There is a lot of research out there regarding what is in breast milk vs. what is in formula. One thing the formula companies have not been able to replicate is tryptophan.
On there is one particular study ( discussing that breastfeeding mothers actually got 40-45min. more sleep per night than a formula fed mother. Sleep was measured objectively by using wrist actigraphy and subjectively using diaries. Lee’s General Sleep Disturbance Scale was used to estimate perceived sleep disturbance. I believe one of the reasons for this is that the time it takes to prepare formula, warm a bottle etc. takes more time and energy then offering the breast.
A baby isn’t born with its circadian rhythms. This can take months to develop. In the meantime, the tryptophan and melatonin that is naturally occurring in breast milk will help ease things along. You may be wondering why then your breastfed baby wakes more than a formula fed baby? Well breast milk is easily digested and absorbed into a baby’s gut. Therefore they may appear hungrier faster. In contrast, formula is like a massive steak and potatoes meal that weights you down and makes you tired. It may not be so healthy to do that on a regular basis.
Another beautiful thing about tryptophan is that it’s the primary component of serotonin. Serotonin is helpful in improving memory; prevent brain disorders as well as sleeping and relaxation issues. If sleep and relaxation is affected, it can lead to depression (
Still not convinced? Breast milk composition changes throughout the day. It is higher in tryptophan in the evening than during the day. A recent study had mothers who exclusively pumped and stored their breast milk mark down the date and time they pumped. When they were feeding their babies at night, they only fed the milk pumped after 6pm. Formula fed mothers gave their babies only special ‘night time’ formula including some additives. The research showed that evening breast milk made babies sleepier ( This study also found that if you were to give your baby night time milk during the day, the baby will most likely turn it into serotonin which will in turn change into melatonin.
Breast milk is an amazing thing. Scientists continue to discover new properties with every new study. If you would like to know what the composition of breast milk vs formula is, please check out this site . It’s amazing.


Breastfeeding is different for everybody

Breastfeeding is different for everybody. It’s a love and passion for some, and for others it’s a means of good nutrition for their baby. Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For those who are dedicated, to breastfeeding exclusively, I commend you. It’s a difficult balance between family, self-care and baby care. So many times we get opinions and even judgments from those around us. What is most important is to remain strong and true to your beliefs and desires. If you and your partner have agreed to exclusively breastfeed or breast milk feed, or supplement with formula your baby than it is important that you are prepared for what you are going to tell people. Everybody has an opinion. And often people express those opinions. And more often than not, it’s those that are closest to us. Have you heard yet:
“Aren’t you going to give a bottle? You know it’s nice for the baby’s father to help to you know”
“ How do you know how much he’s getting? Don’t you think he should have some formula?”
“She’s crying all the time. Maybe you don’t have enough milk”
People have good intentions when they offer their opinions; however that path paved with good intentions can put doubt in a new mom’s mind. It’s YOUR breastfeeding relationship. Not somebody else’s. Some great reply’s to comments are:
“Her father really loves to give her a bath. It’s their special bonding time” or “Her father is amazing and singing and rocking her to sleep. That’s their special time”
“I know he’s getting what he needs because he’s relaxed after he’s finished”
“She’s crying because she’s having a growth spurt” “She’s crying because she’s tired” “She’s crying because she’s wants to be cuddled”
Remember, it’s about what is best for you and baby. You were given a special ability that nobody else has. The ability to know right from wrong and what is best for your baby.


I recently watched a webinar on the pump

I recently watched a webinar on the pumping culture. Where woman spend their days pumping and exclusively giving their baby’s pumped BM. It has become a culture. They are selling bras that you can stick the pump flanges through so you don’t have to hold the pump. I even saw and advertisement with a mom hands free pumping while playing with her baby on the floor. Why not play with her baby while BF? When did this become normal? When did the culture change? Can women be seen as beautiful and nurturing while holding their nursling? What happens if issues are addressed right away upon birth and exclusivity rates went up? Do women pump exclusively for convenience? So they can work? Fear if embarrassment of public feeding? So their husband or partner can share that responsibility? I take it to social media. I want to hear from YOU. If you were given the choice, would you exclusively BF? Would you exclusively pump? What would you do and why.

It is my sense that marketing and media has changed the face of BF and formula. They are saying that BM is best but it doesn’t matter if it comes from the source or a bottle. But that’s not true. Facial structure of a BF baby is vastly different than that of a bottle (formula or BM) fed baby. Obesity rates of a bottle fed baby are different (formula or BM). The stigma is different too. But what’s most important? Health or what others think? I’m not saying bottle feeding is wrong. People have to work, they have premier baby’s that cannot suckle. They have received such bad Lactation support that their nipple has been destroyed. All reasons a woman chooses to bottle feed. But what about the woman that doesn’t have the above issues? What about the woman who has been pressured by society and those closest to her?

I look forward to hearing from you. Enlightening me so that I am more sensitive with my dealings of moms as a Lactation Counsellor and LLLL.




Water Carbohydrates
Corn maltodextrin Protein
Partially hydrolyzed reduced minerals whey protein concentrate (from cow’s milk) Fats
Palm olein
Soybean oil
Coconut oil
High oleic safflower oil (or sunflower oil) M. alpina oil (Fungal DHA)
C.cohnii oil (Algal ARA) Minerals
Potassium citrate Potassium phosphate Calcium chloride Tricalcium phosphate Sodium citrate Magnesium chloride Ferrous sulphate
Zinc sulphate Sodium chloride Copper sulphate Potassium iodide Manganese sulphate Sodium selenate
Sodium ascorbate Inositol
Choline bitartrate Alpha-Tocopheryl acetate Niacinamide
Calcium pantothenate Riboflavin
Vitamin A acetate Pyridoxine hydrochloride Thiamine mononitrate Folic acid
Vitamin D3
Vitamin B12
Enzyme Trypsin
Amino acid Taurine
L-Carnitine (a combination of two different amino acids) Nucleotides
Cytidine 5-monophosphate
Disodium uridine 5-monophosphate Adenosine 5-monophosphate Disodium guanosine 5-monophosphate
Soy Lecithin


Carbohydrates (energy source)
Oligosaccharides (see below) Carboxylic acid
Alpha hydroxy acid Lactic acid
Proteins (building muscles and bones) Whey protein
HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumour cells)
Many antimicrobial factors (see below) Casein
Serum albumin Non-protein nitrogens
Uric acid
Peptides (see below)
Amino Acids (the building blocks of proteins)
Alanine Arginine Aspartate Clycine Cystine Glutamate Histidine Isoleucine Leucine Lycine Methionine Phenylalanine Proline
Carnitine (amino acid compound necessary to make use of fatty acids as an energy source)
Nucleotides (chemical compounds that are the structural units of RNA and DNA) 5’-Adenosine monophosphate (5”-AMP)
3’:5’-Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (3’:5’-cyclic AMP)
5’-Cytidine monophosphate (5’-CMP)
Cytidine diphosphate choline (CDP choline) Guanosine diphosphate (UDP)
Guanosine diphosphate – mannose
3’- Uridine monophosphate (3’-UMP) 5’-Uridine monophosphate (5’-UMP) Uridine diphosphate (UDP)
Uridine diphosphate hexose (UDPH)
Uridine diphosphate-N-acetyl-hexosamine (UDPAH) Uridine diphosphoglucuronic acid (UDPGA)
Several more novel nucleotides of the UDP type
Fats Triglycerides
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (important for brain development) Arachidonic acid (AHA) (important for brain development) Linoleic acid
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Conjugated linoleic acid (Rumenic acid)
Free Fatty Acids Monounsaturated fatty acids
Oleic acid Palmitoleic acid Heptadecenoic acid
Saturated fatty acids Stearic
Palmitic acid Lauric acid Myristic acid
Phosphatidylcholine Phosphatidylethanolamine Phosphatidylinositol Lysophosphatidylcholine Lysophosphatidylethanolamine Plasmalogens
Sphingolipids Sphingomyelin
Gangliosides GM1 GM2 GM3
Glucosylceramide Glycosphingolipids Galactosylceramide Lactosylceramide Globotriaosylceramide (GB3) Globoside (GB4)
Sterols Squalene
Lanosterol Dimethylsterol Methosterol
Lathosterol Desmosterol Triacylglycerol Cholesterol 7-dehydrocholesterol Stigma-and campesterol 7-ketocholesterol Sitosterol
Vitamin D metabolites Steroid hormones
Vitamins Vitamin A
Beta carotene Vitamin B6
Vitamin B8 (Inositol) Vitamin B12 Vitamin C
Vitamin D Vitamin E
a-Tocopherol Vitamin K
Thiamine Riboflavin Niacin
Folic acid Pantothenic acid Biotin
Minerals Calcium
Sodium Potassium Iron
Zinc Chloride Phosphorus Magnesium Copper Manganese Iodine Selenium Choline Sulpher Chromium Cobalt Fluorine Nickel
Molybdenum (essential element in many enzymes)
Growth Factors (aid in the maturation of the intestinal lining) Cytokines
interleukin-1β (IL-1β) IL-2
IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10
Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) Macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF)
Platelet derived growth factors (PDGF)
Vascular endothelial growth…


Brexting. Guilty as charged. Hands free

Brexting. Guilty as charged. Hands free time to be distracted. What happened when I didn’t have a phone? What did I do when my other children were baby’s and I had no phone? I don’t remember. I honestly don’t remember. It has become such an epidemic in my nursing. I feel guilty doing it, yet I don’t stop. When I have those moments where I don’t have my phone there’s an instantaneous moment of ‘shoot, I forgot my phone’. Then it becomes an ahhh moment as I feed and look at my beautiful growing baby. How can we put our 3rd world problems of FB, SMS, bejewelled and more on hold for some of our nursing? Or do we want to? We can’t expect that every moment of every feed will be bonding, ogling, cooing, playing and talking with our LO. What should the balance be? I knew a mama who tried EVERYTHING to breastfeed her children however even with visits to one of the top IBCLC’s in the country, 17 pills a day, pumping and more, she just didn’t produce the milk she needed. She once told me that she holds her babies close to her at every feed and bonds with them while bottle feeding. There aree many moms who use their bottle feeding time as bonding just as much as a BF Mama. I love my baby. I love the time we have together to bond. I also love the time I have to multitask and get work done, answer emails, texts and yes, play bejeweled. My personal task is to make sure I have a balance of bonding and distracted time. What’ll be your balance?



So many women have been told that they have flat or inverted nipples and that they can’t breastfeed. In most cases, that is not the truth. Often, if a mother did not have flat nipples prior to birth, they only became flat due to engorgement. There is a technique called Reverse Pressure Softening. This is when you place your fingers in a circle around your areola away from the nipple. Applying some pressure will move some milk away from the areola, leaving space for the nipple to protrude. If a mother had flat nipples prior to birth, then using a homemade (less expensive than store bought) device can help draw it out. Simply take a 10CC syringe and cut off the bottom (where the needle normally is). Then take out the plunger and reverse it (please contact me for an onsite consultation if you would like assistance). Place the now end around the nipple and GENTLY pull the plunger out. This will train your nipple to draw out. If you would like to buy a commercially made one, it’s called an Everter (please note, I am NOT endorsing any brand. Just showing where you can purchase). In most cases and with the right latch and position the baby will do a sufficient job of drawing it out themselves. If you are pumping and look inside the flange, you will see that your nipple is actually out. Well the baby is a much better sucker than the pump anyway. A proper latch will have the baby on your areola and pull the nipple anyway. The nipple essentially is a conduit for bringing the milk out of your breast. I believe it is important to mention that introducing a bottle at all while you and your baby are learning to latch with a flat or inverted nipple is not recommended. It will really confuse things as it is a completely different shape, size and flow. It is recommended that if you want to introduce a bottle, wait till well after your breastfeeding is established. Be sure to watch for signs of milk transfer to ensure your baby is getting the milk while latched. It will be a long suck, long suck, pause. The pause is the baby swallowing the milk. Look for wet diapers as well as weight gain. If all those are fine, then your baby is transferring the milk just fine. Be strong and seek out competent help if you are still unsure. There is no shame in seeking help. Even if it’s for moral and emotional support.