Lactation Prep 101

Lactation Prep 101

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Here's what a birth doula and lactation counselor thinks you need to know in order to get off on the right foot with lactation.

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Hi! I’m Christine- a birth doula, lactation counselor and childbirth educator who has helped lots of families prepare for the wild ride of lactation! I’ve also spent a collective four years nursing my children. In this meeting, I will talk about what you can do during pregnancy to prepare yourself from hand expression to getting an IBCLC on speed dial. I will also talk about what to expect during the first week of your baby’s life from hunger cues to latching to diaper output! We will also touch on common roadblocks such as engorgement and more. We will practice nursing positions together, I will point you to my favorite websites, books, YouTube channels and local nursing support circles, lactation counselors and more. We will also talk about how different birth interventions can impact your feeding journey and how to navigate common hospital roadblocks from sleepy babies to conflicting advice from postpartum nurses.

To prepare for the class, please feel free to have a way to take notes, as well as a doll or stuffed animal (or pillow!) nearby to practice some nursing positions. Disclaimer: I do sometimes have to cancel things at the last second because someone is labor, if that happens I will let you know as soon as possible.