Thursday, August 7, 2014

Every Ounce Counts


Didn't you know breast milk is liquid gold?!


We have all heard that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding your newborn baby. But what happens when it doesn’t come as easily as you hoped, are having problems with your baby latching or just simply have questions and you don’t know where to turn?
Here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin we proudly offer lactation and breastfeeding support services. Three of our clinical employees have completed an intense, up-to-date, research-based training course to become Certified Lactation Consultant/Counselors.

Whether you have questions about how milk is produced, correct latch, feeding cues, positioning, milk supply, sore nipples, engorgement, pumping, or how to smoothly transition to returning to work, we are here for you! Breastfeeding is the best choice for both you and your baby, and our goal is to make it a rewarding and successful experience for you.

Whatever the topic, our Certified Lactation Consultant/Counselors can help you with issues over the phone or in person in the office. Even if all you need is a little reassurance that you’re already doing everything correctly, we can provide that too! Meet our breastfeeding specialists below:

Heather Raymond is a Registered Medical Assistant and has been with Women’s Care for 8 years. When asked why breastfeeding is important, Heather says, “Being a mom and being able to provide the best gift ever, a healthy start to a new life. Breast is best—it’s the most rewarding feeling as a women and a mother that no one can ever take away”. For this reason, Heather loves being a Certified Lactation Counselor and looks forward to helping women through their breastfeeding journey!

Kristy Hager, Certified Lactation Consultant, is a Registered Nurse who has worked for Women’s Care for over 5 years. When it comes to being a Lactation Consultant Kristy says, “I have found it to be a very fulfilling experience to help mothers with their lactation needs. It is a very trying time when mom and baby are learning to breastfeed—it can be very emotionally and physically draining. I am happy I can assist during a difficult time and love being able to help make breastfeeding a successful experience.”

Tanya Henry is a Registered Nurse who has been with Women’s Care for over 3 years and enjoys being a Certified Lactation Counselor. “Personally, I wasn’t able to breastfeed my own children. Because of the struggles I faced, I enjoy being able to give other women the advice and support they need to achieve their personal goals for breastfeeding their childrenJ  

For more information and to learn more about how our Certified Lactation Consultant/Counselors can help you, visit our website at www.womenscareofwi.com or call our office at 920.729.7105. 

Photo: Pictured above (from left to right) Kristy Hager, Heather Raymond & Tanya Henry

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pumps and the Workplace (not the shoes; I only wear flats now!)



Dr. Vandenberg shares a few of her favorite breastfeeding facts and lessons ...


By: Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MD
Obstetrican/Gynecologist


August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and there are hundreds of articles and blogs supporting breastfeeding moms circling about.  Here is another. 

First, I, of course, support breastfeeding moms. But, I also support formula feeding moms as well. Breastfeeding is an amazing experience and great for babies when it works, but it saddens me when I see moms feel guilty or disappointed if they use formula. I mostly formula fed my first kiddos and they have turned into wonderful, intelligent, happy 6 year-olds. No guilt here. We all do what is best for each of our children, and need to support and encourage each other.

How many of you are working moms who breastfeed? Well, I’m right there with you. It’s hard, but so worth it if you are successful. Below you will find a list of my favorite pumping and breastfeeding facts and lessons I have learned along the way.

Facts
  • Did you know it is a federal law that companies with over 50 employees are required to provide a location (other than a restroom) and sufficient time for expressing milk for one year after the child’s birth? Check this out: Department of Labor 
  • In Wisconsin, you can breastfeed (it is illegal for anyone to ask you to move or cover up) your child anywhere it is legal for you to be. So, don’t break into a Taco Bell to breastfeed; however, if they are open, you can feed your child. Here is more info: State Breastfeeding Laws 
  • Most health insurances will supply a breast pump for breastfeeding moms!


Lessons
  • You can pump anywhere. The airport at empty terminals (although certainly, a strange man will sit next to you when every other seat is available). Bathroom stalls. The car. Even during oral exams through school/training. Pump through the awkwardness, my friends.
  • Like other articles have pointed out, your pump does talk; hopefully it just has nice things to say.
  • The milk you bring home each night really is liquid gold, and only other moms can understand how it feels to lose, spill, forget that precious milk. In fact, my entire supply of frozen milk was thawed because of a faulty circuit this summer. I was sobbing.
  • Your older children may become very interested in breasts and attempt to breastfeed your newest addition. This is endearing, but can be embarrassing in public.


While being a working mother who breastfeeds certainly has its struggles it is also a very rewarding experience for not only myself, but for my little one as well. Remember ladies: you are not alone when it comes to breastfeeding—the staff here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin is here to help, support and encourage you through your breastfeeding journey! To talk with one of our Lactation Consultants or Counselors, just give us a call at 920.729.7105.