Successful Breastfeeding Blog
Evidence based advice, support, and education for modern families.
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.
Ever wonder why your young toddler doesn't want anything but buttered noodles and cheerios?! Because some days, I am at a total loss of what to feed my little 2-year-old! Kelly jumped on a podcast with Amy from Yummy Toddler Food to share some incredible tips to make feeding your little babes way less stressful!
2/21/2020 0 Comments
This is an umbrella word for a ton of different illnesses, anything from your basic cold to croup to bronchiolitis and pneumonia a lot in between. Upper respiratory symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, draining from the nose and/or eyes. Lower respiratory symptoms can be chest congestion, coughing, wheezing, belly pain, and fever. They can be scary and labor intensive for parents.
1/31/2020 0 Comments
SICKNESS BLOG SERIES: #1 Fevers
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.
Having a baby is a LIFE CHANGING MOMENT; we all know that. But what we may not truly grasp until after we are holding that new baby all hours of the night, is just how we FEEL about our new identity that was also born.
Hannah Lamprey, of the Fourth Trimester Collective, joins Kelly on the Successful Breastfeeding Podcast to talk about discovering their new identity after having their babies and how they began to thrive in their new roles once they added "MOTHER" to their name.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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