Breastfeeding help for the new mom.
We’ve said it before: just because breastfeeding is referred to as “natural,” and “simple” (requiring no complex machinery or processes), that doesn’t mean it’s easy, nor that it will just “come naturally.” Many moms will need breastfeeding help or lactation counseling.
Among the many anxieties pregnant women (and their partners) experience as they get closer and closer to delivery, is the big breastfeeding question. Will I be able to breastfeed? Will Baby be cooperative? What if we can’t get a good latch? What if supply doesn’t meet demand?
These are real questions and worth asking because no doubt you’ve heard the stories—either from your girlfriends or the web forums—about the multitude of issues the average woman can run into when trying to simply feed her baby. No matter how committed to the task a mom is and the good intentions she has, once that baby is on the outside, all bets are off.
We believe that the best way to combat the anxiety is to throw back the dual grenade of solid information and hands-on-help. Let’s start with information. We live in an info-obsessed culture, and while this can be a good thing, we can definitely overdo it and increase the obsessiveness. We recommend approaching your breastfeeding education much the same way you probably got through college. Get the info you need and not more, sit in on that one good study session, skim the Cliffs Notes. You’re not getting a degree in lactation. Less is more.
We think a solid education in preparing for the arrival of a little one (or little ones), includes seeking out one really good breastfeeding class. It’s not necessary to raid the library or every resource promising help with breastfeeding. Invest a few hours and a little bit of money in a really good class. Get your questions answered, then let your nerves be calmed. Despite the horror stories, most women who want to breastfeed are actually able to do so. It’s good to be prepared, but there’s no need to be paranoid.
The other thing expectant moms find soothing is simply knowing that help is available if it is needed. No matter what issues you end up having, our lactation consultants have seen it before and are ready to provide the practical, hand-on help and breastfeeding tips that will ensure you’re nursing like a champ. Help is available in-home or by phone, so you’re never alone as you get into the feeding groove.
Breastfeeding Tips and Support, we are Here to Help
We’re here to help moms breastfeed if that’s what they desire to do. Contact our Certified Postpartum Doulas today for more information!