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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

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.