Offering Prenatal and Postnatal breastfeeding classes in your home and in a group setting. Including, Breastfeeding 101, Returning to Work and Drop-in question and answer sessions.
CLCs are members of the health care team who provide knowledge and counseling about optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding. CLCs understand that breastfeeding decisions are made by the mother, who may have values and goals different from the counselor. A counseling approach is therefore used to gather information and provide appropriate support to the mother and her family. CLCs work as part of the health care team, assuring appropriate referrals and recommendations.
CLC certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support such as: assessing the latching and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding and applying knowledge of milk production including special circumstances and situations. A CLCs expertise provides a strong foundation of support, which is shared to help moms and thier babies.
I have obtained my certification as a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. The Certified Lactation Counselor®, (CLC) certification is the premier National Certification in Lactation Management for the United States.
CLC certification holders have demonstrated competence in the lactation skills, knowledge and attitudes that are essential to helping women in the United States and have agreed to comply with The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice code of ethics. The Lactation Counselor Training course is recognized by ANCC as a Nursing Skills Competency Program.
My approach is a "mother to mother" format that offers a holistic philosophy, compassionate and caring counseling, with strategies for you to have the best breastfeeding experience with your child. My experience includes breastfeeding my two children for a total of 42 months and counting. Throughout my personal experinces nuring my little ones I have had some challenges. My youngest was not gaining well and had a posterior tongue tie. We have also experinced nursing strikes and having to relactate due to milk loss. Being a real mom who can empathize and give stategies that work many clients feel reassured that hurtles can be overcome.
While working at the local WIC program as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor I have taught breastfeeding classes, offered one on one counseling in clients homes and provided peer support to new mothers in the hospital.
My role in the hospital setting provides peer support such as meeting with mothers before they leave the hospital to discuss normal newborn behavior, getting a good latch, feeding cues, growth spurts, returning to work, how to tell the baby is getting enough milk, and addressing any concerns they may have.
In my breastfeeding counseling sessions I also have been able to support and offer working strategies for mothers with a low milk supply, latch issues, tongue tie, poor weight gain, multiples, breastfeeding after a c-section, babies in the NICU, and re-lactation.
Breastfeeding position and latch are assessed
Mom and baby are given a customized Plan of Care
Mom receives a follow-up phone call/email within 48 hours
Follow up email and phone calls are available if needed.
In the Breastfeeding 101 Class, soon-to-be parents learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect in the first few weeks of breastfeeding, breastfeeding positions, and common misconceptions about breastfeeding. This is an interactive class, so please bring all of your questions that need addressing. Both parents and/or a support person are encouraged to attend.
In the Returning to Work Class, we cover how a breastfeeding mom can keep up her milk supply after she returns to work. Mothers also learn some new and improved pumping techniques. During this 1-hour workshop, we also spend 30 minutes explaining the top 5 reasons a mom's supply may decrease once she returns to work, tricks to maintain your milk supply, pumping techniques and schedules, and how much breast milk your baby truly needs while you are at work. The last 30 minutes we answer YOUR questions about these issues. This class is appropriate for moms who are already back at work, as well as pregnant women looking for some strategies before they have their babies.