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20150314_151448_DSC_0626The Miskin Methodology training program

How do you know what breastfeeding should look like when all mums and babies are different? What do you look at or assess in order to find the right breastfeeding position, feeding pattern, length of feed or solution to common problems like sore nipples, mastitis, low milk supply, unsettled babies and so on?

The truth is that breastfeeding is different for all mums and babies because mums and babies are all different. We don’t all wear the same dress or shoe size, so why should we expect the same advice to work for all mums? We shouldn’t and it is very clear that it doesn’t.

Aim of the training program is to give an elite group of like-minded girls practical tools to effectively assess breastfeeds and support the individual needs of mums and babies who come through our doors.

Using the Miskin Method, support is tailored to each individual mum and baby dyad. This ensures that feeds are comfortable, productive and enjoyable and that milk supply is well established and sufficient to meet the baby’s growing needs.

By assessing mums according to the key criteria, all mums will receive the same advice, support and suggestions from any member of the specialist team, as you will use the same methodology. This approach provides consistent reinforcement, encouragement and advice, something currently lacking.

Our goal is to empower mums to feed and nurture their baby with confidence. We do not believe in shoe horning mums into a breastfeeding experience we deem ‘fit’, ‘suitable’ or ‘acceptable’.

How are we able to do this?

Geraldine Miskin is an internationally recognized breastfeeding specialist with 20 years experience of working with mums and babies. She is author of 6 electronic books and will publish the Miskin Method hard copy later this year. Geraldine is regularly featured and quoted in leading baby magazines, newspapers, websites and often invited onto BBC and Sky news.

Having worked with thousands of babies, she recognized how variations in 5 key areas greatly influenced the positive or negative outcome of breastfeeding. This includes mum’s unique anatomy, baby’s unique anatomy, baby’s age and size, mum’s medical history and the birth and labour both parties experienced. She refers to this as the ‘mum and baby combo’. This is the basis of the Miskin Methodology.

With this insight, Geraldine worked hard to learn how to assist mums and babies according to their unique ‘mum and baby combo’ to avoid and resolve common and unnecessary pitfalls such as mastitis, soreness, supply issues and weight gain challenges.

This is the first time she will share her knowledge and train a select few.

5 tips to prevent mastitis

Blue Mum and baby WpBreastfeeding usually becomes a bit, sometimes a lot more challenging as the temperatures rise, so with that in mind, I just wanted to give you a few tips to manage and deal with any lumps or blockages that may form as a result of inefficient feeds.

Water – Drink as much water as you can today to keep yourself hydrated and to keep your milk nice and dilute. This will ensure that your milk not only provides all baby’s nutrients but keeps baby hydrated too. If you aren’t a big ‘water drinker’ aim to down a quick glass before you sit down to feed and have another glass to hand during the feed.

*Make up a jug of water with ice, fresh mint, sliced orange, lemon or anything you have lying around that will add interest.

Baby’s position – During the feed, your baby’s position is key. Once your baby has latched, ensure that both baby’s cheeks touch your breast throughout the feed. This allows baby to drain the top and lower half of your breast evenly – better for you and baby. Pay special attention to baby’s lower cheek as this often is forgotten about and can lead to blockages developing in the lower half of breast, which often goes unnoticed, until you feel really rotten.

Massage – If you have any lumps already developing, check cheeks and then whilst baby is breastfeeding, massage the congested parts of your breast with a flat hand. This will just help to dislodge any blockages so that they clear or at least get smaller. As long as they are getting smaller, you know that things are getting better.

Lecithin – When your breast isn’t drained properly, fat molecules stick to the inner lining of your milk ducts and this creates a blockage. Lecithin is a soya bean extract and a fat emulsifier, so is perfectly safe to have whilst breastfeeding and will clear away any fat lining your ducts. It usually comes in 1200mg capsules and you can have 1 a day as a preventative or 2 – 4 a day as a treatment, depending on the level of congestion in your breasts.

Expressing – If breastfeeding is just not working and you and baby are getting a bit fed up with it all – express and bottle feed instead. Your pump is not affected by the heat and will drain your breasts efficiently. Express as often as you would feed, use breast massage to keep your milk flowing and drain the breast more efficiently.

As soon as the weather returns to normal or gets a bit cooler, feeds will become more settled. For tips on how to keep your baby cool enough to feed, click here.

Do the best that you can but know that it will all soon get better and it is not a sign of breastfeeding going horribly wrong – it’s just a side effect of our bi-annual heat wave.

 

Too hot to feed?

shutterstock_33120106Summer is finally here which is really lovely unless you’re a little person, not quite used to the heat. Many of my clients have called me today in a bit of a panic, concerned and frustrated at their baby’s inability to feed well or in some cases at all.

The quickest way to get things back on track is to keep your baby cool. This will ensure that he or she is comfortable and alert enough to feed well. As a breastfeeding mum, your chest area will drop a couple of degrees to help regulate baby’s temperature in hot environments, so you may find breastfeeding in a cool room actually does the trick.

I know that this is very worrying and you want to ensure that your little one is well hydrated so I wanted to put together a few quick practical tips to help make things a bit easier whilst it is so very hot.

Firstly, if you are up early, open every window that you have to allow fresh cool air into the house. This will allow you to cool your possie so that you aren’t starting on the back foot. We are expecting it to be around 19 degress Celsius by 8am tomorrow, so it will need to be early if you want to get ahead of the heat.

Once you have had a chance to cool your space down, keep your windows open but shut the blinds or curtains. When you allow sunshine into your rooms, it heats surface tops, turning them all into mini heaters. You can wipe the surfaces down with a cold wet cloth if you find that they heat up anyway.

If you have a fan you can create an air conditioner by filling a deep bowl with ice (and a dash of lavender oil). Place the bowl infront of the fan, point the fan onto the bowl and shut the windows and door to create a semi concealed space so that it cools down quicker.

Your winter hot water will also be very useful if you fill it and freeze it. You can then keep both yourself and baby cool during breastfeeds or if you are trying to get some sleep. Use it to cool baby’s crib before you put him or her down, remove it when you put baby to bed as baby can’t regulate his or her body temperature well enough yet. You, however, can keep it close in your bed, mums often place it behind their back or by their feet to keep cool.

Before and during feeds, use a cool wet cloth to wipe baby’s face, hands and feet. You can then blow on baby to cool and refresh him or her. You can even go all the way and give baby a nice cool bath (luke warm water) if necessary.

Another tip is to use a water misting bottle or a water spray – see the Evian range. Keep it close and spritz both you and baby during the feed too keep cool.

You may find that even doing all this, you breastfeeds are only marginally successful. Don’t worry, your baby will make up for all the milk he or she missed out on during the day.

So if your baby is not feeding, express as often and as much as you would normally feed. This ensures that your breasts are drained as expected and you are able to accumulate some milk for when your baby finally decides to have a feed. You could even try feeding your baby expressed breast milk which is cool.

As temperatures get back to normal, you’ll see that your breastfeeding does too. Until then, do your best to keep baby cool, keep your breasts drained regularly to avoid a drop in supply or mastitis and offer your baby milk in any way that works for you both.

Uk summers don’t last long, so things will be back to normal sooner than you think 🙂

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