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(feature image by Taylor Magee @thatndgirl) Congrats on your new baby! See you in 6 weeks! Good luck! You may have heard this after you delivered your baby. And yes, it's true.  Typically, your follow-up with your doctor occurs 6 weeks after delivery.  A LOT can happen over those 6 weeks.  You may feel that you transform physically, emotionally, and mentally during that time. (Note: Your baby will be seen within 2 weeks, and, if you have midwifery care, you will be seen sooner and more frequently than with an obstetrician.  This is not the fault of obstetricians: we simply do not have enough care providers to provide everyone with early and frequent postpartum follow-up.  If you are experiencing any complications or concerns, you must visit the emergency department, or urgent care). Ice your Undercarriage Postpartum flow: Yes, you will continue to require pads (or 'Depends') for weeks after your baby is born. Your uterus

There are so many options for managing labour pain, and for optimizing labour progress!   You may be exhausted and tempted to stay in bed, but it is beneficial to get up and work with your body! Utilize your support person to provide things that will bring you any amount of comfort at this time. Note: if continuous fetal monitoring is indicated during your labour, it MAY limit the options for position changes and movement. That being said, you can and should advocate for yourself to find solutions and compromises with your health care team!     Position Changes and & Movement Standing, swaying, walking, squatting, even getting on all fours! Position changes and movement can help support labour progress, get gravity working for you, and even help with pain management. A birthing ball is your friend!   Touch & Massage Never underestimate the power of physical touch to comfort and support a labouring person! Massaging the back, shoulders, neck, and even

Breast Pumps.   How do we feel about them? Just "super", right? Pumping has become so commonplace on social media and parenting blogs that most parents purchase their pump prior to even having their baby.  Marketing companies have positioned the breast pump as a necessity in the world of infant feeding.  Is it really so necessary? While a breast pump is a SUPER handy tool, it certainly isn’t required in the way car seats or cribs are.  Sure, pumping is great for expressing and storing milk for other care givers to feed the baby, for when you are returning to work, or if you just want a night out. Many people need to pump in order to boost milk supply, if their baby is in the NICU, or if their baby is working on correct latch and sucking skills. ⁠ ⁠ Daily use of a breast pump can be a drain. I have never heard a

Welcome back to my "5 Random Facts

I have piles of ideas for social media posts and blog entries.  I decided to compile them into a series of "5 Random Facts".  Stay tuned for more random facts on Labour & Delivery, Prenatal Preparation, Postpartum life, and more!  In the meantime, cozy up and enjoy the first entry on Infant Feeding! 1. Infant formula used to be made from cow’s milk, malt flour, and wheat. Doctors would adapt the recipe based on additions they felt the baby needed.  They would give that recipe (or “formula”) to the parents to prepare at home.   Do not attempt this today!  Today’s infant formula is heavily researched, highly safe when prepared correctly, and provides all of the main nutritional requirements for healthy growth.     2. Your breasts are generally more “full” first thing in the morning because the Prolactin hormone peaks at night It is a cruel act of mother nature that this hormone loves the nightlife. It

This collection of information was taken from a series of social media posts on @milkbud.lactation.prenatal from February 2021 Formula is reliable and safe for times when breastfeeding is not going well and support is not feasible or attainable.  Formula is also safe Formula has saved the lives of millions of babies. But, formula companies have used MANY sneaky and unethical marketing tactics to convince mothers that their milk will never be sufficient. They have made parents think that problems exist when they don't and they rely on their ability to make parents feel inadequate and doubt their abilities. How many parents out there have bought formula "just in case?". Those purchases alone have put billions of dollars into the pockets of corporations. As much as I despise large corporations who prey on parents' insecurities, I also FULLY SUPPORT your choice to formula feed! If this is your chosen method of infant feeding, you deserve

Finding parental confidence in any form   Confession time As a maternal healthcare provider and mom advocate, I am fearful to admit this.  My career choices, first as a Labour and Delivery nurse and now as an IBCLC, have definitely not reflected my personal life choices. I have never experienced the desire to be a mother.     With full confidence, I can tell you that I have never uttered the phrase, "when I have kids

The right support can help you achieve your infant feeding goals Article originally published in Modern Mama Baby Guide Fall 2020 “My mom couldn’t breastfeed, so I won’t be able to.” “I wish I could breastfeed but I can’t because I’m taking an antidepressant.” “I just delivered an hour ago, I don’t have any milk yet. Let’s just give formula until my milk comes in.” “I have breast implants so I won’t be able to breastfeed.” “My baby isn’t latching [20 minutes after delivery], he must not want my milk.” I have been a Labour and Delivery for the past 10 years and have heard the above FALSE statements so many times. I frequently see parents who spend months researching and planning for the labour and delivery process, have a birth plan, have made goals for their labour, and have some knowledge about induction, medications, and pain management strategies. Unfortunately, I find that many first-time parents have

‘Every surge brings your baby closer’ ‘It’s not pain, it’s power’ These statements are all examples of positive birth affirmations. Affirmations are one method used for focus and pain management in labour. You know what also works for focus and pain management? An epidural. My point here is that both the “natural” birthing world and the medical world have incredible knowledge and methods to offer. So why are these “worlds” at such odds with one another? Medical Interventions vs. “Natural” methods: It’s time to come to terms Very often it is about judgement and guilt than about providing truly informed care, and I am tired of it. The medical world is based in science and does SO MUCH to give you the best chance of having a healthy and safe delivery. The so-called “natural” world of doulas, lactation consultants, and midwives, offers so much time, trust, relationship- and support-based care. Both realms have so much

Top Breastfeeding Myths Debunked   As an IBCLC, I am so tired of hearing and reading all of the lies about breastfeeding. I’ve written about this before: Corporations love to make us doubt ourselves and our bodies so that we buy their products Breastfeeding is hard.  If it were easy, companies wouldn’t be able to sell formula, pumps, creams, tools, etc that promise to be the answer for your infant feeding woes. Sometimes tools can help the process, but there are no magic solutions for feeding issues.  It all takes work, patience, support, and time. I’ve discussed 5 popular myths in this post, but honestly, I could write 50 pages of lies I’ve encountered over the years.   Myth 1: Women cannot produce enough milk for their infants in the first few days Truth: Almost all mothers produce enough milk for their babies.  Sometimes the problem is that the baby is not effectively transferring the milk

Think back to those early days of dating your partner. You would sit over dinner and wine and discuss your life goals, families, friends, education, current events, and politics. You would cuddle and watch movies and bask in the new, romantic love.   Now think to back the early days with your baby (whether it was years ago or yesterday).  The conversation most likely included lengthy discussions about the consistency, color, texture, smell, and frequency of your baby’s defecation patterns.   There were days when you would have DIED if you farted in front of your partner and now, farts and poops are the absolute center of your universe!  My, how things have changed.   I’m a nurse and it is widely known that NOTHING grosses out a nurse! So settle in, shit’s about to get DETAILED!   The facts:   For the first 5 months of life (until solid foods are introduced into the diet), breastfed babies poop more

Having a baby in the time of Coronavirus: What you need to know, and what you should expect Pregnancy is a beautiful time.  Your growing body and growing baby should be nourished and celebrated.  While everyone will tell you to relax and enjoy the moment, it is human nature to worry.  It is also human nature to share every speck of information about every possible thing that could happen - whether it is true or not.  In fact, one simple Google search will result in about a million different scare tactics.  Covid-19 has produced a lot of anxiety for expectant women and families in 2020.  Many recent clients have expressed concern about the unknown factors of the virus, hospital visitor policies and potential risks of being in the hospital itself. I want to dispel some myths and perhaps ease the minds of expectant families.   Breast milk: Ready-made protection Throughout history, breast milk has been the

Finding parental confidence in any form   Confession time As a maternal healthcare provider and mom advocate, I am fearful to admit this.  My career choices, first as a Labour and Delivery nurse and now as an IBCLC, have definitely not reflected my personal life choices. I have never experienced the desire to be a mother.     With full confidence, I can tell you that I have never uttered the phrase, "when I have kids