The current infant formula shortage in the United States is causing a lot of stress to parents and care givers who rely on it to feed not only their infants, but also loved ones who may have complex medical needs. I've been fielding a lot of questions from worried moms about increasing their milk supply, re-lactating, and what to do if they have trouble locating the formula their baby normally drinks.
Thanks to the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, most health insurance companies cover the cost of a breast pump. The quality of the pumps covered can vary by insurance policy, so do your homework. Not all breast pumps are created equal.
I cannot tell you the number of times I've made a home visit and midway through the conversation, the client sheepishly admits to hiding infant formula and bottles in a cabinet beforehand. It doesn't surprise me when this happens, but it does disappoint me, because parents should never be made to feel ashamed about infant feeding choices.
If there's one shared common concern among breastfeeding parents, it's whether or not one is making enough milk for their baby. With solid support and proven methods for building milk supply, parents can enjoy breastfeeding with confidence.
Q. At my baby's first visit with the pediatrician, we were told to give her Vitamin D drops. I thought my milk had all the nutrients my daughter needs? Are the drops necessary?
If as a breastfeeding mom, you are not sure if you have ever had a plugged duct, I can tell you- you haven't. Plugged ducts are incredibly painful and can be downright stubborn to release. As a lactation consultant in the greater Cincinnati area for several years now (and 6x nursing mom myself!) I can share with you the best ways to prevent a plug from developing- and how to quickly find relief if one does!
I was selected as April's Member of the Month for the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network! Check out my personal story, then sign up as a member (psst! it's free!) and stay abreast of the positive changes ABN is working towards for our families in Appalachia!
Last week I had an article published over on cincinnati.com.
For several years now I've been thinking a lot about how breastfeeding can narrow the gap for families affected by health disparities due to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
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Pregnancy can be an exciting time full of dreaming and planning. Choosing how you plan to feed your baby is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you face! You are surrounded by other mothers sharing their experiences. Your midwife or obstetrician may be talking about the importance of breastfeeding to your and your baby's health. But what to do if you still aren't sure if breastfeeding is for you?