breasts feel extremely full and uncomfortable. What can I do about it?
This La Leche League article explains a technique called “reverse pressure softening” which is helpful in the early days after birth if you begin to notice firmness of the areola, latch pain or breast fullness.
as a Tool to Reinforce Breastfeeding
This PDF document is by lactation consultant Dee Kassing, published in the Journal of Human Lactation, Feb 2002;18(1):56-60.
Maximizing Milk Production with Hands On Pumping - A great video from Dr. Jane Morton at Lucille Packard Hospital demonstrating how easily hand expression can be taught to mothers. The site also discusses many other topics that might be helpful to new parents. See for example the links to circumcision and frenotomy (tongue tie) under their Professional Education section.
Kellymom.com - This internationally recognized website was developed by Kelly Bonyata (BS, IBCLC) to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. Kelly stays up-to-date with the latest research on lactation, infant nutrition and infant development so that she can provide parents and professionals with the most current information available. Do you have a friend who needs breastfeeding advice in another language? You will find some of the articles on her website have been translated by bilingual moms into Bulgarian, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Breastfeeding.com - A very informative site with lots of breastfeeding information.
Breastfeedingonline.com - Cindy Curtis (RNC, IBCLC, CCE) has created this website to help empower women to choose to breastfeed and to educate society at large about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. This site, like the above kellymom.com, is also evidence-based.
Making Milk Is Easy! Click picture at left to download and print a FREE handout and learn 10 easy steps to make plenty of milk. (Provided by the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. Click here to check out their other promotional products designed to spread more awareness of the enormous value of breastfeeding.)
How to donate your surplus milk to help a sick or fragile infant:
The Mothers' Milk Bank at
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 South Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128 Phone (408) 998-4550
Dr. Jack Newman's Visual Guide to Breastfeeding - A wealth of breastfeeding information
The InfantRisk Center (providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding) is open for calls Monday-Friday 6am-3pm pacific time. (806)-352-2519.
Glover, RM, IBCLC
- Great web site talking about getting a good latch.
"Oral Stability is dependent on neck and shoulder girdle stability, which are, in turn, dependant on trunk and pelvic stability."
In Breastfeeding Made Simple, we describe the Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding. These are laws you can use to get breastfeeding off to a good start and avoid common challenges. If you are having difficulties, these laws can help you get back on track. We’ve also provided some additional resources on this site to help you on your way.
International Lactation Consultant Association - Find a lactation consultant near you, if you aren't near us!
La Leche League International - a non-profit international organization that promotes mothers helping mothers to breastfeed. LLL was founded in 1957 by 7 housewives from suburban Chicago. Watch this 10 minute TV tribute celebrating their 50th anniversary. Thank you to Chicago Tonight for this wonderful production. To find a Breastfeeding Support Group near you click here. They now have a Toll-Free Helpline Number in the US! Call 1-877-4-LALECHE (877-452-5324) for breastfeeding support and encouragement 24-hours a day!
Leche League of Fremont
- All mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come
to our monthly meetings, or call one of our Leaders below for breastfeeding help
or information. Babies are always welcome at our meetings.
Christine (650) 279-6613 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianne (510) 713-9391, email@example.com
Julie (408) 887-4271 firstname.lastname@example.org
La Leche League turns 50 - To better understand where birth and breastfeeding were when La Leche League was begun, read this article describing Marian Tompson's role in starting LLL. In 2001, Mrs. Tompson began a new organization in Evanston, IL called “Another Look” to help educate others about the issue of whether HIV can be passed from mother to child through breast milk, as is commonly believed.
- Breastfeeding Links
Ameda has many links that are useful to the breastfeeding mom. Links for breastfeeding multiples, help for parent of baby with cleft palate, adoptive parents, to mention a few.
Sylvia rents and sells their breast pumps and accessories.
as a Tool to Reinforce Breastfeeding
- by Dee Kassing, BS, MLS, IBCLC
- Journal of Human Lactation, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 56-60. © 2002 International Lactation Consultant Association. Dee is the owner and founder of Breastfeeding Support Services, Inc. She began helping mothers breastfeed 25 years ago. She became a La Leche League Leader in 1986 and has developed a style of bottle-feeding that can be used to reinforce proper breastfeeding. This article describing her method (the Kassing Method of bottle-feeding) was voted by the journal’s readers as The Most Useful Article of 2002. The Kassing Method of bottle-feeding is now used worldwide.
SJB Recommendations for Bottle Nipples - by Dee Kassing, BS, MLS, IBCLC
Lying Down May Help Breastfeeding - A News Bulletin from BBC News - May 1, 2007
Nicotine In Breast Milk Disrupts Infants' Sleep Patterns - A News Bulletin from ScienceDaily - Sept. 4, 2007
Why stop at one year? Breastmilk feeds the emotional, cognitive, and physical
development of toddlers as well as babies.
By Kyla Steinkraus in Mothering Magazine - Issue 144, September/October 2007
ONE MILLION CAMPAIGN Support Women to Breastfeed - The World Breastfeeding Movement has just one mission - to mobilize public opinion through one million signatures, in order to encourage policy makers to provide support to women to breastfeed. On their website be sure to sign their online petition started in May of 2009 and read about the 1,000’s of infants dying each day as a result of all the factors affecting women's ability to breastfeed successfully. They will keep this site up until they reach their goal of a million signatures! Spread the word.
Breastfeeding Practices ~ Increasing Success and Enjoyment
by Jeanne Batacan (Tiny Tots Gazette - Summer 2009) This article discusses the research conducted by Dr. Suzanne Colson on “biological nurturing,” the comfortable, laid-back, natural positions that lead to longer, more enjoyable breastfeeding duration.
For more info go to her web site www.BiologicalNurturing.com where you can click on “Recipe” and “Video” for pictures of moms using the laid back technique.
Clinical Protocols for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants. From the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
(From the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India)
A beautiful website and video on self attaching, encouraging initiation of breastfeeding within the first half hour after birth. “The Breast Crawl belongs to nature and hence is invaluable. Kindly share this material with many future parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and help as many mothers and babies as possible to initiate breastfeeding by nature’s way.”
A Lactation Consultant's Favorite Moment: Watching
Read this wonderful story from Liz Brooks about baby's innate ability to latch.
Based on Dr. Christina M. Smillie’s new DVD: Baby-Led Breastfeeding
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