What is an IBLC?
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are recognized worldwide as vital members of the health care team providing high quality lactation care and services to new mothers and infants. IBCLCs possess the only standardized, board certiﬁed lactation credential available, and are:
- Knowledgeable about up-to-date, evidence-based practices in lactation as demonstrated through a rigorous exam process
- Experienced in a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations
- Competent to assist mothers with establishing and sustaining breastfeeding, even in the midst of difﬁculties and high-risk situations
- Sensitive to the needs of parents and children as they work to help mothers reach their breastfeeding goals
- Ethical in their practice, abiding by Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics and working within a deﬁned Scope of Practice
For more information, visit ilca.org
What is skin-to-skin?
Skin-to-skin contact with your baby, also called kangaroo mother care, is a wonderful way to bond. The warmth of your body, the sound of your heartbeat, and the tone of your voice will calm and soothe your infant. Skin-to-skin contact will keep your baby warm, and regulate your baby’s heart rate and breathing, which helps to conserve your baby’s energy. Mothers should remain in skin-to-skin contact with their new baby as much as possible, as this helps increase mother’s milk supply and improves breastfeeding. Parents may also take turns! Separation from their parents causes stress for newborns. When your baby cries, you can provide immediate comfort by placing your baby on your chest, skin-to-skin.
Learn more about skin-to-skin contact: http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/why-kmc-works.aspx
What is hand expression?
Manual breast stimulation is a simple way to help increase your milk supply. Hand expression of colostrum is recommended frequently in the first few days after birth. Research has shown that this easy technique is very effective, as it accelerates breast milk production and helps mothers produce a more abundant milk supply.
Watch hand expression video: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html
What is colostrum?
Many mothers are unsure about their milk supply, and worry that their baby may not be getting enough breast milk during feedings. It is normal to see only drops of colostrum in the beginning. Colostrum is the early milk, considered “liquid gold”, because it is nutrient dense and contains antibodies to help protect your baby from infections. Every drop of colostrum is valuable. Remember that your baby is born with a very small stomach, so only small amounts of colostrum are needed in the first 1-2 days of your baby’s life.
Learn more: http://www.llli.org/faq/colostrum.html
How to hand express colostrum into a spoon: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/ABCs.html#HandExpression
What about engorgement?
Colostrum usually changes color and increases in volume 3-5 days after birth. Breasts become larger and heavier, sometimes hard and uncomfortable, as the breasts begin to produce more milk. Mild engorgement is normal and usually lasts 12-48 hours. During this time, breastfeed your baby as much as possible. Ensure proper positioning and latch, your breasts should feel softer and more comfortable after nursing. Continued hand expression may also provide relief from engorgement. If you are having difficulty with breastfeeding, pumping may be necessary.
View massage techniques for breast engorgement: http://bfmedneo.com/resources/videos/
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What about the latch?
A comfortable latch is important for successful breastfeeding. Babies with a deep latch trigger more milk to flow, so babies are well satiated. A shallow latch often causes pain, nipple damage, and may put mother’s milk supply at risk.
For more information about latching-on:
Watch an animated latch: http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com/animatedlatch.html
More about infant feeding cues: http://breastfeedingpartners.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=148&Itemid=392
What is laid-back nursing?
Imagine yourself reclined in bed or on the couch watching tv. This “laid-back” position is recommended for mothers who have soreness and pain during breastfeeding. Laid-back nursing is a comfortable way to keep baby well supported for feedings and allows gravity to deepen baby’s latch.
View laid-back nursing: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
What about pumping?
Whether you are having difficulty with breastfeeding or planning to return to work, many mothers choose to pump their milk for later use. If your milk supply is plentiful, a breast pump purchased from the baby store will help maintain your milk production. A hospital-grade rental pump is recommended if your baby was born prematurely, if you are having difficulty with breastfeeding, or if you are struggling with low milk supply.
Learn more about the Ameda Platinum hospital-grade breast pump: http://www.ameda.com/breast-pumps/multi-user-breast-pumps/ameda-platinum-breast-pump/using-platinum-with-hygienikit-video
Learn more about the Medela Symphony hospital-grade breast pump:
For more information about breast milk collection and storage: http://womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/pumping-and-breastmilk-storage.html
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