Encore Episode: Breastfeeding 101

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Meet your breastfeeding goals with these expert tips.
Air Date: 10/9/18
Duration: 26:54
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jenny Thomas, MD & Maya Bunik, MD
Dr. Jenny ThomasDr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. Dr. Thomas is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP, and is a founder and the immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She has received national awards for teaching,  advocacy for children, and innovation with in her practice and community. Dr. Thomas is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr. Thomas' interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.

Maya BunikMaya Bunik, MD, MSPH, FABM, FAAP is Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Bunik is a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Breastfeeding.  She leads the breastfeeding management clinic ‘Trifecta Team’ at Children’s Hospital Colorado and has been helping mother-baby pairs for over 20 years. She is also medical director of the large primary care teaching clinic there. Her research on breastfeeding and combination feeding ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011. Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice published by the AAP, is in its 3rd edition and a helpful resource for physician practices and anyone providing breastfeeding advice. She is honored to be participating in this podcast with Dr. Jenny Thomas.
Encore Episode: Breastfeeding 101
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby.

However, today’s busy world can present challenges.

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Breast milk has live cells that improve immunity, extending from infancy through adulthood. Colostrum is the breast milk produced in the first four days. This “liquid gold” is filled with ingredients that jumpstart the development of the immune system.

Formula concoctions today have improved with nutrition and probiotics. Breastmilk is constantly changing with mom’s body, custom blended for that specific baby. An infant formula can’t replicate that.

Breastfeeding Challenges

Milk is usually ready when you deliver your baby. The volume increases around day four or five.

Latching issues are the most common problem. Most hospitals have an expert available to assist with latching issues.

Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt. If it hurts, someone trained in breastfeeding should see what’s happening. There may be another issue.

Moms need to focus on self care. Ask for help. Make a list of things people can do to help you. It’s not an ideal time for you to entertain guests as you learn to care for this new life.

Listen as Dr. Maya Bunik and Dr. Jenny Thomas join Melanie Cole, MS, to educate about breastfeeding best practices and how to know it’s working.

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