Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all. If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.
This is where the help of a postpartum support nurse and lactation consultant can be just the answer that these parents are looking for. We are there to assist families who are bringing home a new baby.
What Is A Postpartum Support Nurse?
A postpartum support nurse provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum support nurse is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
What Is A Lactation Consultant?
Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who aren’t gaining enough weight.
What Type Of Services Do We Provide?
The postpartum support nurse offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help “mother the mother”, and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This would include doing things to help mom and dad feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment and tending to the unique needs of a new mother.
A postpartum nurse works with each family individually to find out their particular needs. Some of the duties that a postpartum support nurse will perform include:
During our visits we will:
- Weigh your baby
- Help with establishing feeding, whether breast or bottle
- Assist with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Facilitate bonding between parents and baby
- Baby soothing techniques
- Emotional and physical recovery from giving birth
- Getting enough sleep for mom, dad and baby
- Building self confidence
- Provide referrals to local resources such as paediatricians, lactation support and support groups when needed and whatever else a family may need