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Should I wake my baby to breastfeed?

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

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Hi mamas! I’m Lacey Parr, a certified lactation educator counselor and mom of 3. One our most commonly asked questions at Lactation Link is whether or not you should wake your baby to feed if they begin to sleep in longer intervals. Mamas and babies need good rest! My hope is that learning when to wake a sleeping baby or when to let them sleep will help bring you some more confidence.

While most babies will need to feed frequently throughout the night for several months, some will begin to sleep longer intervals. It is important to...

Should I wake my baby to breastfeed?

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Before 2 weeks

Before baby turns two weeks old and regains their birth weight, it is important to keep waking baby to feed. Babies at this age need to be fed around the clock every 2-3 hours or 8-12+ times in 24 hours. A newborn’s stomach can only hold a few teaspoons and must eat frequently to satisfy their hunger. This time is also crucial in establishing your milk supply, so frequent breastfeeding is key. Keep feeding on baby’s cues, whenever they are, and throughout the night.

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After 2 weeks

While most babies will need to feed frequently throughout the night for several months, some will begin to sleep longer intervals. After baby regains his/her birth weight (around 10-14 days of life), it is normally safe to allow baby to sleep longer intervals (1). Some moms like to wake at this time to pump or hand express to relieve any pressure they might feel in their breasts. This can be a good time to start saving milk to return to work or school. But other moms take this time to get more sleep. Do whatever works for you and your family! If your breasts do feel full and you need to express, but you worry about having to wake every night to relieve that pressure, know that this will not last forever! Try expressing just long enough to relieve the pressure and your breasts will adjust. Any experiences with this? Share in the comments.

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Lacey Parr, BS, CLEC

Sources

(1) Lauwers, J. & Swisher, A.. (2011). Breastfeeding in the early weeks. Counseling the Nursing Mother (5th ed., pp. 378). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Infant Loss Awareness Month

By | Breastfeeding, motherhood

This month during Infant Loss Awareness month, we wish to show love and compassion for the women and families who have had the heart-wrenching experience of infant loss.  We send our love and light to all of you who have experienced this – in all of its forms. We see you, we love you. With the personal stories that are shared today, we hope you feel some solidarity and support in your experience.


Emily’s Story

14812900_10154735455613274_1764331127_oMiscarriage is hard. For me, miscarrying the first time vs the fourth time was just as hard. I question over and over again if I did something wrong that caused it, or if there was something I could go back and change to keep it from happening. To help me cope with miscarrying, I found myself reading blog posts and forums about other women’s experiences with miscarriage. I also found that journaling about my experience and feelings was really therapeutic and it also helped for when someone wanted to talk about it, I had already tried to make sense of my over-abundance of emotions on paper.
After I miscarried my first, a family friend who was an OBGYN said to me, “Oh don’t worry about it, 1 in 4 women miscarry.” His words were far from helpful and they brought me to tears as I stood in front of him. What I’ve learned from what he said is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Seek out others who have had similar experiences and connect over this very raw and fragile event. There is strength in numbers and I have made many beautiful friendships as I’ve been willing to open up and reach out to others who have miscarried.
~Emily Manning

Roman’s story

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Last year I gave birth to a baby boy named Roman with a very rare and terminal lung disease. For the first 2 weeks of his life he was so fragile the doctors wouldn’t let us hold him. Even too much physical touch could send him into distress. So for two weeks we sat and watched and waited and prayed for a miracle. And I pumped. I pumped and I pumped and I pumped.  I pumped so much the nurses nicknamed me “Bessy”. Almost every other motherly duty had been taken from me, and the one thing I could still do for my child was to provide him with the nourishment of my breastmilk, even if the only way he could receive it was through a feeding tube. Roman eventually did grow stronger and soon we were able to hold and snuggle with him, even though he could never tolerate nursing.  At 3 months of age Roman took a turn for the worse. The stress of seeing him decline definitely affected my milk supply. I was only pumping 1/10 of what I used to. There were days the doctor would have “the talk” with us and I didn’t want to pump at all. Soon my milk was almost completely dried up, but by this time Roman’s disease had progressed enough that we knew it would soon be time to let him go. The best advice I received while in the NICU was, “If you want to be there for your child, then you first must take care of yourself.” As mothers we often put everyone else’s needs before our own and we simply forget how important our own physical, emotional, and mental well- being is. During the last few days of Roman’s life I was so grateful that I could spend that precious time with him without the stress of pumping and feeling engorged. Roman passed away in my arms just 1 day shy of turning 4 months old.  Losing a child is awful, but trials do make you stronger and I’m proud to be able to look back at the strength I’ve gained through this experience. ~Kelley Airapetov

Nathan’s story 

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My Nathan was 3 days shy of six months and exclusively breastfed when we lost him to SIDS. His big appetite had created an abundant milk supply so it was only a matter of hours when aching breasts joined my aching heart over the sudden loss of my sweet baby. So what do you do when your milk is suddenly not necessary? The frequent feeling of breast fullness is a constant reminder of your loss. I did become uncomfortably engorged pretty quickly, but my milk supply dwindled with time.  I did hand express in the shower just enough to make the pressure bearable and avoid mastitis. Within 10 days my milk was pretty much gone.  If you are dealing with an established milk supply, I suggest to not bind your chest, because it will be painful and can trap milk and cause mastitis. Just wearing a supportive bra and leaving your breasts alone as much as possibly might be all you need. 

A few weeks into my grief and healing I looked for something to do with the 400 ounces of liquid gold in my freezer. At that point the only mother’s milk bank I found that was taking donations was in Colorado. I did talk to them, but the screening process and procedure were more than my broken heart could handle at the time, so all my hard work and sacrifice to feed my baby got old in my freezer and went down the drain. Fortunately, Mother’s Milk banks are on the rise, and it has become easier to donate milk since then. ~Amy Mitton


Thank you all for sharing your stories and your heart with us. We wish any parent with loss, seen and unseen, true peace.  You can view more stories and connect with other parents that have experienced loss at Still Standing Magazine and The Compassionate Friends. You can also join support groups about infant loss at Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss.  If you would like more information on donating expressed milk visit Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Motherhood Blog Series #3 Best and Worst Days as a Mom

By | Breastfeeding, Features

I love putting together this quarterly series on Motherhood.  I especially enjoy reading the submissions and peaking into another Mom’s life, her joys and triumphs, along with her struggles and challenges.  In this digital world we live in it can be difficult to slow down and tap into who we truly are, and what matters most to us as Moms.  For me it’s working daily to help other Moms, practicing balance, and putting my family first.   I’ve met all five of today’s contributors and know you will love what they have to say!  I think they each shared a dynamic and unique perspective. Here is the question I asked all of them:

“Describe your best and worst days as a Mom?  What do you try to focus on to make each day one of the best?”

Ashley Reeves

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Parenting is like firefighting?You put out one flame (diaper changes, tantrums, breaking dishes, starvation) while the other flames escalate (fighting over light sabers, punching brothers, running into the road with no pants in 4 degree weather, flooding the toilet, dumping apple juice all over the floor) and you can try the best you can but you are only 1 firefighter and you got 4 raging flames about to burn your house down and very rarely are all 4 flames extinguished. At best they are little embers sitting and waiting to be ignited at the drop of a hat. Some days the flames are all around you screaming, yelling & crying non stop and you do all you can to keep your cool, and not become yet another fire yourself (this is where my caffeine addiction comes in) Its a HOT MESS literally. I gotta say 4 has actually been a little smoother transition than I anticipated but only because it was already SO CRAZY before, what’s 1 more?! Bring it on! This afternoon was up in flames but I have been putting an extra effort to not surrender to my days, but to embrace them. I love these little fireballs to the freakin moon. I know I am the best mom for these kids, and I know they need me just as much as I need them in my life. They are my purpose, what I have been given time for and I want to make every day count. The fires and all. I just want to send fist bumps to all the fire extinguishing moms out there, we got this.

Ashley Reeves is a mom of 4 and calls herself a “foodie family girl”.  She shares daily snippets on her instagram @ashleysfreshfix – a mix of mom life and delicious recipes!  She also has a blog with great ideas for whole food snacks and meals.  My personal favorites are her weekly menu chart and her e-books.  Most currently she is apart of the #choosingtoloveyourself campaign which you can get involved with here.  She is also a social media consultant –  catch her live on periscope @ashleyrosereeves.

Oakley Peterson

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Best days and worst days? This is actually a great question because it’s something that we’ve really been trying to gain better control over, lately. Our oldest (Scarlett) has had a bit of a difficult time adjusting to becoming a family of five. You’d never know the reason is the new baby though, because she loves and dotes on her two younger brothers constantly. Instead, she takes her frustration with these changes out on me. With a third kid, it’s been a real drain dealing with outbursts and meltdowns. I’ve let it ruin days, I’ve let our “head-butting” turn into some of my worst parenting days. We’ve tried it all, talking her through it, taking away toys, taking away privileges, sending to her room for some alone time, one-on-one dates to give her extra attention, but even that doesn’t work when it’s already been a rough day. So most recently, I tried something that’s not exactly my strong suit… Lots of patience and lots of listening. I mean more patience and talking about feelings than I’ve done in my entire life. She has so many feelings inside her tiny little body… And boy does she like/NEED those feelings acknowledged! This little experiment has made situations that used to make for a “worst” kind of day turn into a “best” kind of day, as I’m breaking through and strengthening our relationship.

Well besides focusing on patience to make for a “best” kind of day, I would say finding joy in the simplest of things. Welles has taught our family this. That kid finds such joy in things like watching snow fall outside of our window, feeling different textures of flower peddles and he savors every single hug and snuggle. He truly appreciates all beautiful things around him, big or small. What a way to live! I’m grateful for his example of making the most out of each day and his constant focus on making everything a “best” kind of experience.

Oakley Peterson is a mom of 3.  Her son, Welles, “has an extra chromosome and a smile that rocks our world!”.  She has a blog and instagram (@nothingdownaboutit) where she celebrates “Up Syndrome!” and offers her support and love to other Moms of special needs children.

Courtney Miles

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As I think back to the years I have been a Mom to my two little girls I can think of many good days and of course some bad. Some of my best days include taking my children to Disneyland for the first time and seeing their faces light up with excitement over everything. Every holiday watching them excited about each new tradition it brings. But even more so my favorite days are just the little things; such as picking up my four year old from preschool and seeing her happy face ready to tell me about her day. Watching my toddler develop new skills and be so proud of her! Every night being able to read and sing to my girls and tuck them into bed knowing that they are mine. I of course have many bad days of parenting just as I’m sure you have too. My worst days include a lot of tantrums, a lot of yelling, and a lot of tears from both myself and my girls and the worst part being told that “I don’t love you anymore Mommy!”

So what do I do to make each day a better one? I try. My children are my motivation. Every night in bed without fail, good or bad day my husband and I talk about our girls and their different personalities, the funny things they did that day, and the not so fun parts of the day. Communication is my band aid. It makes me reflect on the day and I realize how these small problems don’t matter. What matters is that my children know that I love them, and that I am trying. I have a lot to learn from my girls. They forgive and forget easily, they love unconditionally, and they motivate me to try harder. So here is too many more good and bad days, happy and sad, knowing that my children will still love me just like I will always love them!

Courtney Miles is the mother of 2 beautiful little girls.  A little over a year ago she was diagnosed with colon cancer.  She amazed many with her positivity and radiating smile.  She documented much of her treatment on instagram (@court_miles), giving strength and hope to others.  Recently she has been cleared as disease-free!  After chemo, she began working out and it has become one of her favorite things to do.  She and her husband, Cole, enjoy Bear Lake cabin trips, water-skiing, and traveling anywhere warm!

Ali Fenlon

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I was raised by a fantastic Mother who found joy in raising five kids all while keeping an immaculate house. She made it look easy and was always put together and beautiful all day and everyday. Naturally, I thought Motherhood would be a cake walk…boy was I wrong.
It was 11:45am on a hot summer day in July last year and I had 15 minutes to make it to swimming lessons with my two girls. I was running late, extremely pregnant and taking a business call all while in route to the pool. All I had to offer my hungry kiddos was a bag of chocolate covered pomegranates from Costco which I gladly handed back to them to quiet the complaining. We parked and flew out of the car in a mad rush. Into the pool they went while I tried to find a spot of shade to escape the blazing heat to finish up my call. No more than five minutes had passed when I saw something that caused me to drop my phone mid sentence. A spew of thick, brown matter flew into the sky from the pool above where my girl were swimming. I immediately ran over to the pool just in time to witness another explosion of dark gunk that coated my girls completely and the poor swimming instructor too. I stopped dead in my tracks when I realized that my little Amelia had upchucked basically that entire bag of chocolatey treats mixed with pool water. I peered into the pool to see what looked like an oil spill and shouted for an immediate evacuation of the pool. It was everywhere and I fished my kids out of the pool and reached for the nearest hose to wash away as much as I could of the sticky filth. The teacher jumped out to escape the floating mess and grabbed the chlorine and net to skim off the leftovers. Little Amelia was mortified and I was embarrassed that we had caused such a scene. Needless to say, we left early from swimming lessons that day and headed home to hit the shower. (Note to self: allowing  a child to consume an entire bag of candy before swimming lessons won’t end well.)
Luckily, those kinds of days are few and far between. Thankfully, most days I marvel in awe of what I have been blessed with. It is a daunting task but I gladly take the challenge. What is more worth my precious time than the nurturing and loving of my three little ladies? It’s not enough for me to just do the laundry and make a sandwich…it’s the teaching moments, cuddles, triumphs, kisses, connections and talks that leave me fulfilled and grateful for my role. I make sure to pray with my girls every night before bed and verbally thank God for the blessings that they are to me and my husband. We also wrap our arms around one another for a “family hug” and sing a song before they drift off to sleep. I know these moments are fleeting and I try my best to slow down and soak up their sweet voices, funny questions and the look of admiration in their eyes because I know it won’t last forever and I’ll miss every bit of it some day. I appreciate the humility that Motherhood brings and the chance that I get to round and smooth the edges of my very imperfect self.
Ali Fenlon is the founder and designer of the contemporary bag company Sage and Harper.  She’s also the mom of 3 girls.  She spent time as a young girl learning to sew with her grandmother.  She was fascinated with turning something ordinary into the extraordinary, which is evident in her designs.  Her work has been featured all over the world, including Disney and Kohl’s.  Ali takes pride in teaching her daughters about hard work and chasing their dreams through her success in Sage and Harper.  You can catch her latest designs on her website and instagram.

Brooke White

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My best day as a mom: my best day looks like one that includes no phones, no iPads, no computers and no Disney junior. Basically no screens.  They are usually the days when there is one objective, be present with Loo in life. Usually this happens when we decide to get out of the house and have a little adventure…little being the key word.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant! Although every once and a while we do something a bit extra special like a trip to the farm to ride on the cow train and pick strawberries. But usually it’s simple, a trip to Home Depot to walk around and explore the nursery. We sniff flowers and run up and down between the aisles of plants. We talk about the colors and how beautiful they are. Or maybe it’s our Saturday morning tradition of going to McDonald’s for breakfast while daddy plays hockey. I let London order her own “egg white mcmuffin and oatmeal”.  She is learning to make eye contact with the person at the register and tell them thank you. Then we sit at our favorite booth by the window and wait, I ask her to tell me our number is at the top of the receipt, and we listen for that number. We eat our breakfast and talk, and usually some interesting characters stop by to talk to us.  Other good days include drives in the car around the neighborhood or the beach and we roll down the windows and listen to music.  She loves “Downtown” by Petula Clark and “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra.  I love to be in nature with London. There is a peace and an energy there that makes me feel in touch with the present, with God and with her. Without the distractions of the digital world or the noisy boredom of kid tv.  But also the reality is that we are gonna be at home on most days and I have to be diligent on being engaged. So we make a lot of stuff, paint stuff, bake stuff… Like pre-made cookie dough. Those can be good days too. But what ever it is we’re doing, my best day is found in the moments that I really absorb her, in those seconds when she is talking to me and she is saying stuff that is blowing my mind, and I look at her and think, “Holy moly that’s my kid! This is real!”  I realize that it is all happening so fast and she is growing too quickly and she is so beautiful and funny and such a gift and I freak out that too often I’m missing it!

My worst day as a mom: My worst days are usually ones when our eyeballs are glued to screens and our minds are numbed by overstimulation.  Also, I’m trying to simultaneously work and be a mom. We watch back-to-back-to-back-to-back Disney junior and Jake and the never land pirates. We’re in the “back room”, the multi-purpose tv/office/play room. I’m trying to get the work done that I didn’t get done the day before on the computer while Loo is literally fighting my hand away from the mouse and playing tug a war with my arm. Maybe I’m on a conference call and she is whaling “no more work mom” in the background. She tells me every 2-4 minutes that she is hungry, we make countless trips to the snack cabinet and fridge hoping some snack of her liking will magically appear. I try to get her to eat carrots but we end up eating an entire bag of goldfish crackers and/or fruit snacks. By 4 o’clock it’s no surprise our behavior takes a turn for the worst. We are in full melt down mode… the whining and fit throwing starts to escalate. We’re still trapped in the back room, It’s taken me four hours to almost respond to one email and I’m not sure I can succeed at another 5 seconds of motherhood. I finally give up on work and find myself on the couch trying to do a puzzle and watch doc mcstuffins with her, while mindlessly and compulsively checking my Instagram. You know, because I could use some validation and connection to the outside world. I’m scrolling and scrolling though crisp curated squares of perfection and productivity, I want to be inspired but instead it makes me feel like crap in my soul and gives me a dull ache in my face. I probably post something a little too long, too personal. The number next to my profile pic drops. My ego starts to flare up. My insecurities come to a roaring head. I do my lowest thinking in this moment, I start comparing myself to others, feeling guilty, unproductive, anxious, lonely, unmotivated and disconnected. Knowing that I didn’t get my work done when people were counting on me while feeling like I failed my child by parking her in front of the tv with processed food all day is a double whammy. Cue shame and anxiety. Pity party ensues: I’m ruining my beautiful child. I can’t follow through on anything. My life is so good, I should be grateful. Also dinner time is the scary monster in the corner ridiculing me because I have no idea what I’m gonna make and we have no groceries and let’s be honest I haven’t made dinner in weeks… Months. The laundry still never made it out of ikea bags and what do I have to show for this day. We pray each day that we can grow our family, but I only have one kid and I still can’t keep my shiz together. On these days I lay in bed at the end of the day, convinced that I don’t deserve another baby. These days are my worst days as a mom. They happen more then I’d like to admit.

So what do I do about it: that’s a solid question. I’m still working on it, and likely always will. Somedays I’ve found the secret, other days I know nothing. But, The current goal is to have the best outweigh the worst, and I’m taking that seriously. I’ve had to realize that the truth is I struggle with depression, anxiety and perfectionism. This contaminates all experiences and perceptions. Overtime it produces shame which can be painfully paralyzing. So finally after coming to grips with the bottom line that I need help, I am seeing a wonderful counselor… so far it’s been helpful.I took a course in meditation: absolutely incredible.  The trick is just doing it. I’m relying more on my spouse for help and support and he’s been outstanding. I’m putting every happy tool in my belt to use. Sunshine, praying, music, meditating and mindfulness. I’m figuring out the triggers, i.e. Screens, social media, sleep deprivation. Lately I’ve been experimenting with taking longer breaks from my phone and Instagram. I found them to be deeply effective though it’s hard to not fall back into old patterns when I’ve returned. Working on that. I also have learned me and my Loo need to spend less time in the back room in front of screens. It’s about stopping the cycle before it begins. Also, help is essential if I’m going to work. Getting a babysitter when I need to or swapping child care with a friend. I’m trying to break the patterns of over-promising and under-delivering. Saying no and communicating more effectively with the people I work with about what I can realistically achieve. I also am trying to establish boundaries like when London is at school I work, when she is home I am a mom. Discarding the old unhealthy habit of multitasking is something that is hard to shake but essential. Accepting that I can’t do everything is a day by day, minute to minute process. Letting go of unrealistic expectations is not easy. I try to learn from others, at church, from friends, or I listen to books on audible.  But probably the thing that will make the difference but is proving to be the hardest change, is to be more loving towards myself, to relinquish the bonds of shame and offer myself grace. I’m trying to redefine my identity and where it lies. I’m trying to believe that my worth isn’t dependent on how much I do. I’m trying to remember that little ones grow so fast and we can’t get this time back. I’m trying to look in her eyes more and just be there, and live in a space of gratitude. I am trying to be aware and simplify. Yeah. I don’t know, I could ramble for a million hours about all the things I’m trying to do, or could do and should do to give my daughter a happy healthy mom and therefore a happy healthy childhood. I wish I could have it all figured out how and outlined in nice tidy tangible bullet points, but I don’t. And hopefully that’s okay, because I’m really trying… My best.  And isn’t that all we can do?

Brooke White is the mom of an adorable little girl Londyn, an American Idol alum, and co-hosts a popular web show, Girls with Glasses.  Brooke appeared on season 7 of the hit show American Idol, where she dazzled with her lovable personality and talents of voice, piano, and guitar.  Her vocal influences are Carly Simon and Carole King.  She has 7 available albums you can download here.  She shares daily snippets on instagram @realbrookewhite and @girlswithglasses

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I hope you have enjoyed reading these excerpts of “Best and Worst Days” as mothers.  We all have them!  I heard recently, “A good day is a good day and a bad day is a good story”.  What’s important is that we keep trying, support each other, and be okay with who we are today.  Come say hi on instagram today and let me know your best and worst days!

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,

Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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Evening fussiness + NuRoo Promo Code

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

Sometimes infants will follow a more consistent feeding pattern throughout the day and then seem to be fussier in the evening and wanting to eat frequently.  Many times mothers will think “What am I doing wrong?” or even, “I must not be making enough milk for my baby’s needs.”  In reality, most likely nothing is wrong!  Especially if baby is having wet and messy diapers, is vigorous at the breast, and gaining weight.  This evening fussiness may be a result of baby being more tired and experiencing over-stimulation.  In certain cases, it could also be due to a slower flow of milk in the evening because milk has been removed efficiently earlier in the day.  This is especially true if Mom has a larger storage capacity and baby tends to sleep longer stretches at night (1).  Not to worry!  This explains why your baby seems to be eating more frequently in the evening — when milk is being removed as its being made, the flow is slower and the volume is less.  Here are a few things to keep in mind about evening fussiness:

#1 – Baby won’t mind having many small meals instead of one large one.

#2 – Mom needs to settle into a comfortable spot and put her milk supply worries to rest.

#3 – Breast compressions/hand expressions during feeding can help maximize milk removal (video tutorials in my video breastfeeding classes).

I’ve also teamed up with NuRoo today to offer a promo code to my readers.  Use code ‘LLINK’ to take 20% off your total purchase today (expires 12/30/16).  They have several items that could come in handy in-between feeds including their pocket, swaddle, and scarf.

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NuRoo Pocket 

The pocket offers full coverage for Mama while allowing for continued skin-to-skin contact with baby.  It comes in black and teal, available in a short-sleeve or 3/4-sleeve option.  The included belt provides safety and support for an infant well beyond the newborn stage!

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NuRoo swaddler

If you’re looking for a swaddle to soothe baby in-between cuddle time and feeding time, the NuRoo is a great option because it fits newborns up to when baby rolls.  No need to buy multiple sizes, the swaddle grows with baby!  Comes in ten unique and stylish patterns.  Baby can be swaddled at shoulders as pictured, or a bit lower underneath armpits to keep baby warm during play time.

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NuRoo scarf

The NuRoo scarf is a versatile piece that can work as an outfit accessory, also adding coverage and warmth during feeding time.  Comes in five great colors and can be worn during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and after weaning.

I hope this helps!  Come let me know what you think today on instagram.  Many more great tips like this in my in-person and online video breastfeeding classes.  I also love helping Moms with my in-person consults in their homes, my office, and the hospital.  E-consults are also available via phone or secure video chat.  Arrange personal consultations via email.

Thanks for coming by today,

Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

 

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  1. Cregan, M., Mitoulas, L., Hartmann, P. (2002). Milk prolactin, feed volume and duration between feeds in women breastfeeding their full-term infants over a 24 h period.  Exp Physiology, 87(2), 207-214.
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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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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

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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.

Newsletter

Signing up for my newsletter is a great way to get all the latest happenings with Lactation Link!   You’ll be alerted to exclusive tips and promos.  Get signed up by entering your email in the right side bar of this home page.

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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