In our ever changing world of technology, wellness support is assuming a new, online face. Help from many professionals can now be found online almost instantaneously. Given the personal nature of breastfeeding, moms have been slower to accept this new online modality. It's true that meeting a lactation consultant in person is ideal not only for mom but also for the consultant. We can learn a lot more by seeing the whole picture. But sometimes meeting in person isn't an option and in some cases, such as prenatal or nutrition appointments, there isn't a real need to meet in person and the benefit of a shorter appointment with a lower fee is ideal.
It allows moms who live in rural areas in-home support from a certified lactation consultant so they can stay at home with their babies.
It saves money - online consults are $50 for an hour and still come with continuous support for the week following.
Without the travel time and physical meeting space we gain freedom to schedule - I can meet you almost anytime from my own home.
Speaking with a professional online rather than searching for information online offers instant confidence and calm during worrisome moments.
What can we cover on Skype?
Online consults are perfect for many situations:
Online consults are not ideal for the following situations but I'd be happy to talk with you until you can meet with someone in person:
When can we Skype?
We can meet any day of the week and almost anytime with the exception of the middle of the night.
How can we Skype?
Skype is a free download for any computer or smartphone. FaceTime for your iphone is also an option as well as G-Chat for gmail accounts. I have met mamas in all of these ways and they all get the job done.
Once you have a preferred method, schedule your appointment online
Next time a question arises, consider adding online consults to your parenting toolbox. It's safe and private, affordable and easy to schedule. Not to mention, it offers a smaller carbon footprint. If it becomes clear that an in-person consult is needed and you live outside of my practice area I will connect you with your nearest resource.
While one of the best perks of my jobs is getting to meet so many sweet babies, I like to know that by providing Skype consults mothers everywhere have an option when an in-home visit may not be feasible. After all breastfeeding happens 24 hours a day.
There's been a lot of talk recently about iron deficiency and breastfeeding toddlers. Does breast milk displace iron nutrient foods? Would an iron supplement help?
While breast milk itself is not a great source of iron it still has many nutrients essential for your toddler's development. Here are some tips to give you peace of mind about your child's iron levels:
TIP One way to ensure that your toddler gets the benefits of both food and breast milk is to encourage your toddler to eat prior to nursing so that the breast milk isn't displacing solid foods
TIP Offer meals high in iron: red meat, green leafy vegetables like spinach, dried apricots, black strap molasses, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, winter squash and brewer's yeast - to name a few.
TIP Combine foods high in iron with a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to increase iron absorption. A classic combo is spaghetti with red meat sauce. A big hit with most toddlers and provides a sensory experience at the same time!
TIP Another sneaky tip for those of you with picky eaters is to add your iron source to a tasty smoothie. A handful of spinach leaves or some molasses hide nicely among strong flavors like berries.
Iron supplementation is not ideal and iron fortified products like baby cereals aren't actually the best sources. I'll leave this part to Kellymom, she does a lovely job of sharing the facts.
If you are worried that your child is showing signs of iron deficiency call your pediatrician right away.
It's been a couple of years since Milk Support has published a blog. While it's true that there are plenty of excellent lactivists out there advocating and writing about breastfeeding, there are moments when I cannot find the perfect source for certain topics and the need for my own platform is ideal.
The pages will be filled with content inspired from my work with clients and my personal experience. This is not meant in any way to offer a diagnosis or a treatment plan for my readers. For specific information and support, please contact me for one on one consultations.
I look forward to offering you up to date, research-based information as well as age old wisdom that depends on us to stay alive. Stay tuned and thank you for your trust!
I'm a mom first. And an IBCLC, aka a certified Lactation Consultant, next. I have a master's degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition and years of experience as a postpartum doula.