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How to work with a Virtual Lactation Consultant

Even before the pandemic shifted our entire lives to Zoom, lactation consultants have utilized telemedicine to reach families in the comfort of their own homes. For many of us, all our training, experience and continuing education allows us the ability to assess and support families with expert care–even remotely. Seasoned lactation consultants have witnessed so many babies nurse and feed. We have seen many cases of damaged nipples and mastitis, and we have supported countless families in meeting their goals and overcoming challenges. Our experience means we know exactly what we are looking for when a three day old newborn latches or when a nursing parent is healing from an infection. Continue Reading How to work with a Virtual Lactation Consultant

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Black Breastfeeding Week: A celebration, discussion & Q&A with LaShanda Dandrich, IBCLC.

Black Breastfeeding Week was started by Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayok to highlight the unique challenges and triumphs of being Black and breastfeeding. This year, their theme is Revive, Restore, Reclaim. Jada Shapiro, boober founder, talked with LaShanda Dandrich, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) of Uptown Village Cooperative about what care does and should look like for Black birthing parents, how to reduce lactation disparities rooted in bias, lactation myths and facts, and so much more. Continue Reading Black Breastfeeding Week: A celebration, discussion & Q&A with LaShanda Dandrich, IBCLC.

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Podcast: “Breastfeeding: Optimizing your Success and Minimizing Shame”

Boober founder, Jada Shapiro, talks about everything breastfeeding with Georgie Kovacs, on the Fempower Health podcast.

In this episode, Jada and Georgie talk through all of the topics around breastfeeding, including:

How women need better information about breastfeeding
Mental health issues for women in this season of life
What lactation consultants do
The options around breastfeeding
Reasons women may not produce enough breast milk
When babies need chiropractic care. Continue Reading Podcast: “Breastfeeding: Optimizing your Success and Minimizing Shame”

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Why virtual care works for expecting and new parents?

My name is Jada Shapiro and I’m the founder of boober, a platform that connects expectant parents and new families to maternal care providers, like birth doulas, lactation consultants, postpartum doulas, and mental health therapists. Until March, we were known for matching clients with expert care providers for in-person visits. I have always maintained that there are a time and place for virtual care, but there are certain aspects of support that can only happen in the same place. Pregnant, birthing and postpartum parents benefit from empathetic in-person connections, and we stand strong as one of the few companies that focuses on the face-to-face experience. Continue Reading Why virtual care works for expecting and new parents?

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A Cross-Generational Exploration of Breastfeeding

When I became pregnant with my daughter I fantasized about breastfeeding her. I imagined myself in a sun-drenched, mossy field wearing a flower crown with a perfectly latched baby at my breast. I was resistant to buying bottles or a breast pump because I knew I wouldn’t need them. Other moms might need to pump and bottle feed, but not me. I had heard the stories about the difficulties of breastfeeding but that wasn’t going to be my experience. I had read every book that Ina May had written and I was ready for my magical, effortless breastfeeding experience. Continue Reading A Cross-Generational Exploration of Breastfeeding

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Adjusting the breastfeeding position

The lactation professional helps the new mom breastfeed in a more comfortable way. First, she places a pillow under the baby, so that the person can relax. She then places a baby blanket in between the baby and pillow to give a little bit extra support. Finally, she adds a thick burp cloth under baby’s head to provide additional support. Adjusting the position can significantly improve breastfeeding pain too. So ideally 1) position yourself comfortably (your back, your arms, your baby), 2) position baby close to you, 3) support your breast and then latch your baby onto your breast. Note: every situation is different and struggling breastfeeding parents should seek professional help as early as possible. Watch our video below: Continue Reading Adjusting the breastfeeding position

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How a Lactation Consultant assesses the baby’s suck

The Lactation Consultant matched by boober assesses the baby’s suck. She patiently holds the baby and allows the baby to suck on her gloved finger so that she can feel how the tongue’s functionality. She can feel that the tongue is getting more tired.
Note: every situation is different and struggling breastfeeding parents should seek professional help as early as possible. Watch our video below: Continue Reading How a Lactation Consultant assesses the baby’s suck

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Best position to bottle feed

New mom bottlefeeds pumped breastmilk to her baby. Cori, the Lactation Counselor (and a boober vetted provider), reminds the mother in the background to tip the bottle slightly when the baby begins to suck in air in order to be sure to keep milk in the nipple tip, so baby doesn’t swallow air. Mother practices “paced bottlefeeding” sitting baby as upright as possible and watching her cues. Continue Reading Best position to bottle feed