Lactation Rescue

Lactation Rescue provides continuously updated, evidence-based breastfeeding support and information to modern families of all types. Through classes and one on one sessions, families are supported through their breastfeeding journey.

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Breastfeeding is good for mother’s health – lower risks of diabetes, heart problems, cancer, and more

Breastfed baby poop smells less stinky.

Breastfed babies smell really good.

Breastfeeding mothers should pump and dump after drinking alcohol or taking medicines. Simply not true! A glass or two of alcohol does not give a blood alcohol content high enough to affect baby. Many medications are compatible with breastfeeding, too, and often there are alternatives for the ones that aren’t ok. Ask your lactation consultant for evidence-based information on alcohol, medications, and breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding will make your breasts sag. The powerful hormones of pregnancy affect many parts of the body, including the breasts. Major breast changes typically happen during pregnancy, with fewer changes taking place during lactation. Pregnancy can change breast shape and size, even in mothers who never feed at the breast.

There’s a long list of foods you should and shouldn’t eat while breastfeeding. Many cultures and societies have lists of foods that should be avoided or eaten during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Science has shown that there are no foods to avoid or foods to eat that will affect your milk. Eat what sounds good to you.

If mother or baby is sick, breastfeeding should be discontinued until everyone is healthy again. Truth is, breastfeeding is extra important when someone in the family is ill. When the mother is exposed to illness, her body makes antibodies to the illness and shares those with her baby, often protecting the baby from illness entirely, or at least lessening the effects of the illness.

Pumping is a good way to know how much milk mother is making. Pumping is a great way of knowing how much you can pump. It’s not great for knowing your total milk supply, as no pump is as efficient as a baby at removing milk.

Many mothers simply do not make enough milk to feed their baby. Statistically, less than 5% of mothers are unable to make a full milk supply. Why do we hear this myth so often then? Breastfeeding mismanagement in the early days can have long-term affects on milk supply, and we know that many families don’t get the breastfeeding help they need in the early days. So many of these parents go on to have low milk supply, and it’s usually preventable.

Breastfeeding is natural, so it should be easy. Since I’m having problems, there must be something wrong with me. Breastfeeding may be natural, but it’s still a learned skill. Walking is natural, but we all had to learn to walk, too. Good breastfeeding support can make all the difference.

Babies should eat on a schedule; it makes everything easier. Infants cannot read a clock, and so they don’t understand what a schedule is. Their hunger is based on their own body clock, which if followed, will make sure baby gets plenty to eat. By restricting eating times, baby doesn’t get everything they need to grow.

Small breasts will never make enough milk. Milk supply is driven by hormones, not breast size. A mother with smaller breasts may make more milk that another mother with larger breasts.

Breastfeeding is birth control. Sometimes, but not all the time. For breastfeeding to work as birth control, baby should be nursing on demand, with no other nipples like pacifiers or bottles, and under six months old. If any of those conditions are not met, fertility must be assumed, and appropriate precautions taken.

All lactation consultants are crazy about breastfeeding and will make you breastfeed your baby forever. Not all of us! Most breastfeeding supporters and lactation consultants want to help you meet your breastfeeding goals, whatever those goals might be.

When teeth come in, it’s time to wean. We often hear that teeth are a sign that baby doesn’t need breastmilk anymore, or that they’ll bite and so you should weaning before being bitten. Teeth can come in at such varying ages that there’s no way to say they’re related to need for milk. There’s a wide range of normal when baby teeth come in. Worried about being bitten? A baby cannot bite without unlatching from the breast first. The tongue covers the bottom teeth during nursing so that biting is impossible.

Breastfed babies are clingy and will never leave your side. Not true! Just like any children, breastfed babies spend lots of time with their parents when they’re young, then learn to explore the world on their own as they grow older.

Breastfeeding pain is normal the first days and weeks. You have to wait for your nipples to toughen up. No, it’s not normal! Pain while breastfeeding generally indicates a problem. If you’re still at the hospital, ask to see the lactation consultant. If you’re home, find a lactation consultant in your Sterling, VA community.

Each breast can gain up to two pounds when preparing to breastfeed.

Women are least likely to breastfeed in the wealthiest countries.

Breastfeeding mothers get more sleep than formula feeding mothers. We’re all still tired, though!

Breastfeeding pain and low milk supply are the two main reasons that mothers in the United States stop breastfeeding.

Everyone’s breast milk smells different, and babies can recognize the milk from their mother over the milk from other mothers.

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Sweden has the highest rate of breastfeeding newborns at about 98%.

In the United States, about 80% of newborn babies are breastfed.

The right breast often produces more than the left breast.

Nipples have more than one hole – as many as 20!

Support for breastfeeding families is essential. It takes a village. Look for “breastfeeding help near me” online.

Mothers of premature infants make different milk than mothers of mature infants. It’s higher in protein, fat, minerals, and protective factors.

Expressed breast milk is a 1:1 substitution for water or milk in recipes, if you’re making food for baby.

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Breast milk can change colors, depending on what you eat and drink. Orange, blue, green, yellow, white – all are normal!

Breastfeeding explained as tweets.

Breastfeeding explained as tweets.

Breastfeeding explained as tweets.

About Shannon

A long-time Loudoun County resident, Shannon Heindel, IBCLC, has been supporting breastfeeding babies and their families since 2004 as an accredited La Leche League Leader in the Herndon and Reston areas of Fairfax County, as well as families in Sterling, Ashburn, and Leesburg. As a lactation consultant, she has worked with babies of all ages, through painful latch, supply issues, and breast pump flange fittings and use.

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