Ep 69: All About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk with Laurel Wilson – All About Pregnancy and Birth
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #69: All About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk with Laurel Wilson

I have such a fascinating episode to share with you today, and it's packed with both practical and interesting advice about breastfeeding and breastmilk. 

Laurel Wilson owns MotherJourney and has a degree in Maternal and Child Health - Lactation Consulting. With over twenty six years of experience, she is also a lactation and perinatal health speaker, sharing her knowledge at professional conferences around the world on subjects ranging from hot topics in breastfeeding to epigenetics and the prenatal environment.

Laurel breaks down some common obstacles parents face when breastfeeding, how you can find support with these issues, and how to work through some of these common questions and concerns. We also cover how you can start to prepare for breastfeeding while you're still pregnant and where you can find some of the resources you'll want to have on hand.

Laurel also talks about how human milk is designed to nourish babies and their microbiomes, and we discuss the importance of skin-to-skin contact well beyond the "golden hour" after birth. We also cover how we can support families' choices about feeding their children, whatever they may be, and she shares some tips for going back to work while you're breastfeeding.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • How Laurel's own birth experiences affected her breastfeeding and her interest in this work
  • How a baby's environment - including the milk they drink and the amount of skin-to-skin contact they get - can change the way their genes are expressed
  • Why any breastmilk you can give your baby is great
  • Why you shouldn't feel guilty if you have a hard time breastfeeding and how to make feeding work well for you and your family
  • What to know about milk sharing, where to find more information about it, and how to do it safely
  • Why developing a supportive community will really help with feeding your baby
  • Great tips for returning to work when you are still breastfeeding

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Keywords

Pregnancy, labor, perinatal, postpartum, breastfeeding, breastmilk, milk sharing, formula

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