Barbara Cohen, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

May 27, 2018

The other day I was helping a mom who is struggling to build her milk supply to meet her baby’s needs.  One of my suggestions was to think of her breasts as her most reliable and trusted mothering tool rather than only as a milk dispenser.  I offered that it could be helpful to simply put her baby to her breast when baby was showing cues that she would like to go to sleep.  I saw a look of utter confusion flash across her face.  

Then she said, “But I thought it was bad to nurse my b...

August 1, 2016

He’s using me like a pacifier!

I hear this complaint often and I find it perplexing.

I wonder how this is not unlike saying, “She’s using me like a bed!” when a baby is sleeping on mom’s chest after a satisfying feeding?

Or, “He’s using me like a stroller!” as dad walks a fussy baby around the house in an effort to soothe him?

How about, “She’s using me like a bottle!” as she take a nice leisurely feeding at the breast, and perhaps another little snack 20 minutes later?

Babies don’t “use” their parents...

July 29, 2016

The wisdom that babies possess never ceases to amaze me. Take cluster feeding. Free-sleeping babies (not swaddled), will begin to ask for frequent but short feedings in the evening, usually between 5 and 10pm. During these hours, that baby who was pretty content to sleep during the day in the beautiful bassinet that Aunt Mabel gave you, is just not having it after 5pm. She probably communicates pretty clearly that she wants to stay "in the diner", close to the food source for easy snacking. And yo...

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