Don’t let the ABC’s Interfere with your 4 B’s!

The ABC’s (Alone, Back, Crib) of sleep have become a common phrase for infant sleep safety throughout hospitals, clinics, and communities for several years. This often challenges biological norms of how an infant expects to feed, connect, move, develop and sleep in proximity to parents. We see these challenges nearly every day as we work with new families. We also see families connect their intuition with their baby’s needs often through the 4B’s, each of which are biological norms that have sustained us through time:

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Breastfeeding Outside The Box

One thing I love about my job as a Lactation Consultant is the variety in how each family approaches feeding their babies. Some of my favorite care plans to create are the ones outside of the box of what one might consider a “normal” breastfeeding experience.

A service we are proud to offer is supporting parents in induced lactation, relactation, and/or navigating co-feeding. This could mean breastfeeding/chestfeeding without birthing (think adoptive parent or non-gestating parent) or beginning to lactate after a period of weaning (think a parent who stopped breastfeeding or pumping for baby, but had a change in heart for any variety of reasons).

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