keep breastfe...
04/06/2020

If you or a family member are exposed or are experiencing symptoms of COVID19 the best thing you can do is keep breastfeeding. Keep your baby breastfeeding as long as you feel well enough to! You have a superpower!

03/31/2020

Hi families!

Breastfeeding parents have superpowers. They are able to provide protection to their infants and children through their milk.

I would like to announce that I will happily provide FREE virtual support for any parent who wishes to re-lactate to help protect their child during this uncertain time.

Relactation does not have to mean 100% exclusive breastfeeding, any amount of breastmilk would be helpful in a situation like this.

Contact me via email:

[email protected]

Does anyone have some sewing skills to help out our local midwives? They are being thrown to the wolves without any PPE....
03/31/2020
Isolation Gown

Does anyone have some sewing skills to help out our local midwives? They are being thrown to the wolves without any PPE. We need to do our best to help!!! Share or tag a friend who can sew!

Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop carries printable sewing patterns for children and adults. It's where fashion meets fun!

03/25/2020

I am having a change of heart, since most breastfeeding clinics have been closed...I have decided to stay open and to do my best to provide as many virtual consults as needed. I will discount my usual in person rates to help families in need. Please contact me if you are in need of breastfeeding support.

03/21/2020

Thinking of hosting a weekly virtual breastfeeding support group to have families ask their questions and share struggles and successes. Would anyone be interested?

Please do not feed your infant home made formula. It will harm and can even kill an infant!
03/19/2020

Please do not feed your infant home made formula. It will harm and can even kill an infant!

03/18/2020

I have seen a recipe out there for home made formula. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE HOMEMADE FORMULA!! contact your local councilor or call children's aid for help!

03/15/2020

Okay but like....did the CDC try putting breastmilk on the coronavirus?

Want to know what to do to prepare for breastfeeding? Check out this useful list...I love the suggestion if hanging out ...
03/02/2020
Six Tips For Preparing To Breastfeed

Want to know what to do to prepare for breastfeeding? Check out this useful list...I love the suggestion if hanging out with another breastfeeding parent...https://lactationmatters.org/2020/02/04/six-tips-for-preparing-to-breastfeed/

Your baby has not yet arrived, but you know you plan to breast- or chestfeed. What are the best ways to prepare? Below, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) share six top tips on how to get ready for the journey ahead. Taking these steps now will maximize your chances of ...

Had supply issues with your first? Me too! It took me ages to make enough milk...but with the second...I had a surprisin...
02/22/2020

Had supply issues with your first? Me too! It took me ages to make enough milk...but with the second...I had a surprising over supply....don't tell yourself "I just don't make enough milk" you make more milk w each pregnancy. Check out this great infographic.

Motivation!
02/20/2020

Motivation!

DYK: The longer a child is breastfed 🤱🏾, the greater their protection from obesity later in life.

I always say....side lying position is the KEY to surviving motherhood. Loving the positive breastfeeding vibes and real...
02/13/2020

I always say....side lying position is the KEY to surviving motherhood. Loving the positive breastfeeding vibes and realness Ashley shows....there are so few images if plus size women breastfeeding!!!

Yaaaaaaaaasss!!! Live your life! #coffee #morecoffee #momlife
02/13/2020

Yaaaaaaaaasss!!! Live your life! #coffee #morecoffee #momlife

Dr.Jack Newman
02/07/2020

Dr.Jack Newman

Coronavirus

The photos below show how, when a mother is exposed to an infection, her body reacts to produce immune factors in her milk in order to protect the baby from getting sick. The whole article, written by me, is in Scientific American from 1995 https://www.dropbox.com/s/4v85fdtjv5u7o3j/Scientific American 1995%2C how bf protects.pdf?dl=0

There is a lot of concern about what to do about breastfeeding when either the baby or the mother has been exposed to coronavirus. The answer is to continue breastfeeding and keep the mother and baby together. Indeed, one can sense a panic about this virus which is new, and therefore few if any people in the world has been exposed to it. And many breastfeeding mothers have been told that they should not breastfeed if they have been exposed or actually have the infection.

Other than being “new”, there is nothing particularly special about this virus and the same principles apply as with other viruses. And mothers or babies who have been exposed to it should continue breastfeeding. Mothers and babies spend time TOGETHER. They are exposed to viruses and other pathogens TOGETHER. When either the mother or the baby is exposed to a virus, there is an incubation period before the onset of symptoms. In other words, the mother or baby are already infectious without knowing they are sick or feeling sick. And breastmilk with its dozens if not hundreds of immune factors (not just antibodies) are present to protect the baby.

It seems that the first reaction to any new virus is to separate mothers and babies and to tell them they can´t breastfeeding. The same happened a couple of years back with SARS, H1N1 and other viruses. But the safe course is to keep breastfeeding. The reaction “we don´t know, so the mother should not breastfeed, just to be safe” is not good practice.

So, THERE IS NO REASON TO SEPARATE THE MOTHER AND BABY. And no reason to stop breastfeeding. Indeed, there are lots of reasons for breastfeeding to continue.

Want to learn more about how breastfeeding protects babies against infection? See our eBook "Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents". The eBook contains videos, links to scholarly articles and more: https://ibconline.ca/ebook/.

Having a bad day with breastfeeding? Thinking of quitting? We ALL (even me) have those days. Here's a little hump day mo...
02/05/2020
Postpartum Breastfeeding and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Women Following Pregnancy Complications | Journal of Women's Health

Having a bad day with breastfeeding? Thinking of quitting? We ALL (even me) have those days. Here's a little hump day motivation for you to keep on going!
"A cross-sectional analysis including 622 women seen at 6 months postpartum showed that with increased breastfeeding duration, there was a significant decrease in the likelihood of metabolic syndrome, abnormal fasting glucose, and the ratio of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, according to a study reported in Journal of Women’s Health. Julie Yu, BHSc, at Kingston Health Sciences Center, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, was the lead author of the paper, which also informed readers that body mass index, fasting glucose, triglycerides, and ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C, decreased with increased breastfeeding duration."

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/jwh.2019.7894

Ysaaaaas!!! I love Ashley Graham. I love this pic even more. So stunning!
02/04/2020

Ysaaaaas!!! I love Ashley Graham. I love this pic even more. So stunning!

What you say matters!
01/23/2020

What you say matters!

So. 👏 Much. 👏 This.

(via Call The Doula)

Have any breastfeeding friends in Australia? This IBCLC The Milk Meg is an amazing human to offer these services.
01/07/2020

Have any breastfeeding friends in Australia? This IBCLC The Milk Meg is an amazing human to offer these services.

Are you a breastfeeding mother and have been affected by the ongoing bushfires here in Australia, or do you know someone who has? I am offering free emergency breastfeeding support for families affected. ❤️

Welcome 2020! This new year is a new chapter for me.  I will be using my gift certificate to get fitted for new bras. Fi...
01/01/2020

Welcome 2020!
This new year is a new chapter for me.
I will be using my gift certificate to get fitted for new bras. First the first time in almost 5 years I am no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. It's the end of a very special time for me. It certainly is bittersweet but I am so proud of myself. I nursed despite the most intense difficulties and life events to toddlerhood with both boys. Breastfeeding saved my sons life and brought so much to mine. I'm so proud of my dedication to my boys and my health....all because of breastfeeding 🥰

Take a break :)
12/29/2019

Take a break :)

Thanks DrCarly Wendler. This post is super funny. Happy Holidays!
12/20/2019

Thanks DrCarly Wendler. This post is super funny. Happy Holidays!

FRIDAY FUNNY

Breastmilk, the secret to Santa's longevity :)

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This is very important information to know about motherisk
12/04/2019

This is very important information to know about motherisk

Christmas parties start this weekend. Hopefully supportive family shines for you.
11/28/2019

Christmas parties start this weekend. Hopefully supportive family shines for you.

#FeedThoseBabies #NIP #FREETHENIPPLE

If you donate milk locally, don't forget...the milk bank is in dire need of donations for our sickest babes. They are so...
11/25/2019
Preemies badly need your donations, Ontario milk bank reminds nursing moms | CBC News

If you donate milk locally, don't forget...the milk bank is in dire need of donations for our sickest babes. They are so helpful with the intake investigations. Have a look and see if you are able to donate. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/breastmilk-babies-infants-mountsinai-hospital-premature-1.5357321?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The medical director of the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank says donations slow down as the holidays approach, so she wants to remind nursing mothers how crucial their breast milk is to saving the lives of premature babies.

Mrs. Mombastic
11/07/2019

Mrs. Mombastic

My friend text me the other night to tell me that she doesn’t see an end to it all.
The constant night feeds.
She said that she feels suffocated that no one else can put her son to bed...

So I’m sharing this photo.

My mother sent me this last night.
She’s taking my son away on holiday.

Four nights. Five days.
Without me.
Two years ago, I never would’ve imagined this possible.

He was my firstborn, and the one that I couldn’t see through the dusky fog with.

I feared night time. Dreaded it, in fact.
How many times would he get up?
When would he stop needing me so much?
Why was this happening to me and not my friends?

The time came, at some point. Without warning.
I couldn’t tell you what day it was, I couldn’t even tell you how old he was;
But he stopped needing me, and solely me.

He stopped asking for feeds.
He asked for others to put him to bed.
He asked for his own room.
He wanted his own space in bed.
All on his own terms.

Now it all seems like a distant dream.

And much like the tears would roll down my face back then when I worried about the impending night, today while I write this, they roll down my face with pride.
Because what felt like forever at the time, proved to be a very small moment in the great scheme of things.

All you do is blink. And it’s gone.

So if you’re struggling to see an end in sight, I promise you there is.

It’ll be over before you know it.
And when it’s gone, you might even miss it.

That’s the great paradox of motherhood.

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