Nursing and Bone Strength

Dec 12, 2017 10:46:22 AM

Boob Scoop: A 2011 Finish Study found that mothers who breastfed for 33 months or longer (cumulative lifetime total) had stronger bones than women who nursed for a shorter time. It turns out that the low levels of estrogen during lactation, which keep milk supply steady, also allow for outer bone growth. And when it comes to bone strength, having greater bone diameter is more important than density. This explains why women who have breastfed are less prone to fractures later on in life. Yet another awesome reason to breastfeed. Your bones will thank you!

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Bite Problems

Dec 5, 2017 5:30:57 PM

Boob Scoop: Bite problems, medically referred to as malocclusions, occur when either the top or bottom row of teeth overextend causing misalignment. In most cases, the treatment for malocclusions is braces. Babies who are breastfeed for more than a year are less likely to have malocclusions thanks to the work done by the jaw, while transferring milk from the breast. The feeding motion during breastfeeding also helps to form a U-shaped hard palate which contributes to proper teeth alignment.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Colostrum is Milk

Nov 28, 2017 2:17:49 PM

Boob Scoop: Oftentimes mothers say they didn't breastfeed in the hospital because they felt they weren't making any milk or because of the non-milky look of colostrum, which tends to be clear or yellowish. The good news is that mothers begin making colostrum by the end of the first trimester, so it's already there after birth. Secondly, it's never good to judge milk by its color. Although not white in appearance, colostrum is still milk and is loaded with carbohydrates, protein, antibodies, and properties that prevent jaundice and low blood sugar levels, making it a perfect first food for a newborn. Finally, the more a mother breastfeeds in the early days, the sooner her breast milk will transition into mature milk which is whiter in appearance.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Cranial Nerves & Latching

Nov 21, 2017 3:47:41 PM

Boob Scoop: Cranial bones are designed to move over one another as a baby descends through the birth canal. However, when forceps or a vacuum is used during labor, they can often cause shifts in the cranial bones that are not easily self-corrected by the baby after birth. Since the cranial nerves control what the baby does with his mouth, affected cranial bones can cause ineffective latching, which in turn can lead to breastfeeding pain. Many mothers find that in these situations, complementary therapies such as chiropractic care and or craniosacral therapy can make a big difference for correcting how well a baby latches. When deciding on such therapies, it is important to choose a provider who is trained and experienced to work with babies.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Diaper Changes & Feeding

Nov 14, 2017 12:29:21 PM

Boob Scoop: Mothers often ask if it's better to change their baby's diaper before breastfeeding or after, in order to assure that their baby feels comfortable during a feeding. My best suggestion is that like nursing, it's best to follow your baby's cues since some babies may be happier nursing first, to quench their thirst or hunger, while others won't nurse well until their diaper is changed. However, if you sense your baby is hungry you may want to nurse first since by the time the diaper change is over, he may have reached the point of being too upset to latch on well.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Prolactin and Morning Feeding

Nov 7, 2017 12:29:40 PM

Boob Scoop: If you happen to listen to your baby breastfeed during the wee hours of the morning, you may notice that she gulps more than during daytime feedings. The reason for this is that Prolactin, the milk making hormone, goes up at night and in turn increases milk volume. Feeding when Prolactin levels are high also helps to maintain milk supply for a longer period of time.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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CDC Pump Cleaning Guidelines

Oct 31, 2017 12:22:36 PM

Boob Scoop: Minimize the time you allocate for pumping at work by having extra flanges and bottles so that you don't have to head to a sink after each pumping session. Check out the updated CDC guidelines for cleaning pump parts here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/pdf/hygiene/breast-pump-fact-sheet.pdf

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Mommy as Pacifier?

Oct 24, 2017 2:07:02 PM

Boob Scoop: Many moms worry about their baby using the breast as a pacifier. While a pacifier is a good option, some babies refuse it or prefer the breast. Not only is this not a bad thing, it is perfectly normal and great way to comfort your baby. Sucking is a big part of a baby’s development and so they will find a way to fulfill that need, whether it’s at the breast, with a pacifier or by sucking their thumb. Using the breast as a pacifier also has some added perks including: helping to delay the return of your period, never needing sterilization and helping to maintain milk production. In the end, what works for you and your baby is the way to go.


Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Introducing Solids & Maintaining Supply

Oct 17, 2017 1:54:19 PM

Boob Scoop: When introducing solid foods close to or after the 6 month mark, as is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's suggested to breastfeed first then offer the solid food. Approaching the introduction of solid foods in this manner will help maintain a mother's milk supply and reinforce the catchy nutritional statement that solids before age one are mainly for fun.


Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Minimize Pumping Time at Work

Oct 10, 2017 11:44:57 AM

Boob Scoop: Minimize the time you allocate for pumping at work by having extra flanges and bottles so that you don't have to head to a sink after each pumping session. Also, since breastmilk lasts up to 6 hrs at room temperature, you can use the same flanges and bottles for two consecutive pumping sessions. So, if you pump at 9am and again at 12pm, only 3 hrs will have passed which meets the 6 hr room temperature recommendation. At the end of your work day, bring everything home and wash all your pump accessories.


Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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