"Breastfeeding is a highly effective preventive measure a mother can take after birth to protect the health of her infant, as well as her own. Immunologic and antiinflammatory properties of breast milk protect against numerous illnesses and diseases in children. Benefits of breastfeeding for infants include a lower risk for ear infections, atopic dermatitis, lower respiratory tract infections, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood obesity. For mothers, benefits of breastfeeding include a lower risk for breast cancer (11 and ovarian cancer. Increasing rates of breastfeeding and therefore its health benefits might lower health-care costs. A recent study found that if higher rates of mothers complied with medical recommendations for breastfeeding, an estimated $2.2 billion in additional direct medical costs would be saved annually in the United States" (CDC, 2014).
We BELIEVE in breastfeeding here at Hale Ho'olana! If you want to breastfeed, we can help make that a reality!
Are you pregnant and plan to breastfeed, but don't know how?
Have you just given birth and have no trusted advisors?
Where you sent home from the hospital with cracked & bleeding nipples/a nipple shield/formula?
Does your doctor not believe that you have thrush/mastitis/a plugged duct/a tongue tied baby?
Was your baby nursing well and now suddenly isn't?
Do you feel like you don't have enough milk?
Does your baby have rashes or diarrhea or colic?
Are your family or friends encouraging you to quit?
Wait, WE CAN HELP! Please DON'T QUIT!!! Call us today! 619.341.4729. No matter how old your baby is or how you gave birth, we want to help! Our first appointment is free and our homevisits/return visits are reasonably priced. We can fit you in tomorrow!
Congratulations on choosing to breastfeed your baby! This can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in your mothering journey. One of the healthiest things you can do for both you and your baby in Maui is asking for help.
What is a Lactation Counselor on Maui?
A Lactation Counselor is a trained and certified health care professional that can assess the breastfeeding relationship between a mother and infant using a multifaceted approach. The CLC helps assess the infant and counsel the mother so that nursing outcomes improve and both of mama and baby have an enjoyable breastfeeding experience.
We help, work with, and assess the following:
Positioning and latch problems
Sore or damaged nipples before, during and/or, after a feed
Engorgement discomfort and subsequent latch challenges
Infant weight loss or slow gain
Babies who seem fussy at the breast or colicky
Tongue & lip tie
Blocked ducts and/or mastitis
Large, flat, or inverted nipples
Milk supply concerns
Pumping, bottle feeding, & bottle refusal
Returning to work
Our aim is helping you set and reach your desired goals for nursing your baby.
First Visit Your first visit includes a detailed history of the infant, any current health concerns, birth story, and specific worries related to breastfeeding. We will also assess and counsel mama looking at your goals and addressing any concerns you are having. A nursing session at our office on Maui will assess latch, positioning, and comfort level of both mother and baby. Pre and post nursing weight checks are available upon request or if milk transfer concerns are prevalent. Helping with nursing outcomes, we create a care plan together for you and baby. The first visit also includes a 1 week follow up call, email, or text. This visit lasts 45 minutes to an hour and a half. If scheduled in our office,the first visit is always free or a flat $100 for a homevisit.
Follow Up Visits Follow up visits assess the progress of mom and baby, do a weight check if needed, review future goals, and update the care plan lasting, lasting 30 to 45 minutes.