You care for baby, and help mom when she needs it. Most moms pump or feed in their room and we grab baby or bottles when they are done. We recently have had the pleasure of working with a momma that hangs out while we feed baby and she pumps. The struggles and misconstrued information she was given was a bit surprising to us. We felt her pain. As Doula’s and NBCS (Newborn Care Specialist) we are required to take a breast-feeding course. Now, this is different from a lactation class. We know the basics and continue our education with experience. I actually considered myself, pretty knowledgeable in the breastfeeding area, not an expert but I can usually help a mom one way or another.
I was unable to help this momma with my once useful tips and encouragement. She also had two lactation specialist, so I figured my 5 tips were not to be compared to these two raving reviewed experts. Still she was struggling. With everything against her to make it to a Momma ‘Hood breastfeeding class, she made it. She walked in to find 20 moms successfully breastfeeding. With tears in her eyes, she explained she might be in the wrong class. The very sweet and knowledgeable teacher Amanda, reassured her she was not. She welcomed her with open arms and had her stick around for another class and extra tips to make sure My Momma was taken care of.
Light at the end of the tunnel
My very sweet Momma was given lots of powerful advice and tips, explanations, and walked away with breastfeeding twice that day in The Momma ‘Hood. She has a new energy and positive outlook on the breastfeeding adventure. She was about to give up hope, but then she met Amanda. So Amanda, THANK YOU!Thank you for your knowledge, and support. You have helped a Mom and an Agency see the light at the end of the tunnel. We now know every lactation expert has a ton of information, sometimes you need to meet the expert with the right information for your individual needs. To all The Momma’s out there, you are doing amazing! Keep your head up, and if you’re struggling, chat with someone at Momma Hood. They are a great resource.
Thank you Momma ‘Hood for helping make life a bit easier when we go through birth, struggles and triumphs. You are an amazing community for families in the Denver Metro area.
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A lot of attention is on Mom and Baby. Understandable. Dad’s participate as much as they can. They listen to all the details. They run home to help with house stuff or other children. Dad’s are great! They support Mom and baby with love and helpful tasks. Moms are overloaded with information and tips. Sometimes dad isn’t around hearing all this useful information.
Here comes Dad again helping with chores, cleaning, snuggles, meals, support and anything he knows he can help with. When it comes to alone time with the baby, sometimes they feel less prepared. Soothing, diapers, burps, swaddling, its all very foreign for some.
How can a Doula support the Dad as well?
Ask them. “Hey, do you have any questions?”. “Did you need any tips on baby related issues?”. Most likely that Dad is going to be thankful you asked. Babies are intimidating. Its a fragile human you are in charge of caring for. Dad’s ask for suggestions, or help. Its scary, its A LOT to learn. You will forever be learning. Let us help you. We are there to support Mom and Baby, but also the family as a whole. Soothing, rocking, diaper rash, ask us. We are happy to help! Dad’s ask your Doula today!
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Breastfeeding struggles include: latch, milk supply, bonding, improper position and sore nipples. 92 percent of new mothers said they had troubles breastfeeding. You are not alone. You should have an endless amount of resources around you after baby is born. Welcome these suggestions. As the days move on you will find your support team may have gone back to work and or think you’ve got it.
Who has the knowledge
The nurses at the hospital should have lots of knowledge to help with latching and milk supply. If your problems arise after you are home, your night nurse and or doula should have plenty of tips to guide you to success. Still having difficulties? Reach out to your local lactation source. They can be found at hospitals and community events for moms. Most insurance should cover your lactation consult. Check with your insurance to see who is in your network.
Relax! Babies can feed off your stress and in return makes them stressed. 30 years ago docs had moms drink a beer to relax them and have the milk supply arrive. This trick is still used today. Obviously, pump and dump that first supply after beer.
Lay on your back while breastfeeding. Baby led breastfeeding.
Sometimes baby isn’t hungry. Offer breast when you and baby are calm. A lot of the times baby gets frustrated when mom is forcing a feeding and baby actually is just tired. Relax, enjoy, and read your babies cues.
Find a night nurse with breastfeeding experience to help you at night.