Did you know that one teaspoon of breast milk contains approximately 3,000,000 “protective germ fighting cells”? If you birthed during the current COVID pandemic, you may have experienced an unexpected lack of support either in the hospital and/or after transitioning home with your baby. You may have been misinformed about your breast milk production. Yet now, more than ever, breastfeeding has taken on greater importance.
Any breast milk can boost your baby’s overall lifetime immunity.
The breast has sustained life for infants for thousands of years. We know breastfeeding works. Yet, many modern parents are being given formula in greater numbers than ever before. As a consequence, without even knowing “how much is enough”, or how early supplementation can effect your future milk supply, you may have “given up” before getting started, and been encouraged to offer both – breast milk and formula. Early weaning may have sounded like the right choice at the time when you are overwhelmed with a new baby, but perhaps now you regret doing so.
There is much to learn about how you can use your breast milk “medicinally” to protect your infant during a pandemic by restoring your breast milk production. As more moms have asked us about how they might go about doing this, we're excited to announce that we've added a new introductory workshop on relactation called A Second Chance: Breastfeeding During Covid 19.
This workshop answers the questions about how you may reestablish your milk supply days, weeks, months, or even years after you have stopped producing breastmilk. We’ll cover the tools necessary to get started:
• an accurate, evidence-based overview of how your breast makes milk for your baby;
• realistic time and volume expectations to achieve results;
• how to be consistent with pumping as well as hand expressing while currently taking care of your baby; and
• an overview of the most current herbs and pharmaceuticals used worldwide to facilitate full milk production.
There are many different options to restore your milk production based upon your individual circumstances. Beyond the introductory workshop, private one-on-one “remote” clinical support is available for both relactation and “induced lactation” – making breast milk for your surrogate or adopted baby. This includes a full assessment with an IBCLC, and an individualized “week-by-week” plan that may be shared with your physician, your baby’s pediatrician, and your family. Emotional support services are also available, as desired.
You have the right to protect your infant feeding during a pandemic. We’re offering a “safe non-judgmental space” for you to reconsider your infant feeding. Your personal definition of “success” will be based upon your individual goals.
About our Instructor:
Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC, is an Infant Feeding Specialist in private practice. She holds a Master's degree in Nutritional Biochemistry, and is a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She consults on breastfeeding issues, including induced lactation for your surrogate or adopted baby, and relactation for mothers wishing to resume or increase their milk production. She also consults on infant feeding from starting solids to gentle weaning. She combines 20 years of training and experience with evidence-based science to demystify your infant feeding journey.