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3 unexpected reasons breastmilk rocks SWIPE ...

3 unexpected reasons breastmilk rocks

SWIPE RIGHT >>>>>>

I saw this as a meme from The Bump and thought it was hilarious! ?Attributed to Irena Chalmers via the Bump

? Always the right temperature

? Attractive packaging

? The cat can’t get to it

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WATER? As things heat up across ...

WATER?

As things heat up across the US, a lot of parents start to wonder if their baby needs extra water to keep hydrated. Here’s what you should know:

?Breastmilk is over 80% water, so your baby gets all the hydration they need, straight from the tap

?If you’re out in the heat you might consider offering nursing...

WATER?

As things heat up across the US, a lot of parents start to wonder if their baby needs extra water to keep hydrated. Here’s what you should know:

?Breastmilk is over 80% water, so your baby gets all the hydration they need, straight from the tap

?If you’re out in the heat you might consider offering nursing more frequently so they can get some good bursts of hydration

?Babies younger than 6 months should NOT drink water - this can cause major electrolyte imbalances, dilute their nutrition levels, and fill them up so they do not nurse as much as they should.

?After 6 months, your baby will still get plenty of hydration from your breast milk, but as they take more solids and become more active you may consider offering a little bit (only 2-4 ounces per day) of water in a sippy cup. Your milk is still their main source so no stress if they’re not into it at first.

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Babies are entirely unaware of the ...

Babies are entirely unaware of the clock. They signal their hunger when they feel it. They may also signal for nursing when they are lonely, tired, scared, in pain or in need of touch. This is NORMAL! It’s part of the beauty of nursing. It’s like the ultimate fix it tool.

Responding to your baby is important for t...

Babies are entirely unaware of the clock. They signal their hunger when they feel it. They may also signal for nursing when they are lonely, tired, scared, in pain or in need of touch. This is NORMAL! It’s part of the beauty of nursing. It’s like the ultimate fix it tool. 

Responding to your baby is important for their development, to their growth, and for your milk supply. 

It can also be a little exhausting, make you feel a little touched out some days, and make you wonder if things are right. 

You can know it’s normal and feel those things. 

Keep calm and latch on. If your instinct tells you something isn’t right, reach out for help!

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Happy Father’s Day to the ...

Happy Father’s Day to the supporters, cheerleaders, and coparents! Teamwork makes the dream work. ?

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Happy Father’s Day to the supporters, cheerleaders, and coparents! Teamwork makes the dream work. ? 

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JUNETEENTH! A day of recognition, restoration, ...

JUNETEENTH! A day of recognition, restoration, and celebration. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

Because this is a breastfeeding topic account, I’d like to take this day to explore and recognize the significant injustice that was done to enslaved African American women as i...

JUNETEENTH! A day of recognition, restoration, and celebration. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. 

Because this is a breastfeeding topic account, I’d like to take this day to explore and recognize the significant injustice that was done to enslaved African American women as it relates to breastfeeding. 

The African American wet nurse was an enslaved woman that was forced to nurse the children of her enslavers, often to the detriment of her own child. From Breastfeeding Medicine, Vol 16, No. 2 - “the emotional upheaval of birth, possibly infant death, caring for someone else’s child, while depriving their own, and a lack of dignity and respect were aspects of the despicable and unspeakable practice of forced wet nursing”

Feel free to read more on this topic here - 
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2020.0316

And more on the continued disparities in black breastfeeding here - 

https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/why-we-need-black-breastfeeding-week/

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/11/801343800/from-breastfeeding-to-beyonc-skimmed-tells-a-new-story-about-black-motherhood

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/racial-disparities-persist-for-breastfeeding-moms-heres-why

I have made a donation here and would encourage you to do the same! http://blackmothersbreastfeeding.org/ (donate link is on the top right!)

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Watch your nose, eyes and mouth ...

Watch your nose, eyes and mouth while nursing!

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Watch your nose, eyes and mouth while nursing! 

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One side or two? That is ...

One side or two? That is the question. And the answer… depends!

? In the early days, it is absolutely a good idea to offer both breasts at every feeding. The first side being dinner and the second being dessert. When you’re switching sides, you can do some gentle stimulation to wake baby and get them ready to acti...

One side or two? That is the question. And the answer… depends! 

? In the early days, it is absolutely a good idea to offer both breasts at every feeding. The first side being dinner and the second being dessert. When you’re switching sides, you can do some gentle stimulation to wake baby and get them ready to actively feed again. 

? There’s a chance your baby may not take the second side, and if they are otherwise eating well, gaining well, and having appropriate wet and dirty diapers, you can leave them be! 

?If baby is sleepy, not gaining weight or gaining slowly, or not having diaper output, you may want to be more persistent about waking baby and getting them to actively feed off the second breast. (In addition to any other measures and working with an IBCLC to get to the root cause)

? During cluster feeding you might even offer what I call the “third side.” This is essentially just putting baby back onto the first breast. 

? Feeding on one side or two can depend on all sorts of things like your milk storage capacity (different than milk making capacity), your baby’s feeding effectiveness, and your babies age. 

? You DO NOT need to cut baby off after any certain time to switch sides. Allow baby to continue as long as they are actively feeding with swallows. As they slow down/stop/unlatch, then you offer the second side. 

Unsure if things are going well? Find a local IBCLC or peer to peer support group!

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Reverse pressure softening (RPS) is a ...

Reverse pressure softening (RPS) is a fancy term for a technique that helps soften the areola, evert the nipple, relieve engorgement, and can help make latching easier!

This is a particularly helpful technique in those first few days of the your milk surge (usually 3-5 days after delivery) when you are most prone ...

Reverse pressure softening (RPS) is a fancy term for a technique that helps soften the areola, evert the nipple, relieve engorgement, and can help make latching easier! 

This is a particularly helpful technique in those first few days of the your milk surge (usually 3-5 days after delivery) when you are most prone to engorgement. Sometimes the skin becomes so taut that the nipple will flatten out and become less elastic. This technique helps to move the edema (fancy word for swelling) away from the nipple. Edema is as much responsible for engorgement as super full milk ducts! 

RPS can also be a helpful step in everting an otherwise shorter/flatter/dimpled/inverted nipple

Gentle but firm pressure held for 30-60 seconds in each of the direction a shown in the photos! 

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You and your baby are unique. ...

You and your baby are unique. Your challenges and triumphs may look different than other people. Be patient with yourself and with your baby. You’ll learn this thing together. ???

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You and your baby are unique. Your challenges and triumphs may look different than other people. Be patient with yourself and with your baby. You’ll learn this thing together. ???

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Here’s what you should know ...

Here’s what you should know about medications and breastfeeding:

? Pregnancy risk and lactation risk are NOT the same. Just because something is unsafe in pregnancy does NOT mean it will be unsafe for breastfeeding.

? The safety of a medication depends on all sorts of things - molecular size, half life, relative ...

Here’s what you should know about medications and breastfeeding:

? Pregnancy risk and lactation risk are NOT the same. Just because something is unsafe in pregnancy does NOT mean it will be unsafe for breastfeeding. 

? The safety of a medication depends on all sorts of things - molecular size, half life, relative infant dose, oral availability… and lots of other very scienc-y things. 

? Many of the things you might take on a semi-regular basis (and certainly those routinely given for recovery after delivery/c-section) are considered safe. A few examples - tylenol, advil, colace, gas-x, percocet (watch total per day)

? It’s not uncommon for doctors that don’t often work with lactating mothers to be ultra conservative and give bad advice like “discontinue breastfeeding” or “pump and dump”

? Before stopping breastfeeding or dumping your milk, find out if that is truly necessary!

? If you are unsure, reach out to someone that understands medications and lactation (IBCLC!) or use the below resources!

Resources - 

Infant Risk - 1(806) 352-2519 
MommyMeds (App for your phone)
LactMed

? One last note - there are MANY antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications that are compatible with breastfeeding. Do not suffer. Talk to someone who is knowledgable and get the help you need. ???

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