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Shirley Morales Copenhagen 1973
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Undeterred The Story of Carlette Edwards


While working on her Master’s degree Carlette Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time she only had 5 classes to go and a red headed two year old son Christian. In bed one night her husband accidentally brushed against her left breast and she felt pain. Since she had heard there is no pain with cancer she thought it was an aggravated hair follicle. Unfortunately it was actually a pea size lump. 5 months later she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. 1st round of treatment was a mastectomy and 2 months of chemo therapy and radiation.

Shirley Morales Copenhagen 1973

Shirley Morales who used a blue bicycle horn manual breast pump in Copenhagen in 1973 and such got such a surplus of milk that she sold it to the Childrens Hospital for premature and sick infants. A Milkman who come 4 mornings a week and pick up the milk. She would sell the milk in 1/2 liter bottles and she was paid $2.50 per bottle. Now Human milk is sold in milk banks all over the world for $3.85 per ounce.

Its mothers like Shirley who set the pace for the future of Human Milk Banking

Working in the Hospital

Hello everyone time for an update. I am still doing home visits for one on one help with breastfeeding all over long beach and surrounding areas. I still teach BSN students mostly from West Coast University. I am also the full time Lactation Consultant for Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Interestingly I am the only Lactation Consultant we have and we deliver about 300 babies a month. So needless to say I am really busy. I am constantly studying because the field of Lactation is growing at a very rapid rate and research is finding new information every day.

Nipple Shield Dependant

When using or recommending the use of a nipple shield, it is important to remember not become too dependent on the shield. A nipple shield is a wonderful tool for a mother when she is experiencing difficulties with Breastfeeding. However, it was always intended for temporary or occasional use. It is not a permanent solution. The long term use of a nipple shield will not only reduce your milk supply, and reduce milk transfer during nursing, but it can mask the true problem, create the need for supplementation and lead to premature weaning.

Heading for year 3

Hello everyone It is soo good to talk with you! So much has happened since I last blogged. I must let you all know right away that you my readers have really become a major influence in my journey. Your support and encouragement is truly inspiring! When I get weary or a little unsure I can read your comments and once a gain know I am on the right path and people are watching and taking this journey with me. Thank You, please know that each and every comment is read and appreciated. 

Well, we qualified for free business consulting from the Chamber of Commerce.

UndiagnosedThrush

I have been noticing that severalcases of thrush (Candida) are going undiagnosed. I truly believe that this isaffecting the success and duration of breastfeeding for many mothers. Because the symptoms can so easily go without being recognized, they are often misjudged as some other problem or mistaken as a normal part of a different issue. Even when it is noticed, some feel it is common and harmless so they just let it run it's course. Other people clean the infant’s mouth with a solution like hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or thieves’ oil so it looks better.

The Un-Cuttable Frenulum

 
The Un-cut-able frenulum
 
A shortfrenulum or a tied tongue can present true challenges for a nursing mother;sore nipples, low milk supply, a fussy gassy baby and even mastitis. Somefrenulum’s can be so short that they are immediately noticeable almost at birth.The tongue never really comes out past the lips and it curves into a U or Vshape whenever the infant cries. For this family the answer is obvious, thedoctor says “this infant needs a frenotomy.” A very simple procedure where thefrenulum is clipped to give the tongue more mobility.

Let the Experts Do What the Experts Do

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 Be an advocate for your own healthcare. Be an educated informed participant in all areas related to the health and welfare of you and your baby. Be an active key decision maker, but don’t diagnose yourself or your baby. Self-assessment can be dangerous. Collect the facts open-mindedly. Don’t look for something that’s not there. Ask questions and do your research. Narrow down possibilities using obvious facts, not what ifs. Then take all the information to an expert. Don’t take remedies you find on the internet, always seek a doctor’s advice.

It takes a few days to get sore nipples….

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Before leaving the hospital most moms will get help from a Lactation Consultant or a Nurse to latch the baby on. Often times when I talk to a mom the same day she has her baby or even the next day she will say “the baby is latching on and were doing fine”.  But, by the time she gets home from the hospital things begin to change. Now her nipples are sore and her baby is not getting full. Translated, this means that she is in pain and not getting sleep, her baby is fussy and gassy and continues to seem hungry after breastfeeding.

Fathers are Supporting Breastfeeding!

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Some people ask me do fathers ever come to myclass. The answer is yes, not only do fathers come to my class, sometimes it’s the fathers who call me to do home visits. Fathers, Brothers, Sons,Grandfathers, Step fathers have all proven to be strong advocates and supporters of breastfeeding. From men who have sat in NICU’s with shirts open skin to skin with their preemie babies, to men who are right there ready with arms open for you to hand off a baby too, to the men who offer encouragement and support to keep breastfeeding when the going gets tough.
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