We know most moms want to give breastfeeding a try . It helps to have support to reach your goals (no matter how you choose to feed your baby)! DCH has several options for your support.
Doula support- Did you know all of our birth and postpartum doulas have a breastfeeding module as a part of their doula training and certification? Professional doulas have a basic level of breastfeeding expertise that may include such things as breastfeeding positions, newborn technique and feeding basics. They are equipped to help in the immediate time after birth and also can provide daytime and overnight support and referrals to our CLC/IBCLC’s when necessary.
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)- This level of breastfeeding support is a specialized training for professionals. CLC's are able to help with many general breastfeeding issues such as sore nipples, correcting latch, and giving support on pumping, bottles, and returning to work. We like to say it's like when you go to the doctors office and you see the Physicians Assistant. They are able to triage many of your general issues, but if you are dealing with something serious you see someone at the top of the field - in this case, an IBCLC.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)- The IBCLC is the highest level of lactation training that exists in the healthcare profession. They are able to address common issues as well as more complicated ones such as recognizing a lip or tongue tie, low supply, and breast infections. An IBCLC can help you come up with a plan for supplementation and can guide you to various breastfeeding tools such as nipple shields or feeding systems.
Check out this great review on our Facebook page:
We had a wonderful lactation consultation with Kim the day after we got home from the hospital. We called Emily the morning we were leaving the hospital at 7:30AM -- not expecting her to answer! But she did and within minutes we had the appointment with Kim scheduled for the next day. Kim did a great job of listening to my concerns and guiding the conversation without her own agenda. She listened to what I was worried about/struggling with and addressed those concerns. It gave me so much peace of mind. I was very thankful.
If you are interested in lactation support, please do not hesitate to contact us today! It is always our first priority to help you feel supported as early as possible in your feeding journey.