Over the past few years, we have been able to serve clients in the greater Metropolitan DC area. Now, we are happy to announce that we’ve expanded our practice! For those of you that have taken advantage of our services in Bethesda over the last few years, we’ve got some exciting news. We have officially opened another office in Columbia, Maryland!! It has been a long time coming. We’re thankful for the help of our team to get this new office up and running before summer begins! We’re also thankful to all of you that supported us growing!
What can you expect in the new office?
The same level of expert care as received in the Bethesda office. We are a team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and are trained to help patients in all areas of breastfeeding and care of newborns. We also rent and sell hospital grade scales and breast pumps, and can assist in use of such equipment.
If you’re interested in our services, give us a call at 301-943-9293, or stop by. (On Tuesday there are food trucks!) The new Columbia, Maryland office is located at 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 128. We’d be happy to see you!
We hope to keep growing to service breastfeeding parents in DC, Maryland, and Virginia!
Along with all the positives that Spring brings, including beautiful weather, in-season fruits and veggies, and thoughts of summer, there is also one thing that comes along with spring that we dread every year: allergies. While those cherry blossoms are beautiful, it usually means that it is pollen time. Most of us know the feeling… itchy eyes, sore throat, and congestion like no other. Most of the time, the only relief from these symptoms is some sort of medication, but if you’re a breastfeeding mother deciding which medications are safe to consume can be nerve-wracking. We’d hate for all you moms out there to suffer with allergies while trying to take care of your child(ren), so we’ve got the skinny on safe ways to control your allergies this season!
Allergy Medications and Breastfeeding
To get the best info on medications, we turned to the Infant Risk Center and KellyMom. There you can find helpful information on the effects of medication on breast milk, as well as an extensive list of medications that are safe to consume while breastfeeding. As far as allergies go, the lists contains several examples of antihistamines, decongestants, and pain relievers that are safe!
If you’re still a little hesitant to go the medication route to suppress your allergies while breastfeeding, there are some other methods that could help you feel better in a pinch! First and foremost, make sure you have a good air purifier in your house, and change the filter often! A nasal saline solution is also a good trick to clear out any unwanted pollen that may have crept in. Last but not least, eating local honey is said to expose your system to local allergies in a way that will allow your body to get used to them and help fight off allergic reactions. You’ve got options, and as always, consult your physician if you have any questions or need help deciding on relief that will be best for you and your little one! Now let’s all pray for a quick allergy season!
Diet and Breastfeeding
Summer is just around the corner! That means so is summer produce! As we know, there are different fruits and veggies in season at different times during the year. For us in the Greater DC area, the long awaited strawberry season is back! Summer brings with it an array of fruits and vegetables that we’ve been missing all winter. In the Washington D.C. area this includes strawberries, asparagus and peas, just to name a few of our favorites.
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is one sure-fire way to make sure that you are enjoying a healthy diet. Bonus points if you’re consuming organic produce. Even better if those fruits and veggies happen to be in season! Want to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season in your area? Check out the seasonal foods guide where you can input your location and the time of year to find out what’s bloomin’ near you! For this weeks post, we’ve decided to discuss the connection between a nutritious diet and breastfeeding.
A Breastfeeding Parent’s Diet Matters
During pregnancy, it’s important for mothers to maintain a nutritious diet. This is because those nutrients go directly to the baby as (s)he grows. After birth, the need for a healthy diet continues to remain essential to the health of mom and baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “The higher the nutritional quality of the mom’s diet, the higher the nutritional quality of the milk.” Not to mention, a healthy diet leads to increased energy levels for new parents. You’ll need all the energy you can get at this stage in the game! Most sources state that breastfeeding mothers should have anywhere from 300 to 500 extra calories per day. This is to maintain pre-baby weight while expelling calories through nursing. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put together a great guide for breastfeeding moms, outlining diet and activity tips to keep parents active and healthy while caring for their little one!
As summer creeps closer and closer, take some time to find out what is in season near you, and start planning your summer cookouts with healthy ingredients to keep you active and energized all season long! BONUS: Farmers markets are a fun way to show the kids what goes into their healthy meals, and is a great outing for a warm spring day!