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Breastfeeding your baby: Lactation consultants can be your expert resource

After having a baby, the first few days and weeks can be some of the most difficult and wonderful times in your life. Parents may get overwhelmed with all the things you “need to do” for your newborn.

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Lactation consultants are there for you to help safely feed your baby.

Sleeping, eating and pooping is a day in the life for a newborn. One of the most important things that you can control is how you feed your baby.

Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse Heather Seubert said that during perinatal education appointments she will ask parents, “How do you plan to feed your baby?” Most moms will say, “I’ll try breastfeeding.”

Because of their lack of knowledge, experience or confidence, especially for first time parents, they don’t know what to expect. For experienced parents on their second child and beyond, previous children may have been unsuccessful when it comes to breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding is natural but it’s not always easy,” said Jessie Richardson, lactation consultant and registered nurse. “We are here to help in the hospital and beyond.”

Lactation consultants are available in the hospital and after to not only educate parents but also support and empower them when feeding their baby. Parents will grow to be comfortable and confident as their baby does the same.

Empowering parents for breastfeeding

In this video, Heather and Jessie share how breastfeeding can be a beautiful bonding experience for moms and babies. The two of them recommend sharing your questions or concerns with your lactation consultant or care team. By receiving help and support early in the process, breastfeeding will be more successful.

Often times, parents may feel guilt or shame for choosing to pump or formula feed their baby. However, there are situations where this choice may work best for you. Our lactation consultants encourage breastfeeding but are there to support your goals and educate you on the feeding method chosen for your family.

Answering your questions

In addition, our lactation consultants took the time to answer common feeding questions about breastfeeding, pumping and formula feeding.

Download and view this FAQ on feeding your newborn.

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