Written by Jody Segrave-Daly, RN, IBCLC
As a veteran NICU, nursery nurse and IBCLC, I have taken care of and fed thousands of babies over the years. When working in the special care nursery, babies were always fed according to their weight to determine their caloric requirements for intake amounts and optimal growth.
That is contrary to a lot of non-clinical discussion you’ll read out there on the internet about an infant’s intake needs, which suggest it’s mostly based on stomach size. So what’s fact and what’s fiction? Continue reading
Pamela contacted me while she was still in the hospital because her baby girl, Gabrielle, had a 10% weight loss while exclusively breastfeeding. She wanted to be discharged to go home to be with her other children but the hospital was concerned about her baby’s weight loss – so Gabrielle was was supplemented before her discharge and she was instructed to continue supplementing after nursing. Continue reading
As a NICU nurse, my infant feeding practice is based on my passion and clinical expertise to provide expert feeding care for all babies regardless of how they are fed.
Andrew’s feeding story is one example of how I provide solutions for mothers when they are desperate for infant feeding knowledge which includes more than breastfeeding.
“Where science, infant feeding and shame-free support rules.” ~The Momivist~
Today on March 2, 2016 I am celebrating IBCLC Day. There are many specialties in the lactation world that can help every mother meet her infant feeding goals. My infant feeding practice is rather unique, as I consult all over the world to help with complex infant feeding challenges, and the majority of my consultation work is provided as a courtesy as most mothers cannot afford lactation consultation fees.
Written by Ani Lipitz
Many, many myths about the magical powers of breast milk have made their way into the mainstream in recent years. The general public’s poor understanding of how passive immunity works has done much to fuel this “magic milk” furor. Mistaken beliefs about breast milk’s medicinal value run the gamut from innocuous (that it prevents allergies – it doesn’t) to the weird (that it e
nhances grown men’s athletic performance – it doesn’t) to the downright dangerous — that it can treat infections and other medical conditions in lieu of medication and other doctor-prescribed interventions. It cannot.
My oldest son was born with an obstructed tear duct, a relatively common and harmless condition that usually resolves on its own within the first few months of life. When he reached the age of 15 months and his tear duct still hadn’t opened, we were faced with the prospect of having to have it surgically opened. Although the procedure is quick and simple, I was nervous about putting my son under general anesthesia, and turned to the armchair experts of Google for alternative solutions. The one that turned up the most hits was, “Squirt some breast milk in his eye!” I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how breast milk could help open a membrane, but I thought, “Eh, it can’t hurt!”
I was wrong.