Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lactation Specialist?

Weeks 1-3 have been awesome... hungry baby and sleepy baby. Week 3... Gassy baby. Apparently it's not just gas. It's something that I'm contributing to.

Hi, my name is Brooke Stone, and I'm a hyperlactator.

What the heck does that mean, right? Well the initial milk that the baby gets is called foremilk. Foremilk is higher in water content and higher in milk sugars (lactose). I have an over supply of foremilk that lets out quick and rapidly. Fast delivery and high lactose milk will often make the baby gassy or fussy. Babies of a hyper lactating mother are usually gassy, fussy, may cough or gag at the breast and may spit up more often. Foremilk comes before Hindmilk. Hindmilk is high in fat and good for weigh gain, brain development, and stooling. With hyper lactic babies they get too much foremilk in the beginning of feeding.

Today I went to a lactation specialist. It was AWESOME. I learned SO much! I have a whole schedule or routine now for Jake. Some people have the problem of not enough milk... I have the opposite problem... I have too much. So, now I will be pumping before Jake's feeding from 5am - 2pm. 4 minutes on the side I will be feeding from (I feed only from one side a feeding). Stop to give him Mylicon, have a little tummy time, burp him, change his diaper, back to tummy time and a massage, and then back to finish feeding on the same side.
(J loves tummy time)

I will be doing a weekly weight check to see how he's gaining. Jake is 9lbs and 13 ounces. He's gaining about a pound a week! He's getting so darn big!

If you are in the Long Beach area I would like to personally recommend Susan Orr. She is an OB/Pediatric physical therapist, certified lactation consultant, and she gives Lamaze and childbirth classes.

Her telephone number is 562.427.3782. Give her a call if you have any questions! It was so helpful today... Even though I'm doing everything right... it's nice to have more suggestions on what to do so I can relieve my baby of tummy pains. It's already working!!

Love and cheers,


1 comment:

  1. This picture of Jake is the CUTEST! I need to hold him again soon! ;)


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