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”

Breast Storage Capacity

There are a lot of factors that can influence the amount of times your baby needs to nurse in 24 hours. One of these factors is your breast storage capacity. If you have a large storage capacity, your baby may be able to consume 5+ ounces of milk per feeding, keeping them feeling full longer.Continue reading “Breast Storage Capacity”

When to seek the help of a Lactation Specialist

Are you wondering if you should seek the help of a lactation consultant? Every mothers’ breastfeeding journey is beautifully unique and may come with more challenges than you were expecting. I am trained to help you navigate through the issues that come up and find solutions that work for you and your baby. Here areContinue reading “When to seek the help of a Lactation Specialist”

My Top 10 Breastfeeding Support Supplements

Moms always ask me what supplements they should be taking while breastfeeding. If you are eating a well balanced diet and things are going well with breastfeeding, you don’t have to add additional supplements to your diet. However, there may be issues you’re experiencing that might justify adding certain supplements to your breastfeeding care plan.Continue reading “My Top 10 Breastfeeding Support Supplements”

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”

Differences in Milk Output from One Breast to the Other

Many breastfeeding mothers notice a difference in their breasts in terms of size and milk output. You may also notice that baby favors one breast over the other even when they are kept in the same position and just moved to the opposite breast. This is normal! Think of your breasts as 2 different vessels.Continue reading “Differences in Milk Output from One Breast to the Other”

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”

Increasing Milk Supply

Can supplements such as fenugreek increase milk supply? According to research, probably not. To date, there has not been enough evidence based research to prove that any food or supplement can increase milk supply. To be honest I was pretty shocked to learn this in my CLC cert class. When I was breastfeeding my girls,Continue reading “Increasing Milk Supply”

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”

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 💩”