You Can Buck The Trend

In the United States, 79% of infants start out being breastfed, but by 6 months, that number has dropped to 49%. By 12 months, it’s even lower at 27%. And all this is happening despite a rising number of lactation consultants. Most moms don’t plan on “falling off the wagon” with breastfeeding. But even with more breastfeeding help available, moms and babies still aren’t getting the help they need. 

A lot of this is because of the model we have set up for breastfeeding help: take a short class during pregnancy that gives you a few tips and then come into a clinic if you have problems. But low breastfeeding rates from the previous decades have left us with a huge information gap to contend with along with a growing list of challenges like babies with special needs, premature babies, working and pumping and legal issues. I don’t have all the answers to your breastfeeding problems. Breastfeeding is incredibly individual. But here are some things that the Birth Multiverse approach can do for you:

  • Thorough troubleshooting information. If you encounter a problem, don’t panic, just log into the classroom and you’ll probably find an answer.
  • Available day and night online because breastfeeding problems don’t always occur during business hours.
  • Give you an honest assessment of the benefits and risks so that you can make truly informed decisions.
  • Creative problem solving. Travel a lot for work? Lost your milk supply? Haven’t been able to make enough milk from the start? Baby won’t take the breast? There are more answers than formula! Breastfeeding may look different for you depending on you and your baby’s situation, but it is for every mom and baby!
  • Combines the scientific and the holistic. I thoroughly research the science behind different remedies and strategies and believe that both science and nature have things to offer. Get the best of both worlds.
  • Welcome partially breastfeeding mothers! Breast surgery, breast hypoplasia and a few other conditions mean that a few women will not be able to make a full milk supply. That’s OK. Come find out what you can do to maximize breastfeeding for you and your baby.

With the right information and actionable strategies, you can stack the odds in your favor. I’d like to help you!

Scholarships are available for 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 of enrollment fees. Contact me to apply. Put “Scholarship” in the subject line. =)

Healthier, Happier, Easier: Breastfeeding in the Real World

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, right?

Yes and no.

Breastfeeding is very natural and instinctual, but it’s also a learned skill. And that learned skill was almost non-existent for much of the 20th century, which means that most mothers have very limited support as they learn breastfeeding. Without the knowledge and experience of other women, most mothers who start out breastfeeding quit early, not knowing that the problem they face has other solutions beyond weaning.

It’s time breastfeeding classes changed.

Go beyond the basics with the first breastfeeding class with a curriculum based on feedback and experiences from real moms.  This class assumes that your baby is full-term and has no serious complication (prematurity, birth defect, birth injury, etc.) You’ll get a complete guide on how to prepare for your baby’s birth so that you can off to a smooth start, how to pump for work and school, your legal rights as a breastfeeding mother and a complete guide to trouble shooting so you can feel calm and happy with breastfeeding instead of worried and frazzled.

  • Have a happier and more breastfeeding friendly birth and/or create a more breastfeeding friendly situation if your birth takes an unexpected turn
  • Make your breastfeeding pain-free!!!
  • Find out if you actually have low milk supply and how to increase it if you really do! (Hint: teas and cookies won’t get you very far.)
  • Raise your BS meter- learn how to tell if your doctor/neighbor/relative/in-laws/news article are you giving you wrong information.
  • Pumping schedules for moms who work irregular schedules and travel for work
  • Identify potential problems early on and tackle them with real-world strategies, saving you hours of heartache and stress and even hundreds of dollars!

Breastfeeding In The NICU: Premies and Multiples

Breastfeeding in the NICU was not what I pictured when I thought about having a baby. But that ended up being my first experience with breastfeeding. If you have a baby in the NICU, breastfeeding will be different. Some people may tell you that there are more important things to worry about when you have a baby who is premature or requires high level NICU care. Don’t believe them. All the medical technology in the world can’t produce milk customized to your baby’s needs- but you can. And with the demand for donor milk outstripping the supply, it’s best to give your baby any milk you can. Find out how to navigate your NICU experience- planned or unplanned- while breastfeeding.

  • Why your milk is crucial to helping your premie- a little or a lot!
  • Breastfeeding multiples- it can be done, here’s how!!!
  • Pumping, transporting and storing your milk at the NICU and at home
  • The ins and outs of donor milk
  • Avoid stress, hassle and tears by learning how to troubleshoot early on!

Breastfeeding Special Needs Babies

I was going to be the “perfect” breastfeeding mother. I read up on all the positions and how to get a good latch. I read up about tongue-tie, milk supply and all the benefits of breastfeeding.

But fate had other plans.

My son required surgery on his back at 36 hours old… and all the breastfeeding positions I had so diligently studied suddenly became useless. (He couldn’t have any pressure on his back for two weeks.) I stumbled my way through pumping, gavage feedings and discovered Australian hold out of sheer necessity when no one had any answers for how to position my baby. I did manage to exclusively breastfeed my oldest for six months and for a total of two and a half years. Special needs babies can breastfeed and they need the benefits of breast milk. Whether you’ve just received a prenatal diagnosis or your baby is in the hospital and you’re pumping around clock, you’ll be prepared with this class.

  • How to breastfeed babies with Down Syndrome, spina bifida and cerebral palsy
  • Working around surgeries and hospital stays
  • Why your baby especially needs your milk for optimum health!
  • How to use different feeding devices and strategies
  • How to advocate for your baby from a place of confidence and power in feeding

Have a premature special needs baby? Check out the course bundle for Premies and Special Needs Babies.

Breastfeeding and Immunity: Facts and Fiction

Can breastfeeding really protect your baby from diseases? Or is the protection short-lived and minimal? Does breastfeeding really reduce a mother’s risk of serious diseases? Is it a serious risk factor in spreading diseases to babies? If you want to dig in deep to find out about the benefits and limitations of breastfeeding, either for yourself or your clients, this short class can help. Topics covered include:

  • How the “black box” called the immune system works (based on what we know so far…)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Jaundice
  • HIV
  • Leukemia
  • Rotavirus/ GI infections
  • Chicken pox
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Vitamin K Deficient Bleeding 
  • Influenza
  • Breast cancer
  • Heart disease

 

 

 

 

 

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