Nature to Nurture - Breastfeeding Solutions at Home

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Breastfeeding is natural but it doesn’t always come easily. We’re here to give you peace of mind. Whatever your goal is, we want to help you reach it. Whether it is an in-home consultation or just a quick phone call, let us help you with breastfeeding. Our board-certified lactation consultants are here for you.

Operating as usual

Something to watch out for:
12/03/2019

Something to watch out for:

Have you experienced a dip in #milksupply over the holidays? What helped you stay nursing? Share your tips for #holidayswithbaby! Or did you use the busy holidays as a time to wean your older child?
Some things that can help include:
- babywearing to keep baby close and your hands free
- bringing baby with you to parties rather than leaving them at home
- letting go of some duties. Not everything has to happen, and it doesn't have to be done by you!
- asking for help
- scheduling nursing breaks for yourself and baby
#holidayweaning #breastfeedingtips
[Image: Photo of inside a busy shopping mall. Text: Holiday Weaning. The distractions of the holiday season can lead to fewer nursing sessions and less time at the breast resulting in a lower milk supply and sometimes even nursing strikes.]

This is pretty interesting in regards to weight loss immediately after birth:
10/22/2019
The Milk Meg

This is pretty interesting in regards to weight loss immediately after birth:

Conclusion: “Weight loss is commonly 7% to 8% of birth weight or greater by the third day after birth among healthy, full-term, breastfed newborns...”

(Although there is a lot of fear mongering around weight loss after birth, as this study shows some weight loss is completely normal! You do not need to supplement unless there are signs that your baby is not getting enough. This includes not enough nappy output or a baby who is extremely unsettled after every breastfeed).

Definitely not equal!
10/06/2019

Definitely not equal!

Is this true for you?

For me, right is bigger and makes more milk!

Image via Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

09/26/2019
WaitrApp

Yes! Normalize it!!

Life happens. Waitr delivers.

09/20/2019
Dr. Jen 4 Kids: Breastfeeding Medicine

Clear and succinct. 😝

Question: If I eat gassy foods, won't my baby be gassy?
Me: No, your farts do not cross into breast milk

edited for clarification: Studies of garlic, anise, peppermint and other flavors in the maternal diet have shown that foods flavor both amniotic fluid and breast milk, a survival mechanism to help our 6 month olds distinguish friendly, unlikely- to -be -harmful flavors and facilitating transition to solids. It’s the reason that people in Thailand, Greece, India, Italy and other places with strongly-flavored foods can transition to them, even as very young children.

However, maternal food choices are often brought up to explain fussy children or to explain “gas” which is a physiologic end result of digestion. Maternal diet choices causing irritable babies and gassy babies is marketed as a way to say that you aren’t good enough. It may also be a way of skipping the long, complicated differential diagnosis of infant irritability and normal newborn development. That helps nobody.

But what about cow’s milk protein? Why are so many mothers having to avoid cow’s milk protein? Having maternal proteins, like partially or undigested cow’s milk protein, crossing into milk, is not normal.

First, mom didn’t digest it and it got into her bloodstream from her gut, which indicates some level of gut ill health. That poor gut health may reflect the health of the her enteromammary pathway.

Then, most proteins need special transportation to get across the lipid bilayer of the lactocyte and into the milk. If a foreign protein can freely cross into the milk, that represents pathology, which is how we see things like cow’s milk protein intolerance.

Those babies who are sensitive to cow’s milk protein in their gut need to be investigated too, since blood and mucous in the stool is hardly a typical response to cow’s milk protein in your gut. These babies often have a compromised microbiome from things like antibiotic exposure, C-Section delivery or exposure to high flow states like oversupply. Eliminating cows milk protein may eliminate blood, but it doesn’t correct dysbiosis. If cows milk is making your child gassy an investigation into the underlying cause is necessary so that the elimination diet, which is a huge sacrifice, can be a short as possible. We need to treat the underlying issue as well as its symptom.

My original post was about gas production, a necessary end product of digestion. While gas can mean intolerance to foods, it is also very normal, and it’s very normal way more than it represents food issues. Gas is often incorrectly blamed for baby irritability. Discovering the underlying cause of that irritability takes time. It may be easier just to blame food. What might we be missing in the process? The list of reasons babies are irritable is pretty long. I’m not willing to chalk recurring infant irritability up to food.

The post comments have now expanded simple gas discussions to include IgE-mediated allergy, cell-mediated delayed hypersensitivity reactions like FPIES (which is unusual as a part of breast milk feeding, usually only happening with direct exposure to the trigger), and non- allergic hypersensitivity reactions involving histamine. That’s a long way from babies with “gas” and represents distinct processes which need their own evaluation and treatment.

What I’m trying to say (apparently with some difficulty) is that in prohibitions against eating chocolate, broccoli, beans, tomatoes or whatever because they may cause gas in your child are not necessary. Studies done on foods blamed for irritability (like those containing garlic) have found the opposite-the kids like the flavors, eating longer and more, a result which in itself may change digestion and gas production. Myths about what foods cause gas and discomfort in the baby undermine the efforts of most women to do the best job that they can breastfeeding, blaming her food choices for her baby’s fussiness which is unnecessary and unfair. Moms do not need more restrictions, they need support and accurate information.

Just like any change from physiology to pathology, if your baby is irritable, passing mucous or blood, not gaining weight, crying all the time or is “too gassy” and you think your food choices are to blame, that needs investigation because we are now past benign gassy babies.

If you’re sure a food you ate made your baby fussy, are convinced nothing else is wrong and are willing to give up that food, great. However, in general, mothers should eat their native cuisine so the baby can get used to the flavors of the food that they’re going to eat when they start solid food.

The Milk Meg
09/17/2019

The Milk Meg

Follow YOUR instincts.

A powerful must-read for this week.
08/29/2019
MotherWise

A powerful must-read for this week.

“Black Breastfeeding Week reminds us of our history in this nation. And this year, 2019, marks the 400-year anniversary of the first Africans being forcibly transported to these shores. Black women were once considered property, very valuable property during chattel slavery. Not only were Black women ripped apart from their families and sold on auction blocks, but they were also systematically “broken in” by their new slave owners by being raped, then forced to nurse the young babies of the slave masters. They often watched their babies suffer and die of malnourishment as they generously fed the slave master’s babies.

Our ancestors’ women were known to be exceptional “breeders and feeders.” There was an entire market created for “Black milk” which sustained this nation. I can’t begin to imagine the trauma endured by our ancestors at the hands of their masters and institutionalized White terrorism. But I know that post traumatic slave syndrome is real, and that our collective maternal lineage has gaping holes and oozing wounds that need healing and reintegration when it comes to our bodies that have been policed for hundreds of years.”

Amazing!
08/27/2019

Amazing!

Happy Black Breastfeeding Week!!!

Part I “My breastfed babies and I. The twins are 7 and my oldest is 20. My hearts! One of my favorite parts of motherhood was breastfeeding. And I didn't let negative people, inexperience, fear or medical providers stop me from doing it and I'm so glad that I have helped so many others to breastfeed.” #blackbreastfeedingweek2019 #bwdbf #wedothis #BBW19 #itsmyworld

I can totally relate to some of these!
08/09/2019

I can totally relate to some of these!

Mom being moms in the animal kingdom 😅

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee - USBC
08/06/2019

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee - USBC

No one breastfeeds alone. It takes support from everyone – from parents to policymakers, health facilities, communities and employers. We all have a role to play in supporting #breastfeeding. #NBM19 #SupportChangesEverything

Breastfeeding Berkshire
08/05/2019

Breastfeeding Berkshire

Why isn’t there a week for people who couldn’t breastfeed?

There is. It’s World Breastfeeding Week.

World breastfeeding week starts tomorrow so I’m posting this today to preemptively make my point, before the flood of critical posts starts.

World Breastfeeding Week is not just for mothers who met their breastfeeding goals. It is also for every mother who ever wanted to breastfeed for a day, a week, a month, a year and wasn’t able to do so.

I know this week is incredibly painful if you weren’t able to meet your breastfeeding goals. I know it feels like the universe is conspiring against you to re-open old wounds and pour salt into them. I’m not going to minimize that. I’m not going to tell you to get over it. I’m not going to tell you that your feelings don’t matter.

You matter. Your feelings matter.

Not only are your feelings valid, they are important. I would argue that those feelings of pain, and loss and grief are one of the most important parts of World Breastfeeding Week.

It is nothing short of cruel that we, as a society, inform mothers of all the benefits of breastfeeding, and then fail to provide adequate help and support for mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals. 80% of mothers who stop breastfeeding in the early days say they would've liked to continue, and felt they could've continued with better support (according to Public Health England). It is nothing short of a travesty that hundreds of thousands of mothers are being let down. Given the very real grief many mothers feel at having to stop breastfeeding, and the fact that the leading cause of death in women in the first 12 months after giving birth is suicide I believe it is fair to say that it is a travesty that is harming, and possibly even killing women.

One of the most damaging results of a lack of breastfeeding support is that mothers are left with no emotional support when breastfeeding doesn't go to plan. There is no one there to give them a hug, a cup of tea, a piece of cake, to reassure them that they have nothing to feel guilty about. To tell them that if they can look themselves in the eye and know they are doing the best they can with their circumstances, then that is all anyone can ever do and it it makes them a truly wonderful mother. No-one is there to tell them to be kind to themselves, to give themselves time to grieve. To tell them that if they want to curl up on the sofa with chocolate and Netflix for a few days they should do that. They are expected to just move on, get over it, it's not like it mattered anyway. So that pain, and that loss, and that grief never truly gets a chance to heal.

And that's exactly why this week is important. Because every mother who ever wanted to breastfeed her baby, for an hour, a week, a month, a year or longer deserves adequate help and support to meet that goal. And for the mothers who don't meet that goal for whatever reason, they have the right to adequate emotional support to heal from that. And I know it hurts this week when you didn't get the support that you deserved, but the aim of this week, the reason we bang our drums, and and get on our soap boxes is so every mother gets the practical end emotional support she deserves. So no other mother ever has to go through this pain.

MotherWise
08/03/2019

MotherWise

🤱🏿🤱🏾🤱🏽🤱🏻🤱🏼 #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

Here’s to the start of World Breastfeeding Week!
08/02/2019

Here’s to the start of World Breastfeeding Week!

For World Breastfeeding Week 2019 I am doing a series, "Keep it simple with the Milk Meg!" Here is my first one! Besides the obvious such as your baby needs a nappy change* crying is a indication that they need something and most of these things will be resolved through a breastfeed. Keep it simple! When in doubt...whip it out. Just offer the breast as this will usually be the answer.

Responsive feeding is following your baby's cues, not a schedule, not the clock. Do you yourself follow a strict schedul...
07/25/2019
Importance of Responsive Feeding • KellyMom.com

Responsive feeding is following your baby's cues, not a schedule, not the clock. Do you yourself follow a strict schedule for eating and drinking?

The importance of responsive feeding in establishing a good breastmilk supply Check out stylish, functional breast pump bags and accessories from our sponsor Sarah Wells BagsUse code KELLYMOM10 for 10% off! by Dr. Amy Brown Responsive parenting e.g. responding promptly and appropriately to a baby’...

The Milk Meg
07/20/2019

The Milk Meg

Waking in the night to breastfeed is not a sleep disorder...it's the biological and norm.

Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies
07/18/2019
Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

Breast milk provides many benefits for babies. And now researchers say mother's milk contains an antibody that protects premature infants from an often-deadly intestinal bacterial disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

For those visiting Arts Fest this weekend, check out this nursing station!
07/10/2019

For those visiting Arts Fest this weekend, check out this nursing station!

For the first time, Centre Helps is offering a comfortable indoor space for breastfeeding during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Bottle feeding caregivers of infants are also welcome. We are set up for one at a time. If we see a large demand, we'll expand next year. 👶💜

At Centre Helps, 410 S Fraser St. Ring call button to enter.

Hours:
Wednesday, July 10th 10am - 2pm
Thursday, July 11th 10am - 6pm
Friday, July 12th 10am - 6pm
Saturday, July 13th 10am - 6pm
Sunday, July 14th 10am - 2pm

Thank you to Doulas of Central Pennsylvania for loaning us a comfy chair and changing table.

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