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Can I Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?
Can I Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?
By Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC, RLC  You’ve spent a long 9 months growing a beautiful baby and now you are wondering- is it safe for me to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?  You do not have to "pump and dump" (a terrible expression) afterwards and you do not have to wait a certain time after your more recent drink in order to restart breastfeeding. I’ve got the answers to your most common questions about breastfeeding and alcohol below so you can enjoy your glass of chardonnay (or spicy margarita, whatever you fancy!) guilt free.   5 Common Questions about Breastfeeding and Alcohol: How long do you have to wait to breastfeed after drinking alcohol and how many drinks are safe? If you feel...
Best Breastfeeding Positions
Best Breastfeeding Positions
By Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC, RLC   Why breastfeeding positioning matters during breastfeeding. As a lactation consultant, I often say “if it is not broken, we do not have to fix it,” meaning that if you and your baby have found a comfortable position we do not have to change it! The best breastfeeding positions are the ones that you and baby are most comfortable in. Since breastfeeding is something you are doing multiple times a day, it is good to have some different positions in your back pocket to experiment with to maximize your comfort for marathon nursing sessions!    What are the most common breastfeeding positions? Cross cradle  The cross cradle position is often the most common position...
Is the Keto Diet While Breastfeeding Safe?
Is the Keto Diet While Breastfeeding Safe?
By Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC, RLC    The short answer is yes… but my general rule of thumb is that pregnancy and postpartum are off limits for dieting. Depending on your pre-pregnancy BMI and/or weight gain during pregnancy, there may be concerns about getting the weight off during postpartum. The ketogenic diet (AKA keto diet) has been rising in popularity, especially among mothers for quick weight loss. As a registered nurse and lactation consultant, let’s break this diet down further to make sure it’s the right choice for you and your baby. The keto diet limits carbohydrates from grains, potatoes, and other carbohydrate rich foods, often as low as 30g of carbohydrates a day or until ketosis is achieved. Ketosis is...
The BEST Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Supplements for Breastfeeding Mothers
The BEST Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Supplements for Breastfeeding Mothers
By Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, RLC   We’ve all been there mama! You’re feeling under the weather and looking for natural options that are safe for you and your baby while breastfeeding. It can be a confusing task to find things that are effective while being safe! Let’s break down my top recommendations for over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements for breastfeeding mothers! Vitamin D3: This is hands-down my favorite vitamin! I believe in it so much I became a certified Vitamin D practitioner in public health. Greater than 50% of the population is deficient, and yet it’s not even included in routine prenatal labs. Correcting a low Vitamin D level while pregnant has been associated with fewer preterm births, gestational diabetes,...
Is it Safe to Breastfeed While Sick?
Is it Safe to Breastfeed While Sick?
By Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, RLC   Breastfeeding in and of itself can be demanding, but breastfeeding when you are sick can be even more challenging. Your mind may begin to conjure up all kinds of worse-case scenarios triggering a myriad of questions. Is it okay to continue breastfeeding when I’m sick? Do I need to change my breastfeeding routine? Will my supply decrease?  Let's talk about it!   Should I Continue to Breastfeed While Sick? It’s almost bound to happen that you will come down with a cold, sore throat, the flu, or food poisoning at some point in your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. It is very, very rare for a mom to need to stop breastfeeding for...