Every Wednesday for the last couple of years the IBCLCs of The MILC Group have opened their doors from 10am to Noon for drop in Weight Checks and Lactation Chats. We decided we should write a short blog post letting people know what to expect during Weight Check Wednesday (WCW).
Weight Check Wednesday is an excellent way to get accurate information from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for a minimal fee and in a short amount of time! It does not substitute for a consult.
The fee for Weight Check Wednesdays with The MILC Group is just $20. Come in and see us this Wednesday!
The MILC Group offices are located inside of Go Baby Go, 6104 Broadway, #C-4, San Antonio, TX 78209. Contact us online at www.TheMILCGroup.com or by phone at 210-960-MILC/210-960-6452.
When The MILC Group first started out we ran a series that we called "JJs Nip Tips." They were named for an adorable chunky baby who we spent a lot of time with. JJ is now a rambunctious preschooler and we wanted to take a moment to pull together a list of our favorite Nip Tips and post an adorable updated pic of our chunky mascot.
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Getting through the week can sometimes be so challenging. For new parents the week can seem to drag on forever. Having something to look forward to can really keep you going. I can't remember how we decided to host our Breastfeeding Support Group on Friday afternoons but it was a great idea!
What do we talk about during our Friday Support Group? I wanted to share a sample of last week's topics...
One of our Mamas asked how everyone enjoyed Mother's Day. No one seemed to do anything overly special but it was a nice way to start our chat.
Another Mama asked about feeding older breastmilk to her baby. This Mama will be enjoying a special event with some friends in the fall and was wondering if milk she pumps now will still be good to leave. Breastmilk is always good even though the composition changes as baby's grow. We suggested leaving a mixture of fresh and frozen milk for baby.
We discussed spit up and babies who are happy excessive spit-uppers. We talked about the lovely odor after you have been spit up on and how spit up down your bra gives off a nice cheesy smell by days end.
One of the babies had a tongue and lip tie revision that week so we asked how he is doing and discussed the procedure and changes in latch.
Birth control came up which led to discussing the lack of sex after babies and to a description of lactational amenorrhea.
Many of our parents will weigh their babies on our scale when they are at the Support Group. It helps them to keep a track of their baby's growth and development. We love providing this service at no charge.
Other random topics....super random :)
Natural cleaning products
The meaning of "Seventh Generation"
Cloth menstrual pads
Family cloth (look that one up yourself)
Healthy foods and your babies
This particular Friday we had a nice group of parents with babies in tow and a Grandmother was in attendance too! Our Group is casual and lively. The parents look forward to having a safe space to share and discuss their questions and concerns. Ginger and I look forward to seeing these parents and their babies too. Seeing the babies grow and change is so lovely.
If you have been on the fence about whether or not to attend a MILC Breastfeeding Support Group maybe this will make you feel more comfortable. We hope to see you soon!
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Families in the San Antonio area have a good number of choices for their breastfeeding support needs. We wanted to compile a list of reasons that you should choose The MILC Group.
Your baby has arrived and you are having problems breastfeeding. What should you do? Some of your knowledgeable friends suggest that you should see an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). That sounds okay, but you want to know what to expect during a meeting with one. Here is what to expect if you choose to meet with an IBCLC from The MILC Group.
We hope that this answered your questions about what to expect if you schedule a Lactation Consultation with The MILC Group. We look forward to meeting with you and your family!
We can be reached by phone at 210-960-MILC/210-960-6452.
The topic of increasing iron intake for toddlers comes up often in our Support Groups. This recipe for a yummy quick bread was mentioned so I typed up the recipe for everyone to have. One tbsp. of blackstrap molasses provides 3.5 mg of iron. This provides half of the recommended daily intake for toddlers, and 13 percent of the recommended daily intake for pregnant women.
Low milk supply seems to be a main concern for today's breastfeeding mother. I do remember mothers asking, "how will I know that my baby is getting enough?" and, "how much milk does my baby need?" back when my first child was born (19 long years ago). The difference I suppose was that we were satisfied with the answers we were given and we never pumped to see how much our body was presumably making. We relied on observing our baby. Today's mother seems to want more answers and to know exactly how much milk she is making. Here is a brief overview of Low Milk Supply.
When should we be concerned that our milk supply might be low?
What can cause a low milk supply?
*Note that the majority of maternal issues would be present from the onset of the breastfeeding relationship.
What can we do?
With any of these concerns the first step would be to work with an experienced Health Care Provider (HCP). This can be your OB/GYN, Pediatrician and/or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Who you work with depends on which issue you are dealing with. While seeking out a professional who can assist you and working on a care plan you will want to:
Ways to Increase Milk Supply
There are many great Low Milk Supply Resources. Following is a list of just a few:
If you have questions or concerns about your milk supply we will be happy to meet and discuss those concerns with you either prenatally or after baby arrives. www.TheMILCGroup.com 210-960-MILC/210-960-6452
~Tina & Ginger