All Things Breastfeeding Episode 83: The Power of Words and Breastfeeding Success
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
1M ago
How important are our communication skills as lactation professionals for our families’ success? This episode is all about the power of words as lactation supporters to boost or undermine our nursing families self efficacy. Barbara and Jessica discuss how the social emotional state of breast/chestfeeding families plays a huge role in the postpartum period and whether or not a family will achieve their infant feeding goals. With all the voices directed at families in the post-partum period, our words as health care providers can be that of empowerment or dis-empowerment. Do we take this serious ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding Episode 82: All About Formula Feeding
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
1M ago
Lots and lots of families are using formula to feed their babies, either partially or fully, short-term or long-term. But there’s not a lot of info shared with parents on how to feed formula in the healthiest way. In today’s episode, we share some guidelines and ideas on bottle feeding techniques, appropriate amounts based on age and baby’s size, preparing formula bottles, and more. We also discuss the emotions that can come with needing to use formula, especially for families that didn’t plan to or want to. And, we absolutely support families who plan to use formula from the start, or decide ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding Ep 81: Julie’s story resolving ongoing breastfeeding pain
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
3M ago
Breastfeeding/chestfeeding should not be painful! Ongoing and significant breastfeeding pain is a sign that something is wrong. Unfortunately, Julie‘s feeding journey was full of pain for the first few months! She was in a lot of discomfort both while the baby was feeding, later in between feeds and throughout the day as well. It turned out this was from multiple causes. If you are a lactation professional, this is a great episode to learn from a case study around how to navigate a complex case of pain. If you are a parent, this could be a good episode to learn what kinds of things can cause b ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding Episode 80: Tara’s Story Pt 2
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
7M ago
This is part two of Tara’s breastfeeding story! This one got really long, so we made it into two parts. That’s what happens when Jessica’s best friend is the guest. They just kept going! Tara‘s original vision was to exclusively breastfeed Evie for at least a year. But as she says, even though these were her “best laid plans,” the reality ended up quite different. She struggled with low milk supply, and Evie struggled with feeding at the breast and was mostly bottle fed with pumped milk and formula. Tara eventually made the choice to wean, and finished producing milk around 6 months. So the ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding Episode 79: Tara’s Story Pt 1
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
8M ago
This one got really long, so we made it into two parts! That’s what happens when Jessica’s best friend is the guest. They just kept going! Tara‘s original vision was to exclusively breastfeed Evie for at least a year. But as she says, even though these were her “best laid plans,” the reality ended up quite different. She struggled with low milk supply, and Evie struggled with feeding at the breast and was mostly bottle fed with pumped milk and formula. Tara eventually made the choice to wean, and finished producing milk around 6 months. So the headline is, “Baby Receives Mom’s Milk for 6 Who ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding 75: Best Education Principles
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
2y ago
Barbara is joined by Nancy Mohrbacher to talk about education, particularly about professional lactation education. In the field of education, the traditional method of lecture and Power Point stills dominates the trainings that are available. Research has show over and over again that this is one of the most non-effective ways to help people learn. The purpose of education is suppose to lead to change, in one’s thinking, beliefs, and behavior. In order for this to happen, the brain needs to be engaged, not passively listening to a person talk. In this podcast, Barbara and Nancy talk about wha ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding 74: Our North Stars
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
2y ago
My work is extremely important to me and is a perfect fit for all of my beliefs and my personality. To me, what we do here at the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor is to help families either become more attached to their babies (hopefully through breastfeeding but sometimes this isn’t possible) and also help professionals learn how to best help families. Jessica, my colleague, has joined me whole heartedly in this work! In this post, we are discussing what we consider our North Stars. The foundational and guiding principles that keep us on the right track for our work. Enjoy! The post All Thin ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding 73: Doulas and Breastfeeding?
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
2y ago
Used with permission from USBC Yes! Yes! Yes! We say birth and postpartum doulas are the front line defenders of breastfeeding along with nurses and midwives! I believe that the explosion of doulas in Detroit, MI is one of main reasons for this incredibly, too long time in coming change: “According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data, Detroit’s infant mortality rate plunged from 16.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018 to 11 per 1,000 live births in 2019, representing a one-third rate reduction.” How amazing! We know that breastfeeding is important for helping save babies ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding 72: 7 Must Know Changes in the Field of Lactation–A Conversation with Nancy Mohrbacher
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
2y ago
In 2020 Nancy Mohrbacher published her latest book, Breastfeeding Answers, 2nd Edition. We jokingly call this book BA2 and it is one of the most important books in the field of lactation. I was honored that Nancy was willing to co-host a professional book group with me. I had hosted two other book groups before, Making More Milk, 2nd Edition with Lisa Marasco and Supporting Sucking Skills with Catherine Watson Genna, and this format had worked really well to help me (and apparently many others!) to read the other entire book. Having a book group allowed for time discuss the findings and implic ..read more
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All Things Breastfeeding 71: Miriam’s Story- Exclusively Pumping
All Things Breastfeeding Podcast
by Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC; Barbara Demske RN, BSN
2y ago
So sorry for the delays in podcasts! COVID has done a real number on me and I have been struggling to get tasks done that are not critical. Jessica and I are committed to recording and releasing more often! Thank you for your patience. Barbara Back in May 2022 I got this email: “I don’t expect you to remember, but 2 years ago we corresponded about writing a clinical perspective essay for Clinical Lactation about Exclusive Pumping and lessons I gained as an IBCLC from being an exclusive pumper. I really appreciate you reaching out when you did to acknowledge how important my experience was, and ..read more
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