Breastfeeding Tips for New Mom’s

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We hope you’ve decided to at least try breastfeeding. Even if you only nurse your baby for a few days or weeks, that early milk, called colostrum, provides an important source of antibodies to protect against disease as Baby’s own … Continued

Breastfeeding and Baby’s Microbiome

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Shortchanging Baby’s Microbiome? C-sections and formula feeding could be interfering with a critical biological process When a Mother gives birth vaginally, and if she breastfeeds, she passes on colonies of essential microbes to her baby. This continues a chain of … Continued

Breastfeeding and Mental Health

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Joint Statement from WABA & LLLI in celebration of World Health Day 7 April 2017 Anyone can suffer from depression, including Mothers and their children. A Mother suffering from depression will find it more challenging to care for her child.2 … Continued

Top 10 Myths of Kangaroo Care

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The Academy of Pediatrics and the Surgeon General are encouraging moms to practice skin-to-skin immediately after birth and throughout the post postpartum period. Learn these myths to ensure mom and baby receive all the benefits! Kangaroo Care (KC) and Skin-to-Skin … Continued

Tongue and Lip Ties: Root Causes or Red Herrings?

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Tongue- and lip-ties are red-hot issues. There’s no doubt that tongue-tie causes suffering for some breastfeeding Mothers and babies when baby’s “lingual frenulum” (the membrane under the tongue that connects it to the floor of the mouth) prevents normal tongue … Continued

Can I Breastfeed Even if I Take Medication?

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Have you ever been told you need to stop breastfeeding, because you need medical testing or a medication? Or been told that you cannot receive treatment, until you are done breastfeeding? The good news is that most medications are compatible … Continued

Priceless! Infamous Breastfeeding Crawl

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Every Newborn, when placed on the Mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its Mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first Breastfeed! This is called the Breast Crawl. PRICELESS!! The … Continued

The Breast Milk Elixir

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LUCKNOW, India — What if there were a remedy that could save more children’s lives in the developing world than are claimed by Malaria and AIDS combined? A miracle substance that reduces ear infections while seeming to raise scores on … Continued

Breastfeeding tied to Better Emotion Perception in some Infants

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Breast-feeding might Enhance Social Development in Certain at-risk Infants: Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular Autism “Risk” gene, those who were Breastfed longer spent more time looking at images of “Happy” eyes and shied away from “Angry” eyes

10 Breastfeeding Myths That Won’t Go Away

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There is a lot of really good, really helpful information about breastfeeding out there. But between the Internet and the abundance of insights from well-meaning (but often woefully misinformed) friends and family, there is also a lot of misinformation. We … Continued

The Unseen Consequences of Pumping Breast Milk

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Exclusive pumping is becoming more popular among American Moms, often seen as a way Moms can “have it all.” Meanwhile, the effects on Maternal and infant health—and workplace policies—are rarely discussed. A serious pregnancy complication sent first-time mom Missy Boss … Continued

Miracle of Human Milk

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Today I collected a drawing from a framers in Bristol. A 7 by 9 foot charcoal and watercolour piece detailing all the currently known components of human milk, and explaining some of them. It started when a friend suggested I … Continued

Have You heard of the Virgin Gut?

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Have you heard of the virgin gut? If you have, you either dismissed it as too pretentious, or if you’re like me, it became the bane of your life (at least for the first 6 months of parenthood). There is … Continued

Homeopathy and Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding Over 70% of all Mothers with newborns in the U.S., currently breastfeed their babies, and that percentage is growing – and for good reason. There is a tremendous amount of evidence that Breastfeeding improves immune function in infants. According … Continued

Sore Nipples

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Breastfeeding is meant to be a comfortable and pleasant experience. During the first week or two, however, many Mothers notice nipple tenderness. This may be related to normal postpartum skin changes, or to inexperience with latching on. Tenderness of this … Continued

Engorgement

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Breast fullness is a normal part of Lactation which nearly all women experience when their mature milk “comes in,” 2–5 days after birth. (Note: The First Milk – Colostrum is milk, so the term “milk comes in” is a bit … Continued

Breast Crawl

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What if babies were born knowing how to breastfeed? While that’s a new idea to most of us, it does make sense. Other newborn mammals know how to find and attach to their Mother’s nipples, following inborn instincts in response … Continued

Galactagogues (substances used to increase milk supply)

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Galactagogues are foods, herbs or medications that can help to increase breastmilk supply. The use of a galactagogue requires consultation with a Lactation Consultant and/or Health Care Provider. At least 95% of Mothers are able to produce more than enough … Continued

Increasing Your Milk Supply

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One of the most common reasons Mothers give for weaning, is that they feel they do not have enough milk for their baby. Here are some ideas to help you work out whether your milk-supply actually is low, and some … Continued

How to Breastfeed – Deep Latch Technique

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This IBCLC does a great job explaining the deep, off-center or “asymmetrical” latch! *Homeopathy is safe and effective while Breastfeeding. Please see also: www.classichomeopath.com www.lactation-911.com/homeopathy-and-breastfeeding/

IBCLC – The “Gold Standard”

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IBLCE is the global authority that determines the knowledge of Practitioners in Lactation and Breastfeeding care. IBCLCs are essential members of the Maternal-Child Health Team who protect, promote and support Breastfeeding to benefit women, children and families worldwide. The IBCLC … Continued

WORLD PREMATURITY AWARENESS DAY – November 17th

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Importance of Breastmilk for Preemies Breastfeeding benefits for preemies are numerous, ranging from lower incidence of ear infections in breastfed infants to a little help with weight loss for mommies. Not only does breastfeeding a premature baby offer all of … Continued

IBLCE Breaking News

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IBCLC Certification Program Reaccredited by NCCA Marks 26 years of continuous NCCA accreditation The International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners® (IBLCE®) is pleased to announce that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE) … Continued

Common Breastfeeding Questions and Answers

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Q. Can I nurse if I wasn’t able to (or didn’t choose to) nurse my previous children? A. Absolutely. Nursing previous children is not a requirement to breastfeeding this baby. While prior experience can be helpful, it certainly isn’t necessary. … Continued

Debunking Breastfeeding Myths

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MYTHS: 1. Many women do not produce enough milk. Not true! The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Indeed, an overabundance of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not … Continued

Breastfeeding Is a Contact Sport!

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In the United States, sports are big news. From neighborhood soccer clubs to professional football leagues, sports dominate advertising and the media, attract a lot of money and resources, and hold a generally positive image in society. Why doesn’t breastfeeding … Continued

My baby won’t take a bottle!

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As an IBCLC in private practice, I am sometimes asked for solutions when a breastfed baby refuses to take a bottle after his mother has begun regularly separating for a return to work or school. This dilemma rouses an emotional … Continued

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone

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Where a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against cosleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write here to explain why the pediatric recommendations on … Continued

What is an IBCLC?

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The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The IBLCE certification program offers the only international certification in lactation consulting. … Continued

World Health Organization on Exclusive Breastfeeding

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is an unequaled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Review of evidence … Continued

AAP Breastfeeding Guidelines

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AAP Reaffirms Breastfeeding Guidelines 2/27/2012 Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant. In addition to the nutritional benefits, breastfeeding promotes a unique and emotional connection between mother and baby. In … Continued