Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support

A lot of what I do as a Breastfeeding Educator is explain to the parents what normal newborn behaviour looks like.

Normal baby behaviour is not something most parents are taught about so they are often guessing and wondering and feel unsure about how to interpret their baby’s behaviour.   And babies pick up on our feelings of uncertainty and are more difficult to settle.   It’s good for babies when parents feel confident and sure in their parenting.   And breastfeeding is an aspect of parenting.  When parents understand the baby, and the baby’s needs, they are able to relax and work on developing a relationship, a partnership with their baby.

My main approach to breastfeeding is to use Laid-Back Breastfeeding and Baby-Led Latch.  These approaches are based on the baby’s basic competence and ability to get to the breast and remove the milk. They help you and the baby develop a way of working together. I find that these techniques can often get babies to the breast more easily, with less resistance on the part of the baby and less pain for you.  But one size never fits all, and I have a lot of other tricks up my sleeve.  We will use whatever techniques and whatever positions work best for you and your baby.

Most of my breastfeeding education services are provided one-to-one in individual breastfeeding consultations in The Nest (our consulting room at The Mothering Touch Centre).  I will occasionally go to your house, but this takes a lot of my time, so if  you can come to me, that if much preferable.

I meet with you and your baby and any other family member of support person you wants to bring.  Your partner, your parents, your siblings or friends, can be very useful to help you remember all that we discuss at the appointment.  I ask that you bring your baby HUNGRY – so that we are most likely to see the baby go to the breast with enthusiasm.  This means that the baby should be fed about two hours before the appointment time and then not fed again until the consultation.

I ask your to bring any gadgets you are using for breastfeeding – nipple shield, tube, supplemental nursing system.  If you are pumping, you should bring a small amount of pumped milk in a bottle for us to use if we need to coax baby to the breast.  If you use a particular nursing pillow at every feed – and really like it – you should bring it to the consultation if you can.  Otherwise, we have plenty of pillows to work with if we need them.

I charge $65 an hour for breastfeeding support. Usually 1-2 one-hour visits are enough to help you and baby breastfeed more comfortably and more effectively.