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How to use a nipple shield for breastfeeding

A nipple shield is a flexible silicone nipple that is worn over the mom’s nipple while she nurses. When should a nipple shield be used?
– Nursing with inverted or flat nipples:
Nipple shields are helpful for people with shorter, flatter, or inverted nipples, making the latch difficult for the baby. Feeding through the shield helps draw the nipple out, to make it easier for your baby to latch onto the breast.
– Breastfeeding a premature baby:
Nipple shields are also useful for some smaller or premature babies who haven’t fully developed their ability to suck and have difficulty latching on to the breast. A nipple shield can help a preemie create suction and position the nipple in a way they may not yet be strong enough to do themselves. Continue Reading How to use a nipple shield for breastfeeding

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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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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