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– What are the easiest clothing options for breastfeeding moms? – What’s a breastfeeding garment? – What’s a nursing cover-up? – How do I use a blanket if I want to cover up while breastfeeding in public? – How can I use my sling as a nursing cover-up? – How can I use my front infant carrier as a cover-up? – How does a built-in nursing bra work? – What types of clothing are available to a breastfeeding mom & Nurtury™? Corky Harvey & Wendy Haldeman – Board Certified Lactation Consultants/Co-Owners of The Pump Station

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  • Comments Off on Breastfeeding Services at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital — New Braunfels

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels Breastfeeding Services is a comprehensive lactation program that is unique to our region. The program’s focus is to provide breastfeeding assistance, skilled technical management of breastfeeding challenges, and emotional support to breastfeeding families. The program offers prenatal breastfeeding classes, inpatient lactation consultation, free follow-up phone calls to at-risk mothers and babies, and postpartum breastfeeding consultation and products. Services include free weight checks, fee-based lactation consultation, bra fittings, baby sling fittings, breastfeeding pillows, hands-free bras, halo sleep sack swaddle, and breast pump rentals and sales. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels is part of the Texas 10 Step Program and also serves as a Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin collection site.

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  • Comments Off on Breastfeeding in Public : Breastfeeding with Nursing Tops

Breastfeeding with a nursing top is a great option for mothers to breastfeed in public. Learn how to breastfeed with a nursing top with tips from a lactation educator in this free parenting video. Expert: Laine Podell Camino Bio: Laine PodellCamino MA, CLE, CIIM, is the owner of A Mothers Haven and is a certified Lactation Educator. Filmmaker: Nili Nathan

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  • Comments Off on Dealing With Cracked Nipples When Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding, as you may have already heard, is the most recommended form of providing nourishment for the growing baby. Doctors and health care centers cannot stress enough how many great benefits are given to the mom and the baby when breastfeeding becomes established as a routine. If you are not yet familiar, here is a brief run through of the plus sides of breastfeeding.

The baby is said to gain weight faster because of mom’s breast milk. Infants who are born with jaundice are able to recover faster when they are breast fed. Furthermore, the digestive systems of babies can break down breast milk more efficiently, so less constipation or diarrhea is experienced.

For the mom, breastfeeding is an effective method to help her regain her pre-pregnancy weight. Furthermore, some sources say that moms who breast feed have a form of natural birth control. More importantly, breastfeeding helps the mother bond with her baby more.

However, great as breastfeeding may be, there are some woes that many women experience with this task. One of the most common problems is cracked nipples. This is caused by drying of the skin around the nipple area, which can be irritating and painful. Here are some tips on dealing with cracked nipples when breastfeeding.

1. Use a lanolin-based nipple cream to moisturize the cracked area. Aveeno and Lansinoh are some brands that are highly recommended, and these are readily available in drug stores and supermarkets. You don’t have to rub off the cream before feeding, as it is safe for the baby.

2. You can also rub your own breast milk on the sore or cracked area as the Vitamin E contained in it can moisturize and heal your skin.

3. If your breast pads get soaked, change them right away. Nursing pads made out of cotton are the best to use. Also, use a comfortable bra to relieve any irritation from the cracked nipples. If the cracked nipples have not healed completely, you may use a breast shell inside your bra, this prevents any skin contact with the fabric of your nursing bra.

4. Take warm showers before or after nursing, to help the blood circulate better and to soothe any pain in your nipple area. Some people use warm compress on their breasts for relief.

If symptoms still persist, you may want to contact your doctor to find more effective solutions for cracked nipples.

Heather recommends using breast pumps if you are going to be breastfeeding and working. A Medela breast pump is one of the best.

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  • Comments Off on Breastfeeding? How To Avoid Mastitis This Winter

Mastitis is a breast infection that sometimes affects nursing moms. Sometimes it starts out as a plugged duct that isn’t resolved, other times mom gets mastitis when other family members catch a cold.

While mastitis doesn’t require weaning nor is it a serious health condition, mastitis can be very uncomfortable and make a mom feel as if she has the flu. Mastitis is also very common around the busy holiday season, since moms are often extremely busy and may not be nursing their baby as frequently.

Here are some tips to help you avoid mastitis and treat it if you notice symptoms.

Nurse often

Nursing your baby frequently and not skipping feedings is very important to keep the breasts from getting overly full. This is sometimes a challenge for moms who are visiting relatives and feel uncomfortable nursing in public, or when baby is getting passed along from person to person and is distracted. Try using a sling or nursing cover if this is the case, or taking baby into another room where s/he can quiet down and focus on feeding.

Drink and eat well

Don’t forget good nutrition and keeping hydrated. Being inside a lot with forced air heating tends to dehydrate you, so be sure to drink enough water. Eating healthy whole foods and minimizing sweets will help you avoid colds and flus, which sometimes turn to mastitis in nursing women.

Get enough rest

Getting enough rest is very important during busy, stressful times. Sitting down to nurse is a great opportunity to get some rest! Nap with your baby if you can.

Mastitis often starts out as a plugged duct, so if you feel a hard, sore or hot spot on your breast, immediately start self care measures to clear it. Getting extra rest is important, as is breastfeeding frequently to drain the breast well. Taking hot showers and massaging the area is also helpful. Starting at the armpit, massage gently down towards the nipple. You may notice thickened milk or even “crystals” coming out of the breast, which means the clog is clearing.

If you develop mastitis, you may feel feverish and achy in addition to the above symptoms. Get to bed immediately with your baby and nurse as much as you can, especially on the affected side. This won’t harm your baby and weaning now is the worst thing you could do, since it will make the infection worse and deprive your baby of the benefits of the antibodies in your milk as well as the comfort of nursing. Try to vary your nursing positions to drain the breast evenly.

If you’re not feeling better after a day or two of rest, massage and frequent nursing, call your health care provider, La Leche League leader or Lactation Consultant for more advice.

For more information on preventing, treating and avoiding mastitis, visit

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  • Comments Off on Three Little-Known Realities About Breastfeeding

Reality Check #1: The First Weeks of Breastfeeding May Hurt

“I tried to breastfeed but my nipples got so sore and cracked that I had to stop.”

I’ve heard so many mamas say something along these lines as the reason they quit breastfeeding. They see these images of happily nursing women, figure breastfeeding is supposed to be a 100 percent positive experience, and then are disappointed when it’s not only unpleasant in the early days-it’s downright painful. Moms probably wonder what they’re doing wrong and some may even think they can’t breastfeed. So they switch to formula.

Maybe they just needed a reality check. While it’s not normal for breastfeeding to hurt, it’s not uncommon, especially in the early days. We’re all told that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt but no one says it often does. While it’s true that a proper latch doesn’t hurt, it often takes time to get a good latch. In the meantime, there can be pain. And some blood.

Breastfeeding is a learning process for both baby and mom. Babies need to learn how to properly latch on to get the most milk in the shortest amount of time. Once they figure out a correct latch, the clouds will lift, your bleeding will stop, your cracks will heal, and the pain will go away.

Always have your baby’s latch checked by a lactation consultant.

Reality Check #2: Life with a Newborn is a Life Spent Nursing

Newborns must nurse often (and all the time) to build up mom’s milk supply. Couple this with the fact that newborns have small tummies that quickly digest breastmilk and you have one hungry baby.

A newborn baby may seem like a total leach-a cute, cuddly leach, but a leach nonetheless. Don’t assume your baby isn’t getting enough milk because she constantly wants to nurse. This is just the way the early weeks are. Your best bet is to plan accordingly.

Pick out a nice comfy chair and set up station. Give yourself a footrest to ease any back pains and keep pillows handy to prop your arms on. (Nursing pillows are especially helpful.) Keep a large glass of water nearby along with a stack of books, a telephone, the TV remote control, your laptop, and anything else you need to pass the time.

Instead of wishing you could do other things than sit and nurse, lay back and enjoy it. Now is your time to relax. This won’t last long at all. Pretty soon you’ll be running around the house chasing a toddler, wishing you could sit all day (or at least for five minutes!) and read a good book.

Reality Check #3: The Smell of Dirty Diapers Won’t Make You Cringe

You won’t have to hold your nose during diaper changes if your baby is exclusively breastfed. (The introduction of solid foods greatly changes this scenario. Consider yourself warned!)

The dirty diaper smell may not be unpleasant at all. Many moms say their exclusively breastfed baby’s poopy diapers smell like buttermilk. So if the smell of buttermilk makes you cringe, get a face mask ready.

I’ve even noticed some foods that reminded me of my son’s dirty diapers. Needless to say, even though the smell didn’t gross me out, the association made me lose my appetite for that particular item.

Not only will the diapers smell better, the spit up of an exclusively breastfed baby won’t stink or stain your clothes. Consider this nature’s gift to you. You’ve worked hard to give your baby the best food in life. When you’re covered in spit-up or hands deep in poopy diapers, at least know that Mother Nature saved you from the stink. The perks of breastfeeding keep getting better and better…

For more breastfeeding advice from moms who have “been there, done that”, visit – because motherhood is too short to wear an ugly nursing bra!

– What is ‘public breastfeeding’? – Why would I breastfeed in public? – What do people think about women who breastfeed in public? – How do males generally respond to breastfeeding in public? – What are the alternatives to breastfeeding in public? – Corky Harvey & Wendy Haldeman – Board Certified Lactation Consultants/Co-Owners of The Pump Station & Nurtury™