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.
Getting ready to welcome your new baby into the world is a time of excitement and anticipation. Unless you have been through giving birth 19 times and counting, it’s unfamiliar territory for us. If you plan to breastfeed, and almost all of us do, it is important to know how your birth plan affects you and your baby’s readiness to breastfeed.
Written by guest blogger, Jennifer Pitkin, IBCLC
Like most things in life, the road to breastfeeding success is less bumpy and more enjoyable when you have a good supporting cast riding along with you. Questions are certain to arise: Is my baby latching correctly? Is he getting enough to eat? Why is she so fussy today? What are we going to have for dinner? and/or Why am I so exhausted?
When Tobi Porter, a Florida Paramedic and firefighter went back to work after her maternity leave, she wanted to continue providing her daughter breast milk. She found time to pump in the back of ambulances and between emergencies. Most firefighters work 24 hour shifts, Tobi was no exception.
As a breastfeeding and working mother, Tobi worried about storing enough milk for her husband, Clay, to feed their daughter while she was at the fire station. She needed to have enough stored for several daytime and nighttime feedings.
Lauren was born in August and the days were warm and still. I felt relatively well and especially grateful to not be pregnant anymore in this hot weather. Lauren was breastfeeding around the clock and my older boys were busy with outside activities.
In the summer of 2012, I had an opportunity to attend a conference featuring Jack Newman in the tiny Central Oregon town of Hermiston. As a life-long Oregonian I was a bit puzzled by the location, Hermiston was famous for watermelons and not much more. However, Dr. Newman is a popular speaker, author and researcher and I was willing to drive across the state to listen to him talk. I didn’t know at the time, but Dr. Newman would save my life (or at least my nipples) in a few short weeks.
By Karen Williamson, CLEC, Special Milkies Contributor
By guest author Karen Williamson.