A Pleasant Day At Work

I really do love the work I do.  Sometimes I get the opportunity to work with a mother and baby who amaze me with their ability.  Last week I was able to witness a mother and baby who, despite lots of trying, had not been able to make breastfeeding work for them.  This diligent mum pumped her milk to maintain her supply and the baby was fed with a bottle.  After a little bit of homework, this...
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Before Baby Is Born

I am sometimes asked why I would need to see a pregnant woman about breastfeeding before the baby is even born.  It’s a good question and one that has many answers. Some of the reasons a mother may wish to see an IBCLC during pregnancy are relate to a medical condition she may have.  There are a few medical conditions which mean that the mother needs to keep a particularly close eye on how her...
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Keeping Up-To-Date

Keeping up to date is a big part of being an IBCLC – making sure practice is evidence-based.  This week I have been fortunate enough to experience some local and world-renowned speakers who I found inspiring. Kathleen Marinelli is a neonatologist and Director of her hospital’s Lactation Support Services.  Her dynamic talk was on a gut disorder in babies and breastfeeding’s role...
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The Great Dummy Debate – A Personal Perspective From An IBCLC

All my children had dummies…. Was this a good thing?  The answer is both yes and no for me.  For my first child, having a dummy was the means to an end and also the beginning of a slippery slope to early weaning. When I brought my first beautiful newborn baby home from hospital, I was elated.  This lovely scene came crashing down around me when breastfeeding went very wrong.  My baby was drowsy...
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