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.
Facebook users - Did you notice a change in your news feed back in June 2014? Me neither. However, quietly and without announcement, Facebook changed it's policy on photos of mothers breastfeeding. Here is the link to the updated policy https://www.facebook.com/help/340974655932193/
As the nights get cool and the leaves are changing we have time to reflect on the Summer that was. The Milkies - Fairhaven Health partnership was introduced to the world at lactation consultant shows and other big venues. I added bamboo nursing pads to the Milkies product line after careful review and thoroughly testing materials while keeping the price affordable. The Milkies Softies were introduced last week, they are thin, thirsty and are the only bamboo pads with three layers of protection and a low price.
We all need bacteria (also called flora) in our digestive tract to help our immune system work and get the most energy from our food, babies are the same! Your baby has a sterile gut until birth - that means her digestive tract is a blank slate.
A vaginally delivered baby gets exposed to mom’s good bacteria during the birth process – thanks mom! A c-section baby will get his first dose of bacteria from the environment – microbes may come from the nurses and other babies in close proximity.