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Friday Favs – Plum Pretty Sugar Robes

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Today we’ve rounded up our favorite Nursing Friendly Robes and PJ’s from Plum Pretty Sugar

Robes and loose fitting button-up pajamas are great for nursing mamas. Not only do they allow for quick access to the breast, but they also make having skin-to-skin time easier. Soft, loose robes and pajamas are also great for tender nipples and engorged breasts.  Think of these beautiful and functional pieces when you’re packing your hospital bag!

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Feature: Jane.com

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

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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!

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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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Do I need a breastmilk freezer stash?

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do i need a breastmilk freezer stash? via lactationlink.com

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Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, an IBCLC and mome of 5. I’m here to answer some concerns about breastmilk freezer stashes. Enjoy!

If you spend any time on an internet breastfeeding support group, you’ll see at least a few mentions of a breastmilk freezer stash.  If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s a way some moms refer to the bags, sometimes hundreds of ounces, of breastmilk in their freezer.  

There are lots of ways women end up with freezer stashes, but are they necessary?  Do you need a freezer stash of any size to be successful at meeting your breastfeeding goals?

Having your breastmilk available in the freezer at all times is not a necessity to be successful at breastfeeding—but many families have circumstances that make it very convenient to pull milk out from the freezer to feed baby.

do i need a breastmilk freezer stash? via lactationlink.com

Common reasons moms might consider a freezer stash:

  1. You are returning to work.
  2. You have a premature or sick baby.
  3. You pump more than your baby needs when you’re at work.
  4. You want a date night or vacation away from baby.

If you don’t foresee yourself leaving your baby for more than an hour or two, you may not need a freezer stash at all!  Many mothers, throughout the world and for millennia, have successfully and exclusively breastfed their children without pumping or storing a single ounce.  Watching your baby’s feeding cues and bringing baby to breast whenever he or she wants is the best way to meet your breastfeeding goals, but we are glad we have pumps now to provide more options for moms!

There are lots of ways women end up with freezer stashes, but are they necessary? Do you need a freezer stash of any size to be successful at meeting your breastfeeding goals?

If you have more questions about pumping or storing milk, like how to get the most milk in a pumping session or how long your milk can be stored in the fridge or freezer before going bad, check out our Pumping and Storing video class.  It has everything you need to know to pump and store your milk!

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Kristin Gourley, IBCLC

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Top 3 Tips for Breastfeeding after a C-Section

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@rebekahanneblog asked over on Instagram “What’s the best thing to do post c-section to help with successful breastfeeding?” This is such a common question so I decided to make it into a blogpost!

Here are my top 3 breastfeeding tips for my c-section mamas:

top 3 tips for successful breastfeeding after a c-section via lactationlink.com

1) Room-in with baby. Moms that room-in, rather than use the nursery, are more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at 4 days postpartum.

2) Lots of skin to skin. Skin to skin contact stimulates oxytocin release and more milk production! Mama’s chest is baby’s home.

A Lactation Consultant's top 3 tips for breastfeeding after a c-section. Good info to know!

3) Tweak positioning. Using positions like the football hold can keep the pressure off your healing incision.

top 3 tips for successful breastfeeding after a c-section via lactationlink.com

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I love helping new mamas get breastfeeding off to a good start. For more breastfeeding tips like these, check out my breastfeeding video class bundle. If you need one-on-one support before or after baby is born, consider a breastfeeding consultation. And you can also read my C-section story.

 
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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Sources

World Health Organization. Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2003. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/child_adolescent_health/documents/9241562218/en/.

Bramson, L., Lee, J. W., Moore, E., Montgomery, S., Neish, C., Khaled, B., & Melcher Lopez, C. (2010). Effect of early skin-to-skin mother-infant contact during the first 3 hours following birth on exclusive breastfeeding during the maternity hospital stay. Journal of Human Lactation. vol. 26 (no. 2) 130-137. 

Holiday Gift Guide

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If you need some ideas for yourself or your family, these are some of our favorite items from some of our favorite brands this season. Happy shopping!

Holiday gift guide for the home family, including super cute ideas for moms, dads, babies, and toddlers.Moms

  1. Ivy City Co: Breastfeeding Friendly Easy Wrap Dress. Use code LLINK for 15% off! 
  2. Ergobaby Original in linen
  3. Pink Blush Maternity
  4. Hydroflask
  5. Blanqi Leggings
  6. Arvo watch
  7. Coco + Kiwi Diaper Bag
  8. Tote Savvy
  9. Everly B crew tee

Dads

  1. Vybe socks Use code LLVYBE15 for 15% off!
  2. Carhartt watchcap
  3. Classic Stanley bottle
  4. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  5. Stance socks

Baby

  1. Bloomies handmade
  2. Little Sapling Toys
  3. Little Luxe shop (shirt 1, shirt 2Use code LLINK for 10% off!

Toddler

  1. Tnees Tepees
  2. Purllamb dino hoodie Use code for LLINK FOR 25% off!
  3. Milo+Gabby penguin backpack Use code fun12days for 10% off!
  4. Stitched Custom Quilts Use code LACTATIONLINK for 20% off!

What’s on your wish list this year? Share in the comments.

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

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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How to choose a healthcare provider for baby

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This month we’ve been discussing the importance of having a breastfeeding-supportive partner, friends and family in your life, and today we’ll go over how another important figure in your baby’s life–his or her healthcare provider–can support you in your breastfeeding goals as well.

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Your have several options for a healthcare provider. Some families choose a pediatrician, who specializes in child health. Others might choose a family practitioner so that the whole family can go to the same doctor. Others might choose a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. Each will have slightly different training and may have different perspectives on the best way to keep your child healthy.

Healthcare providers may not get much breastfeeding education in their training and may focus their continuing education on disease treatment or child development, but that does not mean they can’t be supportive of breastfeeding!

Learn a lactation consultant's tips on how to choose a healthcare provider for your baby. Learn how to find out if your provider is…

Set up an interview. Many healthcare offices offer an interview with the provider before becoming a patient.  Use this time to ask some questions such as, if they have a breastfeeding-friendly office policy, are supportive of continuing breastfeeding even if an issue like jaundice arises, or if they have IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to refer to if you experience problems.

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Lactation support in office? While any healthcare provider can definitely be a good fit without having an IBCLC in their office, it has been shown that employing a lactation professional leads to higher breastfeeding rates both immediately postpartum and long-term.  You could try asking some mom friends or calling a few offices to ask if they have lactation support.  Even if they do not have an IBCLC on staff, you asking about it could plant the seed and they may look into it in the future!

Your healthcare provider works for you. You will be seeing your baby’s provider often in the first couple of years, so it pays to make an informed choice.  Rest assured that if you don’t feel supported after your baby’s first couple of well-checks, you have the right to choose a different provider who will support you both!  

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Reach out for support. Other ways to seek out support in between your baby’s check ups at the provider’s office are to sign up for our Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips, check out our Instagram page for tips, tricks, and many mama’s experiences, as well as watching our on-demand video classes with information to help you overcome issues you might face.  And consults are always available for individualized support.  The Lactation Link team is always here to support you in meeting your breastfeeding goals!

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

References

Grawley, A.E., Marinelli, K.A., Holmes, A. V., & the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. (2013). ABM clinical protocol #14: Breastfeeding-friendly physician’s office: Optimizing care for infants and children, revised 2013. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(2), pp. 237-42.

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Keep Moving Forward in Motherhood

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I’ve been wanting to share more about a personal challenge I’ve had the last three years, one that I battled through while breastfeeding my second baby.  It has been a very unexpected and personal experience — one that’s taken me a long time to share with our Lactation Link community.

When Cents of Style launched their “Design the Good” t-shirt contest, I knew it was a perfect way to share that story with you.  Each of the contest entries are supposed to have a message behind them – mine is something that I’ve held onto through some hard days: Keep Moving Forward.

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I am really drawn to Cents of Style not only for their stylish and uplifting apparel, but for their message.  Their purpose is to empower women — no matter who they are or what their goals are.  I share that same vision with them with our Creating Confident Moms mission statement.

THE STORY

When my second child (a daughter) was six weeks old, and my oldest was 17 months – I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  I had just turned 27.  Just before the diagnosis we were in a very light and happy stage of life.  This was a stark contrast from the many doctors visits, treatments, sick days, sleepless nights, anxious days that followed the diagnosis.  This experienced rocked me.  I went through three surgeries and six months of chemotherapy.  I was able to continue breastfeeding my baby through my surgeries.  This is when my interest in providing lactation support turned into a passion.

I was also fortunate enough to be eligible for a clinical trial using immunotherapy through Huntsman Cancer institute.  That treatment has worked very well.  It was in the middle of all of this that I started Lactation Link.  As a previous staff nurse on Labor and Delivery, I was missing that connection with fellow women.  I was missing providing education and support to women before, during, and after they welcomed a new baby.  I started our community on instagram and I have you to thank for the response, showing us that there is a definite need for lending hands and supportive communities for women.  The Lactation Link video classes were released just over a year ago and women have taken them all over the world.  It’s been so rewarding to get your emails and hear that the classes have helped you prepare for your little ones and create confidence in motherhood.

As of July of last year (16 months ago), I am disease-free and feeling very optimistic about my future health. I would say this has been my biggest challenge to date. We all have challenges; some are more apparent at certain times – but you can never judge a book by its cover.  We don’t walk around with signs on our foreheads that say what we’re going through. I am so blessed with the immense family and community support me and my family received during treatment.  It made me think about what my priorities are and really focus on that. It made me grateful for the simple things! I think as women we feel pressure to “do-it-all” perfectly. I’m working on being okay with doing a few things really well and letting the rest go!

THE T-SHIRT

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The ‘Keep Moving Forward’ tee was designed with all of us in mind.  We all have and will challenges – it’s inevitable.  Some days will be great, others not so great.  The most important thing is to ‘Keep Moving Forward’ through it all – learning, experiencing, and empowering others.  My cancer has come back twice in three years.  Each time it reared its ugly head I had a choice: curl into a ball and wait, or keep moving forward!  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard and I didn’t have bad days.  But I chose to KEEP MOVING FORWARD, regardless of the outcome.  I actually started my business during chemotherapy.  I found that connecting with and helping other women was healing for me.  We all face those choices in our individual challenges, quit or keep moving forward.  A portion of the sales will go to Cancer Research (Huntsman Cancer Institute).  Use code ‘DTG1’ for 50% off through 11/15 only!  $16.95.

GET INVOLVED

I would love to hear about your personal experiences! Purchase the Keep Moving Forward tee (use promo code ‘DTG1’ for 50% off through 11/15), share a picture on instagram — and tag us @lactationlink, using the hashtags #lactationlink and #keepmovingforward.  I would love to connect with you and we will share our favorites!

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

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How one soldier got the breastfeeding support she needed

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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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