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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 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...


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: 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,...

Do You Have Postpartum Depression?

This is the story I see most often. Mom comes in and she’s tired. She feels like any attempt to take care of herself is either blocked by a screaming child or would be implausible because of other life factors. Eating has been a struggle. When kiddo (or kiddos) are sleeping, laying down would be nice but falling asleep is hard plus there’s all of this work that should be caught up on. The thought is actually overwhelming so what gets done is not a nap or the work, but mostly the repeated thought that if she could somehow just do more, “things” would be better. That’s why the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale has a question asking whether you blame yourself for things going wrong, and...

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