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.
Support within the first few days and / or weeks of a baby’s life is the key to breastfeeding success, especially if you are experiencing discomfort or have concerns about your baby.
In-Home Visit ($100): 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. We will devise a detailed goal-oriented plan, outlining the proposed schedule, solutions, and advice. After the home visit, I offer unlimited phone and email support for two weeks following the one-hour session so that you have the necessary support to achieve your goals.
Remote Support ($65): One Skype session (up to one hour) will allow us to achieve what we would together at an in-home visit (see above). After this session, I will be available for unlimited phone, text, and email support for two weeks.
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 support. Many will also cover prenatal education.
BABY BOOT CAMP
Having a baby soon? Get ready for all things baby with Ellie Lindenmayer, mother, doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor with a prenatal breastfeeding and newborn care class. Classes are typically offered every other month. Upcoming class information can be found here: CLASSES.
Part I: All About Breastfeeding
Part I of Baby Boot Camp will help to prepare you for a successful breastfeeding relationship, starting at the time of birth. 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
Part II: Baby Care Basics
Part II of Baby Boot Camp prepares parents to understand & care for the unique needs of a newborn. We will discuss what to expect from your newborn in the first few days, weeks, and months. There will be hands-on demonstrations where you will learn about bathing, diapering, swaddling, and umbilical cord care, leaving you with the confidence to independently care for your newborn from day 1.
Topics will include:
Infant soothing techniques
A typical 24-hour day
Infant sleep needs, co-sleeping, bed-sharing & best practices for infant sleep safety
How to reduce toxic exposure to your baby
What to expect from hospital care & procedures, including the AGPAR score & PKU test
Infant safety– how to safely hold, transport, and wear your baby
Understanding normal, healthy infant characteristics, including urination, bowel movements, breathing patterns, skin tone, burping & spitting up, reflexes, and colic symptoms.