I really love having the opportunity to meet with expecting families to talk about breastfeeding before baby arrives. Mom's tend to feel less stressed and partners feel more confident in supporting the new mom when they know what to expect.
Your prenatal consult is your opportunity to ask all your questions and put your mind at ease. Attending prenatal education classes is always a good idea but sometimes this can bring up even more questions about breastfeeding and how it will work for you. Every mom and baby are different and breastfeeding looks and feels different for everyone. Some moms want to know more about how their bodies work to produce breastmilk so we talk about how your body has been producing colostrum since the 16th week of pregnancy. We talk about what colostrum is and why is it important. We also talk about how your body is designed to give your baby exactly what they need and your breastmilk is constantly changing to meet those needs.
Most importantly, I give you a very realistic view of what the first days of breastfeeding look and feel like. Breastfeeding should never be painful so we talk about different positions to try to prevent breast and nipple pain as well as moms comfort sitting or lying in different positions. I also explain the different stages that babies go through after birth, when feeding will be most successful, when to rest and recover and what signs to watch for from your baby that tell you they are ready to feed. We talk about what latching should feel like and what an effective feed looks like. Mom's are often told listen for their baby to swallow at the breast and that pain can be normal with the first few feeds. First of all, pain is never normal and swallows can't always be heard. Instead, I teach you signs to watch for in your baby and in your body that tell you that your baby is well fed.
As your private Lactation Consultant I am there to support you, answer all your questions and make sure you feel confident breastfeeding your baby. Your body is capable of remarkable things and breastfeeding is certainly one of them. It's true that breastfeeding isn't always as easy as it looks and sometimes you have to work at it and make some adjustments to get to your goal but when you have the support of an IBCLC you can feel confident that you and your baby are receiving the best care possible.
I suggest booking your prenatal consult somewhere between 36-40 weeks gestation. You can request a consult by contacting me here.