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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...

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...

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...

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,...

10 Ways to Support Your Breastfeeding Partner

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC It feels incredibly intuitive that support is necessary when caring for a new baby, but in fact, there is research that shows this.  Studies show that informal support - from a partner in particular - tends to have more influence on breastfeeding initiation and continuation than formal support from a healthcare provider. In the early days of having a newborn, the non-breastfeeding partner may feel concerned that they can’t do much to help with the baby.  On the contrary, there are plenty of things to do to support the breastfeeding mother - here are just a few of them. Bring snacks.  One-handed snacks like nuts, string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, granola bars, and fruit are ideal because generally one hand is occupied when nursing...

Healing Nipple Damage With Nipple Soaks

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC Breastfeeding should not hurt, but the reality is that it’s not uncommon for new mothers to have some issues in the beginning.  Sometimes mothers experience sore nipples or even damage such as abrasions, cracks, or blisters.  This can happen for a number of reasons, including tongue tie, high palate (the “roof” of the mouth), and poor positioning, among others. It is incredibly important to seek professional help from an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to resolve the breastfeeding issues and prevent further damage, but in the meantime, some triage must happen. When your nipples are sore or damaged, breastfeeding may be incredibly painful.  While you are healing, if you are unable to bring your baby to the breast, you will need to...

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!...

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