Happy Mothers’ Day!

To all of you mothers, expectant and current, may this day and every day be a happy Mothers’ Day! This is the most important, demanding and rewarding job there is. Especially with the isolation associated with COVID19, what you do is so much more challenging. Wishing you strength to enjoy all the pleasures while working so hard on all the challenges.

Know that we are available to help you with telemedicine lactation consults as needed.

Thank you for all you do. You are all heros/heroines!

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Virtual Lactation Consults during Covid-19 Pandemic

Virtual Consults during Covid-19 Pandemic

While we are warned that social distancing is essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus mothers & babies still need help to breastfeed optimally. Effective breastfeeding is particularly important to enhance baby’s protection against this virus and other infections. So telemedicine comes to the rescue with  virtual consultations by Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). The IBCLC is the gold standard in infant feeding support.

For a virtual/video consultation call 917-371 1948

Or NYLCA 646 450 2694

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A Birth Plan For Breastfeeding

 

 

A Birth Plan for Breastfeeding

Article by Carrie Dean, Mama Bear LLC

While most families go to great lengths to craft their birth plan, often times not as much preparation is put into the next two weeks at home. Of course, the first part of your postpartum plan is to hold, snuggle, kiss, and cuddle this tiny human you just brought into the world. Skin to skin is their favorite place! Enjoy this time and relish in the fact that your heart just grew to a capacity you never knew possible.

The next part of the plan is lots of feeding. To get you started, have a look at 4 key elements to making your postpartum weeks a bit smoother.

Know the Pros.

If you choose to breastfeed, getting off to a good start is integral. Many IBCLC’s (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, the gold standard of lactation care) offer a prenatal consult. During this visit, a medical history and breast assessment are done. It’s an incredibly efficient way to prepare mom with personalized tools to get through the early days. Additionally, most OB and pediatrician offices offer breastfeeding classes. Online resources and videos are also helpful, as long as you are using a trusted source. Kellymom, Dr. Jack Newman, and Stanford University are some of the favorites among IBCLC’s.

You can find an IBCLC to come to your home or with an office near you by texting the free NYLCA referral line (646) 397-4640or search our listings yourself here. All NYLCA members are IBCLCs in good standing in the NYC metro area.

Two golden words: hand expression

It is helpful in all breastfeeding scenarios. It starts with “the Golden Hour,” the first hour after birth. By removing milk in the first hour of life, your supply can double what it would be if you removed milk after 4-6 hours of life. Yes, double.

So, we support moms and partners learning hand expression before the birth. If mom and baby have to be separated for whatever reason, mom can hand express. This stimulation is a necessary signal for the body to start making milk. Baby only needs a few teaspoons per feeding in the early days. If latching is difficult or mom’s supply is slow to come in, hand expression is the answer!

Let’s talk Pain

It’s the number one complaint among newly breastfeeding mothers. Let me break it down:

Discomfort, tenderness or soreness

These fall under the “normal” category. I think it’s safe to say that suddenly having something suckling your breasts for 8 to 12 hours a day is a new sensation for most. This will take a little time to get used to and tenderness is expected. It should not get worse or continue for any length of time.

Burning, pinching or stabbing

Gritting your teeth pain is not normal. It’s a bright red flag begging you to get help. STAT. The great news is that it’s often due to a poor, shallow latch – an easy fix! Have your lactation consultant on speed dial.

I also suggest preparing by researching pictures and videos of deep latch versus shallow latch. Usually baby needs help from mom to achieve deep latch. Imagine being served a big, fat, juicy cheeseburger (apologies to vegetarians!). Now imagine having to take a bite out of that cheeseburger withoutsmashing it down first! Baby can benefit greatly if mom creates a “sandwich’ with her breast to match baby’s mouth while latching. It helps ensure a deep latch. Deep latch = no pain. Check that the mouth is open wide, hinged at the jaw as opposed to pursed lips sipping through a straw. Straw lips = pain.

The other cause of pain can be anatomy. It takes two to tango and we have to consider mom and baby’s anatomy. If mom has flat or inverted nipples, you might need extra help with positioning or tools like a nipple shield or supple cups. Anatomical challenges for babies include oral ties of the lip or tongue. Depending on the severity of the restriction, this could make latching exceptionally difficult. IBCLC’s are trained to perform an oral assessment on baby to help identify ties and refer to necessary providers for intervention.

Even super moms need help

As a mom, you have to learn when to cry uncle. This is difficult for us modern day Rosie the Riveters. Rely on your tribe, folks who want nothing more than to be your champion through this transition. Trust me, they are happy to help…hand over your grocery list, basket of laundry, and baby with the dirty diaper. Schedule an appointment for a postnatal massage.

Be kind to yourself. Spend time staring at your baby, not a feeding timer. Let your success be measured by going from size 1 to 2 diapers, and by learning to trust your maternal instinct more each day.

And as my 8 and 4-year-old boys are presently listening to poop songs on Alexa and toilet papering the living room behind me, trust me…this precious baby time goes by quickly.

Carrie Dean IBCLC lives in Larchmont with her husband, 2 young boys and their “baby sister” Olive, a rescue lab that loves to add to their trouble making. When she is not seeing new families or shuttling the boys around, she can be found at the UFC boxing gym. This article also appeared on the Westchester County Moms Blog.

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Join the Breastfeeding Caravan and THE BIG LATCH ON Friday, 8/2/19

 

The Breastfeeding Subway Caravan, Press Conference and Global BIG Latch On is only one week away!  This FUN event raises awareness of the importance of breastfeeding as well as helps to normalize breastfeeding.  As we all celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, the theme of “Empower Parents – Enable Breastfeeding” is best expressed at our Breastfeeding Subway Caravan.  We want to let the world know that New York Breastfeeds, so we are participating in the Global BIG Latch On immediately preceding the Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall in NYC.

 

On the Eventbrite page you can register for the event.  Registration is NOT a requirement for you to participate but will help you to keep up to date about the event.

Here is the Eventbrite link.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycblc-breastfeeding-subway-caravan-and-global-big-latch-tickets-66664343847

 

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European Baby Formula, illegally sold in USA, carries risks, pediatricians warn.

https://parenting.nytimes.com/feeding/european-baby-formula?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR0PIr5-AwBRz_Wd6klBqgvAV1_QqcQoe95tEgnpd5fHghDgTDv7GAK1r1Q

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Happy Mothers” Day!

To all  you, devoted mothers who work tirelessly around the clock for your children, HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!

 

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I’m Embarrassed by My Prenatal Depression.

Here’s Why I Talk About It Anyway.
One in five women will have mental health issues during and after pregnancy. Raising awareness matters for getting them the treatment they need.

Read in The New York Times: https://apple.news/AdZDrmCa0SFeYFXDsOVzDvQ

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