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{Lactation Support}

Lactation Support or new mothers

 

There will be many ups and downs along the way. Despite the numerous and wonderful benefits, breastfeeding can be quite challenging for a new mother and her baby. Often, with the help of a Lactation Specialist early on, most breastfeeding challenges can be resolved or avoided all together.

CLCs have successfully completed a minimum of 45 hours of training based upon the footprint of the World Health Organization/ UNICEF Breastfeeding Counseling Training Course; have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination; and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women.

Our Certified Lactation Consultants will support and help you navigate through the choices and challenges of feeding your baby. We provide hands on guidance in your home to help mother and baby find success assessing breastfeeding using a multi-faceted approach as well as assessing the needs of women and babies who are at risk of, or are currently experiencing lactation difficulties, providing care and triaging referral to other care providers as needed. We then develop a care plan specific to the needs identified through assessments and counseling.

 

We are happy to answer all of your questions including milk storage and safe handling of breast milk and/or formula, best practices for bottle feeding, supplementing when necessary, pumping, planning for your return to work, weaning, and other issues than may arise along the way.

Initial Consultations are typically 2-3 hours of hands on support tailored to your specific needs , and can include:

  • in person observation of mother and baby feeding

  • strategies for  over coming breastfeeding challenges

  • varying breastfeeding positions for mom and  baby 

  • assessing adequate intake for growth

  • solutions for sore nipples and painful breasts

  • alternative feeding methods and supplementation when needed

  • the science behind the benefits of skin-to-skin  

  • normal milestones for infants and how feeding will change as baby grows

  • breastfeeding twins or multiples and tandem nursing

  • nutritional needs for the mother and baby

  • supplemental nursing systems

  • storage of milk

  • pumping instruction and support

  • breastfeeding and returning to work

  • introducing a bottle, when, why, and how?

  • paced bottle feeding

Please contact me for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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