Should I Keep Breastfeeding During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In a word, YES!

Parents and caregivers are rightly concerned about keeping their babies safe as coronavirus becomes a global health issue- read on to learn how your amazing breastmilk protects your baby from illnesses!

The CDC states that breastmilk as the best source of nutrition for infants, and protects against many illnesses.  

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine says that “there are rare exceptions when breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk is not recommended.”  

According to UNICEF, mothers can continue breastfeeding.

These guidelines are being updated often, as more is learned about how COVID-19 is spread. Continue to check back for current guidance for breastfeeding families.  

Your breastmilk is an amazing substance: It contains antibodies to illnesses you may be exposed to, and helps your baby fight them off. 

Human milk provides your baby with the best possible protection against disease.  It’s packed with living cells that prevent infection, and the free fatty acids in human milk are antiviral. 

Proteins in human milk are antimicrobial and stimulate baby’s immune system. Even the carbohydrates in breastmilk have a role in fighting pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.

We can help you protect your breastfeeding relationship, milk production, and your baby’s health. Call us today for support!  Now offering virtual visits.

Breastfeeding and Coronavirus- Keeping You Safe

Breastfeeding and Coronavirus- Keeping You Safe

Even as the Coronavirus crisis spreads globally and is changing how we go about our lives, families continue to need support in feeding their babies. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), we work with vulnerable populations. You and your baby’s health & well being is our top priority. This is what we are doing to ensure the safety of your family during home or office visits:

 

  1. We thoroughly clean and disinfect all supplies and equipment (breast pumps, scales) and surfaces using an EPA- approved sanitizer. We also disinfect our electronic devices used for documentation before each visit.
  2. We are spacing our office visits further apart, to allow time for increased cleaning, and to reduce interaction between clients.
  3. Upon entering our office, everyone must use hand sanitizer before touching any surfaces.  We will soon be implementing thermoscan temperature screening for all who enter our office.
  4. We will move families directly into an exam room as soon as possible, rather than have them wait in a shared waiting area.
  5. We ask that when making an appointment for an office or home visit, if any of your family members have had recent travels outside of the country in areas where the virus is endemic, please keep us informed.  If any family members have symptoms such as coughing, fever and/or runny nose, please inform us so we may all make prudent decisions.
  6. Prior to the start of all home and office visits, and between clients, as always, we wash our hands with soap and water.
  7. Our staff will stay home if experiencing any symptoms of illness.
  8. We are offering virtual visits, so families can continue to get the support they need while staying safe at home.  Many insurance companies are providing coverage for virtual visits during this situation- please contact your insurance provider for details on what your plan covers.  We are also happy to contact your insurance company to clarify telehealth benefits.
  9. We will teach you proper sterilization methods to use on pumping and feeding supplies.

 

Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) transmission is emerging daily. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has best practice recommendations for breastfeeding and breastmilk handling both at home and in the hospital. Please consult resources such as the CDC and the WHO for the most recent guidance.

With the proper precautions, we can continue to help parents breastfeed, use expressed breast milk, and maintain milk production, while staying safe and healthy.

With thanks to Karolina Ochoa, IBCLC

 

The Winter Baby

The Winter Baby

Oh- the weather outside is frightful, but the Winter Baby is so delightful!

That’s right, we’re going to be talking about Winter Babies! Some parents may be a bit worried about the logistics of having a baby during the colder months of the year, so we wanted to ease some of those concerns by highlighting the pros of having a Winter Baby.

Snow days

Snowing? No need to worry! You can stay in with your baby and enjoy watching the snow fall while cuddling up with your little one! Throw on a movie or a show to binge and get comfy with your bundle of joy.

Baby will be ready to go out on Spring adventures

By the time Spring comes around, your baby will be more interactive and ready for Spring and Summer adventures with the family.

Holidays and sense of togetherness

The holidays are the staple of the winter season, and you’ll have an amazing gift to share the season with. Click here to read our blogpost on setting holiday boundaries with your family!

Pajama Season> Bathing Suit Season

After giving birth, you probably want to cuddle up in your pajamas and fluffy blankets. This is what winter is all about! We think pajama season is a hundred times better than swimsuit season!

Comfort food

Who doesn’t love food? Winter time is known for turkey, stuffing, mac n’ cheese, and all types of desserts (are you drooling yet?). There’s something about a plate of food, a cup of hot chocolate, and cuddles from a newborn that can bring a feeling of happiness to anyone.

Did you have a Winter Baby? If so, what are some of your favorite things about having your baby during the cooler months? Tell us on our Facebook! Also, check out our tips on surviving winter with a newborn to make sure you’re prepared for cold and flu season.

Winter Survival with a Newborn!

Winter Survival with a Newborn!

It’s getting colder and messier outside, and it’s time to start prepping for winter! If you just gave birth or are expecting to give birth in the midst of the cold months, there are some important things to keep in mind as it gets colder.  Be sure to check out the links for more detailed information! Let’s begin!

Staying Around the House

  • Preventative cold and flu care- Do everything you can to prevent your family from being exposed to the cold or flu virus-
    • Flu shots for everyone in the household over 6 months old
    • Clean hands
    • Disinfectant wipes
  • Set rules for when others visit.
  • Don’t overdo the heating and blankets- this could cause baby to overheat!

When Going Out

  • Avoid crowded areas, like grocery stores, when you can- get your groceries delivered!
  • Careful not to over dress baby- Stick to easily removable layers. Watch out for overheating and over bundling baby, especially when buckled in car seat
  • Make sure you are bundled yourself!
  • Be mindful during checkups- other children may be sick in the office.
  • Carry around disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

If you or your baby gets sick

  • Keep breastfeeding! –
    • If you are sick, you are still able to breastfeed. It is actually recommended to continue breastfeeding because your child would already have been exposed to the disease before you began experiencing symptoms.
    • If your baby becomes sick, your breastmilk composition changes to meet their needs. This means more antibodies in your breastmilk that can help the baby fight off illness!

We hope that this little guide was helpful! If you suspect yourself or your baby have the cold or flu, please schedule an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible. If you feel as though your breastmilk supply is affected by the cold or flu, please schedule with an IBCLC as soon and possible to adjust your routine.