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Here’s the thing, babies can’...

Here’s the thing, babies can’t read clocks! They don’t know if it’s been an hour or three since they last ate. What they know is they feel hungry, so they use the tools they have to let you know. Rooting, hands to mouth, increased movement, and later fussing/crying. (See my post about hunger cues a few weeks ago!) I...

Here’s the thing, babies can’t read clocks! They don’t know if it’s been an hour or three since they last ate. What they know is they feel hungry, so they use the tools they have to let you know. Rooting, hands to mouth, increased movement, and later fussing/crying. (See my post about hunger cues a few weeks ago!) In the beginning it’s normal and expected that a new baby could eat 10+ times per day. At the very least, 8. 

In general, we want to let baby lead the way. And it rarely looks like perfectly spaced feedings that last the exact same time. Instead it might be a few snacks back to back, then a stretch of sleep, and then a large meal and then a short break before they’re back for dessert. 

Exceptions to this rule might be the especially sleepy baby, the preterm baby, or early feeding plans for jaundice/latch difficulties/slow weight gain. In those cases, I’d highly recommend working with an IBCLC. 

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Official announcement! I’ve been hinting ...

Official announcement!

I’ve been hinting at it for over a month now but it’s time to let the cat out of the bag! I’m expanding my reach in helping new families navigate infant feeding!

What am I offering? One on one help in your OWN HOME! On your own time! We can talk prenatally to get you prepared for baby. We c...


I recently ordered an awesome breastfeeding ...

I recently ordered an awesome breastfeeding sticker pack and this statement is on one of the stickers and I just love it. ❤️ Newborns in general can be so overwhelming but if you’re having nursing struggles or milk supply concerns it can feel all consuming. This is your reminder that YOU are worthy. You are wonderfu...

I recently ordered an awesome breastfeeding sticker pack and this statement is on one of the stickers and I just love it. ❤️ Newborns in general can be so overwhelming but if you’re having nursing struggles or milk supply concerns it can feel all consuming. This is your reminder that YOU are worthy. You are wonderful. You are not defined by your challenges. 

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4th and final week of National ...

4th and final week of National Breastfeeding Month! This weeks focus is Black Breastfeeding and the theme is The Big Pause. As I did the previous weeks, I will be elevating the voices of those being featured. Starting with this repost!

Repost from @blkbfingweek

#BBW21 starts tomorrow and we are so excited!!⁠

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4th and final week of National Breastfeeding Month! This weeks focus is Black Breastfeeding and the theme is The Big Pause. As I did the previous weeks, I will be elevating the voices of those being featured. Starting with this repost! 

Repost from @blkbfingweek
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#BBW21 starts tomorrow and we are so excited!!⁠
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If you are hosting any events to celebrate, please click the link in our bio to submit your event and be added to our calendar!! We want to meditate, reflect and restore en masse with you!⁠
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#BlackBreastfeedingWeek #CollectiveRest #CollectivePower #LiftEveryBaby

SPIT HAPPENS! Scroll right ~~~~> to see ...

SPIT HAPPENS!

Scroll right ~~~~> to see more photos and videos!

Spitting up is a very common concern for parents, which makes sense since as many as 50-70% of babies spit up at least once a day. And even small amounts can look like a TON of milk.

As you can see in these photos and videos, 1 mL can spread over 5 ...


Week 3 of National Breastfeeding Month ...

Week 3 of National Breastfeeding Month is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding week and the theme is a beautiful one - reclaiming the tradition of breastfeeding. I think this is an aspect of breastfeeding we may not always think about, but the roots of traditional parenting and communit...

Week 3 of National Breastfeeding Month is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding week and the theme is a beautiful one - reclaiming the tradition of breastfeeding. I think this is an aspect of breastfeeding we may not always think about, but the roots of traditional parenting and community are intertwined with breastfeeding. As I did last week, I’ll be sharing stories to highlight the voices of those in these communities. ❤️

Repost from @apibtf
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The third week of August is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week! We’re sharing AANHPI breastfeeding stories through the week. 

When Amy Chen's family immigrated from Taiwan, her mother gave up breastfeeding because of the idea of "assimilating into American Culture." Now a mother of three, Amy believes it's time to reclaim the tradition of breastfeeding. 

Stay tuned for more stories!

#AANHPIBreastfeedingStory

Week 2 of National Breastfeeding Month ...

Week 2 of National Breastfeeding Month is Indigenous Milk Medicine Week and the theme is: Nourishing Our Futures and I am really excited to share some highlights of the importance, beauty, and history of this topic. I think it’s best to lift up the voices of those at the heart of it so I’ll be doing some sharing and...

Week 2 of National Breastfeeding Month is Indigenous Milk Medicine Week and the theme is: Nourishing Our Futures and I am really excited to share some highlights of the importance, beauty, and history of this topic. I think it’s best to lift up the voices of those at the heart of it so I’ll be doing some sharing and reposting in my feed and my stories, starting with this beautiful graphic from @chichihualtia Original post below! 

Repost from @chichihualtia
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Happy Indigenous Milk Medicine Week 2021! This year we celebrate the revitalization of our legacies in lactation and our collective resilience in nourishing our futures with every drop of our indigenous milk medicine. 

Feel free to repost this message/post from @chichihualtia in observance of Indigenous Milk Medicine Week 2021 (Aug 8- 14) & celebrate indigenous milk medicine givers with us! 

#nourishingourfutures 
#indigenousmilkmedicine 
#indigenousmilkmedicineweek2021 
#sacredmilkjourneys 
#legaciesinlactation

Who’s hungry?? Did you know ...

Who’s hungry??

Did you know that right from birth babies have the ability to tell us when they’re hungry? And it might not be what you think!

It’s not unusual for people to think that babies tell us they’re hungry by crying, when in reality, crying is usually what happens when they start to get that “hangry” feel...

Who’s hungry?? 

Did you know that right from birth babies have the ability to tell us when they’re hungry? And it might not be what you think!

It’s not unusual for people to think that babies tell us they’re hungry by crying, when in reality, crying is usually what happens when they start to get that “hangry” feeling. 

Before crying, babies tell us they’re hungry with their body language. 

Suddenly becoming more awake and alert. Increased body movement. Rooting (opening their mouth and turning their head seeking the breast). Hands to mouth. Licking or smacking lips. Head bobbing and shaking if they’re being held on your chest.

Eventually those signs escalate to more vigorous movement, including “punchy” arm movements, redness in the face, and finally crying. At this point a lot of babies will be pretty worked up and might need some gentle soothing and calming before they’re able to compose themselves for latching. 

Key take away here? In the early days, offering the breast if you’re not sure is never really the wrong answer. The cues can be subtle, but when they’re subtle latching can be a lot easier. 

Seeing the hunger cues but struggling with effective latching?  Get to hand expressing (and possibly a breast pump) and start offering drops of your colostrum. 

How did you know your baby was hungry??

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A week. A month. A year. ...

A week. A month. A year. Two years. Exclusive breastfeeding. Chestfeeding. Exclusive pumping. Mixed feeding. Whatever your journey, I celebrate you! The 2021 World Breastfeeding Week theme is Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. At every level, individual, hospital, community, public health. ?

#WBW2021 ...

A week. A month. A year. Two years. Exclusive breastfeeding. Chestfeeding. Exclusive pumping. Mixed feeding. Whatever your journey, I celebrate you! The 2021 World Breastfeeding Week theme is Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. At every level, individual, hospital, community, public health. ? 

#WBW2021 #WABA #ProtectBreastfeeding #SharedResponsibility #breastfeeding  #worldbreastfeedingweek2021 #ProtectBreastfeedingaSharedResponsibility #protectbreastfeedingtogether  #breastfeeding4publichealth #cincinnatibreastfeeds #breastfeedcincinnati #cincyibclc #cincinnatilactation

In a perfect world, every mother ...

In a perfect world, every mother that wants to breastfeed will have a baby that latches and nurses well and a bountiful milk supply. In general I like to make breastfeeding approachable, exciting, and positive. And it most certainly can be all of these things!

It can also be other things!

The truth is that babies...

In a perfect world, every mother that wants to breastfeed will have a baby that latches and nurses well and a bountiful milk supply. In general I like to make breastfeeding approachable, exciting, and positive. And it most certainly can be all of these things! 

It can also be other things!

The truth is that babies are tiny people, and just like grown people, they can have health challenges, they can have physical struggles, and they can have a huge range of personalities. Same goes for mothers. 

Sometimes circumstances (very early delivery, tough delivery, difficulty transitioning after delivery, baby’s health, mother’s health, anatomical restrictions or other things) can make nursing difficult.

If this is you and your baby - I see you. ?

When it comes to feeding new babies I want you to know that nothing needs a perfect start to work. We have 3 priorities - 1) Feed the baby 2) Protect your milk supply 3) Bring together the puzzle pieces to try to meet YOUR feeding goals. 

I say it all the time, but every journey is different and worthy. It doesn’t need to be all or nothing. And you don’t need to do it alone! Find good support, like an IBCLC!

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #humanmilk #lactation #humanlactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby  #supportisbest #preparedpregnancy #pregnant #newbornfeeding  #postpartum #breastfeedingstruggles #cincinnatibreastfeeds #cincyibclc #cincinnatiibclc #breastfeedcincinnati #cincinnatilactation #cincybaby #newparentsupport #newmom #newparent

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