Happy National Midwifery Week! – Our Milky Way

October 2 to 8 marks National Midwifery Week. National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. Two of my three births were attended by midwives. My first birth in a hospital attended by an obstetrician might best be described using words like chaos, …

Physiological Flexion – LA Lactation, LLC

We know that active muscle tone begins to develop at around 36 weeks gestation. Between 36-40 weeks, the baby is curled up in a smaller and smaller space, developing stronger muscles by pushing up against the ever constructing walls of the uterus. Babies born at gestational term have a tightness to their bodies called physiological flexion …

Pregnancy and breastfeeding – LA Lactation, LLC

If you’re still breastfeeding and become pregnant, your mature breastmilk will transition back to colostrum around the end of the first trimester in preparation for whenever the new baby is born. By 4 months gestation, the placenta is large enough to suppress most milk production. Your body will prioritize your fetus over your nursling in …

Weaning blues: why do I feel so emotional from weaning baby from the breast?

If postpartum depression weren’t enough, it’s also possible to be depressed and have mood shifts from weaning from breastfeeding. During breastfeeding, oxytocin, the cuddle hormone, is released every time milk lets down. This feel good hormone helps reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Prolactin, the hormone that actually makes the milk, also brings a feeling …

What You should Know about the FDA’s “Closer to Zero” Plan – Lactation Lab

When it comes to certain chemicals, we know some have a maximum recommended level of exposure and as long as this is not exceeded, they don’t seem to pose significant health risks—but for others, there is no safe amount of exposure. Heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium pose great health risks to all …