Bite Size Lactation

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bitesizelactation Thursday, May 13 2021, 04:02:04 pm

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Let’s talk engorgement! Ouch! Engorgement ...

bitesizelactation Tuesday, May 11 2021, 03:34:42 pm

Let’s talk engorgement! Ouch!

Engorgement is like the extreme version of milk full breasts. The most common time for this to occur is within the first 48 hours after the mature milk surges (“comes in”) around day 3-5 postpartum. But it could also happen at other times, for example, when there are changes in feedin...

Let’s talk engorgement! Ouch! 

Engorgement is like the extreme version of milk full breasts. The most common time for this to occur is within the first 48 hours after the mature milk surges (“comes in”) around day 3-5 postpartum. But it could also happen at other times, for example, when there are changes in feeding frequency, a separation of the nursing couplet, mom out of town for work, baby weaning… 

It’s important to understand that engorgement IS milk filling the breast, but it’s also SWELLING! This swelling can make the skin taught and shiny, it can puff up the areola and flatten the nipple. In addition to being incredibly uncomfortable, it makes it more difficult for baby to latch - which means less milk removal - which means more engorgement. ?

So what do you do about it?? You need to treat BOTH symptoms - the milk fullness and the swelling. 

Fullness is treated by frequent effective removal of the milk. Including hand expression for comfort. (Check out yesterday’s posts!!)

Swelling is treated with gentle massage (video and step by step instructions to come), cold compresses after nursing/pumping, reverse pressure softening (photos and video to come), clean cabbage leaves (science on this is still inconclusive though anecdotally many report positive results), and NSAIDS assuming you have no allergies or contraindications. 

So what did you find to be most helpful when you’ve experienced engorgement?
Breast drawing by mikicon from the Noun Project
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Why should you know how to ...

bitesizelactation Monday, May 10 2021, 03:53:44 pm

Why should you know how to hand express your milk??

1. Expressing drops of your colostrum while trying to latch can encourage your baby to open their mouth wider, making for easier latching. It also gives them immediate reward for their effort, so they’re more likely to continue sucking which will encourage even mo...


While today is a celebration of ...

bitesizelactation Sunday, May 09 2021, 02:52:02 pm

While today is a celebration of joy and love for many, for other’s it can be a difficult day. I know so many truly amazing women who should be loved and cared for today on Mother’s day. Women who hold their babies in their arms, women who hold their babies in their heart, women whose babies are in heaven, women whos...

While today is a celebration of joy and love for many, for other’s it can be a difficult day. I know so many truly amazing women who should be loved and cared for today on Mother’s day. Women who hold their babies in their arms, women who hold their babies in their heart, women whose babies are in heaven, women whose mothers are heaven, those who struggle with mother/child relationships. You are all in my heart. I am thinking YOU today and sending you love. 

#difficultmothersday

“There is no way to be ...

bitesizelactation Sunday, May 09 2021, 02:50:49 pm

“There is no way to be a perfect mother… but a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill

Celebrating all mother’s today! ?

#mothersday #mothersday2021 #imperfectmother #worldsokayestmom #celebrateallmoms #ibclc #motherhood #mothergoals

“There is no way to be a perfect mother… but a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill

Celebrating all mother’s today! ?

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Friday night pot stirring. A very ...

bitesizelactation Saturday, May 08 2021, 12:00:38 am

Friday night pot stirring. A very common misconception is that while you’re breastfeeding you need to drink a TON of water. Or that not drinking enough water may cause your supply to dip. The truth is that you do not need to drink gallons of water (or any other arbitrary volume you may have heard) to maintain or inc...

Friday night pot stirring. A very common misconception is that while you’re breastfeeding you need to drink a TON of water. Or that not drinking enough water may cause your supply to dip. The truth is that you do not need to drink gallons of water (or any other arbitrary volume you may have heard) to maintain or increase your milk supply.  Studies have shown no correlation between water intake and overall milk supply. 

Of course you may feel a bit more thirsty while you’re nursing and keeping yourself hydrated is good for you in general. Drink to thirst so that you feel good and your urine is pale yellow in color. Increasing your water intake beyond normal is not the solution to supply concerns! And the flip side of that is that having a few days where you don’t drink as much water for whatever reason is very unlikely to make a significant drop in supply so save your worries for the other millions of small things parents deal with! 

So what can you do you about supply?? Go back to the basics - supply and demand. And if you’re struggling on your own, get HELP from an IBCLC! 

Ok, I’m ready! I know some mamas will go down with their giant hydromate. What do you think? Does this match your experience? 

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Did you know that breastmilk is ...

bitesizelactation Friday, May 07 2021, 03:42:59 pm

Did you know that breastmilk is considered a living tissue? In addition to the basic building blocks of growth and development (carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals), breastmilk contains thousands of live active cells. The live active cells provide passive and active immunity to your baby, help your baby grow, ...

Did you know that breastmilk is considered a living tissue? In addition to the basic building blocks of growth and development (carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals), breastmilk contains thousands of live active cells. The live active cells provide passive and active immunity to your baby, help your baby grow, and protect the gut. 

What else is cool? Breastmilk changes! As your baby grows. When your baby is sick. Subtle changes throughout the day. 

Living, evolving, protecting. Magic Milk

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Hello there! I’m Jessica and ...

bitesizelactation Monday, May 03 2021, 02:21:14 pm

Hello there! I’m Jessica and I have a passion for all things lactation and breastfeeding. With nearly 8 years of experience both professionally and personally, I’ve got a tool box full of tips and tricks! I have an especially soft spot in my heart for prenatal education and helping families get off to the best start...

Hello there! I’m Jessica and I have a passion for all things lactation and breastfeeding. With nearly 8 years of experience both professionally and personally, I’ve got a tool box full of tips and tricks! I have an especially soft spot in my heart for prenatal education and helping families get off to the best start possible in the first few days/weeks. 

My goal for this Instagram account is to give “bitesize” bits of education, tips and tricks that new families can easily digest (see what I did there?? ?) with a sprinkling of humor because laughter is the best medicine. Whether you’re currently pregnant, have a brand new baby, have a partner/spouse that will be nursing, or just love to learn - I’ll have something for you! It might take me a few days to get things fully up and running, but give me a follow so you don’t miss it! 

To get a few legal-y things out of the way - this account is for educational and entertainment purposes. It is not intended to replace personalized medical advice. If you’re struggling, reach out to a local IBCLC, your pediatrician, or other healthcare professional. Every baby and nursing parent is unique and deserves a proper full assessment and personalized feeding plan. 

I also represent myself and only myself. This account is not a representation of my employer or the hospital system in which I work. 

Now that that’s out of the way - Let’s Talk Lactation!!

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #chestfeeding #humanmilk #lactation #humanlactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby #letstalklactation

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