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Lactation Link May 2017 Breastfeeding Basics Class + Promo Codes

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, Classes

We had a fabulous Breastfeeding Basics class May 6 at the Loft at Brick Canvas, located in the heart of Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah! I loved teaching and getting to know all of our Lactation Link mamas! Helping create confidence and preparing moms for breastfeeding through my comprehensive Breastfeeding Basics class is what Lactation Link is all about. We also had a lot of fun with grab bags from sponsors like Petunia Pickle Bottom and our yummy lunch from Village Baker!  Here is one what mom had to say about the class:

Lactation Link In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class via lactationlink.com“Going into the class, I was very nervous and unsure of the idea of breastfeeding, but I left the class feeling more confident that breastfeeding is something I can do!! I loved the class and would recommend it to any of my friends looking to learn more about, and become more confident in, breastfeeding!” -Annie M.

Lactation Link In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class via lactationlink.comA note about our amazing event venue sponsor, Brick Canvas.

In addition to fantastic breastfeeding education, our Lactation Link moms were also able to get a feel for all the ways Brick Canvas can be a retreat to keep moms happy and healthy throughout the pregnancy. During pregnancy, Sage Leaf Salon & Spa at Brick Canvas is the perfect retreat! Prenatal massage can help relax mom, relieve muscle aches and joint pains and some moms have even found that it can improve labor outcomes. The facials and hair services at Sage Leaf are another great way to pamper yourself a bit for all the hard work of pregnancy! In our grab bags, Sage Leaf gave our mamas coupons for their awesome Pampered Pregnancy Packages which include facials, massages, and manicures! You can grab up this offer too! Details below:

 

Lactation Link In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class via lactationlink.comSage Leaf Spa at Brick Canvas: Pampered Pregnancy Packages || Choose one 6 month package for complete relaxation, pain relief and stress reduction throughout your pregnancy and as a new mom!

The Experience: 60 minute massage or facial + manicure for $95/month or $110 for one visit ($115 value).

The Escape: 90 minute massage or facial + pedicure for $125/month or $140 for one visit ($125 value).

The Premium: 90 minute massage or facial + mani & pedi for $160/month or $180 for one visit ($190 value).

 

Book a Pampered Pregnancy Package by calling Sage Leaf Spa, 801-407-8620.

Lactation Link In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class via lactationlink.comBrick Canvas is also the perfect place to recharge and recover after welcoming baby! Brick Canvas has Bikram Yoga & Hot Pilates, which are safe and healing forms of exercise (always check with your health care provider before returning to exercise after childbirth). Their instructors are happy to help with your specific goals and concerns.  This is something I have personally been incorporating a few times a week the last few months and have really seen the physical and mental benefits.  You can see their full schedule here .

 

 

 

The Fraiche Cafe has healthy, relaxed dining with fresh juices and smoothies, salads and sandwiches. You can even call ahead for pick-up orders, perfect for busy moms!

We love the Loft at Brick Canvas, it has been a phenomenal location for our past two classes. Head over to Brick Canvas and see everything they have to offer!

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Lactation Link January Breastfeeding Basics Class + Promo Codes

By | Breastfeeding support, Classes, community breastfeeding support, Media

Wow! I had an incredible time teaching our January in-person breastfeeding class in Lehi, Utah at the Loft at Brick Canvas presented by Lillemer, Lil Buds breast comfort packs. We enjoyed meeting so many moms and partners excited to learn about how to make their breastfeeding experience a positive one. “Creating Confident Moms” is my mission statement at Lactation Link and we love helping moms find their confidence through breastfeeding education!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding suppliesFrom one of our attendees:

“I’m a second time mama, and I still learned things that I didn’t know with my first baby! And even though nursing went well with baby #1 its still great to get a refresher course (and the handout!) to be able to refer back to. I’m excited to also get the video breastfeeding classes and learn even more. Thank you for being so awesome and for a fabulous event!” ~Emma

lactstionlink026In addition to our breastfeeding class, hands-on practice, and Q&A time, each of our attendees walked away with grab bags worth over $150, a lunch from Blue Lemon and a whole new support network including new friends and four lactation professionals!  Here’s my team of educators, they also help us have good coverage for in-person and online consults!  You can book with one of us here.

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L to R: Lacey Parr CLEC, Stephanie Hadfield IBCLC, Lindsey Shipley IBCLC, Kristin Gourley IBCLC

Shannon Weight Photography was there to capture the event for us, and did a fantastic job!  Check her out for maternity,   newborn, and lifestyle photography in UT and Salt Lake County! You can get $30 off  a full session in 2017 if you book by March 19th! Email her at weightphotography@gmail.com.  

Our venue was phenomenal. We loved having our class at the Loft at Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. The classy backdrop was ideal for our class and we couldn’t have asked for better service. Thanks Brick Canvas for being such great hosts!

Grab bags

We were so happy to be able to work with such wonderful sponsors to contribute to our event and help keep ticket costs down! Lillemer, Lil Buds breast comfort packs was our headlining sponsor. We have loved them from the beginning because of the comfort they can bring to engorgement, plugged ducts, and more!  They can be used for heating or cooling packs and are made of lavender and flaxseed.

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Our grab bags were valued at over $150 and each one included all these goodies!

Blanqi leggings. These are made particularly for expecting and new moms with a supportive waist band while still being slim and stylish.

We were super excited to share Bamboobies with our moms. They are a great option for nursing pads – comfortable and reusable!  You can save 20% using code ‘LLINK20’ on their site.

Loved giving Lillemer’s Lil Buds to each one of our moms.  Use code ‘LLINK’ for 10% off on their site.

Milkful Lactation Oat Bars supplied some awesome bars for our mamas. They are so yummy and good for mama and baby! You can use the code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off your order at Milkful if you missed the class or need to stock up again. ?

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding and baby suppliesSweet n Swag also included a pair of infant moccasins in every grab bag. You can use code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off total purchase on their site.

Undercover Mama also gave out their classic nursing tank (that attaches to any bra!). Use code LLINK for 20% off anything in their online store, we really love their nursing dress!

Persnickety Prints provided our wonderful class outlines. They print newborn announcements, memory books, calendars, and more! Use code ‘LLINK10’ for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more.  They ship right to your door!

Chatbooks  You can also use the code ‘LLINK’ to get your first book free!

Blue Lemon also gave our attendees some swag to take home and provided a delicious lunch.

If you couldn’t make it to class you can still win one of these grab bags here!

Class instruction

The main event! My presentation is jam-packed with the best research-based breastfeeding tips and tricks. This includes info on the first feed, how to latch, how to hand-express and more! One tip I shared in class is how crucial skin-to-skin contact is right after birth and beyond. I reminded our attendees that as soon as baby is born (for most moms and babies), baby can be laid on your tummy. Research shows this is the best way for baby to transition to life outside the womb!  Vital signs can be taken on mama’s chest and measurements, footprints, and baths can wait. This information can be an empowering tool for moms to initiate breastfeeding in a natural, progressive way.

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“This was amazing. I couldn’t even compare it to the breastfeeding class I took before I had my first. There was so much useful information and helped me feel so much more prepared!” ~Megan

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Our attendees love taking notes on the provided class outline, printed by Persnickety Prints.

Another attendee commented:

“I thought it was the best thing I’ve done, education wise, in my pregnancy so far! It was so incredibly helpful and I’m so excited to buy the video breastfeeding classes!”

Mingling & Photo booth

We don’t like to let pregnant mamas sit too long, so we had a break to stretch our legs and take some fun pics!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

We love having moms and babies in our class!

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We were super excited to have so many moms in class. In order for every mom to get individual hands-on practice, we broke out into four groups led by IBCLCs and lactation educators.

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Lacey Parr CLEC hogging all the babies!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Practicing with the Ergobaby nursing pillow – supports skin-to-skin positioning!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Stephanie Hadfield IBCLC leading her breakout group!

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Here I am answering questions and getting to know my Lactation Link Moms!  {Ergobaby nursing pillow}

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Kristin Gourley IBCLC discussing cup feeding with her breakout group

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in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

Interactive learning experience

We make sure that our attendees are able to have time to ask their questions. Making sure our community of moms feels supported and heard is a big part of who we are. From one attendee, “I loved that I felt comfortable to ask questions before, during and after class.”

in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

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Lunch + meeting moms

Pregnant mamas, new mamas…we all need to EAT well and Blue Lemon hit the spot! The food was amazing and we loved having more opportunity to talk with moms one-on-one and answer more questions.

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in-person breastfeeding class with lactation link + promo codes for breastfeeding supplies. Get access to a free breastfeeding course to get you started on your breastfeeding journey.

More classes and events

If you couldn’t make it to this class, we have you covered! You can check out our video breastfeeding classes. You can watch them anytime, anywhere, from any smart device.  You can also enter our giveaway of two of our amazing class grab bags {each one valued at $150!}

Our next in-person class is in Lehi again on May 6th, register now!

Come see us at the Empowering Fearless Birth event On February 18th in Sandy, Utah. We’ll have some awesome giveaways there! You can come meet more of the team and get some exclusive promos. I’ll also be leading a discussion there. Don’t miss out!

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Lindsey Shipley + The Lactation Link Team

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Learn breastfeeding tips and tricks on Lactation Link's free e-course.

reasons to breastfeed from a mom of 5

Why should I breastfeed?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, Classes, motherhood

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Hi  mamas! I’m Kristin, a Lactation Link IBCLC and mom of 5. I’m here today to share with you my top 5 reasons to breastfeed. Enjoy!

We’ve all heard that “breast is best” and you’ve probably heard a few things scattered in with that to explain why—breastfed babies are healthier, or less fussy, or more attached to their parents and more.  But why is breast really best?  Why is mom’s breast literally home for babies? Why do women even want to breastfeed?

Top 5 reasons to breastfeed from a lactation consultant and mom of 5.

The following are my top five reasons why women choose to breastfeed:

  1. Nutrition: This is the food part.  Baby must be fed, of course!  Breastmilk has balanced nutrition tailored just right for your baby.  You could call it 100% organic!  
  2. Immunities: You’ve probably heard that breastmilk has lots of probiotics in it, which is true, and so important for a developing tummy!  It also has a ton of disease-fighters that can’t be found anywhere but breastmilk!  (1)
  3. Emotional: This is the emotional component that breastfeeding fulfills for both mom and baby.  We know this is true because oxytocin, the “love hormone” (the same one that is vital in labor and present during sex), is released during breastfeeding. Research also tells us that breastfeeding can be protective against postpartum depression (2). This emotional aspect is also why women who thought they’d wean at six months or one year continue to breastfeed because it brings joy to their babies and themselves.
  4. Convenience: You never leave home without your breasts, so there’s so much less “equipment” required!  Some women are worried that leaving baby may be inconvenient as they’ll have to pump, but the milk is always there and can be expressed on your timetable, though it needs to be regularly removed.  You’ll never need to run to the store in the middle of the night because you ran out of formula!  You’ll also save hours per week (shopping for formula, disposing of the cans, mixing the bottles, washing the bottles, etc)
  5. Cost savings: Did you know that formula for a year can cost $3000 or more, and even more if a special formula is necessary?  If you need a breast pump for some mother/baby separation time, click here to see how to get a free pump through your insurance.  You may also save money on healthcare because studies show that breastfed babies are generally have less sick-visits to the pediatrician, less infections, and recover from normal childhood illnesses more quickly than their formula-fed peers. (3)

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Breastfeeding is important to different women for different reasons, all of which are completely valid.  What’s important is that you are supported in the choices you make for you and your baby.  That’s our whole mission — Creating Confident Moms!  Why did you choose to breastfeed? Share in the comments.

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Now that you know why you should breastfeed, learn a few quick things on how to get started with our top ten tips.

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You can learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, how to help get a good latch, providing breastmilk during mother/baby separations and more with our breastfeeding video classes!  Many moms have told us how our breastfeeding classes was the best thing they bought for their baby. They are available on-demand to fit into your busy life.  If you need personal help to overcome an issue, we can meet you for an in-person or e-consult to troubleshoot!

Thanks for coming by,

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Kristin Gourley, IBCLC

Sources

(1) Vorbach, Capecchi, Penninger (2006) BioEssays. “Evolution of the mammary gland from the innate immune system?” <https://ai2-s2-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/767f/676444e333a47fbb7a6b9e7442c942944023.pdf>

(2) Pope, C.J., Mazmanian, D. (2016) Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression: An Overview and Methodological Recommendations for Future Research. Depression Research and Treatment. doi:  10.1155/2016/4765310. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4842365/ 

(3) Bartick, M.C., Schwarz, E.B., Green, B.D., Jegier, B.J., Reinhold, A.G., Colaizy, T.T., Bogen, D.L., Schaefer, A.J., and Steube, A.M. (2016). Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: Maternal and Pediatric Health Outcomes and Costs. Maternal and Child Nutrition, doi: 10.1111/mcn.12366. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12366/full

Riordan J and Wambach K. Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 4th ed. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2010, p. 628.

What is on-demand breastfeeding?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Classes, Lactation Link team

Today, we have our own Kristin Gourley, IBCLC, here to answer some questions about on-demand breastfeeding. Enjoy!

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Kristin Gourley, IBCLC

On-Demand Feeding: For the Benefit of Mom and Baby
Many of us may have had a well-meaning friend or family member ask us, “Is your baby on a schedule yet?”—referring to both eating and sleeping. In our highly-scheduled and fast-paced society, it would seem that the hallmark of a “good baby” is one who is predictable!  What I’ve found by working with hundred of moms is that babies can be very unpredictable!  So what should we consider normal or expect in terms of schedule or frequency of feeding?

On-Demand feeding tips and tricks!

Milk is made by supply and demand—baby demands it by nursing (or with a pump or hand expression), and then mom supplies it. If baby demands more, mom supplies more.  Baby won’t necessarily eat the same amount of times each day because the infant needs ebb and flow with growth patterns.  Somedays it may feel like baby wants to eat every hour!  We talk a lot about these ‘frequency days’ in our video breastfeeding classes – what’s normal and how to manage those times.

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As babies grow physically or go through developmental leaps, they want to nurse more because they need more at that time.  Our bodies are exceptionally good at adjusting, it’s that mother heart and mind that needs to trust the body to do its job!  Before you question, trust the process.  Think about it — do you eat at the exact same time each day?  How about the exact same amount?  Our needs change daily so it make sense that baby’s do too! So listen to those feeding cues and let baby nurse when they need to! This is how to do on-demand breastfeeding and is also the simple recipe for a healthy milk supply.

Thank you Kristin! I love that she reminded us that babies grow in spurts and their needs will change during those spurts. For more tips on how to fit breastfeeding or pumping into your life check out our breastfeeding video classes bundle. If you have concerns about helping baby through a growth spurt, Kristin and I both help moms with in-person consultations and eConsults

How did you work on-demand breastfeeding into your life? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Sources

Smith, L. & Riordan, J. (2010). Postpartum care In Riordan, J. & Wambach, K., Breastfeeding and human lactation (pp. 265-7). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Mohrbacher, N. (2010). Making milk In Breastfeeding answers made simple (pp. 399-400). Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, L.P.

 

How to create a community of support for breastfeeding

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, Classes, community breastfeeding support

Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, IBCLC and mom to 5. I am here today to talk about creating a community around you to feel supported in breastfeeding.

It’s a cruel joke that motherhood, when you are constantly surrounded by children, can be very lonely!  This can be especially true for breastfeeding mothers when their families or friends don’t know how to support their choice to breastfeed.  

An IBCLC shares tips on how to create a community of support to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. || Top 10 tips for breastfeeding…

When I had my first baby, I didn’t have any friends who had breastfed before and didn’t really have any support aside from my husband, who wasn’t exactly knowledgeable about breastfeeding!  My son and I were lucky enough to meet our breastfeeding goals, but if I had taken a breastfeeding class prenatally, I might have avoided some rough experiences and spent less time Googling and questioning!  I might also have made some friends.

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One of the benefits of attending Lactation Link’s in-person breastfeeding class is that you get to meet other moms!  We encourage moms to trade contact information or social media handles to help bridge that loneliness gap that can come during pregnancy and once baby arrives. We still have some openings in our next class, sign up before they sell out!

Even those who do not take our in-person class can benefit from our online breastfeeding classes as well as our support network on Instagram

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5 ways grandparents can support breastfeeding

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Classes, community breastfeeding support, motherhood

Hi mamas! I’m Lacey, a certified lactation educator and mom of three. I’m here today to talk about how grandparents and family members can support a new or seasoned mom while she is breastfeeding her new baby.

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I am grateful I had family that supported my decision to breastfeed. Mothers and grandmothers can be very influential to a new mother. By driving me to breastfeeding consultations and sometimes latching the baby herself, my mother gave me the strength and courage to keep going.  When I was struggling, she recalled what helped her through breastfeeding struggles. She encouraged and supported me and when she didn’t have the answers, she helped me find them. 

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How grandparents can help support breastfeeding

  1. Buy a breastfeeding class off mom’s registry. Our breastfeeding video classes are available to be added to a Babylist registry! Our classes cover everything from positioning, latch and common problems with breastfeeding.
  2. Encourage and uplift. Support her decision to breastfeed by encouraging and complimenting her on the gift she is giving her baby.
  3. Help around the house. Help with meals and housework. If mom has other children, take them for a fun outing.
  4. Be the door bouncer. Well-meaning family and friends might want to stop by the hospital or home to see new mom and baby. If the new mom isn’t comfortable with visitors yet, be the “bouncer” so mom doesn’t have to turn away them away herself.
  5. Cuddle and swaddle baby. Sometimes grandparents want to help by feeding baby for mom. In the early days, it’s usually best that baby be at the breast to help encourage a healthy milk supply. Support the new mom by bonding with baby after a feed when mom needs a break.

Learn 5 ways grandmas can support a new breastfeeding mother. Learn how grandmas can be the bouncer. Send this to your mom, thank us later!

How did your mother or grandmother help you breastfeed? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Photos by Cate Johnson.

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Lacey Parr, CLEC

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Sources

Mueffelmann, Rebecca E. , Racine, Elizabeth F., Warren-Findlow, Jan, & Coffmann, Maren J.,  (2015). Perceived infant feeding preferences of significant family members and mothers’ intentions to exclusively breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, vol. 31 (no. 3), 479-489. 

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4 tips to getting more rest with a newborn

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Classes

4 tips to getting more rest with a newborn
Rest is such an important component to wellness as a mom with a newborn! I’m joking, right? How am I going to get rest with a brand new baby? But! Not making rest a priority can lead to a decreased milk supply and is also a risk factor for MASTITIS.

4 tips to getting more rest with a newborn! Rest is an important component to wellness, if you don't make rest a priority it can lead to...

Here are my top tips for getting rest with a newborn:

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  1. Plan to “make no plans” for the first several weeks postpartum. Eliminate as many extra activities as possible and focus on breastfeeding and resting.
  2. Practice the side lying breastfeeding position until it is second nature. Being able to lie down while nursing is a lifesaver.
  3. Setup play groups and carpools for your other kids.
  4. Consider extra help for the first few weeks – housekeeping, laundry service, meals (may cost some money but a small investment to decrease stress, maintain milk supply, and avoid formula costs).

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These tips and MORE like how to make a postpartum breastfeeding plan in my video breastfeeding classes. Any rest tips of your own? Share in comments!

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Lactation Link September Class + Promo Code

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Classes, Lactation Link team

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We had such a fabulous time teaching our September in-person class in Provo, Utah! We enjoyed having so many moms there learning together and creating their support system for breastfeeding success. Here at Lactation Link, we love helping create confident moms and all the info given at our classes does just that!

From one of our attendees:

“The information I received at your class is invaluable. It has been 4 years since my last attempt at breastfeeding and this course was a great refresher and I also learned lots of new great information that makes me feel much more confident to breastfeed my next baby!”

We love hearing feedback like this! We are thrilled when we can help moms find their confidence! We had so much fun and can’t wait for our next class in January in Lehi, Utah. You can register for that class here.

Here are some highlights from class…

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These girls were so smart to bring friends! They are going to be a great support system foreach other!

We had Beka Price there taking photos, check her out for maternity and newborn photos!

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Before class, we gave out awesome grab bags from Ergobaby that each mom was able to take home. Milkful Lactation Oat Bars supplied some awesome bars for our mamas. They are the only lactation bar I recommend! They are so yummy and good for mama and baby! You can use the code LLINK for 15% off your order at Milkful if you missed the class or need to stock up again. 😉 We were also able to send our mamas home with boxes of salted caramel chocolates from Mrs. Calls. Such a great treat!

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When should I wean?

By | Breastfeeding, breastfeeding tips, Classes

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When to wean?

When questioned about when to wean from breastfeeding, I like to point parents to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on breastfeeding when answering this question. The AAP recommends all infants be exclusively breastfed until 6 months and then adding complementary foods.  They recommend to continue breastfeeding until a year, or as long as it is mutually desired by mother and child. Worldwide ages of weaning range from a few months to a few years. 

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Personal choice

Like I discuss in my Breastfeeding Basics 102 class, most babies will not self-wean until 18 months old or older.  It’s important when making this decision that you remember the benefits of breastfeeding do not end at a certain age. Your milk continues to supply your child with antibodies, anti-allergens, growth factors and anti-viruses throughout the breastfeeding relationship. Some research shows that when breastfeeding for over a year, you milk has “significantly increased fat and energy contents” to benefit your child’s nutrition. When it comes to weaning, it’s really up to you and your baby!

What affected your decision to wean? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Source:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16140689

What supplement can I take to increase milk supply?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Classes, Home/Hospital Visits

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Many times on my Instagram forum and on other online mother forums, I see moms who ask how to increase supply and many other moms suggest breastfeeding supplements. This is what I want to address today. I’ve had a post about milk supply before and you might have noticed that I did not mention any breastfeeding supplements.

What are these breastfeeding supplements?

Let’s talk a little bit about these breastfeeding supplements. In the research literature, they are known as galactagogues or a substance that increases milk supply. Some breastfeeding supplements that I have seen suggested are fenugreek, fennel, blessed thistle, Gatorade, brewers yeast, beer and water (in copious amounts). For most breastfeeding or pumping moms, galactagogues are not necessary to keep up a normal or necessary milk supply. I try to base my classes and advice on evidence-based information and there is simply not enough research on galactagogues (breastfeeding supplements) for me to give a solid recommendation.

What I do suggest to moms who need to increase their milk supply is to encourage...What does help increase milk supply?

What I do suggest to moms who need to increase their milk supply is to encourage baby to feed frequently and increase frequency of breast stimulation. If the mom is pumping, I also suggest using hands-on pumping and hand expression to help increase supply. Remember that milk is made by asking for milk. And we ask for milk by breastfeeding or expressing through pumping or hand expression.

Final notes

In most cases galactogogues will not hurt you, but make sure to consult with your healthcare provider when introducing any herbs or supplements in conjunction with any medications you are already on.

I know that there are many women who have had success with galactagogues and I think that’s great! But without frequent breast stimulation, milk supply will not increase in most cases. If you feel like your supply needs a boost and frequent breast stimulation has not helped, you would probably benefit from a one-on-one consult with an IBCLC. I love helping moms with in-person consults and eConsults. In my video classes I discuss various ways to encourage a healthy supply like hand expression and hands-on pumping, in-depth. What helped encourage a healthy milk supply for you? Share in the comments.

I’ve created a free e-mail course to help you get breastfeeding started on the right foot! Click the image below for more info.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC