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When Do I Switch Breasts?

Many parents are given time limits regarding switching breasts when they are nursing their baby. Parents are told to nurse from anywhere from 5-30 minutes per breast. Sometimes parents are told not to switch breasts at all. So what is the “right answer?”

Watch your baby!

If your baby is awake and swallowing at the breast, there is […]

By | 2018-01-23T01:50:32+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Parents “Fail” at Breastfeeding

The word “breastfeeding” brings such strong emotions for many people. When people ask about my career, I get a variety of responses. Some people act as if I just told them I work in an illicit industry and end the conversation immediately. But many people are extremely supportive. I have heard the comment, […]

By | 2018-01-23T01:50:33+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Breastfeeding Upside Down (Latching the Breastfed Baby)

Getting a “good” latch when breastfeeding can feel like such a difficult task!  In the past, lactation consultants used to focus on certain positions like the football hold, the cradle hold, the cross-cradle hold, or side lying. While it can be useful to try some of these positions, allowing your baby to lead the way and providing a calm, quiet […]

Insurance Coverage of IBCLC Care

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) […]

Deciding Whether or Not to Make the Call?

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 […]

Sleep and the Breastfed Baby

When my first daughter was born, I was lucky if she slept more than 10 minutes after I put her down. Even placing my daughter in the co-sleeper attached to my bed with my hand on top of her was not successful.  Night after night, I held my daughter for hours on my chest. While she slept beautifully, I fought […]

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