Breastfeeding FYI

Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding

"We need to trust our eyes when assessing...” Big, fat cheeks decrease space inside baby’s month, which allows for a better suck.  Check for good muscle tone around mouth: a well-defined mouth bow vs. an ill-defined upper lip lip retraction can indicate a lack of tone closed mouth during sleep…

Issues Affecting Lactation Onset

There are, at times, certain medical conditions that can affect the onset of lactation (lactogenisis). These need to be considered when there is a delay in mother’s milk “coming in.” Maternal hemorrhage - may cause pituitary gland’s failure to produce gonadotropins (Sheehan’s Syndrome) Retained placenta - interferes with hormonal signal for lactogenesis (in…

Just the Facts: Interesting Tidbits

This is a collection of facts I have acquired over the years from various conferences and workshops I have attended. Enjoy! If all women would breastfeed just 30 days, our nation would save 75 million dollars! (This includes cost to produce the product, the cost to purchase formula and accessories,…

Kangaroo Care - The Benefits of Breastfeeding to the Healthy Newborn

The skin-to-skin contact/holding of a newborn by parents is referred to as Kangaroo Care (KC). Beginning in 1979 in Bogata, Columbia, this technique was used in place of absent incubators as a method to provide warmth to babies. Since then, it has been supported worldwide for its use with premature…

Lactose Intolerance - The Myth of the Breastfed Baby

When a breastfed baby is fussy or “gasey,” we often tend to blame mom’s diet as a potential cause. Lately, more mention has been towards mom’s milk intake and its effects on baby’s GI system. Hopefully the following information will clear up the confusion. As most know, the enzyme lactase…

Milk Supply: Perception vs. Reality

A mom’s perception of having “not enough milk” is the major reason for early supplementation and/or discontinued breastfeeding in the first two weeks.Reasons for this perception: Misperceptions of baby’s behavior (interpreting baby incorrectly) Misinformation from others (in our bottle-feeding culture) Cluster feeding, though very normal, may be interpreted as “not…

Milk Transfer...Measuring High-Risk Intake"

Milk transfer is the actual transfer of milk from the breast to the baby. The usual considerations of "transfer" lack depth, and for those babies whose weight gain is of utmost concern, a more accurate measurement may be necessary. Generally for the healthy baby, gross measures of intake vs. output…

More New Moms Breastfeeding Here

Throughout the past five to six years, we have maintained about a 60 - 62 percent breastfeeding rate for mothers delivering at Prairie Lakes Hospital. This past year I’m thrilled to inform you of our raise to 70 percent! Nationwide, the rate has been 60 - 65 percent of breastfeeding…

Nipple Shields - Part 1

Nipple shields are commonly used in the OB area. Although it remains controversial, in some situations, the nipple shield can be a useful tool to help preserve breastfeeding. The next few FYI’s will detail appropriate and proper usage of nipple shields. When the usual strategies don’t work, nipple shields may…

Nipple Shields - Part 2

Finding the proper fit of a nipple shield is very important to its success. Currently, some nipple shield manufacturers are in the process of developing a wider range of sizes to make a good fit for both mom and baby.Finding the proper fit for baby is essential. If it’s too…
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