NOW OFFERING PREMIUM LACTATION EDUCATION AND SUPPORT:
Breastfeeding classes are offered at the end of every month, except July and December. You will learn the basics for breastfeeding success, including:
-The benefits for both mom and baby
-How the breast works
-When to feed baby
-How to know if baby is getting enough
-How to protect your milk supply
-How partners can help
-Avoiding nipple pain/damage
-Postpartum care for mom
Your class fee of $80 includes handouts, unlimited phone and email support AND a postpartum visit to your home after the baby is born (optional, only $40 without home visit). For class times and locations, please visit my Facebook page and look under the “events” tab.
I also offer in-home education and support to moms and babies in the immediate postpartum period, which is critical for recovery and bonding in the first few weeks after birth. Imagine not having to leave home for these professional visits! Offered at an hourly rate, $45 for the first hour and $25 for any additional hours. Only $25 per hour if you are able to come to my home office location.
Why I Became a Certified Lactation Educator
There are three main reasons why I became a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) through CAPPA – Childbirth And Postpartum Professional Association. First, being a CLE added to my expanding knowledge base so I can provide more in-depth services as a labor / birth doula. I help my clients have great success at getting their babies to latch on within the first 1-2 hours after birth. I am the first line of defense if my clients are having any breastfeeding problems because I will be seeing them sooner and more often than their doctors. Additionally, I have the knowledge of when to refer them to an IBCLC or OB or PED when things are not within normal limits.
Secondly, I love to empower women to breastfeed their babies with knowledge, confidence and support. After my first birthing experience, I was a single mom who only breastfed for the first 6 weeks because I had to go back to work and I did not have the knowledge and support of how to continue. After my second birth, I educated myself by reading many breastfeeding books while nursing my baby. I overcame extremely sore and damage nipples and learned many things through trial and error. I was able to go back to work after 3 months and my son continued to get expressed breastmilk (EBM) until he self-weaned at 11 months old. After the birth of my third, we ended up nursing for 2.5 years which ended up being my most fulfilling breastfeeding experience. I give much credit to my accumulating knowledge and peer support. This in turn increased my confidence in the breastfeeding process.
Lastly, I like to provide an out-of-hospital lactation education option, especially for homebirthing parents. I already teach a breastfeeding class at Beginnings Birth Center as a part of my 8 week childbirth class series. I am hoping that the CLE letters behind my name will give me more credibility within the obstetrical/midwifery community, so they feel confident referring their clients to me. Additionally, when I am able to provide the option for in-home education and support to moms and babies in the immediate postpartum period, it proves to be critical for recovery and bonding.