Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

I divide my career (so far) as an IBCLC into three phases to date:Phase one: 2009-c. 2012...more

Yeast!

Yeast.Nipple yeast. Candida Albicans. Candidiasis. Thrush.Often misdiagnosed, often the source of much excessive and unnecessary new mother obsession and angst.So, let’s start with the fact that yeast is a normal flora. It is a fungus (hence the mushroom above) that lives all over your body in varying concentrations. We are never actually “yeast-free,” nor should we attempt to be. This is an important fact for you to remember....more

What I've Said About Breastfeeding and What I'm Saying Now

I said... I'll give it my best shot.I can't believe he knows what to do.I can't believe I don't.I can't do this.I have to do this.I hate this.I'll do it for a month.How can he be so hungry?How can it be so painful?I can make it two more months.Nothing's ever been so hard.He's thriving, thank God....more

The NEW Deal on Vitamin D

What this study changes about what we thought we knew:As with most things in medicine, recommendations change with new and emerging research.Brand spanking new research on the Vitamin D supplementation for the breastfeeding mom and baby hit September 28, 2015.This changes what we thought we knew a little bit, so here the most up-to-date recommendations:...more

Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more
FibreJunkyThank you for the encouragement.  I still teeter back and forth between what I want to ...more

Responding to Criticism

You must be rubber (You know, I am rubber you are glue?)Words cannot hurt you.  Words do not have to make you question everything.  That is a choice only you can make....more

Breastfeeding Failure: How This Therapist Coped

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It Is Okay to Quit

It really is okay to quit breastfeeding. Everybody does sooner or later.Once you quit breastfeeding for good, it may be after already quitting nine other times. Some of us will, in fact, quit breastfeeding ten times.It’s okay to quit breastfeeding, you know. It will be okay when you finally “break down,” “give-in,” and “give-up.” Some of you may have quit all ten times listed below....more

Why Breast v Formula Should Not Be a Debate

We all know the breastfeeding versus formula feeding debate. We've all heard the passionate, and often outright hostile, arguments on each side. Many of us probably have an opinion one way or the other. Well, this post is not going to be about mine. No, I am not here to wade into the debate, I am here to ask whether it should be a debate at all....more

What Is Balanced Breastfeeding?

What is Balanced Breastfeeding?Balanced Breastfeeding is practical prenatal education.Breastfeeding success starts in pregnancy. Prenatal breastfeeding courses should not be laden with arguments for why you should choose to breastfeed your baby, but rather packed full of resources and tools that will help a pregnant couple succeed in their choice to breastfeed. It should also include appropriate goal setting based upon individual medical, emotional, and social history....more
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