Need help breastfeeding? How do you know??!
In the early weeks, breastfeeding is going well if you can answer yes to the following questions:
♥Is your baby breastfeeding at least 8 to 10 times a day or more and resting comfortably between feedings?
♥Does your baby latch easily and you feel comfortable latching your baby?
♥Is your baby content after feedings for about 1 ½ to 2 hours?
♥Do your breasts feel softer after feedings?
♥Is your baby having at least 6 wet diapers with clear urine every day?
♥Is your baby having 3 or more stools that are mustard color every day after day 4?
♥Has your baby regained birth weight by the second week?
♥Do you feel like breastfeeding is going well for you and your baby?
If you answer no to any of these questions, please get help. Do not wait to ask for help thinking, “this will get better; everyone said it hurts in the first weeks”. The earlier you get help, the better. If it hurts, your baby is not be latched properly and a proper latch means more milk for your baby with less effort. It is better for you and your baby to get help at the first sign of trouble.
Pam Mazzella DiBosco from Birthing and Beyond, Inc. can offer Personal & Professional Support for Childbirth and Breastfeeding. See Pam on the ihelpmoms.com YouTube channel! http://bit.ly/1xEkFwb
Here’s some info about Pam:
I am the mother of seven children, all breastfed, including a set of twins. I have had various birth experiences of my own from hospital to home. I enjoy supporting women through childbirth and breastfeeding as they begin their experience of mothering.
I provide personal and professional support and assistance to families welcoming their babies. I am a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC, RLC) and a professional labor assistant. I have been involved with mothers and babies as a volunteer and a professional for more than twenty years.
During those years, I have helped many babies and mothers breastfeed through a variety of challenges. I have had the honor of supporting women through labor and birth for several years. My experience includes my own births in hospitals, at home, cesarean birth, and vaginal births after cesarean. I have also served mothers as they welcomed their babies in their homes, in hospitals, and birth centers. I have been with mothers through water births, cesarean births, twin births and vaginal births after a cesarean.
My personal philosophies regarding childbirth are in line with the Coalition of Improvement for Maternity Services and the Mother Friendly Initiative. I agree with Lamaze International’s philosophy of birth and the Lamaze Normal Birth Institute guidelines. These organizations have websites where more information is available: http://www.motherfriendly.org and www.lamaze.org
Breastfeeding is an important beginning for your baby’s health. I have been working with breastfeeding babies and thers for many years. I have breastfed my own children, including a set of twins. I passed a vigorous exam as an IBCLC for the first time in 1995. I have had to recertify by exam again at ten years and remain up to date on the most current information related to breastfeeding and human lactation. I have been working as a private practice Lactation Consultant for more than fifteen years. To learn more about the requirements to become an IBCLC, check out www.iblce.org.
I enjoy the work of supporting mothers through the journey of motherhood. Motherhood is indeed a journey. The path is not always smooth and easy, and it helps to have gentle caring support as you travel along. I consider it an honor to support a mother through labor and witness the birth of a child. Being there as mother and baby find their path to breastfeeding success makes my work a pleasure!