Aside from preventing nipple pain, telling if a baby is getting enough milk is the most common concern of breastfeeding mothers. In our culture, we hear so many stories of low milk supply that we tend to not trust breastfeeding, despite the fact that our bodies provided all the nourishment our babies needed during pregnancy! We also focus on numbers, quantities, […]
The Affordable Care Act states, “Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth.” The only exceptions to this are state funded health care plans and grandfathered plans. Especially in Michigan, where IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) […]
I’ve been where you are. I’ve been in a place where I needed guidance and needed answers. I wasn’t sure if they were actually out there or where to seek them. I felt nervous about seeing someone I didn’t know and investing money in something I wasn’t sure was going to help. I was scared of being judged and made […]
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how to become a lactation consultant. The term “lactation consultant” is not trademarked. Since anyone can use it, it is important to understand the differences in specific trainings and certifications, as the difference is huge. The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has good information on the different credentials. IBCLCs (International Board Certified […]
- Mothers and babies are made to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding has endless benefits for both mothers and babies. Babies are born expecting their mother’s milk. Women have breasts so they can make milk and nourish their babies. Babies instinctively find the breast, latch on, and remove milk. Breastfeeding is normal!
- Skin-to-skin contact is powerful.
- While looking at pictures in a farm book, you point out the picture of the cow “breastfeeding” her baby.
- Your stuffed animals are lined up on your bedroom floor so you can teach them how to “hand express.”
- The Breastfeeding Atlas has been your bedtime storybook at least a few times.
- Your friend is a bit horrified to learn that the […]
While sore and damaged nipples are common, they are not an inevitable part of being a breastfeeding mother! Myths surrounding pain and breastfeeding are one of the most common reasons women quit breastfeeding. Mothers are told to tough it out and that the pain will get better with time. Sometimes the pain does get better with time, but there are […]