Why Weigh and Feed?

The most common task done during a lactation consult is weighing the baby. Often the baby is weighed before and after feeding. This practice is called many things: pre and post feed weights, PC/AC weights ( pre-consumption, after consumption), or weighted feeding. The purpose of this weighing is to determine how much milk the baby is transferring for that feed.

Human milk has roughly the same weight per volume as water: 1 gram per milliliter. We use this 1:1 ratio to get a pretty good idea of how well the baby is drinking at the breast. A baby who gains about 2oz after a feed too in about 2oz of milk from the breast.

The sensitivity of the scale used if a factor in determining the accuracy of the weighted feed. In this episode, Danielle meets up with Katherine Morrison IBCLC, CLC of Atlanta Lactation and Christie Coursey IBCLC of Breastfeed Atlanta to discuss scales, weighs, and how to decide on volumes to supplement based on weighted feeds.

Key takeaways from the video:

  • every baby should be fed to satiety at every feed
  • scales can give good data that needs to be examined along side data like diaper count and growth patterns
  • stool frequency and volume are important indicators of intake when scales are not available

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Holiday Travel for Breastfeeding Families

If you’re headed out of town with a new baby, you’re in for an adventure. Travel with the tiny one is something new and different. There will be a learning curve. There are many things to consider for making your trip as smooth as possible, but the one tried and true tip for new parents: give yourself plenty of time.

 

Car Travel

Some babies love the car. The gentle vibrations lull them right to sleep. Consider traveling during the time of day your baby naps or sleeps for longer stretches. That might not be night time! Nurse your baby just before getting into the car. Your baby may even nurse to sleep, giving you a quiet first hour or two to get out of town.

Some families pump and bottle feed expressed milk in the car, on the road. That way, the baby and mother don’t have to stop to nurse safely. A car adapter for an electric pump or a manual hand pump are two tools that can make this possible. However, since many new babies will require a diaper change after a feed, most families find it easier to stop every few hours for a family break.

 

Air Travel

Baby wearing is a great option for the airport. Most airlines allow passengers to check a car seat for free, so get that huge bulky thing checked and out of your way. Tuck your darling into a sling or wrap and be hands free. Many baby wearing wraps have easy holds for discrete nursing. Offer for your baby to nurse during take off and landing to help little ears adjust to the changing pressure.

If nursing in public is a concern, ask your co-parent or other family member to let you sit by the window for more privacy. If you’re flying alone, ask the flight attendant if there is an open seat where your baby can nurse. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how accommodating and friendly people can be when you have a brand new baby with you. A nursing baby is a quiet baby. The other passengers definitely approve of that.

 

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