What do you think is the factor that most influences whether or not a woman breastfeeds? Her determination? Baby’s ability? Interventions during childbirth? Mother’s milk supply? Family history of breastfeeding? The answer is: None of the above. Continue reading
Back in the day, before I was an IBCLC, I spent hours on the phone as a La Leche League Leader, listening to and trying to help breastfeeding mothers. My co-leaders and I were very active with 2 well-attended group meetings per month. It was not unusual for me to talk on the phone with several mothers each day of the week. After a year or 2 of this work, I began to notice a trend. During major holidays, almost all of the calls were about plugged ducts, mastitis and milk supply.
I discussed this with more experienced leaders. “Yep,” they agreed, “those breastfeeding problems happen more during major life events—especially holidays!” It was such a recognizable phenomenon, we were able to predict the types of calls we could expect based on the time of year. Toward the end of November, we started preparing for the flood of plugged ducts and mastitis calls. Continue reading
These are things that I see or read every day: From my clients, from professionals and websites focusing on newborn issues. I know that one post cannot squash these myths completely, but if this helps just a few moms obtain correct information, I’ll be very happy! Each one of these statements could be an entire post. As time goes on, I hope to link each myth with a thorough explanation as to why it’s a myth. But for now, read these and remember they are MYTHS!
Breastfeeding is painful for the first few weeks.
You must pump after every feeding in order to have enough milk.
Engorgement is normal and is a sign that everything is going well.
The Second9Months offers two drop-in support groups every week in Seattle. Here are the details:
Breastfeeding SOS* meets every Monday morning at Dragonfly Holistic Healing in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. 760 N. 34th St. 98103. Mondays, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
AND Breastfeeding SOS* meets every Thursday afternoon at Genius: A Baby Academy in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. 2717 E. Madison St. 98112. Thursdays, 2:00-3:00pm Note: There will be no SOS group on Thursday, Feb. 21st.
Both groups are there for you–current clients as well as moms who have some questions. They provide a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, weigh your baby, check your baby’s latch and meet other breastfeeding moms. Moms-to-be are encouraged to attend as well! Check my facebook page just to make sure that it hasn’t been cancelled due to circumstances out of my control. There is no need to RSVP.
*This event is a great place to “fine tune” your technique and ask questions. It is not meant to take the place of an actual consultation for breastfeeding problems. If you need more help than can be provided in a group setting, I will recommend that you make a private appointment with a lactation consultant.
Here’s what one mom says, “Hi Renee, just wanted to send a little note of gratitude to say thank you again for all of the guidance you’ve given to me and Marcus. After we came to your SOS clinic things have turned around. Thank you!!!!
My friend and teaching partner, Holli Harris, generously shared the following article. Thank you, Holli, for your contribution and insight!
If you plan to combine breastfeeding with a job, double the need for breastfeeding and pump-friendly clothes. It’s one thing to not want to bare your breasts to your family and friends, and/or want to retain your sense of pre-motherhood style, but it’s another situation completely when you require combining the need for looking professional with quick and discreet access to breasts for pump (or breastfeeding) breaks in often semi-private locations…and in a situation where every minute away from work counts. It’s no wonder there is a steep decline in breastfeeding when women return to work. Continue reading
This story is generously shared by Andrea and her daughter, Ainsley. Thank you both for your story and your determination to breastfeed!
When I was pregnant, I worried about everything. Everything, that is, except for whether I’d be able to breastfeed. Since many of my friends and my own sister had breastfed their children, it was a given that I would do the same. I pictured myself breastfeeding my daughter Ainsley, sitting on the beach in front of my house with her tucked inside a sling, contentedly drinking while we enjoyed a special bond.
The following was written by sister lactation consultant, Norma Ritter. Thank you, Norma, for your thoughtful and humorous contribution to this forum!
There are few things less attractive than a person eating. People who do so in public should be charged with indecent exposure. At the very least, they should apologize to all the other folk in the vicinity. If they can’t cover their naked …mouths then they should stay at home!
I don’t see why people can’t either eat before leaving the house, or just take an IV with them. It is a simple matter to carry the necessary equipment and liquid nutrients in a small cooler. For goodness sakes, companies give away the coolers for free! And did you know that the growing trend is to wear a permanent hep-lock in your arm? Continue reading