Sunday, June 16, 2013

It's Not ALWAYS a Dairy Allergy

Since I'm allergic to milk, and a childbirth professional, I get questions from friends all the time about how they can eliminate milk from their diet because they think their nursling might have a milk allergy. Most of the time that is, in fact, the problem.  I don't want to discourage people from eliminating dairy, because it's often the cause of gasiness, spitting up, skin irritations/eczema, and overall discomfort for babies.

Sometimes, however, it's overactive letdown.  There are some key things I listen for when a mom is describing what's going on with her baby.
  • She spits up right after eating
  • He gulps in air and pulls away when nursing
  • He keeps refusing the breast, and I'm SO engorged!
I always ask if the mom finds that she's squirting baby in the face, or if that initial flow is really fast, if she notices big gulps.

If you think about how you would drink something, it makes sense.  If you were ready to drink a cup of water, but instead had the top of a gallon jug put into your mouth, you would turn away, you would gulp up as much as you could (but end up swallowing a lot of air too), and probably throw up if you drank it all.

What can you do if you have overactive let-down?  Here are some suggestions from Le Leche League
  • Lay on your back so the milk has to travel "uphill" to get to baby
  • If the milk is flowing too quickly at first, let the spray go into a clean cloth and then latch baby back on when you feel the hindmilk begin to come in
  • Once the milk supply is established, other methods can be tried
If your milk supply is well-established and you are still having over-active letdown and engorgement, you can talk to your doctor, herbalist, and/or certified lactation consultant about adding some peppermint essential oil to your breast, diluted, to lessen your supply.  This is a method to approach with care and caution and to discuss with your care provider first.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Getting Ready to Get Back to Work

One of the things I love about the HypnoBirthing program and certification is that they require continuing education, recertification, and additional reading.  Sure, this can be time consuming and if you forget until the last minute can induce stress.  But the reality is that what we know about birth is changing as new information comes out, as new studies prove long-held beliefs about prenatal bonding, and as we see places where HypnoBirthing can grow or improve.

This past weekend I got to be a "Be Back."  In HypnoBirthing, you can attend a training for new practitioners at a discounted price as a refresher.  This was great for me as I've taken a break from teaching while we moved, and it was so amazing to meet women from all over the south who came together to learn how to help parents bring their children into the world in calm and peace.  It's so delightful to be surrounded by natural birth advocates, many with their own beautiful stories of HypnoBirthing births that changed their lives.  I also got to meet two other HypnoBirthing practitioners who have been teaching in this area for years and have had great success and met wonderful families here.  It really affirms our choice to make this move.

Now I am pumped and ready to begin.  I'll be beginning my first Katy, Texas class on June 22, which means I require a deposit by this Saturday the 15th.  You can click on the Calendar and Registration tab to register for a class.