New and expectant mothers certainly have their hands full when it comes to making decisions about their baby. Between diapers, nap times, and feedings it’s easy for a new mom to get overwhelmed. That’s why support is of the utmost importance for a new mother, especially when it comes to feeding her baby. While there aren’t many things more natural than breastfeeding, it can sometimes be a challenge and perhaps a scary thing for new moms. If you decide that breastfeeding is right for you and your baby, support groups like Allied Breastfeeding Support offer new and expectant moms all the help they need when it comes to questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Allied is committed to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals with certified lactation consultants and doctors available day and night.
Breastfeeding Reduces Health Risks
Lactation Consultant Jeanne Rosser, who is part of the Allied team says, “Research has shown that women who surround themselves with supportive people and community support are more successful in attaining their breastfeeding goals.” And of course there are many benefits to breastfeeding, both for mom and baby. Rosser says that babies who are not breastfed are at risk for an, “increase in ear infections, upper respiratory infections, childhood obesity, and diabetes.” And there are risks for mom, too including, an “increased risk of osteoporosis for not breastfeeding and increased number of urinary tract infections. Breastfeeding helps moms with their rates of breast cancer and uterine cancer.” It is also a great bonding experience for mom and baby and moms who breastfeed often find the most convenient way to nourish their child.
Getting Through Those First Months
If you have made the decision to breastfeed, that’s great, but once the baby arrives mothers are often met with challenges. Milk that is slow to come in or a baby that is having trouble latching are things that can deter mom from continuing to try to breastfeed. If you want to know if your baby is getting enough milk or if you are holding the baby the right way, Allied Breastfeeding Support can offer expert information to help you get through those first few months. Rosser says, “Those mothers who struggle in the early months and just feel like giving up will turn to one of our support groups or see one of our lactation consultants or one of our breastfeeding medicine doctors, and we help them get over those rough patches.” For so many mothers, those first few months where everything is new and perhaps difficult is when support is needed the most. Rosser says that if moms reach out and get the support they need during those times, then they are much more likely to reach their breastfeeding goals.
Help With Breastfeeding is Available
The professionals at Allied Breastfeeding Support are a team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, RNs, and most importantly, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLCs). All of the breastfeeding supporters have credentials and a wide range of support is offered. It’s important for mothers to be met where they are, so if that’s exclusively breastfeeding, combining bottle-feeding with breastfeeding, or partial breastfeeding, moms are helped to define what their goals are and then they are supported to meet those goals. Consultations can be done over the phone to help with simple questions. There is also in-person support groups for moms looking to connect with other moms.
When a mom or family calls in for support they are given Dr. Lauren Macaluso, who runs a private medical specialty practice exclusively dedicated to mothers who are breastfeeding and their babies. Dr. Macaluso says, “When a mom comes in with a breastfeeding problem or concern I take a full medical history in order to delineate where the problem is coming from. And educate and treat and spend time with them to help maximize their ability to breastfeed.”
Dr. Macaluso explains that, “There are many barriers for new moms who are breastfeeding. Many moms live away from extended family, so they don’t get a lot of family support or they are pushed back into the workplace too soon after giving birth. There are a lot of stressors out there making it difficult to breastfeed.” These stressors can be mitigated when a mom feels supported.
With new information on the benefits of breastfeeding coming out all the time, places like Allied Breastfeeding Support help take the stress out of breastfeeding so moms have one less thing to worry about.