Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pool and Water Safety with Olympic Coach

Dave Kelsheimer, Team USA & Team Santa Monica swim coach offers up some tips to keep your kids safe near and in the water.

Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive™ - Do the Five
1) Fence the Pool
2) Shut the Gate
3) Teach Your Kids to Swim
4) Supervise - Watch Your Mate
5) Learn how to Resuscitate

Friday, May 19, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Seek Breastfeeding Help

Producing milk is natural; the art of latching a baby to the breast is learned. Sometimes what is supposed to come easily doesn’t, and sometimes a breastfeeding problem occurs after discharge from the hospital. The following are situations in which lactation professionals would be very helpful.

1. We turn OUCH! into AHHH! Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt!  If you’re struggling with a painful latch, engorgement, or just need a some breastfeeding TLC, let us help! Our moms have found that one hour with us is a breastfeeding game changer!

2. We're committed to helping you meet your breastfeeding goals. The breastfeeding journey is unique for each parent. We have experience assisting breastfeeding families with twins, low milk supply, adoptive and surrogate families. To us, "breastfeeding success" means fostering fulfilling and healthy emotional relationships in families.

3. Our Consultants have decades of experience supporting new moms. Did you know that IBCLC’s undergo rigorous academic and hands’ on medical training in order to become certified? Plus, all of our LC’s at The Pump Station & Nurtury® are registered nurses, and a few of us even have advanced degrees! Our breastfeeding expertise is grounded in decades of medical research.

4. We provide pre-natal and post-natal breastfeeding service, support and education. We offer evidence based, unconditional support…for all families!

5. Our Consultants have more clinical experience as most served as nurses in the maternal child health field. 

Other reasons we recommend you see a Lactation Consultant:
-Your baby does not latch onto your breasts or latch on is difficult
-You have sore, cracked, painful nipples
-You breasts are severely heavier/fuller (engorged) and the baby is now struggling to latch
-Your breasts are not heavier/fuller (engorged) by day 5
-You are concerned that your baby is not receiving enough milk
  o Your baby isn’t urinating 6 times a day by day 6
  o Your baby isn’t having at least 3 yellow, runny stools in 24 hours by day 6 o Your baby is very sleepy and not waking for feeds
  o Your baby cries all the time
  o Your baby hasn’t regained birth weight at two weeks
-Your baby was born 37 weeks of gestation or earlier
-Your baby was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
-Mother and baby were separated at birth due to infant or maternal complications
-You had a previous difficult breastfeeding experience
-You have had breast surgery
-You need reassurance that you are doing it “right”

What other reasons prompted you to see a breastfeeding consultant? Share them here in the comments below! 

Our Consultants can see you in our stores or in the privacy of your own home. Meet our Lactation Team here

Monday, May 1, 2017

How To Stop A Mombie Attack! (Aka 7 Key Tips To Help Your Baby Sleep Better)

by Jill Campbell, Psy.D.

Sleep is a very important subject for new parents because we know that good sleep is not only essential to your baby's growth and development, but the whole family's well being. The key points listed below are designed to help you put good sleep habits into practice so that as your baby grows and develops, he or she will have the tools for healthy sleep.

  1. Between the ages of six-eight weeks and four months is the best time to start to establish good sleep habits that will eventually teach your baby to sleep through the night.
  2. Many babies make the transition to sleep easier if they have "positive sleep associations" with them at bedtime. For younger babies, white noise or soothing sounds, swaddling, and/or finding their fingers or thumb to suck will help them self-soothe and fall asleep. For older babies, in addition to those things, comfort can be found in a transitional object. Examples include a very small blanket (often called a lovey), a piece of mom's t-shirt, or a small stuffed animal. Incorporating a comfort object into your baby's bedtime routine can help your baby fall asleep on his/her own, and sleep through the night.
  3. Begin to try to put baby down drowsy but awake. You can do this best by separating feeding and sleeping. Have a small, calming activity in-between the two (i.e. a little massage, a song). Put your baby down in his/her crib while he/she is still awake (it is okay is he/she is drowsy). This way your baby learns that he/she does not need to be nursing (or have a bottle) to fall asleep. 
  4. Babies thrive on routines and schedules. Create a bedtime routine for your baby (i.e. a bath,pajamas, feeding, massage, song, or storybook, bed) and try to put your baby to bed at the same time every night. Make sure to do the bedtime routine in the same room in which your baby is going to be sleeping. 
  5. Have the bedroom environment be consistent at bedtime and throughout the night. Black-out curtains often help babies to take longer naps. Don't over stimulate baby. If you need to feed or change your baby during the night, keep the lights low and your interactions to a minimum. 
  6. If baby awakens during the night, listen to the crying. If crying is strong, go in and soothe your baby. If crying is weak and intermittent, see if you can wait a couple of minutes to see if baby puts himself back to sleep. This type of crying may indicate that your baby may not be fully awake and is adjusting to a different stage of sleep. 
  7. Try to remain calm. Your baby will take his/her cue from you. If you feel comfortable with the sleep routine you have established, your baby will too.
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Jill's Favorite Products for Sleep
1. Serenity Star by Aden + Anais Buy now...
  • Continuous play option
  • Has room temperature indicator to let you know if the room is too hot or too cold
  • Feeding diary feature
  • Easily portable


2. Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sound Therapy System BST-100 Buy now...
  • Good sound quality
  • Continuous play option
  • Many sounds to pick from and mix

4. Nighty Night Owl "On the Go" by Cloud b Buy now...
  • Smaller than the original Sleep Sheep
  • Attaches to car seat or stroller
  • Great for naps that are on the go
  • Can also remove sound box if needed
  • Comes in a Sheep version as well

5. Angel Dear Animal Lovies Buy now...
  • Great as a transitional object because it is soft, breathable and small
  • Baby's often like to suck or chew on the head of the animal
  • Moms can keep it close to their chest so it has mom's scent
  • Easy to wash

6. Swaddle blanket: Aden + Anais Buy now...
  • Great traditional swaddle blanket. Lightweight muslin cotton.
  • I like that you can chose if you want baby's elbows to be in a slightly bent position.
  • I like that you can transition baby out of swaddle when ready: one arm out, then two, then off.
7. Swaddle blanket: Woombie Buy now...
  • Better for younger babies because of its stretch.
  • Many moms have told me that they like this swaddle because it is very easy to put baby into and baby cannot break out of it.
  • Baby can have a little bit of arm movement and allows hands to be in the natural fetal position on the chest rather than at the baby's side.
  • Easy to change diaper
8. Swaddle Blanket: Miracle Blanket Buy now...
  • Super strong swaddle. Some moms like this because some babies will sleep longer without any arm wiggle room.
  • Secures arms so your magician baby doesn't come out of the swaddler
  • Comes in two sizes for growing baby

9. Sleep sacks: Aden + Anais Sleep Sack Buy now...
  • Great item for when baby is outgrowing the swaddle and not just yet ready for a blanket
  • Arms can be free. When baby rolls over there's no need to worry about blankets falling on his/her face 
  • Great for a lighter sleep sack. Lightweight muslin fabric for warmer weather