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: This was one mother's recommendation-she said "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: email@example.com or 533-4712.
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!
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.
Women who are 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.
Tele-care is a free, bilingual, 24 hour/7 days a week confidential health advice phone service provided by the provincial government. Registered nurses provide telephone triage, advice, education and information for symptom- specific health conditions. Tele-care is meant for non-urgent situations and should not replace a call to 911 in emergency situations. Call 811.
AFTER HOURS & WALK-IN CLINICS
Below is a listing of the area’s after hours and walk-in clinics. You need an appointment and anyone who has called for one knows that it’s similar to trying to get through to win a radio contest. Lose the rotary dial phone and opt for a phone with a redial button!
Phone Number: 383-4331
Address: 565 Elmwood Drive Suite 202
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6 PM - full, Weekends & Holidays, 12 PM - full
Main Street Family Medical Clinic
Phone Number: 854-8805
Address: 165 Main Street (Superstore Mall)
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10 AM - 12 PM; 2 - 5 PM; 6 - 9 PM, Weekends & Holidays, 1 - 4 PM
Trinity Medical Clinic
Phone Number: 854-0133
Address: 89 Trinity Dr.
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 1 - 4 PM; 6 - 9 PM, Friday, Weekends, & Holidays, 1 - 4 PM
Clinique Dr. Louis Bourque
Phone Number: 855-1125
Address: 1116 Mountain Rd. (Jean Coutu)
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 2 - 9 PM, Weekends & Holidays 12 - 5 PM
Riverview After Hours Medical Clinic
Phone Number: 387-7778
Address: 500 Coverdale Road, Riverview (located beside Shoppers Drug Mart)
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6 - 8 PM, Weekends & Holidays, 1 - 3 PM
Coverdale Medical Clinic
Phone Number: 384-2100
Address: 438 Coverdale Road, Riverview (located beside Jean Coutu Pharmacy)
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, phone line opens at 4 PM, Fridays 3:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 10:30AM
Centre Medical Regional de Shediac
Phone Number: 533-2700
Address: 419 Main Street, Shediac
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-8:30 PM, Weekends & Holidays, 1 - 4:30 PM
Clinique après-heure de Shediac
Phone Number: 351-2200
Address: 336 Main Street (Jean Coutu)
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 6 PM - full, Fridays, 1 PM - full
Clinique de dépannage Memramcook
Phone Number: 758-2525
Address: 150 Route La Vallée
Hours of operation: Thursday, 6 - 9 PM
Routine Childhood Immunization Services (excerpt from the NB government’s website)
You do have the right to refuse them.
Routine childhood immunization services are available through family physicians and Public Health offices.
Immunization is a process that helps your body fight off diseases caused by certain viruses and bacteria. One way to be immunized is to receive a vaccine. You do have the right to refuse them.
If your family doctor does not administer vaccines, you need to call Public Health to schedule your baby’s appointments. There is a waiting period, so call right away and do not wait until your baby is the age of the required vaccination or they will get behind schedule. Moncton: 856-2401 (81 Albert St; Sackville: 364-4080 (95 Queens Rd); Shediac: 533-3354 (342 Main St); Richibucto: 523-7607 (Cartier Place)
The Public Health office in Moncton has a private breastfeeding area which can often help sooth your baby afterwards.
The 12 month needles are perhaps the most painful for your baby, so be prepared!
For more information on the individual vaccines and schedule of shots, visit the Province of New Brunswick’s Immunization information booklet and routine immunization schedule at www.gnb.ca
Healthy Toddler Assessment
The Healthy Toddler Assessment is provided by the two Regional Health Authorities. The assessment targets 18-month-old children and is delivered by public health nurses. This assessment is in addition to the work that Physicians and Nurse Practitioners do in supporting parents in the healthy development of their toddlers.
Eligibility Children who are 18 months-of-age and who live in New Brunswick are eligible to attend the Healthy Toddler Assessment. The child’s family will receive an invitation, by mail, to attend an assessment in their local area.
Description Children will be assessed concerning their teeth, vision, hearing, child development, growth, nutrition immunizations and safety. Public health nurses will also take the opportunity to discuss topics such as literacy and depression.
The assessment will support the healthy growth and development of young children by:
- providing early screening and assessment;
- promoting healthy lifestyle practices and behaviours;
- identifying resources and referring to services where needed; and
- gathering health information about New Brunswick children.
For more information regarding the Healthy Toddler Assessment, contact your local Public Health clinic.
* Moncton: 856-2401 (81 Albert St) * Sackville: 364-4080 (95 Queens Rd) * Shediac: 533-3354 (342 Main St) * Richibucto: 523-7607 (Cartier Place)
St. John Ambulance
What: Offers courses in English and French in Standard/Emergency First Aid and CPR and specific classes like "What Every Babysitter Should Know". The local public libraries also offer St. John Ambulance first aid classes periodically.
What: First Aid Training
Contact: 863-2650 or visit www.redcross.ca
Medicine Cabinet & First Aid Kit Musts:
- Adhesive tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic solution/wipes
- Bandages, gauze and band-aids
- Burn ointment
- Cotton balls, q-tips
- Benadryl or after bite stick
- Eye wash solution
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Nail clippers
- Instant ice packs
- Ipecac syrop or activated charcoal (to induce vomiting in cases when a child has been poisoned)
- Nasal aspirator
- Nose drops (saline)
- Oral electrolyte solution i.e. Pedialyte (to prevent dehydration)
Important phone numbers like poison control, Telecare, hospitals etc. should be kept on hand.
Make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked as well as your first aid kit. Keep a first aid kit in your home as well as your car and make sure every family member knows where it is stored.
- Canada Food Giude
Canada's Food Guide is a great resource for parents. The website now has an interactive tool called My Food Guide that allows you to personalize the information found in Canada's Food Guide.
Sobeys and Superstore
What: Both stores have registered dieticians on staff and often hold free classes such as "Label Reading" and Nutritional Snack/Meal Preparation for parents.
Superstore: Kitchen Kids
What: Cooking Class for Children
Age: 6-11 years old
Where: Superstore Community Rooms
Contact: Superstore in your area
Comments: Parent/caregiver must be in attendance
Tips for getting your child to eat:
If a child does not like a food, keep serving it. Some studies suggest that a child needs to try a food at least ten times before truly knowing whether they like it.
If a child is getting tired of a food or says they don't like it, try cutting or presenting it differently. Slice bananas and stand them vertically and call them banana towers, or arrange the food to like a flower or happy face.
To avoid whinning hungry children while you're cooking supper, slice some raw carrots, cucumber or peppers for them to snack on while waiting for supper to be cooked.
Keep a regular schedule of mealtimes and snacktimes
Make sure snacktimes aren't too close to mealtimes and monitor the amount of liquids consumed between meals as this may spoil their appetite.
Try not to allow food to become an object of blackmail or hold dessert hostage.
Offer small servings and provide a wide variety.