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All About Breastfeeding

Lori Jill Isenstadt from All About Breastfeeding is on a mission to normalize breastfeeding..... all around the world. Learn from mothers who are actively breastfeeding, sharing their personal stories of breastfeeding with ease and babies who just know exactly what to do. Hear intimate stories from mothers about their struggles and pain with breastfeeding. Everyday moms sharing extraordinary stories of what life was like behind their breastfeeding doors. Get help with common concerns such as low milk supply, oversupply, babies who are tongue and lip tied, premature babies, sick babies who are breastfeeding as well as babies who have had surgeries such as heart and cleft surgeries. Book authors and physicians who are huge breastfeeding supporters share their expertise as they all have a common interest. To normalize breastfeeding. Stories about mothering, parenting, pregnancy and postpartum are shared too.
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Dec 30, 2016
  1.  Your baby should have been gradually gaining back any weight loss from the first 4 days, until they were back to birthweight at 2 weeks old.
  2. Breastfeeding should not be painful for you.
  3. Your baby comes to the breast and feedings are comfortable for you.  You should not be experiencing any breast pain or nipple pain.
  1. When your baby is breastfeeding he should be relaxing at breast, focused on feeding, staying put and not coming on and off, multiple times during the feeding.
Your baby should be feeding about 8 times a day.  Perhaps it is 7 or perhaps it is 9 somewhere in there would be normal.
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Dec 26, 2016

Helen has 2 daughters,  ages 24 and 20 years old.  She did breastfeed both of her babies and tells us that it was a very important experience for her and it really formed a lot of her thinking about the research that she did in the early days. 

Dec 23, 2016
There are actually quite a few reasons why you can struggle with early breastfeeding.  Here are some possible scenarios that you might find yourself dealing with a baby who is not breastfeeding well:
 
  1.  Probably the most common reason for a hard start is a premature birth.  When babies are born early it can make it more difficult for them to breastfeed.
  2. The reasons can be numerous so it is not helpful at this point to conjecture.  What we really want to do is say.. okay, this is the situation, now what do we do about it.
  3. Ohhh, I love this question because it is probably one of the most easiest questions I get to answer.
Dec 16, 2016
Engorgement is the swelling or congestion of body tissues.
When we are referring to breast engorgement, we are describing the painful swelling that occurs when the breasts become  very full and very firm.  Sometimes the breasts are actually hard and all these sensations lead to very painful breasts.  They can feel very heavy, sometimes throbbing, you noticed your skin is quite stretched and sometimes this fullness and firmness leads to your armpits.  Engorgement can affect one or both breasts. 
Dec 14, 2016

Bed sharing is having the babies sleep in the same bed as the adults.  This is what I did.when my kids were young. I didn't know it at the time because it just seemed right and it helped me get some much needed rest, however,   Bed sharing was very common up to the 19th century.  People use to sleep in very close quarters to each other, places were small, sleeping with each other kept people warm at night.  What changed?    Houses got bigger, babies were given their own room, the baby crib industry grew and more and more babies were put in their own crib.  In the scheme of things, meaning bed sharing has been happening since the beginning of time,  This nightime habit is relatively news.  Bed sharing and co-sleeping has been shown to save babies lives, promotes bonding,and enables parents to get more sleep.

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Dec 9, 2016

Your baby is now 4-5 days old.  You are just beginning to get the hang of breastfeeding. Sure you might feel awkward with it all, however, you are now getting use to a baby feeding at your breast 8 times a day. You are continuing to experiment with different positions to find which ones seem to work best for you and your baby.  In some places you will find you need to use a pillow and a stool. Other places where you breastfeed, your set up will be different

 

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Dec 7, 2016
The matter of need is somewhat open for interpretation, as are many things.  When I think of need as a modern woman, I think of - If for whatever reason, a mother cannot breastfeed her baby.  Whether it is because she has died she is too sick to breastfeed, she has been separated from her baby or she has no milk to provide for her baby. Need to woman centuries ago could have been defined as - She needs to get back to conceiving babies and the act of breastfeeding acts as one form of contraception.  Customs are for her to get breeding again as soon as she could.  The  need also arose from what was expected of her in society, which was to delegate all physical work to others to demonstrate her own and her family's high status.  
Dec 5, 2016

Bed-sharing is just one of the ways that a family might co-sleep, but it is frequently practiced by breastfeeding mothers. One of the biggest issues when it comes to bed-sharing is safety.   Some sources publicize bed-sharing as an unsafe practice, no matter how it’s done, but there are ways to sleep safely while bed-sharing if you follow guidelines for safe sleep surfaces and safe sleep sharing

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Dec 2, 2016
The first 24 hours:
 
If all went well with your birth and you and your baby do not need any special care, it is best if you do what you can to spend the first 24 hours just being with your baby.  We like to call it your "babymoon" time.  Your physical body and emotional mind has been through a lot of changes from pregnancy to birth to postpartum.  You have gone through a lot in the last 9 months.  Here is what you can expect the first 24 hours:
 
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Nov 28, 2016

Becky Ramsdell is a Peoria, Arizona woman who is now a mom of two after going through 10 years of infertility and failed adoptions in the  process of building their family.  She had struggles with breastfeeding both of her babies but was ultimately able to work through those struggles and nurse each of them for their first year.  She went back to work when each of them was 3 months  old, so there was a lot of pumping and milk freezing involved.  Now she loves to share her story of hope and encouragement with other moms who are facing similar challenges with establishing nursing with their babies

Nov 26, 2016
In todays show, we are going to answer the question:  How do you tell If you need to be concerned about the latch.
It is unrealistic to think that I can help you assess and fix the latch in this show, however, I find that education and prevention
can go a long way.  I meet with so many moms who did not know the signs of a poor latch.  They just did not know anything was wrong until they started to have severe pain or until they went to a pediatric visit and found out there baby has lost too much weight.
 
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Nov 23, 2016

Having worked with moms during 20 something holiday seasons, I have a pretty good idea about how stressful this time of year can be for you. On the one hand, when you realized you were going to give birth around holiday time, you had daydreams of how wonderful it would be to spend your baby’s first holiday season with friends and family. This evokes all warm and fuzzy feelings and excitement. This is absolutely true, it can be warm and fuzzy and so exciting. It also has a strong tendency to be anywhere between just a little bit stressful to kind of sort but doable stress and all the way to: this is so stressful I just can’t wait for all of this to be over.

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Nov 21, 2016

Lori talks about the fact that breastfeeding should not be painful. She talks about this a lot in her daily work. It is her working mantra:   If breastfeeding is hurting on Day 1, something is not right. If breastfeeding is hurting on Day 2, something is not right. And if breastfeeding is hurting on Day 3, something is definitely not right and I urge you to seek professional help right away.  This is her daily mantra to mothers, she says it many times a week.  Lori has  it on her website.  What Lori really would like to do is put it on every billboard, along every highway, in every town.  What Lori would like to do is put this mantra on her back car window shield.  She would like for this to be handed out to every mother in every childbirth education and breastfeeding class. When you enter the halls of the maternity unit or your birthing center or on the literature that your OBs and midwives give you, it would be great if this was  in big bold letters:    “Breastfeeding is not suppose to hurt“.   Her family hears her say this ad nauseum  and she knows they are bored of hearing her say it.  The BIG problem is, that 30 years later, Lori continues to meet with moms on a regular basis and it continues to astound her how frequently mothers are given the wrong information.  Download this episode to hear the full show.

Nov 14, 2016

All infants in need deserve to have human milk.  Our most smallest and sickest of babies need to have donor milk to help them get the best start in life.  Donor milk will help dramatically reduce the risk of succumbing to necrotizing enterocolitis  (NEC), which is a really bad infection that causes their gut to slough off and die.  Premies are more susceptible to this then full term babies. The reason donor milk is often needed for these babies is because their moms have not gone through the full 40 weeks gestation. This time period allows their mammary glands to prepare for milk production.  Between the early birth and the stress associated with it, some moms just don't have milk available for their baby - just yet. 

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Nov 11, 2016

Come along with me for this ride on the colostrum train and you are going to see exactly why we get so excited about this life giving substance that is all part of human milk that newborns receive. By the time we are done here today, you are going to be as equally excited about colostrum and its benefits to newborns.  You will understand why physicians are doing whatever they possible can to ensure that all newborns received colostrum, and in particular our most vulnerable sick and/or premature newborns have colostrum.

Nov 9, 2016
A few things have happened since I began doing some research for this seasons Tour of the world of breastfeeding.  I wanted to be able to take my listeners on a tour, if you will of breastfeeding around the globe from ancient to current times.  I knew that  I would be covering times when babies were wet nursed and cross nursed.  I knew that  I would be covering times when babies were removed from their biological mothers arms and given to other woman to nourish them.  I knew that there were times in history when wet nurses were just your average citizen, some were paid very well and others average to even low wages.  I knew there were historical times and places where they moved from their home to live in nice homes of their employer and times when they were so revered they were treated like royalty. 
Nov 7, 2016

Julie Bouchet-Horwitz is a nurse practitioner and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is the founder and Executive Director of The New York Milk Bank and has a private practice specializing in breastfeeding in Irvington, NY.  She formed a team of 5 women who over 3 years developed the New York Milk Bank which officially opened its doors two weeks ago in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York . The New York Milk Bank will provide safely pasteurized donor human milk to premature and sick babies in hospitals and in the community throughout New York State and beyond.

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Nov 4, 2016

Most mothers whose hormones are in the proper balance and who have normal breast development during puberty and pregnancy, will make plenty of milk for their baby.  Despite all their best efforts, there will be some mothers who will struggle with supply. I find that most mothers I work with, who struggle with supply, well they actually have one or more potential risk factors for low supply, however, they were just not made aware of it.  There are some very real factors that can put you at risk for not making enough milk and some you can know ahead of time and others take you by surprise.

Nov 2, 2016
In last week's show, we took our breastfeeding tour through England and Germany and discovered similarities and differences in the culture regarding wet nursing. We have  learned that wet nursing, which is a woman who breastfeeds another's child, was a common practice all over the world, before the introduction of the bottle and formula.  From 2000 BC all the way to the 20th century, wet nursing evolved from an alternative of need to an alternative of choice.  We have learned that wet nursing became so popular, which actually caused some problems, so much so that it moved to become a well organized profession with contracts and laws designed to regulate its practice. Wet nurses were hired by agencies and where they practiced and what they were paid was regulated by the agencies. 
 
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Oct 31, 2016

Her passions are business, health and motherhood. Being a mom has opened her heart and soul in countless ways. She started her breastfeeding experience two years ago and continues to nurse her toddler today with no intentions of stopping anytime soon.

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Oct 29, 2016
This week a member of ours expressed some fears associated with her upcoming scheduled c/sec.  There are times when members rally around moms and take the time out of your busy mothering lives to respond to these posts and for this I am so grateful and appreciative. You share words of support, encouragement, offer assistance and information.  Sharing is caring and I love how much you are caring for each other. 
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