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Breastfeeding is natural, but may not come naturally!

06/01/2024

Let's Start the Party! Come join us for our totally awesome 2023 VBS Adventure as we celebrate the good news of Jesus! We will have a fun-filled time with incredible Bible-learning experiences that include team building games, cool songs, tasty treats, and hands-on activities.Ages: Entering Kinderga...

04/15/2023
03/23/2023

Hold the mother, not the baby.⁣⁣
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Because the baby’s being taken care of—⁣⁣
fed, snuggled, and given all the love in the world—⁣⁣
by not only the mother,⁣⁣
but her partner, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and friends.⁣⁣
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But the mother,⁣⁣
may have gaps in her mind from lack of sleep,⁣⁣
may be mechanical in her motions as she’s healing,⁣⁣
may feel more like a mess than a mother,⁣⁣
may be sitting in bed, crying, feeling overwhelmed in her body and life,⁣⁣
may be full of mom guilt because in her mind, "she's not good enough,"⁣⁣
and she’s bleeding, wincing in pain, swollen and emotional.⁣⁣
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And the mother’s that baby's whole world and needs to be seen, so she doesn't disappear into that postpartum fog.⁣⁣
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So, hold the mother, not the baby.⁣⁣
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A mother agrees that her baby matters more.⁣⁣
But she’s hurting, while she’s the person behind the baby,⁣⁣
in the background, making it all happen:⁣⁣
feeding her baby at all hours,⁣⁣
snuggling her baby close to comfort newborn cries,⁣⁣
and being that baby’s everything.⁣⁣
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So, it’s the mother who needs your love.⁣⁣
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And a mother will remember who held her up.⁣⁣
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So instead of “I’m coming to see the baby,”⁣⁣
try saying, “I’m coming to see you 𝘢𝘯𝘥 meet the baby, too.”⁣⁣

Because the mother needs to be held more.⁣⁣

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07/25/2022

We need to change our thinking around this. Babies were comfort nursing longggg before pacifiers existed.

So babies aren’t using you as a pacifier. They’re using pacifiers as you.

And I’m not hating on pacis - I’m simply trying to adjust our outlook on comfort nursing.

There’s a reason why babies have a strong instinct to suckle - its biologically normal to nurse for comfort.

Background b**b art by my dear friend,

Is my newborn losing too much weight?- A 5-7% weight loss during the first 3-4 days after birth is normal- Caution flags...
05/27/2022

Is my newborn losing too much weight?

- A 5-7% weight loss during the first 3-4 days after birth is normal
- Caution flags come out at 7% weight loss
- Intervention is necessary if baby is not gaining weight by day 5
- 10% loss warrants immediate attention
- Baby should be back to birth weight by day 10-14

05/25/2022

Random Acts of Kindness


Did you know that eye contact while nursing brings physical and emotional sensations to both mom and baby that facilitat...
05/23/2022

Did you know that eye contact while nursing brings physical and emotional sensations to both mom and baby that facilitates bonding
and brain development?

05/20/2022

Cluster Feeding is NOT always normal.Baby may be cluster feeding if baby is....~ not getting enough milk~ has low energy...
05/14/2022

Cluster Feeding is NOT always normal.

Baby may be cluster feeding if baby is....

~ not getting enough milk
~ has low energy & sleeps long periods of time between feeds
~ takes too little or too much time at the breast
~ has a poor latch preventing efficient transfer
~ hasn't regained birth weight by 10-14 days old or weight gain is slower than expected.

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04/24/2022
04/17/2022

Stop Being Anti-Ni**le Shield

I’m perplexed at the number of professionals who are categorically against the use of ni**le shields. I hear things like:
“Ni**le shields don’t work”
“Ni**le shields will confuse the baby”
“Ni**le shields will ruin your milk supply”

Huh?

Let’s review a few studies:
1) Hanna et al (2013) - “A description of breast-feeding outcomes among U.S. mothers using ni**le shields.”This longitudinal study looked at 81 postpartum mothers who used shields. 72% of moms reported that the shields were “extremely helpful”. The authors concluded that shields can help moms who may otherwise abandon breastfeeding. While the study isn’t controlled, it is helpful to see that moms can use the shield and eventually wean off.
2) Kronborg et al (2016) - “Why do mothers use ni**le shields and how does this influence duration of exclusive breastfeeding?” This is a larger study of 4815 Danish mothers who self-reported information regarding ni**le shield use. First time moms were more likely to use shields as were moms of babies with lower gestational age or birthweight. Some moms were helped and others became dependent on its use. There was a 3x increased rate of stopping breastfeeding if the shield was used - this is an important point we’ll discuss below.
3) Meier et al (2000) - “Ni**le Shields for Preterm Infants: Effect on Milk Transfer and Duration of Breastfeeding” - This study looked at 34 preemies and compared feedings with and without the shield. These babies consumed more milk with the shield than without. The authors didn’t find a correlation between ni**le shield use and a shorter duration of breastfeeding.

There are more studies. But I chose these to make a few points. Ni**le shields have the capacity to help. They also have the capacity to contribute to prematurely terminating the breastfeeding relationship. There are definitely instances where they become needed - severe ni**le pain and an inability for the baby to latch on at all are the most prevalent in my experience. There is evidence that shield use can help a mom hang on until she can be supported.

My thoughts:
1) The use of ni**le shields should not be condemned. What *SHOULD* be condemned is the use of a ni**le shield as a permanent solution to breastfeeding symptoms. What *SHOULD* be condemned is the distribution of the ni**le shield to moms immediately in the hospital by a nurse, physician, unit secretary, custodian, friend, family member, etc (this seems to be the case now, where anyone can hand out a shield). The only time a shield should be used is under the guidance of a lactation consultant. More importantly, the use of the shield needs to be followed because I'm convinced that the moms who end nursing early because of shield use don't do it because of the shield, but rather that their breastfeeding is so poor that even the shield doesn't help them. Someone needs to figure out why.
2) The ongoing need to use the ni**le shield means that you need to investigate the oral anatomy of the baby. In my world, the need to use the shield beyond 4-6 weeks indicates a higher likelihood of tongue tie.
3) Just because you have flat ni**le does NOT mean you need a shield. Remember, flat ni**led moms made it through evolution without shields. I would argue that a flat ni**led mom who has a tongue tied baby has a higher chance of needing the shield. If the baby is dependent on using the lips instead of the tongue (a common compensation), then shield use becomes more common because the baby is turning the breast into a straw.

Investigate WHY you need the shield.
Don’t be afraid to use the shield as a crutch. It’s a temporizing measure to get things to settle down.
It’s a tool. It’s not a plan. If you tore your ACL but your surgeon told you to just keep using crutches, you’d balk. This is no different.

Don't forget! 🎉 🌟Event is TOMORROW🌟The Breastfeeding Resource Center in Jonesboro is hosting a drive thru baby shower th...
03/18/2022

Don't forget! 🎉

🌟Event is TOMORROW🌟

The Breastfeeding Resource Center in Jonesboro is hosting a drive thru baby shower this Saturday! We are giving away diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials!

3/19
12-2pm
166 S Main St Jonesboro GA

03/18/2022

In the hospital they usually tell moms to try to breastfeed every 2-3 hours. Wake baby to nurse every 2-3 hours. That way you can make sure to nourish baby and bring in a good milk supply.

Unfortunately this isn’t exactly how it works🙄 this visual was shared in a post from a friend that I shared a couple years ago and it’s incredibly accurate.

It’s basic math that they use in the hospital to give you the “ideal” feeding schedule. This “ideal schedule” equals about 8-12 nursing sessions in 24 hours which means baby would only have to nurse every 2-3 hours.

This is their way of saying that baby needs to eat often, but this isn’t exactly how it works for mom and baby in real life. Which can cause a mom to really struggle when her baby wants to nurse more often than every 2-3 hours! Nothing like setting new moms up to fail🤦‍♀️

Because they push this so heavily, I’ve noticed that parents seem to think breastfeeding is going to be super simple and perfectly spaced out feedings like the cereal picture. It also makes it look as though all feedings should be the same size so they should be nursing for the same amount of time each time. Which also is NOT accurate.

THIS IS NOT THE REALITY. In reality, baby will have big/long feeds sometimes. Or little/short feeds. Or feeding sessions while they are still mostly asleep. Or feeding sessions that aren’t so great. Or anything in between! They are not guaranteed to sleep better just because their feedings are all spaced out perfectly and done for the same length of time.

Instead of watching the clock and timing sessions, let baby lead! Watch for feeding cues from your little one and go from there😊

I also wanted to say that I love the blueberries portion of this visual. It shows more of a reality for how nursing sessions go. Some are bigger. Some are smaller. Sometimes there’s a longer amount of time in between. And in counting the berries, there are STILL the correct number of nursing sessions for the day.

Amazing, right?! Our bodies and our babies know what they are doing. Let them lead💙💚

Can Babywearing Help Breastfeeding??Keeping baby close allows you to catch early feeding cuesKeeps baby close to the bre...
03/17/2022

Can Babywearing Help Breastfeeding??

Keeping baby close allows you to catch early feeding cues

Keeps baby close to
the breast

Encourages skin to skin

Upright feeding in a
carrier, with movement
can help babies organize
into better feeding

Babies who are held
are usually more content;
latching a calm baby is much easier

03/11/2022

Let's normalize breastfeeding while pregnant. I'm 33 weeks pregnant in my second pregnancy and still breastfeeding. It's safe, it's normal and it's still natural.​​​​​​​​
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news!Humans have evolved over 6 million years by feeding human milk to their young. Histo...
03/09/2022

I hate to be the bearer of bad news!

Humans have evolved over 6 million years by feeding human milk to their young. Historically, infants have had unrestricted breast access, including overnight. We have only moved away from shared sleeping spaces in very recent history. Unfortunately, breasts cannot be trained to make milk only during the hours that are convenient to modern living. It's certainly challenging physiology for our current culture!!

Fullness in the breasts, repeatedly overtime, is what causes milk supply to downregulate. If making breast milk in the future is your goal, it's essential to continue removing milk approximately every 4 hours overnight.

I have been out IBCLC-ing all day, so I am late to post!! Happy IBCLC Day to my wonderful collegues! Thank to my pal Ang...
03/03/2022

I have been out IBCLC-ing all day, so I am late to post!!

Happy IBCLC Day to my wonderful collegues! Thank to my pal Angela Orenczak and Inspired Motherhood - Birth & Lactation Services, LLC for believing in me in the early days! Sharon Birdseye and Lactation Consultants of Atlanta for trusting me with your business and your patients as a new IBCLC. AND to Katherine Morrison and Atlanta Lactation for challenging me in ways I didn't know I needed to be challenged and shaping me into the clinician I am today. Kiana Ayers gets a HUGE shout out for always pushing me past my comfort zones to get things accomplished.

Freezer stash intimidation is a real thing. How much frozen milk do you need? Enough for 1 or 2 days away from your baby...
03/01/2022

Freezer stash intimidation is a real thing.
How much frozen milk do you need? Enough for 1 or 2 days away from your baby!

Plan for about 1-1.5 oz per hour. You'll pump while you're away and replace what was used.

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Counting diapers in the first days after birth can help ensure baby is getting enough milk. An exclusively breastfed new...
02/25/2022

Counting diapers in the first days after birth can help ensure baby is getting enough milk. An exclusively breastfed newborn should have one urine and one stool for each day of life.

Black or brown stools on days 3-5 are an indicator of inadequate intake.

Reach out for help if your baby's patterns don't match!

Empty breasts make milk! Full breasts are out of storage room and send signals to down regulate milk supply! Frequent re...
02/21/2022

Empty breasts make milk! Full breasts are out of storage room and send signals to down regulate milk supply! Frequent removal of milk, with either effective breast feeding or pumping, is the best way to ensure adequate milk production!

Happy Valentines Day! Hope you enjoy some time with people you love!
02/14/2022

Happy Valentines Day! Hope you enjoy some time with people you love!

Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Day is observed on February 12th to incorporate awareness about a safer sexual ...
02/12/2022

Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Day is observed on February 12th to incorporate awareness about a safer sexual and reproductive life.

One must have access to affordable adequate care and resources in order to maintain sexual and reproductive health.

Key topics of awareness include:
Puberty
Contraception
Infertility
Unsafe abortion
STI's and HIV/AIDS
Gender ased violence
Ge***al mutilation

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Eat those snacks, mama. Did you know you need an extra 300-500 calories per day while breastfeeding?!
02/05/2022

Eat those snacks, mama. Did you know you need an extra 300-500 calories per day while breastfeeding?!

02/01/2022

Is my baby getting enough milk??

Nursing frequently,
8 to 12 times per day

Seems content and satisfied after feeds

Gaining an average of 1oz per day

6+ wet and 3-4+ dirty diapers each day

NO??
Reach out for support!!

01/29/2022
Hey, all you pumpers out there! We see you! Your dedication is admirable!Pumping IS breastfeeding!!                     ...
01/27/2022

Hey, all you pumpers out there! We see you! Your dedication is admirable!

Pumping IS breastfeeding!!

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