The first few weeks after birth are really just an extension of your pregnancy. Some call it the 4th Trimester!
While in the womb, your baby was continuously fed, listened to your heart beating, and was held for 9-10months; this is part of the reason why babies want to feed so often and are most content when held. Some moms are looking to hire baby nurses but there is not much a baby nurse can do if you are allowing your baby to properly adjust to his or her new world.
A Post-partum Doula is a trained professional who caters to a woman, her family, and her home, after she gives birth.
Post-partum Doulas can provide much needed support during the first few days, weeks, or even months at home. She is an expert at breastfeeding and infant care, but also tends to the family as a whole, not just the baby.
Post-partum Doulas typically offer:
- evidence-based breastfeeding support
- excellent infant care and education
- maternal postnatal care
- meal preparation
- light housekeeping
- help with older siblings and/or pets
- friendship and advocacy to the mother
- help with postpartum mood disorders
A Post-partum Doula is gentle, she listens, and is there as an advocate for the mother. She is there to serve in the most caring, nurturing, and respectful way, with the goal of making your transition to motherhood (or to a having an additional child) as stress-free as possible. A post-partum doula is also trained in dealing with C-section aftercare and postpartum depression. Many Post-partum Doulas are also knowledgeable in alternative or more natural ways of living.
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Long Island Breastfeeding provides a wide range of professional services including Lactation Services, Pregnancy Support, Labor Support, Post-Partum Support, Placenta Services, as well as Legal and Expert Witness Services. For more information about a particular service that you are interested in, please click the corresponding link to the left of this page.
Our professionals provide prenatal and post-partum consultations, to both new parents and experienced ones. Long Island Breastfeeding’s professionals work on a flexible schedule, seeing patients everyday between 8AM-8PM. Appointments can be scheduled at a provider’s home office, at the patient’s home or office, or another mutually convenient location (click here to view a full list of areas we serve).”
WHY IS THERE SUCH HIGH-DEMAND TO WORK WITH A LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING PROFESSIONAL?
Because Long Island Breastfeeding does not believe in ‘one-size fits all’ care and everything we do is evidence-based and individualized, our clients feel they have every tool available to them (which they do!) combined with the highest level of support and the least amount of judgment.
Our approach considers your specific situation and resources, and combines that with evidence-based care. We then incorporate YOUR family’s particular needs and wants, ultimately meeting YOUR definition of success.
BREASTFEEDING HELP DURING PREGNANCY?!
YUP! Even though breastfeeding is natural, it does not always mean it’s easy. Hospitals and pediatricians are not always certified in lactation- many mothers are surprised to learn that their doctors, while supportive of breastfeeding, do not know how to be supportive of Breastfeeding Management. Taking a breastfeeding course while pregnant and aligning your support system before baby arrives can make all the difference!
WHEN SHOULD I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
It depends on the service, but the sooner the better! Long Island Breastfeeding sees women at any gestation or any time after delivery.