I am a doula that is passionate about helping women have a positive birth experience during their pregnancy, at birth and after in the first few months of their little one’s lives. I aim to assist not only moms, but the entire family so that they know how best to support during this incredible time. One of the things that new moms often struggle with is breastfeeding. Many first and second time moms have been led to believe that breastfeeding should come naturally. They’ve heard from their friends, read it in books or seen their family and or friends enjoying breastfeeding their little ones.  NEWS FLASH! BREASTFEEDING DOES NOT COME NATURALLY! It takes patience and a little bit of perseverance to learn and develop the skill of breastfeeding. There are many programs that offer new and/or second time moms the education to successfully master the art of breastfeeding. This is also where I come in, my job is not only to assist in bringing little babies into the world but to assist mom with taking care of baby for the first couple of months. In that period of time a Doula can offer one-on-one guidance into breastfeeding.. I’m an advocate for breastfeeding and encourage moms to be patient and ask for support as breastfeeding provides important developmental benefits for babies.

1. It’s not about the size: The size of your breasts have no effect on how much milk you’ll produce. Your body prepares early on during the pregnancy for milk production. Ass your baby is born, hormones begin to activate the breasts to make more milk. The more your baby breastfeeds – the more milk you’ll produce.

2. Patience: While milk production typically occurs 2-3 days after birth, for as many as 25 per cent of women this may take longer than 3 days. It’s important to remember that milk “coming in” is a gradual change, rather than a sudden one. Many factors can contribute to timing; according to research the main one is hormones.

3. Vital Nutrients: The number one concern I hear from moms about breastfeeding is that it is too painful. The discomfort will subside within 1-2 weeks. While most moms experience some kind of sensitivity, the level of pain can vary from person to person. Having patience and reminding yourself breast milk contains valuable nutrients to build up your baby’s immune system to fight off disease will help combat frustration. Colostrum, which is the first milk after birth, has the most nutrients, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria by coating your baby’s digestive system. This is especially important for babies born prematurely and let’s not forget the irreplaceable experience you receive while breastfeeding your little one. It is worth it!

 4. Strengthens bond with baby: Breastfeeding bonds mom and baby and creates a secure, loving relationship. There’s no such thing as bonding too much with your baby, so any chance there is for bonding, make sure to take it!

 5. Ask for help: If things aren’t going well, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The sooner a problem is identified, the easier it is to find a solution.

If you’re in the London area this Saturday, January 24th from 11 am – 4 pm, stop by the local Walmart at 1280 Fanshawe Pk Rd West, as I will be in store offering ways to help first time parents prepare for the big day. Look for me in Walmart’s Baby section. For additional helpful tips, expert advice, relevant articles, and shopping guides visit Walmart.ca/mybaby.

 

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