|Posted on December 13, 2017 at 12:50 AM||comments (74)|
You just had a baby; you are tired, overwhelmed, and sore. Breastfeeding is natural and should be easy. Baby, put to boob, this should work! For some reason, it is not going the way you imagined it to.
What Lindsay has learned in her years of practicing is that often new parent’s preserever through the discomfort to the point where that 'loving, perfect breastfeeding relationship' they envisioned, just ain't happening! Their doctor isn't helping, their midwife hands them a nipple shield, their friends say to tough it out, and their partner just wants to make it all better! They contact us and gasp at the price of a breastfeeding consult. We try to explain to them that that is cheaper (and healthier) than formula, but they just can't seem to see it....
So here is my guarantee!! If your baby is less than 5 days old, mom and baby have no medical concerns, and you have been trying to breastfeed since birth, I will do my in-home breastfeeding support and if I cannot get baby to latch more comfortably and you do not feel better about our visit...IT'S FREE!! That's right. If I don't help you, you do not pay.
(Some conditions apply. During our intake I will advise if your situation applies)
|Posted on February 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (1061)|
I want you to eat it. Yes, that’s right, eat it.
Your placenta is an amazing thing!
It is the only organ that the body discards. And your next baby, it makes a new one. How cool is that!
It is an organ that you and your baby share! It is made up of 50% of your (the mom) cells and 50% of your babies! (I will be honest, if you have more than one baby in there, I don’t know how that math works out) If you think about that, and you know about antibodies and organ donation, how amazing is it that our bodies do not reject something that isn’t ours.
The placenta not only nourishes your baby, but it tries to protect it from stuff like alcohol, tobacco and other stuff that we might be avoiding in pregnancy. If you examine the placenta of a smoking woman, you will see calcifications. If you examine these, they contain high concentrations of nicotine. This is not to say that the placenta stops and filters everything out, but just that it is trying to protect your baby.
Most other mammals do eat their placentas. The hormones contained within help “eject the milk and help clean and return the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size”. How often have you heard a woman state that she didn’t make enough milk nor has problems with breastfeeding? Modern science says that although the placenta does contain a high amount of protein, hormones and other nutrients, there is no reason for a healthy, well-fed woman to consume her placenta. We are well-fed, but highly undernourished as a society (another rant), but are we missing out on a key step to optimal maternal nutrition by not eating our placentas?
When is the last time you heard of an animal with postpartum depression? While it is true that some animals will eat their young, I doubt that this is a manifestation of PPD. If you look at the hormone fluctuation that a woman can go through during ‘her time of the month’, multiply that by 10 to get what her body does in the first week after baby. The very hormones that her body stops making (and has been used to for the past 9+ months) are the very ones that are rich in her placenta. Most methods of encapsulation do recommend a tapering off in the capsules, making a gentler transition out of your pregnancy hormone high. They also allow for more ‘Happy Pills’ when those bad days occur, kind of perk me ups. Placentophagy (that’s the act of eating your placenta) has been shown in scientific double blind studies (basically as fool proof as it gets) to decrease the symptoms and occurrences of PPD. Makes me want a fourth kid just to see if it works!
The placenta contains high levels of various vitamins, such as B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Eating the placenta enables the mother to "reclaim" these vitamins and put them to use in her own body. Placentophagia may also increase a mother's blood levels of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. This hormone is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. And we all know that a Happy Wife makes a Happy Life!
How about that ‘helps the milk eject’ situation? In 1954, a study was conducted in which 210 women, expected to have low milk supply, were administered dried placenta. 86% of the mothers noticed a significant increase in milk production (http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp). I makes sense that placentophagia can be beneficial in stimulating breastmilk production, even for mothers who are not at risk for low supply. Eating my placenta is a better option, in my opinion, than the modified milk of another species (or plant).
It has been a long standing truth amongst homebirth midwives that if a woman is hemorrhaging, placing a slice of the maternal side of the placenta between her cheek and gums will help slow/stop the bleeding. Now this is a fresh slab of placenta. But if I had the choice between “here, eat this” or “we have to go to the hospital, you’re bleeding out”, I would be grabbing that hunk of love and mowing down.
Thankfully, we have the ability to capture most of that placenta goodness in a pill! (If only they could make me a size 4 via pill) There are 2 common methods for this, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Raw Foods (I will go into each one in subsequent posts). Each has its own benefits and unique properties that may appeal to each woman.
Bellies2Babies does offer both types of Placenta Encapsulation. If you would like more information on our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM||comments (68)|
Recently I participated in a debate on the merits of obtaining good breastfeeding advice and support. Some of you may be shocked to learn that a hospital in my hometown has a horrible track record for supporting women in that key first 24 hour period. They send moms who have made the decision to breastfeed home pumping because they “have no milk, you gotta pump to bring that in”, nipple shields, and supplementing with that handy free formula (never mind the WHO regulations against this).
Two friends of mine kind of went head-to-head on breastfeeding. One mom, Pam, exclusively breastfeed her 2 children for 1 year, the other , lets call her Shelly, had the misfortune of giving birth in the above hospital and came home with a pumping, feeding, sterilizing schedule recommended to her by the Postpartum care nurses. Shelly was also given Nipple Shields by her Midwife to help ease the pain from all that damn pumping and sucking. Let’s just say that after weeks of working with a Lactation Counsellor, supplemental feeding devices and herbs, poor Shelly was still struggling to get her baby latched and made the choice to formula feed. Was Shelly being a lazy mom and taking the quick way out?
I was chatting with Shelly later that week, encouraging her to write a letter to the hospital to inform them of her breastfeeding plight. How else is a hospital supposed to know that they are doing a poor job? They only see a Mom on the Birthing Floor for a period of a few hours to a few days. No follow up appointments, no after care. Just “Thank you, come again!” How much vested interest do these overworked, under informed nurses have in these new mothers? How many have received training in breastfeeding? Even the Midwives, I asked them at a breastfeeding course one day how much training they get in school for breastfeeding. I was stunned at the answer; one day. A 3-4 year education on how to take care of a Mother and Baby during pregnancy and birth and just 1 day spent on how to breastfeed.
I offer breastfeeding support and the problem has gotten so systemic that when a Mom calls me in tears and tells me her story, I can tell what hospital in my Middle-sized city she has birthed in and if she had a Dr or midwife (and sometimes who). Knowing that this is a road that so many new moms have travelled, is it any wonder why I see such a number of moms formula feeding, that didn’t intend to.
Shelly, my ‘formula feeding’ friend, has a huge guilt upon her shoulders for not breastfeeding, and with people like Pam, my ‘breastfeeding friend’, out there judging people like Shelly, is it any wonder. Does openly accusing formula moms of being ‘lazy’, help the relationship between Moms? Why do we not instead ask them about their journey to formula feeding? Maybe they tried desperately to breastfeed; maybe they were given poor advice and no support. Why, as breastfeeding advocates, do we not take the opportunity to inform or educated these women so that if there is another baby in their future, mistakes of accepting poor advice can be changed. You do catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
I was reading some online blogs on this topic after the debate with my friends. It seems that some women can get right on nasty when hidden behind the computer screen. Sometimes the issue is not a black and white; the path travelled by so many women is coloured grey. We will solve nothing by attacking each other and touting “Breast is Best…No matter what!” and making those most vulnerable feel guilt. The problem is much bigger than a blame game between the sides of Extreme Lactavists and ‘Pro-Choice’ formula feeding.
I will be honest, I am a Lactavist. I do not agree that formula should be directly advertised to Mom’s, as outlined in the WHO formula marketing guidelines. The studies have been done, formula feeding results in more allergies, more asthma, more Type 2 diabetes, more breast cancer, more ovarian cancer, and the list goes on. Formula advertising even says that “Breast is Best”. However, if Mom’s were properly informed of the risks of formula, had unlimited, free access to proper breastfeeding support, we might be a more breast-friendly culture and would not have the great divides. We would have compassion for the Mom’s that must formula feed due to poor advice, poor support, and misinformed on the ‘benefits’ of formula feeding. Formula is a necessary drug, but as with all drugs, overuse and misuse leads to problems, like we are seeing with increased rates of certain diseases. If more Mom had better, unbiased, information, the choice would be more clear; Breast is Best, but formula does have a place.
|Posted on February 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM||comments (74)|
I am frequently asked “What books do you feel are good ones to read?” To be honest, there are many, many great ones out there and it would be quicker for me to say which ones I would NOT read (such as the whole ‘What to Expect...’ line)So here is my short list of favourites.
Books About Birth:
1. Birthing The Easy Way by Sheila Stubbs. Available through www.birthingtheeasyway.com This book tells it like it is. No fluff, no BS, just like your BFF or Mom would love to tell you about birth.
2. The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. This is almost like a “Doula in a Book”. It is great because is has darkened pages to allow you to review the Coles Notes version.
3. The Dr Sears Library by Dr William Sears. Ok, I know this isn’t a single book, but anything by him is great stuff! He is a supporter of homebirth, delayed vaccinations, attachment parenting, and co-sleeping. I wish I had him on speed dial for every pregnancy/birth/parenting question.
4. Birthing From Within by Pam England. I love this Earthy-Birthy book. Most of the information is relevant to any woman achieving her desired birth experience, but for me, it’s the Blessingways and other extra that draws me in.
5. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. I don’t know a Doula or Midwife out there that doesn’t love this book. I love it because it shows women the huge range of ‘normal’ for labours, from mere minutes to days and how the trust that women have in their caregivers can affect their labours.
6. The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein. Although it is an American movie do not fool yourself into thinking that in Canada birth isn’t a business, too!
Books About Breastfeeding:
7. Dr Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding by Dr Jack Newman & Theresa Pitman. What can I say; this man (yes MAN!) is the Guru of breastfeeding. Best thing, he’s Canadian!
8. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International. This organization has done more for breastfeeding knowledge and advocacy then anyone else I can think of. I love the newest edition; it has been totally overhauled, updated and re-organized.
9. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin. Another instant classic. It’s a book about breastfeeding by Ina May, how can you go wrong!
10. If These Boobs Could Talk: A Little Humor to Pump Up the Breastfeeding Mom by Adrienne Hedger & Shannon Payette Seip. Ok, so this book isn’t full of enlightening information; but when you have that moment when you have 2 huge wet spots on the front of your t-shirt, you small like cheese, and your baby just tested you nipples for armour with their new tooth, you need a little humour. This book made me pee (just a little!) in my panties from laughter.
I could easily list 20 more, but you asked for the short list. If you have a great birth/breastfeeding book to add, please leave it in the comments! I am always up for a good read.
|Posted on August 15, 2010 at 10:13 PM||comments (48)|
I am so new to this whole 'website' and 'Blog' thing. It has been, and continues to be, a huge period of growth.
My intent is to create dialogue about how Canadian's (especially Londoners) birth; by informing women and partners through the B.R.A.I.N process of their birth Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition and Do Nothing about everything Birth, Babies, and Breastfeeding. I encourage comments, positive or negative, from everyone.