Cathy, like so many other non-birthing parents wanting to induce lactation or relactate, is trying to unravel all of the varying information she has received. So she emailed us for help. When I suggested we might share her email on the podcast so that we could help others in her shoes, Cathy agreed. This podcast episode is devoted to addressing Cathy's questions, concerns, and confusion around the basics of how to induce lactation/relactate -- and you might find it addresses some of yours as well! Below is the email that is the inspiration for today's episode:
We have interviewed several adoptive mothers on the podcast, but Courtney is the first to have actually produced a surplus of milk. Whereas most mothers who induce lactation need to supplement their milk production, Courtney was able to donate 3000 ounces of the milk she produced by inducing lactation to anther adoptive mom! Breastfeeding has been such a positive and healing experience for Courtney that she is spreading information and support for adoptive breastfeeding through her new website. You'll hear more about Courtney's personal experience and her brand new website in this episode.
Sally is an adoptive mom gone lactation consultant, and she uses her personal experiences to guide her professional role with abundant wisdom and compassion. In this interview, Sally does a beautiful job helping adoptive parents and the professionals who support them to navigate through the particular emotional and logistical challenges adoptive parents may face with breastfeeding.
Last time we talked with Kristin on the podcast, she briefly mentioned a condition called "insulin resistance" that could cause low milk production. This was new to us! We wanted to learn more, and thought you would, too. On this week's podcast episode we ask Kristin a ton of tough questions about IR. It is a pretty complex topic, with still so many unknowns, but Kristin does an amazing job breaking it down for us. Once again, we are so thankful for Kristin's lactation expertise, as well as her caring, sensitive approach to new families.
"Calm Down. It's about relationship"
"They say to marry your best friend, but what about your breast friend? Our story of laughter, tears, and endless pumping proves that that a couple who breeds together can feed together!" - Bethy Annsa
Interested in learning more about trans feminine nursing or co-nursing? We are delighted to share Sparrow and Bethy's beautiful story with you.
This podcast episode is so absolutely rich with information and ideas, no matter what your breastfeeding outside the box situation, you won't want to pass this one up. Starting with her own "lactastrophe", Kristen shares with us how to find help, causes of low milk production such as insufficient glandular tissue (IGT) and insulin resistance, herbs and medications that can help increase milk production, sources of milk donations, LGBTQ breastfeeding, and more.
It was a shock for Rosalie when it was determined postpartum that she had a condition called Insufficient Glandular Tissue, more commonly referred to as IGT. IGT is a breast condition that makes it difficult - and in most cases impossible - for a nursing parent to produce enough milk to meet all her baby's feeding requirements. Rosalie understands firsthand how difficult this diagnosis can be. She also understands that it doesn't mean the end of breastfeeding. Today, as a lactation consultant working with nursing parents with IGT, Rosalie focuses on developing a plan for long-term breastfeeding success, which she believes (and we agree!) is very possible for parents with IGT. In this week's podcast, Rosalie shares with us about IGT with the heart of someone who has been there and the wisdom of her professional experience.
What?! How can you have a "breastfeeding" podcast episode on bottle-feeding? Well pretty easily as it turns out. We at Breastfeeding Outside the Box understand that breastfeeding cannot always look like exclusive breastfeeding, and there are many situations in which nursing parents may need to use a bottle to feed their baby. Through her groundbreaking (and frankly, courageous) efforts, Dee Kassing has developed a method of bottle-feeding that not only doesn't cause the dreaded nipple confusion, flow confusion or flow preference, but actually helps babies with nursing. Some parents have even called it "therapeutic". Dee honors us once again with her expertise and wisdom on this week's podcast episode.
How wonderful when a family includes a breastfeeding mother! Well how about if a family includes two of them? For same-sex female couples, both mothers can share in the nursing of their baby. This is called co-nursing. Co-nursing can be such a gift for families, but it also has its challenges. Rachel is a lactation consultant with personal experience with co-nursing. She shares her amazing wisdom and insights with us on this podcast episode!
Chrissy is an intended mother, in other words she became a mother via surrogacy. She tells us of her inspirational journey to nursing her son, from the surprising way she discovered induced lactation to her current breastfeeding relationship with her now 9-week old son.
In this podcast, we catch up with Alyssa Schnell, co-host of the Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast and author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing. We heard a bit about Alyssa's personal story in episode #2. Now we connect with Alyssa professionally as she shares some of her expertise on breastfeeding-without-birthing ... or breastfeeding in situations of adoption, surrogacy, foster care, co-nursing, relactation, and more.
Some babies seem to be born knowing exactly what to do at the breast. And for some others...well, latching comfortably and getting milk from the breast isn't so easy. Lots of times, mothers feel that they have done something wrong when this happens, when in fact their babies are born with some extra challenges. That was certainly the case with Becca's baby. But Becca was resourceful and determined, and with the help of some amazing local professionals she gradually and lovingly transitioned her baby from exclusive bottle-feeding to breastfeeding. We are so grateful that Becca has shared her amazing journey with us!
If there was a queen of breast pump flanges it would be Dee Kassing. I'm serious. Dee knows A LOT about breast pumps and their flanges. What is a breast pump flange? The flange is the clear plastic funnel-like piece that a mother places on her breasts to draw in the nipple and some of the areola in order to extract and collect milk. But why does using the right flange matter very much? Dee explains that using the right flange for you results in the most comfort and milk output. If you are regularly using a breast pump to provide milk for your baby, this podcast episode is a must!
Hearing from Bridget and her husband Shawn will blow you away. This incredible couple shares their touching journey through a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy, cancer treatments that did not allow mom to breastfeed, and a baby who would not accept his wet nurses or a bottle, Together this mother, father and baby discovered a solution that helped heal them all. Finger-feeding ended up not only being a way for this couple to nourish their baby, but a way to nurse their baby when traditional nursing was not available. No milk production required. No breasts required. Just a finger, a feeding device, and love.
We are so thrilled to have the wonderful Diana West on Breastfeeding Outside the Box. Through her writing, speaking, and individual work with breastfeeding families, Diana has opened the doors to breastfeeding for so many parents, starting with mothers breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery. Her influence then grew to supporting mothers with low milk production for various reasons. And she is now expanding the understanding and support for breastfeeding/chestfeeding for the transgender community.
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview Jo Lockhart, nursing mother, doula, and creator/moderator of the Supply Line Breastfeeding Awareness Project Facebook page. In this interview, Jo shares her early struggles with breastfeeding and how using a supply line (a.k.a. at-breast supplementer) has been a key element in her successful nursing relationships with her two youngest children. Jo is now a pioneer for supply line feeding for mothers with low milk production all over the world. Cry and celebrate along with Jo as she shares her inspirational journey in this monumental podcast episode.
Not only is he a wealth of knowledge, Dr. Nice lives up to his name with a huge heart for mamas and babies. We are thrilled to add this amazing interview to our podcast stream. Find out more about Dr. Nice and his work at www.nicebreastfeeding.com
*Note: Updates to increase the simplicity and safety of the Newman-Goldfarb protocol were published in Breastfeeding Without Birthing. Details regarding these updates can be found on the Breastfeeding Without Birthing blog.
Alyssa emphasized that nursing very frequently (up to 14 times per day) was a challenge, yet she believes it was an important factor in why she was able to breastfeed her adopted daughter without supplementation. She explained that frequently nursing her baby allowed her to get enough milk over the course of the day, even though her breasts probably didn't produce very much milk at each feeding. Producing a small amount of milk each time the breasts are emptied is referred to as "small breast storage capacity" and is typical of mothers whose bodies haven't just undergone pregnancy.
Alyssa and Hope are hard at work preparing to serve you with some inspiring and hugely informative podcasts to guide you along your journey to feed and care for your precious little one. We will be talking with experts in the field - both lactation professionals and parents who've nursed their babies outside typical definitions of breastfeeding. We will cover topics such as helping a non-latching baby, inducing lactation, exclusively pumping, bottle-feeding and bottle-nursing, nipple shields, at-breast supplementers, chestfeeding, co-nursing, relactation, IGT, tongue-tie, herbs and medications for increasing milk production, and more.