A Day in the Life of Counseling Room #1

It’s been awhile since I shared what some of our clients have been learning about on my comfy couch…

Today’s videos were all about breastfeeding, the first teaching a young expectant mother Techniques and a Good Latch”.  One of the most important things I’ve learned about breastfeeding is that you can never have to much good information about the subject, however there is a lot of misinformation out there so do your research.

Did you know the most common reasons given for not breastfeeding or given up quickly?  Yes, you guessed them, “It hurts so much, I was too sore, I just couldn’t do it or I didn’t have enough milk to feed my baby.”

Well this video showed that a slight difference in the way the baby latches can make a difference in whether you are going to be successful in breastfeeding.  If the baby is not latched correctly you can get sore within a couple of days to the point where you will give up.

There are actually 4 positions that you can try to latch your babyclutch (like a football), cradle (like it sounds), lying down (the baby lies next to you and the cross-cradle position, which is best for newborns.  The baby lies across your chest while you hold their head with the opposite hand of the breast you are feeding on and you can support the breast with your other hand if needed.

Others things you can try are:

  • Sitting up straight with a chair that gives you good support
  • Having your knees higher than your hips
  • Using a breastfeeding pillow for extra support
  • Making sure the baby’s face and body are in the same direction
  • Lining the baby’s nose up to your nipple

If you do end up getting sore nipples, you can your use another position to help alleviate the soreness where the baby has been latching to the hardest and apply a nipple cream like Mother Love or Earth Mama.

Of course, if you know someone who would benefit from this information please share this post along with this link for a full list of all of our services at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Statesville.

A Day in the Life of Counseling Room #1

Whew, another whirlwind day is coming to an end…  There were several clients in and out of the counseling room watching all types of informative videos, but I think the most interesting one today was about how to understand the different cries that your baby can make and what they might mean…

The “Understanding Your Baby’s Cry” video introduces an interesting concept that suggests that there may be different types of cries depending upon what your baby is trying to tell you.  What?  Yes, that’s what I said…  your baby may already be trying to communicate with you using specific patterns.

The video went on to say that it’s best to focus first on what the words (sounds) are and then to listen for those words when your baby cries.  The key is to try to listen for one of the five words before the baby gets to the screaming stage of the cry.  And if you are hearing multiple “words’, you should pay more attention to the first word that you are hearing as they start to cry.

-The first word we learned is Neh, which means hungry.  What you are listening for in this cry is the “n” part of the sound.  When your baby says, “Neh” this is when you feed them.

-Then there is Owh, which means tired.  This word is pronounced when sound is added to the yawn reflex.  Try it yourself.  Your baby’s mouth will make an oval shape, the shape of a yawn.  When your baby’s says, Owh, this is when you help them to fall asleep.

-The next word is Eh and this means burp me.  It is pronounced when the muscles in your infant’s chest tighten and sound is added to it.  When your baby says the word, Eh, this is when your help them to burp.

-The biggest word to listen for is Eairh, which indicates lower wind pain.  This sound is produced when muscles around the lower abdomen are constricted and sound is added.  To make this sound yourself, push your stomach out, breathe down into your stomach and push the air out slowly.  When your baby says the word, Eairh, they might have lower wind that needs relief.

-The final word is Heh and this word means that they might be uncomfortable.  Try this sound yourself by constricting the muscles in your chest, then breath down into your diaphragm and allow the air to fan over the pallet of your mouth.    When your baby says the word, Heh, she is uncomfortable and may be too hot, too cold, or need a diaper change.

Did you that if your baby is burped regularly they might not need to make the Eh or Eairh sound at all.  Good to know!

This was a lot of useful information so if you know someone who would benefit from this information please share this post along with this link for a full list of all of our services at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Statesville.

 

A Day in the Life of Counseling Room #1

Our first client today came with her husband which actually earned her twice the points in our Earn While You Learn Program for watching the video and filling out the worksheet that goes along with each video.

The first video today was about Prenatal Care.  There were several interesting points they bought up that I thought were worth passing along to you…

  • Getting medical care early in your pregnancy increases your chance of having a healthy baby
  • Partners are encouraged to attend prenatal visits
  • In your 1st trimester your prenatal visits will occur every 4 weeks
  • Starting around your 10 week visit you should be getting to hear your baby’s heartbeat
  • Dr visits will increase to every 2 weeks and eventually every week in your 3rd trimester

They were able to watch another video today that was focused on Eating for Two.  This video was very informative and confirmed several things that I had heard before like…

  • It’s recommended that you start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you find out that you are pregnant
  • There are several foods that you should avoid when pregnant like:  smaller fish, unpasteurized milk, soft cheese, cold lunch meat, uncooked eggs and raw or rare meat
  • You should drink 8-12 cups of water each day and avoid more than 1-2 caffeinated drinks a day
  • In your 1st trimester your body does not require any additional calories
  • Most women only need 300 additional calories in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

Wow, that was a lot of facts in just 30 minutes.   It’s good that our clients are able to take home their worksheets to refer back to.  Oh, and also most of the time the worksheets include homework that they can bring back in to get additional points to shop in our wonderful baby boutique.

Today our clients were able to get diapers, wipes, baby clothes and some bedding to use in the baby bed.    I’m looking forward to see how we can help our next clients with some of the many services we offer.

If you know someone who would benefit from this information please share this post along with this link for a full list of all of our services at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Statesville.

A Day in the Life of Counseling Room #1

Today was a busy day in Counseling Room #1 at the Pregnancy Resource Center… I started off my morning watching a video with one of our young clients and her boyfriend about how she and the baby are developing during the 1st Trimester or 1st 13 weeks of pregnancy.

I learned:

  • the morning sickness she is having is normal in this stage and that it will likely subside as she enters the 2nd trimester
  • she is likely to gain 2-4 pounds during this time and then 1 pound per week for the remaining time in her pregnancy
  • smoking can cause a low birth weight baby and can increase risks of other chronic conditions like: bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, severe asthma, respiratory symptoms and slow lung growth
  • at 4 weeks, her baby’s heart has already begun to beat and by the end of the trimester he or she also has arms, legs, fingers, toes, eyelids, ears, ankles and wrists and all major organs and systems are forming

Later in the day I watched a video on The Goals and Benefits of Breastfeeding.

Did you know that:

  • breastfeeding benefits for the mother include: bonding, reduced risks for breast cancer, decreased post-partum bleeding and depression, weight loss and not to mention the cost savings over buying formula
  • You need to set goals like: What success look like to me? How long will I breastfeed? Will I exclusively breastfeed?
  • 98% of your success with breastfeeding comes from your confidence and commitment to the process
  • Just breastfeeding for the first few days, even just in the hospital, will give your baby increased immunity and comfort as they adjust to life outside the womb

In the coming days I’m looking forward to learning more about how mothers and their babies change and develop as they continue in the pregnancy as well as more about the benefits and techniques to use for successful breastfeeding…

If you know someone who would benefit from this information please share this post along with this link for a full list of all of our services at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Statesville.