Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast
#78: Q&A – Breastfeeding and Pumping
with Dr. Andrea Braden
Embarking on the incredible journey of breastfeeding brings a mix of complexities and wonders. Let’s unravel the myths, delve into the fluid nature of breast milk, and uncover the ins and outs of pumping techniques. With each breastfeeding experience being unique, finding the right resources and support can transform the path you’re on.
Join us in this episode as we plunge into the heart of breastfeeding. Our guest, Dr. Andrea Braden, Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, is here to guide us through common misconceptions, the intriguing dynamics of breast milk, and the art of effective pumping.
Whether you’re a new parent seeking guidance or simply curious about this nurturing journey, there’s something invaluable waiting for you in this episode.
- Common Pitfalls and Misconceptions Around Breast Milk Supply
- Milk Changes: From Feeding to Baby’s Age
- Pumping and Milk Expression
- Breastfeeding Resources and Support
About our guest:
Dr. Andrea L. Braden is an accomplished Obstetrician-Gynecologist with a diverse skill set. As a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and the visionary Founder & CEO of Lybbie, a pioneering lactation innovation company, she leads the way in promoting breastfeeding medicine and perinatal mood disorders expertise.
Her educational journey began with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2003, followed by her attendance at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. Subsequently, she successfully completed her residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Connecticut in 2011.
Dr. Braden’s focal point lies in the postpartum period, with a profound emphasis on breastfeeding medicine and perinatal mood disorders. A distinguished member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breastfeeding Expert Work Group, she is also a graduate of the inaugural Women’s Wellness through Equality and Leadership (WEL) physician leadership training program.
Her dedication to advancing breast pump technology is underscored by multiple research grants that have bolstered her work. Notably, her excellence has been acknowledged with the American Medical Association’s Inspiration Award in 2019. This prestigious recognition highlights her impactful guidance and unwavering support for fellow physicians, residents, and students throughout their professional journeys.
In 2021, Dr. Braden’s entrepreneurial prowess came to the forefront as her startup, chosen for participation in Berkeley’s SkyDeck University Innovation Partners Program, achieved commendable success. Her acumen was celebrated through victory in two pitch competitions.
Beyond her remarkable achievements, Dr. Braden finds joy in cherishing moments with her husband and five delightful children. A lover of literature, she can often be found engrossed in a captivating book. Her musical talents shine as she plays the piano with heartfelt melodies, and she generously contributes her time to her children’s school as a dedicated volunteer. An intrepid traveler, she nurtures her curiosity by exploring the world, one exotic destination at a time.
Breastfeeding Resources and Recommendations
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