Breast is best – so why is it so hard?

There is no question that breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your baby and yourself. You've seen others blissfully breastfeeding, you've read all about it and were told how natural it is. You were excited about this wonderful bonding experience you were going to have as you nourish your child. No one told you how hard this can be.

 

Are you beginning to doubt that you can breastfeed your baby?

Maybe it is not going as well as you had hoped. It's 3am and you're up again with a crying baby who won’t latch. You've been feeding but feel you don't have enough milk to satisfy your little one. It's taking a toll on your mind and body - your nipples are raw, cracked or burning and you can't find relief. Breastfeeding challenges can leave you tired, defeated and reaching for formula.

 

You are not alone – compassionate support is available

Many experience similar issues and doubt their ability to feed their babies. Primary care providers (Physicians, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners) do not often specialize in the art and science of breastfeeding. The supportive role of Public Health Nurses, Doulas, volunteer La Leche Leaders and most of all, family, can help immeasurably in your new role as parents. When your situation is not improving, you are feeling defeated, unheard or dealing with conflicting messages, Nancy, an IBCLC (Lactation Consultant) can help identify the issues, give sound advice and useful tips for a positive breastfeeding journey. Reach out today.

SERVICES


Initial home visit

$100 plus tax

Follow-up home visit

$75 plus tax/hour

(Added travel fee outside HRM)

Your home visit can include:

  • Mother and baby health history
  • Signed consent
  • Breast assessment
  • Observation of breastfeeding session
  • Examination of baby’s mouth with suck assessment
  • Latch and positioning assistance
  • Watching baby for cues and behaviors
  • Discussion about milk supply
  • Appropriate teaching based on difficulties
  • Hand-outs based on teaching tips
  • Information based on baby’s growth-for-age needs
  • Discussion about baby’s elimination, number of diapers and contents thereof
  • Developing a plan of care to help you meet your breastfeeding goals
  • Written report sent to your primary care provider, as needed
  • Includes emails, texts or phone calls for one week following visit

 

Gift certificates are available in any amount, and make great gift ideas for expectant or new moms!

ABOUT


Nancy Harmon, BScN RN(R) IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. A graduate of Saint Francis University, Nancy began her nursing career in 1975 with a passion for maternal-child health. A Lactation Consultant since 1993, Nancy has provided care and support to hundreds of nursing families in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, in both rural and urban, inpatient and outpatient settings. A specialist in infant feeding, breastfeeding science, and human lactation, Nancy's professional focus is to facilitate a greater understanding of infant latch technique, while fostering breastfeeding skills for happy and healthy babies.



What is a Lactation Consultant?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC or LC) is the highest standard in lactation healthcare. The IBCLC designation is obtained through hundreds of hours of clinical experience and lactation-specific education, after which candidates must successfully pass comprehensive examinations administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Recertification is required at 5 year intervals.

"Nancy has a wonderful manner that makes you feel immediately comfortable. I'm so glad that I was able to get her help- I am now enjoying breast feeding rather than enduring it!"

CONTACT


Good Latch offers experienced, professional, compassionate support, custom-designed for your particular breastfeeding needs - in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

To make an appointment or to ask a question, contact Good Latch:

902-818-3803
nancy@goodlatch.ca