BREASTFEEDING

I am a firm believer in breastfeeding and promote and encourage it whenever I can. However, no one prepared me for how hard it was going to be. I was also not prepared for how physically draining it would be, not to mention the mental exhaustion from being the sole provider of food for someone who eats every 2-4 hours! Not every woman finds this to be the case but I do know there are other women that share this experience.

Despite this, breastfeeding is best and has many positive outcomes for both you and the baby. Below is a list of tips and resources to help you on your breastfeeding journey. If you’re having a difficult time, know that you are not the only one and there is lots of help out there for you. So stick with it, you’ll be happy you did.

Breastfeeding Survival Kit

My Brestfriend breastfeeding pillow: The name says it all and makes for a more enjoyable experience! This breastfeeding pillow supports your back by wrapping around your body, the strap is adjustable to allow for your ever changing post ‘baby belly’. The fabric is removable and machine washable, the clasp is easily undone with one hand and there's even a pouch for the remote...I mean your parenting book. Available at Toys R’ Us or you may check Kijiji.ca as many women receive many at their shower & sell the extra ones. For more info visit www.mybrestfriend.com

Frozen cabbage leaves for engorgement: I can’t explain it, I’m not a food science expert but I have endured the pain of having my milk come in three times and it’s not as easy as carrying it in from the trunk of your car. I’ve tried ice packs, hot packs, and gel packs, but the cabbage works. It has to be frozen. Rinse the leaves and pat dry, store in a freezer bag. DO NOT COVER YOUR NIPPLES and DO NOT USE AT NIGHT you may risk drying up your milk supply. Also make sure not to leave them on too long or they will start to smell! When you begin experiencing pain, tear off pieces and apply directly to the breast, tucking them into your bra around your breast. It’s a really hot look!

Lansinoh® Brand Lanolin: this topical treatment really soothes and heals sore and cracked nipples. Available at most pharmacies. There are also other products that can assist in this. You may contact an essential oils/natural products expert-Charlene Savoie at her email address: savoiec7@nb.sympatico.ca or 533-4712.

Breastfeeding Tips:

  1. Comfy Cozy: make sure you’re comfortable, sitting in a good chair with back support and a foot stool. Watch your posture, relax your neck and shoulders. If you’re tense the baby will be too. If your toes are curling, the latch is not working for you!
  2. Feed and Water Yourself: While breastfeeding, you are expending many calories, so always have a glass of water on hand and eat a small snack. I’m convinced all babies end up having some type of crumb fall on them or wind up with a chocolate stained sleeper at some point.
  3. Weight Watcher: You will lose some weight right away but put off any major diet plans for a bit. Consume enough calories, maintain a healthy diet and continue to take your maternal multivitamin.

Local Support

Public Health Nurses You can contact your local Public Health office to receive the updated list of breastfeeding resources and contact numbers.

  • Greater Moncton/Sackville: 856-2401
  • Shediac: 533-3354
  • Richibucto: 523-7607

Moncton City Hospital – Breastfeeding Clinic: 857-5208 (clinic visits 10am-2:30pm by appointment or telephone consultation 8am-3pm)

George Dumont Hospital

  • Prenatal Clinic: 862-4741 or 862-4068 for telephone consultation (8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday) or
  • After Hours Clinic (Maternity Dept.): 862-4063
  • Breastfeeding Support: 862-4741 and 862-4068
  • Evening monthly group sessions (last Thursday of each month, free, alternating French/English) 862-4741 or 862-4068

La Leche League is a breastfeeding education and support group. You can call the phone number below or email for support or attend a monthly meeting. The group meets during the day from 10-12. The location changes every 4 months so those interested in meeting details or for support should call Lisa LeBlanc at 204-8482 or email lisa.phil@rogers.com. Meetings are free and open to mothers, expectant mothers and babies. Meetings last 1-2 hours with the first part being a structured discussion surrounding topics such as advantages of breastfeeding, bringing baby home, challenges and difficulties, and weening and first foods. The second part is a social exchange and a chance to talk to the leader one-on-one. You can also visit the national La Leche League website for breastfeeding information, networking and mother to mother breastfeeding support at www.lllc.ca

La rencontre mensuelle de la Ligue La Leche (Dieppe) pour le soutien de l'allaitement maternel aura lieu à la Bibliothèque publique de Dieppe. Les rencontres sont gratuites et en francais. Tous les mamans, femmes enceintes ou non et les bébés sont les bienvenus. Pour tout renseignement, veuillez contacter Anne au 382-8647 ou par courriel à llldieppe@gmail.com ou visitez www.allaitement.ca

Kent Region - VON Healthy Baby & Me breastfeeding peer support 523-8161

Albert region - Albert County Health & Wellness Centre, Susan Bennett 882-3100

Resources to help mothers through breastfeeding

Breast Pumps for Sale and Rent

  1. Moncton Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic 857-5208 (rental)
  2. Shoppers Drug Mart (860 Mountain Rd) 857-9700 (sale and rental)
  3. BNH Home Health Ltd. 384-3450 (sale and rental)
  4. Lawton’s Drugs 857-9919 (sale and rental)
  5. Pharmasave: Bouctouche 743-2434 (sale and rental); Richibucto 523-4447 (sale and rental); Dieppe 384-6343 (sale and rental)

Websites

Canadian Paediatric Society’s website: www.caringforkids.cps.ca

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Advice and techniques for breastfeeding parents www.BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com

Dr. Jack Newman: Breastfeeding Answers www.drjacknewman.com/proddetails.asp?ID=11

La Leche League International supports and encourages breastfeeding mothers: www.lalecheleague.org

Mothers and Babies Research Group: www.mts.ca

Breastfeeding Committee for Canada: breastfeeding support and promotion www.breastfeedingcanada.ca/

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) aims to improve infant health through Breastfeeding: www.ibfan.org

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action protects, promotes, and supports the right to breastfeed: www.waba.org

Books

The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Nancy Mohrbacher and Julie Stock

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers Revised and Updated: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America by Jack Md Newman (Author), Teresa Pitman (Author)

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International.

All the above books are available from www.chapters.ca or www.amazon.ca