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How do I know if I need pelvic floor physical therapy?

Patient story time: Once upon a time there was a woman who came in with a history of urinary incontinence from early childhood and continuing, worsened by the surgical birth of her first child. She had lived with shame and extra changes of clothes for years, and all that ever came of telling doctors was that she would just “have to live with it”. That’s not a terribly empowering thing to hear, so she kept searching. Along the way she found out that 90 % of women who deliver vaginally and 75% of women who deliver via cesarean had a problem called a “cystocele” which means that the bladder has fallen out of alignment and is hanging into the vagina a little bit. France has a...

How to make lactation cookies (and why they work!)

I used this recipe on occasion during both of my breastfeeding journeys. Depending on the reason for a lactation increase, they work. Don’t worry though- you can also just eat them because they’re delicious. (In moderation! Metabolic dysfunction messes with lactation too!) [caption id="attachment_3967" align="aligncenter" width="800"] oatmeal cookies that are also full of health benefits[/caption] The main functions this recipe has are in the oats, brewers yeast, and flax seed. Oats are a mild galactagogue- they can increase breastmilk. The reason oats increase milk supply is threefold. Milky oats are a time honored nervous system tonic, so they help with stress which can interfere with let down. (milky oats and steel cut oats aren’t the same! But some parts of this nervine component is still true.) Oats...

Feeding Babies: It’s not as complicated as you’re trying to make it.

Written by Alicia Hart, ND Story time, y’all. With my first kid, I totally did that handmade steamed single veggie puree, each new vegetable accompanied by a 3 day wait to look for reactions to the food. We fussed and he fussed and it was a terrible time of grinding up baby oats and adding spirulina to things that had no business having spirulina on them. Fast forward 3 years later: Girl twin started eating by stealing bacon off my plate while I was distracted by her brothers. Boy twin refused to eat for months after she started eating. I came back from taking recycling out one night to find my older kid feeding girl twin raw cookie dough (Holy Salmonella, batman!) and before a year we...

Why IBCLC?

By Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Whenever I tell someone about my job, they always ask me “what made you decide to get into that?”  My answer is simple: My personal breastfeeding journey started out rocky, to say the least - and I wanted to do something to make sure other families don’t have to go through what I went through. [caption id="attachment_3711" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] They look so peaceful even when things are super hard.[/caption] How did I become an IBCLC?  I completed the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) pathway 2 program (https://iblce.org/certify/pathways/).  I completed more than 90 hours of lactation-specific education, in addition to 14 health and science courses (anatomy & physiology, and nutrition, among others). Possibly most importantly, I completed more than 300 hours of clinical...

Teething: Tips and Tricks

By Alicia Hart, ND Teething has come up a few times here in the last couple weeks, and I realized I do have quite an opinion on the process. Having had an early teether (4 months) and twins on very different dentition schedules with different processes for their tooth eruptions, we’ve pretty much tried it all at our house. [caption id="attachment_3898" align="aligncenter" width="683"] They feel like chompy dinosaurs and you might too.[/caption] There are a number of studies out which discuss which symptoms do and don’t come with teething- most of which say something along the lines that there’s no such thing as teething associated diarrhea or fever. They also note that 75% of parents notice teething fevers or diarrhea, so what I’m choosing to take away from...

Breastfeeding Guide: Do’s and Dont’s of Using a Nipple Shield

By Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC [caption id="attachment_3891" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Silicone nipple shield[/caption] The use of nipple shield dates back 500 years.  They have evolved from being made of metal or wood to thick rubber, and most recently, to medical grade silicone.  Historically, the older models showed to have a detrimental effect on milk supply in mothers, likely due to decreased stimulation of the nipple.  While the use of nipple shields does indeed have drawbacks, recent research shows that they can in fact be a useful tool in aiding milk transfer in preterm babies. The key aspect of nipple shield usage is ensuring it fits correctly.  This is necessary to ensure proper milk transfer and stimulation, as well as to avoid any discomfort or damage.  I highly advise only using...

5 Cough Herbs That Are Great For Kids

My oldest kid is a pneumonia factory. Seriously. Every time he gets a cold, he tries to dial it up to 11. The first year he got pneumonia he was only 18 months old, and I didn't know what I was doing. By the time I figured out that he was bad sick, it was an antibiotics-for-breathing type of sick. That's when I started learning about herbs for kids, because the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically says   "Demonstration of the efficacy of antitussive preparations in children is lacking, and these medications may be potentially harmful. Decongestant (sympathomimetic) components of these mixtures administered to children have been associated with irritability, restlessness, lethargy, hallucination, hypertension, and dystonic reactions.The clearance and metabolism of the components of cough mixtures may...

Spring 2017 Newsletter

OK y'all, here we go! Spring newsletter is here and inside you'll find: State of the Clinic (what's new, all of our hour updates, our social media tags- basically everything you need to know.) Seasonal spring recipes Herbal Spotlight (spoiler, it's Dandelion) Bookshelf spotlight from Adrienne What is Holistic Pelvic Care (TM) ? 5 Ways to get kids to take herbs Doctor's Note Spring discount offer I went a little overboard on creating it, so the file was too big for the website to upload at once. Solved that with two links! Happy Spring (1) Happy Spring (2) I hope that you'll click through and find a lot of value from this. Make sure you sign up to get our next newsletter, straight to your inbox!...

Breastfeeding Guide: Weaning Your Little One

Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Breastfeeding is a journey, and may take on many different variations throughout its course.  For many mothers, the decision to wean is a highly emotional one.  Unfortunately, some mothers have to wean abruptly and unexpectedly for a number of reasons.  If this is the case, I highly recommend talking to an IBCLC about how to do this in a way that won’t compromise your health.  However, if your baby is no longer a baby and you’re ready to move on to another phase of life together, it can and should be done gently and with love and care. Weaning actually refers to the process of introducing anything other than breast milk.  Technically speaking, introducing solid foods is the beginning of the weaning process; however,...

How to Make a Mustard Plaster

Hey y’all, welcome to DIY Thursday. This week I’ve seen that hacking cough that’s going around and I’ve prescribed a mustard plaster every single day, so I thought I’d write it down so you can find it later. I also made a (lengthy!) video on how to do it, but I’ll outline the steps and rationale here in case you don’t have time to watch me do it. First off, history lesson. Mustard plasters are not a new thing- ask your grandmother. This is the way that colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia used to be treated circa the early 1900’s. This treatment even made it into the New England Journal of Medicine for how effective they were during the Spanish flu epidemic. They’ve fallen out of favor...

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