Successful Breastfeeding Blog
Evidence based advice, support, and education for modern families.
Welcome to the very first episode of my rebranded podcast: The Lactation Nerd Podcast.
Quick question for you... When you were getting prenatal care, did you receive a breast or chest assessment from your provider to check for any risk factors that could complicate your lactation journey?
My guess would be that you did not, as most of us don't. It's not standard practice, at least not here in the U.S., but it really needs to be.
There are a few markers your provider, or lactation consultant, can look for that could mean you may struggle to produce milk. Knowing prenatally you have low supply indicators could save a baby’s life, a new parent’s sanity, and give them the opportunity to get comfortable with a combo feeding plan if they would still like to partially provide their milk if they don’t end up producing enough. Sadly, many, like my guest Kaia Lacy, don’t find out until it is much too late.
If you’re breastfeeding your child into toddlerhood, congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment. But maybe you’re to the point where you want to keep nursing, but you’d also like a full night sleep. And if your little one is in the habit of having their all-night buffet available, sleep can be difficult to come by.
Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of support for moms of breastfeeding toddlers. It seems like we assume that once you’ve gotten through those first few months of stress over latch and supply, you should have all the answers. But that’s simply not true.
And because we emphasize the importance of breastfeeding (which is great!), we forget to support moms and children through changes in their breastfeeding journey. We’re working to change this dynamic and find ways to help moms through the toddler breastfeeding years.
With that said, it’s possible to night wean a toddler without having to end nursing entirely. But it takes a little thoughtful preparation. That’s why I love my friend Samantha’s PREP Method Masterplan for night weaning. After night weaning 4 kids of her own, she’s learned a lot about how to get your child used to waiting for morning for the nursies.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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