People say that parenting is instinctive, and that's true. But what they fail to include is that it is also a very long learning process for moms. Every day, you learn something about your baby that becomes a new part of your motherhood. And seeking support from a lactation expert will only optimize that learning process as a parent even more, especially in regards to nursing. In this episode, Jada Shapiro talks about the link between breastfeeding and your ability to produce milk, the concept of the breast crawl along with the importance of skin to skin, the perfect time to introduce bottle feeding to your baby, how to approach tongue ties, and so much more.
Learn about the primary purpose of lactation 101 in this episode of the Mamas in Training Podcast with Jada Shapiro!
The Importance of Skin-to-skin Contact for Newborns
After the baby is delivered, by practice, there are a series of procedures that nurses need to do to have a detailed physical examination of the baby. They'll measure the baby's temperature, weight, heart rate, length, and head circumference. More importantly, the procedure will also serve as a double-checking whether the baby carries any birth injuries or deformities. Of course, to do all of these also means to take the newborn away from the birthing parent. But how necessary is it to conduct the procedure right away and can you advocate against that in a normal/healthy birth?
In 1987, the phenomenon of breast crawl was first described at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Breast crawl happens when babies are placed atop their parent's bellies or breasts right after delivery. It's a natural act that creates benefits aside from providing warmth to the newborn. Babies allowed breast crawl have higher chances of developing better latches and success with early nursing. Allowing the baby to breastfeed after delivery also helps the mother's body signal and produce more breast milk. However, in order to have this option, the feeding parent and newborn need to be left alone and without distraction, which tends to go against the norm.
Is the pain from nursing normal? Find out from Jada Shapiro in this episode of the Mamas in Training Podcast!
About Jada Shapiro:
Jada Shapiro is a maternal health expert and the founder of boober, where expectant parents and new families find classes and on-demand expert care providers, pregnancy to postpartum. She founded boober to empower parents to positively transform their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences and outcomes through expert education and easy access to qualified maternal healthcare providers.
She also founded Birth Day Presence, NYC's most trusted source for birth worker training and expectant parent education, which has supported over 20k parents since 2002. She is a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, birth photographer, mother, and stepmother. Jada has helped thousands of families prepare for birth, has assisted hundreds of births, cared for first-time parents, A-list celebrities, and everyone in between.
She advises leading actors about childbirth and breastfeeding for major films and is a sought-out media expert on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, lactation, and newborn parenting. Jada graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in American Studies and Dance and focused her senior thesis on the medicalization of childbirth in America after discovering a fascinating book about childbirth in the library.
Jada witnessed her first birth a few years later when her dear friend invited her (and 19 other people!) to photograph her birth at a freestanding birth center. Jada is a mother and stepmother to 4 girls aged 11-15.
Outline of the episode:
- [01:37] Why are the early days of nursing so critical?
- [03:57] It's not normal to feel pain when your baby breastfeeds
- [07:56] The assumptions that go around hospitals regarding the choices moms get to make
- [11:59] What it means to delay newborn clinical procedures
- [16:09] A clarification about skin-to-skin contact with babies
- [19:55] When can you expect the baby to start nursing?
- [24:06] What is a tongue tie?
- [30:12] The perfect time to introduce your baby to bottle-feeding
- [34:05] Jada Shapiro – on birth photography
- [37:20] Jada's message to nursing moms
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