Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guess What Day of Celebration It Is

Today is the day that we celebrate the importance of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant {IBCLC}.  If any of you have ever had trouble nursing your baby, having a Lactation Consultant available becomes an invaluable resource.

When Bina was a newborn, I had problems nursing her.  Yes, Bina is my second baby.  However, she and Lyla are two different children.  While Lyla nursed like the textbook description of how a baby should nurse, Bina did not.  I experienced pain, discomfort and Bina was not progressing like she was supposed to.  She also did not use as many diapers as she was expected to.  Our pediatrician's office had a Lactation Consultant.  When I brought Bina to the pediatrician's office, he advised me to speak to the Lactation Consultant.  She gave me some advice and then made an appointment with us to see how Bina was nursing.

I brought Bina to the appointment.  I sat in the comfy chair with all of the necessary pillows and the foot step to be as comfortable as possible.  After watching how Bina was nursing, she showed me some techniques to use to properly nurse her.  That appointment may have saved my baby.  The pain that I felt when nursing her, no longer existed.  There was a bit of discomfort, but that lessened as time passed to the point that it was non-existent.  We had a follow-up appointment with our pediatrician two weeks after that initial appointment to monitor Bina's progress, including her weight.  In the meantime, I used all of the techniques that she showed me, including drinking "the tea ," as it became known in our home.  {The tea worked, by the way.  The taste became an acquired taste that included a splash of almond milk and a teaspoon of sugar.}

After the two weeks, I brought Bina in for her follow-up.  She had gained a whole two pounds!  {For those of you who don't know, newborns don't normally gain two pounds in two weeks like that.}  I, literally, started jumping up and down.  Tears came to my eyes.  All of the work we had put into it paid off.  She was filling her diapers, growing, and interacting with us the way she was supposed to.  {The Lactation Consultant explained to me that because Bina wasn't eating as much as she was supposed to, she slept more often to conserve her energy.  I know that newborns sleep a lot, but my gut was telling me something else.  Listen to your gut.  That's God telling you what time it is.}

If you know a Lactation Consultant, tell him or her Thank you for their services.  If you know of a mother that is having problems nursing, please refer her to a Lactation Consultant.  That appointment will make such a huge difference.  Nursing our babies is supposed to be a priceless bonding experience that should not be overshadowed by.......well anything.

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