The palate is located in the roof of the mouth. It separates the oral and nasal cavities and provides stability to the facial structures. When you touch the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue you will be hitting the hard palate. In breastfeeding, the hard palate's function is to assist with the positioning and stability of the nipple when drawn into the mouth.
We are heading into a holiday season that for many, is filled with excitement and wonder and for some, the first holiday season as a new mother. Along with all the joy and happiness comes stress for many families. The business of trying to get it all done, while maintaining peace and quite and a low level of stress on the home front can be difficult to achieve and maintain.
On last weeks Breastfeeding Bites, I talked about how important it is for a baby to achieve and maintain a good lip seal around the breast tissue to breastfeed well. When I notice the lip seal is poor that the reasons could be quite simple and with a few adjustments breastfeeding could be going really well. Or that the reasons could be more complicated and a good assessment will tell me how to proceed.
Michelle Emanuel has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for 20 years. She has experience in the NICU, the PICU and the CICU and outpatient areas. Her s peciality ranges from the newborn to the precrawling baby and her focus has been on torticollis, plagiocephaly and oral restrictions and dysfuntion. Michelle developed the TummyTime Method program ten years ago in order to empower and equip parents with home activities to support optimal function and development. Michelle has studied extensively with osteopaths, doctors and leading researchers in her quest to provide the highest quality of care.
Oral and facial structure and function are extremely important to the babies ability to latch on and transfer milk. Babies who are born prematurely, who have health issues, illness, birth trauma, are all at risk for having breastfeeding problems.
Katherine Havener is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a retired La Leche League Leader. She is also the author of the well-known nightweaning book, “Nursies When the Sun Shines.” Prior to becoming involved in the lactation field, she worked as an ethics attorney. Katherine is passionate about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, and natural family living. She is the proud mother of four girls ranging from toddler to teen, whom she breastfed a total of ten years.
Today, I would like to get you thinking about your return to work. The best time to plan for this is, yes, during your pregnancy. Taking action now, will help to relieve some of the pressure that you could be under when the calendar tells you that your time for staying home is up.
Almost every mother I see with this condition has never had a conversation with her provider about the risk factors associated with low supply. Therefore, this does not lead them to any further conversation about the need for close follow up and a referral to a lactation specialist so they can be closely followed up once their baby is born.
Today we will be talking about how you can best speak to your employer about breastfeeding/pumping when you return to work. My goal is to have you thinking and planning for your return to work, long before you complete your maternity leave. We will cover the most concerns moms have when pumping at work. They are: 1. Finding the appropriate place to pump, and 2. Finding the time to pump during your work day.
Dr. Jay Warren has dedicated his career to helping people live happy and healthy lives and now specializes in wellness care for pregnant women and babies. Dr. Jay practices at the CAP Wellness Center - a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary prenatal, post-partum and pediatric wellness center in San Diego, CA. He is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies”, where he talks to experts in the natural birth and holistic parenting field every week. Dr. Jay also likes to enjoy an active lifestyle as a surfer, a yogi, and a volleyball player - although he’s becoming more of a runner now that his son, Niko, is 4 years old.
To the Grandparents - You can feel really good if you received a link to this show from one of your kids. This means that they really do care about you and are already thinking positive about ways in which you can all enjoy each others company when the new baby is born and how you can best help each other.
Michelle Beckner is a certified nutrition consultant and a mom of two. Michelle spent some time teaching starting solids, but has found her true passion to be supporting moms who are breastfeeding babies with food allergies and intolerances. Michelle herself has nursed both of her babies through dairy allergies and other food intolerances. She has recently weaned her youngest who is dairy egg and corn free. Michelle works to educate new and expecting moms on how to spot symptoms of allergies. She also works one on one and in groups to guide and encourage moms through this period of their breastfeeding journey.
I am going to limit this discussion having to do with one of the more common WLSurgeries that have the potential to cause rapid weight loss and make it difficult for you to absorb vital nutrients. A common W.bizLS is gastric bypass surgery where the stomach is made smaller and reroutes the intestines. Surgeries like this one and similar ones, result in rapid weight loss, lower daily intake and increase the risk factor for nutritional deficiencies. With this in mind, it is recommended that you work closely with your physician during pregnancy and postpartum. As a result of your surgery, you will need lifelong vitamin/mineral supplementation.
Shannon tells us about her breastfeeding journey with her son Luca and how she finally got the help she needed for her tongue tie baby. Shannon is the founder and CEO of SisterMom, a support website for moms. She is a licensed counselor with a Master of Science in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2001. Her clients include everyone from kids and families to Fortune 500 companies. She developed and teaches The Perspective Process™, which provides a solid foundation for happy relationships. In addition, she has a handsome Italian-American husband and feisty Italian-Irish-Native American son.
I am happy to report that based on current research, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD ) no longer advises moms to stop breastfeeding throughout the night. Current research shows that there is no conclusive evidence that prolonged breastfeeding or breastfeeding during the night increases the risk of early childhood cavities. It is likely this information may change... perhaps by the time you have your next baby, or perhaps 20 years from now when your baby has a baby, the advice will be different then what you are hearing today.
Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association, has a Masters in Nursing Education degree, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has been an IBCLC since 1992 and has worked with mothers and babies in a wide variety of breastfeeding situations in both the hospital and in private practice. She is a certified Peer Counselor trainer for the Texas WIC department. Kathy is a Compassion Fatigue Educator, specializing in perinatal and infant loss. She provides breastfeeding experience to families of all types and sizes.
Esther has been a professional doula for 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States and has been involved with birth and postpartum work since she was 18 years old. She studied Midwifery, Anthropology and Philosophy and has found them all to be pretty handy in life. She is a member of the SFDoulaGroup and offers consultation in addition to doula services.
Lori will be sharing her personal experience when she nursed her first baby, in public for the very first time. If you would like to share your “My first time” story with our listeners, go tocontact me page and send us your story. We will share your story on our website and perhaps read it out loud on a show – with your permission, of course!
Fiona shares her journey into becoming an IBCLC. Like so many of us who came into this profession, it was the birth of her first son that sparked her interest in helping other mothers breastfeed. When she was in the UK, Fiona worked in maternal health. The standard of care at that time was for moms to breastfeed for 6 weeks. She was living in Toronto at the time she had her first baby. The expectation was for her to breastfeed for 6 weeks. Fiona shares in detail how she broke that mold, went on to breastfeed longer than expected and increased her breastfeeding knowledge as she had more babies and grew into motherhood. Fiona gives very detailed information on the roles and titles of the various breastfeeding helpers and how she has been able to clearly define the roles to mothers she meets. We also learn how a chance meeting with a representative from GOLD Online led to her current position with GOLD.
Not knowing anyone who breastfed their baby, or never having seen another woman breastfeed her baby, I had no frame of reference , no role models in the breastfeeding arena. There was 1 book on the library shelf and it was The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, written by a group of woman from La Leche League. I did not get this book until after my daughter was born. So, the breastfeeding class was the only place I received information on preparing for breastfeeding and what to expect when my baby was born. There were many days and nights that were filled with painful breastfeeding and major sleep deprivation. I learned a lot along the way. Humor was helpful. My baby getting bigger was helpful. It took us a while, but soon breastfeeding became enjoyable and easy. Through my experience I learned to work hard to not judge another mother for the choices she makes. We are all doing the best we can. I choose to focus on education and support.
Come along with us on Tressa’s breastfeeding Journey. She shares with us personal stories of the early days of breastfeeding her first baby, breastfeeding during a pregnancy, what life was like tandem nursing, night weaning her toddler and child – led weaning with both her girls. Tressa really gives us a window into her early mothering days and humbles us as she shares her personal story of going through postpartum depression and how she helped herself get through it.
All About Breastfeeding, the place where the girls hang out has been a dream of mine for quite a long time. I may not have had the exact title in mind, however, I did know exactly what my goals for this show was long before the very first episode. I am happy to say that each Season I am able to meet my goals and provide you, my faithful listeners with an incredible amount of breastfeeding education... all FREE to you. During our few weeks break here at All About Breastfeeding, you will get to hear some of the earlier shows I recorded. Todays show is the very first show in which I talk about my Why. Why did I want to host this show and what was my motivation. While the show has evolved, my reasons for doing so have never waivered. I started off with a small group of people listening in just a few states, to now thousands of soon to be moms, new mothers, moms of 1,2 or more children. Lactation professionals and others in the field of lactation and maternal health, along with journalists and book authors and physicians and midwives. They are all listening to the show, which is now heard in well over 100 countries. I stopped counting a few months ago and I think this will be one of my jobs to update this info during my break. We will be back on October 30th with Season 7 and some brand new interviews. For right now, please enjoy the very first show I brought to you.