Distracted Nursing

There’s a certain stage of development when baby begins noticing the world. Sights, sounds, smells, mamas new shirt, baby sister, the dog, the sofa…everything except for nursing at the breast is their new priority. We typically see this happen around the 4-5 month mark and we suddenly find ourselves with a distracted nurser. If youContinue reading “Distracted Nursing”

The Tongue Tie

As I finish a continuing education course on tongue ties, I continue to be fascinated by the complexity of this diagnosis. Most mothers hear the term tongue tie or oral tethers and wonder if this could be the reason for the problems they’re experiencing while breastfeeding. I wanted to give you a few simple factsContinue reading “The Tongue Tie”

The Flipple Technique

The ‘flipple’ is a word combination for ‘flip the nipple’. It is a technique I love to teach mamas who have babies that just can’t get that deep latch they need for their nipple comfort and good milk transfer. The flipple technique is great to use if your baby is a premie with a smallContinue reading “The Flipple Technique”

Weight gain Issues in the Breastfed Baby

A major stressor for mom in the first few months of their baby’s life is making sure they gain the weight they need to thrive. Has your baby’s pediatrician expressed concern about your little ones weight gain? You’re not alone! Unless we do a weighted feeding, we don’t really know how much baby is consumingContinue reading “Weight gain Issues in the Breastfed Baby”

The Poop of the Breastfed Baby 💩

How much poop should we expect, what color is normal and what can poop tell us about the health of our baby? Baby’s first poop should come within 24 hours of birth and is called meconium. This poop is black, tarry and difficult to clean. Day 2 of life baby should have 2 stools thatContinue reading “The Poop of the Breastfed Baby 💩”

The Eye of the Lactation Professional

You might glance at this pic and think it is just a beautiful photo of a baby nursing (and don’t get me wrong, it is beautiful!) But to the trained eye of a lactation professional, there are several adjustments that could be made to be sure milk is transferring efficiently, mamas nipples are protected andContinue reading “The Eye of the Lactation Professional”

Tips for Calming Colic and Surviving the Witching Hour

Colic is when a baby cries inconsolably for 3+ hours a day. It typically occurs at about 4-6 weeks of age and sometimes lasts until baby is 4 months. You’ve probably also heard the term ‘the witching hour’ referring to the period of time in the evening when babies tend to be fussier than theyContinue reading “Tips for Calming Colic and Surviving the Witching Hour”

Keeping Baby Awake for Feedings

Newborns are notorious for dozing off during feedings. How do we keep baby actively suckling so we get a good feeding during each nursing session? First, look for feeding cues. The best time to feed baby is when they are in the light sleep stage. You may see their eyes twitching underneath the eyelids, theirContinue reading “Keeping Baby Awake for Feedings”

Switching Breasts When Nursing

Moms often ask when they should switch breasts while nursing. There really is no rule when it comes to switching sides and sometimes the baby just needs one breast to be satisfied. I like to remind my clients to follow their instincts and switch breasts when they feel it’s necessary. Here are some situations thatContinue reading “Switching Breasts When Nursing”