We have the joy of doing what we love here at Lactation Care with Elizabeth. And we found others that love it too! Over the past several months, as many of you already know, we have added to our team. We love our clients and want to be available as needed. More clients, clients having babies, babies having procedures, life changes, and so forth meant adding fantastic IBCLCs to the rotation so we really can meet you where you are on your breastfeeding journey.
We want you to meet the new members of the team and get to know them. At Lactation Care with Elizabeth, we love getting to know our clients – both parents and baby – and seeing into such an important part of your lives. Read more about the ladies on our website: http://www.lactationcarewithelizabeth.com/about.
I realize that sometimes it takes a few days to get in for an appointment. How do you manage until then?
Skin to skin with baby. Climb in bed with your favorite snacks, bottle of water, and your baby. Snuggle in and enjoy! Offer the breast whenever the baby nuzzles around looking to latch.
Feed the baby. Offer the breast every feeding. Try different positions. Try supporting your breast. Maybe even try a nipple shield (I like the Lansinoh brand better than Medela.) If you still can’t get baby to latch on your breast, feed with a syringe or bottle (slow flow Dr. Browns or Lansinoh.) Babies need to eat AT LEAST 8 times in 24 hours. It is NOT unusual for them to eat 12 or more times! You will know your newborn (by 5-7 days old) is getting enough in if they are producing at least 5 wet and 5 dirty diapers per day.
Support your supply. If baby isn’t drinking from you or draining you well, or you are supplementing with formula, make friends with your pump! Pump EVERY TIME the baby gets fed.
Enjoy your baby! The most important thing for you is to bond with your baby! This is why skin to skin is so helpful- it not only helps with latching and feeding but it gives you bonding time. (It is good for lots of other things as well, like temperature regulation and hormone production.)
Hang in there- your appointment is coming soon and we will address the problems you are having and work on moving toward meeting your breastfeeding goals!
UPDATE: Always wanting to protect the sweet babies, their families, and me, too. So: currently doing all initial visits virtually and follow ups virtually as well UNLESS I need to do an oral exam to assess for referral out, check wounds post frenectomy, or do a weighted feed. For in person visits at The Speech Network, I am completely sanitizing the room, clean cover on the chair and the scale, changing to new scrubs between visits, wearing masks and gloves, cleaning, cleaning, washing hands. I will check your temp and ask all the covid-19 questions, and of course you will wear a mask too (my mom made some if you forget yours!). Right now we are only having one person working at TSN at a time, and I am leaving 45 minutes between clients, so you can come in when you arrive. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I am so pleased to be able to see people in person again but want to make sure it is a safe environment!