A Good Latch

A good latch is everything! Here are a few great things I notice about the way this baby is nursing. Take a look at how wide this baby’s mouth is open. Baby should open wide while latching, similar to the gape of a yawn. This will ensure the baby gets enough of the breast tissueContinue reading “A Good Latch”

Managing Nighttime Nursing

Exhausted new mamas… I see you. Your newborn baby is waking up every two hours at night to nurse. Your partner wants to help but you haven’t introduced the breast pump and bottle into your routine yet. Your baby’s only food source is you! One of the most common questions I get is ‘How onContinue reading “Managing Nighttime Nursing”

Back to Work for the Breastfeeding Mom

Breastfeeding is finally becoming easier, you’re in a manageable routine, your baby is finally falling into a more predictable feeding pattern and now you have to prepare to go back to work. Sigh. The thought of leaving your baby can cause a lot stress, especially when it’s time to begin preparing for your absence. HowContinue reading “Back to Work for the Breastfeeding Mom”

Pacifier for the Breastfed Baby?

There are a lot of opinions about pacifiers for breastfeeding babies and some experts will recommend limiting their use or not introducing them at all. Let’s look at the reasoning behind this recommendation. Pacifiers or ‘dummies’ as they call them in the UK are essentially an artificial nipple made for babies to ‘pacify’ them untilContinue reading “Pacifier for the Breastfed Baby?”

Increasing the Fat in your Breastmilk

Many moms have asked me if there is a particular food they can eat to ‘fatten up’ their milk and help their baby gain weight. Interestingly, studies show that the foods a lactating mom consumes has little influence on the AMOUNT of fat in her breastmilk, but her diet can affect the TYPE of fatContinue reading “Increasing the Fat in your Breastmilk”

When to Pump and Dump

A few years back pumping and dumping was a recommendation given to mamas who consumed alcohol and/or prescriptions drugs that were incompatible with breastfeeding. The thought was by removing the milk, you would also remove the harmful substance. We now know that pumping and dumping does not necessarily remove alcohol and/or a potentially harmful substanceContinue reading “When to Pump and Dump”

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”