My Breastfeeding Philosophy
Your baby was born to breastfeed… hardwired. And your body has undergone an amazing process during pregnancy to ready your breasts to nourish baby after birth. Sounds pretty cut & dried, right? Just put the baby to breast after birth & he/she will do the rest. Well…breastfeeding may be harder than you think, but it doesn’t have to be.
Lactation research has shown us that certain primary factors, such as maternal health issues like Type 1 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, hypoplasia, breast surgery, infertility, etc, can affect breast milk supply. In addition, secondary factors like premature birth, mismanagement of early breastfeeding, rigid feeding schedules, formula supplementation when not medically indicated, etc. can also affect your baby’s ability to nurse and impact your milk supply.
That said, getting help early-on to recognize the above factors and you’re halfway there. The other half is comprised of the following:
A strong motivation to breastfeed
Loving support from a spouse/partner/family member.
Patience & a sense of humor
Professional IBCLC support is often needed, particularly in the early weeks. I will work closely with your OB &/or your baby's pediatrician as part of a multidisciplinary team to support, promote and protect breastfeeding. My private practice, Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss, offers this support to meet your breastfeeding goals. I meet the mother where she is. In addition, I firmly believe good mothering is not just about breastfeeding.
There are loads of ups & downs with new parenthood, including breastfeeding, which the name of my practice reflects. I will use evidence-based practice to help you, where possible, achieve “breastfeeding bliss.”