In this month’s podcast interview we speak with naturopathic physician Dr. Laila Tomsovic about preconception cleansing. We ask when to do it, whether cleansing is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, which foods are especially cleansing, and about the role of exercise and stress reduction in a cleanse. You may also be interested in our interview with Dr. Tomsovic on nutrition for fertility.
We’re very happy to share a podcast interview on trauma from childbirth, with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist and trauma expert.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett is health psychologist, and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics. She is president-elect of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association, and the incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychological Trauma. She has authored more than 300 articles and 24 books on maternal depression, trauma, family violence and breastfeeding, including Depression in New Mothers and Breastfeeding Made Simple.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett discussed what trauma looks like, what experiences tend to cause trauma, partners and trauma, strategies for healing from trauma, ideas for preparing for a subsequent birth, and post-traumatic growth. She also discusses the relationship between trauma and breastfeeding, and answers your questions submitted on Facebook.
Tandem nursing is increasingly common practice, but resources for support and information can be hard to find. We thought we’d share some of our favorite resources on tandem nursing.
Adventures in Tandem Nursing. The only book written on the topic, Adventures in Tandem Nursing, by Hilary Flower, covers it all: the history, safety questions, and management of the roller coaster that tandem nursing can be. It was drawn from research as well as the stories of over 200 mothers from around the world.
Podcast on tandem nursing. A podcast interview with Hilary Flower, author of Adventures in Tandem Nursing. Questions addressed include: How safe is nursing during pregnancy? What are some of the things moms weigh when considering tandem nursing? What are some common baby and toddler behaviors during tandem nursing? How do milk supply and composition change during pregnancy?
Barriers to tandem nursing from health care providers. This post outlines some common statements you might hear from health care providers, paired with what the evidence actually says. Read this and you’ll be better informed than your providers!
Tandem nursing twins. Mothering Multiples is the go-to resource book for nursing multiples, including positioning and management of tandem nursing twins. And check out this podcast interview with author Karen Gromada.
Tandem nursing FAQ: This one page sheet of questions and answers, written by Hilary Flower, provides answers to common concerns.
Nursing in pregnancy. This La Leche League page answers the question, “I’m pregnant and still nursing my toddler…must I wean now?”
In our recent podcast interview with Nancy Mohrbacher on night feedings and breastfed babies, she highlighted an important piece of advice:
Even if you don’t plan on co-sleeping with your baby, make your sleep surface safe for co-sleeping.
Why? Because research has shown that about half of all babies end up sleeping in their parents’ beds for part or all of the night, even though many of these same parents don’t intend to do so.
So babies often end up sleeping with their parents in an unplanned way. And if beds aren’t safe for co-sleeping, it means that moms and babies will often either end up sleeping on a couch or chair – unsafe locations – or in a bed which has not been made safe.
Knowing the guidelines for safe co-sleeping, and establishing an appropriate sleep space will create a safer environment in case you do end up co-sleeping – even by accident!
So, here are our favorite links for information on making a bed safe for co-sleeping:
Safe co-sleeping guidelines from Dr. James McKenna. Dr. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. He is author of Sleeping with Your Baby. These guidelines will help you establish a safe sleep environment for your baby.
Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Cosleeping. This is Dr. McKenna’s book on the topic, which explains safe co-sleeping and the basis for co-sleeping in more detail.
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS). NCT is the U.K.’s largest parenting charitable organization, and they have a set of bed-sharing safety guidelines. ISIS concisely explains concepts around infant sleep and safety.
We thought you’d enjoy these breastfeeding promotion videos from the U.S. and around the world!
In case you missed it, check out our compilation of breastfeeding clips from Sesame Street, and the Mr. Rogers clip at the bottom of this post.
This ad from Scotland does a great job of showing the power as well as the normalcy of breastfeeding.
Celebrities ‘whipping it out!’
We dare you to watch this one from the U.K. without tearing up!
Eating in a public bathroom? This Australian ad says no.
This ad from India cleverly seeks to alter the traditional view of colostrum as “dirty milk.”
This ad from Spain explains why breastfeeding is important and shows it in many public settings (translation here)
Love the humor in this Scottish ad.
Did you do it on the kitchen counter? (Canadian)
And here’s a famous clip from Mr. Rogers. Not an ad, but well worth watching! (Fast forward to 2:40)
You’re probably familiar with the International Symbol for Breastfeeding, which was created through a Mothering Magazine competition in 2006. You now see it in a lot of public places, from restaurants to libraries to doctor’s offices!
Since that original design was released, creative people have come up with ‘hacks’ of the symbol to represent different kinds of nursing. We thought you’d like to see some of them, so here they are: The International Symbol for Breastfeeding, the symbol for nursing multiples, the symbol for toddler nursing, the symbol for tandem nursing, and the symbol for pumping!
The symbol for tandem nursing.
And last but certainly not least, the symbol for pumping moms!Pin It
When you look at the label of our popular galactagogue More Milk Plus you might think that we simply combine several herbs which increase milk supply.
But More Milk Plus is much more thoughtfully designed than that. We’ll explain.
In the U.S., fenugreek is the most popular galactagogue herb and is the herb most recommended by lactation consultants to increase milk supply. Fenugreek has been used as a food for centuries, and you may have even unknowingly eaten it as maple syrup flavoring. It’s also a galactagogue, and is a key herb in our More Milk Plus.
While side effects are uncommon, some mothers find that when they take high doses of fenugreek in powdered capsule form they experience gas and diarrhea in themselves or their babies.
More Milk Plus has been designed with this in mind, in two important ways:
First, because liquid extracts are a higher quality preparation (encapsulating a dried herb leads to more oxidation), you can take less of them, reducing the chances that you’ll experience side effects.
Second, we have included two herbs - Blessed Thistle and fennel – which nicely balance the effects of fenugreek. Blessed thistle and fennel are both digestive herbs which reduce gas and diarrhea. Fennel in particular is a classic digestive herb, used an an anti-colic and anti-heartburn preparation. You may have noticed it offered as you leave Indian restaurants as a post-meal digestive aid.
We believe that the quality of our preparations and the thoughtful balancing of herbs in More Milk Plus have contributed to its success as the best selling breastfeeding supplement in the U.S. (SPINS data report).
For this podcast, Tanya spoke with Nancy Mohrbacher, author of many books on breastfeeding, about night nursing. It’s a topic covered in her new book, Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges.
They discussed what to expect, how we evolved to feed our infants at night, what’s normal at different stages, how milk storage capacity affects night nursing, and night weaning. We also answered the questions you submitted on Facebook!
Nancy recommends the Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) website for more information on normal infant sleep.
We asked fans on our Facebook page for their best tips on exclusive pumping, and here is what you told us!*
Pumps and other supplies
“Get a hands free bra or at least cut holes in a bra so you have free hands.”
“Get extra parts.”
“Consider getting bigger flanges.”
“Store a nursing cover in your pump bag in case you can’t pump in a discreet place. I pumped while riding in the car quite a few times.”
“Even if you have a double electric pump, you should periodically rent a hospital pump to help maintain supply.”
“Change membranes once a month or if they break to increase suction.”
Managing frequent pumping
“Put your parts in the fridge when done pumping so you don’t have to wash them until the end of the day.”
“Set up a calm environment, an iPad with Netflix (I went through several TV series that I had never gotten around to watching).”
“Find a place to put your child while pumping that they like.”
“Follow the ‘rules,’ especially in the beginning.”
“Manually express after you finish pumping. It really helps with supply.” (See Stanford University’s ‘Hands on Pumping‘ video’)
“Holding baby if you can while feeding helps let down. I pump while nursing but I can not pump without hearing him cry or seeing him. I’d suggest an MP3 of baby’s hunger cry to listen to if she is unable to hold baby or exclusively pump.”
“Pump every time your baby eats the first 12 weeks.”
“The old 15-20 minutes of pumping [advice] is not going to allow you to keep your supply (unless you have over supply). Most EP’ers pump for 30-45 minutes.”
“Clean out each breast [fully empty] to avoid clogs.”
“Don’t get stuck on the idea that you should let down at the industry standard of 2 minutes (as electric pumps are set). Better for your pumping output and breast care to know if you need more time at the let-down setting before proceeding to expression setting.”
“Lube the shields up with olive oil to help with friction.”
“Manual expression for when you don’t have your pump available. It can also help you to increase your supply and empty your breasts more completely.”
Learn “How to increase supply when baby goes through a growth spurt. I get asked for help/advice on that frequently.”
“I still pump for my son who’s 14 months and it frees me up at work to play on my phone, catch on work or reading. It makes the time pass easier if I am free to find something to do.”
“Try different things. There is no one way to exclusively pump.”
Support and attitude
“Support from loved ones was a necessity.”
“Get help and support or you can feel like the only one.”
“So many of my pumping friends quit early because they felt it was such a strange experience. They didn’t like feeling like ‘milk cows.’ So I worked on spending my time pumping (when my daughter wasn’t around at least) meditating on what a great thing I was doing for myself and my daughter. Focus less on the awkward and more on the awesome!”
“Don’t give up!!! It’s tough to exclusively pump..at least for me I felt like all I did was feed my son, pump, change diapers and repeat! The worst was growth spurts. I had to pump constantly to get my supply up every time! Still doing it 10 weeks in and wouldn’t change a thing!”
“There’s a great group on FB for exclusive expressing with every tip they could ever want or need and supportive women in the same boat.”
“Babycenter.com has a great exclusive pumpers board.”
*Some of these tips we received from more than one reader.
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