August is breastfeeding awareness month. As we close this month out, we at Doulas of Las Vegas want to be sure that our families have quick access to credible breastfeeding tips and resources. Below is a list of a few of our favorites.
1. Take a CLASS
Before starting your breastfeeding journey, do not wait until the baby is born to figure to begin your breastfeeding journey. Start while the baby is baking by taking a class taught from a Certified Lactation Counselor or IBCLC.
2. Find your Certified Lactation Consultant BEFORE birth
You may need help with your breastfeeding journey. Get to know your local Certified Lactation Consultants (CLC) BEFORE you give birth. In the event things are not going as planned having your CLC on call can make a huge difference. Your CLC will be able to quickly come over, assess your situation, and offer evidence-based suggestions. Finding a CLC when you need help can be extremely stressful and exhausting. Doing the work beforehand will eliminate unnecessary stresses at such a crucial period.
3. Read up
While taking classes are a great step towards a successful breastfeeding journey, reading books and/or credible websites dedicated to breastfeeding is a great addition. Some of our favorite books and sites are:
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International - This book, used and created by La Leche League International, is a great reference to use before and during your breastfeeding journey!
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC - This book a truly a refreshing take on how to breastfeed. As the title suggests, this book really does offer the reader suggestions on how to make breastfeeding simple.
Kellymom.com - This website is a fantastic, evidence based, website created and ran by an IBCLC.
4. Find a Support Group
Finding a local support group is a great way to connect with other moms, share your experiences, and ask questions. It is important to make sure the support group is ran by a CLC or IBCLC, as they are the best professional qualified to provide evidence-based answers, information, and resources.
5. Get Breast Pump
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, make sure you get a breast pump! They are offered in manual or electric. What you need will depend on your personal situation. Consider chatting with a CLC about what you may or may not need. Also, be sure to reach out to your insurance company to see if they are able to provide you with a FREE electric pump. If you go the electric pump route, be sure to purchase a QUALITY hands-free pumping bra.
No matter how you decide to feed your child, you will have ups and downs. Preparing before your baby arrives is a great step in having a successful journey. Doulas of Las Vegas is committed to helping our families through all phases of feeding your newborn.
For more information visit our site: www.doulasoflasvegas.com/breastfeeding