Breastfeeding in bed safely

Lacation consultant Jennifer Davison, IBCLC, shares advice for breastfeeding mothers on how to safely sleep with your baby at night and nurse him or her
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Breastfeeding in bed safely

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It's absolutely safe to sleep with your baby at night and nurse him. The most important thing is to make sure that the bedding is safe, that you have a firm mattress, no blankets in the way, pillows should just be simply one at your head, one between your legs, one at your back. You can bring a little roll in, a baby blanket rolled up for the baby's back. There should be no alcohol consumed, no drugs, and that provides a safe place for your baby. I like to also add that there should be something on the edge of the bed so your baby won't roll off in case you both fall fast asleep, which is what we hope will happen. So you can buy a guard rail, you can get a co-sleeper to attach, and you can also use a bumper. Those are all things that can be making it very safe for you to sleep with your baby.

Lacation consultant Jennifer Davison, IBCLC, shares advice for breastfeeding mothers on how to safely sleep with your baby at night and nurse him or her

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Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSC, IBCLC

RN & Lactation Consultant

Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSN, IBCLC, earned her AA degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for two years. She returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in Nursing. After completing school, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for ten years. During this time she got married and gave birth to a beautiful son who changed her life. Jennifer realized she did not want to return to the same long hours that would take her away from her family. When Jennifer was offered a part-time job as an RN at the progressive pediatric office of Dr. Jay Gordon and Linda Nussbaum in Santa Monica, she accepted it and has been there for 18 years.

Somewhere after birthing and nursing another wonderful son, Jennifer discovered a new passion and began helping other mothers with breastfeeding problems. She completed the extensive training to become a lactation consultant and for the last eight years has been the breastfeeding specialist in the pediatric office. Jennifer has the wonderful opportunity of following women from their pregnancy throughout their breastfeeding journey. She is able to intimately know the women and their stories. Most important, Jennifer learns with the women how best to draw out their own knowledge in creating a successful breastfeeding experience. Repeatedly she has found that helping a woman trust her own instincts builds the most confidence and leads to the most success.

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