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Tuesday Tools – Hand Expression

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Home/Hospital Visits

Recently, someone on instagram commented, “Help!  I went to go pump and nothing comes out! But if I squeeze the breast around the nipple, milk is there.  Why won’t the pump draw it out?”

These days, it seems like the only two options presented to Moms are breastfeed or pump.  The pump is a great tool in certain instances.  However, it only applies suction!  It’s missing the positive pressure component of the baby’s jaw moving up and down when latched.  That’s why it’s so important to incorporate hands.  Many women who don’t respond well to the pump alone do much better when they start using hand expression.  I believe all breastfeeding Moms need to know this skill – that’s why I teach it in all my classes and consultations .  It can be done alone or in a technique called ‘hands-on pumping’ (full video tutorial in my Pumping and Storing Breastmilk class).  Here is a short clip of how to perform hand expression, either alone or with a helper.  Remember, PUSH+PRESS+RELAX.  PUSH against your chest wall, PRESS your fingers together, and RELAX your hand.

I hope this helps!  More great tips and video tutorials in my video classes.  I also have in-person consults and e-consults available to help prepare and support you in your goals, whatever they may be.  I also have some in-person classes coming up in Highland, UT.  If you’d like me to come to your area, email me!  Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter for more tips and exclusive promos from me and my clients’ favorite products.

Thanks for coming by today,

Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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mom sleeping her baby

How to wake a sleepy baby

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Home/Hospital Visits

Recently I’ve had some questions on Instagram about what to do when baby is sleepy at the breast: Let them be or wake them up?  Watch the video to see my answer!

More great tips like this in my in-person and online video classes.  Here is a recent review from a client who took all three classes,

“Thank you Lindsey! I really appreciate the positive support.  I know that by watching your classes, watching them each twice to be exact, that I have all of the information that I need to have a successful breastfeeding experience.  I honestly do believe that information and education are key to success! Thank you again for your wonderful classes, they truly have made me feel like I can do this successfully and I haven’t even given birth yet!”

~Alejandra

Upcoming in-person class dates are 11/14 and 12/10.  Video classes are available anytime, anywhere – just click and learn!  I offer 3 breastfeeding classes available individually or in a bundle.  Anytime after 12 weeks in pregnancy is a great time to start taking the classes.  They never expire and come with a notes outline!  I also offer in-person and online consultations.  I love hearing from you and receiving class reviews! I hope this video was helpful and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great tutorials like this.

I’ve created this great 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 coming by today,

Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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What to do when baby won’t latch

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Home/Hospital Visits, Recommended Products

Getting baby latched

There is so much emphasis placed on getting a good latch when breastfeeding.  A good latch will help avoid nipple pain and breakdown, lead to more efficient milk removal and an overall good milk supply.  It is important!  But what happens when, despite great technique and positioning, baby won’t latch?  There are more obvious reasons why certain babies may take a little longer to get the hang of it.  For example: prematurity, a difficult delivery, or an oral abnormality to name a few.  Other times, it can take a full-term healthy baby a little longer to catch on for seemingly no reason at all!  I make sure to teach Moms in my classes what to do when baby won’t latch.  This way, if it ends up happening, they are calm and prepared instead of panicked!

Plan B

If baby won’t latch, it is still important to get them needed calories.  After several hours without a good feed, nursing staff will check blood glucose levels.  If those levels drop low enough, it may even mean admittance to the special care nursery or NICU.  Many times when blood sugar is low the first suggestion is formula supplementation with a bottle.  We know from research that early formula supplementation puts you at a higher risk for early weaning.  From my experience, I’ve found that introducing a bottle early on amidst latching problems only makes things worse.  Here’s an alternative that is low-tech, requires little equipment, and works very well to deliver needed calories without the use of a bottle.

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Using hand expression to collect colostrum in a spoon

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Delivering expressed colostrum via a spoon

mom and baby eating

Sometimes, offering a few drops of colostrum on a spoon is enough to coat babies tongue, and stimulate them to latch on.  Other times it may take several feeds of delivering the colostrum this way, coupled with frequent attempts at the bare breast to get a good latch.

mom getting help to breastfeed her child

Latching baby to breast

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baby swaddled in a blanketI hope this helps!  One Mom told me, “I’m so glad I took your class!  It took several days for my baby to latch on properly.  The whole time I was relaxed and prepared because I knew how to feed my baby in the meantime while keeping my goal of exclusive breastfeeding in mind.” ~ Maddie

I’m here to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be!  I’m here to provide all the research and options, but I’m a firm believer that “Mama Knows Best”.  I love when Moms tell me that my classes helped them have a good breastfeeding experience.  Breastfeeding Basics is available in-person in Highland, UT (upcoming dates 11/14 and 12/10) and all 3 of my video courses are available to view individually or in a bundle.  The video courses come with an outline for note-taking.  They also never expire and can be watched over and over!  Come say hi on instagram today! The nursing pillow I use in my consultations is from Ergobaby and the photography in this post is by Lizzy Jean Photography.

I’ve created this great 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 coming by today,

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~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

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Lactation Link Classes + Consults

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Home/Hospital Visits, Recommended Products

We’ve changed a few things since launching our video breastfeeding classes this last August.  With some great suggestions and survey feedback, we came up with a few ways to make viewing the classes even more convenient!  Lactation Link has services to help prepare you prenatally as well as provide breastfeeding teaching and support once baby arrives.

Video Breastfeeding Classes

mother working on a computerOur video classes are now available to view as many times as you like and do not expire after purchase.  Each class also come with a printable outline convenient for note-taking!  The three available classes are Breastfeeding Basics, Intermediate Breastfeeding, and Pumping and Storing Breastmilk.  Read the course descriptions here.  Each class is $39.99 or you can purchase all three in a bundle for $89.99.  These classes can be taken anytime after 12 weeks in pregnancy.  They can also be taken after delivery.

In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class

breastfeeding class

I offer a live format of Breastfeeding Basics 1-2 times monthly in Highland, UT.  This is a 2-hour course that offers interaction and hands-on demonstration.  We use life-sized baby dolls for position practice and there is a Q&A portion at the end.  There are also grab-bags for each attendee and giveaways from some of my favorite baby shops.  Opportunity to secure a personal home/hospital consultation after the class.  Class size is limited and kept small to allow for questions.  Upcoming dates are 10/24, 11/5, and 11/14.  This class can be taken anytime after 12 weeks in pregnancy.  This gives opportunity to go over notes many times and take the other 2 courses (Intermediate Breastfeeding and Pumping and Storing Breastmilk).  If you are interested in having a live group class taught in your state/area, please email us!

E-consults

Sometimes its tough to get immediate breastfeeding assistance when you hit a snag! An e-consult is an easy, convenient, and informative way to get the answers you need – now! These 25-minute sessions can be done through email, phone, or Secure Video. Secure Video is a HIPAA compliant video chat. After securing your appointment you’ll receive a link to join our protected, personal consultation.  Appointment times are listed here.  Email me for urgent appointments – lindsey@lactationlink.com

In-person home/hospital visits

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Many clients feel reassured by having me plan to be at their place of delivery shortly after baby arrives to ensure a proper latch, provide hands-on support, and answer questions. I also provide home visits before or after baby is born for a variety of reasons. Some clients prefer a private breastfeeding class in their home. Others have taken my Breastfeeding Basics class and need more specific information for: multiples, inverted nipples, previous breastfeeding issues, etc. Some clients have me come to their home after delivery when they run into problems with latch, slow weight gain, milk supply, etc.  Clients who have taken my classes have priority for the limited personal consultation appointments. These appointments are reserved via email – contact lindsey@lactationlink.com to arrange.  I am based out of Highland, UT, and generally serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Contact for appts outside those areas.

mothers with a lactation consultant

Hope this helps and you find these services a valuable resource.  My goal is to get research-based information to as many women as possible.  As a RN and IBCLC-lactation specialist, I love to educate women on their options so they can guide their experience and reach their goals.  I believe that “Mama Knows Best”, I’m just here to support and help!  Make sure you come say hi on instagram today and download my free PDF – “Top Ten Tips for Breastfeeding Success” link available in my bio.  I also love to see class reviews posted on your own page with the hashtag #lactationlink and tagging me @lactationlink so I can see them!

I’ve created this great 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 coming by today.

xo ~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

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top 5 tips for dealing with engorgement

Top 5 Tips for Engorgement

By | Classes, Features, Home/Hospital Visits

Recently in my home visits, classes, and online forum, I’ve had several questions on engorgement.

@sykesbriana asked me,

“Any tips to get through the engorgement period? Mine seems to last longer than most and I’m curious if I’m missing something that can provide relief.”

Look no further, Briana…I hope this post provides some relief!

Top 5 Tips for Engorgement

1. Ensure a proper latch.  Sometimes new or expectant Moms wonder why I spend so much time going over latch in my Breastfeeding Basics class.  Having a proper latch is what ensures milk is being removed.  If you are trying to breastfeed frequently as recommended, but the latch is poor and milk isn’t being removed, it makes engorgement worse!  Also, when breastmilk stays in the breast too long (due to an improper latch), you become susceptible to something called milk stasis, which leads to the M word (mastitis).

baby being breastfed

2. Feed frequently.  Sometimes infants have difficulty latching during engorgement because the breast tissue gets pulled tightly and may even shorten the nipple temporarily.  Feeding every 2-3 hours or sooner helps release the pressure surrounding the breast and enable easier latching.

3. Use Hot/Cold.  One of my favorite things to recommend to Moms for use during engorgement are Lillemer breast comfort packs (use code ‘LLINK’ for 10% off).  They are infused with lavender and flax seed and can be heated or cooled!  I recommend using them for heat for 10-20 minutes before a feeding.  Some Moms have found the warmth to be pain relieving.  Before latching for a feed, throw the packs in the freezer.  After the breastfeeding session is complete, place the cooled comfort packs in your bra (use code ‘LLINK’ for 20% off) for a max of 20 minutes.  Doing this before and after every feed can relieve some discomfort.

Are you dealing with painful breast engorgement? Lactation Link's lactation consultant offers some of the best tips on how to relieve…

4. Many Moms find ibuprofen to be helpful.  Even Moms who are not sore due to delivery may consider continuing an NSAID pain-reliever like ibuprofen during engorgement.  Medications like this contain anti-inflammation agents that help reduce engorgement (an inflammatory process).

5. Hand Expression.  I teach hand expression in all my classes and personal consultations because it can be used in so many ways.  For engorgement, it can be used to help facilitate latch.  As I mentioned in tip #2 above, sometimes latch can become difficult during engorgement, due to tightly pulled skin around the nipple and areola.  You can utilize hand expression before latching to express just enough breastmilk to soften the breast tissue and latch your baby.

mom using hand expression to get breast milk

I hope you found these tips helpful!  Let me know what you think today on instagram.  I love the daily engagement and questions like this one that turn into blog post topics!  I also share exclusive tips and promos with those subscribed to my newsletter (sign up on the right side bar of this website).  If you want to read about all the services I provide, check out this post. Images by Broken Anchor Photography.

I’ve created this great 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 coming by today,

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Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

Lindsey Shipley - Lactation Consultant

Breastfeeding support made easy

By | Classes, Home/Hospital Visits, Recommended Products

When I started Lactation Link, I had a few main goals:

1. To raise awareness that, “Prenatal breastfeeding education is the single-most important factor in breastfeeding initiation and duration” (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force).

2. To make evidence-based breastfeeding education available to as many women as possible!

Making research-based, IBCLC-led classes available anytime is one step in the right direction. Last Tuesday I launched my newly designed website.  One of the newest features is the ability to access my breastfeeding classes in an on-demand viewing option.  This means you can click and watch the courses at anytime, anywhere, in your pajamas!  The classes are listed on this website under ‘Lactation Classes’ then ‘On-demand video classes’.  If using a mobile device, be sure to click the arrows for the drop-down menus to appear.  Here’s a little description of what each class offers:

Breastfeeding Basics

Topics included in this 70-minute course: benefits to mom and baby, anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, breastmilk composition, let-down reflex, kangaroo mother care, latch, positioning, hand expression, frequency of feeding, nipple care, what to do when baby won’t latch, hunger cues, support and planning, and FAQs. Course contains photo and video demonstration. Breastfeeding Basics is helpful not only for first-time Moms but also women who have breastfed previously.

Intermediate Breastfeeding

This 60-min course is a great follow-up to Breastfeeding Basics.   For all Moms, common problems tend to arise sometime during breastfeeding. That’s why it’s important to have tools and education beyond the basics! Topics include: skin breakdown, jaundice, thrush, mastitis, tongue-tie, nipple shield, increasing milk supply, oversupply, slow weight gain, nursing strikes, biting, surgery/illness, caffeine/alcohol/med consumption, breastfeeding the older baby, introducing solids, etc. Breastfeeding Basics course content not reviewed during this class.

Pumping and Storing breastmilk (previously called ‘Returning to Work and breastfeeding’)

This 45-min course is a must for all moms wanting to learn how to maximize milk expression and the safe handling of breastmilk.  Great for mothers who are planning to return to work! Also very beneficial for those at risk for pre-term delivery, planning travel, or even for the occasional mother/baby separation time.  It discusses employer compliance, how to get your free breastpump through the ACA, pump parts, maximizing milk expression, introducing a bottle, caregiver tips, and managing our many roles as women.  It also covers when and how to start building up a “freezer stockpile” of milk. Safe handling, storage, and warming guidelines for breastmilk.  Breastfeeding Basics and Intermediate Breastfeeding course content not reviewed during this class.

On-demand bundle

Take all 3 of my Breastfeeding courses to best prepare for baby!  Breastfeeding Basics, Intermediate Breastfeeding, and Pumping and Storing Breastmilk will help you get started, manage common problems, and allow you to continue breastfeeding for planned or unplanned times away from baby.  Best value.

FAQs about my classes 

How long do I have to watch the classes?

Once purchased, you have a week to watch!  Once you begin viewing, you can pause and return to viewing as much as you like in 72 hours.  The classes also come with a powerpoint outline to follow along and take notes.  Look here to see how to print the outline with 3 slides per page for note-taking.  These three breastfeeding classes can be purchased individually or as a bundle.

When is a good time to start taking the classes?

Anytime after 12 weeks gestation is a good time to start.  You will take notes with the provided outline and review those many times before delivery.  The classes are also beneficial for those who are postpartum.

I breastfed my other two kids for a year, which class would benefit me?

I’ve had so many Moms who have breastfed previously tell me my courses were beneficial.  It is always a good idea to refresh and many clients tell me they learned new things.  It’s also a good idea to prepare during each pregnancy because every baby is different!  I’ve done many home and hospital visits where clients tell me, “I never had these issues with my previous breastfeeding experiences, this baby is so different!”

In-person classes

Lactation class for moms

Breastfeeding Basics is offered twice a month in Highland, UT.  This interactive class is informative and fun! The live, 90-min format includes the topics: benefits to Mom and baby, anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, breastmilk composition, let-down reflex, kangaroo mother care, latch, positioning, hand expression, frequency of feeding, nipple care, what to do when baby won’t latch, hunger cues, support and planning, and FAQs. Course contains photo, video, and hands-on demonstration. Life-sized breastfeeding dolls used by attendees. Spouses are welcome to attend. Grab bags for each attendee and also giveaways!  Seats are limited.

Home & Hospital visits

Moms talking with childrenI also offer personal consultations for my clients.  For residents of Utah, I provide home and hospital visits to get breastfeeding off to the right start and help troubleshoot any issues.  Some clients prefer a private breastfeeding class in their home. Others have taken my classes and need more specific information for: multiples, inverted nipples, inducing lactation for adoption, previous breastfeeding issues, etc. Some clients have me come to their home after delivery when they run into problems with latch, slow weight gain, milk supply, etc. Whatever your concern, let me give you the education, tools, and support to be successful breastfeeding your baby!  These appts are booked through my email and I take appts throughout the week. I also take appts in my Highland office generally Wednesday afternoons (1PM, 2PM, 3PM – book here).  You can also contact me for additional availability.

E-consults

Mom sitting at table with laptop

I also offer e-consults through email, phone, or secure video chat.  These are 25-min personal sessions.  This is a great option for evidence-based professional help wherever you are!  Email is done by sending me your bulleted list of questions after registering for an appt (my email is hipaa-compliant).  Phone is just a simple conversation.  Video-chat is done through a clickable link you’ll receive after booking.  E-consult appts on my website are Monday afternoons, but you can always contact me for additional availability.

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FavoritesBaby breastfeeding

The great thing about choosing to breastfeed is it cuts down on the amount of equipment necessary to feed our babies!  So when my clients ask me what items may be helpful while breastfeeding, I only recommend things that have worked for me as a Mom and Lactation Consultant, as well as things many other breastfeeding Moms have found to work for them.  Take a look at my Favorites section (with enclosed discounts) to see if any of these items may help you.

Education & Support

As a Labor & Delivery RN, I just hated seeing Moms disappointed in their breastfeeding experience!  Many of these Moms didn’t know about the importance of prenatal breastfeeding education, they didn’t have sources of support in place, and they ended up weaning before they were ready.  With breastfeeding, its not a matter of if but when issues will arise (big or small).  The question is, will you have the tools to weather the storm!  Getting all the education you can, and having a solid source of support is so important in reaching your breastfeeding goals.  I’m here to be that source for you!  Thanks for coming by today,

Lindsey Shipley - Lactation Consultant

 

xoxo ~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

 

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

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20 things a labor nurse says to pack in your hospital bag

By | Home/Hospital Visits, Recommended Products, Uncategorized

 

Aside from being an IBCLC trained lactation specialist, I’ve also been a labor and delivery RN for five years. From unexpected breech delivery to multiples to emergent c-section to everything in between. Let’s just say I’ve seen A LOT! This has given me a “behind the scenes” perspective on the labor, delivery, and postpartum process. So after many clients have asked me what they should put into their hospital bag, I came up with this list to share. Hopefully some of these things will make your recovery a little more comfortable and functional. Your spouse will thank me from having to run home 20 times!

20 Things to Pack

1. Robe (Find a comfortable robe, great for showering and temperature swings—I love Gilligan & O’Malley brand at Target)

2. Jammie Sets (Simply Vera or Gilligan & O’Malley)

3. Slippers (Nice to have for walking the halls. Find some cheap, you’ll want to throw these away before coming home-germs)
4. Depend disposable underwear (I know. But you may thank me big time for not having to wear huge pads inside mesh underwear. One piece coverage = less mess and more comfort).
5. Nursing bras (These have built-in clips for easy access. I like Gilligan & O’Malley at Target or @bamboobies brands)
6. @lillemer comfort breast packs (Flaxseed and lavender infused, can be used as heat or ice packs — use code LACLINK for 15% off)
7. @undercover_mama nursing undershirt (This undershirt converts any bra to a nursing bra. Use Code ‘LactationLink20’ for 20% off)
8. @coveredgoods multi-use cover (car seat cover to protect baby for when going home, then a nursing/carseat cover/scarf from there! Use code ‘lactationlink15’ for 15% off)
9. @coco_lavish natural deoderant (Because you want to smell fresh without all the chemicals-I use this stuff everyday. Use code ‘lactation link’ for 10% off your order. Her products are all-natural and she also has great spray diffuser and body butter and scrubs).
10. @babybeminematernity Gown (great material, awesome patterns, you may want to save for after delivery to avoid getting it soiled)
11. @eoproducts hand sanitizer (keep this right at your bedside and use often! My favorite is coconut+lemon)
12. @lansinohusa HPA lanolin nipple cream (if you would like a lanolin-free option try Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter)
13. Nursing breast pads @lilypadzllc are reusable/silicone pads. @bamboobies are reusable pads made from organic cotton and bamboo rayon. @johnsonsbaby has disposable breast pads (you don’t need all of them-try one and see what you like
14. @b_baby_boutique deflatable/portable nursing pillow (many Moms find the shape of this pillow to be more comfortable with their postpartum tummy)
15. Essential Oils small diffuser + a few calming oils (this will be a lifesaver during and after labor)
16. Hard Candy/Gum/Few snacks (this can help get rid of any cotton mouth or bad tastes after labor)
17. Chapstick (You never know when you may need this item! I like mint @eosproducts)
18. Toiletries (Bring your favorite shower gel and lotion in travel size if possible—Makes you feel more at home and you may not love the hospital supplies!)
19. Your own pillow (Sleep may be a little scarce post delivery, so comfort when you can rest is a priority!)
20. Outfit to wear home (Remember to pack a loose, comfortable outfit for you. Otherwise you’re coming home in what you arrived in).
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