Mobile Lactation Services
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|Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM||comments (321)|
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Before leaving the hospital most moms will get help from a Lactation Consultant or a Nurse to latch the baby on. Often times when I talk to a mom the same day she has her baby or even the next day she will say “the baby is latching on and were doing fine”. But, by the time she gets home from the hospital things begin to change. Now her nipples are sore and her baby is not getting full. Translated, this means that she is in pain and not getting sleep, her baby is fussy and gassy and continues to seem hungry after breastfeeding. This means mom is probably beginning to feel stressed and maybe even be concerned that she may need to supplement.
It is important to take the time to get a deep latch from the beginning. Infants do not nipple feed, they breastfeed. It is not important if you have nipples that poke out or ones that don’t. What matters is how much actual breast tissue goes into the mouth along with the nipple. Sucking on a nipple only, can cause a world of problems like sore cracked nipples, low milk supply, plugged ducts. In order for the milk to be stimulated the nipple needs to be inside the infant’s mouth deep to about the middle of the tongue. He should have a mouth full of breast tissue. The infant’s lips should be flanged out like a fish and his breathe, suck, swallow motion he does will stimulate the ducts and help to bring down the good fatty milk. This means your milk supply will grow, he will get more satisfied, he won’t be gassy and you can get some rest!
1. Your Position-You need to be comfortable, use pillows a foot stool, support your back and relax your shoulders. Take a deep relaxing breath for the next few minutes let it all go. Clear your mind and connect with your baby. Get into a position where you can comfortably stay in once you latch the baby on. Anything you may need should be within arm’s reach. I.e. a glass of water, the remote.
2. The baby’s position- It is important that you use positions that feel comfortable to you. The baby should be close to the breast, and the head shoulders and hips should be in a straight line. Again use pillows to give extra support and bring the baby up close to the breast. Once you latch stay in the same position and don’t change hands.
3. Tummy to Tummy-The baby’s body should be turned tummy to tummy with you, directly facing the breast.
4. How you hold the breast-Hold your breast in a “C” or “U” shaped hold. Make sure that your fingers are far enough away from the nipple on top and bottom of the areola to allow the baby to have a clear target and enough breast tissue available to latch on to.
5. Offering the breast- tickle the baby’s lips with your nipple to encourage him to open his mouth. Be really patient and you be in control of when the baby actually latches on. You don’t want the baby to grab your nipple, and you don’t want to put the nipple into the baby’s mouth. You need to wait until the mouth is open wide and the baby’s tongue is down. You should be able to see into the baby’s mouth. Remember the middle area of the baby’s tongue is where you want the nipple to end up. When you see the mouth open wide allow the baby to latch on. If it hurts stop and start back over at step 1. To properly remove the baby off the nipple; use your index or baby finger, run it alongside of the baby’s cheek, stick it between the baby’s gums to break the suction and remove baby off the nipple.
|Posted on June 28, 2012 at 1:14 AM||comments (130)|
Some people ask me do fathers ever come to myclass. The answer is yes, not only do fathers come to my class, sometimes it’s the fathers who call me to do home visits. Fathers, Brothers, Sons,Grandfathers, Step fathers have all proven to be strong advocates and supporters of breastfeeding. From men who have sat in NICU’s with shirts open skin to skin with their preemie babies, to men who are right there ready with arms open for you to hand off a baby too, to the men who offer encouragement and support to keep breastfeeding when the going gets tough. To men who are not embarrassed for their baby to be nursed in public.
I Solute You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Posted on June 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM||comments (246)|
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This a very common concern I hear from mothers. When they breastfeed their infant he seems to be done eating and he falls asleep. They burp him and put him down and he wakes right back up and wants to eat again.This can be very frustrating for parents, it makes a mother feel as if she does not have enough milk and it makes it difficult to get rest. I have found in my work with mothers that for an infant breastfeeding can be a lot of work.Therefore it is very common for infants to get tired and take rest breaks during a feed. This can really give the appearance that the baby is done eating on that side, he is sleeping, or he doesn’t want to eat right now, especially if you hold him in your arms. I call it playing Possum. They look sleep but there not! I would recommend that when the baby stops sucking, but is still latched and you keep talking to him and trying to get him to eat, let him rest for a moment. You may find a couple of moments later he will start sucking again. If he appears to be done and sleeping lay him down next to you (not in your arms). He will probably rest for a few moments and wake back up. When he does I would put him back to the same breast for a while to make sure he finishes that side before switching. Also when switching breast, I would allow a few moments in between breast so he can wake up and be ready to eat. Otherwise if you switch right from one breast to the other you will get a sleepy baby who latches and stops eating right away. If you let him rest a few minutes and wake he will latch and eat better from the second breast. If you have to hold him to keep him from waking, he is not sleep. If he still seems hungry go ahead and latch him back on. Remember that some days he will eat more than others. The best way to increase your milk supply is to empty the breast. If you feel you are not making enough milk pump to empty after breastfeeding. If you get an ounce or two more out you know the baby could have eaten more. If you do not get more out pump for a few minutes anyway to send a message to your body to increase your supply. And call me!
|Posted on May 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM||comments (20)|
Hello Everybody! I know It's been a while but from now on I'm gonna promise to blog more often. I haven't blogged since December so let me try to bring you up to date. We now have our Business License, DBA, Malpractice Insurance, National Provider ID# and Superbills, EIN# and Articles of Corporation. We have 3 members on our official Board of Directors. We are members of the USLCA and ILCA. We are currently participating with ZERO to 3 in a cross sector Provider Training here in Long Beach. It took a while but we are getting calls now. We are seeing mothers and babies mostly in their homes. We have been successful in most classes and 80% of the mothers we have seen so far are still breastfeeding either directly from the breast or through pumping. We are having Prenatal and Postpartum classes on Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm. We have a deal with LIVINGSocial starting this Thursday May 17th through May 23, 2012, offering 50% off on Classes. We are also partnering with the NORWALK-LAMARADA SCHOOL DISTRICT to offer classes to high school students. Our first class is May 16, 2012. Thanks to Shannon and
Reyna for helping us put this together. We are also partnering with the ZEN RELAXATION STUDIO and Yoga Instructor LAURA JANE. Our first class, is JUNE 1, 2012.
|Posted on December 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM||comments (20)|
Hay Everybody sorry I haven't bloged in a while but we have been soo busy. It became clear right away that a small private practice is gonna be too hard without some funding, so we have decided to become a non-profit organization. I have been choosing my board members, and finalizing our Mission Statement, our Core Values and Guiding Principles, which is really hard to do! We have a meeting coming in January to get that ball running. The Lord has blessed me to have wonderful friends who know a lot about non-profits, and I'm so greatful cause I know breastfeeding but becoming a non-profit is out of my scope.
Our Grand Opening is on Saturday January 21, 2012 so keep your ears and eyes open for more information on that. Our Website has up to 1700 hits and growing daily. We have added two new pages to our website where you can purchase our Hand made one of a kind jewelery or Logo items, Thanks Pay pal. We can easily be found on the Internet thru over 20 search profiles and that number is growing Daily.
|Posted on December 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM||comments (23)|
Well today I feel complexed. I'm dealing with the parts of building a business I do not know anything about. Do I want to be come a for profit business or do I become a non-profit corporation. Either way we can make money but if we are a for- profit corporation I will have a lot more of the responsibility and liability on me. Also if I go for profit now I will not be able to change it easily later. If I decide to become a non- profit corporation then I'm looking at around $3,000 an a lot of work building a board of directors and bylaws and all that stuff. Then there will be a whole bunch of politics and other peoples opinions. But I will be able to get grants and tax breaks. I just wanna be a small private practice. This part is confusing. Whew! I'm scratching my head y'all. If you could see my room we have big posted notes all over the walls we been brain storming and working to get this business going. So say a prayer for us. If you know any pregnant people give the my number. If you know anything about business and can offer me some advice please call me. Thanks for Visiting!
|Posted on December 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM||comments (32)|
I'm excited to report we have over 1000 hits on our website. Over half of the people who went to our website looked around. We also have 8 clicks on our ad words campaign. We got our business license approved Yeah! According to the City of Long Beach they have never licensed a private lactation Consultant before. It took some explaining. Most people don't know what a IBCLC is, so the number 1 question is always. What did you say you do?
Our Raffle is rolling so make sure to get your tickets only 42 more days to go. Our next prenatal class is on this Wednesday at 6:30pm we are looking forward to a great class. You can get a discount on our classes and services @ YELP.com. We have also begun our street campaign passing out cards, giving away prizes and letting people know were here.
|Posted on November 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM||comments (78)|
This was a good week. We have been really busy getting things together and making contacts. We have been selling raffle tickets to buy equipment so don't miss out a hundred dollars will come in really handy at the begginning of the new year. By the way we changed the date for the raffle to January 16th 2012 because that is the day of our grand opening. We had our first prenatal class which was very successful. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a blast. We filled up our glass case in our office with Logo items for sale like tote bags and t-shirts. We have been passing out cards like crazy! We put our name on our window with a window decal thanks to Vista Print. Our Ad campaign is moving slowly but it is moving. We are up to almost 700 clicks on our website so check us out. If I have ever helped you with breastfeeding and you would like for me to put your babies picture on the website email it to me at [email protected] or text it to me at 562-674-8500.
Thanks for listening!
|Posted on November 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM||comments (85)|
Well this week we moved into our office. We also created our new logo with Terry's help of course. We ordered new cards and started passing out flyers. We also linked up with Facebook and Twitter and began our blog.So far we have over 500 hits.
Our Raffle is going well so make sure to lock in your tickets now! It only cost $1.00 and you have three ways to win! You can mail in your dollars or stop by the office, we would love to see you!
I have been walking the neighborhood introducing myself to local residents and businesses letting them know that we here. We currently have flyers up in three local businesses. I have also had a meeting with the nurse of Jordan High School about doing somethings with their Pregnant Teen program.
There is a very large Spanish population in the local area. At some point we need to decide how to address this market. For now I have spoken with a friend who is an IBCLC also and If I get Spanish mothers I can not help I will refer them to her.
Tonight there is a Champagne Party and Toy Drive in our office from 7-11pm. So stop by and drop off a toy!
705 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805
562-674-8500 or 562-422-7800
Thanks for visisting!
|Posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM||comments (192)|
Starts November 1, 2011 and Ends January 1, 2012
Tickets Cost $1.00 3 chances to win
1st prize $100.00 *2nd Prize $50.00 *3rd prize $25.00
Breastfeeding Specialist. Org
705 East Atresia Blvd. Long beach, CA 90805
562-674-8500 Cell/ 562-422-7800 Office