How to Recover from Nitrous Oxide Exposure During Labor

Uncategorized Aug 15, 2019

Lately there has been a lot of attention around nitrous oxide administration to birthing women. There is especially applause coming from the so-called natural birth community. Midwives, freestanding birth centers and doulas are very excited about this new option for pain management during labor. In reality, there is nothing new about it. Nitrous oxide has been used for over 100 years for labor pain management. Its use is most common in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

The problem with fanfare over a seemingly innocuous medication is that it is often accompanied by a failure to acknowledge the true risks. Discussion of the impact drugs have on a physiological process is drowned out in favor of "choice" and "support" of women's options. Frequently the rhetoric includes defending the mother's right to not be a "martyr" or that this is a harmless way to relieve anxiety. Any drug that alters our mental state or physical sensations is interfering with our physiology....

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5 Lies You Were Told About Breastfeeding

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2019

LIE #1: YOU SAW A “LACTATION CONSULTANT”

There are many different levels and skillsets of people in the breastfeeding world. Some people are volunteer helpers like La Leche League leaders or your state's breastfeeding support hotline. Some people are educators or counselors like CLCs (Certified Lactation Counselor) or CLECs (Certified Lactation Educator Counselor) and CBEs (Childbirth Educator). Others are nurses with some lactation education. But the highest credential and the only credential in breastfeeding that denotes someone having clinical skills is an IBCLC. IBCLCs are healthcare providers. As such, we work in medical settings, treat breastfeeding and lactation issues, and have the most comprehensive and in depth training when it comes to breastfeeding. Depending on the level of support you need, you’ll choose the provider that’s right for your situation. Need emotional support? An educator or counselor can offer...

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Bottle Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

Uncategorized May 01, 2019

The Benefits of Paced Bottle Feeding:

  1. It preserves the breastfeeding relationship as much as possible.
  2. It minimizes the incidence of flow preference (often confused with nipple confusion). Usually the baby learns the flow of the bottle is much easier than the breast and thus, prefers this method of feeding more. 
  3. It limits overfeeding; something that is common in bottle-feeding but is not likely in breastfeeding. 
  4. Limits spit-up, reflux, and hiccups!

Whether the mother or other caregivers is offering a bottle, it should be an active process and communication between baby and caregiver. Bottles should never be propped and baby should always be held in arms when bottle feeding. Please encourage your partner and other care providers about this technique. You can show them this helpful video that was created by our colleague: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZXD1hIW8Q

 

The Basics of Paced Bottle Feeding: 

  1. Your baby should be held in an upright...
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5 Travel Essentials for the Pumping Mom

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2018

If you've been following me on social media, you know that I recently had the honor of presenting at the ICAP conference in Toronto. It's not often that I leave my children and travel alone, especially since my daughter is still nursing. And since she is still breastfeeding, I had the pleasure of pumping while I was on my trip. 

You'd think a seasoned lactation consultant like myself, who helps moms with pumping every single day, would go on a trip SUPER prepared with everything she needs to pump! Well...if you thought that, you are sorely mistaken!! I left Phoenix at 2:00 PM and by the time all was said and done, I arrived at my hotel around midnight eastern time. I settled into my upgraded executive suite (yay!) and busted out my pump. UH OH. I forgot a key part of my pump!! 

A little back story to put this into context: my daughter is 2.5 so she doesn't nurse all throughout the day, which is why I can go several hours without needing to...

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