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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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    • 4.4, 27 Ratings

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.

    Sleeping With Your Baby: Science and New Guidance from Experts

    Sleeping With Your Baby: Science and New Guidance from Experts

    Let’s talk frankly about how you feel about sleeping with your baby. Maybe you’ve heard that sleeping with your baby is a bad idea—even dangerous. Maybe you’re afraid to tell anyone you really do sleep with your baby. Maybe you’re vaguely aware of the recommendations issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics over the past several years. But have you read the new statement on sleeping with your baby published by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine? And if you’re a provider, are you wondering what to tell your patients?
    Join Marie and her special guest, Helen Ball BSc, MA, PhD, who was an author for the new protocol just issued by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Ball debunks the popular myths, gives clear insight into the research and rationale used to create the protocol, and she gives some simple tips on how to safely sleep with your baby. As always, this episode is not medical advice—but gives information to help you make your own decisions about sleeping options.

    • 59 min
    Encore Breastfeeding in Emergencies: A Matter of Survival

    Encore Breastfeeding in Emergencies: A Matter of Survival

    Natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Around the globe, families can find themselves facing a flood ... hurricane ... forest fire ... or another catastrophe. Aid workers and local shelters are often ill-equipped to provide optimal support for infants and mothers— breastfeeding or formula-feeding. Although nursing mothers can feed their babies wherever they are, they often find themselves trying to solve breastfeeding problems they’ve never encountered before, and being undermined by bad advice during the disaster.

    Join Marie and her special guest Dr. Karleen Gribble as they discuss the impact of a disaster on breastfeeding or formula-feeding before, during and after it occurs. Find out how you can help others in your community—professionals, neighbors, and aid workers—to prioritize care for mothers and young infants. And, get practical tips to achieve optimal comfort and hygiene for you and your baby, and how to how to survive—and even thrive—in such awful conditions.

    • 55 min
    Baby Head Shape: Easy Innovative, Options You Need to Know Now

    Baby Head Shape: Easy Innovative, Options You Need to Know Now

    Plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome) affects as many as 47% of infants. If you’ve seen babies wearing helmets, you know how common this condition is. Maybe you’re wondering: My baby has an unusual head shape; does he need a helmet? Wait! Those helmets cost thousands of dollars and the cost is seldom, if ever, covered by insurance. Can you treat plagiocephaly without a helmet?
    Join Marie and her guest, plagiocephaly expert Andrew Dorough, DC, as they help you to realize you’re the only one who can find the best solution if your baby has a flat or unusual head shape. Is plagiocephaly just cosmetic? Should you do nothing and believe he will outgrow it? Should you do something now or wait until later…or doesn’t it matter? Does his head shape have anything to do with his continued feeding difficulties? In this episode Marie and Dr. Dorough will help you to follow your gut, ask the right questions, consider all of the treatment options, and understand how chiropractic care can help.

    • 1 hr
    Traumatic Birth Experience: The Impact and Healing

    Traumatic Birth Experience: The Impact and Healing

    Can someone have a scary birth experience? Oh yes. And can that scary birth experience lead to post traumatic stress disorder? That’s a distinct possibility. And if post traumatic stress disorder occurs, how does it intrude on your experience in this pregnancy, or your hopes and dreams for the future of your family? Or maybe how it will change the way you think or your own sense of self-identity.
    Join Marie and Colby Cohen-Archer, MS, PhD, as they discuss the impact of birth trauma on mothers, breastfeeding, postpartum mood disorders, and more. And they’ll talk about how to heal from birth trauma, as well as how to use some coping tips. And, if you or someone you know has had this experience, listen as Dr. Cohen-Archer lists several different ways to get help—including some you’ve ever heard of—and how you can find the help you need to feel better.

    • 55 min
    Celebrating IBCLC Day: Three Personal Journeys To Certification

    Celebrating IBCLC Day: Three Personal Journeys To Certification

    Have you thought of becoming an IBCLC? Have you wondered what that journey might be like? What if you’re already a nurse? What if you’re a licensed professional, but not a nurse? What if you have no healthcare background whatsoever?
    Join Marie and her guests as they talk about their journey to becoming an IBCLC. Heather Yocom, RN MBA IBCLC, qualified for the IBLCE Exam after getting a scholarship to attend Marie’s live course in San Diego. Deborah Betts, SLP IBCLC, qualified after taking Marie’s live course in Baltimore. Sarah Ortega, CLE CLC IBCLC, who had no background in healthcare, qualified through Marie’s all-online course. How were their journeys similar—or different? What were the toughest parts of the journey? Why did they choose the preparation they chose? If they had it to do over again, what would they do differently? If you’ve ever wondered how your journey might be, get some real-life insight from three who took the journey and passed the IBLCE Exam on the first try!

    • 56 min
    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.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Ruby LC ,

So helpful!

As a newer Lactation Consultant, I appreciate being able to listen to content from so many specialists from different fields. This podcast has been immensely helpful to my practice!

SallyWallyPally ,

Evidence based and fascinating

I find this show fascinating and really appreciate the evidence based information. Breast feeding and human milk is so cool!

skald kickball c ,

Great Reliable Podcast

Love it! Comes with great information from a reliable source. Professional and easy to listen to. I look forward to Monday’s for each new episode! Thank you Marie 🤗

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