What is a Lactation Consultant and How Can They Help Me?

The term lactation consultant or LC has become the title for someone with expert knowledge in breastfeeding; an allied health professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. They may be employed in hospitals, public health programs, and private practice. They work with moms and babies to address breastfeeding issues and concerns. They may also teach classes, assist … Read more

Running After Pregnancy: Is It Too Soon?

This is a frequent conversation with my pre and postnatal gals. Question: When can I start running again? Answer: Probably (read: definitely) not after your 6-week check-up when your doctor “clears” you for all exercise. (Side note, but docs, can you please use different wording with your postnatal clients when it comes to this? Running is not … Read more

Breastfeeding: How to Soothe Sore Breasts

Sore breasts caused by a sudden increase in milk flow and/or barriers to breastfeeding are absolutely normal and dreadfully unavoidable. There are, however, ways to ease the pain and assist mom in enjoying the art of breastfeeding. Whether pain and discomfort is from engorgement, cracking and drying, or mechanical issues (i.e. improper latching), mom does … Read more

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

As if society does not place enough pressure on breastfeeding mothers, add in that nagging “good mother’s voice” and times of low milk supply with a demanding infant ready to nurse, and one has the ultimate recipe for a milk supply strike. First and foremost, women have been breastfeeding for thousands of years. The body is perfectly … Read more