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Feature: Jane.com

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, Features, Media, Uncategorized

img_6538-jpgWe are teaming up with Jane.com this week to talk about the best in maternity clothes and of course, breastfeeding tips and tricks.

We had a great time doing a Facebook Live Q & A session with Jane. You can see the full video here.

I’m sharing my Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips on their blog. One tip is about how to best utilize skin to skin contact with baby. Learn more on their site. Let me know what you think about the tips in the comments.

I also picked my favorite maternity and nursing products with them this week. Check out my picks on their site.

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get answers to breastfeeding questions from a lactation consultant

Lactation Link featured on Romper

By | Breastfeeding, breastfeeding tips, Features, Media

Today, one of our IBCLCs, Kristin Gourley is answering questions about breastfeeding on Romper. She writes about the interactions between breastfeeding and birth control, breastfeeding while pregnant and gives tips on weaning.

answers to breastfeeding questions from a lactation consultant“Weaning is hard,” Gourley says. “Some moms experience some hormonal swings and all-over-the-place emotions after weaning. It should pass in a few weeks, but that may be playing into your feelings. It’s hard not to second guess ourselves as parents with so many different decisions.” She suggests that if you want to try breastfeeding again, you may be able to rebound your supply and get baby back to breast with the help of an IBCLC. “But it’s OK to stay weaned and to enjoy your new relationship with your baby Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s not as close,” Gourley says.

Read more at Romper.

Have you signed up yet for our free Confident Breastfeeding Course? Click the image below for more info.

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

4 breastfeeding tips every mom needs to know || Featured on FamilyShare

By | Features, Uncategorized

dsc_2529Whether you’re a first-time mom, or giving birth to your fourth baby, for many women, breastfeeding is different with every child. For everyone, there will be bumps along the way that may leave new moms feeling frustrated, unprepared, and overwhelmed.

If you’re scared of breastfeeding, you’re not alone. I’m so excited to be a guest blogger on FamilyShare. Head on over to the article, I’m sharing 4 breastfeeding tips every mom needs to know!

And if you experience problems along the way, we’ve got that covered too! If you need more help, check out our video class bundle for great instruction and tips or schedule a consult for personalized help.

Whether you’re a first-time mom, or giving birth to your fourth baby, for many women, breastfeeding is different with every child. For everyone, there will be bumps along the way that may leave new moms feeling frustrated, unprepared, and overwhelmed.  If you’re scared of breastfeeding, you’re not alone. Read my 4 breastfeeding tips every mom needs to know!

If you haven’t already, you can still sign up for my free email course by clicking the image below!

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Mommy Chick of the Month!

By | Features, Uncategorized

I am so excited to be featured on Baby Chick‘s blog as the Mommy Chick of the Month!

I shared my story about how Lactation Link got started, the most rewarding and challenging part of my job, my favorite breastfeeding products, and some motherhood talk!

Here’s just one of the questions I answer!

What inspired you to become a lactation consultant and childbirth educator?

I became interested in learning more about breastfeeding support as a new labor and delivery nurse. I enjoy being apart of that rare and special time with a family when they welcome a new little one. I also had great experiences breastfeeding my own two babies, and when I breastfed through unexpected illness and three surgeries with my second, I think that’s when my interest turned into a passion.

Head on over to the article to see the read the rest of the Q&A!

If you haven’t already, you can still sign up for my free email course by clicking the image below!

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Lactation Link & Big City Moms + GIVEAWAY

By | Breastfeeding, Features, motherhood

bcg-imageCalling all Boston mamas! I’m so excited to announce that Lactation Link will be attending the Big City Moms – Biggest Baby Shower Ever event in Boston on Thursday, December 8th! The event is at The Westin Boston Waterfront from 6:00-9:30pm. 

I will be a featured speaker on the panel! I’m excited to talk about how preparing to breastfeed can help create confident moms. You can buy your tickets to the event on their website.

Be sure to stop by our booth, you won’t want to miss it! We will have a giveaway valued over $1000 and growing! 

If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, we have a ticket to give away today! Enter here. Or by clicking on the image below.

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Be sure to follow along that week on our snapchat (username: lactationlink) and Instagram stories! Hope to see you there! Can’t wait to meet my Boston mamas!

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

How to pump breastmilk as a college student

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, Features, motherhood

Hi mamas! I think you are going to love today’s interview with a student mom about her experience expressing milk and being a mom on a college campus. Gabrielle Lysenko is a student at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in nursing. She is a mother of two: a 3 year old daughter and a 6 month old son. She and her husband Adam live with their two children in Utah.

Learn how one mom received the support she needed to breastfeed as a student. Read tips on how to get the support you need to pump…

How has your university supported breastfeeding and caring for your baby while you are a student?

On-campus childcare

First, they offer on-campus childcare at a highly subsidized rate. Your monthly payment is based on your income but never exceeds $9/hour which is very competitive. The children are cared for by people with childhood education degrees and the environment is very comfortable. They care for my baby the way I would by accommodating cloth diapers, feeding breast milk by bottle or breast depending on my preference, formula feeding, or offering solids. They also baby wear. These people are pros. I’ve seen them soothing three babies at a time while each one sleeps happily on their lap, chest, or snuggled into their side.

They always welcome me into the classroom for feedings or just to play with my baby in between classes.  I’ve heard them talking about how much they miss the babies over weekends and breaks as well. They truly love our children.

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Then there’s the multiple lactation rooms on campus. They have computers, printers, private feeding cubicles with closing doors and outlets to plug in breast pumps as well as comfortable rocking chairs and tables to place homework or pumps on. There is a freezer to store pumped milk in as well. There are toys, books, and a tv with children’s shows to entertain older kids while their parents work. There are even private group study rooms in this family area should you need a more peaceful environment.

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But you don’t always have to go out of your way to find an environment compatible with family life. I take my son to all my anatomy TA and supplementary instruction hours. He cries sometimes and coos as babies do. Everyone giggles a bit because he usually strikes a complaint right after the TA asks a particularly difficult question, seemingly voicing all of our complaints. The TA’s and other students have told me they don’t mind at all having him in class.

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But perhaps the most surprising thing has been breastfeeding uncovered during TA hours. My son usually gets cranky and has to eat around that time, but no one has ever batted an eye. The TA’s and other students still talk to me and work out problems while my son is latched. If it ever made them uncomfortable, I never knew.  I’ve felt more comfortable having my baby with me on campus than I have in other public areas. The University of Utah as well as their students and employees are very understanding, welcoming, and accommodating.

What inspired you to go back to school?

I read an article that showed, scientifically speaking, children are more inclined to go on to get a college level degree if their mothers have one. It had always been important to me, but I was really happy being a mom. Then, as I re-embarked on my educational journey, I realized how much more there was for me. I saw what it was to be a person outside of my family. For the first time in my life, I had something that was just mine that I could be proud of. It was at that point I decided I wanted a degree I could actually use after I graduated. I wanted it all: to be a career woman and a mother. I wanted my children to see how hard I was working to accomplish something so they knew they could do it too. I also realized that having something to fulfill myself would make me a better mother. So far, that’s been absolutely true and I am beyond glad I made this decision.

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What tips do you have for other mothers of young children that are considering more education?

Make absolutely certain you have a good support system. Your whole family has to be on the same page. After that, let all other fears fall away and enjoy the journey. Learning is invigorating. Don’t deny yourself that pleasure by worrying about how much TV your kids are watching or how badly you’re eating (guilty). Your college career is a small blip in the span of your life and your children’s’ lives. They’ll be better for it and so will you.

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For more information on how to get support for expressing milk as a student, visit The Pregnant Scholar. And to find out what resources your university has for parents, visit Pregnant On Campus.

It seems that Gabrielle has found such an incredible support system that has helped her be confident in her choices. I wish you all the same! If you have been a student as a mother, what helped you the most? 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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Lacey Parr, CLEC

How one soldier got the breastfeeding support she needed

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Features, motherhood, Uncategorized

Today in honor of Veteran’s Day, we wanted to show our respect and gratitude for all active and retired military, especially the many mothers who are in the military. We are so grateful for your sacrifice and send our love to you!

Today we are highlighting Leslie Felder SSG, USAR. She is an Army Staff Sergeant and is sharing her experience breastfeeding and pumping as a soldier. Enjoy!

With my first child in 2012, the Army did not have a specific regulation addressing female soldiers’ needs for pumping.  I found that what it did have written most likely hurt more than it helped. Pumping logistics were left up to the soldier, their supervisor, and command team.  They were to come up with a specific plan that could meet the needs of the army, unit, mission, and soldier.  Most often, in that order. After my second baby, the Army created a new breastfeeding policy.

Learn how one soldier got the breastfeeding support she needed. Learn how she was able to pump and store milk while away for training.

Some of the negativity I received came from lack of understanding of how breastfeeding worked and the needs of a lactating mother. A few things that worked in my favor to get me and other females in the unit support were: I am a Staff Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant and could advocate for my subordinates, I became a certified lactation educator counselor (CLEC), and the Army later published the Army Directive 2015-43, the Revised Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy. These things coupled with being in a Combat Support Hospital made breastfeeding in uniform more doable. That’s not to say we did not have challenges.

Click through to learn how Leslie and another soldier pumped while away for several days at a training.

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ABC Kids Re-cap and Favorite Products

By | Breastfeeding support, Features, Media, motherhood, Uncategorized

Hi mamas! I had such a great time at the ABC Kids Expo last week! I got a behind-the-scenes look at some of the newest and best baby products out there. I shared lots on Instagram stories of the people and products I met. Don’t worry if you missed those, you can view the highlights in my video below.


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Ergobaby has new prints in their Original carrier. Loving the black twill and denim prints especially.

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I love their new nursing pillow covers and swaddle prints. Check out the video for a peek at their new diaper bags! These will be available spring 2017.

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I am really excited about Bamboobies pumping lubricant. Many of my clients love their nursing pads and nipple cream too. You can use code ‘LLINK20’ for 20% off on their site.

Click through for more new and fabulous baby gear! Read More

Feature: Katie Richardson of Puj Baby + PROMO CODE

By | Breastfeeding support, Features, motherhood, Recommended Products, Uncategorized

www.linneapaulina.comPuj’s Splash Infant Gift Set & Promo Code
When looking for quality baby products, we love recommending ones we have used ourselves and that are run by passionate people. That is why we are so excited to talk about Puj today! Their infant tubs fit right into your sink and are such a fantastic alternative to the giant tubs that sit on your counter. We also love their Splash Infant Gift Set. It has their Flyte compact tub, Hug 2-in-1 apron, 3 washcloths, and 3 hanging nubs. They were so thoughtful with each part of this set, the box is designed to fit on a mom’s lap so she can open it without assistance during a baby shower.  We love their passion for helping simplify parenthood. Use the code LLINK for $15 off the Splash Infant Gift Set.

We had a fabulous time interviewing Katie Richardson, founder of Puj. She is an awesome mother and business woman. We are excited to share some of her wisdom with you…

There’s so much advice out there on being a Mom! What’s one piece of advice you’d give a new mama? Let go of any expectations that have been place on you by either friends, family, or even yourself. YOU are the mother of your children by design and you intuitively know what is best for them. Learn to trust those instincts.

With all the “must-haves” and baby registry lists, how do you think Moms can feel prepared without being overwhelmed? Focus on the essentials and the rest will take care of itself. If you have a great diaper bag, car seat, stroller, and crib the rest will start to fall into place. And don’t feel like you need to have everything purchased before the baby gets here. Once the baby is born you may decide you don’t need some of the “must have” items. And it’s always great to try one out from a friend first if that’s possible so you can see if you even like it.

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How do you think Moms can blend safety and convenience? Anything that is not safe for your baby is certainly not convenient in the long run. I try to find brands that have a face and a name behind it. If thee is someone I can trust leading the company then I know they won’t produce products that are potentially harmful to my child. These days trust in a brand is everything. You want to know what the quality is going to be, especially when you’re buying things over the internet.

What has been the most rewarding part of founding your company Puj Baby? The most rewarding part of founding my company Puj Baby is connecting with parents all over the world. I want the best for my own babies, and know that every one of my customers wants the best for their child. Because I am living the life as a parent just as my customers are, we are able to connect on a new level. Reading stories from first time parents about being able to relax and have a calm bonding bath time experience is so rewarding. Knowing people have a piece of my heart in their homes through my products brings me so much joy!

Thank you Katie for sharing with us today! Be sure to check out Puj’s Splash Infant gift set and use the code LLINK for $15 off!

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