you have a beautiful new baby!
Congratulations! You have been through pregnancy and birth, and now you’re home. How’s breastfeeding going?
Even when things are going well, you may be wondering if your baby is getting enough to eat, or you’re in pain, or maybe your pediatrician suggested getting assistance from a lactation consultant. Or perhaps you’re concerned about a possible tongue tie, or engorgement, or plugged ducts. You might just want reassurance that your instincts can be trusted.
The key to breastfeeding success is to ensure a great start, or to get back on track quickly if obstacles arise.
Breastfeeding is every mother’s and baby’s right and desire.
Breastfeeding almost always “works” when appropriate steps are taken, especially in the early days of lactation. In most cases, a mother can be helped with proper positioning and understanding when her baby is getting milk. In some cases, mothers may need devices to help their babies to feed at the breast, but this should be determined by a qualified lactation consultant. The use of devices should be limited, temporary and always undertaken with the goal of removing them as soon as possible.
A lactation consultant is able to put the pieces of the puzzle together by reviewing the health history and the birth, assessing a feed, and making a plan to optimize the breastfeeding relationship. You and your baby each have roles in making breastfeeding effective, efficient and comfortable, and the IBCLC is the only healthcare provider trained to work with both of you.
What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
As an IBCLC, I have the clinical expertise, education and training to aid women in the management of breastfeeding issues, from the common to the complex. I am trained to help mothers prepare before giving birth, during the first critical weeks after baby is born, as well as with any issues that may arise in the months or years ahead.
I strive to provide compassionate support to lessen the challenge that breastfeeding can be for so many women. Humans have survived from the beginning of time by breastfeeding; it is a unique and beautiful relationship that we love to help establish by listening to the needs of mother and baby. I strive to find a plan that works best for my clients.
I am passionate about working with mothers to make breastfeeding fit easily and naturally into their lives.
Some of the reasons for seeking assistance from an IBCLC include:
sore or damaged nipples
poor infant weight gain
previous breast surgeries
reassurance and general information
There are many different ways to define breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding is more than providing milk, so in the rare instances mothers will not produce enough to adequately feed their babies, other ways of feeding at the breast can be employed to provide the nourishment baby needs while meeting the emotional and other developmental needs of both mother and infant.
breastfeed with confidence . . . anytime, anywhere.
I have been very successful in helping mothers to:
optimize their supplies
get their babies to feed directly at the breast for the most efficient and satisfying breastfeeding relationship
I focus on healing through more natural approaches; for example:
the addition of herbs and nutrients to support the mother’s health and therefore supply
application of non-pharmaceutical products for sore, damaged nipples
I have sourced highly qualified professionals to address some of the more challenging situations related to tongue tie with/without release and bodywork required after difficult births.