Simply Nourish

Simply Nourish I help REAL families, with REAL feeding challenges Katy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kwantlen University in 2007 and began her career as a Labour Delivery/Postpartum Nurse at Royal Columbian hospital.

She then travelled to Toronto where she worked as a NICU and Perinatal nurse. Katy returned in 2012 where she joined a team of Public Health Nurses through Fraser Health. Katy's career has allowed her to gain valuable experience supporting mothers to be able to breastfeed their little ones. Since the birth of her daughter in 2013, she began to feel a urge to become more involved in lactation consu

She then travelled to Toronto where she worked as a NICU and Perinatal nurse. Katy returned in 2012 where she joined a team of Public Health Nurses through Fraser Health. Katy's career has allowed her to gain valuable experience supporting mothers to be able to breastfeed their little ones. Since the birth of her daughter in 2013, she began to feel a urge to become more involved in lactation consu

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At some point, every breastfeeding parent asks themselves  "When should I wean?" Or “is my child ready to wean?” The WHO...
09/17/2021

At some point, every breastfeeding parent asks themselves "When should I wean?" Or “is my child ready to wean?” The WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively until your baby is 6 months old, then serving a combination of solids and breast milk until they are at least 2. Benefits of breastmilk can be seen in evidence until at least age of 5-7. Parents wean for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reasoning, my hope for you is you feel educated and supported while going through the process. Ideally, a gradual approach is easiest on baby and a “don’t offer but don’t deny” method can work well. If a medical procedure or medication is necessary be sure to gain the support of an IBCLC so you can be prepared and knowledgeable in regards to actually needing to wean. If you need to wean quickly, then dropping 1 feed every 3-4 days or quicker is advised. Please ensure you are hand expressing and/or pumping for comfort but try not to fully drain your breasts. A empty breast sends a hormone response to your body saying “we need more milk- our baby drank it all”. A full breast reps the body “hold on we have enough so stop making more”. Remember cool cabbage leaves applied directly on your chest or a bag of frozen peas in a pillow case can feed very soothing. Remember to give lots of 1:1 attention to your child and extra cuddle time as the weaning process is occurring. It’s a whole new experience to connect in a different and beautiful way with your little one. Many say it can can feel relieving, overwhelming and sad even at times. So be kind and gentle with both yourself and your child.

At some point, every breastfeeding parent asks themselves "When should I wean?" Or “is my child ready to wean?” The WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively until your baby is 6 months old, then serving a combination of solids and breast milk until they are at least 2. Benefits of breastmilk can be seen in evidence until at least age of 5-7. Parents wean for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reasoning, my hope for you is you feel educated and supported while going through the process. Ideally, a gradual approach is easiest on baby and a “don’t offer but don’t deny” method can work well. If a medical procedure or medication is necessary be sure to gain the support of an IBCLC so you can be prepared and knowledgeable in regards to actually needing to wean. If you need to wean quickly, then dropping 1 feed every 3-4 days or quicker is advised. Please ensure you are hand expressing and/or pumping for comfort but try not to fully drain your breasts. A empty breast sends a hormone response to your body saying “we need more milk- our baby drank it all”. A full breast reps the body “hold on we have enough so stop making more”. Remember cool cabbage leaves applied directly on your chest or a bag of frozen peas in a pillow case can feed very soothing. Remember to give lots of 1:1 attention to your child and extra cuddle time as the weaning process is occurring. It’s a whole new experience to connect in a different and beautiful way with your little one. Many say it can can feel relieving, overwhelming and sad even at times. So be kind and gentle with both yourself and your child.

Are you an exclusively pumping parent? On average 1-6 month olds will take 3-5oz per feed.  So if you feed 8x in 24 hrs ...
09/11/2021

Are you an exclusively pumping parent? On average 1-6 month olds will take 3-5oz per feed. So if you feed 8x in 24 hrs you may need between 24-40oz per day to offer exclusive breastmilk. Every baby is different so remember to pace bottle feed so baby can digest milk easily and decrease the risk over feeding. Reminder: breastmilk can be stored for 4 hours at room temperature, 4 days in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer and 12 months in a deep freeze. If milk is defrosted- it should be used within 24 hrs. If you took out of fridge or if the power went out and your milk still has ice crystals in it, you can refreeze safely. When pumping remember “more suction isn’t always better”. Pump at a comfortable level and aim for 15-20min per session while using your hands to massage and breast compress to improve your volumes. Application of heat or pumping after a bath/shower may help too! Ask an IBCLC to size your flanges to ensure they fit well! This can be a make or break for adequate volumes pumped and stimulation to help paints in supply long term. Parents who choose to exclusively pump are some of the hardest and most dedicated people. They are determined to do everything it takes to support their babies. We all applaud your efforts!!!!

Are you an exclusively pumping parent? On average 1-6 month olds will take 3-5oz per feed. So if you feed 8x in 24 hrs you may need between 24-40oz per day to offer exclusive breastmilk. Every baby is different so remember to pace bottle feed so baby can digest milk easily and decrease the risk over feeding. Reminder: breastmilk can be stored for 4 hours at room temperature, 4 days in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer and 12 months in a deep freeze. If milk is defrosted- it should be used within 24 hrs. If you took out of fridge or if the power went out and your milk still has ice crystals in it, you can refreeze safely. When pumping remember “more suction isn’t always better”. Pump at a comfortable level and aim for 15-20min per session while using your hands to massage and breast compress to improve your volumes. Application of heat or pumping after a bath/shower may help too! Ask an IBCLC to size your flanges to ensure they fit well! This can be a make or break for adequate volumes pumped and stimulation to help paints in supply long term. Parents who choose to exclusively pump are some of the hardest and most dedicated people. They are determined to do everything it takes to support their babies. We all applaud your efforts!!!!

“Shouldn’t this feel natural?” When I hear this, I remind parents, that in our lives, we would never expect this from ou...
09/09/2021

“Shouldn’t this feel natural?” When I hear this, I remind parents, that in our lives, we would never expect this from ourselves with any other skill. It’s okay we do not suddenly have the knowledge and ability to breastfeed comfortably and confidently. BUT why do so many of us feel like we need “body feeding for dummies” when it comes to feeding our babies? Here are 2 of my top reasons for this overwhelming and often preventable situation. 1) Our pregnancies and labours are often impacted by unnecessary interventions. As a labour delivery Nurse, I will agree that sometimes an IV, cesarean section or induction of labour is medically necessary and I will also admit I’ve seen them done when it wasn’t. Have we discussed with our clients how these interventions often cause a cascade of other interventions? Do they know that these types of interventions can impact milk supply, cause hormonal imbalances and increase postpartum depression in the birthing parent? So in saying that, I encourage you to ask questions and remember you are in control of your birth and pregnancy. You should always feel safe to ask “what are all of our options” and you can change providers At anytime if you feel fear-based decision making is being pushed on you. 2) When I visit someone in their home and everything is in its right spot, the floors are clean and there are no dishes to be done, I will always ask how the parents found time to “do it all”. I, myself need a clean and orderly home to feel comfortable and relaxed. However, what I learned from my own postpartum journey was there was no way I could feed on demand, bond with my baby and help my milk supply to increase, when I was also doing everything else I thought needed to be done. So I urge you, ask for help, hire a cleaner if you can, ask friends to drop off meals and get into a good Netflix series and snuggle that sweet precious baby of yours skin to skin for a really long time (weeks!). This skin to skin and stillness will do wonders for your supply and help your baby and you learn to feed optimally together.

“Shouldn’t this feel natural?” When I hear this, I remind parents, that in our lives, we would never expect this from ourselves with any other skill. It’s okay we do not suddenly have the knowledge and ability to breastfeed comfortably and confidently. BUT why do so many of us feel like we need “body feeding for dummies” when it comes to feeding our babies? Here are 2 of my top reasons for this overwhelming and often preventable situation. 1) Our pregnancies and labours are often impacted by unnecessary interventions. As a labour delivery Nurse, I will agree that sometimes an IV, cesarean section or induction of labour is medically necessary and I will also admit I’ve seen them done when it wasn’t. Have we discussed with our clients how these interventions often cause a cascade of other interventions? Do they know that these types of interventions can impact milk supply, cause hormonal imbalances and increase postpartum depression in the birthing parent? So in saying that, I encourage you to ask questions and remember you are in control of your birth and pregnancy. You should always feel safe to ask “what are all of our options” and you can change providers At anytime if you feel fear-based decision making is being pushed on you. 2) When I visit someone in their home and everything is in its right spot, the floors are clean and there are no dishes to be done, I will always ask how the parents found time to “do it all”. I, myself need a clean and orderly home to feel comfortable and relaxed. However, what I learned from my own postpartum journey was there was no way I could feed on demand, bond with my baby and help my milk supply to increase, when I was also doing everything else I thought needed to be done. So I urge you, ask for help, hire a cleaner if you can, ask friends to drop off meals and get into a good Netflix series and snuggle that sweet precious baby of yours skin to skin for a really long time (weeks!). This skin to skin and stillness will do wonders for your supply and help your baby and you learn to feed optimally together.

Deep breaths.  Taking a moment over the weekend to try and forget all the crazy.
08/30/2021

Deep breaths. Taking a moment over the weekend to try and forget all the crazy.

Deep breaths. Taking a moment over the weekend to try and forget all the crazy.

“Don’t fix something that’s not broken”. Just your local IBCLC here to give you a gentle reminder that “boobie/chest fee...
08/25/2021

“Don’t fix something that’s not broken”. Just your local IBCLC here to give you a gentle reminder that “boobie/chest feeding” is not just for nutrition. Breastfeeding really is a powerful tool we’ve been given to not only help us calm, distract and soothe our babies to sleep but to help us drink a coffee and rest ourselves. So let’s allow ourselves ti take a moment and gather ourselves while we nurse our kiddos. Comfort feeding is also known as non-nutritive breastfeeding and is beneficial for overall development of your child. A few benefits to both mother and child are: nutrition, jaw and palate health which impacts their sleep and speech development. So cuddle in parents and tell those who say your “creating bad habits” to bu**er off!

“Don’t fix something that’s not broken”. Just your local IBCLC here to give you a gentle reminder that “boobie/chest feeding” is not just for nutrition. Breastfeeding really is a powerful tool we’ve been given to not only help us calm, distract and soothe our babies to sleep but to help us drink a coffee and rest ourselves. So let’s allow ourselves ti take a moment and gather ourselves while we nurse our kiddos. Comfort feeding is also known as non-nutritive breastfeeding and is beneficial for overall development of your child. A few benefits to both mother and child are: nutrition, jaw and palate health which impacts their sleep and speech development. So cuddle in parents and tell those who say your “creating bad habits” to bu**er off!

A night time reminder, in case you need to hear it. Parenthood is a lot of things and sometimes it can feel like it’s en...
08/09/2021

A night time reminder, in case you need to hear it. Parenthood is a lot of things and sometimes it can feel like it’s engulfing you. It’s ok to take a moment and change your feeding/parenting goals. What once was, isn’t anymore. Get help and reevaluate your plans. This is whole lot to take on while sustaining and encouraging new life. Give yourself some grace. #deepbreathseveryone #perspectiveshift #fourthtrimestercare #fraservalleyibclc #fraservalleydoula

A night time reminder, in case you need to hear it. Parenthood is a lot of things and sometimes it can feel like it’s engulfing you. It’s ok to take a moment and change your feeding/parenting goals. What once was, isn’t anymore. Get help and reevaluate your plans. This is whole lot to take on while sustaining and encouraging new life. Give yourself some grace. #deepbreathseveryone #perspectiveshift #fourthtrimestercare #fraservalleyibclc #fraservalleydoula

Message me or email me Katy@simplynourish.ca to let me know if you want to join us.  I can’t wait for another Simply Nou...
08/04/2021

Message me or email me [email protected] to let me know if you want to join us. I can’t wait for another Simply Nourish parent group meet up. They have been welcoming and so fun. Everyone is invited not “just” past or current clients.

Message me or email me [email protected] to let me know if you want to join us. I can’t wait for another Simply Nourish parent group meet up. They have been welcoming and so fun. Everyone is invited not “just” past or current clients.

When we feel angry…like full blown losing it over a pile of dishes that your partner didn’t do; this is often a sign of ...
07/27/2021

When we feel angry…like full blown losing it over a pile of dishes that your partner didn’t do; this is often a sign of depression. Sometimes people are shocked that rage and depression often go hand in hand. Research shows that anger can correlate with a birthing parent’s feeling, around lack of control, resentment, the fact parenthood didn’t meet the expectations they had for it and not feeling heard or appreciated. Often these feelings are triggered by other life experiences and this is why counselling and getting support can prove so helpful. You don’t need to be laying in bed unable to get out of it, while crying constantly to have postpartum depression or anxiety. It’s so common and yet not normal, see the difference? 1/3 are experiencing similar feelings so connect with others and get the help that’s available. @pacificpostpartum can be a good place to start.

When we feel angry…like full blown losing it over a pile of dishes that your partner didn’t do; this is often a sign of depression. Sometimes people are shocked that rage and depression often go hand in hand. Research shows that anger can correlate with a birthing parent’s feeling, around lack of control, resentment, the fact parenthood didn’t meet the expectations they had for it and not feeling heard or appreciated. Often these feelings are triggered by other life experiences and this is why counselling and getting support can prove so helpful. You don’t need to be laying in bed unable to get out of it, while crying constantly to have postpartum depression or anxiety. It’s so common and yet not normal, see the difference? 1/3 are experiencing similar feelings so connect with others and get the help that’s available. @pacificpostpartum can be a good place to start.

You see before I came across @lowsupplymom post about this topic, I used to think saying this was a wonderful and encour...
07/25/2021

You see before I came across @lowsupplymom post about this topic, I used to think saying this was a wonderful and encouraging tip for families trying to breastfeed. However, what if I unintentionally implied that someone’s experience has to be horrifically horrible to be something they can “quit”
I too am growing and learning as I offer support to you all. I want you to know that you deserve evidence based and kind care and I’m here to navigate all your options with you. If you haven’t worked with me personally, please ensure you have a village of understanding and knowledgeable professionals helping you and your baby. If all the days are bad days, let’s talk about how chest-feeding doesn’t have to be so black and white. Meaning, you do not have to just offer breast milk or just offer formula etc. There are so many grey zones to find your happiness and groove in!

You see before I came across @lowsupplymom post about this topic, I used to think saying this was a wonderful and encouraging tip for families trying to breastfeed. However, what if I unintentionally implied that someone’s experience has to be horrifically horrible to be something they can “quit”
I too am growing and learning as I offer support to you all. I want you to know that you deserve evidence based and kind care and I’m here to navigate all your options with you. If you haven’t worked with me personally, please ensure you have a village of understanding and knowledgeable professionals helping you and your baby. If all the days are bad days, let’s talk about how chest-feeding doesn’t have to be so black and white. Meaning, you do not have to just offer breast milk or just offer formula etc. There are so many grey zones to find your happiness and groove in!

These summer days are going by so quickly over here! We love s’mores and swimming.  What are some of your favourite ways...
07/18/2021

These summer days are going by so quickly over here! We love s’mores and swimming. What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy Summer?

These summer days are going by so quickly over here! We love s’mores and swimming. What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy Summer?

This is a perfect example of a baby who is growing but not thriving. Particularly, if your baby is doing this, or if you...
07/14/2021

This is a perfect example of a baby who is growing but not thriving. Particularly, if your baby is doing this, or if you’re a healthcare provider and you have a client who is experiencing growth like this, please refer to a international board certified lactation consultant. This is likely due to latch concerns and a baby’s inability to move milk well and/or a parents who is experiencing low breastmilk supply. I’ve also seen weight trend like this in undiagnosed cardiac babies. Formula is a Band-Aid and if a parent wants successful breastfeeding or chestfeeding to occur with their baby we should be supporting their ability to do that. So please reach out and het the help you and your baby deserve. You don’t need to “just give formula or just bottle feed” if you want to chest feed.

This is a perfect example of a baby who is growing but not thriving. Particularly, if your baby is doing this, or if you’re a healthcare provider and you have a client who is experiencing growth like this, please refer to a international board certified lactation consultant. This is likely due to latch concerns and a baby’s inability to move milk well and/or a parents who is experiencing low breastmilk supply. I’ve also seen weight trend like this in undiagnosed cardiac babies. Formula is a Band-Aid and if a parent wants successful breastfeeding or chestfeeding to occur with their baby we should be supporting their ability to do that. So please reach out and het the help you and your baby deserve. You don’t need to “just give formula or just bottle feed” if you want to chest feed.

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Katy was so supportive, compassionate and simply amazing to work with. I went through a difficult time with breastfeeding and I felt Katy was the only person who really helped me, not only just helped but went above and beyond. I would highly recommend her.
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Hey! What parts of BC do you travel to?
Hi!!!! Just what I needed. My 4 month old is exclusively breast fed and was pooping every 4-5 days (huge amounts) however she has not pooped for 12 days now (8 days ago she got the rotavirus vaccine) she is happy, giggling, soft tummy, passing gas....WOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?
Katy you have already helped me so much with getting Lilly to latch, dealing with her biting, and my fast flow! I'm so grateful to have you as a resource while her and I grow in our nursing relationship. Thanks again for all the support!