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The Value of Skin-to-Skin Contact

The Value of Skin-to-Skin ContactSkin-to-skin contact is an essential element of acclimating a newborn to the world outside the womb and its benefits continue throughout infancy. Studies prove that babies, especially preemies, who experience skin-to-skin contact during their first moments, days and weeks of life have healthier outcomes. Today we’re exploring the many benefits of skin-to-skin contact for babies.

Promotes Bonding:  Physical closeness encourages immediate bonding between babies and their parents. Cuddling with the amazing tiny human being you created is one of the perks of parenthood and it is so good for everyone involved. Babies and parents alike get to know each other when they have quality skin-to-skin time. Parents learn their babies’ cries can more easily decipher which ones are for hunger, sleep, discomfort or need for affection. Moms who practice regular skin-to-skin contact have less incidence of postpartum depression and dads experience a closer bond with their babies from the start when they snuggle often.  Creating a strong attachment between parents and children is a critical part of development that affects many aspects of health and wellness for the future of your child.

Regulates Temperature: A baby is used to the warm and cozy conditions of the womb. In the outside world, babies need help maintaining their body temperature. Skin-to-skin contact aids in regulating temperature so babies store energy for growth and are better able to gain weight.

Supports Breastfeeding: Babies who are held close to their mothers have easy access to breastfeeding. Their instincts kick in and help them resourcefully find their mother’s breast and source of food. Studies show that babies who are engaged in skin-to-skin latch better and are more likely to breastfeed exclusively for longer. Skin-to-skin also stimulates milk production as feeling and hearing her baby triggers a mother’s lactation hormones causing more frequent let downs.

Bolsters Immunity: There are many ways newborns are naturally protected from pathogens and skin-to-skin contact is one of them. Being held by mom allows babies to be colonized by the bacteria of their mothers and the same bacteria they were exposed to during gestation. This helps prevent many diseases, sicknesses and allergies. Along with breastfeeding, the TDAP vaccination and some fantastic hormones mothers produce prenatally, babies have a good basis for immune health.

Steadies Heart Rate and Blood Pressure:  Amazingly, when babies are held closely to their mothers, their heart rates sync and blood pressure levels normalize. As the heart pumps blood throughout the body, babies are better able to cope with the new demands of sustaining their own lives.

Boosts Mental Development:  Steadier heart rates and blood pressure give the brain a boost too. Oxygenated blood travels throughout the body including to the brain, which allows babies to be more alert and achieve essential mental development.

Calms Baby: Babies who engage in skin-to-skin cry less because they are comforted by their parents. They also have less of the stress hormone called cortisol and more oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that promotes happiness and bonding.  Many babies experience this bliss immediately after birth when that first snuggle calms their crying.

Encourages Sleep: When babies feel less stressed and more relaxed and secure, they will have better sleep.  Sleep is crucial for physical and cognitive development and makes everyone in the household happier.

Cherish skin-to-skin contact early and often with your baby to experience these incredible benefits!

Sources:  Fit Pregnancy and International Breastfeeding Centre

Tips to Get a Free Breast Pump

Tips to Get a Free Breast PumpBreast milk is the best first food nutrition you can offer your baby. You know it, your doctor knows it and the healthcare industry knows it too.  Breastfeeding support is part of most health insurance plans and is backed by the government. Breast pumps are usually part of this support. Beyond health insurers, government agencies can also be a helpful source for getting a free breast pump if you meet their requirements.  Today we’re offering tips to get a free breast pump.

You may have heard stories about women having difficulty getting a breast pump, whether they are uninsured, can’t afford one, or were trapped by bureaucratic red tape. We’re helping you avoid these landmines with tips to get a free breast pump.

Tip #1: Call your Health Insurance Company during Pregnancy

Most health insurance companies are required by law to provide breastfeeding support including a breast pump rental or provide a free breast pump. Under the Affordable Care Act his is the case with most plans except for those who were grandfathered in prior to the legislation.

However, different plans have different rules and requirements for getting your breast pump.  Start the process early to ensure you maximize your benefits. Some insurers require documentation from your physician. Some specify whether you can get your pump before or after you deliver. Some plans cover a rental for a certain period of time, while others allow you to select a pump to keep free of charge from authorized medical device vendors.  The pump selections are usually limited to certain brands and styles.  Also, you may have to pay for the pump and wait to be reimbursed or the vendor may submit the purchase directly to your insurer without you having to fork over a dime.

While you’re on the phone with your insurance company, ask what other pregnancy, postpartum and lactation benefits they offer. The agent may not initiate telling you but if you ask, they should divulge the benefits covered in your plan. Some insurers offer a telephonic nurse to assist you during pregnancy and postpartum lactation consultations via phone or in-person.

Tip #2: Check with your local WIC Office

The USDA’s Women, Infant and Children program has local offices around the country. Designed primary for low-income households, WIC provides healthcare support for all family members, especially lactating mothers and their babies. Sometimes WIC can provide breast pumps to mothers in need free of charge. The lactation supporters range from IBCLCs, lactation counselors and peer counselors, and they help with many breastfeeding support needs for new moms.

Tip #3: Find out if you are Qualified for a Breast Pump through Medicaid

Families on Medicaid may be eligible for a free breast pump if it is a medical necessity. You will likely have to get a doctor’s prescription and prove why you need the breast pump, whether your baby is unable to latch, you’re returning to work, you must be separated from your baby, or you need help boosting your milk supply.  Even if you are uninsured by a traditional healthcare company, Medicaid may be able to help.

If you run into problems when trying to get a free breast pump, be persistent. You may want to consult your baby’s pediatrician for advice too. A little extra effort is worth it in the long run for a high ticket item such as a breast pump.

Black Breastfeeding Week 2016: The Joys of Breastfeeding

Loving Moments by Leading Lady Partners with Black Breastfeeding Week for the 4th Annual Celebration to Help Moms Share in the Joys of Breastfeeding

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In a joint collaboration to spread the joys of breastfeeding, Loving Moments by Leading Lady partners with the fourth annual Black Breastfeeding Week event by donating nursing bras to participating breastfeeding organizations across the country. Black Breastfeeding Week is a week-long event (August 25-31) at the end of National Breastfeeding Month that celebrates and advocates the health benefits and personal empowerment of breastfeeding.  The celebration is spearheaded by Kiddada Green, Kimberly Seals-Allers and Anayah  Sangodele-Ayoka. Black Breastfeeding Week is using the hashtags #BBW16 and #BlackBFJoy so mothers can share in the celebration.

“Oh, What a Joy,” the theme of this year’s Black Breastfeeding Week celebrates the joy and bliss that breastfeeding bond can bring to babies, mothers, fathers, families and communities. Mothers who successfully breastfeed not only improve the health of their babies for a lifetime, they also feel empowered and accomplished. As the joy spreads, every aspect of the community can grow and thrive.

Black Breastfeeding Week celebrates and promotes breastfeeding as a timeless tradition and highlights the communities and organizations carrying it forward. According to the CDC, breastfeeding could improve the infant mortality rate by up to 50% among African American babies and help prevent many common health conditions prevalent in black communities.  Black mothers face additional barriers due to lack of support, awareness, role models and leadership promoting breastfeeding in their communities.  Black Breastfeeding Week is a jubilant campaign to make breastfeeding in Black communities normal again.

“Loving Moments is so happy that our breastfeeding awareness program is reaching more and more moms,” said Mark Corrado, third generation owner of Leading Lady. “The statistics are clear, a breastfed child is healthier and we want to help improve the infant morality rates in African American communities.”

Loving Moments is providing nursing bras to moms through breastfeeding support agencies that are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week with special events.  The participating groups and links to their Facebook pages can be found below.

Loving Moments’ contribution to support Black Breastfeeding Week is part of an unprecedented donation of nearly 30,000 nursing bras worth over $350,000 that began during World Breastfeeding Week and continued throughout August to help raise awareness for breastfeeding and encourage more moms – at any income level, of any race, in any state – to nurture their babies in the healthiest way possible.

Loving Moments is dedicated to raising awareness for breastfeeding all year long and helping create change to support babies, mothers, families and communities. By working with community breastfeeding organizations, Loving Moments makes an impact where it counts the most for this cause: directly with moms who strive to nourish their babies through breastfeeding.

Participating Breastfeeding Support Agencies:

Innovations PCfit LLC

PHFE WIC’s CinnaMoms

Mamatoto Village, INC

Community Birth Companion

The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle

A Mother’s Worth Birth Services

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County WIC and Nutrition

Trinity Mother & Baby Outreach

Tiny & Brave Holistic Services

African American Breastfeeding Network

Butler County Breastfeeding Group

Community Birth & Wellness Center

Tri-Country Breastfeeding Coalition

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Inc. in partnership with the Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes (Additional Facebook Page)

Families for Equity

The Foundation for Maternal & Infant Vitality

Philly Moms Do Breastfeed

Las Vegas Urban League


Breastfeeding Success Story: A Rough Start for Sebastian

Breastfeeding Success Story: A Rough Start for Sebastian“This is Sebastian. He is going to be 11 months on the 13th of July. He is my first baby and the most precious boy you could ever know. We had a rough start when I first started to breastfeed.  He had an allergy to both dairy and soy products and also he had some stomach issues that we didn’t know about until he was 3 weeks old. The pediatrician I saw told me that they thought giving him a special formula would be easier on Sebastian and I, but I refused to put him on formula.

With the help of my lactation consultant and also the dietary doctors and children’s hospital I went on a dairy and soy free diet for months. Sebastian’s now able to have dairy and soy products after 9 months of being on a special diet and he is doing very well. I have also been battling hypothyroidism and a low milk supply but again with my lactation consultant’s guidance and a round of reglan I am able to pump like I used to and feed my baby with little-to-no problems.

I get asked all the time would I go through all this all over again if I have another baby and I say with no hesitation ABSOLUTELY!”

Jessica, Sidney Shelby County WIC

Meagan’s Breastfeeding Story of Determination

Meagan's Breastfeeding Story of Determination“I’m Meagan, a single mom of two boys. With my first, we struggled with latch issues due to an undiagnosed lip tie. I pumped around the clock every 3 hours for his first 3 weeks, and FINALLY got him to start latching successfully at 3 weeks old with the help of the wonderful lactation nurse at the hospital where I delivered. He continued to nurse until 27 months of age when I hit my 3rd trimester with my second.

Now, my second was a whole different ball game. Even though he was latching, he started losing weight right away. Even with getting his lip & tongue tie lasered, he still wasn’t gaining. I nursed & pumped around
the clock. I set alarms for every 2hrs. I took all the supplements. I tried Meagan's Breastfeeding Story of Determinationsupplementing with formula. He was borderline failure to thrive.

He finally was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy at 8 weeks. I cut all dairy from my diet, got a prescription for the really expensive hypoallergenic formula to supplement calories, and saw a pediatric allergist & nutritionist. Finally I got him strictly back on the breast at 6 months.  He outgrew his allergy by 10 months, and he’s currently a happy & healthy 17 month old who is very attached to nursing.”

Meagan, Manchester/Bolton, CT La Leche League

Award-Winning Ravalli County WIC Supports Breastfeeding Moms

Award-Winning Ravalli County WIC Supports Breastfeeding Moms“Our local staff works hard to promote breastfeeding. Our local agency recently won recognition for having the best initiation rate for breastfeeding of all mid-size agencies in the State of Montana. Our office staff established the peer counselor program in Montana, and trains staff at other local agencies in the Loving Support model. Our agency was awarded a Loving Support Gold Award in 2015 for our efforts, and was the only agency in Montana to receive that award. 

Many participants do not know anything about breastfeeding and many have no family members nearby to support them. Our staff offers breastfeeding education at each WIC appointment and offers breastfeeding classes, including one-on one education when needed. These efforts help inform our participants of the many benefits of breastfeeding, offer basic information, and instill confidence. This is particularly true for very young moms, fist-time moms, and moms who have tried to breastfeed in the past but were unsuccessful.  

Some examples of moms who have benefited from our staff to support and promote breastfeeding:

A mom with three small children has breastfed them all, but as she has encountered barriers such as mastitis and working out how to feed her infant during back surgery, and also how to navigate the need to multitask with sometimes limited energy, our staff has tried to help. By offering encouragement, praise, support, empathy, and problem-solving assistance, our staff was able to help her through such barriers. As a peer counselor who has been through similar experiences as a breastfeeding mom, I was able to relate in a supportive way.

A Native American mom in a population with less than average breastfeeding rates was able to successfully breastfeed her child for over nine months in spite of economic and cultural barriers. Our staff was able to help by listening, encouraging, praising, giving basic information, and making our breastfeeding cell number available so that she was able to access someone when she felt the need. We were able to establish a relationship of trust with her.”

Cassandra, Ravalli County Montana WIC

Breastfeeding Body Cleanse: Detox while Breastfeeding

No matter how “clean” we try to be, our bodies ingest, absorb and inhale toxins that can burden our bodily systems.  Doing a regular body cleanse while breastfeeding is not recommended as most limit essential food groups and calories that are needed to sustain a healthy milk supply for your baby.  Instead, you can employ a few safe and healthful breastfeeding body cleanse methods to help you detox while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Body Cleanse: Detox while BreastfeedingThe good news about toxins is that your body inherently works to get rid of them every day.  Many of your organs and bodily systems including your kidneys, liver, urinary tract and digestive system are your body’s way of purging waste that could be harmful to your body.  Therefore, a vital part of cleansing is clearing the pathways for waste elimination.  You’ll also want to be preventative by avoiding certain types of foods and substances, and of course you want to consume and use products that will help draw out pathogens for a cleaner, healthier body.

While breastfeeding, you should try to be as natural as possible.  It’s not only great for you, it will also help your baby’s precious, pure body as she continues to develop and mature.  Here are some breastfeeding body cleanse suggestions:

Diet:  A clean diet is a great start to detox while breastfeeding. This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – select organic when possible.  Lean proteins, bone broths and healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids are also terrific choices for a nutritious breastfeeding diet.  Fiber is crucial to cleanse the digestive tract, and cultured foods (like yogurt) and fermented foods help as well.

Supplements:  Supplements are a great way to help clean your system.  First, you should continue taking prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding as they contain many critical elements your baby needs such as folic acid and DHA.  A daily probiotic can help keep your digestive system running smoothly by creating a healthy environment in your gut.  Other supplements like salt tablets are known to help clean the body too.

Hydration:  Pure water is the best form of hydration.  Breastfeeding moms should get a minimum of 64 oz. of water daily.  Try drinking a serving of water during and in-between each feeding.  Adding unrefined sea salt to your water can speed up the cleansing process.  Pure fruit or vegetable juices contributes to hydration as well and can supplement your nutrition if your diet lacks produce.

Skin:  As your largest organ, your skin absorbs a lot of toxins. Fortunately, it is also a method of purging toxins too.  In addition to cooling you off, sweat is your body’s natural way of eliminating harmful substances, so don’t be afraid to sweat.  Light exercise can help you work up a sweat and is good for your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system.  Taking a bath in Epsom salt draws out impurities or you can dry brush your skin before showering to help cleanse and energize your skin.  After bathing, use natural oils to moisturize and replenish your skin’s nutrients.

Mental & Emotional Balance:  Being a new mom is hard and can take a toll on your mental and emotional state. Practice healthy self-care habits daily including relaxation, meditation, deep breathing, exercise and plenty of sleep.  Find your personal way to release, whether that is laughing, crying, appreciation, dancing, singing, whatever!  Also participate in your own hobbies apart from your children such as sports, crafts, entertainment, massage, gardening or anything else that you enjoy and keeps your body and mind at peace.

A breastfeeding body cleanse is a wonderful way to create inner balance for yourself, which will benefit your baby too!

Sources:  Eat Naked Now, The Coconut Mama, and Real Fit Mama

Remembering my Many Breastfeeding Successes

Remembering my Many Breastfeeding Successes“At first I thought ‘I don’t have a Success Story.’  My daughter latched easily shortly after birth, and we just passed her first birthday a few weeks ago, still nursing.  It was my goal to make it a year, and we did!  Right there is a success!

Then I thought about all the other breastfeeding successes we’ve had in the last year:

  • Giving up dairy for about 6 months in an attempt to help with my daughter’s colic, which started around two weeks old.  I have no way to prove if it helped, but it seemed to make a difference.
  • Being able to give surplus breast milk to my best friend and her daughter, who needed it due to supply issues.
  • Pumping at work, despite the awkwardness of tucking myself into the corner, on the floor of an empty office with a glass door.  I work at an engineering company, with mostly men, and was terrified at first, but felt I had to do this for my daughter.
  • Taking my lunch breaks to drive 10 min back and forth to daycare to feed her because just pumping during the day caused my supply to drop.
  • Remembering my Many Breastfeeding SuccessesLearning how to cope when her teeth came in and she thought biting mom was an awesome game.
  • Taking supplements, pumping hourly, eating oatmeal and drinking my own weight in water when my supply started to drop, determined to keep breastfeeding.
  • Getting over my fears and becoming comfortable nursing in public after I realized I needed to be able to go out and about for my own mental health.

So no, it’s not an amazing tale of overcoming adversity, but it’s a lot of success!”

Laurel, Manchester/Bolton, CT La Leche League

Starting Solids: Getting your Baby Interested in Food

After about six months of breast milk, you and your baby may be eager to start solid foods.  Then again, some babies are very happy continuing their regular milk diet and have little interest in food.  When it’s time to start solid foods, you may need a few strategies for getting your baby interested in food.  We’re here to help with some tips for starting solids.

Tip #1: Start Solids between 4 and 6 Months

This age range is when most babies show signs of readiness for starting solids.  Before then your baby’s digestive system cannot handle anything but milk.  If you wait much longer than six months, your baby may have a harder time adopting a new diet and won’t be getting the nutrients he needs as he becomes more active and his brain development continues.

Starting Solids: Getting your Baby Interested in FoodTip #2:  Talk about Food

Chances are your baby has seen you eat a time or two.  As you are eating, talk about how yummy your food is and how you bite, chew and shallow.  Show your baby the color of your food and the process of eating.  When you put your baby in his high chair for his first meal, continue the conversation and explain that it is his turn to try food.

Tip #3:  Don’t Start Solids on an Empty Stomach

If your baby is starving when you sit him down for his early solid meals he is more likely to reject the food.  Instead, nurse him for a bit and then give him a snack of solid food.  Afterwards nurse him again.

Tip #4:  Breast Milk makes it Familiar

You can mix breast milk into any pureed food.  The taste of your breast milk may make solid foods more palatable for your baby at the beginning since he knows and likes the taste.  You can slowly wean your baby from breast milk in solid foods as he becomes more accustomed to new flavors.

Tip #5:  Not Working? Try Again Later

You may have thought your baby was ready at 4 months but perhaps he is not.  If starting solids doesn’t work at first, try again the next day or even the next week.  The same goes for certain foods.  Just because your baby didn’t like green beans today doesn’t mean he won’t like them next month.

Tip #6:  Keep Breastfeeding

Starting solids is experimental more than nutritional at first.  You’ll probably find more food on the floor and in your baby’s adorable crevices than he actually swallowed.  That’s OK!  “Playing” with food is part of the learning process.  Keep breastfeeding to meet the bulk of the nutritional needs of your baby during the transition.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year.

Tip #7:  Follow the Wait Rule

To determine whether or not your baby has an adverse reaction to certain foods, wait two to three days between introducing new foods.

Tip #8:  Start with (almost) Anything

It used to be that pediatricians recommended starting solids with only rice cereal.  Nowadays you can start anywhere, including with meats, legumes and fruit.  You can test a variety of foods in any order to diversify your baby’s nutrient intake and palate.  Don’t be afraid to add natural spices or flavoring too.

Tip #9:  Introduce Healthy Eating Habits Now

Healthy eating habits at the get-go set your child up for a lifetime.  Let your baby determine how much food to eat and the pace at which he eats it.  Never force your baby to eat.  Also, have a meal-time ritual at least once a day where you sit with your child and eat together.  Stick to healthy food choices for your baby.  Soon enough temptations will kick in but now is the time you have complete control over your baby’s healthy diet.

Nurture your Baby’s Sense of Hearing

At birth, your baby’s hearing is her strongest sense.  While not completely developed, a newborn baby’s hearing is very keen and already receptive to familiar sounds such as the voice of her mother.  Because the interpretation of sound occurs in the brain, hearing is linked to many stages of development ranging from gross motor skills to speech.  Today we’ll be exploring ways to nurture your baby’s sense of hearing.

A baby’s sense of hearing develops around 20 to 24 weeks in utero.  Many studies have shown that babies can hear in the womb and some respond to external sounds like music, loud clamoring or their mother’s voice.  Babies often have fluid in their inner ears at birth, which may limit what they hear and is why they are more interested in sounds with high pitches and frequencies.

Since a mother’s voice is familiar and usually higher pitched, babies are extremely interested in what mom’s have to say!  Reading, singing and talking to your baby is a terrific way to stimulate your baby’s sense of hearing in the brain that will be used for all sorts of fine and gross motor development, as well as mental development, in the future.  Hearing your conversations, whether you’re speaking to her or not, will help your baby understand language.  She’ll start to notice voice inflection, cadence, tone and the rhythm of speech.  All of these assets are important for your baby’s eventual speech development.

Reading to your baby is essential as well.  For hearing to be useful, it must have context and meaning.  Identifying objects and their corresponding words is vital to this level of comprehension.  Much of this occurs naturally as your baby is constantly learning from her surroundings.  But you can nurture your baby’s sense of hearing by reading books and pointing to pictures when you say the words.

The same is true for identifying objects and the noises they make.  During playtime, use lots of noisy toys like rattles, musical instruments and other “talking” toys.  When you are outside and hear cars, airplanes or birds, verbalize what your baby is hearing to make the connection.  You can also help your baby make noises to understand different surfaces and wearing rattles on your baby’s arms or feet can encourage body awareness.

Nurture your Baby’s Sense of HearingMusic is another amazing way to nurture your baby’s sense of hearing.  Language and music share a nerve pathway in the brain and are neighbors in the brain community.  Music is interpreted using both sides of the brain so exposing your baby to complex music helps your baby’s brain hemispheres coordinate and work together.  This is vital for fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and cognition.  Because balance resides in the inner ear, music will also promote better balance.  Any music will do so pick something you and your baby will enjoy.

At about two months old your baby may pause when she hears noise and she will begin to make vowel sounds like “ahhh” and “ohhh.”  In the four to five month range your baby may begin mirroring your facial expressions when you speak and babble using consonant sounds.  When your baby talks to you, talk back to help her understand the nature of conversation and that you are interested in what she has to say.  Pretty soon she’ll probably be talking your ear off and it all began with these strategies to nurture your baby’s sense of hearing.

Sources:  Aimee’s Babies and Baby Center


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