About Sara

My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012 and my second is due January 2014. As I embark on my own breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!

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Des hormones pour devenir mère

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


Un article de Marie-Caroline Bergouignan, IBCLC, commandité par les vêtements d’allaitement Momzelle.

Quand une femme devient enceinte, elle se prépare à accueillir son bébé. Mais que fait-elle pour se préparer à ce qui va changer sa vie : devenir mère ? La naissance d’un enfant est aussi la naissance d’une mère, d’un père et de parents.

La nature a bien fait les choses et nous aide à nous préparer à cette transformation. En effet, durant la grossesse, le travail, l’accouchement et tout le long de l’allaitement, notre corps sécrète des hormones qui transforment notre cerveau et développent notre cerveau maternel. Vous avez bien lu, les hormones nous aident à avoir des comportements maternels ! Je vous propose de regarder cela de plus près.

Pendant la grossesse, les hormones changent le cerveau pour le préparer à manifester des émotions et comportements maternels. Tout se met en place dans le cerveau pour que les circuits maternels fonctionnent.

Lors d’un accouchement normal et physiologique, les hormones permettent au bébé d’arriver alerte, calme et compétent pour allaiter et permettent à la mère d’accueillir son bébé de façon alerte, intéressée et désireuse de prendre soin de son bébé dès les premiers instants. La grossesse et l’accouchement physiologiques permettent de construire la confiance de la femme à devenir mère, à faire confiance en ses compétences et en celles de son bébé.

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Regardons en détail les différentes hormones en jeu.

L’ocytocine est appelée l’hormone de l’amour ou de la socialisation parce qu’elle est impliquée dans tout comportement social agréable. L’ocytocine, pendant le travail, active différentes parties du cerveau qui favorisent l’émergence de comportements maternels tels que aimer son bébé et chercher à rentrer en relation avec lui, aller vers son bébé qui pleure, prendre soin du bébé, lire les signes et les besoins du bébé. Mais elle a aussi pour effet de calmer d’autres zones du cerveau pour que la mère devienne plus agressive à protéger son bébé par exemple.

Juste avant de sortir, quand le bébé atteint la partie basse du vagin, le cerveau relâche une quantité maximale d’ocytocine. Dans les minutes qui suivent la naissance, si les conditions d’intimité et de sécurité sont réunies, si l’accouchement n’est pas perturbé ni les premiers moments entre la mère et le bébé, la mère aura un taux jamais égalé d’ocytocine. L’hormone va se retrouver dans le cerveau antérieur où s’organisent les comportements maternels et va diminuer l’anxiété du premier contact avec le nouveau-né et encourager ainsi le comportement maternel pour favoriser un attachement fort et immédiat avec l’enfant. Lors de chaque tétée, l’ocytocine aide la mère à relaxer et à baisser son niveau d’anxiété. Chaque fois que la mère allaite son enfant, celui-ci améliore donc en retour, par l’entremise de l’ocytocine, le lien qui l’unit à sa mère, le lien d‘attachement.

Les hormones ne travaillent pas seules ou de façon isolée. Même si l’ocytocine est la principale hormone en jeu pour les comportements maternels, d’autres sont essentielles pour lui permettre de faire son travail. Ainsi, la prolactine, les oestrogènes, les endorphines et l’adrénaline participent à ce processus, chacune à sa façon. Certaines favorisent des comportements maternels, d’autres favorisent directement le travail de l’ocytocine ou encore le développement de circuits maternels dans le cerveau.

L’adrénaline est très présente lors du premier regard entre la mère et son bébé et serait essentielle au lien d’attachement qui se crée à ce moment précis. Le croisement des regards est une étape importante du début de la relation mère-bébé chez les humains. Dr Pilliot, pédiatre français et initiateur de l’IAB (Initiative Amis des Bébés) en France, note cet instant comme étant le moment où la femme devient mère.

On peut donc comprendre que chaque intervention pendant la grossesse, l’accouchement et l’allaitement vient perturber tout ce processus hormonal. En effet, les interventions vont nuire, voir inhiber la sécrétion de ces hormones et ainsi perturber le sentiment de compétence chez la mère, désorganiser les compétences du bébé et en bout de ligne affecter le lien d’attachement.

Mais tout n’est pas perdu, même si vous n’avez pas eu un accouchement complètement naturel. Cela ne fera pas de vous une mauvaise mère irrécupérable !!

En favorisant le peau à peau avec votre bébé les premières semaines ainsi que l’allaitement à la demande, vous favorisez la sécrétion d’ocytocine et le processus qu’elle déclenche dans le cerveau.

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Michael Meaney, professeur en neurologie, a découvert que le type de soins dispensés par la mère en début de vie peut se répercuter directement sur le développement des systèmes de régulation cérébrale du stress, en modifiant la chimie de l’ADN de certains gènes. Ces effets persistent à l’âge adulte. Ceux qui ont reçu les soins de leur mère multiplient leurs neurones, leurs capacités, et les femelles deviennent plus tard, des mères tendres et habiles.

Il est donc primordial de prendre soin de ces premiers instants, du bébé et de la mère en devenir, et de protéger leur relation en développement. Il en va de l’avenir de cet enfant et de cette mère et certains auteurs vont jusqu’à dire qu’il en va de l’avenir de l’humanité !

Donc, laissez aller vos hormones pour améliorer vos compétences parentales!!

 

Bonne fête des mères!

 

Marie-Caroline Bergouignan

Consultante en lactation IBCLC

Au service de votre allaitement

www.sosallaitement.com

514-967-6206

 

Références

 

- The journey of becoming a mother de Judith Lothian, 2008, dans The Journal of Perinatal

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582416/

- L’amour scientifié, de Michel Odent, 2001

- Le cerveau maternel  de John Russell, Société de neuroendocrinologie, 2011

https://www6.inra.fr/societeneuroendocrino/Breves/12-Le-cerveau-maternel

- L’ocytocine : l’hormone qui crée des liens

http://lecerveau.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_04/d_04_m/d_04_m_des/d_04_m_des.html

- Early parenting informed by neuroscience, conférence de Jill Bergman, Grande Conférence de l’AQC 2013

- Le Dr Michael Meaney : plus de câlins, moins de stress ! de Liz Warwick, Bulletin du Centre d’excellence pour le développement des jeunes enfants, 2005

http://www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca/documents/BulletinVol4No2Oct05FR.pdf

- Michael Meaney : construire une Maison pour la vie, de Raul Ventura Junca, International association for the study of attachment, 2010

http://www.iasa-dmm.org/images/uploads/DMM%20NEWS%20%239%20August%2010%20French.pdf

- Les neurones-miroirs – L’épigénétique – La capacité d’apprendre, de Ioanna Mari, Organisation Mondiale des Associations pour l’Éducation Prénatale, 2009

http://www.omaep.com/publications/lectures-conseillees/neurones-miroirs/

- Ocytocine et stress de la mère au cours de la lactation en post-partum, de C. Boutet, L. Vercueil, C. Schelstraete, A. Buffin, J.J. Legros, Annales d’endocrinologie, vol.67, #3, 2006, pp.214-223

http://www.em-consulte.com/en/article/76807

- J’accouche bientôt : que faire de la douleur ? de Maïtie Trélaün, 2012

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Here we go again…Breastfeeding a new baby!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

It has already been over a week since the birth of my second child.  Time goes so fast!  I have been transported back to those early days of motherhood and back to the beginning of a breastfeeding relationship.  It has been two years since I was cuddled with a newborn, spending the days skin to skin getting to know each other.  My toddler weaned during the first trimester of this pregnancy.  My most recent memory of breastfeeding is wrangling a 14 month old at bedtime.  Newborns and all their nuances are a whole different nursing experience.

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My breastfeeding journey with my daughter began with a rough start, as you can read here.  Working through obstacles in those early days lead to over a year long, fabulous breastfeeding relationship.  I wanted to make sure that I could give my son the same nourishment and bonding that I found with my daughter.  I prepared for our journey the best I could on my end.  I had a natural birth at a baby friendly hospital.  I had immediate skin to skin after birth and encouraged him to latch within an hour.  But a newborn has to learn his part too!

Initially, the latch caused pain.  I was careful to break the latch and start again right away to spare my nipples.  We spent the first hours after birth skin to skin and learning.  Perhaps my experience as a second time mom made all the difference, but we are off to a great start!  I have been patient with the slight discomfort that comes with such sudden attention on the nipples.  There is such a different feel to this “slight discomfort” versus the intense pain of cracked, damaged nipples the first time around.

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I am really enjoying being back in the newborn phase of breastfeeding.  He and I have fallen in love and I can’t wait to watch him grow off the nutrients and emotions of breastfeeding!

Did breastfeeding go better the second time around?  How did your experience with your first help you with your second?

 

 

The Best Baby Gift

Monday, January 20th, 2014

This post was written by a guest blogger, my mom!  I’m honoured to have her attending the birth of my second child (any day now, I’m forty weeks this week!) as both my mother and my doula.  Here she shares her experience as a grandmother, mother, doula and former breastfeeder.

 

The best gift for a new baby is not the absolutely adorable layette you just couldn’t stop yourself from buying, or the latest piece of baby equipment Mom said she just must have, or the personalized silver spoon or piggy bank.  The best baby gift in my opinion is time with a Lactation Consultant.  I hope by sharing our experiences I will be able to convince you that this is true.

 

When my oldest daughter was pregnant with her first child I thought I knew it all.  I had worked as an RN on the postpartum floor in my first profession.  I had breastfed for a total of 3 years of my life with great support from the leaders and moms at La Leche League.  I had delivered my second child at home.  I had trained as a doula (although my life had become too transient to support a career as such).  My daughter and I had numerous conversations about nursing plus had done extensive reading on current thoughts.  After an amazing drug free delivery which I was honoured to attend, nothing could prepare us for her first breastfeeding experience with the pain of cracked nipples, anxiety about supply then a blocked duct (the severity of which both her GP & I missed), leading to mastitis and an abscess requiring surgery.  It was not surprising that my tearful daughter told me at six weeks or so that she was switching to formula.  I think she felt like she was letting me down & I was so sorry to have added any pressure to her experience.  I totally understood when she said that what she was going through was harming the bond with her beautiful baby.

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With her second pregnancy we were fortunate enough to go to Dr. Jack Newman‘s wonderful clinic in Toronto before delivery and then have their support postpartum.  The decision to have one of his trained lactation consultants make a home visit was what contributed most to a very different scenario than the first time.  These are the experts.  A lactation consultant can determine if there are any physical challenges, either with you or the babe.  She will help with the all-important latch by offering innumerable tips on positioning for you & the baby.  She will be a calm & confident presence amongst the hormone drenched & sleep deprived thoughts of your addled brain.  My daughter went on to a very successful breastfeeding experience.

 

Next comes my youngest daughter.  Again, I witnessed an amazing drug free delivery, this time at the only designated Baby Friendly hospital in Montreal.  She had a short, very supportive stay where skin-to-skin was the norm for both Mom & Dad. Then came Day 3 when the tsunami of emotions, discomfort & milk coming in hit its peak.  Time to call in the Lactation Consultant.  We were able to contact one who came over within hours and again she set the stage for a very successful breastfeeding experience from then on.  You can read my daughter’s perspective on the experience here.  I still did not have the skill or techniques that would assist in this endeavour but I did have the time to research online for help and the energy to make the number of phone calls necessary to find someone available.

 

We are now waiting for our first grandson’s arrival.  The lactation consultant is on speed dial although the hospital now has lactation trained nurses on hand as well. Yes, I have succumbed to purchasing the cutest baby boy attire but if the need arises or just to make my daughter feel better I will be using the phone again to call in the expert because the best gift you can give a new baby is the best start possible in this world and I believe that is through breastfeeding.

Did you get help from a lactation consultant?  How did it impact your breastfeeding journey?

Find a certified lactation consultant in your area here.

Find breastfeeding challenges and answers here.

Teach Me How To Breast Feed – Video!

Friday, August 16th, 2013

When I played this video, my 18 month old couldn’t stop dancing :)

The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Child

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Today’s post is by a guest blogger, Rachel.  See her bio at the bottom of the post.  

What is your favourite benefit of breastfeeding? 

Breastfeeding your child has many benefits for both yourself and your baby. Although some women are uncomfortable about the idea, it’s a process of nature that can be healthier for your child than any can of Similac. Many doctors encourage breastfeeding as opposed to simulated food sources because of the amount of benefits that are inherent with the process.  How can breast milk benefit you and your child?

1. Immunity System – Vitamins and minerals within breast milk improve the baby’s immunity system, which can prevent a long list of afflictions and reduce the impact of those that happen. Many case studies show that breastfed babies are less likely to develop illnesses concerning everything from a stomach virus to meningitis. Studies also show a reduced risk from SIDs not related to suffocation.

2. Allergies – Breastfed babies have been documented to have fewer allergies as compared to alternative methods of feeding. This can greatly help as babies can develop reactions to various materials in everyday life that could complicate your lifestyle. This isn’t saying your baby will never develop an allergy, only that the risks are far less of the situation happening for those babies that are breastfed.

3. Adapting to Life – Breastfed babies are less like to develop ailments such as diarrhea. It can also influence the reduction of developing an ear infection for babies that have spent the first six months of their lives breastfeeding. Respiratory illnesses are also decreased from the use of breast milk.

4. Doctor Visits – Babies that are breastfed are less likely to develop complications reducing the number of times you need to take him or her in to the hospital. As breast milk is essentially the ultimate source of food for the baby, problems concerning health are less likely to happen.

5. Bonding – The baby feels safe and secure as he or she can feel your warmth and your skin. It is this bonding between mother and child that causes many people to buy babywearing clothing and packs. A comfortable baby is a happy baby. This could help solidify future bonding with your child and start your life together properly.

6. Weight Loss – Did you know breastfeeding can help you lose weight by burning calories faster? Your body can burn up to 20 calories for every ounce of breast milk that is developed. It is quite possible that your baby can help you burn away hundreds of calories per day without you lifting a single finger to do so.

7. Money Saving – If you plan on breastfeeding your child, you can save a great deal of money on bottles, nipples, inserts and other bottle-related paraphernalia. Unless you plan on using a breast pump and a bottle for times you are away from your child, a great deal of money and effort can be saved.

Breast milk is the ultimate source of nutrition that your child needs in order to develop in a healthy way. This isn’t saying that other methods are unsafe, but breastfeeding is superior in almost every way.

Author Bio:

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

My Most Helpful Breastfeeding Tip

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is your tips to succeed. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

The one single most important breastfeeding tip every mom should know

By Christine Poirier-Brotchie

I’m really glad I attended a breastfeeding class when I was pregnant.  It was given by a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) at St-Joseph Hospital, in Toronto, and it lasted about two hours. There, I heard the one single most important breastfeeding tip that saved my breastfeeding relationship before it had even started.

It can be summed up in a few words: “Open wide like a crocodile”.

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Imagine a crocodile’s mouth, full of sharp teeth, ready to take a chunk of flesh off you. Picture it slightly opened and biting the end of your finger tip. You can do the exercise by clawing your right hand’s finger nails over your left hand’s index.  It would not be surprising if you experienced a sharp pain. Now imagine the same crocodile’s mouth, this time wide open, gulping in not only the tip of a finger, but the whole hand. Try it with your right hand’s fingers over your left hand. What do you feel? The pain miraculously disappears as the teeth’s pressure is spread over a larger skin area.

The same principle applies to your baby’s mouth over your nipple.  A slightly opened mouth that only takes in the tip of a nipple will undoubtly hurt. One that is wide open, and that takes in as much breast tissue as possible, will be pain-free.

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I remember looking at my daughter in the eye and repeating, “open WIDE, baby”, while mimicking the gesture myself to show her what I meant. I might have looked silly, but avoiding nipple injury was my priority. When I felt the beginning of a tiny little stinging pain (usually right at the start of a feed), I’d insert a finger in the corner of her mouth to break the suction and we’d start over again, until we were both happy and pain-free.

Had you heard of the “open wide like a crocodile” tip before? What is your single most important breastfeeding tip?

 


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My Lactation Life Saver

Friday, July 26th, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about your go-to breastfeeding resource. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

It’s been almost a year and a half since the Sunday afternoon that I met Deb.
Deb is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and was the most influential and supportive person I met on my breastfeeding journey.  I only knew her for two hours, but that was all the time it took to get my daughter and I on the right page (or latch in this case).

My labour and delivery at a Baby Friendly hospital was smooth.  We were in an optimal setting to succeed at breastfeeding; natural childbirth, immediate skin-to-skin, latching within an hour, rooming in, breastfeeding support during our stay (from the nurses).  My daughter was peeing and pooping like a champ so the staff was thrilled.  Still, something was not right.  Within twelve hours, my nipples were cracked.  It was painful, but I had understood there is an adjustment period so I tried not to be stressed.

At home two days later I had a screaming baby who was refusing my breast and a bleeding nipple that felt more painful than my unmedicated birth!  My desire and determination to breastfeed was strong, but I was getting scared.  I hated the idea that my baby was hungry.  So we googled IBCLC’s in the Montreal area and Deb was available that afternoon.

She was calm and confident.  She oozed with experience and expertise and I felt at ease with her.  She watched my daughter and I latch and suggested a position I had not come across in the many books and articles I’d read about breastfeeding.  She introduced us to the reclining/self-attaching position, in which I recline and place Adèle on my chest and let her initiate the latch.  There was something magic in that position for us.  Deb gave us a few more suggestions, website links to more info and promised to call to check up with us in two days.  Was it her confidence in me that I could do this?  Was it simply a new position?  I’m not sure exactly what it was, but I breastfed my daughter for over a year with no further complications.

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Calling an expert was the single most important decision in my breastfeeding journey.  I had lots of support from family, hospital staff and public health nurses, but they just couldn’t quite fix our problem.  Having the resources of an expert was what made a huge difference.

Did a lactation consultant help you overcome a breastfeeding obstacle?

 


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The Biggest Breastfeeding Myth Is…

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about breastfeeding myths and dispelling them. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

 

My vote for the biggest breastfeeding myth is…

“My baby needs a formula top-up”

The biggest breastfeeding myth, in my opinion, is that if babies drink a formula “top-up”, it is because they are still hungry (implying that some of us don’t produce enough milk to satisfy our babies). Babies have the reflex to swallow… and they get overfed. Giving these top-ups to our babies create obstacles for us moms and puts our own milk supply in danger. A baby who just had a giant “top-up” might skip a drink at the breast after and, the less often the baby drinks at the breast, the less milk we produce.

I think it is a very insidious thing, because as adults, we eat more because we are still hungry (hmmm, wait a second, is that always true?). It goes against our natural instinct to think that a baby who drinks from a bottle might not be thirsty. From birth to around 5 months, a baby will start sucking when his lips are touched from all sides (when put at the breast, with a finger, a soother or when bottle-fed), not only when he is hungry.

If a baby shows signs of hunger after having been at the breast, have a good look at the latch and make sure the baby really swallows milk (and is not only sucking at the breast without swallowing). If he is, and he is gaining weight, and he looks healthy, then the reason for his cries – if that was the late hunger cue – might lie elsewhere (and I’m not going into the thousands of options here!). The trouble with bottles compared to breasts, is that the baby does not control the flow from a bottle and can’t really stop on his own when he’s done. It’s also tricky when the parent holds the bottle, because it’s easy to feel like the baby has to drink it all. On the other hand, you can’t overfeed your baby at the breast.

I particularly appreciate this problem because, like many other North-Americans who struggle with their weight, I have such a hard time evaluating what a right size portion should be. I weigh, I measure, I eyeball, I weigh myself and I obsess with it. Babies are so much brighter. They naturally know what their portion should be. Unless we interfere with their natural ability by feeding them “controlled portions”, they will, at the breast, recognize when they are full and stop drinking by themselves, and this early self-learning will last for years. Some studies show that the longer a baby is exclusively breastfed, the lower his risk for becoming overweight is compared to those who were bottle-fed.

Sometimes I wish I was a breastfeding baby!

What’s the biggest breastfeeding myth in your opinion?

 


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My Favourite Online Breastfeeding Lifelines

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about websites that helped you in your breastfeeding journey. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!

 


 

Breastfeeding and social media support

These are the days of the internet.  And boy, I’m glad I found out about community Facebook pages and Twitter chats as I began my breastfeeding journey.  Through my work as social media girl for Momzelle I was fortunate to discover some great breastfeeding pages.

Previous to getting pregnant, I never thought to join forums or “like” facebook pages for advice or support for any particular issue.  Throughout my pregnancy, as I researched natural birth and breastfeeding, I was pleasantly surprised by how many women reach out to each other through these facets.  I learned so much and felt a part of a very supportive community.

Here are a few of my favourite online breastfeeding lifelines:

The Leaky Boob facebook page: An amazing community of over 100,000 like-minded breastfeeding mamas.  Post a question on the wall and get many different perspectives and experiences to help you make a decision (or just not feel alone!).  I found myself scouring the wall everyday and finding women going through exactly what I was; whether it was cracked nipples, biting, or simply gazing at my nursling in awe.

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Breastfeeding Inc.:  Dr. Jack Newman is an incredibly knowledgable guy!  His website has information on every breastfeeding topic imaginable.  It is an amazing resource and my go to place for breastfeeding trouble-shooting.  My sister went to his clinic in Toronto when she recovered from a nasty case of mastitis and needed guidance and confidence to try breastfeeding again.

Kellymom:  A very thorough and supportive website.  Any time I would doubt breastfeeding on demand or to sleep or past a year, I found myself comforted with evidence-based, relatable and personable advice.

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Following @nancyholtzman and @NurturedChild on Twitter:  Nancy Holtzman and Fleur Bickford are amazing IBCLC’s (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) that tweet breastfeeding related things all day long.  Nancy holds breastfeeding webinars as well as Twitter parties and answers her followers individual questions.  Fleur tweets invaluable advice that promotes secure attachment and a warm, responsive breastfeeding relationship.

There are so many websites, facebook pages and twitter personalities that encourage and inform us about breastfeeding.  What are your favourites?

 


 

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My Breastfeeding Journey: Cracked nipples and an LC

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

As I approached 41 weeks in my first pregnancy, I was feeling the pressure from the medical community.  Setting an induction date was brought up at my 40 week appointment and it set my emotions on a roller coaster.  My desire for an unmedicated, minimal intervention birth was feeling under attack.

Lots of walking, squatting and two membrane sweeps later and I went into labour at exactly 41 weeks.  I appreciated the amazing, supportive feedback that I received from the Momzelle facebook page and comments on this blog.  Women who could empathize with the pressure to set an induction date and encouragement to stand my ground.

My labour was intense and graciously speedy!  We welcomed our little girl, Adèle on Feb. 16th at 4:25am.  She weighed 8lbs 1oz.  My birth plan was respected and we had the most wonderful labour and delivery nurse.  Sue kept me focused and kept the atmosphere in the room calm.

We were especially pleased with our experience at Montreal’s only Baby Friendly hospital.  Adèle was placed on my chest immediately and we had constant skin to skin contact for the 36 hour hospital stay.  She latched on within an hour.  We were on our way…

 

I have read and researched so much about breastfeeding!  I am lucky enough that my job introduced me to so many resources.  I scoured Kellymom.com, joined the Leaky Boob facebook page, read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding and yet

Within the first twelve hours of feeding my sweet little girl, my nipples were cracked and bleeding!  Two days later I was home and crying.  Adèle was losing weight (totally normal, I know, but still stressful!) and I was dreading each feeding.  I knew the latch must be wrong but I didn’t know how to fix it.  My mother, who nursed my sister and I into toddlerhood, didn’t know how to fix it.  The public health nurse had a few tips, but didn’t know how to fix it.

So three days after giving birth, we called a lactation consultant.  It was the best call I’ve ever made.  This wonderful woman came to our house, oozed with expertise and experience and spent two hours observing and talking with us.  She introduced us to the reclining/self-attaching position, in which I recline and place Adèle on my chest and let her initiate the latch.  I can’t say exactly what it was that this LC did that fixed our problem, but I think the confidence she gave me was definitely a big factor.  Now, at three weeks old, my daughter has a double chin and I am so proud:)

Did you get help from a lactation consultant?  How did it impact your breastfeeding journey?

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