As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I am here to help you on your journey to successful breastfeeding. In order for your baby to achieve optimal growth, development and health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months and with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. There are many misconceptions about breastfeeding, such as breastfeeding is difficult and painful, but with the right preparation and the right support, breastfeeding can and should feel comfortable and be enjoyable. It is nature’s design for a reason.
WHY IS “BREAST BEST”?
Breast milk contains a multitude of beneficial nutrients, including powerful antibodies to help protect your baby from viruses and bacteria, beneficial bacteria that serves as the foundation of your baby’s microbiome and immune system, and the perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. It truly is the perfect food for your baby.
Evidence from studies comparing exclusively breastfed babies to those fed formula (even supplemental amounts with partially breastfed babies), show that exclusively breastfed babies are healthier, less likely to suffer from illness and disease, and have better overall health outcomes throughout their lives.
Breastfed babies have significantly increased protection from and reduced rates of: sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, asthma, obesity, type 1 & type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, GI infection, pneumonia, and neonatal death.
Furthermore, women who breastfeed are at reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and postpartum depression. For every subsequent month a woman breastfeeds, her level of risk decreases.
Home Visit ($100): Support within the first few days and / or weeks of a baby’s life is the key to breastfeeding success. During this private, in-home session, I will assess a feeding, answer any questions you might have, and help to resolve any concerns or troubles you may have. After the home visit, I offer unlimited phone and email support for two weeks following the one-hour session.
Extensive Breastfeeding Support ($250): For those families seeking more support and education, I offer an extensive package of support, which includes: one prenatal session of breastfeeding education and preparation, an in-home visit within the first week of the baby’s life, and unlimited phone and email support for the first 6 months of the baby’s life.
Most insurance companies will cover 100% of the cost of lactation in-home visits. Many will also cover prenatal education.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class ($75)– group classes offered every other month. Private classes always available. Upcoming class information can be found here: CLASSES.
Prepare for a successful breastfeeding relationship, starting at the time of birth, with this comprehensive educational experience. Learn what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to optimize your milk supply, how to read your baby’s hunger cues, proper positioning and latching techniques, how to optimize the health benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mom in the first six months, common myths about breastfeeding, and how to avoid common problems, such as sore nipples, engorgement, and early weaning.
Topics will include:
Finding the perfect latch, with video demonstrations
Hands-on interactive positioning demonstrations, including the football hold, cross-carry, and natural positions
Common myths & misconceptions that you may even hear from hospital staff or your pediatrician regarding pacifier use, jaundice, glucose levels, alcohol & medication use, putting your baby on a schedule, nipple shields, and supplementation.
Identification of hunger cues & the importance of skin-to-skin contact
How to effectively address common troubles, including engorgement, over supply, and nipple pain
The stages of lactation, colostrum, transitional milk, and how to know when your milk has come in
How to safely enjoy a glass of wine without having to “pump ‘n dump”
Recommendations on nipple creams, using the pump, and when to introduce the pacifier
Preparing to return to work with a breastfeeding baby
Feeding solutions to try before considering formula; an overview of the safest formulas available on the market today