The Parent Pod Featuring Suzan Scharr, IBCLC & RN from Monumental Beginnings Doula
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This week we will be joined by local mom, RN, IBCLC, Suzan Scharr! What many people don't know is that Suzan is part of the reason Cape Cod Moms even exists! She helped inspire us 10 years ago and now she has joined our friend Krista Sullivan over at Monumental Beginnings Doula! We will be chatting about the struggles of being a new moms/parents; breastfeeding, the importance of support, virtual support groups and more!
So pencil in on your calendar that this week at 8pm-this hour is for you!
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5 Reasons you need a Moms’ Group
The whole “it takes a village” saying is a nice idea. I thought I knew what it meant…… until I had premature twins and a partner that worked all the time. And then I realized that I wasn’t going to survive this parenting gig without some backup from other exhausted moms. I literally went to a different moms’ group every weekday when my guys were babies, and that was my lifeline. Eight years later, I’m still friends with some of the ladies I met in those groups. If you haven’t yet found yourself a moms’ group, here are some reasons you need to:
- If you’re going to talk about baby poop, you might as well do it with people who are interested. Let’s be honest: no matter how often you’ve told people that you will never be ‘that’ parent that talks about baby poop, it’s gonna happen. Because seriously… baby poop is weird. And when you are the sole source of digestive input (whether it’s breastmilk, formula, or solid food), you become a bit obsessed with your baby’s digestive output. So if you’re going to talk about that time your baby let out a huge poop geyser all over the living room wall, you might as well talk about it with other moms who will laugh and exclaim appropriately.
- Two words: breastfeeding help. In the beginning, breastfeeding a new baby can be so hard and so demanding and so bewildering (I hope it wasn’t just me!) that having a professional offer you good, evidence-based advice can make all the difference in the world. And to be able to talk to other moms who have been through the same experiences, who can tell you that you and your baby are totally normal, is priceless.
- Two words: feeding help. In the beginning, just having a new baby can be so hard and so demanding and so bewildering (I hope it wasn’t just me!), whether or not you are breastfeeding. And once you add solid foods, it’s a whole new ball of choices. Having a professional offer you good, evidence-based advice can make all the difference in the world, because breastfeeding moms aren’t the only ones with questions, and sometimes even with the best preparation in the world, moms don’t meet their breastfeeding goals. A good group will support you whether you never intended to breastfeed, breastfeed past infancy, or had to stop before you were ready.
- Sisterhood. I know it sounds hippy-dippy, but this is the real deal. Motherhood, and particularly early motherhood, is such an intense experience. When you find a group of ladies who are in the same boat and you ‘click’ with them, you are in it together. This is how sisterhoods are forged, and oftentimes the friendships will last way beyond the diaper days.
- You have to laugh or else you’ll cry. Don’t get me wrong: there is a lot of laughter and sweetness and joy in early motherhood. But there will also be moments where you’re ready to strangle your partner, or when you realize you haven’t showered in three days and may find yourself on People of Walmart, or when you open the door to pay the pizza guy without realizing that your boob is still hanging out. In those moments, it’s indescribably comforting to think that you have buddies who will think it’s hilarious and have a good laugh with you. Or who will hug you and bring you a cup of tea when you skip the laughter and go straight for the tears. Buddies who get it. Who can joke with you about being on #teamnosleep or #teamyogapants or #teammessybun.
Outer Cape Moms’ Group
Thursdays from 10am to noon
220 Samoset Rd in Eastham, right next to where they are building the new library
BirthingYearCapeCod@gmail.com or 774-207-7124 for more info
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Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
I often see mothers who are taking medication, either during pregnancy, lactation or throughout both. I also see mothers who have decided not to take their regular medication because they are concerned about the effect on their baby. There is more and more research and information available about medications in pregnancy or lactation and I urge women to talk with their doctor about their choices. As a lactation consultant, I have access to studies and guidelines that your physician may not be aware of and can supply information for my clients to take to their doctor. It pains me to see mothers denying their own mental or physical health needs in order to be the best mom for their baby. A happy, healthy mom is the best mom!
What to do if you are taking medication and find out you are pregnant:
· Talk with your OB or midwife right away about your choices
· Make sure you have added support if you are going to forego medication
· Watch for a recurrence of symptoms; talk with your doctor again if you are concerned about your health
· Do NOT rule out breastfeeding! Surprisingly, some meds that are contraindicated during pregnancy are deemed safe during lactation (and vise versa). Often the amount the baby receives is very slight or the medication is not well absorbed orally. Still, consult your doctor or lactation consultant well before you deliver, so that you can make a plan that works for you. Sometimes mental health issues that were controlled during pregnancy can change in the postpartum period, due to a change in hormones. Thyroid disorders can also worsen after delivery and should be followed closely.
What about those “other” drugs?
Here are some resources for information about medications during pregnancy and lactation:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital -
Mass General Hospital -http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/
The Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech - http://www.infantrisk.com/
National Institutes of Health - http://health.nih.gov/topic/PregnancyandSubstanceAbuse
Every so often, I will get a call from a frantic mom whose baby (usually 3-6 months old) has suddenly and inexplicably stopped nursing. Mom has tried coaxing, cajoling, and even begging baby to nurse, but she is adamantly refusing the breast.
What’s going on??
What is probably NOT going on is: Mom had onion soup for lunch or the baby is ready to wean (younger than 9-12 months).
We often call this a“nursing strike” and there can be a variety of causes. Assuming that your milk supply is adequate and baby was nursing well up until now, here’s what could be happening.
Is your baby drooling, fussier than normal, chomping on her hands, and might even have a diaper rash (excess saliva can cause a more acidic output)? Babies can start teething as early as 2-3 months and not even get their first teeth until much later. Teething is uncomfortable and your baby will want to nurse for solace, but can be frustrated if nursing hurts her gums. Try comfort measures like a cold washcloth to gum on, a teething ring, or if your pediatrician approves, some teething gel. Then, try to get baby back to the
breast. You will find that teething is an ongoing process but hardest with the first teeth (gravity – they are on the bottom, and the newness of the sensation).
· Ear Infection:
If your baby has a fever, is tugging at her ear, or is crying more than usual (often high pitched), she could have an ear infection. Breastmilk has been shown to reduce the risk of ear infections, but they can still occur. If you suspect your baby has an ear infection, consult your pediatrician for their recommendation. In the meantime, try nursing in an upright position so your baby isn’t laying flat. You can also massage the breasts so that she doesn’t have to work as hard to stimulate let-down.
Does your baby have white patches in her mouth that don’t rub off? Are you or she on antibiotics? Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast and can affect both baby’s mouth and mom’s breast/nipple area. Some babies can have thrush and it doesn’t seem to bother them, while others are very uncomfortable and won’t want to nurse. Thrush is easily treated by your health care provider and nursing can continue during
There are other reasons your baby may be “on strike”. Older babies with teeth sometimes try biting mom and the resultant response (“AHHHH!!”) scares the baby off the breast (Pavlov, anyone?). Babies may also
react negatively to a new perfume or lotion or may have a stuffy nose from a cold (try some saline and a nasal aspirator before nursing). In most cases, you have to gently encourage the baby to return to the breast. If pain is the issue, relieving the discomfort before nursing should help. If there is a psychological cause, try nursing in the bathtub (you would be surprised how well this works!) or when baby is sleepy and calm (often
**Two Important Notes
*If your baby is not nursing at the breast, you need to pump! Sometimes babies will take the pumped milk via bottle – if your baby is older than a month, she should return to the breast once the ‘strike” is over.
*Offer the breast frequently rather than trying to wait the baby out – this will keep baby familiar and you are more likely to catch her when she’s ready.
If none of these suggestions work, check in with your pediatrician or lactation consultant, especially if you have a young baby (under 3 months). Take heart, though –strikes are often short-lived and baby will return to the breast with gusto. Keep up your supply and don’t give up!
Is it Enough??
· First, let’s start with the size of a newborn’s stomach. It’s TINY! Day one is about the size of a small marble, day three is a larger, “shooter” marble, and day
seven the newborn’s stomach measures about the same size as a ping pong ball.
Still not sure baby is getting enough? What comes in must come out. An easy way to see if your newborn is getting milk is to watch her wet and poopy diapers (better smelling with breast milk!). By day 3-4, babies should be stooling at least a couple of times a day and the product should resemble seedy mustard. Babies this age should also have at least 3-4 wet diapers. At the one week mark and for weeks beyond, you should see 6-8 wet diapers and 3-4 stools per day. It is not uncommon for breastfed babies to reduce their stooling frequency after the first month and, as long as it is still soft, it is not usually a problem.
What about the baby that is nursing 8-12 times a day but is losing or not gaining any weight? It is normal for babies to lose some weight in the newborn period, but pediatricians like to see a return to birth weight by the two-week mark. If baby has not regained, we first look at the latch. It is possible for a baby to be sucking frequently but not effectively. The baby’s mouth should be over the dark area surrounding the nipple (the areola), so that the sucking will reach the milk ducts, not just the nipple itself. If a baby is sucking only on the end of the nipple, the result will be like biting on a straw – a closing off of the milk flow. Sucking on the nipple is also likely to cause pain for the mom, so if you are experiencing pain and/or your baby is not gaining well, evaluate your latch, ideally with the help of a lactation consultant, La Leche leader, or WIC peer counselor. Many visiting nurses are also trained in breastfeeding support and I urge mothers to take advantage of the free VNA postpartum visit that is usually offered through the hospital.
Still have questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out my blog at www.hathawaylactation.blogspot.com
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