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.
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.