Baseball and Breastfeeding: 5 Insights from an Unexpected Overnight

Baseball and Breastfeeding: 5 Insights from an Unexpected Overnight

On this Valentine's Day, let's take a trip to the baseball diamond and think about how important your relationship with your partner is!

"Your relationship existed prior to the birth of your baby. Your time together will probably look different, but it is so important. Ignoring this relationship will make communication and parenting more challenging. Your breastfed baby absolutely needs you. But your partner does, too—and you need your partner!"

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The Infamous Growth Spurt: Five Tips for Survival

Growth spurts are inevitable in the first year of baby’s life. Did you know that babies typically triple their birth weight by 12 months of age? Just think if you had to triple your weight — you’d be eating a lot!

Typically, babies hit growth spurts around 6-7 days, 2-3 weeks, and 6-8 weeks. Sometimes they will have another few throughout the rest of the first year. How do you identify a growth spurt? You are usually blindsided by a sudden change in your feeding routine and baby’s behavior! Some signs of a growth spurt may be:

  1. increased feeding frequency
  2. longer time breastfeeding
  3. fussy or agitated behavior at the breast or between feedings
  4. more irritability when hungry
  5. an increased desire to be held

These changes in feeding routine and behavior usually last about 3-5 days. Your baby is using this time to communicate with your breast, since they stimulate an increase in your supply by feeding more frequently. If your baby is going through a growth spurt, here are a few tips to help you through it:

  1. Get out of the house! Take a walk, run an errand, or walk through Target.
  2. Find a new TV series. Poll your friends for the latest favorite Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime series and set up camp on the couch! Grab some snacks, a few bottles of water, latch on your baby, and enjoy. When will you ever have permission for days of TV binge watching?
  3. Wear your baby. Grab your favorite sling or carrier. Sometimes baby will give you a little break if they stay close. Also, many moms have found comfortable breastfeeding positions while babywearing!
  4. Try breast compressions. These can be helpful when baby is irritable at the breast or cluster feeding.
  5. Break out the nipple cream. You may not have needed nipple cream since the first few day postpartum but with increased feeding frequency some moms find applying nipple cream very soothing.

Hang in there, momma! This, too, shall pass.

Signs of a growth spurt can also be symptoms of other issues like low milk supply or poor milk transfer. If you are concerned or unsure, search out the help of a skilled IBCLC.

6 Amazing Reasons Your Newborn Wants to be Held

6 Amazing Reasons Your Newborn Wants to be Held

I think we sometimes forget that human babies take the longest of all mammals to transition and grow to maturity. Many common newborn behaviors may be considered signs that your baby is spoiled, colicky or gassy, or that mom doesn’t have enough milk, because surely baby can’t still be hungry!

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Lactation Derailment Can Begin in the Hospital: 10 Tips for Avoiding a Trainwreck

Lactation Derailment Can Begin in the Hospital:  10 Tips for Avoiding a Trainwreck

I must preface this blog by explaining that fourteen years ago I became a mother/baby nurse, and ten years ago I became the resident childbirth educator and "breastfeeding counselor" on staff at a local hospital.  We did not have an IBCLC on staff, so I was IT until we hired another educator.  My training as a nurse, some time as a member of La Leche League and my own personal breastfeeding experience was all I had in my arsenal. 

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Before You Breastfeed: 10 Tips for New Breastfeeding Moms

Before You Breastfeed: 10 Tips for New Breastfeeding Moms

1. Learn about and use Laid-back breastfeeding technique. This approach taps into your baby's feeding instincts. Your baby is capable of latching and feeding well at the breast.

2. Have a list of things others can do to help you when they come to visit. If visitors must come in the early weeks have a list posted on the refrigerator of small tasks that YOU would find helpful and reduce your stress. Usually someone else holding the baby is not as helpful as someone running a load of laundry or fixing a meal or changing the sheets on your bed. Don't be afraid to ask for help; your job is to spend time with your baby learning about her, feeding her and resting.

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Does My Baby Have Oral Motor Hypotonia?

Does My Baby Have Oral Motor Hypotonia?

I never thought a speech pathologist would be in my circle of breastfeeding support, but just a few days after the birth of my first son, we were referred to one. At our first appointment with the speech pathologist, Ellen Carlin, we discovered through thorough hands-on testing that our son had oral motor hypotonia, a condition of weakened muscles of the mouth. We were quite surprised when our second son was born a few years later and had the same latch difficulties, so we headed back to Ellen Carlin and received the same diagnosis.

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