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Pod Wisdom: 3 Things New Parents Should Know About Feeding Their Babies

In episode 11, Tiffani Ghere, RD, CSP, CLEC, a clinical dietitian who has worked with new moms in neo-natal intensive care units for decades separates breastfeeding fact from fiction. Here are 3 things Tiffani wants every new parent to know about feeding their babies.

1) Breastmilk is fantastic, but supplementing with formula is perfectly fine

"If you have to supplement with formula, don't worry about it. The baby will benefit from both (breast milk and formula)."

Tiffani talks about the challenges many new moms face in breastfeeding and that she wants them to know that supplementing with formula is perfectly fine.

Babies benefit from every bit of breast milk they get, and that there is nothing wrong with supplementing with a high-quality formula.

Tiffani looks for formulas that have no added sugars like corn syrup, only milk sugars like lactose; have all organic ingredients, and have standards for the raising and treatment of the cows that supply the milk.

[Full disclosure: Tiffani has consulted for the baby formula company Bobbi.]

2) There are perfectly normal reasons why breastfeeding can be hard

"People don't recognize that we're kind of set up to fail, too. So when you say you have a C-section, you probably had prolonged IV fluids given to you. You know what? That delays your milk coming in.

They don't tell you that. They don't tell you that you had blood pressure, that you were never had a history of surgery or anything. They don't tell you those things. And if you only get 48 hours for a vaginal delivery or four or five days after a C-section, you haven't even gotten into that window where your milk has come in. And meanwhile, your baby's been hungry for four or five days."

Tiffani went on to say that new moms should understand that their ability to breast-feed can be affected by many things out of their control, and they should give themselves grace, compassion, and permission to supplement with formula.

3) Breastfeeding should never get in the way of moms' mental health

"Breastfeeding can't be forced. [If you] add the anxiety, then it's snowballing on you. And then they're like, well, you shouldn't be stressed because that will affect your milk supply. You're like, wait a minute here! So, moms need people to come alongside them.

And as mentors, as friends, we just say, “You are enough, you delivered a healthy baby. Let's not forget that point. We have options. Produce what you can think about what works for your family and your lifestyle, and then let everything else go.” Make your decision and then enjoy your baby."

Tiffani went on to say how the birth of a baby is a joyous and intensely meaningful moment that mothers and fathers should be allowed to relax into. The stress and judgment around breastfeeding should never get in the way of that.

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Feeding a new baby can be stressful, thankfully Tiffani Ghere, RD, CSP, CLEC talked us down in The Family Thrive Podcast episode 11!

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Breast milk is fantastic, but supplementing with formula works great as well.

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There are perfectly normal reasons why breastfeeding can be hard.

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Breastfeeding should never get in the way of moms' mental health.

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In episode 11, Tiffani Ghere, RD, CSP, CLEC, a clinical dietitian who has worked with new moms in neo-natal intensive care units for decades separates breastfeeding fact from fiction. Here are 3 things Tiffani wants every new parent to know about feeding their babies.

1) Breastmilk is fantastic, but supplementing with formula is perfectly fine

"If you have to supplement with formula, don't worry about it. The baby will benefit from both (breast milk and formula)."

Tiffani talks about the challenges many new moms face in breastfeeding and that she wants them to know that supplementing with formula is perfectly fine.

Babies benefit from every bit of breast milk they get, and that there is nothing wrong with supplementing with a high-quality formula.

Tiffani looks for formulas that have no added sugars like corn syrup, only milk sugars like lactose; have all organic ingredients, and have standards for the raising and treatment of the cows that supply the milk.

[Full disclosure: Tiffani has consulted for the baby formula company Bobbi.]

2) There are perfectly normal reasons why breastfeeding can be hard

"People don't recognize that we're kind of set up to fail, too. So when you say you have a C-section, you probably had prolonged IV fluids given to you. You know what? That delays your milk coming in.

They don't tell you that. They don't tell you that you had blood pressure, that you were never had a history of surgery or anything. They don't tell you those things. And if you only get 48 hours for a vaginal delivery or four or five days after a C-section, you haven't even gotten into that window where your milk has come in. And meanwhile, your baby's been hungry for four or five days."

Tiffani went on to say that new moms should understand that their ability to breast-feed can be affected by many things out of their control, and they should give themselves grace, compassion, and permission to supplement with formula.

3) Breastfeeding should never get in the way of moms' mental health

"Breastfeeding can't be forced. [If you] add the anxiety, then it's snowballing on you. And then they're like, well, you shouldn't be stressed because that will affect your milk supply. You're like, wait a minute here! So, moms need people to come alongside them.

And as mentors, as friends, we just say, “You are enough, you delivered a healthy baby. Let's not forget that point. We have options. Produce what you can think about what works for your family and your lifestyle, and then let everything else go.” Make your decision and then enjoy your baby."

Tiffani went on to say how the birth of a baby is a joyous and intensely meaningful moment that mothers and fathers should be allowed to relax into. The stress and judgment around breastfeeding should never get in the way of that.

In episode 11, Tiffani Ghere, RD, CSP, CLEC, a clinical dietitian who has worked with new moms in neo-natal intensive care units for decades separates breastfeeding fact from fiction. Here are 3 things Tiffani wants every new parent to know about feeding their babies.

1) Breastmilk is fantastic, but supplementing with formula is perfectly fine

"If you have to supplement with formula, don't worry about it. The baby will benefit from both (breast milk and formula)."

Tiffani talks about the challenges many new moms face in breastfeeding and that she wants them to know that supplementing with formula is perfectly fine.

Babies benefit from every bit of breast milk they get, and that there is nothing wrong with supplementing with a high-quality formula.

Tiffani looks for formulas that have no added sugars like corn syrup, only milk sugars like lactose; have all organic ingredients, and have standards for the raising and treatment of the cows that supply the milk.

[Full disclosure: Tiffani has consulted for the baby formula company Bobbi.]

2) There are perfectly normal reasons why breastfeeding can be hard

"People don't recognize that we're kind of set up to fail, too. So when you say you have a C-section, you probably had prolonged IV fluids given to you. You know what? That delays your milk coming in.

They don't tell you that. They don't tell you that you had blood pressure, that you were never had a history of surgery or anything. They don't tell you those things. And if you only get 48 hours for a vaginal delivery or four or five days after a C-section, you haven't even gotten into that window where your milk has come in. And meanwhile, your baby's been hungry for four or five days."

Tiffani went on to say that new moms should understand that their ability to breast-feed can be affected by many things out of their control, and they should give themselves grace, compassion, and permission to supplement with formula.

3) Breastfeeding should never get in the way of moms' mental health

"Breastfeeding can't be forced. [If you] add the anxiety, then it's snowballing on you. And then they're like, well, you shouldn't be stressed because that will affect your milk supply. You're like, wait a minute here! So, moms need people to come alongside them.

And as mentors, as friends, we just say, “You are enough, you delivered a healthy baby. Let's not forget that point. We have options. Produce what you can think about what works for your family and your lifestyle, and then let everything else go.” Make your decision and then enjoy your baby."

Tiffani went on to say how the birth of a baby is a joyous and intensely meaningful moment that mothers and fathers should be allowed to relax into. The stress and judgment around breastfeeding should never get in the way of that.

In episode 11, Tiffani Ghere, RD, CSP, CLEC, a clinical dietitian who has worked with new moms in neo-natal intensive care units for decades separates breastfeeding fact from fiction. Here are 3 things Tiffani wants every new parent to know about feeding their babies.

1) Breastmilk is fantastic, but supplementing with formula is perfectly fine

"If you have to supplement with formula, don't worry about it. The baby will benefit from both (breast milk and formula)."

Tiffani talks about the challenges many new moms face in breastfeeding and that she wants them to know that supplementing with formula is perfectly fine.

Babies benefit from every bit of breast milk they get, and that there is nothing wrong with supplementing with a high-quality formula.

Tiffani looks for formulas that have no added sugars like corn syrup, only milk sugars like lactose; have all organic ingredients, and have standards for the raising and treatment of the cows that supply the milk.

[Full disclosure: Tiffani has consulted for the baby formula company Bobbi.]

2) There are perfectly normal reasons why breastfeeding can be hard

"People don't recognize that we're kind of set up to fail, too. So when you say you have a C-section, you probably had prolonged IV fluids given to you. You know what? That delays your milk coming in.

They don't tell you that. They don't tell you that you had blood pressure, that you were never had a history of surgery or anything. They don't tell you those things. And if you only get 48 hours for a vaginal delivery or four or five days after a C-section, you haven't even gotten into that window where your milk has come in. And meanwhile, your baby's been hungry for four or five days."

Tiffani went on to say that new moms should understand that their ability to breast-feed can be affected by many things out of their control, and they should give themselves grace, compassion, and permission to supplement with formula.

3) Breastfeeding should never get in the way of moms' mental health

"Breastfeeding can't be forced. [If you] add the anxiety, then it's snowballing on you. And then they're like, well, you shouldn't be stressed because that will affect your milk supply. You're like, wait a minute here! So, moms need people to come alongside them.

And as mentors, as friends, we just say, “You are enough, you delivered a healthy baby. Let's not forget that point. We have options. Produce what you can think about what works for your family and your lifestyle, and then let everything else go.” Make your decision and then enjoy your baby."

Tiffani went on to say how the birth of a baby is a joyous and intensely meaningful moment that mothers and fathers should be allowed to relax into. The stress and judgment around breastfeeding should never get in the way of that.

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