Camila Valente: Lactation and Feeding Support

Camila Valente: Lactation and Feeding Support Consultora de amamentação certificada pelo IBLCE Canada. Conselheira em amamentação pelo IBFAN North America e INFACT Canada. Enfermeira pela UFBA.

Mãe expatriada há 11 anos. Camila Valente, BScN, IBCLC, CLC. As an IBCLC, I have achieved the highest level of education in lactation and infant feeding. I currently acculumate over 800 clinical hours, during which I had the privilege to help 300+ families. I am the first IBCLC in Canada with a brazillian background and for this reason I have been accumulating clinical experience helping expatriat

Mãe expatriada há 11 anos. Camila Valente, BScN, IBCLC, CLC. As an IBCLC, I have achieved the highest level of education in lactation and infant feeding. I currently acculumate over 800 clinical hours, during which I had the privilege to help 300+ families. I am the first IBCLC in Canada with a brazillian background and for this reason I have been accumulating clinical experience helping expatriat

Operating as usual

False! And in the name of #pinkoctober,  breastfeeding prevents 2 types of cancer. What actually causes breast sagging:-...
10/10/2021

False!

And in the name of #pinkoctober, breastfeeding prevents 2 types of cancer.

What actually causes breast sagging:
- pregnancy hormones
- age
- higher body mass index
- significant weight loss
- larger bra cup size
- smoking

Breastfeeding does not cause any further sagging. Not even in people with breast implants. Now, read that again 😉

(Park et al, 2016; Cruz, 2013; Rinker et al, 2010)

False!

And in the name of #pinkoctober, breastfeeding prevents 2 types of cancer.

What actually causes breast sagging:
- pregnancy hormones
- age
- higher body mass index
- significant weight loss
- larger bra cup size
- smoking

Breastfeeding does not cause any further sagging. Not even in people with breast implants. Now, read that again 😉

(Park et al, 2016; Cruz, 2013; Rinker et al, 2010)

Wondering how cold temperatures affect breastfeeding, bottle feeding, infant care and postpartum? And how to protect eve...
10/01/2021

Wondering how cold temperatures affect breastfeeding, bottle feeding, infant care and postpartum? And how to protect everyone’s comfort? Join me:
 
Oct 14th 6-7pm EST. Register using link in bio!

Ideal for soon to be and new (expat) families.

All proceeds will be donated to families facing social vulnerability and hunger in Brazil. Suggested donation $CAD15
 
Please share with 🤰🤱 friends.

Wondering how cold temperatures affect breastfeeding, bottle feeding, infant care and postpartum? And how to protect everyone’s comfort? Join me:
 
Oct 14th 6-7pm EST. Register using link in bio!

Ideal for soon to be and new (expat) families.

All proceeds will be donated to families facing social vulnerability and hunger in Brazil. Suggested donation $CAD15
 
Please share with 🤰🤱 friends.

I will not miss an oportunity to stand up for the fact that EVERY CHILD MATTER. This is my version of orange shirt day t...
09/30/2021

I will not miss an oportunity to stand up for the fact that EVERY CHILD MATTER. This is my version of orange shirt day today.

I will not miss an oportunity to stand up for the fact that EVERY CHILD MATTER. This is my version of orange shirt day today.

As an specialist I don't really know because scientifically it means nothing, really. Sorry to disappoint 😂For those exc...
09/27/2021

As an specialist I don't really know because scientifically it means nothing, really. Sorry to disappoint 😂

For those exclusively breastfeeding, breasts are not emptied. Ok, now read that again and save this post for later 🤗 and tell you friends 🤰🤱

Babies will drink most of the milk, but not all of it in a feeding. Your breasts are not programmed to continue leaking as the valves in your ni**le pores mature 👩‍⚕️😌

Breasts are not simple storages. They work like gas pumps instead. Very special ones. Babies trigger and then drink a gush of (faster) flow and then do it again on the other side. There's a whole orchestration between parent's breast and infant's mouth 👩‍🏫

Whoever tries to minimize or simplify all this into "empty your breasts" just doesn't know enough 🙊

Sorry 🇨🇦

As an specialist I don't really know because scientifically it means nothing, really. Sorry to disappoint 😂

For those exclusively breastfeeding, breasts are not emptied. Ok, now read that again and save this post for later 🤗 and tell you friends 🤰🤱

Babies will drink most of the milk, but not all of it in a feeding. Your breasts are not programmed to continue leaking as the valves in your ni**le pores mature 👩‍⚕️😌

Breasts are not simple storages. They work like gas pumps instead. Very special ones. Babies trigger and then drink a gush of (faster) flow and then do it again on the other side. There's a whole orchestration between parent's breast and infant's mouth 👩‍🏫

Whoever tries to minimize or simplify all this into "empty your breasts" just doesn't know enough 🙊

Sorry 🇨🇦

Some poeple are being encouraged to let their ni**les exposed when they are cracked. Well...I say: COVER UP! (Get the pu...
09/23/2021

Some poeple are being encouraged to let their ni**les exposed when they are cracked.

Well...I say: COVER UP!
(Get the pun? Not ever with a breastfeeding cover though 😉)

Here's why: skin heals better and faster in a moist environment, meaning ni**le cream + bra/top. This way a new skin is formed right away, no scabs.

On the other hand, when exposed to air, ni**le wounds form a scab that is repeatedly removed with all the suckling during feeds/pumping. Healing in this case takes longer and may impact your motivation to breastfeed. In fact ni**le pain is one of the top 3 reasons people stop breastfeeding before then what they wanted in Canada.

Full disclosure: not all ni**le wounds are the same, and you should definitely get skilled help to identify why are you hurt in the first place and stop what’s causing the damage.

Were your ni**les ever scabbed??

Some poeple are being encouraged to let their ni**les exposed when they are cracked.

Well...I say: COVER UP!
(Get the pun? Not ever with a breastfeeding cover though 😉)

Here's why: skin heals better and faster in a moist environment, meaning ni**le cream + bra/top. This way a new skin is formed right away, no scabs.

On the other hand, when exposed to air, ni**le wounds form a scab that is repeatedly removed with all the suckling during feeds/pumping. Healing in this case takes longer and may impact your motivation to breastfeed. In fact ni**le pain is one of the top 3 reasons people stop breastfeeding before then what they wanted in Canada.

Full disclosure: not all ni**le wounds are the same, and you should definitely get skilled help to identify why are you hurt in the first place and stop what’s causing the damage.

Were your ni**les ever scabbed??

09/21/2021

Check out this cute video showing the rooting reflex! The movements of a newborn are reflexive. This means the baby here didn’t intentionally latch to his twins nose, his nervous system did it for him automatically. These “automatic” movements help the baby learn to eat and build muscle memory.

This twin latches to his sib’s nose because the nose induced the rooting reflex- turn head and open mouth. An infants reflexes will be expressed when they are calm and when certain areas are stimulated (for rooting it is side of mouth/ cheek or upper lip under nose). This ni**le-to-nose position gets your ni**le in the exact position for the baby to get a deep latch.

This is why putting your ni**le just under your baby’s nose helps with latching - it’s perfect position + reflex inducing!

Posted @withregram • @bebegin50tonu 😍😍
Thanks for the great video

Reposted from @mbmilkdocs 🧡

You guys, I made up an acronym to help you latch your newborn!! Follow @camilavalentelc for daily breastfeeding info. Sa...
09/17/2021

You guys, I made up an acronym to help you latch your newborn!!

Follow @camilavalentelc for daily breastfeeding info. Save for later and share with your 🤱🤰friends

L- lean back
A- align bellies
T- touch baby's nose with you ni**le (baby opens wide)
C- chin touches breast first (baby latches)
H- hold baby between their shoulders, not behind their head.

You guys, I made up an acronym to help you latch your newborn!!

Follow @camilavalentelc for daily breastfeeding info. Save for later and share with your 🤱🤰friends

L- lean back
A- align bellies
T- touch baby's nose with you ni**le (baby opens wide)
C- chin touches breast first (baby latches)
H- hold baby between their shoulders, not behind their head.

Supply depends on biological factors AND environmental factors as well. The later are present very often, and very often...
09/15/2021

Supply depends on biological factors AND environmental factors as well. The later are present very often, and very often dismissed as part of the challenge as well.

Have an IBCLC to assist you since pregnancy for better results and a less stressful journey.

Supply depends on biological factors AND environmental factors as well. The later are present very often, and very often dismissed as part of the challenge as well.

Have an IBCLC to assist you since pregnancy for better results and a less stressful journey.

So...our offices have different character names. Mine is called sq**rt!! ( . )( . )💧💧💧💧Get it? Lmk 👇And it was a total c...
09/13/2021

So...our offices have different character names. Mine is called sq**rt!! ( . )( . )💧💧💧💧
Get it? Lmk 👇
And it was a total coincidence! Although some believe there are no coincidences in life. What do you believe in? 👇

So...our offices have different character names. Mine is called sq**rt!! ( . )( . )💧💧💧💧
Get it? Lmk 👇
And it was a total coincidence! Although some believe there are no coincidences in life. What do you believe in? 👇

Breastfeeding is a whole body experience for babies. Have you thought about it?
09/11/2021

Breastfeeding is a whole body experience for babies. Have you thought about it?

Breastfeeding is a whole body experience for babies. Have you thought about it?

Did you know that when your baby is not gaining enough, you have more options available than formula in a bottle?And mos...
09/09/2021

Did you know that when your baby is not gaining enough, you have more options available than formula in a bottle?

And most importantly, you need an IBCLC assessment to actually figure out why that happened and improve the root cause of it.

Share this info with a 🤰🤱 friend

Happy Thursday!

Did you know that when your baby is not gaining enough, you have more options available than formula in a bottle?

And most importantly, you need an IBCLC assessment to actually figure out why that happened and improve the root cause of it.

Share this info with a 🤰🤱 friend

Happy Thursday!

Happy Monday everyone!! Please share with your 🤰🤱 friends. Full disclosure: Trial and error leads to anxiety, poor resul...
08/30/2021

Happy Monday everyone!! Please share with your 🤰🤱 friends.

Full disclosure: Trial and error leads to anxiety, poor results and often unwanted early weaning. Skip the trial and error and count on skilled care to assist you with your lactation and pumping needs. This post is for education purposes only and does not intend to substitute skilled support.
  
An IBCLC will help you with a proper assessment and a whole therapeutic plan: which pump, fl**ge size, pump settings and gadgets, how often to pump, for how long, how to clean, milk storage education, ways to offer expressed milk to baby, how much and when to offer BASED ON YOUR CASE AND GOALS.

Happy Monday everyone!!Full disclosure: Trial and error leads to anxiety, poor results and often unwanted early weaning....
08/30/2021

Happy Monday everyone!!

Full disclosure: Trial and error leads to anxiety, poor results and often unwanted early weaning. Skip the trial and error and count on skilled care to assist you with your lactation and pumping needs. This post is for education purposes only and does not intend to substitute skilled support.
  
An IBCLC will help you with a proper assessment and a whole therapeutic plan: which pump, fl**ge size, pump settings and gadgets, how often to pump, for how long, how to clean, milk storage education, ways to offer expressed milk to baby, how much and when to offer, etc. BASED ON YOUR CASE AND GOALS.

Happy Monday everyone!!

Full disclosure: Trial and error leads to anxiety, poor results and often unwanted early weaning. Skip the trial and error and count on skilled care to assist you with your lactation and pumping needs. This post is for education purposes only and does not intend to substitute skilled support.
  
An IBCLC will help you with a proper assessment and a whole therapeutic plan: which pump, fl**ge size, pump settings and gadgets, how often to pump, for how long, how to clean, milk storage education, ways to offer expressed milk to baby, how much and when to offer, etc. BASED ON YOUR CASE AND GOALS.

Small babies with small stomachs and undeveloped brains wake and feed often throughout the 24h period. At this stage, ni...
08/27/2021

Small babies with small stomachs and undeveloped brains wake and feed often throughout the 24h period. At this stage, night feeds need to happen for caloric needs and for supply calibration as well. It's intense, temporary and biological, and it should happen regardless if baby is drinking from a bottle or breast.

Now, this work is intense and feeding parents should NOT have to do it alone.
 
Maximizing parental rest is key to support this stage of postpartum. Engaging your partner/support person in childcare, side-lying and daytime contact naps are great tools for that!

Feeds on demand happens for different reasons/needs. And they are all important.
 
Head out to my contact nap highlight to learn more!
 
* Kent et al., Principles for Maintaining or increasing breastmilk production, 2012)
Reposted from @camilavalentelc

Small babies with small stomachs and undeveloped brains wake and feed often throughout the 24h period. At this stage, night feeds need to happen for caloric needs and for supply calibration as well. It's intense, temporary and biological, and it should happen regardless if baby is drinking from a bottle or breast.

Now, this work is intense and feeding parents should NOT have to do it alone.
 
Maximizing parental rest is key to support this stage of postpartum. Engaging your partner/support person in childcare, side-lying and daytime contact naps are great tools for that!

Feeds on demand happens for different reasons/needs. And they are all important.
 
Head out to my contact nap highlight to learn more!
 
* Kent et al., Principles for Maintaining or increasing breastmilk production, 2012)
Reposted from @camilavalentelc

08/26/2021

So much truth here 🥺
Hit that heart button if you can relate. It’s not about the fanciest nursery or the coolest gadgets.

What’s one thing you wish someone had told you that you didn’t discover until after birth?

Tag a mom friend 💕

📷 @wildflora.wellness
Reposted from @raisingtito

Repeat this every time you feel guilt or shame about your past lactation/feeding path. And when you know better, do bett...
08/25/2021

Repeat this every time you feel guilt or shame about your past lactation/feeding path. And when you know better, do better. But remember: you were never supposed to do it all alone! Get you system going because complying with the IBCLC therapeutic plan in a timely manner allows you better results :)

Repeat this every time you feel guilt or shame about your past lactation/feeding path. And when you know better, do better. But remember: you were never supposed to do it all alone! Get you system going because complying with the IBCLC therapeutic plan in a timely manner allows you better results :)

You will need different bras throughout your prenatal and postpartum journey if bra is your jam. If not, no worries, tan...
08/24/2021

You will need different bras throughout your prenatal and postpartum journey if bra is your jam. If not, no worries, tank tops will do too 😉.

✅ For the bra lovers: during pregnancy, choose a bra that is a size larger considering your breasts will grow. For the first days pospartum, make sure your bra is flexible so that it's easy to expose your breast and bra doesn't get in the way while you're practicing your feeding position skills. Later on as your milk calibration plateaus and you master breastfeeding you'll be able to use underwire bras and such.
 
🚫 I hear all kinds of not evidence based perinatal recos. One of them is tight bras to keep breasts perky. I hope you never heard this one, but here goes nothing: pregnancy hormones may cause your breasts to sag especially if you have a higher body mass index, experienced significant weight loss, wear a larger bra cup size and have a history of smoking. It is not breastfeeding that causes sagging and therefore wearing a thigh bra will not prevent breast sagging. Compressing breast tissue during breastfeeding initiation especially increases your risk for mastitis.

🧡 Save for later
Share with your friends 🤰🤱

You will need different bras throughout your prenatal and postpartum journey if bra is your jam. If not, no worries, tank tops will do too 😉.

✅ For the bra lovers: during pregnancy, choose a bra that is a size larger considering your breasts will grow. For the first days pospartum, make sure your bra is flexible so that it's easy to expose your breast and bra doesn't get in the way while you're practicing your feeding position skills. Later on as your milk calibration plateaus and you master breastfeeding you'll be able to use underwire bras and such.
 
🚫 I hear all kinds of not evidence based perinatal recos. One of them is tight bras to keep breasts perky. I hope you never heard this one, but here goes nothing: pregnancy hormones may cause your breasts to sag especially if you have a higher body mass index, experienced significant weight loss, wear a larger bra cup size and have a history of smoking. It is not breastfeeding that causes sagging and therefore wearing a thigh bra will not prevent breast sagging. Compressing breast tissue during breastfeeding initiation especially increases your risk for mastitis.

🧡 Save for later
Share with your friends 🤰🤱

08/22/2021

When we finally feel we got the hang of breastfeeding...there comes a growth spurt, a sleep regression, a cold, teething, or something...yes or absolutely?! 🤦‍♀️😥🤣

This is your Sunday reminder: raising a tiny human is not linear...enjoy the ups and get help during the downs. It's worth it 🧡

Because natural does not mean easy. Childbirth is also natural but, oh, also not easy. Have you ever thought of it this ...
08/20/2021

Because natural does not mean easy. Childbirth is also natural but, oh, also not easy. Have you ever thought of it this way?
 
Yep, breastfeeding is a work in progress for parents and babies for quite a while. Now, that's normal.

It's important that you know what to look for in terms of progress so that you feel accomplished in all your work: how supply is expected to change, what's normal newborn behaviour x older infant behaviour, growth spurts, clusterfeedings. I could go on and on.
 
So, expect a learning curve on your side and also on the baby's side in the early days. You both are getting familiar with lactation and feeding. Extra resilience and skilled care are needed if you're working on your milk supply or recovering from:
- tongue tie
- traumatic birth
- NICU stay
  
I see your consistent work and dedication and it matters.
 
Happy Friday!

Because natural does not mean easy. Childbirth is also natural but, oh, also not easy. Have you ever thought of it this way?
 
Yep, breastfeeding is a work in progress for parents and babies for quite a while. Now, that's normal.

It's important that you know what to look for in terms of progress so that you feel accomplished in all your work: how supply is expected to change, what's normal newborn behaviour x older infant behaviour, growth spurts, clusterfeedings. I could go on and on.
 
So, expect a learning curve on your side and also on the baby's side in the early days. You both are getting familiar with lactation and feeding. Extra resilience and skilled care are needed if you're working on your milk supply or recovering from:
- tongue tie
- traumatic birth
- NICU stay
  
I see your consistent work and dedication and it matters.
 
Happy Friday!

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Camila Valente, IBCLC, BScN, CLC. Brasileira expatriada em Toronto, mãe de dois e uma das poucas profissionais certificadas no Canadá a prestar serviços de consultoria de amamentação em Português. Enfermeira com experiência em pediatria, neonatologia e saúde da mulher. Participante ativa de projetos e associações focados em atender mães expatriadas no Canadá.

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Uma profissional apaixonada e dedicada a de fato ajudar e informar sobre amamentação. Saímos da aula simplesmente encantados com tudo que escutamos e aprendemos e muito mais confiantes para essa linda jornada. É muito bom saber com quem contar. A Camila é a pessoa certa!
Perda de peso nao é culpa da Geni...
Workin' and pumpin' girls. E....ela também usa uma Spectra! Rachel, obrigada por normalizar
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Hoje é dia de comemorar. Depois de quase 800h de estudo, prática e dedicação, o título chegou. Atingi o mais alto nível em educação em amamentação. Muito grata a todas que fizeram parte dessa caminhada e feliz em poder ajudar ainda mais pessoas.
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Olha como da para ver direitinho ele engolindo nesse vídeo! #camilavalentelc #amamentacaohumanizada
Amamentar é tão diverso... 👭🏳️‍🌈#camilavalentelc