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She adds that if you are concerned about milk production, you should monitor if the baby is swallowing, putting out the right amount of diapers, and check stool changes. New mothers can detect whether a baby is swallowing properly by listening for a subtle “kuh” sound along with a low jaw drop. Babies will also have a 1-1-1 suckswallow-breathe pattern for one to several minutes according to Marasco. As for stool changes, it should transition from brown to green in about three to four days. By day five, it should have a yellow color. Mothers should get help right away if stool changes are not going through this process.

So what options do mothers have who experience problems with breastfeeding? Marasco says it is not all or nothing. Mothers with difficulty latching have the option of exclusively pumping. She adds, “If milk production is very low, some mothers will offer a bottle first, then ‘finish at the breast.’ Other mothers may choose to supplement at the breast with an at-breast supplementing system that can be made or purchased. The important thing is for your baby to be fed well.” As a positive, according to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, many mothers with PCOS breastfeed successfully.

More About Lisa Marasco, MA, IBLCC Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 30 years and has been Internationally Board Certified since 1993. She holds a Master's degree in Human Development with specialization in Lactation Consulting and was designated a Fellow of ILCA in 2009. Lisa is co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultants, and a new Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County while she continues to research, write and speak. In addition, Lisa is an Associate Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of So. Calif/Nevada, and serves on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County.

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PCOS CHALLENGE JAN - MAR 2018 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1

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PCOS Challenge Magazine Jan-Mar 2018  

In this issue: Historic Year for PCOS Advocacy: U.S. Senate Passes PCOS Resolution; The Things No One Tells You About Infertility; The Three...

PCOS Challenge Magazine Jan-Mar 2018  

In this issue: Historic Year for PCOS Advocacy: U.S. Senate Passes PCOS Resolution; The Things No One Tells You About Infertility; The Three...