Category: Breastfeeding

Crazy times…

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Well, it has been kind of crazy here. Several births, a new midwife partner, starting the Midwifery Association of Yucatan, chickens! So many exciting changes. Among them all, we are planning on holding the first “Respected Birth” Conference in October, proceeds going towards building our birth center!

I am super excited about it. We are fundraising for our conference/expo to put the down payment, so that we can hold the date and start selling some booths and tables. We are hoping to have a wide range of participants, and anticipate a large crown (over 5,000 people). We are going to be having it the second or third weekend in October from 10:00AM -10:00PM Saturday and Sunday. I am super excited to start fund raising for this event and the birth center, all in the hopes of making natural birth more accessible to women everywhere.

If you would like to donate to the efforts, you have several options. You can use a car or paypal here or if you would like to deposit at Oxxo, please WhatsApp (9999.91.23.16) me, and I will send you the account number. You can also donate via GoFundMe. You can also donate in person at my Merida location. We also are always accepting baby and birth supplies for our birth scholarship mama’s. The majority of these moms are under 18 or single mothers with limited resources.

Please share with as many people as you want to and don’t forget to make a donation today!

 

It’s Been a While…

It’s Been a While…

Well, it has been two weeks since my last post. In the past two weeks, I have made huge strides with my new practice. I have new home birth patients, I have new hospital privileges, new back up physicians, pediatricians, just a whole network of people supportive of a women’s right to birth where and how they want! I met with the most amazing doula ever – just so many blessings! Hopefully, we will be welcoming a new addition in the next couple weeks here too! I am so glad that we are where we are, when we are here. I am also glad that my online midwifery service is getting more momentum, slowly but surely. My study will also be starting this week. Honestly, I am so glad to be here and able to help pioneer this amazing profession as we fight for the women here. I am hoping to be able to get a student here soon as well. I really believe God has given me a nitch here and the practice will continue to grow!

I got an interesting question this week – when will I return to fertility while breastfeeding? That really depends on so many things! First, how often are you breastfeeding? You need to be feeding at least every 4 hours, AROUND the clock. Have you gotten your period? While you will ovulate before you notice a period, simply bleeding does not mean you are ovulating. However, you should consider other birth control if you have had a period after your baby has been born. How long ago was baby born? Generally, if your little one is over 6 months old, you should be using another form of birth control. Personally, I recommend if you do not want to get pregnant after a baby, to use condoms because many women experience ovulation before getting a period, or while pumping (even if you pump every 4 hours). I believe it is a good idea to think about back up birth control if you have any doubts about becoming pregnant now.

 

 

Breastfeeding and Medications

Breastfeeding and Medications

Breastfeeding is beneficial to both mother and baby. Make sure your provider understands that this is a priority for you!

A new question arose this week that really shines the light on the amount of misinformation out there on breastfeeding. “Can I take antibiotics while breastfeeding?” The answer is, YES! But this mother was told by many women that it was dangerous – including her own OB-GYN. I am glad she sought another opinion. Most substances are not passed into the breastmilk, this includes many medications. If you are told that you cannot breastfeed with something – or “pump and dump” for weeks while giving your child formula, ask for a different medication! If you are given no safe alternative, do your own research and make sure that you were correctly informed. Many times, to avoid risks of litigation, providers will err on the side of caution, ruining a beneficial breastfeeding relationship, but it does not have to happen.

My favorite non-provider site is safefetus.com. This is a start! Please use this as a resource with which to speak to an appropriate healthcare provider. Address the risks and benefits involved in the condition and the medication you are prescribed or curious about. If this is something that is important to you, remember, your provider works for you! Speak to them openly and honestly about your concerns and do not leave until you are sure about the plan of care. This is especially important when trying to maintain a breastfeeding relationship. The more you know, the more you can be sure that you are getting the best care for both yourself and your child.

Please let me know if you have questions about this topic. It is something that many women are concerned with but feel intimidated about speaking to their healthcare provider about.