Visit Us in our New Clinic

Starting October 1st. 2014!

Oasis Lactation Services is pleased to announce that we will be seeing patients in-clinic in addition to our home visit services. Some benefits of in-clinic services include:

-Direct billing to insurance providers, reducing out-of-pocket costs
-Immediate access to a licensed prescriber should mom or baby need medicines
-Immediate access to a pediatrician should baby need care
-The same quality and personalized service as home visits

This breastfeeding clinic is made possible by a new partnership with Oakhurst Pediatrics. Any nursing mother can schedule a clinic visit. The service is not limited by which primary care provider or pediatrician you normally see.

To schedule an in-clinic breastfeeding consult (pre-natal or postpartum) contact:

404-371-9838

Please request a lactation evaluation.

 

The office is located at:

317 West Hill Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

 

Emily Kanaan and Jessica Doyle

Are there really herbs that help mothers make more milk?

This is one of the most common things women discuss about breastfeeding: what herbs and supplements they are taking to boost their milk powers. The herbal remedy policy at Oasis Lactation Services is:

1. Follow evidence-based guidelines
2. Choose interventions of non-maleficence (things that can’t hurt)
3. Do not prescribe

Currently, OLS has no research to support the use of herbal remedies in human lactation. The studies available for many of the herbs that are commonly suggested in mother-to-mother settings do not show improved lactation outcomes. There is a single study on the herb moringa in the pre-term infant population. These studies do not confirm that these herbs are lactogenic across the population.

Currently, the most evidence-based guideline for managing milk production is to assist the mother-baby dyad in proper latch. Proper breast pump use is recommended if direct nursing is not available.

Some herbal remedies are contraindicated with breastfeeding and/or pregnancy. Fenugreek is commonly recommended in mother-to-mother settings. This herb is deemed unsafe for pregnancy by herbalists and other health care professionals. Just because something is “natural” does not mean it is safe. Because there are risks involved in venturing outside the scope of evidence, it is our policy not to recommend herbs.

Diet studies have shown that mothers globally make very similar milk regardless of maternal diet. Only in situations of famine, extreme diet restriction, and severe maternal malnutrition are there notable differences in the milk. Taking a certain herb will not enrich the milk or change its components.

In short, if a mother needs to increase her milk production, follow the law of supply and demand. Make certain the baby is latching well and use a properly fitting breast pump if the baby is not available.

7 Things You Can Do Right Now with a Fussy Baby

Hop in the Bath
Babies love baths. Mommies often need one too. Co-bathing can calm and focus your baby. Babies who are frustrated at the breast often respond well to nursing in the bath.

Magic Baby Hold
It’s magic. Hold the baby like this. Magic Baby Hold with Bill

Swing and Sway
Not just the baby swing. Babies calm faster in arms. Swing with your baby on your lap on your porch swing or glider.

Nurse in a Carrier
Nursing in a carrier allows the baby to be upright and compressed. This helps with reflux symptoms and gas.

Play with Temperature
Take some frozen milk out and spoon feed it to your baby or put it in a mesh feeder. The cold is exciting and different.

Get Outside
Even if the weather is crummy, just standing on the porch may change things.

Play with Texture
Let your baby touch something interesting and new. A tooth brush or cotton ball or sand or salt. Watch that these things stay away from the mouth. Novel sensory experiences can change your baby’s outlook pretty rapidly.

Film Screening “Breastmilk” in Roswell, GA

Oasis Lactation Services is pleased to announce our sponsorship for the screening of the documentary film “Breastmilk” produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. This film, from the women who brought us “The Business of Being Born,” focuses on the breastfeeding and postpartum experiences of a variety of women and families.

Wednesday December 4th, 2013. Seating begins at 7:15pm. 7:30pm film starts, and expo and special guest Q & A following

Aurora Cineplex is located at 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, GA 30076

More information from Belies to Babies Foundation

Finding Your Perfect Lactation Counselor: Meet Meredith

meredithfall2013It helps to work with someone who has been where you are when mothering is hard. Meet Meredith and read her success story that includes a cesarean birth, lip tie, tongue tie, and over supply.

Meredith Jacobsen has been helping individuals and couples transition into parenthood for over a decade. Working first as a nanny, newborn specialist, postpartum doula, and then labor doula before finally serving as a lactation counselor, she has assisted with every step along the way of this transformative time.

Meredith provides home visits for Oasis Lactation Services. She enjoys working with families, one on one, in their home to give them the information and confidence they need to reach their breastfeeding goals. This personalized assistance can help with troubleshooting breastfeeding issues like latch or milk supply difficulties as well as addressing questions about normal newborn behavior and parenting, such as sleep patterns or pumping and preparing to return to work. She also enjoys supporting growing families by teaching prenatal breastfeeding and baby care classes in a group setting.

On a personal level, Meredith understands the challenges that can come with breastfeeding after a difficult birth. Surgical deliveries can often lead to physical challenges with breastfeeding as well as emotional challenges, especially when the mother was preparing for a natural birth. Luckily, these can be minimized by preparing during pregnancy by taking classes, getting involved in support groups, and knowing who to call if you need help after the birth.

After spending years working as a labor doula and preparing for a natural water birth, Meredith was crestfallen when she needed a cesarean. Exhausted and emotionally drained from a long labor and recovering from surgery, she also found herself struggling with the ability latch thanks to her daughter’s lip and tongue ties and her own issues with oversupply.

Thankfully, she had a support system in place to assist with these difficulties. She was able to overcome all of these challenges and breastfeed her daughter without any supplementation. They have met the World Health Organization’s recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding and continue to have an enjoyable nursing relationship while adding complementary solids. This healthy, happy nursing relationship has been a healing experience after a disappointing birth. And because of that, Meredith is especially passionate about helping other mothers who have struggled with births that did not go as planned.

Gallery of Pumped Milk

Human milk changes color, texture, and composition throughout the day and as the baby ages. This gallery of milk is for informational purposes so mothers can feel confident that their milk still “looks good.”

Some important points on the look of pumped milk:
- The visible fat layer is not an indication of how much fat is in the milk. Human milk doesn’t fully separate when left standing.

- Human milk varies in fat content from 3-10% throughout the day.

- The color of milk can and will change

- Human milk is about 87% water. Watery looking milk is normal.

- Milk can look blue, white, or other colors. Diet and food coloring may impact the color of pumped milk.

- Separation of milk is not an indicator that the milk is spoiled. Separation is normal.

 

Our gallery is growing! If you’d like to submit a photo of your pumped milk, please include the age of your baby (or babies for twin and tandem nursing moms) and time of day you pumped to milkmakingmom [at] gmail.com

We will keep your identifying information confidential.

This gallery is for informational purposes only and is not meant to treat or diagnose any condition. It is our goal to showcase the wide range of milk pumping experiences.

 

This is refrigerated milk that a tandem nursing mother pumped on day 3 postpartum. She has heavy oversupply.

This is refrigerated milk that a tandem nursing mother pumped on day 3 postpartum. She has heavy oversupply.

Milk pumped after feeding 5 day old baby around midday.

Milk pumped after feeding 5 day old baby around midday.

This milk was pumped by a mom with oversupply at 3 days postpartum.

This milk was pumped by a mom with oversupply at 3 days postpartum.

This milk was pumped at work around 10:30am. Baby is 12 weeks old.

This milk was pumped at work around 10:30am. Baby is 12 weeks old.

This milk was pumped at 8:30AM. The baby is 4 months and 6 days old. The previous pumping session was  4:00AM. This mom pumps 6-8 times daily.

This milk was pumped at 8:30AM. The baby is 4 months and 6 days old. The previous pumping session was 4:00AM. This mom pumps 6-8 times daily.

This milk was pumped while the baby was nursing on the other side. The baby is 11 weeks old. The milk was pumped at 6:30am.

This milk was pumped while the baby was nursing on the other side. The baby is 11 weeks old. The milk was pumped at 6:30am.

New Baby Tips: Counting Diapers

Perhaps you’ve been told to count your baby’s diapers to make certain he is getting enough milk. The general rule in the first week is 1 diaper per day of life. How is a new mom supposed to remember that?

Here is a way to label your diapers for the first week to help you keep track. As you go through your stack, the number and letter combo will let you know if your baby is on target or ahead on soiling.

Here are diapers labeled for the first 5 days. If you are on day 3 and diaper 3A or further in the stack, your baby is taking in adequate milk. If your baby is not on target, call your LC for help.

Here are diapers labeled for the first 5 days. If you are on day 3 and diaper 3A or further in the stack, your baby is taking in adequate milk. If your baby is not on target, call your LC for help.

Diapers 1A-3C should accompany you to the hospital or birth center to help you keep track.

Diapers 1A-3C should accompany you to the hospital or birth center to help you keep track.

Diapers 4A-5E are the hardest to remember because mom and baby are so busy feeding and changing frequently.

Diapers 4A-5E are the hardest to remember because mom and baby are so busy feeding and changing frequently.

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