The Best Trick to Heal Sore Nipples…Ever

 

No...the answer isn't to fill these with vodka and drink.
No…the answer isn’t to fill these with vodka and drink.

For years, I’ve been telling parents that evidence shows that warm water soaks are the most effective way to treat sore, cracked, and bleeding nipples. The water promotes healing and healthy tissue. I had been telling parents to use bowls of water or a deep tub to accomplish these soaks.

Two new parents revealed the BRILLIANT trick they stumbled across while talking to me this morning after Mama Cafe.  They had been tipped off by a friend.  So, it’s not MY idea, but you need to know about it.The secret to easier nipple soaking?  Shot glasses.

Fill the shot glasses with warm water.  Then lean forward, positioning your nipples so they rest inside the shot glasses. Firmly (but not too firmly) hold the glasses against your breasts, and sit up. The gentle pressure should keep the water from leaking out while you hold them.  You will still have to hold the glasses, but at least the water is right where it needs to be. Soak for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day.

You’re welcome. And thanks again, Maggie and Chris.

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Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

The Thursday Round Up

I’m trying something new this week. I’ve been keeping my out for the most interesting blog posts, articles, and studies that came across my news feed this past week. I’m going to try to do this every week.  We will see how it goes.

First, if you didn’t hear about it yet, ACOG has now changed the definition of “full term” to 39 weeks. Here is the MPR story on the change.  Of course, some of us are highly skeptical of the change. Over on Time.com, economist Emily Oster wonders what kind of unforeseen consequences we will have from these new definitions.

And did you hear about the “study” (Yes, editorial right to place study in quotes. Imagine me doing air quotes for full effect.) that found that shared breastmilk was tainted? No?  Read about it first in the write up on it in the New York Times. Once you get over the shock and the horror, read the educated and informed editorial on it from the blog for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

I caught this blurb about bottle feeding and stomach obstruction. It makes sense.

And don’t read the Slate article on car seats.  I’m not going to even link to it. It’s not accurate, and I don’t care what the author says about anything. Nothing is worth putting your child’s life a risk.

That’s what I have today. If you found anything good from the last 7 days that I missed, share in the comment section below!

Warmly,

Veronica

 

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Lamaze International Conference Part 1

The weekend of October 11th, I missed the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo and spent my weekend instead in New Orleans.  The 2013 Lamaze International conference was being held in the Big Easy, and I was slated to present one of the concurrent sessions on Saturday.  I’ll admit, it was a little nerve-wracking to put the presentation together, as I had spent all summer working on the paperwork to get nursing CEUs approved for the course, and they wanted a PowerPoint presentation and I NEVER use PowerPoints in class, with the exception of the Cloth Diaper class. The flight there was also a little stressful; it turned out that I had waited too long and my only option got me to NOLA just over an hour before the opening speaker. Oh, and I had a ridiculously short layover in Atlanta.

The good news was that my 4am cab showed up right on time, and my cab driver was fun to talk to.  I guess that’s what happens when you find your cab driver via twitter and she’s as geeky about social media as you are. But it was 4am and now I forget some of her good tips I should use.  I had plenty of time to get to my gate, which was good because I was NERVOUS about the flight. But I was able to get a good nap on the plane, polished up my presentation, and even managed to catch up on my podcasts.  I made my connecting flight in time, got into New Orleans just 10 minutes behind schedule, found the shuttle bus and snagged the last seat. It turned out the woman next to me was also going to the conference, so we chatted about what we were seeing with our classes in our communities, which ended up being what I did a large part of the weekend.

Dr. Waldman talks about his work with midwives in New York
Dr. Waldman talks about his work with midwives in New York

I got to the hotel 10 minutes before it was set to start. PHEW!  I grabbed a seat, and settled in.  The first speaker was the former president of ACOG, and he was talking about professional collaboration.  Or something. I don’t know if he just didn’t have a good point or if I was too tired, but I was let down. After he finished, I took the brief break time to check into the hotel, find and meet my kind roommate, and figure out where I was going next.

The first concurrent session I attended was on using social media to reach parents, and it turned out I knew most of what she had to say. I did learn a couple of new tricks, such as how to create memes, and my notes do have some good ideas, so that was helpful.

My first meme. Not too shabby!
My first meme. Not too shabby!

After that session, we had a networking social hour, where we had a couple of drinks and yummy local hors d’oeuvres.  My favorite was the duck, because I never get to eat duck.  After talking to a few women in the lobby, I found a table and met some women who had been teaching for over 30 years. I ended up spending the rest of the evening talking with them, sharing ideas, battle stories, and laughing about everything. After the networking event, I had signed up to go eat dinner at a highly-rated seafood restaurant. Dinner conversation mostly centered on what we were each seeing happen to classes and class enrollment where we live. Most of us are facing the same issues: parents just don’t think classes are important, and we end up seeing the negative effects of what happens when parents go into birth an parenthood without knowing the basics, or knowing fully what to expect.  It would be a common theme over the weekend.

I got back to the hotel at a normal time: 10pm. My roommate got back shortly after I did.  We talked for awhile, but I finally had to hit the hay by the time I had been up for 21 hours. Besides, I had to present the next day, and my 6:15 alarm would come early.

Coming up in the next post: Find out how my presentation went. Did I puke? Did I forget what to say? And find out how I celebrated being done.

 

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

Staying sane past 40 weeks

Due dates aren’t set in stone.  Hopefully you know that.  They are guesses that fall in the middle of a range of dates during which your baby will most likely arrive.  However, once you go past that “guess date”, things can get tough emotionally, physically, even socially. Maybe you’re tired, you have’t been sleeping, your want your body back, and friends, family, and other people might just be rude about the whole deal.  Here are some tips for staying sane until the baby comes:

  • Change your voicemail and screen your phone calls. Make sure the voicemail message says that you have not had the baby yet, but to leave a message if they would like to talk about something that is not baby-related.
  • Ban all bad birth stories.  The very second anyone tries to tell you anything about their experiences, or the experience of someone they know, stop them and ask, ‘Is this is a good story or a negative one?” If they say it’s a good one, let them continue.  If it’s not a positive story, politely say you’re trying to avoid negativity and you’d love to hear the story after your own baby is born.
  • Pamper yourself. Go for a massage.  Take that nap. Go to the library and check out the trashiest books you can find.  The point is to stay as happy and distracted as you can until baby shows up.
  • Go out on a date with your partner.  You might not have time to go on a date sans baby for a very long time, so do it now.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but since you have the time, take the time.  Enjoy each other’s company.
  • Spend some special time with your kids.  If you already have a child or two, maybe spend some special one on one time with each child. Again, since you have the time, take the time to connect with your kids before the new baby arrives.
  • Get your car seat inspected.
  • Go to a breastfeeding support group.  You’ll find a room full of sympathetic ears, plus you might get some good breastfeeding info to boot!

Those are my tips.  If you have any to share, plug them in the comment section below!

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

A Lip Tie Update

Well, it’s been about 12 days since my almost 8 year old daughter had her lip tie fixed at St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry by Dr. Darcy. Undiagnosed at birth, that lip tie created a ton of issues with breastfeeding (I only made it past 4 weeks with the help of some friends) and now was causing a huge gap between her front teeth. My hope was to have the frenectomy done so that her front teeth would grow together.  I don’t have any before pictures, because, and if you have ever gone through this with your child, it’s a little nerve-wracking and I simply was too nervous to remember to take a “before” shot.

So, if you’re curious, here’s what the whole thing was like:

Dr. Darcy brought me back with both kids. She had a DVD playing on the ceiling for the kids to watch while she did her exam. My daughter went first.  There was no need to fix her tongue (it turns out she thrusts her tongue outward when she swallows, which is causing choking), but Dr. Darcy said for sure there was a need for a release on her teeth.  Her main concern was that doing the release would change my daughter’s smile, but after deliberating for awhile, I finally asked my daughter what SHE wanted.  She wanted to get her lip fixed. My son, on the other hand, ended up not needing any release done.  We did decide to have him go back to the ENT who took out his tonsils and adnoid to make sure things still looked ok.

With babies, Dr. Darcy doesn’t use any kind of anesthesia to do the frenectomy with the laser.  She does it so quickly that they don’t really know what’s going on, she explained.  With my daughter, she had her on Nitrous Oxide (but gave me the choice on it), gave her a good topical, and then injected the local anesthetic. After a few minutes with the laser, she had me come over to check it out.  We agreed she could go a little further, so she did.  When she was done and my daughter was on the Oxygen for a few minutes, that was it.  We went home. Here’s a picture of what it looked like right away:

Fixed lip Tie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to have my daughter eat a soft diet for the next 24 hours.  She had one dose of Acetaminophen right away and one dose of Ibuprofen before bed, but otherwise…she was good. She did have some swelling the next 2 days, but she kept telling me that it didn’t hurt, and I’m sure it didn’t.

So there you go.  I’m glad we did it.  She was good about stretching her lip. I took a picture last night and it’s almost all the way healed.  We had a debate at dinner if her teeth were moving together yet. It’s too soon to tell. But if you’re on the fence about having it done via laser and worry if it will hurt your baby or child for awhile, rest easy.

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Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.