Hints to Initiate Breastfeeding by Brittney Kirton

Posted on April 18, 2013

Hints to initiate Breastfeeding

Hints to Initiate Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding a baby is a natural, biological process, however many new moms don’t know what to expect and what is considered ‘normal’. To help you get set on the right path, here are a few breastfeeding basics every new mom should know.

The most important factor in establishing milk supply is milk removal. The more you breastfeed your infant, manually express, or use a pump to express your breasts the more milk your body will make. In the first few days of your baby’s life you will be feeding every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours during the night (10pm-6am) for a total of 10-12 feeding sessions per day. This helps your milk transition from colostrum to mature milk. This frequent feeding will also help build your milk supply.

One important thing to know is that breastfeeding should never hurt. You may experience a bit of discomfort as your nipples get use to the sensation of breastfeeding, but it should never be painful. If you do experience pain or are having difficulties with breastfeeding, get support from a qualified lactation consultant right away.

Many women use lanolin nipple cream on their nipples. The best thing to use on your nipples is breast milk. It is has both antibacterial and antifungal properties; lanolin does not.

The position of mothers body is important while breastfeeding. It is best if mom is in a well supported seat with her legs bent at 90 degrees. Many women will need a foot stool depending on the chair height and leg length. Then you will build a ‘table’ for your baby. This can be achieved using a nursing pillow or regular pillows. This baby ‘table’ should to high enough to bring the baby in line with the breasts without the mother hunching forward. Keep your shoulders rolled back during the breastfeeding session. Because you will spend a lot of time breastfeeding, it is important to pay attention to posture so your back and neck don’t ache.

While moms don’t need to be on a specific diet while breastfeeding, it is important that she keeps hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also, eat a variety of nutritious foods and get plenty of rest. When the baby sleeps, mom should be sleeping.

Stress can also affect milk supply. While this postpartum period is supposed to be a wonderful and calming time for a new family, it can also bring up many stressors. If you are finding yourself stressed ask for help from dad, a family member, or contact a postpartum doula to help around the house and make sure you are getting the rest your body needs.

To all the new moms out there, I wish you well during this new and exciting time in your family’s life. By choosing to breastfeed, you are helping your infant get off to the best possible start in life. Congratulations and good luck!

About Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN

About Life Stages Feeding

I had two passions growing up: health and wellness, and working with children. In 2007, I started studies at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. CSNN helped me develop a wide base knowledge on many dietary issues though my interest and experience lies in working with pre and post natal clients, infant and childhood nutrition, and those suffering from allergic, inflammatory, and digestive conditions.

While I enjoyed clinical practice as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I missed working closely with children, especially infants. In 2008 I was introduced to a Postpartum Doula and was intrigued by the support they offered and knew I wanted to combine practices. In order to support new mothers further, I enrolled in The Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Practitioners offered at Douglas College. This program inspired me to take her studies in Breastfeeding further. Six months later, I relocated to the United States to attend the University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program. I completed my studies and received the designation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.

I strive to provide my clients with current, fact-based feeding and nutrition advice for each and every Life Stage.

Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN


Lactation Consultant

What is a Lactation Consultant?
TThe International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care.

IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide knowledgeable, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated knowledge to:

  • Work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
  • Encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
  • Educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

What can an IBCLC help with:

  • Assistance with breastfeeding positions and latch techniques
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Infant feeding and supplementation plans
  • Management of breast and nipple issues (nipple pain, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis)
  • Strategies for increasing and decreasing milk production
  • Strategies for weaning and introduction to solids foods
  • Strategies for returning to work (pumping, feeding schedules, introducing bottles)
  • Nutrition advice for breastfeeding mothers
  • Inducting lactation and relactation
  • Assistance transitioning infant from bottle to breast
  • And much more

Home Consultation - Initial Visit (90 minutes) - $130.00
Subsequent Visits (60 minutes) - $80.00

Registred Holistic Nutritionist

A Holistic Nutritionist is someone who uses food as a means for preventing disease and working to reduce the symptoms of disease by ensuring the body is receiving enough nutrients in order to heal itself. Holistic Nutrition bases itself around the principles of allowing food be your medicine. This is achieved through a diet rich in natural whole foods, supplementation, and lifestyle changes.


  • Group Health Seminars
  • Grocery Store Tours
  • Lifestyle Assessments
  • Meal Plans
  • Nurti-System Profiles
  • Nutritional Consulting
  • Cooking Instruction

Initial Clinic Consultation Package
This includes 2 separate consultations: (first visit 45 minutes) (second visit 30 minutes) The first visit includes assessment and information gathering to put together diets, meal plans, etc.
The second visit is to provide the client with this information 2 weeks of email / telephone support is also included $150.00
Nutrition Consultations (no meal plans) and Subsequent Consultations (45 minutes) $75.00

Holistic Nutritional Consulting is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. If you believe you may have a health condition, see a medical or naturopathic doctor.

Postpartum Doula

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.



Freshly Expressed Milk

  • Warm room 73-77°F / 23-25°C 4 hours
  • Room temperature 66-72°F / 19-22°C 6-10 hours
  • Insulated cooler / icepacks 59°F / 15°C 24 hours


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