This week we enjoyed our first Baby Bistro. It was a great morning with some wonderful Saskatoon and area moms. This was a causal, conversation based event, where the moms could feel comfortable asking their breastfeeding questions, sharing their successes and get support and suggestions for their struggles. The goal of this event is for everyone to feel empowered for how they chose to fed their child as well as provide the moms with information and answers to all their questions.
We have 2 wonderful women at the event to answer questions and provide support. Chelsea with Vitae Doula Service who is a doula, lactation educator and registered dietitian and Jenn with The Mama Coach who is a pediatric nurse and breastfeeding educator.
SOME QUESTIONS FROM OUR MOMS:
Q: “When my letdown starts it can be quite painful, is this normal?”
A: Letdown varies person to person and can vary between feedings. Sometimes the pins and needles feeling can be fairly intense. This was a fairly new mom experiencing this so the pins and needles may decrease in intensity as breastfeeding becomes established.
Q: “My baby seems to suffer from painful gas, is there anything I can do?”
A: Try pumping baby’s legs. Use one finger and make a soft, circular motion over baby’s bellybutton in a clockwise direction.
Q “I seem to sweat during nursing, especially at night – is this normal?”
A: This can be due to hormone changes. It takes some time for hormone levels to level out after having a baby. Some moms suggested using a fan while nursing and having it pointing right at you to keep you cool
Q: “Milk blister – I have a milk blister on one of my breasts, it comes and goes all the time, is there something I can do so it stays away?”
A: Try checking the latch. Change the position you nurse baby in to see if that helps. Try and drain the whole breast at each feeding.
Q: “Very sore, cracked nipples – I’ve seen 2 doctors about it with no help – anything I can do?”
A: Has anyone you have gone to checked baby’s latch? – no. It was suggested that one of the lactation educators could check the latch. Try changing baby’s feeding position – sometimes having baby in a different position can help.
Q: “Cluster feeding – my baby is up during the night more often and feeding a lot – why?”