Listen and use the time-stamps as a guide to get straight to the information you need right now from infant sleep and nutrition expert Rachelle Gershkovich.
1:26 Born to Be Breastfed Podcast host Marie Biancuzzo introduces Rachelle and her company Maternal Instincts as well as the types of services it offers
2:14 Rachelle explains the newborn care specialist, night nanny and postpartum doula (hint: ALL are certified in their field)
3:16 Postpartum doulas are full family care (think groceries, cooking, pets, laundry and more)
4:30 A certified sleep specialist comes in not right away after birth, but most likely after one of the three circadian rhythms have set in, typically around 12 weeks
6:05 Rachelle talks about growth spurts and sleep changes or “regressions”
7:08 Rachelle discusses the controversy of “sleep training” and the difference with Maternal Instincts (hint: nutrition is key!)
8:25 Self-soothing comes later (helps cortisol levels)
9:30 Marie asks about babies with special needs
10:45 Rachelle talks about premature babies
16:30 Marie asks about daytime sleeping and eating for babies
18:40 Marie discusses too much daytime sleep (not getting enough calories)
21:08 Marie and Rachelle discuss circadian rhythms and reducing stimulation
22:30 Rachelle discusses your baby’s signs and what they are telling you through their body
23:40 Marie asks Rachelle how weight and sleep are related
24:55 Marie discusses cortisol
25:48 Rachelle talks about parent stress levels that affect their baby
27:13 Rachelle talks about how babies fall asleep in her arms because she is calm
31:15 Marie asks Rachelle her thoughts on breastfeeding (hint: weight x 55 = calories in 24 hour period)
32:50 Clarifying on weight based on age (under one year, taking into account growth spurts, etc.)
34:30 Marie and Rachelle discuss baby growth spurts
37:10 Rachelle discusses development, including melatonin
39:12 Marie talks to Rachelle about parent expectations on sleeping through the night and what’s realistic
41:35 Rachelle talks about the “4th Trimester” and the various stages afterward
43:40 Marie goes over the stages and what parents should focus on at each stage
44:30 Setting up a bedtime routine before and after the six month stage
46:15 Marie asks about the six month old and what’s different at that stage
50:30 Rachelle discusses tips on sleep and nutrition for each stage of the first year
53:15 Rachelle discusses 8 month olds and nervous system resets
55:25 Rachelle discusses Creating Sweet Dreams, her recently authored guidebook for parents
Rachelle Gershkovich was recently asked to appear on the Born to Be Breastfed podcast hosted by Marie Biancuzzo, clinical registered nurse and expert in maternal infant health. Gershkovich shared her knowledge on newborn nervous systems, baby stress and cortisol levels, and how greater understanding of these biological systems along with a consistent routine can help with fussy, sleepless nights.
The Born to Be Breastfed podcast began in 2013 as a way to share knowledge and introduce experts in the child development field. Host and podcast creator Marie Biancuzzo is the founding member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the founding editor of Nursing for Women’s Health. She is also the Director of Breastfeeding Outlook, an educational company that trains lactation experts and offers supporting resources for certification.
Breastfeeding or bottle feeding (we don’t judge here) timing is an important part of newborn sleep patterns. Additionally, nourishing a crying baby with a feeding in the middle of the night can actually train your newborn to “work” for their food. To avoid these patterns, create a pattern. How so? Gershkovich recommends consistent morning and evening routines that your baby will begin to associate with waking and sleeping.
She also advises an easy-to-follow format for your infant’s first year. You can get the guidebook for sleepy and new parents, Creating Sweet Dreams, right here to keep as a reference as you go through the journey for the first time or if you are currently experiencing sleep deprivation due to erratic sleeping schedules.