Medications and Breastfeeding

Did you know that many medications are safe to take while breastfeeding? If you were prescribed a medication and you’re not sure if it’s breastfeeding compatible, here’s what you can do. First, you can call the Infant Risk Center with your prescription information handy. You can reach the Infant Risk hotline by calling 806-352-2519. Alternatively,Continue reading “Medications and Breastfeeding”

Planning Date Night with an Exclusively Nursing Baby

Do you need a date day or night away from baby but #1 you aren’t a fan of pumping #2 your baby refuses to take a bottle or #3 you have no milk stored for a bottle? You can still go out on that much needed date! Here’s how to do it. First, I alwaysContinue reading “Planning Date Night with an Exclusively Nursing Baby”

How do I know When to Switch Breasts?

Years ago the recommendation was to ‘watch the clock’ and switch breasts after 15 minutes of nursing. That is no longer the recommendation and here’s why. Every mom has a different milk storage capacity AND every baby empties the breast at a different rate. One baby may empty her mamas breast in 5 minutes whileContinue reading “How do I know When to Switch Breasts?”

Which Breast Pump should you Choose?

With so many breast pumps on the market, it’s difficult to choose which one to buy. Medical grade pumps, standard double electric pumps and hands-free pumps are the most commonly used. Let’s discuss the different kinds of breast pumps and which ones I recommend, based on different situations. If you have a baby who wasContinue reading “Which Breast Pump should you Choose?”

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”

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”

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”

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

As an LC, I’m often asked this important question. ‘How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?’ The best way to determine if your baby is getting enough milk is by monitoring their weight gain. Your baby should gain about 4-7 ounces a week for the first 3 months of life. ButContinue reading “Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?”