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Can I breastfeed if I have surgery?

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, Can I breastfeed if?

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Today we are continuing our series, “Can I breastfeed if…?” It’s not uncommon for moms to need to undergo surgery while she is breastfeeding. I myself had 3 unexpected surgeries while breastfeeding my daughter. To be able to breastfeed after surgery can be a way to help mom feel that she is back to normal after her procedure. I hope this post can reassure you that breastfeeding does not need to be interrupted for surgery.

Learn how and when breastfeeding is compatible w/ surgery. Many moms are able to breastfeed after surgery without problems. Can I breastfeed…

Can I breastfeed if I have to have surgery?

Almost always, yes! There is no contraindication to breastfeeding while fasting if that is necessary before your procedure.  Many mothers worry about sedation medications or anesthesia affecting their infants but, if you have a healthy baby, once you are awake enough to hold and nurse your baby, the anesthesia has left your system enough to not be an issue for baby(1).  Also, many prescription and over-the-counter pain medications are compatible with breastfeeding if that is necessary.  

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As you can see, breastfeeding is compatible with most situations!  Even if breastfeeding has to be stopped for a short period of time, it can usually be resumed.  If you need information about pumping and storing for a planned breastfeeding break, be sure to check out our Pumping and Storing breastmilk video class. If you have further questions or a complex situation, don’t hesitate to schedule a consult to figure out how to best meet your breastfeeding goals no matter what is going on!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

Sources

(1) Montgomery, A., & Hale, T. W. (2012). ABM Clinical Protocol #15: Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Breastfeeding Mother, Revised 2012. Breastfeeding Medicine,7(6), 547-553. doi:10.1089/bfm.2012.9977

4 ways families and friends can support a new mom

By | Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding support, breastfeeding tips, community breastfeeding support

The village really seems to mobilize after a baby is born! After birth, mom needs to focus on healing and bonding with baby. In my video classes, moms write down their breastfeeding goals. They also write down two people they know they can turn to for breastfeeding support when they need it.  Family and friends can help reduce stress and provide support in many ways.

  1. Learn how family and friends can give a new mom the support she needs after giving birth so she can focus on bonding and breastfeeding.Bringing meals. Coordinate with family and friends to create a meal train for the family for several days or weeks. Another option is a sending them a meal delivery service to cut down on time spent planning and purchasing food.
  2. Housekeeping. The last thing Mom should be worrying about is housework when she’s bringing home a newborn (whether its her first or fifth!).  Mom’s attention should be kept on trying to rest, breastfeed, and bond with baby. Family and friends can be so helpful by helping out with a few chores around the house.   If you aren’t close by, you can send a gift certificate for a cleaning or laundry service.
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  3. Healthy snacks. If you aren’t close by, sending mom a box of Milkful lactation bars can be super helpful! They are delicious and a healthy, fast snack for mom. Use code LLINK for 15% off!
  4. Make her a breastfeeding basket. While breastfeeding, it’s nice to everything you need within arms reach. A bottle of water, snacks, an extra phone charger, nipple cream and good nursing pads like Bamboobies are some ideas of what to include. (Use code LLINK20 for 20% off Bamboobies!)
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 What did your family and friends do that helped support you breastfeed and recover after birth? Share in the comments.

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

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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Motherhood Blog Series – Part 2

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Features, motherhood

I’m excited to feature several guest contributors today as part of our quarterly ‘Motherhood Blog Series’.  In my classes, we talk a lot about ‘role overload’ as women as well as developing a support system.  I think this post can help with both.  Role overload refers to the many roles we play as women and the difficulty in managing and attending to them all.  I know I feel pressured at times to be a superwoman! Also, if we don’t develop a circle of support, we can sometimes feel alone in all those responsibilities.  Although all our situations are different, by sharing our experiences and supporting each other we find common ground and our days are a little easier!  For today’s post I asked my contributors two questions,

“How do you balance all of your roles as a woman? How do you find gratitude everyday?”

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Jacqui Cruz
Finding balance within your life as a woman is a struggle. We wear so many hats and truly demand a lot from ourselves. Once we find some sort of balance, things may only stay in place for a moment and then we may find ourselves back at square one again. Balance can also look so different for each and every one of us. What may work for one woman, could possibly never work for another. Balance for the most part escapes me, and that is OK. I love finding beauty in the chaos of life. Balance comes in waves and the key is to stop seeking it . . . just let it find you.
It can be very hard to feel grateful each and every day. I have a lot of people ask me, “How do you find or feel gratitude after losing your son?”. Most might think I should be a walking angry time bomb. Honestly, some days are hard and feeling grateful for my life is difficult to come by. However, gratitude is an important thing to recognize and truly feel. To truly feel gratitude is a life saver while I navigate my loss. On my hard days I try to list all the reasons why I am grateful before I even roll out of bed; my son, the three years I was able to spend with him, the activities I did with my son that helped us bond, my husband and how we have banded together through our journey, my beautiful family and our daughter on the way. Taking a deep breath and making myself realize that I have a lot to look forward to helps get me going each day. Gratitude gives me hope and helps me see that this life is worth living. Letting myself feel grateful lets me continue to live in honor of my son. I’m grateful I get to lead this live I was given, I feel I was chosen for it.
I’m clearly a work in progress as most of us are, but as I mentioned before there is pure beauty in finding balance and gratitude within your life. As mothers, let’s support each other as we each strive to find ours.
 ~ Jacqui, Baby Boy Bakery
Jacqui runs a blog where she shares all things sweet, including kid-friendly recipes as well as the sweet moments in life!  She inspires others to live fully and joyfully through life’s rocky roads.  She shares daily snippets on instagram as well as her blog.  Her latest project is ‘We Cook‘ – a monthly subscription that delivers an original recipe and coordinating tools to help Moms cook with their kids.  (Can’t wait to get my first box in December!).

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Layla Overman

As a perfectionist and perpetual over-doer (read: taking on too much) balance is not something I find easily in my life and by writing this I’m not claiming to have figured it out; because finding balance is a continual struggle for me; day-by-day, minute- by-minute. A women’s role as wife, mother, friend, daughter, businesswomen or boss (in my case, all of the above) knows no bounds and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and consumed by the details and responsibilities. For me, one of the most important parts of “finding balance” is first, figuring out what balance means for you. For me, it meant not trying to give 110% to everything, all of the time (to the point of being spread too thin.). A balanced life for me is being able to look in the mirror and recognize myself as someone I’m proud of- not someone who always gets it “right” or is “perfect”, but someone who makes an effort to follow my heart, do what I love, make the things that bring me the greatest joy a priority and LET GO of other things. Let go worrying about what others think of me, let go of the idea of “perfection” and the worry that I’m doing it “right” – whatever “right” is (dinner every night, a clean house, crafting with the kids, looking “blog” worthy all of the time…). Most of the time, its letting go of the unreachable expectations I have for myself, the feeling of never being good-enough, doing-enough, achieving-enough.

I’ve had to understand and accept that I’m not a superhero (except to my kids) and life is not a pie chart- I cannot fulfill ALL needs, ALL the time (including my own.). Balance for me, means making the hard tasks, the mundane chores, and the day-to-day responsibilities an adventure for my kids and me. We may just be at the grocery store or washing the car but to us we are searching for treasure, running from monsters, hunting dinosaurs, or flying to outer space… and as much as I make my children a priority I also make it a priority to find time to take care of myself; whether its an 8 minute workout from home or an hour at the salon getting a “blow out” — if I nurture myself, I’m in a much better place to nurture and care for others. Ultimately, I’ve learned to not take myself too seriously and to forgive myself for my many weaknesses. 2 sayings I keep in my head on any given day are: “be kinder than you feel” (to ourselves included) and “pray to get thru the day” because heaven knows I need grace to make up for my shortcomings.

Finding gratitude is really “practicing” gratitude for me. It’s an activity I intentionally do on a daily basis to help myself see and feel differently.   Recognizing the good in our life is sometimes difficult to do; we all have bad days and trials to face. It’s easy to be grateful for the “big” things but if we only see those we miss so many small “gifts” in our life. I make it a priority to find joy in the small things- a smile from my baby, a “you’re my best friend” from my toddler, a compliment from a friend, a positive note from my daughters teacher, my kids sleeping in, or my husband bringing home dinner—our lives are made up of small moments; moments that make our lives easier, richer and bring us joy. If we open our eyes to those tender mercies we will see more clearly how truly blessed we are and how joyful even the hardest day can be. And when we feel joyful, we bring joy to others and that leads to the most contented, happy life.

~Layla Overman, Co-Owner of Poppy and Dot 

Layla is a mom of 2 and a co-owner of the popular online boutique Poppy and Dot.  This last year, Poppy and Dot launched an original design line of dresses, the “Ooh La Lovely” line that sold out in its first run!  Layla shares daily snippets on her personal instagram (@laylao) and you can conveniently shop Poppy and Dot on their website or just by commenting SOLD! in the comments of the Poppy and Dot instagram (it’s that easy!)

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Tara Thueson
Balance! What is balance?? Really though, I think balance is one of the hardest things in the world to achieve. I feel like I find it one day and it’s gone the next. When I decided I wanted to work from home after I had my first baby 9 years ago, I was so excited about it. I thought to myself  “I can create my own schedule and just work during nap times, it’ll be totally easy!…” and thats exactly what I did. Fast forward 9 years and 4 kids later and balance is much harder for me to achieve. For me, I love my business that I’ve created. It’s my baby. But I also have 4 young children that need me, a husband who I want to show that I love him like crazy, church callings, being a helpful sibling to my family members.. It’s exhausting when you think about it all. I don’t know if I’ll ever master the “balance” thing but here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way.
••• Be a PLANNER. What’s that saying again? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail? Every night before I go to bed, I map out my next day. What will my kids need? Husband? Am I going out to serve anyone that day? I map it all out in my head (and put a million reminders in my phone!) and my day runs so much smoother.
••• Think about what matters most. I know that during the day, my kids need me and they’re my top priority.  That means for me, on the days I’m working from home, I need to have my stuff together. If that means I need to wake up earlier than my kids do so I can get my work done or at least prepped for the day, then so be it! (As a matter of fact, it’s 5am right now as I’m writing this…) There’s nothing harder than trying to hit a deadline while trying to get sippy cups filled, lunches made or get kids out the door!
••• Do more of what makes you happy and learn to say NO. Women these days like to do it all. Until they don’t. For me, I’m such a “yes” person. If someone needs something, I’m always will to help out. If I don’t have time, I try and make time and I always end up a stressed out mess wondering why I ever agreed to saying “yes!” Over the years though, I’ve learned that I can’t do it all. I’ve learned to say “no” and it’s been such a blessing. Try it sometime, when you’ve got too much on your plate, you’ll be glad you did!
••• Make time for yourself! Ohhh I love when I get to do this. It’s a TOP priority in my life but it’s also the hardest thing to have happen.
As a wife, mother and business owner, I find that during the day, after all is said and done I am left with little (or no) time for myself and I was over it. Moms, don’t forget who you are! YOU are important too! I schedule a babysitter to come tend my kids all day, one day a week. It’s my “ME” day. It’s my run around kidless day where I get to wander the aisles of Target alone, get my hair done, surprise my husband for lunch… I save all my errands for that day.
For me, I am so much happier when I make time for myself. I LOVE my kids fiercely and I love being around them. But this kidless day where I can focus on myself and get things done quickly and uninterrupted, it does wonders for my soul. If it isn’t in the budget, trade kids with a friend! You take hers and then she takes yours. You’ll both love it and be much better wives and mothers. *fistbump!*
Look for gratitude in everyday!  I went on a humanitarian trip a few years ago to Peru. While there, my eyes were opened up to a whole new world.  Parents sending their kids out the door, knowing that they have a 2 hour walk to school (without shoes!). Raising families in teeny tiny huts with no electricity. No clean water and very little food. Yet they were some of the happiest people I’ve ever met in my whole life.  Even when life is tough, those situations turn out to be some of the times where I learn the most about myself and for that, I’m grateful. Find joy in the little things. Look for ways to show gratitude to others. It’ll make you happier when you do, I promise!
~Tara Thueson, Co-owner of Poppy and Dot
Tara is a mom of 4 and the co-owner of Poppy and Dot, along with Layla.  She recently welcomed a new son, Jett, in September.  She shares daily happenings on her personal instagram (@tarathueson) and co-manages Poppy and Dot’s instagram, where you can scroll and purchase their stylish and affordable clothing.
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Janae Jacobs
How do I balance all of my roles as a woman?  I don’t.  That sounds like a pretty negative answer to an awesome question but the key for me over the years has been to learn to be okay with not being able to balance things.  I am a woman that is trying to do the mom thing on my own, run a business, train for a marathon, attempt to date, fulfill church responsibilities, keep up my other relationships and the list goes on and on.  I’ve learned for me that I simply can’t balance everything.  Different roles consume me more than the others at different times and some roles don’t even get any attention at times.  I’ve learned that I can put my biggest priorities (my three year old) first and do what I can to fulfill my other roles but when things don’t get checked off on my to-do list, my balance is found when I am okay with everything not getting done.  There are a few magical days each year when I do go to bed at night and feel like I accomplished everything that I needed to but for all of those other nights… I’ve decided to go easy on myself and to be happy about the roles I was able to fulfill, forget the rest and try again the next day.
I feel like a lot of my gratitude each day is found through running.  For one glorious hour (give or take) each day I get to put life on pause.  I get to have time on my own to listen to my breathing, feel my body move and to think without any distractions.  It is during my runs where I get to experience nature firsthand and feel gratitude for God’s creations.  It is during my runs that I think about my relationships and how ridiculously lucky I am to have them.  My runs help me to see problems more clearly and to have a bit more hope.  A good run sets me up for the rest of the day to pause and notice the simple things that we all get to see and feel each day that bring us joy.
~Janae Jacobs, Hungry Runner Girl
Janae is a Mom, avid runner and foodie.  She runs a blog where she shares insight into her training, race times, recipes and delicious food, as well as her adventures with her 3-year-old daughter.  Janae ran her first marathon in 2010 where she placed 5th overall for women.  After that she was hooked and loves to share her passion with others.
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Kelly Pack
Balance is something I’ve never really been very good at in any sense of the word.  My circle consists of my 7 year-old son, my would be 5 year-old son in heaven, a loving husband, 2 year-old triplet daughters, and a full time job; making balance something of a fantasy.  I’ve learned to trust myself and to be confident in my capabilities.  I’m overwhelmed most of the time and I find that I am unable to meet up to my own and probably others expectations.  About 1 year after moving into our new neighborhood, I was outside and I had a neighbor drive by my house.  She put her car in reverse and rolled down her window and kindly exclaimed, “Kelly you did your hair, I’ve never seen you with your hair done!”.  I awkwardly nodded, thanked her, and laughed about what a mess my neighbors must think I am.  I stay away from people that I know don’t want the very best for me–I protect myself.  If I’m not protecting myself I’m betraying myself.  I can smell the cloud of grief and sadness creeping slowly my way at times and in order for me to be a good wife and Mom I do whatever needed to keep it at bay.

It’s of upmost importance to me that my children know how much I love them and that I get those precious minutes alone with my Husband.  I’m selfish with my time I get to spend with them & when I am home I AM PRESENT.  Maybe this comes with the territory of tragedy and losing a child or maybe my own insight of being a child.  A lot of bad choices I’ve made in my life were the result of not feeling loved.  My household duties fall last on my list (maybe my hair a little further than that).

Gratitude comes from being grateful for what you have.  Whenever my husband walks around the house in his dirty work boots I cuss him out silently in my head a little bit.  But then I think of all the things he’s done right for us lately.  I become appreciative of how hard he worked for those boots to become so dirty.  If I find myself with a head full of negative thoughts I think of all the things I’m so lucky to have.  Happiness is a choice.  I have trained myself to not take anything personally, be kind no matter what, take the high road, and to never take life for granted.

~Kelly Pack, Packx7 

Kelly is a mom of 5 as well as a master esthetician.  She has a a 7-year-old son, 5-year-old son in heaven as well as triplet toddler girls.  Her family suffered a terrible car accident in 2013 in which she lost her son.  Kelly and her husband also sustained severe injuries that required months of rehabilitation.  Kelly is the epitome of  overcoming obstacles, forgiveness, and gratitude.  She shares life happenings on her blog and instagram.  She works at Nordstrom City Creek and you can book an appt with her here.

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Beth Young

Balance is BS. It’s something I struggled with for a long time. I just kept thinking there’s some magical secret that everyone else seems to know that I’m missing out on. But here’s the deal: there isn’t! There’s no way to do it all so don’t even try. You’ll end up spreading yourself too thin and feeling like a failure. And a grumpy one at that! Here’s what I’ve learned along the way:
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help. My husband has pulled back considerably on his work the past couple of years to help me with my business, but even then, we were still too busy. We were reluctant to hire help initially because we are frugal with our spending, but it made such a huge difference! Do what you do best and hire out the rest.
– Schedule. Every evening my husband and I make a priority list of what we need to accomplish at work and at home. In the mornings, he sits at the bar with his laptop while I make breakfast and we help the kids with their homeschool. School and emails are checked off first thing. Then during nap time and play time, we both tackle our to do lists. My boys are getting old enough now to have simple chores like feeding our dog or taking her outside and they help me with the laundry and tidying. I like to have them involved because they learn to contribute and that cleanliness is important. Plus, it’s a way we can accomplish something while spending time together. We also try to have all of our meals together. We have family game night, family movie night, go on daily walks together and have a fun outing as a family at least once a week even if it’s just to the park.
– Stop comparing yourself to others. It’s so hard seeing all these posts on social media with these women who seem to have it all together. They’re thin and happy with fancy clothes and perfect children in beautiful homes or on expensive vacations. These posts aren’t real. They’re staged. They’re styled. They’re edited. It’s not real life. Everyone’s situation is different. There is always a mess that you can’t see. Stop judging, stop competing, and stop comparing. You’ll be so much happier. I promise. Like Dr. Seuss said: ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.’ Be yourself! Do your best and be happy!
– Prioritize. After this life I highly doubt people are going to be sitting around heaven talking about how awesome their baby carrier was. It won’t matter how many sales we made or how many followers we had on social media. What matters is the time we spent with our loved ones. Did we make happy memories? Did my children feel special and loved? Was I a good example? I want my children to see that my husband and I work hard. But I also want to show them that they are more important than any material wealth. Remember, work will always be there, but babies don’t keep.
We struggled for a long time with infertility and loss so it’s tough to forget the blessings in my life. With every hug and snuggle, with every burst of bubbly laughter, I see the rich blessings in my life. I see it in the big things and the little and I am deeply and eternally grateful.

~Beth Young, Happy Baby Wrap

Beth is the owner of the wildly popular baby carrier company Happy Baby Wrap.  She describes herself as a designer, a foodie, a runner, a mother to 3 sweet babes and a #girlboss.  You can shop her carriers on their website and see what they’re creating daily on instagram.

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I LOVED all these submissions and I gained more strength as a Mom by reading them.  I hope you loved them too.  Come say hi on instagram today and let me know how you find balance and gratitude everyday.  I started Lactation Link to be a source of support for women – that is available through our in-person classes, online video classes, in-person consults and e-consults.  Our instagram has become a support forum where you can get research-based tips as well as support from other Mamas!

Thanks for coming by today,

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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC

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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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What to do when baby won’t latch

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

Getting baby latched

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

Plan B

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

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Delivering expressed colostrum via a spoon

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

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Latching baby to breast

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

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

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

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Thanks for coming by today,

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~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

lindsey@lactationlink.com

Lactation Link Classes + Consults

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

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

Video Breastfeeding Classes

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

In-person Breastfeeding Basics Class

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

E-consults

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

In-person home/hospital visits

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

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

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

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Thanks for coming by today.

xo ~ Lindsey, RN, IBCLC

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Friday Favs – Covered Goods

By | Breastfeeding, Classes, Recommended Products

One of my favorite things to recommend in my classes and consultations is a Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover.  I’ve had so many clients tell me how much they love it!  Also Moms who didn’t have it with a previous child tell me they don’t know how they lived without it.  One client sent this to me after I recommended Covered Goods to her,

“With each baby I truly have learned that less is more when it comes to ‘baby items’.  However, I can’t count how many times over the past few months I’ve said, ‘How did I live through nursing four other kids without this!!!’ Covered Goods really should be at the top of ANY nursing moms MUST-HAVES! The material is simply perfection and the design flawless.  I’ve found it especially helpful because our family is always on the go and I’ve put it to use on the airplane, at soccer games, as a car seat cover, out at restaurants, and most recently on the beaches of Hawaii! Thanks for letting me know about it.”

mom relaxing on a beach

Jamie, the owner of Covered Goods, really hit a home run with this product.  I love when I find something that is truly beneficial for so many Moms.  This is a 4-in-1 cover that can be used for breastfeeding, as a car seat cover, a scarf, and also some Moms buy another and use it as a shopping cart cover.  The ‘Watercolor’, ‘Mismatch’, and ‘Classic Grey & Ivory Stripe’ are my current favorite prints!

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I recommend Covered Goods in all my classes, both in-person and online.  I have a few upcoming Breastfeeding Basics classes in Highland, UT on 10/24, 11/5, and 11/14.  My online video classes that are available at your convenience include Breastfeeding Basics, Intermediate Breastfeeding, and Pumping and Storing Breastmilk.  Anytime after 12 weeks in pregnancy is a great time to start preparing for your little one!

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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Hope this is helpful!  Thanks for coming by today,

xo ~ 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

Lactation class for moms

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

Home & Hospital visits

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

E-consults

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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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