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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