BABY AND ME LACTATION
The hospital I had my baby at was very breastfeeding
friendly, and I used a lactation consultant every chance I could. However, when
we went home I was not confident enough in my child's feedings and concerned
about whether or not he was gaining weight. It was very hard on me, feeling
like I was not giving my child his nutritional needs. I tried calling the
lactation consultation hotline provided by the hospital but I still did not
feel reassured. When Ann came to our home, I was so impressed by her skills,
how comfortable my son was with her, Ann’s passion for your job, but mostly how
sincere Ann was in actually caring. I felt that she was not just
"doing her job" but that she was there to make sure I had achieved my
goal of breastfeeding. It was as if my goal was her goal. We recently had our
one month check-up and my baby is doing great. Thank you so much for your help
and for caring.
-Dr Eman January
Baby And Me Lactation offers the following services at the moment. However if you have
special needs / requests, that are not listed under our Services please do not hesitate to
contact us. We may either be able to make special arrangements for your needs
or can help you find some other names or directions.
Due to increased gas charges; we have to add an additional $25.00 travel fee to any home visit out side of 20 mile radius of 21045 zip code. Thank you for understanding.
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We tend to think that because breastfeeding is natural, that there
is nothing to learn. This couldn't be further from the truth,
especially in a culture where breastfeeding often happens behind closed
doors. Too many of us new moms have barely even seen breastfeeding
before! Ann was like the big sister or wise aunt that I needed to help
me trouble shoot issues like: Why does it hurt and what do I need to do
differently to make it stop hurting? Is he getting enough? How do I use
a pump or hand express? How much milk do I need in the freezer before
going back to work? How should breastfed babies be bottle fed to make
sure the limited milk I can pump is enough? How do I get enough sleep
while breastfeeding and working? Ann can't take away the challenges of
being a new mom, but she helped me understand them and figure out my
options so I could do what worked best for me and my son.
My advice to new moms: Having formula in the house when you are
trying to breastfeed is like having candy bars in the house when you are
trying to diet: some people can pull it off, but for most people it
ends up sabotaging their efforts. If someone offers you a free sample,
say no. If a sample mysteriously arrives in the mail (and they will! ),
throw it out. They want to get you hooked when breastfeeding is
hardest... you know, at 4am when you are exhausted and your nipples are
sore and that sample is just sitting there for dad to give baby while
you sleep... so tempting! Throw it away when your will is strong or it
will be too tempting to use later. Supplementing is a slippery slope
and the beginning of the end for too many moms. Do not make the
decision to supplement lightly or without the oversight of an LC who can
guide you through the process. Just because you have a friend who
managed to supplement and breastfeed to toddlerhood doesn't mean it will
work out for you: such women are rare!
-Deirdre February 2014-
NEW Working & Breastfeeding Classes LOCATION
When I contacted Ann for
lactation help, I can say that I was truly desperate. My daughter was
just over a week old and I had gotten so much advice from so many different
lactation consultants that I was literally dizzy. Since birth, I had been
using a nipple shield to nurse and pumping to store milk for when I went
back to work at the University hospital. The combination on my new mom nipples
had left my nipples sore, cracked, and bleeding. Every attempt at breast
feeding left me in tears. The first thing that Ann provided was
reassurance. Assurance that my child was healthy, that breastfeeding was
extremely doable, and that I was going to succeed. Then she showed me how
to use the shield more effectively and how to get my daughter latched properly
so that pain could be avoided entirely. 24 hours later, I was a happy
breastfeeding mother. Ann's gift is not just what she knows, it is how
patiently and thoroughly she explains herself. She also seems to believe
in multiple versions of success, not just ONE way of getting the job done.
5 weeks later as I was
returning to work, Ann again re-entered our home. She gave our daytime
caregiver tips on how to bottle feed in a way that promotes successful
breastfeeding, and again reiterated the lessons she had taught me about
breastfeeding. She added additional advice about pumping at work and how to be
successful that I am still relying on.
If you are having
challenges in breastfeeding-which I am beginning to believe is more common than
not- Ann is the answer. She is a true blessing.
If you are low income, or having financial difficulties please do not
let this to be a barrier to getting the services you deserve.
A sliding scale consultation may be available to you, to
ensure lactation help and information is accessible to all who need them.
For more information please
Last updated on 06/11/2014