There are many benefits to breastfeeding an infant, both for the baby and mother. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months, and for another six months supplemented by solid foods. In addition to its physical benefits, breastfeeding is an incomparably tender experience that promotes an incredible bond between parent and child.
Breastfeeding is a natural process, but that does not mean it comes easily to everyone. Some new mothers require no intervention or support, while others require a lot. Our collective experience in lactation support spans decades, and we are experts at diagnosing and addressing common issues that can interfere with breastfeeding. Furthermore, our birth center partners with Camilla Miller, a lactation consultant certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC). We routinely resolve common breastfeeding problems, including:
· Latching problems
· Latching pain
· Swollen breasts/engorgement
· Cracked or damaged nipples
· Clogged ducts
· Low milk supply
· Inverted nipples
· Painful letdown
· Premature infant breastfeeding
· Back-to-work infant breastfeeding
With the proper lactation support, these issues can often be successfully addressed. We also can suggest breastfeeding positions that may not have occurred to you, and provide optimal nutrition guideline to give you and your baby the best possible start.
Schedule your lactation support appointment now. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 831.717.4723, or book online 24/7.
Getting Started with Breastfeeding
The amazing experience that is breastfeeding begins long before your milk actually comes in. There is what’s known as a “golden hour” immediately after birth, a window of time that is crucial for bonding with your new baby. The baby should be encouraged to latch on and begin to suckle. Skin-to-skin contact is important at this time, and keeping your baby with you as much as possible is recommended.
At the time of birth, your breasts are producing colostrum, a sort of “pre-milk” that is loaded with immune-system boosting substances for your baby. Colostrum can be thin and watery or thick and yellow—both are normal. The breasts produce relatively little colostrum compared to the flow of milk to come. This helps the baby learn to coordinate the tricky technique of sucking, breathing and swallowing involved in suckling.
At days 3 to 4 post-birth, your breasts will become larger and firmer as they fill with milk. This is when many women experience issues that require lactation support.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breast milk is an infant super food that provides ideal nutrition for your newborn. Its perfect mix of vitamins, minerals, fat, protein, antibodies and liquid is everything your baby needs to thrive. It helps your baby fight viruses and harmful bacteria, and has been shown to lower the risk of developing asthma and allergies. Babies who are fed breast milk exclusively for six months have fewer respiratory illnesses, ear infections, bouts of diarrhea and hospitalizations.
Breastfeeding also produces oxytocin in the mother, which helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
We host a Breastfeeding Support Group every Friday from 10-12. Join the IBCLCs and other new parents to help you navigate your own unique breastfeeding journey.
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The Monterey Birth & Wellness Center is one of only 18 accredited birth centers in California, and the only one in central California. Accreditation is a mark of quality and expertise achieved by relatively few freestanding birth centers in the U.S.A. Learn more about the standards for accreditation at the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers website.
CAMILLA MILLER, IBCLC
Camilla Miller, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and mother to three breastfed children, has been supporting breastfeeding families in the Monterey Bay since 2011. With the birth of each of her children Camillaexperienced the necessity of being supported by other families, healthcare providers, and friends. This inspired her to become a La Leche League Leader, where she has been facilitating peer-to-peer support throughout the community. As a member of International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA), Camilla is devoted to staying up to date on current research and protocols. She is enthusiastic about spreading education regarding breastfeeding and coming alongside families with knowledge and support as they navigate their personal breastfeeding journey.
Initial In Home Lactation Consultation
For those experiencing difficulties with their newborn baby such as latch challenges, nipple pain, concerns about production, etc. 60-120 minutes
INITIAL IN OFFICE LACTATION CONSULTATION
Typically for those 2-3 weeks postpartum (or beyond) and still experiencing difficulties such as latch challenges, nipple pain, concerns about production, etc. 60-120 minutes
Follow Up Lactation Consultation
For those who have already had an initial consultation
and would benefit from more in-person support. 30-60 minutes
Location dependent on age of baby.
Back to Work Session
Topics include pumping, working with your childcare provider, maintaining milk supply, human milk storage, and the challenges and joys about breastfeeding and going back to work. 30-60 minutes
For those with specific breastfeeding concerns or challenges looking to map out a plan to get things off to the right start. 30-90 minutes