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Getting Pregnant Naturally & the Benefits of Natural Childbirth

26 Jul

Skin-to-Skin Love for Your Newborn

9 Feb

We love educating women on the benefits of midwifery care. In pursuit of that goal, I encourage you to read this blog in our series from midwife (and guest blogger), Lincey Knox LM, CPM of Heartstrings Midwifery.

Those first few moments after the arrival of your new baby are so important for both mother and baby. This is true not just medically, but emotionally and physically as well. Skin to skin love is not something only the mother can provide – in fact, the bonding between baby and father through skin-to-skin care is also vitally important to the process. Through these first snuggles, a newborn learns the scent of mother and father, learns to feel safe, helps establish breastfeeding, aids in the newborn’s transition to living outside the womb, and keeps him- or herself warm.

A newborn survives off of its instincts and reflexes during the first few weeks of life. Its greatest senses are those of smell, touch, and hearing. With skin-to-skin contact a new baby is able to utilize these three senses as (s)he can smell mother’s scent, touch mother’s skin, and hear mother’s heartbeat – the same sound that has been lulling baby to sleep for the past nine months.

“There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin immediately after birth, as well as later. The baby is happier, the baby’s temperature is more stable and more normal, the baby’s heart and breathing rates are more stable and more normal, and the baby’s blood sugar is more elevated.”

Immediate skin-to-skin contact between newborn and mother should be standard of care for all deliveries. Even in the situation where a cesarean delivery is necessary, many obstetricians are beginning to facilitate skin-to-skin between mother and baby in the operating room, as its importance is recognized more and more. Hopefully this practice will continue as more care providers recognize the bonds that are formed during these precious first moments.


REFERENCES

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&id=82:the-importance-of-skin-to-skin-contact-&Itemid=17

2 http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/jack_newman2.html

3 http://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-skin-to-skin-care-after-a-cesarean/

Invisible Documentary Viewing

19 Aug

invisible documentary viewing

 

In one of the most genius ideas of the summer, our D Moms Daily wellness expert Dr. Kate Naumes, ND has launched a monthly documentary viewing series at her office on the Katy Trail.

The next viewing takes place this Saturday, August 24 at 6 p.m. featuring Invisible, filmmaker Roz Mortimer’s beautiful and thought-provoking film that follows Inuit mothers and the challenges they face as harmful chemicals from their food begin to surface in their breast milk.

Space for the viewing is limited, so be sure to RSVP to frontdesk.naumes.nd@gmail.com if you’re planning to attend!

Dr. Naumes Talks Breast Feeding

5 Mar

Breast Feeding

 

This week, I’m finishing up our closeness series talking about a kind of intimacy with which many moms will be very familiar – the intimacy of breast feeding. There is overwhelming evidence that breast milk is the best food for your newborn. Unfortunately, not all moms can produce just the right amount of milk for their baby. Some women make more milk than they need, while others don’t make enough.

If  you are looking to increase breast milk production the following may be your first steps:

  • Get a good hospital grade pump (I like the Medela Symphony 2.0)
  • Sleep with your new baby at night
  • Stay hydrated
  • Decrease your stress
  • Hire a lactation consultant or ND-midwife experienced in lactation support
  • Speak with someone knowledgeable about appropriate milk augmenting herbs

If you find that the above simply doesn’t generate enough milk for your baby (in spite of your best efforts) consider alternatives to organic formula like milk banks and milk sharing. I’m not anti-formula in any and every situation — I just want you to know there are options!

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Got Milk?

2 Feb

I am beginning to emerge from my very warm, very loving mother cave and wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned in the last few months.

Not all moms produce just the right amount of milk for their baby. While most do, some women make more milk than they need and some not enough. At the play group, we talk about it and it seems that most moms make the right amount but that there are always a few over producers and a few under producers.

It seems that low producing moms all agree that having a good hospital grade pump (ex: Medella’s Symphony 2.0), sleeping with baby at night and milk augmenting herbs are all great tools for increasing milk production.

I wanted to talk a little about moms helping moms. If you make a lot of milk, consider donating to low producing moms (or mothers of adopted babies), and if you don’t make enough milk (in spite of your best efforts) consider alternatives to formula like milk banks and milk sharing.

Milk banks are an incredibly valuable resource. However the cost of milk (around $4/oz I’ve found) can be quite expensive. Insurance, if it pays at all, will only pay in the case of a very short list of medical conditions

Mother’s Milk Bank Austin
Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas

Milk sharing is a far more efficient, far more environmentally friendly, and a far less costly means of obtaining human milk for your baby. It can be harder to set up though; some communities have milk share groups or message boards, but most milk sharing happens informally among friends.

I can help you maximize breast milk production. Your body is very smart. There is no milk better for your baby than your own milk. I want to help you make the most milk you can for you child. Schedule an appointment to find out what you can do to increase your supply weather you have had a breast reduction, have gone back to work, or are pregnant and want to continue nursing your other baby. If you are currently taking medications that are not compatible with breast feeding, there may be natural solutions that don’t interfere with your ability to make safe milk for your baby. I hope to hear from you soon.

Nursing in Public

19 May

Ah, junk mail! I was looking through a catalog for new baby gear and came across a “nursing cover”. It describes the product: “Nurse privately even in public! This stylish nursing cover is contoured and generously sized to fit securely around mom and baby for hands-free nursing coverage” $36.

I’m saddened at the cultural constraints placed on breastfeeding women in the Western world. Breast-feeding without a nursing cover is more comfortable, more intimate, and less expensive. I think one reason we are encouraged to cover our breasts while feeding is that our culture is uncomfortable with the duality of women’s breasts as both sexual body parts and body parts that provide nourishment to our babies.
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