How I Show Up (Virtually) for New Parents: Breastfeeding Support
Second in the "Show Up" Series
Breastfeeding is instinctual for babies. Although it's natural for both babies and mom, it's a learned skill for all moms and takes lots of practice to master. New moms need to partner with their baby to be successful at breastfeeding. Fortunately, moms are the experts of their own children.
Getting breastfeeding help early on can be critical for the well-being of both baby and mom. Virtual support can be just as effective as having someone actually in your home. Through video chat and with the help of a (baby) doll, I help moms find a position that works best for them - whether it's laid-back, cross cradle, side lying or "football."
We problem-solve common challenges and address questions - poor latch, painful breasts, a sleepy baby, how long and how often to nurse, how to gauge mom's milk supply, when to use a breast pump, how to store breastmilk and much more.
Breastfeeding success is three pronged. It takes education, practice and support. Once parents understand the process and know what to expect, each breastfeeding session becomes another opportunity to practice what they've learned and discover what works for them. Having the support of a cheerleader - whether partner, family member, friend or doula - is critical, so that moms feel valued for their hard work, supported through the tough days and celebrated for their successes.
New moms needn't suffer. Real-time, personalized attention, in the comfort of one's own home is readily available and effective for those struggling with breastfeeding.
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