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.
A premature infant born in 2014 has a better chance to survive and thrive than anytime in history. As medicine advances, we have access to better technology, closer monitoring for earlier intervention and treatment with targeted drugs with fewer side effects.
Research shows that dads offer crucial support in the breastfeeding journey. If a partner is not supportive of breastfeeding, moms are likely to quit when the going gets tough.