There is a long list of the ways breastfeeding benefits your baby’s health. It provides the perfect nutrition for a growing human body and brain with no cost or preparation. Breastfeeding protects moms, too - by lower their risk of breast cancer. Just like babies, the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefit to your health.
The end of maternity leave doesn’t mean the end of breastfeeding. In fact, pumping milk for your baby can be a welcome break and help you feel connected to your little one during the work day. When I was a nursing mom working 12 hour shifts in a hectic ER, pumping was a quiet time to focus on my son and the reasons I was working. If your job allows you to bring your baby to work, or your husband stops by when baby needs lunch, consider yourself lucky. The majority of moms will be pumping, or expressing, milk at work.
It all started with a comment from my husband one night as he pulled a bag of frozen peas from the freezer. “You have got to get rid of some of this breast milk, we are running out of space for our food. Seriously, our food is relegated to this little corner,” he pointed to a crowded spot next to the ice cube trays, mixed veggies and frozen pork chops created a precarious pile. He was right, my breast milk was slowly taking over our freezer.
Historically, the use of any medication by a nursing mom caused doctors to put the brakes on breastfeeding.
A review of the information provided by the medication manufacturer shows that 80% of available medications are not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Researchers suggest this recommendation is not based on any data collected by the drug makers, but is easier than proving it is safe for the small population of patients that are lactating.
The first hour after birth is known as the Magic Hour. This is an exciting occasion as the family meets the new addition, and babies get their first experience of the world outside the womb.
Lipase is a naturally occurring component in breast milk and in every person’s digestive system, it helps our bodies break down the fat we eat and use it in useful ways inside our bodies. Lipase plays an important role in keeping your baby healthy by helping her body absorb the nutrients from your breast milk.
Most infants (50-70%) develop jaundice in the first weeks of life. If your baby has jaundice, he may have yellow-tinted skin or eyes. The yellow color is the result of too much bilirubin in your baby’s blood; bilirubin is a brownish - yellow color.
Marijuana is becoming a legal drug in more states each year (23 states the District of Columbia have legalized it in some form). My state, Oregon, became the most recent addition to that list on July 1st.
Jennifer Pitkin, BS, IBCLC, RLC
Breastmilk is unique, created by a mother’s body to nourish her baby. Providing the perfect blend of protein, fats and thousands of other components, breast milk is a life-saver for a critically ill or premature infant.
In certain circumstances, it is not possible for mothers to pump milk for her baby. If a baby is born premature, mother’s body may not be prepared to make milk yet. If a mother is very ill at the time of birth or has a communicable disease, such as HIV, breastfeeding will be discouraged.