Archive for June, 2011

Breastfeeding Myths Galore!

June 19, 2011

These are things that I see or read every day: From my clients, from professionals and websites focusing on newborn issues. I know that one post cannot squash these myths completely, but if this helps just a few moms obtain correct information, I’ll be very happy! Each one of these statements could be an entire post. As time goes on, I hope to link each myth with a thorough explanation as to why it’s a myth. But for now, read these and remember they are MYTHS!

Breastfeeding is painful for the first few weeks.

Engorgement is normal and is a sign that everything is going well.

There is not enough milk during the first few days after the birth, so most babies need some formula until the milk “comes in.”

Many women do not produce enough milk.

A baby should be on the breast for a certain amount of time.

A mother should wash her nipples with soap before feeding the baby.

Pumping is a good way of knowing how much milk you have.

If your breasts don’t feel full, that means your milk supply is inadequate.

If a mother is planning to breastfeed, she should buy a pump.

Infant formulas are almost the same as breast milk.

Doctors know a lot about breastfeeding.

Some babies are lactose intolerant.

Nipples need to “toughen up” in order to breastfeed.

If you give a baby a bottle, he will not like the breast any more.

If you breastfeed you will sleep less than if you bottle feed.

You can’t eat your favorite foods if you breastfeed.

You can’t have a glass of wine if you breastfeed.

Breastfeeding makes your breasts sag.

Breastfeeding takes a lot of time.

Dads can’t bond with the baby if baby is breastfed.

If you breastfeed, everyone can see your breasts.

After 6 months, breast milk provides no more benefit to the baby.

If you have twins or more, you will definitely need to use formula.

If your baby is gassy or cries a lot, it means he is allergic to your milk.

Your baby will sleep longer at night if you give her a bottle of formula.

If your baby doesn’t breastfeed in the first week, he probably never will.

If you have flat nipples, your baby won’t be able to breastfeed.

If your nipples are too big, your baby won’t be able to breastfeed.

If your breasts are too small, too big, too (fill in the blank), you won’t be able to breastfeed.

Have you encountered any myths about breastfeeding? Have you heard some things that just don’t sound right? Please, post them here in the comments box. I would love to hear from you!

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Breastfeeding Support in Seattle!

June 19, 2011

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I am happy to announce a new service!  Renee Beebe at The Second9Months is offering a weekly drop-in support group every monday morning at Dragonfly Holistic Healing in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, weigh your baby, check your baby’s latch and meet other breastfeeding moms. My intern and I will both be there, so you will definitely get some individualized help.  We meet every monday, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.  The details can be found on my facebook page or on you can go directly to the flyer online.  There is no need to RSVP.

 

*This event is a great place to “fine tune” your technique and ask questions.  It is not meant to take the place of an actual consultation for breastfeeding problems.  If you need more help than can be provided in a group setting, I will recommend that you make a private appointment with a lactation consultant.

To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle?

June 1, 2011
Halo SleepSack Swaddle

Halo SleepSack Swaddle

Many parents find that swaddling helps their newborn sleep for longer stretches. For sleep deprived parents, this is a good thing. But is swaddling good for babies?

Swaddling done correctly should not cause any problems for your baby’s physical development. A recent study published in the journal, Pediatrics, demonstrated that the practice of baby wrapping for extended periods in Mongolia, caused no harm. The Mongolian infants reached motor milestones right on target. Still it’s important to follow some common-sense guidelines to make sure your swaddling technique does not interfere with your baby’s development.

Dr. Charles Price, director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) in Orlando, offers the following words of wisdom:

  • Swaddle so that your baby can move her legs a bit. Pinning her legs down or pressing them together forces her hips and knees into an extended position. This extension can lead to hip problems.
  • Look for a a swaddle blanket that is approved by the IHDI. One example is “Halo SleepSack Swaddle.” Baby’s arms can be snug, but her legs can move.
  • Use cotton or other light fabric that allow breathability and movement.
  • Swaddling should stop when your baby can roll over.

And here’s a tip from me: It’s easy to over-heat a baby with swaddling. Make sure your baby is warm, of course, but she should not be sweating when she’s sleeping. Many babies are very comfortable with a light sleeper covered with a swaddle. Too many layers—especially with synthetic fabrics– makes for a too warm baby! 

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