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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...

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...

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...

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