Wishing you a wonderful 2017!
Wishing you a wonderful 2017!
It’s almost 2017! I had originally planned to sit for the IBCLC exam in 2017 and was so excited to find out that I could sit a year earlier than I had planned when they started offering it twice per year. I want to share with you my business and personal goals for 2017. There is a lot of power in writing down goals and working to achieve them in bite-sized pieces.
What are your 2017 goals and resolutions?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
There is NO “magic” food or drink that will increase your supply. Your breasts make milk based on supply and demand-the more milk removed, the more you make. Most mothers can and should trust breastfeeding and watch for the cues that baby is getting enough (for more information see this post). That said, there are mothers that struggle from hormonal issues, PCOS, diabetes, Insufficient Glandular Tissue, and some other issues that can cause low milk supply. If after you have read the post linked and baby is not gaining weight sufficiently and/or isn’t having 6-8 wet diapers and 3 poopy diapers each day (24 hours) in the first 6 weeks (may have less poopy diapers after 6 weeks possibly) this would be a good time to:
A wise lactation consultant (Christy Jo Hendricks at the GOLD 2016 Lactation Conference) shared a story that really stuck in my mind that I will relay to you now. We all have that one pair of shoes in our closet. You know the ones I’m talking about-those ADORABLE pumps that you had to have. They were a little more than we usually pay for shoes but they were just cute and you had to have them. You got them home and tried them out for a date or an evening out. OUCH! Those adorable pumps aren’t as comfy as you thought there were in the store. You get home that night and find a blister. They’re so cute though and a little expensive so you put a bandage on and wear them again the next day to work. You realize they’re a little too small and they really just don’t feel great on. Every time you wear them you know you need to wear a bandage.
Ultimately, the problem is the fit of the shoes. Instead of tossing them out and getting a different pair you put a bandage on and keep going though. Galactagogues work much the same often.
Some mothers do find that certain foods or drinks have boosted their supply. Some of these work because they’re acting on some type of discrepancy or some mechanism in your body that may need a little extra boost or they’re just helping mama limp along a little (like a bandage). These are all very individual-Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk AND working with a knowledgeable IBCLC can help you figure out the possible problem together. Taking the wrong supplement can actually reduce your supply or cause some serious medical issues (remember that herbs are medicines and just like taking the wrong prescription they can cause some major problems or possibly interfere with medications you are already taking).
A few “lactation boosters” that I have seen throw out a lot online:
Some of these may give you a little boost to help you get through a growth spurt along with nursing frequently and following baby’s cues. They may also help if you need a little extra boost on occasion when you’re pumping if you notice a little supply dip. They aren’t necessary though, and are just an extra expense that most mother’s can avoid. Ultimately though, the best way to increase milk supply is to remove milk more frequently. If you want to eat a cookie or drink a smoothie go for it! It’s probably not a good idea to have some of these every day without finding a cause for low supply though. If you genuinely have low supply issues, working with an IBCLC is the first and best thing to do. If you don’t find the answers you’re seeking, just like with a doctor or other professional you can always seek out a second opinion.
What “lactation boosters” have you heard about or tried?
Tuesday, December 13th: 7-9 PM at Cardon Family Chiropractic in Mustang
and TWO FREE mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group meetings:
Friday, December 7th at 6:30 PM. This is a meeting for mothers and children not comfortable being away from mom (nursing children are always welcome). Fathers are also welcome at our evening meetings. Please bring some toys for your older children to be entertained.
Friday, December 16th at 3:30 PM. This is a meeting for mothers and children not comfortable being away from mom (nursing children are always welcome). Please bring some toys for your older children to be entertained.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
It’s been publicized that the practice of attaching a car seat to a cart is not considered safe but when I go to a grocery store in Oklahoma City I usually find at least one baby in their car seat “snapped” in to the cart. I would like to remind any parent reading this that if they are doing this currently to stop right away but don’t feel bad or guilty for doing this. Many parents have “snapped” their car seat to their cart (myself included!) before knowing the dangers. When we know better we do better!
So why is it dangerous? Car seats were not designed to sit on carts. All carts are differently shaped. Even if the seat will “snap” on to the cart this practice is dangerous because it may break the part that clicks in to the base in your car which will render the seat ineffective in an accident. Putting a car seat on a cart in this manner also makes the cart top heavy. A small shift of weight by baby or even a shift of the cart can make the whole cart tip or the baby and seat to tip off of the cart which can seriously injure baby. Another cart flaw can cause baby to fall through a cart and become severely injured as shown in this video.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Injuries associated with shopping carts are an important cause of pediatric morbidity, especially among children younger than 5 years. An estimated 24200 children younger than 15 years, 20700 (85%) of whom were younger than 5 years, were treated in US hospital emergency departments in 2005 for shopping cart–related injuries.
Among their recommendations to prevent accidents (including education for parents and possible redesigning of shopping carts) they state:
Providing adult caregivers with alternatives to placing a child in a cart while they shop can effectively prevent shopping cart–related injuries. Some stores provide supervised play areas for children. Parents may be able to arrange for another adult to accompany them and watch the child during a shopping trip. Other parents may be able to transport a young child in a stroller, wagon, frontpack, or backpack. An older child can be asked to walk. Some parents may be able to leave their child at home with an adult while they shop, but this is not an option for many others. Some stores offer shopping via the Internet with or without home delivery.
Many carts now also include warnings to not put an infant in an infant seat on the cart. Even if the cart includes a rest for a car seat it still isn’t recommended to do this because it can cause the cart to be too top heavy and tip or the seat to tip out, especially if a parent forgets to buckle the seat in to the cradle.
Car seat manufacturers also caution against this use of car seats. It’s in your manual. If you don’t read other instruction manuals do read your car seat manual! Your baby’s life could depend on it since a car seat is a potential life saving device in a car accident. Read the manual!
I suggest that parents have a soft baby carrier that they can put baby in while grocery shopping if there isn’t a built in infant seat in the car seat (but again, these can cause the cart to become top heavy so use with extreme caution and always buckle baby in!). For more information on types of carriers and carriers that are good for different stages please check back to earlier blog posts. When baby is old enough to sit alone it’s safe to put baby in the toddler portion of the cart (about 6-8 months). Until then, consider wearing your baby at the store.
For more information please see:
What is your favorite carrier to use while at the store?