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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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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 29, 2016

Joanna Wilder RN, BSN, LM, CPM has been practicing “good birth” for 25 years. As a nurse Joanna started out in an inner city Phoenix hospital in 1990. Three years gave her a good foundation in Labor and Delivery, Nursery and Postpartum. Next, she helped create Bethany Birth Center. For fourteen years, she had the privilege to work as a nurse in the birth center, led a unique childbirth education program, and served as a community liaison orienting women to birth choices in AZ. This birth center closed in 2007. In November 2006, she began to work toward her licensure as a midwife. In May 2010, she was licensed as a midwife in AZ and completed her national certification or CPM in April of 2011. Joanna has been involved in grass roots community development in inner city Phoenix for 25 years. She works with a teen mom program in “the neighborhood”, and also with a breastfeeding grant program bringing support to Hispanic moms. She is passionate about helping women learn to trust their bodies. One of her passions, birthed from her own story, is walking with women as they heal from childhood sexual abuse. Joanna believes that the birth space is “holy ground”. Breastfeeding creates a powerful space for attachment and bonding to occur, and for mothers to reclaim their bodies, and their stories.

Feb 22, 2016

Heather Kinsy was born and raised in Arizona and now residing in Oregon. She is married to Michael and mom of 2 boys, Joseph 2 years old and Vincent 4 months. She is an Associate Director in Technical project management for an International Clinic Research Organization and enjoys the flexibility of a home based working arrangement She enjoys cooking and baking exercising is an advocate for natural birth and breastfeeding. Heather had a very tight knit community with her classmates and extended family living within 1 mile of the house that she grew up in. She is just now realizing what a blessing it was to have both sets of grandparents who lived close and were healthy for many, many years. Heather has a younger sister who is an amazing support person for her. While she misses her Phoenix family and friends, she does not miss the heat.

Heather shares with us her story of the births of both of her sons. She had natural childbirths with both her babies and was very pleased with her experiences. Heather had a difficult time with breastfeeding her first son Joseph and hoped for a better experience with her second son Vincent. Joseph was tongue tied and she suffered with poor latch, a high level of pain and low milk supply in this breastfeeding relationship. She worked very hard to keep up with pumping when she returned to work, and yet at a certain point, her supply began to gradually drop and she discontinued pumping and breastfeeding in his 8th month. When Heather was pregnant the second time, she took steps ahead of time to ensure that she educated herself during her pregnancy and she also made sure she connected with an IBCLC before giving birth.

After an evaluation by a specialist, she was told her son was tongue tied. While she was not happy that this was something she was going to have to deal with, she was happy to know that she was with the right pediatric practice who was familiar with babies with tongue tie. She had the procedure done and within a day, she realized that breastfeeding was so much better. She could really feel that her baby had a good latch now and there was very little soreness, if any. Heather could also tell that Vincent had a better, more productive feeding. He seemed more at ease and she could tell his belly was full. From that point on, she was able to breastfeed Vincent.
With all the difficulties she had with Joseph, the pain and the low milk supply, she was pleasantly surprised to have a very different experience with Vincent and thrilled that she was making plenty of milk. Almost too much milk. Heather talks to us about how making too much milk can sometimes be a problem and what she did to work through this.

 

Feb 15, 2016
Lori tells Nancy that she is a huge fan of her, why she loves her books and that she  really enjoys her approach to breastfeeding and the breastfeeding mother.  Nancy gives us a little info about herself and what life was like in the family she grew up in.  She was the oldest child and the only girl, with two younger brothers.  Grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, right on the cusp of a very large societal change in the 60s and 70s.  Her goal was to become an elementary school teacher.  In those days  womens lib was beginning to heat up and prior to this most women were going to be a mother who stayed home or a school teacher or a nurse. Nancy arrived at college right around the time that protests were happening and  it just felt like everything exploded and changed overnight.  My first year in the dorms was the last year they had curfews.  I came to school ready to wear my matching outfits only to find that suddenly everyone was wearing jeans. 
 
Her major was elementary education.  Nancy dropped out after 2 years of college, which was actually the thing to do in those days.  It took her a while to try and figure out what she wanted to do and it only came to her after she had her first child when she was 29 years old.  She states that  all of a sudden she knew what her mission in life was going to be and of course it related to breastfeeding.  She became a LLLL in 1982 as a volunteer.  It did become my passion and it did become my career.Nancy became Board Certified in 1991 and worked hard building her private lactation consulting practice in Chicago.  Since that time, she has worked for a major breast pump company and has become an International Speaker, sharing her love and knowledge of breastfeeding to professionals in the field as well as the every day mother. 
 
During this interview, Nancy takes us on a journey as she talks about her own early experiences with breastfeeding, having a breast implant when she was 20 and discovering something very interesting years later, about what happened to that implant.  Nancy talks about the changing world we live in with mothers returning to work much earlier than they did 20 years ago, with more returning to work before there baby is 6 weeks old.  This brings with it quite a bit of challenges as the mom struggles to figure out how to pump and store enough milk for her baby and how to maintain a good supply while she is working.
 
Nancy gives some great information on breastmilk storage capacity and the mothers "magic number."  She also talks about the importance of building a relationship, bonding with your baby.  We talked about the mindset of mothers if they are struggling to make enough milk for their baby.  Nancy tells us why it is so important to have a different mindset then thinking that if you can't make enough milk for your baby, then why bother at all. There is a lot to listen to and much to learn from this interview. 
 
 
 

 

Feb 12, 2016

There are some mothers who will need to or who chose to exclusively pump for their babies. In this show, Lori talks about hospital grade pumps and single user pumps. She explains why the hospital grade pump is the first choice for EP moms. Lori discussed what moms need to do so they can ensure a good milk supply and be comfortable while doing so. There are choices to be made and Lori shares some ideas and gives some great tips on how to make EP as easy as you possible can.

 

Feb 8, 2016

Heather grew up in Northern Indiana in the Southbend area. She lived with her parents and younger sister. Heather
describes herself as a child of the 70s and her parents were hippies from the 60's. With her hippie parents she ate organic
food from their garden and only had processed foods when she went to her aunts house, which she loved doing. There she could
get white bread and potato chips! Her parents were into recycling and organic gardening and loved nature. She planned on
becoming a teacher and never would have guessed that she would become a Special Agent and work undercover narcotics.

Heather went into premature labor with her first baby and at 27 weeks was put on bedrest and kept her baby "cookin" until 31
1/1 weeks. She was prepared for having a small baby, who would probably need special care in the nursery, however, he was
whisked away to the nursery but they quickly realized he was a healthy almost 5 pound baby who did not need any help
breathing. So he was brought back to her room. She did have great difficulty breastfeeding and the Lactation Consultants at
the hospital explained to her the specific issues premature babies had with breastfeeding. Heather feels she had lots of
great support from her family, from the hospital Lactation Consultant that she saw numerous times, to the regular
Breastfeeding support groups she attended, as well as her pediatrician.

Heather shares with us her struggles and how she tried real hard for 3 months to make breastfeeding work. She had a baby that
cried frequently and ultimately found out that he had some health issues with his intestines which was probably at least one
of the reasons for the frequent crying. It was felt that perhaps there was something in her breastmilk that was bothering her
baby, so she was put on an elimination diet, however, this did not help. She tried different formulas and ultimately would up
using a very expensive hypo allergenic formula that he seemed to do well with. She combined pumping and formula went she
returned to work, however, finding the time to pump during her working hours, did not work out at all and she soon
discontinued pumping. She recognizes that some workplaces are better about giving their employees time and place to pump,
however, this was not available to her at the time.

Heather talks about what it was like returning to work with a new baby and why she decided to leave her position with NCIS and
founded her own business so she could be home with her kids. She does say that most people in her life thought she was pretty
insane to leave a great job with good benefits. However, she felt that it was the right thing to do for herself and her
family. She spent time trying to figure out exactly what she could do and like most entrepreneurs, she took what she has
learned and turned that into a business model and is very happy with what she has accomplished so far.

Feb 1, 2016

Dawn talks to us about the projects that she is working on. Her favorite topic and her Board Certification is addiction medicine. Her biggest interest is in alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery in all populations including pregnant and breastfeeding and women. Written two books about addiction and recovery, and are both available on Amazon or on her website on docdawn.com Her first book is about missionary medicine. Dawn and her husband have both done short term missionary work all over the world and she wrote a book about that.

We learn a lot from Dawn during this interview. She talks about prescription drugs and street drugs, marijuana use and alcohol us in women during their pregnancy and postpartum years. I am so glad that she was able to answer some very important questions that I had and I just know that you will find this part of her interview quite fascinating. If this topic is of interest to you and you are in healthcare, please know that Dawn is available to consult with and she also is a very experienced speaker on the subject of Drug Addicition and welcomes your request to speak at your facility.

 

 

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