Website

March 5, 2011

My new website is up. I am certain that I will update it and change it over time, but I would welcome feedback on it’s beginning stages. 

I also welcome beautiful photos of bellies, birth and breastfeeding that you would like to share on my website.

I am asking clients and professionals that I have worked with to share testimonials as I begin to expand my independent practice as a Lactation Consultant.

I have included a blog in the layout of my new website and plan to publish future posts on that site.

www.birthtobreastfeeding.com

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There are 10 steps required for a hospital to be considered Baby Friendly as outlined by UNICEF and The World Health Organization.

The 10 steps are as follows:

1 – Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2 – Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3 – Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4 – Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
5 – Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
6 – Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
7 – Practice “rooming in”– allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8 – Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9 – Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
10 – Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

To many, these steps might seem logical or even easy. Surprisingly hospitals find it so difficult to assist in successful breastfeeding for mothers and babies that there are only 105 Baby Friendly birth centers in the United States and only 5 in Oregon.

The 5 Baby Friendly hospitals in Oregon are:
Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass
Providence Medical Center in Medford
PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas
and very recently joining the ranks of Baby Friendly Hospitals in Oregon is
Providence Medical Center in Newberg.

I recommend contacting your local hospital or birth center and asking them to become Baby Friendly to better support local moms and babies efforts to breastfeed successfully.

To find out more: The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

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Lactation Services

November 15, 2010

I offer breastfeeding help to families in Yamhill & Marion Counties. As an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) I am able to offer assistance to breastfeeding mothers who have questions concerning latch, positioning, supply, breastfeeding when returning to work or school and a variety of other obstacles. I have provided breastfeeding counseling for adoptive mothers, mothers of twins, and many mothers transitioning from pumping-nipple shields-bottle feeding back to skin to skin breastfeeding.

I travel to Salem, McMinnville, Dayton, Dundee and Hopewell Oregon to support breastfeeding families. If you have questions about my services or fees I can be contacted through this blog or my website.

IBCLC

October 29, 2010

IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I took my exam to become an IBCLC in July. Today I received my results and am so happy to announce that I am an official Lactation Consultant. I am beaming with pride and excitement.

I love knowing that I will represent for my community a certified Lactation Consultant that truly believes in skin to skin nursing. I am not simply passionate about breastmilk, I am passionate about breastfeeding.

To pass this exam I had to have basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, counseling, and detailed knowledge of breastfeeding. I had to complete over 45 hours in breastfeeding education. I had to document over 1000 hours working with breastfeeding women in a supervised setting. After documentation of all of these things, I was eligible to sit for the 6-hour exam.

I am so excited to know that I get the privilege of being an IBCLC that believes in women’s bodies and trusts in the simplicity and truth of being ‘with women’.

Most moms have many demands both physically and emotionally even when they are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Typically they also have a limited amount of time to complete all of their tasks. Breastfeeding adds another piece to this puzzle. Breastfeeding can feel even more overwhelming if a mother has experienced a traumatic birth, has a baby with special needs, is pumping (either part-time or exclusively), is dealing with postpartum depression, or many other possibilities. Most moms will often have to juggle work, school, caring for their children, maintaining relationships, housework, and meals. None of these things have to affect a mother’s ability to exclusively breastfeed her baby. One of the most important points to remember when adjusting to life with a new baby is that there will be challenges and transitions regardless of how you decide to feed your newborn. However, many overwhelmed mothers have thrown up their hands and declared that they are ready to try formula. Well-meaning family members who see a woman that they love struggling with exhaustion often offer to feed baby a bottle or let mama sleep through a feeding in an effort to be supportive. As breastfeeding is the newest addition to the list of things that a busy mama has to do, sometimes it can seem logical that by removing the task of breastfeeding things may get easier. It is always a wonderful idea to provide a break to a new mom. There are many ways to achieve that goal without depriving a baby of breastmilk.

Ways to help with a new baby by supporting a breastfeeding mama include:

~Bringing nutritious ready-made food.
*Fruit & Veggie Plates
*Casseroles that are easy to re-heat

~Light housework
*Fold Laundry
*Vacuum

~Limit visiting time
*If you want to spend time holding baby, ask mom if she needs to catch up on a shower.

~Compliment mom on any messes that you can find. 🙂
*”I’m so glad that you are letting those dishes sit in the sink for awhile, that means you are really taking care of yourself and spending all of your time concentrating on that beautiful new baby!”

~Reevaluate Priorities
*Maybe it is alright for siblings to watch 5 hours of cartoon network per day during the first few weeks of adjusting to a new babe in the house.

~Offer to take older children to the park or a playdate.

~Be an involved, supportive dad
*Tell your partner how much your appreciate everything she is doing for your baby.
*Reassure her that her body instinctively knows just how to best feed your new babe.
*Bring mom food and water during nursing sessions. By caring for a breastfeeding mother and keeping her well-nourished, you are getting to feed your baby.

~Encourage Co-Sleeping
*Both baby & mama get the optimal amount of rest
*Helps establish & maintain milk supply
*Regulates breathing & body temperature in infants as they snuggle close to mom.

~Give the gift of a baby carrier
*There are so many different types, contact our local baby wearing group, Mamaroo for tips on choosing the best option for a breastfeeding mother of a young babe.

What was the most supportive thing that someone did for you after having your baby that contributed to your breastfeeding success? If you have had an experience in which you wish that your family or friends would have been more supportive, what would have been the most helpful thing someone could have said or done for you?