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Volume XIII, Issue 4 Summer 2011 Phone: (315) 732.4657
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!
The Truth About Breastfeeding: Fact: Babies who are held often cry fewer Ext. 225
from Myth to Fact hours a day and show that they are more
Myth 1: A mother only needs to nurse four to secure as they get older. Theresa Gorgas
six times a day to maintain good milk supply. Myth 4: Some babies are allergic to their Director of Finance and
Fact: Research shows that when a mother mother's milk. Administration
breastfeeds early and often, an average of 9.9 Fact: Human milk is the most natural and the Ext. 227
times a day in the first two weeks, her milk easiest food for baby to digest. If a baby
production is greater, her infant gains more shows sensitivities related to feeding, it is April Miller
weight and she continues breastfeeding for a usually a protein from the mom s food that got Perinatal Coordinator
longer period. Milk production has been shown into the mother's milk, and not the milk itself. Ext. 222
to be related to how often the mother This is easily handled by removing the
breastfeeds, and milk supply goes down when problem food from the mom s diet for a time.
mom breastfeeds less often. Lisa Marasco LEAVEN April-May 1998
Myth 2: A mother must drink milk to make
milk. Lynne Gates
Fact: A healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, FE Coordinator
grains and proteins is all that a mother needs Ext. 224
to provide the proper nutrients to produce milk.
Calcium can be obtained from many nondairy Cheryl Perkins
foods like dark green vegetables, seeds, nuts FE Co-Coordinator
and bony fish. No other animal needs to drink Ext. 244
milk to make milk.
Myth 3: Mothers who hold their babies too Noreen Wiater
much will spoil them. Project Facilitator
Nursing will bond you to your baby deeply, so deeply. You ll soon
begin to regard milk as magic because it calms your baby, Susan Heitz
soothes her, nourishes her, protects her. Stephanie MetropolitanMama.net 8/09 Ext. 242
How Dads Can Help With You are the cheerleader. If you offer a lot of
Breastfeeding encouragement and appreciation, not only
Would it surprise you to know that the single will mom be more likely to hang in there past
most important factor in a new mom s the rough part, she ll remember you were
success with breastfeeding is the support there for her when she needed you. Magda Chodkowska
she gets from her partner? Dads-to-be are Positioning and latch-on are key. Since Clerical Support Asst.
usually surprised to hear that they have this you re seeing mom and baby from a different Ext. 221
influence, and are all ears on how they can angle than she is, you ll probably have
help the process. Here's some great advice suggestions about positioning or maybe
from veteran dads about how dad can help adding a pillow here or there to make things
a little more comfortable for her. Men have The mission of
Breastfeeding is natural but not easy. Just a natural ability to see angles and that can the Mohawk
like learning to drive a car, it takes time and come in handy here. Valley Perinatal
practice to really get the hang of it. The Help mom relax. This can be anything from Network is to
emotional support that you offer during this a shoulder rub to bringing her a glass of improve birth
time is so important. water or something to eat while she is
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How Dads Can Help With Breastfeeding continued from page 1
nursing. When she s relaxed, the milk will let down. An Lower her stress levels. You ll both be surprised at the
engineer in Daddy Boot Camp had a good check list for amount of time breastfeeding takes. Anything you do
problem solving breastfeeding: Mom relaxed? Milk letting around the house is going to take a weight off mom.
down? Baby calm enough to suck? Well positioned? Baby Otherwise she ll sit there nursing, but making mental notes
getting enough? of everything that needs to be done around the house.
Dad can feed a breastfeeding baby too. After 3-4 And getting stressed.
weeks, mom can start pumping milk, giving dad a chance Be the protector. New fathers are often surprised at how
to feed his baby a bottle from time to time. This may be in protective they feel towards their new family. If mom
the middle of the night so mom can sleep (although some needs help with visitors that don t know when to leave, or
moms report engorged breasts if the baby misses a needs a buffer from a questioning grandma (who might
feeding) or during the day so mom can get out for a while not have breastfed), you re in the perfect position to have
without worrying about the baby getting hungry while she s her back.
gone. Feeding is a key bonding time, so now dad gets to Find outside help. Maybe you do everything humanly
share the experience with his little one. Even if mom is possible and mom still has trouble. It happens. Luckily,
breastfeeding during the night, you can share the load by there are certified breastfeeding counselors around.
getting up and bringing the baby in to her. Sometimes Find one though La Leche League or the International
waking up and not having to get out of bed is really Lactation Consultant Association's search page. They ve
appreciated. One veteran dad thought that even though heard it all sore nipples, not enough milk, breast
his wife had said that she could get up and do it on her infections, you name it. As the family resource finder,
own, he felt that it would still help if he got up occasionally you will have scored again. DadsAdventure.com 4/11
to support her and the baby.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week August 1st - 7th!
Breastfeeding Problems Solved inet, soaps, alcohol, lo-
Problem #1: Latching pain tions, and perfumes are
It s normal for your nipples to feel sore when you first no good -- clean
start to breastfeed, especially if you re a water is all you need to
first-timer. But if baby has latched and wash with. Try letting
the pain lasts longer than a minute into some milk stay on your nipples to air dry after feeding
your feeding session, check the (the milk is actually great to help them heal).
positioning. Problem #3: Mastitis
Solution: Try to get a good latch where Mastitis is a bacterial infection in your breasts that makes
baby s mouth covers more of the areola you feel like you have the flu. You may have a fever and
(the area around the nipple) below the pain in your breasts. It s common within the first few
nipple rather than above. To reposition weeks after birth (though it can also happen during
him, place your pointer finger inside ba- weaning) and is caused by cracked skin, clogged milk
by s mouth to take him off your breast. ducts, or engorgement.
Tickle his chin and when his mouth is wide open guide Solution: The best way to treat the infection is with
him to your breast. When he is correctly positioned, his antibiotics from your doctor, hot compresses, and most
chin and nose touch your breast, his lips spread apart importantly, nursing often. Use hands-on pumping
and you can t see your nipple or part of the lower areola. (breast massage in between pumping), making sure the
Problem #2: Cracked nipples red firm areas of the breast and the surrounding area are
Cracked nipples can be the result of many different softened. It s safe and actually greatly recommended that
things: thrush, dry skin, pumping improperly, or most like- you continue breastfeeding when you have mastitis.
ly, latching problems. During the first week of breast- Problem #4: Engorgement/high milk supply
feeding, you may see some blood when your baby is just Engorgement makes it difficult for baby to latch on to the
learning to latch or you are just beginning to pump. A little breast because it becomes swollen and harder to hold.
blood, while kind of gross, won t harm baby. Solution: Try hand-expressing a little before feeding to
Solution: Check baby s positioning -- the bottom part of get the milk flowing and soften the breast, making it
your areola underneath your nipple should be in baby s easier for baby to latch and get milk. Of course, the more
mouth. Also, try breastfeeding more frequently, and at you nurse, the less likely your breasts are to get
shorter intervals. The less hungry baby is, the softer his engorged. Dara Pettinelli Breastfeeding.com
sucking will be. As tempting as it is to treat your cracked If problems continue or get worse, contact a
nipples with anything you can find in your medicine cab- breastfeeding counselor or your doctor.
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Breastfeeding: Did You Know?
Breastfeeding in Public is your Right babies. You may also meet a mom at the local library
New York State law states: a mother may breastfeed story hour or at a playgroup in a community center.
her baby in any locations, public or private, where the Many veteran moms enjoy supporting new mothers.
mother is otherwise authorized to be
NY CLS Civ R§79-e(Article 7 Miscellaneous Provisions). 1994 Support is Available from a Postpartum Doula
N.Y. ALS 98; 1994 N.Y. Laws 98; 1994 N.Y. S.N. 3999 You may also want to have a Postpartum Doula which is
For more information on nursing in public visit: a trained professional that assists moms during her first
www.breastfeedingadvocacynetwork.org. 6-8 weeks home with baby for a fee. If you would like
more information on Doulas, contact the Mohawk Valley
Support is Available through your Hospital Perinatal Network at 315-732-4657 ext. 228.
The hospital where you have your baby has trained
Lactation Consultants to Resources are Available
give you information and The Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network has a Resource
support to help you Lending Library with such books as: The Ultimate
succeed. There are also Breastfeeding Book of Answers; Nursing Mother,
Breastfeeding Classes Working Mother; The Milk Memos; The Nursing Moth-
that you and your er s Herbal and many more. DVDs such as: Breast-
partner can attend when feeding Comprehensive and Breastfeeding and Return-
you are preparing for ing to Work are also available. Please come in and
baby. Check with the check them out. The Perinatal Network also has other
hospital where you will materials available and a private space where you can
deliver your baby for a nurse your baby or pump your milk.
list of their classes.
Once you and your baby There is Breastfeeding Support on the Web
leave the hospital, you www.faxtonstlukes.com/birthplace
may also receive www.romehosp.org
follow-up phone calls from the hospital s www.bassett.org
lactation consultants so you can ask them any questions www.breastfeedingpartners.org
or share any problems that may have come up. Here www.mvbn.org
are phone numbers to the maternity and lactation www.newfamily.org
departments for the local hospitals: www.mohawkvalleydoulas.com
Faxton St. Luke s 624-6090 and 624-6762 www.lalecheleague.com
Rome Memorial 338-7200 and 338-7124 www.breastfeeding.com
Bassett Healthcare 1-800-227-7388 and 607-547-3456 www.promom.org
Support is Available through WIC www.kellymom.com
WIC offers peer counselors for your support. At your www.kangaroomothercare.com
WIC appointment you can receive one-on-one help from www.4woman.gov/breastfeeding
a WIC Lactation Counselor. WIC can be reached at Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine www.bfmed.org
Utica/Rome 798-5066 and Herkimer County WIC at The American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
There is Phone Support
Support is Available through a Friend The Breastfeeding Helpline 1-800-994-9662
Reach out to a friend or relative that have breastfed their Growing Up Healthy Hotline 1-800-522-5006
Brooke Burke Holly Robinson Christina Aguilera
Jada Pinkett Smith Courtney Cox-Arquette Gwen Stefani
Famous Breastfeeding Mamas Breastfeeding.com
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COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER!
· Positive Discipline: Without Shaking, Shouting
Wednesday, July 27
· Single Parenting: The Family in Harmony Monday, August 15
· Footprints on Our Hearts: How to cope after
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· The Dad Difference: Raising Children Birth to parenting families, refreshments and gifts!
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