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.

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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.

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