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Every new mother hears that breast is best. Many decide to breastfeed so their baby has the best. But soon after birth, the days are often fraught with sleep deprivation and conflicting messages from peers, family members, and health care professionals. Later, negative messages from the media and critical comments from family members and others may trigger mothers to question their decision. Feelings of inadequacy, intimidation and societal pressure to wean can cause mothers to give up breastfeeding before meeting their goals.
The aim of this show is to empower parents to overcome the barriers that keep them from beginning or continuing to breastfeed. Through discussion of hospital practices, milk supply, medications, returning to work, milk storage options, and more, this show will provide an informed and supportive voice for new families and established families, so that they can take charge of their breastfeeding experience from conception through weaning.

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Every new mother hears that breast is best. Many decide to breastfeed so their baby has the best. But soon after birth, the days are often fraught with sleep deprivation and conflicting messages from peers, family members, and health care professionals. Later, negative messages from the media and critical comments from family members and others may trigger mothers to question their decision. Feelings of inadequacy, intimidation and societal pressure to wean can cause mothers to give up breastfeeding before meeting their goals.
The aim of this show is to empower parents to overcome the barriers that keep them from beginning or continuing to breastfeed. Through discussion of hospital practices, milk supply, medications, returning to work, milk storage options, and more, this show will provide an informed and supportive voice for new families and established families, so that they can take charge of their breastfeeding experience from conception through weaning.

    Encore Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Turning Points for a Mother With Anorexia

    Encore Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Turning Points for a Mother With Anorexia

    Eating disorders affect as many as 30 million people in the United States. And, although they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, eating disorders are seriously undertreated. Tragically, among those who seek treatment for anorexia each year, 1 in 100 will die; up to 20% will die within a year as the result of complications from the eating disorder, or suicide.
    In today’s episode, Marie talks with Jacklyn Novatt, who nearly became one of those statistics. Luckily, she got help. Better yet, Jackie beat the anorexia in time to become pregnant and successfully give birth to and breastfeed twins. And in a wonderful “surprise ending” you’ll hear how the pregnancy and breastfeeding was a critical turning point for her.
    Join Marie and Jackie and discover how to recognize the classic symptoms of anorexia, how to help a loved one get into treatment and support them in their recovery, and how to separate fact from fiction about anorexia.

    • 1 hr
    Real Food In Pregnancy: Truth About Growing Your Baby

    Real Food In Pregnancy: Truth About Growing Your Baby

    You’re determined to be the best mother, right from the start. You want to grow your baby to be healthy. And, you want to make sure that while breastfeeding, you continue to nourish yourself so you can make the very best milk for your baby. How can you actually do that? Well, how about eating real foods? But what would those be? Join Marie and her guest, Lily Nichols RDN, CDE, author of Real Food in Pregnancy. Find out how Lily’s approach to prenatal nutrition differs from conventional information that we’ve heard for years. What are some of the number one foods that pregnant or breastfeeding mamas should eat, and why? What mistakes do most women make about nutrition? What are some of the biggest myths about nutrition in pregnancy, and why are your prescribed prenatal vitamins less than ideal? What is choline, and why is grass-fed beef or bone broth so important? Which recipes in Lily’s book did Marie like? Get the answers to these questions, and many more in this interesting episode.

    • 57 min
    What You Need To Know About The New IBLCE Guidelines

    What You Need To Know About The New IBLCE Guidelines

    Are you thinking of becoming an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)? Or are you already an IBCLC, and you need to recertify? Are you aware of all of the changes in expanded eligibility requirements, changes in how clinical hours will be calculated, changes in the recertification process, and changes in the exam schedule and upcoming deadlines? Don’t rely on what your friends tell you, or what you’ve read or done in the past. Get the latest information so that you can plan ahead.
    In this episode, Marie summarizes the most recent statements from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) so that you can comply with the new requirements and choose the right options to embark upon or continue your journey as an IBCLC. As a bonus, Marie will name names—telling you topics that might not have been on your radar in the past, and should be now if you are taking the IBLCE exam!

    • 37 min
    Encore Soy and Your Baby: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    Encore Soy and Your Baby: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    If you’ve been in a store’s baby section lately, you’ve probably noticed the formula. It’s hard not to notice it—there are more kinds of formula than ever before, and they take up a lot of shelf space. Milk-based, soy; regular, hypoallergenic … the variety can be overwhelming! What’s a parent to do? Before you buy any formula—and before you feed any to your baby—make sure you know all about it. Join Marie and special guest Dr. Heather Patisaul of NC State University for a conversation that provides the ins and outs of soy formula. Make sure you know about the phytoestrogens in soy and how they affect the body (short-term and long-term). Tune in for an eye-opening discussion of a product that’s become pervasive—for better or for worse, and consider information you need to make the best decision possible for your baby and your family.

    • 57 min
    What You Need To Know About Exercise In Pregnancy

    What You Need To Know About Exercise In Pregnancy

    Everyone agrees that exercise is good. But if you’re an expectant or breastfeeding mother who has never exercised, should you start now? Are the guidelines the same for a nonpregnant woman as for a pregnant woman? And does “exercise” mean taking a walk around the block, or competing in a triathlon? Are there any studies to substantiate recommendations about amount and type of exercise for pregnant women? How does prenatal exercise affect the onset and length of labor—if at all?

    Join Marie and her guest, author Linda May, PhD, as they discuss the results of over 700 studies that address exercise during pregnancy. Be prepared for several surprises! You’ll learn about how exercise does and doesn’t affect the pregnant mother, her baby while in utero, and the long-lasting effects it can have on the infant or child. And, if you’ve encountered some barriers to getting enough exercise, get some simple tips to get moving and stay moving during pregnancy.

    • 58 min
    Facts About Mothers' Feelings: What Research Actually Says

    Facts About Mothers' Feelings: What Research Actually Says

    By now, nearly all parents and professionals understand: Breast is best! And, breastfeeding is natural! Unquestionably, these statements are true. But those lines of logic and encouragement are aimed more toward milk and babies. What do mothers think? What do mothers feel? How might those feelings continue into those first few weeks after going home from the hospital?

    Join Marie and her guest, Dr. Marie Dietrich Leurer, as they discuss what Dr. Dietrich Leurer learned in her research study. How do mothers react to their breastfeeding experience? Is breastfeeding easy or difficult? Is breastfeeding instinctive, or learned? What about confidence? Do women describe breastfeeding experience as positive or negative…or both? And, do some mothers simply dislike breastfeeding? Come along as we talk about the facts that describe feelings!

    • 57 min

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