We at Breastfeeding Outside the Box understand the importance of direct, at-breast feeding for mothers and babies. Some parents may be able to provide all of their babies’ nutrition from their breasts while others may supplement their babies with a feeding tube at the breast, called an at-breast supplementer or supply line. Direct breastfeeding helps babies develop physically as they should. Direct breastfeeding protects the health of mothers who have birthed their babies by allowing their bodies to recover from childbirth as nature intended, and keeps ALL mothers healthier throughout their lifetime. As Lactation Consultants, we work with parents for whom breastfeeding is NOT going well or following the normal path; therefore the information Dee is sharing today is from her THERAPEUTIC perspective. Our goal is always to support, protect and promote breastfeeding; we work as members of the health care team; and our goal is to establish, maintain, or restore direct breastfeeding. We acknowledge and are presenting this information for those mothers who WANT to breastfeed, but for some unavoidable reason, direct or exclusive breastfeeding is not possible. The products we may suggest, and the techniques discussed/demonstrated are therapeutic interventions; our goal is to use the least amount of intervention for the shortest time to establish or restore direct breastfeeding to the extent feasible for individual parents and babies. Nothing we present should be construed to be “just as good” as direct breastfeeding – these are therapeutic techniques, intended for situations where 100% at-breast feedings are not currently possible. This presentation is intended for health care providers and for those parents who are not able to provide 100% at-breast feedings.
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What is so special about The Kassing Method of bottle-feeding?
Dee considered what she knows about how babies breastfeed (and believe me, she knows a lot!) and has carefully suggested ways to bottle-feed in a way that reinforce comfortable and effective breastfeeding. In my private practice, I have found The Kassing Method to be one of the most important tools in my LC toolbox, and the feedback I've received from parents has been extremely positive. My clients and I have both seen how The Kassing Method not only supports positive breastfeeding outcomes, it is just a more natural and respectful way to bottle-feed a baby - whether or not that baby ever goes to the breast or chest.
The Kassing Method:
When might bottle-feeding come into play for a nursing family?
Dee has been an IBCLC in private practice (www.bfsupportservices.com) since 1994. She has been a volunteer La Leche League Leader since 1986. She breastfed both of her children and loves to work with other breastfeeding mothers and babies and help them navigate the tough spots that can make breastfeeding challenging.
We are proud to present a series of podcasts for parents Breastfeeding Outside the Box, where we aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve. Our exceptional families include adoptive, intended, and foster families; gender, sexual, and racial minorities; families with special needs babies; parents who have had breast surgery; mothers with IGT or low milk production for other reasons; exclusively pumping mothers; and more.
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Breastfeeding Outside the Box aims to be as inclusive as possible. We are aware that the term "breastfeeding" has limitations: not all of our listeners have breasts and not all of our listeners are feeding at the breast. We are also aware that not all of our listeners identify as mothers. Therefore, we will regularly use the term "nursing" rather than "breastfeeding", and "parent" rather than "mother." While we cannot identify directly with every listener, as adoptive mothers who nursed their babies, Hope and I do understand what it is like to parent outside the box and will make every effort possible to embrace anyone interested in being a part of Breastfeeding Outside the Box. We also know that we are human with our own limitations and biases, and look forward to learning and growing with you. Please let us know how we can make you feel more welcome and supported.
Breastfeeding Outside The Box exists to provide education and information about breastfeeding options for people everywhere. Every effort has been made to provide up to date and accurate information, but this information should never be used to diagnose or treat problems you may be experiencing. Information shared in this episode is not intended to replace medical advice or care from your health care provider, and we encourage you to consult with your personal physician, pediatrician or local IBCLC before making decisions about your care or the care of your baby.