I had such a great time on Blythe Lipman’s Radio Show “Baby and Toddler Instructions” recently!
You can find out all about Blythe on her website http://babyinstructions.com/ and http://www.mybestparentingadvice.com/
Have a listen! “Everything You Wanted to Know About Breastfeeding!”
Toginet: Takes a few minutes to download)
http://bit.ly/X4QyYI (iTunes: Title of the show is: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Breastfeeding!” Date May 28th, 2014)
On the show we talked about:
- Do you need to prepare your body for breastfeeding?
- How to tell if baby is getting enough to eat?
- Nipple pain and latching issues
- When to get help with breastfeeding
- What a good nursing session looks like
- How long should I nurse my baby?
- Do I need to watch what I eat while breastfeeding? What about alcohol?
- Medications and breastfeeding
- Sleepy babies and breastfeeding issues
Top 5 Tips from the podcast:
- Learn about breastfeeding while your pregnant! Get a good book on breastfeeding that covers getting off to a good start all the way through weaning. A couple of wonderful books are The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning. Visit a Breastfeeding Support Group in your last trimester so you can see real babies and mom’s breastfeeding and hear other mom’s breastfeeding questions.
- There is no need to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding. Your body does all the preparing it needs on it’s own. No need to toughen up your nipples. Best way to prepare is to learn how to position and latch your baby so that it feels comfortable to you and your baby. If things aren’t going well, get help from an IBCLC as soon as possible! What is an IBCLC?
- Breastfeed your baby within the 1st hour of being born. Your baby is at his/her most alert and instincts are high to breastfeed!
- You know your baby is getting enough milk when you see your baby: efficiently nursing– lots of good suck, suck, swallow sounds for around 20mins., (some babies are quicker 10mins., some babies that take a little longer 30mins.) and falls asleep or falls off the breast at the end of the feeding, has plenty of wet and poopy diapers- 6-8wet/ 2-4 poopy in a 24hr period, baby is gaining weight- I would suggest using the W.H.O weight chart which is based off of normal breastfeeding baby growth, baby is meeting developmental milestones, baby is acting happy and content.
- If you need a medication and your Dr. advice you to wean give a Lactation Consultant a call first to look up and lactation risks it may have to your baby if any and if there maybe an alternative medication that has little or no risk of getting to your baby from your milk. There is usually always an alternative medication that can do the same thing and allow you to keep breastfeeding your baby! Your Lactation Consultant can help you discuss your options with your Dr. I would highly recommend any doctor’s office working with breastfeeding mom’s and babies have the latest copy of 2014 Medications and Mothers’ Milk by Dr. Thomas Hale in their office.
If you have breastfeeding questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me!
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