When to seek breastfeeding help by Brittney Kirton


Posted on April 18, 2013


Breastfeeding Help

When to seek breastfeeding help

Breast or nipple pain – while it is common for women to experience some discomfort or have some reddening of the nipples in the early stages of breastfeeding, it should not persist. Any abrasions, scabbing, or bruising is not a normal part of breastfeeding and generally indicates latching issues. An IBCLC can help with position and latching techniques to help with facilitate a more comfortable breastfeeding experience for mom and baby.

No noticeable increase in milk supply after first few days – As breast milk changes from colostrum to transitional milk, breastfeeding women typically find that their breasts feel heavy, full, or even hard around day 3 of baby’s life. This engorgement is natural as your breasts adjust. If you do not notice these sensations between day 3-5 after the birth of your baby, it is a good idea to be assessed by an IBCLC, as it could be an indicator of low milk supply. Low milk supply is easiest to correct when caught early.

Your infant is gaining weight slowly or is hungry all the time – while babies feed frequently (10-12 times per 24 hours), if your baby is always wanting to be at the breast, is fussy when at the breast or is gaining weight slowly, it is a good idea to have a pre/post feeding weight assessed to eliminate the possibility of feeding issues and create a feeding plan.

Your baby is having difficulties latching to breast after using bottles or pacifiers – Some babies switch from bottles to breast without difficulty where as some babies develop a preference for one or the other. A lactation consultant can offer suggestions for bottle-feeding a breastfed baby, transitioning from bottle to breast or from breast to bottle. Addressing issues early on can be less stressful for mom and baby.

Mom is going back to work or preparing for Infant-mother separation – If you are going back to work and would like to continue breastfeeding, an IBCLC can help set up a pumping and breastfeeding plan that will work for your family’s schedule.

When something just doesn’t feel right – maybe you’ve read lots of books, maybe you’re surrounded by breastfeeding women, maybe you have even breastfed before, but something in your gut is telling you something is off. It could be a physical sensation that you are experiencing, a behaviour your baby is doing while feeding, maybe you and your baby have been ill, maybe you just have a question that needs to be answered. Lactation Consultants are trained to help with all breastfeeding issues no matter how big or small.


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

Services

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

Pricing:
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.

Services:

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

Pricing:
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.

www.dona.org

Pricing:

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  • Room temperature 66-72°F / 19-22°C 6-10 hours
  • Insulated cooler / icepacks 59°F / 15°C 24 hours

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E: Brittney.kirton@gmail.com


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