Breastfeeding Support at Willow Midwife Center
Though natural and beneficial, breastfeeding is a learned skill and may not be easy for everyone. It sometimes requires patience and practice, along with some expert guidance.
For some women, the learning stage can be frustrating and uncomfortable. The good news is that with support and education, it gets much easier to navigate through.
Do you offer breastfeeding support/education at Willow Midwife Center?
Yes! During your prenatal visits, we will answer any questions that you might have about breastfeeding. We also offer a free monthly breastfeeding class for our clients, taught by an IBCLC.
We also provide breastfeeding support right after birth. During the home visit (within the first 24 hours), we check in on all the different elements of breastfeeding and assist you where needed. We also revisit your latch and technique during your postpartum visits to ensure you’re getting a good latch.
Why is breastfeeding support important?
Breastfeeding is essential to your motherhood journey. It can be an unbelievable bond between you and your baby, and it also gives the baby the perfect nutrition and antibodies found in human breast milk.
If mothers don’t get the right kind of breastfeeding support, they often find it too uncomfortable to continue trying and may even give up earlier. Well-timed guidance and support help improve the experience, making it more comfortable and rewarding.
What additional resources are available to me?
We offer lactation visits for mothers who need more help with breastfeeding. We evaluate the mother’s milk supply and monitor the baby’s weight gain.
At Willow Midwife Center, we provide breastfeeding classes for our clients and the community. These classes provide information, education, support, and encouragement to make the breastfeeding experience successful and enjoyable.
We also recognize that babies given skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately after birth for at least an hour are likely to latch on without assistance. They are also more likely to latch on well, especially with mothers who do not receive medication during labor or birth. This is one of the reasons why skin-to-skin contact is always part of our care plan.
Our Willow Midwife Center midwives assist with breastfeeding in person or via phone. Phone support is available for our clients 24/7.
We also have International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) to refer you to if more intensive help is required and also offer in-office appointments with an IBCLC.