Flu shot while breastfeeding?
Every parent must ultimately decide what is right for themselves and their families. For the breastfeeding mothers who have decided that they would like the flu vaccine, you may have questions about the best way to protect your babies against the flu.
Immunize your baby against the flu- get your flu shot or nasal flu vaccine and breastfeed your baby. There is no risk of harm to a baby if a mother receives a flu vaccination, only a health benefit!
Preventing the flu in mothers can reduce the chance that the baby will be exposed to the flu.
Breastfeeding mothers can pass on antibodies made in response to the flu shot through their breastmilk. This can reduce the baby’s chance of getting sick with the flu.
Babies less than six months of age have no other way of receiving vaccine antibodies, since they are too young to be vaccinated.
Is it okay to take medicine to prevent or treat the flu while breastfeeding?
Yes, it is okay for mothers who are breastfeeding to take medicine (antiviral drugs) to prevent or treat the flu. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about flu medicines.
If you have the flu or have been exposed to the flu, keep breastfeeding. The antibodies in your breastmilk are custom-made to fight the diseases that your baby may have been exposed to, including flu. You should make sure you wash your hands often with soap and water.
Here's hoping for a healthy holiday season!
We will be undergoing exciting renovations October 31st - November 3rd! New carpeting, new painting and lots of new products!
Please note; The office will be open for weight checks on Mondays and Thursdays ( October 24th and the 28th) from 10-11am and Saturday October 26th from 11am-12pm.
We will need to disconnect the credit card machine on October 24th. Purchases can still be made by cash or check. October 23rd will be the last day that we can accept payment by credit card as the credit card machine will be offline until November 4th.
Consultation services will continue to be available. Please call to schedule your appointment today!
With the autumn leaves, Change is in the air at NVLC!
Moms please note we are moving the FREE Breastfeeding Mother’s Support Group to WEDNESDAYS at 12:00 noon starting November 6th. The group will meet every other Wednesday (11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18, skip the holidays!, 1/8, 1/22 and so on…). Our scale will be available for FREE WEIGHT CHECKS from 12-12:30 & group will meet until 1:30. BYO Brown Bag lunch—or PRE- ORDER and pick up a ready made bag lunch at the center. To RSVP for the free group call NVLC at 703-425-2229 and order a bag lunch for $7.00!!
Well, here is a guide for handling your milk in the event of a power outage in the event that you do not have a generator available.
1. Keep your freezer door closed. This will help keep your milk frozen for up to 24 hours.
2. Start filling zip-lock bags with water, and placing them in the freezer around your frozen milk before the power outage for added protection of your frozen milk.
3. Purchase dry ice and keep it in an ice chest for now. A standard sized freezer requires 10-15 lbs of dry ice. This will help keep your milk frozen. You can find dry ice at local convenience stores.
4. Find friends and family in the local area that may have a generator and ask if you can store your milk in their freezer. You will be amazed at the group efforts of "saving babies milk!!!" Now is the time to reach out to ensure you have a back up plan in the event that the options above are no longer options!
5. In the event the the power outage is longer than 24 hrs, please know that milk that is SLIGHTLY defrosted may be able to be frozen again and used later. BUT!!! This is a LAST RESORT!!! Please use all preventative measures and prepare ahead of time to ensure that you are prepared!!! Its always better to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best!!
Please share this information with your breastfeeding communities, and we will definitely keep you all posted with options and advice. I was looking through Dr. LowDogs website and found this great information about increasing milk production with the use of herbs. Please feel free to share this with your healthcare providers.
Happy Reading! The board-certified consultants at Northern Virginia Lactation Center, are dedicated to helping you achieve your unique breastfeeding goals,
Northern Virginia Lactation Center is transitioning from a boutique to a collaborative center for the birth and babies community. This means that we need to make more space for family members. While we will still carry all of your Medela pumping kit supplies, Motherlove and Go Lacta herbs, we will be downsizing our stock of nursing clothing, bras, tanks and pillows. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and blog for upcoming sales.
Our Newest Addition to our Supplement Family, is Mulanggay by Golacta.
Generations of Asian mothers have turned to one natural source when they needed to increase their breast milk production: Malunggay. The leaves of the Malunggay tree (moringa oleifera) are nature's own galactagogues — nature’s way of helping you increase the amount of breast milk you produce.
Go-Lacta® is a plant-based supplement that has scientifically shown to increase mom’s breast milk supply. Mothers who ate Malunggay produced almost 200% more milk than mothers who didn’t. Download the study here!
Go-Lacta® is 100% vegan using premium Malunggay leaves and 100% vegetarian capsules. Produced in an ISO-certified facility, Go-Lacta® ensures a high-quality and safe premium product for mom and baby.
Give your baby more of the perfect food — your own breast milk. Make sure you produce enough with Go-Lacta®!
Motherlove Herbal Company creates the finest quality, pure products using certified organic ingredients.
More Milk Plus is Motherlove's best selling herbal lactation formula. A safe and effective galactagogue formula designed to quickly increase breast milk for breastfeeding mothers.
More Milk Special Blend was specially formulated at the request of lactation consultants. It stimulates the development of mammary tissue and safely and effectively increases breast milk for women with special needs such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), breast surgery and adoptive moms. This formula is also helpful for women who did not increase in breast size during pregnancy.
Using the softest of cotton fabrics, the Moby® Wrap (mother and baby) is by far the most comfortable baby carrier available today. It distributes weight evenly from parent's shoulders to hips and aligns baby's center of gravity as close to the parent's body as possible.
For every mother who has ever wished she could be in two places at once, that she had an extra set of hands, or just that she could manage her hectic schedule and still find time for herself, Simple Wishes is the simple solution she's been waiting for. Simple Wishes is now available in stores nationwide..
Hands Free Pumping Bustier
Simple Wishes Bustier allows multi-tasking moms the chance to be more productive while they pump, or simply to take a breath and recapture a moment for themselves. Stylish and functional, and grounded in innovative, thoughtful design, the Bustier is an affordable and quality alternative to the fussy and unflattering hands free alternatives on the market
Easy Expression Hands Free Bra
Any mom who's spent time pumping breast milk for her baby can feel like she has to drop everything to squeeze out a few drops of milk. Thanks to the Easy Expression Hands-Free Breast Pumping Bra, you can still do it all and be a milk producing mama! Since 1998, Easy Expression Products, Inc. has provided moms everywhere with the gift of pumping breast milk completely hands-free!
SUPER SALE ON BRAVADO NURSING BRAS!!!
Bravado- Supreme Nursing Bras originally $49.99 now $34.99
Bravado- Microfiber Nursing Bras originally $39.99 now $29.99
Bravado-Allure Nursing Bras originally $54.99 now $44.99
Bravado-Originals Nursing Bras originally $35.99 now $25.99
Medela Seamless Softcup originally $39.99 now $29.99
Medela Underwire $39.99 now $29.99
Medela Softcup with adjustable cup $38.99 now $19.99
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We stock fashionable nursing wear and breastfeeding clothing for nursing mothers. All of our nursing wear features hidden openings for discreet breastfeeding. (more…) Do you need breast pump replacement parts for your Medela, Ameda, Hygeia breast pump? Keep spare parts on hand in case of emergencies or stock up on necessities for your entire breastfeeding needs. (more…) Every breast pump you buy or rent will come equipped with the necessary parts to suction milk from the breasts. However, not all pumps come with the proper accessories. (more…)