Nipple pain is often cited as the main reason that mothers quit breastfeeding before they want to. Indeed, many of us have been there - nursing our newborn through gritted teeth and white knuckles, dreading the next feeding. Perhaps you've even had to begin pumping and feeding with a bottle, cup, finger, or spoon to give your nipples a break, only to find that the pain does not resolve when you try to nurse again. And maybe your baby now has difficulty latching after receiving a bottle for a few days, and you begin to see a dip in your supply due to pain, infant not nursing frequently, and an inefficient pump. It is not hard to see how this cascade of events can lead to early weaning. But it does not have to be this way! Breastfeeding should not hurt, no matter what you have been told.
Many moms reach out for help before they give up, intent on reaching their breastfeeding goals. The support they are given can make or break the breastfeeding journey. Re...
Welcome to Queen Bee Lactation! Please allow me to introduce myself and this website.
My name is Ashley Walsh, I am a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist currently on track to become an IBCLC in late 2016. As a lactation consultant, it is my mission and vision to help as many mothers meet their breastfeeding goals as I can, through whatever means is best for each mom and baby. That is why I created this website. You will see that this site functions much like a Blog, providing information through articles, tutorials, videos, and infographics from many sources. I hand pick the sources based on up to date research, best practice, and my own personal experience helping mothers with infants of all ages reach their goals and what they find most useful.
The information posted on this website is meant to be informative, instructional, and educational. However, some mothers may find that they need additional, individualized support. I am available to offer this support through many d...
I encourage all expecting and nursing moms to watch this video from Stanford Medicine about Hand Milk Expression and how effective it is at increasing milk output and overall supply. Studies have found that mothers who use hand expression in addition to and during breastfeeding and pumping are able to get about 50% more milk output!
Hand expression is correlated with longer duration of breastfeeding, and better milk supply than when mothers use a breastpump alone for milk expression.
Additionally, hand expression is:
Can be very efficient for most mothers
Can be less uncomfortable or annoying than a breastpump.
For a few months I have been acquiring used pumps so that I can disinfect and evaluate their performance. I am (obsessively) testing the suction for each pump I service and am recording my findings as my own little research project (stay tuned for a post on this in the near future). For now, I want to focus on pump care and cleanliness. Everyone knows personal use pumps should not be shared between mothers, but why? Because they can transmit diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV? Perhaps. But what most people don't realize is that the pump motors can harbor bacteria, dirt, grime, insects, mold, and mildew! This photo shows a pump that I was not comfortable handling due to the apparent presence of mold and mildew spores, and it had to be discarded.
Don't let this happen to your pump! If you have a used pump from a previous child or one that you've been using for a while, contact me and I will check it for you! In the case of mold and mildew as with this...
Laid-Back Breastfeeding, sometimes called the Baby-led, Natural, or Australian position, can be a great position for getting a deep latch and allowing mom to relax. Many moms report that this technique helps them get pain free, as well as being a great solution for those with a fast letdown. Try it today, and feel free to contact me if you have questions, need support, or just want to let me know how your experience with Laid-Back Breastfeeding was.
This video from Stanford Medicine is a great one to watch for any new mother, and especially mothers who are concerned about milk supply, have premature and/or supplemented infants or infants who must spend time in the NICU, and latch difficulties. When an infant is unable to breastfeed effectively, and his mother needs to stimulate the breasts and express milk with a breast pump, building and maintaining an adequate supply can be a challenge. This video demonstrates some ways that pumping mothers can increase production without medication.
In this must-read article, my mentor and colleague Faith McGinn, RN, IBCLC, addresses the often incorrect and outdated information that many mothers are given about thrush and yeast infections of the nipple and in baby's mouth. If you are experiencing nipple discomfort, notice white spots in baby's mouth, or someone has told you you have yeast, please click here and read this article first!And as always, feel free to Contact me with any questions!