Lactation cookies? Are they really necessary?

The short answer is no.

A lot of moms are concerned about their milk production. As I’ve discussed with my clients during the past over 20 years, if we weren’t concerned about feeding our baby our species wouldn’t survive.

Sometimes milk supply is low (that’s for another blog entry). Desperate moms will drink or eat anything if they think it will increase their supply so they can better feed their baby. There are companies preying on these moms and selling them lactation cookies.
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We’ve come a long way…baby

Before my mother passed away this year at age 87, she told me the story about feeding my oldest sister when formula was just starting to be sold in the US. Her doctor told her she must feed her new baby formula because it was much healthier than breastfeeding and besides, why would she want to do something so barbaric and low-class as breastfeeding? Wanting to be the best mother she could be, she followed her doctor’s orders and she didn’t breastfeed. Continue reading

What is a lactation consultant and how do you know if you need to see one?

A lactation consultant is a skilled professional, often also a healthcare professional, who specializes in the study of the science of human lactation (breastfeeding) and in the assessment of breastfeeding women and their children. Lactation consultants come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Many are also registered nurses. To ensure that the consultant has the minimum competence recognized in the field, see an individual who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Lactation Consultants work on the staff of hospitals or clinics or in private practice. They can provide one-on-one care for women with breastfeeding problems, serve as information recourses for healthcare providers and parents and may teach breastfeeding classes.

When should you see a lactation consultant?

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It’s All About the Pillows!

One of the challenges moms have when they breastfeed is getting comfortable. There are so many different breastfeeding pillows for sale. How do you know which one to buy or if you really need to buy one at all? A lactation consultant could help in answering this question.

Do you need to use pillows to breastfeed? The answer is yes. Well, at least in the beginning when your baby’s neck isn’t strong enough and you have to support the head. The last thing a mom needs is a sore neck or back as she breastfeeds. Also, because a good latch is imperative for breastfeeding success, pillows are important.  Pillows just make the whole new breastfeeding experience easier. Continue reading

Back away from the computer and put down those books…

Because you know your baby better than anyone does.  Over the years, as the Internet has become more available, I’ve seen a trend where moms question themselves when it comes to baby care. The Internet is a blessing and a curse. I meet with a lot of moms who have great instincts about how to care for their baby but they have to check it out on the Internet to see if they’re right. The problem is, just when a mom starts feeling confident, she reads something which tells her everything she’s doing is wrong. So, she changes everything she’s doing, gets back on the Internet and reads the exact opposite. Feeling like she’s wrong again, her confidence about being a good mother goes down. Continue reading

The perfect shower gift…

Everyone wants to be a great parent. No doubt you’ve thought about breastfeeding and know about the documented health benefits for the mom and baby. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months). Usually, breastfeeding is an enjoyable experience. Sometimes though, obstacles occur, requiring you to seek the help of an experienced professional lactation consultant. An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) works extensively with new families facing breastfeeding obstacles such as moms with cracked and bleeding nipples, babies who aren’t gaining enough weight, twins and triplets, and premature babies. Just as important, they work with moms who aren’t having breastfeeding problems, but who want reassurance that they are doing things “right.” Continue reading