Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Lose Weight While Breastfeeding Your Baby

When I was pregnant I kept hearing how I’d lose weight while breastfeeding. Other moms said weight just fell off of them when breastfeeding. I looked forward to nursing my baby and really looked forward to losing even just a few extra pounds me since I put on lots of it during my pregnancy.

I looked at those pre-pregnancy clothes in my closet for months and months.

Finally, I gave in and bought new clothes after wearing my maternity pants for so long that I’m almost ashamed to say how long. Okay, I was nearly five months postpartum before I bought a single new piece of clothing that fit me. It would have been awesome if I slid back into my pre-pregnancy clothing within a few months of giving birth. Then sometime around seven or eight months postpartum, I started to lose weight while breastfeeding, but not as much as I expected.

Meanwhile, I watched as friends dropped the pregnancy weight, fast!

I’ve rarely been jealous of anyone in my life, even still at nearly 40 years old. I’m pretty happy with my body, always have been. It’s pretty awesome what it’s been through and continues to carry on! I admit though, I felt a little cheated and defeated! I didn’t lose weight while breastfeeding. Sure, I lost the water weight and I dropped some weight slowly, but it did NOT fall off or melt away like I was told it would. Was there something wrong with me? Later, as I began my career working with expectant and new parents I learned that some women need to hold onto the extra weight. Turns out I was completely “normal”!

Some women just don’t lose weight while breastfeeding!

Hormones are partly to blame. Prolactin, the essential hormone responsible for milk production can also reduce your body’s ability to metabolize fat. Especially during the first six months of breastfeeding. Generally speaking, moms who are breastfeeding will need to take in between 1800-2200 calories or more per day. Consuming less than 1500-1800 calories per day may put a woman’s milk supply in danger. A person’s baseline caloric needs depend upon their activity level, weight, and nutritional status. So naturally, a person’s ability to lose weight while breastfeeding will vary.

Like many thing in life there’s a wide range of normal!

Exclusively breastfeeding moms need about 300-500 extra calories each day. That’s right at or above what they “need” during the third trimester of pregnancy. Take in too few calories and your metabolism slows down to conserve and will hold onto that “extra” weight you gained in pregnancy. This is your body’s natural response and helps you maintain weight instead of losing it. Take in too many calories and you risk gaining weight or holding onto the weight just the same.

Another reason you may not lose weight while breastfeeding is lack of sleep!

Sleep is an essential ingredient for a healthy life. Your mental, physical, and emotional health depend on good sleep quality at the right quantity. Chronic sleep debt can sabotage all your valiant efforts.

Oh, my gawd!

So, you’re a new mom who needs sleep to heal and function optimally. You also have a new baby who needs your boobs, basically around the clock for nourishment and comfort. A new baby, learning to breastfeed, and quality sleep aren’t typically things that mesh well together. So, what’s a new mom to do?

Funny story, when I was nursing our 2nd son I felt like a giant cow. I almost dressed up as a cow for Halloween that year after telling my husband during a shopping trip while walking and nursing our son, “I swear I feel like a cow always being milked,” and then I turned around to see a cow costume in front of us in Target. We both busted out laughing, but if I’m being honest I shed some tears in Target that day..

So what gives? Are you screwed?

Nah! Not at all!

Here are 5 tips to help you lose weight while breastfeeding if you are struggling to shed any of the pregnancy weight by 3 months postpartum:

  1. Stick to water instead of drinks that are moderate or high in sugars. Love your coffee? That’s cool, keep that cup of coffee, but cut the sugar and use a teaspoon of honey or pure maple syrup instead.
  2. Exercise daily in a way that’s appropriate for you. Talk to your doctor if you’re not sure what appropriate is for you!
  3. Breastfeeding your baby frequently and for longer than six months can help increases weight loss.
  4. Reduce your stress levels by taking time out of EVERY day for you!
  5. Eat at least 1500-1800 calories per day, most moms need to stay at the high end of that range. Try eating lots of healthy snacks instead of 3 meals each day.

Still on the struggle bus?

If you struggle like I did to lose weight while breastfeeding it may help you to know, you’re not alone. Many women, just like you and me experience a pause in weight loss. While it can make you feel defeated it’s important to stay the course! The good news; if you continue to eat and exercise appropriately for your body’s specific needs and abilities and implement little changes along the way you will see weight loss in time. In fact, like me and many other moms who held onto the weight you just might see it start to come off after you stop nursing.

Whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, pumping, or combo feeding The Jax Baby Company is here to help you every step of the way.

Through breastfeeding in the wee hours of the morning, to lots of late nights running together, we’re there to help you maximize your sleep and bond with your baby. We’re here to cheer you on as you head to your Pilates class and to hand you a bottle of water as you nurse your baby after a nice hot shower! We can tap in so you can tap out! Let us lighten your load and help you lose weight while breastfeeding. All you have to do is contact us!

Happy Birth & Parenting,

Elizabeth

Research

Lovelady CA, et al. Weight change during lactation does not alter the concentrations of chlorinated organic contaminants in breast milk of women with low exposure.

McCrory MA, et al. Randomized trial of the short-term effects of dieting compared with dieting plus aerobic exercise on lactation performance (link is to full article). Am J Clin Nutr 1999 May;69(5):959-67.

Dewey KG. Effects of maternal caloric restriction and exercise during lactation (link is to full article). J Nutr 1998 Feb;128(2 Suppl):386S-389S.

Journal search on dieting and exercise during lactation

Chill Your Tits, It’s Just Milk!

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Chill Your Tits, It’s Just Milk!

Seriously people, chill your tits, it’s just milk! Adultish language will be used! f-bombs will be dropped, and I ain’t even sorry if you keep reading after you’ve read this warning! How is it that people who love tits still have hang-ups over them? The fact that they are biologically designed to produce milk is just too damn much to handle for some! Tits are the real O.G. They are multi-functioning, badass lady bags! Ready at a moments notice, tits are there to satisfy and soothe babies. They soothe babies who are hungry, tired, getting vaccines, hitting a growth spurt, (fucking) teething, sick, or who are just straight over your ass!

These bad bitches pull double duty too!

Not only do they feed and soothe babies they’re also visually pleasing to the eye. Even in their most tired, deflated state! YES, they are still desirable! A diamond is still a diamond! So why then am I here writing this blog to tell you (whoever the hell you are) to chill? Can’t you chill your tits, it’s just milk? If you’re weirded out, or just plain disgusted over a little (or a fuck ton) of milk leaking or spraying on you or in your mouth during sex, it’s time to evaluate why. I’m not talking about disliking the taste of breastmilk. The sensation of liquid dripping on you, I’m not referring to that either. I’m talking about the actual fact that tits make milk. The fact that they will do whatever the hell they want when they want, including while you are interested in them sexually!

Women are amazing in their entirety!

If you’re reading this maybe you need to hear what I am about to say. Please know that any person who has negative comments to say about your tits making milk has issues. There’s nothing wrong with your tits making milk! Even if your baby weaned years ago and your tits are still sending you liquid reminds of how badass they are, you are amazing. To those reading this who are uncomfortable, that is your issue and no one else’s! If you’re reading this and a woman is inviting you into her space whether it’s for casual enjoyment or deep and meaningful sex if you accept the invite it’s a sacred space! Bitch or make any hurtful remarks or smartass comments and they can be revoked and may no longer be available for your pleasure any longer.

There’s no shame in having issues, we all have issues! It’s simple really, work through them, seek help to do so, enjoy tits again! Otherwise, chill out! It’s only milk!

Let the nasty comments and tit shaming commence! Followed soon after by giving no fucks and a fuck ton of rebuttal!

The Jacksonville Baby Company receives numerous emails from women each year who ask questions like, “my milk won’t dry up, my sex life has taken a dip,” “why are guys immediately turned off when my tits leak a little milk,” and “please tell me life with boobs gets better after having kids.” We reply with encouragement and science, no surprise there!

Seriously though, OMG, chill your tits, it’s just milk people!

Again, work through your issues, get over your fear of tits, enjoy them, or in the words of Ludacris, “move bitch, get out the way!”

Happy Birth & Parenting,

~Elizabeth Luke

Best Recipes for Lactation

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Best Recipes for Lactation

“What are the best recipes for lactation?” Inquiring minds want to know! Our team at The Jax Baby Company works closely in homes with families in a postpartum setting and this is one of the most asked questions. We decided to kick out a blog that’ll cover recipes that our clients L-O-V-E! You can skip ahead straight to the printable recipe or you can squeeze in a quick 2-minute read for a little 4-1-1 on lactation!

Lactation, in the beginning, is driven by the hormones.

In the first few days after giving birth to your baby and finally your placenta your body experiences a drop in hormones like progesterone and estrogen and an increase in prolactin. This cues milk production and happens even if the birthing person isn’t breastfeeding the baby.

After the hormonal response lactation is driven by milk being removed from the breasts. I like to use the phrase, “breastmilk more or less is primarily made at the breast!”

What does that mean? That means that removing milk from the breasts often and completely each time will help increase lactation (supply). Likewise removing milk from the breasts less frequently and not completely emptying the breasts will help to decrease lactation (supply).

I feel an ethical responsibility to mention that there are times when hormonal imbalances or problems occur and breastmilk production can most definitely be impacted. This doesn’t happen to every person or even most people. It can be different for each baby and lactating mother. This doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. This does not determine if you are a good parent or not.

Best Recipes for Lactation

Begin with a healthy understanding. For some people breastfeeding comes fairly easily, but for most people, it takes a lot of work. Like a whole L-O-T of work! Be realistic in your expectations and set yourself up for the best chances at success, as defined by you!

Recipe for Success by The Jax Baby Company

First, read up on infant feeding! I recommend these books: Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, Guilt-free Bottle Feeding: Why your formula-fed baby can be happy, healthy and smart Kindle Edition by Madeleine Morris

Next, create a solid postpartum plan. Each of our postpartum clients receives a very detailed postpartum plan. Be sure if you’re planning on your own you consider all the things; siblings, meals, sleep, and mental and emotional health to name a few things.

Also, an “optional”, but super beneficial ingredient is a postpartum & infant care specialist. I highly recommend having them start with your family within the first few days after birth. Ideally, our team meets the families we work with at home the day after they come home, sometimes the same day to assist them in getting home and settled in.

Last key ingredient is to see an IBCLC during your hospital stay. Contact an IBCLC right away at first signs of trouble or concerns, don’t wait it out and see if it gets better. Pain while nursing or soreness beyond the initial latch, weight gains, and not enough wet or dirty diapers are all reasons to call.

The above mentioned is the very best recipe for lactation success, but we have one more recipe that is our clients’ all-time favorite!

Lactation & Energy Bites

Ingredients:

2 cup rolled oats

7 tbsp. brewers yeast (Solgar is my preferred brand)

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. maple syrup

2 tsp coconut oil

1/4 cup ground flax (totally optional)

1/8 cup of chia seeds

3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Start by combining and mixing thoroughly honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and crunchy peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.

Next, in a separate, larger bowl combine and mix together the flax, chocolate chips, oats and brewer’s yeast.

Once combined add your wet ingredients to your larger bowl of dry ingredients and thoroughly mix all ingredients together. This step takes the longest and requires some elbow grease!

Next, using the palm of your hands begin to roll and form the lactation bites into balls. You want them to be small enough to eat easily with one hand and not make a huge mess over your nursing baby!

Helpful Tips:

1. Sometimes, depending on the temperature in your home, it’s necessary to place the mix into the fridge for a short time (maybe 30 minutes) to cool it down before you begin to form the bites so it doesn’t stick to your hands.
2. This recipe makes a lot, once your partner tries these they are highly likely to sneak a few here and there. You may want to make your partner a container of their own or stash a few in the back of the fridge or freezer for an emergency backup supply when they’re “all gone”!
3. Use a cookie sheet as you form the balls, freeze them individually, and then move them to a lidded container within the fridge. Doing this will ensure they don’t stick together.

Happy Birth & Parenting!
~Elizabeth Luke

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Pumping for Your Exclusively Breastfed Baby

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Pumping for Your Exclusively Breastfed Baby

How much milk should you be pumping for your exclusively breastfed baby while you’re away? How do you decide when you aren’t really sure how much milk she’s even drinking? It’s kind of an awe moment. At some point you moved past her falling asleep at the breast and being worried about her getting enough milk every time she latches on. You’ve moved past the nerves of nursing in public. Now she’s gaining weight wonderfully, has hit all of her milestones, and the two of you have found your groove! So, how much milk will you be pumping for your exclusively breastfed baby? Don’t know? Don’t worry! There are a few things to take into consideration.

First, is your baby getting any nutrients from food yet?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for approximately the first 6 months of life, continue breastfeeding until baby’s first birthday, and longer while mutually desired by mother and baby. Many solid foods contain water, especially fruits! If your caregiver reports that your baby is drinking less milk than you or the caregiver anticipated water content in foods should be considered. Also, babies are more likely to take sips of milk along with the food.

Is your baby familiar with using a bottle or cup?

When introducing a cup or a bottle there may be tears and pushback. At the bare minimum, she’ll be learning a new skill. And new skills take lots of practice. There will be some spilled milk during a process [cue the 😪] so take that into consideration. As a seasoned postpartum and infant care specialist who has helped to bottle-train many babies, I would account for at least a half ounce being lost during each feed.

Third, who will be caring for your little one?

Be sure that this person is well-versed in preparing, handling, and storing breastmilk and is prepared to make the best use of your liquid gold. What does that even mean? It means that they need to understand and be mindful not to unintentionally waste the milk you’re pumping for your exclusively breastfed baby. Prepare small increments at first. Don’t heat it unless you’re sure she’ll drink it. Don’t tilt the bottle too much, just enough and listen for an active suck-swallow pattern. One great feeding method is paced bottle feeding [[great video here]. The caregiver should be able to identify early, active, and late feeding cues, stop to burp the baby often, and also know how to recognize when your baby is full, not over full.

Finally,  whether you’re away for a few hours or a few days, here are a couple of guidelines for you to consider when trying to decide how much milk you’ll need when pumping for your exclusively breastfed baby who feeds on demand at home;

    • an ounce to an ounce and a half for every hour you’re away
    • 2-5 oz 8 to 12 times a day

At the Jax Baby Company, we know there are very few hard fast rules when it comes to parenting. Each family, every baby, and every person is unique. Consider all factors, prepare your caregiver, get to pumping for your exclusively breastfed baby, and do your thang girl!

Not sure how to prepare your caregiver best?

Not sure you even want a task a caregiver with this job?

Our postpartum and infant care specialist are here to help you prepare your caregiver and even come to provide the care you want for your baby while you’re away!

Next Up: Nursing Strikes

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~Elizabeth Luke

Helpful Tips for Feeding a Baby Through a Hurricane

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Helpful Tips for Feeding a Baby Through a Hurricane

We have some helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane! Hurricane season 2018 is already in full effect. Preparing for the unknown with a  is children unsettling, challenging, and completely exhausting, especially if you have more than one life to think about. At The Jacksonville Baby Company, we understand. We made two videos for you in addition to this blog. Read or watch, up to you!

Things to Consider:

  • When winds reach above 40 mph they will close our bridges. If you need to cross a bridge to pick up your kids, evacuate or get supplies, keep this in mind and plan to do it early enough you’re not stuck on the wrong side of the bridge.
  • Emergency vehicles and certain access points may not be available.
  • Know your evacuation zone: Duval County Emergency Preparedness, Nassau County Emergency, Clay County Emergency Preparedness, St Johns County Emergency Preparedness
  • Alternate routes should be part of your evacuation plan.
  • Gas up early, don’t wait, worse case scenario you overpay and have full tanks!
  • Buy a generator now, before hurricane season if possible and keep it in excellent working condition.
  • Fill up as many containers as possible with water including kiddie pools, tubs, and jugs to use for flushing toilets, cleaning hands, washing up.
  • Fill and freeze water in jugs or containers to fill the dead space in your freezer. It will help you keep everything edible longer. You can also put frozen containers into your fridge to help food keep longer there. Bonus: when it thaws you can use it for drinking water, sanitation, and to cook with.
  • Keep your freezer closed unless completely necessary.
  • Foods that thaw out can be cooked on a grill or camp stove if you stock up on charcoal and propane, or even on your stove if you have gas!
  • If asked to evacuate PLEASE leave! Don’t wait.

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If you’re pregnant:

  • Contact your provider and ask about their protocol during a hurricane.  Ask specifically what they would like you to do to prepare should you need medical attention or go into labor during the hurricane.
  • Consider booking a hotel room inland, as close as safely possible nearest the hospital you’plan to deliver at or as close to any hospital with a labor and delivery unit.

For the Breastfeeding Parent:

  • Keep Nursing!  If you’re in the process of weaning I would nix that until the storm passes. It is safest to breastfeed than to try and safely prepare formula and or food for your baby. It also provides the comfort they need and is less stressful overall during the hurricane.
  • Get a car adapter for your electric breast pump.
  • Invest in a handpump if you don’t have one!
  • If you have frozen breastmilk in the freezer keep the door shut! I wouldn’t open it until 48-72 hours.
  • Breastmilk can double as a coffee creamer for your own coffee and milk for your children, no I joke not! It’s rare to access to fresh milk, feel the cereal bowls up and let them enjoy!
  • You can refreeze breastmilk as long as there are some ice crystals present.
  • If you’re traveling to get out of the path of a hurricane take your frozen breastmilk with you! Follow these helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane while traveling!
    • Place it in an insulated cooler with ice packs when traveling on short trips, anything less than 12 hours. Don’t have any ice packs? That’s ok you can totally make your own! Filling some of your milk storage bags with water and freezing them is an easy way to make short work of it. The alternative to that is any small container safe for freezing such as water bottles but remember to remove a little off the top so you don’t have spillage as it freezes. For longer trips, anything over 12 hours dry ice is recommended but can be avoided if you’re replacing the ice often.

Formula Feeding During a Natural Disaster

“Natural Disaster”, now there’s a term I use regularly when people insist “it’s completely safe since it’s natural”! Anywho, in this event ready to feed formula is best. If you can, stock up! Since no mixing is required there is less risk for contamination, therefore it’s considered safest. If you can’t and you must use a powdered formula here are some helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane as safe as possible:

  • If you have the option to use bottled water that should be your first choice.
  • Any water source that you aren’t sure is 100% safe for consumption should be boiled for a full minute and allowed to cool naturally. This method will kill most disease-causing organisms, but it will not remove chemicals. Allowing the water to cool naturally is important to the purification process. If the water is cloudy or has particles in it you must filter the water before boiling it.
  • If you can store bottles and nipples in single Ziploc bags.
  • Avoid using water that has been treated with iodine or chlorine tablets to purify water unless you do not have bottled water and can’t boil your water.
  • Bottles and hands must be cleaned properly to lower the chances of illness. The first choice for your hands is clean soap and water. If you don’t have access to clean water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you’re in a mandatory evacuation zone, PLEASE evacuate! We hope you agree that these are helpful tips for feeding a baby through a hurricane! From all of us here at The Jacksonville Baby Company we want you and your babies to be safe and happy!

Warmly,

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5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

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5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

Over the years The Jacksonville Baby Company has compiled many lists for all sorts of things related to pregnancy, baby, and parenting. Today we share with you a list of 5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby.

Studies have shown that there are higher breastfeeding success rates among mothers who have support while they’re breastfeeding their babies. So, not only is it helpful to have support, it’s critical to have it!

While breastfeeding may be the “biological” normal way to feed a baby it’s doesn’t always come naturally.

In fact, in most cases, breastfeeding is a learned art. Breastfeeding takes time, dedication, and lots of support to overcome struggles during the first 2-6 weeks of breastfeeding. Lack of sleep, sore nipples, supply, and weight checks are just a few common struggles many are faced with during this time period.

These challenges can sometimes feel like too much to handle.

That’s okay! We say it all the time at The Jacksonville Baby company, there is no right or wrong way to birth or parenting only different ways.  We mean that! However, the weight of breastfeeding a baby falls not only on the shoulders of the new mother, but also onto her partner, her closest family and friends, postpartum support professionals, her providers, her co-workers, neighbors, and strangers in the streets.

By assisting, encouraging, and loving new moms on their breastfeeding journey we are contributing to something so much bigger than just feeding babies! We are contributing to the well-being of society as a whole. We hope you find these 5 ways to support the breastfeeding mom and baby helpful!

5 Ways to Support the Breastfeeding Mom and Baby

1. Learn all you can about breastfeeding!

If you’ve never been around women who are breastfeeding or seen a baby feed from the breast it’s time. Seeing others breastfeed is how most cultures learn to do it. Get your hands on books such as Breastfeeding Made Simple and The Breastfeeding Answer Book. Talk with others about breastfeeding, it may feel uncomfortable at first. That’s normal and ok! Do it!

Get to know your local breastfeeding professionals.

At The Jacksonville Baby Company we’re perinatal support professionals who are knowledgeable about all feeding methods, can help teach you more about breast and bottle feeding, and can provide hands-on assistance. In the event that you need something outside of our expertise, we can connect you with a local International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) whose the expert on all things breastfeeding!

2. Show your appreciation!

Breastfeeding is hard work! Remind her she is doing an amazing job! Moms judge themselves harshly enough already! We constantly wonder if we’re doing things right or the best way we can for our kids. Like all moms, breastfeeding moms need encouragement! “You’re so selfless, thank you for doing this for our baby” and “You amaze me” are encouraging things you can say to show your appreciation!

3. Bring her food, drinks, and supplies!

Anticipate her needs ahead of time. Bringing her clean pumps parts already put together and ready to go. Bring in a clean burp cloth, nursing pads, a charger for her phone or tablet, and anything else she may need. It never fails as soon as a breastfeeding mom sits down there will always be one thing she forgot to grab. This frees her up to relax and lets her focus on the task at hand. Likewise, it’s okay to ask her what she needs if you’re not sure.

Breastfeeding moms need extra calories and are thirsty all the time! One-handed, easy to eat foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, granolas, Gogurts, nuts, peanut or almond butter, and hummus are great! Bringing her these things when you are with her will not only remind her to take care of herself but will also reinforce #2; your appreciation for her! These things can be prepared ahead of time for easy access to them when needed.

4. Keep her company and give her space!

Not at the same time obviously! Breastfeeding can be relaxing and sweet, but sometimes breastfeeding is lonely. Obviously, you can’t be with her all the time, but when you can do it! Offer to rub her feet and shoulders, break bread with her, and entertain her by playing her a song on your guitar! Watch an episode of her favorite Netflix series together. Read to her. The point is, hang with her so she isn’t isolated all the time! Utilize Facetime when needed.

On the flip side give her space.

Moms get touched out quickly, especially moms with multiple kids. Busy the older children. Play with them, read to them, take them outside to play. Breastfeeding alone is a full-time job give a mama a break as often as you can!

5. Be ready to take over!

During the early breastfeeding period, the first six to eight weeks, there’s a slim window of opportunity for self-care. Be ready to take over. That may mean you are taking the baby and handing her pump parts, or taking the pump parts and bringing her the baby.

Free her up and give her permission, verbally or just in action (not that she needs permission, but it can help her feel better about it) so she can shower, pee, sleep, call a friend, etc. You can burp, change, and swaddle the baby. Allow her to step away without asking her fifty questions. She will appreciate it so much, you’ll gain more confidence in your abilities, and as a bonus, you’ll bond with the baby!

These 5 ways to support the breastfeeding mom and baby are just some helpful ideas.

There are so many other ways to show your support! Being there for her, encouraging her, protecting her space, and taking other things off her plate will all be much appreciated!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

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Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding, and Parenting

We have FREE downloadable badges for breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, parenting, and more for all of you amazing parents out there! Everything from VBAC badges to Carseast badges, from perinatal mood disorders to snarky parenting choice badges we made these awesome badges just for you! be sure to download the ones you want and use them anywhere! Over 130 to choose from!

Breastfeeding is all the things!

For some people it’s easy! Some people say breastfeeding was hard. I’ve heard everything from I love breastfeeding to I really don’t “like” it.  For most, it’s difficult, but not impossible. Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and supplementing are all ways in which babies are fed. World Breastfeeding Week is a week dedicated to feeding babies and that’s a beautiful thing! As we roll through the week we aim to normalize breastfeeding, desexualize it, and acknowledge that it is in fact best for many babies!

You know those awesome breastfeeding badges to commemorate a parents journey with breastfeeding?! Well, we’re taking it up a notch!

At The Jacksonville Baby Company, we realize that raising strong, capable, loving adults is absolutely one of the hardest, most impactful jobs a person can ever have. The responsibility of raising good humans is in our hands, all of our hands’! Having great support along our journey of parenting is not only appreciated, it’s needed, and is a key component to better mental and emotional health! Our team of Postpartum & Infant Care Specialists help parents sort through all those hard choices and feelings to find a solution that works best for them! Be it breast/chest feedings, bottles, formula, or donor milk we are here for you! We’re knowledgeable! And, we come day or night!

Without further ado, here are our Badges for Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding, and More!

To use these badges from a cell phone hold down on the picture and it should allow you to “download it” or “save photo”.   Please let us know down there in the comment section if there are some badges you’d like to see added!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Happy Birth and Parenting,

Elizabeth Luke

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Feeding Supplies to Have on Hand for the Breastfed Newborn

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Feeding Supplies to Have on Hand for the Breastfed Newborn

If you’re wondering what feeding supplies to have on hand for the breastfed newborn we will cover this topic in today’s blog! Newborns basically sleep, eat, and poop, it’s true. Most of what you hear or read in books is that newborns should eat every 2-3 hours if they’re breastfed and every 3-4 hours if they are formula fed. That happens, sure, but it’s actually more common for the breastfed baby to want to eat almost every hour.

Naturally, you’ll need to keep milk on tap and readily available 24/7.

While ensuring your newborn is getting fed you’ll also have to be certain you’re getting enough rest, several naps throughout the day, and one 4-5 hour stretch of solid sleep each twenty-four hour period.

The next question I’m most commonly asked is, “For how long does that usually last?”

The first two to three weeks are the hardest. That is the time where you’re getting to know your baby, your baby is getting to know you, and your body is adjusting to making milk while healing from birth. During this time, it’s not at all uncommon for the breastfed baby to want to be fed almost every hour around the clock, giving mom a longer break only once a day or so. After that the next big milestone is six weeks. By then you are both really getting the hang of things; breast, bottle, or both.

So, what products do you need? What can you live without?

There’s no way to know for certain what feeding supplies to have on hand for the breastfed newborn or exactly what you won’t need because of all of the variables that come into play. Some women only need their breasts and some breast pads. Most need some additional supplies. Some need many more supplies.

There are literally hundreds of products on the market for feeding babies.

You don’t need all of them, or even most of them for a breastfed baby, but you should have some on hand to make life as simple as possible after giving birth. What we’re giving you is more than just a list of feeding supplies to have on hand for the breastfed newborn. This list comes from years of working with families. We hope that our expertise will make shopping easy and your first six weeks go as smooth and organized as possible!

Feeding Supplies to Have on Hand for the Breastfed Newborn:

An Electric Breast Pump with Parts

  • Pump w/ AC Adapter & Car Adapter is nice to have, but you don’t “need” it
  • Tubing
  • Connector
  • Collection Bottles with Lids
  • Flanges or Breastshelids that fit correctly (22-24mm is the most common size I see used, ask around many women buy)
  • Membranes
  • Valves

Whether you plan to pump or not Id be sure to have a breast pump on hand. There may be times when you need to pump and the last thing any new mom wants is to have to shop online or in store, especially for a pump. Read the reviews! Most insurance providers cover the cost of a pump.

1 Complete Additional Set of Pump Parts

This would either be considered a backup or replacement set of pump parts. This is everything above minus the pump and AC adapter and car adapter. If, or rather when you pull these out to use them, go ahead and order another to replace it. Be careful when washing parts that those white membranes that come with some pumps aren’t rinsed down the drain of your sink. They’re tiny and can slip away easily.

Hospital Wash Basin

The good news is that one of these will be given to you during your hospital stay. Not to be confused with a bedpan, these wash basins are great to use for all your pump and bottle parts and keep tiny membranes from being lost to the pipes in the sink. Place it beside your sink and toss only pump parts and baby bottle in.

2- Nipple Sheilds

In a perfect World, your baby will breastfeed without any issues and your breast won’t hurt at all. SNAP! Back to reality. That rarely happens. Breastfeeding comes with challenges and takes work. Pain during breastfeeding is NOT normal. If you’re feeling pain you need to carefully break suction and relatch baby. If your nipples are sore, or the skin is broken you need to see an IBCLC or CLC to figure out what is going on. Having these nipple shields on hand will help keep baby feeding at the breast until you can see a professional and will allow you to heal. Make sure you select these after selecting the correct size flanges. If you’re not nursing from one side due to pain be sure to pump.

6-8 Size 0 or Preemie Nipples & 4 oz. Bottles

There are several popular bottles on the market, but not many that make size 0/preemie nipples. Although I am not a fan of all the pieces because I feel they are unnecessary, Dr. Brown’s preemie/size 0 nipples are my personal favorite. By getting your hands on 6-8 of these and learning how to Pace Bottle Feed your newborn it will give you an advantage.

These bottles and nipples will be enough to get you started if you need to supplement with either breastmilk or formula. They can help preserve the breastfeeding relationship when used in conjunction with Paced Bottle Feeding. These bottles can easily last up to about 4 months. If you continue to use bottles to feed your little one you can simply buy 6-8 size 1 nipples to replace the size 0 and they should go right onto your same brand bottles. For this reason, I recommend buying the 4 oz. bottles instead of any 2 oz. bottles.

Bottle Drying Rack

A place for everything and everything in its place. Your pump parts, bottles, and nipples need to dry out after washing and sanitizing, this rack serves its purpose! I don’t have a favorite per say. For a baby who primarily breastfed with minimal supplementation, I would go with a drying rack that is space saving and fits your style! For a baby who is both breast and bottle fed, I would get a high capacity rack. However, for the baby who will be exclusively bottle fed, I might buy two racks, but one would get you by in the beginning especially if you have lost of help at home.

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Baby Bottle Brush

You’ll need something to clean those pump parts and bottles.  A dedicated brush. Something with a long neck and reaches into those tiny cracks and crevices. A baby bottle brush is just the thing. My personal favorite suctions to the countertop. This ensures it’s not falling all over the place or laying in the bottom of a dirty sink. It also has a stiff plastic neck instead of a metal neck which seems more durable and lasts a bit longer.

Bottle Warmer

These warmers come with so many options. Too many in my honest opinion. In the early weeks of parenting, sleep is scarce. You’ll be operating on near empty. Reading, comprehension, and execution of too many things and you’ll find yourself on major overload. My expert advice is to go simple. Something that plugs in, has an on and off knob, and no expert level skills necessary. Something like this or this will do great! Now, if you’re having twins your needs are doubled so I would absolutely go for one that holds two bottles like this!

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Formula or Frozen Donor Breastmilk

In a perfect World, our births go smoothly, our babies are born full term, nurse like champs, and gain weight beautifully. Our breasts make milk right away and at the perfect amount!

SNAP! Back to reality again! It rarely goes that perfectly. Sure, it can! BUT, rarely does! That’s a variation of normal.

In my professional opinion, I think it is valuable and wise to have on hand either donor breastmilk from someone with a baby as young as possible, a newborn or baby under 3 months old preferably. If you’re not comfortable with that or you do not have a donor have infant formula on hand. There’s no particular brand of infant formula that is best for ALL babies or even all breastfed babies. Choose an iron-fortified infant formula that is made especially for infants, not toddlers. Some do well on Enfamil, some better on Similac, some better on Goodstart. You can get samples for free from many of the formula companies. Of course, if your baby is a preemie or has special dietary needs this would be different. You can also get some at the hospital to take home. For the early weeks, I absolutely LOVE the 2 oz. ready to use nursettes. They make life easier.

Breastpads

With a new baby comes new leaky boobs! From engorgement to sudden let downs you’ll get to experience all twists and turns early motherhood has to offer! There are two types of nursing pads/breast pads. The first type is disposable breast pads made by companies like Lansinoh, and Nuby. The next type is washable and reusable like those made by EcoNursingPads and Baby Zelis. Whatever you choose you to want to make sure your breast are staying dry. Warm, wet, and dark are the perfect ingredients for yeast growth!

Boppy

A Good amount of pillows can take the place of a boppy when breastfeeding, but a good boppy is worth every penny spent. Did you see the amazing football hold she is using with the Boppy in the cover photo?! The Boppy has multiple uses though. You can use it to hold against your incision on the car ride home from the hospital if you have a cesarean birth. As you cough or go over bumps using counter pressure with the Boppy can help lessen the discomfort you experience. You can also use it to sit on like a donut if your perineum is sore or your tailbone is hurting. You’ll find yourself using it as a baby lounger on your bed when you put the baby down, but want to keep baby close to you, especially as you pump in bed. You can use it for a variation of tummy time. As baby grows and begins to sit up you can place it around them. Also, the covers are changeable and adorable! Get the Boppy!

Feeding a newborn is hard work, breastfeeding a newborn is exhausting! We hope this list gives you a head start!

Again, I’m not a big fan of the hundreds of products marketed to new parents. Honestly, I feel the amount of space, money, and the time needed to learn how to use these products are more of a hindrance than helpful sometimes. This is the time you could spend resting and money and space you could use for that Instapot you’ve been wanting and need now more than ever!

Hold onto those receipts and keep those bottle-feeding supplies in the packaging if you’re skeptical, but having them on hand will save you from sending your partner out all hours of the night if you need them! We hope this list of feeding supplies to have on hand for the breastfed newborn is helpful to you and your family! May the early weeks of your baby’s life be filled with love, light, and laughter!

Grab your free printable supply list here! For a private consult get in contact with us today!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~The Jacksonville Baby Company

 

 

What Women Need After Birth Is…

What Women Need After Birth Is…

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Elizabeth Luke, owner of First Coast Doulas asked 48 women and 24 men to answer this question, “What women need after birth is  __________.” You might be able to relate to their answers, or they may just catch you off guard and make you go hhmmm.

First Coast Doulas knows the challenges new families face.

Every experience is different and unique. We know that just because things went awry during birth or afterwards once doesn’t mean you are destine to that next go around, there’s support available. Preparing for what possibly lies ahead can mean the difference between feeling supported and having your voice heard versus feeling alone and like you had no say or support in your corner.

Without further ado here are 72 answers to the question, “What women need after birth is __________?

 

The women who were polled answered the question, “What women need after birth is ___________?”

* number of women with the same answer

  • someone to feed my older kids
  • a laundry fairy *4
  • someone to show me ways to care for and soothe my baby (you can only learn so much from books and videos) *2
  • someone at home with me so I didn’t have to be alone, no one should “have” to be alone after giving birth
  • someone to listen *3
  • food: healthy, warm food
  • two more arms and wine
  • support with breastfeeding
  • someone to care for the baby so I could play with my other children
  • freedom to cry and not get questioned
  • more time off work *5
  • my friends and family to help me without having to ask them *3
  • someone to hold my baby so I could shower *5
  • “a bottle washer I hated washing those damn bottles with a baby in the NICU”
  • someone to help at night, just at night
  • energy to do things *5
  • someone to get the older kids ready for school and do homework with them
  • to hold my baby first *2
  • time to myself, for myself, space
  • sleep *6
  • a pediatrician that understood breastfeeding *2

The men who were polled answered the question, “What women need after birth is____________?”

* number of men with the same answer

pain meds and those ice pack pad things

  • peace and quiet *2
  • food, my wife needed pizza *2, but only 1 said pizza
  • a trophy
  • sleep *5
  • their mother or sister because I didn’t understand any of it
  • time alone with the baby to bond *3
  • their husband *3
  • chocolate
  • more maternity leave *3
  • people around who respect her decisions *2
  • the bed to herself

First Coast Doulas offers services to help you reach your goals for birth and postpartum.

Do you know what a postpartum doula does? Probably not, most people don’t! Do you know what almost every single client we’ve had says? Go ahead take a guess, please!

It’s something along the lines of, “I had no idea this service was available”, or “where were you when I had my first?”

We get calls from women who’ve given birth and most of the time they expected they would bounce back rather quickly and life would be an easy transition. Either because they bounced back with their first, “Marcy and Tina went right back to work and life”, or they just really had no idea of what to expect. After all this is an all new territory, remember every birth is different.

While loved ones and friends get back to their own jobs, lives, and obligations, First Coast Doulas make you their top priority!

First Coast Doulas can support you with latching your baby at birth.

We’re knowledgeable about breastfeeding, helping you care for your newborn, and healing after birth.

We can lay out all the options so you can choose what’s best for you and your baby!

We help create a safe space for women to talk and unload as needed.

We help moms eat healthier snacks, help the family understand what they can do to help, help tidy up a little, and help keep that laundry fairy in check!

First Coast Doulas helps mothers, babies, and partners have an easier transition after birth!

First Coast Placenta is bring love, energy, and healing to women after birth.

 

Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation

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Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation

 

Placenta encapsulation is a centuries-old practice that is making a modern day come back and for good reason. Celebrities that have publically announced their choice to heal naturally after birth include Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Coleen Rooney, January Jones, Mayim Bialik, Holly Madison, Kim Zolciak, and Gaby Hoffman. Because of these women and many others, placenta encapsulation has become a topic of discussion when preparing for childbirth.

When most people hear about placenta encapsulation they think it’s one of most bizarre things they’ve ever heard. Then, when they hear that the placenta is dried, ground into a powder, put into capsules, and looks like any other capsule supplement they are more open to the idea. Their interest is peaked even more when they hear the reported benefits.

Women who’ve consumed their placenta in capsules say:

  • they have more energy
  • they heal faster with less pain
  • they feel a sense of well-being and balance
  • they have helped reduce or lessen the symptoms of postpartum depression

While those benefits are anecdotal, and not to be ignored since anecdotal information is where larger studies begin, there are some scientific studies that support the idea that consuming one’s own placenta can help increase breast milk production.

There are some very important questions you should ask when choosing someone to encapsulate your placenta.

Here are 5 questions to ask about placenta encapsulation to be as safe as possible:

  • What training have you had? Can I see proof you are trained? Are you certified? How often do you recertify?
  • What other certifications, if any do you hold that are relevant to placenta encapsulation? May I see those?
  • Where is the encapsulation process completed at exactly? May I schedule a time to see the space? Are there other people or animals who frequent the space where my placenta is processed?
  • Do we get to meet face to face before you process my placenta?
  • How will I know the placenta powder in the capsules came from my placenta (and bloodborne pathogens) and no one else’s?

First Coast Placenta does not cut corners with your safety! Hire the best because it matters!

This experience is provided by a professional whose number one concerns are your safety, transparency, and comfort. Placenta encapsulation requires attention to detail, knowledge, and extreme caution. With First Coast Placenta we acknowledge the seriousness of this service and do not feel it should be treated as a side gig or hobby.

First Coast Placenta specialists are dual trained, certified, and cross-certifying with a second organization. We are W.H.O. compliant and O.S.H.A certified in bloodborne pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 and hold a current Food Handler’s certificate.

First Coast Placenta brings love, energy, and healing after you give birth! Ask our clients what they think about the service and experience they received, we will provide you with a list of references.

We will happily answer these questions and any others you might have. Contact us today to learn more and may your postpartum be positive!

 

 

“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”

Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549

 

“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grams in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose sole source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.”

Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36.
American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University

 

“It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.”

McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77.
W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan

 

“An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results. It could be shown by similar experiments with a beef preparation that the effective substance in placenta is not protein. Nor does the lyofilised placenta act as a biogenic stimulator so that the good results of placenta administration cannot be explained as a form of tissue therapy per os. The question of a hormonal influence remains open. So far it could be shown that progesterone is probably not active in increasing lactation after administration of dried placenta. This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women.”

Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627