I love being an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). I'm so proud of the work that I do, and I really believe it makes a difference in the lives of the parents that I work with. One of my favorite things about this work is that I get so many good questions from our clients, and also from just random people who are curious about what I do. Seriously, if I'm at the grocery store in Harwich wearing my Rising Tide Women T-shirt, I get stopped and asked questions. If you know me, you know I'm a talker, so I'm always happy to chat about babies and breasts and birth and postpartum support.
Some of the breastfeeding questions I get asked the most are:
- How do I know if my baby is drinking enough milk?
- Should I still breastfeed if I'm sick?
- How can I increase my milk supply?
- My baby is cluster feeding! Is that normal?!
- What do I need to do to prepare for breastfeeding when my baby is born?
So if you check out the video below, I'll answer all those questions for you!
Have more questions? Put them in the comments and we'll talk about them in a future blog post or video!
Liz Libby is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a CAPPA-certified childbirth educator. She lives in Brewster, MA with her three wild boys, canine sidekick, and her partner. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We put out the call a bit ago in our free facebook community, the Rising Tide Women Sisterhood , to see what was on everyone's mind when it came to breastfeeding.
We answered a whole spate of them in our 7th episode of our Wednesday morning Rising Tide Doula Jam on our facebook page, and I'm sharing them so you can get the info, too!
Unlearning. I’ve been fixated on the word since I first heard it, but it’s been hanging out in my mind heavily for the past few days.
We must unlearn the negativity about birth
We must unlearn the conditioning telling us that our bodies are not worthy of love
We must unlearn to doubt our instincts
We must unlearn that breastfeeding is impossible
We must unlearn that worry is what makes good parents.
It is our mission here at Rising Tide Women to help anyone who wants to unlearn about pregnancy, birth, lactation, and postpartum life. Families today are saturated with information and stories, and are left floundering trying to make sense of it all.
Our role is to help families peel back the layers and get a solid understanding of realistic expectations.
This morning, I took E in the shower with me to give him a good steam, since we were both congested and half-frozen from getting the two big kids off to school in this ridiculous weather (side note: anytime they start busting out the phrase 'polar vortex' in the forecast, you can just count me out. We need legislation against this kind of weather.) And as I was washing my hair, watching my sturdy little person jump in the water and fill up any cup he could find only to dump it out again a moment later, I just had to scoop him up and kiss his little belly. This kid has the best, belly-est belly laugh of any toddler I've ever met and if you really get him going, he starts squealing in delight. I just can't get enough of it. And as I was kissing his little round toddler belly, I just had to notice his bellybutton.