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Back to Work: Breastfeeding Guide

By Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC I recently held a webinar about breastfeeding and returning to work outside the home. So many families have to juggle breastfeeding, pumping, storing, and giving breast milk to their babies sooner than they would like. My hope is that by having information and support, families can continue their breastfeeding relationship while going to work or school. [caption id="attachment_3995" align="aligncenter" width="683"] It's like they know us. Everyone is happy and working with baby is fun.[/caption] The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months, then introducing appropriate solid foods while continuing to breastfeed for 2 years or beyond. Unfortunately, in the United States breastfeeding rates drop significantly at 3 months. According to the CDC’s breastfeeding report card, 81.1% of babies start out...

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...


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...

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...

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? 5 Things To Look For

By: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC New mothers are often concerned about making sure their baby is getting enough milk. While this is a common and understandable concern, it is often unfounded and can easily be answered by looking for certain signs. Here are some ways to know your baby is getting enough milk: Count diapers: in the first couple of days after birth, your newborn will have very few diapers.  After day 4, look for at least 3 bowel movements that are larger than a quarter.  This is a good sign that they are getting enough milk.  If babies aren’t eating enough, they will stop having bowel movements before they stop urinating.  As for wet diapers, keep your eyes out for at least 5 well-soaked diapers in...

Calling All Expectant Parents!

Breastfeeding Prep Class by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC If you're an expectant parent, you're probably doing a lot to prepare for your baby.  In addition to all the laundry folding and book reading you're doing, you may want to consider attending a breastfeeding class.  Most mothers intend to breastfeed, and learning some of the basics about how to breastfeed and what to expect may be an important key to early breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding can sometimes seem a little daunting to new parents.  We aim to provide parents with information about how to get breastfeeding off to a great start.  This two-hour class will give you tools for your "toolbox" in a way that will not make you feel overwhelmed. Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn't mean it always comes easily!...

Five Reasons to Schedule a Home Lactation Consultation

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC  When breastfeeding problems arise, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a key support person to overcoming them.  Trained in a wide array of issues (including mastitis, sore nipples, tongue tie, and supply concerns, among others), an IBCLC is considered the “Gold Standard” in lactation support. To that end, leaving the house in the early days postpartum can feel incredibly daunting.  Here are give reasons why new parents may want to consider calling an IBCLC for a lactation consult in their home. 1.        You just had a baby!  You are (definitely) tired, and (probably) sore and feeling overwhelmed to some degree.  The first few days, weeks, and even months of having a newborn ought to be treated as a time of healing and...

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