Ashlee is available to help you prepare to breastfeed during pregnancy and to help you succeed and feel good about breastfeeding in the early days and weeks when it's important baby is feeding well, but also very important that the mother is not in pain and feels confident in beginning her breastfeeding journey.
Preparing for Breastfeeding Success
Studies show that breastfeeding success starts with learning about and talking about breastfeeding during pregnancy. In fact the earlier in pregnancy you start to talk about breastfeeding the more likely you are to have long term success.
Ashlee can help you prepare for what breastfeeding in the early days and weeks may look like. She can go over the important things newborns go through the first week, what to expect and tools you can have on hand to make things easier and more comfortable. Depending on your circumstances such as first time parents, a diabetic or a medical cesarean there are additional things to prepare for in the first couple days in relation to breastfeeding success. This can be a stand alone session or an add on your birth or postpartum doula support.
Hands on Help with Breastfeeding
Once the baby is born Ashlee is happy to meet you at the hospital or in your home to help with any issues that may come up in the first few days and weeks of breastfeeding. Sometimes this early help is simply allowing you to find the most comfortable and effective way to breastfeed for you and baby and sometimes a lot of help is needed in the early days to get you and baby off on the right track. This is especially true if baby is smaller (preterm or low weight), very sleepy or jaundiced in the beginning, hasn't or you can't get baby to latch or you are recovery from a caesarean.
Email or Phone support
If after an initial in person support session we determine there may be other things going on Ashlee can send you over resources to help with your particular situation. It may simply be sending you the evidence based information or referral for milk banks etc. If hands on help seems most appropriate that will be planned and if more advanced help seems like it might be needed she will point you in the right direction with resources for IBCLC's, dentist, speech therapists etc. depending on what is going on to help you address your issue.