Breastfeeding is not only providing the best nutrition for your baby and contributing significantly to optimal development, but it also results in emotional security, comfort, closeness, and stimulates all of the 5 senses of your baby: seeing, touching, hearing, tasting and smelling. Breastfeeding is natural and 95% of all mothers are able to produce enough breastmilk to feed their baby. Many mums want to breastfeed but sometimes breastfeeding can be challenging and problems can appear which means that breastfeeding might have to be practised or learned.
In the past mothers were able to be supported by their mothers or other experienced female members of the family or community. But these days even a lot of grandmothers did not have a positive breastfeeding experience so new mums will have to find breastfeeding support from other sources, such as, healthcare professionals that work in the hospital or community.
We can support you in having a positive breastfeeding experience and assist you with advice on practical aspects of breastfeeding at any time after birth, not only in difficult or special circumstances. We can see you during your pregnancy for antenatal breastfeeding education, to talk about your brestfeeding concerns or previous breasfeeding challenges that you might have experienced. We also provide information and support to women who are unable to successfully breastfeed or have decided to not breastfeed.
Extensive Support in Multiple Areas
- Antenatal breastfeeding preparation & postnatal breastfeeding education
- Sore, damaged, flat & inverted nipples
- Blocked ducts, Mastitis & Breast abscess
- Engorgement, oversupply and fast flow
- Insufficient or low milk supply
- Failure to thrive
- Breast refusal
- Safe use of medications whilst breastfeeding
- Breast surgery (reduction or augmentation)
- Returning to work and breastfeeding
- Breastpumps & storage of breastmilk
- Maintaining lactation during times of separation
- Appropriate use of breastfeeding aids (nipple shield, supply line)
- Twins & Multiples
- Maternal medical conditions
- Relactation & adoptive feeing
- Baby’s with special feeing needs (Down’s Syndrome, Cleft Lip and Palate)
Individual Lactation Consultation
- Comprehensive history taking to identify problems
- Listen to your current feeding situation and concerns
- Identify your feeding goals
- Observe you attaching and breastfeeding your baby
- Individual advice and development of a written breastfeeding plan together with you
- Education on correct attachment techniques and positioning, hunger cues, nappy output and general feeding advice
- Answer your questions
- Refer to other healthcare professionals if required
- Ongoing follow up and support (SMS, phone calls)
- We will follow up on the effectiveness of the initial breastfeeding plan
- Observe you breastfeeding your baby
- Check how you baby has developed
- Answer further questions
- Review and revise the original breastfeeding plan if needed
You are welcome to visit us in our clinic in Brighton East for the Lactation Consultation. We are also happy to visit you in the comfort of your own home (travel fees apply- $0.82/km).
The decision to breastfeed or not to breastfeed does bear longstanding consequences for your and your child’s health. Most breastfeeding difficulties can be overcome with skilled professional support and I am very happy to help you during this time.
We are looking forward to meeting you and your baby!