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What probiotic does this Lactation Consultant use with her own baby?

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My story with Evivo

Hi mamas!  Thanks for coming by!  It’s Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Link founder and today I’m excited to tell you all about the infant probiotic I ended up using with my baby boy.  First, being the RN and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant that I am, I had to research it!  Once I believe in it, I recommended it to my clients.  Then, I used it with my sweet baby Blake.  Here are the details.  

How I learned about it

I found out about Evivo Health back in 2017 when they launched in the U.S.  Trust me, I’ve been told about LOTS of baby products and most of them don’t make it past a first glance with me or our team.  After all, I’m a big believer that there’s not a lot you NEED in terms of STUFF to be ready for a baby.  As long as you feel educated, supported, and armed with resources, you are good to go!  

However, I was able to attend a presentation to learn more about the science behind Evivo, and I was instantly so intrigued by it!  I learned as much as I could and then I sent the science off to my team of Lactation Consultants to review and weigh in on (you can rest assured you are never consuming just one person’s opinion – it’s all peer-reviewed by several experts!).  Let me tell you, that group is brutal honesty!  They all agreed that the science was amazing and this could be a great addition to laying the very best foundation for baby’s health from day one.  

Isn’t breastmilk perfect by itself?

There’s no question that breastmilk is baby’s perfect first food and that each mother’s milk composition is uniquely matched with her infant’s needs.  It’s such a dynamic food source!  It’s full of antibodies to help protect baby against infection.  It’s also made up of anti-parasites, anti-allergies, and anti-viruses to protect and start to build baby’s immune system.  Breastmilk is often called “liquid gold” because every last drop is valuable and impactful for baby’s health.  We don’t want any of it going to waste or not being absorbed!  That’s where Evivo comes in.

About 15% of the nutrients in breastmilk are comprised of something called Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), and without certain good bacteria being present in the infant gut, these HMOs are completely undigestible and often are pooped out in baby’s diaper.  This is like 15% of the magical goodness of breastmilk going to waste!  So how can we make sure baby gets all and just not some of the nutrients breastmilk has to offer?  Unlocking those Human Milk Oligosaccharides with the right good bacteria.  It’s called B. infantis.  

Why wouldn’t my baby already have the good bacteria B. infantis present in their gut?

The good bacteria B. infantis used to be passed on to babies during childbirth, but due to the rise of medical interventions over the past 100 years, nine of out ten babies lack B. infantis in their gut today.  So breastmilk is definitely perfect, but we want this amazing B. infantis to help unlock all of the nutrients.  

Using it with baby Blake

My third baby was the first one I had the chance of using Evivo with.  I actually ordered it a few weeks before I was due and kept it in the freezer.  I took it with me to the hospital and had the nurses keep it in the fridge.  I started giving it to Blake on day one!  It’s so easy to use. Here are a few things to keep in mind about using it!

Each serving comes in individual packets that should be kept in the fridge or freezer and taken out just before use.  

How to use:

  1. You open the packet and put it in the included “mixing bowl”.
  2. You add 5ml of breastmilk (I just hand expressed some!, we talk all about how and when to use hand expression in our Confident Breastfeeding Course).
  3. You mix it and then draw it up in the syringe (I just usually used the syringe to mix it).

You can feed it to your baby in a “finger feeding” method like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been able to use Evivo daily with Blake.  I would just recommend setting a daily reminder to give it as mom life gets busy!  Even when I had to unexpectedly wean Blake at 30 days postpartum due to cancer treatment, I have continued using Evivo even when I had to switch to formula.  

Who is it for?

The first six months of a baby’s life are especially crucially for laying a foundation of their gut health.  The science behind Evivo is specifically for breastfed infants.  However, many formula feeding moms have reported using Evivo and found it to be helpful with reducing diaper rash, minimizing eczema (keep in mind these are anecdotal stories).  

I’m not planning on having a c-section, do I need this?

Even when you have a vaginal delivery, chances are you don’t have B. infantis present in your good bacteria, so you won’t be able to pass it to baby through the birth canal when they are born.  So whether you deliver via vaginal birth or c-section, your baby can benefit from using Evivo.  

How can I try it?

Evivo offers a starter kit that comes with the packets of probiotic, the mixing bowl, and the syringe.  After you get that, you can just order refills!  We’ve partnered with Evivo to get you $10 off your order using this link.  

I hope you enjoyed learning more about your baby’s gut health, let me know if you have questions below!  

Always rooting for you!

 

 

 

 

Xo, Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

This post is in partnership with Evivo Health.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Sources cited below.  

References:

  1. Smilowitz JT, Lebrilla CB, Mills DA et al. Breast milk oligosaccharides: structure-function relationships in the neonate. Annu Rev Nutr. 2014;34:143-169.
  2. Data on file, Evolve BioSystems, Inc.
  3. Vatanen T, Kostic AD, d’Hennezel E et al. Variation in microbiome LPS immunogenicity contributes to autoimmunity in humans. Cell. 2016;165(4):842-853.
  4. Pammi M, Cope J, Tarr PI et al. Intestinal dysbiosis in preterm infants preceding necrotizing enterocolitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Microbiome. 2017;5(1):31.
  5. Smilowitz JT, Moya J, Breck MA et al. Safety and tolerability of Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis EVC001 supplementation in healthy term breastfed infants: a phase I clinical trial. BMC Pediatr. 2017;17(1):133. doi: 10.1186/s12887-017-0886-9.

6. Gura T. Nature’s first functional food. Science. 2014;345(6198):747-749.

Lactation Link June 2nd Breastfeeding Basics Class presented by Bravado Designs — PLUS PROMO CODES

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We had a fabulous Breastfeeding Basics class presented by Bravado Designs on June 2nd 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 (and supporting partners)! Helping create confidence in motherhood is what Lactation Link is all about. We also had a lot of fun with grab bags from our sponsors like Bravado Designs, Milk Snob, Sweet ‘n Swag and our yummy lunch from Village Baker Lehi!  

Here is what one mom had to say about the class:

Click through for more photos, a sneak peak into the Breastfeeding Basics class, and AMAZING promo codes from our event sponsors!

Lactation Link Breastfeeding Basics Class Sponsors

Bravado Designs has the BEST bras for pregnant and nursing Mamas! You can check out this blog post to read my 3 nursing must – haves (Hint – Bravado has them all!) They also just released their brand new Nursing Invisible Bra — and WOW. Not only is it gorgeous, but it might literally be the softest bra I’ve ever felt

I’ve partnered with Bravado to get you 15% off your purchase! Use the code ‘LACLINK’ when you check out!

Their  Belle Underwire Nursing Bra is the dreamiest bra you could ever hope for. Their Clip and Pump Bra is also a necessity for any mom planning to pump! Every mama deserves to have these comfortable bras, especially when you will be wearing them constantly! Use the code ‘LACLINK’ for 15% off your purchase!

Janae Kristen photography captured all these exquisite images for us at this class.  She has also captured many of the beautiful images shown in our classes, website, and on social media.  She does a beautiful job for weddings, maternity, newborn and lifestyle photography in Utah and is available to travel! She has offered an INCREDIBLE discount of $100 off birth stories when you mention this blog post!  Contact her directly at hello@janaekristen.com to book!

Dr. Nice Breast Gel is an amazing all natural product! There is no reason breastfeeding should be painful – and this gel helps ensure that! You can use for sore, chapped, cracked, or chafed nipples. You can use the gel before, during, and after breastfeeding! You can apply straight from the bottle and keep in the fridge so that it is even more soothing – plus the smell is amazing! Use the code “DRNICEGOLD” on Amazon to receive 20% off!

Sweet n Swag also included a pair of adorable infant moccasins in every grab bag. You can use code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off total purchase on their site.

We were super excited to share Bamboobies with our moms. They are a great option for nursing pads – comfortable, reusable, and environmentally-friendly! (Plus they come in an adorable heart shape!) You can save 20% using the code “LLINK20” on their site.

Undercover Mama gave each mom a discount on one of their signature nursing tanks. It loops into any nursing bra! You can get 20% off by using the code “LLINK” on their site!

Fair Haven Health provided each mama with thawing breastmilk guidelines on a magnet, a milk bag, and 10% off, by using the code “MILKIES10” any purchase on their site! They have a variety of products that are helpful for all new mamas!

Havah Tribe included an exclusive coupon for our in-person attendees – check out their trendy nursing friendly clothes!

RxBar provided each mama with a delicious bar to help fuel them throughout the class – we love that all of the ingredients are listed on the bar!

I love that Sonnet James is all about helping moms be stylish and still free to have fun in their clothes! Check out their amazing summer dresses!

Our VIP ticket holders received a Milk Snob nursing cover AND an amazing gift card to Gathre AND they also receive all three of my online classes!

The Milk Snob covers are so useful to have, have four different uses (nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, and scarf!) and also they look good! We even had moms using them during our class!  

Gathre has amazing mats that are vegan, double sided, and beautiful! Check out their website to see the numerous types of mats they have!

All of our mamas also received some Milestones cards so families can capture their new baby’s breastfeeding milestones! (When you purchase our 3 video breastfeeding class bundle, you receive breastfeeding specific milestone cards to document your journey!)

Not only do our in-person Breastfeeding Basics class attendees get the best breastfeeding education and hands-on practice, Q&A time with our staff of breastfeeding experts, a delicious lunch from the Village Baker, a whole support network of new friends and lactation experts…they go home with grab bags worth over $230 when they purchased the general admission ticket, and over $480 when they purchase the VIP ticket!

It’s so important to me that all the mama’s in our community know how much I value these sponsors! Being able to hold these in-person classes at such an incredible rate PLUS send mama’s home with so many goodies makes me so happy! And I couldn’t do it without them!

Class Instruction

All the goodies are the icing on the cake after my presentation of 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 taking advantage of the quiet-alert state to feed baby, rather than waiting until they are overly hungry and upset.

Hailey said, “I loved the hands-on breakout groups, and getting to learn from each of the consultants. The content was incredibly helpful and easy to understand. The Q&A portion was also very helpful.”

This is ALWAYS my goal with teaching! I want every person to walk away knowing more about breastfeeding and feeling more confident!

We love hearing what our moms have to say about the Breastfeeding Basics class. Here is what a couple moms said…

Hands-on Learning

We were super excited to have so many moms and partners in class. In order for each person to get individual hands-on practice, we broke out into three groups led by our expert team of IBCLCs.

Brianne taught about positioning. Knowing multiple positions beforehand is so helpful so that you don’t have to stress about learning them once baby is here!

Stephanie taught all about latch —  We had a fun object lesson using balloons — don’t forget, baby’s’ chin is basically a magic open button!

Kristin went over hand expression – Remember to start hand expressing right away after giving birth to maximize your colostrum output!  

And I went over pumping – remember not to stress if you don’t pump as much as you think you should initially, and to make sure you’re in a comfortable environment while pumping. You can even watch videos of your little babe to help with the let down reflex!

Mingling & Photo-booth

We don’t like to let pregnant mamas sit too long, so we had a break to stretch our legs and have a little fun! Our lunch break was phenomenal, because Village Baker Lehi provided every attendee with a delicious sandwich or salad, chips, and cookie the size of my face!

We also had a fun photo booth for moms to take pictures at before, during, and after instructional time! We love being able to see all the glowing mamas (and partners!) shine in these pictures!

Mullbery House made this beautiful sign for our photo wall – and we’re obsessed! You can check out more of their work here!

Q+A

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. Moms were welcome to ask questions during the presentations and we had designated Q&A time at the end. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out!

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 and you can watch them anytime, anywhere, from any smart device (and they never expire!).

Our next class Breastfeeding Basics class will be on September 15th 10 am – 2 pm at Brick Canvas Loft in Lehi, UT. You can book tickets now via Eventbrite! From now until August 1st we have early bird pricing — after that ticket costs will go up! So hurry and snag yours while they are at an amazing deal!

Grab your seat now, we always sell out! Click here to see ticket options!

Can’t wait to help another group of parents create confidence in their breastfeeding journey!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Lindsey Shipley + The Lactation Link Team

Lactation Link February 3rd Breastfeeding Basics Class presented by Bravado Designs + Promo Codes

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We had a fabulous Breastfeeding Basics class presented by Bravado Designs on February 3rd 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 (and supporting partners)! Helping create confidence in motherhood is what Lactation Link is all about. We also had a lot of fun with grab bags from our sponsors like Bravado Designs, Milk Snob, Sweet ‘n Swag and our yummy lunch from Village Baker Lehi!  

Here is what one mom had to say about the class:

Click through for more photos, a sneak peak into the Breastfeeding Basics class, and AMAZING promo codes from our event sponsors!

Lactation Link Breastfeeding Basics Class Sponsors

Not only do our in-person Breastfeeding Basics class attendees get the best breastfeeding education and hands-on practice, Q&A time with our staff of breastfeeding experts, a delicious lunch from the Village Baker, a whole support network of new friends and lactation experts…they go home with grab bags worth over $230 when they purchased the general admission ticket, and over $480 when they purchase the VIP ticket!

Bravado Designs has the BEST bras for pregnant and nursing Mamas! And right before the class – they released their brand new Belly and Back: Multi-Zone Pregnancy Support Band! This support band is the mother of all support bands! It has SEVEN targeted knit-in support zones! I know mamas can become very uncomfortable during pregnancy — so we partnered with Bravado to get you 15% off your purchase! Use the code ‘LACLINK’ when you check out!

Their  Belle Underwire Nursing Bra is the dreamiest bra you could ever hope for. Their Clip and Pump Bra is also a necessity for any mom planning to pump! Every mama deserves to have these comfortable bras, especially when you will be wearing them constantly! Use the code ‘LACLINK’ for 15% off your purchase!

Moby Wraps were a huge hit with everyone at our class! These wraps are a must have for every mom!  They promote skin-to-skin contact (and all the benefits that come with it!) and also leave your hands free to attend to an older baby or get a few things done.

Each attendee received a Milk Snob nursing cover. These covers are so useful to have, have four different uses (nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, and scarf!) and also they look good! We even had moms using them during our class!  

Sweet n Swag also included a pair of adorable infant moccasins in every grab bag. You can use code ‘LLINK’ for 15% off total purchase on their site.

We were super excited to share Bamboobies with our moms. They are a great option for nursing pads – comfortable, reusable, and environmentally-friendly! Our mamas also received some of their comforting Nipple Balm and Pumping Lubricant. You can save 20% using the code “LLINK20” on their site.

Undercover Mama gave each mom a voucher for on one of their signature nursing tanks. It loops into any nursing bra! You can get 20% off your total purchase by using the code “LLINK” on their site!

Love Comma has adorable, modern breastfeeding clothes that are soft and durable with no zippers, snaps or buttons near babies cheeks! The clothes are comfortable to wear at home or out and about! Use the code “LOVECOMMA18” at check out to receive 15% off!

Fair Haven Health provided each mama with thawing breastmilk guidelines on a magnet, a milk bag, and 10% off, by using the code “MILKIES10” any purchase on their site! They have a variety of products that are helpful for all new mamas!

Clean Simple Eats has a variety of meal plans, that are SO yummy, and seasonally based that really help you eat healthy easily! You can get digital and hard copies of her meal plans. Use the code “LLINK” to receive $15 off!

Janae Kristen photography captured all these exquisite images for us at this class.  She has also captured many of the beautiful images shown in our classes, website, and on social media.  She does a beautiful job for weddings, maternity, newborn and lifestyle photography in Utah and is available to travel! She has offered an INCREDIBLE discount of $100 off birth stories when you mention this blog post!  Contact her directly at hello@janaekristen.com to book!

All of our mamas also received some Milestones cards so families can capture their new baby’s breastfeeding milestones! When you purchase our 3 video breastfeeding class bundle, you receive breastfeeding specific milestone cards to document your journey!

It was so great to have Cami Kesler, Family Nurse Practitioner there at class to share her top tips for finding the right healthcare provider for your baby.  She practices in the American Fork, UT Utah Valley Pediatrics office (801.756.5209 to book) and you can read tips on her Instagram @camikesler_nursepractitioner on Instagram.  

Class Instruction

All the goodies are the icing on the cake after my presentation of 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 taking advantage of the quiet-alert state to feed baby, rather than waiting until they are overly hungry and upset.

Ally said, “THANK YOU. Thank you a million times for helping new and super anxious moms like me relax, have fun, and LEARN that our bodies know what to do and we have all the tools we need to be successful. You didn’t sell us on anything or tell us to buy this or that product, you told us how to use what we have and be the best we could be. I LOVED this experience.”

This is ALWAYS my goal with teaching! Creating confident mamas is the number one purpose of this class!

We love hearing what our moms have to say about the Breastfeeding Basics class. Here is what a couple moms said…

Mingling & Photobooth

We don’t like to let pregnant mamas sit too long, so we had a break to stretch our legs and have a little fun! Our lunch break was INCREDIBLE, because Village Baker Lehi provided every attendee with a delicious sandwich, chips, and cookie the size of my face!

We also had a fun photo booth for moms to take pictures at before, during, and after instructional time! We love being able to see all the glowing mamas (and partners!) shine in these pictures!

Hands-on Learning

We were super excited to have so many moms and partners in class. We had 100 attendees in this class! In order for every mom to get individual hands-on practice, we broke out into four groups led by our expert team of IBCLCs. You can book an online or in-person consult with any of these ladies to help you with your personal breastfeeding goals/needs! They are awesome and LOVE to help! 

Click here to book an e-consultation. 

Click here to book an in-person consultation. 

You can use your healthcare savings account to pay for a consult too!

Stephanie taught on hand expression. Remember to start this right away after giving birth to maximize your colostrum output!  Stephanie will be your gal for a consult if you live in Utah County!

Bri went over positioning and helped mamas practice numerous different positions so that they can be prepared! Knowing multiple positions beforehand is so helpful so that you don’t have to stress about learning them once baby is here! Bri does consults in Salt Lake and Davis Counties. 

Kristin went over FAQs about breastfeeding and she is your gal for consults in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.

And I taught all about latch —  We had a fun object lesson using balloons — don’t forget, baby’s chin is basically a magic open button!

Q+A

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. Moms were welcome to ask questions during the presentations and we had designated Q&A time at the end. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out!

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 and you can watch them anytime, anywhere, from any smart device.

Our next class Breastfeeding Basics class will be on April 14th from 9am – 1 pm at Brick Canvas Loft in Lehi, UT. You can book tickets now via Eventbrite! Grab your seat now, we always sell out!

Click here to see ticket options!

Can’t wait to help another group of parents create confidence in their breastfeeding journey!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO Lindsey Shipley + The Lactation Link Team

Lactation Link September 2017 Breastfeeding Basics Class presented by Bravado Designs + Promo Codes

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Our amazing event venue sponsor, Brick Canvas is the place that just keeps on giving! You can read more about why you HAVE to visit their spa, by viewing this post on wellness. I love to do their hot yoga classes a few times per week and massages at Brick Canvas are top notch quality! Make sure you pamper yourself wherever you are (all the time, but especially during pregnancy!) For those who are local to Utah, I asked Brick Canvas if they could share a promotion with my readers and they did! Click through for a chance to save 15% on your Bravado Bra today.

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A community of women and wellness – Brick Canvas

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It can be hard to find a spot in the community that feels like home! A place we can go to be women, to be individuals, and to replenish and regenerate all that we give day-in and day-out as mothers. Somewhere we can meet other women who are in the same stage of life and are also striving to be mindful about how they live and how they love. As Moms or Mom-to-be, it’s so hard to make time for ourselves, but it’s so necessary for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Taking time out to fill our own cup actually allows us to be more present and give more love to our families. It doesn’t have to be a big deal or take all day. Here are a few ideas: take a 20-min walk around your neighborhood, take a warm bath, take a yoga class, schedule a massage, or meet a girlfriend for lunch. Today I’d love to share more with you about what I’ve discovered in this local wellness community, especially the salon and spa because that’s every Mom’s favorite anyway! Read through to find some exclusive promotions for Lactation Link readers.

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Breastfeeding Around the World: Part 1

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Breastfeeding, like many aspects of motherhood, is a universal phenomenon that can connect us to other mothers. This week, during World Breastfeeding Week, we are talking with moms from around the world about their experience breastfeeding. We hope you can feel connected to these moms and know that we are all doing our best to provide the best start for our children. Enjoy!

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Brickyard Buffalo Guest Editor

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I am so excited to be the Guest Editor over at Brickyard Buffalo today!

Brickyard Buffalo is a website designed to help you shop your favorite brands on a budget. They curate the trendiest items out there for a price you can afford. They work with ‘Guest Editors’ to help find great products and this month I’m lucky enough to have picked out some of my favorite shops and products to be featured for you to shop at a discounted price!

Here are a few of my picks!

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What not to eat while breastfeeding via lactationlink.com

What not to eat when breastfeeding

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Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, IBCLC. I’m a mom to 5 and lactation consultant with Lactation Link. I’m here today to debunk some myths about what not to eat when breastfeeding and if you need a breastfeeding diet. Thanks for stopping by!
Mothers from cultures all over the world have been breastfeeding for, well, forever.  Many cultures have unique foods that would be considered anything but bland.  These babies thrive even when their moms eat these flavorful foods, so we know it’s not something that needs to be universally avoided.

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Common Infertility Questions Answered

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Today we are so happy to have Dr. Conway from Utah Fertility Clinic answering common questions about infertility. Dr. Conway is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. conway

What is Infertility?

Infertility is the inability to conceive after a year with regular intercourse with no contraception.  

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How long after trying to conceive unsuccessfully should I see a doctor?

Eighty-five percent of couples will conceive within a year. Thus, any couple that’s been trying to conceive for a year should be evaluated to find out if there are any identifiable problems.  For women 35 and older, it’s prudent to only wait 6 months before seeking an evaluation, because egg reserve goes down over time and a shorter timeline into treatment can be helpful.

Common Infertility Questions

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What kind of Doctor should I go to first?

Seeing your Ob/GYN may be a reasonable first step.  You need three things: 1) health eggs, 2) healthy sperm, and 3) a normal reproductive tract, for pregnancy to happen.  Your workup should include checking for ovulation, a semen analysis, and evaluation of the reproductive tract with an ultrasound and usually a procedure called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or ‘dye test’ to check for tubal patency.  If you feel you are not getting a thorough workup, it is never too early to go straight to a fertility specialist for an efficient workup.

Common Infertility Questions

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What is the process of treating infertility? 

Because a specific diagnosis can be made in about 85% of couples, we treat the underlying problem.  If a woman is not ovulating, medications can be given to restore normal monthly ovulation.  If the sperm quality or concentration is low, treatments called intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) are performed to wash the sperm and place it through the cervix so it get’s a ‘jump start’ to the top of the uterus, right at the time of ovulation.  Seventy five percent of our patients can be treated with these less aggressive options.  In vitro fertilization is reserved for couples with more severe male factor, issues involving scarring of the fallopian tubes, or if the less aggressive treatments are not successful.  This option is more expensive but for most couples is highly successful.   

Common Infertility Questions

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What things can I do on my own to increase my fertility?

Working on physical and mental health can empower couples to optimize their chance of conceiving with or without treatment.  For instance, women that are above or below their ideal weight will have more ovulatory problems and a harder time conceiving.  Optimizing body weight with diet and exercise will help you to get pregnant faster.  In fact, a moderate amount of weekly exercise has recently been shown to be excellent for fertility, regardless of weight loss.  Think of a ‘Mediterranean diet’ when working on nutrition, incorporating more vegetables, protein, and complex carbohydrates.  Make it a lifestyle change instead of a ‘crash diet’.  Last but not least, add stress-reducing activities into your weekly routine. If that includes exercising with your spouse, even better!

What can I do to offer support if my friend is going through infertility?  

If you know someone is struggling with infertility, offer a listening ear and words of support in private.  Feel free to ask how they would like to be supported, since every person’s coping with infertility may be different.  Make sure to ask them about the many other important aspects of their life, as a reminder that the infertility they are experiencing does not define them as a person.  If they cry, seem distant, or even offended, cut them a little slack.  The grief experienced over infertility is complex, but a little love and compassion will go a long way.   

Common Infertility Questions

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What are your favorite thing about the families you work with?

It is a privilege to support couples through such an emotional and personal journey.  I cannot imagine a more rewarding job than helping couples build their families, and in a way, impact their lives forever. I walked into our procedure room to do an egg-retrieval a few weeks ago and this is what I saw written on the bottom of my patient’s socks:

Infertility questions

“THANK YOU DR CONWAY. WORK YOUR MAGIC. LUCKY SOCKS AND BABY DUST”.

I love getting to know my patients during their treatment (but not too well, since I want them to conceive quickly!), and my goal is that no matter what the outcome, each patient has the best experience possible.   
Top 3 tips to navigating the infertility treatment process

  1. Remember IVF is not the only option: though it gets the most media attention, most of our patients are able to conceive with less aggressive and less expensive options.
  2. Be your own advocate: get the answers you need to know what you are up against, so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you.
  3. Take care of yourself and your relationship: find stress reduction through a new hobby or diversion.  Support each other emotionally, and remember to do activities together other than trips to you fertility doctor, which can sometimes feel like a full-time job!
Infertility Tips

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5 Biggest Misconceptions about Infertility

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Hello mamas! We are sharing different women’s infertility journeys each day this week for National Infertility Awareness Week.  We are so happy to have Elise from Hunters of Happiness here today to share her infertility journey and the 5 biggest misconceptions about infertility. 
5 Biggest Misconceptions About Infertility
When my husband and I started trying to start our family I was so excited! All I have ever wanted was to be a mom! I had no idea what a long road was ahead until we would hold a baby in our arms (you can watch our whole story here). After years of doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, multiple blood draws each week, hundreds of shots, hundreds of negative pregnancy tests, two surgeries, a chemical pregnancy, a miscarriage and a miracle embryo we finally held our baby in our arms.

Over those years I learned a lot about infertility and a lot about myself. While it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, and I worry about going through it all again, I wouldn’t change it. I have learned so much about dealing with heartache, difficulty and how to help others going through trials.

5 biggest misconceptions about infertility

Today I will be sharing my top 5 misconceptions about infertility

  1.  JUST RELAX…IT WILL HAPPEN.

This is the most common and hurtful comment women struggling with infertility receive. Infertility is a disease. Can you imagine saying “just relax and you’ll be cured” to a person diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or any other illness? No. That is because most people don’t recognize infertility as a real disease. Infertility is created by a variety of real illnesses including but not limited to Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Uterine scarring, and Varicoceles.

This misconception that relaxing will cure infertility is also hurtful because it insinuates that infertility is mental. If someone has ever told you to relax, what has it done? I can probably guess that it didn’t make you relax, but probably just made you worked up. Infertility is a disease that rears it’s ugly head everyday. It is not something that can easily be forgotten. Women have monthly physical reminders that they are not pregnant and are often receiving treatments, have weekly doctors visits, blood draws, pills and shots to remind them.

Next time someone you know tells you they’re struggling with infertility, the absolute best thing you can say is “I’m so sorry. That is so incredibly hard”. Validating that what they are experiencing is real is very comforting and supportive.

 

  1.  WHY DON’T YOU JUST ADOPT?

I had this question so many times! And I think it is definitely one of the most misunderstood aspects about infertility.

People would ask me often, “why don’t you JUST adopt?”. Oh how I would LOVE to! I LOVE adoption! But it’s not JUST adopt. Adoption is not a simple process like most people assume. Adoption is often more emotionally trying than infertility treatments. Many adoptions fall through at the last minute or birth mothers change their minds. It can be incredibly emotionally hard.  Also, filing out paperwork, getting home studies, creating a blog, website or scrapbook of photos, and then waiting to be chosen by a birth mother is often a long process. Adoption is also, more often than not, considerably more expensive than fertility treatments.

So while so many of us with infertility would just LOVE to adopt, it is not as easy as it might seem. We are educated on our options and will choose to go down the path of adoption if we feel that is what is best for us.

 

  1.  MAYBE INFERTILE PEOPLE JUST AREN’T SUPPOSED TO HAVE CHILDREN

Or something similar, like, “Maybe God has another plan for you.”

Sometimes it is confusing to me why this is ever said. If you were to translate this question to other medical diseases it would sound a little bit like this “Maybe you were meant to die of cancer, so why do chemo treatments? Maybe God had a plan for you to spend your life in a wheelchair, so don’t bother with that prosthetic.”  

Medical advances exist so that people can live better, longer and happier lives!  Why is the disease of infertility one that shouldn’t be treated?

 

  1.  YOU ALREADY HAVE KIDS, YOU’RE NOT INFERTILE

Another misconception about infertility is that you can not suffer from it if you already have had children. This is not true and is referred to as Secondary Infertility.

This infertility diagnosis is often the result of complications after a previous birth or can have no cause. Secondary infertility is extremely difficult for the couples experiencing it, and should not be minimized simply because they already have a child or children.  

I have experienced secondary infertility first hand but in a different way than most. My parents had me without issue, but then experienced secondary infertility. The ache I felt for a sibling was real and I watched the pain of my parents as they wanted nothing more than to give me that sibling and to have another child.

 

  1.  INFERTILITY MEANS IVF

Actually, fewer than 3% of couples struggling with infertility will need to do In-vitro fertilization. There are many less invasive treatment options!

Fertility Specialists (Reproductive Edocrinologists) recommend you see them if you are under 35 and healthy (regular periods) and have not conceived after trying for 12 months. And for those over 35, to visit a specialist after trying for 6 months.

A big misconception is that you need a referral from your OBGYN to see a fertility specialist. For most Reproductive Endocrinologists you can just call their office and schedule an initial appointment. Initial consults often just involve some diagnostic work and questions.

5 Biggest misconceptions about infertility

Well, those are what I believe to be the top misconceptions about Infertility. I hope that you were able to learn something new about a disease that affects so many!