Why Should I Use Breastfeeding Support?
Numerous studies have shown breastfeeding has many health and economic benefits.
Breastfeeding reduces rates of three the most common infections in infants, including respiratory, gastrointestinal, and ear infections. It also reduces postpartum bleeding and risk of ovarian and breast cancer in mom. The benefits of breastfeeding are so much so that the World Health Organization (WHO), the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologist (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Medical Associations (AMA) all recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life.
Breastfeeding support provides expert advice from trained professionals to help your breastfeeding journey.
Whether you are just getting started, in the middle, or even at the end, breastfeeding support evaluates your issue and provides insight and information to help you make the best decision for each individual situation.
What Can Breastfeeding Support Provide?
Breastfeeding support can come from a few different providers, such as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), OB-GYNs or Pediatricians. These providers can answer commonly asked questions but can also determine if more aggressive intervention is needed. They can evaluate problems for both mom and baby. At SimpliFed, we work with IBCLCs.
IBCLCs are experts at the following:
“International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings, while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.”
IBCLCs go through the following training:
• Health Sciences Education
• 90 hours of lactation specific education
• Lactation specific clinical experience
• Adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs
• Pass the IBCLC examination
Where Can I Find Breastfeeding Support?
Breastfeeding support can be found in the traditional in person setting at an office. Some services may also have the option of in-home visits. However the advancement of technology and the current COVID crises, telelactation has become an increasingly popular option. And if you have come to our site, you have come to the right place to access online breastfeeding support. Check out this page here to learn about tele-lactation! (link to tele-lactation page)
SimpliFed’s Breastfeeding Support
Here at Simplifed we offer telelactation support through a secure, HIPAA compliant video connection with IBCLCs.