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“Crap.” I could tell I had a problem the minute I rolled over in bed. It felt like I had a ping pong ball sized breast implant made of fire on one side. I looked at the clock. Ten more minutes until the baby usually wakes up. I could just nurse him and clear the clog. Nope. It took me a full 24hrs to clear it using ALL my IBCLC tricks. I was scared of mastitis during a pandemic. It was the last thing I wanted to be dealing with. Mastitis and clogs are most common during the first few weeks postpartum and during weaning. Where did this one come from? Why did I get a clog 14 months into nursing when we’d made NO changes and I’m not prone to them at all? Why was it so hard to clear?
On today’s episode, we hear the wisdom and words from Autumnn Gaines, who is the subject of an iconic and powerful photo taken during a recent peaceful protest following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.
A clogged duct is one of the most annoying parts about breastfeeding. Even when things are going well, you might find baby slept through the night for the first time and you woke up engorged with a clogged duct. Or you accidentally wore the wrong kind of bra that caused some weird pressure, leaving you with a hard rock like spot (or multiple) in your breast.
If there is one problem plaguing breastfeeding women I would have to say oversupply is a top contender. We talk a lot about oversupply for good reason. Actually, our top blog post of all time covers this topic in depth... and it's popular for a reason.
What is oversupply? I'm glad you asked! Oversupply is a breastfeeding condition where the lactating individual is producing more milk than their baby can actually drink, usually in excessive amounts. I'm not talking being able to pump a reasonable amount like 3-4 extra ounces in 24 hours, I'm talking about people who are expressing several ounces (or more) multiple times every day. Having too much milk may seem like a good thing, right? In reality though it can make your body uncomfortable, and can cause symptoms of lactose overload in your baby- which leads to a very sad baby. (And also early weaning... I'll get to that in a minute... first I need to touch on something else important.)
While I sit here watching my two littles play dinosaurs together, I have more than five girlfriends that are all giving birth to their first baby very, very soon. And there are so many things I want them to know, but most of all I want them to remember, I've got your back mama, and however I can support you, I will.
Allison got emotional today. There's so many fears about this virus in our community, in the lactation world, and especially with our private clients (Yes, we've had COVID-19 positive clients.)
COVID-19 has hit the US and we are on lock down here in Michigan. We can't get in to see our pediatricians, OBs, general doctors, even our ER and hospitals are flooded. Stores and "non-essential" places are on lock down too, and our governor has issued an executive "shelter in place" order. Unfortunately this also means things have drastically and suddenly changed for anyone preparing to give birth any time soon. Hospitals are limiting, or denying visitors, which is leaving some women without the ability to birth with their doula's, or beloved family at their sides. And the shelter in place has left new families without the professional support and community they need to get through these early weeks. This has left many asking, "What am I supposed to do???".
Though these very drastic measures are necessary to stop the spread of the Corona Virus, it's leaving those of us who are expecting babies soon very worried. What does this mean for you, and what can you do? It's not reasonable to expect anyone to forgo prenatal education for birth and breastfeeding, and even more so not ok to ask new families to give up postpartum support.
Congratulations!! You're thinking about breastfeeding and looking for some tips, or maybe you've just had your baby. Either way you've stopped in the right place.
If we haven't met yet (I'm Kelly btw) then you probably don't know too much about me and what we do here at Successful Breastfeeding. I'll spare you all the details for now, and give you the short run down. We are a team of lactation experts, and wrote this post based on our almost 20 years of combined experience to help you prepare for your own Successful Breastfeeding Journey!
So, whether you're making plans and preparing for your baby's arrival or looking for some tips and suggestions for right now.... click on through and check out our tips that are proven to make breastfeeding as easy as possible!
3/3/2020 0 Comments
SICKNESS BLOG SERIES: #3 Vomiting and Diarrhea
We’ve all been there. It’s 3AM and we hear it. A cough. Throwing up. A cry that just doesn’t sound right. One of my jobs as a pediatric nurse is phone triage. Parents want to know how to treat their child at home, or when it’s a more serious problem that should be addressed by a physician. This blog series is not meant to be medical advice and if you have concerns about your child, you should call their doctor or seek emergency care. But I’ll go over some basic symptoms you might encounter in your baby’s first year, and how to protect your breastfeeding relationship while you work through them.
Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE
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