Due to the weather today we have moved this class to the following date:
Thursday, April 14th from 6-9pm.
Sorry for the short notice...who would have thought a snow storm in April! City of Sudbury is cancelling events this evening as well. Check your events to make sure!
You do not need to be under midwifery care to attend this class!
Come one come all. :)
Hope to see you there.
I have built my practice to have client centred format, meaning that each appointment is tailored specifically to their needs, goals and desires. The giving of information and all scenarios is a huge part of this approach so that everyone can make their own informed decision. This is the only kind of decision that gives each family the power to make the right one that works for them.
Part of choosing what to supplement your baby with if needed or wanted is knowing everything about what you are choosing between?
How many of us check the ingredients on food before we buy? Boxed foods, frozen foods, almost every food has an ingredients list, except for breastmilk! We've seen cute campaigns like this one (NSFW) that show all the benefits of breastmilk, but doesn't tell you what is actually in breastmilk.
I received this infographic from Infact Canada the other day and thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy and be informed.
NICU's (neonatal Intensive Care Units) play a very important role in our preemie babies and sick babies' recover and growth in preparation for them to go home, but the presence of babe's parents is just as important.
Thank you to the Stollery Children's Hospital, who transferred some it's NICU beds into a newly made Family Care Unit Ward to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The babes and families who will be transferred there are almost ready to go home and require less intensive care. What a great transition between full NICU care and home for these families.
The new article can be found here.
A few days ago I read a blog post from scarrymommy.com called "7 Things You Might Not Know About Lactation Consultants." It was written by a women named Wendy Wisner IBCLC.
The article starts off with Wendy talking about her birth and breastfeeding story and how she became a lactation consultant. Then she compiles of list of thing you may not know about us. I don't want to lump all lactation consultants into this list, but I know it really covers all of my feelings. I especially want to address the following:
"3. We lose sleep over your challenges, and we want to dance in the street when things go right for you."
For those of you who have been my clients you know that I check-in with you...a lot. I try not to call/text you more than once a day. I check-in to find out how the day has been, to see how you're feeling and if I can help in any other way. Never am I checking in to see if you're doing what I said or doing things 'right'...who am I to judge what's right for your family?
The other points in the article talk about empowerment, informed decisions and YOUR breastfeeding goals. That is everything that I want to do to help you and your family.
To get a little more insight in to me and my breastfeeding journey, here is a picture of me breastfeeding babe #2 at nine months of age. I don't remember being that young but I do remember her giving me the most challenges with a lip tie and tongue tie that went undiagnosed. I do say to myself a lot "If I had known then what I know now..."
Please enjoy the post from scarrymommy and get even more insight into me and why I am a lactation consultant.
Also feel free to call me with any questions you have about me and my practice. Would love to hear from you!
I love talking about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact. Not only the benefits for the babe but also the benefits skin-to-skin has for breastfeeding and any caregivers that partake in doing skin-to-skin with babe.
During those first few hours after birth, skin-to-skin contact is very important for the baby. Not only does it help to regulate all their internal systems but it also allows the babe to work through all of their inborn instincts, from crawling, seeking and finding the breasts and nipples and of course that very first breastfeed.
Here is a great timeline for that first hour created by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit.
Happy IBCLC day to all my colleagues! You are making a difference to families in your community.
To all my clients, thank you for putting your trust in me to help you and your family forwards on your breastfeeding journey. It has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you!
"Studies show more breastfeeding success when moms are allowed to stay skin to skin with babies and this time is not interrupted by medical “procedures” or a bath."
That quote was taken from this great article about delaying that first bath for 48 hours. It was written by women doctors at St. Louis Hospital in the United States, who are also moms! The article also has a lot of other great reason why delaying the first bath is important, including:
-Reduced risk of infection
-Stabilized blood sugar levels in the newborn
-Improved Temperature control
Bathing your babe once a day, once every two days or once a week is a decision that is up to you and your family. Just wait on the first one!
Below is a picture of my daughter with her first full bath 8 days after she was born.
I have received a lot of requests lately concerning breast pumps and breast pump rentals. I am a huge advocate of not buying a breast pump until you know what your needs are after the babe is born.
Sometimes all you need is a smaller hand pump for once and a while pumping, but sometimes we have situations where exclusive pumping is needed for a few weeks/months and renting a hospital grade pump for a length of time is more suited to your needs.
Below is the list of available pump rental locations in the city compiled by Health Sciences North.
Stephanie Langille is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC. She has a passion for helping women with their breastfeeding journeys.