Having breastfeeding education before birth and support after greatly increases the breastfeeding success rate.
The rates of breastfeeding while in the hospital is pretty high which is good. The problem is the rate goes down significantly after families return home. falsies that have support of a breastfeeding professional have much higher rates of reaching their breastfeeding goals.
Certified Lactation Counselor
I attended a 52 hour extensive course with Healthy Children Projects, Inc Center for Breastfeeding. Then sat the exam by ALPP to become certified. I have been helping families with breastfeeding for the 19 years I have been doula and long before that with friends. Being a CLC has given me the confidence and knowledge to provide more extensive support.
‘The Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) certification identifies a professional in lactation counseling who has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation.’ Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice I follow the code of practice as laid out by ALPP
What medical organizations say about breastfeeding…
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exculicely breastfeeding for at least 6 months before starting any solid foods and then continuing to breastfeed along with increasing other foods for at least 1 year. As do many other organizations. Breastfeeding is the best thing for you and baby health and wellbeing. Baby gets immunity and just the right nutrition at the right temperature and right amount. Decreases babies risk of obesity, ear infections and more. Breastfeeding helps birthing person recover by contracting the uterus to rebirth size. Decreases bleeding. Also decreases risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Coming home with a newborn…
I provide breastfeeding support in your home or virtually in the first few weeks to help your breastfeeding journey get off to the best possible start. I find being able to see breastfeeding people in their own home really helps me to troubleshoot and find solutions. People are also more comfortable breastfeeding at home so I get a truer picture of whats going on and can work with you to find solutions that work for you. I do not have tunnel vision of just the baby but found it important to take into account everything that is going on with the parents, what support they have, how recovery is going and how baby is doing. My goal is for babies to breastfeed exclusively. But I also know that is not always possible for a variety of reasons. I will work with you to come up with solutions and a plan that works best for you and your baby.
As your baby grows…
You don’t have to be breastfeeding a newborn to need support! Nursing a older baby or toddler can sometimes prove to be problematic. Sometimes sleep is an issue, or perhaps you need to start weaning but it is not going well. Adding solid foods can prove to be tricky too. older babies sometimes start to get b=very distracted and not nurse well. I can do a virtual or in home consult to help with that!
! offer breastfeeding as part of Lamaze Healthy Birthing classes. I also do private prenatal breastfeeding consults to help you prepare for your baby.